February 2019 Newsletter

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is to always try just one more time.-Thomas Edison

Principal’s Message

Our character attribute for February is Perseverance. Our report cards come home this month, snow days have forced us to change our typical daily routines and the cold snap has made our outdoor activities a bit more challenging. For those of us experiencing Winter in Ontario, we can understand perseverance!

We begin Term 2 on February 4, 2019 with continued learning opportunities and pushing forward with student improvement in all areas of the curriculum. As you take time over the PD day and weekend, talk with your child(ren) about setting personal learning goals, goals for organization or time management and social skills. New beginnings are upon us regularly and taking the time to reset our strategies is a wonderful opportunity.

Food Days

Please keep in mind that on days when the buses are cancelled or the travel is compromised, our hot food delivery may not be possible. We will do our best to reschedule pizza/roll ups/subs to the next school day but that is not always successful. Send along an extra snack or small lunch items if the school is not running on a typical day. We will always find a way to keep children’s tummies filled, but it may not mean a sub, pizza slice or roll up as planned.

The January Sub day will be rescheduled for March 29. The January 31st Pizza Day is rescheduled for Monday February 4, 2019 – weather permitting. Milk will begin again on February 4, 2019.

Bus cancellations will be announced on Twitter, the Cancellations and Delays Website  and local radio stations.

While we aim to post information as early as possible, there are instances where late notices occur. Please be patient with the Transportation team who are out on the roads before 5 a.m. assessing for safe travel and bus safety for your children.

Illness, holidays or early pick-up

Parents and guardians must notify the office of an absence due to illness or vacation trips. If you are on a vacation, even for a short number of days, we are required to code it correctly for the Ministry of Education purposes. For extended vacations, we may ask you to complete a form for attendance purposes. Homework will be made available upon request. Please give your child’s teacher sufficient notice to prepare materials. We hope that you enjoy your time away, your time together as a family, and the experiences of travel. Journals, photo presentations and sharing an oral presentation of the adventure is a great learning opportunity that classmates and teachers would appreciate.

When a student is to be dismissed or leaving school early due to an appointment, the office must be notified and the parent/guardian must sign the student out at the office. It is most important that the office is aware of these situations to record information for safe arrival and safe dismissal.

We ask that you please do not text your child during instructional time with messages or alternative arrangements for dismissal or pick up. Messages must come through the office. Thank you for your understanding and support with this request.

Warm Weather Clothing

If you have any coats, snow pants, warm mittens and hats around the house that someone may have outgrown, we can always use an extra supply at the school. Please consider dropping off some of your gently used items as students do forget sometimes and mitts/snow pants can get quite wet at some recess play times. We do our best to provide necessary outdoor gear to allow our students to access fresh air and activity while keeping them warm and safe from the elements.

School Council

Our next School Council meeting is March 4, 2019 at 6 p.m. Movie Night – March 1st. Doors open at 6 p.m. Bring your blanket, stuffies and wear your pyjamas.

Your School Council needs your voice. What questions do you have? What would you like to see happening at our school? How does the council contribute to the school community, student achievement and an active and healthy learning environment? How can you help or support our school and learning environment? Please come out to our next meeting or share your interests with a council member.

We are looking for interested, creative, energetic and enthusiastic families to help us with a Family Fun Night taking place in the Spring. This will be a fun family event and a fundraising opportunity to help with our purchase of speakers for the gym and benches for the climber area. Call the school if you are willing to help us with this project.

Movie Night

School Council is hosting a movie night on Friday March 1st. Bring your blanket, wear your pyjamas and come out to watch Ralph Breaks the Internet. Popcorn will be available.

February Dates

February 1 – PD Day
February 1 – March Food/Milk order opens on SCO
February 3 – Little Caesar’s orders due (gr 7/ 8)
February 4 – Pizza Day (From January 31)
February 5 – Curling continues
February 6 – Curling continues
February 7 – Roll Up Day
February 7 – Bus Safety Training – pm
February 12 – Curling continues
February 13 – Curling continues
February 14 – Sub Day
February 14 – Red/Pink Day & Dance
February 18 – Family Day
February 19 – March Food/Milk order closes on SCO
February 19 – Curling continues
February 19 – Report Cards come home
February 20 – Curling continues
February 20 – Little Caesar’s delivery
February 21 – Pizza Day
February 22 – Dress Like a/your Teacher Day
February 26 – Senior Volleyball tournament
February 27 – Pink Shirt Day
February 28 – Roll Up Day
March 1 – Ralph Breaks the Internet – 6 p.m
March 4 – School Council Meeting – 6 p.m

2019 St. Columban Soccer Club

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Soccer registration for house league and travel soccer players will be held at Seaforth & District Community Centre Arena on Wed February 20, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday,  February 23, from 9 a.m. to noon and Saturday, March 2 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Before and After School Program Survey

Letter from the School Board – January 21, 2019