Dunsford District ES
33 Dunsford Road
December 3rd, 2010
Message from the Principal
The snow has finally arrived! Several inches of snow arrived over the course of the day as I began to type this Principal’s Message. This year’s Fall seemed unusually warm – hopefully we are not going to pay for it this winter! It seems hard to believe that almost one-third of the school year has passed and that the Christmas Holidays are (unbelievably) drawing ever closer.
As always, I encourage you to read the monthly newsletter and find out about the myriad events in which our students have been involved in the previous month and also what will be taking place in December. December promises to be a busy month and we definitely do not want you to miss out on any opportunities! December’s Character Trait is Compassion – which fits well with our Food Drive and Christmas Hamper Drive.
November saw many activities taking place which kept both students and staff busy. Remembrance Day Activities took place on November 11th and provided an appropriate opportunity for reflection for students. The Grade 3’s have been participating in the Swim to Survive program at the Lindsay Pool. Volleyball practises have begun. Our Week of Kindness took place and was a tremendous success! Progress Reports Cards were completed and distributed on Friday, November 12th and parent-teacher interviews took place during the latter part of the month.
December will, no doubt, be just as full of activities. Practises for the Christmas Concert have begun and the Christmas Concert will take place on December 20th (more details below in the newsletter). Our Food Drive and Christmas Hamper program continues (and could lead to a staff-student volleyball game…). Christmas Holidays begin on Friday, December 24th with students returning to school on Monday, January 10th. Friday, January 7th is a PA Day (with students not coming to school on this day).
School Council News
The School Council met on Monday, November 15th.
A number of topics were discussed. The School Council discussed its budget for the upcoming year, along with its priorities and goals. This included a discussion around the Home Reading Program and ways to make it even more effective. The School Council also voted to support the replenishment of the “recess bags” for each classroom. These bags contain a variety of items (e.g., outdoor balls) that students can use at recess. Staff members certainly appreciate these recess bags as they provide students with activities to keep them busy! Students love having the items to play with!
A number of students from the Student Leadership group came to present their thoughts on potential uses for the older Dunsford school uniforms. They proposed holding an auction of some type to sell the uniforms, with the money raised being shared between the Student Leadership Group and the School Council. While a final decision on the uniforms has not been made, the Student Leadership Group’s thoughts will be considered.
Our next School Council meeting is Monday, December 13th at 6:30 p.m.. It will be held in the school’s library.
Mrs. Wykes Retiring
It is with regret that I inform our school community that Mrs. Wykes (currently our Grade 4 teacher) will be retiring at the end of December.
On behalf of the entire school community I would like to wish Mrs. Wykes the best as she moves towards retirement.
October Character Ed Assembly – Friday, November 5th
Winner of the Character Ed certificates for “Respect” were:
Daniel Hughes, Laura Ham, Ashley Reynolds, Jessica Ludgate, Matt Allan, Max Oxenham, Taylor Richmond, McKenna Blais, Jamie-Lynn Abbott, Marrisa Huntley, Ryan O’Halloran, Tony Francis, Julia Hughes, Christan Keast, Katie Taylor, Kyle Thurston and Darnel Gray-Brathwaite.
Winners of the Principal Award were Elyse Mann (Intermediate Division) and Jennifer Ludgate (Junior Division).
PA Day – Monday, December 6th
Do not forget that Monday, December 6th is a PA Day. Students will have the day off. Staff members will be participating in professional development activities which are geared towards improving and refining our school’s instructional practices.
Dental Screening – Wednesday, December 8th and Thursday, December 9th
Dental Screening, from the Health Unit, will take place for JK, SK and Grade 2 students on Wednesday, December 8th and Wednesday, December 9th.
Dunsford Fire Fighters and Christmas Hamper Program
A huge thank you goes to the local Dunsford Volunteer Fire Fighters who generously donated $120.00 to the Dunsford DES Christmas Hamper program. As you may know, the Christmas Hamper program provides food and gifts to local families who require assistance at this time of the year.
