Cookies and Books

Our Cookie Dough didn’t make it today!  It will be arriving tomorrow and will be available for pick up from about 1:00-5:30 p.m.

Bookfair – due to the cancellation of the Winter Concert, some parents who had planned to visit the bookfair with their children after the concert are unable to do so. The bookfair will therefore be kept open on Friday through morning recess.  Parents may send money tomorrow, along with instructions, and our teacher and library helpers will do our best to help children find and purchase what they want.

Spirit Wear will be here next week!

TONIGHT is cancelled!


To ensure the safety of students, staff and families, school permits have been cancelled by the Board due to inclement weather. Tonight’s holiday concert will be rescheduled to a later date. As soon as we have details, we will share them with you.

BUSES – Buses will run after school. Please check tomorrow morning to ensure they are running tomorrow morning.

COOKIE DOUGH – has not yet arrived, but when it arrives it will be available for pick up until 4:30 p.m. and then will be available tomorrow all day for pick-up (details to be blogged later)

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.




Week in Review

We have had a great week here at GMPS!  All of our Mavericks have been hard at work and play.  There are a number of things to share and reminders to be given, so please see below for a look back and the week and a look ahead to next week.

The Hour of Code – All Primary students and a number of our older students participated in the Hour of Code.  We spent Thursday morning learning about coding and trying out our skills.  The kids were all engaged and had a great time.  It was a learning experience that we are looking forward to repeating.

Concert Band – Our Intermediate Concert Band participated in a concert at Thornlea Secondary School on Wednesday night and did a fantastic job.  It was a great opportunity to practice and showcase what we have been working on.  The band is looking forward to other presentations and to participating in Music Alive!

Holiday Heroes – We continue to collect non-perishable foods and new toys for those who need our support this holiday season.

Hot Lunch and Milk Orders – Pizza, sub and milk orders are currently open on Cash Online.  If you would like to order any of these items for January to March, please log on to Cash Online as the deadline is fast approaching.

Grade 8’s to Thornlea – We had an amazing morning at Thornlea today.  Students experienced a math class and also spent time in the ACAM program classes doing drama, art and production.  Thank you to Thornlea for hosting us!


  • Bookfair in the library all week
  • Cookie Dough and QSP orders for pick-up on Thursday Dec 15th
  • School Concert on December 15th at 6:30 p.m. – admission cost is an item of non-perishable food or a new toy
  • Fundraising Update – We have raised almost $2200 towards our Fundraising Plan and $3000 towards the Playground this year.  Thank you for your on-going support.
  • Spirit Wear – will hopefully arrive the end of the week – stay tuned!

JK/SK and French Immersion Registration Information

Kindergarten Registration to Commence January 20, 2017

Kindergarten registration will commence on January 20, 2017 for the 2017-18 school year. Registration forms are available on YRDSB’s website: Children who turn four or five years old during 2017, live within the school boundary and whose parents are public school tax supporters will be eligible to register for kindergarten. A kindergarten information session for parents is being planned for this spring. For more information please visit the YRDSB website or contact your local school.

French Immersion Information Sessions and Registrations

Information sessions for the French Immersion (FI) program will take place at French Immersion schools on January 19, 2017 at 7 p.m. Please visit YRDSB’s website in January 2017 ( to find the FI program location for your elementary school location. FI registration will begin January 20, 2017. Parents or guardians of Senior Kindergarten students entering Grade 1 in 2017, and wishing to enrol in the FI Program, can visit or call the school office and request an Office Index Card – short version. The Office Index Card must be signed by the principal of the home school. Parents or guardians then take this form, along with one piece of identification showing their address to the designated FI program location to register between January 20 and February 10, 2017. This eliminates the need to provide duplicate enrollment information or to pre-register.

YRDSB’s FI Accommodation Plan provides long-term consistency and equity of access to all students in York Region and will enable YRDSB to continue to offer the FI program to all who wish to enrol. The FI program will be offered in Dual Track or Single Track settings, in a variety of configurations. In order to meet community needs and optimize available space in our schools, a community’s Grade 1-8 FI program may be provided over more than one school during the course of a student’s FI education. This will allow flexibility in addressing community needs and the opportunity to use existing space in schools. More information is available on the Board’s website: Please note: Some of the FI accommodation plans will require facility modifications or the development of new schools and will require short-term transition plans that might include overflow while we work toward the long-term vision. Overflow refers to situations in which the Board directs students to attend a school other than their community school or optional program for a specific period of time, as defined in Policy #108.

From our Music Department 

Congratulations to the German Mills Concert Band!Last evening, the German Mills Concert band took part in Thornlea Secondary School’s music night. It was a wonderful event full of music, singing and fun, and our students did a fantastic job! The Bayview Fairways band was also there, as well as the many wonderful ensembles from Thornlea. We heard guitars, string ensembles, stage bands, and soloists! It was nice to see former students as well. Thank you to all of the parents and family members who came out to support the band. We look forward to seeing you next Thursday night for our Holiday Celebration!
Further music news… There is an opportunity for students in grades 5 to 12 to audition for the York Region Children’s Chorus which is beginning a new season in January. Students are asked to prepare a short piece of music for the choir director without any piano accompaniment. If you are interested in auditioning please email the director, Ms. Nicolette Bahadur at Rehearsals are scheduled to run from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm every Wednesday evening at Redstone P.S.

Grade 8’s visit to Thornlea

Just a reminder to all Grade 8 Families that our students will be going back to visit Thornlea on Friday this week. We will be participating in a math class with the grade 9 teachers and we will also be participating in the ACAM program. 

Students will be taking a bus with staff and will return to GMPS before lunch. If you have any questions please contact us at the school or refer to your child’s google class. 

Intermediate Band 

Our German Mills Concert Band will be performing tomorrow night as part of the Thornlea SS. holiday concert! Although you will all have a chance to enjoy the band at our own concert on December 15th, please feel free to join us at Thornlea at 7pm tomorrow if you want to get a head start on feeling festive:) Tickets are $5 for adults.