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School District #35 Principal: Esther Schmit eschmit@sd35.bc.ca Together We Succeed Douglas Park Community School
School District #35 Principal: Esther Schmit eschmit@sd35.bc.ca Together We Succeed Douglas Park Community School

School District #35

Principal: Esther Schmit eschmit@sd35.bc.ca Together We Succeed

Douglas Park Community School http://douglaspark.weebly.com/ 5409 206 th St. Langley, BC V3A 2C5 Phone: 604-533-4491 PAC President: Jennifer Tolonics Newsletter #3 Nov 6, 2015

**WE ARE A BUCKWHEAT & LATEX AWARE SCHOOL** ***WE ARE A DOG FREE ZONE NO DOGS ON THE PREMISES AT ALL TIMES***

Fri, Nov 6

Tue, Nov 10

Wed, Nov 11

Thu, Nov 12, Dec 3

Mon, Nov 16-Fri, Nov 20

SAVE THE DATE

11 Thu, Nov 12, Dec 3 Mon, Nov 16-Fri, Nov 20 SAVE THE DATE Preliminary Report

Preliminary Report Cards Go Home – Grades 1-5 Grades 1-5

THE DATE Preliminary Report Cards Go Home – Grades 1-5 Remembrance Day Assembly starting at 10:45

Remembrance Day Assembly starting at 10:45 Parents welcome

Remembrance Day STUDENTS DO NOT ATTEND SCHOOL

Go Girls for grade 5 students participating (3:00-5:00 PM)

Fall Intersession STUDENTS DO NOT ATTEND SCHOOL Booster Camp for invited students only

Tue, Nov 24

Tue, Nov 24 Collaboration Afternoon – STUDENTS WILL BE DISMISSED AT 1:35 PM ) – please

Collaboration Afternoon STUDENTS WILL BE DISMISSED AT 1:35 PM) please let the office know if supervision will be required for your child(ren) from 1:35 to 2:50 PM

Wed, Nov 25

Wed, Nov 25 Explorations – Session 7 (last session; skating program ended Oct 28)

ExplorationsSession 7 (last session; skating program ended Oct 28)

Thu, Nov 26

Thu, Nov 26 Report Card Prep – STUDENTS DISMISSED AT 12:05 PM

Report Card Prep STUDENTS DISMISSED AT 12:05 PM

Tue, Dec 1-Fri, Dec 4

Thu, Dec 10

Fri, Dec 11

Sat, Dec 12

Fri, Dec 18

Mon, Dec 21-Jan 1

Mon, Jan 4

Book Fair in the Library – more information to follow more information to follow

4 Book Fair in the Library – more information to follow Christmas Concert – more information

Christmas Concert more information to follow

Term 1 Report Cards Go Hometo follow Christmas Concert – more information to follow FREE Santa’s Breakfast from 9:00-11:00 AM in

FREE Santa’s Breakfast from 9:00-11:00 AM in the gym Breakfast from 9:00-11:00 AM in the gym

FREE Santa’s Breakfast from 9:00-11:00 AM in the gym Last day of school before Winter Break

Last day of school before Winter Break

Winter Break STUDENTS DO NOT ATTEND SCHOOL

School Reopensthe gym Last day of school before Winter Break Winter Break – STUDENTS DO NOT ATTEND

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Sometimes life throws us a curve ball. I am sure you have all experienced that in your personal lives. The same is true for the school this year. Mr. Pearce, Division 1 teacher, is off on a Leave of Absence for the remainder of the year. Ms. McDougall will be filling in for Mr. Pearce. Mrs. Dhami, our Youth and Childcare worker is on a medical leave and then will begin her maternity leave in January. I myself have been off work for almost three weeks with a concussion.

It is a credit to ALL the staff that things are still running so smoothly. They have worked as the wonderful team I know them to be to step up and do what needs to be done. My thanks to Mrs. Dayco and Mr. Bereska who have filled in for me. I am on reduced days until I fully recover from my concussion and Mr. Bereska will continue to cover the office while I am off. We worked together in the past as a successful team and it is great to have him back, although the circumstances leave a lot to be desired.

Reading Goal

The staff is working diligently to ensure every child becomes a lifelong reader. We know how CRITICAL this is to future academic success. The donation of $10,000 from Indigo and a donation of 1,000 books from Black Bond Books will go a long way to help us meet that goal. While the donations are exciting, what we need more than anything is YOU. I know life is busy with work, preparing meals, laundry and the list goes on and on but the staff cannot possibly meet the reading goal without parents reading to/with their child EVERY NIGHT.

without parents reading to/with their child EVERY NIGHT. Can We Send Items with Nuts to School?

Can We Send Items with Nuts to School?

