The Storrington Star

January 2016

Happy New Year to all our students and their families!! We hope that 2016 brings many wonderful things for all of you. As a school, we are continuing to focus on helping our students to grow and succeed academically, socially, and emotionally.


We are thankful for your ongoing support at home and are looking forward to another busy month of learning. If you have any concerns or ideas, please drop by the office to discuss them. Working together is the key to our students' well-being and academic success.


Don't forget that you can follow us on Twitter @StorrPS_LDSB or on our website www.storringtonpublicschool.com


Sincerely,

Liz Suriyuth

Principal

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Lifelong Learning

Just as our students are always learning, our staff are continually learning too! This year, our professional learning is focusing on a number of different areas including : using technology such as iPads and computers more effectively for instruction and assessment, promoting critical thinking through the arts, teaching students writing in kindergarten, and improving reading and writing through word study. We are excited to see the impact that these professional learning opportunities have on our own teaching practices and on the achievement of our students.

December Fun!

December was filled with many enjoyable activities. On December 9th the Parent Council sponsored a Christmas Family Night with many free activities including Christmas colouring, cookie decorating, ornament decorating, hot chocolate and treats, and of course, a special visitor, Santa! Thank you to the Parent Council for organizing such a fun event!

During the last week before the holidays, our Spirit Leadership Team organized a variety of Spirit Days that were very popular! Many of our students participated in PJ Day, School Colour Day, Jersey Day and Red and Green Day. We finished off the week with a whole school sing-a-long and Holiday Dance Party in the gym! The students were surprised when the staff performed an enthusiastic line dance as part of the fun! Our kindergarten classes enjoyed a wonderful wagon ride in our parking lot that included Christmas music and hay bales to sit on. Many thanks to Mr. Boulton.

It was wonderful to see the large crowd that came to our Holiday Concert on December 16th. There was so much talent on display! Students and teachers worked many hours to create and practice their presentations and the results were fantastic! What a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday season!

Keep the Conversation Going!

Researchers have found that the more parents talk with their child, the more words the child learns. The key to building language competence is encouraging them to engage in conversations!

Here are some conversation tips:

  • Give your child a chance to initiate so they have an interest in what you will talk about.

  • Get face to face to notice expressions and body language that goes along with the words.

  • Make a comment and wait for your child to take another turn. Keep it going back and forth.

  • Follow up a comment with a genuine question.

Be careful of these conversation stoppers:

  • A one sided running commentary. Stop talking!

  • Too many questions. (sounds like testing!)


Provided by: Ontario Early Years Literacy Specialists

Progress Reports

Progress Reports went home just before the break for students in Grades 1-8. If you haven't already done so, please complete and return the bottom portion of the page to help your child set some goals and to provide any comments and/or arrange a meeting with your child's teacher.

Is My Bus Delayed or Cancelled Today?

Bus delays and cancellations are posted on the Triboard website www.triboard.ca You may also sign up for direct notification of delays and cancellations by going to the Delays and Cancellations tab near the top of the Triboard webpage. On the Triboard Website there is also a listing of local radio stations that will air cancellations and delays. You can also follow Triboard on Facebook and Twitter.
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Classroom Requests

The primary classes are looking for gently used toy trucks, cars and other vehicles to play with during recess. If you have any items that you would like to donate, please send them in with your child.


Also, as students are using our new technology resources more often, we are suggesting that each child bring in an inexpensive set of headphones (labelled with his/her name) to keep in his or her desk for personal use. We have a limited number of headphones available for students to share if they don't have their own.

Parent Council

The next Parent Council Meeting is Wednesday, January 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the Resource Centre. Child care will be available.

January Character Assembly

During our Welcome Back Assembly on January 4th, we recognized and celebrated the many acts of kindness that we accomplished together during the month of December. We also introduced empathy as the character trait that we are focusing on during the month of January. The bulletin board outside the gym doors is beginning to buzz with empathy bees that the students are earning as they demonstrate this character trait. Our next Character Assembly will take place on January 27th.
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