January 2013 Newsletter

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome back and Happy New Year!  It is nice to see the sun shining earlier in the morning and to have a little reprieve from the cold weather.  The students and staff are all excited to be back at school and I have seen lots of enthusiasm for learning.  The months ahead should be exciting and busy.  A special welcome to all the new families in our community!  Please find the latest information and calendar attached.

Mission Statement:  At Robert Ogilvie we are creating a community of respectful, responsible lifelong learners.  Please find below our School Improvement Plan Goals as a reminder of what we are focusing on at Robert Ogilvie School.

School Improvement Plan Goals:

At Robert Ogilvie, we are creating a community of respectful, responsible lifelong learners.

  1. Our first goal is about Social Responsibility: to foster a community where everyone feels safe, respected and accepted.
  2. Our second goal is Numeracy: to improve all students’ numeracy skills.

Robert Ogilvie Code of Conduct

The purpose of our code of conduct is to maintain student rights and responsibilities with expectations for behaviour during any school related activity. 

All members of the school community are expected to:

*Take care of ourselves

*Take care of others

*Take care of our school

*Take responsibility for learning

All members of our school community have the right and responsibility to:

  • Behave in a safe manner at all times
  • Tell an adult of incidents of bullying, harassment or intimidation
  • Be accepted and respected
  • Care for others and show respect
  • Learn and achieve potential
  • Listen to and respect others’ learning
  • Pay attention in class and complete assignments
  • Set and work towards goals
  • Be heard and ask questions
  • Listen to and respect others’ ideas
  • Ask questions and share ideas politely and respectfully
  • Work in a healthy, clean environment
  • Keep the school clean and respect school property

Rising Expectations:

As students become older, more self-disciplined and mature, expectations regarding their behaviour and responsibility will rise accordingly.   Older students are expected to set a good example for others.

Unacceptable Conduct

The following behaviours are some examples of conduct that is not acceptable and should not be considered a complete list.

Behaviours that:

  • Are disrespectful to others
  • Interfere with the learning of others
  • Interfere with an orderly environment
  • Create unsafe conditions

Acts of:

  • Bullying, harassment or intimidation
  • Physical violence
  • Retribution against a person who has reported such incidents

Illegal acts, such as:

  • Theft or damage to property

Consequences

There will be consequences for inappropriate behaviour.

 

Consequences will be determined based on the severity and frequency of the unacceptable conduct, and the age and maturity of the student.

 

Consequences will include restorative actions and could range from community service to suspensions. They will be logical and reasonable for the behaviour or action.

Notification

Parents of student offenders and victims will be notified by school staff when it is deemed necessary to re-assure parents that we are aware of the incident and are taking appropriate action to address it.  Multiple infractions of an expectation and serious infractions will be followed up with a phone call home.

You can’t just say it, you have to do it. Steven Hamell

Paul Hann:  We would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff and the community for welcoming Paul Hann to the school and to all for assisting in the fundraiser to bring Paul here.  Paul has professionally recorded the songs he wrote with our students.  We have the ability to burn the CD, along with the recordings from his last visit, on to a disc.  They are available at the office for $10.00.  If you would like to purchase the recording, please fill in the form attached at the bottom of the newsletter and return it to the office (attention:  Mrs. Scheck).   Those that have already purchased/ordered this CD, the CD will be sent home next week.

Parking:  Parking continues to be a problem at the school front parking lot.  Please be reminded that we need to keep a lane free in case of emergency.  Many people are blocking the front driveway and this is making it extremely difficult for vehicles to leave safely.  We would appreciate it also if vehicles were not left idling.  The classes on the west side of the school breathe in the vehicle fumes and this has created a problem for staff and students.  Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

Basketball:  We are very lucky to have enough volunteers to run three basketball teams.  There will be a grade 4/5 boys’ team, a grade 5/6 boys’ team and a girls’ team.  Thank you to the volunteers who will work with these students.  The games will commence the week of January 22nd.  Badminton season will begin soon.  Any parents who would like to volunteer for this sport can contact Mrs. Scheck.

Kindergarten Registrations:  Families with children who will be five years old prior to December 31st, 2013, are able to register their child for kindergarten.  Registrations are now open.  Please feel free to come and resister at your earliest convenience.  Please bring your child’s birth certificate and immunization records.

Hallways:  With the wet and drippy snow, the hallways continue to be a safety issue.  We have purchased “blue hospital booties” for parents and caregivers to wear in the hallway should they not want to take off their boots.  Please put these booties on so that our hallways stay nice and clean as well as dry.  Many students are stepping in puddles of water and “ice salt” that is left in the hallways and this is tracking throughout the school creating slippery spots. The blue booties can be found in the mudrooms and the front office entrance.  Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

School Meal Program:  The February menu has been sent home and additional copies are available at the office.   Please return the menu by Wednesday, January 16th.

Early Learning Opportunities:  Please find the January calendars for Strong Start and other pre-school opportunities at: http://www.earlylearning.prn.bc.ca.  Another useful sight for local events can be found at: www.familyfriendlycommunity.ca.   These are great resources for families to provide activities and information about available opportunities in the region.

Electronics:  Just a friendly reminder to parents and students that the school policy on electronics/cell phones is that these devices should not be coming to school.  We cannot be responsible for lost or stolen items. These items have caused some concern in the school this year.  If a student does have a cell phone or electronic device, it must be turned off and put away in a backpack or pocket during class time.  Students are responsible for lost or stolen items.

Virtue of the Month:  At the assembly on Monday, the virtue of the month was addressed.  Trustworthiness is the virtue that classrooms will be focusing on for January.  Trustworthiness is described as taking responsibility for one’s conduct and obligations; to be relied on as honest or truthful; behaving in an honourable manner; and acting with integrity.  Students will have the opportunity to earn “royal bucket fillers” for demonstrating trustworthiness.

Helping Hands:  Greetings Parents! The Helping Hands program is in need of more parent volunteers in order for the program to run smoothly and efficiently. Helping Hands is only for the duration of the lunch period (11:50-12:35), in which volunteers help the primary classes get ready for playtime outside/inside and assist staff monitors on the playground as well as during the eating portion of the lunch period. With so many students needing help with snowsuits, toques, lost mittens, zippers and opening lunches etc., volunteers are greatly appreciated.

Parents can pick their volunteer days to suit their schedules, even once a month is a huge help. Criminal Record checks must be complete before anyone can volunteer.  Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer or has questions about the program please contact Brittany at: 250-329-9060 or mycockbrittany@gmail.com.   Thank you!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Kathy Scheck – Principal

Mr. Karl Peterson – Vice Principal

Robert Ogilvie Elementary

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Please return this part of the newsletter to enter draw or order a CD:

Student: _________________      Classroom: _______________

 

I would like to order a Paul Hann CD for $10.00 (funds included)   _______

 

Please enter my name for the newsletter draw to be held on January 21st, 2013.

Name: ______________________________

 

Calendar of Events – January 2013

Jan. 7 – School opens after Christmas vacation – assembly at 9:00 a.m.

Jan. 9 – Subway

Jan.14 – Computer lab closed as team here to look at labs

Jan. 15 – PAC meeting at 7:00pm in the library.

Jan. 16 – Booster Juice – Mr. Flury’s class to Anne of Green Gables.

Jan. 17 – Ms. Gauthier and Mrs. Lee’s classes to Anne of Green Gables.

Jan. 18 – Mrs. Dressler / Mr. Peterson’s class to Anne of Green Gables.

Jan. 21 – Assembly at 9:00 a.m.

Jan. 23 – Pizza

Jan. 30 – Subway

Feb. 1 – Pro-D day – No school for students

 

PAC Report:  Happy New Year and welcome to 2013!  We wish you and your family the very best in 2013!  Our next PAC meeting is going to be held on Tuesday January 22nd in the Robert Ogilvie Library at 7:00 p.m.  There will be babysitting provided and we hope to see you there.

Our Hot Lunch Order Form will be coming home soon so keep watch for it.  This program offers your child a wholesome homemade lunch and all profits will go towards our playground project!  If you are interested in helping out with this program please email us at robertogilviepac@gmail.com and we will get back to you.  You can leave your name and number at the office and they will pass on the message to us. Thank you to Penn West for their donation of $1500.00, which will also be going towards our playground project!  We are grateful for the donations that have come our way this year.  We would like to thank Logan Fischer who has been applying for grants and working with others to get some funding for our project for the last two years!  If you would like to volunteer and help out with events or have any questions or concerns to do with the PAC please feel free to email us at robertogilviepac@gmail.com and we will be glad to get back to you.

 

 

 

December Newsletter

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to a cold and frosty week!  We are sending a newsletter early as December is a short but busy month.  Please find updates and date changes on the attached calendar.

A reminder that Wednesday and Thursday are early dismissal days and Friday, November 30th the school is closed for Parent Teacher interviews.

