What's the Buzz

January 2016

Welcome to 2016

Happy New Year to all our students and their families. Our best wishes to you for a happy and fruitful 2016. We had a great December! Our Holiday Event was well attended and many families had an opportunity to decorate cookies, make crafts, purchase gifts, and enjoy a wonderful performance of the TPCS Stinger Singers. The Napanee Parade of Lights was another fun event with several of our staff and students coming together to take part on a float generously donated by the Maracle-Tapping family. Finally, on the last day of school, our Colour House leaders organized an afternoon of fun for our students - demonstrating amazing leadership skills. All in all, a super way to end of 2015. We encourage all of you to sit down with your child(ren) and set some realistic goals for 2016, and by using a growth mindset, we are sure to all better ourselves in one way or another.

Now, on to 2016. Our first Character Assembly of 2016 will take place on Thursday, January 14th at 11 am. This month's character trait is Perseverance.

On Friday, January 29th, TPCS is invited to go see the Kingston Frontenacs - our amazing Stinger Singers will be performing O Canada to start the game. Tickets will be $15 each, with $3 going back to TPCS to help fund technology purchases. Information about tickets will be coming home soon.

With January, comes some potentially colder weather. Please have your children dress appropriately for the weather conditions. Information on inclement weather procedures can be found on our website. Be sure to check the website daily and if you are online at all, be sure to follow us on Twitter at @TPCS_LDSB. Or follow us on the Remind app - details later on in this newsletter.

Thanks for all your support in 2015. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

S. Gillam, Principal

C. Desbiens, VP/SST

Door Decorating December 2015

Keep the Conversation Going.

Keep the Conversation Going!

There is no better time for your child to learn new vocabulary than during her everyday conversations with you. Researchers have found that the more parents talk with their child, the more words the child learns. The key to building language competence is encouraging them to engage in conversations!

Here are some conversation tips:

· Give your child a chance to initiate so they have an interest in what you will talk about.

· Get face to face to notice expressions and body language that goes along

with the words.

· Make a comment and wait for your child to take another turn. Keep it going

back and forth.

· Follow up a comment with a genuine question.

Be careful of these conversation stoppers:

· A one sided running commentary. Stop talking!

· Too many questions. (sounds like testing!)

Provided by: Ontario Early Years Literacy Specialists

New Year's Resolution - Strive to Arrive on Time - School starts at 8:05 am.

We ask all our students to make it a goal to be on time each and every day for school. Our first school bell rings at 8:03 am. We ask that all students be in class ready for opening exercises at 8:05 am. Please remember to sign in at the office if you are late arriving at school. Remember if the National Anthem is playing or the morning announcements are being read, you are late and need to wait until they are completed. Our school day ends at 2:30 pm. Unless you have an appointment/emergency and need to pick up your child(ren) up early: students are expected to attend class for the full school day.

Bus Notes/Pick Up

Just a reminder to parents & guardians - if you need to pick up your bussed child(ren) at the end of the day, please go to the office. Please do not go to the bus to get your child personally. The office can call the bus attendant and have your child sent into the school. As always, end of the day transportation changes should be made with a written note to your child(ren)'s teacher. It is always best practice to have a plan for daily routines with your child. Constant changes to daily routines are disruptive to your child(ren)'s class and can be upsetting and unsettling to your child(ren). If an EMERGENCY or unforeseen circumstances occur, a telephone call to the school office, with instructions for school personnel regarding your child(ren) is imperative for student safety. Do not leave a message on the answering service regarding bussing or pick up changes for your children. Parents/guardians are asked to meet their child(ren) at 2:30, our regular dismissal time, at the appropriate classroom exits. Crowding the front foyer of the school at the end of the day makes it difficult to ensure a safe pick up for your child(ren). Parents should not be going through the hall at the end of the day for safety reasons. Please ask and we can have your children brought to the front if absolutely necessary. Thanks for your support.

Stinger Singers & the Kingston Frontenacs

Friday, January 29th is TPCS night at the Kingston Frontenacs game. Tickets are $15 each, with $3 from each ticket coming back to the school. Come join us for some family fun and cheer on our very own Stingers Singers sing O'Canada to start the game. More information will be sent home early this month. Thanks for your support.

Don't Get Caught Without Your Shot!

Effective July 1, 2014, students attending school in Ontario must be up to date with immunizations for diptheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, and meningococcal disease depending on their age or have valid exemption. Update your child's immunization record with KFL&A Public Health each time he or she receives an immunization for these diseases. Health care providers do not automatically send immunization information to KFL&A Health. Parents are responsible for providing this information. To receive these immunizations, please contact your family doctor or KFL&A Public Health. An annual immunization record review is done by KFL&A Public Health and students who are not up to date for required immunizations may be suspended from school by KFL&A Health.

Instrumental Music Program

Students in Grade 7 & 8 will offered the opportunity to participate in the Instrumental Music Partnership Program for a nominal fee. Information will be coming home soon. Instruments are available to borrow from the school. Stay tuned for more information.

Dates to Remember

Jan. 11th - Hot Lunch Orders Due

Jan. 14th - Character Assembly - 11 am

Jan. 18th & 19th - Vision & Hearing Clinic - Lions Club - SK and Grade 1 only

Jan. 20th - Parent Council - 6 pm

Jan. 29th - Kingston Frontenacs/Choir Sing - 7 pm - K Rock Centre