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Dear Parents /Guardians, 
We have had a busy month since the holiday break and another busy one to come in February! January was filled with activities including our Family Fun Night. We thank the over 400 people who joined us for that educational and entertaining evening and a huge thank you to our staff and student volunteers for organizing it. 
In classes, we have seen great learning through continued work on mindfulness, on Number Talks and in our focus on organization in our writing. We encourage families to continue to support our Math and Literacy work with regular practice on Dreambox, and of course, to read daily. We also see lots of evidence of inquiry-based learning across all of our grades with students asking big questions and working together to find answers to them. And our wellness and wellbeing learning continues to be a focus as we encourage our students to develop self-regulation skills through breathing activities, restorative and community building circles and zones/emotional literacy programs from FOK-grade 6. 
We have also been busy with extra-curricular activities, including the start-up of our volleyball teams, winter intramurals, new clubs such as Battle of the Books, Lego Robotics, Arm Knitting Club and Colour Me Calm. We have also been so excited to begin the final phase of our mural creation. Students spent the last week painting, with each class having the opportunity to contribute to the painting process. We will look forward to seeing the final product towards the end of February. Many thanks to ArtHouse for sponsoring and leading with amazing experience for our school community. We also look forward to our Dance-a-than, which is scheduled for Thursday, February 15th . This fundraiser is of great importance in helping us to supplement learning resources for our students. It is also a lot of fun! Information and pledge forms will be sent home with your children for your consideration. Our Musical, "Willy Wonka" is underway and we have been practising for opening night in April. Stay tuned as we will be looking for parent volunteers to assist as we get a little closer! 
A special thank you to School Council and to each of you for your support of our school initiatives. So far, fundraising efforts have gone towards purchasing additional home reading resources, new Lego Robotics kits, sponsoring Scientists in School for each class and our Musical. 
Term 1 Report Cards will be going home on Monday, February 26th. This report will contain grades along with descriptive comments and provide a summary of your child's performance since the beginning of the year. They also provide next steps and goals for your child for the second half of the school year. The Elementary Provincial Report Card will also report achievement on the same six Learning Skills. For more information visit: www.edu.gov.on.ca While official interviews are not conducted with this set of report cards, please know you are always welcome to contact your child's teacher(s) to discuss any questions you may have. 
Many thanks for your ongoing support and partnership, 
Mrs. J. Reesor, Principal, Mrs. C. Rhodes-Foley, Vice Principal