March 2019 Newsletter

A Note from the Office

Welcome everyone, to March! Hopefully soon we will welcome Spring!  Staff and students are just nicely into Term 2 and as a school we continue to focus on maximizing student outcomes. The tasks and activities that students are engaged in provide opportunities for them to hone their skills in communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity and problem-solving – skills that will help them to be successful both in school and beyond.

As a school, we continue to focus on building and sustaining an inclusive and positive school environment through our focus on character development. March’s Character attribute is Optimism.  Optimism is all about seeing the positive side in all situations. Putting on a smile, seeing each challenge as leading you to your goal and keeping a positive outlook is the key to success.  Consider looking at the glass as refillable, and keep striving for your goals.

Our JrVikings were able to experience first hand the story of an amazing woman who exemplifies the attribute of Optimism. Unstoppable Tracy, an ambassador for the Rick Hanson Foundation, shared her story of optimism and perseverance with our JrVikings, March 1st. Thank you Tracy; you live every day with courage in your heart and promote a world of inclusion and belonging which we strive for everyday at GPS. Kindness Matters and if you can be anything JrVikings, be kind. I also want to thank Mikayla from Hullett Central, for letting me read her essay, “Kindness Matters” on Pink Shirt Day to our Jr Vikings. Mikayla, your friends at GPS are very proud of you and your message rang through the halls for all to celebrate our day of Pink!

Finally, just a reminder that March Break begins on Monday March 11th.  I hope everyone has a good week off, and I look forward to students  returning on March 18th with rejuvenated minds.

Lorrie Goos

Human Trafficking in Huron County

Goderich Public School Council invites parents and community members to an information session geared toward parents, guardians and caregivers on Monday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the gymnasium at Goderich Public School. Please book your free ticket on Presentation by Victim Services of Huron County in connecction with Rural Response for Healthy Children. Need to talk about this? Call the Huron Perth Helpline at 1-888-829-7484.Book Fair News

GPS would like to thank our students, families and staff for their great support of our February Book Fair. Congratulations to all of our $5.00 gift certificate and our poster winners! We had a great crew of student volunteers to help with setting up the fair and running the cash. We could not hold a Book Fair without them! The Fair’s sales were $6000.00 and that gave us over $3000.00 in earnings for us to purchase books for our library. Thank you!

Maitland Valley Conservation Authority

One of the many roles of the Maitland Valley Conservation Authority is to monitor water and ice conditions. Most areas still have large amounts of snow on the ground for this time of year. As we move into spring, we are encouraging you to discuss with your children the need to stay away from rivers, streams, ditches and ponds.

Many watercourses have large snow drifts hanging over top or even on the ice making it difficult to see where the water actually is. Warmer temperatures during the day and cold temperatures at night work to create thin ice conditions. As the snow and ice melt, rivers, streams and ditches fill with cold, fast flowing water and banks will become slippery. Children are attracted to water so discussing the above with them is extremely important! Gentle reminders will help to keep your children safe as we navigate the spring season.