This Week in the Nest:
Happy New Year and Welcome Back!
This winter holiday brought us extreme cold weather. Kindly review the school board’s weather policy to ensure your children arrive safe and warm to school each day:
Winter Weather Update
When we experience wintry weather throughout the year families often have many questions. Considering this we are informing the community of the policy that is followed when deciding to keep students indoors during winter. Students will remain inside when temperatures, including wind chill, are at or below minus 20°C. Otherwise all students will go outside for recesses and lunches. Students must dress for the weather and be prepared to be outside before school, during the two 15-minute recess and the 40-minute lunch break.
Please check the weather each day before students leave for school to ensure that they are coming to school dressed appropriately to go outside every day. We are using the Environment Canada weather station website for the information needed to decide on indoor or outdoor recesses. (https://www.theweathernetwork.com)
In the event of severe weather, please listen to the local radio stations for school closure or bus cancellation information beginning at 6:45 a.m. Announcements are made approximately every quarter hour. Additionally, all cancellation updates can be found on the WCDSB website (www.wcdsb.ca) under the Cancellations tab.
Here are some tips for walking to school in the winter:
- Wear a hat…up to 50% of body heat can be lost through your head, so keep it covered;
- Walk with smaller steps to improve footing on slippery sidewalks;
- Wear mittens…they are warmer than gloves;
- Use a lip protector (such as a lip balm) on your lips;
Walk with a buddy…talk about all the great winter scenery.
We are SCHOOL OF THE WEEK!! Check out our video on the Board’s Home Page on Monday. Special thanks to the school’s Pastoral Team for their support and work on this endeavour!
Monday: Welcome Back!
Lacrosse Workshop for Students in grades 3-8 featuring Lacrosse Player: Mike Poulin
Tuesday: Spirit Day!
School Council Meeting at 6pm in the school library
*Please note — Breakfast Bins are only funded for a set number of weeks per year, as such full bins will resume on January 22nd.
In addition to academics, we also focus on student’s learning skills at school (as per the front page on report cards). We promote that school is for learning and we want kids to “Be Safe, Be Happy, and Get Your Work Done!”
Specifically, we do a lot of work around the following:
-how to work quietly
-how to work in a group setting (talking about problems, solving tasks together, speaking patiently, doing one’s share of the workload etc.)
-keep to yourself—touching other people when they are trying to learn is very distracting to other kids and to the teacher
-behaviour on the yard and in the classrooms; and
Respect of all the people in our school family:
-when someone else is talking, you are not interrupting or trying to talk over them
-wait your turn in all areas of social interactions and conversations
-when someone is talking to you, you are looking at them to show respect
-and under no circumstances can anyone talk back, be rude or use inappropriate language
These areas have been a focus last year as well, and we would appreciate any support you can offer at home to help us at school, in order to maximize your child’s learning and the learning of others. Be sure to re-read your child’s agenda (grades 1-8) for more school related information. Thank you!
Stay warm this last weekend… and we are looking forward to seeing your kids on Monday!