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Category Archives: Healthy Living Choices

Opportunities for our students

We are grateful to our staff for their work in our classrooms each day. We are also thankful when staff volunteer to provide opportunities outside of the instructional day. Currently, there are many additional opportunities for your children to be involved in, including:

– Primary soccer intramurals that take place Mondays at lunch.

– Junior boys and girls volleyball teams.

– Intermediate floor hockey intramurals that run Wednesdays and Fridays.

– Homework club for junior and intermediate students taking place on Wednesdays.

– Extra help sessions run by teachers at recesses or during the lunch hour

– Our School Eco Team runs each day at lunch.

– Our school Positive Climates for Learning committee meets a few times a month.

– We have junior helpers for our primary classrooms at lunch and for our Learning Commons.

– Our school Sign Language club runs weekly for all grades.

– A social skills leadership team run by our Educational Assistants and CYWs.

– An intermediate Girls’ Group runs Thursdays at lunch.

– Our Healthy Snack program includes student helpers.

– We have a student blog team that meets weekly.

– Intermediate Student Council meets monthly.

schoolplay– And today, sign up for our Junior/Intermediate school play started.

We again thank the staff for their time and effort organizing and running these varied opportunities.

We also want to thank the students for their enthusiasm, initiative and commitment towards these opportunities.

If your child has not yet become involved please talk with them about trying something special and fun at our school.

Mr. Collins & Ms. Bongard


Healthy recipes just in time for the holidays

moeOur school’s healthy snack program has been up and running for several weeks now and we thank our staff & students who have organised it. Now, we would like to share a resource for your family called Serve It Up! This is an online, and interactive, recipe book that you can use as a family. All of the recipes comply with the nutrition standards in Ontario’s School Food and Beverage Policy. The upcoming Winter Break is a great time for your family to try some new recipes together. Cooking is a wonderful way to connect as a family, promote both literacy and numeracy and foster healthy living choices. We hope this Ministry of Education Resource is helpful for you and your family.

Three months

We have now completed our first three months of the school year and already have much to celebrate thanks to excellent focus and initiative by our students, staff and community, including:

welcoming our Elder’s Mills community to our team

The launch of our school touchstone

– Sharing a redesigned Learning Commons

Launching our Green Bin program through our school’s Eco Team

Implementing new technologies into our classrooms and classroom programs

Meeting with parents and guardians to review student’s Progress Report Cards

Our staff exploring professional learning in many ways

Starting to plan for the transition of our grade 8 students to high school

Starting our Roots of Empathy programs

Recognizing Bullying Awareness week

Starting our Healthy Snack program

We have developed a focused start in our classroom programs in the areas of academics, athletics and the arts.

We have had the chance to recognise the work of various employee groups at our school including: our Designated Early Childhood Educators, our care taking team, Educational Assistants and our Administrative Assistants.

Our staff have provided several student leadership and extra curricular opportunities such as our Cross Country Team, The sign language club, library and office helpers, the student Tech Team, our Eco team, Student Council, Boys’ and Girls’ Volleyball, Floor Hockey intramurals, homework club, Lunch room helpers, and our Positive Climates for Learning Committee.

As school community we have given back through our Terry Fox Walk, The Count Me in Project, and our local food bank drive.

We also appreciate the work of our school council with our school this year. Their upcoming Dance-A-Thon will take place on December 13, 2013 and will surely be an enjoyable event. Remember that all parents and guardians are welcome to our meetings. Future meetings will be: January 14, 2014, February 20, 2014, April 22, 2014 and May 29, 2014.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Three short months…

remember when it was only 3 short weeks?

Remember when I asked us to write our story?

How do you think we have done so far?


Mr. Collins

Healthy Snack program returns

We’re excited to announce the return of our school’s Healthy Snack Program. We were pleased with last year’s results and are grateful to the team of staff members – Ms Kim, Ms Massaro, Ms McKenzie, Ms Worrall and Ms Aternino – who have helped planned this year’s program. This is a free, universal program open to any student who chooses to participate. All items provided align to the Healthy Food Guidelines developed by the Ministry of Education. We are aiming to launch the program next Wednesday November 13, 2013.

When: Wednesday mornings at 10:25 a.m. (morning snack recess).

What: The foods will be ordered based on the Ministry Healthy Food guidelines. The program provides healthy snacks to students.
Our focus for November will be apples and fruits.

If you would prefer that your child not participate please let your child’s teacher know.