Emily Carr

November 2015

Message From Administration

At this time of year, we like to remember those who make Emily Carr a wonderful place to be! Thank you to all of the staff for their time and dedication, putting in countless hours towards the many extra-curricular activities offered to our students. We also think of the many volunteers who devote so much of their time to running programs around our school. Your volunteer support allows the school to provide experiences that are above and beyond what can normally be provided. And thank you to our Interlink Choir who share the joy of music with so many of our students each Monday. Thank you all so much!


It seems hard to believe that we have been in school for three months already, and even harder to believe that we are sending home Progress Reports on December 11th. Progress Reports tell you how your child is developing learning skills and work habits essential for success. The Progress Reports also provide feedback on academic subjects -- such as language, math, social studies, science and technology -- by classifying your child's progress as "very well", "well" or "with difficulty". The Reports are written to highlight your child's strengths and areas to improve before evaluations are completed. We are encouraging our students to take further steps in accepting responsibility for their learning by setting personal goals for improvement for the next reporting period.


As a school we have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know your children and are very impressed with the growth they have made in coming together as learners and as classroom citizens.

It takes a village to raise a child

A Musical Note

The Interlink Choir performed at the Oakville Conference Centre on November 18th in partnership with five other choirs, the Craig Kielburger Secondary School Choir, Halton Regional Police Chorus, Burlington Welsh Male Chorus and the Tempus Choral Society. This was an Heroes concert honouring the veterans, fire fighters, police and care givers of our community.


The Interlink Choir continues to meet Monday at first break. They are preparing for their December 9th School concert.


The Emily Carr Grade 8 Band is preparing for their December 9th School concert and their competition at the Golden Horseshoe Musicfest, February 18th. The students have a schedule of rehearsals. It is also on my webpage. Regular attendance is very important as they prepare for Provincials.


Students from grade 5 continue to develop their rhythm skills through various activities. They have also created a sound track to accompany a seasonal poem.


Students from grade 6 are beginning their study of First Nation music. They each have made a drum or rattle which they will use to accompany a First Nation legend.


The grade 7 students continue to develop their skills on their chosen band instrument. They are now playing the first 6 notes of the Bb concert scale. Extra practice times are Wednesday and Thursday, during second break.


The grade 8 students are starting their unit on creating a medley. They will be working in small ensembles. They are playing notes from the Bb and Eb concert scale.


By J. Barber

School Council Meeting:

Our next meeting of the Emily Carr School Council is on Monday, November 30 at 7pm in the staff room. All are welcome.


At this meeting, we will discuss the "Walk/Wheel to School" initiative and parking lot use changes. If you would like to share your views or perspectives about these items, please contact Bindu Cudjoe at Bindu.cudjoe1@gmail.com to be added to the agenda.

TIPS FOR DRESSING FOR WINTER WALKING

  • Keep hands and head covered to prevent heat loss
  • On really cold days wear a scarf over your face and mouth (-25°C is considered too cold for walking)
  • Wear warm, waterproof boots
  • Wear a warm coat and snow pants that deflect the wind
  • Wear clothing or carry knapsacks with reflective material – it’s important to be seen
  • If possible, tuck an extra pair of socks and mitts into your backpack just in case the ones you are wearing get wet

Dates to Remember:

November 27th: PA Day (No school for students)

November 30th: School Council 7pm (staff room)

December 9th: Holiday Concert 7pm (Gymnasium)

December 11th: Progress Reports go home

December 21-January 1st: Winter Break (No school)

January 13th: Grade 1 Information Night (Current SK)