Memos



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Building a Team – Working Together

MEMO TO: Parents/Guardians

FROM: Gerald Morgan, Principal & Jill Benoit, Assistant Principal

DATE: September 17, 2020

RE: Welcoming Notes

It is with great pleasure that we welcome you and your children to the 2020 – 2021 school year. We extend a warm welcome to all of our returning students and families as well as the new students and families who have joined our school community. We have approximately 90 new students and their families this year which includes approximately 75 Kindergarten students. We are very pleased to have you all as part of our team.

We strive to make Stephenville Primary a friendly and welcoming school. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to work within new guidelines and routines linked to Covid-19. We look forward to working with, and getting to know, each of you this year. The following are several important points to make note of:

1. ALLERGY AWARE SCHOOL

Please be reminded that our school is an ALLERGY AWARE school. We have children in our school with life-threatening allergies to several allergens. A school-wide allergy alert has been issued relating to Nut and/or Peanut allergies. To ensure the safety of our students we are asking that parents/guardians NOT send items to the school that contain nuts or peanuts or that may contain traces of nuts or peanuts. Please note that “Soy Butter”, due to the difficulty in distinguishing it from peanut butter, is not permitted. This is a District policy.

2. REMINDERS ABOUT OUR SCHOOL DAY

8:10 a.m. Buses arrive and are unloaded

8:20 a.m. Walkers arrive and enter school

8:30 a.m. School Day Begins

10:10-10:25 Recess

11:35-12:20 Lunch

2:15 p.m. Buses are loaded and begin runs to drop off students

2:30 p.m. Walkers are dismissed (Kindergarten at 2:25 p.m.)

3. SCHOOL PARKING LOT

The safety of our students is of utmost importance to us all!! Parents/Guardians are asked not to park in either of the two lanes at the front of the school. The outside lane is for buses and thru traffic only (NO DROP OFF), and the inside lane closest to the school is for drop-off of students (NO PARKING). We ask that you please follow these regulations.

If the parking lot is filled, space is available at the right/rear of the school where the Irving Oil tanks were once located. You can also park in the St. Stephen’s Church parking lot.

4. CAFETERIA SERVICES

Chartwells School Dining Services are again providing cafeteria services to our school and will begin on Monday, September 21. A menu is attached. Please refer to the instructions below:

1. We encourage everyone to order online at www.CafZone.ca.

2. If you cannot order online, please place your child’s order (with the correct change) in an envelope or baggie labeled with the child’s name (and teacher’s name). The order must state what the child is ordering for recess and what is being ordered for lunch.

3. Parents may purchase a meal plan. Please call the cafeteria employees to discuss. Their hours are 9:00 – 12:00 daily.

5. STUDENT LUNCH DROP-OFFS:

Please note that student lunch drop-off is not permitted at this time. Parents/ guardians/ visitors are not permitted to enter the building.

6. STUDENT INFORMATION FORMS

Student information forms have been sent home with all students. Please make the necessary corrections on these forms and return them to the school ASAP.

7. THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY:

Please note that school will be closed Monday, October 12th, in observance of The Thanksgiving Holiday.

8. WATER BOTTLES:

Please send along water bottles labeled with your child’s name. Water fountains are not permitted to be used. Students will be permitted to refill their water bottles at the filling station throughout the day.

9. RECYCLING PROGRAM:

Please note that at the current time we are not permitted to operate our recycling program. Students will be required to take recyclable items back home with them. If you wish you may collect and drop off recyclable items to the recycling depot labeled with our school name. These donations will be matched by the MMSB and funds will be donated back to our school.

10. OUTDOOR CLOTHING:

Please note that we will be going outside often when the weather permits. Please dress students appropriately for outdoor play. This will be particularly important as the weather gets colder.

11. CURRICULUM NIGHT:

Our traditional Curriculum Night will look different this year. We are not permitted to have public gatherings in our building at the current time. Once we decide on the process we will follow we will communicate those plans to you.

12. NO CHILD WITHOUT

Our school is involved in the Canadian MedicAlert Foundation’s No Child Without program. There is no cost for students who attend our school and are between the ages of 4 up to their 14th birthday. If your child has a medical condition, allergy, or is required to take medication on a regular basis then you should consider this program. A child’s MedicAlert identification can alert school staff, friends, coaches and others about your child’s medical condition should an emergency occur.

For further information come to the office for a brochure or go to www.nochildwithout.com .

To register for the program, your child will need a No Child Without brochure from the office which contains a special code/ ID number.


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From: Department of Health and Community Services, Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health

To: Parents and Guardians

Re: COVID-19 Back to School Guide for Parents of Children with Specialized HealthCare Needs.

Date: September 8, 2020

As students across Canada get ready to head back to school – some after nearly six months of being away – parents have many questions. The first is usually, “Is it safe to send my child back to school during the pandemic?”

The situation in your community: The risk of COVID-19 related illness in schools depends on how much virus is in a community. Your local public health authority is the best source of this information and is giving updated guidance to schools as the pandemic evolves.

Right now, the number of people affected with COVID-19 in Newfoundland and Labrador is very low. Schools have protocols in place to reduce the risk of transmission, and there are plans to keep school partially open or closed completely if local outbreaks occur.

Your child’s overall health and well-being: School closures, along with other restrictions on activities and socializing, may affect children’s physical, social, and emotional well-being. There are potentially serious consequences for children not attending school. This is true for child care as well, where optimal language and social development requires interaction with other children.

With all these considerations in mind, we recommend:

1. While locally there is a low spread of COVID-19 and the full school reopening model is in effect, attendance at school is recommended for all children and youth including those with immunocompromising conditions who would usually attend school.

2. Hand hygiene, keeping your distance, mask wearing and following other Newfoundland and Labrador Public Health and Public Health Agency of Canada recommendations are important for all family members. These are the most important measures for decreasing the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

3. If your child has an existing care plan on file please contact your local school if updates are needed.

4. Do not stop chemotherapy, radiation or other medication that interacts with the immune system to try to “strengthen” your child’s immune system.

5. Discuss use of any “immune boosting” therapies with your Physician, Nurse Practitioner or Medical Care Team. These may not be safe for your child.

6. Ensure all your child’s regular vaccinations are up to date. All family members should receive the influenza vaccine in the fall.

7. If your child is sick, do not send them to school or child care. Follow the school screening questionnaire and if indicated complete the self-assessment tool https://www.811healthline.ca/covid-19-self-assessment/

8. If school changes to a partial/blended model due to increased COVID-19 transmission, children with immunocompromising conditions may benefit from remote learning opportunities. Considerations related to siblings of immunocompromised students and/or other family members living in the home who are immunocompromised should be discussed with your health care provider.

9. Recommendations may change if community spread increases in Newfoundland and Labrador. Please be aware of new public health announcements.

In general, children who have asthma, diabetes, congenital heart disease, autism, epilepsy, neuromuscular disorders, and other chronic conditions are not considered significantly immunocompromised. If you have questions about whether your child is considered immunocompromised or not, please consult your health care provider.

We recommend using the following resources to find accurate information about Newfoundland and Labrador’s Public Health measures and back-to-school plans:

Newfoundland and Labrador Covid-19 website: https://www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19/

Newfoundland and Labrador Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools: https://www.gov.nl.ca/eecd/files/Public-Health-Guidance-for-K-12-Schools.pdf

Newfoundland and Labrador English School District – A Safe Return to School Plan: https://www.gov.nl.ca/eecd/files/Safe-Return-to-School-Reopening-Plan.pdf

Back to School with Rheumatic Disease: Guidance and Reminders for Families https://covid19.cassieandfriends.ca/blog/back-to-school-covid-19

Departments of Education and Health and Community Services, in consultation with the Janeway Child Health Center, has adapted for local use: Returning to School in the Maritime Provinces: Guidance for children who are immune compromised from the IWK Health Center (24 August 2020), which was prepared by the pediatric Infectious Diseases Division and the Hematology Oncology Division of IWK, in partnership with the N.S. Pediatric Provincial Advisory group.

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From: Department of Health and Community Services, Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health

To: Parents and Guardians

Re: School Re-Entry Plan during the COVID-19 Pandemic Information for Parents

Date: September 3, 2020

The Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Department of Health and Community Services, in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), continues to monitor the developing COVID-19 pandemic. Cases continue to occur around the world, with noted declines in certain provinces and territories within Canada, including Newfoundland and Labrador. Most cases in this province have been linked to travel or contact with a known case of COVID-19. As a result, COVID-19 remains in low prevalence within our province. Diligence in following preventative measures is crucial in decreasing the spread of this virus.

As a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the 2020-2021 school year may look a little different. The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and the Department of Health and Community Services will continue to work closely and monitor the situation and adjust plans as necessary to ensure the safety of students and staff, while learning to live with COVID-19. Enhanced cleaning practices to support infection prevention and control have been put in place, as well as the use of personal protective equipment, where deemed necessary. Public health measures including physical distancing, cohorting of classes, good hand hygiene, good respiratory etiquette and staying home when sick have also been recommended. Special measures will be utilized if students or staff develop symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 while at school, ensuring that safe practices are maintained and communication with parents/guardians is open at all times.

If a positive COVID-19 case or contact of a case is identified in the school environment, public health officials will work closely with regional medical officers of health to determine additional steps that may be required. If it is determined through public health’s contact tracing investigation that a student and/or staff is considered at risk, direct contact will be made with parents/guardians by a public health official. Public health officials will work with families to determine next steps. Student and staff confidentiality will continue to be an utmost priority for public health.


Services provided by public health within the school environment will be adjusted as well. At this time, public health’s focus will be on influenza immunization, contact tracing, and follow up required for COVID-19 cases and contacts. The current role of the public health nurse in assisting parents in teaching specific health procedures to support staff for students with special health needs (e.g. tube feeding) will not change at this time. Other health promotion services may be impacted. School age immunizations will continue, but may be delivered in a different format than in previous years. More information will be provided regarding school age immunizations at a later date.

We understand the COVID-19 pandemic has been stressful. If you or someone in your family are experiencing a high degree of uncertainty, worry, anxiety and stress about the health and safety of your loved ones, we encourage you to visit the following website dedicated to mental health and wellness www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19/individuals-and-households/mental-health-and-wellness/.

For questions related to COVID-19, we encourage you to visit our COVID-19 website at: https://www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19/ .

Once again, I want to take the opportunity to thank you for your patience as we navigate these uncertain times together. Your hard work and dedication has brought us to this point where we can safely return children to school and support their healthy development.


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WELCOME BACK! SEPTEMBER 2020

Welcome everyone to another school year! We are very excited to have our students coming back to school. We are looking forward to a great year! We thank you all for your support during the past months. We value your patience and understanding as we navigate through the COVID-19 situation.

With the many restrictions put in place by Public Health, we would like to inform you of our School Opening Plans. Arrival and Dismissal processes are a major priority to ensure the safety of our students.

Please note that only staff and students are permitted inside the building (Exception for Day 1: One Kindergarten parent or guardian per Kindergarten child will be permitted to accompany their child to their classroom door). Parents are not permitted to meet their child at the bus upon arrival at the school.

In order to minimize the number of students coming into the school at the same time, we will be initiating a staggered arrival and dismissal process and will use various entrances/exits. Please see the schedule below for Start-Up Next Week.

*PLEASE NOTE that students who ride the bus are required to wear a mask. They must keep it on until they are in their classroom.

Wednesday, September 9: Kindergarten and Grade 1 Students

Arrival:

Bussing - Kindergarten and Grade 1 Students: Busses will arrive at the school at approximately 8:10 a.m., and will be unloaded by staff. Children will be directed to their classrooms and we will reinforce social distancing and hand sanitation. Check the NLESD website for bus routes and times. Most busses begin their runs at approximately 7:40 a.m.

Walkers - Walkers arrive at staggered times.

Grade 1 walkers arrive at 8:45 a.m. through the Main Entrance. We will have signs posted outside with teacher names, and students will line up by these signs and await instructions. Teachers will guide students into the school. Parents/Guardians will not be permitted into the building.

Kindergarten walkers will arrive at staggered times and will enter through the Music Room Entrance.