We have a student with a severe nut allergy. This student has to eat the nuts in order to trigger an allergic reaction. Students can bring items with nuts for themselves but there is strictly no sharing of food with other students. Snacks that are brought to school to share MUST be nut free!

that are brought to school to share MUST be nut free! DOUGLAS PARK MURAL – ARTIST

DOUGLAS PARK MURAL ARTIST BRANDON GABRIEL

Douglas Park is very fortunate to be receiving a full-colour, aboriginal mural based on the 7 sacred teachings of Aboriginal people. The mural will be mounted on the outside of the gym wall when completed. Here is the artist’s sketch of the mural currently being painted on-site. With it being painted on-site students will be able to follow the process from start to finish.

With it being painted on-site students will be able to follow the process from start to

REMIND 101

If you haven’t done so already, we encourage you to sign up for Remind 101. Remind 101 keeps you connected to what’s happening at school via text. To sign up simply enter 604-200-1069 on your phone message system; then enter @dpcss in the message area. You can opt out at any time by replying “unsubscribe @dpcss.”

AND NOW A MESSAGE FROM YOUR PAC Neufeld Orders

A huge THANK YOU to all who turned in their Neufeld orders! Together we sold $2,461 worth of cookies, pies and frozen goods. All funds raised go toward student activities and hopefully soon, some new iPads!

Scholastic Book Fair Is Coming Soon

We will once again be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair the 1 st week of December. Stay tuned for more information to come.

Christmas Raffle

Do you own a business or know anyone who would be able to donate prizes for our Christmas Raffle? Last year we had a very successful raffle with a Playstation as the grand prize and it was a big hit. We are once again collecting donations for this year's raffle. We are looking for new toys, games, electronics, gift certificates and other family oriented prizes. If you are able to help us out, please contact a member of the PAC or drop your donation off at the office anytime between now and the morning of December 10th. We have a formal donation request letter available if you need a copy.

Clothing Room Maintenance Volunteers

We are in need of a few parents to volunteer their time to keep our Clothing Room organized. We are always receiving new donations of clothing, boots and shoes for our families. Please contact Jennifer Tolonics, our PAC President, if you are interested in volunteering a half hour to an hour a week to maintain the clothing room.

How can I keep up to date on Fundraising and PAC events?

Follow us on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/DouglasParkPAC

PARKING ENFORCEMENT AT SCHOOLS CITY OF LANGLEY

Parents are reminded to only park/stop in designated areas when dropping off/picking up their children. The no parking/no stopping zones around the school exist to keep our children safe and help ensure they are visible to motorists. Bylaw officers do enforce the area as resources permit. If you are parked illegally and receive a ticket, there is a dispute process to follow on the back of the ticket if you disagree with the ticket but please be respectful of the officers if you happen to encounter them. Thank you!

of the officers if you happen to encounter them. Thank you! NO DOGS ALLOWED Dogs are
of the officers if you happen to encounter them. Thank you! NO DOGS ALLOWED Dogs are

NO DOGS ALLOWED

Dogs are not allowed on the playground as some dog owners are not picking up after their dogs. This is an obvious health concern.

DRESS FOR THE WEATHER

DRESS FOR THE WEATHER The fall/winter weather is here which means wind, colder temperatures and lots

The fall/winter weather is here which means wind, colder temperatures and lots of rain. Please make sure that your child comes to school dressed to go outside. It is important for them to get outside for some fresh air and movement so on days of drizzle we will be going outdoors. We do have some pairs of rubber boots and warm clothing in the clothing room if needed (one bag/family/month).

PREVENTING SICKNESS WASH YOUR HANDS!

PREVENTING SICKNESS – WASH YOUR HANDS! When your child is sick with the flu or cold

When your child is sick with the flu or cold and bed rest is needed, please keep them at home to prevent spreading to others. Remind your child the importance of washing their hands to prevent the spread of germs. We ask that you phone the office (604-533-4491) when your child is away sick.

the office (604-533-4491) when your child is away sick. We invite parents/caregivers who have children ages

We invite parents/caregivers who have children ages 3 and 4 to come to our school for creative story reading, activity games, arts & crafts, speech and language games. Come and spend time learning and having fun together. Sessions will be as follows:

Session 1

10:00 AM 11:15 AM November 27

Session 2

10:00 AM 11:15 AM January 22

Session 3

10:00 AM 11:15 AM February 26

There is no fee to attend any session but you must pre-register by calling the school or drop by the school office and pick up a registration form. We look forward to seeing you at the school on the above dates.

look forward to seeing you at the school on the above dates. REVOLUTION MARTIAL ARTS FREE

REVOLUTION MARTIAL ARTS FREE OFFER FOR 4 INTERESTED STUDENTS

Revolution Martial Arts were here on October 22 and gave our students a mini lesson in martial arts. From this session with our students Revolution Martial Arts would like to offer 4 of our students the opportunity to train in martial arts for FREE for the whole year of 2016. The only requirement is that the parents would be responsible for getting their child to and from their facility. If you are seriously interested in this opportunity, submit your child’s name to the office by Friday, November 13. Mrs. Schmit will announce the lucky recipients after the Fall Intersession Break.

the lucky recipients after the Fall Intersession Break. CHRISTMAS HAMPERS Christmas Hampers will be organized and

CHRISTMAS HAMPERS

Christmas Hampers will be organized and distributed by the Langley Christmas Bureau. The Christmas Bureau opened on November 1 at their new location #10 19638 Fraser Highway, Phone: 604.530.3001.

