December 2018 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

As winter is quickly approaching I’d like to remind you how we deal with inclement weather at GPS. As safety is our main priority, there may be times when buses are cancelled. To see if a school bus is delayed or cancelled, or whether our school is closed, please visit Cancellations and Delays website.

You can also check Facebook, Twitter and the local radio stations. Parents and guardians of students who walk are, as always, free to decide if their students should make the trek to school. It is imperative however, that you call the school to report the absence. When the school is open to students, school pick up time at the end of the day remains the regular dismissal time. If buses are cancelled, they are cancelled for the whole day. Typically our school remains open when buses are cancelled and meaningful work and learning occur at GPS.

The theme of compassion highlights our work throughout this busy month of December.  I am most proud of the work that our students do on a daily basis, working diligently on academics and their work to become productive and caring citizens.  We will continue to embrace our differences and the things that make us similar, finding ways to be compassionate and caring especially as the hectic days and the energy of the season draw near.

Our compassionate junior Vikings continue to seek opportunities for ‘giving back’ both within and outside of our school walls in order to support those who are less fortunate or homebound in our community. Thank you for continuing to support our efforts to reach out to the partnerships in our community.

Our Cuddle Up and Read fundraiser promoted our love of reading but more importantly the purchase of children books which will be distributed by the Huron County Christmas Bureau. We have received over $800.00 in donations, we are so excited about the amount of books that will buy!

At our Kindergarten Holiday concert on December 5th, we are collecting donations of personal care items to support our local Women’s Shelter and the Out of the Cold program. Items such as socks, shampoo, tooth paste, combs, pajamas and soap are all welcome!

Our grade 2 and 3 classes are looking forward to carol singing to bringing some holiday cheer to residents at Goderich Place, Maitland Manor and Harbour Hill.

It is with great gratitude that I thank all those involved in planning, preparing and serving our holiday dinner. For many of our staff and students, sitting down together as a school and sharing this special meal is a memory that we treasure.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our staff and student families a safe and happy holiday and look forward to welcoming the new year of 2019!

Huron County Christmas Bureau

Please consider supporting the Christmas Bureau. Donations go to help families right in your community.  Donations will be accepted from December 3-7, 2018 at Lakeshore United Church.  Last year, the Bureau helped to brighten the festive season by providing food, clothing and toys for more than 1000 children and their families across Huron County.

If you have custody of your child and live in Huron County, you are eligible to register. To register you must call “Christmas Central” to make an appointment November 19 – December 7th. Please call 519 524-7356 extension 3271. Call are accepted Monday to Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Supporting Our Local Businesses

Goderich welcomed a new business to town last month-Dominos—and GPS is going to give them a try! For the month of December, our pizza days will be provided by Dominos. Ask your student how they liked it and let us know what you think!

Link opens on December 3, 2018 and will be sent home through School Messenger and social media.  All parents are encouraged to participate in this important initiative.

Spare Pants

Please remember to include a change of clothes in your child’s backpack.  We do not call home for changes of clothing.  If you have any spare jogging pants that your child has outgrown we can always use them here in the office!

Important Reminders!

  • Throwing snow is an issue of student safety. It only takes one act in jest to cause a serious injury.
  • A reminder that our accessible parking spot is to be left for those who have a permit for that spot. It is needed on a regular basis and is often unavailable for those who require it.
  • Please remember to call the school when your child is absent. Our office is a busy place and you can save us the time it takes to make phone calls home to ensure your child’s safety.

Thank you for your continued support in these and all issues that keep our students safe.

Remember to check our school website regularly for updates. In the event of a school closure, we will also post on our Facebook page as well as local radio stations.