DECEMBER NEWS

Bath Public School wishes you a wonderful holiday season!

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Principal's message

It is hard to believe that we are already into December! I would like to thank all the students for their hard work and determination over the past months. It was wonderful to read the accomplishments of each and every student In the November Progress reports. These reports serve as a great midway check in with both students and parents. As a school community, all staff are here to work with you. If you have any questions regarding your child’s learning, please don’t hesitate to contact their teachers.


Our students are busy with their studies, extra-curricular and co-curricular activities, not to mention all the other out-of-school clubs and sports that keep them busy. Junior and Senior Boys and Girls Volleyball teams have been practicing their skills on the court in preparation for their tournaments in late December. Our Eco-Team continues their work in our school working closely with Miss Dorothy and Mr. Nickel. Thanks to our staff for allowing these opportunities to happen.


This month, our students and staff have been honoring and celebrating Indigenous Cultures in many ways: listening to and singing O Canada in Ojibwe, Cree and Miqmac, learning about indigenous heritage on the morning announcements, reading books written by indigenous authors, and recognizing indigenous heroes. Our learning is continuing through a new project that connects us to the land and demonstrates respect and care for Mother Earth. We now have our GROW garden beds placed at the front of our school and our Grade 6/7 and Grade 7/8 classes will begin tending to these gardens and planting vegetables. We are excited about this opportunity and look forward to all classes enjoying this experience in the spring.


Our Bath Public School community also took part in Kindness week in November and students demonstrated many positive acts that help our school and were recognized for their positive contributions. Each month we look forward to our PRIDE assemblies to highlight the great work our students demonstrate. Our next PRIDE assembly will take place on December 19 where we will include a holiday performance and sing song. We hope you can join us!


Wishing each and every Bath PS family a wonderful and magical holiday season. All the best in the New Year!


Jennifer Osborne

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MacMillan Cookie Dough Delivery

The MacMillan cookie dough delivery will take place on Monday December 9 between 3:00 and 6:00. Please ensure that someone is able to pick up your order as we do not have the facilities to store any leftovers.
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See Yourself in Limestone: Student Census

The Limestone D.S.B. will be conducting an Identity-based data collection in early Spring 2020 for elementary and secondary students in Limestone called “See Yourself in Limestone: Student Census”. Information & sharing sessions are being held with Advisory groups, Community groups, families, and student focus groups during November & December in preparation for the survey. More information for school staffs will be shared in the coming weeks. Regular updates will be provided throughout the year on the Limestone website.
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Preparing for Winter Play

YARD PLAY

Keeping student safety at the forefront in all seasons is essential. At first snowfall staff have taken time to review elements of outside play in terms of both safety and conduct to establish a positive tone for winter yard play. Our staff know that their decision to shut down an area of the yard on any particular day or for any particular reason will be supported. Rough play, students needing too many reminders, or just too much volume in that area for overall supervision to work effectively are all possible factors. Access may also be restricted for individual students or groups of students if more appropriate. Students must be dressed appropriately for winter play. This includes snow pants and boots.


Reminders about safe play while out on the yard and in the snow are frequently reviewed by school staff and yard supervisors. Families can help reinforce these messages when students are playing both before and after school. Please take some time to review the guidelines below with your child and reinforce that positive, safe recess play:


  • Snow stays on the ground, no throwing or kicking of snow at others
  • Hands off - it is even more essential in slippery conditions that students are in control of their own bodies. Pushing or shoving others can put them at great risk for injury as they are not able to brace their fall when they are not prepared for the loss of balance. When pushing or shoving occurs staff will often shut down a snow hill.
  • When sliding students must go one at a time and wait for the path to be clear before sliding, no lingering or playing at the bottom of a hill that is being used for sliding. Sliding is always on knees or bottom.
  • Be respectful of the creations of others. While there is no ownership of snow, it is not polite or caring to purposely destroy the work of others, or steal snow. The fields have an abundance of snow available, taking other's snow is not necessary.
  • No snow forts on top of the hills or tunnels at the bottom - this creates unsafe situations with access to forts and the use of the hill for all. Digging tunnels at the bottom of the hill is not permitted.
  • Supervision before school starts at 8:55, students should be arriving at this time and are allowed on the pavement area (not in the back field).
  • It is inevitable that structures will not stand the test of time for various reasons. Role-playing or talking through the potential emotions and reactions to this may be helpful for your child. We often remind students that part of the fun of snow is to rebuild something new or add on to make structures even better the next time.

Jingle Bell Walk/Food Drive

Over the next two weeks, the students and staff at Bath Public School will take part in a challenge to collect a variety of non-perishable food items to donate to our local Food Bank. We will be walking through the village on FRIDAY DECEMBER 6 with bells on to support our Food drive. If you would like to participate in this great charitable fundraiser, please have your child bring a non-perishable food item to their homeroom teacher. Please note, the food bank is most in need of the following items:


  • Canned meat & fish
  • Peanut butter, jam
  • Stews, canned tomatoes
  • Baby food, formula, diapers
  • Rice & pasta
  • Cereal
  • Tea, coffee, sugar



We thank you in advance for your donations!

Changes to our Inclement Weather Absence Reporting

In past years when school buses have been cancelled due to inclement weather, parents/guardians of bused students were not required to report their absence. Only parents/guardians of walkers who chose not to come to school were to report absences.


NEW FOR 2019-2020: All parents/guardians are asked to report their student’s absence regardless of the reason, including when there are bus cancellations. Often, bused students find alternative ways to school and we want to ensure we know a student’s whereabouts to ensure their safety and well-being. Knowing who is supposed to be at school will allow school office staff to best ensure all students are accounted for. Students will report to their classroom teacher for attendance at 9:10 am as they would normally do on a regular school day. This allows school office staff to quickly determine who isn’t at school and launch SafeArrival calls to a student’s designated contacts. We appreciate your support and understanding as we work to enhance practices that ensure student safety.

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Dates to Remember

December 2~Skating(Sparrow/Nickel/Kyte/Morrisey/Kinders)

December 3~Boys Volleyball versus Fairfield @Bath

December 4~Skating (Baetz/Saha/Kingston/McGrath/Bauml)

December 5~Gould Lake Presentation for Grade 6-8

December 6~Jingle Bell Walk 2:00

December 9~Senior Boys Volleyball Tournament

December 11~Junior Girls/Boys Volleyball Tournament, ESS Band Performance @ 10:00

December 12~Candy Cane Lane

December 13~Senior Girls Volleyball Tournament

December 16-20~ HOLIDAY SPIRIT WEEK

December 19~Holiday Concert/PRIDE assembly 2:00 - 3:00

December 20~Last day of school

January 6~Happy 2020 Back to School