Dunsford District ES
33 Dunsford Road
October 1st, 2010
Message from the Principal
The start of the 2010-2011 school year has been a great one! Although it is only the beginning of the year, students are already involved in a number of activities! As well, there are a number of events and activities which will be taking place in October. You will read about these activities in the newsletter below.
As you read below you will also note a number of staffing changes within the building. I appreciate the patience and understanding of the students, parents and staff involved in these changes.
Major News and Pages
2 School Council News
2 Staff Changes
2 Magazine Fundraiser
3 PA Day Oct 8th
3 Picture Day
3 “Lockdown” Drills
3 Peanut Safe Info
3 Police Checks
4 Terry Fox
5 EQAO Information
Thank you to all of the students, parents and staff members who came out to Dunsford’s “Meet The Staff Night” on Wednesday, September 15th. I truly enjoyed meeting all of the parents and guardians who visited during the night. As always, staff members consider this an excellent opportunity for the community to see the school and meet the people who work here. I would like to thank all of the staff who assisted in making the evening a success and spent the evening at the school.
All students should now have an agenda. If you haven’t paid your child’s homeroom teacher, please send $6.00 as soon as possible. The agenda is a vital tool for communication between home and school. It is important that students and parents use the school’s planner each day. The completion of daily work and homework should be a priority for every student. Keeping up with assignments will prove to be beneficial as students progress with their daily tasks throughout the year.
As always, the school and its staff continue to believe that open communication is critical between the school and home. We both wish the best where your child is concerned. Do not hesitate to call and set up an appointment if you have any questions or concerns.
School Council News
October 4th is the first meeting of the new council. Join us at 6:30 in the school library if you are interested in seeing how you can help out our school by being on the 2010-2011 SCC. The School Council positions and people for each position will be announced in the next newsletter. As always, thank you to those who are able to volunteer their time for the School Council.
The final meeting of the 2009-2010 School Council took place on Monday, September 13th. Mr. Parish was able to meet the full School Council for the first time. The School Council discussed a number of items including: the purchase of uniforms using money that had been allotted for this during the 2009-2010 fundraising year. The School Council hopes to have these uniforms available for use by the Cross-Country Team on October 6th. A picture of the new uniform should be available in the November Newsletter. The QSP Magazine Sales was chosen as the Fall Fundraiser and a number of Council members volunteered to assist with the work involved. Meeting dates for the School Council were established for October 4th, November 15th and December 13th.
There have been a number of staffing changes since the beginning of the year (and since the last newsletter). I would like to take this opportunity to update you on our staffings.
As noted in a letter sent home last week, our staffing was reduced by 0.6 of a teacher – which has resulted in a number of teacher reassignments. Mrs. Thomas has accepted a position at Lady Eaton Public School and will no longer be working at Dunsford District ES. We wish her all the best at her new school! Mrs. Anderson’s JK/SK class was eliminated and its students moved to one of Mrs. Barnes’ JK/SK classes.
Mrs. Wykes has moved from Primary Prep to teaching the Grade 4 classroom (that was formerly staffed by Mrs. Thomas). Mrs. Forget and Mrs. Anderson have taken over Mrs. Wykes’ Primary Prep position. As a result of Mrs. Forget’s move from the Library, Mrs. A. Shannon has been hired to fill this role.
DDES Staff 2010-2011
Mr. D. Parish Principal
Mrs. A. Barnes JK and SK
Ms. S. Graham Grade 1
Mrs. D. Wilson Grade 1/2
Mrs. V. Prins Grade 2/3
Mrs. L. Bent Grade 3
Mrs. Wykes Grade 4
Mr. B. Thompson Grade 5/6
Mrs. K. Swartman Grade 6
Mr. M. Avery Grade 7
Mr. D. Prins Grade 8
Ms. K. Hainer French & Resource
Mrs. L. Baldwin Resource Teacher
Mrs. J. McFarland Resource & Lit Coach
Mrs. P. Forget Prep Coverage on
Mrs. W. Anderson Prep Coverage on
Mrs. A. Shannon Library
Mrs. A. Byrne Educational Assistant
Mrs. D. Ciesielski Educational Assistant
Mrs. K. Jenkinson Educational Assistant
Mrs. K. Loucks Educational Assistant
Mrs. P. Power-Ward Head Secretary
Mrs. J. McLean Secretary
Mr. D. Imrie Head Custodian
Mr. B. Thurson Night Custodian
QSP Magazine School Council Fundraiser
The kick-off assembly for the School Council’s magazine sales fundraiser will be held Friday, October 1st at 2:30 p.m.. Envelopes will be going home on that Friday. Magazine sales will continue for the next 2 weeks (our hope was to have students be able to sell over the Thanksgiving weekend to ensure we get those “family” orders over turkey dinner!). All orders will need to be in by Monday, October 18th. Ordering or renewing magazines on-line is a big part of this program now and we look forward to your participation in this fundraising initiative by the SCC.
A huge thank you goes to Mrs. Ciesielski for helping to organize and setup the QSP fundraiser. Of course, thanks also go to the School Council for running this fundraiser (which includes things like counting the money and tracking the envelopes – which are never easy jobs!).
PA DAY October 8th
Friday, October 8th is our first PA DAY. Dunsford’s staff will be working on our school improvement plan, as well as target setting for their classes. This is also the Thanksgiving long weekend giving students four days off!
School Photo Days (October 18th and 19th)
Student and class picture day will be on Monday, October 18th for all of our students (JK to Grade 8) and October 19th for JK/SK “A” Day students. Lifetouch, the company that took the photos last year, will be taking our pictures again this year. Pictures should begin being taken at 9:00 a.m..
