Next week is jam packed…

Next week is our Spring Bookfair, our Food Revolution Challenge #2, our Spring Concert, and our Environmental Art display. Keep watching the Blog for details!

Book Fair Hours:

Tuesday, May 2:        students preview and plan purchases during school hours

Wednesday, May 3:  open for class visits during school hours

Thursday, May 4:      open to classes and individual students at recesses

 – open to the public after school (3:30 – 4:00 p.m.)  every day and after the evening Spring Concert (approx..8-9 p.m.)

York Region Character Community Awards – GMPS represents!

In order to celebrate successes and recognize individuals and organizations in all of York Region who demonstrate positive character attributes in their home, school, work and community, the Character Community Foundation has developed a series of Character Awards.  Last night was the 15th Annual Character Community Character Awards Ceremony. There were over 140 nominees in 15 categories.  For more specific information please visit

GERMAN MILLS PUBLIC SCHOOL had a total of 4 nominees last night.  A huge showing of the work we are doing here as a school and as a greater community.  Please see below for exerpts from the nominations.

Noam Aufgang, a student here at GMPS was nominated for the category of a Citizen of Character – Elementary.  Noam regularly strives to understand others and offer help where he can, treating everyone with respect and dignity.  He really does look for opportunities to make a difference!  Congratulations Noam on your nomination!  We are very proud of you.

Mrs. Ghafouri, a teacher here at GMPS was nominated for the category of Educator of Character.  Mrs. Ghafouri models and promotes equity and inclusiveness in her class and around the school.  She takes responsiblity to model positive interactions and honors differences.  Congratulations Mrs. Ghafouri on your nomination!  We are so proud of you!

Mrs. Gribilas, a parent here at GMPS was nominated for the category of Character Community Collaboration.  Her tireless effort to make a difference and support the success at GMPS does not go unnoticed.  Her years on School Council have been many, and most recently she chaired the fundraising for our Playground.  Way to go Mrs. Gribilas, we are so proud and thankful!

Ms. Cameron, the Principal here at GMPS was nominated for the category of Educator of Character.  She is dedicated to the students, staff and community of German Mills.  Her hard work and leadership has had a profound impact on everyone.  Ms. Cameron was the winner of her category and we are very proud of her!

A word from Ms. Cameron on being the winner of the award in her category.

“I know it will be shared that I won the award for the category of Educator of Character  – and I am overwhelmed by the win. However, I honestly recognize and believe that my “success” in our community is as the figure head and enthusiastic cheerleader of the hard work each of you do. So, if I had of been required to give a speech tonight, I would have said that this award is testament to The GMPS community and the work that everyone is so willing to engage in. This is a ‘win’ for us.   As always… GO TEAM! ”




Just a reminder that tonight at 7:00 p.m. we have Chris Vollum coming to our school to do a very important presentation about INTERNET and SOCIAL MEDIA safety for our children.

We have a few light refreshments and a wonderful speaker and we look forward to seeing you.

Food Revolution Prize Update

Great News!  The raffle basket has arrived!  Please see the picture for contents PLUS 4 passes to LegoLand Discovery Centre at Vaughan Mills.   

Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5. Send your money to the school. We will draw for the basket on May 19th at the assembly. 

Prizes for participating will be drawn at the assembly as well. Items include LegoLand passes, TreeTop Trekking, Sky Zone and more!!!

Public Health Vaccinations

In the 2017/18 school year, York Region Public Health will visit all  elementary schools to provide school immunization clinics to Grade 7 students. The clinics offer vaccines for Hepatitis B, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and Meningococcal A, C, Y, W-135 at no cost.

Under the Immunization of School Pupils Act, meningococcal vaccine is required for school attendance, unless an exemption is filed with public health. Hepatitis B and HPV vaccines are recommended, but not required for school attendance.

Parents of students entering Grade 7 in fall 2017 will receive consent forms in the mail in June. Please complete the consent form and return it to York Region Public Health to allow your child to participate in the immunization clinics. Detailed instructions can be found on the forms and accompanying letter. If the consent form is not completed, your child will not be able to receive vaccines at the clinic.

Parents and guardians who do not consent should still complete the forms and return them, indicating that you do not authorize York Region Public Health to immunize your child.

Visit and click on School Immunization Clinics for more information.

Did you know? If your child has missed a required vaccination on Ontario’s routine immunization schedule, he/she can receive the vaccine at one of York Region Public Health’s Community Immunization Clinics. These evening clinics are offered throughout the summer, giving students the opportunity to catch up before returning to school. Visit and select Community Immunization Clinics to learn more.


We have Principal Kyle holding down the fort today. Taking calls in the office and out hunting for all of those food revolutioners who brought their infused water today. Go Mavericks! 

CHALLENGE #1 – Food Revolution – Infused Water

***This information is sent home in hard copy with Youngest and Only Children***

As you know, German Mills is participating in Food Revolution Challenges leading up to Food Revolution Day on May 19th!

Our first challenge starts this week and we encourage everyone to participate.

There is strong evidence linking childhood obesity to sugar sweetened drinks like pop and sports drinks. A significant proportion of the Canadian population, beginning early in childhood, regularly consume sugar sweetened beverages and are therefore put at risk for developing unhealthy weights. A simple switch is to drink flavoured water you can make at home!

Infused Water Challenge:

Make your own infused water and bring it to school!  You can infuse your water with any of the following or make your own healthy version with fruit or vegetables of your choice! Get creative!

  • Sliced Strawberries
  • Lemon, lime, or orange slices
  • Apple slices
  • Watermelon
  • Blueberries
  • Cucumber slices
  • Mint leaves

Place fruit of your choice in your water bottle and bring to school this week.  If you don’t like the idea of having chunks of fruit in your water bottle, you can make the infused water in a pitcher at home and leave in your fridge overnight. In the morning, strain into your water bottle for a fresh flavour! Just be sure to take a picture or tell your teacher about it!

To enter the contest do ONE of the following:

  • Show your teacher your infused water
  • Post a picture on twitter, facebook, or instagram with the hashtag #nutritionnaire @GermanMillsPS
  • Email a picture to

Prizes for participation will be handed out at the assembly on May 19th.