Message From Our Trustee

As we near the end of 2016, I hope everyone has had a great school year so far and found opportunities to get involved with the life of the school.

It is wonderful to have opportunities to see not only what our students are learning, but to see how they are learning – collaborating and problem solving, using technology in exciting new ways, and engaged in hands-on activities.

I want to take this opportunity to thank the dedicated staff members, students, families and community members across our Board.  Thanks to all of the great people we have in our system, we continue to advance student achievement and well-being.

Our Board continues to have a strong commitment to creating welcoming, inclusive learning environments that enable all of our students to thrive. Engaging families in your child’s education and the school community is in an important part of creating that environment.

There are resources for families available on our Board website at www.yrdsb.ca/parents, including information on Board programs and supports, and tips for parents to support your child’s learning at home and at school.

Best wishes to everyone for a safe and happy holiday season and a wonderful start to 2017. I hope you are able to enjoy time with family and friends.

Susan Geller

Last Chance!

Order online before Friday!  Don’t miss out on our brand new MAVERICKS spirit wear. GMPS pride is where it’s at!  

Get them in time for the holidays and in time for our next MAVERICKS Spirit Day on January 13th!

TONIGHT

Good Afternoon,

Tonight we welcome everyone to our Parent and Teacher Conferences regarding student achievement and well-being.  Please make sure that you arrive on time for your appointment and that you adhere to the schedule as we would like to respect everyone’s time.  If you need more time with the teacher or wish to speak to additional rotary teachers, please check in with the office before leaving.  While you are in the school, make sure to have a look around at what is on the walls in the hallway – some of our school wide learning is posted downstairs as well as other learning in the classes.  In addition we will have our LOST and FOUND items out for pick up.

DON’T MISS – the new school Spirit Wear will be on display by the office as well as sizes for you to look at to place your orders online.  Orders will be closing next week – so check it out before you are too late!  Great gift for the holidays.  Go Mavericks!

Reading 101

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to Dr. Cameron’s presentation on Reading 101.  Thank you also to Dr. Cameron for her informative presentation.  It was inspiring and helped us to view the process of reading in a more holistic and supportive way.

Parents wrote: “Last night we had the honour of welcoming Dr  Linda Cameron to share her wealth of knowledge and expertise in the area of “children’s literacy “.  It was a very informative and engaging presentation and we learned a lot about the significance of literacy at home. We would like to share with you some of the strategies she gave us to engage our children at home:

1.Immersion: make your home a literate place

2.Modelling/demonstrations

3.Provide time for literacy experiences

4.Provide tools-lots of different kinds of texts

5.Talk about texts

6.Support (not criticism)

7.Celebrate literate behaviour!!!
We hope to have her come and speak to us again soon!”

QSP Fundraiser

Hey GMPS!  Just a friendly reminder that our Fundraiser ‘officially’ finished yesterday.  Thank you so much for your support.  If you have yet to send in the envelopes, please do so this week.  If you haven’t shopped and still are interested, we are leaving the online link open a few days longer.  Click here to make purchases from any of the QSP products (magazines, cookie dough etc) QSP GERMAN MILLS SITE

http://www.qsp.ca/4358933

 

GMPS Updates

It is hard to believe that we are already passed the halfway mark for November and the kids were playing outside today in spring-like weather!  Over the weekend and in to next week, temperatures are going to be dropping, so please remember to send your child(ren) dressed for the weather.  We are outside for 20 minutes in the morning and 40 minutes over the lunch hour – unless it is raining.

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for our Remembrance Day Assembly.  It was very moving and left us each with much to think about and a lot to be tremendously thankful for.  A few clips were posted on Twitter.  If you would like to see our kids perform again, mark December 15th on your calendars!  Stay tuned for more information.

Congratulations to our Volleyball Teams who played thier hearts out at the Area Championships.  Both the boys and girls teams did an incredible job and made us proud.  Although neither team advanced to the finals, they played strong and showed excellent sportsmanship.  Go Mavericks!

Our International visitors from the Netherlands felt very welcomed at GMPS.  They were so excited to come to our school to see all of the great things that we have going on here at the school.  It was a great opportunity for us to showcase what we are doing, and to make new friends at the same time!  We hope that they come back again next year for QUEST, but in the meantime, some of our classes might be partnering with classes overseas.

This MONDAY NOVEMBER 21st at 6:30 p.m. we have Dr. Linda Cameron coming to speak about the signifcance of Literacy at home and ways to engage your kids of all ages.  No matter your circumstance, she is bound to have great suggestions for you and your family.  Please RSVP on the post from earlier this week.  Lite refreshments will be served and childcare is provided.

School Council will be having a meeting immediately following Dr. Cameron’s presentation. We will begin promptly at 7:30 and finish no later than 8:30 p.m.  We know this is later than we typically run, but to accommodate people getting to the earlier presentation we are trying this out for November.

Report Cards come home this week.  If you haven’t arranged to speak with or meet the Teachers, please do so.  I encourage you to read the report cards and focus on the Learning Skills and Habits.  The marks are important, but how we learn and what distracts us from learning is of tremendous value and often can take the most work and encouragement.  If you have any questions about our report cards, please do not hesitate to ask or to check out the Ministry of Educations website.  There are great things happening in our school and particularly in our classes.

Finally, don’t forget that our very own Charlie Bender will be on ‘Chopped Canada Junior’ this Sunday November 20th at 8pm.  He was one of 24 kids that were selected out of a pool of 1000.  Check out the Food Network to cheer Charlie on!

Intramural Congee Cup

The 8th annual Congee Cup Floor Hockey kicked off today at lunch. This year we have over 45 players making up 6 teams. They will compete over the next 6 weeks to determine the winner of the Congee Cup. Hockey is buzzing around the school and the grade 6, 7 and 8s are really excited about the tournament.