Blog update, November 4th, 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians,


On the evening of November 24th, Ms. Bowers is hosting a Parent Symposium on Mindfulness and Well-Being here at Courcelette. As a part of this evening, we will be hearing a presentation on Mindfulness and having our very own Student Mental Health Committee present and reflect on the work they are doing in our classes each week. Ms. Bowers will also be presenting The Zones of Regulation curriculum that we are currently implementing in classes. Parents are asked to please click on the link below to RSVP if you’re able to be in attendance. This invitation has also been extended to parents at Blantyre P.S.

Thank you in advance,

Ms. Bowers

QSP Magazine Sales

Thank you to everyone who has already participated in the QSP Magazine Fundraiser this year. The fundraiser runs until November 28th and all proceeds will be used to support literacy programs at Courcelette. In the past, we have used the funds to purchase reading materials, iPads and Smart Boards.

We are a long way from our goal of $10,000 in sales so please take some time to order your magazines today at The code for Courcelette is 3722923. Remember that approximately 30% of the total sales go directly to our school!

Additional QSP packages can be obtained through the office if for some reason you did not receive one.

Thank you for your support!

Carolyn Howard

QSP Coordinator


BBNC Share 365 Program

Courcelette Public School is proud to announce that once again we’ll be supporting the BBNC (Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre) Share365 program.  This program helps to provide necessities to support families and individuals in our community who are living below the poverty line.  This year, we have offered to collect and donate diapers in all sizes from newborn to adult XL, as well as family-size bottles of unscented, liquid laundry detergent.  Each class has been allotted the number of boxes of specific diaper size(s) and number of detergent bottles.  The first class to fulfill their allocation will win a class pizza party, hosted by Parent Council!  Last year we donated over $6,000 worth of diapers and household products to the BBNC, as well as $1,900 of funds raised from Santa’s Breakfast.  A letter will be sent home with more details.

Remembrance Day

Our Grade 8 class will be leading a Remembrance Day assembly on November 11th 10:30 – 11:15 AM. You may wish to join us. Please note that we have very limited sitting capacity.

Santa’s Breakfast

Save the date for Santa’s Breakfast: Saturday, Dec. 3, 9 am – 11:30 am, in the school gym!  Proceeds will be donated to the BBNC.

Roots of Empathy

Roots of Empathy (ROE) is an international award winning, evidence based classroom program that has shown dramatic effect in raising social and emotional competence and increasing empathy as well as decreasing aggression and bullying behaviours. ROE’s mission is to build caring, peaceful, and civil societies through the development of empathy in children and adults.

The program revolves around a baby, the baby’s parent, a class of students and their teacher as well as a ROE instructor.  Miles, our ROE baby is actually Mr. Moore’s son (classroom teacher). His wife, Mrs. Moore will be bringing Miles in for the 9 visits throughout the year. There are nine themes with three classroom visits per theme by the ROE instructor for a total of 27 visits per school year. Students learn about infant development, temperament as well as emotional literacy.The concept of a literacy of feelings is key to the delivery of ROE. We strive to support healthy emotional development of students by identifying emotions through the ROE baby – by labelling the emotions; by identifying the emotions in themselves; and by fostering dialogue about emotions. By observing and learning about the temperament of Miles, students will then gain insight into their own temperament as well as those around them. The end result being a classroom full of students showing empathy towards each other as well as the greater society and world they live in.



Thank you very much to Miles and the Moore family. Many thanks to Charlotte Appt (Courcelette mom) for facilitating this wonderful program.

Kearney (Outdoor Education)

Our Grade 6 students led by Ms. Dhanani and Mr. Barbeau enjoyed a wonderful stay at Kearney. The students had the opportunity to access parts of the curriculum in a beautiful natural setting, located on the edge of Algonquin Park. Absolute bliss…



What fun!


Courcelette teachers are having way too much fun eh?


Roof News!

Things are progressing well with the solar panel project.


Important dates:

November 11th Remembrance Day Assembly

November 15th Progress Reports go home

November 17th Parent/Teacher interviews

November 18th PA day Parent/Teacher interviews AM (no school for students)

November 21st Parent Council meeting (7:00-8:30pm)

November 24th Parent Symposium on Mindfulness, Well-being and Mental Health

November 25th Pizza Lunch

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