Centennial Connection Nov. 13, 2022

An update for families from Centennial Public School

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Dear Centennial Families -


We were thrilled to be able to be back together again this week after two days of school closure. It was great to have all staff and students back in the building.


We had a meaningful Remembrance Day service in the gym on Friday. Many thanks to the parents/guardians and community members who attended. For some students this was the first ever Remembrance Day service altogether in a school gym, and everyone did a good job of being respectful and honouring the importance of the day. Thanks to the classes who participate in the assembly in many ways - contributing art work, wreaths made by each class, singing, and reciting poems.


While we have been enjoying beautiful weather, it is likely going to be much cooler this week and in the weeks to come. Please ensure that your child is dressed for outdoor play as we do go outside two times each day. Even if it is lightly raining we will go outside for fresh air, so layers are important. Consider having a change of socks in your child's backpack so they can change if needed.


A huge thanks to the Kingston Frontenacs who generously donated tickets to last Wednesday's game to families at Centennial. Almost 100 tickets were given out to families who enjoyed an evening of hockey at the Leon's Centre. Thank you Frontenacs!


On Thursday this week we will celebrate Pink Shirt Day. Staff, students and families are encourage to wear pink to demonstrate our commitment to kindness, inclusion and acceptance of all people. This coming week is Transgender Awareness week and the following week is Anti-Bullying Week.


We hope all families are enjoying the weekend and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to school tomorrow!


-Deborah Thompson & Centennial PS Staff

Upcoming Dates

Upcoming Dates:

  • November 13th - 18th: Transgender Awareness Week


Wednesday November 16th - Before & After School Program Closed for the day due to staff training event

Thursday November 17th - Pink Shirt Day

Friday November 18 - Progress Reports & Kindergarten Initial Observations sent home

Friday November 25th - PA Day (no school for students)

Monday December 12th - Photo Retake Day



NOVEMBER

November is Indigenous Education Month and Hindu Heritage Month


  • November 20th-26th: Bullying Awareness Week

Science of Reading & Structured Literacy

You are likely hearing more and more about the Science of Reading and Structured Literacy. All staff at Centennial and in the Limestone District School Board are learning about and implementing Structured Literacy into their classrooms. Please ask your son or daughter about it!


Below is a video that helps to explain what the Science of Reading is, and how Structured Literacy is helping all students learn to read and become better readers.

The Science of Reading: a top-level primer

Check out the pictures below of what a sound wall looks like in some of the classrooms at Centennial!

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When is fundraising arriving?

The Dieleman's Orders will arrive in mid December and as soon as they are in, we will let families know. Many thanks to all families who were able to support the school by purchasing items from Dielemans. Final totals will be shared next week!

We have many items in our Lost & Found. Please take a look at the photos below and let us know if anything belongs to you. Unclaimed items will be donated later this week.

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Beautiful Remembrance Day Artwork

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This week, Mrs Sartor, our school supervisor and associate superintendent (and former principal!) came for a visit. She noticed how we are working on Structured Literacy!

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Sign up for Triboard notices

This week one of the Centennial PS buses was cancelled by TriBoard Student Transportation. Families can sign up to receive notifications about delays and cancellations by going to the TriBoard website at: https://triboard.ca/

The poster below is up in all classrooms and throughout the schools. We want all students to feel safe at school!

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Indigenous Self Identification

Please see the link below for more information and to self identify, if you wish.


https://ldsb.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9U2iaUl9GIFILb0

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Tutoring Supports Available

LDSB will be offering virtual learning support for students in Grades 1-10 this Fall. Virtual literacy support will be available to students in Grades 1-3 and virtual Homework Help will be offered to Grade 4-10 students. After-school drop-in sessions will be offered through MS Teams to students in specific grades from Monday to Thursday each week until December 2022. Please continue to check your school website and the LDSB website for more details and information about this program.



