Selby Public School

February 2019 Newsletter

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News & Notes

Thank you for your patience and open-mindedness as the Board has rolled out so many new tools over the past couple of months. While there can be hiccups at first, I truly believe these tools will make things more convenient for families and staff, while improving our means of communication and ensuring students are safely accounted for in a timely fashion. To ensure you are set-up properly with all of these new tools, here is a brief summary:

SAFE ARRIVAL (Attendance)

This system allows for parents to communicate student absences in a variety of ways. Once the school has your child registered and they attend school, your contact information will be live in our system. By downloading the School Messenger App (blue one) for your smart phone, you will be able to inform the school of absences electronically either the day of, or in advance. You can also do this by logging in on a computer, at . There is also a toll-free phone number to call if you would prefer (1-855-257-9349). Please note, there is no longer a need to call the school directly to report student absences.

SCHOOL MESSENGER (Receive messages from the school or classroom)

This is the same app as above and is used to send notices out to parents. You can choose to receive them by text, email, or phone. Some teaching staff may use this as a communication tool as well for their classrooms - they will send you a code to enter so you can join the class group. Please note, we MUST have an email on file for you to receive these messages. Contact Donna at the office if you have one you'd like to add.

SCHOOL DAY (Online permission forms & payments)

This is a system that you can register for using a unique code provided by the school for each student. All permission forms for trips and events will be created in this program and sent out electronically. This is where payments and ordering for events and products will be done. When a product or event is available to you, there will be an email notification sent to you. Payments are done through Credit Card, EFT or Debit. Soon, hot lunches and milk orders will all be done using this site. Let us know if you are having any trouble signing up. The website is at .

School Year Calendar 2018-19 Parent Survey

The Limestone District School Board is requesting feedback about the 2018-19 school year calendar and possible options for the 2019-20 school year. It would be appreciated if you would please take a moment to respond to several questions on an on-line survey. If you would like a paper version of the survey, please contact the school and we can send a copy home with your child, or you could come into the school to fill it out. The survey is open for responses until Friday, Feb. 8th. 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.

Thank you again for your ongoing support!


Aaron West


Donna Gallagher

Office Administrator


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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National Cupcake Day Fundraiser

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We are holding a Cupcake Day party for National Cupcake Day™ for SPCA L&A Animal Centre (Napanee) on Friday, February 22nd and Monday, February 25th, 2019 and you’re invited!

It’s going to be a scrumptious event with irresistible treats that will help raise awareness and urgently-needed funds to support animals that are abused, abandoned, neglected or no longer wanted.

Our Grade 2/3 and 3/4 classes will be baking the most delicious, delectable and scrumptious cupcakes you can possibly imagine. We just KNOW you will want one! Or two! Or a dozen! Will you please consider donating online to our Cupcake Day Party? Not only will you get to enjoy a yummy cupcake, but you’ll be supporting a cause that is very close to our hearts.

You can donate online – it’s safe, secure and super easy. Just click on the “Donate” button on the right side of the page.

If we won’t see you on Friday, February 22nd or Monday, February 25th, please donate anyways! You can join us in helping rescue tens of thousands of animals across Canada from abuse and neglect and give them a second chance.

Thank you so much for your support!

Mrs. Richards’ Grade 2/3 and Mr. Hill’s Grade 3/4 Classes

Important Upcoming Dates


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Selby School Improvement Plan - 2018/2019

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Cardboard Marble Run Challenge!

Many of our classes are in the middle of a challenge to create a marble run, using only cardboard and tape! Eventually, classes will visit each other to compare their creations.
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We have now begun hosting clubs in our Maker Space (STEAM Studio). These have very much enjoyed by students so far! We would really appreciate community volunteers sharing their expertise with students! If YOU or someone you know (Grandparent, neighbour, community member) would like to come in ONCE A WEEK for an hour from 1:00 - 2:00, for ONE MONTH (see schedule below) please let Donna know, and someone will get in touch with you! You will need a CPIC. We would love to have your help!! Thank you to those who have helped out so far with the Baking and 3D Printing Clubs!

The clubs will run (tentatively) as follows...

February - 3D Printing Club and Photography Club

March - Carpentry club and Science Experiments club

April - Arts - sculpting, drawing, painting club

May - Music Making club

June - Sewing club

Dates and clubs will depend on the offers of help we receive. Thank you so much!

Makerspace: Coding and Robotics

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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 February 21st, 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

As you can see, we are still looking for someone to fill the position of secretary, which involves taking minutes during meetings, preparing them for distribution, and sharing with the Council after each meeting. Please let us know if you would be interested in filling this position.

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!

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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.