Centennial Connection Sept 18, 2022

An update for families from Centennial Public School

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Dear Centennial Families -

We have had a great week at school with lots of learning and engagement and collaboration. Walking through the school there is so much exciting learning happening from Dot Day celebrations, to watching a caterpillar form into a chrysalis, to students learning to play various instruments. It has been a wonderful week of being at school.

We love being at Centennial PS and so do lots of new families and students! We have grown and we are thrilled to welcome to many new families to the neighbourhood. It also means that we have added another junior class and we welcome new staff to the school. We have reorganized our junior division to go from 3 classes to 4 classes with class size going from 32 to 24. This is great news for students, families and the community. Thank you to all students and families for your flexibility and support as we shuffled classes on Friday and as we continue in our new organization on Monday.

On Monday we will host the first School Council meeting at 6:30pm in the gym. Please consider attending as parents and guardians are important partners in education. Anyone interested in serving on the School Council Executive, please ensure that the nomination form is completed and submitted by 11am on Monday September 19th. (See School Council information below with a link to the form.)

The doors to classrooms will be open on Wednesday from 4:30-5:30pm and we welcome families to come by for a Meet & Greet. We are looking forward to seeing you!

-Deborah Thompson & the Centennial PS staff

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Upcoming Dates

  • Week of September 19th - International Week of the Deaf
  • Monday September 19th - School Council Meeting at 6:30pm
  • Tuesday September 20th - Soccer Tournament
  • Wednesday September 21st - Meet & Greet 4:30-5:30pm (No Running Club after school today due to Meet & Greet)
  • Friday, September 23rd - Terry Fox Walk/Run Day
  • September 25th-27th - Rosh Hashanah
  • Monday, September 26th - PA Day (No school for students
  • Thursday September 29th - Around the Park Event for Running Club (After School)
  • Friday, September 30th - Truth & Reconciliation Day - Orange Shirt Day

Data Verification Forms Coming Home

This week Data Verification Forms will be coming home for every child. These must be returned with updates and changes so that we have correct information on file. Please ensure that you go through the forms and update with any changes.

If you need any help with these forms we are more than happy to support you! Please call the school.

Moment of Silence

On Monday September 19, at 1:00 pm, we will observe one minute of silence to commemorate the passing of Queen Elizabeth II in accordance with our board's directive. We recognize that staff, students, and families have different reactions to the death of the Queen and we respect these differences.

Emergency Drills

This week staff and students at Centennial will practice some of our emergency drills including fire evacuation and lock down procedures. We practice these emergency drills each fall and spring to ensure that we know what to do, should there be a need. Staff prepare students for these drills in age-appropriate ways as part of our important safety practices.

International Week of the Deaf

Did you know that this coming week is International Week of the Deaf? Why not try to learn a few simple phrases in American Sign Language to be able to communicate with and support people who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Here is a link to a video to get you started:


Running Club

We have had so many runners participating in running club so far this fall!

A reminder that Running Club practices are 3:25 to 4:15 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday until Oct 14, 2022. If your child cannot make it to each practice because of other commitments or needs a break, just have them let the coaches know. Our goal is to make Running Club a fun experience for all. There is no Running Club on Wednesday September 21 due to the Meet & Greet.

Club members who can run the required distances without stopping and contribute to our school team in a positive way will be invited to represent our school at two meets.

Around the Park - Lancaster Public School September 29th- 4 pm start time (families will need to provide transportation)

Region 4 Cross Country Meet Fort Henry Hill - October 12th - 12:30pm (a school bus will be booked for this event)

Please do not be concerned if your child(ren) is not capable of running the required distance by September 29th. It is very likely they will be able to run the required distance by the October 12th event.

Terry Fox

We have a goal of raising $650 for the Terry Fox Foundation! Can you help?

Please consider donating to the Centennial Public School Terry Fox campaign. You are welcome to donate through the school or online at:


Our Terry Fox event is on Friday September 23rd and we would love to share with students that we have reached our goal! Thank you for helping us to make Terry's dream of finding a cure for cancer, a reality. We appreciate your support!

Meet & Greet

We invite all families and caregivers to drop by the school on Wednesday September 21st anytime between 4:30pm and 5:30pm for a Meet & Greet. This is a great way for families to come into the school and meet the staff. We haven't been able to do this in a few years, so are really thrilled that we can this year!

The Meet & Greet is a chance for students to show off their classroom and for parents to meet the staff. Should you wish to set up a parent-teacher conference to discuss your child's progress, please reach out to the classroom teacher to schedule a meeting.

Thank you to the anonymous donor from the Centennial PS community who donated 2 bags of shin guards to the school for the junior soccer teams. We appreciate your generous donation.


We wish the Centennial PS Soccer Teams good luck (and good weather!) for their soccer tournament on Tuesday at John Machin Soccer Park. Hats off to our coaches Ms Graham, Ms Abby and Mr. Steve for volunteering their time. Good luck Comets!

