Sydenham PS

December Newsletter

Dear Sydenham Families,

It is hard to believe that the last month of 2020 is finally here. It has been a year like no other, and is likely to be remembered for a long time to come. We continue to be grateful that we are able to come to school each day and are amazed at the progress, growth and resiliency we see in our students.

December promises to be a fun month at Sydenham as our intermediate student leaders have cooked up a series of fun events and spirit days for us to enjoy. It is fantastic to see the initiative this group has taken on and you can see the list of event days below.

December is also a time of giving and kindness at Sydenham and this year we are continuing to support the Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) Teddy Bear campaign. The 2020 campaign contributions will go towards the purchase of four portable pediatric hospital cribs at KGH. For every $100 raised, KGH Auxiliary will also donate one teddy bear to a child in need of comfort during their stay at KGH. Sydenham P.S. has a goal of raising $100 for each class at Sydenham so that each class can say they helped provide a teddy bear to a child in need. Donations can be made on-line through Canada Helps. Choose “Teddy Bear Campaign” under “Apply your donation to a fund set up by this charity.” Please also add a note "from Sydenham P.S." We are also supporting the Salvation Army food drive. Students may bring in non-perishable food items to support those in need.

If you celebrate holidays in December, whether Hannukah, Christmas, Yule/Solstice, Bodhi Day, Kwanzaa, New Year's or anything else, we wish you all the best. We hope that during the upcoming break you stay safe, enjoy time with your family, and come back refreshed for 2021!


Sara Marshall,


Mark Your Calendar

December 1st- Class door decorating contest starts

December 2nd - Teddy Bear fundraiser and non-perishable food drive launches

December 3rd - Dress up fancy day (or sparkly like a snowflake!)

December 4th - Sydenham spirit day - wear your Sydenham colours!

December 7th- Class door decorating contest ends

December 8th - Colour day - each class will be given a colour to wear

December 9th - Candy cane day - wear red and white

December 10th - Winter/holiday hat day

December 11th - Picture Day!

December 14th - Crazy socks day

December 16th - Fun in the Sun day (beach wear!)

December 17th - Colouring contest

December 18th - Last Day of School in 2020! Happy Winter Holiday!

January 4th, 2021 - classes resume

December 11th

Hello Parents!

Picture Day is coming Friday, December 11 .

After Picture Day, order pictures on using your Portrait ID and Access Code which can be found on your Picture Day order form.

Indoor Shoes and Outdoor Gear

With the arrival of the winter weather, students will need to have indoor shoes that will stay at school. Indoor shoes should be suitable for wear in the gym. Our caretakers also appreciate it if shoes can have non-marking soles.

We will also continue to go outdoors as often as we can. Families are reminded to send students with appropriate outdoor wear (hats, mitts/gloves, boots) and extra items like socks and mitts in case they get wet. Please label items with your student's name.

Celebrations for December

There is a common thread in all three holidays of a longing for peace, light and human dignity.

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Sydenham Photo Gallery

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On Remembrance Day, we had our first virtual assembly. Students watched the assembly in their classrooms before our first recess. At the end of morning recess, students stayed outdoors on their "line-up dots" (physically distant) and were given poppies on craft sticks. Students stood silently and heard the Last Post, followed by 2 minutes of silence and Reveille. Students then "planted" their poppies in our Peace Garden.
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Crazy Hair Day

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Winter Planter Boxes

Thanks to Ms. McCourt and all the volunteers for "sprucing up" (pun intended) our planter boxes in front of the school!
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