Newsletter-Dec. 1, 2017

Upcoming Events

Mon., Dec 4 – Fri. Dec. 8 Hamper Drive

Thu., Dec 7—Fri. Dec. 8 Lice Check

Tue. Dec 12 Report Cards sent home

Wed. Dec 13 PJ Day

Thu. Dec 14 Parent/Teacher Interviews

Fri. Dec 22 School Sing Along

December 25—January 5 Winter Break

Mon., Jan 8 School Re-opens

Hot Lunch Dates: Friday, Dec. 1, 15

Popcorn Dates: Wednesday Dec. 6

School Items

Grade 7 Band Concert & Holiday Sing Along-Although our annual school concert is scheduled for late spring this year, we have not forgotten about the holiday season! Please feel free to join us on Friday, Dec. 22 (9:00 am) for our Grade 7 band concert and school sing-along (led by our Intermediate Choir)!

Communicating Student Learning-As has been the case in the Surrey School District for the past couple of years, teachers have the option of formally communicating student learning/progress through a paper-based report (PDF Template) or through an online option called Freshgrade. Although most subject areas will be reported on once during the school year and once at the end of the year, Language Arts and Mathematics will be commented on at least once per term. Term #1 comments will be shared with you on, or before, Tuesday, Dec. 12. For more information regarding Communicating Student Learning in Surrey, please go to the following web-site: http://www.sd36csl.com

Parent-Teacher Conferences-Parents wishing to discuss their child’s progress in school are always welcome to contact the teacher to arrange a meeting for this purpose, and many have already done so this term. However, if you have spe-cific questions regarding your child’s progress that have not already been ad-dressed, a limited number of timeslots (15 minutes at a time) will be available for parent-teacher conferencing on Thursday, Dec. 14th (2:45-4:45; 5:15-7:00 pm). Parents can contact the school office directly, beginning Monday, Dec. 11, to book an appointment. **Just a note that this day is NOT an early dismissal day.

Field Trips and Parent Volunteers-We are very fortunate to have so many parents and grandparents who are able to volunteer their time in the school. Without you, so much of what is offered at Martha Currie would not be possible, and we are very grateful for the help that you provide! (We also understand and respect the fact many parents are unable to volunteer during the school day due to work obligations, etc.) With respect to field trips, we are most appreciative when all participants (students and adults) follow the guidelines and policies that the educator-in-charge (ie., the teacher) may establish for a particular trip. At this time of year, many of our clas-ses are participating in ice skating field trips, which are different from public skating sessions that a family might enjoy outside of school hours. For these trips, not only are students developing their skating skills, but they are also learning to make safe choices when participating in a physical activity. As such, we require all adults to act as role models to the students by wearing a helmet while on the ice. Also, for safety reasons, we are unable to permit other children (eg., pre-school siblings, etc.) to be on the ice during our skating field trips. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!

 

Martha Currie PAC Connect

Monthly updates from your Martha Currie Parent Advisory Council

Grade 7 Committee Communication – Reminder to ALL GRADE 7 PARENTS. Please complete the online survey you were sent by your child’s classroom teacher  to be included in the email list which all future grade 7 communication will go through.

Cloverdale and Surrey Christmas Bureau Project – Your child(ren) can bring their unwrapped toy & food donations to their classroom from Dec. 4-8th. Details will be provided in email sent out on Friday, Dec. 1st. Volunteer requests to come.

Lice Check – Lice 911 has been asked to perform lice checks on Dec. 7th and 8th.

Family Movie Night, Arthur Christmas (Wednesday, Dec. 20, from 6:00-8:00pm, in the gym)– Ticket sales: Dec. 4, 5, 6, 7 from 2:30 – 3 ($15 for a 4 pack or $5 each). Details and volunteer request to come.

Hot Lunch Dates: Friday, Dec. 1 and Friday, Dec. 15 Popcorn Date: Wednesday, Dec. 6

Entertainment book fundraiser updates: Since we surpassed our sales goal of 430 books, we will be having a school-wide FREEZIE DAY, to be enjoyed THIS COMING SPRING!

GET SOCIAL WITH YOUR PAC Follow the Martha Currie PAC on Facebook to stay in the know! Announcements + Updates + Reminders + Interaction + Giveaways Hashtag #mcpacconnect when sharing our posts to be entered into the monthly prize draw. As you know, Brenna J., a Naturopathic Doctor (& mom of children attending MC), posts insightful health tips to our Facebook page each Wednesday. YOU have a say in what topics are covered here. Please leave a comment on her posts let-ting her know what you’re interested in learning more about! *Initiative details will be emailed out and posted to our Facebook page so make sure you’re connected!

Martha Currie PAC Website https://marthacurrie.hotlunches.net/admin/ Martha Currie Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/martha.currie.pac/

Our Winter Hot lunch session is now open for ordering! Online ordering will close December 10th at 11:59pm. All pay-ments will be due by December 11th, by 2:30 at the Martha Currie office. Given the size of our school and the magnitude of the orders being processed we would greatly appreciate orders being placed online. If you have not ordered in the past, to set up your account – go to https://marthacurrie.hotlunches.net and register (HOTLUNCH is always the access code). If you ordered by paper earlier this year, we have already set up an account for you. We will be sending you an e mail shortly with your log in details. If you are reluctant to pay online, enter your order online and then pay with cash or a cheque. Popcorn orders can also be done at the same time. This Winter session we are pleased to announce 2 new suppliers – White Spot and Montana’s will be available this session as a trial. Please note that you will no longer be able to sign up for Hot Lunch volunteering through your lunch order. A email will be sent out on Wednesday from our PAC Volunteer Coordinator detailing the new sign up system.

