JOSEPH GIBBONS NEWS “Together—Learning Within A Community Dedicated to Children”

41 Moore Park Cr., Georgetown, ON L7G 2T3 - 905-877-4653

March 2018

DATES TO REMEMBER Mar. 2—Pita Day Lunch Mar. 5—School Council 6:00pm Mar. 9—Pizza Day Lunch Mar. 12-16—March Break (no school) March 23—Pizza Day March 29—Sub Day March 30—Good Friday (no school) April 2—Easter Monday (no school) April 6—Pizza Day April 9—School Council Meeting @ 6pm April 13 Pita Day April 19—Family Fun Night @ 6pm April 20-Pizza Day April 26—Sub Day April 27—PA Day—no school for students

SCHOOL HOURS Supervision Begins: 8:50 a.m. (Please do not send children to school before this time as there will be no staff on duty to supervise.) Period 1: 9:05 a.m.—9:55 a.m. Period 2: 9:55 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Nutrition Break:

10:45 a.m. - 11:25 a.m. Period 3: 11:25 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Period 4: 12:15 p.m. - 1:05 p.m.

Nutrition Break (Lunch):

1:05 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Period 5: 1:45 p.m. - 2:35 p.m. Period 6: 2:35 p.m. - 3:25 p.m. Dismissal: 3:25 p.m. Supervision Ends: 3:40 p.m.

OFFICE HOURS Our office hours are Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Mrs. Macdonald or Mrs. Cobanoglu will be happy to help you.

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE Dear Parents, Report Cards went home earlier this week. Please remember to review your child's report card and have some meaningful discussions on your child's progress and next steps. We also ask that you return the envelope and sign and return page 3. Report cards are only one way of learning about your child’s progress. The agenda, teacher websites, meetings and telephone conversations are also important. If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher. The boys and girls volleyball teams are busy in practice and are excited about their season of play each Wednesday. We look forward to cheering them on! We continue to have lots of extra-curriculars happening including coding club, chess, choir, crafts and lego. A big thank you to our staff and Mrs. DeBoer, a parent volunteer for supporting these fun learning opportunities for our students at breaks. Earlier this week we had Mrs. Ward and Mrs. Wilde lead our crossgrade Province groups in an activity to learn about the Contributions of Black Canadians, as part of recognition of Black History Month.

Principal: Darlene MacDonald Senior Secretary: Kim Macdonald Secretary: Zoe Cobanoglu Superintendent of Schools: Scott Podrebarac 1-877-618-3456 Trustee: Jeanne Grey Attendance Line: 1-877-409-6310 School Council Chair: Toni Jamieson Website: Twitter @JosephGibbonsPS

Each group did research, created a poster, presentation and dramatic tableaux. The students worked collaboratively and learned a great deal about perseverance, resilience, hard work and commitment. The learning for our students is enhanced with staff learning. During our Professional Development time, teachers have been focusing on reading intervention strategies as well as moderating student work and finding ways to give students feedback about their work in the area of inferencing. Teachers are also developing comprehensive Math Unit plans that includes open-ended math problems that focus on application. We are life-long learners at Joseph Gibbons. Sincerely, Darlene MacDonald Principal

NO PARKING IN FIRE ROUTE We have had a number of parents stop/park their vehicles in the parking lot along the fire route (the straight away on your righthand side as you come into the lot). We have, in the past, placed orange pylons along the fire route to further identify this is a no parking zone. With or without the pylons this is a designated fire route and is a Town enforced by-law.


Our GLOW Dance-A-Thon Fundraiser raised just over $2500 Thank you for your donations

MOVING? Moving? Please inform the School Office if your children will not be returning to Joseph Gibbons next year. Having accurate numbers is important for class building.

