Parent Peek at the Week

Week 13 News from #AwesomeArmour

Highlights from Week 12

In a world where you can be anything, be kind... the message heard this week. Let's take care of one another and be positive friends.

It is a festive weekend here at #AwesomeArmour - our 2nd annual Wreath and Craft Workshop is a wonderful community event planned by School Council. Thanks to everyone who joined us in the fun!

Interviews, School Council, Edsby support - lots of ways to stay connected

Music is a passion - a busy week for Ms. Thomson as she completed two grant applications in support of our music program. We are fortunate to have her dedication!

From the Office

It was a busy week for #AwesomeArmour this week - bus evacuation learning took place on Monday, Tuesday we hosted interviews so families and educators could connect and on Wednesday PM we had our last School Council meeting until 2019!

Parent / Teacher interviews were a great success this past week, and we thank families for this on-going, important partnership. Staying in communication with teachers and school administration is something we value, and in turn, we also appreciate the wonderful support that our families provide the staff at Armour Heights.

While students were not at school on Friday, staff were engaged in our own professional learning. Teachers and Support Staff from both Armour Heights and King George spent the day together, deepening our knowledge around numeracy, innovation and equity. In a school environment, we are all learners, and I want to take this opportunity to thank the amazing @EastCitySchool staff for their participation in our Professional Activity Day. Principal Masterson and I are both very proud of how our two staffs work collaboratively as we not only learn with and from one another, but we are also seeing relationships develop among educators as we continue to look forward to our schools coming together in 2020!

I would like to extend a few important "thank yous" as I am very appreciative of the amazing community we have here at Armour Heights. A sincere thank you to the volunteers who help us manage our nutrition program. Our nutrition program is humming along serving many children across our school and this happens thanks to our incredibly dedicated volunteers: Alice, Marnie, Nana Mac and Wafa as well as Ms. Y every morning. We REALLY appreciate the time and dedication you offer our students through your weekly work on our nutrition program.

Thank you so much to our School Council Co-Chairs, Andrea Plumley and Chantelle Clarke for their hard work and initiative in organizing our Winter Decor event - our 2nd Annual Wreath and Craft Making Workshop that took place today! We were so pleased to welcome a wide range of people from our #EastCitySchool community to our school and share in a little festive kick off! It was wonderful to see the smiles on both the children who were so proud of their crafts and many adults who were impressed at the products they were able to produce when building their own wreaths! Thank you for all your coordination Andrea and Chantelle!

Let's keep in touch,

Ms. McIlmoyle Parsons

Dates of Importance

November is Indigenous Peoples' Awareness Month

November 26 - Pizza Lunch

November 27 - Niigaanwewidam Sinclair, Associate Professor, Department of Native Studies, The University of Manitoba at Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School, 7:00pm

November 28 - Jimmy Chapman

November 29 - Share the Warmth table in the lobby (see note below)

November 30 - Indian Horse showing at Trent University, doors open at 4:45pm,

welcome and viewing at 5:20pm and panel at 8:00pm

November 30 - Tree & Poinsetta Pick up at Armour Heights 3:15 - 4:20 pm

November 30 - Winter Fair @ King George (4:30 - 7:00 pm)

December 4 - "New to You" sale in the gym

December 5 - Jimmy Chapman

December 6 - Marchi, Heffernan and Farace to Whetung Centre

December 10 - Jimmy Chapman

December 11 - 18 - Scholastic Book Fair

December 13 - A Festive Evening Showcase for families 6:00 pm

December 19 - Jimmy Chapman

Jan 14 - 17 - Mobile Code visits

"Share the Warmth" event

We are very fortunate to have a variety of donated children's winter apparel at our school. We share these donations with students as the need arises at school through the winter. At the turn of the season this year, we wanted to reach out to our community to let you know several gently used items are available should your child be in need of a new coat, snow pants or boots. This Thursday we will have a "Share the Warmth" table in the front lobby of the school and we encourage families in our community to come by, try on items and feel free to take needed items home to stay warm over the coming winter. The tables will be set up by 9:00 am on Thursday, Nov 29th and items will remain out and available for families to choose something from until the end of day on Friday. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school office.

New to YOU Sale - December 4th

Would you like to do something good for the environment, the community and our #AwesomeArmour students?

As part of our fundraising efforts Armour Heights School Council will be hosting a “New To You” holiday gift sale on Tuesday, December 4th 2018. Each class will have the opportunity to come down to the gymnasium to browse the “New To You” holiday shop to purchase gift items for family and friends. All gifts will be priced $1, $2, or $3.

