Roger Neilson P.S. Review

Family Edition - Sept. 18th - 22nd, 2023

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Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope you had another wonderful weekend. 2 weeks in and the students seem to be settling into the routines nicely. Hopefully, by now, students feel comfortable coming onto the yard in the morning on their own. Our goal is that all parents and caregivers are able to say goodbye at the fence/gates and allow students to enter independently.

I was able to reach out to a number of families of gr. 1-3 primary students to inform them of some of the class shuffles we had to make in order to get our class sizes down in many classrooms. I would like to welcome Ms. Rose Sandersan back to Roger Neilson PS. She was here last year in our gr. 2/3 classroom for Mrs. Grimes. Ms. Sandersan is now the new teacher in our new grade 2 class which starts on Monday of this week. We look forward to seeing the positive effects of smaller class sizes!

Please see all the information in the newsletter below. We would love to see new members come to our School Council Meeting on Thursday. Our Terry Fox "Toonie for Terry" Fundraising starts this week with activities happening on Friday. Please also mark your calendar for next week's Open House on Wednesday. See all the information below!

A reminder, if your child is going to be absent, you can use the "very user-friendly" School Messenger app (a free download), to let us know. You can also call the student absence reporting system at 1-844-434-8119. This number is available 24 hours a day. Complete attendance information can be found at this link:

I will continue to send out weekly newsletters on Sunday evenings. Please check your emails.

Have a great week!

~Mr. Coulter

Looking Ahead:

Sept. 20- Lunch Box Day - Subway

Sept. 21 - School Council Meeting at 6pm in our Library

Sept. 22 - Terry Fox School Activities starting at 2pm

Sept. 27 - Lunch Box Day - Papa John's Pizza

Sept. 27 - School Open House - 5:30-7pm - Stay Tuned for more information

Sept. 28 - Orange Shirt Day to recognize "National Day for Truth and Reconciliation"

Sept. 29 - PA Day - No School For Students

Sept. 30 - National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Oct. 9 - Thanksgiving Holiday

Oct. 10 - Bus Evacuation Drills

Oct. 11- Lunch Box Day - Pita Pit

Oct. 13 - Picture Day


Sept. 17 - Rosh Hashanah (Judaism)

Sept. 19 - Powley Day (Metis)

Sept. 19 - Ganesh/Vinayak Chauth (Hinduism)

Sept. 20 - Kshamavani/Daslakshan Parva ends (Jainism)

Jr. Soccer Tryouts are this Week!

Thank you to all students who have shown interest in trying out for Junior Soccer.

Tryouts will be held during the day on Monday and then on Wednesday after school from 3:40 until 4:30. Students who are selected for the team will also have a practice Thursday after school as well as a practice Tuesday the 26th. There will also be some practices at Nutrition Breaks.

Thanks for your ongoing support! ~ N. Harris


"Terry Fox certainly modeled the following values: heroism, strength, perseverance, courage, determination, integrity and most of all hope."

Our school will be participating in "Terry Fox" activities on Friday, September 22, 2023 here at school. We have established our annual “Toonies for Terry” campaign where we ask each student and staff member to donate a toonie for Terry. Please help us reach our $500 goal for this great cause! This is now open on School Cash online or you can donate at:

School Council Update - Meeting this Thursday at 6pm!

Our first school council meeting will be held this Thursday, Sept. 21 at 6:00pm in our school Library. Any parent interested in being part of school council is welcome to attend this meeting. We are always looking for new members. We meet once a month and there are a variety of roles and tasks that we need support with. Some don’t require much commitment at all. We will also offer a virtual drop in if you can meet the first meeting via Cisco WebEx as the platform. If you do not have the use of a computer, a free app can be downloaded to most Smart Phones. To access the meeting, please use this link: at 6pm on the 21st.

If young childcare is a concern, we do have a few mature students available to help with that during the meeting too!

If you have any questions please contact Mr. Coulter. We hope to see you!

OPEN HOUSE - WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 27, 2023 5:30-7pm

Due to unforeseen circumstances, our OPEN HOUSE had to be moved up a day. We would like to invite families to come to our school on Wednesday, Sept. 27th. This is an opportunity to meet school staff and put a face to a name! Classrooms will be open for visits between 5:30 - 6 p.m. on WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27 and then the school council will be selling pizza slices and beverages outside in the back schoolyard from 6 - 7 p.m. We hope to see you there!

School Lunch Box is Back!

"Lunch Box" on school cash online is back for its second year at Roger Neilson PS and this year we have "Pita Pit" available. Please see a copy of the flyer below that was sent home. Proceeds from all lunches ordered go to your school council for a variety of iniatives. The flyer below explains how to order. First up... Subway lunch on Wed. Sept. 20th!
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Please consider supporting Breakfast Club at Roger Neilson!

