After The May Scholastic “Paws for Books” Fair

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After The May Scholastic “Paws for Books” Fair

Dear German Mills Parents and Families,

Our Scholastic Book Fair was a great success! Although we didn’t quite meet our sales target, we did sell over $2650.00 worth of items, which is pretty good considering it was our 2nd book fair of the school year. Since it was our 2nd Book Fair of the school year, we received almost $250 in bonus dollars which were taken in new books. In total, we chose over $620 in books for readers of all ages and abilities before we packed up the fair. We were delighted to witness so many happy reader faces, and we were proud to receive lots of praise for hosting a 2nd book fair. We still have over $860 banked away which we will apply to new books next Fall, after we re-open our school library with it’s new flooring.

We are ever so thankful to our hardworking student and adult volunteers for their commitment to our school book fair. We really couldn’t have done it without all of your help, nor would we want to. Thanks also to all of our German Mills families and friends for helping us foster a love for reading, literacy, and all types of learning! We can’t wait to see you at next year’s book fairs!

Mrs. Adams, Teacher-Librarian

GMPS Night of TIC Trailer #2: The Makerspace

“A Makerspace is a flexible space where students and staff can gather to inquire, invent, create, build, and learn in a collaborative safe environment.” ~YRDSB 2016

Calling all students in grade 3-8* to bring your families to our Night of TIC on Wednesday, May 30 to experience some Makerspace activities for yourselves. Whether you enjoy being an artist, a scientist or an engineer…there is something for you to try!

Join Zyan at the Origami table to learn how create 3D objects just by folding paper!  See his video demonstrations below.

Stay tuned for more announcements!

*younger siblings are welcome!


Track and Field Today

Grades 4-8 have Track and Field today. Please make sure students have hats and sunscreen and a water bottle. We are looking forward to a fun filled and active day! Our top finishers at each event will represent us at the Area Track meet. GO MAVS!

GMPS Night of TIC (Technology, Innovation and Creativity) on May 30th!

Put it in your calendars!

One of the things you can do at the GMPS Night of TIC is learn about STOP-MOTION ANIMATION! Visit the Video Production Room to learn how to make your toys, your plasticine creations, or your drawings come to life.

Click on the link below to see a short example of what you can learn to do. Thank you to Micah who used 40 still photographs and some sound effects to create this three-second clip!

Have you ever watched one of the adventures of Wallace and Gromit or seen the Oscar nominated film, Kubo and the Two Strings?  

Have you ever been interested in the unique animation style of director Henry Selick in films such as Coraline, The Nightmare before Christmas, and James and the Giant Peach?

These films are all created using stop-motion animation!


Mind-blowing Math!

The Gauss math contest is an annual opportunity for grade 7 and 8 students to challenge their math problem solving skills.  Half of our intermediate division (and one grade 6!) took on this challenge and GMPS teachers are thrilled at the passion and commitment to mathematics that we have seen over the past week! (in addition to what we see everyday!) Students will receive their individual scores shortly…

YES! and…Get Ready to make your Minds ‘TIC’ night on May 30th!

YES!  Get ready to make your minds TIC night on May 30th!

Last Wednesday, May 9th, thirteen students from GMPS had the opportunity to attend the Youth-Edtech Summit (YES) at Keswick High School.  In its third year, the summit provides student leaders a chance to share knowledge and engage in learning with other like-minded peers from across the school board.  This year, GMPS students in grades 4-8 were able to create a display according to an area of passion in the STEAM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) and enjoy hearing about the passions of others.  Members of our Lego Robotics championship team held two successful “spotlight” sessions that had students of all ages engaging in programming EV3 robots around an incredible maze (constructed by our custodian Steve!).

In the afternoon, our students were able to select two sessions of interest with the hope that they would bring their new knowledge back to school to inspire others.  And our leaders are ready to go! We are thrilled to announce that all junior and intermediate students will have a chance to engage in STEAM learning at our inaugural German Mills Public School night of Technology, Innovation, and Creativity (TIC)!  Student leaders from a variety of grades will host STEAM themed activities that will encourage students to build their problem solving, creativity, collaboration and innovation skills!

Stay tuned for more information as we start our preparations….