Great Canadian Fire Drill (October 7th)
Dunsford DES will again be participating in the Great Canadian Fire Drill. On Thursday, October 7th, Dunsford and many other schools in Canada will be involved in a fire drill to help ensure that our students know what to do in the case of a fire at the school. The Great Canadian Fire Drill is just one of the several fire drills in which Dunsford students are involved throughout the year.
Dunsford DES students are also involved in “Lockdown” Practices throughout the year. In a Lockdown Practice, students find a safe location in which to stay while the Lockdown has been announced. This normally involves students remaining in a classroom, shutting and locking the classroom door, remaining silent and out of sight of any windows. Should a student not be able to get into a classroom he/she would find the safest location possible (e.g., a bathroom stall) and remain as silent as possible.
The goal in practicing Lockdowns is that students know exactly what to do should a Lockdown be announced. Should your child come home and have questions or concerns regarding Lockdowns (or his/her involvement in one) please discuss this with him/her and always feel free to contact the school if you require further information.
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. We have heard that the Vulnerable Sector search can take several weeks to process, so if you are interested in volunteering in the school (e.g., in classrooms, for class trips, the snack program) you will need to have both checks completed.
Volunteers at the school must have both the Police Check and the Vulnerable Sector search done. The form for the Vulnerable Sector search can be obtained from the school and requires the school to fill out certain sections before you take to the OPP.
The Terry Fox Run was a great warm-up for many of our students as they prepare for the Cross Country run at Ken Rei Conservation Centre on Wednesday, October 6th. Thank-you to Mlle. Hainer, Mrs. Bent and Mrs. McFarland for giving their time to help train these young runners. Also, thank you to the many runners who have been working and training hard in preparation for the Cross Country Run. Both students and staff have given up many recesses during their training. We are sure that you will represent Dunsford DES very well!
Thank you also to all of the students who have tried out for the Junior, Intermediate Boys and Intermediate Girls Soccer teams. Mr. Avery (Junior Soccer Team Coach ), Mr. Thompson (Intermediate Boys Team Coach) and Mrs. Swartman (Intermediate Girls Team Coach) are working the students hard in preparation for our teams competing in upcoming Zone Soccer Tournaments on Thursday, October 21st. Thank you to the students and staff who have been practicing during recesses and after school (sometimes even on Fridays!).
While the money has not been counted yet, the school’s goal is $6000 to be raised for our Terry Fox Run. Please be sure to get your money into the school by this Monday (October 4th) to have it count towards our “challenges.” That assembly will take place October 15th at 1:46 (our third block) with the “challenges” happening the same day outside from 2:15 until the end of the day.
Thank you to Mrs. Loucks and Mr. Prins for organizing the Terry Fox Run and the events that surround this. Thanks also go to all of the other staff members who helped make this event possible (whether running with the students or helping supervise for safety). No less of a thanks go to the many volunteers who helped ensure the safety of our students and encouraged them to do their best. Our students did a wonderful job during the Terry Fox run on September 30th, showing great behaviour and a number of students did a fantastic job in running the course as quickly as possible.
Our Top 10 finishers are pictured below. Starting with first place and ending with tenth place: Tyler Junkin, Curtis Potter, Matthew Junkin, Jenna DeMaeyer, Cole Willis, Dylin Vaughan, Jessica Ludgate, Emily Bolender, Tony Francis and Jacob Graham
On Friday, October 29th we will be having our Hallowe’en celebration. It is very important that students remember costumes and props cannot be violent in nature. Items such as guns, swords, knives and other weapons are not allowed at school, even on Hallowe’en. Failure to follow this rule can result in severe consequences.
Milk / Hot Lunch / Healthy Snack
Thank you for continuing to send in money in the manner requested. Doing so helps to reduce the significant workload involved in organizing milk and the hot lunches. At this time pizza is being ordered from Godfather’s in Bobcaygeon and will continue to be on Wednesdays. You may have noticed that Dunsford DES is now ordering pizza with a whole wheat crust. We are also ordering pizza with a lower fat content. The goal in doing this is to meet new provincial requirements for healthier eating in school. White and chocolate milk will be available every day. Please continue to send money in a sealed envelope with the correct amount as this is very time saving. Milk is still $.75 a day or $3.75 a week. Cheques should be made out to Dunsford D.E.S.
EQAO Results for 2009-2010
Grade 3 & 6 students should have received a flyer about this year’s upcoming EQAO Assessments. It is a short pamphlet outlining the role of EQAO of the purpose of the Assessment which will take place in late May and early June of this.
Last year’s grade 3 & 6 students should have brought home their Individual Student Reports indicating how he/she did on last Spring’s EQAO Assessment.
As well, Ontario’s EQAO results have been released and I am pleased to announce Dunsford’s results. Overall, our students maintained results in 2 of 3 areas in Grade 3 and improved in all 3 areas in Grade 6.
Highlights included Grade 3 students who doubled their writing success rate (the percentage of Grade 3 students that scored at a Level 3 or 4) from 29% in 2008-2009 year to 58% last year. The success rate of Dunsford Grade 3 students in Mathematics remained at 42% and at 50% for Reading.
Our Grade 6 students improved by 6% in both Reading and Writing – up to a 65% success rate (up from 59% in 2008-2009). The success rate in Mathematics remained at 42% (the same success rate as 2008-2009). A focus by the school on Writing during last year likely contributed to improvements in this area in both Grade 3 and 6 in EQAO.
Grade 3 Results
(Students At Levels 3 and 4)
Change from 2008-2009
Reading 50 (no change)
Writing 58 (up 29%)
Math 42 (no change)
Grade 6 Results
(Students At Levels 3 and 4)
Reading 65 (up 6%)
Writing 65 (up 6%)
Math 42 (no change)
As a school, we will be considering last year’s results and using this data to guide school planning for this year.