This newsletter is available online in colour! Go to claudegarton.lakeheadschools.ca and click on “newsletter” Cougar News Claude E. Garton Newsletter Community Connections April 2015 Dear Parents and Guardians Your School Council meets about 7 times a year, providing input and suggestions to help ensure Claude Garton is the best place it can be. One of their goals is to assist families to be as engaged as possible with the school and their children’s learning. Inside this issue: Character Recognition 1 Student Absence Reporting 2 Cocurricular Activities 2 News from the Library 2 Winter Carnival 2 With that goal in mind, the Council is once again organizing a Family Evening event, using a small grant from the provincial government. This year’s event, “Community Connections”, will take place on Wednesday 29 April at the school from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Come together with your child or children to visit one of the informative booths from our community partners (e.g. the Health Unit, Public Library, St. John’s Ambulance, etc.), enjoy educational activities with Science North, enjoy some refreshments and possibly win some prizes! CHARACTER RECOGNITION Claude Garton, along with all other public schools, is now a depot for battery recycling. Help to ensure that batteries do not end up in our landfill site. Bring all your regular or rechargeable batteries here to be recycled! Merci to the Gr. 4/5 FI class and Ms Gray who decorated the battery bin in the foyer. Let’s fill it up! We look forward to seeing you on the 29th! Sincerely, Home and School / School Council 3 April Calendar 4 Tip from the Health Unit 4 Todd Miller, Principal Claude E. Garton FREE TRAINING: SafeTALK & ASIST Public School April 13 – May 7, 2015 414 Grenville Ave. Thunder Bay P7A 1X9 683-6289 Workshops are offered free of charge to the public in honour of mental health week. Both safeTALK and ASIST emphasize safety and inclusion and empower people of diverse backgrounds and experiences to learn life-affirming helping skills. For more information and additional dates, please call 343-5035 Everyone is welcome. Page 2 Cougar News News from the Library Voting for the Red Maple and Silver Birch Reading programs will take place in the library on April 23/15. Students who have read 5 or more books in their category are eligible to vote for their favourite book. Results will be sent to the Ontario Library Association and the winning books will be announced in May. Science Fair! Congratulations to all students who participated in our school science fair on the 23rd. The quality of the projects was excellent! A special congrats to Holly S., Mia S., and Micah F. who scored in the top three with the judges. The Northwestern Regional Science Fair will take place at Lakehead University on Saturday 25 April. Claude Garton will be well represented! The Primary and Junior divisions participated in a mini Winter Carnival on the 12th. Thanks to Mme Arnone and Mrs. Carr for organizing this, along with the Gr. 4 and 5 students who were excellent leaders! CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES March included the debut of the Claude Garton “Irish Cougars” girls rugby team who participated in their first ever tournament. A great effort by all team members and a big thank you to Ms Gray and Mme Sutherland for the coaching efforts! For April, almost 60 students are training for the Wrestling Tournament on the 23rd, while the Creative Movement Jamboree practices are beginning for the big event in May. And we hope to get the spring running program up and running soon. And of course there’s Math Olympics and the Science Fair—there’s a lot going on! Page 3 PLEASE GET INVOLVED School Council The next School Council meeting will be on Monday 13 April. This committee advises the school on matters of interest to the parents and the community. It assists in developing school priorities and shaping school policies and procedures. Your input and interest is most welcome and new members are always welcome! Home and School The Home and School Association supports our students in many, many ways. If you’re able to help out with upcoming fundraisers, please contact the school and we’ll pass along the message. En Français, SVP Check out Supporting Your Child’s Success in French Immersion and Extended French Elementary Schools, Kindergarten to Grade 8, a new addition to the Ontario Ministry of Education’s parent guides. It contains practical suggestions for simple, everyday things that you can do at home to enhance your child’s learning in both French Immersion and Extended French programs. http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/literacynumerac y/parentGuideFrench.pdf Everyone week this winter a group of Gr. 7 and 8 students organized Primary Intramurals three times a week in the gym. Over 90 students in Gr. 1 to 3 took part each week, enjoying activities such as parachute, obstacle courses, capture the chicken, and even pop the other team’s balloons! The intermediate students were excellent activity organizers, team leaders, and role models. In the S pr differen ing, I have cou t kinds o nted 13 6 f 24 hour s. (Mark weather inside of Twain) April 2015 Sun Mon Tue Wed 1 Thu Day 1 2 Pizza Day 5 6 7 EASTER MONDAY School closed 12 13 Day 2 14 Dental Screen- Day 3 8 Sat Day 2 3 4 GOOD FRIDAY School closed Day 4 9 Day 5 10 Day 1 11 Gr. 7/8 FI & SK to Day 4 16 Day 5 17 Kingfisher (17th) Day 1 18 Pizza Day Day of Pink Day 3 15 Fri Dental Screen- Pizza Day ing (JK, SK, Gr. 2) ing (JK, SK, Gr. 2) Gr 3/4 classes to CLE for Pizza Project 19 20 Day 2 21 Day 3 22 Day 4 23 Day 5 Earth Day Secretaries’ Wrestling Tournament Day Pizza Day 26 27 Day 1 28 Day 2 29 Day 3 30 Pizza Day Community 24 25 PA DAY No school for students Math Olympics Regional Science Fair Day 4 Connections Evening (see pg 1) FROM THE GR. 2/3 CLASS… On Friday, March 27 we spent 370 min. without using power in the classroom. The sunlight provided our room with plenty of heat and light. We learned in groups, played an environment version of BINGO, used many math manipulatives and ended the day with a beautiful story about protecting Mother Earth. Students encouraged each other to keep going. We kept track of our time using math “Link-its”. Each link representing 10 minutes spent “in the dark”.
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