Week of September 18 – 22, 2017


Fall Art by our Grade 1 Students in Ms. Choudhuri’s class.

Some important reminders for this week and next:

Courcelette Community Council & Elections: Wednesday September 20th, 7:00 -8:30 pm

Courcelette PS Curriculum Night: Tuesday September 26th, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Recognition Assembly: Thursday September 28th, commencing at 9:00 am

  • Parent/Guardian invitations to attend will be sent home this coming week
  • We hope to continue our monthly Recognition Assembly on the last Thursday of each month, commencing at 9:00 am each time so that parents/guardians may plan accordingly (work schedules, daycare etc.)

Pizza lunch: September 29th

Terry Fox School Run: September 29th at 2:00 pm (approximately) Please join us for this community run. We will be collecting toonies for Terry!

This will also be our first SPIRIT DAY!!!!! Please wear RED & WHITE to celebrate our great Canadian hero Terry Fox and his mission to raise awareness about cancer  and fundraise for research.





Blog Up Date: Week of September 11 – 15/17

IMG_0094This week saw everyone settle into their new routines and continue to build relationships with students, staff, and the school community. I began my principal visits to each classroom to review school rules and expectations and to get to know all of the students’ names. I like to use the opportunity to discuss literature and my 3 favourite picture books which promote inclusion, respect, and deepen our understanding of the Courcelette motto “thinking globally, acting locally.”

The school’s Wellness Committee met to build on the amazing initiatives and success of last year. We will beginning our Mindful Monday, Wellness Wednesday, and Feel-good Friday program again to support and maximize the overall health of our students and staff. Our Grade 8 students are an intrinsic part of the Wellness team who lead activities in the school on a weekly basis. I’d like to thank all of the students and staff who are working so diligently to promote positive mental health and wellness in our school.

It’s been wonderful to see so many students participating in Cross Country practice. Thank you to Ms. Robertson for your leadership and to our parent volunteers. We are eagerly looking forward to the Chine Drive PS meet on September 20th. If you would like to purchase Courcelette PS Spirit Wear and Cross Country team shirts, ensure you visit the following site and place your order now:


Adult sizes are available to order. Thank you Renate Kalve for organizing the orders.

Lastly, parent consultation letters for students with IEPs (Individual Education Plans) are being sent home. Please read through the letter and consult your child’s teacher if you have any questions.

I hope everyone is enjoying the wonderful weekend weather.

Best Regards,

Ms. Gillan






School Spirit Wear & Team Shirts

Courcelette Broncos gear is now available for order. Please visit https://courcelette2017.itemorder.com. Cross country and spirit wear hoodies and t-shirts in youth and adult sizes are available for purchase. Order deadline is Friday September 22nd for Thanksgiving delivery. Please refer to online sizing guides. Sample sizes will be available for fitting Monday September 18th and Wednesday September 20th 8:00am to 8:30am outside the south entrance of the school. For questions please contact parent volunteer Renate Kalve at rkalve@hotmail.com.

Please note: 2 of our Cross Country Meets take place before the orders will arrive at school. Please utilize a shirt from last year or the school will loan a jersey if required.

Week One!


How are you feeling?

How are you and your children feeling after the first week of school? Probably a little tired like some of the kindergarten students indicated in the pictograph above. Hopefully mostly happy that the first week is done! I am feeling grateful to be part of such a great school community and delighted by the amazing smiles of the Courcelette students (even in the sheets of rain yesterday!).

This week we had a Welcome Back to School Assembly for students in Grades 1 to 8 to review rules and routines. Please remember to return the information packages sent home on the first day of school. If you did not receive one, please contact your child’s teacher as soon as possible.

IMPORTANT: Medical Information

If your child has a medical condition or may require the administration of medications, please ensure you complete the required forms. We are required to have a Management of Emergency Medical Concern form on file for all students with life threatening allergies. These forms will be sent home with students whose guardians have not completed one already.

Our lap tops and cart have arrived! Thank you to the Courcelette Community Council for the purchase of 25 computers. I look forward to working closely with all members of the Parent Council. A package is going home today from the council and contains important information regarding the upcoming school council election.

SAVE THE DATE: Curriculum Night will be September 26th, 5:30 pm to 7 pm. Additional details to follow.