Ms. Ivany’s walkers at 9:30 a.m.

Ms. Ryan’s walkers at 10:00 a.m.

Mme. Elliott’s walkers at 10:30 a.m.

Mme. Clarke’s walkers at 11:00 a.m.

We will have signs posted outside with teacher names and students will line up by these signs and await instructions. One parent per child will be permitted to escort the student to the classroom door and then exit the building. We will reinforce social distanced single file lineups.

Dismissal:

Bussing - Grade K and 1 students. Busses will be loaded at 2:00 p.m. Students will begin arriving home shortly after that. This is earlier than our dismissal time last year. We will reinforce social distanced single file lineups.

Walkers - Walkers will be dismissed at staggered times.

Kindergarten walkers will be dismissed at 2:20 p.m. Kdgn Teachers will bring walkers to the gym emergency exits at the side of the building. English students will use the rear entrance and French students will use the front entrance. We will have signs posted outside with teacher names and students will line up by these signs and await parent pickup. We will instruct you where to wait. Please social distance.

Grade 1 walkers will be dismissed at 2:25 p.m., one class at a time beginning with Ms. O’gorman’s class, then Ms. George’s class, then Mme. Madore’s class, then Mme. Peter’s class. Extra staff will supervise outside the school and in corridors. Students will exit through the Main Entrance. Parents are asked to wait at the front of the building. We will instruct you where to wait. Please social distance.

Thursday, September 10: Kindergarten and Grade 1 Students

Arrival:

Bussing - Kindergarten and Grade 1 Students: Busses will arrive at the school at approximately 8:10 a.m., and will be unloaded by staff. Children will be directed to their classrooms and we will reinforce social distancing and hand sanitation. Check the NLESD website for bus routes and times. Most busses begin their runs at approximately 7:40 a.m.

Walkers - Walkers from all Kindergarten and Grade 1 classes begin to arrive at 8:30 a.m. Parents are not permitted in the building. We will reinforce social distanced single file lineups. Grade 1 students use Main Entrance. Kindergarten students will use Music Entrance. Parents/Guardians will not be permitted into the building.

Dismissal:

Bussing - Kindergarten and Grade 1 students. Busses will be loaded at 2:00 p.m. Students will begin arriving home shortly after that. This is earlier than our dismissal time last year. We will reinforce social distanced single file lineups.

Walkers - Walkers will be dismissed at staggered times.

Kindergarten walkers will be dismissed at 2:20 p.m. Kdgn Teachers will bring walkers to the gym emergency exits at the side of the building. English students will use the rear entrance and French students will use the front entrance. We will have signs posted outside with teacher names and students will line up by these signs and await parent pickup. We will instruct you where to wait. Please social distance.

Grade 1 students will be dismissed at 2:25 p.m., one class at a time beginning with Ms. O’gorman’s class, then Ms. George’s class, then Mme. Madore’s class, then Mme. Peter’s class. Then Ms. Blanchard’s class. Extra staff will supervise outside the school and in corridors. Students will exit through the Main Entrance. Parents are asked to wait at the front of the building. We will instruct you where to wait. Please social distance.

Friday, September 11: All Students in K, 1, 2, & 3:

Arrival:

Bussing - All Students: Busses will arrive at the school at approximately 8:10 a.m., and will be unloaded by staff. Children will be directed to their classrooms and we will reinforce social distancing and hand sanitation. Check the NLESD website for bus routes and times. Most busses begin their runs at 7:40 a.m.

Walkers - All walkers begin to arrive at 8:30 a.m. Parents are not permitted in the building. We will reinforce social distanced single file lineups. Grade 1 Main Entrance. Kindergarten Music Entrance. Grade 2 Music Entrance. Grade 3 Main Entrance.

Dismissal:

Bussing - Grade K, 1, 2. 3 students. Busses will be loaded at 2:00 p.m. Students will begin arriving home shortly after that. This is earlier than our dismissal time last year. We will reinforce social distanced single file lineups.

Walkers - Walkers will be dismissed at staggered times.

Kindergarten walkers will be dismissed at 2:20 p.m. Kdgn Teachers will bring walkers to the gym emergency exits at the side of the building. English students will use the rear entrance and French students will use the front entrance. We will have signs posted outside with teacher names and students will line up by these signs and await parent pickup. We will instruct you where to wait. Please social distance..

Grade 1 students will be dismissed at 2:25 p.m., one class at a time beginning with Ms. O’gorman’s class, then Ms. George’s class, then Mme. Madore’s class, then Mme. Peter’s class. Then Ms. Blanchard’s class. Extra staff will supervise outside the school and in corridors. Students will exit through the Main Entrance. Parents are asked to wait at the front of the building. We will instruct you where to wait. Please social distance.

Grade 2 students will be dismissed at 2:30 p.m., one class at a time, beginning with Ms. Morgan’s class, then Mme. Borden’s class, then Ms. Green’s class, then Mme. Scott’s class. Extra staff will supervise outside the school and in corridors. Students will exit through the Music Entrance. Parents are asked to wait at the front of the building. We will instruct you where to wait. Please social distance.

Grade 3 students will be dismissed at 2:30 p.m., one class at a time, beginning with Ms. Barnes’ class, then Mr. Bennett’s class, then Ms. Child’s class, then Mme. Fradsham’s class. Extra staff will supervise outside the school and in corridors. Students will exit through the Main Entrance. Parents are asked to wait at the front of the building. We will instruct you where to wait. Please social distance.

Other items to note:

In accordance with the most recent Public Health regulations, students who ride the bus are required to wear a mask. All other students are not required to wear a mask unless they wish to.

KES Breakfast Program - There will be a grab and go breakfast program this year-no gathering in the gym for breakfast. If students require a breakfast snack, we will have cereal bars, cheese and crackers, fruit, and juice boxes available in each classroom (This will begin on Monday, September 14).

Families are asked to consult the School screening questionnaire daily to ensure that they are following the guidelines set forth by the health authorities

Students are asked to have a water bottle as there will be no access to the fountain other than to refill bottles. These bottles should be clearly labelled!

All student belongings should be labelled with the student’s name. Do not send unnecessary items from home.

Cafeteria service will not be available until September 21- until then students should arrive at school with a packed lunch and snacks. Younger students should be able to open their lunch items independently- please pack accordingly. Keep in mind that there is no access to microwaves. Parents are asked to refrain from dropping off lunches as they will not be able to enter the school as non-essential visitors are not permitted in the school during this time.

Please refer to the Back to School Health and Safety Guidance for NL Families for more details.

Other links:

Frequently asked questions link

Public Health Guidelines for schools

NLESD - Students and Families - School Reopening




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COVID-19 Student Transportation Student/Parent Expectations

Parent Responsibilities:

1. Routine daily screening of your child before arriving at the bus stop using the School Screening Questionnaire;

2. If another member of your child’s household develops symptoms of COVID-19, it is recommended that the child stay home;

3. Parents and students must not be in the pickup area or enter the bus if they have symptoms of COVID-19;

4. Children should be reminded by parents to wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds before arriving at the bus stop and before they leave school prior to taking the bus (and when they get home). If hand washing is not possible, apply hand sanitizer;

5. Continual reminders with your child of the importance of respiratory etiquette (e.g. cover coughs and sneezes with arm, avoid touching the face, prompt disposal of used tissues, followed by hand hygiene)

6. To review all of the Student Responsibilities noted below in this document and emphasize the importance of following all of these rules for the overall safety of themselves, their classmates, their family, their bus driver and everyone at school;

7. Review the NLESD Bus Safety Video with your child;

8. Review the Bus Safety Tips Pamphlet with your child;

9. Review the standard Student Expectations on the Bus; and

10. Review the standard Parent and Student Responsibilities found on page 1-4 of the Student Transportation Handbook

Student Responsibilities:

1. Wear your mask at all times while on the bus

2. Listen to your bus driver

3. Wash your hands with soap and water (or use hand sanitizer) before coming to the bus stop

4. Keep 2 arm lengths apart while waiting at the bus stop and when waiting in line to board

5. Wait until the driver waves you onto to the bus (one at a time)

6. Do not touch the seats or windows with your hands

7. Only sit in your assigned seat

8. Keep your hands to yourself

9. When getting off the bus, keep 2 arm lengths distance from the student in front of you

10. Keep windows open unless your driver says otherwise

11. Cover coughs and sneezes with your arm

12. Do not eat or drink on the bus.

13. Wash your hands with soap and water (or use hand sanitizer) when you get off the bus



IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR BUS STUDENTS!!!

If your child usually travels on the bus (1.6 km from Stephenville Primary), or if you have moved and expect that your child should take the bus, and you have not received a phone call from us regarding his or her seat, could you please contact the school ASAP (643-2331)?

PLEASE SHARE!! Thanks!


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Classroom Supply List - September 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians;

Here is a start up supply list for September. This list applies to all grades. As of right now we are unsure of what our students will be allowed to bring. We should know what is happening soon. Thank you for your patience.


  • 2 pks. pencils

  • Pencil Sharpener

  • 2 Erasers

  • 2 Glue sticks

  • Crayons

  • 1 pk. exercises

  • Scissors

  • 1 box tissues

  • School Bag

  • Lunch Bag

  • Indoor Sneakers

  • Earbuds / Headphones

  • Change of clothes


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Google Classroom & Google Meet:

Guidelines for Families to Help Protect Student and Family Privacy:

Video meetings between teachers and students are extensions of the classroom and regular classroom rules apply.

While we are connecting with students in a virtual environment, everyone has a responsibility to ensure the protection of privacy.

Please strictly adhere to the following guidelines:

● Teachers will invite students to participate in virtual meetings by sharing a meeting URL or unique nickname through Gmail or Google Classroom. To ensure that only invited guests have access to the session, please do not share this meeting information publicly.

● The meeting will show the names and faces of student participants. To ensure that identities are kept private, please do not post any photos or videos of your child's virtual meetings to social media if other student faces or names are shown.

● Discuss ways you can protect the privacy of members of your household, such as physically locating in one spot without background activity.

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To: Parents/Guardians

From: Newfoundland & Labrador English School District

Date: May 8, 2020 Re: Social & Emotional Learning Sessions (SEL) ____________________________________________________________________________

Dear Parents/Guardians:

During these unprecedented times the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District (NLESD) has continued to provide services and resources that assist students in managing their mental health and wellness while classes are suspended.

On April 7th, NLESD launched the telephone counselling component of its Volunteer Guidance Services Initiative. This service has seen both parents and students reach out to our team for support in navigating through these challenging times. To expand upon this initiative, our team of volunteer school guidance counselors will be providing further support through online Social Emotional Learning Sessions. These will be facilitated using Google Meet. The sessions will be live events open to all students.

To access these SEL sessions, students must log in to their NLESD Google account. These Social and Emotional Learning events are not counselling sessions rather they are live group gatherings for the purpose of promoting positive mental health and wellbeing.

A schedule of upcoming fun/helpful sessions will be posted on the Well-Being section of the Learning at Home website at https://learningathome.nlesd.ca/well-being/guidance-services so that users can easily view presentation times, obtain session information, and join as they wish.

★ First live session is Tuesday May 12th, 11:00 am (NST)


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Hi Parents and Teachers;

We are excited to announce the launch of our Buddy’s Book Club on April 22nd running until September 1st. We are currently going through an unprecedent time in our society. We at the Growlers are committed to both our fans and our community through these trying times. We believe that the Buddy’s Book Club will bring a little something special into your virtual classroom and help encourage your students to read every day.

The Program: The Buddy Book Club program asks students to read for 20 minutes a day and to track their reading using a Buddy’s Book Club reading log, which they can submit monthly for unique prizing and incentives. We are also asking students to share a photo of them reading using #buddysbookclub for a chance to be highlighted on our social media channels as the Buddy’s Reader of the Week.