In order to make this event FUN and SUCCESSFUL – we need donations of gently used items by Monday 3rd of December.

A Festive Evening at AHPS

We hope you will join us on December 13th @ 6:00 pm for our showcase of song, plays and dances celebrating the season! We look forward to sharing this time together as a community and will be accepting monetary donations that evening at the door in support of our Nutrition Program that supports all our students. If you have any accessibility needs, please don't hesitate to contact the office for information or support - we look forward to sharing this special evening with family and friends of #AwesomeArmour!

MindUP! Building our "Mindfulness" Muscles!

MIndUP is a curriculum that compliments many other curriculum and learning skill and work habit areas of our intentional work and learning with students. It is about supporting students to become increasingly aware of how they are responding to external stimulai. Each lesson offers easy strategies for helping students focus their attention, improve their self-regulation skills, build resilience to stress, and develop a positive mind-set in both school and life.

This week as your child about mindful breathing practice they have started to use. It might be helpful as a strategy at home too when anything becomes overwhelming. When a child is showing signs of stress, you will hear us ask, "How is your body feeling? Could we use some breathing to help? What will help your body to feel less tense?" Ask your child about the differences in their body after this breathing - what do they notice? Is the task or issue more manageable?

Please feel free to ask your child's educator any questions about this learning should you have any questions.

News from School Council

Thank you so much for your interest and support of the varied fundraisers taking place this month and next. We are always in need of volunteers to support other annual initiatives. Currently we are hoping for "New to YOU" volunteers as well as a few volunteers to support during our "Scholastic Book Fair" in December. Please call the school office or speak with Ms. McIlmoyle Parsons should you be available.

Your purchases of Poinsettas and Christmas Trees will be ready for pick-up at the school on November 30th, at the end of the school day.

If you are available please consider joining us on the following evenings for our monthly meetings so you hear first hand our learning and plans for supporting AHPS: January 16, February 13, April 3, May 15.

Inclement Weather & Hot Lunch Information

Should buses be cancelled to Armour Heights on a Pizza Day, the pizza will be provided on the following day. Please note that should your child be absent on any regular pizza lunch day, you may call the school and request to pick up your child’s lunch. Lunches cannot be held over at the school due to health reasons.

We heard you! How to adjust notifications from School Messenger

Parents/guardians can change their notification preferences from the Mobile App as well as from the School Messenger Website. For details about how to do this, please click on the document below, “How to Change Notification Preferences in School Messenger.PDF”, to help guide parents/guardians through this process from the School Messenger Web Site.

STSCO Winter Newsletter Info

Winter is coming, and so might inclement weather! Please see the link below regarding bus/route cancellations, and other information that will be helpful to parents of students who ride the school bus. The STSCO website is the best place to go if you need up-to-date information or if you have questions about the bus.

School Cash Online

Please be reminded that parents can enjoy paying for trips, fundraisers, pizza lunches etc. through registering on-line at

All items available at school will be available to be paid through School Cash Online this year. Please feel free to contact our school office should you need any assistance!

What's Happening at King George?


November is Indigenous People's Awareness Month and KPR welcomes you to please see the link below for information regarding various opportunities and events available throughout the community to learn more about Indigenous People.

Winter is coming and so is PETERBOROUGH WINTERFEST!

For more information regarding Peterborough Winterfest please see the link below, and mark November 22-25 on your calendars!

Every Student Matters KPR Survey

Every Student Matters Census

In the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, we are committed to helping all of our students experience success. To support this goal, we will be conducting our first ever Every Student Matters Census in February 2019, to better understand the needs of our students and school communities.

The data collected will provide the school system, families, and the community, with valuable information to improve our programs and services for the benefit of all students. All information on individual students will remain confidential.

We invite members of our school communities to learn more about the census project, and ask questions, at Community Information Sessions happening in various regions of the school board. All sessions will take place from 6:30-7:30 pm and all are welcome. The Peterborough Information Sessions will be held at Prince of Wales Public School on November 21st and at Lakefield District Public School on December 6th.

Key Contacts

School Council Co -Chairs 2018 -19:

Chantelle Clarke

Andrea Plumley

Superintendent of Student Achievement:

Jack Nigro

(705) 742-9773 ext. 2061


Rose Kitney

(705) 743-1762


Wayne Bonner

(705) 933-8350