Thank you also to Mrs. Loucks who donates her time to organize the Christmas Hamper program. This includes determining the types of gifts required for each hamper, determining the time frame for the collection and ensuring that the hampers get delivered. This is no small task and our local community benefits from her efforts!
Mrs. Loucks has organized the Hamper collection by division – with each division being asked to donate to a hamper for specific age groups. If you are able to donate gifts to the Hampers this would be greatly appreciated.
The last day for collection will be December 10th.
Christmas Hamper Program and Staff-Student Volleyball Game (December 23rd)
The challenge is now officially out to the students on our volleyball teams! The Dunsford staff is ready for a staff-student rematch after the bitterly contested 0-0 tie in the Soccer game. School staff are willing to have a staff-student volleyball game…if the school is able to raise Mr. Parish and Mr. Thompson’s combined weight in food. Of course, we are not going to tell you our combined weight, yet. Students are going to have to bring in as much food as possible.
The “weigh-in” will take place at the December 17th Character Education Assembly. At this time, Mr. Parish and Mr. Thompson will weigh in and the weight of the food collected will be determined. If the weight of food collected equals or exceeds their weight the staff-student game is on!
The game will take place during the 2nd block on Thursday, December 23rd (at about 12:15 p.m.). The student team will consist of the Junior and Intermediate volleyball teams.
Mrs. Power is already warming up her spiking hands and Ms. Graham has ramped up her training program.
Christmas Play – December 20th
Mr. Avery and Mlle. Hainer are again organizing this year’s Christmas Play. The play is set to take place on December 20th. There will be two performances. The first will start at 2:00 p.m. and there will be a night-time performance starting at 7:00 p.m.. Parents, relatives and friends are welcome to attend either performance. The play is approximately 1 hour in length.
The title is “My Christmas Penguin Osbert” and looks to be great! Mr. Avery wrote the play himself and is directing along with Mlle. Hainer! There is no charge for the play; however, a donation to the food bank is encouraged. Money donations will be used to purchase equipment (e.g., microphones and cords) for future plays and use by the school.
Students are already busy practising for the play during recesses and after school. Students are participating in a wide variety of ways, including acting roles, the creation of sets and the choir.
The snow date, if necessary, is Tuesday, December 21st from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m..
Candy Grams for Sale!
The Student Council will be selling Candy Grams during the week of December 13th to 17th. Candy Grams will cost 50 cents each and can be sent to students and staff members in the school. They will be on sale during both the morning and afternoon nutritional breaks.
All of the proceeds (profits) from the Candy Gram sales will go towards a toy drive that buys and necessities for those children that have to spend the holidays in Sick Kids Hospital. Parents of these children are quite often faced with significant expenses (e.g., renting a hotel room and food bills) and are unable to purchase gifts at this time of the year. Our donations help these families more than we can imagine.
So, indulge your sweet tooth and help out a wonderful charitable cause!
Week of Kindness – November 22nd to 26th
Dunsford DES celebrated a Week of Kindness on November 22nd to 26th. From 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, students in the Junior and Intermediate divisions were able to choose a work station (e.g., Art, Role Playing or Music) which related to the topic of Kindness. Students investigated and learned about the idea of Kindness and how to demonstrate it.
On Friday, students gathered in the gym to celebrate their efforts over the week and to present what they had learned. Whether through Movie Maker, Bit Strips or Beading (among 8 different stations), students had the chance to show what they had learned. Students from the Primary division also presented their thoughts on Kindness.
Thank you to Mlle. Hainer and Mrs. Swartman for organizing the Week of Kindness! Thank you also to the staff who came up with many creative and excellent activities for students to participate in!
The Stinger Has Arrived – New Uniforms
Our new school uniforms were officially unveiled at the November 5th Character Education Assembly. Alyssa Harrington and Kristen Holmes modelled the new uniforms as Mrs. Stacey Jeffrey (representing the School Council) looked on.
