Music Monday – May 4, 2020

On Monday May 4, 2020, many children, youth, teachers, parents and community members across Canada will join #TogetherInHarmony for Music Monday.  

Music Monday was launched in 2005 by the Coalition for Music Education.  Each year, hundreds of thousands of students, educators and music makers celebrate with events from coast to coast, and participate in the collective singing of the Music Monday Anthem.  This years’ song is called “Hymn to Freedom” by Oscar Peterson and Hariette Hamilton.  

At German Mills P.S.,  we would like to show our support for Music Monday, by asking all students to learn “Hymn to Freedom” and help fill the air with music and joy!  How can we do this?  On Monday May 4, 2020 at approximately 11:00am, you and your family can get outside (on your back deck, porch, open a window… etc.) 

Mrs. Mandel is asking for you to do two things.  First, create a poster with your favourite instruments, musicians, songs, etc. or “I love music because…” and take it outside with you while you sing Hymn to Freedom.  Second, take a picture/video of you/your family with the poster, singing the song!  Once you have done this, you will submit your photo/video to Mrs. Mandel and she will put together a Music Monday montage video!   For more information about Music Monday and to see us on the map go to https://coalitioncanada.ca/musicmonday/en/  

Thank you! 🙂

Mrs. Mandel

Assistance with Planning for the 2020-2021 School Year

Our school has begun to plan for the 2020 – 2021 academic year.  In some respects, the work we do now is especially important, because our accuracy with anticipated enrollment helps us better plan, and optimistically, minimizes the need to move students across classes in September. 

Please inform the office as soon as possible, if you know that you will be moving out of the area in the months ahead or know your child will not be returning to German Mills P.S. next year. This information will help us be accurate with our enrollment estimates. Similarly, if you have a child who will be joining us at the school for the first time in Junior Kindergarten (or any other grade) and have yet to register, we would ask you to do so at your earliest convenience.  If you meet someone moving into the community, or have a neighbour with kindergarten-aged children, please encourage them to register sooner rather than later. Families can register at: http://www.yrdsb.ca/schools/Kindergarten/Pages/default.aspx

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.

April 21st is Holocaust Day of Remembrance

April 21st is Holocaust Day of Remembrance or Yom HaShoah. This is a day set aside to remember the horrors of the Holocaust and in particular, the murder of 6 million Jews by the Nazi Regime. While Yom HaShoah was born out of a desire for the solemn commemoration of lives lost, it has grown into a celebration of resistance and struggle for human dignity in the face of
unspeakable Nazi cruelty. Intentionally, the date aligns with the historic Warsaw Ghetto uprising, which saw thousands of Jews fight back against Nazi oppressors. Yom HaShoah is particularly poignant this year as 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of liberation of the Nazi extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

We are unable to honour this day in our school due to the current school closure; you are encouraged to find time in your day to acknowledge the significance of this day.

Tecnology Update

Some families in our community have requested technology and internet service, or access to their child’s technology which is stored in the school.  More information about how families can access this equipment or how technology will be distributed will be forthcoming within a week.

Rest assured, we will persevere through the challenges ahead.

Stay safe and healthy.  As always, you have our thanks for your partnership.

Support For Families

The Province has announced a One-time Financial Assistance During School and Child Care Closures – this new  Support for Families initiative offers a one-time payment of $200 per child 0 to 12 years of age, and $250 for those 0 to 21 years of age with special needs.