My apologies for the delay between “Monday” mailings. No excuses…. just an exceptionally busy time that perhaps caught me napping J I’ve heard from parents how much they appreciate the steady flow of information from the ‘principal’s office’ with the mailings so, with only seven weeks left and a likely increase in information going home, I’ll look at returning to a steady weekly email. Also note that I am always exploring ways to increase this level of communication from the office. Next year, I’m hoping to introduce a school blog as well as an EPS twitter feed. (I toyed with a Twitter feed at my previous school, but after 4 month and 3 followers, I closed the account. Of course, I will occasionally post EPS and UGDSB news on my own Twitter feed @LeBlancPeter)
Our Grade 3 and 6 students will be involved in the Primary and Junior EQAO testing on May 27th, 28th & 29th as well as June 3rd, 4th, and 5th. This testing will take place in the mornings. We always look to minimize distractions during this time. If you have a student in these grades, please ensure that they are here on time and, if possible, refrain from booking appointments during these times.
Also, we have had 2 parent volunteers step forward as scribes. We would love to have 2 more. If scribing for a student during EQAO is something you would be interested in, please contact me or Mrs. Morris in the office.
The EPS production of ‘Annie’ is almost here! Come see the results of all this hard work. I’m excited to see the results of Mr. Snowball and his crew of staff and parent volunteers’ hard work. Our students will shine in this family classic. Come and check it out. Performance dates are on the evenings of May 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th. Entry is by donation and all proceeds go right back into support production and rental costs. We also welcome the Grade 6 students from both Ross R. MacKay and Brisbane to a day time performance on Tuesday, May 14th as their first introduction to their ‘new’ school. The JK-5 students from Ross R. MacKay will also be joining their Grade 6 peers.
On Thursday, May 9th, our band will perform at the Dufferin Youth Festival of the Arts in Mono. This 4-day celebration of all things art-related is unique. It is an opportunity for students in Dufferin and East Wellington public, catholic and private schools to show off their artistic talents!
Warmer weather is a great time to use a little energy, stay healthy and ride your bike to school (I’ll be making the trek in from Orangeville a few times on mine as well). It is imperative that your child remember these few simple rules:
- Helmets are mandatory.
- Our bike racks are not monitored throughout the day. Students must lock their bikes. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen property.
- Due to heavy student and traffic congestion, ALL bikes must be walked on school property during bus loading and unloading times.
This is always a topic of great debate, especially amongst our older students. At our first Intermediate assembly in the fall, we talked to students about ‘dressing to learn’ as opposed to ‘dressing for the beach, the pool, a party or a wedding’. Please help us by stressing the following guidelines with your child:
- Student clothing must be free of symbols of hate, gang membership, or images that portray violence, death, abuse, alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, racial, obscene words, etc.
- Student clothing must be worn such that undergarments are not visible and pants rest at or above the hips.
- Muscle shirts, spaghetti straps and low scooped necklines are unacceptable.
- Bare midriffs and backs are unacceptable.
- Shorts and skirts must be of a reasonable length.
We recognize that these guidelines adjust with the age of the student.
Our Grade 8 students are selling popcorn during 1st break. The proceeds of this sale will help support the cost of their upcoming trip to Ottawa/Montreal. Sales will occur throughout the month of May. Each bag costs $2.00.
Please note that our Hot Lunch program STOPS at the end of May.
Our School Council supported the installation of a TV monitor in our front lobby. This monitor has two purposes. It keeps us informed of the efficiency of our solar panels by displaying current usage. This is still being set up and should be ready to go shortly. It also runs slides and pictures, updating visitors about upcoming events and highlighting student work. Thank you to Mrs. Sowler-Price and her students for keeping our information accurate and up-to-date!
Mansfield from the students’ perspective
At the end of April, our Grade 6 students and teachers spent 3 days at the Mansfield Outdoor Education Centre. Here is a sample of their own reflections about the experience:
At Mansfield it was sooooo fun! First, we settled in our cabins. Then we did other stuff. My biggest memory was that we got lost in the forest for orienteering. The food there was great! We did some mystery games at campfire. And that's how great Mansfield was! by Sydney
My favourite part of Mansfield was the yummy food. Another nice thing was the ropes course with the spider web and the volcano of death. One more fun thing was the predator and prey game with wolves and coyotes. We did survival training and we made a great shelter. I also liked the making fire activity. That is what I liked about Mansfield. by Jake B.
One of my favourite Mansfield memories is getting lost while orienteering. I liked my cabin and I liked to stay in there for free time. I LOVED THE FOOD! Also, my favourite activity was the prey and predator game and I also liked woodland survival too. They taught me quite a bit. And those were my favourite memories. by Liam
One of my favourite parts of our Mansfield trip was the Instincts for Survival game. There were diseases, top carnivores, omnivores, deer, and herbivores. Everybody got some plastic chips that were "lives". Everyone except for the deer could take lives from anyone below them. The herbivores just had to hide from everybody and try to survive! It was a great game! by Emily E.
My all-time favourite thing at Mansfield was the food. It was awesome! I also really enjoyed capture the chicken because it was in the forest. I really really liked my cabin because my cabin was huge and we could play games in it. I really liked the low ropes inside the barn because I got to be the leader and it was super fun. One of the best things was making a bobsled course for a golfball. It was a great trip! by Riley.
DONATIONS CONTINUE UNTIL MAY 10th! (That's tomorrow!)
The donations from our ERINSPIRATION WEEK have been pouring in! We will continue to collect:
- VOW of SILENCE donations for our adopted school in Africa
- FOOD BANK donations for our local food bank
- SCHOOL SUPPLY donations for the Domincan
- MILK BAG donations for Haiti
…until May 10th.
Thanks for being the change in the world -one donation at a time!
- May 9th and 10th
- Junior students treeplanting – Green Legacy
- May 13th
- May 16th – EPS production of Annie
- May 20th
- Victoria Day – School closed
- May 27th
- Grade 4 habitat program @ Island Lake Outdoor Education Centre
- May 27th
- School Council meeting – 7:00 p.m. – library – All welcome!