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October 14
Check out what's up next at GNMES!

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​Kindergarten Registration for the 2020-2021 School Year - October 15-18

If you have a child who will turn 5 between January 1 and December 31, 2020, now is the time to register them for Kindergarten. Please drop into the school between 8am and 4pm to complete the necessary paperwork. You will need to bring 1) updated immunization records 2) child's medicare card and 3) child's birth certificate. Please call 453-5429 if you require more information.

​School Bus Safety Week (Oct. 14-18)

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Studetns will take part in a practice bus evacuation this week and receive information about bus safety practices. Please click on the attachment for a Parent Guide to Bus Safety. parent Guide (pamphlet).pdfparent Guide (pamphlet).pdf

​Lost & Found Items - We Need Your Help!

The lost and found is really piling up. We have had students walk around it to find their belongings, but they do not recognize it. It is easier to return lost items that have names on it. Parents please ensure your child’s belongings are labelled.

If you recognize items or are missing something, come in to claim them. We will be donating the unclaimed items soon.​

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Saturday, October 26th - HOWLFEST!!

This is one of the most important Home & School Fundraisers of the year. Many volunteers are needed to make this event a sucess. If you are able to donate a small portion of time, either for set-up, running a station or for clean-up, please click the Signup Genius link below. Thank you!

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Howlfest Signup Genius Link

October 04
October 7th-14th

Bus #247 is not running this afternoon. So students who travel on bus 247 will travel on bus 248 both runs this afternoon and will be about 20 min later getting home.​

Home & School Meeting - Monday, October 7th

​Welcome to all new and returning members. Your support is very appreciated and needed to make our Home & School events a success. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

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Thanksgiving Dinner in the Cafeteria - Thursday, October 10th. Orders must be placed, and paid, by Tuesday, October 8th.

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Cross Country - Wednesday, October 9th at Nashwaaksis Middle School

Picture Retake Day - Thursday, October 10th

​Students who missed the first picture day, or are in need of having their photo retaken, are asked to notify their teachers that they require a retake.

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Monday, October 14th - Thanksgiving Day - no school for staff or students.

September 27
Sept 30-October 4th

​Monday, September 30th - Cafeteria is now open!

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Monday, September 30th - Orange Shirt Day

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Staff and students are invited to wear orange to recognize that every child matters. For more information on Orange Shirt Day please click the link to read Phyllis's story. Phyllis' story​​

Wednesday, October 2nd - Cross Country - GNMES Hosting at O'Dell Park

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Thursday, October 3rd - 6pm - Sistema Instrument Presentation

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September 22
Rolling into week #4 - Sept.23-30th

Pizza Days - Thursday, September 26th and Friday, September 27th

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We are offering Pizza Days again this week as our cafeteria is not yet open. Teachers will be sending home order forms that must be returned, with payment, by Tuesday, September 24th. Pizza is $2/slice and only cheese pizza is being ordered.

Cross Country for Grades 3-5 - September 25th - this week you are running at McAdam Avenue. Please remember to return your permission slips to Mrs. Stickles or Mr. Lim.

Important Notice for Parents, Guardians and Visitors to GNMES - September 26th! 

Starting Thursday, September 26th, the student drop-off /pick- up loop and bus drop-off loop are switching places. Parents will now drop off where the busses used to be. It will still have a restricted area used exclusively for fire truck access to the hydrant but it should be better for parent drivers. Signs have been placed to clearly identify the No Parking/ No Stopping area. The zone has been painted to clearly mark the area and this fire lane cannot have any vehicles parked at any time.
Thank you for assisting us with this important change as it is a matter of safety. The fire trucks must be able to quickly access the main school area and the portables in the event of an emergency.​

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Toonies for Terry - Friday, September 27th on the GNMES track

Students are encouraged to donate a "Toonie for Terry" and all monies raised through the event will be forwarded to the Terry Fox Foundation to further the cause of cancer research.


September 15
Week of September 16th

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Domino's Pizza Day is coming to Gibson-Neill!! Students are bringing home order forms today for Pizza Day (cheese only) which will be Thursday, September 19th and Friday, September 20th. Orders must be placed, and paid for, by Wednesday, September 18th. Pizza is $2.00/slice withorders and money being collected by the classroom teachers. Our cafeteria is not yet in service so we are offering this as an alternative.

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Cross Country for Grades 3-5 - September 18th at Henry Park

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Cafeteria Services - currently the cafeteria remains closed. Please continue to send a packed lunch (beverage, utensils, too) with your child. As soon as we have more information on the opening date we will let you know.

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GNMES Visitor Procedures – Working Together to Keep a Safe School 

Safety Procedures 

1) All visitors are required to stop at the main office and sign in. 

2) If you need to speak with your child’s teacher the office will page the teacher to come to the office or invite you to their classroom. 

3) If the teacher is on duty then you are welcome to leave a message for them. 


September 08
This Week at GNMES . . .

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GNMES Visitor Procedures – Working Together to Keep a Safe School 

Safety Procedures 

1) All visitors are required to stop at the main office and sign in. 

2) If you need to speak with your child’s teacher the office will page the teacher to come to the office or invite you to their classroom. 

3) If the teacher is on duty then you are welcome to leave a message for them. 

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Reminder!!! PICTURE DAY: SEPTEMBER 13

Say, "Cheese!" Friday, September 13, is Picture Day at GNMES!

You've got lots of time to work with your children on hygiene, pompadours and practicing smiles -- although it's the quirky smiles and imperfect shots that help capture moments that are just as precious.


