What's the Buzz
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
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
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
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
What's Happening - February 2016
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