Students can register for Buddy’s Book Club at https://www.nlgrowlers.com/buddys-book-club Students can submit their reading logs at https://www.nlgrowlers.com/en/buddys-book-club/submit-tracking-sheets. Just fill out the form and follow the instructions for submission. We have some great incentives to encourage students to participate:

• Upon registration, students will be able to download the reading log, as well as a printable bookmark that they can print at home

• Students who submit their reading log monthly: o Top 5 Readers of the month Certificate signed by Buddy o Recognition on the Growlers Website

• Upon completion of 1000 Minutes Mark, students will receive be entered to win o Autographed Puck

• At the end of the program, each student will be entered to win: o Classroom Pizza Party with Buddy o Autographed Gamed Worn Buddy Jersey

• Each Student will get a Buddy’s Book Club Completion Certification and a free ticket to Buddy’s Birthday Party

• Each month, the top reader will be featured in The Telegram as well on Coast 101.1 as our Reader of the Month We will also be featuring some guest readers on our website/social channels, including our coach John Snowden, that students can watch and read along with.

We hope that this program helps students stay connected to reading through this time outside of the classroom. We believe that motivating students to read for 20 minutes a day will help decrease the screen time, promote literacy, and inspire family time for families to read together. We look forward to the time when we can all be together again, but for the mean time we hope that you stay safe and stay home.

Sincerely,

The Newfoundland Growlers

For More Information regarding the program, please do not hesitate to contact: Brent Foote Coordinator, Community Partnerships 709-631-9649 brent@nlgrowlers.com


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Hello Students and Families!!!


Hoping you are all enjoying your time together doing the things you love to do and also taking the time to learn new things!


I have really missed seeing all the boys and girls reading at school. I also really miss catching them reading or hearing that other teachers or staff members have caught them reading! Reading is such an important part of learning and something we put a lot of focus towards and celebrate daily at Stephenville Primary School.

Of course we also all miss seeing their beautiful smiling faces each day!


So, to help us see those beautiful faces and to also see students doing something we love to see them do, I have come up with a little something for all of us to enjoy!


Boys and girls, did you enjoy seeing the video all the staff made for you? Well, I want to help you make a video for all the staff and also for all your friends to see!! I want to start creating videos each week of students of you who are “ing Caught Reading at Home” to celebrate each of you and the importance of reading!


Parents this is where you come in! When you catch your child reading at home take a snap of them and email it to me carlacrocker@nlesd.ca. In the subject of your email please include your child’s name and their teacher's name (your child’s name will not appear on the video but I would like to organize them by class so that the children can look for their classmates and friends). Each week I will create a video showcasing our students who are “ing Caught Reading at Home” Or, depending on the number of pictures I receive, I will create several videos each week.


Parents Please Note:

  • The pictures will be used to create a video to showcase students reading at home therefore if you submit a picture you are providing permission to use the picture in the video.

  • No student names will be used in the video.

  • The video will be posted to the Stephenville Primary School FaceBook page.

  • Parents are reminded that this is strictly voluntary and is no way a requirement or expectation.


Looking forward to hearing from you soon!


Mrs. Crocker

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Dear Parents and Guardians;

Our school and the school district are working on ways to assist students who are having difficulty connecting with teachers and classmates in an online learning environment.

We are assessing the level of access that students have to electronic devices or the internet in their home.

To determine the level of need, the district has created a survey using Google Forms.

The following link will take you to the form. Please complete the survey if possible:

https://forms.gle/9xBnhEjPVZidHbuGA

The results of this survey will allow us to best determine how to support our students. Thank you for taking the time to complete this. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me and I’m happy to help. You can reach me at 643-2331.

Sincerely,

Mr. Morgan

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To: Parents/Guardians

From: NLESD, Student Services Division

Dae: April 6, 2020

Re: Launch of NL Guidance Services

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During these unprecedented circumstances, our priority remains the health and well-being of our students. The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District (NLESD) will continue to provide services and resources that assist students in managing their mental health while in-school instruction and attendance is suspended.

We want students to know that help is still close by and they are not alone.

Therefore, as of Tuesday, April 7, the District will be launching NL Guidance Services in an effort to ensure that all students have access to a qualified School Counsellor during this time. We have established a volunteer team of counsellors from across the district who will:

● Provide confidential, individual counselling services via telephone during school hours (9:00 am - 3:00pm NST Monday to Friday); and

● Make referrals to community agencies as necessary and appropriate.

This is not intended to replace other services a student may currently be availing of, such as ongoing counselling services with their school-based counsellor or outside services provided by a private mental health professional or medical personnel. Inquiries that are academic in nature must be directed to the student’s school. We ask that students who are currently receiving services from their School Counsellor to contact them directly through email.

How to Access NLESD Guidance Services:

● Visit bit.ly/NLGuidance and complete the secure School Counsellor Referral form

● Call the toll-free hotline at 1-833-772-0007

This information is also available from the District’s website at www.nlesd.ca. A member of our team will make every effort to contact students on the same business day that their requests are received.

If the situation is an emergency, and you or someone else is at risk of imminent harm, please call 911 or contact the Mental Health Crisis Line which is available 24/7 at 1-888-737-4668.

Additional Support Services

Kids Help Phone - text 686868 or call 1-800-668-6868 or visit www.kidshelpphone.ca

CHANNAL Peer Support:

The Warm Line 1-855-753-2560 (9 am – 12 midnight)

Mental Health & Addictions Systems Navigator 1-877-999-7589 (9 am – 5 pm weekdays)

Health Line: 811 24 hours; 7 days/week

Bridge the gapp Website www.bridgethegapp.ca Crisis Text Line: Text ‘Talk’ to 686868 (24 hours; 7 days/week)


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To: From: Subject: Date:

Students/Families

Tony Stack, CEO/Director of Education Next Steps

April 2, 2020

MEMO

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development has announced there will be no public exams this year. NLESD is also announcing that there will be no intermediate or high school exams in any course this year. As such, the District is now able to make plans to address marks for all high school students (Levels 1-3) for the 2019-20 academic year.

Current Grades/Report Cards for High School

  • ● As a first step, all high school teachers will review students' performance up to and including March 13, 2020 and, using their professional judgement, arrive at a ​current grade for each student enrolled in their courses.

  • ● Principals will communicate this ​current​ grade to families in report card format by April 22, 2020.

  • ● If schools are able to reopen for in-class instruction prior to the end of the academic year, any curricular outcomes assessed at that time may be utilized to improve a student’s mark.

  • ● While a current grade will be generated, learning will continue. ​Teachers will continue to exercise their professional judgement to assess student engagement and progress with online learning opportunities, and will adjust final grades if it is to the student’s advantage​.

  • ● The priority focus will be on students who are eligible to graduate this year, and preparing them for post-secondary opportunities. (Note: The District is prioritizing the resolution of access to technology/connectivity issues for graduating students in need).

  • Next Steps - Student Engagement for All

● Schools will be checking in regularly with each student. This can take many forms, including group emails/texts from teachers to students/parents if they have access to mobile phones.

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● All high school students may access the Centre for Distance Learning and Innovation (CDLI) which has online learning resources and course materials available here: https://www.cdli.ca/​.

Graduating Students

The District is having ongoing discussions with Memorial University and the College of the North Atlantic with regards to flexibility around entrance requirements and their processes for determining scholarship recipients. In the meantime:

  • ● Level 3 students on track to graduate will be eligible to graduate.

  • ● Teachers will direct students to CDLI online resources and provide feedback, guidance,

  • and support to their students accessing the platform, ​or any other supplementary course materials that the teacher provides.​ Again, the District is prioritizing the resolution of access to technology/connectivity issues for graduating students in need.

  • ● Credit Rescue and Credit Recovery options will continue to be available so there is no negative impact on students graduating or transitioning to post-secondary institutions. Teachers will work with students to identify what is required to earn that credit and develop a plan outlining what they need to complete to pass the course.

  • ● Students should continue learning if they are able, and parents should continue to support students if they can. The aim is to address any gaps in learning so as to best position students for graduation and post-secondary pursuits.

  • High School

  • ● The ​Centre for Distance Learning and Innovation (CDLI)​ provides access to high school course materials.

  • ● Teachers will provide feedback, guidance, and support to their students accessing the CDLI platform ​or any other supplementary course materials that the teacher provides.

  • ● The District also has its own Mathematics YouTube channel with a variety of instructional videos and other resources available for Grades 7 to Level 3. High school resources include ​Math 1201​; ​Math 2201 ​and ​Math 3201​.

  • ● Teachers can also connect with students through various online platforms, such as Google Classroom and Google Meet, a video conferencing tool.

  • Intermediate

  • ● Teachers can use material on the ​Learning at Home: Good at Learning - Good at Life website to support continued learning.

  • ● There are also Grades 7-9 mathematics resources available through the District’s Mathematics YouTube channel (​Grade 7​; ​Grade 7 (French)​; ​Grade 8;​ ​Grade 8 (French)​; Grade 9​, and ​CDLI​ (Grade 9 Mathematics only).

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● Teachers can also connect with students through various platforms such as Google Classroom and Google Meet.

Primary/Elementary

  • ● The ​Learning at Home: Good at Learning - Good at Life ​website will be updated on an ongoing basis with additional resources available for learning at home.

  • ● Teachers can also connect with students at this level through online platforms such as Google Classroom or Google Meet, or with parents/guardians via email.

  • All Students

● The District has a variety of online resources available to families through its website, including ​Code to Learn​ resources, ​Internet and Social Media (ISMS)​ resources, ​Health and Wellness​ resources, and ​Mental Health Resources​.

Other Activities

Equity of Access​ - The District is in the process of determining the need for computer hardware and connectivity for students without access. While observing public health direction, the distribution of hardware will occur and we are exploring options to provide connectivity for those who need it. For students with personal and/or health circumstances which prevent them from engaging in learning at this time, learning will resume once classes resume. Please be reassured that teachers will respond to individual student learning needs once classes resume.

Guidance Services​ - Guidance services will be available to all students. Students will be able to schedule individual service and there will be opportunities for students to join group sessions based on areas of interest.

Conclusion

The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District will support the continuation of learning for our students. We are improving our ability to operate from a distance learning perspective. However, we recognize that replicating what occurred in a face-to-face classroom environment has its limitations. In the meantime, parents need not worry that their child will “fall behind”, or be concerned about trying to re-create an instructional environment at home. That is neither practical, nor possible.

First and foremost, the health and well-being of the families of our students and staff is paramount. We are cognizant of the personal circumstances of families who may be dealing with any number of challenges associated with the COVID-19 situation. Together, we will support students wherever they are in their learning journey when this health emergency ends.

I thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we continue to adjust and adapt to support our students and families during these uncertain times.

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March 28, 2020

Good day Stephenville High and Piccadilly Central High School System families, The regular public meeting of the Newfoundland and Labrador English School Board was held on March 28, 2020. During that meeting, the Notice of Motion which was previously given at the meeting of the Board on December 7, 2019, for these systems was withdrawn. As such, Trustees did not proceed with the previously outlined Motion for the Stephenville High and Piccadilly Central High School Systems, which proposed the following changes:

● The closure of St. Thomas Aquinas, effective June 2020;

● The closure of Stephenville Elementary, effective June 2020;

● The reconfiguration of Stephenville Middle School from Grades 6 to 8, to Grades 4 to 7;

● The reconfiguration of Stephenville High School from Grades 9 to 12, to Grades 8 to 12;

● All students attending Stephenville Elementary attending Stephenville Middle School;

● Stephenville Primary School student attendance zone being rezoned to include the current student attendance zone for St. Thomas Aquinas;

● Stephenville Middle School student attendance zone being rezoned to include the current student attendance zone for St. Thomas Aquinas;

● Stephenville High School student attendance zone being rezoned to include the current student attendance zone for St. Thomas Aquinas;

● All students who previously attended St. Thomas Aquinas K-8 and who currently attend Piccadilly Central High continuing to attend Piccadilly Central High until completion of high school; and,

● The Pathfinder Learning Centre (L.S. Eddy) (10-12) relocating to the site of the former Stephenville Elementary. This decision means that the Stephenville High and Piccadilly Central High School Systems will remain status quo for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. For reference in the backgrounder below, please find the original wording of the Motion for these systems, which is no longer being considered by the Board of Trustees. For further reference, all relevant information on the Stephenville High and Piccadilly Central High School Systems Review Process for the 2019-2020 school year can be found here: https://www.nlesd.ca/schools/schoolreview/index.jsp

The Board of Trustees would like to thank all members of the school community who provided their feedback throughout this process and also to the school councils and administrations of schools in these systems for their invaluable contributions. Should you have any questions regarding this decision by the Board of Trustees, please contact Truman Greenham, Director of Schools for the Pathfinders Learning Center, at 637-4000 or trumangreenham@nlesd.ca or Delores Clarke-Genge, Director of Schools for the remaining schools in this system, at 637-4000 or deloresclarkegenge@nlesd.ca.

