A message from LifeTouch about School Portraits…

Dear Parents,

As the holiday break quickly approaches many of you have probably forgotten to order your child’s school portraits. Some of you may have misplaced your proof sheet or just thought that maybe it is too late to order. It is NOT too late and you do not need your proof sheet.

Please call 1-800-473-5090 and one of our professional sales team members will help you with the ordering process. All orders received by December 7th will be delivered in time for Christmas. Or pay an additional $3.99 for easy ship to home.
If you have your proof sheets just go to MYLIFETOUCH.CA to order your portraits and take advantage of our wide variety of background selections.

Thank you and Happy Holidays from Lifetouch!

Character Matters at GMPS

Every month, we focus on a Character Trait and a part of our Maverick Touchstone.  At the end of the month we recognize students who have stood out to exemplify that trait in that month, and we introduce the trait for the following month.  We encourage you to discuss the traits at home and look for examples of how we demonstrate good character in everyday life.

Parents are welcome to attend the assembly, and the parents of those students who are receiving an award are sent an invitation.  There is a chart below that shows which trait and touchstone line we focus on each month. Dates for the assemblies are posted on the street sign in front of the school and will be on the Google Calendar under the Blog’s Calendar tab.  We have moved the time of the assemblies to 9:15 to make it easier for parents to attend, however please do not feel obligated to come if you are unable because we will send the certificates home.

Our next assembly, for Courage, will be on DECEMBER 4th

Character Trait Touchstone Line



We embrace people for who they are


We do the right and stop the wrong


We take risks and can unlock the future


We strive to do our best


We understand that our words have impact on others


We cherish teamwork; collaboration and leadership matter


Equity rings true in our school


We shine a bright light on the environment


Bullying behaviour is never acceptable


German Mills Mavericks burst with pride and confidence

A Great Week at GMPS!


Did you know: “In 2011 only 40.4% of Canadians aged 12 and older consumed fruit and vegetables five or more times per day. Consumption rose gradually from 2001-2009, where it peaked at 45.6% of the population reaching the level of five or more daily servings, but it has been on the decline since then.”

With the help of Seanna Thomas and our favourite food mascot, Freggie, Junior students learned how to create healthy snacks. The students learned the importance of having fruit and vegetables in their daily diets.

For more information about the program, visit: http://www.halfyourplate.ca/


On Thursday the Grade 4’s persevered in the cold weather and enjoyed a great day at Swan Lake. In the morning they went on a guided hike to learn about the effects of human activities on habitats and communities. They had the opportunity to discuss and demonstrate an understanding of habitats as areas that provide plants and animals with the necessities of life

In the afternoon, they got to play the role of animals that are carnivores, herbivores, or omnivores in the game “Web of Life”. Through play the students were able to identify the importance that each animal plays in the food chain. What a cold but great day for learning!


The grade 2’s visited Swan Lake Outdoor Education Centre on Thursday and had a wonderful day! They explored their senses in nature and used their sense of touch to find objects around them. In the afternoon, they became Squirrels and learned a lot about how a squirrel survives throughout winter. We had a wonderful time! Thank-you to the teachers at Swan Lake and to our great parent volunteers!

Maverick Pride is HERE! Get your Spirit Wear

The moment many of you have been waiting for is finally here!  If you would like to order Spirit Wear for the Mavericks, please click on the link below and order online.  This year you are ordering directly from Canadian Custom Apparel.  You can check out as a guest and do not need to create an account unless you want to track your order.

The sizing charts are linked on the site – however, many people commented that the hooded sweatshirts fit small.  Please consider this when ordering.  Ordering is available for a short time only so DON’T MISS OUT!




