South Oaks School

Happy Thanksgiving! October 2018

Principal's Message

"Respecting Others" September Citizenship Awards

Congratulations to our South Oaks Students who will be receiving a Citizenship Award at our September 27th Assembly for "Respecting Others." All students will have the opportunity to receive recognition for their good behaviour sometime during the year.

1GR -

1MC -

1JW -

2CF -

2CE -

2BO -

3EC -

3JH -

3KB -

3BT -

4KL -

4AP -

4BJ -

Dates to Remember

October 1 - PAC Fall Fundraiser begins

October 1 - Orange shirt day

October 9 - "Drive Away Hunger" Food Drive begins


October 9 - Visit to Greendale - confirm classroom

October 9-12 - Fire Safety Week

October 10th - Fire Safety Training for Grade 4s - confirm date

October 11th - Discovery Time Lessons Begin - confirm date

October 17 & 18 - "Drive Away Hunger" Food Drive PICK-UP

October 15-18 - School Bus Safety Week (Bus Evacuation Drills will take place during the week)

October 18 - Assembly @ 11 AM

October 18 - "Fall-Themed" Fun Day


*Note: See Calendar on our website for latest updates!

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October is Safety Month......

Safety is a major concern in any school, and at South Oaks October is the time when teachers especially emphasize Fire and Bus Safety. Consequently, on October 10th firefighters will provide fire safety presentations to Grade 4 students. All classes will be teaching about fire safety as well.

On a day during Bus Safety week, October 15-18, we will be doing bus evacuation drills. Even if your child walks or bikes to school, this is an important practice, as all students go on field trips.


Most school bus fatalities occur when children are outside the bus, and 75% of these fatalities involve children under the age of nine.

Make sure your children know and follow these rules:

1.0 Be on time

2.0 Never run to or from the bus.

3.0 Stand back from the curb.

4.0 Don't push or shove.

5.0 Stay in your seat.

6.0 Don't yell or shout.

7.0 Always obey the driver.

8.0 Wait for the driver's signal before crossing.

9.0 Always cross at least 10 feet in front of the bus.

10.0 Never crawl under a school bus.

Remove Drawstrings:

Clothing that your children like may not always be safe. Drawstrings can catch in playground equipment, fences, school bus doors and escalators. Wherever possible remove, shorten or replace drawstrings with another kind of fastener.

Fall Fun Day

We will plan a special day with "Fall Themed" activities on October 18th. This event is for students only and is meant to build community and provide fun fall based activities. We look forward to a great day!
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Drive Away Hunger 2018

From October 9-18 South Oaks School will be a part of the Drive Away Hunger food drive, sponsored by Farm Credit Canada, in partnership with Southeast Helping Hands, the Grunthal Ministerial, the Grunthal Caring Hands Food Bank, and area youth groups. Since 2004, over 17.0 millions pounds of food has been donated through the FCC Drive Away Hunger campaign to food banks all across Canada.

Drive Away Hunger began in 2004 when an FCC employee in Ontario drove an open-cab tractor and trailer through the Listowel area. Sometimes sleeping under his trailer at nights, he raised about 60,000 pounds of food in eight days for local food banks. This year, tractor tours will take place in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia. This became the model for FCC's campaign.

To facilitate this campaign, tables will be set up in the foyer of the north wing of the school during the campaign, and students are encouraged to bring in donations of food. Reusable shopping bags will be sent home on October 5 and can be used to bring food for the drive. The following is a list of the most needed food items, according to Food Banks Canada:

Pasta products and Rice

Canned/Powered Milk

Canned meats and Fish

Fruit Juices

Dry and Canned soups and Stews

Pasta Sauce


Canned Fruits and Vegetables

Breakfast Cereal

Infant Formula and Baby Food

Beans and Legumes

If you have any questions concerning the Drive Away Hunger campaign, please contact the school at 204-434-6165.

Show and Save Fundraiser

Our Parent Advisory Council is organizing a Show and Save fundraiser for the month of October. Show and Save traditionally has been a coupon book that can be used to save money on entertainment. However, starting this fall, they will now have an app, which is creating quite the buzz. People will now have their Show and Save on them at all times on their phone or tablet. It is very convenient and easy to use. There are even more great savings and businesses to choose from. You can flag your favourite coupons, keep track of coupons and search keywords to find nearby savings! For only $25.00 you can get the app and the coupon book and use coupons from both!

By purchasing your Show and Save from us, you will be supporting our School while at the same time, saving your family a lot of money. More details will be posted soon on our website and in the newsletter.

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