Paul Hann:  We are looking forward to Paul Hann’s arrival at Robert Ogilvie on Tuesday, December 4th.  Paul is a children’s recording artist who lives in Victoria and visits school districts across the country through a residency program.  Paul will be working with our classes to write songs and sing with the students.  The students will be performing with Paul on Wednesday, December 12th and Thursday, December 13th at 7:00 p.m. each night.  This performance will replace a traditional Christmas concert.  Please come and join us for this wonderful, musical experience.  You can learn more about Paul at his website:  http://www.paulhann.com/.  We hope that many of you can attend our concerts.  We are running two different shows this year with different classes performing each night.  This has been done to allow for shorter shows and more seating for families to attend.  Please see the schedule below for performance details.  If you are unable to make the evening show, you are welcome to join the dress rehearsals scheduled for 1:00 p.m. of the same day.

Wednesday, December 12th: Classes performing are:  Mrs. Gauthier, Mrs. Forster, Mrs. DeGroot, Mr. Halliday, Mrs. Shuster/Mrs. Kenyon and Mr. Flury/Mrs. Bulmer.

Thursday, December 13th:  Classes performing are:  Mrs. Lee, Mrs. Lavoie, Mrs. Morrison, Mr. Peterson/Mrs. Dressler, Miss Yates and Miss Prontack.

Operation Christmas Child:  Thank you for supporting Operation Christmas Child again this year.  Our school had enough items for 42 boxes.  A big thank you to Mrs. Holden for organizing this event again this year.

Inclement Weather: Just a reminder that the school doors are open around 8:00 a.m. and students may come inside when the weather is bad.  We have a number of students without inside shoes.  Please remember that inside shoes are necessary for safety reasons, particularly if for some reason we have to vacate the building without notice.  We would appreciate all visitors to the school to take off their outside footwear.  This keeps our hallways dry and ensures that students do not fall in the melted water.  The students will be outside, weather permitting – our guideline for inside days is a temperature of -18 (with or without wind chill).  Students should come prepared to go outside daily.

Volleyball Season:  Thank you to Mrs. Dressler, Mrs. Lee and Mr. Peterson for coaching our boys and girls in volleyball this season. The tournaments are running on Thursday, November 27th and Friday, November 28th at North Peace Secondary School.  Games start around 3:30 p.m. in a double knock out format.  Boys need to arrive by 3:15 p.m. and the girls by 3:30 p.m.  Come and cheer on our teams.  It should be a great evening of volleyball.  If you are interested in coaching basketball in January, please contact Mr. Peterson.    

Student Leadership Club:  Student leadership started two weeks ago and we have a very enthusiastic group of students.  We meet on Thursdays at lunchtime.  Students will be selling raffle tickets on a Christmas basket for .25 each.  These tickets will be available until December 20th.  All proceeds from ticket sales will go towards sponsoring children in our community in some way.  The students will also be selling candy cane/candy-grams starting December 4th.  They will also be planning some spirit days for students.  Please look for updates in future newsletters.

Report Cards:  Report cards were sent home on Tuesday, November 27th.   Please note that teachers will be available on Wednesday, November 28th (1:41-2:45 p.m.), Thursday, November 29th (1:41-2:45 p.m.) and Friday, November 30th  (8:45-2:45 p.m.) to meet informally with parents regarding your child’s progress.

Early Learning Calendars:  The new Strong Start calendars can be found at: www.earlylearning.prn.bc.ca.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Kathy Scheck – Principal

Mr. Karl Peterson – Vice Principal

Robert Ogilvie Elementary

 

Calendar of Events

Robert Ogilvie Elementary School

December 2012

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

3Paul Hann arrives 

Skating for Mrs. Morrison & Miss Prontack

 

First Term Awards @ 9:00 a.m. assembly

4PAC meeting @ 7:00 p.m. 

Skating for Miss Yates and Mr. Halliday

5 6Skating for Miss Yates and Mrs. Shuster 7
10Mr. Flury & Mrs. Gauthier’s class to Cultural Center for Willy Wonka (10-12:30) 11 12Ms. Yates & Miss Prontack to Cultural Center for Willy Wonka 10-12:30)Christmas concert @ 7:00 p.m. 13Christmas concert @ 7:00 p.m. 14 
 17Assembly @ 9:00 a.m.Skating for Mrs. Gauthier and Mrs. Lee 18Skating for Mrs. Lavoie and Mr. Peterson 19 20Skating for Mr. Flury and Mrs. DeGroot 21Last day of school before Christmas holidays 

Thank you for reading our newsletter!

 

 

November Newsletter

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Dear Parents/Guardians,

How quickly the second month of school has passed us by!  We would like to thank all parents and community members for your volunteer hours in the month of October and the support for our school in so many ways.  It was wonderful to see the spirit of volunteers at our school during costume parades, classroom activities, floats through the canteen, lunch orders, Helping Hands program, gym days, Student Leadership Club, PAC organized fundraisers/events, sports teams and the book fair.  We could not provide all these great opportunities for students without the continued support of all the volunteers.  We look forward to seeing all of you in the coming months, whether it is through volunteering or participating in some of the activities around the corner.  Please find some updates on upcoming activities as well as reports from October events.

Scholastic Book Fair:  Thank you for supporting our Scholastic Book Fair.  It was extremely successful raising $2231.00 in profit to our school.  This will be used to provide our school with books and material for our library and classrooms.  We appreciate this support and the students as well as our library directly benefit from these materials.

Strong Start/Early Learning Programs Calendars: Calendars for Strong Start and other early learning programs for November can be found at: http://www.earlylearning.prn.bc.ca.  These calendars are posted in the entrances of our school.  If you have children 0-5 years old, Strong Start is a wonderful opportunity for your child/children to be involved in early learning.  This program offers gym time along with centers, snack, stories and resources for parents to use with their children.  Gym times are offered on Tuesday and Friday mornings.

School Photo Retakes:  Mountain West will be in our school on November 15th for retakes.  This will be done for students who missed the first picture day along with students who would like a retake.  Order forms can be picked up at the office and must be completed prior to retake day.

Dieleman Fundraising:  We will be collecting all orders for the Dieleman Fundraiser from now until November 14th.  We thank you for your support in this fundraiser.  Proceeds from Dieleman go directly into activities and materials for students.  Proceeds will be supporting the residency of singer/songwriter Paul Hann, who arrives in our school on December 4th for an 8day stay in our school.

Tumble Books Library:  The school has purchased a two-year license for tumble books on line library.  Families are free to access this website using the Robert Ogilvie login.  If you have a computer or have access to a computer, please log in to www.TumbleBookLibrary.com.   Our username is robertogilvie and our password is books.  You will find a great selection of picture books, chapter books, non-fiction, game/puzzles and National Geographic film clips.  Students will be learning how to use this resource at school in our lab as well.  There really is something for every member of your family, including toddlers, at this site.  We hope that you take advantage of this on-line library.

Outside/Inside Days:  As the weather gets colder, the school would like to remind families of the policy around inclement weather.  Students will remain outside until the weather drops to -15 with or without the wind chill factor.  Many students are complaining that they are cold.  Please remind your children to dress appropriately for outside times.  We encourage students to wear mitts, gloves and boots, as the weather gets colder.  We will be signing out snowshoes at lunchtime on a rotational classroom basis starting on Monday.  This is a great way for the students to get some extra exercise, particularly with all that fluffy white stuff out there.

Parking Issues:  Totem Pre-School has brought to our attention that many vehicles are parking behind their staff parking at the end of the day.  This is blocking in the staff at the pre-school and causing issues for the staff who need to leave for a variety of reasons.  Please be cognizant of the parking area as we work together to provide safe parking practices for our school and Totem Pre-School.  We also ask that driver remember that we are an idle-free zone.  Many of our students and staff have respiratory problems and the fumes from vehicle idling are entering the building and irritating the lungs.

Upcoming Dates To Remember:

Friday, November 9th:  Remembrance Day assembly at 11:00 a.m.

Monday, November 12th:  School Closed for Remembrance Day

Wednesday, November 28th: Early Dismissal Day – school dismisses at 1:41 p.m.

Thursday, November 29th:  Early Dismissal Day – school dismisses at 1:41 p.m.

Friday, November 30th:  School closed – parent teacher interviews

Sincerely,

Mrs. Kathy Scheck – Principal

Mr. Karl Peterson – Vice Principal

Robert Ogilvie Elementary

 

Calendar of Events

Robert Ogilvie Elementary School

November 2012

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

6Skating

(Mr. Halliday)

 

PAC meeting @ 7 pm – daycare provided

7 8School Lunch Orders due in to the office

Skating (Mrs. Forster, Ms. Prontack)

9Remembrance Day Assembly @ 11:00 a.m.

 

 12School closed for Remembrance Day 13 14Dieleman Fundraising Due

 

Daddy and Me Gym night for 0-5 year olds (Strong Start Program)

15Subway Day

 

Picture retakes @ 9:00 a.m.

16
19Assembly @ 9:00 a.m.

Green Thumb Theatre

1:30 p.m.

20Skating (Mr. Flury, Mrs. Dressler)

 

21Booster Juice Day 22Spirit Day

Beach Day Theme

23
26District band concert 27Report Cards go home 28Early Dismissal @ 1:41 p.m.

 

Pizza Day

29Early Dismissal @ 1:41 p.m.

Skating (Miss Yates)

 

30Parent-Teacher interviews 9-3 p.m.

School closed

 

November PAC News

We have had a busy exciting start to our year!  Thank you to everyone that attended the magic show.  It was absolutely an awesome show and was great to work with John and his crew again this year!  We would like to send a very special thank you to School District #60 Maintenance Department, as we know they are extremely busy but they installed a needed plug in for the show to happen.  The electrician spent the day before rigging up the special power outlet that we needed!  There are also many people that were involved in making this happen.  We couldn’t have done it without each and every one of you.  Thank you to Danial Dowe and Shayne Dool for being our volunteers for the guillotine part of the show ~ you were great!  Thanks to Chris & Amy Plemel for doing up the power point presentation again this year!  Thanks to Leigh-Ann Burgher for getting us the portable screen to be used at the shows and to Systems by Trail for their services!  Thanks to the following volunteers that were there on the day of the shows helping out: Chris & Amy Plemel, Brandy Utz, Brandy MacDonald, Natasha Dowe, Candace Attfield, Karla Stafford, Lynnett Rotlissberger, Logan Fischer, and Sheridan & Bonnie Anderson.  Thank you to the students that were helping out with the show: Ryan Whimp, Mason MacDonald, Noah MacDonald, Hayden Alyward, Rylan Utz, Jayden Utz, Avalon Plemel, Charlotte Plemel, Xavier Plemel, Joshua Anderson, and Rebekah Anderson.  Past students that came to help us out were: Dylan Rotlissberger, Katelynn Rotlissberger, Gage King, and Annilee Anderson.   We raised a profit of $3500.00J.  Thanks to T&T Communications as they sponsored the cost of our magician with their sponsorship of $2500.00 and Totem Mall looked after the hotels for our special guests by donating $250.00 to our show!  Thank you to Panago Pizza as they donated our two door prizes worth $100.00 and also their donations to our volunteers at the event.  These will be handed out at the next assembly on Monday, November 19th so if you can be here for this that would be awesome.  We are closer to replacing our Wooden Structure but still have funds to raise!  Thanks so much for supporting us in this playground project!

Our Privileged Parking Spot was purchased and announced the night of the magic show so congratulations to the Plemel Family & Stafford Family!  Parents please be aware of where this spot is as it is along the fence beside the handicapped parking space so please be courteous and leave these parking spots available for these families.

Our next fundraiser happening is our Home Based Business & Craft Bazaar being held Saturday, November 17 from 9:00 – 4:00.  If you would like a table you can contact Amy Plemel through our email at robertogilviepac@gmail.com.  Come and shop for the holidays on this day, as everything is under one roof!  We are also having a bake sale and are looking for parents to donate baking for this event.  We need a list of ingredients on all baking items and if it could be brought ready to sell that would be appreciated.  We are also going to be having door prizes, balloon making, raffle draws, canteen with the feature being taco in a bag and so much more!  If you can come and help out by doing a shift at this event we would appreciate any help either on the day of the Bazaar or Friday after school for the setup of the tables and chairs.

We are having a hot lunch program beginning in November and the PAC hot lunch order form will be coming home shortly – we will be doing chili in a bun this month!  If you are interested in helping out please email us at robertogilviepac@gmail.com or let the office know you are interested and they will get you in touch with one of us.

Our next PAC meeting is being held on Tuesday November 6th, 2012 at 7:00PM in the library and babysitting is provided – we would love to see you there!

Hope you have an awesome November and enjoy the beautiful white snow.  With our mild weather we have been having we can get out and enjoy our snow – after the shovelling is done of course!

Helping Hands

RO’s newest program is off to a wonderful start! I would like to thank all the parents; Holly R, Karla S, Jerry-Lynn P, Brandy U, Anna L and Amber N. who have volunteered their time to help our primary students during the lunch hour.

Helping Hands is always accepting new volunteers for the lunch hour program. With winter already showing it’s ugly face, the younger students could really use a helping hand getting ready to go outside.

For More information about the program or if you would like to become a volunteer please contact Brittany Mycock  at:  mycockbrittany@gmail.com or (250)329-9060).

 

 

June Newsletter 2012

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is time for the final newsletter of the 2011/2012 school year.  On behalf of the staff, I would like to thank each and every one of you for making our year special and memorable.  Our students have been very fortunate to have such dedicated parents, grandparents and guardians assist in their school year in such a variety of ways.  All efforts towards a positive school year are so greatly appreciated and are so helpful to all of the children in our community.  We have great kids who truly will go on to be great leaders in many other areas of their lives.  Please find below information that will help you plan for year end and for the beginning of the next school year.

Grade 6 Farewell:  Thank you to all parents, students and staff who were part of this celebration.  A special thank you, to Mr. Peterson, for organizing this event.  We had a wonderful night of celebration and the students enjoyed themselves tremendously.

Year End Assembly:  We will have our year end assembly starting at 10:45 a.m.  We are hoping to conclude our year with some recognition awards.  We are also saying farewell to two staff members.  We wish a fond farewell to Mrs. Yates and Mr. Davies.  Mrs. Yates will be relocating south and Mr. Davies will continue to work in School District 60.  All the best to you as your futures unfold.  It has been wonderful to have you as part of our staff and school community.

Lost and Found:  Items have been spread out in the halls and students have been encouraged to walk through and collect any items that belong to them.  There is also an abundance of boots and shoes in our mudrooms and students have been encouraged to collect items from those areas as well.  All left over items will be donated to the Salvation Army on Friday.  Parents are welcome to walk through the halls to also check for lost items.

School Fees: The School Board has approved our school fees for the 2012-2013 year as well as the bell schedule for 2012-2013. Our bell schedule will change slightly to allow for a two week spring break and a warning bell at recess time.  Please see the school fee table along with the revised bell schedule below.

Grade Level Supplies Cultural Fee Busing Fee
Kindergarten $35 $10.00 $10.00
Grade 1-3 $35 $10.00 $10.00
Grade 4-6 $35 $10.00 $10.00
Wireless Writing Rental Charge for Grade 6 As per board direction($67.00)
Other Agenda:  All classes ordering agenda will pay a $10.00 agenda fee (some primary classes and all intermediate classes) Camp Cameron or Camp Sagitawa: $40.00 to offset costs for trips *$20.00/sports team requiring buses*Up to $5.00 for class field trips

Costs have gone up slightly to cover the increased costs of school supplies and bus trip costs.  Students who bring their own supplies will be required to pay cultural fees, bussing fees and agenda fee (if applicable).

2012-2013 Bell Schedule:  To include a warning bell at recess (not currently one)

8:25   Supervision begins                12:10  Lunch

8:40   Warning Bell                          12:30  Warning Bell

8:45   Classes Begin                          12:35  Classes begin

10:15  Recess                                        2:41   Dismissal

10:30 Warning Bell (5 minutes)   2:56   Playground supervision ends

10:35  Classes Resume                                  *students heading home**

11:50  Bell for going outside time*

2012-2013:  The first day of school for 2012-2013 is Tuesday, September 4th.  Students will return to this year’s class to catch up with friends, teachers and share news of the summer break. This will also provide our staff a bit of time to adjust class lists to make allowances for new students in and students not returning.  Classes will begin at 8:45 and dismissal on this day will be 10:45.  Kindergarten students will begin on Wednesday, September 12th.  If you plans change over the summer and you will not be back to our school, please give us a call at your earliest convenience.  This will assist us in planning divisions and school organization.

Rise and Shine Daycare HoursRise & Shine Clubhouse summer program is open for 4 weeks in July.  Hours are from 7:15a.m. –  5:30 p.m.  Only a few spaces left!
Please contact Paula at 250-261-8595 or Megan at 250-793-5269 for more information.

Report Cards:  All report cards will be handed out on Thursday after the final assembly.  Students not in attendance that day can either pick up their report cards on Thursday afternoon or Friday.  Any report cards left will be mailed out.  Staff will be available on Friday until 3:00 p.m. should you wish to discuss any report card information.

Enjoy your summer holidays.  We look forward to hearing about your holidays in the fall and will be looking forward to seeing everyone back in September.

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Kathy Scheck                                 Mr. Karl Peterson

Principal                                                   Vice Principal

Robert Ogilvie Elementary                   Robert Ogilvie Elementary

 

 

May 2012 Newsletter

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Dear parents and guardians,

A new month is ahead of us and with it spring is in the air!  Although, April was a short month, it was very busy at the school.  Spring does seem to be here now and it is great to see students outside enjoying the nice weather.  During this next month, we encourage you to keep routines at home regarding meals and bedtimes as students still have lots of learning to do at school.  It is also recommended that younger students bring a change of clothes as the playground is wet and muddy.   With two months left of our year, we will rapidly see an increase in learning and activity.  Please find our latest school updates in this newsletter.

Report Cards:  In accordance with directives from the Ministry of Education and School District 60, report cards are being sent home on Monday, April 30th.  These report cards are very similar to information and reporting sent home to parents prior to spring break.  Attendance records have been added to comments and any information in regards to students’ academics that have changed in the recent weeks.  As with any report card, please contact your child’s teacher should you have additional questions, concerns or comments.

Attendance Issues: While reading report cards last week, it became apparent that many of our students are having attendance issues.  We have been in school approximately 140 days so far this year.  Many students have absences of over 30 days and some students have a high ratio of late arrivals.  Students who miss this amount of time are in danger of falling behind in their academic progress.  They also have a difficult time maintaining friendships and social interactions.  Please instill the habit of being at school and on time for your child.  It is very difficult and disruptive for a child to enter the class after it has started.  Also, when a student is late, they are missing the same subject or lesson each time they are late.  For some, that has been as much as 50% of the year.  Active teaching begins at the 8:45 a.m. bell.

Badminton:  We have had over 30 students playing badminton since the beginning of March.  Thank you to Mrs. McCracken for assisting in this sporting activity.  The season wraps up with a tournament on Thursday, May 3rd and Friday, May 4th.  All the best to the players that are attending the tournament.  We know you will represent our school very well.  Baseball and track and field will be the next sports on our agenda.  Any parents wishing to assist with these sports please call the office.

Leadership: The leadership students will be starting a Mother’s Day raffle on Monday, April 30th.  All proceeds from this basket will go towards student initiatives.  Tickets can be purchased daily for .50 each or 3 tickets for $1.00.  Thank you to the leadership students and Mrs. Buchholz for organizing this event and other events.  The tickets will be available until Thursday, May 10th.

Requests for next year’s classes: Planning has already begun for next year.  If you have a request for your child for next year’s class, please put it in writing with an educational reason and drop it off to the office.  Remember that teachers spend a lot of time considering the best placement for all students at the end of June and again in September.  All parent requests will be considered, but are not guaranteed.  Please complete the form at the bottom of the newsletter (if you did not return it in April) to let us know your plans for the coming year.

We are currently taking registrations for 2012-2013.  If you have new neighbours that have moved in, please let them know this information.  We are also asking that families who are leaving our school let us know as soon as possible so that we can plan our classrooms accordingly.

Families currently on variances will need to complete variances for the 2012-2013 school year if planning to stay in our school.  Variance forms can be picked up at the office.  Please refer to the School District 60 variance policy which can be found at:

http://www.prn.bc.ca/wp-content/Variance_Letter_2012.pdf

Pitch in Day: Thursday, May 10th is Pitch in Day for the City of Fort St. John. Our students will be helping with this activity by cleaning up the playground and the areas around the school.  Please have your children dress in clothes that they don’t mind getting dusty.  The City appreciates our continued support to keep our neighbourhood clean.

Scholastic Book Fair: The Scholastic Book Fair for May has arrived and viewing will begin on Thursday, May 3rd.  Books will be available to purchase on Monday, May 7th beginning at 8:00 a.m.  We are able to re-order books and posters that sell out quickly.  As a spring reading special, Scholastic Books will offer a free “My Cute Kitten” stuffie with every purchase of $25.00 or more.  Students are also eligible for a draw as well with all purchases.  The Scholastic Book Fair will open for purchases after school every day until Thursday, May 10th.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Reading Contests: The students and staff have been actively participating in many “Read Canadian Books” contests for the past month.  We have learned that we have books in our library for every letter of the alphabet.  Students and teachers have been reading up a storm.  We would like to congratulate Mr. Halliday and Ms. Yates for being the most competitive staff members so far and Mrs. Shuster’s class for completing the A-Z contest first.  Many classes are very close to completing their A-Z contest sheets.  Students and staff are encouraged to read daily, complete the reading calendar and contest sheets.  Al l participants will receive some sort of incentive/prize and certificate as well as have their names entered for main draws.  Remember to READ Canadian to celebrate Canadian Children’s Book Week from May 5th-12th.  All contests close on May 12th and contest sheets can be turned in the week of May 14th.

 

Speech Contest:  Our school speech contest will be held on Wednesday, May 16th at 1:00 p.m. The top three speeches will represent our school at the District Speech Contest on Friday, May 25th.  Please come and listen to the speeches if you are available. They are always entertaining and delightful to hear.

 

School Planning Day:  On Friday, May 11th the school will be closed for the annual School Planning Day.  It is during this day, that we review our School Improvement Plans and make adjustments to our school goals and focus for the following year.  SPC reps attend this meeting along with the staff to review our school plan, data and make recommendations.  Any parent is welcome to attend this meeting.  If you wish to be part of this planning day, please contact Mrs. Scheck.

 

Early Learning Calendars: The May Early Learning Calendars can be found at: http://www.earlylearning.prn.bc.ca/.  These calendars outline the Strong Start and WOW bus

schedules, as well as a blog written about early learning benefits.  There is a lot of useful information about opportunities in our community for the early learners.  Please pass this website on to your neighbours who may benefit from these activities.

Saving Our Boys Workshop: Bert Bowes Middle School will be hosting a workshop by Daniel Vecchio called “Saving our Boys: Our Duty of care” on Wednesday, May 2nd at 7:00pm.  In this workshop/lecture, teachers and parents will learn how fundamentally important it is to engage and nurture the boys in our schools to find their emotional voice (emotional literacy) and success.  If you are interested in attending the workshop, please contact Bert Bowes Middle School at 250-785-6717.

The school year is quickly speeding up! We will have lots of other events to update you on in the next few weeks.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Kathy Scheck                                                    Mr. Karl Peterson

Principal                                                                      Vice Principal

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Calendar of Events

Robert Ogilvie Elementary School
May 2012

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

1 2 3

District badminton tournament 4:00 p.m.4

District badminton tournament all day7

Book Fair Week

Dance presentation @ the Cultural Center for some classes8

Assembly @ 9 a.m.

PAC meeting @ 7:00 p.m.  in the library9

Daddy and Me night

6:00-7:30 p.m.

(for 0-5 year olds)10

City Clean up Day

Parents welcome to join our classes11

Non-Instructional Day –Planning Day

Families in Motion gym night @ Duncan Cran

6:00-7:30 p.m. – all families welcome141516

School speech contest

1:00-2:35 p.m.1718

Talent Show21

Victoria Day

School Closed222324

Doig Days

Grade 4 students25

District

Speech Contest28293031

March 2012 Newsletter

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Will we or won’t we have spring and when will it arrive?  That is the question today as I get ready to write this newsletter.  The weather seems to be constantly changing from cold and nasty to warm and windy.  The playground is quite hazardous presently with standing water and lots of ice.  It would be a good idea for students to wear splash pants, rubber boots, mitts and hats.  Students may wish to pack extra dry clothes as well as slipping or falling may mean that they get soaked.

Kindergarten Registrations:  Kindergarten registrations are being accepted for September 2012.  Please advise family and friends living in our area of this information.  We have one full class registered so far.  Parents need to bring birth certificates and immunization records when registering.

 

5th Annual Parent Conference: The 5th Annual Parent Conference will be on Saturday, April 21st from 8:30-4:00 at North Peace Secondary School.  There will be presentations for parents of children of all ages.  The morning will start will a keynote address by Paula Schmidt.  She will be talking about understanding a 21st Century learner. Following the keynote there will be four, two-hour sessions by:

  • Charlotte Diamond – internationally renowned children’s entertain on how to use songs and musical play to promote language development
  • Dr. Joanne Crandall – international educator and presenter on how to develop self regulation in children of all ages so the become independent and self assured
  • Paula Schmidt – has a long history of helping organizations and individuals become successful. She will talk about the importance of parent involvement for children to be successful and what it looks like to be a parent of a 21s century learner.
  • Larry Espe – our School District superintendent will speak on individualized learning and the importance of providing opportunities for students to be actively engaged in their learning.

Following these sessions, there will be a FREE lunch! In the afternoon there will shorter breakout sessions.  Parents can register on the website at www.prn.bc.ca or at their school.  Also there is FREE child minding for children 3-12 years old. For more information, you may contact Pat Lang at 785-6125.  Registration packages are also available at the office.  This is a wonderful educational opportunity for parents.

Families in Motion: Together with School District 60, Fort St. John Friendship Centre, Fort St. John Child Development Centre and North Peace Community Resources Society we will be offering a gross motor development pilot project from February-May on a rotating schedule.  Living in the North we recognize that climate affects the level of our activity, especially in the winter. Our goal is to work together to build awareness of the importance of gross motor development in children 0-6 years of age and impact basic physical literacy and skills through planned activities. The next session will be held at Bert Ambrose Elementary on Friday, April 13th from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Family Friendly Community:  Several community organizations have created a website that services families with young children in our region.  It is a one-stop information source for everything from our early learning programs (Strong Start, WOW bus, etc.) to contacts for childcare, women’s resources, community events, etc.  We hope this will be a valuable resource for parents of young children who would like the opportunity to participate in free activities around Fort St. John.  Please check out the website at:  http://familyfriendlycommunity.ca/home .

P.A.C. Update:  The next P.A.C. meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the library.  Please join the P.A.C. at this time and learn about the many ways you can be involved in our school.  Thank you to Mrs.  Wells, for planning and organizing the ice cream float sale for Valentine’s Day.   Her time and effort is greatly appreciated.  Thanks also to: Mrs. Plemel, Mrs. Buchholz, Mrs. Utz, Mrs. Schonwille, and Mrs. Dowe.  Your time and efforts are appreciated. Thank you to all of the parents and children that participated by ordering an ice cream float as it was very popular!  Vessey Seeds orders have been sent in and should be arriving soon.  Thank you for your support of this fundraiser.

Speech Arts: Please find attached a letter from Mr. Stephen Petrucci, Director of Instruction with School District 60 regarding the Speech Arts competition.  This is an excellent opportunity for students to develop public speaking skills.  Registrations can be dropped off at the Cultural Center by Friday, March 24th.

Student Leadership:  Thank you for supporting our bake sale and Pink Day Buttons on February 29th.  Funds from the bake sale will be used to purchase books in the library.  Students have also participated in a poster contest for Pink Shirt Day.  We had over 200 entries and have sent out six entries to CKNW Radio in Vancouver.  We are hoping one of our entries will be successful.

 

Pink Shirt Day: Thank you to all students, staff and parents for participating in our Pink Shirt Day activities.  We had some staff and students go and make a presentation to City Council on Monday, February 27th.  As a result of that presentation, City Council proclaimed that Wednesday, February 29th would be Pink Shirt Day in Fort St. John.   Alaska Highway News has written a wonderful article on Pink Shirt Day.  Please visit their site for access the story and some great pictures of our assembly: http://www.alaskahighwaynews.ca/article/20120301/FORTSTJOHN0101/303019981/-1/fortstjohn0101/be-a-buddy-not-a-bully.

Pink Shirt Day Proclamation – City Hall on Monday, February 27th

 

Girls Xplore Sportz: Northern Pacific Sports is running an 8 week girls only program. This is a fun, non-competitive program for girls ages 8-13. Our goal is to provide the girls a great experience trying a different sport each week. The program has been scheduled for April 25 to June 13 on Wednesdays from 6-7pm.  To register, please contact Stephanie Peters, Pacific Sports Coordinator at 250-794-3308 or register at her office at the Pomeroy Sports Center.

Sports Updates:  Thank you to our coaches (Mr. Peterson, Mr. Flury and Mr. Pengally), for coaching our boys and girls this season.  Our grade 5/6 boy’s team placed second in the district tournament.  Badminton will start this week and students in grade 5 and 6 are encouraged to come out to the practices.  Rumour is that Mrs. McCracken and Mrs. Scheck are hoping to give Ambrose School a run for the title this year J

 

School Fundraiser:  The Spring Fundraiser through Dieleman Fundraising was sent home a few weeks ago.  Orders are due back by March 20th but can be returned before that date.  Funds generated from this effort will go towards purchasing items needed for our school.  Your participation is appreciated.

 

Many In Motion Community Celebration Set For March 21, 2012: The City of Fort St. John has been announced as a Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Celebration

Community.  The Difference Makers from the community are to be recognized on March 21, 2012.  Twenty-five years to the date of his Man In Motion World Tour commencing its historic cross-Canada journey back to British Columbia, Canadian icon Rick Hansen is continuing his dream of a healthier and more inclusive world with the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay. For a number of communities that were not on the original Man In Motion World Tour route such as Fort St. John, the Rick Hansen

Foundation will partner with municipalities to recognize local Difference Makers at celebratory events, whereby these individuals will be passed the Rick Hansen Medal, and will also receive their own replica medal from the Royal Canadian Mint.  Community members are invited to join the celebration as Fort St. John Difference Makers are recognized at the Many In Motion Community Celebration on March 21, 2012 at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre from 7:00pm – 8:30pm, doors open at 6:30pm. This event is free and open to all ages.  Intermediate students will have an opportunity to attend a special celebration for the Many In Motion tour on the morning of March 21st. More information will be released next week about this event.

 

Variance Policy: As we begin to plan for September 2012, we need to remind families on a variance to Robert Ogilvie School that variances need to be renewed each year.

Please find the District Policy for variance at:

http://www.prn.bc.ca/wp-content/Variance_Letter_2012.pdf

We will be following the guidelines set forth in this variance policy.  Please remember to request your variances early as they will be looked at by date of variance application.

 

Report Cards: Please find information on report cards that was posted to our District Web Site at: http://www.prn.bc.ca/wp-content/Sample-Report-Card-Letter.pdf.  Please be advised that second term report cards will be similar to first term report cards, stating attendance and a general comment from the office.

Please contact your child’s teacher for information regarding their progress.

Early Dismissal Days:  Wednesday, March 21st and Thursday, March 22nd are Early Dismissal Days in School District 60.  Classes will be dismissed at 1:36 p.m. (one hour early).  Parents are welcome to contact teachers to discuss their child’s progress.  Teachers will be available from 1:36 -2:36 p.m. these days for calls or meetings.

Library News:  We have received lots of new books for students to read J  Parents of pre-school children are welcome to bring their children in to sign out books as well.  We will be hosting a reading contest for the month of April that will focus on the topic “Read Canadian”.  We have a great selection of Canadian authors and illustrators and are excited to promote their wonderful stories.  More information will follow in the April newsletter.  We will have a Scholastic Book Fair in May.  All proceeds from this book fair will go towards purchasing material for our library.  May 5-12th is TD Canadian Children’s Book Week.  The Canadian Children’s Book Center promotes this event annually.  The library will be participating in a few activities to encourage our students to read Canadian books.  We have recently order a book called “Our Principal Promised to Kiss a Pig”.  Can you imagine what might be in this book?

We are in the final two weeks before spring break.  Here is hoping that the weather remains nice during the break so that we can get outside for some fresh air.  School will begin after spring break on Tuesday, April 10th.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Kathy Scheck                             Mr. Karl Peterson

Principal                                               Vice Principal

Robert Ogilvie Elementary               Robert Ogilvie Elementary

Calendar of Events

Robert Ogilvie Elementary School
March 2012

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

12Ready, Set, Learn Session 10:15-11:30 (for 3-4 year olds) in the library 13PAC meeting @ 7:00 p.m.

Babysitting available

14Gym night 5:00-6:00 p.m. 15 16
19Ready, Set, Learn Session 10:15-11:30 (for 3-4 year olds) in the library 20 21Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion (time TBA)

Early Dismissal for reporting to parents

Classes out at 1:36 p.m.

Gym night

5:00-6:00 p.m.

22Early Dismissal for reporting to parents

Classes out at 1:36 p.m.

23Last day before spring break

Calendar of Events

Robert Ogilvie Elementary

April 2012

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

9

Easter Monday

School Closed10

Schools re-open after spring break111213

District Band performance

9:30-10:15

10:30 grade 5 meeting with band teacher

“Families in Motion”

6:00-7:30 @ Bert Ambrose School (0-6 yr olds)1617

Regional

Science Fair

@ NPSS1819202324252627

February 2012 Newsletter

Monday, January 30, 2012

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are now officially at the halfway mark of the school year and have gained 1.5 hours of daylight since December 21st.  It is amazing how that extra sunlight brightens up our day.  Please find in this newsletter, lots of information about upcoming events at Robert Ogilvie Elementary School.

P.A.C. Information:  Thank you to all of the parents that have filled out our survey for the parking lot your time and effort is appreciated.  We have had 90 people fill out the survey so far but would like to have more if possible. If you have not filled out your survey yet we encourage you to as soon as possible. The survey is closing on January 31st, 2012.  There can only be one survey done per computer so if there is more than one person in your household to do the survey you will need to find different computers.  If you don’t have access to another one there are computers at the school that are available for use. The survey is found at http://www-surveymonkey.com/s/NNN2SCW.

On February 14th, The P.A.C. will be selling floats at the canteen for $2.00 each.  All proceeds will be going towards our playground efforts!   Root beer, orange and cream soda floats will be available.  Students can pre-order on our hot lunch form that went home already or they can order on the day as well.  P.A.C. Hot Lunch Order forms are due in on Thursday February 2, 2012.  If there is anyone interested in coming and helping out with the cooking of these meals, please come and talk to one of our PAC members or email us at robertogilviepac@gmail.com.  The next P.A.C. meeting will be held on Monday, February 6th at 7:00 p.m.

Rise & Shine Clubhouse at Robert Ogilvie still has spaces available for the February 17th Pro-D day and Spring Break if your interested.  Hours are from 7:15am to 5:30pm, the cost is $35.00 per child for the day.  For more information please call Paula @ 250-261-8595 or Megan @ 250-793-5269.

 

Student Leadership Students:  The student leadership group has been very busy over the last two months.  Currently, they are selling pins for the Variety Children’s Charity to raise money for the Vancouver Children’s Hospital.  These collector pins have a theme of Star Wars and can be purchased at the office for $3.00.  The pins are selling quickly.  This group will be selling a couple of items for Pink Day.  There will be more information to follow in an upcoming newsletter.  Pink Day is held this year on Wednesday, February 29th.

Pink Shirt Day Campaign:  Pink Shirt Day will be held nationally on Wednesday, February 29th.  Students and staff will be encouraged to participate in this day wearing pink shirts, hats, jewelry, etc.  T-shirts will be on sale soon.  We will focus our assemblies this month on bullying and will have many activities in classrooms linked to bullying topics.  Please join us for our assemblies.

