Joyceville Public School
May 2016 Newsletter
As always, there have been many interesting and exciting opportunities for students this month!
Cafe Francais was a huge success. This is a wonderful authentic experience for all of our students to practice their French speaking skills as they order food and engage in conversation during a meal. Our 7/8s demonstrated excellent leadership skills as they planned, organized and executed the event as part of their French program. They also learned valuable food handling and serving skills! Mr. Fleet hosted other French teachers from our board to see the event and they were impressed with the leadership of our students ("I wish we had 7/8s like these!") and the level of French spoken by our students. Bravo!
We had a very successful junior basketball season! Several Grade 4, 5, and 6 students participated on these teams to learn basic skills and how the game works. Thanks to our fantastic coaches, Mr. Guild and Mr. Cahill. The future is bright for basketball at Joyceville!
Wow! We had many students participate in the LCVI Road Race. They all made us proud as they put in their best efforts. I was most impressed by the daily training in rain and shine that these students put in during the month leading up to the race! A big thanks to Mr. Guild and Mrs. Roberts for your work with the runners!
I would like to highlight how staff and students managed our recent Primary Zoo trip dilemma, after the owner was in the news for animal mistreatment. Well done! What a great example of critical thinking and student voice. Mrs. Diamond's students, who are focusing on perspective this term, did a great job preparing a public debate about the issue. Primary students were able to watch this debate to help them decide whether we should still go. The majority of the students voted to find an alternative trip! We found a perfect place, Big Sky Ranch, that takes in rescued animals, which will provide a wonderful opportunity for students to extend their thinking about animals in captivity. Our primary teachers also extended learning through literacy and math as a follow up. And as the organizer for the trip, Mr. Fleet, is giving them the opportunity to extend this to French. Students get to see connections between many areas of learning at school. A truly collaborative effort!
Check out this link to see what's happening across our district. The blog post from our director has some great messages about Math learning: http://www.limestone.on.ca/Limestone_Link/
The upcoming months are very busy! Please have a look at the school calendar to see what's ahead. As always, please contact me with any questions, concerns or ideas you would like to share.
Heather Campbell, Principal
May 16 Country Fair Planing Meeting 6pm
May 17 Grade 4/5 to Sports Day at Queen's
May 17 Discover Kindergarten 6-7 pm
May 18 Palmer, Norman, Pope and Mr. Fleet to Big Sky Ranch
May 19 Jump Rope for Heart 2:30-3:30
May 24 Country Fair Planning Meeting 6pm
May 25, 26, 30 - Grade 3 and 6 EQAO
May 25 Grade 7/8 to Queen's Sports Day
May 27 Grade 3/4 and 7/8 to Gould Lake
May 28 Country Fair
June 8 Regional Track and Field Meet
June 14 District Track and Field Meet
June 22 Grade 8 Trip
June 24 Grade 4/5 and 6/7 to Montreal
June 28 Grade 8 Grad
Parent Council Update
- Country Fair has been scheduled for Saturday, May 28th!
- The next planning meetings are May 16th and 24th at 6 pm in the library. All are welcome!
Please consider volunteering for the Country Fair - an easy and fun way to support our school!
JK/SK Emilie, Willa
1/2N Angelica, Roger
1/2P Kristen, Hailey
3/4 Corbin, Carson
4/5 Gavin, Victoria
6/7 Ashley, Avah
These students have been working with Pam to choose new print material for our library and will have the first chance to take these books out as they arrive!
Our Discover Kindergarten night will be Tuesday, May 17th at 6 pm for all new Kindergarten students and their parents.
Information about ticks and Lyme disease
It is tick season. We have had students come to school with ticks and a few have been bit by ticks at school. We recommend that you check your child regularly to avoid bites and potential for lyme disease. If you would like more information, please contact the health unit or check out the link below: