Friday, 5 May 2017

Dear Families,

Lots of rain in our forecast and even snow on Sunday!?  What is going on Mother Nature?  I hope you find ways to stay dry and warm this weekend!  Just a friendly reminder that I will be away next week (please refer to note I sent home a while ago due to my switching of schools from a modified calendar to a regular caledar), but the wonderful Ms. McCarl who has supplied for me this year in my absence will be here to continue regular programming for my students. Please remind your child about the behavioural expectations and to display their utmost love and respect for her.  I will miss being in the classroom, but look forward to hearing all about the week upon my return.  Due to my absence, there will not be a blog update next week.  Next post will be on Fri. May 19th.  Enjoy your weekend with your loved ones!!

Archery Program:
On Monday, we had the pleasure of having Mr. and Mrs. Blackwell come to our school to teach children from Grades 3 to 8 about archery.  It was a great opportunity for students to use a bow and arrow and practice hitting a target.  They had a blast with this!  Thank you to Mrs. Johnson our librarian for organizing this event for us!

Art Expo:
On Wednesday, we welcomed families to this creative and amazing event celebrating our love for the arts!  What an incredible display of artwork by ALL students from K-8.  A special thank you goes out to Mr. Morin's band and Mrs. O and Ms. Stewart's choir members for their lovely performances. The Expo certainly helped display Nottawa students' creativity and talent in the Arts!!  Thank you to families and friends who were able to join us!

News from School Council: 
MARK YOUR CALENDARS for THURSDAY, JUNE 8TH!! School Council has been very busy planning our Fun Fair that is being held June 8th, 2017 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. We are looking forward to a very exciting night!

This year, you are able to purchase a wrist band for $10 per child and that will give your child access to everything for the entire evening. The wrist band purchase will also give you a ticket to be entered for a door prize. So far we have restaurant certificates, a week at a camp, bowling and many more. Please watch your email for your opportunity to purchase your wrist band in advance through the school Cash Online.

The unlimited fun will include inflatable obstacle courses, slides, Laser Tag, Zorb Balls, Elephant Thoughts, carnival games, face painting etc. Don’t forget your dancing shoes so you can dance the evening away with our DJ! There will be food to purchase, as well as some treats at our bake sale. We will have our silent auction available with the items that the classrooms collect. The themes are really fun and exciting and you won’t want to miss seeing them!

We would love to thank our sponsors and supporters to date that will be included at the end of the newsletter. We can’t wait to see everyone out at the end of year party! If you have any questions please feel free to email Carolyn Foss at

Fun Fair Silent Auction Classroom Baskets:
Each classroom will be collecting items for a large themed "basket" to be auctioned off at this year's Fun Fair. Please see the note in your child's agenda on Monday!  We'd like to support our School Council in their efforts to make this year's Fun Fair as great as it has always been!

If each student could bring in one item to donate to his/her classroom basket, it would be greatly appreciated.  Here is the theme for our class:  ARTS & CRAFTS!

Volunteer Appreciation:
Each year, we celebrate the wonderful volunteers we have here at Nottawa School by honouring them at a Spirit Assembly. Maybe you read with our kids on a weekly basis or you help us out on a field trip in May. Maybe you help coach a team or you help plan a game for the Fun Fair. Maybe you sit on School Council or you’ve driven athletes to an after-school game. Whatever it is that you do for our school, we appreciate the time and care you put into our kids and we’d like to show you JUST HOW MUCH!

Nottawa School Volunteers, please consider this an official invitation to join us at the Volunteer Appreciation/Spirit Assembly for May! The assembly is set for Friday, May 26th from 1:40 to approximately 3:00 p.m. Save time to enjoy some refreshments in the Library when the assembly is over and kids are being dismissed. Thanks for all that you do for our school!

Stay Safe in the Sun:
It only takes one bad sunburn in childhood to increase the risk of developing skin cancer later in life. As the weather gets warmer, follow these sun safety tips to keep you and your family safe:

 use a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and SPF 15 lip balm

 apply sunscreen 20-30 minutes before going outside (even on cloudy days) and always follow the label instructions

 apply sunscreen to any exposed areas of skin – nose, ears, back of neck, tops of feet, etc.

 reapply sunscreen every 2-3 hours and after sweating or swimming

 wear loose, long sleeved shirts and pants, a largebrimmed hat and sunglasses

 if possible, avoid being in the sun between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. when you’re outside, look for shade

For more sun safety tips, visit or call Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 to speak with a public health nurse. All this information was provided by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health.

On Thursday, Lola brought in her violin and enthusiastically shared her learning with a select group of peers.  Way to go Lola, it was wonderful to hear you play and sing!  Your peers and I were intrigued and enjoyed watching and listening :)

In gym, we are continuing to practice our skills for track and field.  Yesterday our focus was on the 50M sprint.  Students enjoyed this and participated in a friendly race.  Congratulations to our finalists!  Please remember to send your child with outdoor running shoes for track practices, this prevents injury and successful participation.  The school track and field day is set for May 17th.

I agree, Jakob!  That's you :)
Growth Mindset:

Miss Gill

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