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February 18
Feb 10-15

​Staff Appreciation Week - February 10th-15th - we are looking forward to the surprises the GNMES Home & School have prepared for our amzing staff this week!

Grade 3 Skating starts this Wednesday, February 13th, with Mrs. Benoit's and Mrs. Murphy's classes. Information has been sent home to parents. Volunteers must wear skates in order to be on the ice.

Friday, February 15th - Flag Day! This is the 54th anniversary of the official recogition of our beautiful Canadian Flag.​

​Grade 4 Skiing - Friday, February 15th - Madame Lalonde's and Ms. Curran's classes are heading to Crabbe Mountain. ​

February 09
February 18th-March 1st

Friday, Feb. 22, is Baden Powell Day. All members of Sparks, Brownies, Guides, Pathfinders and Scouts are welcome to wear their uniforms to recognize this day.

Coffee Orders are now available for pick-up between 8am and 4pm! Please check-in at the office so your order can be given to you. Thank you for your support.

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Thank You to the Home & School Committee and to our school community who made our Staff Appreciation Week a huge success!  We are so very appreciative of all you did for us. You made our week!

Monday, February 18th ​- Family Day Holiday - no school for students or staff.

Grade 4 SkiingFriday, February 22nd - Mr. Porter's, Mr. Linder's and Madame Conrad's classes will head to the hill.

Friday, February 22nd - Home & School Movie Night -​ "Smallfoot" is the feature presentation for the evening. Doors open at 6pm and the movie starts at 6:30 sharp. Cost - $5/person or $20/family. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Pizza and bottled water will be available for purchase.

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Coyote Carnival Week - Feb. 25-March 1st

Monday, Feb. 25th - Sport/Jersey Day

Tuesday, Feb. 26th - Crazy Hair Day

Wednesday, Feb. 27th​PINK SHIRT DAY

Thursday, Feb. 28th - Backwards Day

Friday, March 1st - School Colours Day

March Break - March 4th-8th (staff and students return to school on Monday, March 11th)

February 08
Friday, February 8th, 2019

Friday, February 8th, 2019 - All schools in Anglophone West are closed today due to weather and poor road conditions, including Gibson-Neill.

February 08
January 28th-February 9th Reminders

Home & School East Coast Coffee Fundraiser - order forms, with cash payment, need to to be returned to the school no later than Thursday, January 31st.

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​Pink Shirt Day 2019 - T-shirt orders must be back to the school by February 4th. Shirts will be given to students by February 22nd. Cost - $10 (cash only). February 27th is Pink Shirt Day.

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​Home & School Meeting - Monday, February 4th - 6pm in The Den. All are welcome!


Some members of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra (NBYO) "grew up" in Sistema, and the hope and wish is that some of GNMES Sistema students will follow in their steps.


The NBYO will be performing at The Playhouse on Sunday, February 10 at 2:00P. This year’s ensemble of 85 inspiring music ambassadors, directed by Maestro Antonio Delgado, ranges in age from 10 to 23 years. Their concert will feature Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 and a performance of Wolastoq Fantasia by NB composer Sam Arnold.



NOTE: All Sistema students get FREE tickets for the concert.


ALSO, they are also looking for billeting families to take groups of two NYBO members for February 8 and 9. If you are interested in billeting, contact Sistema teacher, Laura Brockbank at yellow774@gmail.com.

Autism Online Training for Parents

The Autism Learning Partnership Branch of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is pleased to inform you that the online autism training program, ASD and Behavioural Interventions: An Introduction for School Personnel – Access for Parents/Guardians, will now be available at no cost to all parents and guardians of school-aged children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in New Brunswick. Although ASD and Behavioural Interventions: An Introduction for School Personnel was designed to meet the needs of educational personnel working with children and youth with ASD within the school setting, parents and guardians will also benefit from access to a slightly modified version of this online training program.