UPCOMING EVENTS FOR NOVEMBER

 

 Oct. 30-Nov. 2                      “Scare Away Hunger…for the SPCA!”

Next week, with Halloween coming up, some students (and teachers), would like to help out our four legged friends (or however many legs they have!)!!  Students can bring in canned dog or cat food, dry food, animal treats or money donations.  We will be collecting all week. Thanks!

Tuesday, Oct. 31                 Primary Halloween Costume Parade (1:45 pm)

Parents and other family members are welcome to attend. Note: Students at all grade levels are permitted to wear costumes suitable to an elementary school setting. Please remember no masks or “weapon-like” items. Face painting is permitted.

Wednesday, Nov. 1             Individual Photo Retakes

Thursday, Nov. 2                 Hot Lunch

Friday, Nov. 3                       Non-Instructional Day  (Classes not in session for students.)

Thursday, Nov. 9                 Remembrance Day Assembly (10:40 am) (Parents and other family members are welcome to attend.)

 Friday, Nov. 10                     Non-Instructional Day (Ministry of Education Designated-Classes not is session for students.)

Monday, Nov. 13                  Remembrance Day Statutory Holiday (Schools closed.)

Wednesday, Nov. 15           Martha Currie Spirit Day (Wear your Martha Currie colours (Burgandy and Grey) to show your school spirit!)

 Friday, Nov. 17                     Hot Lunch

Tuesday, Nov. 21                 PAC Meeting (7:00 pm)

Thursday, Nov. 30               Moustache School Spirit Day (Come to school wearing your most creative moustache design!)

NEWSLETTER #1-SEPT. 15, 2017

Upcoming Events

Thursday, Sept. 21             Individual Student Photos

Monday, Sept. 25               Non-Instructional Day (Classes not in session)

Thursday, Sept. 28             Meet the Teacher Evening (6:00-7:00 pm)

Friday, Sept. 29                   Terry Fox Run (1:00 pm)

Monday, Oct. 9                    Thanksgiving Monday (School closed)

 

The Year Ahead

Welcome back, everyone! We will be heading into our third week of school on Monday and students are settling nicely into their new classrooms.  This year, for reasons largely outside of the school’s control, we needed to take a little longer than normal to finalize class organizations. Thank you very much for your patience and understanding while we went through this process. The year ahead promises to be a great one, as we have the good fortune to have the staff, volunteers, and facilities to offer a wide range learning opportunities throughout the day.

With regard to information sharing, we try to keep our website and online newsletter as up to date as possible. Additionally, the Martha Currie PAC Executive and the school office staff work together to ensure the distribution of timely and accurate information is available in a variety of formats and to as many school community members as possible.

For the next month or so, our newsletters will be sent home as a paper copy, and will be posted electronically at www.marthacurrie.org and on the school’s website, approximately every two weeks. For those who prefer, paper copies of our newsletters are always available for pick up at the front office.

We hope that between the school website, the online newsletter, and the PAC sources, you will find all the information you want and need.

Have a great year!

Meet the Teacher Night

Our annual Meet the Teacher Night will be held from 6:00-7:00 pm, on Thursday, Sept. 28th. Although dinner options will not be offered this year, some tasty snacks will be available for those attending. More info will follow. See you on the 28th!

Terry Fox Run

Martha Currie’s annual Terry Fox Run through the local neighbourhood will take place this year on Friday, Sept. 29th, at 1:00 pm. Parents and grandparents are welcome to participate and/or volunteer for the event (we always need a few who are willing to act as safety supervisors along the route). So please put on some comfortable shoes and join us for a fun 30 minute run (or, walk, if you prefer)!

A Few Thank You’s

As we start the 2017-2018 school year, we would like thank you in advance for your support of the following:

  • For safety reasons, please remember that the school is only able to provide on-site supervision from 8:20 am until 2:45 pm. Unless your child is participating in a scheduled before or after school activity that is supervised by a Martha Currie staff member, or if they are attending the out of school program, students should not be arriving before 8:20. Everyone is expected to be picked up or otherwise be heading home by 2:45 pm.  Although Martha Currie staff and City of Surrey staff in the out of school care program are usually on site before 8:20 and after 2:45, they have a number of other responsibilities to attend to during those times. Also, depending on the time of day, there may be no adults on site to assist your child if they are experiencing difficulty before or after regular hours. Thank for your respecting this request.
  • As much as many of us love dogs, bringing them on site during the school day can be very problematic. As such, we ask that you refrain from bringing your dog(s) onto school property, especially during drop off and dismissal times. To be fair, this includes any and all breeds, of any and all sizes, whether on a leash or being carried. If you do plan to walk your dog to the school to pick your child at the end of the day, please re-arrange a meeting spot with your child(ren) just off the school grounds. School School District bylaws do not permit dogs on district property, unless for a specific learning purpose and with the prior approval of the principal.
  • We have several individuals at the school with moderate to severe nut allergies. To reduce the risk of a serious and/or life threatening reaction, we ask that everyone refrain from sending nut-based products to school.

Thank you for your help with each of the above!!