Regards, Daniel O’Brien Assistant Director of Education for Programs - Western Region Western Regional Office, Corner Brook

BACKGROUND The following is the complete Motion for Stephenville High and Piccadilly Central High School Systems Review (no longer being brought forward): MOTION: Piccadilly Central High / Stephenville High School Systems, Stephenville High (9-12), Pathfinder Learning Centre (L.S. Eddy) (10-12), Stephenville Middle (6-8), Stephenville Elementary (4-5), Stephenville Primary (K-3); Piccadilly Central High (9-12), St. Thomas Aquinas (K-8), Our Lady of the Cape (K-8), Lourdes Elementary (K-8). WHEREAS the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District is committed to providing the best possible educational programs for students; and WHEREAS a reconfiguration of grading and a reorganization of schooling in the Piccadilly Central High/ Stephenville High School Systems is required to achieve that objective; BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that: St. Thomas Aquinas (K-8) will close effective June, 2020. Stephenville Elementary (4-5) will close effective June, 2020. BE IT THEREFORE FURTHER RESOLVED that: Stephenville Middle School will be reconfigured from Grades 6-8 to Grades 4-7. Stephenville High School will be reconfigured from Grades 9-12 to Grades 8-12. BE IT THEREFORE FURTHER RESOLVED that: All students attending Stephenville Elementary will attend Stephenville Middle School. BE IT THEREFORE FURTHER RESOLVED that: Stephenville Primary School student attendance zone will be rezoned to include the current student attendance zone for St. Thomas Aquinas. Stephenville Middle School student attendance zone will be rezoned to include the current student attendance zone for St. Thomas Aquinas. Stephenville High School student attendance zone will be rezoned to include the current student attendance zone for St. Thomas Aquinas. All students who previously attended St. Thomas Aquinas K-8 and who are currently attending Piccadilly Central High will continue to attend Piccadilly Central High until completion of high school. BE IT THEREFORE FURTHER RESOLVED that: The Pathfinder Learning Centre (L.S. Eddy) (10-12) will relocate to the site of the former Stephenville Elementary

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Office of the Director Chair: Goronwy Price C.E.O./Director of Education: Anthony Stack

To: All Families From: Tony Stack, CEO/Director of Education Subject: Expectations and Next Steps Date: March 19, 2020

The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District continues to formulate plans to support our province’s students and teachers following the unprecedented suspension of in-class instruction within the public K-12 school system. As new protocols have been put in place, many District employees throughout the province are working from home, as all residents of our province manage child care, health care and, in some instances, care-giver responsibilities. These are challenging times for us all. I want to assure you the public education system will remain connected to our students and will be available to support our school communities through whatever means are available and safe.

Families and students can expect contact from their classroom teachers in the coming days as we aim to maintain the connections and relationships we have developed. Our teachers will continue to be in regular weekly contact with our families, although this may look different depending on individual circumstances. Our teachers will be utilizing teacher-home communications through email or other electronic means. Your teachers will remain the link between your family and any supports (e.g., guidance services) available through schools and the District.

K-9 Next Steps and Resources

While it is unknown how long the suspension of in-school instruction may continue, the District is advising families that all K-9 students will be progressing to the next grade level, no matter what occurs with the remainder of the school year. Teachers will respond to learners’ needs when this academic year resumes or the new school year begins.

District Programs staff will provide access to general resources, and in the coming weeks, primary, elementary, and intermediate resources for students to engage in learning activities. Please note, there will not be an expectation for teachers to assign grades or values to any work being undertaken while at home, but students are encouraged to share their work with educators for feedback, guidance and encouragement where possible.

High School Courses

The District is in discussions with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and post-secondary institutions about the protocols for high school credit courses. Those discussions remain ongoing at this time and further information can be expected in the days ahead. I can reassure graduating high school students and their families that we are focused on ensuring that post-secondary plans are not negatively impacted.

Relationships and Personal Wellness

There should be no reason for families to be stressed or concerned about trying to recreate what is achieved in the regular school environment. Within the District, our current collective focus is on our learners and our staff; on maintaining and even strengthening our relationships. As I have indicated before, these are challenging times for us all. Let’s focus on doing what we can, while looking after our own health, supporting each other, and attending to those in need around us.

On behalf of the District, I take this opportunity to thank all members of our school communities for your patience, concern, and continued commitment to our young people. I believe one of the most important characteristics we will draw on in the days to come will be our individual willingness to adapt and respond in extraordinary circumstances. We are stronger together, even with the physical distance that must currently exist between us.

Please continue to follow recommendations from public health officials in the coming days and weeks, in the best interest of all.


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MEMO

To: Parents/Guardians From: Ed Walsh, Associate Director of Education-Programs and Human Resources Subject: Retrieval of Student Items - Change of Plans Date: March 17, 2020

Based on the most recent update from the province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District is changing its plan for students and parents to retrieve personal and instructional materials from schools on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.


Please be advised that no student or parent will be provided access to schools, effective immediately. The only exceptions will be for the retrieval of critical items, such as medical equipment or prescriptions currently housed at the school. Parents are advised to contact their school administration to arrange for the transfer of such items.

We regret the inconvenience this causes. We are, however, determined to keep staff, students, parents/guardians and school communities as safe as possible during this uncertain time. We will communicate a plan for retrieval of all non-essential items at some point in the future. Your child’s teachers will be in communication with you by Friday March 27, 2020

Please stay tuned for further information related to program delivery in the days ahead.


Stay safe.


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March 4, 2020 Dear families,

As you may be aware, this past weekend we all learned of the passing of a teacher from the St. Thomas Aquinas (STA) school community.

The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District and its Board of Trustees wish to convey our deepest sympathies on the loss of Mr. James Conran, a professional and committed educator. Please know our thoughts are with those of you whose lives he touched. The District recognizes that many people are anticipating this week’s scheduled public meeting and diligently prepared to present to the Board trustees. We also recognize that the passing of Mr. Conran impacts many people throughout the community. Therefore, following discussion with members of the STA school council, we have decided to postpone the meeting originally planned to take place this Thursday, March 5.


The public school community meeting will take place at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, March 12 at Stephenville High School.

District staff have reached out to all scheduled presenters to communicate the alternate date. Complete information on this School System Review process is available on the District’s website at:

https://www.nlesd.ca/schools/schoolreview/index.jsp

Should you have any questions, please contact Truman Greenham, Director of Schools for the Pathfinders Learning Center, at 637-4000 or trumangreenham@nlesd.ca or Delores Clarke-Genge, Director of Schools for the remaining schools in this system, at 637-4000 or deloresclarkegenge@nlesd.ca.

Regards, Daniel O’Brien Assistant Director of Education for Programs - Western Region

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MEMO TO: Parents/Guardians

FROM: Gerald Morgan, Principal & Jill Benoit, Vice-Principal

DATE: March 6, 2020

RE: Important Updates and Reminders

1. Kinderstart Session – No Kindergarten Classes:

Parents and Guardians of Kindergarten students are asked to note that our next Kinderstart Session is scheduled for Friday, March 13. There will be no school for Kindergarten students on that date.

2. School Winter Carnival (Rescheduled Again):

Winter Carnival Events for our school have been rescheduled to Thursday, March 19 and Friday, March 20. We will need volunteers to assist us on the afternoon of Friday, March 20, so please mark in your calendar and contact the school to let us know if you can assist.

3. School Holiday:

School will be closed on Monday, March 16, St. Patrick’s Day.

4. Staff Professional Development & Report Card Preparation:

Please note that school will be closed on Tuesday, March 17. Staff will be involved in Professional Development and Report Card Preparation Activities.

5. Second Term Report Cards:

Second term report cards will be sent home on Tuesday, March 24. Teachers will set up appointments with the parents/guardians that they wish to see during the afternoon of Thursday, March 26. A form will also be sent home giving all parents/guardians the opportunity to set up appointments with teachers on the afternoon of March 26, if you wish to do so.

6. Early School Closure – Second Term Reports:

School will close at 11:25 a.m., on Thursday, March 26, due to Reporting Session #2. The scheduled parent/guardian meetings with teachers will take place during the afternoon.

Busses will leave the school at 11:25 a.m., and follow their normal routes for dropping off students.

7. Easter Holidays:

Our last day of school before the Easter holidays is Thursday, April 9, 2020. This will be a regular day of school, with dismissal at 2:40p.m. School will be closed from Friday, April 10 to Friday, April 17. Students will return to school on Monday, April 20, and it will be Day 5 on the schedule.

8. Canteen - Chartwells:

Starting Tuesday, March 24 the canteen will be offering a Hot Dog lunch special as part of their regular menu every Tuesday. The special will consist of one hot dog, french fries and a milk for $5.50.

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To: All Parents

From: Ed Walsh-Associate Director of Education

Re: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Date: March 10, 2020 ______________________________________________________________________ As you are aware, countries worldwide are dealing with the outbreak of COVID-19, “coronavirus”. The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District will continue to take guidance from the Department of Health and Community Services and relevant Public Health Agencies in supporting our school communities as this situation evolves.

Below you will find relevant links to information and resources.

Link to Provincial COVID-19 information: https://www.health.gov.nl.ca/health/publichealth/cdc/coronavirus/

Link to Government of Canada COVID -19 information: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infec tion.html

We encourage you to review these documents and discuss with your school-aged children the practice of good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, both of which are key to reducing transmission of COVID-19, as well as other viruses. ● Good hand hygiene involves cleaning​ hands often by washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-95% alcohol if soap and water is not readily available.

● Respiratory etiquette means covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Cough or sneeze into a tissue or into your upper sleeve, not your hands. Put the used tissue in a waste basket ● See Link: ​Coronavirus Information for Schools and Daycares

The District will continue to liaise with officials from the Department of Health and Community Services and Public Health Agencies and will update our school communities as appropriate.

If you have any questions, please call the provincial HealthLine at 811 or TTY

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UPCOMING SPIRIT DAYS!

TUESDAY, FEB. 18TH – 100TH DAY OF SCHOOL!

You can celebrate in one of the following ways:

· Dress up as a 100-year-old person

· Create a shirt representing 100

· Dress how you think fashion will look 100 years from now.



FRIDAY, FEB. 28TH – PINK SHIRT DAY!

- Students are encouraged to wear a pink shirt.

- Students will participate in a

- variety of activities focusing on how to be a good friend.

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ANOTHER UPDATE OF THE SCHOOL REVIEW.

February 14, 2020

Good day families, This is written to remind you of the approaching registration deadline to present to the Board of Trustees at the upcoming public school community meeting. The meeting will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2020, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Stephenville High School, Stephenville.

Members of the school community who would like to make a presentation to the Board are asked to contact John Way at 709-727-8684 (between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.) or by email at johnway@nlesd.ca by Thursday, February 20th at 4:00 p.m to schedule a time. Presentations are to be a maximum of 10 minutes in length and Trustees may wish to pose questions to presenters for clarity following the allotted presentation time. An electronic or hard copy of your presentation is to be provided to the District and will become a record of the Board of Trustees.

Please note, in order to allow for proper scheduling for the meeting, only those individuals who pre-register can make representations (verbal or electronic presentations) to the Board. Individuals who do not register will not be permitted to address the Board at the meeting. As the purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity to the school community to make representation, if no one indicates their intention to present by the above-noted deadline, the meeting will not proceed.