Enrolled parents/guardians will have access to online modules pertaining to the basic concepts of ASD, the impact of ASD on learning, as well as the interventions that aim to address the skill deficits associated with ASD. These modules will help parents gain an understanding of the characteristics of ASD and offer them initial training in the evidenced-based interventions being used by school personnel that support learners with ASD. Parents will then be better equipped with the tools to further understand, support and actively participate in their child’s intervention.

Online registration will take place between January 9-31, 2019 and will be done through the Department of Education and Early Childhood website. The course will begin on February 7, 2019. Also note that the next period of online registration for the parents of preschool-aged children is from February 6-18, 2019.

Parents who are interested in enrolling can click on the following link: http://asd-tsa.nbed.nb.ca/. If this is not a convenient time, note that enrollment will be possible at another time in the upcoming year. Updates will be provided through the Department website. If you have any questions, please contact Lynn Gaudet (lynn.gaudet2@gnb.ca; 506-238-0243).

Thank you for your interest.


Lynn Gaudet

Learning Specialist

Autism Learning Partnership

Department of Education and Early Childhood Development


French Immersion Registration 2018-2019

Registration for French Immersion for the 2019-2020 school year will be done electronically through the following hyperlink to the ASD-W web site: Registration for French Immersion 2019-2020.  (The registration form will be available effective January 15, 2019 and will remain open to the end of the school year (June 2019), with scheduled monitoring.)  Registrations received by February 28, 2019, will inform planning for formation of classes (as per Provincial Policy 309:  French Second Language Programs).


Please be advised that the following information is available on the ASD-W web site www.asd-w.nbed.nb.ca:

·         Schedule of ASD-W Presentations to Parents – French Second Language Programs

·         French Immersion Registration – Grade 1 and Grade 6 Entry – Link to electronic registration form Registration for French Immersion 2019-2020(available effective January 15, 2019)

Instructions for parents who do not have access to a computer are included on the attached ‘Process’ document.


As part of this email we have attached, for school administrators, the Registration Process for the Grade 1 and Grade 6 Entry Programs.


The following link to the EECD web site may also be helpful to you :

·         EECD Website – French Second Language - http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/education/k12/content/anglophone_sector/fsle.html  


Packages of the following information have been prepared for elementary schools:

·         Schedule of ASD-W Presentations to Parents (attached)

·         Everyone at their best: Learning French as a Second Language Brochure from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development


This information will be forwarded to all Elementary Schools through the school mail the week of January 7th.  Both documents are to be sent home with ALL Kindergarten students and ALL Grade 5 students (English Program) from your school regardless of whether French Immersion is offered in your school or not. We encourage you to also post the dates to your school website and/or communicate via voice message/twitter. Further, you may wish to share with your PSSC.


If you have questions, please contact me or a French Second Language Subject Coordinator.

·         Amanda Desveaux – (506) 453-8682

·         Renée Bourgoin – (506) 357-4019

·         Ann Manderson – (506) 357-4181

·         Janice Gagnon – (506) 325-4567

French Immersion Registration Process for 2019-2020.pdfFrench Immersion Registration Process for 2019-2020.pdf

FSL Parent Information Meetings 2019-2020.pdfFSL Parent Information Meetings 2019-2020.pdf​

North Side Elementary School Night - Saturday, February 9th

New this year


The first 30 elementary students to arrive at the AUC game-night will each receive (for them only):


1) Invite to the post-game team visit 

2) UNB REDS scarf 


Doors to the game open at 6PM. ​

Saturday, February 9th vs. Dalhousie Tigers - 7pm at the Aitken Centre

The UNB REDS look forward to hosting your students and staff again this season. This event is a highlight of the year for our student athletes. They very much appreciate the Elementary School night with all the kids and the excitement they bring to the game.

1. Parents are now responsible to pick up their child’s complimentary ticket and purchase their own through the UNB box office. Each student MUST have a game ticket. Each school has been assigned a section by the box office. When parents purchase their tickets, they will just need to mention which school they are from.

