In the Loop…

Good Morning Mavericks!

As we move from March into April and acknowledge that Spring may finally be here…there are some updates/information we wanted to share.

  1. Reminder that there is no school on Friday March 30th or Monday April 2.  We will be back to class on April 3rd.
  2. Playground – as previously noted, part of our playground is in need of repair and is closed until next week when we can get the proper fasteners to repair it.  Please continue to stay off the rubber ramps until you get the ‘all clear’ from the school.
  3. Grade 8’s – we held an information session last week regarding graduation and end of year items.  A lime green letter also went home.  Please contact the school with questions.
  4. Edsby – you are AMAZING!!!!  Thank you for your attempts and successes with reporting lates, absences and holidays with the app.  We are doing a great job!
  5. Dance a Thon – we raised a total of $7042.15.  THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!  You have helped us make some much needed purchases as we plan for our new tarmac and our learning in the classrooms.  Students and Staff are slowly connecting to manage the prizes from our incredible raffle.
  6. This Summer – if you haven’t heard…we are getting our tarmac re-paved this summer (and thanks to the Dance a Thon, some new nets) AND we are getting new flooring in all the classes, hallways, library, gym and stage this summer.  We are SO excited for this major refresh.  Students are going to be helping design our outdoor spaces where possible.  Keep watching the blog for updates and for input requests.

Upcoming Dates: (refer to the Calendar Tab on our homepage)

  • April 4 – Jump Rope for Heart
  • April 4 – Parent Symposium for those who registered
  • April 12 – School Council
  • April 27 – Lice Checks
  • April 30 – Immunizations for Grade 7 & 8
  • In May – Family Tech Night, Council, Family Sports Night with Aussie X, Movie Night and more!

Jump Rope for Heart

Our school believes in kids helping other kids. That’s why we’re participating in Jump Rope For Heart and fundraising to support Heart & Stroke. Your donation will go towards research and education that gives our kids the best start to a healthy, happy life.  Our event is scheduled for April 4th.  We will be in the gym with our classes throughout the school day.

Physical activity has so many health benefits, and it’s fun too! Simple exercises like jumping rope can lead to stronger hearts, more success at school and better mental health among children and youth. Research shows that if our students start building healthy habits at an early age, they will continue them as adults and ultimately reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke for all Canadians.

We’re already doing our part. By participating in Jump Rope For Heart, we’re helping kids at our school and across Canada get a healthy start.

Please help us reach our fundraising goal by making a donation today.

Thank you!

To donate online visit GMPS Jumping Donations

 

Maverick Madness

March is coming to an end but the Madness is only beginning. It’s time for the second annual Maverick Madness 3 on 3 basketball tournament. Over 50 players, 14 committee volunteers, 10 teams, 4 referees, 2 scorekeepers and 1 championship trophy. The tournament begins April 6th and is open to all grade 6,7 and 8 students. Season passes are already on sale for $5, while snacks and drinks will be sold inside the electrifying Maverick Arena. All funds raised will help support the Grade 8 graduation. We are looking forward to a fun and exciting tournament. Buy your season pass before April 5th during recess inside room 206.

 

Another great day at the Music Alive Festival!

On Tuesday, March 27th, the junior band travelled to St. Elizabeth’s (YDCSB Centre for Performing Arts), to perform two outstanding pieces of music, Abide With Me, and Quest of Black Knight. There were a lot of very good bands there as well, who were very musical. It was our first time ever performing and I was a little nervous at first. Then I imagined that I was just in our own music room, and I was able to overcome my nerves. Our adjudicator was very impressed with our sound and our posture. She also gave us good feedback to improve our playing. I am happy to say that we continued the streak set by last year’s junior band, for getting the top rating possible. Yes, we got GOLD!  It was a great experience to go and perform for other people at such a great theatre.
By Ben Gigi

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EDSBY is OPEN!

Parents/guardians can now report student absences online!

Regular and punctual attendance affects school success and is expected of all students. It is important that students, families and school staff work together to ensure regular attendance.  You are expected to notify the school as soon as possible if your child will be absent or late.

Reporting an absence online is now available through Edsby.  If you have activated your Edsby account, you can login to Edsby and report your child’s absence online. You can access anonline video tutorial to learn more (bit.ly/edsbyabsence) about how to do this.

If you do not have an Edsby Account that is active (most of our families do have one from Parent-Teacher Interview scheduling), please contact the school.

Families can still continue to report absences by phone.