Families are also reminded that following the ThoughtExchange online consultation process, the District released a public report to help inform consultations with your school community. The report developed from the exchange is available directly here: http://bit.ly/19-20SHPCHReviewP2

As always, details on school review timelines and other considerations are available on the Stephenville High/ Piccadilly Central High School Review webpage here:

https://www.nlesd.ca/schools/schoolreview/index.jsp

Regards,

Daniel O’Brien Assistant Director of Education for Programs - Western Region Western Regional Office Corner Brook, NL

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School Reorganization Update

February 7, 2020

Good day Stephenville and Piccadilly School System families,

As we have now concluded the recent ThoughtExchange online conversation as part of the Stephenville

High/Piccadilly Central High School Systems Review, we are sharing a report with you containing the

results of the exchange.

Using ThoughtExchange, the District invited participants to share their thoughts and rate the views of

others on the Motion recently brought forward by the Board. The Motion for these systems would see:

● St. Thomas Aquinas and Stephenville Elementary close, effective June 2020;

● Stephenville Middle School reconfigured from Grades 6-8 to Grades 4-7;

● Stephenville High School reconfigured from Grades 9-12 to Grades 8-12;

● All students attending Stephenville Elementary attend Stephenville Middle School;

● Stephenville Primary, Middle and High School student attendance zones rezoned to include the

current student attendance zone for St. Thomas Aquinas, in their respective grade levels;

● All students who previously attended St. Thomas Aquinas K-8, and who are currently attending

Piccadilly Central High, continue to attend Piccadilly Central High until completion of high school;

and,

● The Pathfinder Learning Centre moves from its current location at the former L.S. Eddy building to

what was the Stephenville Elementary facility.

Trustees are expected to vote on this Motion at their March 28, 2020 regular public meeting.

To those who actively engaged in the consultation process through

ThoughtExchange, the District thanks

you for your guidance, interest, and participation. We have heard your thoughts and concerns and have

responded to some of the perspectives shared. You will notice that we have not commented on all

thoughts, as many people shared similar ideas, but we have responded to a sample of the concerns and

suggestions raised.

Please review the report developed from the exchange here: http://bit.ly/19-20SHPCHReviewP2

Community members are reminded to register their intentions to make a presentation to the Board at the

upcoming public school community meeting, scheduled for Thursday, March 5, 2020, beginning at 6:00

p.m. at Stephenville High School . Presenters are asked to contact John Way at 709-727-8684 (between

8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.) or johnway@nlesd.ca by Thursday, February 20th at 4:00 p.m to schedule a

time.

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MEMO TO: Parents/Guardians

FROM: Parent Committee

DATE: February 3rd, 2020

RE: Staff Appreciation Week 2019-2020

The week of February 10 – 14th 2020, is Staff Appreciation Week at Stephenville Primary. To recognize our staff at Stephenville Primary, we will be having daily treats each day of that week. If you can donate a food item or volunteer your time, please indicate below. Someone from the parent committee will contact you to discuss the details.

Please avoid foods with peanuts and fish due to allergies in our school. Thank you!

We thank you for any help you can give. Please return this form to your child’s teacher by Friday, February 7th, 2020.

I can donate the following:

Monday: Fruit Tray ______ Veggie _____

Tuesday: Nachos _______ Salsa_______ Hot Dip ______

Wednesday: NO SCHOOL- PD Day

Thursday: Pot luck _____ items might include, soup, lasagna, salads, wings, pizza etc.

(Students have no school however staff will still be working.)

Friday: Sweet Treats ______

Or, I can donate my time:

Monday, (February 10th at 10:00 a.m.) _____ help with recess duty

Tuesday, (February 11th at 10:00 a.m.) _____ help with recess duty

Wednesday, (February 12th) _____ PD day

Thursday, (February 13th) _____ PD day Friday, (February 14th at 10:00a.m.) _____ help with recess duty


Parent/Guardian Name: _______________________________________


Phone Number: ________________ (home) _________________ (cell/work)

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Canada's Agriculture Day

Building a Team – Working Together

MEMO TO: Parents/Guardians

FROM: Gerald Morgan, Principal & Jill Benoit, Vice-Principal

DATE: February 6, 2020

RE: Canada’s Agriculture Day

Agriculture in the Classroom NL (AITC-NL) is celebrating the fourth annual Canada’s Agriculture Day. This is a day is to showcase local and Canadian agriculture!

AITC-NL in collaboration with our commodity partners are hosting an event at Stephenville Primary on February 11, 2020. Students will get to attend an agriculture trade show in the gym and meet with local farmers and agriculture professionals. This interactive event will provide the opportunity for students to make the connection to agriculture and experience hands-on activities, which will enhance their understanding of the many facets of agriculture. Special Guests will be attending to speak with the students. Each student will be provided with stickers, tattoos, and placemats to celebrate the day! Students will be provided a lunch made by Chef D-Arcy Butler and the College of the North Atlantic’s Culinary Team using local ingredients donated by local farmers. Finally, Kacie Callahan will perform for the students to end their Canada’s Agriculture Day celebration.

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We need volunteers to assist us with this event from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. If you can assist please sign below and return to the school by Monday, February 10. Your support is appreciated. We will then contact you to schedule a time.

I can volunteer: __________________ Telephone #: _________________________

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Building a Team – Working Together

MEMO TO: Parents/Guardians

FROM: Gerald Morgan, Principal & Jill Benoit, Vice-Principal

DATE: January 29, 2020

RE: Important Dates and Reminders

1. Canada’s Agriculture Day:

Stephenville Primary School has been selected by the NL Federation of Agriculture to host Canada’s Agriculture Day in Newfoundland and Labrador this year. The event will take place on Tuesday, February 11. Special guests will be in attendance and special activities are being planned. More information will follow as the event is finalized.

2. Staff Professional Development – School Closures:

Please note that school will be closed on Wednesday, February 12, and Thursday, February 13. Staff will be involved in Professional Development Activities.

3. School Holiday:

School will be closed for Winter Break on Monday, February 17.

4. School Winter Carnival:

Several members of our staff are planning Winter Carnival Events for our school for Thursday, February 20 and Friday, February 21. We will need volunteers to assist us on those dates so please mark in your calendar. More information will follow in a separate memo.

5. Outdoor Clothing:

Please note that all children should be coming to school prepared for Winter outdoor play (boots, coats, snow pants, hats, mittens, etc.). When the weather permits, children will be going outside for Lunch Time play and/or at other points throughout the day.

6. Breakfast Program (KES) Blitz:

Our school is participating in a Breakfast Blitz, to help fill our KES Cupboards, on Thursday, February 27, 2020. We are asking you to please send along a breakfast item or a donation to support our school’s Kids Eat Smart Breakfast Club. If you wish, you may make your donation online at www.kidseatsmart.ca and designate our school to receive your gift. Remember $20 is breakfast for a child for one month! It’s important that we fill our KES cupboards to ensure our children start their days well nourished and ready to learn. Every day we serve breakfast to approximately 200 students. Simply have your children bring the items along with them in the morning or drop the items off at the office at any time.

ITEMS NEEDED INCLUDE:

-Apple Juice

-Cheeze Whiz

-WW Bread

-Boxes of Cereal (Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies, Special K Strawberry)

-Triple Fruit Raspberry Jam

Your generosity is very much appreciated!!!

7. Social and Emotional Learning Parent/Guardian Sessions:

Social and Emotional Learning is important in our student’s success and overall well being. It focuses on helping students develop social-emotional skills that are essential for working with others, building resiliency, reducing problem behaviours. Social-emotional skills are foundational for success in school and in life. It need to be taught and can improve with opportunities to practice in different contexts. It requires a long-term, whole-school approach that involves families and community partners. As a result, Stephenville Primary School is pleased to offer sessions to parents who are interested in improving social emotional skills in their families. At this point, we are asking for expressions of interest from families. If you are interested in learning more about this group, please email dalemclean@nlesd.ca or krystalleehann1@nlesd.ca or contact Stephenville Primary at 643 2331 and leave your name and current phone number with Miss Gertie by Friday, January 31. We will be on contact with families who are interested in the coming weeks.


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Reminder: Thought Exchange

January 27, 2020

Good day families, We wish to advise all school communities involved in the Stephenville High/Piccadilly Central High School System Review that the deadline to provide feedback through ThoughtExchange has been extended by two days and will now conclude Wednesday, January 29 at 11:59 p.m.(NT).

This action is being taken because of technical issues encountered over the weekend which have since been rectified. So far, more than 70 individuals sharing over 250 thoughts on the Motion on Stephenville High/Piccadilly Central High School System Review, set to be brought before the Newfoundland and Labrador English School Board Trustees at the March 28 public meeting in St. John’s.

There are some great perspectives provided so far. All voices matter, so your participation is crucial and valued. You are encouraged to go into the exchange and share thoughts (if you have not already done so), place a ratings star beside some of the new thoughts shared, and see what views are rising to the top.

Once again, we want to hear your views on the following question: What are your thoughts and perspectives on the Motion for the Stephenville High/Piccadilly Central High School Systems, as outlined on the District webpage?

Please click here to participate: https://my.thoughtexchange.com/#745727642 As noted in previous memos, if a member of the school community does not have Internet access, they may connect with their area school and the administration will assist as necessary.

Complete information on this School System Review process is available on the District’s website at: https://www.nlesd.ca/schools/schoolreview/index.jsp. Should you have any questions, please contact Truman Greenham, Director of Schools for the Pathfinders Learning Center, at 637-4000 or trumangreenham@nlesd.ca or Delores Clarke-Genge, Director of Schools for the remaining schools in this system, at 637-4000 or deloresclarkegenge@nlesd.ca.

Thank you in advance for your input.

Regards, Daniel O’Brien

Assistant Director of Education for Programs - Western Region Western Regional Office Corner Brook, NL

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Literacy Day Memo

MEMO TO: Parents/Guardians

FROM: The Literacy Committee

DATE: January 22 th , 2020

RE: Family Literacy Day 2020

Every year our school celebrates Family Literacy Day with our students and their

families. At Stephenville Primary School our staff work very hard to build a lifelong love

of literacy learning in all of our students. In our classrooms we participate in games,

songs, story read alouds, among many other activities to foster this love and learning for

literacy and we encourage families to also engage in these kinds of activities at home.

On Friday January 31 st , we want to celebrate parents, guardians and other family

members for the very important role they play in building a lifelong love of literacy in

their child/ren.

On Friday January 31 th , we will be inviting all parents and guardians to come to our

school between 1:15pm and 2:15pm to participate in literacy activities with their

child’s class. During this time, parents and guardians will have the opportunity to engage

with the children in literacy activities. There will be time at the end where the children,

parents and guardians will be able to enjoy some milk and cookies as a treat.

Parents/Guardians are asked to donate cookies, if they wish, for this event (bought

packaged cookies peanut free only please). Please send cookies to the school by

Tuesday January 28 th if you will be donating.

We are really looking forward to this special day at our school and would be so happy if

you could join us in celebrating the important role we all play in literacy learning for our

children. Looking forward to seeing you on January 31 st , 2020.


Family Literacy Day takes place every January 27 th to raise awareness about

the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a

family. Since 1999, thousands of schools, libraries, literacy organizations and

other community groups have taken part in the initiative. ABC creates free

learning and promotional resources for anyone that wants to get involved.

Taking time every day to read or do a learning activity with children is crucial

to a child’s development, improving a child’s literacy skills dramatically, and can

help a parent improve their skills as well. .(https://abclifeliteracy.ca/family-

literacy/)

What is Family Literacy?

Family literacy focuses on parents, grandparents and other family members to

improve the reading and writing skills of the whole family. By reading to

children and engaging in fun literacy activities regularly, adults actively keep

their own skills sharp and also help children improve their skills. Family

literacy activities strengthen the relationship between family members which,

in turn, encourages lifelong learning. Without adult support and a strong

foundation at home, a child is less likely to be successful and engaged.


See the website: www.abclifeliteracy.ca

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Thought Exchange

January 21, 2020

Good-day families, As part of the ongoing Stephenville High/ Piccadilly Central High School System Review, the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District will be holding a public school community meeting in your area on Thursday, March 5, 2020, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Stephenville High School.

