Office update – November 20, 2018

Dear families,

Thank you for another great week. Our students this week participated in S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) activities where classes worked together to create a variety of projects.

Our grade 8 students met with our School Resource Officer to discuss the legal implications of drinking, smoking, vaping, and online/social media dangers. I know these are challenging conversations to have with your child but I encourage all parents to talk to your child about these topics.

Last Tuesday, the boys’ volleyball team won three straight games against Groh P.S. in their quarterfinal game. It was a great game that demonstrated team communication and determination. We move onto semi-finals this Tuesday, December 4 at Floradale Public School at 4:00 p.m. Go Sting Go!

Andrea Michelutti, Principal

Winter Wonderland Concert

Students in Grades 1 to 6 have been hard at work practising a song, dance, and skit to perform for the school during our Winter Wonderland Concert taking place on Wednesday, December 19. There will be 2 shows: The first show begins at 9:00 a.m. and the second show begins at 11:40 a.m. Every act will be performing in both concerts; please choose one showtime that works best for you to attend.

Lunch Lady

School Council has reviewed the feedback from the survey regarding hot lunches and milk. At this time, we are encouraging families to purchase milk and other hot lunch items through the Lunch Lady program. Lunch Lady options for Friday during the first nutrition break. If you would like to order, please visit http://thelunchlady.ca/.

Parking Lot Concerns

We continue to experience challenges with our parking lot. Families are asked to work together to ensure all of our students are safe. Please note that all parking spots are assigned for the use of the educators and volunteers at Jean Steckle P.S. Please do not use these parking spaces during the morning drop off.

Vehicles cannot be left unattended in the parking lot at any time. If you are walking your child to the entry door, please park on the road. Bylaw officers will be visiting the school over the next few months and will be ticketing vehicles. Students are encouraged to walk to school to reduce the congestion in the parking lot. If you would like to volunteer to create safer walking paths to the school, please email andrea_michelutti@wrdsb.ca. Let’s work together to make our school safe.

Super Seasonal Sale

Mrs. Austin’s 5B class and Mrs. Baker’s 8C class is hosting a Super Seasonal Sale. The sale will be held on Thursday, December 13, 2018. It’s a perfect way for kids to go shopping for presents they want to give to their families and friends!

Donating used items will keep them out of the landfill. We hope that students can catch the spirit of giving by re-gifting, reusing, recycling and knowing it feels better to give than to receive. It’s a great time of year to clean out your house! We are seeking gently used toys and household items (e.g., books, toys, stuffed animals, baby toys, candles, purses, bags, ties, movies, serving platters, video games rated C or E,). We are also asking for wrapping paper, lots of gift bags, tape, ribbons, bows, and name tags. We will be collecting items on Monday.

Students will shop for gifts for family members and be proud to bring home a wrapped gift which they picked out!  Items will be priced from $0.25 to $3. It’s a fun day! All proceeds will go to Sunbeam Lodge, a place in our community that supports children with medical issues. All leftover items will be donated to a local second-hand store.

Please bring in as many items as you can. Please drop them off in Mrs. Austin’s room or your child’s classroom.  It will make a difference in people’s lives!

Fundraising update:

At the last school council meeting, the team decided to select the following fundraisers to support based on parent feedback from the surveys:

Community fundraising projects (money or items raised will support the community):

Fall: Terry Fox, socks for the homeless
Winter: Super Seasonal Sale and the Foodbank
Spring: Collection for Jump Rope for HeartHere are the school fundraisers (money raised will support students’ directly):
Ongoing: pizza
Winter: Dance-a-thon
Spring: Family Fun Night

Upcoming events:

December 13 – Super Seasonal Sale

December 21 – PJ Day

January 24 – Super Hero Day

January 25 – PA Day

February 15 – Hat Day

March 22 – Dress like a teacher day

April 12 – PA Day

April 18 – Pay $1 to break a school rule

May 17 – Crazy hair day

May 31 – PA Day

June 27 – Canada day spirit day