February 12, 2014
The WRDSB is proud to support six-time Canadian Olympian Clara Hughes, as she embarks on Clara’s Big Ride, a 110 day, 12,000km bike ride across Canada to engage communities and schools and open discussion about mental health.
On Thursday, March 20, Grand River Hospital is hosting a community event at Bingemans with Clara, supporting her in her journey and having open and honest conversations about mental health. This event is free for families to attend. There will be music, refreshments and fun activities for all ages.
We are also encouraging schools to get involved in the mural project, which hopes to change the way Canadians perceive mental health. Schools can decorate a 16×16 tile to become part of the mural that will be unveiled at the event.
We hope that you share this information with your school community, and consider attending the event and participating in the mural project. Please see the attached documents for more information on the March 20 event and mural project. Big Ride Promo flyer & Clara Mural
February 11, 2014
The Board’s Parent Involvement Committee is pleased to hold its second full-day event for families of WRDSB students: RISE TO SUCCESS—Supporting Your Child in School on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Bluevale C.I. The day’s sessions include a keynote address by Michael Reist, author of What Every Parent Should Know About School, and workshops on topics of interest and concern to parents of students of all ages. RISE TO SUCCESS FLYER
February 7, 2014
On Tuesday, February 4, Elgin Street’s grade 4 students participated in a medieval feast to help them understand the social class structure of life in the Middle Ages in Europe. They feasted on lots of food, similar to that which would have been eaten at a feast during the medieval era. Although students contributed to the menu by bringing in some fresh vegetables and fruit, the bulk of the feast food was generously donated by area grocery stores. We would like to give a HUGE THANK-YOU to Di Pietro’s, Zehrs at South Cambridge Plaza and Fresh Co for their generous donations of food to the medieval feast! We appreciated their support of this learning endeavour!
February 5, 2014
If you have a child born in 2010 please call the school office at 519-622-0611 to book an appointment.
Junior Kindergarten registration will be held on Wednesday, February 12 PM and Thursday, February 13 AM.
A substitute peanut butter product is being marketed to consumers as a safe alternative for children to bring to schools in place of peanut butter. The Waterloo Region District School Board asks that parents refrain from including these kinds of products in your child’s lunches or snacks.
These products tend to look, taste, and smell very much like peanut butter. While the product is nut free, it mimics a known allergen that causes anaphylaxis in some children to the degree that it is indistinguishable from the allergen. It is a convincing substitute, opening up the possibility that it can be confused as peanut butter, or worse yet, peanut butter could be confused as this soy-based product.
The safety and health of our students is our first priority, which is why our schools have procedures in place to minimize risk of anaphylaxis reactions in our students. We sincerely appreciate your cooperation in avoiding the use of these products to assist in our continued efforts to create a safe, caring and inclusive learning environment for all students.
February 3, 2014
ATTENTION – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
The volunteer program coordinator for our Breakfast B4Learning program is resigning at the end of the 2013-2014 school year and we are looking for someone new to run this program starting in September, 2014.
We are also in immediate need of a volunteer to help hand out breakfast on Monday mornings from 8:40 to 9:05.
If you think you might be interested in either of these volunteer opportunities and would like to learn more, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call the school and leave your name and phone number with one of our secretaries.
January 14, 2014
There will NO school on March 7, 2014.
Parenting With Passion – Programs
Please see the following link for information on KW Counselling Services – Parenting with Passion programs.
On November 25, 2013 the Board passed the following motion:
That the Waterloo Region District School Board implement bell time changes, effective September 2014, with the understanding that no school will move by more than +/-20 minutes.
Therefore from Septemeber 2014 Elgin Street School bell times will be:
9:20 AM to 3:40 PM