Grade 4 Students Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) Survey

In Oct Grade 4 students received information about the above survey. Grade 4 parents please complete and return the Optional Withdraw My Child slip if you DO NOT want your child to participate. Return to your child’s teacher by November 12.

Canadian Tire Jumpstart

If you are interested in signing up your child into an organized recreational sports program the Canadian Tire Jumpstart program may be able to assist with registration fees. Requests can be submitted up to November 15. If you are interested please see the office for a request form.

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF LANGLEY

Have you or someone you know ever thought of being a mentor to a child? Do you know a child who would benefit from a mentor or group mentoring program? Big Brothers Big Sisters Langley has been serving the children of the Langleys through a variety of mentoring programs that help to develop healthy friendships with adult or teen mentors for over 40 years. In addition to our community based and in-school one-to-one mentoring, we also offer group programs which we are happy to announce will now be available through host schools and Township of Langley community centres. For information on how to enroll a child in any of our programs, or to begin application to become a volunteer mentor, please contact Big Brothers Big Sisters Langley at 604-530-5055 or visit our site at bbbslangley.com. To learn how a child can take part in a group program at Walnut Grove Community Centre, WC Blair Rec Centre, or the Aldergrove Kinsmen Centre, contact your preferred centre directly for dates, times, and program information.

COMFORT KITS

Next week comfort kits (ziplock bag) will be sent home for assembly. You will find a list of items to include in the kit. Once assembled return to your child’s teacher. Comfort kits will be kept in the classroom should an emergency arise. Please return to school as soon as possible after the November break.

ADMINISTERING MEDICATIONS AT SCHOOL If your child requires medication to be given at school you must fill out a “Request for Administration of Medication” form (copy of form can be obtained from the office). Mrs. Little, our First Aid Attendant, uses this information to give students their medication as noted on form.

to give students their medication as noted on form. Ways to Help at School Be a

Ways to Help at School

Be a room parent Be a fieldtrip chaperone Join the PAC Attend school board meetings Volunteer for Explorations Get to know the teacher Put up a bulletin board Read to or with students Ask how you can help

WAYS YOU CAN HELP

Ways to Help from Home

how you can help WAYS YOU CAN HELP Ways to Help from Home Talk with your

Talk with your child about school daily Be excited about learning Contact your child’s teacher if your child is having a problem Support school rules and routines Make sure your child gets enough sleep Get your child to school on time Make sure that your child doesn’t miss school other than for emergencies or illness Let the school know how we can help you

HOMEWORK CLUB SCHEDULE

Monday 2:55 3:30 Grade 1s – Miss Shepherd’s classroom Grade 3s – Mr. Shaver’s classroom

Tuesday 2:55 3:30 Grade 2s – Mrs. Conway’s classroom Grade 4s – Ms. McDougall’s classroom Grade 5s – Mr. Marazzi’s classroom

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS FREE Family Community Dinner – Brought to you by Southgate Church (604-532-7769) When:

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

FREE Family Community Dinner Brought to you by Southgate Church (604-532-7769) When: 1 st Monday of every month starting at 6:30 PM Where: Boys and Girls Club

Simonds Elementary Christmas Craft Sale (20190 48 th Ave., Langley) When: Saturday and Sunday, November 21 and 22 from 10:00 AM 4:00 PM Free admission Free parking Featuring over 40 unique vendors quality, handcrafted items only Bistro, Bake Sale, Silent Auction, Raffles and Door Prized and More

Langley Secondary Craft Fair (21405 56 th Ave., Langley) When: Saturday, November 21 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM 60+ tables of something special - free parking - quality, handmade items from local crafters, artisans, artists. Come early for best selection!

Noel Booth Holiday Craft Fair (20202 35 th Ave., Langley) When: Saturday, November 21 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM You are invited to come and enjoy our Holiday Craft Fair. We will have a variety of crafters and vendors with a great selection of merchandise to choose from. Admission is $2.00 which includes a draw ticket for vendor donated products. Additional tickets will be available for purchase. There will be a Concession with a great variety of hot and cold treats. Lots of parking. Vendors & Crafters Wanted:

Do you want to show off your craft or promote your home business, then please come and participate in our craft fair. Tables are $20.00 each plus a small donation of one of your products. Donations should be a retail value of at least $10.00. Only one vendor per company/product will be permitted. Please register through Tracy Lester at racielester@gmail.com. Payments can be made through Munch-a-Lunch or by cheque. Cheques are payable to Noel Booth PAC and can be dropped off at the school.

or by cheque. Cheques are payable to Noel Booth PAC and can be dropped off at