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					                                         Stuart Wood Elementary

                                            245 St. Paul Street
                                             Kamloops, BC                      “Working together as a school community
                                                                            in an atmosphere of success and belonging, we
                                             (250) 374-1755              have as our goal the development of each student‟s
                                                                                                 fullest
                                           Principal: Mrs. Carol Robb     potential as a lifelong learner in a changing world”

                                               Website:
                                           www.stuart-wood.sd73.bc.ca




                         OCTOBER 2009 STUART WOOD NEWSLETTER


PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE:
What a fabulous start to the school year we have had at Stuart Wood! Thank you for sending us your
wonderful children to spend each day with. Welcome to the many new families at Stuart Wood as well.
September was a smooth start up! We are holding strong with 5 divisions and 98 students at our school.
The staff and I comment on how the „tone‟ of the school, the climate and the overall „culture‟ is so
positive. Clear expectations, rewards for those that make good choices and consistent consequences for
those that need on-going reminders continue to help make Stuart Wood a safe and positive place to work
and play.
I have been encouraging teachers to send me students who have been making a strong effort with their
penmanship. As a „leftie‟ growing up, it was thought that us lefties had terrible printing….truth be told, I
am a pretty neat printer! Staff and I have decided we would honor those children that are making an
effort with their printing or cursive writing and reward those children that make gains in this area or
consistently make a conscience effort to have legible penmanship. It is possible your child will come
home with a PRINCIPAL PRINTING AWARD. Please celebrate with your child and share how pleased
you are with their quality work and excellent fine motor skills.
Just a reminder that STUDENT PHOTO DAY IS THURSDAY OCT.15th. Please make every effort to
have your child present on this day as we need your child‟s photo for our computer program called
BCeSis.
Also, it is VERY IMPORTANT that the white VERIFICATION FORMS are returned to the office as
soon as possible. These forms give us valuable information about your child that we also need entered
into BCeSis. Accurate phone numbers are critical please for the safety and well being of your son or
daughter.
Thanks again to all staff, students and parents for making September a HUGE SUCCESS at Stuart Wood
Elementary!

WELCOME BACK PIZZA PICNIC AND OPEN HOUSE:
Special thanks to all those families that joined us on September 23rd for the Open House and Welcome
Back Pizza Picnic. It was a huge success and it was wonderful to see the HUGE turn out for this event.
There were over 70 people at the school that night! I look forward to seeing more and more parents in
our building and attending these special events.
Parents, please note, Mrs. Robb will be holding several Parent Morning and Evening events where you
will be encouraged to participate. For example, you will be invited to walk your child to their classroom
and share in our Mug N Muffin Mornings. We hope to start this in November so watch next month‟s
newsletter for dates.
H1N1/HANDWASHING UPDATE:
Staying healthy is in your hands. It's easy for the average Canadian to feel a bit helpless amid the
stream of news reports on pandemic flu. As scientists around the world scramble to develop
vaccines and predict the course of a possible outbreak, it can seem as though the matter is totally
beyond your control. Yet experts say a simple way to reduce your risk is literally in your hands:
good, frequent hand washing is the best way to prevent infectious diseases of all kinds.
Hands spread an estimated 80 percent of common infectious diseases like the common cold and flu. For
example, when you touch a doorknob that has the flu virus on it and then touch your mouth, you can get
sick. But these disease-causing germs slide off easily with good hand washing technique.
Hand washing is easy to learn, cheap and incredibly effective at stopping the spread of disease-causing
germs. Dr. David Butler Jones, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, recommends hand washing as one
of the 12 pain-free ways to a healthier life.

Steps for good hand washing technique
    1.   Remove all rings and wet your hands with warm running water.

    2.   Put a small amount of liquid soap in the palm of one hand. Bar soaps are not as hygienic as liquid soaps because they
         stay moist and attract germs. If a bar soap is the only option it should be stored on a rack so that the bar doesn't sit in
         water.

