Selby Public School

May/June 2019 Newsletter

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Dear Families,

As we head towards the completion of another successful year at Selby P.S., on behalf of Mrs. Gallagher and myself, I would like to once again thank you for all of your support - the students, families and staff here are amazing at working together to make this such a special place.

It is certainly sad for me to be writing my final newsletter as your Principal. While I did not expect to be leaving at this point, I do so feeling proud of everything that has been accomplished over the past three years. I will remember my time here very fondly.

This year, in particular, has been filled with excitement, learning and growth, and we still have a few more weeks to go. As our Grade 8s prepare for graduation, we wish them all the best for the future, and thank them for their leadership this year.

At this time, I am pleased to share with you our (tentative) staffing organization for next year. Starting now, we are happy to take requests for classroom placements next year. Please bring these directly to Mrs. Gallagher or myself, and we will keep them on file for the time when class lists are generated. While we will do our best to make these requests happen, we cannot make any promises. In September, staffing is reviewed by the Limestone District School Board, and changes in our organization may occur at that time.

Selby Staff - 2019/2020 (note: subject to change based on staffing process)

JK/SK: Sara Taylor

JK/SK: Jennifer Argyle

Gr. 1/2: Iain Craig

Gr. 1/2: Lisa King

Gr. 2/3: Sherri Richards

Gr. 3/4: Trevor Hill

Gr. 4/5: Scott Sunderland

Gr. 5: Kelly McCutcheon

Gr. 6/7: Jacquie Rowe

Gr. 7/8: Andrea Putnam

Gr. 8: Emily Kemp

ECE: Nikki Wagar

EAs: Brenda Hyatt, Janie Ryan, Amanda Ruttan

Student Support Teacher & Planning Time: Sara Sutcliffe

Planning Time: Adam Scott

Primary/Junior Core French: Christine Van Neste

Junior/Intermediate Core French: to be determined

Office Administrator: Donna Gallagher

Head Custodian: Kelly Perry

Evening Custodian: Tom Breeden

Here's wishing you a wonderful summer season with your family,


Aaron West


Important Upcoming Dates



We were thrilled to receive a grant for $1602.61 from the Barry Roantree Memorial Fund, which will be used to purchase licenses for an exciting literacy development program called LEXIA. We are so grateful for this generosity in Barry's name, as he had many connections to our school and community.


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Marathon Club

Thank you Jane Smith and Emily Lucas!

Your hard work on our Tulips (in Selby colours no less!) is much appreciated. They look amazing!
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Thanks to continued funding from the Queen's "Parent Engagement in Math" Project, our Parent Lending Library has now been expanded to include fun Math materials! Pop in to sign anything out, or send a note with your child requesting that we send something home. Games, cookbooks and more!
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Selby School Improvement Plan - 2018/2019

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Please consider joining our Parent Council this year! Parent Council is an essential part of our school community. They fund-raise tirelessly for our school which allows us to greatly improve the learning environment for our students. They put on exciting events, and are involved in important discussions about Selby Public School. They represent the voice of our parent community. Our next meeting is June 13th, 2019, at 6:00 pm. At our first meeting in September, the following people were elected to Council:

Chair: Norah Brien

Treasurer: Corinna Geenavasen

Secretary: n/a

Future fundraising will be dedicated to:

  • Improving levels of technology in our classrooms
  • A long-term schoolyard improvement project

Babysitting is provided at meetings. While the Council very much needs members who can volunteer at events and help out with fund-raising, anyone is welcome to attend meetings, even if it's just to listen or provide your ideas & opinions. We hope to see you soon!

What is SMORE?

This year, we will continue to use SMORE, a program for creating online newsletters. For each month's newsletter, we will be sending out a link that families can access electronically. The beauty of SMORE is that besides our regular text, we can include links to helpful websites, engaging videos, and images. At the same time, we understand that not everyone has access, or interest in using this technology, and so we will continue to make paper copies available. These will be only available by request. Links for the newsletter will be shared using the REMIND App (see below), and on Twitter (@selbyschool), and you can follow us on SMORE to have newsletters sent directly to your email account.