Concert Band

Our own German Mills Concert Band was a guest at Thornlea’s Music Night! It was a wonderful evening, and we appreciate the support of our families and friends!  If you missed this event, you will have another chance to enjoy our talented grade 8s, along with our younger students at tomorrow’s Holiday Concert.

Mrs. Arnokouros

Water for Tomorrow Student Calendar Contest

The grade 7 students of 2016-2017 entered a drawing contest created in York Region.

The challenge was for students to create a drawing that reflected their views and opinions on water conservation, protection and responsibility.

A number of amazing pieces were completed and submitted.

We are very pleased, and proud, to announce that Deedee Dover, Anita Zheng, and Emily Petrucci will have their illustrations appear in the 2018 Water for Tomorrow Calendar.

Congratulations!!!  What inspiring artists we have at German Mills P.S.  

Congee Cup Update

One month ago, students across grade 7 and 8 embarked on a quest for floor hockey supremacy. And today the quest for the Congee Cup enters the playoff stage of the tournament. If last Friday’s thrilling overtime game is a sign of things to come in the playoffs, then we are in for a treat. The round robin was close and for the first time ever, we had a 3 way tie for first place. We had to look at head to head, goal differential and then finally goals against, just to sort out the top 3. In the end we have Team 1 in 1st place, Team 4 a.k.a The Feather Duster’s in 2nd, Team 2 in third place and closing out the 4th playoff spot is Team 3. Each round of the playoffs will be a best of 3 games. Game 1 goes today at lunch in the gym. Good luck to the remaining teams and stayed tuned for more updates.

The Scholastic Book Fair is here at GMPS!

A Blog Post from Your School Library:

The Scholastic Book Fair is Coming to GMPS!

Save the Dates: December 11th-14th, 2017

 

Dear German Mills Parents and Families,

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to German Mills just in time for holiday and winter break book shopping! As we’ve done in the past, the December book fair coincides with our annual evening Primary Winter concert. All funds earned from book fair sales earn help the school rewards which we redeem towards books for our library and literacy programs. This year, we are setting a goal of $3500, and aiming to surpass last year’s $3226 sales achievement. If we meet our target, we will earn the maximum book fair rewards, a 60% credit towards future purchases. Please consider shopping at our book fair this December. We need your help to meet our goal. Thank you in advance for helping us foster a love for reading and literacy!

Food Drive

Thank you for your generosity to support the families in our immediate community. The food drive will continue until Thursday- where we will be accepting an item of non- perishable food as entrance to the concert. All of your donations will be picked up on Friday morning. Thank you Mavericks for helping others!

Message From Our Trustee 

Message From Our Trustee 

In November, about 1,000 students, staff members and community partners came together from across the Board to form a Ring of Peace and stand together against hate, discrimination and intolerance. The student speakers at the event shared meaningful messages about the importance of feeling welcome, valued and respected.

At York Region District School Board, we are committed to listening to the voices of our students and communities. We will continue working with our school communities to ensure our schools provide safe, welcoming and inclusive environments for everyone.

Last month, our annual Quest conference brought together educators from across Ontario, Canada and around the world to share, learn and discuss how to foster well-being in schools. Some of the themes covered included equity and inclusivity, and safe and caring environments.

It was a wonderful opportunity to learn more about some of the positive things happening in our own schools and other districts. In recent months, we have had several international visitors come to our system and schools to learn more about the work in our system to support student achievement and well-being, including Qatar, the Netherlands, Texas and the United Kingdom.

We are pleased to have these opportunities to continue highlighting and sharing the great things happening in our schools thanks to our outstanding students, staff members, families and community partners. Your engagement makes a difference in our schools and I encourage you to continue getting involved in the life of your child’s school.

As we enter the holiday season, I am once again impressed by the generosity of our school communities and our students’ commitment to helping others.

Best wishes to everyone for a safe and happy holiday season and a wonderful start to 2018.

Author Visit

On Wednesday, December 6th, our grade 3-6 students attended a special presentation by Mike Wade, author of the And Then It Happened novel series. Mike’s visit was full of humour and inspiring ideas. He shared about how he got started as an author. Mike has written 13 books in 13 years; he writes one new, thin book each year. He takes that long because he writes his first drafts and then re-writes each story several times until it’s ready to be published. He told us about the power of everyday words, and that reading is exercise for your brain. He inspired us to read for pleasure, and told us that pleasure reading is good for us. His presentation was not only funny, it also motivated us to become better writers. He says that you do not have to be special to be a writer, you just need to stay in school, and the only catch is you have to work on your re-writes. As Mavericks, we strive to do our best each and every day, and we use our growth mindsets to improve our work. He told us it is important to stay in school. Who knows? Maybe one day, some of our Mavericks will become famous humour writers like Mike Wade!