    3.   Rub your hands together for 20 seconds so you produce lather. Make sure you scrub between your fingers, under
         your fingernails and the backs of your hands.

    4.   Rinse your hands well with clean running water for at least 10 seconds. Try not to handle the faucets once your
         hands are clean. Use a paper towel to turn off the water.

    5.   Dry your hands with a single use paper towel. If you use a hand towel be sure to change it daily. During cold and flu
         season you may want to give each family member his or her own hand towel.

    6.   Use hand lotion to put moisture back into your skin if your hands are dry.

    7.   Model good hand washing technique to your children. Have them sing a song like "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"
         while rubbing their hands together to teach them the amount of time it takes to clean their hands properly.
This is an excerpt from an article posted on the Public Health Agency of Canada Website. For more information go to:
http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/chn-rcs/handwash-eng.php

SPECIAL THANKS TO LEAH FLOR WHO HAS DONATED HER TIME TO GIVE HANDWASHING LESSONS and
BRING THE GLOW LIGHT FOR GERMS THIS FRIDAY OCT.2 at STUART WOOD!

CROSS COUNTRY RUNNING:
Special thanks to Mrs. Piva, Mrs.McDaniel and Mrs. Lewis who have been training with our Cross
Country running team. We have 18 students who are representing Stuart Wood at three District Level
competitions this month. We are very proud of these athletes and the commitment they have made to
making running and cardiovascular endurance their goals for first term.

FRUIT AND VEGGIE PROGRAM:
Thank you to all parents that returned the green permission forms allowing us permission to treat your
child to new and unique fruits and vegetables over the course of the school year. Special thanks to
Shelley Roerslev at Beattie (our meals contractor) who renewed our membership with this program.
Also, special thanks to Alicia (Nissa McDonnell‟s mom) for volunteering to be the Parent contact and
Coordinator for this program for the rest of the year. Thank you, Alicia! All of us thank you very much
in advance!
MEALS PROGRAM
Just a reminder that our HOT LUNCH PROGRAM is available to all families at Stuart Wood
Elementary. Mrs. Shelley Roerslev is the Meals Contractor at Beattie Elementary who prepares our
healthy lunches. We are so fortunate that again this year she will be dividing her time and including
Stuart Wood in her amazing lunch program.
Her menu with prices is always available. Please consider enrolling your child onto the Meals Program.
It is so important that our children have healthy and nutritional lunches so that they can perform to the
best of their ability and have academic success. PLEASE ENSURE YOUR CHILDREN COME WITH
A SNACK and LUNCH every day.

INSIDE FOOTWEAR:
Please start to send your child with footwear (PROPER RUNNING SHOES) to leave at school to
participate in our Daily Physical Activity, P.E. Classes and Intramurals program. Many children arrive
each day wearing less than sensible footwear and as the weather changes we need to remember the
expectation will be that children change their footwear when they arrive at the school. “Inside shoes”
will be kept at the doorway where your child enters for the Fall and Winter season. Please ensure shoes
are also labeled.

NUT AWARE
Just a reminder that we continue to word hard to educate all children and families at Stuart Wood about
life threatening food allergies. Please refrain from sending any PEANUT BUTTER, NUT PRODUCTS
or ITEMS THAT MAY CONTAIN TRACES OF NUTS in your child‟s lunch. Last month a list of ideas
came home to your household describing various lunch and snack ideas, in lieu of sending items with
nuts. Please help us make our school the safest and healthiest place it can be.

WEBSITE AT STUART WOOD ELEMENTARY
THE STUART WOOD WEBSITE is http://stuart-wood.sd73.bc.ca/
It is a wonderful asset to parents! If you have not checked out the website please do so! It is always
updated and has current information on it for parents and students!

