Reminders… & Week of February 16th

Happy Valentine’s to everyone who celebrates! I am grateful for the little cards and well wishes from the students.  Please ask your child to see their Valentine’s bag when they get home. Staff let me know today that some cards exchanged by students at school may have included a small candy attached to them and we always encourage children to take those home for parent review before consumption. I communicated the same information to our after care program supervisors.

Today Teacher Candidates from OISE began practicums at Courcelette – what an exciting time in their education. I will be taking a photograph of the TCs and introducing everyone next Tuesday on their first full day in the classrooms.

Please note, tomorrow is a PA Day for scheduled Parent-Teacher Interviews. If you have not already, please ensure you read TDSB Director John Malloy’s letter from February 11th sharing important information concerning report cards and IEPs.

You can read that letter here: Elementary Letter – February 11 2020

I want wish everyone a safe & happy Family Day Weekend, Monday February 17th is a Holiday and the school is closed.


Wednesday February 19thAUSSIE X Dance Workshop Grades K – 6.

Here is what student’s will be learning:

Experience diversity and inclusivity through learning dance styles from around the world. Students are encouraged to celebrate the unique parts of themselves and to support others in doing the same. Students learn to include, not exclude and to stand for what they believe in, to form a world where everyone feels safe to be who they truly are – one X Dancer at a time!

School Council is meeting at 7 pm in the gym. Child minding in the library will be provided. Please join us to stay connected and learn about plans for our Dance-a-thon in March.

On Friday, February 21st, there is a proposed provincial wide strike by Elementary Teachers. The following letter was sent from TDSB’s Director John Malloy to parent/guardian e-mail addresses on file with the school.

February 12, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,
We wanted to provide you with an update on recently announced job actions to be taken next week by both the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF).

Today, both unions have announced they will be taking part in a full strike on Friday, February 21, 2020 that will impact all TDSB schools.

As with previous strike days, the TDSB would have no other option but to close all schools (elementary and secondary) to students on this day as there would not be sufficient supervision to ensure their safety. Parents/guardians should make alternate arrangements for their children on these dates if necessary.

Child care centres located in elementary schools will be permitted to stay open. Please contact the child care provider directly for more information. TDSB Extended Day Programs will also be open to currently enrolled students for a full day of programs. EarlyON Child and Family Centres will operate during their regular hours.

Should the strike continue as planned, all International Languages Elementary and African Heritage classes would be cancelled on strike days only. However, all adult non-credit programs, such as Adult ESL and Learn4Life, will continue to run.

In addition to all TDSB secondary schools, Adult High Schools and Night Schools offering secondary credits will also be closed to students. Secondary e-Learning classes and any out-of-school activities (e.g. field trips, sports, etc.) will be cancelled.

Should there be any significant updates, we will communicate directly with parents/guardians as quickly as possible. As always, for ongoing labour updates, please visit the TDSB website and follow @tdsb on Twitter.

If you are not receiving e-mail communication from the TDSB please let the office at Courcelette PS know. We will update your information on file immediately.

Thank you everyone for your continued partnerships.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Ms. Gillan

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