October BUZZ

The Prince Charles School

Dear Families at Home,

We had an incredible first month at The Prince Charles School this year. September was a month of change and transition. Our Kindergarten to Grade 8 classes are settled into their classrooms and have established their classroom routines. It is amazing how quickly the students become accustomed to their new classrooms and begin to engage in the learning. It has been so wonderful to get to know all of the new faces at TPCS this fall, as well as learn about the summer adventures of our returning students.

Our EQAO results from the 2016-2017 school year are now public information. The Primary Assessment (written in Grade 3) and Junior Assessment (written in Grade 6) are a snapshot of our students’ learning and one of the important pieces of data that we use when setting our school improvement goals for the next school year. Our Grade 3 results were as follows; in Reading (26% reaching Provincial Standard), Writing (34% reaching Provincial Standard) and Math (10% reaching Provincial Standard). Every cohort of students is different and results do fluctuate from year to year depending on the needs of the group. We are examining our Primary results and refining our practice and work with students to continue to improve, particularly in the areas of written response and mathematics. Our Grade 6 results are as follows; in Reading (63% reaching the Provincial Standard), Writing (53% reaching Provincial Standard) and consistent with students across the province mathematics continues to be a challenge. Our Junior math scores (16% reaching provincial standard) indicate a need for a focus in this area during upcoming years. As a staff, we believe improvements in literacy results will be the result of purposeful changes in practice and a focus on student improvement over the next few years. We hope to lay a strong foundation of decoding skills in reading and understanding of numeracy concepts through the application of the high yield strategies. A more detailed summary of our School Improvement Goals will be sent home later this month. The Grade 3 and 6 results will be sent home this week. You should be receiving them soon. You can find the details of our results at www.eqao.com. There are also a lot of parent resources for anyone that is interested and I would encourage you to look at the website. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me and I would be happy to assist you.

Over fifty students from the Running Club will represent TPCS at the Regional X-country championships on Wednesday, October 4th, 2017. We look forward to their success at this meet after many weeks of training. The second annual Turkey Trot Race for Grade 1 and Grade 2 students and many other Fall activities are coming up in October. The list of important dates will be coming home in paper copy this week. Please continue to visit our school website, and follow us on Twitter (@TPCS_LDSB) and on Remind.

Krista Nitschke, Principal

Character Connection

Creating a positive sense of belonging for students is a key goal for the staff at The Prince Charles this year. Every month at the assemblies and in the classrooms, we will be discussing ways to create that sense of belonging through character education. The Tell Them From Me data was generated from the survey students in Grades 4 to 8 wrote in the Spring of 2017. This survey indicated that belonging needed to be a key area of focus. One of the indicators of belonging on the survey is feeling accepted by peers. We will be focusing discussion in the classrooms, and mending conversations around how we can support one another in growing and learning in an inclusive school environment. Below are some of the visuals that we are using to spark conversation and thinking along this theme.

Attendance At School

Attendance at school, as well as arriving on time, are critical to every child's success. Literacy and numeracy lessons build on one another and it is important that students do not miss key concepts. Literacy and math are often taught in large instructional chunks at the beginning of the day so missing the first hour can have a big impact on your child. The attendance counselor will be coming to the school monthly to review every child's attendance records. Students missing substantial amounts of time will be flagged and letters or referrals (to the attendance counselor) will be made. Therefore, it is very important that you let us know why your child is absent so that the attendance counselor and office staff have a clear understanding of the reasons for your child's absence. Thank you for working with us to provide your child with consistency in their academic programming.

Terry Fox

TPCS students participated in the Terry Fox Run on Thursday, September 28th. All of the students ran and walked with enthusiasm. Our school raised over $500 to be donated to the Terry Fox Foundation for Cancer Research. Special thanks to the students and staff in Mme Lehoux's Grade 5/6 Immersion Class who cut out and put up all of the feet with the names of students who donated money, as well as organizing the event and collecting the money. The display in the Junior Hallway looks terrific!
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Colour House

The students enjoyed a Colour House Spirit Day in September to meet the other members of their Colour House. Mrs. Nitschke, Mme Rodriguez and Mme LeBlanc, as well as the Grade 6 to 8 teachers will be selecting the Colour House Captains and Leaders for the 2017-2018 school year. These students will meet every Monday morning to plan activities, intramurals and events for the students at TPCS. We look forward to all of the fun things they will be planning!

Student Leaders have been organizing intramural soccer for Grade 1-3 on Monday/ Tuesday/Wednesday in September and mid way through October we will be switching to Grade 4-8 intramural soccer. Dance Club for students in SK to Grade 8 is every Friday at afternoon recess. Students earn a Colour House Ticket for participating in these activities

Community Resources

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After School Activities Offered at The Charles

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Events for the Calendar

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