S.T.A.R.S CODE OF CONDUCT MATRIX
At Stuart Wood, staff and students continue to SHINE in all that they do. In keeping ourselves aligned
with District Policy to have a CODE OF CONDUCT, Stuart Wood has its own acronym for positive
behaviour: STAR
At Stuart Wood Elementary we are a:
SAFE, TOLERANT, ACCOUNTABLE and RESPECTFUL SCHOOL.

PLEASE ASSIST US AT HOME!

If you follow the STAR MATRIX ideas at home then life at school will be even more successful! I have
attached a copy of the matrix for you to use at home.
The children are becoming more settled with routines in the classroom; however, out on the playground we
are beginning to see more HANDS ON behaviour and games of CHASE.
Please encourage your child to have a play plan at recess and lunch playing organized games( adventure
playground, a game of soccer, hopscotch, hockey, or on the swings). Also, as we know, some personalities
just don’t ‘click’ during unstructured times. Please also have your child choose playmates that allow your
child to be successful during recess and lunch.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES
Please be aware that your child‟s school fees are now past due. If you have not made arrangements with
Mrs. Comita or Mrs. Aujla regarding these fees, please do so immediately. Being such a small school, it
is imperative we collect these fees as we are not given a budget to cover unpaid fees. Please assist us in
the office, by communicating your intent to pay, either in the next week or by asking for a payment plan
option. Every dollar we do not recover, puts the school at a deficit for its operating budget.

SCHOOL SUPPLY FEES FOR 2009-2010
Kindergarten: $16.00
Mrs. Lewis' Class: $28.00 (folder used)
Mrs. Antoniak's Class: $32.00 ( agenda used)
Grades 4-7 Classes: $47.00 (agenda used)

SCHOOL GOALS FOR 2009-2010
Mrs. Robb is still in need of three parent representatives to sit on the SCHOOL PLANNING COUNCIL to assist her with the
School Improvement Plan for this year. If you are interested in the academics and data collection for Stuart Wood please
contact Mrs. Robb.
GOAL #1
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY/HEALTHY LIVING
Students will learn to make informed choices for their emotional/social and physical health.
GOAL # 2
WRITING
Students will be able to present ideas clearly with a logical, well organized flow using correct conventions and form.
GOAL # 3
MATH
Students will improve their math skills at all grade levels, with an emphasis on basic number operations.
For the 2009-2010 School Year, your students and their teachers will be focused on the WRITING GOAL. Many
interventions, activities and supports will be planned to assist our learners with their quest to be improved and
proficient writers.
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We will be having a FAMILY LETTER WRITING DAY AT STUART WOOD on December 1 at 8:45 am to 10:00.
We hope you can plan in advance and attend school with your child for the morning to participate. More
information to follow in next month’s newsletter.

PAC NEWS
PAC CORNER NEWS:
1. WALMART'S ADOPT A SCHOOL WINNER FOR 2009/2010 IS.....STUART WOOD ELEMENTARY!!!
Thank you Mrs. Robb for your lobby letter last year to help make it happen!!!
2. PAC Bulletin Board is now up in the main hallway- please check it out for
updates/minutes and displays.
3. QSP Fundraiser is here!! Look for the pkgs to come home October 1st!!! There are
some neat incentive prizes this year!!
4.Congrats and welcome to the new executive!!!
Alicia McDonnell/Sangoma Pauline delaRoode- Co-Secretary's Beth Meneely- Treasurer
Heather Loewn/Tania Powell- Co -Vice Chairs Leah Flor- Chairperson 5. Pizza Fridays
will be starting Oct 9,2009. Watch for our new updated menu!!
6. RECONFIGURATION MEETING FOR STUART WOOD- Jan 19/2010 @ 7 pm Henry Grube....please
attend the next meeting for more information!!
7. Calling all Scrapbookers!! Nov 14/09 is Scrapbooking Day...watch for more
information soon. Call Tania at 250-374-2807 for more info.