The annual Terry Fox Run will take place Friday, September 29th after pm recess (2:00 – 3:15 pm).

Speaking of important dates… FALL FEST is scheduled to take place Saturday, October 21st. I am looking forward to joining all of you for this celebration and fundraising event to support our school initiatives.

Fall Sports Season

This year, soccer will take place in the fall and slo-pitch has been moved to the spring 2018 season. Our X-country team is gearing up and practices will take place on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday beginning at 8:05 am. Ms. Robertson has set up a blog with information at:


Permission forms with dates were handed out in class today.

Listen to announcements for more information on the following sports teams this term:

JR Boys’ Soccer

INT Boys’ Soccer

INT Girls’ Basketball

JR Boys Basketball

INT Girls’ Volleyball

JR Girls’ Volleyball

JR and INT Hockey

Intramural sports will be planned for our students in the Primary Grades. Information to follow.

Thank you to the staff who have volunteered to coach and for Mr. Knight’s leadership in getting our school registered with TDESAA.

Have a great weekend and rest up, it’s going to be a wonderfully busy and exciting fall here at Courcelette PS.

Best Regards,

Ms. Gillan

Welcome Back to School!

August 31st, 2017

As we head into the last weekend before school begins I want to take this opportunity to welcome all of our Courcelette families, new and returning, to a brand new school year.

My name is Samantha Gillan and I am thrilled to be the new principal here at Courcelette PS. I grew up in a family of educators, so for me, the first day of school signals new beginnings, fresh starts, and a wonderful sense of renewal. It’s also always been a time to consider new challenges and preparation for future plans.

I look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday September 5th. Staff will be eagerly awaiting students in the yard with class lists and be able to direct everyone to their assigned classroom teacher. If you would like to see class lists they will be posted late in the afternoon on Friday September 1st in the vicinty of the front doors. Please note, this organization is based on TDSB’s projected enrolments and it is possible that classes may need to be reorganized to refelct actual enrollment numbers during the month of September.

Have a safe and happy weekend!

Ms. Gillan


Last blog update for this school year, June 29th, 2017

Dear students, parents and staff,

It has been an honour serving this great community. I wish to thank you for your encouragement, commitment and endless support.

Over the last two school years, I have witnessed the admirable efforts of our keen and engaged students as well as the unwavering dedication of our talented and devoted teaching and support staff. I have also marveled at the tremendous involvement of parent council members and of all parent voluteers who contribute, on a daily basis, to our school’s success.

To our grade 8 graduates, we are all proud of your accomplishments and we wish you the very best as you begin a new journey as secondary school students.

As I retire from public education, I feel great pride in having been part of the Courcelette community and of this very fine school. Thank you.




Blog update, for June 25th, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Please see the information below for the after school program beginning next September.

After school REC program

Just a reminder, our last Sharing Assembly will take place Monday morning beginning just after 9:00am. This assembly will be hosted by our kindie students 🙂

We encourage students to wear white/red or any clothing items that display Canada as we acknowledge our country’s 150th anniversary.

Please know that we are still aiming to host Play Day on Thursday, the last day of school for students; weather permitting.

Report cards go home on Thursday. Should students be absent that day, reports will be mailed to their home address.


Happy Sunday,


Blog update for June 22, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I am pleased to introduce Ms. Samantha Gillan, Courcelette’s new Principal. Welcome Ms. Gillan.

Courcelette Principal Announcement June PK signature

This year’s fantastic yearbook is now available. To order a copy, please access the cashless website. The cost is $30.00. If you purchase multiple yearbooks, the price is $25.00. Yearbooks will be delivered on the last day of school.

We wish to thank all the parents, staff and students who contributed to this wonderful collection of memories.

Lost and Found

We have many clothing items in our school foyer. Please come by and claim any lost items. Unclaimed ones will be going to charity.

Play Day

We are hoping for clear skies tomorrow. If we need to reschedule, we will aim for next Thursday, the last day of school.

Final Sharing assembly of the year

The Kindie team would like to invite all staff and students to wear red and/or white for the assembly on Monday.  The kindergarten students will be acknowledging Canada’s 150th.

Pizza Lunch

Tomorrow, is our last pizza lunch!