School Meals Quilt: Robert Ogilvie students are able to take part in the district’s school meals programs.  Monthly menus are available at the office and all students are able to fill them in on a monthly basis.  This program has operated for a number of years.  The funding for the program is not enough to support it, so there have been some fundraisers to assist.  Currently, there is a quilt on display at Robert Ogilvie that has been made by the Lunch Co-coordinator at Central School.  Raffle tickets are on sale for $2.00 and are available at the office. The winning ticket will be drawn on February 29th.  To read an article about this quilt and to view pictures, please check out the following link:

http://www.northerngroove.com/stories/2330-make-a-quilt-and-make-difference.html . Thank you to Jannette for donating your time to this project.

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Family Gym Night: This activity has started once again.  The gym is open on Wednesday each week until March 21st, from 5:00 -6:00 p.m.  All students and families are welcome to attend.  The school is still looking for parent volunteers to assist with the supervision.  If you are able to help, please contact Mrs. Scheck at the office or leave a message.

Back Parking Lot:  Traffic issues are getting worse in the back school parking lot.  Parents dropping off their children are entering the exit only and creating traffic issues.  Please remember the posted speed limit as many students are running through the parking lot, possibly not paying attention and with the time of year it makes it even harder to see people.  Please make sure to back in to the stalls.  Students are reminded not to go behind parked vehicles.  Our school is an “Idle Less” zone.

Ready, Set, Learn: Sessions for Ready, Set, Learn have started and will run every Monday until March 19th.  Parents and their children ages 3-5 years old, are welcome to come to the library for sessions with Mrs. Kenyon.  The students and parents will enjoy activities in the gym, story time and crafts.  Please join Mrs. Kenyon for any sessions you are able to.  Sessions run from 10:15-11:30 a.m.

Strong Start Calendars: Please find the Strong Start calendars for our district for February at: www.earlylearning.prn.bc.ca.  This link provides lots of information for families with children 0-5 years old.  Daddy and Me Gym night will be held on Wednesday, February 8th from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Robert Ogilvie.  This is a great opportunity for young children to spend some quality time with their daddy.  Please contact the Strong Start co-coordinators for further information.

Paul Hann cd’s are still available at the office.  They are $10.00 each.

Kindergarten Registrations:  Families with children who will be five years old prior to December 31st, 2012, are able to register their child for kindergarten.  Registrations are now open.  Please feel free to come and resister at your earliest convenience.  Please bring your child’s birth certificate and immunization records.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Kathy Scheck                                                    Mr. Karl Peterson

Principal                                                                     Vice Principal

Robert Ogilvie Elementary                                       Robert Ogilvie Elementary

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Robert Ogilvie Monthly Calendar of Events

February 2012

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

30th 31st Assembly @ 9 a.m. 1 2PAC hot lunch orders due 3
6Assembly

9:00 a.m.

presentation on Rachel Scott @ respect video

Ready, Set, Learn @ 10:15 a.m. in the library

7Miss Yates’ class swim lessons 1:00-1:45

Begin

8Dianna David

Cultural Event @ 9:00 a.m.

Daddy & Me gym night

6:00-7:30 p.m.

Destination Conservation 8:45-11:45 (Students in Environmental Club)

9101 Dalmatians Play @ 10:00 a.m. @ Cultural Center

(FH, TS, WF)

10
13Ready, Set, Learn @ 10:15 a.m. in the library 14Jump Rope for Heart

Floats in the canteen

15School meal  program menus due back 16Miss Yates’s class swim lessons end

1:00-1:45

Science Fair all day

17 NID

School Closed

20Assembly

Grade 6 rap on respect/bullying

Ready, Set, Learn @ 10:15 a.m. in the library

21 22 23Totem

pre-school visits

24Totem

pre-school visits

Tentative Cabin Fever Day

27Ready, Set, Learn @ 10:15 a.m. in the library 28 29Pink Shirt Day

Assembly @ 9 am – Chain reaction  activity (Ms. Prontack)–

-flash mob video

March 1 March 2Boys A – Basketball Tournament @ NPSS after school.

Girls A – Play Saturday, March 3 @ NPSS

January 2012 Newsletter

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome back and Happy New Year!  It doesn’t feel like we are in the middle of winter and just coming back from Christmas holiday as it looks so much more like spring out there.  The students and staff are all excited to be back at school and I have seen lots of enthusiasm for learning.  The months ahead should be exciting and busy.  Please find the latest information and calendar attached.

Family Gym Night:  We would like to begin the family gym night commencing on Wednesday, January 18th from 5:00-6:00 p.m.  We are looking for parents to help facilitate and plan this gym night.  It would mean a weekly or bi-weekly commitment until March 21st.  If you are interested, please drop by or call the office.  All help is appreciated.  We would like to have an organizational meeting prior to the start up of this activity.  We encourage as many families as possible to get involved.

Paul Hann:  We would like to take this opportunity to thank the P.A.C. for sponsoring Paul Hann with the school and to all for assisting in the fundraiser to bring Paul here.  Paul has professionally recorded the songs he wrote with our students.  We have the ability to burn the CD, along with the recordings from his last visit, on to a disc.  They are available at the office for $10.00.  If you would like to purchase the recording, please fill in the form attached at the bottom of the newsletter and return it to the office (attention:  Mrs. Scheck).

School Changes:  Thank you to our custodians for the excellent job that they did in getting our school in top shape for our second term.  The floors look lovely!  Thank you to maintenance for giving our gym floor a new coat of varnish and for providing updates to the library.  These staff members were very busy over the break and we love how everything looks.  Please help our school stay clean by removing outside footwear upon entering the building.

Parking:  Parking continues to be a problem at the school front parking lot.  Please be reminded that we need to keep a lane free in case of emergency.  Many people are blocking the front driveway and this is making it extremely difficult for vehicles to leave safely.  We would appreciate it also if vehicles were not left idling.  The classes on the west side of the school breathe in the vehicle fumes and this has created a problem for staff and students.  Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

 

Basketball:  We are very lucky to have enough volunteers to run three basketball teams.  Mr. Peterson, Mr. Flury and Mr. Pengelly will be coaching.  There will be a grade 4/5 boys’ team, a grade 5/6 boys’ team and a girls’ team.  Thank you to the volunteers who work with these students.  The games will commence the week of January 16th.  Badminton season will begin shortly.  Any parents who would like to volunteer for this sport can contact Mrs. Scheck.

Environmental Club:  The Environmental Club has been very busy with recycling activities already this year.  They would like to congratulate the primary classes for reducing their waste materials the most in December.  They would also like to congratulate Rylan Utz, Grade 4 student at Robert Ogilvie School for winning the Creative Communication publishing contest.  His entry, called “Taking Care of Nature” will serve as the mission statement for the Environmental Club.

Taking Care of Nature

When you take care of nature you take care of the world. For example, when you put trash in the garbage you can save the earth.  You can also save wildlife.  From the birds in the sky to the fish in the seas, they are all perfect.  There are lots of ways to help nature.  And best of all, you’re a part of nature!  Author:  Rylan Utz

Kindergarten Registrations:  Families with children who will be five years old prior to December 31st, 2012, are able to register their child for kindergarten.  Registrations are now open.  Please feel free to come and resister at your earliest convenience.  Please bring your child’s birth certificate and immunization records.

Playground Update:  Thank you to the Anderson family for installing the new swings.  The students are grateful and are really enjoying all the new swings.

 

School Meals:  The February menu will be coming home this week.  Please return the menu by Thursday, January 12th.  We welcome Brandi Towns as the new school meals/canteen worker.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Kathy Scheck                                                  Mr. Karl Peterson

Principal                                                                     Vice Principal

Robert Ogilvie Elementary                                     Robert Ogilvie Elementary

Robert Ogilvie Elementary School

January 2012

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

9 10

PAC Meeting @ 7:00 p.m.1112

Annie – musical

(Mr. Davies and Ms. Yates classes)

10:00-12:20

Return School meals menus13

Annie – musical

(Mr. Halliday, Ms. Prontack, Mrs. Gauthier, and Mrs.  Lee) 10:00-12:2016

Assembly 9 a.m.1718

Tentative start for: RO Gym night 5:00-6:00 p.m.

(volunteers necessary)1920

Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion presentation @ 1:00 p.m.2324

Mr. Davies class swimming lessons

1:00-1:45 p.m.25

Mr. Davies class swimming lessons

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Mr. Davies class swimming lessons

1:00-1:45 p.m.2730

Non-instructional Day School closed31

Mr. Davies class swimming lessons

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November newsletter

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to a cold and frosty week!  We are sending a newsletter early as December is a short but busy month.  Please find updates and date changes on the attached calendar.

 

Paul Hann: We are looking forward to Paul Hann’s arrival at Robert Ogilvie on December 5th.  Paul is a children’s recording artist who lives in Victoria and visits school districts across the country through a residency program.  Paul will be working with our classes to write songs and sing with the students.  The students will be performing with Paul on Friday, December 9th at 1:00 p.m.  This performance will replace a traditional Christmas concert.  Please come and join us for this wonderful, musical experience.  You can learn no more about Paul at his website:  http://www.paulhann.com/.  We hope that many of you can attend our concert.