CLOCKS SPRING AHEAD 1 HOUR Don’t forget to move clocks forward 1 hour on March 11

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!!! The Healthy Snack Programme is now underway thanks to our terrific parent volunteer programme coordinator Mrs. Caissie. This programme is entirely volunteer run and we are always looking for more help. Please go to our volunteer website to see if you can help at https://

INCLEMENT WEATHER & BUS CANCELLATIONS During the winter months, inclement weather may cause the disruption of bus transportation and regular school operations. Parents/guardians are reminded to review the inclement weather information below for the 2017-2018 school year. In case of inclement weather, the decision to close schools and/or cancel buses is communicated beginning at 6:30 a.m. in the following ways: Methods of Communication:  Halton District School Board website (  Halton Student Transportation Services (  Telephone recording through the Board’s main switchboard at 905-335-3665 and 1-877-618-3456  Television Stations: CHCH, CITY TV, CP24  AM Radio Stations: CFRB 1010 AM, CJOY 1460 AM, CHML 900 AM, CKOC 1150 AM, CHWO 740 AM, AM680NEWS, CHAM 820 AM.  FM Radio Stations: CHFI 98.1 FM, WAVE 94.7 FM, Y108/107.9 FM, CING 95.3 FM, KLITE 102.9 FM, CBC 99.1 FM, CIMJ 106.1 FM Email Notifications on Inclement Weather Days:  The Home Notification System will email the parents of approximately 60,000 students (between 6:30 -7:30 am) . Delays in email delivery are caused by limitations of parent’s Internet Service Provider (ISP) receiving our messages, spam protection, as well as other GTA school boards sending messages that morning. For those reasons, the Home Notification System is supplementary to TV, radio, website and social media. It is a parent’s decision whether or not they send their child to school on inclement weather days If you decide to keep your child at home you must report their absence to the attendance line. When the temperature (with or without) wind chill reaches – 20 Celsius, students will enter school immediately upon arrival (but not prior to 8:50 a.m.) and will remain indoors during nutrition breaks. Reminders for Bus Riders:  When bus transportation is cancelled, it is cancelled for the entire day. Parents who bring their children to school when buses are cancelled, must make arrangements to pick them up at dismissal time.  Pay careful attention to the bus cancellation message if your child/children travels from one zone to another for a specialized program. If your child travels into or through a zone where the transportation is cancelled, then there will be NO transportation provided for you child that day.  Dress warmly on cold weather days as school buses may be delayed and your child may be waiting for the bus



Joseph Gibbons bid Madam Potter “Adieu” on February 28th and we wish to welcome M. Suchit on March 8th.

“World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), 21 March, is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. Down Syndrome International (DSi) encourages our friends all over the world to choose their own activities and events on WDSD to help raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities” (World Down Syndrome Day, 2018).

On March 9th Mrs. Gibson will complete her contract in grade one. After March Break Ms Danks will be returning. We wish our departing staff well and warmly welcome new and returning teachers.

2017-18 SCHOOL YEAR PA Days Spring Break Good Friday Easter Monday Victoria Day Last day of school

April 27th June 1st March 12th—March 16th March 30th April 2nd May 21st June 29th

WEATHER APPROPRIATE CLOTHING With the changing weather it can be hard to know what to wear! Please check the weather and make sure your children are wearing clothes that will keep them warm and dry when going outside. Winter coats and boots, hats and mittens are a must! Plus if they want to play in the snow they must be wearing snow pants as well. Layers are ideal at this time of year! Please check that your child's name is on ALL clothing that comes to school.

ATTENDANCE REMINDER Please remember that if your child(ren) are going to be away from school due to illness, vacation, appointments etc. to call the attendance recording line at


March Break is quickly approaching. If you are away for additional days, please make sure you call into the Absence System. This is also a reminder that you must request additional days off for your child for vacation purposes in writing to the Principal, including the specific days of absence. Teachers must be given adequate notice to provide any missed work as well.

