Dear Sydenham Families,
We have been able to have a few special events so far this fall. We celebrated (or tried to celebrate) Take Me Outside day on October 22nd, but the weather led us to postpone some of those events to the 23rd. This coincided nicely with our Sydenham Storm Pumpkin Patch! We couldn't go to the pumpkin patch this year, so Fruition Berry Farms delivered the pumpkin patch to us! Students got to go outside, class by class and each student got to pick their own pumpkin. The fun lasted for a few days as students painted and decorated their pumpkins.
We are also celebrating Orange and Black day today! Students have showed a lot of good spirit and had another fun day. Stay tuned for more of our special events as we are working to plan a spirit week November 16-20th.
Lastly, you may have noticed that our newsletter has a new look! Thanks to Ms. Reichstein who has set us up with "Smore" to give us a new look.
Dressing for Cooler Weather
This year, we are taking learning outdoors as much as possible, to increase distancing and to give students and staff a mask break. Please make sure that students are dressed for the weather, including a jackets, boots, mitts and hats as necessary. Light rain will probably not keep us indoors to the extent it has in the past, so raincoats and boots should be ready to go as well! Please label your child's belongings so that we can return any lost items to their owner.
As the cooler weather approaches, we recommend that students bring extra masks to school each day so that they can change masks after outdoor time, when masks tend to get damp.
School Advisory Council
Chair - Len Whalen
Secretary- Mary Kate Christopher
Treasurer- Kelly Baehre
Kindergarten Class rep - Kelly Baehre
Grade 1/2 Class rep - Nadine Levy-Morrison
Grade 2/3 Class rep - Jessie Smith
Grade 4/5/6 Class rep - Erik Lockhart
Grade 6/7/8 Class rep- Suzanne Tousignault
The next meeting is on Wednesday, November 18th at 7:00 p.m. Virtual platform and link to be determined.
SAC Holiday Fundraising
Hard copy notes and order forms went home this past week about our Covid-adapted version of our annual Holiday Market. While we have all come to anticipate the Holiday Market as we have known it for many years, this year will be a little different. SAC has partnered with a local family-run farm, C.C. Farms, to offer locally grown fresh wreaths and winter planter boxes. We also have Homemade Cookie Ornaments in the shape of our very own Sydenham School or the Old Farm Fine Foods building, a beloved neighbour of our school. .
Please consider supporting our SAC as they raise funds for various projects at our school.
Order forms are due by November 9th and wreaths and planters will be ready for pick up at the school on November 27th.
Mark Your Calendar
Monday, November 1st - Daylight Savings Time Ends -don't forget to turn your clock back an hour!
Monday, November 9th - Holiday Fundraiser forms are due to the school
Wednesday, November 11th - School "virtual" Remembrance Day Assembly
Wednesday, November 18th - School Advisory Council meeting - virtual, 7:00 p.m.
November 16-20th - Spirit Week details to follow
Friday, November 20th- Pink Shirt Day
Friday, November 20th- Progress Reports go home
Friday, November 27th - Holiday Fundraiser pick up of planters and wreaths
Indigenous Education Month
November is Indigenous Education Month. Students and staff continue to find ways to deepen their knowledge and learn together about our shared history and build stronger relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.
November 2nd-7th is Treaties Recognition Week and November 7th is International Inuit Day.
Kinders and Acorns
Acorns are one of the most important wildlife foods in areas where oaks occur. Creatures that make acorns an important part of their diet include birds such as jays, pigeons, some ducks and several species of woodpeckers.
Small mammals that feed on acorns include mice, squirrels and several other rodents. Large mammals such as pigs, bears and deer also consume large amounts of acorns.