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Message from the PrincipalI


February is upon us and Term 1  Report Cards will be sent home on Friday, February 24th.  Remember that if you wish to speak to your child’s teacher about how your child is progressing you may contact the school at any time to set up an appointment.
We have  obviously been working through a difficult time here, with sudden loss of Kayleigh Shannon, beloved daughter of our longtime teachers, Dean and Clare Shannon.  We want to thank everyone in the community for their support as we work to move forward.  Thanks to both Erin Phillips and Rebecca Matthews-Horton for filling in admirably in the Shannon’s absence.  Also thanks to Mrs. Wilkin for jumping in to take on the Instrumental Music portion of Mr. Shannon’s teaching assignment.  Our deepest sympathy to Clare and Dean during this very difficult time.  All our hearts are with them.  Please see the attached Parent Council Newsletter for information on how to show your support.
As stated in their newsletter, the Music Night that had been scheduled for February 27th has been postponed and will likely take place later in March.  An official announcement will follow shortly.
The “remind” app mentioned in January’s newsletter has attracted 39 members .  I would love to see more families join as this provides for quick communication when situations arise.  Please see the reposted information below and consider signing up if you have not already.
With math being a big focus in the province and in Bluewater, I thought it would be good to share the following from the Inspiring Your Child to Learn and Love Math publication from CODE (Council of Ontario Directors of Education).  “Parent engagement  matters.  Study after study has shown us that student achievement improves when parents play an active role in their child’s education, and that good schools become even better schools when parents are involved…”     (Ministry of Education, “Parent Engagement”)  So how do you get involved in your child’s math education?  Well, one of the best ways is to show them how math is used in daily life.
For example, with young children, “use math words and concepts at home as you measure ingredients for cooking and baking (cups, double),...  make a family schedule (days, weeks, hours).  Go for walks and look for different shapes around the neighbourhood (e.g. stop signs, paving stones…)”  Count things with them and make math playful (How many cows do you see?  Let’s count the blue cars we see!)  “Encourage play with measuring cups and rulers to stimulate interest in mathematical and scientific concepts.  Take your child to the grocery store and talk about quantity and cost.  
Remember that young children are “curious, creative, and imaginative.”  Anything you can do with them to help them understand the “connections between school math and the world around them (snowflakes are made of geometric shapes and have symmetry) will help them to develop an understanding that math is everywhere and happens everyday all around us and not just in school.

If you'd like to make a donation as tribute to Kayleigh Shannon go to bit.do/kayleighshannon and specify that you the fund allocation should go to the Prosthetics and Orthotics Department.



















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