Grizzly Family Update
We hope everyone had a nice long weekend and had a nice Thanksgiving! We have lots of exciting things planned for October for our staff and students!
This Thursday, Mr. MacKenzie and Ms. Asselstine will be taking the Cross Country Team to the meet at Fort Henry. More details below. Permission forms were already sent home last week.
October 10th is World Mental Health Awareness Day. See below for our mental health activity/focus each day this week.
We are so glad to be back in-person and to be remaining in person! Thank you for your continued efforts with screening your child each day and for picking up your child if we need to call you throughout the day. We love our GPS community. Thank you to our awesome families for your continued support and to our amazing educators who give up their time to plan and provide so many opportunities for our students.
Looking forward to this short week!
Jean Paquin, Principal & Emily Stephen, Vice Principal
Cross Country Meet on October 14th @ 12:30 pm
Inter-school Cross Country:
An inter-school cross country meet has been approved for next week. Mr.MacKenzie & Ms. Asselstine will be taking students to the meet. Our day is Thursday, October 14th beginning at 12:30 pm at Fort Henry. The cross country team will be travelling by bus, leaving school at 11:45 and returning at 3:00. Unfortunately, there are no spectators allowed.
- Cross Country is for students in grade 3-8
- Age groups: Midgets (born 2007 or earlier) Bantam (born 2008 or 2009) Atom (born 2010 or 2011)
- Midgets and Bantams run approximately 2.5 kms
- Atoms run approximately 2.0 kms
- No canteen will be available
- There is a $5 registration fee per athlete (+$10 for busing)
- The top 30 finishers and top 4 members of the medaling teams in each race will advance to the district meet
- There is to be absolutely no parking on the side of the road leading up to Fort Henry Hill, cars must be parked in the parking lot at the bottom of the hill or at the top of the hill
*Permission forms have already been sent home and should be returned to Mr. MacKenzie or Ms. Asselstine ASAP.
Socktober Challenge Accepted!
Opportunity for Grizzly Parents/Guardians
Opportunity for Intermediate Grizzlies
Opportunity for younger grizzlies
Opportunity for Kinder Grizzlies
This Week and Beyond...
Monday, October 11:
-Thanksgiving Monday (no school)
Tuesday, October 12: (Day 4)
-Game of Zones
*Talk About It Tuesday - students will be learning about talking circles.
Wednesday, October 13: (Day 5)
*Wellness Wednesday - students are encouraged to spend extra time outside with their classes enjoying the fresh air!
Thursday, October 14: (Day 1)
*Thankful Thusday - students will be making gratitude lists.
-Cross Country Meet @ Fort Henry with Mr. MacKenzie & Ms. Asselstine (12:30 pm start)
Friday, October 15: (Day 2)
*Feel Good Friday - students will be sharing compliments with one another.
-School Council Meeting 6:30 (in-person)
COVID Vaccination clinic at GPS for 7/8 students.
Ontario School battery recycling challenge
Boys and Girl's Club:
The Boys and Girls' club continues to look for staff to run after school programming at GPS. If you know of anyone who would be interested and qualified, please direct them to the https://www.bgcsoutheast.ca/ website to apply. Hopefully they will be able to offer a program in the near future.
Triboard Busing Information
No Bus Passes
Due to the role bus manifests and seating plans have in contacting tracing, students are not allowed on a bus they are not registered to or off at a stop they are not assigned to. This means no bus passes can be issued to students for any reason. All changes to transportation, including additional stops and periodic transportation, must be provided to the Triboard office using a Transportation Application.
There will again be an increased likelyhood of bus delays and cancellations this year due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
City of Kingston website. All children under the age of 14 may also ride Kingston Transit for free. No pass is required. Please note, all passengers on Kingston Transit are required to wear a face covering/mask.
Transportation to and from school is not guaranteed. Families should have a backup plan to transport their student(s) to school, and to arrange child care where required, if their bus is cancelled for any reason and they cannot transport their student to school.
Families should ensure they are signed up to receive direct notifications, either by email, or Tri-Board’s app. Delays and cancellations are also posted to Tri-Board’s Twitter account.
If students are unable to find an alternate route to school and cannot attend in-person due to bus cancellations, teachers and schools will work with affected students and families to ensure students are kept engaged in learning. Families should contact their teacher directly to determine a plan for the makeup of work.
LET YOUR BUS DRIVERS KNOW YOUR PLANS...
If you are driving your child, please ensure your child's bus driver knows your plans. This will help immensely. Thank you!
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GPS Advisory Council (SAC)
New and returning members attended our first school council meeting of 2021-2022 last week and elected some new representatives for some key positions.
Co-chairs - Stacey Andrews and Melissa Harding
Treasurer - Keeth Petty
Secretary - Sarah Purvis
Our next meeting will be on Monday October 18th at 6:30pm. All are welcome!
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