Recess & Rain

We have 2 recesses each day and students do go outside for both of them. Should it be lightly raining before school or during a recess break we will be outside. Students are advised to dress for the weather. A rain jacket and/or an umbrella are helpful to enjoy the outdoors when it is wet.

If there is a chance of lightning or if it is pouring we will remain indoors for recess but we will aim to be outside as much as possible.

During the colder months we will take direction from Public Health about outdoor temperatures and whether we stay in or go out. Our goal is to enjoy the outdoors and get fresh air whenever we can!

Centennial PS School Team

We have an incredible team at Centennial Public School!

Kindergarten - Jen Lalonde, Elaine Locke (ECE)

Kindergarten - Brittany East, Jessica Hollywood (ECE)

Kindergarten - Shelley Farndon, Ghina El Ha (ECE)

Grade 1 - Tara Murphy

Grade 1 - Christine Joannette

Grade 2 - Emily Hetherington

Grade 2/3 - Judy Beardall

Grade 3 - Bev Hennessy

Grade 3/4 - Catherine Byers

Grade 4/5 - Keith Cahill

Grade 5/6 - Skot Caldwell

Grade 5/6 - Michelle Girard

Grade 5/6 - Lesley Graham

Educational Assistants: Christine Berry, Sarah Hogan, Jackie Ellerbeck, Danielle McConnell, Dorothy Evans, Dylan Davis, Abby Caldwell, Maggie Young, Jessica Hachey

Custodians - Jeanette Williams & Bret Sauve

Lunch & Yard Supervisors - Katrin Wodraszka, Terri MacDonald, Yanina Kanevsky

Office Administrator - Janet MacWhirter

Principal - Deborah Thompson

School Messenger

LDSB and our school use a broadcasting tool called SchoolMessenger to communicate need-to-know information to families in a timely and efficient way. This system allows us to share important school information with families via text, email or phone message.

Registered parents/guardians will receive these messages through contact information collected in our student information system. Parents/guardians may choose how to receive these alerts; by text message, email or phone call with the exception of emergency events which will always be communicated via all contact methods on file with the school. If parents/guardians choose to receive text messages, they must opt-in due to potential charges from their cell phone carrier.

It is important that parents/guardians ensure schools have the most up-to-date contact information at the beginning of the school year. If your contact information changes during the school year, parents/guardians are asked to contact the school with the updated information.

In addition, teachers will also be able to take advantage of an instant message option to keep students and families up to date, should teachers wish to use the app. Parents/guardians will be invited to join a group and receive messages related specifically to their group. Information on how to join groups will be shared directly with students and families by the teacher.

School Messenger App

All of our electronic communications tools can be accessed anytime, anywhere online and/or via Smartphones. To take advantage of this convenience and functionality, we encourage you to create a School Messenger account on your desktop, laptop, tablet and/or download the SchoolMessenger app. While an account is not required to use these new tools, it will allow you to review your contact information and communication preferences, and it stores all of your messages in one place.

For more information about SchoolMessenger and to access User Guides please click on the link below.

LDSB SchoolMessenger App Tutorial: How to Sign Up & Log In

Safe Arrival - How Do I Report An Absence?

Please use the Safe Arrival system to report your child's absence; do not call the school to report an absence. If you child is going to be absent from learning, please ensure you use the Safe Arrival system to report the absence. If your child will be late, please report a full day absence and then we will sign them in when they arrive. You cannot indicate a half day absence.

How to report your absence:

1. Toll-free telephone

  • Call 1-855-257-9349 toll-free to report an absence using the automated phone system.

2. School Messenger App

  • Use your mobile device to download and install the free SchoolMessenger blue app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store, the SchoolMessenger website portal, or from within the LDSB mobile app.
  • The first time you use the app, you must select Sign Up to create your account. Please ensure you use the same email address your student’s school has on file. If you do not use that same email address, you will not be able to create an account, or may not be able to see the "Attendance" option. You may have already created an account when we introduced the Communicate broadcast system.
  • Select Attendance, then select Report an Absence and follow the prompts.

3. SchoolMessenger SafeArrival Website Portal
  • Visit the SchoolMessenger website portal.
  • The first time you use the app, you must select Sign Up to create your account. Please ensure you use the same email address your student’s school has on file. If you do not use that same email address, you will not be able to create an account, or may not be able to see the "Attendance" option. You may have already created an account when we introduced the Communicate broadcast system.
  • Select Attendance, then Report an Absence and follow the prompts.

