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December 01
Happy December!

SAFE ARRIVAL PHONE NUMBER

1-833-29​​4-4838​ - PLEASE CALL TO REPORT YOUR CHILD'S ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL.​​

Angel Tree Update - Please return gifts by Monday, December 2nd

Angel Tree update - Thank you to everyone who has taken an angel from our Angel Tree. We ask that all gifts be returned, unwrapped and with the angel attached to the bag or box, by Monday, December 2nd (originally Nov. 29th). This will allow us time to contact the families who are receiving the gifts the first week of December. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

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Monday, December 2nd at 6:00pm sharp! - Annual Tree Lighting & Carols​

Join us for hot chocolate and cookies after enjoying the musical talents of our GNMES choir and the lighting of our tree.

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Christmas DInner - Friday, December 13th - Order due by Dec. 6th

Christmas dinner orders and payment are due by Dec. 6th. Please include your child's name, grade and teacher in the envelope or bag with the money. Thank you.

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Christmas Concerts Information - K-1 and 2-3 Dates and Times

We will be collecting non-perishable food items during both concerts. These items will be given to the Community Kitchen which supports our brown-bag, and back-pack, progam during the school year. Your donations are greatly needed and very appreciated.

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November 24
Nov. 18-22 information

Monday, November 18th - PSSC Meeting in the Den at 6:30pm.

Friday, November 22nd - Parent-Teacher Interviews and Professional  Learning for Staff. No school for students.

Book Fair - Tuesday, November 19-Friday, November 22nd

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Home & School Movie Night - Friday, November 22nd - CANCELLED!

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We are cancelling the Toy Story 4 movie night (Friday Nov 22nd), as we do not have enough parental volunteers to safely run an event at the school tomorrow night.

We need a certain number of volunteers to allow the smooth and safe running of any large event and, sadly, we were not able to make even our lowest required number of volunteers. 
We will likely reschedule for the New Year, when hopefully people have a little more time available to help out!

Thanks to those who had volunteered, and apologies for any inconvenience this causes,

Cat - Home and School Secretary


 

November 17
Nov 11-22

Weather and School Closure Information for Parents - 2019-2020

The attached document is provided by Anglophone West as a guide for days when there is inclement weather. Weather School Closures 2019-20.docWeather School Closures 2019-20.doc

 Angel Tree Request Form - again this year we will be offering the Angel Tree for families who are in need of extra support during Christmas. Forms will be sent home to all families on Monday, Nov.4th, and are asked to be returned no later than Tuesday, Nov. 12th. The tree will be ready for those who would like to take an angel the week of November 18th (Parent-Teacher week). Families will be notified when gifts are ready to be picked up at school (early December). Thank you in advance for your support with this very important event.​

November 11
Mark Your Calendars  - Important Information to Note

Town Hall Meeting - Wednesday, November 27th - 6:30-8:30 at Nashwaaksis Middle School.

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This Town Hall meeting will be a general meeting for the public who live in all areas of ASD-W to ask questions and learn information on the topic of Transportation in ASD-W.  A presentation will be provided that will include information on the following:

 

Transportation:

  • Staffing Complement for District and how it relates to EECD
  • Relative Legislation
  • Relative Policy
  • Current standards
  • Current numbers (buses, drivers, kilometers, runs, students, money, averages, times, etc.)
  • Current practices and tools that we have demonstrated
  • Current challenges
  • Locations of bus stops
  • Snow days (process and statistics)

 

This meeting with be structured with a power point presentation followed by a round table style discussion.​


Home & School Pizza Delight Fundraiser - Nov 12-25th - Orders Due Monday, Nov. 25th

Students will be bringing home order forms for the Pizza Delight coupons on Tuesday, November 12th. Order forms, with cash payment, must be returned to school by Monday, November 25th. Thank you for supporting this very important fundraiser.

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November 03
Mark Your Calendars - Dates and Events to Note!

SAFE ARRIVAL PHONE NUMBER

1-833-294-4838​ - PLEASE CALL TO REPORT YOUR CHILD'S ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL.

No School for Students on:

Friday, November 8th - Professional Learning for Staff

Monday, November 11th - Remembrance Day

Friday, November 22nd - Parent-Teacher Interviews & Professional Learning for Staff

Meeting Cancelled  for Monday, November 4th - Home & School Meeting at 6pm

We look forward to seeing new, and returning, members in The Den. You are welcome to sign-up using the link.

 Nov 4th Meeting

Angel Tree Request Form - again this year we will be offering the Angel Tree for families who are in need of extra support during Christmas. Forms will be sent home to all families on Monday, Nov.4th, and are asked to be returned no later than Tuesday, Nov. 12th. The tree will be ready for those who would like to take an angel the week of November 18th (Parent-Teacher week). Families will be notified when gifts are ready to be picked up at school (early December). Thank you in advance for your support with this very important event.

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Math-a-thon Results!

Thank you to everyone who supported our students! They brought in a total of $5939.35 that will be used to purchase new technology to be used in classrooms.