Members of the school community who would like to make a presentation to the Board of Trustees may do so at this time. Please note, priority will be given to parents/guardians of students within the system. Presenters are asked to contact John Way at 709-727-8684 (between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.) or johnway@nlesd.ca by Thursday, February 20th at 4:00 p.m to schedule a time. Presentations are to be a maximum of 10 minutes in length and Trustees may wish to pose questions to presenters for clarity following the allotted presentation time. An electronic or hard (paper) copy of your presentations is to be provided to the District and will become a record of the Board of Trustees.

It is extremely important for members of the school community to provide their feedback during the school review process.

The District continues to provide an opportunity to members of your school community to provide their thoughts and perspectives on the Motion through ThoughtExchange until 11:59 p.m.(NT), Monday, January 27. As a reminder, we are asking your input on the following question: What are your thoughts and perspectives on the Motion for the Stephenville High/Piccadilly Central High School Systems, as outlined on the District webpage?


Please click here to participate: https://my.thoughtexchange.com/#745727642

All voices matter, so we encourage you to provide your feedback during this process. If a member of the school community does not have Internet access, they may connect with their area school and the administration will assist with providing access as necessary. As always, complete information on the Stephenville High/Piccadilly Central High School System Review Process is available on the District’s website here:

https://www.nlesd.ca/schools/schoolreview/index.jsp

Should you have any questions, please contact Truman Greenham, Director of Schools for the Pathfinders Learning Center, at 637-4000 or trumangreenham@nlesd.ca or Delores Clarke-Genge, Director of Schools for the remaining schools in this system, at 637-4000 or deloresclarkegenge@nlesd.ca.

Thank you for your continued interest and involvement with the school review process.

Regards,

Daniel O’Brien

Assistant Director of Education for Programs - Western Region

Western Regional Office

Corner Brook, NL

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January 16, 2020

Good-day families,

As part of the ongoing Stephenville HIgh/Piccadilly Central High School Systems Review, the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District has compiled an updated webpage and information booklet for your school communities.

In an effort to ensure an informed discussion on the Motion brought forth at the December 7, 2019 meeting of the Board of Trustees, an updated web resource has been developed outlining key details of this phase of the school review process. The new web page is available from the District website here: https://www.nlesd.ca/schools/schoolreview/2020/system-shpch2.jsp An updated Information Booklet for the Stephenville High/Piccadilly Central High School Systems Review is also available on the new webpage and can be accessed here.

Information contained within the booklet has been updated to provide such details as general student transportation information, projected number of classes based on current ratios set by the Provincial Government, projected teaching-resource provisions, and other potential improvements in student access to programs and services.

For individuals who may have issues accessing the document electronically, hard copies are available from your school administration. The District is once again inviting feedback from your school community, and a new ThoughtExchange question has been created for consideration and input. All voices matter, so your participation is important. Once you review the updated resources, please follow the link below to enter your thoughts on the following question. The exchange will close as of 11:59 p.m.(NT), Monday, January 27, 2020. What are your thoughts and perspectives on the Motion for the Stephenville High/Piccadilly High School Systems, as outlined on the District webpage? Please click here to participate: https://my.thoughtexchange.com/#745727642 If this is your first time participating, you will be prompted to add and verify your email address, and create a password to participate in this online conversation.

ThoughtExchange will allow you to share your own individual thoughts, consider and rate the thoughts of others, and learn what is important to the community. It will be important for you to share your thought and also explain why it is important, as it will help others determine if they agree. ThoughtExchange keeps the identities of those who shared thoughts and assigned ratings confidential. Any individual who may have issues connecting with ThoughtExchange using technology (internet connection problems, computer access, language barriers, etc.) should connect with the school administration of any school within this system.

District schools are committed to ensuring families are able to provide their valuable input into this process. As always, complete information on the Stephenville High/Piccadilly Central High School Systems Review Process is available on the District’s website here: https://www.nlesd.ca/schools/schoolreview/ Thank you in advance for your input. Regards, Daniel O’Brien Assistant Director of Education for Programs (Western Region)


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MEMO TO: Parents/Guardians

FROM: Gerald Morgan, Principal & Jill Benoit, Vice-Principal

DATE: November 15, 2019

1. Staff Professional Development & Report Card Preparation:

Please note that school will be closed on Monday, November 18.

2. Reporting Session #1:

Parents/guardians are asked to note that progress reports will be distributed to parents/guardians on Thursday, November 28.

A note will be sent home prior to this indicating an appointment time for your parent/guardian meeting with your child’s teacher. Please send the note back to the teacher indicating if you can attend the meeting at the scheduled time, or indicate if you prefer to set up an alternate meeting.

Progress reports will not be sent home with students. Parents/guardians will be asked to meet the teacher to receive their child’s report.

Due to Reporting Session #1 and the scheduled parent/guardian meetings with teachers on Thursday, November 28, school will close at 11:20 a.m.

Busses will run their normal routes at that time.

3. Outdoor Clothing:

Please note that all children should be coming to school prepared for outdoor play (boots, coats, hats, mittens, etc.). When the weather permits, children will be going outside for Lunch Time play and/or at other points throughout the day.

4. Social and Emotional Learning Parent/Guardian Sessions:

Social and Emotional Learning is important in our student’s success and overall well being. It focuses on helping students develop social-emotional skills that are essential for working with others, building resiliency, reducing problem behaviours. Social-emotional skills are foundational for success in school and in life. It need to be taught and can improve with opportunities to practice in different contexts. It requires a long-term, whole-school approach that involves families and community partners. As a result, Stephenville Primary School is pleased to offer sessions to parents who are interested in improving social emotional skills in their families. At this point, we are asking for expressions of interest from families. If you are interested in learning more about this group, please email dalemclean@nlesd.ca or krystalleehann1@nlesd.ca or contact Stephenville Primary at 643 2331 and leave your name and current phone number with Miss Gertie by November 22, 2019. We will be on contact with families who are interested in the coming weeks.

continued cooperation.

5. St. Vincent de Paul Concert:

Ms. Nolan is preparing a Grade 2 choir to perform in the St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Concert on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. The concert will take place at St. Stephen’s Church and will begin at 7:00 p.m. Grade 2 students are asked to be at the church no later than 6:45 p.m.

6. Grade 3 Christmas Concert:

Our Grade 3 students will be performing in a Christmas Concert here at the school on Thursday, December 5, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $2 and will go on sale Monday, November 25, with a limit of four tickets per student. If you wish to purchase tickets please send the correct amount of money along to your child’s teacher.

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RECIPES IN A JAR

Due Friday, Nov 15th, 2019

http://sps.recipesinajar.ca/?fbclid=IwAR0-JuEi3liGhl7vWlJVQMv_QEghQyOQEgzdyfK6BxkdqRI1qDjCQWFyaEo


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MEMO TO: Parents/Guardians

FROM: Gerald Morgan, Principal & Jill Benoit, Vice-Principal

DATE: October 28, 2019

1.

HALLOWEEN Activities

Wednesday, October 30th. Is “Orange and Black” accessory day at our school.

Children can dress in orange and black or wear Halloween accessories (socks, earrings, etc.).

Thursday, October 31st, is “HALLOWEEN”. This will be a special day for children in our school. Individual classroom teachers will notify you if there are special events planned for their specific classes.

ALL children can wear their costumes when they come to school in the morning and keep them on all day if they wish. We ask parents to make special note of the following:

Children cannot wear costumes depicting violence in any way… This would include knives, daggers, blood, and other gory items. We must always keep in mind the age of our children and the lasting impressions that many of these things make.

Also, please note that due to the rising number of children in our school with food allergies and other medical conditions, we are asking parents/guardians not to send homemade and baked food items to school to be shared with classmates.

2. School Photo Retakes

School photo retakes are scheduled for Friday, November 1. Proofs were sent home last week. Please inform the school if you wish to have your child’s photo retaken on November 1.

3. Mid Fall Break & Remembrance Day Holiday:

Please note that school will be closed Friday, November 8 and Monday, November 11.

4. Staff Professional Development & Report Card Preparation:

Please note that school will be closed on Monday, November 18.

5. Reporting Session #1:

Parents/guardians are asked to note that progress reports will be distributed to parents/guardians on

Thursday, November 28.

A note will be sent home prior to this indicating an appointment time for your parent/guardian meeting with your child’s teacher. Please send the note back to the teacher indicating if you can attend the meeting at the scheduled time, or indicate if you prefer to set up an alternate meeting.

Progress reports will not be sent home with students. Parents/guardians will be asked to meet the teacher to receive their child’s report.

Due to Reporting Session #1 and the scheduled parent/guardian meetings with teachers on Thursday, November 28, school will close at 11:20 a.m.

Busses will run their normal routes at that time.

6. Outdoor Clothing:

Please note that all children should be coming to school prepared for outdoor play (coats, hats, mittens, etc.). When the weather permits, children will be going outside for Lunch Time play.

7. Student Routines – Emergency Calls:

Please note that the office is receiving multiple calls daily to make changes to student routines, usually pick-up procedures. This has created concerns around student safety and students are often confused about where they are going and/or who is picking them up. We are asking parents/guardians to only make changes to student routines in emergency situations. Please communicate with our staff using the Student Agendas supplied by the school. We appreciate your continued cooperation.

8. Coats for Kids:

A BIG Thank-You is extended to the Knights of Columbus for donating winter coats to our school as part of the Coats for Kids program. If you know of a student who needs a new winter coat please let us know.


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MEMO TO: Parents/Guardians

FROM: Gerald Morgan, Principal & Jill Benoit, Vice-Principal

DATE: October 29, 2019

RE: School Council Nominations

In accordance with the Schools Act, our School Council is holding an election. As a parent/guardian of a student in this school, you are eligible for election to our Council. The School Council is an excellent way to support the school, as you become directly involved with educational issues at the school level.

Our School Council consists of 10 -12 members, including a maximum of three (3) parent/guardian representatives elected by parents/guardians. A term of office is three years. This year we are seeking three parent/guardian representatives. If you wish to be nominated as a parent representative on our School Council, or you wish to nominate another parent, please complete the nomination form below and return it to the school by Friday, November 1, 2019. (You can nominate another individual, or offer yourself as a candidate).

Please support Stephenville Primary by becoming a member of our School Council.

Further information on the membership, purpose, and function of School Councils can be found on the back of this memo.

Stephenville Primary School Council

Parent Representative Candidate Form

I would like to nominate as a candidate for the position of PARENT REPRESENTATIVE on Stephenville Primary School Council.

Signature of Nominator:

Signature of Person accepting nomination:

Stephenville Primary School Council

Parent Representative Candidate Form

I, would like to be a candidate for the position of PARENT REPRESENTATIVE on Stephenville Primary School Council.

Candidate’s Signature: ______________________________

Address: _________________________________________

Telephone: _______________________________________


THE SCHOOL COUNCIL MODEL

What is a School Council?

A school council is a legally constituted body of elected and appointed representatives of the local school constituency. It is established for the purpose of developing, encouraging and promoting policies, practices and activities which will enhance the quality of school programs and improve the levels of student achievement in the school. The School Council meets on a regular basis to receive and disseminate information, and to consider and make decisions about school issues.

Who makes up the School Council?

The School Council is composed of a maximum of 15 members, including the principal. Other membership includes a maximum of six elected parents, a maximum of four elected teachers, a maximum of four appointed community representatives, and high school students (where applicable). Representatives are elected or appointed in accordance with The School’s Act, 1997, Section 25.

What does a School Council do?

School Councils, on behalf of the communities served by the school, will be responsible for working with parents, teachers, students and the community to set the future direction of the school, identify education priorities, determine strategies for achieving goals, and assess and report progress.

The School Council will facilitate a greater involvement of all stakeholders in matters that affect the school. It is a formal mechanism whereby parents, students, school staff and concerned community representatives can pool their knowledge, talents and resources in order to improve teaching and learning at the school level.

A Council is different from existing school committees and parent associations in that its membership is more broadly based, its right to exist is mandated in legislation, and it will have a specific set of functions and responsibilities under The School’s Act.

Who can be elected as parent representatives?

Any parent/guardian is eligible to serve as a parent representative on the School Council provided that they have a child attending that school at the time of election.

Purpose and Functions

The purpose of the School Council is to develop, encourage and promote policies, practices and activities which will enhance the quality of school programs and the levels of student achievement in the school.

