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The Prince Albert Panther Post November 2010 13700 Old Simcoe Road, Prince Albert, Ontario L9L 1C3 Durham District School Board Website: www.durham.edu.on.ca Prince Albert Public School W ebsite: http://princealbert.ddsbschools.ca/

I n this issue:

Principal’s Message

P age 1 Principal’s Meeting Remembrance Day

In October, Prince Albert students continued on the path of success.

Page 2 Fundraising Update Save the Date December Concert P age 3 Skiing Information Volleyball Success P ages 4-6 Grade Eight Reporters P age 6 Important Dates P age 7 Family Math Challenge P age 8 Progress Report Info. PRINCE ALBERT MISSION STATEMENT The school com munity of Prince Albert Public School is dedicated to providing a safe, diverse learning environment which fosters responsibility, respect and a lifelong love of learning.

Congratulations to our athletes who had solid seasons in Boys’ and Girls’ Intermediate Volleyball as well as the Cross Country team. This year sixteen runners qualified and returned to Lakeridge to run in the region finals. It is amazing to see students’ skills explode. For example, Prince Albert students are true writers. In October, we read recounts of trips to Duffin’s Creek, congratulated Alyssa as a finalist in the Durham Region Police Chief for a Day contest and saw our Grade Six class use Moodle as a pathway to integrating technology in their learning. Intermediate students are demonstrating exceptional cooperative skills as they partner for intergenerational visits in the community. We would once again like to congratulate Jennifer Donnelly as our 2010 Volunteer of Distinction. Jennifer’s time and dedication to Prince Albert students were recognized in an event at the board office in October. Programs at Prince Albert thrive due to the care and dedication of our many volunteers. Although we can only select one volunteer each year to receive the Volunteer of Distinction award, we are consistently appreciative of all of our parent and community volunteers. Whether in the classroom, assisting with home reading, or helping on class excursions, it is volunteering that makes Prince Albert the great community school we are. With the municipal election we see quite a change in Prince Albert. We would like to sincerely thank Mayor Pearce and Trustee Joyce Kelly for their support of the school. Mayor Pearce will be at Prince Albert on Thursday (November 4th ) for a tree planting ceremony. Students will use this opportunity to thank Mayor Pearce for giving youth a voice in Scugog.

A. McAuley

Remembrance Day We will be having our school Remembrance Day service called "The Long Night" on November 11th from 10:30 to 11:15. Parents are welcome to attend. Please e-mail or call the school if you are planning on attending to let us know how many chairs we will need to set up.


School Safety Road construction is almost complete. Our driveways have received their top coat. Please note that the north driveway is an entrance and the south driveway is an exit. With the cold and flu season upon us, we are reminding students of the importance of good hygiene practices, such as thorough hand washing and frequent use of hand sanitizers. If your child is showing flu symptoms please keep them home. A reminder to all students and parents that cell phones are not permitted to be used during school time. If your child brings a cell phone with them to school it should be turned off and put away in their locker or back pack until the end of the school day. Your support in this matter is appreciated.

Progress Reports and Conferences Progress reports will be going home on Wednesday, November 17th . Parent/student/teacher conferences will be held on Thursday, November 18th from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. and on the PA Day, Friday, November 19th from 9:00 - 12:00 p.m.. Please contact the school office, 905-985-2877, to arrange an interview time with your child’s teacher. A Parents’ Guide is attached in order to provide you with information about Progress Reports.

Please Save the Date ~ December Concert Plans will soon be underway for our annual December concert! Please keep Thursday, December 16, 2010 open on your calendar. More information will be sent home closer to the date.

Poinsettia Orders Order forms for poinsettias have been sent home. Orders are due back on Wednesday, November 10, 2010. Delivery of plants will be on Thursday, December 9, 2010. These make great Christmas presents. Thank you for supporting our Grade Eight fundraiser.

School Photo Retakes Picture retakes will be on Wednesday, November 10, 2010.

Q.S.P. Magazines The Prince Albert magazine fundraiser has been completed. This is the school’s main fund raising event. Thank you for your support. Students will be receiving their prizes shortly.

