What's the Buzz

February 2016

February 2016

With the first month of 2016 behind us, we embark on February, which is a very busy month. We trust that everyone is still working hard on their goals for 2016. Our first indication of this will occur on March 1, when first term report cards come home. In the meantime, we have lots of learning and extra curricular activities going on at TPCS. Thursday, Feb. 4th is a PA Day for students. Teachers will be working on preparing First Term Reports. Family Day takes place on Monday, Feb. 15th this year. Please enjoy this day with your family - lots of fun events happening in Napanee and surrounding area. On Feb. 18th, we have our annual TPCS Ski Trip for students in Grades 5-8. Monday, Feb. 29th is another PA Day. No school for students and teachers and staff will be engaged in professional development on that day. Lots of fun activities not mentioned - check out our What's Happening Section later in the newsletter.

As February begins, it is bittersweet that I announce that my time at TPCS is coming to a close. As of February 9th, I will be moving to Educational Services to support them until the end of June 2016. Dave Allison, a retired Principal, will be joining us at TPCS until the end of February when a more permanent placement will be made. Dave has a great deal of experience as a Principal and he is thrilled to be coming to The Charles. I want to thank the students, staff and community for making my time at The Prince Charles School the best of my career to this point. I will never be too far away, with responsibilities for Special Education, I plan on dropping by regularly and I will continue to live in this community. As February begins, I want to thank you all for your support and partnership in improving the lives of our students.


Scot M. Gillam


Aboriginal Self-Identification

Aboriginal Self-Identification

If your child has First Nation, Metis or Inuit ancestry we ask you to consider self-identifying.

By doing so you help our school know if we are meeting the needs of our First Nation, Metis and Inuit students. You also assist the school board in getting additional funds to support Aboriginal Education and help us to know where to allocate resources to best support Aboriginal students.

Self-identification will also allow us to direct services and opportunities for First Nation, Metis and Inuit students to your child. These additional services and opportunities may include

· tutoring support,

· access to the board’s elementary and secondary Aboriginal programs,

· access to the Aboriginal Student Support Counsellor,

· access to leadership and university experience camps for Aboriginal students,

· information about scholarships and bursaries for Aboriginal students.

You can find more information and the self-identification form online at our board website.http://www.limestone.on.ca/Programs/Aboriginal_Ed/Self_Identification

Kindergarten Registration 2016

TPCS is now accepting registrations for Early Learning Kindergarten English or French Immersion for September 2016. If your child(ren) will be four years old on or before December 31, 2016 your child is eligible to register for our year one program. If your child(ren) will be five years old on or before December 31, 2016 your child would be eligible for year two of the Kindergarten program. Registration packages are available at the school office, or the LDSB website. Please bring proof of age (birth certificate, passport, baptismal or birth registration), immunization records and a current health card number. Transportation forms are also available for those registering from outside walking distance of the school.

Writing - cats can't do it, but kids can!

Young children learn to write in predictable stages, which they need to go through. Help them keep motivated - let young children play at their own pace.

Robin Bright describes children's stages of writing:

  • playing on paper
  • trying symbols
  • discovering letters
  • understanding sound/letter relationships
  • moving toward "the right way" of spelling

Children need to practice by playfully repeating lots of fine motor and writing activities. Using small crayons, pencils and sponges helps children develop the right grip.


* Keep scrap paper, short pencils and short crayons on hand so your children can write any time.

* Encourage your children to roll playdough into long “logs,” then they can use the logs to write their names.

* Spread shaving cream on the side of the bathtub. Encourage your children to practice drawing and making letters in the cream.

* Have paper, liquid paint in a saucer and small sponges ready. Show your children how to dab the sponges in the paint to make pictures and letters on the paper.

Ontario Early Literacy Specialists

School Year Calendar 2016-17 Parent Survey

The Limestone District School Board is requesting feedback about the 2015-2016 school year calendar and possible options for the 2016-17 school year. It would be appreciated if you would please take a moment to respond to several questions on an on-line survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SYC201617. If you would like a paper version of the survey, please contact the school and we can send a copy home with your child, or you could come into the school to fill it out. The survey is open for responses until Friday, Feb. 5th. Your input is important to us and we appreciate your time in submitting your feedback and comments. For more information, please visit the LDSB website at http://www.limestone.on.ca/School_Calendar which also provides a link to the Ministry of Education website.

KFL & A Immunization Information

During the month of February, the KFL&A Public Health Immunization Team will review the immunization records of elementary students in the Limestone District School Board for the purpose of enforcing the Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA).

Additional Supporting Healthy Schools Inserts related to immunization and other health topics can be found at http://www.kflapublichealth.ca/Content.aspx?Id=340.

L & A County General Hospital Student Art Exhibition

Congratulations to Marin F. and Lillian S. for having their artwork selected for the L & A Hospital Art Exhibition. The opening takes place on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 7 pm. Congrats both of these students.

What's Happening - February 2016

Feb. 4 - PA Day - no school for students

Feb. 9 - Pancake Breakfast
Feb. 12 - Mary Lambert Concert - K-6 - Health and Heart - 10:45 am

Feb. 15 - Family Day - no school

Feb. 18 - Ski Trip - Gr 5-8 & Families

Feb. 18 - Grade 8 Open House at NDSS - 6:30 pm

Feb. 29 - PA Day - newly added - no school for students

March 1 - First Term Reports home