Selby Star

Weekly Update - Feb. 7, 2020

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Dear Selby Families,

Another great week of learning and fun here at Selby. Students have been working on many new units in most classes. Grade 8s have started cooking in Mrs. Kemp's class and made their own grilled cheeses last week. Many classes have been reading texts related to Black History as we look to enrich our lessons with this throughout the year, not just February.

It's too bad that our movie night had to be cancelled this week, we will reschedule for Thursday, February 20 - doors open @530; movie starts @ 6. If you ordered pizza, your order still stands. If you would like to order pizza, please send $2.50 per slice to the school or call your order in.

Please read below about a fundraiser we are doing to support the purchase of some new phys.ed equipment. Who doesn't love pizza?

If you have questions about your child's progress, please call the school. We want to work with our parents are partners and want you to feel good about your child's learning!

Thank you for your continued support,

K. Witley



February 10 -14 SPIRIT WEEK (see poster below)

February 12 - Grade 8 Parent Night at NDSS - 6:30pm - more info below

February 17 - Family Day - NO SCHOOL

February 26 - Pink Shirt Day

March 4 - Parent Council Meeting @ 6pm - all welcome!

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Little Caesars Fundraising

We would really like to purchase some new phys.ed equipment and so we are hoping you really like pizza and can help us out!

Orders can be placed online or on hard-copy forms. Order forms will go home early next week. You can begin online ordering anytime.

ALL forms and online orders are due March 11.

All items will be delivered to the school, and ready for pick-up on March 26. Timing TBD.

Go to
Click on Products, then Shop
Select Ship My Order to the Group
Enter the Fundraiser ID#: 381363 set up your account, and place your order!
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Labour Update


Due to strikes by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), all elementary and intermediate schools will be closed to students on Tuesday, February 11 and Wednesday, February 12 if a central agreement is not reached. Students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 should not report to school on these days. Secondary schools remain open. Child-care facilities remain open. Please visit the Board website for more information.

Registration for Kindergarten is Open!

Kindergarten in Limestone- registration starts soon

Choices at 7 - Information for Grade 6 Students:

Applications for LDSB's #choicesat7 programs - Challenge, LEAP, ATLAS and Extended French are now open. Application process, information night dates and more available at link below. Applications close Feb. 21.
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February is Black History Month

Black history in Canada: a live, interactive roundtable

School Year Calendar 2020-221 Stakeholder Survey

The Limestone District School Board is requesting feedback on two options for the 2020-21 School Year Calendar. With Labour Day landing on September 7th, 2020, school will need to begin prior to Labour Day in order to ensure that the calendar has the required amount of days as prescribed by the Ministry of Education.

In consultation with the School Boards that we share transportation with – Hastings and Prince Edward and Algonquin Lakeshore – and our School Year Calendar Committee, we are seeking input on starting school on either Monday, August 31st, 2020 or Tuesday, September 1st, 2020. Both of these options would be PA Days, with students starting school the following day. Each option has implications for the end of the school year and the placement of the final PA Day. These are explained in the survey.

LDSB is looking for feedback from students, staff, parents and our community members. It would be appreciated if you would please take a moment to respond to the two options on an on-line survey. The survey is open for responses until Friday, Feb. 7th. Your input is important to us and we appreciate your time in submitting your feedback and comments. For more information, please visit the LDSB website which also provides a link to the Ministry of Education website.

Grade 8 Transitions to NDSS

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Milk Bags STILL Needed!

Please keep sending in your milk bags (3 L bag) to the school for Mrs. McCutcheon's class to make milk bag mats for the homeless. The class has started and needs LOTS to keep going. Thank you for your help so far:)

Milk Mattresses are getting started, here's our progress so far:

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Head lice is a pesky problem and it requires routine head checks and possible treatments if live lice or nits are found. Please check your child's head weekly. If you discover nits or lice, please complete treatments and inform the school. If you require financial support with purchasing treatment products, please contact the school.

Tips to help stop the spread of headlice:

1) do not share hats

2) put hats in sleeve coats when not wearing them

3) pull long hair back in ponytails

4) use tea tree oil shampoo or products

5) use hairspray

6) do not share hairbrushes or combs

Diligent checking, using treatment products and pulling out ALL nits is the best way to get rid of head lice. Treatments are to be done twice to ensure that the lifecycle stops.

Absence Reporting on Inclement Weather Days

In past years when school buses have been cancelled due to inclement weather, parents/guardians of bused students were not required to report their absence. Only parents/guardians of walkers who chose not to come to school were to report absences.

NEW FOR 2019-2020: All parents/guardians are asked to report their student’s absence regardless of the reason, including when there are bus cancellations. Often, bused students find alternative ways to school and we want to ensure we know a student’s whereabouts to ensure their safety and well-being. Knowing who is supposed to be at school will allow school office staff to best ensure all students are accounted for. Students will report to their classroom teacher for attendance at 9:20 am as they would normally do on a regular school day. This allows school office staff to quickly determine who isn’t at school and launch SafeArrival calls to a student’s designated contacts. We appreciate your support and understanding as we work to enhance practices that ensure student safety.

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