In addition, TVO continues to provide curriculum-based, free digital learning resources for all Ontarians this year. This brochure provides an overview of TVO’s Digital Learning Resources (2022). Included in the resources available are:



Mathify Online Math Tutoring for Grades 4-12 https://www.tvomathify.com/students

  • Free 1:1 online math tutoring support with Ontario Certified Teachers. Available Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 9:00 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays, 3:00 to 9:00 pm. Students/families can sign up, select a tutor and start immediately


TVO Learn https://tvolearn.com/

  • Over 2,100 curriculum-aligned, grade and subject-specific learning activities from Kindergarten to Grade 8 (including for the new Science and Technology curriculum
  • Grade 9 to 12 searchable high school content for over 140 secondary school courses

Students, Illness & Masking

A reminder for staff, students, and visitors in our schools to continue to self-screen every day before attending school using the COVID-19 school and childcare screening tool. Staff and students should stay home when sick. In addition, for a total of 10-days after the start of any illness symptom or positive Rapid Antigen Test (RAT), students and staff are expected to wear a well-fitted mask in all public settings (including schools and childcare, unless under two years old) and avoid non-essential activities where mask removal is necessary. Public Health continues to encourage people to mask in indoor, congregate settings like schools. We continue to work very closely with KFL&A Public Health as it relates to health and safety, and absences due to illness. KFL&A Public Health has created a helpful resource for school and childcare screening for families to use. If COVID-19 protocols change, they will be communicated directly with families and updated on Limestone’s COVID-19 Protocol Update webpage.

Olivers Labels

Do you need a way to label your things that stay labelled? Do you need a way to show what's yours? Need a way to label your child's things so they don't get lost or mixed up? Support Centennial Public School Council by purchasing through the link. The school receives 20% of your purchase! All funds raised go to support School Council initiatives including student activities. Thank you!



http://www.oliverslabels.com/Centennial

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E-Store

Want to look spiffy and show off your pride in being a Centennial PS Comet? Check out all of the clothing and accessories available at the Centennial Public School e-store at: https://specialtytrophies.ca/centennialps/
LDSB SchoolMessenger App Tutorial: How to Sign Up & Log In

Safe Arrival - How Do I Report An Absence?

Please use the Safe Arrival system to report your child's absence; do not call the school to report an absence. If you child is going to be absent from learning, please ensure you use the Safe Arrival system to report the absence. If your child will be late, please report a full day absence and then we will sign them in when they arrive. You cannot indicate a half day absence.


How to report your absence:


1. Toll-free telephone

  • Call 1-855-257-9349 toll-free to report an absence using the automated phone system.


2. School Messenger App

  • Use your mobile device to download and install the free SchoolMessenger blue app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store, the SchoolMessenger website portal, or from within the LDSB mobile app.
  • The first time you use the app, you must select Sign Up to create your account. Please ensure you use the same email address your student’s school has on file. If you do not use that same email address, you will not be able to create an account, or may not be able to see the "Attendance" option. You may have already created an account when we introduced the Communicate broadcast system.
  • Select Attendance, then select Report an Absence and follow the prompts.


3. SchoolMessenger SafeArrival Website Portal
  • Visit the SchoolMessenger website portal.
  • The first time you use the app, you must select Sign Up to create your account. Please ensure you use the same email address your student’s school has on file. If you do not use that same email address, you will not be able to create an account, or may not be able to see the "Attendance" option. You may have already created an account when we introduced the Communicate broadcast system.
  • Select Attendance, then Report an Absence and follow the prompts.

Stay Up To Date!

Stay Up To Date! Please check the following regularly...



Centennial PS Twitter https://twitter.com/centennial_ldsb?lang=en


Centennial PS Website https://centennial.limestone.on.ca/


LDSB Website https://www.limestone.on.ca/


LDSB Twitter https://twitter.com/LimestoneDSB


LDSB Facebook https://tinyurl.com/wbhjtku


LDSB Instagram https://instagram.com/limestonedsb?igshid=1epyma6c0g5qd

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