Grade 7 & 8 Summer School Programs

April 16, 2014

The WRDSB offers two programs of interest to intermediate students and their families:

High School Preparatory
-For grade 7 or 8 students who have achieved level 1 or 2 on their report card and who would benefit from focused instruction in literacy or numeracy

Reach Ahead
-For grade 8 students taking mainly applied-level courses in grade 9, and who want to learn strategies for success in high school
-This program earns a high school credit

For information on these programs, visit the WRDSB summer school page.

To register, please contact Mr. Goulden at Centennial as soon as possible. Registration deadline is May 1, 2014.

Safe, Caring & Inclusive Schools – Climate Surveys

April 13, 2014

A Safe, Caring and Inclusive School is a place where all partners – students, staff, parents, and community members treat one another fairly, with respect and kindness, and act in socially responsible ways.

Research shows that there is a direct link between students’ success and the school environment in which learning takes place. Students are more motivated to do well and to realize their full potential in schools that have a positive school climate, where they feel safe and supported.

Safe, Caring and Inclusive Schools surveys will assist schools in understanding and describing the current school culture while identifying areas for improvement.

Surveys will be open for completion starting Thursday, May 1, 2014 until Saturday, May 31, 2014.

There will be five surveys available:

• one for students in grades 3 and 4
• one for students in grade 5
• one for students in grades 7, 9 and 11
• one for school staff
• one for parents and guardians

Centennial Newsletter Mar/Apr 2014

April 4, 2014

Please enjoy our latest newsletter celebrating the wide range of learning and extra-curricular activities at Centennial in March and April.

March-April Newsletter 2014

MS Readathon Results

A total of three grade 7 and three grade 8 students read 4,373 minutes and raised $565 for the MS Society!  That’s a lot of reading and fundraising by a small group of students!  As a result of this awesome effort, we also received a $75 Scholastic gift voucher that will be used to purchase new books for the school library.

Thank you to these Centennial students, and to Ms. Tajibnapis for co-ordinating the MS Readathon.

RISE TO SUCCESS – Supporting Your Child in School

April 1, 2014

Rise to Success – Saturday, April 12, 2014    RISE TO SUCCESS FLYER

Free all day event/workshops for WRDSB Families

The WRDSB Parent Involvement Committee is pleased to announce this full-day event for all families at Bluevale C.I.

The day’s sessions include a keynote address by Michael Reist, author of What Every Parent Should Know About School, and workshops on topics including elementary student anxiety/stress, exam stress for teenagers, how to advocate for your child and how to support your child’s learning at home, social media and gaming addictions, and many more.



Fundraising Campaign Begins

March 28, 2014

Our spring chocolate bar fundraiser is about to begin.  Chocolate bars will go home with students on Friday, April 11th and the campaign will conclude on Tuesday, April 29th.  The letter linked below with details of the fundraiser was sent home with students on Thursday, March 27th.

For those families not wishing to sell chocolate bars, please send back the bottom of the letter indicating this by Tuesday, April 8th.  If you prefer to make a donation rather than sell chocolate, cheques payable to Waterloo Education Foundation Inc. will receive a charitable tax receipt, and any donation over $26 will enter your students in the daily draws for great prizes and be included in the class total for a pizza party.

2014 Chocolate Bar Fundraiser

Gr. 8 Youth Symposium – Wed. Apr. 9th

March 27, 2014

The Child Witness Centre is hosting a unique field trip opportunity for Grade 8 students in the Region, the Youth Symposium. This one-day event hosts a variety of presenters who will have a powerful, positive impact on students, equipping them with ideas, tools, motivation and confidence to cope effectively with daily challenges at this key time in their lives.

When:            Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
Where:          Landmark Cinemas (formerly Empire Theatres), Gateway Park Dr., Kitchener
Time:              9:15 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The cost per student to attend the Symposium is $5.00.  Centennial P.S. is pleased to pay the full cost of transportation for this trip thanks to chocolate bar fundraising sales. (Future co-curricular activities for our Grade 7 students will also be subsidized.)

All Grade 8s are expected to attend. Students are strongly encouraged to bring their own lunches. Lunch may be purchased from the concession stands, but students need to be aware of the possibility of long lines and the requirement to be back in their cinemas in time for all of our guest speakers.

Although consent forms and payment were requested to be returned by Tuesday April 1st, we would appreciate receiving these by this Friday so we can confirm numbers with the Child Witness Centre. There is a large waiting list for this event.


Immunization Day – Fri. Mar. 28

March 26, 2014

Waterloo Region Public Health will be at Centennial this Friday for the final immunization clinic this year.
This immunization is for Grade 7 students (Hep B Dose #2) and Grade 8 girls (HPV Dose #3).

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Region of Waterloo Public Health at 519-883-2007.

P.D. Day – Fri. Mar. 7th

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.

Winter Activity Day Reminders

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.