Share in the Spirit of Giving

November  2017

Dear Courcelette Families:

Today we launch our annual support of the Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre (“BBNC”) to assist families within our local community.  For almost 20 years, Courcelette families have worked with the BBNC to support neighbouring families during the holiday season.  Last year our school donated diapers and laundry soap valued in excess of $6,000, plus an additional $1,950 funds raised from our annual “Santa’s Breakfast.”

The BBNC Share365 Program (formerly known as the ‘Adopt-A-Family’ Program) provides personal hygiene items, household cleaning products, and other daily necessity items, as well as Good Food Boxes, program subsidies, and skills development workshops for many qualifying families in need in our neighbouring community throughout the year.  You can learn more about Share365 at:

In the coming weeks, we would appreciate your involvement to continue Courcelette’s tradition of  supporting BBNC in anticipation of the holiday season:

  • Share365 – Our school has offered to donate diapers (in newborn through adult sizes) family-size bottles of unscented, liquid laundry detergent, as well as adult toothpaste to support BBNC, who will provide these items to families in need and will substantially help the centre in the work that they do.   


You will find a list of items (on the next page) that we hope each class is able to contribute, however we hope that all classes can offer to help other classes if items are still required.  This is a whole school effort! We thank you in advance for your support!

  • Santa’s Breakfast – Saturday, December 9th in the school gym.  Details of this annual program will be sent home separately.  Net proceeds from this event are donated by Community Council to BBNC.  
  • Mitten Tree  –  Our annual Mitten Tree (located in the school, main doors area) will be for new and gently used winter items, including mittens, gloves, scarves, snow pants and coats.  These donations will be directed to the BBNC for distribution.  Please decorate our tree with donations between Nov. 27 – Dec. 9 (Santa’s Breakfast).
  • Gift Donation- If your family wishes to donate a toy for a child, please bring in a wrapped new toy labelled with boy/girl and the age it is intended for.  All donations will be given to BBNC or another local charity in need.


Please consider supporting these initiatives so that we can all work together to support the BBNC.  You can also make a monetary donation directly to the centre.  Be sure to specify that your funds are to be applied to the Share365(Courcelette) program:

These cash donations will be put to use to assist their families with such items as providing a sporting activity for a child, sending a parent back-to-school, and fresh food boxes.

Thank you for supporting Courcelette’s annual BBNC Donation Drive.


Courcelette Community Council

Grade 8 Trip to Quebec

Deadline Approaching for First Deposit

Good morning Grade 8 Families,

The first payment for our planned Grade 8 trip to Quebec is due Wednesday, November 15th (now extended to November 22, 2017). The sum is $348.00. The second deposit is due December 18th, $349.00. Please go to

The total cost of the trip is $697.00 per student, based on 40 paying passengers. As of right now, 20 students have registered, paid the deposit, and returned their permission forms.

If you would like to inquire about a trip subsidy and/or the trip scholarship fund, please contact Ms. Gillan directly 416-396-6185 and/or leave a message with Ms. Hepner if I am not available. We want to do our very best to ensure all of the students who want to go on the trip get the opportunity to do so.

We also strongly encourage you to consider purchasing Travel Insurance and Student Accident Insurance. Please visit

This is an exciting adventure for our students, in addition to visiting a stunning part of Canada. One of our Grade 8 students remarked. “It’s a chance for all of us to be together again, like one family.”

Thank you for contacting the school if you want to inquire about deposit deadlines, payments, or details around the trip. Please also ensure you send in the trip permission forms, including medical information and Emergency contact information back to school as soon as possible.


Ms. Fletcher, Ms. Wilkins, Mr. Knight, and Ms. Gillan


Mark the Calendar, Light the Lights!


Fri. Nov. 24th – Crazy Hair Spirit Day

  • Pizza lunch

      Thurs. Nov. 30 th  –  Recognition Assembly 9 am (Character Trait: Empathy)

  •   PJ Day (Ms. Hepner’s Favourite Spirit Day!)
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      Fri. Dec. 1st  – PD Day – no school for students

      Fri. Dec. 8th  – Red & Green Spirit Day

Sat. December 9th – Santa’s Breakfast!!!! – more details to come 🙂


      Tues. Dec. 12th Dress Rehearsal (time TBD)  

      Wed. Dec. 13th – Holiday Evening Concert 6pm (Kindies to the Grade 3 classes performing only)

      Fri. Dec. 15th –  Crazy Sweater Spirit Day


  • Pizza lunch

      Fri. Dec. 22th  – Holiday PJ Spirit Day

** Winter Holidays

      Mon. Jan. 8th, 2018 – Happy New Year – Back to School!!  


November 13 – 17

Happy Progress Report Monday!

Yes, today progress reports went home with students and this week, parent/guardian-interviews will take place according to the schedule your child’s teacher has confirmed. If you you need to reach a classroom teacher, please call before or after school and leave a message with the office. The teacher will get back to you as soon as possible. Alternatively, please contact Ms. Hepner and let her know about your needs.

Thursday, November 16th PM & Friday, November 17th AM: All teachers are available for interviews

  • if you would like to meet with the French Teacher (Ms. Bladwin), Physical Education (Mr. Knight) or a rotary teacher, please contact your child’s teacher or contact the office directly.