SYNRE VOICE CALL OUT SYSTEM: NEW TO STUART WOOD
I hope you have found my phone calls to your home informative! It has been an asset to have this phone
call out system. Just to let you all know, I will be training every principal in the district in October on
this technology, so it will become common practice at every school in SD#73.
It is a great way to communicate to all of you and I know Leah Flor and Beth Meneely were even
discussing it at the District Parent Advisory Committee meeting a few weeks back.
SAFE ARRIVAL:
PLEASE REMEMBER TO CALL THE SCHOOL AT 250-374-1755 IF YOUR CHILD IS
GOING TO BE ABSENT or LATE. OUR ADMINISTRATIVE ASSITANTS CHECK
THE ATTENDANCE AND WE BELIEVE IN THE SAFE ARRIVAL PROGRAM. Please
help us by leaving a message on the answering machine if your child is going to be LATE
or ABSENT. If no contact has been made with the school, we will be calling your home in
order to ensure your child made it to our school safely by 8:30am. Please have your child
SIGN IN at the office when they arrive late or are leaving early for an appointment.

PIZZA WITH THE PRINCIPAL WINNERS FOR SEPTEMBER!
Special Congratulations to TANNAH BAYNES (Gr.3 in Mrs. Antoniak‟s Class) and ISAAC
ROBERGE (Gr.5 in Mrs. Piva/Corbet‟s Class) who won September‟s draw for PIZZA WITH THE
PRINCIPAL! Both these students will have lunch with Mrs. Robb on October the 5th.

PARENTING CORNER INFO
OPTIMISM: A Key Ingredient to Happiness
By Jordan Sim, School Psychologist

Optimism is the belief that things will turn out well. It is the expectation that good things will come your way and that you
have the ability to control the direction of your life. When something bad happens, optimistic thinkers believe that what
caused the problem can be fixed and won‟t affect every aspect of their life. On the other hand, pessimistic thinkers believe
that their problems will last forever and will affect every aspect of their lives.

Fortunately, optimistic thinking is a learned skill; which is important because optimism is a significant determinant of
physical and mental health, academic and work success, and overall happiness. In addition, optimistic thinking motivates
people - adults and children - to continue to persist and to work to find solutions, even when situations look bleak. Below are
some activities that encourage optimistic thinking.

Silver Lining Game
The goal of this activity is to find positive meaning in a negative event. Take a situation such as your daughter's or son‟s
soccer team losing a game. S/he is upset and is having a hard time moving on. Write the following phrases on note cards and
ask them to pick a card out of a hat. Read the card with them and work together to answer the question. Change the phrases
below to fit any situation. (Note: it is important that your child doesn't feel like you are trying to talk them out of feeling
badly, so don't do this when your child is very upset.)
 I don't like that we lost the game. We did some things well, though. One thing that the team did well was ___________.
 I wish all our shots had scored. One great shot was ___________.
 I wish I didn't mess up at all. I did do this really well in the game: ___________.
 One thing our team didn't do well today that we can work on is ____________.

Happiness Scavenger Hunt
Create a list of simple items or experiences with your son or daughter that make you and your child laugh, smile, or that bring
a sense of pleasure (petting a puppy, reading newspaper comics, swinging, playing road hockey, etc.). Devote 30 to 60
minutes to a happiness scavenger hunt where you try to find/do several things on the list.

It Felt Meaningful When … List
Ask each person in the family to share times when they felt that they were engaged in something meaningful and talk about
what made it feel that way. Some examples to get things started:
It Felt Meaningful When...
 We raised money for the less fortunate.
 We took 15 minutes to pick up trash at the park.
 We stared up in the sky at a meteor shower.
 We looked at family pictures with a grandparent.
Keep the list in a visible spot so that everyone can see it and add to it. Sit down as a family once in a while to talk about new
meaningful experiences to add to the list and which experience(s) you would like to try.
CALENDAR DATES FOR 2009-2010