Here are the upcoming events at GNMES this week:

Boys & Girls Club Breakfast Program - available to all students (form will be sent home to be completed by a parent/guardian) each morning. 

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Brown Bag Lunch Program - if your family is in need of some extra help when providing lunch for your child(ren), please contact your child's teacher or call the school at 453-5429 for more information. This program starts Monday, September 9th.

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​Tuesday, September 10th - Annual Corn Boil and Meet the Teacher Night from 5pm to 6:30pm. Come join us for a dinner of corn and rolls before visiiting your child(ren)'s teacher in their classroom. Every child who brings their parents, guardians or family members to their classroom will have their name recorded and entered for a draw for a book. We are looking forward to seeing you Tuesday night! (Please note: Kindergarten teachers will not be in their classrooms as their Meet the Teacher was held last week. Kinders and their families are welcome to join us for dinner.)


September 01
Happy Return to Our Coyotes!

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We are excited to see everyone on Tuesday, September 3rd. Here are a few important reminders for the new school year:

Daily drop-off time is 7:45am. Teachers are not on supervision duty before this time and students remain in the foyer until 7:45. We appreciate you respecting this arrival time. 

All visitors are asked to stop at the office when entering the school and are not permitted to go to classrooms during school hours (the first day of school is the exception if you are helping your child to find their classroom). This is part of our security protocols to maintain the safety of our school community.

Students proceed to class starting at 8:10 and 'O Canada' is played at 8:25. Students who arrive after 8:25 will need to sign in at the office as they are considered late. Safe arrival calls go home for students who are marked as an unexcused absence. Please  call the main office (453-5429) and contact your child's teacher if they will be absent. 

No Parking/No Stopping Signs - new signs have been installed in the Student Drop-Off area. This fire lane cannot have any vehicles stopping at any time, which includes vehicles idling with a driver still in the vehicle even for a quick minute. Your cooperation with this matter is imperative in order for the school to have use of the modular wing. Drive with care when entering this area and thank you for your assistance.

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The Boys & Girls Breakfast Club will be running starting Tuesday, September 3rd. New forms for this school year will be sent home to be signed by parents/guardians. It is open to all students who would like to attend. Volunteers are needed to serve breakfast to our students. If you are able to volunteer please call 453-5429 to leave your contact information which will be forwarded on to the Boys & Girls Club.

Cafeteria Services - Resto la Bonne Assiette is our new service provider. We are awaiting an opening date for the cafeteria so all students will need to bring a packed lunch and their own beverage as milk purchases are not currently available.

The Brown Bag lunch program will begin on Monday, September 9th. If your family requires this service please contact your child's teacher who will provide the information to administration and add your child to the list.

The Back-Pack Program will begin on September 18th. As with the lunch program, provide the information to your child's teacher who will pass it on to the administration.

School Fees - $45 per student and are payable by cash or through School Cash Online.  (https://anglophonewest.schoolcashonline.com/​). 

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​Corn Boil & Meet the Teacher Night - Tuesday, September 10th

Students and their families (parents/guardians, grandparents, siblings, etc.) are invited to the GNMES annual Corn Boil and Meet the Teacher from 5pm to 6:30pm. Students who visit their classroom, with their family, will have their name entered for a draw for a free book. This event is sponsored by the GNMES Parent School Support Committee (PSSC) with support from the Home & School Committee. If you would like to join either of these important committees please email PSSC Co-Chairs Mike Mazerolle (mazerolle.mike@gmail.com) & Leah Carle (Leah.Carle@td.com) or Home & School Chair Shelley Wood (shelleywood79@gmail.com)

Cross Country Information

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We are looking forward to an amazing year as we work toward helping one another find our greatness every day!

August 25
A Brand New Year!

​GNMES Staff are back on Monday, August 26th, to get ready for a new year with our little coyotes. They will be involved in meetings, professional learning and spending time preparing for the arrival of their new students. Please call 453-5429 if you have questions regarding the new school year. Our administrative assistants, Melanie and Lori, are happy to help you.

Parents of children who are starting Kindergarten are invited to an information session on Wednesday, August 28th, from 6 to 6:30pm.

June 22
Have a Safe and Happy Summer!

​The staff of GNMES wish all of our students and their families a wonderful summer break! We look forward to seeing you in September.

PSSC Survey for Parents - We are looking for your opinion!

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​You are invited to click on the link and answer the survey questions.

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Summer Reading Club at GNMES

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School Supplies List for September

For those of you who like get back-to-school deals early, here is the list of items you will need to provide for September.

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June 18
Week of June 17

June 17th - Thank you to Domino's Pizza for providing all of our students with pizza for lunch today. We are very appreciative of your generosity and enjoyed the delicious pizza!

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Raffle ticket fundraiser - tickets will be on sale until Tuesday, June 18th. All tickets and money must be returned to the school by June 18th as the draw will take place on Wednesday, June 19th. Thank you for supporting our track fundraiser!

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​Congratulations to the winner of the Patio Bistro Set!

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Sistema Summer Finale Concert - everyone is invited to attend the final concert for this year on Tuesday, June 18th, from 6-6:30pm in the big gymnasium. Enjoy the show as our young musicians perform for you.


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June 20th - 9am - Grade 5 celebration in the big gym. Join us as we celebrate our Class of 2019 and prepare to send them off to middle school.

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June 21st - last day for students. This will be a full day with dismissal at the regular times. Report cards will also be sent home with students. We wish everyone a safe and happy summer! See you in September!

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