May 2019 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

It hardly seems possible that there are only two months left for this 2018-2019 school year!  Our school calendars are rapidly filling up and with the arrival of spring we hope the nice weather continues as we have several outdoor activities approaching.

Our school Track & Field day is set for May 15 and students are looking forward to putting their skills to the test. Gr.3&6 EQAO Assessment time is fast approaching. Our school will be writing from May 21 – June 03. If you have a child in one of these grades we ask for your support to ensure that they are able to attend school each day during this time and to please avoid scheduling appointments

Our character trait that we celebrate in May is “Fairness”; treating everyone in a just and accepting manner. At GPS we honour the quote “Fairness is not sameness, it is ensuring people get what they need.”

Finally, as we wind down Term 2, it is important for students to really focus on doing their best on all their learning activities, give that extra effort to challenge their thinking and learning and to strive to achieve to the best of their ability. The staff will be providing many opportunities for students to showcase their abilities both in the classroom and around the school and our community.

Lorrie Goos, Principal

Thank You

Thank you to the Town of Goderich for donating and planting a tree on our grounds in celebration of Earth Day!

Spare Pants

Children are irresistibly attracted to puddles it seems –and at this time of year there are lots. Please send a change of clothes in your child’s backpack –including pants, socks and shirts.

Dress Code Reminder

As the weather warms up, you may find this reminder timely. For the full dress code, please refer to your student’s agenda.

Students are expected to be clean and well groomed. Clothing should be appropriate for the school environment and should reflect the positive learning environment of the school.

It is expected that students will wear clothing (tops and bottoms) that cover all parts of any undergarment. Tops and bottoms should meet even when the student sits down. See through, or extremely tight fitting clothing is not appropriate for the school environment.

Skirts, skorts and shorts should be of a modest length.

Math Minute

Because our goal is to produce mathematically powerful students who can reason, solve, and explain both procedural and application problems, students are encouraged to articulate the mathematical processes they followed – first for themselves, and then for others. Q. How is the slope of a line used in mathematics? What information does the slope of a line provide?

Junior Track and Field

Junior Track and Field to be held May 15, May 21st (Rain date) at the GDCI Track.

Good luck athletes!

Fifths Disease

We have had a few suspected cases of Fifth’s disease in the kindergarten grade. Fifth’s disease is a mild rash illness that occurs most commonly in children. Fifth’s disease is spread by respiratory secretions (saliva, sputum or mucus) .

Fifth’s disease is usually mild and resolves on it own. Occasionally, serious complications may occur in pregnant women or people with anemia or cancer.

Reading Corner

“. . . reading aloud to children every day puts them almost a year ahead of children who do not receive daily read-alouds, regardless of parental income, education level, or cultural background. Whether in a group or one on one, the read-aloud is a way to ‘marinate’ children in the power of the written word.

Reading aloud from a range of genres affords a child the opportunity to experience the sound of genre and how one differs from the other.” (Reading Today)

Sun Sense

Skin cancer is the most common cancer, is on the rise and yet is highly preventable. Shade in outdoor spaces is considered one of the most effective approaches to reduce exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) from the sun, which is classified as cancer causing. Shade can also encourage physical activity, reduce greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions, mitigate the urban heat island effect, and reduce energy costs.
If your shadow is shorter than you, it’s time to find some shade!

Read more at the Sun Sense website.