Dieleman Fundraising Orders:  Thank you to all families who have participated in this fundraiser.  Please return your ordering forms by Friday, November 25th.  We are planning to send the order out on Monday, November 28th to ensure that items will arrive before Christmas holidays.  The funds generated from this fundraiser will be used to support our school!

Inclement Weather: Just a reminder that the school doors are open around 8:00 a.m. and students may come inside when the weather is bad.  We have a number of students without inside shoes.  Please remember that inside shoes are necessary for safety reasons, particularly if for some reason we have to vacate the building without notice.  We would appreciate all visitors to the school to take off their outside footwear.  This keeps our hallways dry and ensures that students do not fall in the melted water.  The students will be outside, weather permitting – our guideline for inside days is a temperature of -18 (with or without wind chill).  Students should come prepared to go outside daily.

Volleyball Season: Thank you to Mrs. Dressler, Mrs. McCracken and Mr. Peterson for coaching our boys and girls in volleyball this season. The tournaments are running on Thursday, November 24th (boys) and Friday, November 25th (girls) at North Peace Secondary School.  Games start around 3:30 p.m. in a double knock out format.  Boys need to arrive by 3:15 p.m. and the girls by 3:30 p.m.  Come and cheer on our teams.  It should be a great evening of volleyball.  If you are interested in coaching basketball in January, please contact Mr. Peterson.

 

Student Leadership Club: Student leadership started two weeks ago and we have a very enthusiastic group of students.  We meet on Thursday at lunch time.  Students have been selling raffle tickets on a Christmas basket for .25 each.  These tickets will be available until December 9th.  All proceeds from ticket sales will go towards sponsoring children in our community in some way.  The students will also be selling candy cane/candy-grams starting November 30th.  They will also be planning some spirit days for students.  Please look for updates in future newsletters.

Report Cards:  Report cards will be sent home on Tuesday, November 29th.  Due to current job action, there will not be teacher comments or marks included in this report card.  However, attendance and any reports on courses taught by administrators will be included.  Please note that teachers will be available on Wednesday, November 30th (1:36-2:36 p.m.), Thursday, December 1st (1:36-2:36 p.m.) and Friday, December 2nd (8:45-2:45 p.m.) to meet informally with parents regarding your child’s progress.  I have attached a copy of the Superintendent’s letter dated November 10th, 2011 for your convenience.

Operation Christmas Child:  This collection has been extended until Thursday, November 24th.  If you would like to donate items, please drop them off at the office.

Early Learning Calendars:  The new Strong Start calendars can be found at: www.earlylearning.prn.bc.ca.  A few events to pass along are:

Daddy and Me Free Skate: Saturday, December 3rd 11:00-12:00 noon

Daddy and Me Gym Night: Wednesday, December 14th 6:00-7:30 p.m. (RO)

Stuffed Animal Sleep Over: Friday, December 9th at the Public Library

More information on these events can be found at the early learning link above.

Christmas Carols: Do you know anyone who can play the piano and would love to donate some time to play Christmas carols for our school?  Please contact the office if you or anyone you know would like to help with this during the last week of school.  It is something that the students enjoy and helps to create a Christmas atmosphere during the final week of school.

Pro-D Day:  There are some special events and activities planned around Fort St. John for the pro-d day held on Friday, December 2nd.

  • A Very Merry Muppet Christmas – sponsored by Investors Group of Fort St. John at the Aurora Theatre – entrance is a donation of non-perishable food items for the food bank.  The doors open at 12:00 noon with the movie beginning at 1:00 p.m.
  • Jingle Bell Rock Swim – held at the swimming pool – 12:00-3:00 p.m. – regular admission to enter this event
  • Public Skating: – held at the Pomeroy Sports Center – 12:00-1:30 p.m.  – regular admission to attend this event –helmets are available free of charge
  • Stuffed Animal Sleepover – held at the FSJ Public Library – drop your stuffed animal off by 9:00 p.m. and pick up is Saturday, December 3rd at 9:00 a.m. – the stuffies will help the librarians decorate the library for Christmas – a slide show will be shown on Saturday morning of the sleepover adventures!  Sounds like a lot of fun J

Congratulations to Mrs. Marina Mills, a student teacher at our school, who has completed her final practicum with Mrs. DeGroot.  Best of luck in your future career!  We are so proud of your accomplishments and time at our school!

P.A.C. Update: The P.A.C. meeting for December is cancelled.  The Tupperware fundraising orders are due in on November 25th.  Please return these orders to the P.A.C. drop off container at the office on or before November 25th.   Thank you also to all parents who helped with the bazaar and canteen on November 19th.  This was a great fundraiser with proceeds going towards phase three of the playground.

Santa Claus Parade: The Santa Claus Parade has been re-scheduled for Friday, November 25th at 6:00 p.m.  Festivities will continue at Centennial Park at 7:00 p.m. with the annual Christmas tree light up, entertainment, bonfire, hot dogs and hot chocolate.  The parades starts at the Elks Sunset Home and runs south on 100th Street to the North Peace Arena. It is sure to be an enjoyable evening for all.

It is amazing how quickly the school year has gone by.  There are only five weeks until the Christmas break!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Kathy Scheck – Principal

Mr. Karl Peterson – Vice Principal

Robert Ogilvie Elementary

Calendar of Events

Robert Ogilvie Elementary School

November and December

Monday                       Tuesday                      Wednesday      Thursday                  Friday

21 22 23 24 25

Fundraisers due J

Santa Claus Parade @ 6:00 p.m.28

Assembly @ 9:00 a.m.

Report Cards go home2930

Early Dismissal Day for reporting to parents – dismissal @ 1:36 p.m.December 1

Early Dismissal Day for reporting to parents – dismissal @ 1:36 p.m.2

School Closed for reporting day

8:45-2:45 p.m.5

Paul Hann

Here – residency all week6789

Paul Hann concert @ 1:00 p.m. – parents welcome J12

Assembly @ 9 a.m.

Christmas stories in library @ 9:45-10:15

Christmas Carols

2:00-2:3013

Christmas stories in library @ 9:00-9:30

Christmas Carols

2:00-2:3014

Christmas stories in library @ 9:00-9:30

Christmas Carols 2:00-2:3015

Christmas stories in library @ 9:00-9:3016

Christmas stories in library @ 11:15-11:45

Christmas Carols 2:00-2:30

October Newsletters

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Dear parents and guardians,

Here we are officially in the fall season!  We have been blessed with beautiful weather in September and the outlook for October remains optimistic.   As the weather declines, just a friendly reminder to remind students to dress appropriately for the weather.  Students will remain outside before school, at recess and lunch until the weather cools down.  This newsletter will be a combined effort between the school, P.A.C. and the Environmental Club to keep you informed of the many activities that are occurring at the school.  We trust that the students are settling down nicely in to their classrooms and are looking forward to another productive month.

Recycled Book Fair: Thank you for all the students, staff and parents who supported our recycle book fair.  We have done an extensive weeding of the library collection and will use the funds raised from this book fair to purchase new materials for the library.  Thanks to your support, we raised $220.00 for new books.

Scholastic Book Fair:  The Scholastic Book Fair materials have arrived and the library will be sponsoring a book fair from Monday, October 17th until Monday, October 24th.  Students will have a chance to view books and materials, along with family members, beginning October 17th.  Please feel free to drop by and look at the book fair during that week.  This is an excellent opportunity for parents and relatives to purchase materials for Christmas and celebrations.  The books are of good quality and it will be a very current selection.  We will order additional copies should we run out of the most popular titles.  The library would like to be open before school, at recess, lunch and after school for purchases.  If you are able to assist with this, please contact Mrs. Scheck through the office.  All proceeds from the book fair will go towards purchasing materials to use in classrooms and also titles for the library.  We thank you for your support in this fall book fair.

School Photos: Mountain West Studios will be here on Thursday, October 6th to take student portraits.  Students are reminded not to wear green or solid white on photo day as these colours do not lend themselves to a great picture.  Once the portraits are developed, students will receive colour proofs to take home.  Stop by the library if you would like your toddlers pictures taken as the photographer may have extra time slots.

Fire Safety Week:  The Fort St. John Fire Department will be promoting Fire Safety Week throughout the schools and the city.  This event takes place October 10th-14th.  We will have one scheduled fire drill and one un-scheduled fire drill that week.  The grade 3 students will also be involved in a Fire Prevention Workshop with the FSJ Fire Department on Friday, October 14th.  This will provide the students with many opportunities to discuss safety and fire prevention.  Please join us if you would like to see this presentation.  The presentation will be held in the library from 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Upcoming Dates to remember:

Monday, October 10th ~ School closed for Thanksgiving Day

Friday, October 21st ~ School closed for a professional development day

Friday, November 11th ~ School closed for Remembrance Day

Thank you to all parents for returning the variety of forms that have gone home this month.  If you have not sent back the verification forms, please do so at your earliest convenience.  Your child also brought home a School District 60 User Agreement form for computers.  These must be completed as soon as possible as students are not able to access computers without this form being completed.  Thank you to families who have paid for their school fees.