The progress report is an indication as to how well your child is working towards achieving the curriculum expectations. Please take this time to focus on Learning Skills – these are the indicators of future success. We want to continue to work as a team to ensure all students are successful not only in terms of academic achievement, but inclusive of their personal well-being and promoting equitable access to learning opportunities.

Caribou Math Contest

Grade 3/4 students participate Wednesday, November 15th

Grade 5/6/7/8 students participate Thursday, November 16th

Please bring a lunch to school, all tests are written during the lunch hour.

A notice went home today.

Right now the program is running with approximately 25 students per lunch hour. We have 25 desk top computers to utilize during that time frame. Thank you to Ms. Ashely Chang for your help with the tests.

Mindful Monday, Wellness Wednesday, & Feel-good Friday

This morning I enjoyed yoga with our kindergarten students, lead by Grade 8. It was a lovely way to begin the week and watch not only our older students hone valuable leadership skills but watch our younger students build upon their self-regulation. I did not mind the opportunity to stretch either!

Thank you to the Mental Health & Wellness Committee for your leadership and for continuing a great program that makes Courcelette PS a progressive school environment that promotes the wholistic development of our students.

P.A. Day Friday November 17, 2017

The school is closed Friday with the exception of teacher interviews.




Remembrance Day Assembly


Please join us for 10:00 am on November 10th for our Remembrance Day Assembly. This is a school wide assembly, and we will be seating students and guests in the gym. There will be seats available for guests at the rear of the gymnasium.

The assembly will include songs by the choir,  a presentation of our peace wreaths, poems read by students, and a video tribute. A moment of silence will be observed at the end of the service. Students and staff are encouraged to wear black & red or white & black. Poppy pins or stickers will be provided to all students.

Thank you,

Ms. Gillan


Week of Nov. 6 – 10


QSP Fundraiser Continues. for on-line sales or shop from the catalogue and utilize the order forms your child brought home. If you need additional information please contact the school office and we will be happy to assist you. Thank you to Ms. Carolyn Howard for organizing this fundraiser and working so hard to keep the students engaged.


School Photo Retakes & Sibling Photos – AM only

  • there is not a specific schedule so please ensure your child is in attendance if you want them to get a retake or take a photo with their siblings


Remembrance Day: Please join us at 10:00 am for our, “Canada Remembers” Assembly

If you have a friend or family member who has served our country and would consider being our guest, please contact Ms. Gillan and/or please extend the invitation.


The Courcelette PS Choir will be singing O’Canada and songs of tribute. Student representatives from every class will be laying Peace Wreaths as well.


The holiday concert will be on December 13th, beginning at 6 pm and feature performances by our K – Grade 3 students. As well, the school choir will be performing.


Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the last of the fall leaves!


Ms. Gillan

A FUNtastic Week!

Me to We Club

The students are enjoying a wonderful day of dancing as a reward for bringing non-perishable food items to donate to a local food bank by the ME to WE Club. The club organized the event and were DJs at the dance. Thank you WE Club for leading by example, thinking globally, and acting locally.

food drive

Earlier in the week we celebrated Halloween. All of the classes participated in a parade on the school grounds. Many staff dressed up and hosted class parties in the afternoon. It was lovely to have many families join us to take photos and celebrate the fun spirit of the day. Glad everyone had a safe & happy Halloween.

T rexParadeshaggy & velma

Last night saw the Courcelette PS Community Council come together to discuss a number of items. I want to thank the council for their support in many aspects of our programming at the school. Most recently the council has approved funding for band equipment, technology purchases including a 3-D printer, a video camera, lap tops, and chrome book computers to provide greater access for the Junior classes.

Next week we will be sending out a paper communication to encourage everyone to sign up for electronic communications via School Council, The Principal’s blog, and to follow @CourcelettePS on twitter for updates.

In order to continue our commitment to community engagement, we need to ensure we have Volunteer Leaders for upcoming events. We are looking for an individual to lead the organization of Santa’s Breakfast, scheduled for Saturday December 9th. This is a time honoured event at the school. Traditionally the Grade 2 parents have hosted this event, but we need a leader. Please e-mail if interested.


Ms. Gillan



Week of Oct. 30 – Nov. 3

Dear Courcelette PS Community,

Important reminders for the coming week:

  1. Monday, October 30: Grade 8 Grad Trip Information Night, 7 pm.
  2. Tuesday, October 31: Halloween Celebrations. Parade in yard begins at 12:45 pm.
  3. Thursday, November 1: School Council Meeting begins at 7 pm in the gym.
  4. Friday, November 3: Me to We Club, Food Drive Dance, $3 or a donation
  5. Monday, November 6: Photo Retake/Sibling Photo Day

I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend. Last week was wonderful and busy week with the Amazing Race Assembly, the QSP Kick-Off, and our Recognition Assembly, which also paid tribute to the recently deceased Canadian poet and leader of the band, The Tragically Hip, Mr. Gord Downie.

Congratulations to all of the students and staff who gave it their all last week, whether it was at a soccer game, in a running race, performing a song, or persevering through a new learning experience. When visiting the school this week, you will notice student made posters sharing a message about the importance of having a Growth Mindset. It takes courage to work through our challenges and problems. Former Courcelette student and winner of the Amazing Race Canada Paul Mitskopoulos told students that you should always dream big & NEVER GIVE UP.  Thank you to our students, staff, and community for being so inspiring. Last week we witnessed how Canadian leaders past, current, and the future, our very own Courcelette students, will lead the way. You are all examples of #CourceletteCourage.