April 2013 Newsletter

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to spring weather!  It is nice to see the extended sunshine and warmer temperatures finally arrive!  With the spring weather, we are seeing an increase in wet children at the office and lots of mud being tracked in to the school.  It may be a good idea for primary students to bring an extra change of clothes in their backpack just in case of an accident.  The ice is slippery underneath the puddles and many students are slipping, falling and getting soaked.  We would like to remind all visitors to the school to please take off your outdoor shoes/boots and place them on a boot rack to ensure that our hallways remain dry and mud free.  Adults who wish to keep their boots are asked to put on the blue booties over their outside shoes to assist us in keeping the hallways clean and safe. Thank you for your cooperation.

Science Fair:  Thank you to Mrs. DeGroot for planning the school science fair and taking ten of our students to the Regional Science Fair held last week.  This was a wonderful opportunity for our students to participate at the regional level with students from Dawson Creek and Fort Nelson.  We would like to congratulate all of our students for their wonderful projects and for how well they did. Gold medals were presented to Jayden Forster and Joshua Anderson, silver medals to Luke Zwaryck, Jayden Bueckert, Rebekah Anderson, Andrew Pearson, Jordyn Forster and Kelsey Davis, and bronze medals to Lillianna Green and Ashtyn Palmer.  Joshua Anderson was also the recipient of the BC Hydro Power Smart Award of $100.00 for creatively demonstrating conservation of energy.  Congratulations to all of our Science Fair Award winners!

Earth Day: Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22nd.  We would like to challenge students and families to participate in the district “Earth Day Scavenger Hunt”.  The link to this can be found (for those who have computer access) at:

http://www.prn.bc.ca/wp-content/2843_001.pdf.  This challenge has gone out to all schools in our district and we encourage individual students and families to participate.  All challenges returned will earn house team points for the students along with 100 points for the parents.  Thank you for the Environmental Club for their presentation on recycling and Earth Day at the assembly today and to Mr. Bell for coming to discuss N.E.A.T. with us.  There will be representatives from N.E.A.T. in the school this week to discuss recycling with the students.

“Something To Tweet About”:  Robert Ogilvie Elementary will be hosting a reading contest for the months of April and May to coincide with the “Canadian Children’s Book Week” celebrated nationally May 4th–11th.  All students are encouraged to participate in this contest.  Reading contest sheets were sent out on April 4th.  If parents would like to participate, extra forms are available at the office.  We encourage all Robert Ogilvie families to “Read and “Tweet”.      

Registrations 2013-2014:  We are currently accepting kindergarten registrations for 2013-2014.  Please remember that registrations are needed as soon as possible to assist us in planning for staffing next year.  We would also appreciate knowing if your family is planning to move out of town or within town and as such not be attending our school next year.  Families currently on variances will need to put in variance requests as per board policy.  If you need a variance form or a copy of the board policy, please contact the office at your earliest convenience.

One Day Without Shoes:  Ms. Prontack’s class would like to promote Tuesday, April 16th as “One Day Without Shoes”.  You can find out more about this day at: http://www.onedaywithoutshoes.com/learn-more.  This event is to help build awareness of how many children in the world go without shoes and what the ramifications of being “shoeless” are.  Student may participate by wearing socks at school on Tuesday for inside time and proper footwear for recess and lunch.

Ready, Set, Learn:  On Saturday, May 4th from 6:00-7:00 p.m., parents with 3 and 4 year olds are invited to come to a special event called Ready, Set, Learn.  This is a one-hour session for parents and their pre-school children to come to our school to learn about opportunities for your children to learn before coming to school.   Our staff will be on site to lead your children through different parts of the school day such as: gym, library, craft time and stories.  This is an open session to any parents in Fort St. John so bring along a friend.  Please pre-register by calling the school so we can plan for the number accordingly.  The session will begin in the kindergarten room and families can enter the school through the front door or kindergarten door.

We would like to remind all families that students waiting for rides after school need to stay in the designated areas for pick up. There are many students who are waiting for rides that are wandering around inside the school, going in to many classrooms.  For safety reasons, we ask that all students either wait in the mudroom or on the playground to ensure proper supervision.


Mrs. Kathy Scheck                Principal

Mr. Karl Peterson                  Vice Principal

Robert Ogilvie Elementary