Information on the School Website
We are endeavouring to do our best with keeping the school website up to date with current information. There are a number of important items that you can find out about on the school website, including:
1. Newsletter on the School Website
Do not forget that the monthly school newsletter is available on the school website at:
Type in the address above into your internet browser (e..g., Internet Explorer or Mozilla). Click on “School News” and the current month’s newsletter will appear. Previous months’ newsletters are at the bottom of the page.
2. Calendar on the School Website
From the main page, click on the “Information” link and choose “School Calendar” from the list that appears.
The calendar on the school website will not be exactly like the calendar going home each month with the newsletter. New or additional information may be added to the School Calendar on the website. As well, while we will do our best to keep the website updated and current, the system is not perfect!
You will find on the calendar information such as when Character Education Assemblies are taking place, Parent Council Meetings and other school events.
3. Community News on the School Website
From the main page, click on the “School News” link and choose “Community News” from the list that appears.
From here you will be able to read about Community News that is sent to the school, but that we are unable to send home in the newsletter or through paper copies. For example, there is news about the local Health Unit and the Flu Shot and the Boys and Girls Club’s program.
It is well worth checking out on a regular basis. Our very hard working secretary, Mrs. Power, will do her best to update frequently (but please understand that certain times of the year are very busy!).
November and December Character Ed Assembly – Friday, December 17th
November and December’s Character Education Assembly will take place on Friday, December 17th at 2:00 p.m.. We will be recognizing those students who demonstrated outstanding qualities of Responsibility and Compassion.
Parents, as always, are welcome to attend.
Nut and Peanut Safe School
Dunsford DES endeavours to be a “Peanut Safe School.” We encourage all parents to NOT send food containing peanut, peanut products, or tree nuts (almonds, Brazil nuts, etc…) to school. Some students are highly allergic to these types of nuts.
Should a student mistakenly/accidentally bring a food item to school that contains or has come into contact with nuts, they will be asked to place the item back in their lunch bag. Should the student absolutely need to eat that food item, they may do so in the office.
Should you have any questions regarding our Peanut and Tree Nut Safe School Policy feel free to contact the office.
Police Checks and Vulnerable Sector Checks and Volunteers at the School
Please be aware that the format for Police Checks and Vulnerable Sector checks have changed in the past few months. It can take several weeks for these checks to be completed and returned to the applicant.
Police Checks continue to be processed in the manner they have been previously. However, volunteers now must also have a Vulnerable Sector search completed. A volunteer would typically have the Police Check and Vulnerable Sector search completed at the same time.
Dunsford’s Christmas Shopping Spree – December 15th and 16th
Dunsford’s leadership team will be hosting our first Christmas Shopping Spree on December 15th and 16th. Classes will be invited down to the gym to buy Christmas presents for whomever they choose (family, friends, teachers, etc…). BUT, before the students can buy anything, we need the help of our community!
Alright, folks, we’re asking you to please clean out your basement, your attic, your garage, your cottage, and maybe even your car; basically, any area that has any unwanted items that are still in decent condition. We’re talking candles, games, books, plates, figurines, toys, CDs, and whatever else you would like to donate to our school.
We will organize all of our donations in the gym and put prices on them. Items will vary from $0.05 – $2.00. All of our proceeds will be donated to a local non-profit organization, which will be decided upon in the near future.
You may start to bring your donations to the school as soon as possible. Please leave them at the office. As always, we truly appreciate your support!
~ Sarah Freeburn & Mlle. Hainer
The information below refers to bus cancellations in the event of poor weather (e.g., heavy snow or icy conditions). The school is normally open even buses are cancelled.
Every attempt will be made to have the decision made by 6:15 a.m.
In the event of school bus service cancellation, the following notifications are sent out and parents can access any of these for the information:
BOB FM – 91.9 FM
CBC – 98.7 FM
Country 105 – 105.1 FM
EZ Rock – 105.9 FM
The Wolf – 101.5 FM
For TLDSB schools:
Milk / Hot Lunch / Healthy Snack
Forms for milk and hot lunches will go home on December 13th for January and due back December 17th. The choice for pizza is ham and cheese or just cheese.