Each day ALL students are offered something to eat in the morning when they come into the school. Not all students choose to take something to eat, but many do. We recognize the importance nutrition has on learning. We would like to thank the "Children's Breakfast Clubs" for their support with our morning nutrition program. However, running a school wide program comes with a cost. We are hoping that families would consider donating to our program if their child is accessing it in the mornings. Look for this opportunity on school cash online this week. $5 per month, which is roughly 25 cents a day would really help us out.

Thanks for considering!

Verification Forms /Plan of Care/ Release Form Documentation!

Thanks to all the families who have returned these important forms. If you still have not had a chance to look them over, please do and return them to school as soon as possible. The sooner we get all these forms back the better! Thank you for your support with this!

Our Parking Lot Before and After School

We recognize that our parking lot is a concern. We sometimes do not have enough spots for our staff. The bus company has also asked that we continue to have room for them to safely enter our parking lot. We kindly ask families to not enter our parking lot with your car as it becomes crowed and unsafe for our school buses. We know this is not ideal, especially in inclement weather, but we thank-you for your support with this!

Before and after school can be very busy with picking up and dropping off students with many little ones around. We have also been asked to remind everyone to watch the language we use during this time around our students. Thank-you!


Arriving by car? Cars will not be permitted in the school parking lot BEFORE OR AFTER SCHOOL. Students are to be dropped off on one of the side streets and can use the sidewalks to walk to a designated entrance.

Arriving by bus? A staff member will be at the bus drop-off location to assist students getting off of the bus and to greet students. Students will go directly to their designated entrance.

Arriving by foot? Students are to use the marked crosswalks when arriving at the school. A staff member will be monitoring the entrances.

Arriving by bike or scooter? Please park your bike/scooter at the racks on the left side of the front of the school and then proceed to the sidewalks to enter the yard. For safety reasons, students are NOT ALLOWED to ride bikes or scooters in our parking lot. Please make sure to walk them to the rack when on school property.

Late to school? If you arrive after the gates have been locked, please go directly to front of the school, press the buzzer and wait for further instructions.

Busing Information

All busing information and issues happens through STSCO. Please use the link below if you have any questions or concerns.

Visitor Protocol

Please ring the buzzer when arriving at the front door of the school and sign-in at the main office. We kindly ask that parents and caregivers not be in the hallways or going to classrooms during school hours unless they are volunteering.

Should you wish to speak with a teacher regarding your child’s progress, an appointment can be made by contacting the office or the teacher directly by email. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation. Your child’s safety and education is our number one priority.

Needing Backpacks??

All students should bring a refillable water bottle to school labelled with their name. Our water bottle filling stations are open, but the drinking fountains remain closed. We have limited supply of water bottles left in the office, but if your child is needing one, please let your classroom teacher know.

Thanks to the generosity of the United Way. We have some backpacks available in the office with start-up school supplies. If you are interested in obtaining one for your child, please contact our office and we are happy to help!

Information about School Cash Online

Communication from Roger Neilson P.S.

Most communication from Roger Neilson and our KPR board office is delivered via text messaging or email. If you have not opted into these services and would like to, please do so. For text messaging, your cell number must be in our system. You can opt into text messages by simply texting the word “yes” to the number 978338. If your phone number or email is not registered in the school system, or you have changed your number, please call the school to update: 705-745-6456.

This Weekly Newsletter will be sent via email every Sunday evening, please check it for weekly updates!

News from Our KPR School Board!


Annual Parent Conference

Save the date – KPR's Annual Parent Conference is returning the morning of Saturday, October 21 as a virtual event, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Jean Clinton!

Through the context of building resilience and healthy relationships, Dr. Clinton will share practical strategies to empower parents and caregivers to support their children during important transitions and create conditions to help them thrive throughout their educational journey and beyond!

More details and registration information are coming soon!

Report IT!

The Office of the Commissioner of Human Rights, Equity and Accessibility (COHREA) is fully accessible and available to all students, staff and families to report any issues of concern, and in particular human rights-based issues of discrimination and harassment that involve a breach of the Human Rights Code, and barriers to accessibility under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. The Commissioner’s Office promptly reviews, assesses and determines necessary next steps for addressing all complaints. While we continue to encourage students, staff and families to first address concerns directly with those involved in the situation, e.g. the teacher, principal, manager or superintendent, concerns may also be reported confidentially, through the online reporting tool – Report IT! More information about the COHREA is available on the Board website or by contacting the office directly at

New Language Curriculum Grade 1 to 8 – A Guide for Parents

Ontario’s language curriculum for Grades 1 to 8 was updated last spring by the Ministry of Education for implementation beginning this September. The parent guide below provides an overview of the knowledge and skills that students will learn in each grade. Language, Grades 1 to 8: a guide for parents (

School Bell Times:

8:55am - School Gates Open and students can enter yard

9:10am - Morning Bell - Students Enter School

10:50 - 11:30 - Nutrition Break #1

1:10-1:50pm - Nutrition Break #2

3:30pm - Leaving Bell (Gates Open for Parents to Pick Students up on Yard)