February 2019 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

February marks the midpoint in our school year and the beginning of our final Term. Students will soon be bringing their Term 1 report cards home and I encourage all parents/ guardians to take some time to discuss the report card with their child(ren). It is important to encourage and allow your child to celebrate the areas that they feel they have shown improvement and positive achievement, as well as to identify areas that require further growth. Coach your children to set some specific goals for improvement and to develop a plan to monitor their work – an essential component to creating life-long learners..
This month, our character attribute is perseverance; persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. Our Jr Vikings are encouraged to demonstrate grit, determination and working through failures until finding success. The key is to never give up.

This is also the time of year where there are increases in head lice and illnesses. In following with our directives and partnership with the Health Unit, letters home informing parents about head lice will continue as needed as well as our requirement to report to the Health Unit any school absenteeism rates greater than 10% due to illness. I encourage staff and parents alike, to continue with diligent and proper hand washing and to stay at home or keep your child at home when ill to reduce the spread of germs.

Finally, we have had very positive feedback regarding our use of School Messenger in order to delivery pertinent information to parents in a timely manner, especially with regard to the recent increase in bus cancellations due to weather. Thank you for this feedback on our system.

Bus cancellations will be announced on School Messenger, Twitter, Cancellations and Delays Website and local radio.

Stay Warm and Safe Jr Vikes and Families
Principal Goos

Primary Arts Celebration

February 27, 2019
5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Welcome to our Book Fair!

We look forward to our second Scholastic Book Fair to be held from February 25 to 28th. We welcome and appreciate your support of our Book Fairs. Did you know that for every $10 you spend at the Book Fair, up to $6 comes back to our school? Come and check out our great selection of books!

The GPS Holiday Dinner Committee would like to thank all the volunteers that came out to help in many different capacities on December 11th. We would also like to thank all the families who purchased Elmira Poultry as this is our main fundraiser for the dinner. Without help like this the dinner would not be able to take place. I think everyone would agree that it was an amazing success again this year. Thank you so much.

Our Thanks!

Many thanks to the parents who call the school to inform us of their childs absence.  Especially on days that there are no rural busses, our school office is a busy one and we spend many hours calling home, cell and work for safe arrivals, often finding that parents have just forgotten to call in.  By calling in, you save us time and enable us to make sure that all students are safe and accounted for.

Yard Supervision

Staff are on duty on the yard beginning at 8:30 until 8:40 a.m. and then again from 3:05 until 3:15 p.m.  Students should not be on the yard before or after the supervision times for safety reasons.  At the end of the day students are asked to leave the playground unless supervised by a parent.


On Friday, Jan. 25th we celebrated Family Literacy Day at GPS by welcoming several male parents and community members. Students in the primary grades enjoyed moving from station to station and listening to a wide variation of stories.

Special thanks to :

Paul Chisholm, Greg Blackwell, Chris Sonke, Paul Steep, Mike Craig, Tobias Cant, Garret Hunt, Dave Million, Graeme Hamilton, Brad Hunking, Andrew Garland, Peter Baldwin, Laverne Clark, Kalen Carroll, Allan Ball, Ben McMurachy, Dwayne Evans, John Harrison. Steve Windsor, Archie Mason, Jon Harris, Josh Bishop.

Thank you for sharing your stories with us – we loved it.