2. Parents of students will receive half price admission of $6, which will also be honored on game night this year. Although, parents are encouraged to pick up their tickets by 4pm on Friday, February 8th at the box office. If parents wait until game night they could arrive and find out the game is sold out. We cannot make the half-price ticket available on line as it is only valid for North Side Elementary School parents and the ticketing system is unable to differentiate them from other fans.

3. The Aitken Centre box office is open 11:00am to 4:00pm weekdays for ticket purchases.​​

January 28
Week of January 21st, 2019 and upcoming events

​Friday, January 25th/19 - schools in Zones 5-9 are closed today due to poor road conditions. This includes Gibson-Neill. Students will return Tuesday, January 29th as Monday, January 28th is a Professional Learning Day for all staff.

Reminder: Monday, January 28th, 2019, is a Professional Learning Day for all staff. There are no classes for students.

January 21
January 14th, 2019

Monday, January 14th, 2019 - Home & School Meeting at 6pm in The Den.  New members are welcome!

​Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 - PSSC Meeting at 6:30pm​

January 13
Welcome Back and Happy New Year!

​Happy 2019! We are looking forward to seeing all of our little coyotes on Tuesday, January 8th, when classes resume. Staff will be involved in professional learning on Monday, January 7th. See you on Tuesday!

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 - First day for students after Christmas vacation. Please note, Monday, January 7th, is a Professional Learning Day for school staff.

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 - Cafeteria services will resume.

Monday, January 14th, 2019 - Home & School meeting at 6pm in The Den.

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 - PSSC meeting in The Den at 6:30pm.​

January 06
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

The staff of Gibson-Neill wish all of our students a terrific last week of school. To all of our families we say "thank you" for your continuous support and partnership with us as we help your children to find their greatness each day. We hope you enjoy lots of quality time with your family during the Christmas break as we do the same. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2019!

There are NO cafeteria services this week (including milk purchases). Please send a packed lunch with your child.

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018 - PSSC meeting at 6:30pm in The Den.

Friday, December 21st - Last day before Christmas vacation. This is a full day of classes with regular 2 o'clock and 3 o'clock dismissal times.

December 17
December 10th-21st

​Angel Tree Gifts Reminder

​Please bring your angel tree gifts to the office by Monday, December 10th. If you will be bringing your gift after this date please call the office (453-5429) and speak with Melanie (admin assistant). Thank you for your support!

Monday, December 10th

  • Pizza Coupons will be sent home with students who turned in orders and money
  • School Clothing as arrived! Parents who marked the order as a Christmas gift will be contacted when it is ready for pick-up.

K-2 Christmas Concerts 
Wednesday, December 12th (families of children whose last name begins with A-K)
Thursday, December 13th (families of children whose last name begins with L-Z)

Non-perishable food donations will be collected the day of the K-2 Christmas Concerts on December 12th and 13th. Items collected will help support Kim's Kitchen which also provides our school's brown-bag lunch program and back-pack program. Thank you for your support!​​
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Thursday, December 13th from 6-7 pm - Sistema's Winter Concert 

All are welcome to enjoy the sounds of the violin, viola and cello as our young musicians share their talents with us.

Friday, December 14th - Last day for cafeteria services (until January 2019). Please provide your child with a lunch for the week of December 17-21.

December 09
Policy 711: Healthier School Food Environment.

Dear Parents & Guardians,

Today the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development announced revisions to Policy 711: Healthier School Food Environment.

These changes provide flexibility and empower local school communities to make informed decisions about the health and well-being of their students.

As part of these new standards, chocolate milk and 100 per cent fruit juice will be permitted to be sold in public schools.  

There will also be some flexibility for schools providing breakfast programs to students who need a better start to their school day.

For fundraising and special events, schools will be empowered to organize activities and occasions that respond to the needs of the local school community.

In-school celebrations, holidays, and special occasions will be permitted, although timing of these events must be reasonable and undertaken in moderation.

The overall main goal of the policy will continue to be to promote and make available healthy foods and beverages at school whenever and wherever possible.

Judy Cole  

Director of Communications, Anglophone West School District​


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