April BUZZ

The Prince Charles School

Dear Families at Home,

March was a fantastic month at The Prince Charles School! We had a lot of great opportunities for our students and everyone hopefully enjoyed a restful and relaxing March Break.

As always, our classrooms continue to be places to learn and grow. This month, we will focus some of our learning on how we can be effective environmental stewards by creating awareness of different initiatives that we can pursue at home and school to reinforce the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling. In March, the focus was on energy conservation and we will continue this goal into April while initiating a focus on environmental responsibility. The Colour House Leadership Team also has some exciting challenges this month, including eco-friendly announcements each morning, a Pitch In day and “Lights Out” lunches. One small change can make a huge difference.

We are very excited to have had a number of environmental initiatives running this year because at TPCS we believe that protecting the environment is not just something that we do on one day or in a single month. It is our daily responsibility as environmental stewards. The classrooms have been working diligently to support the recycling program by collecting and sorting recyclables. We have representatives from Mlle Rodriguez's class who do our regular recycling each week.

As the weather warms up, we are excited to take our Daily Physical Activity outdoors. Many classrooms from Kindergarten to Grade 8 are participating in the Marathon Club. Students will be running and/or walking daily (weather permitting) and they will be accumulating kilometres towards running a half or full marathon before May 22nd. Students in Grade 1-8 who are able to run 1 km without stopping will be invited to a Celebration at Invista in Kingston to run their final km on May 18th. We will be hosting a Kindergarten Celebration of their Half Marathon at the NDSS track (date to be determined). Students will also earn 1 bead for each kilometre and a fitness charm for every 5 km that they run/walk. They will receive their lanyard with the charms on the day of the celebration.

The Parent Council and the School Leadership Team want to continue to engage parents in discussions about our school. We understand how difficult it can be to attend evening meetings. This spring, we will continue to have events that bring the community together every few weeks. Every classroom from Kindergarten to Grade 6 will be hosting a Spring Open House to bring families into the classroom to learn about the activities they are doing in mathematics. Please check the calendar for the time of your child's classroom visit. We want to hear how you are feeling about your school. We encourage you to come out, ask questions and share your voice.

Please remember to visit our school website (www.theprincecharles.limestone.on.ca),

and follow us on Twitter @TPCS_LDSB. You will be able to access all of our newsletters, as well as our school calendar and so much more! Please do not hesitate to contact me with any of your questions or concerns!

Krista Nitschke, Principal

Extracurricular Activities at TPCS

  • Colour House Leader Meeting at 9:45 am
  • Maker Club for Grade 1 & 2 Students at 10 am
  • Road Racing Team 9:45 am
  • Junior Girls Basketball Team at 10:00 am
  • Junior Skipping Club at 10 am Small Gym


  • D & D at AM recess in the Makerspace
  • Grade 6-8 Volleyball intramurals at AM recess
  • Junior Boys Basketball Practice 12:10 pm
  • Road Racing Team 9:45 am
  • Running Club 2:30 pm


  • Road Racing Team 9:45 am
  • Junior Girls Basketball Team at 10:00 am
  • Primary Skipping Club at 10 am Small Gym
  • Book Club at 12:10 pm in the Makerspace


  • D&D Meeting at AM Recess
  • Junior Boys Basketball Practice 12:10 pm
  • Road Racing Team 9:45 am
  • Running Club 2:30 pm


  • Dance Party at Lunch Recess Outside
  • Road Racing Team 9:45 am
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Oral Health Month

Good oral health is important for children’s self-esteem, sense of well-being and overall health. Dental cavities can cause missed school and may lead to problems with chewing, sleeping, concentrating and learning.

KFL&A Public Health has partnered with the Ontario Association of Public Health Dentistry (OAPHD) and Public Health Units across Ontario to launch an awareness campaign for Oral Health Month. The “Brush Up on the Facts: Keep Kids’ Teeth Healthy” campaign is geared to parents and focuses on the impact dental health has on kids’ growth and development and the free dental programs and services that are available for eligible kids 0-17.

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Community Resources

Babysitting Course

There will be a Red Cross Babysitter Training course in Napanee on PA Day Friday, April 13th. 41 Dundas Street West (Robert St entrance). 9am-4pm. Boys and girls aged 11 and up who feel comfortable being “home alone” will review their safety skills and learn how to care for younger siblings and other children of all ages. The afternoon is devoted to first aid skills, including what to do for choking, CPR and how to use an epi pen and asthma inhaler/spacer. $55 includes a take home workbook, and siblings are discounted. Please contact First Aid/CPR instructor Colleen Cameron by text 613 498 4415 or email ccfirstaid@gmail.com to save a spot for your child. Please bring a nut free lunch and doll or teddy suitable for diapering!

Colleen Cameron

CC First Aid Training

TEXT 613 498 4415

Training Partner with the Canadian Red Cross

On-site First Aid/CPR training across Eastern Ontario

Babysitter and Home Alone Training Courses

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Auditions for Young Choristers Limestone, Kingston Area Choir

Who: Students who will be in Grades 3 - 8 during the 2018-19 school year

Date: Tuesday, May 8

Time: 4:00 - 5:30 pm on a first come, first served basis

Location: Cataraqui Woods Public School, 1255 Birchwood Dr., Kingston

Preparation: Students come prepared to sing a song of their choice, without accompaniment. They can also choose to sing “O Canada” with accompaniment provided. Auditions will be approximately 10 minutes long.

Choir Information: Young Choristers Limestone meets on Tuesday afternoons from 4:30 - 5:30 at Cataraqui Woods Elementary School from September to the end of April with breaks in December and during March Break. The choir prepares for several concerts and presentations over the course of the school year.

More information? youngchoristers@gmail.com

Family Wellness Night- March 7th, 2018

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