The functions of the School Council are:

¥ To represent the educational interest of the school;

¥ To advise on the highest quality of teaching and learning in the school;

¥ To facilitate parent and community involvement; and

¥ To advise the School Board on matters of concern to the school and community

In undertaking these functions, the Council is responsible for:

1.Approving, for recommendation to the Board, a plan for improving teaching and learning in the school;

2.Supporting and promoting the plan approved by the Board for improving teaching and learning in the school;

3.Considering information respecting performance standards in the school;

4.Assisting in the system of monitoring and evaluating standards in the school;

5.Monitoring the implementation of recommendations in reports on the performance of the school;

6.Conducting meetings with parents and members of the community on matters within its responsibility;

7.Ensuring the report on the school, prepared under paragraph 24 (3)(k) of the School’s Act, is available to the public;

8.Communicating concerns respecting Board policies and practices to the Board; and

9.Approving and monitoring activities for the raising of funds for the school.

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October 28, 2019

Dear families and school community members:

Please be advised that at the October 26, 2019 meeting of the Newfoundland and Labrador English School Board, trustees voted to undertake a review of the Stephenville High school system for potential adjustment of catchment areas, grade reconfigurations, and/or closures in anticipation of the upcoming school year (September, 2020). While the school review is in its initial stages, the process will include consultation with school councils, administrators and the school communities. District officials will be in touch with the school administrations of all schools within the Stephenville High school system (Stephenville Primary, Stephenville Elementary, Stephenville Middle, St. Thomas Aquinas, Pathfinder Learning Center, and Stephenville High School) in the coming days to arrange an initial discussion with school councils before further information is shared with the school community. Should you have any questions, please contact Delores Clarke- Genge, Director of Schools, at (709) 637-4000 and deloresclarkegenge@nlesd.ca.

Regards, Daniel O’Brien Assistant Director of Education for Programs –

Western Region Western Regional Office Corner Brook, NL


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October 4th, 2019

Dear Parents / Guardians:

After speaking with Mrs. Rosie Ryan on Tuesday October 1st she informed me of a new initiative that School Sport Newfoundland and Labrador are providing for the 50th year of their existence in schools in our province. They are adding the grade 2’s to compete in the Cross country running events in the province for the upcoming season. We have opened up registration for the students in this age group for Stephenville Primary. The addition of this group will add about 30 more kids to the cross country team thus approximately 60 kids in total. I have 3-4 staff members that are willing to help out and would love to have a few parents from the community to join in if possible

Parents should note that they will have to arrange to pick up their children at 3:50 as bussing will not be provided for those choosing to participate in the after-school program.

It is very important for children who sign up to be committed to playing for the entire program. Any child whom signs up for the after school program will have to stay, unless there is contact from home indicating that the student will not be attending the program on a given day. This rule is put in place for the child’s safety.

Sincerely,

Roland Peddle

Physical Education Teacher

______ Yes, I would like my child, __________________________, who is in ___________________’s class to participate in the following after-school sports programs.

____Cross Country Running (Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2:50-3:50)

Please return this completed form no later than Wednesday Oct 9th, which will be the first session for the grade 2’s

Please indicate below if you are able to help out, there is only 5 practises left for the remainder of the season with this sport.

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Revised Cross Country Schedule

Hi Parents and Guardians,

The Cross country running season is upon us and there is a full slate of events scheduled for this region.

Please see the schedule for times and dates of the intramural Program and the Zone, Regional and Provincial (Island) races scheduled for this region. All races will take place at the Kippens Recreational Complex.

Schedule:

October 9th : After School Intramurals Time 2:50-3:50

October 15th: Cross Country Zone Race (Kippens Rec Plex) (Optional)

October 16th: After School Intramurals Time 2:50-3:50

To be determined: Regional Race Kippens Rec Plex

October 22nd: Cross Country Regionals Race (Kippens Rec Plex) (Optional)

October 23rd : After School Intramurals Time 2:50-3:50

There will be a separate note sent home before the actual race days that will provide all details about the race events. The races are not mandatory……we will encourage students to participate, but it will be the decision of all students and their parents.

Thanks Roland Peddle

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Thanksgiving Vegetable Fundraiser

MEMO TO: Parents/Guardians

FROM: Gerald Morgan, Principal

DATE: September 17, 2019

RE: Thanksgiving Vegetable Fundraiser

This year we have once again decided to focus our fundraising efforts on the purchase of educational resources for our classrooms and/or our school.

To assist with funding these projects, and in keeping with our nutrition policy, we have planned a Thanksgiving Vegetable Fundraiser which will begin today, Friday, September 20, and will run until Friday, October 4, at which time all orders must be submitted to the school. Orders must be recorded on the order form on the reverse of this sheet. Orders must then be totaled, written on the bottom of the form. The bottom of the form can then be detached and submitted with payment to the school. Parents/ guardians are responsible for the delivery of the vegetable bags; and therefore must keep the top portion as their record sheet for deliveries.

As an incentive, for every 10 bags of vegetables a student sells, the student will receive $10. This will be taken care of after orders have been submitted to the school.

We will be selling 10 pound bags of locally-grown vegetables. Each bag costs $10 and contains the following:

Ä 5 lbs of potatoes

Ä 2 lbs of cabbage

Ä 2 lbs turnip

Ä 1 lb carrot

We are NOT asking children to go door to door. Make it a family and friend event. Please return all order forms by Friday, October 4.

Parents/guardians can pick up the vegetables at the school beginning in the afternoon of Wednesday, October 9, all day Thursday, October 10, and Friday, October 11.

Thank you for supporting our school programs and initiatives.

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PARTICIPATION IS COMPLETELY VOLUNTARY…

If you do not wish to participate, please make note on the form and return the form to your child’s teacher.

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Please Make Note


MEMO TO: Parents/Guardians

FROM: Gerald Morgan, Principal & Jill Benoit, Vice-Principal

DATE: September 13, 2019

RE: Please Make Note…


1. BEE DAY:

On Friday, September 20, we will be having our annual ‘Bee Day’. This day focuses on reviewing behavioral expectations with our students. It will include visiting the different areas of our school to discuss the expectations in those locations, as well as classroom activities and a visit to the bus. Students are asked to wear yellow and black as part of the celebrations. We thank you for your continued support.

2. TERRY FOX WALK:

Our annual Terry Fox Walk will go ahead on Friday, September 27, beginning at 1:00 p.m. (if the weather permits). Families are encouraged to walk with us. Just drop by the main entrance of the school at approximately 1:00 p.m. on Friday and we will direct you from there. Children/Participants are encouraged to bring along a monetary donation if possible. A donation container will be set up in the office.

3. COMMUNICATION REMINDER:

To continue to improve our communication network with parents/guardians we will use our website, https://sps.nlesd.ca/home. We are also on Twitter and Facebook. To find us on both just search for Stephenville Primary and send a request to join.

4. HOT LIQUIDS - STUDENT SAFETY:

Parents/guardians are reminded that hot liquids are not permitted to be carried in the corridors of the school. We appreciate your support of this policy as we strive to ensure our school is a safe place for all students. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

5. SCENT AWARENESS:

Parents/guardians are advised that some members of our school community have adverse reactions to particular scents. In order to provide a safe learning environment, we have now posted signs asking that no scents be worn in our school. We thank you for your cooperation in ensuring that our school is a safe and healthy place for everyone.

6. KIDS EAT SMART - WALK TO BREAKFAST

Our school will be participating in the “Kids Eat Smart Walk to Breakfast” on Friday, October 4, 2019, from 8:10 – 9:00 a.m. This is an annual province-wide school based event hosted by TD Canada Trust and Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador, to help create awareness in every school community about the importance of good nutrition and physical activity. Students who are well nourished have longer attention spans, better problem solving skills, and perform better in school. Students who are active have higher self-esteem, more self-discipline, higher academic performances and are more likely to have a healthy body weight. Together we are working to promote healthy minds and bodies and ensure success for all our students.

On “Walk to Breakfast” day, students, parents/guardians, and family members are encouraged to walk to school together. After the walk, participants (students, parents/guardians, and family members) can enjoy a healthy and nutritious breakfast together. If the weather is bad, the walk will take place inside the gym. Our local Stephenville Dominion Store will be sponsoring the event and will be serving fresh fruit, etc. A BIG Thank-You is extended to Stephenville Dominion for their support of our school. To help support our program, we invite you to participate by making a financial or food donation to our Kids Eat Smart Breakfast Club and participating in the walk at our school. All donations are MATCHED -DOUBLED by the Kids Eat Smart Foundation!!!

7. School Development Day #1 and Day #2:

Parents and guardians are asked to note that schools in the Western Region of the NL English School District will be closed on Monday, October 7th, and

Tuesday, October 8th, for Staff Professional Development.

8. Thanksgiving Holiday:

Please note that school will be closed Monday, October 14th, in observance of The Thanksgiving Holiday.

9. School Photos:

School photos will be taken at our school on Tuesday, October 15th, and Wednesday, October 16th. A background choice card will be sent home shortly. We ask that all children have a proof photo taken for school purposes. Proofs will be sent home later, with the prices for various packages, so that parents/guardians can place orders if they wish to do so.

The schedule for photos is as follows:

TUESDAY, OCT. 15

Mme. Elliott

Mme. Carter

Ms. Ivany

Ms. Blanchard

Ms. Ryan

Ms. O’Gorman

Ms. George

Mme. Madore


WEDNESDAY, OCT. 16

Mme Peters

Ms. Green

Ms. Morgan

Mme Scott

Ms. Barnes

Mme. Fradsham

Ms. Wells

Mr. Bennett

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Allergy Alert

Building a Team – Working Together

ATTENTION - ALLERGY ALERT!!!

Dear Parents/Guardians of ALL Students:

The purpose of this letter is to inform you that there are several children attending our school who have life-threatening allergies. For these children, even the smallest contact with the allergen can cause a life-threatening (anaphylactic) reaction which could result in death. The severe allergies identified to date include allergies to nuts, peanuts, eggs, and shellfish. Precautions are being taken in individual classes to address these specific allergies.

However, one of these allergens, nuts/peanuts, is classified as an airborne allergen. It is extremely important that our whole school take the necessary steps to make Stephenville Primary as safe as possible for all students. All parents and guardians are asked for their understanding, cooperation and assistance as we take the following course of action.

1. Our canteen items consist of products that are peanut/nut free.

2. We ask for your cooperation in packing snacks for school. We ask that you read food labels to see if they contain the warning “may contain traces of nuts” and that you NOT send those snacks to school. These warnings are often found on the most unlikely products such as most candy, cheese-filled Ritz crackers and Vachon cakes, as well as some cookies.

3. Please note that “Soy Butter”, due to the difficulty in distinguishing it from peanut butter, is not permitted. This is a District policy.

We realize this is a big responsibility for you and your child. However, we have found in the past that if you involve your child in the selection of school snacks, they will quickly learn how to identify “unsafe foods and will be very cooperative in not bringing these foods to school.

Many thanks for everyone’s cooperation with this very important matter.

Sincerely,

School Administration

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Welcome Memo

MEMO TO: Parents/Guardians

FROM: Gerald Morgan, Principal & Jill Benoit, Assistant Principal

DATE: September 4, 2019

RE: Welcoming Notes

It is with great pleasure that we welcome you and your children to the 2019 – 2020 school year. We extend a warm welcome to all of our returning students and families as well as the new students and families who have joined our school community. We have approximately 120 new students and their families this year which includes approximately 100 Kindergarten students. We are very pleased to have you all as part of our team.

We strive to make Stephenville Primary a friendly and welcoming school. Over the next several weeks we will be seeking parent volunteers for the various programs we offer. We especially need volunteers for our KES Breakfast Program. Please contact the school if you are interested. An open invitation is extended to each of you to become a part of our team and make this school year as successful as possible.

We look forward to working with, and getting to know, each of you. The following are several important points to make note of:

1. ALLERGY AWARE SCHOOL

Please be reminded that our school is an ALLERGY AWARE school. We have children in our school with life-threatening allergies to several allergens. A school-wide allergy alert has been issued relating to Nut and/or Peanut allergies. To ensure the safety of our students we are asking that parents/guardians NOT send items to the school that contain nuts or peanuts or that may contain traces of nuts or peanuts. Please note that “Soy Butter”, due to the difficulty in distinguishing it from peanut butter, is not permitted. This is a District policy.