See! Hear! SeeHear will be visiting our school on Friday, December 3rd to conduct a clinic for vision and hearing screening. More information will be coming home shortly. A visit to an audiologist costs upwards of $35.00 and is not covered by OHIP unless referred to a hospital clinic. If you wish your child’s hearing and vision be screened at school - return the permission form and $10.00 fee to the school. More information can be found at www.seehear.ca


Lunchroom Supervisors Needed Approximately 95% of Prince Albert students stay for lunch on a regular basis across all grade levels. We are still looking for lunchroom supervisors. If you are available, or know someone else who is, for one hour at lunchtime and enjoy being in the fresh air, please contact Ms. McAuley at the school. Lunchroom Supervisors work first in the lunchrooms and then outside with the students. Currently, students eat in their own classrooms. This is ideal as they are comfortable, with their peers and able to demonstrate responsibility for ensuring the cleanliness of their eating/learning space. Without our lunchroom supervisor positions being filled, we will need to look at alternatives to condensing the number of spaces students eat in order to ensure appropriate supervision.

School Spirit Wear Want to show your school spirit? Purchasing school clothing is a great way to show your school spirit and pride. Clothing purchased this fall will feature the updated school logo shown below. The school spirit wear sales will be used to support interschool athletics and will be used to purchase team uniforms. Currently teams with parallel seasons (e.g., Intermediate Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball) share a set of jerseys. Students competing at Cross Country or Track and Field currently share jerseys as well. Spirit wear sales, with the addition of a generous donation we have received from a member of our community, will help ensure that we are able to provide each athlete with a jersey for their competitive season. How do you order? It’s simple. Please complete the order form attached to the newsletter and return, with payment, to the school office. A limited number of items will also be available for direct sale during teacher-parent conferences November18th (evening) and November 19th (morning). If ordering as a holiday gift, please mark “GIFT” on your order form. What if you aren’t sure about sizing? Sizing samples will be at the school on November 18th and 19th.

The coaches are looking for Prince Albert jerseys that were sent home with past students. Please return them to school should you have any at home. Our supplier for the clothing is TSO Teamwear.

Prince Albert Public School Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding Our skiing/snowboarding this year will again be on FRIDAY NIGHTS at Lakeridge. Bussing will be provided to Lakeridge Ski Hill and parents will have to pick their children up at 7:50 p.m. at the ski hill. Ski dates are Friday, January 7, 14, 21 and February 4, 2011. Registration will be sent home for those students wanting to participate in this after school event. These registration packages must be returned by Friday, November 26th, 2010.


Kinder Ski Our school will be participating in the Kinder Ski program again this year. This program, under the direction of Ms. Tessier & Ms. Dorrell, will be on Friday afternoons at Lakeridge. Information packages will be sent home upon return of the registration letter. Ski dates are January 7, 14, 21 and February 4, 2011. Registration packages must be returned by Friday, November 19th, 2010.

Student Writing In each edition of our school newsletter, the Prince Albert Panther Post, we are highlighting student writing. For this edition, we are turning over the pages of the newsletter to our Grade Eight authors. The articles that follow were penned by the graduating class of 2011.

Intermediate Boys’ Volleyball ~ by Spenser The Intermediate boys played in the Eagle tournament on October 22nd against West Lynde, Beaverton and Saywell. The boys beat West Lynde and Beaverton and split a game with Saywell. They ended up winning the gold medal of the “B” Championship. We split games with Quaker and ended up 1 point short of a three way time for first place. The boys ended the season with a fun game against the parents. Team members are:

Bennet Pehlemann Elijah Bryan Spenser Bombaci Chris Kane Carter Lamb Eric Stanley Mitchell Rowat

Kenton Brady Jake Bricknell Ryan Matthews Eric Kerr Jesse Gardiner Mason Bouchard

Bennet Pehlemann was the captain of the team. He won a t-shirt at the Eagle tournament for being the MVP of the team.

Book Fair ~ by Bennet Prince Albert School’s Scholastic Book Fair is coming up shortly with a lot of new wonderful picture books, graphic novels and exciting non fiction for your home collection. Date of the book fair are Wednesday, November 17th Thursday, November 18th Friday, November 19th Monday, November 22

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student viewing date all day 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.


Grade Eight Fall Trip - by Colin The Grade 8's are very excited for their school trip on November 25th. They will be going to the CN Tower, then checking out Union Station, then going over to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Then to finish off the day at the Eaton Centre, where the kids will go shopping. Our second trip will be an overnight trip to some ski and snowboard place up north. This trip will be sometime in February. More information will be sent home with your child closer to February. We have our Grade 8 final trip in June. We have been taking a survey on where people want to go the most. So far we are going to Montreal. There will be further information sent home closer to June.