Let’s get people talking about World Down Syndrome Day! How can we do this? By wearing CRAZY socks! As a school, on March 7th, Joseph Gibbons will be decorating their own crazy socks to be worn on March 21st. This is an opportunity for staff and students to demonstrate inclusion and empathy, and to learn new things about Down Syndrome. We would appreciate any donations of craft items that could be used to decorate the socks. We welcome creative items that could be attached to the socks.

ANAPHYLAXIS PROTOCOL REMINDER! As Easter chocolate/candy season approaches, please remember:  Refrain from bringing in food items to the school/ classroom that “may contain” allergens, e.g. peanuts, tree nuts. Baked goods from shops that may contain allergens as a result of cross contamination from other products should not be brought in.

When buying food products to bring into the school the food ingredient labels must be read.

When ordering foods from a commercial source, request a list of ingredients. Do not bring in food items where the commercial source cannot guarantee that the food is allergen free e.g. peanuts, tree nuts.

It is our responsibility to direct school staff, students and community members to refrain from bringing food items that “may contain' allergens. Thank you for helping us keep our staff and students safe.



As part of our Board’s initiative towards Zero Cash in Schools, we would like to take this opportunity to remind parents that School Cash Online is the best and safest (safest for students and staff) way to pay for school expenses (field trips, milk, lunch orders). This program will follow your child(ren) throughout their career with the Halton District School Board. Sign up once and enjoy! Joseph Gibbons now has 77% students enrolled—we are doing great!

Please use the Last Name and Student Number to complete the “Add Student” process. Make sure you include punctuation, blank spaces and zero’s. Step 4: Add Another Student If you have more children, select “Add Another Student” and repeat the steps above. Up to eight children can be added to one parent/guardian account. If there is more than one parent/guardian who will be paying fees on behalf of your student(s), please share this registration information. A student may be added to up to five parent/guardian accounts.

Some of the added benefits of using School Cash Online include:  Ability to pay by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Visa Debit and prepaid credit cards)  Receive reminder emails, so you never miss a due date  See only items that apply to your child(ren)  Uses Google Translate (100+ languages to assist you  Make an online donation and receive your tax receipt by email (for donations $20 and over)  Parent Help Desk Support available 24/7

To register: Step 1: Parent/Guardian Registration a) To register, please go to the School Cash Online home page and select the “Get Started Today” option. b) Complete each of the three Registration Steps * For Security Reasons your password, requires 8 characters, one uppercase letter, one lowercase letter and a number. After selecting your password, check the box to “Yes” to consent to receive email notifications for new fees associated with your student and updates on schoolrelated activities. Step 2: Confirmation Email A registration confirmation email will be forwarded to you. Click on the link provided inside the email to confirm your email and School Cash Online account. The confirmation link will open the School Cash Online site prompting you to sign into your account. Use your email address and password just created with your account. Step 3: Add Student This step will connect your child(ren) to your account. a) Verify the School Board Name. b) Select the School Name from the dropdown list. c) Enter Your Child’s Student Number, Last Name and Birth Date. d) Select Confirm. e) On the next page confirm student information, check in the Agree box and select your relationship to the child. Select Continue. f) Your child has been added to your account.

Questions? Please contact the School Cash Online Parent Help Desk Telephone (toll-free) : 1-866-961-1803 Email: [email protected]


Celebrating Canadian Black History Month














Decorate socks for World Down Syndrome Day








Pita Day

Pizza Day

Volleyball Tournament @ MSB


12 M A R C H








15 N O



Rocks & Rings






Pizza Day

Wear CRAZY Socks!




Sub Day


Good Friday (schools are closed)


March 2018.pdf

@JosephGibbonsPS. DATES TO REMEMBER March 2018. Mar. 2—Pita Day Lunch. Mar. 5—School Council 6:00pm. Mar. 9—Pizza Day Lunch. Mar. 12-16—March Break (no. school). March 23—Pizza Day. March 29—Sub Day. March 30—Good Friday (no. school). April 2—Easter Monday (no. school). April 6—Pizza Day.

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