Life at Courcelette – Winter Clubs & Teams

Coming UP – The Hour of Code. Ms. Robertson our librarian has signed our school up to participate again this year in HOUR OF CODE activities. Do you want to learn more at home? Go to this link:

NEW! Sonic Pi Music & Coding Club

Sonic Pi… That “code” for fun!

If you haven’t heard, Sonic Pi Music Coding Club let’s students learn, through inquiry, the real world skill of coding. Sam Aaron, the associate researcher from Cambridge University and guru behind Sonic Pi, argues that coding is as important to learn as reading and writing. His logic is that we don’t teach reading and writing because students will all become professional readers or professional writers, but rather because reading and writing are necessary skills to communicate and form of expression. What Sam Aaron wanted to develop is a platform that doesn’t just spark learning and appreciation of coding, but shows how coding can be creative. He argues that coding can be a creative form of expression. Sonic Pi is so much more than a coding program. It is, in fact, a live musical instrument that uses code as its input method. When playing Sonic Pi, you are coding live, while your creation is playing and morphing with each keystroke. Best of all, it doesn’t require any prior knowledge of music, beyond simple appreciation.

We had our first two meetings and had a great turnout, especially, from the grade 3 and 4 students. Our second meeting saw a smattering of students from 5 to 8, but I’d still love to see more come out. I will be splitting the students into two groups with grade 3 and 4 coming on Monday at lunch (11:45 after they finish eating) and grades 5 to 8 coming on Tuesday at lunch (again, 11:45). I will look at mixed grade groupings once we a few more weeks go by.

Sonic Pi is a free program and is 100% safe for download. Visit for more information and to download Sonic Pi for Windows or Mac OS. I also invite you to watch Sam Aaron’s TEDx Talk at the following link:

Happy Coding!

Mr. Quintin

Caribou Math Club

We continue to offer the Caribou Math Club. Thank you to Ms. Fletcher who helps to supervise the students during the competition dates and the Courcelette PS Council for providing funding.

About Caribou

The Caribou Mathematics Competition is a world wide online contest that is held six times throughout the school year. The Caribou Cup is the series of all Caribou Contests in one school year. Each student’s ranking in the Caribou Cup is determined by their performance in their best 5 of 6 contests through the school year.


The goals of this project are to:

  • Show that mathematical puzzles can be fun and that competing in math contests with interactive questions is exciting.
  • To improve student’s problem solving techniques by providing a wide variety of challenging math activities suitable for all students in grades 3-12.
  • Motivate students to get back to their school math when a question needed a technique or formula which they did not remember.

Our students perform very well in the competitions, many of them studying independently on line at:

This year our top performers have been:

  • October
  • Grade 3/4: 1) Verona M 2) Charlie R 3) Tess G
  • Grade 5/6: 1) Logan K 2) Cooper L 3) Jack G
  • November
  • Grade 3/4: 1) Tess G 2) Jason Y 3) Jackson S
  • Grade 5/6: 1) Elian L 2) Jack G 3) Owen S
  • In both months, our Top 3 Grade 7/8s have been: Ashita, Sarah, & Ben.

A special mention to Tess for her top 10 TDSB finish.

Yearbook Club

Ms. Baldwin and parent volunteers will have a hard working team of students to work with from the Yearbook Club! This is our first year having a Yearbook Club and we are very excited to add student voice/vision.

Musical Experiences

Our Junior/Intermediate Choir continues to practise under the direction of Ms. Panksep. They sang beautifully at the Remembrance Day Assembly. As always our students in K – 8 participate in classroom music curriculum programs featuring vocal music, recorder, orff instruments, ukulele, djembe drums, and band instruments. Recently Ms. Cave started a sign-up for students to play the piano during transitions on Fridays in order to highlight students’ talents and interest in music. It is absolutely lovely to hear the sound of music ringing through the halls!

Paleontology Club

Paleontology Club

Ms. Shaw hosts a Gr.1 & 2 Paleontology Club each week after school. At this time club member ship is full. The club studies fossils, dinosaurs and their history, and other skills/knowledge Paleontologists need in order to do their work.

Youth Wellness Leaders

Our student Wellness Leaders, under the guidance of the Wellness Committee comprised of Ms. Pennington, Ms. Clarke, Ms. Wilkins, Ms. Fletcher, Ms. Panksep & Ms. Toner continue to work diligently to teach & lead in all of our classes about the power of mindfulness. Every class in the school has two leaders that teach games, activities, and mindfulness practices every “Wellness” Wednesday morning. As well, having completed their initial training with Youth Wellness Network facilitators, the group has launched our very first school-wide initiative, the “Silent Focus” Challenge. Students are practising each Wednesday this month and on December 19th we will have a some of our most skilled students in “silent focus” demonstrate their skills in the gym. It’s a fun way to spread education, get students moving, and practising their powers of concentration.

