N. A. MacEachern School Council - Newsletter Spring 2015 Working Together, Building Opportunities for our Children Around the School On May 5th The Kodaly choir joined region schools to perform at Centre in the Square. Shining bright and singing proud! Kindergarten Information Night for parents is Wednesday, May 13th at 6:30 pm in the library. Know a new family moving into the neighbourhood? Call Mrs. King for more information or to register. 519-885-1731 Grades 2-5 will be attending the WaterlooWellington Ground Water Festival on May 28th! Students will experience handson learning when they explore water conservation, protection, technology and ecology. Grade 6’s will be heading off to camp Ki-Wa-Y May 13- 15th for 3 days & 2 nights of fun. They’ll have the opportunity to try canoeing, swimming, archery & the high ropes course. A variety of cooperative and artistic activities gives everyone a chance to demonstrate their ability to listen, learn and lead in any situation. EQAO – (Educational Quality & Accountability Office) provides provincial standardized testing for students in grade 3 (May 25-27) and grade 6 (June 1-3). Results help to identify areas of growth and those in need of improvement. Results are available the following fall. During a 4 week session with The Chess Lady, Rooms 7, 10, 11, 12, P1 & P3 will engage in the etiquette and problem solving strategies of chess. Awesome! June 24th Grade 6 Graduation Ceremony at noon. Watch for your invitation to join your student and their teachers as they recognize growth, celebrate achievement and recollect about your time at NAM. Congratulations and best wishes! Students Last Day is June 25th! Students will attend a farewell assembly and slideshow with contributions from the Camera Club recognizing accomplishments and activities throughout the year. The afternoon will be filled with in-class activities and the last bell will ring at regular 3:40pm dismissal. Email us: [email protected] Volunteer Coordinator [email protected] Movie Night Come out and join us for a great evening on the big screen. Thursday May 21st doors open at 6pm come and get “Flushed Away”. Bring your own comfy cushion and $1.00 for popcorn. Movie starts at 6:30pm. Feedback – We want it! School council has been working on better communications. Join our email list to stay current with school activities, schedule updates, events, School Council issues and volunteer opportunities. We’re also looking forward to using the online survey tool to see how you really feel about things that affect your family. By joining the email list your voice can be shared and incorporated in the work that School Council does for our kids. Council meets Tuesday May 12th and Tuesday June 9th at 7pm in the library. All are welcome! Visit the link and join us at http://eepurl.com/J8Pd9 or email us at [email protected] Also visit the school’s website: http://nam.wrdsb.ca/ to access the link to the school’s Climate Survey. We value your input so please take a few minutes to provide information that helps us identify the strengths and challenges in our school. The survey is open till May 31st. VIP at NAM As a new initiative from our Safe, Caring and Inclusive Schools Committee the VIP - Very Important Panther program was launched with a kick-off assembly. Each month students are rewarded with a ballot for demonstrating their positive behavior. March was Being a Good Sport, April was Including Others, May is Trying your Best and June will be focused on a Growth Mindset. Ask your kids to tell you more about it! Five ballots each month are drawn and a variety of prizes may be chosen. The wave is spreading, watch for those VIP water bottles in a classroom near you! Hoops 3 continues on Day 1 in the gym at 2nd break for grade 6’s who aim to succeed! Turn over Making a Difference Our Skipping Challenge will be June 10th. Students are raising money for the cardiac unit at St. Mary’s Hospital. Watch for more info. The school’s effort in support of WE DAY initiatives has raised over $2000 to buy goats for families overseas. That’s 40 goats! Well Done! Our last initiative will be supporting those closer to home, collecting non-perishable food items for the Food Bank of Waterloo Region May 4-8th. Let’s make a difference together! NAM Competes th June 5 Track & Field Day Junior Grades 4-6 June 12th Primary Play Day Grade K-3 June 17th County Track Meet (top seeded Junior NAM athletes at University Stadium ) June 19th Pan Am Games Day Grade 1-6 Pan Am & Parapan games showcase and inspire new generations to get active and challenge one-self no matter the ability. I can, You can, We all can! Parent & high school volunteers are needed. Contact the volunteer coordinator if you can lend a hand. (see calendar for rain days). [email protected] The days will be filled with tons of action, come prepared to be busy, entertained and outside. Reader Round up! The Ontario Library Associations Forest of Reading Award Program is wrapping up. Students have been reading a selection of books and voted for their favourites. We’re excited to know the winners. The library will also be wrapping up soon. Look for any sneaky library & home reading books that might be hiding around the house or in the classroom and return them to the library. Let the Good Times Roll! Grade 6 Spirit Day Team is still going strong on the last Friday of every month! April was school colours, May 22nd is Crazy Hair & Hat Day and June 19th is Jersey Day. Show your Spirit! Email us: [email protected] Volunteer Coordinator [email protected] Earth Day Every Day The Green Team continues to work tirelessly emptying compost and recycling bins in support of important environmental initiatives at our school. On Earth Day a team of our dedicated students went to camp Heidelberg to participate in various environmental activities. Join our team, be green! Every Bit Counts Fundraising initiatives by school council this year supported our kids: field trips and bussing, Strong Start, Caribou Math, and home reading programs. Special events like Art & Movie night, the Science Fair were well attended. Donations are gladly accepted all year long by cash or cheque to N.A MacEachern School Council. 100% of your donations to the school are used in the school for our students. Ongoing fundraisers like our Tuesday and Friday lunch programs have been very successful! The kids enjoy Domino’s, Subway, Boston Pizza, Pita Pit & popcorn. The school receives proceeds that support your kids at school. Any time during the year drop off your Canadian Tire “money” and used Ink Cartridges to the collection bins in the office. We also fundraise with Mabel’s Labels which specialize in labels for clothing, equipment and containers. With each purchase the school receives 20% and your labeled stuff comes home! Use this link to order online and tell a friend. Campaign Name: NAM School https://www.mabelsfundraising.com/c/21136 Catch-up Corner On March 22nd students showed off their wonderful designs & projects at Art Night’s evening showcase. Bravo! On April 14th Students in K- 3 danced and sang to a presentation of Jack and the Bean Stock at the Humanities Theater and on April 30th Science Fair projects were on display & presented to judges from WCI. We all agree there’s lots of amazing potential here! Well Done!
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