Inter-School Bowling League: Robert Ogilvie students have an opportunity to join the inter-school bowling league which runs from October 26th –January 26th.  This league operates on Wednesday and Thursdays.  Teams of 5 students can be entered.  We are looking for a bowling coach to sponsor this activity.  If we have a coach volunteer for the league (or one for each team would be better), we will submit teams in to the league.  Please contact Mrs. Scheck or Mr. Peterson if you are able to volunteer for this league.  A criminal records check will need to be completed for coaches who do not currently have one.

 

Supervision of Plagyground: There have been a few concerns regarding supervision on the playground while phase one of job action is happening.  Please be advised that the playground is being adequately supervised throughout the day.  Please see the message below that was posted on School District 60 website in regards to supervision:

Phase 1 of the teachers strike has been described by the BCTF as a “teach only” action. As such it is understood that schools will be open and measures will be in place to assure student safety. Teachers will be in their classrooms, performing all of the duties they feel relate directly to teaching children……………. Measures will be in place to ensure student safety both in the classroom and on the playgrounds. Attendance will be taken and transmitted to the office. Playground supervision schedules have been established, with administrators and exempt staff carrying the majority of the assignments. (www.prn.bc.ca)

We are fortunate to have Mr. Jarrod Bell, Principal of Technology joining Mr. Peterson and I to cover supervision in the morning and at recess time.  The school continues to have three paid lunch period monitors, along with Mrs. Peterson and me, to supervise students at lunch time.  We hope that this alleviates concern regarding playground supervision.  Please direct any concerns you may have about supervision to the office.  Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

Strong Start/WOW Bus October Calendars: can be found at www.earlylearning.prn.bc.ca .  These calendars are also posted at all entrances of the school.  If you have children from 0-5 years old, please stop in and have a visit with the Strong Start Staff.  This is a wonderful opportunity for all children in our district to participate in.

Soccer: A big thank you to Mr. Peterson and Mr. Merwin for coaching the soccer teams this year and for taking the teams to the tournament.  It was a great and enjoyable day for the students to participate in.  Any parents wishing to volunteer for a community coach in the upcoming season of volleyball please contact Mr. Peterson.

On behalf of the staff at Robert Ogilvie Elementary School, we wish to thank you for your support in your child’s education.  We appreciate all the assistance in classrooms, the canteen, during noisy reading, volunteer time spent involved in P.A.C. and the Environmental Club.   Your assistance is greatly appreciated and encouraged.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Kathy Scheck                                        Mr. Karl Peterson

Principal                                                         Vice Principal

Robert Ogilvie School                                  Robert Ogilvie School

Calendar of Events

2011-2012

Robert Ogilvie Elementary School

October 2011

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

3Assembly 9 a.m.Last day for recycled book fair 4 5 6Fire Drill @ 2 p.m.School Picture Day

PAC food orders due

7
10Thanksgiving DaySchool closed 11 12Fire Drill @ 11 a.m.Subway Day 13 14Fire safety presentation in the library for grade 2/3, 3 and ¾ @1:00-2:30 p.m. in the library
17Scholastic Book Fair –viewing and purchasing all weekSpaghetti Day 18Magic Show4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. 19 20Read and Feed afternoon 21Non-Instructional Day School closed
24 25 26Pizza Day 27 28Chicken Noodle Vegetable Soup Day
31Happy Halloween

Return this portion of the newsletter by Monday, October 17th to be entered in a prize draw.

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Robert Ogilvie PAC NEWS

Thank you to our parents who came to the September PAC meeting ~ it was great to see you there.  The following parents are now our PAC Executive for the

2011-2012 year:
President: Bonnie Anderson

Vice President: Amy Plemel

Treasurer: Lynnett Rotlisberger

Secretary:  Brandy Utz

DPAC Rep: Jerri-Lynn Peterson

Gaming Applications Chair: Logan Fischer

Fundraising Chair: Breann Bucholz & Jennifer Merwin

Garden Club Chaiperson: Brandy MacDonald
We have lots of exciting things happening this year!  Thank you to all who will be contributing and already have contributed to our PAC this year!

Thank you for your support in the PAC hot lunch fundraiser as this money is going towards our playground updates!  The playground has had additions to it with the igloo and the curly slide.  The students seem to be having lots of fun on the equipment which is great to see!  More swings will be hanging soon as we get our gravel.  This month we are combining all of the hot lunches on one order form so the dates are as follows:

Subway: October 12th

Spaghetti and Meat Sauce: October 17th

Pizza Day: October 26th

Chicken Noodle Vegetable Soup: October 28th.

We are also now offering gluten-free option so if you have a child that needs to be gluten free you can now order some of the lunches for them as there is a place on our order form for this.  Please have all the orders in by the morning of Thursday, October 6th.
As you probably know there is going to be a fundraising magic show that we are hosting at the Lido Theatre on Tuesday, October 18th!  There will be two shows: one at 4:00 p.m. and one at 8:00 p.m.  Advance tickets are priced at $10.00 and the tickets at the door will be $15.00.  We will be selling these tickets in many different ways: the pre-order form sent home, advance tickets at the Lido Theatre and at the Visitor Information Center or you can email us at robertogilviepac@gmail.com.  Also we will be having parents selling tickets at the school on Tuesday, October 4th and Thursday, October 6th from 2:30 – 3:30 and Tuesday, October 11th and Thursday, October 13th from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.  The last day tickets will be available at the school is Monday, October 17th from 2:30-3:30 p.m.  We will be selling the tickets at the primary doors as well as in the office hallway.  If you pay by check, please make the check out to Robert Ogilvie PAC.

We are also looking for donations of new items for our draws at the shows!  We are doing up some baskets so if there is anyone who would be willing to donate baskets, items or funds for these please email us robertogilviepac@gmail.com or talk to any one of our PAC parents or the office and they will get you in touch with one of us.  We are doing up two each of the following baskets:  coffee/tea/hot chocolate basket, soaps/lotions/spa basket, kids basket of indoor activities, chocolates/nuts/snacks basket.  If you can contribute to these themes, it would be greatly appreciated.

Our next PAC meeting is being held at the Library on Tuesday, October 11th at 7:00 p.m. Thank you to all of the parents that were at the last PAC meeting.  We look forward to seeing you there again.  If you haven’t attended, please join us!

Bonnie Anderson

Robert Ogilvie PAC President   2011-2012

RO Garden Club

This is the 3rd year that our Garden club has been running and we are pleased to say that our garden has produced some vegetables, some wonderful flowers along with some herbs. The Garden club hired a student to look after our garden over the summer. She did a wonderful job and kept things looking great.

For anyone who bought our Caesar salad this past month we were able to use some of our own lettuce in that salad. This was one of our goals early on and although we were not able to use all our own lettuce it is a great start. We also had a student contribution of lettuce to our Caesar salad. Mason MacDonald grew his own lettuce at home and had a bumper crop that he donated to the school and that was topped up with lettuce from Safeway to have enough to fill our orders for the salad. Thanks Mason and the Anderson Family for all your gardening help.

Anyone interested in being a part of the club or if you have ideas that you would like to share please email bmacdonald@prn.bc.ca Please take a peek out in the front of the school and check out what is growing.

RO Environmental Club

This is a new club this year that is open to all students, parents and teachers. Our goal is to educate the students on how to care for our environment. One way is to Recycle. RO has already been actively recycling juice boxes, paper and cardboard along with ink cartridges.  The school also collected compost all last year. We are going to be starting a full recycling program at the school in the next few weeks. There were 25 students that attended our first meeting on Wednesday, September 28th! We talked about the different items that our school can recycle.  Some of them included: paper, plastic, tin (tinfoil), glass, cardboard, box board and compost.  The Environmental club students will be the ones that are going to be collecting the recycling on a regular basis. Two of our classes are going to have compost worm bins!

Some of your children who attended the first meeting may have brought home a TD Friends of the Environment and Earth Day “Art” contest registration form. This is a contest where the student must draw a picture of’ “My favourite part of nature”.   It can be anything in nature. Please have these pictures attached to the registration form and handed into their teacher by Wednesday, October 12th in order to be entered into the contest.  Students will have a chance to have their artwork featured on TD Friends of the Environment Foundation’s reusable bag plus a $7500 environmental grant for their school or in the 2012-13 EcoKids calendar and more! So let’s get drawing!!! If you need another form or are interested in helping with the club please email bmacdonald@prn.bc.ca.

The last three days September 27th, September 28th and September 29th, we have been collecting all the garbage in the school and weighing it. Thank you to our Custodians for their support.  We will have the results at the assembly on Monday, October 3rd.  Our reason for doing this is to find out how much of an impact we can have on the amount of waste that goes out of our school as compared to the number of items that can be recycled.  After we incorporate a full recycling program and do another 3 day weigh in at the end of November,  we will hope to find less waste than in September and we could use that information to enter our school into a Contest sponsored by Staples. The grand prize is a $25, 000.00 computer lab!

Please check out our bulletin board near the office for information on the club and environmental news.

Thank you to Mrs.Vaskic for helping get the students motivated in recycling in June of last year. We appreciate her support and look forward to working along side her, the custodians and the rest of our school community while we make RO an even Greener School!