2. REMINDERS ABOUT OUR SCHOOL DAY

8:10 a.m. The school doors are unlocked at 8:10 a.m.

Please do not drop students off before this time

8:30 a.m. School Day Begins

10:10-10:25 Recess

11:35-12:20 Lunch

2:30 p.m. Dismissal

In an effort to improve student safety parents/guardians of Grade 1 – Grade 3 students are asked to wait for their children at dismissal time outside the school. Congestion in the main entrance area is a real concern. Walkers will be dismissed at 2:30 p.m.

Parents/guardians of Kindergarten children will be permitted to wait inside the main entrance area. Teachers will need to make contact with these parents/guardians at dismissal time. Kindergarten children will be dismissed at 2:25 p.m.

Your cooperation with this important matter is greatly appreciated!

3. BUSSING ITEMS

According to provincial policy, students within a school zone who live more than 1.6 km from the school qualify for bussing services to/from their home address ONLY. In some instances, courtesy bussing may be available if room exists on a bus. Please see this policy at https://www.nlesd.ca/schools/busing/doc/courtesy_seating_protocol.pdf.

Courtesy bussing will not be available until later in September.

Applications for courtesy bussing are available at the school or online.

4. SCHOOL PARKING LOT

The safety of our students is of most importance to all of us!! Parents/Guardians are asked not to park in either of the two lanes at the front of the school. The outside lane is for buses and thru traffic only (NO DROP OFF), and the inside lane closest to the school is for drop-off of students (NO PARKING). We ask that you please follow these regulations.

If the parking lot is filled, space is available at the right/rear of the school where the Irving Oil tanks were once located. You can also park in the Stephenville Elementary School parking lot.

5. CAFETERIA SERVICES

Chartwells School Dining Services are again providing cafeteria services to our school and will begin on Monday, September 9. A menu will be sent home later this week. Please refer to the instructions below:

1. Place your child’s order (with the correct change) in an envelope or baggie labeled with the child’s name (and teacher’s name).

2. The order must state what the child is ordering for recess and what is being ordered for lunch.

3. Orders can also be placed online at www.CafZone.ca.

4. Parents may purchase a meal plan. Please drop by the canteen to speak with the workers. The hours are 9:00 – 12:00 daily.

6. BREAKFAST PROGRAM

The Breakfast Program will begin on Monday September 9. Each morning breakfast will be served, at no cost, to any student who wishes to participate. Donations are accepted. If you or a family member or friend are interested in volunteering for the Breakfast Program please contact the school.

7. STUDENT INFORMATION FORMS

Student information forms have been sent home with all students. Please make the necessary corrections on these forms and return them to the school ASAP.

8. CURRICULUM NIGHT

Curriculum Night is scheduled for Wednesday, September 11th, at 6:30 p.m., here at the school. We encourage ALL parents and guardians to attend. Your involvement in your child’s education is critical. More information regarding the agenda for the evening will follow in the next few days. We hope to see you all there!!!

9. NO CHILD WITHOUT

Our school is involved in the Canadian MedicAlert Foundation’s No Child Without program. There is no cost for students who attend our school and are between the ages of 4 up to their 14th birthday. If your child has a medical condition, allergy, or is required to take medication on a regular basis then you should consider this program. A child’s MedicAlert identification can alert school staff, friends, coaches and others about your child’s medical condition should an emergency occur.

For further information come to the office for a brochure or go to www.nochildwithout.com .

To register for the program, your child will need a No Child Without brochure from the office which contains a special code/ ID number.


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SCHOOL RE-OPENING IN SEPTEMBER

School will re-open for Grade 1-3 students on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, at 8:30 a.m., and for Kindergarten students on Thursday, September 5, 2019, at 8:30 a.m.,

Please make note of the following important information regarding our School Schedule:

· School doors open at 8:10 a.m.

· School begins at 8:30 a.m.

· Dismissal is at 2:30 p.m.

· Recess is from 10:10 – 10:25 a.m.

· Lunch is from 11:35 – 12:20 p.m.




SUPPLY LISTS

KINDERGARTEN

Note: Please do not label any of the following supplies:

2 Large White Erasers

2 Packs of Pencils

5 Large Glue Sticks

4 Packages of Crayons (no fluorescent crayons please)

1 Pair of Scissors (plastic handles with metal tips)

2 Exercise Books (no spiral bound or small exercises) (English Students Only)

2 Plastic Duotang Folders (French Students Only)

3 Boxes of Tissues

4 Containers of Playdough

1 Pack of Plastic Spoons

1 Pack of Plastic Straws

Note: Please label the following supplies with your child’s name:

1 Pair of Indoor Sneakers (Velcro is strongly recommended)

1 School Bag (large enough to hold exercises and art projects)

1 Lunch Bag

1 Full Change of Clothes (Shirt, pants, underwear & socks)

This outfit will be placed in your child’s locker in case of a spill or accident).

Thank you for your cooperation and we look forward to seeing you and your child in September.

Sincerely

Kindergarten Teachers

Grade One (English & French Immersion)

Listed below are the supplies your child will need in September to start off the year in Grade One. If your child runs out of supplies, we will send a note home.

4 white erasers

2 boxes of pencils (20 – 24 pencils)

6 large glue sticks in September

2 pairs of Scissors (good quality metal)

Pencil case (large soft-sided case with a zipper)

4 Pkgs of Crayons (Maximun of 24 in a box)

*Indoor sneakers

1 Pack of exercise books - non-coiled

2 boxes of tissues

A change of clothes (to be left in the locker, in case of an “accident”)

8 Duo Tangs

1 Pack of plastic spoons

1 Pack of Straws

1 Pack of Coloring Leads (French Immerson only)

Book Bag / Lunch Bag

No binders or mechanical pencils, please. Please label only inside sneakers. (Do not label any other supplies).

Thank you for your cooperation and we look forward to meeting you and your child in September.

Sincerely,

Grade One English & French Teachers

Grade One / Two (French Immersion)

Listed below are the supplies your child will need in September to start off the year in Grade One.

If your child runs out of supplies, we will send a note home.

4 white erasers

1 boxes of pencils (20 – 24 pencils)

6 large glue sticks in September

*Indoor sneakers

2 boxes of tissues

A change of clothes (to be left in the locker, in case of an “accident”)

8 Duo Tangs

1 Pack of Coloring Leads (French Immerson only)

Book Bag / Lunch Bag

No binders or mechanical pencils, please. Please label only inside sneakers. (Do not label any other supplies).

Thank you for your cooperation and we look forward to meeting you and your child in September.

Sincerely,

Mme. Madore

Grade One/Two French Teacher

Grade Two (English & French)

Listed below are the supplies your child will need in September to start off the year in Grade Two. If your child runs out of supplies, we will send a note home.

4 white erasers

2 boxes of pencils (20 – 24 pencils)

Pencil sharpener

6 large glue sticks

Scissors (pointed, good quality metal)

Pencil case (large soft-sided case with a zipper)

Crayons and coloring leads (no markers please)

Indoor sneakers

1 Box Straws

4 boxes of tissues

1 Pk Exercise Book (4 in package)

10 Duo Tang Folders (Please do not write names of them)

2 Package of plastic spoons

Earbuds/Earphones

1 Spill proof Water Bottle

Book Bag / Lunch Bag

No binders or mechanical pencils, please.

Some of your child’s supplies may need to be replenished after Christmas.

Thank you for your cooperation and we look forward to meeting you and your child in September.

Sincerely,

Grade Two English & French Teachers

Grade Three (English)

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Listed below are the supplies your child will need in September to start off the year in Grade Three. If your child runs out of supplies, we will send a note home.

Book Bag / Lunch Bag

6 White erasers

3 boxes of pencils (20 – 24 pencils)

Pencil sharpener (metal sharpener)

3 large glue sticks

Scissors (good quality metal) rounded point edge

Pencil case

Crayons or coloring pencils (no scents, please)

Indoor sneakers

6 boxes of tissues

1 pkg exercise books (4 in pkg) (32 Page exercises please)

1 Pack of spoons

Earbuds/Earphones

Thank you for your cooperation and we look forward to meeting you and your child in September.

Sincerely,

Grade Three English Teachers

Grade Three (French Immersion)

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Listed below are the supplies your child will need in September to start off the year in Grade Three. If your child runs out of supplies, we will send a note home.

1 Pkg Exercises

1 (1”) Binder

1 Pkg of 50 lined sheets

Hole Punch

Book Bag / Lunch Bag

4 White erasers

2 box of pencils (20 – 24 pencils)

Pencil sharpener (metal sharpener)

4 large glue sticks

Scissors (good quality metal) point edge

Crayons or coloring pencils

30 cm ruler (flexible)

Indoor sneakers

2 (Packs of 4) Duo Tang Folders (no plastic)

2 boxes of tissues

French-English, English-French Dictionary (Robert Collins is good)

Earbuds/Earphones

Thank you for your cooperation and we look forward to meeting you and your child in September.

Sincerely,

Mme. Fradsham

Grade Three French Immersion Teacher





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MEMO TO: Parents/Guardians

FROM: Gerald Morgan, Principal & Jill Benoit, Assistant Principal

DATE: Friday, June 14, 2019

RE: Important Notes and Reminders

1. SCHOOL CLOSURE:

Please be ireminded that school will be closed on Monday, June 17.

2. CANTEEN SERVICES

The final day for canteen services will be Friday, June 21. Students will need to bring Recess and Lunch snacks from home from Monday, June 24, to Thursday, June 27. Supplies will be limited so Canteen Staff may have to adjust orders as needed.

3. CLOSING TIMES ON THURSDAY, JUNE 27

The final day of classes for students is Thursday, June 27. Students will be dismissed at 11:45 AM. Busses will make their regular runs at that time.


4. YEAR END ASSEMBLIES

Our Year End Assemblies are scheduled for Wednesday, June 26, 2019. The first assembly is scheduled for 9:00 A.M. and the second assembly is scheduled for 1:00 P.M. Parents/Guardians/Family Members are invited to attend. Please check the schedule below to see when your child’s class is scheduled to attend.

First Assembly at 9:00 A.M. Second Assembly at 1:00 P.M.

Ms. Ivany Mme. Peters

Ms. Blanchard Mme. Elliott

Ms. Wells Mme. Fradsham

Mme. Madore Ms. O’Gorman

Ms. Morgan Ms. Green

Ms. Barnes Mme. Scott

Mr. Bennett Ms. Crocker

Ms. Childs Mme. O’Connor

Donations will be collected for Stephenville Food Services. We thank you in advance for your generosity.

5. SPORTS DAY 2019

Our Sports Day will be held on Friday, June 21. There will be many events that will be lots of fun for the children. If any parents/guardians would like to volunteer to help Mr. Peddle with the various events, please contact the school by Monday, June 17.

6. CYN SUMMER BOOKWORMS PROGRAM

CYN Summer BookWorms Reading Program brochures will be sent home in the near future. Registration will take place on Tuesday, June 25 to Thursday, June 27, in the entrance lobby. The program is FREE!!!

7. SCHOOL APP

A new School App entitled “SchoolMessenger” will be available in September. Our old school app will no longer be available. Watch for a separate memo regarding this which will be distributed later.

8. SCHOOL RE-OPENING IN SEPTEMBER

School will re-open for Grade 1-3 students on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, at 8:30 a.m., and for Kindergarten students on Thursday, September 5, 2019, at 8:30 a.m.,

Please make note of the following important information regarding our School Schedule:

· School doors open at 8:10 a.m.

· School begins at 8:30 a.m.

· Dismissal is at 2:30 p.m.

· Recess is from 10:10 – 10:25 a.m.

· Lunch is from 11:35 – 12:20 p.m.

It has been a pleasure to work with you and your children this school year! Thank-You for all your support!

All the best to our Grade 3 students as you move to Stephenville Elementary School. We will miss you…


Have a Safe & Happy Summer!

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