Just a few updates and reminders………

Thanksgiving Food Drive – Our Thanksgiving Food Drive was a success as always.  All your contributions were donated to COPE Mental Health Seniors Program and the residents in Mexico following the Earthquake. Thank you for helping families less fortunate than we are to have a Happy Thanksgiving and to support COPE feeding their clients 2 meals a day.

Many thanks for your generous contributions to help the Richer family.  To date we have raised $1,931.75.  The next dress down day is Friday, October 13th.  It is $5.00 per person and all the donations will be going to the Richer Family.  It is encouraged that the students and staff wear blue as that was Mr. Richer’s favourite colour.

Program Enhancement – On Wednesday, September 13th, Live Love Life Music visited our school for the Casa 2 and Casa 3 children.  This was a very successful and engaging program. On Wednesday, September 20th, Craft Corner visited our school for the Casa 1 students.  The students had a fun-filled morning making a craft which gave them an opportunity to use their fine motor skills and be creative. On Wednesday, October 4th, Live Love Life Music was here visiting the grades 1-3 in the gymnasium.  They thoroughly enjoyed this program.  On Wednesday, October 11th, Live Love Life Music will be visiting the school for grades 4 to 8.

Program Enhancement – On Wednesday, September 13th, the grade 7/8 students enjoyed Tree Trekking/Zip lining with the grade 9 students from Durham Academy.  This was a wonderful day.

Program Enhancement– As in previous years, librarians from the Oshawa Library has begun their visits to our Casa 1 to Grade 8 classrooms.  These visits enhance our current curriculum and the visits are a welcome change for our students.

Picture Day – Picture day was Friday, September 22nd.  Pictures have just been distributed and are due back by October 18th.  Just a reminder….the proofs are to be returned to the school regardless of whether you are placing an order or planning a re-take.  Thank you.

Picture Re-Take Day – Picture re-take day is Friday, November 3rd.  If you would like a re-take of your child’s individual picture, please let the office know.  If you missed picture day, this is your opportunity to have your child’s picture taken.

Immunization- Grade 7/8 immunizations were on Thursday, October 5th.  Permission forms were sent home for completion prior to this date.

Track and Field – Track and Field/Cross Country for grades 2 to 8 will be on Thursday, October 19th.  The bus will be leaving at 9:00 a.m. sharp and returning to the school at approximately 2:30 p.m.  The students will be going to Alex Robertson Park in Pickering.  Please have your children dress in their gym uniform and in layers (if necessary) to keep warm.  Please pack snacks, a lunch and water.  Please note:  If it is pouring rain we will NOT be attending.

Discovery Night – Discovery Night is Wednesday, October 25thfrom 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. for Casa 1 to Grade 8.  The students work very hard to prepare and impress you.  Please plan to attend.  Grades 1-8 will need to be in their full uniform.  This gives our students a sense of pride to present their accomplishments.  It also gives them the foundation and confidence for public speaking which is why attendance is mandatory.  Please feel free to invite family and friends.

Durham Academy – On Monday, October 30th, the grade 7/8 class will be visiting Durham Academy.  The students will have the opportunity to listen to a guest speaker, hear presentations from the grade 9 class and participate in a soccer/basketball tournament.   The bus will be leaving Durham Elementary at 9:00 a.m. and returning at approximately 2:00 p.m.

Halloween – All of our students are invited to wear their costumes to our assembly on Tuesday, October 31st in the gym.  Following our Assembly we will have our parade in the gym.  After assembly, the students will remove their costumes (approximately 9:40 a.m.) and continue on with their day in their school uniform.  Please note that no offensive or inappropriate costumes are allowed.  If you are planning to bring in treats for your child’s class they MUST be NUT FREE.  Treats will be distributed at the end of the day to be consumed off site.  Please refrain from sending treats for snacks and lunches after Halloween.  Thank you for your support and cooperation.

Safe Arrival – A safe arrival program is a system of procedures that are carried out in conjunction with daily school attendance taking.  Parents are responsible for their children’s safety.  Safe-arrival programs are a mechanism that parent and schools can use to account for any students unexplained failure to arrive at school.  In order to promote safety of our students, our school has policies and procedures in place for the safe-arrival program and has done so for 33 years.

Just a reminder…..please do not bring Tim Horton’s Donuts or Timbits into the school.  They may contain NUTS.  Thank you.

Autumn is here and winter is on the way!  I know it’s hard to believe with the great weather we have been having.  Please insure that your children have appropriate outdoor clothing e.g. jacket, hat, gloves, scarf and boots etc.  Students remain inside for recess due to inclement weather or extreme temperatures only.

Reminder…..bracelets/necklaces are not part of the school uniform.  Please refrain from wearing them.  Save them for our “Dress Down” day!  A reminder for our lovely girls!  As stated in our handbook “Girls must wear their hair back off their face, with proper color coordinated hair accessories.  Makeup and nail polish is not permitted.”  Thank you for your cooperation.

If you get a chance check us out on Facebook!  Reminders are posted on our Facebook page.

In closing, thank you for your continued support and cooperation.  Please come by the office anytime if you have any questions/concerns.  Our door is always open!

Until next time…….


Suzanna Mason