Selby Star

Weekly Update - Nov. 28, 2019

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Dear Selby Families,

We have had a wonderful short week. So many amazing things are happening for our students! Volleyball for junior and intermediates, coding in grade 3/4, small group phonics practice to strengthen our decoding and encoding skills and lots of number talks!


Both of our volleyball teams competed in their regional tournaments this week and displayed wonderful sportsmanship and skill improvement. We are so proud of you!


Please remind your child to check our Lost and Found for items they are missing! All unclaimed items will be donated over the holiday break to local charities.


We have confirmed that we will host a holiday meal for all Selby students on December 17. This will consist of turkey, potatoes, gravy, corn, buns and stuffing. We have received a generous donation from No Frills and would gratefully accept others to purchase our food items.


FYI head lice still persists so please be diligent in checking and treating.


Have a wonderful weekend,


K. Witley

Principal

Milk Bags NEEDED!

Please send in your milk bags (3 L bag) to the school for Mrs. McCutcheon's class to make milk bag mats for the homeless (see image below).
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Parent Council Update

This year's Holiday Concert will on be December 11th (time TBD) and once again the classroom holiday baskets will be up for grabs. Donations are very much appreciated and can be brought to the school until December 6th.


This year's themes are:

Crafter's Basket: Mrs. Taylor
Baker's Basket: Mr. Hill
Movie Night Basket: Ms. Mitchell
Gift Wrap Basket: Mr. Craig
Coffee/Tea/Hot Chocolate Basket: Mrs. Rowe
Chocolate Lover's Basket: Mr. Sunderland
Kid's Activity Basket: Ms. King
Holiday Decor Basket: Ms. Argyle/Ms. Feenstra
Pet Basket: Ms. Monahan (Mrs. Richards)
Gift Card Basket: Mrs. Kemp
Art Supply Basket: Mrs. McCutcheon

Thank you for your continued support!


Mark your calendars for our next Parent Council Meeting: Jan. 22 @ 6 pm.

Jingle Bell Walk - December 13th

In partnership with KFL&A Public Health and local food banks, the spirit club is encouraging students to donate food items for families in need. Students will be given a bell to tie on their shoe or shirt and will participate in a festive fit-break for some fitness “with bells on”.

Absence Reporting on Inclement Weather Days

In past years when school buses have been cancelled due to inclement weather, parents/guardians of bused students were not required to report their absence. Only parents/guardians of walkers who chose not to come to school were to report absences.


NEW FOR 2019-2020: All parents/guardians are asked to report their student’s absence regardless of the reason, including when there are bus cancellations. Often, bused students find alternative ways to school and we want to ensure we know a student’s whereabouts to ensure their safety and well-being. Knowing who is supposed to be at school will allow school office staff to best ensure all students are accounted for. Students will report to their classroom teacher for attendance at 8:50 am as they would normally do on a regular school day. This allows school office staff to quickly determine who isn’t at school and launch SafeArrival calls to a student’s designated contacts. We appreciate your support and understanding as we work to enhance practices that ensure student safety.

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INDIGENOUS EDUCATION MONTH

Kwey kwey, She:kon, Taanshi, Greetings, (pronounced Kway, kway, Say go, Tawn shee)


The Limestone Distict School Board area is home to over 7000 First Nations, Métis and Inuit people. It is the traditional homeland of the Anishinaabe (pronounced Ah nish nah bay) and the Haudenosaunee (pronounced Ho den oh show nay). It is also home to Métis, Inuit and First Nations peoples from across Canada. We believe that all students should have an understanding of the distinct cultures, traditions, and histories of First Nations, Métis and Inuit and we highlight this throughout the month of November during Indigenous Education Month, as well as embedding this throughout our year. Throughout this month we will be sharing announcements and using a variety of resources in classrooms that will teach students about the Indigenous people of this area. We are collaborating with local Knowledge Keepers to help guide our learning around the Haudenosaunee land on which Southview Public School is built on. As we move forward in our Call to Action, we hope to embrace a whole school approach to "Positive Mind, Peace, and Inner Peace" as we learn more about the land on which we live, work, and play.

UPCOMING DATES

Dec. 6 - Argyle/Taylor to Village Green; Jingle Bell Walk

Dec. 9 - King/Craig to L& A Museum

Dec. 11 - Selby Holiday Concert (time TBD)

Dec. 13 - King/Craig to Village Green

Dec. 16 - 20 Holiday Fun Week!

Dec. 16 - Hill/Richards (Monahan) to Village Green

Dec. 17 - Holiday Meal for whole school

See Yourself in Limestone: Student Census

The Limestone D.S.B. will be conducting an Identity-based data collection in early Spring 2020 for elementary and secondary students in Limestone called “See Yourself in Limestone: Student Census”. Information & sharing sessions are being held with Advisory groups, Community groups, families, and student focus groups during November & December in preparation for the survey. More information for school staffs will be shared in the coming weeks. Regular updates will be provided throughout the year on the Limestone website.

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Survey for JK/SK Parents

The LDSB Speech and Language team is partnering with Early Expressions and the Algonquin & Lakeshore Catholic School Board to offer a parent/educator night in the Spring (location, date/time of workshop to be determined). Kindergarten teachers, ECEs, and parents of students in Kindergarten will be invited to attend. The workshop will focus on oral language – how to support language development at home and in the Kindergarten classroom.


We have created a survey so we can gain a better sense of what topics families/educators are interested in learning more about.


Parent-educator Speech and Language Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/G676DCG

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