Felicitations to Madame Conrad's class for raising $463!. The top 3 fundraisers were: 

Molly in 1 Johnston/de Leseleuc - $225

Noah in 5 Gallen - $200

Sloan in 2 Poirier - $190

Book Fair 2019 - November 19th-22nd

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If you are able to volunteer an hour or 2 of your time for working the Book Fair please click the link. Thank you!

Book Fair Sign-up

Christmas Concert Dates & Times 

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October 27
October 21-26th News & Events

Safe Schools Week - October 21-26th

PSSC Meeting - 6:30 in The Den

Saturday, October 26th - HOWLFEST!!

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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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October 20
October 28th-November 4th

Thursday, October 31st -​Happy Halloween!

Students and Staff are welcome to wear orange and black - no costumes please.

Halloween Safety Week! 

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Here are some safety tips as found on the Caring for Kids website:

 Halloween Safety Tips

For parents:

  • Do not use masks. Masks make it hard for children to see what’s around them, including cars. Try a hypoallergenic (less likely to cause an allergic reaction), non-toxic make-up kit instead.
  • Make or buy costumes in light-coloured material.
  • Place strips of reflective tape on the back and front of costumes, so that drivers can better see your child.
  • Costumes should fit properly to prevent trips and falls. Avoid items such as oversized shoes, high heels, long dresses and long capes.
  • Dress your child for the weather. Add layers if needed.
  • Put your child’s name, address and phone number on their costume.
  • Children under 10 should be accompanied by an adult for trick or treating. By the age of 10, some children are ready to go trick-or-treating with a group of friends. 
  • Keep in mind that gum and hard candy can pose a choking risk for young children.
  • Remove make-up before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.

If your child is going out without an adult:

  • Make sure your child is in a group of at least 3 people.
  • Give them a flashlight. A cell phone is also a good idea if you have one.
  • Discuss in advance the route they should follow. Ask them to call you if they plan to go on a street that isn’t on the route.
  • Set a curfew (and make sure they have a watch with them).
  • Tell your children not to eat anything until they get home.

For children and youth:

  • Carry a white bag or pillowcase for your candy, and add some reflective tape.
  • Dress for the weather. Cold weather or water absorbent materials in the rain can be very uncomfortable.
  • Bring a cell phone if you can, in case you need to make an emergency phone call.
  • Always travel in groups. Be sure there are at least 3 of you at all times.
  • Let your parents know where you’re going to be at all times.
  • Don’t visit houses that are not well lit. Never go inside a stranger’s house.
  • Use the sidewalk whenever possible. If there’s no sidewalk, walk on the side of the road facing traffic.
  • Don’t criss-cross back and forth across the street. Work your way up one side of the street, and then start on the other.
  • If you have any allergies, tell the person who is giving out the treats. 
  • If you have allergies that need an EpiPen, bring it with you and let your friends know what to do if you need it. 
  • Don’t eat any of your treats before you get home. Once home, ask your parents to look through your treats with you to make sure everything is okay.

For homeowners:

  • Turn on outdoor lights, and replace burnt-out bulbs.
  • Remove items from your yard or porch that might trip a child.
  • Sweep wet leaves from your steps and driveway.
  • Use alternative to candles in your pumpkins, such as a flashlight or a battery-operated candle.
  • Some children have food allergies. Consider giving treats other than candy, such as stickers, erasers or a small toy.
  • Put out a teal-coloured pumpkin or a poster of one in your window to let children with food allergies know that what you're handing out is allergen-free (e.g., not food).

Howlfest update! Winner of the 50/50 100 square board was #21 purchased by Sarah! We have you phone numer and will call you on Monday. Please come to the office to claim your prize by Monday, November 4th. Video link is under Latest School Documents.


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Howlfest Update #2! The lucky winning number of the 50-50 tickets draw is 345927. Please present the winning ticket at the main office before Monday, November 4th. Video link is under Latest School Documents.

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Safe Arrival Information starting October 28th, 2019

Students will be bringing home a letter for families with information regarding a new and more efficient Safe Arrival Program. The letter provides the full details, and is available by clicking on the link. The steps listed below, which are also in the letter, outline how to install the SchoolMessenger app on your mobile device. GNMES Safe Arrival Letter.docxGNMES Safe Arrival Letter.docx  Safe Arrival FAQs.docxSafe Arrival FAQs.docx

With SafeArrival, you are asked to report your child’s absence in advance using any of these 3 convenient methods: ​

1.     Using your mobile device, download and install the SchoolMessenger app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store (or from the links at https://go.schoolmessenger.com). The first time you use the app, select Sign Up to create your account. Select Attendance then Report an Absence.

2.     Use the SafeArrival website, https://go.schoolmessenger.com. The first time you use the website, select Sign Up to create your account. Select Attendance then Report an Absence.

3.     Call the toll-free number 1-833-294-4838 to report an absence using the automated phone system.​

Monday, November 4th - Home & School Meeting at 6:00pm in The Den. New members are always welcome!

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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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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