Please see attached flyer for term 2 pizza orders.
Please see attached flyer for term 2 pizza orders.
Please join us on Wednesday, November 29th for a fun night filled with good food and friends. Please mention to your server that you are with Ancaster Meadow and the school will get back 10% of your total bill. Thanks for your support & We hope to see you there!
Our school will be running a winter clothing drive in these next few weeks. You can bring in: jackets, gloves, hats, sweaters, snow pants, boots etc. Any size, new or gently used, would be greatly appreciated. We will be accepting donations until December 15th. Everything we collect will be donated to schools and shelters for people in need. Thank you for contributing for your community!
Have you heard? Holiday Bazaar is back and will be held on Friday, December 8th, 2017. We are in need of volunteers, donated peanut free-baked goods & pop. Forms have gone home, and are due back Monday, November 27th. Please let us know if your able to help! If you have not received the form, please click on the link below. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated…
Thanks, Your Ancaster Meadow Home & School Association
To mark Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, HWDSB is working to make schools safer with its new bullying resource and continuing support for the board-wide use of the innovative anti-bullying TipOff service.
This week started with a “Fear Factor” taste challenge for Mr. Blunsdon and myself, it was part of a celebration assembly to recognize the school surpassing its goal for fundraising in the Terry Fox run. Ancaster Meadow raised over $6 100 this year and has raised over $66 000 since the school opened twelve years ago. This is a fantastic accomplishment. A thank you to Cindy Meyers at Ancaster Dominos for donating the pizza for the class fundraising awards.
Mr. LoSchiavo was featured last Sunday on CHML 900 highlighting the importance of Remembrance Day services in schools. Mr. LoSchiavo and his 78 class organized a wonderful Junior/Intermediate assembly to honour the this important day. We also had an assembly that was age appropriate for our K to 3 students.
As a follow up to the trip to the play Fatty Legs, a story of the Residential school experience, we welcomed the Woodland Cultural Centre in for a presentation to our gr 6 classes regarding the Residential school experience. This workshop is intended to explore the truths of what happened at residential schools, the impact on the indigenous family, the loss of cultural identity and the lasting effects of systemic racism still felt today.
At the School Council meeting this past Tuesday I highlighted the areas of focus for our school annual plan. This aligns with the Strategic Directions of the HWDSB. There are three areas of focus:
Equity and Well Being – Students feel that their culture and background is represented in the classroom.
Reading (K-1) – 90% of students in Kindergarten and grade 1 will be progressing well on a continuum of oral language and early reading skills.
Math (gr 2-8) – Teachers in each grade are monitoring student progress in a math skill specific to each grade. The goal is to monitor student progress in this skill and reduce the number of students having difficulty.
On Tuesday our Gr 5 and 6 students will be going to the movie Wonder. Some classes are reading the book and using it as an opportunity to talk about issues of bullying.
This Wed Nov 22 is the Gr 8 parent night at Ancaster High from 6-8pm. All grade 8 families are encouraged to attend. To find out more information about high school. For those grade 8 families considering the Westmount program please note the parent information night is Thurs Nov 30. Westmount is a unique program and there is a specific process that is required for registration, it is important that interested families attend the information session.
An additional piece of information for our grade 8 families is that we have had to move the Graduation Date to Wed June 20th.
Looking ahead, a reminder that Fri Dec 1 is a PA Day and there is no school for students.
Information about the HWDSB TipOFF program is attached to this update. TippOFF is an online/ app based option for students and parents to anonymously report concerns. Please see the attachment for details. A poster is also located by the front entrance.
Mathies.ca, hosted by Ontario Association for Mathematics Education (OAME), is designed for Ontario K – 12 students and parents. This website includes games, learning tools, activities, and additional supports for students to explore, build and enhance their mathematical thinking. A parent ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ section includes: “How can I help with the learning of mathematics?”, “What mathematics activities can we do together?”, “What digital supports are available?” and “What additional support is available?” http://oame.on.ca/mathies/
Have a great weekend.
Simon Goodacre, Principal
Watch: Just One Wish Kindness Awards
The third annual Just One Wish Kindness Awards were held on July 1, 2017 in Gage Park during the It's Your Festival celebrations for Canada's 150th birthday. Organizers honoured 151 children (150 for Canada's birthday and one for good luck), age 4 to 18, from across HWDSB for their kindness. These children exemplify what is means to be Canadian and what Canada is all about. Congratulations to all!