March 5, 2014
As you may be aware, the Waterloo Region District School Board’s school year calendar has designated March 7, 2014 as a Professional Development Day. Students will not be at school on this day. For those families who have children attending the Before And After School Programs, those programs will be operating as usual from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Traditionally, teaching staff participate in professional learning activities on days such as March 7, 2014. However, based on direction provided by the Ministry of Education, permanent contract elementary teachers in our elementary schools as well as elementary teachers who work at the Education Centre will be taking March 7th as an unpaid day and therefore will not be at work on that day.
March 7th, is a regular paid work day for all other staff including Long Term Occasional teachers. Staff attending work on March 7, 2014 will be participating in professional learning opportunities either through the board or through their appropriate Union. By way of example, all Designated Early Childhood Educators (DECE) not working in the Extended Day Program will be participating in a full day Professional Development session off site. Child and Youth Workers assigned to elementary schools and Educational Assistants currently working in a kindergarten assignment and not working in the Extended Day Program will be attending a full day Professional Development session off site. All other paraprofessionals will participate in self-directed activities that may include but are not limited to, on-line professional reading materials, development of student related programming and preparation of materials for specific student needs.
We appreciate your understanding and support as we continue to meet the needs of our students as well as agreements in place with our employee groups and the Government of Ontario.
March 4, 2014
Our Winter Activity Day is Wednesday, March 5th. Following is a summary of important details for the three trips.
Blue Mountain (Collingwood)
- leaves school at 7:00 am, returns at 7:00 pm
Chicopee Ski Club (Kitchener)
- leaves school at 8:45 am, returns at 2:40 pm
Tubing at River Valley Tube Park (St. Mary’s)
- leaves school at 9:20 am, returns at 2:40 pm
All students are required to ride the bus to and from each activity. Please monitor weather conditions and dress warmly!
Staff met with all groups today to share final details and expectations.
February 26, 2014
Please enjoy our latest newsletter celebrating the wide range of learning and extra-curricular activities at Centennial in January and February.
Our Grade 8 Science Fair on Tue. Feb. 25 was very successful! All of our students are to be congratulated for the very high level of scientific investigation skills demonstrated, and the tremendous effort put forth to complete these projects over the last four months.
We also extend congratulations and best wishes to a number of our students whose projects are advancing to the Waterloo-Wellington Regional Science Fair (WWSEF) at Bingemans on April 8.
February 25, 2014
If they have not already done so, parents must complete and return the attached form confirming arrangements for Winter Activity Day on Wed. Mar. 5th:
We must confirm participation and attendance for each student. School is open for students that have not registered for one of the three activities. If a student is not participating in Winter Activity Day and will not be at school Wed. Mar. 5th, please send in a note to let us know.
February 24, 2014
A Lifetouch photographer will be at Centennial Tue. Mar. 4th for Grade 8 students that missed the previous graduation portrait session.
Portrait proofs and package offers will be returned to the school at a later date.
Students that have not had their grad picture taken after Tue. Mar. 4th should call Lifetouch at (519) 744-1146 to schedule a portrait sitting to take place on April 4th, 2014, at the Kitchener office. Photos must be completed by this date for inclusion in the graduating class composite.
February 21, 2014
Due to current weather conditions, all buses in Waterloo Region are canceled today. No buses are running.
Centennial P.S. is OPEN today for students that can walk or be transported safely to school by a parent.
Students that can walk or be transported safely to school are expected to attend for the day.
As of this message, Grade 8 grad portraits scheduled today will go ahead. We plan to schedule a re-take session at school for students that cannot attend school today.
Students absent due to bus cancellation will be accounted for. If your student does NOT take the bus and will be absent today, please call the school attendance line at 519-570-8064, ext. 3138.
February 18, 2014
The SOCR (Secondary Online Course Request) system is open for Grade 8′s to log in and select their Grade 9 courses for next year:
Instructions for the SOCR system are provided at the above page and are also available here: SOCR Instructions Gr 8-9
IMPORTANT NOTES for All Students and Families – PLEASE READ CAREFULLY!
IMPORTANT NOTE to I.B. and Integrated Arts Applicants!
Students applying to I.B. (CHCI), or Integrated Arts (ECI), will NOT register online using the SOCR system. These students should complete a PAPER course selection form for their home high school while awaiting acceptance to these programs. If acceptance is declined, Centennial will submit the PAPER course selection form to the home high school for processing.
IMPORTANT NOTE for Internet Explorer Users!
You must use ‘Compatibility View’ for the SOCR menus to display properly in IE.
To enable compatibility view, go to the ‘Tools’ menu and select ‘Compatibility View’ from the list.
Lifetouch Canada photographers will be here this Friday, February 21st, for Grade 8 graduation portraits.
Students may pre-order a class composite photograph for $25 (cash or cheque to Lifetouch Canada), payable to the photographers.
Information on photo packages will be provided on photo day or at a later date.
Graduation gowns will be provided for the portrait. A white blouse is recommended for girls. A white collared shirt and dark tie is suggested for boys.
Students that cannot attend this school portrait session should call Lifetouch at (519) 744-1146 to schedule a portrait sitting at the Kitchener office, so they can be included in the class composite.
Our next School Council meeting is tonight, Tues. Feb. 18th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Library.