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Apology – Since mid-October, the weekly Monday
Mailing has been inconsistent. That was - obviously, I hope :) not my intent when setting this weekly system up in October 2012. I have been having some technical difficulties since changing over to a free version of the email client I use to send out the mailing to you. These issues should be remedied now and the regular weekly mailing schedule should continue. Thank you for your patience. Please note that I can be reached at 519-833-9685 x223
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Progress reports – Your child’s Grade 1-8 Progress Report will be going home on Thursday, November 14th, 2013. This 2-page report provides you with initial information about your child’s progress so far this year. It is not a report card (the first one goes home in February) and does not contain marks but categories of progress. The student/parent/teacher interview is also part of this progress report. All teaching staff from JK-8 take part in this process. Erin Public School’s interviews will take place on the evening of November 21st and during the day on Friday, November 22nd. To accommodate the daytime interviews, Friday, November 22nd is a P.A. Day. If a staff member is not available on the evening of the 21st and are making alternate arrangements, they will contact you directly. All teaching staff are available on Friday, November 22nd. We strongly encourage you to bring your child and include them as part of the conversation. I wish to thank all staff for the hard work they have put into the progress report and the preparation they will put into the interview process.
I will also be trying something new this year and setting up a table in the school to be on-hand to provide information and answer questions about education in 2013. What does a typical day look like? What do we mean by ‘curriculum’? What are the tools my child uses to learn? How is school different from when I went? How is it the same? What does school work look like? What does EQAO look like? What can I do to support my child? Any other questions? Send me an email and I will try to be ready to help answer it. Also, with advanced notice, I can be available should you or your child’s teacher wish me to be part of the interview process.
Bullying Awareness Week
– November 18-22nd is Bullying Awareness week. Daily activities will be organized for students in conjunction with our Student Voice Senate with a focus on defining bullying, identifying healthy conflict vs. unhealthy bullying and on highlighting the student tools available to help stop bullying. Our intent is to highlight these measures during Bullying Awareness Week but to sustain this message throughout the year. Bullying Awareness Week activities will culminate with a concert by local musical artist Ryan Laird (www.ryanlaird.com
) on November 26th at 9:00 a.m. Please join us for the concert if you can.
The UGDSB has launched a ‘Stop-a-Bully’ online tool (see below). We will also be opening up a site for a school climate survey. This is a survey for staff, students in Grade 4-8 and parents and is intended to provide us with key information regarding the climate of our school. It is important to participate so that we can get the most accurate information possible. Summaries of this information will be shared with staff, our School Council and the Student Voice Senate to help us target key areas of support for our school. Please note that all responses are completed anonymously. The survey will be open from November 18th – November 29th. See below for additional information.
Kindergarten request – Mrs. Lush, Mrs. Barth, and Mrs. Ly's classes are looking for scrap fabric and for old costumes for their dramatic play centres. Please send things down to the Kindergarten rooms.
We Day - WOW!
Thirty-nine grade 6, 7, and 8 students submitted applications for our big "WE DAY" event in Kitchener on November 20th
. The ME to WE teachers will be reading the applications this week and choosing the team of 17 students and 3 staff very soon. Please visit weday.com
to see how this day inspires children to make a difference in the world. After November 20th
, all students from all grades in the school are encouraged to join our ME TO WE CLUB to help with organizing assemblies and events.
EEES News - Last week, our grade 7 EEES (Erin Eco Expert Squad) organized a Cafeteria Challenge for the entire week. Grade 7's vs. Grade 8's. The challenge: who could sort their recycling/composting/waste the best. Interestingly enough, the best sorting day by far for both grades was on Friday, the day after Halloween, which typically is a difficult day to be litterless and to sort properly with all of the excitement and extra wrappers. The EEES agreed, although it was a close match, that the grade 8's were the better sorters overall. Their prize was a block of free time at the end of Friday. Stay tuned for the next EEES challenge.
Water Rockers - Three of our Grade 6 "Water Rockers" will be writing articles for the Erin Advocate for the next eight weeks, starting on November 6th. The articles will focus on the water research they are doing in class and also on their class' reusable water bottle initiative. Way to go, Abbey, Iain, and Jessie!
School Climate Survey – Help us make our school safer and more inclusive for everyone!
Parents are encouraged to fill in our voluntary school climate survey by the end of November. Our students in grades 4 to 8 will be taking the survey during the week of November 25th. The information we collect will help us find out how safe our children feel at school, develop programs to prevent bullying and promote safe and inclusive schools, and decide if our current programs are working. We’ll use the results to make our school better than ever. All our staff will be asked to take the survey too. You will receive instructions for log-in in the November 18th Monday Mailing / couriel du lundi.
Remember: this is our school. Let’s make it safe and inclusive for everyone. Please fill in your survey by November 29th. If you want the survey in another language, ask us for a copy. If you have any questions, contact the school office. Thanks for your help.
Stop-a-bully - Did you know that in the majority of cases, bullying stops within 10 seconds when peers intervene or don’t support the bullying behaviour?
The Upper Grand District School Board takes all incidents of bullying seriously. That’s why we developed an online bullying reporting tool. Stop a Bully gives students and parents 24/7 access for reporting bullying. You don’t have to identify yourself – just your school – and your message gets sent directly to your school principal for follow-up. We will follow up on your report.
If your child is the victim of bullying or sees bullying behaviour at school, please encourage him/her to speak with someone at school or use the Stop a Bully tool. For more information, contact the school.
November 6th – after school ice hockey starts – Grade 7 & 8
November 7th – Photo Retake Day – beginning at 9:00 a.m.
November 7, 14, 21, 28 – Hot lunch days
November 11th – Remembrance Day – Assembly immediately following our morning break – please join us.November 12, 26 – Booster Juice days
November 20th – We Day Waterloo
November 21st – afternoon/evening – student/parent/staff interviews
November 22nd – P.A. Day – student/parent/staff interviews
November 23rd – Erin Lion’s Santa Claus Parade – 1:30 p.m.
November 25th – 7:00 p.m. – Library – School Council – please join us!
November 26th – 9:00 a.m. – Ryan Laird concert
Erin Public School - Ecole Publique d'Erin
185 Daniel Street
Erin Ontario N0B 1T0
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