Intermediate Band - by Caleb So far we have had a grade 8 band, but now with the grade 7's in the band, it’s been increasing and nowe we have lots of bass people. Ms. Pettit has been very impressed with the Grade 7's. She says that “Grade 7's have been doing very well in band and have been taking their instruments home and practicing for hours. I am very impressed with their commitment and motivation, they are playing towards the program and they have been improving their songs”. The band gets to do three concerts, one at the Christmas concert, one at the Sunderland Music Festival and at Canada’s Wonderland. Now I can understand why the Grade 7's want to be in band because they get to go to Canada’s Wonderland and go on all the rides. But this is how it goes, the band plays for an hour and then they can go on all the rides they want and then they get back at 6:00 p.m. Now how fun is that! So if you Grade 7 & 8's out there aren’t in band then try out for it now. Remember, band is Tuesdays and Thursday at lunch, so I hope you try out.

Terry Fox Run - by Damica This year the Terry Fox Run was held on Thursday, September 30th. We got many donations for this event from all the students with family and friends that have had cancer and any other students that wanted to donate. This year we have raised a total of $370 just from donations from the students and teachers of Prince Albert School. Many students participated in this event and most of the Grade 8 students volunteered to help out with either the assembly or helping staff hold signs and write a letter on the younger students arms to spell out the words “run Terry run”. Almost every Grade 8 student helped out with the Terry Fox Run. This event was a success. After every student at this school had finished running the Terry Fox run for Terry and to show they support the difficulties with having cancer, the staff and student helpers walked back to the front of the school and sat down with their fellow class mates to enjoy a popsicle that they had gotten for their participation.


Eco Schools - by Olivia We here at Prince Albert are a part of the Eco schools challenge. We have tried and we have succeeded in achieving a Gold level in the Eco schools challenge. We have everything from recylcing to shutting off the lights, to boomeranging our garbage from our lunches back home. Mrs. Lavender, the organizer of all this success, has been trying her very best at trying to save the Earth. But, Mrs. Lavender cannot do it alone, she has gathered many dedicated students to do everything from announcements to creating Eco awards. Mrs. Lavender has created a schedule to when and where we will be recycling. Each Tuesday we take our recycling to a certain location where we sort the recycling to make sure that there is no garbage in the recycling and then we recycle it. We as a school are very proud of all the students who are trying to help the environment. In effort to help our Eco Schools rating the Grade 4's are setting the standards and trying to help the environment and take matters into their own hands. They have created a challenge for themselves by trying to create less and less garbage each and every day and we at Prince Albert are very proud of them for creating this task for themselves. So we at Prince Albert are trying very hard to create less garbage and help the environment and create a healthy environment for everybody. We will keep you updated on our progress here at Prince Albert.

Co-Curricular Groups - by Jesse As you may know, Prince Albert has a lot of extra curricular groups going on this year and so many are starting now! Here are some examples: Lego Club, Kinder Ski, Ski and Snowboarding, Volleyball, Outers Club and many more. Now it’s time to sign up for some of those activities you wanted to for a long time. Dates to Remember

Contact Information

November 5th - Gr. 7 & 8 to TSO 6th - Parents as Partners Conference 10th - Photo Retake Day 10th - Poinsettia Orders due 11th - Remembrance Day Service 17th - Progress Reports Home 18th - Parent Conferences 18th - JK - Gr. 2 to Jack Grunsky 18th - Book Fair 19th - PA Day - Parent Conferences 19th - Book Fair 22 - Book Fair 26th - Ski forms and money due

Scugog Area Trustee Joyce Kelly (905) 666-5500 Joyce_Kelly@durham.edu.on.ca

December 3rd - SeeHear Vision & Hearing Clinic 9th - Poinsettia Orders to be picked up 16th - Concert 17th - Last day of school before holidays EARLY DISMISSAL 2:40 P.M.

Area Superintendent: John Beatty (905) 666-5500 John_Beatty@ durham.edu.on.ca Administrative Officer Anne Marie Laginski (905) 666 - 5500 AnneMarie_Laginski@durham.edu.on.ca


Problem Solving ~ Mathematics Curriculum Problem solving in mathematics requires the integration of thinking across math strands and critical thinking. Here is a question from the Junior (Grade Six) EQAO activities completed in spring 2010. Our challenge to you is this...solve the question below as a family and return your response. From the solutions received, winner will be drawn to receive a free school t-shirt. Student’s Name: ________________________ Teacher: _________________ The table below shows the number of pennies Anne places in a jar each day. The pattern continues. Complete the table for Days 5 and 6. Anne’s Jar Day

Number of Pennies placed in the jar

1

1

2

2

3

4

4

8

5 6

On what day will Anne place 1024 pennies in her jar? Justify your answer.

Anne will place 1024 pennies in her jar on Day _____.


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