French Immersion

French Immersion Information Sessions and Registrations

Information sessions for the French Immersion (FI) program will take place at French Immersion schools on January 18, 2018 at 7 p.m. Please visit YRDSB’s website in January 2018 (http://www.yrdsb.ca/Programs/fi/Pages/Program-Locations.aspx) to find the FI program location for your elementary school location. FI registration will begin January 19, 2018. Parents or guardians of Senior Kindergarten students entering Grade 1 in 2018, 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 19 and February 9, 2018. 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. Space requirements at some schools may mean that siblings are in different schools for primary dual track French Immersion programs due to differing grade structures. Like any of our schools across the Board, changes to school boundaries, and/or the accommodation model for the French Immersion program may need to be considered when new schools open, a school experiences enrolment growth, and program changes occur. 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: www.yrdsb.ca. 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.

Kindergarten Registration for 2018/19

Kindergarten Registration to Commence January 19, 2018

Kindergarten registration will commence on January 19, 2018 for the 2018-19 school year. Registration forms are available on YRDSB’s website: www.yrdsb.ca. Children who turn four or five years old during 2018, 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.



Intermediate Girls Volleyball

The Intermediate girls volleyball team started their season in late September. Over the course of the season, the girls have improved tremendously, both individually and as a team. With the guidance of our coaches, Mr. Bendahan, Mr. Chu, Ms. Shapero, and the leadership of our team captains, Mandy and Tara, we had an amazing and extraordinary volleyball season this year, probably one of the best!

We started the season off strong, defeating Henderson in our first exhibition game, who ended up being our biggest rival, and closest acquaintances. In the games after, we battled it out with many other competitors, all ranging in skill and experience. Before we knew it, it was the week before the Area Tournament and we had one more hurdle to jump beforehand, crushing the boys team. At the end, we came out with the win, it was great practice and an even better game.

The day of the tournament rolled around, and we walked in with our heads held high. We were up against four other teams and were fully intent on giving it our all. In the Round Robin, we came in second, triumphing over most of the other teams, including Henderson, but unfortunately lost to Frechette by a two point differential. Next up came the semi-finals, which would decide the teams moving on to the Area Finals. As the team in second, we ended up going face-to-face with the third place team, who also turned out to be Henderson. We played an amazing game against them, we all played to the best of our ability, but ended off being defeated by our rivals. The last game was probably the best game I had the opportunity to play, and although we didn’t make it to Area Finals, we felt more connected than ever. In my opinion, the most disappointing part of it was not losing, but the fact that I may not ever get to play with the rest of these girls again. We started off strong, and ended up stronger. We learned so much from each other in this season and can’t wait for more improvement in the future, and more volleyball.

Absent: Mr.Chu

Progress Reports

Term One Progress Reports are coming home Wednesday after school.  Please take the time to review the reports and celebrate the learning of each of your children and acknowledge the next steps for growth.  At GMPS we have a Growth Mindset.  We work from the understanding that there are always opportunities for learning and there is power in the word ‘YET’.  We remind each other that if we can’t do something, that we just can’t do it YET – with more practise and opportunity we will learn and grow.

These Progress Reports are intended to give an indication to students and parents of how students are progressing towards the end goals of Term One.  Please take careful note of the Learning Skills portion of the Progress Report.  These skills can greatly impact learning and are key to success in all areas of life.

If you haven’t had a chance to sign up for a Parent/Teacher Interview, please register for Edsby and then sign up to come and see us.  We know that parent and teacher communication is essential!

Reminder that there is NO school on Friday.  If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to the teacher or contact Ms. Cameron. We look forward to welcoming you on Thursday evening and Friday morning.




Safety First

At GMPS we are very fortunate to have such a friendly and helpful Crossing Guard.  His name is Tony and he does a great job in rain, shine and snow keeping our kids and community safe.  If you haven’t had a chance to say hello to Tony – we invite you roll down your window and say hello!

There are a few reminders we would like to share to help keep everyone safe!

  • Please SLOW down in the school zone
  • Stop before the sidewalk when exiting the parking lot and do not pull forward until Tony gives the all clear
  • Do not park or pull up to unload along the curb within 15 feet of the crosswalk
  • When Tony has his stop sign up, please stop at the 15 foot line
  • Do not text and drive