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Happy November, everyone! I want to start this newsletter by welcoming Mme
Foster who will be returning from her maternity leave on Monday, November 11th.
Mme Foster will be teaching grade 3/4 French Immersion. Thank you, Mme Howes,
for your exceptional work leading up to Mme Foster’s return. A warm welcome to Mrs.
Lynne Bennett, our new Student Supervisor at Sunset. Thank you for joining our
wonderful team! Also, welcome to Kittina Leishman who is joining us as an Educational
It’s hard to believe the month of October is already over! November is sure to bring
a change in weather. Please make sure students come to school dressed appropriately
for all types of weather. When the wind chill factor is - 20° C or colder, students will
not go outside for recess. Instead, when temperatures plummet, students will engage
in supervised indoor activities. As of now, school playground equipment is off limits
due to unsafe weather condi tions. Permitting good weather, the equipment will reopen
If weather conditions lead to bus cancellations, you can find information online after
6:15 a.m. by visiting Student Transportation Services’ website www.npssts.ca or the
School Board’s website at www.nearnorthschools.ca. Additionally, local radio stations
The cold and flu bugs are approaching, so if your child needs to take general
medication such as Tylenol, Antibiotics or Motrin, a medical release form needs to be
filled out and medication needs to be supplied by the parent. Many parents have a
hard time deciding if their child should go to school if they are feeling unwell. So,
trust your instincts. You know your kids the best, and you know when they’re able to
motor through the day- and when they’re not. If your child will be away, due to
sickness, please give our mai n office a call. Similarly, if you child becomes sick at
school, we will call a parent/ guardian to make arrangement for the child to be picked
A big thank you to our Scho ol Advisory Council for purchasing French books for our
ms. The staff and students of Sunset Park are incredibly
Progress Reports & Parent/Teacher Interviews (Grades 1-6)
Progress Reports, for students in grades 1-6, will be sent home on Tuesday, November 12, 2013. The Progress Report will provide students and parents with early and specific feedback on the progress made during the first few months of the school year. It will tell you how your child is doing in all subjects using the words “progressing very well”, “progressing well”, and “progressing with difficult”. After the reports are sent home, there will be an opportunity for Parent/Teacher interviews. Teachers are in the process of arranging Parent/Teacher interviews, either the night of Thursday, November 14th or during the day of Friday, November 15th. A note will go home indicating a time for your interview. If the interview time does not work, please make arrangements with classroom teacher to indicate an alternative time.
Sunset Park’s Annual Santa Sale is coming up quickly!!!! For new students to Sunset that have not yet had the thrill of participating in the Sunset Santa Sale – you are in for a treat! Donations are now being accepted for the Santa Sale.so. please go through your closets and basements, and find some valuables to donate to the Santa Sale. Items needed are: books, decorations, jewellery, fishing items, outdoor items, toys, candles, and other ‘valuables’ that you aren’t using anymore. As always, we are also looking for donations of tape, wrapping paper, gift bags, and bows. We are also in need of silent auction items, so please send in any items from your businesses, or ask your neighbour businesses for donations.
Donations are being accepted now. Please send them into the school.
Ontario has designated the week beginning on the third Sunday of November as Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week to help promote safe schools and a positive learning environment. During Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week – November 17-23, 2013 – Ontario students, school staff and parents are encouraged to learn more about bullying and its effect on student learning and well-being. We will recognize Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week at Sunset Park Public School as well. On Wednesday, November 20th, we will stand up against bullying by all wearing PINK in recognition of bullying awareness and prevention. Staff will share read alouds and have discussion about bullying and how we can heighten awareness of bullying and its impact on the school community. At Sunset, we will also talk to students about telling the truth, and how important it is for students to tell an adult if they see inappropriate behaviour. You can support this at home by encouraging your child to never be afraid to tell any adult if they see a problem (e.g., teacher on duty, educational assistant, secretary, the principal/vice-principal.
So what makes a successful cross country season? Would it be winning three banners for the
school to hang up in our gym at the Near North Cross Country Championships (overall champions, girl’s champions and boy’s champions)? Would it be having over 90 dedicated and enthusiastic students training since the first week of school? Or would it entail displaying outstanding sportsmanship by cheering their hearts out at all the meets (amazing school spirit)? The answer to these questions is a huge “YES” to all the above. This cross country season was very rewarding for all the coaches as we had both a highly talented group of young runners and also an amazing amount of students (we had over 78% of the junior population on the team) who made a commitment to themselves to get involved in a sport which improves your overall physical health. So congratulations to the entire team for being crowned the overall champions at the Near North Cross Country Championships. The coaches extend their gratitude to the parents for all of their support and the students for their hard work. We hope to see you out next year once again to get involved in a great sport.
On another note, the boys and girls basketball teams are busy training for the upcoming tournament at the end of the month. They’re working really hard during recesses to learn a new sport. Best of luck to the coaches and all of the dedicated team members as you attend the tournament in late November. GO ROYALS GO!!
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Thank you to everyone for supporting the “We Scare Hunger” initiative by bringing non-perishable
food items on Halloween Day. Over 800 non-perishable food items were collected and will be donated
to the North Bay and area Food Bank. The Me to We group is starting another initiative to help build
a school in another country. Please consider supporting this initiative by buying a brick that will be
used to build a school- more information about this upcoming initiative will be sent home soon.
The Grandfather Teaching for the month of November is Courage. Please join us on November 29th
at 1:45 p.m., to celebrate this Teaching. Courage is the ability to face danger, fear or changes with confidence and bravery.Thank you to Mme Kelly for organizing last month’s assembly and teaching us about Respect through student generated posters and video clips.
In an effort to decrease the amount of paper we use for photocopying, we would like to send home our newsletters and calendars electronically. If you would like electronic copies, please provide us with your email address so we can create a Sunset Park email distribution list. Your privacy will be protected through our email procedures. Name of Parent/Guardian:____________________________________________ Email address: ________________________________________
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