Threat/Risk Assessment Notification and Process

The Limestone District School Board and community partners are committed to making our schools safe for students and staff. As a result, schools will respond to all student behaviours that pose a potential risk to other students, staff, and members of the community. The Community Violence Threat Risk Assessment Process is designed to be proactive in developing intervention plans that address the emotional and physical safety of those involved. A Threat/Risk Assessment is initiated by the school administration or community partners when behaviours have been identified by staff or students that pose a potential risk to self and/or others. Please note it is important for all parties to support the Violence Threat Risk Assessment Process. However, if for some reason there is a reluctance to participate in the process, by the student of concern or parent/guardian, the threat assessment process will continue in order to ensure a safe and caring environment for all. Families are asked to review the steps of a Threat/Risk Assessment online at http://bit.ly/LDSBthreatassessment .

Parking Zones

We have experienced significant growth in our school population, including staff. As such, we are kindly requesting that parents and guardians do not park in the school parking lot before school begins. This ensures that staff have a space to park. There is a small "kiss and goodbye" area at the entrance of the parking lot where parents remain in the vehicle and the student hops out of the car. Please note that there is one entrance and one exit to the parking lot to ensure safety and flow of traffic.

Please also do not park directly in front of the school as that is a bus loading zone. There are parking spaces available along Norman Rogers drive to the east and west of the school, and along a number of side streets close to the school.

Thank you for helping to ensure that students can arrive safely to school and that there is parking for staff in the lot. Your help during this first week has been greatly appreciated and we look forward to your ongoing support!

Daily Screening Still Required

Staff, students, and visitors should continue to self-screen every day before attending school using the COVID-19 school and childcare screening tool. Following public health guidance, individuals should stay home if they are feeling ill to prevent the spread of illness.

Insure My Kids

School Board Policy states that participation on school sports teams (both elementary and secondary) is conditional on obtaining at least the basic student accident insurance coverage for the student or proof of external private coverage through your family plan. The cost of basic coverage is approximately $17.00 per year. This covers the student while attending school during the school day. The time spent by students participating in school-sponsored teams is considered part of the school day, even if the games and/or practices are held outside of the regular school hours. It is recommended that all parents consider this program. Visit www.insuremykids.com to get this inexpensive and highly recommended insurance.

Recess & Nutrition Breaks

Students will have 2 recesses and 2 nutrition breaks. Recess is outside on a particular yard (we will flip/flop the space each day so students in Grades 1-6 have the opportunity to play on both parts of the yard each day). All staff will be wearing safety vests so they are easily recognizable. Nutrition breaks happen in classrooms.

We have several students with life-threatening allergies. A reminder that our school is nut aware: please ensure that your child's snacks and lunch do not contain any nut products. Classroom teachers will communicate any additional food allergies that families will need to be aware of. Thank you for your support in keeping all of our students safe!

School Advisory Council

It's that time of year! School Advisory Council (Parent Council) elections for Executive Positions are coming up very soon! The first Parent Council Meeting of the 2022-2023 school year is on Monday September 19th at 6:30pm in the gym. All parents/guardians are welcome!

Please use the link below to submit nominations. Nominations are anonymous and you can nominate yourself or someone else for a position. If you are nominating someone, please ensure they are up for the position and have agreed to your nomination. The person you nominate must be available to be present at the meeting. Your nomination does not count as a vote; you must be present to vote. Nominations are due by 11am on Monday September 19th.

Positions for election are:


Represents, works with and provides support to all school community and council committee chairs. This person works closely with the school principal and VP, school staff and parents to enrich the education of all students. Additionally, they preside over and conduct monthly council meetings, set agendas and schedule meetings (in consultation with the Principal). The chair promotes discussion amongst council members and the community, receives and reports on correspondence sent and received by council. Acts as coordinator between the school board and council. Receives documentation from board and keeps council advised of board decisions, activities etc. Supports programs, initiatives and activities led by other council members and contributes to the monthly council newsletter.

Vice Chair/Co-chair

Presides at meetings in the absence of the chair or upon the incumbent’s inability to serve. Responsible for overseeing all sponsored events and programs.


Works with the council and coordinators in developing an operating budget, keeps a full and accurate account of receipts and expenditures and serves as the liaison with the Board of Education. Additional responsibilities include depositing/disbursing funds on behalf of the council, the preparation of monthly financial statements, and the preparation & filing of all necessary financial reports.


Attends scheduled council meetings, records, maintains and distributes minutes of meetings, keeps non-financial records of council.

Indigenous Representative

This is a newer position with the SAC and will evolve and grow organically.

Member at Large (Divisional reps)

Attends meetings and participates in many aspects of council activities, as prescribed by council. Voting member. Kindergarten, Primary, and Junior positions available should there be enough interest.

Fundraising Coordinator

Plans, manages fundraising activities of council. Works closely with treasurer.

Everyone who is part of our Centennial family is welcome to attend any of our meetings this year. Meeting dates will be shared out after our September 19th meeting.

Please use the nomination link here: https://forms.gle/CL7c9LW4NSQTX23j8

Some Messages from KFL&A Public Health

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