October 1: Anti Bullying Day (Wear Pink!)
October 2: PAC Freezie Sale at 2:30 pm
           Hand washing Lessons for all classes
October 5-9: Cool to Be Kind Week
October 5: Pizza with the Principal for Tannah and Isaac
October 6: Primary Classes to Charlotte Diamond Concert 10:30 am
October 7: Early Closure 12:30/ Parent Teacher Interviews
October 8: Early Closure 12:30/ Parent Teacher Interviews
October 9: PAC PIZZA DAY
October 12: Stuart Wood Closed to give Thanks(Happy Thanksgiving)
October 15: Lifetouch Student Photos
October 19: Volleyball League Begins/K-3 Student to Chase Pumpkin Patch
October 23: Provincial Pro D Day( Stuart Wood Closed)
October 29: STAR ASSEMBLY
            HAT DAY @ Stuart Wood! Get in the Spirit!
October 30: PAC MEETING 8:35 am in Staffroom
             PAC PIZZA DAY
November 10: Remembrance Day Assembly
November 11: Stuart Wood Closed to Remember
November 12: Lifetouch Retakes (pm)
November 13: Primarily Music “A Day at the Farm”
               PAC PIZZA DAY
November 14: PAC SCRAPBOOKING EVENT FUNDRAISER
November 18: Young People's Concert: Grindl Kuchirka
November 19: WACKY HAIR DAY @ Stuart Wood
November 20: PAC MEETING 8:35 in Staffroom
November 26: EDGE Program Gr. 6/7
               STAR ASSEMBLY
November 27: PAC PIZZA DAY
December 1: FAMILY LETTER WRITING EVENT 8:45 am
December 3: Early Closure 12:30/ Parent Teacher Interviews
December 4: PAC PIZZA DAY
December 7: School In Service (Stuart Wood Closed)
December 10: Stuart Wood Christmas Event for Families
December 11: PAC MEETING 8:35 in the Staffroom
December 17: STAR ASSEMBLY
December 18: Last day before Winter Break
               PAC PIZZA DAY
December 21 to January 4: Winter Break
January 5: School Re-opens
January 14: Primarily Music Concert: “Platypus Theatre”
January 20: Young People's Concert “Pangaea Arts”
February 17: Young People's Concert “Project Soul”
February 19: KTTA PRO D DAY ( Stuart Wood Closed)
March 8-12: Spring Break
April 1: Early Closure 12:30/ Parent Teacher Interviews
April 2: Good Friday (Stuart Wood Closed)
April 5: Easter Monday (Stuart Wood Closed)
April 7: Gymnastics
April 12: School Inservice: (Stuart Wood Closed)
April 14: Gymnastics
April 15: Primarily Music “Big Screen Small Orchestra”
April 21: Young People's Concert “Delhi to Dublin”
April 21: Gymnastics
April 28: Gymnastics
May 10: School Closed: Common Closure Day District
May 24: School Closed: Victoria Day
June 29: Last Day for Students 12:00 Dismissal
June 30: Administration Day for Teachers
PIZZA LUNCH WITH THE PRINCIPAL
Did your parents read the newsletter? GREAT! Enter at the office to win a PIZZA LUNCH WITH THE
PRINCIPAL! Fill out the tear off section and return it to the drop off bin at Mrs. Robb‟s office door
before the next newsletter. One lucky PRIMARY and one lucky INTERMEDIATE student will have
lunch with Mrs. Robb each month.



I WANT PIZZA WITH THE PRINCIPAL!
Name:__________________________________
Grade:_____________________________ Phone #________________________

Parent Name:_______________________________

Parent Signature:_______________________________
The most informative piece of information in this newsletter was 
____________________________________________________________________________________
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MRS. ROBB‟s TRIVIA QUESTION FOR THIS MONTH:
Mrs. Robb gave each student at Stuart Wood a quote on their desk in September. It said:
“We are what we repeatedly do, therefore EXCELLENCE is not an act, but a ……….

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