Sexsmith Elementary School Newsletter June 1, 2009 604-713-4901 Principal: Mrs. Jacquie Hall Office Administrative Assistant: Ms. Deb Peters Vice-Principal: Mrs. Roz Wong Associate Superintendent: Mr. Gary Little Installing The New Playground: June 20, Many Helpers Needed Parents, aunts, uncles: are you ready for a party? Our new playground will be installed on Saturday, June 20. We need 40 adults here to help put it together. The PAC will be barbecuing and there will be free food and drinks for all helpers. The School Board workers will prepare the site for us prior to June 20 by digging the holes for the posts, etc. The playground will be built on the south edge of our middle field. It will be as close as we can get to the new school, but outside of the construction zone. In this way the students will be able to use it for the next two years until the new school is finished. No experience necessary. If you are able to come out, even for a couple of hours, on June 20, we’d love to have you join us. Please call Paul Leung (604-214-0784) or Gurmit Sangha (604- 327-6236) so we will know how much food to bring. After School Care There are still some spaces left for our child care program in September. Some families with low income can qualify for a subsidy. This program will operate before and after school, as well as on Wednesday afternoons for our early finishing day, early dismissal days for parent teacher conferences, and on Professional Development days. If your child is home alone after school and you are interested in this service please come into the office or phone Ms. Peters at 604-713-4901. She can give you the forms to apply for a subsidy. Workshop on Nutrition for Families in Punjabi/English Bobby Nijjar (Medical Nutrition Specialist) is offering an excellent workshop for families on Nutrition on Thursday, June 11 from 1:00 - 3:00 PM in our school library. To register and for more information, please contact Vandana Nagpal at 604-713-4905. Traffic Changes in our Neighbourhood The North Arm Greenway is being planned as part of our neighbourhood. The trail will run from Southlands in the west to Champlain Heights in the east. City staff are planning this trail to expand opportunities for urban recreation and enhance the experience of nature and city life. One of the proposed changes to traffic in our neighbourhood is a diverter so that cars cannot go through the intersection of 59th and Ontario St. The diverter would force cars southbound on Ontario St. to turn left at 59th and the cars heading north on Ontario St. would be forced to turn left at 59th. We will be hosting a meeting at school for people to come out and get information on the Greenway proposal. Watch for the date in June. Fund raising in our School At the recent sharing assembly Div. 2 put on a spectacular show that was meant to inspire the students of Sexsmith Elementary to make a difference in the world. Our school motto is REACH for the stars and the “H” stands for help. Mrs. Mason’s class has several ideas to raise money to help poor children in Pakistan. They came up with the classical idea of a coin drive to raise money for a charity called. “Pennies for Peace”. So, starting Monday, June 1 – Friday, June 5, students will collect pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, loonies and toonies. The money raised will go towards building schools and buying school supplies in Pakistan. In rural Pakistan a penny will buy a pencil for students to do their schoolwork and $365 will build a school. Each day a different coin will be collected; Monday: pennies, Tuesday: nickels, Wednesday: dimes, Thursday: quarters and Friday: loonies and toonies. Please send your spare change to school next week to help the poor children in Pakistan go to school. Article written by Genie Wagstaff Late Returns for September If your child will not be at school by September 10, please come into the office to fill out a late return form. Volunteer Tea Our annual tea for volunteers is being held on Wednesday, June 3rd. We will begin at 11:30 and end at 12:30. Child care will be available. Tasty treats will be provided and Mr. O’Neill’s students will entertain us with Music. If, through some mistake, you have volunteered this year and have not received an invitation, please join us next Wednesday for tea. Track Team Track season has finished. Last Friday was the final meet at Swangard Stadium. Every student was entered in several events, with opportunities to win individual ribbons. Thanks to the many staff members who gave extra time before and after school to train the team: Mr. Kay, Mr. Johnston, Mrs. Haslett, Mrs. Mason, Mrs. Mumford, Mrs. Owen, Ms. Sprintzios and Mrs. Raagner. The students showed great sportsmanship and team spirit. Yeah Sexsmith! Walking Club The Walking Club at Sexsmith school has been very popular this spring. More than 50 students in Grades 2 – 6 are participating. Every Friday I tally the number of times they walk around the grounds. Twelve students have already walked 10 kilometres. The end of year event for the club will be a walking field trip in June. Upcoming Dates June 1-5: Tennis lessons for Div. 1-8. June 3: Volunteer Tea June 10: Last day for YMCA basketball June 12: Last day for Pizza lunch. Thank you volunteers! June 17: 7:00 p.m. Choir and strings concert June 22: Grade 7 Leaving Ceremony and luncheon June 25: Last day of school: Jump for Joy Run at 11:15, end of year assembly and slide show in gym at 1:00, dismissal at 3:00.
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