ME to WE

Under the direction of Ms. Wilkins/Ms. Clarke our student leaders have paired with the SHARE 365 initiative to benefit the Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood. Every year Ms. Laverne orchestrates the massive undertaking to engage the community in collecting essential supplies like toilet paper & diapers for Scarborough families. Me to We has many other initiatives they undertake.

Students who are part of WE Schools are stepping up and making a difference in their neighborhood and world at large. Because no matter your age or location, we can all make a positive impact—whether that’s volunteering, fundraising or raising awareness around causes that matter.



Girls' BBall 2018

Congratulations to our Grade 5/6 Boys’ Volleyball & Girls’ Basketball Teams. Both teams enjoyed a great season thus far, and the girls continue into semi-finals as we speak. We wish them the best of luck! Thank you to Mr. Moore, Ms. Laverne, & Ms. Toner for all of their coaching expertise. In addition, our Teacher Candidates from various universities have helped with the coaching.

This winter the school will also have a Junior Hockey Team and 2 Girls’ Volleyball Teams in Grade 5/6 and 7/8.

Parents and guardians should familiarize themselves with the TDESSA Code of Conduct. We are looking forward to continuing the very positive experiences with athletics & sports teams we have come to expect at CPS. The following is an excerpt from the Code.

Codes of Conduct

  • All coaches, players, and spectators must adhere to the TDESAA Codes of Conduct, the TDESAA Constitution, the TDESAA Playing Regulations, the Ontario Safety Guidelines – Elementary Interschool, the TDSB Excursion Policy, the TDSB Character Development Model and all TDSB policies, and Bill 13 – Accepting Schools Act, 2012 (Anti-Bullying)
  • Coaches

  • In the school system, a coach is often the most important contact for an athlete.
  • As role models, coaches must ensure that their personal coaching philosophy has a challenging, but balanced approach, consistent with educational objectives.
  • It is expected that coaches will:
  • promote and demonstrate the ideals of sportsmanship, ethical conduct, and fair play
  • follow the rules of the game and the regulations of the TDESAA Constitution
  • accept and respect the decisions of referees, umpires, and other officials
  • teach student athletes the values of winning and losing, proper attitudes, respect, and the lifelong enjoyment of participation
  • base expectations for their student athletes upon realistic goals, with a balance between academics and athletics
  • act as a positive example in setting the tone for the expected behaviour of athletes and spectators
  • behave in accordance with all TDSB policies

Student Athletes

  • Student athletes are a direct reflection of the TDESAA’s educational philosophy.
  • Athletes serve as visible role models after whom other students in the school system can model their behaviour.
  • The following code of conduct will help to guide the conduct of student athletes participating in TDESAA-approved sporting events.
  • It is expected that all student athletes will:
  • Compete for the enjoyment of the game and the pursuit of individual, as well as team, excellence
  • Strive to understand, respect, and follow the rules of the game at all times
  • Demonstrate good sportsmanship and fair play
  • Conduct themselves with honour, dignity, and self-control
  • Appreciate the efforts of their teammates and opponents
  • Be generous in victory and gracious in defeat
  • Show respect for the authority and decisions of coaches, staff, and officials
  • Respect all athletic facilities and property
  • Respect the rights of opponents, teammates, and spectators on both sides
  • Refrain from the use of profanity, taunting, threatening actions, and violence at all times
  • Behave in accordance with all TDSB policies
  • Spectators

  • Spectators are an important aspect of school athletics.
  • The attendance of students, parents, guardians, family members, and members of the community serves to complement the experience of all those involved in sporting competitions.
  • It is expected that spectators will:
  • Cheer in a positive manner
  • Respect the decisions of the officials
  • Respect the athletic facilities and property
  • Respect the authority of TDSB staff who are supervising games
  • Be courteous and respectful to fellow spectators
  • Not interfere with the game in any manner
  • Refrain from the use of profanity, taunting, threatening actions, or violence
  • Behave in accordance with all TDSB policies

For our younger winter sports fans Primary Floor Hockey will be gearing up in the New Year as well as some additional clubs yet to be announced.

Thank you for reading through this update, as you can see we are a very engaged learning community! We want to ensure our students experience a nurturing learning environment with high expectations for all.

Ms. Gillan



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