December 5, 2013
On Thursday, January 16, 2014, the Waterloo Region District School Board is hosting An Evening With Dr. Ross Greene for parents, guardians, and the community.
Dr. Greene is a dynamic speaker and passionate advocate of Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS). He is Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard University, and the author of The Explosive Child and Lost at School. CPS (formally known as Collaborative Problem Solving) is an approach that helps parents, guardians and caregivers work responsively to resolve the challenging behaviours of children of all ages. Dr. Greene will describe clear and practical strategies caregivers and children can use to resolve disagreements and disputes in a collaborative, mutually satisfactory way.
Registration for the event is through Eventbite: http://bit.ly/1eGWQYx
You may wish to become familiar with Dr. Greene’s work by visiting: http://www.livesinthebalance.org
November 28, 2013
Over the next few weeks, Centennial Public School has many organized events to raise funds to help others both locally and globally. These opportunities are an excellent way for our students to engage in local and global citizenship awareness. All our upcoming activities are listed below.
“Movember” – Nov. 28-29
The Spirit Council will be selling Kapow Pops ($1.00) with all proceeds to support “Movember.”
Rafiki Chains - Dec. 2-4
The Social Justice team will be selling Rafiki chains to support the five We To We initiatives: Education, Water, Health, Income and Food. $10 per chain. All of the proceeds from the Rafiki chains goes towards making a difference in a child or family’s life in a developing country. This could include providing school supplies, clean water or medical care to a child for one year. They make great gifts for family members and friends. Check out http://www.metowe.com/rafiki-friend-chains/ for more info. Chains must be pre-ordered and will be delivered by Mon. Dec. 16.
Rocking Reindeer – on sale Dec. 2 and 3 ($5.00)
Class 701 has made Reindeer ornaments and will be selling them to raise funds to support a local charity during the winter break.
“We Create Change” – Dec. 2-9
The Social Justice team will be rallying all classes to collect coins for a week. All of the money collected goes to support Free The Children’s education campaign. Every $20 raised = I brick (to help build schools in developing communities). Please visit http://www.freethechildren.com/get-involved/campaigns/we-create-change/ for more info.
Candy Grams – Dec. 10-13
Spirit Council is selling Candy Grams, with all proceeds supporting local families in need during the holiday season.
“Because We Care – Philippines”
Our Social Justice team will be leading a fund-raising campaign in January of the New Year. Details will be sent home at a later date. If you wish to donate on an individual basis now, please visit the Board web site and click on the ‘Because We Care’ banner.
Together we can all make a difference. Thank you for your support.
If you have any questions about any of our charity activities, please call us at school.
November 23, 2013
Centennial P.S. held a Grade 8-9 Info Night on Thursday, November 21st, at 7:00 p.m. in the Gym. This meeting provided general information about the transition to secondary school, including the course selection process, information about Specialized (Magnet) programs, important dates and deadlines, and support provided by Centennial staff. Materials distributed at the meeting are linked below:
In Grade 9, students will attend the secondary school designated by their home address, unless continuing in an extended/immersion French program or applying to a Specialized (Magnet) program. Admission to Magnet programs is based on application and/or audition. To confirm a student’s home secondary school, visit School Finder.
Each secondary school holds an information night to provide specific information about the school and its programs. Students and parents are strongly encouraged to attend.
Cameron Heights C.I. – IB Program Night – Tuesday November 26, 2013, 7:00 PM
Bluevale C.I. – Wednesday December 4, 2013, 7:00 PM
Waterloo C.I. – Thursday December 5, 2013, 7:00 PM
Eastwood C.I. (Integrated Arts Program) – Thursday December 5, 2013, 6:30 PM
Sir John A. Macdonald S.S. – Wednesday December 11, 2013, 6:45 PM
Kitchener-Waterloo C.I. – Wednesday January 8, 2014, 7:00 PM
* For detailed information about admissions, programs and courses at each high school, please plan to attend these sessions, visit the high school’s web site, or phone the high school directly. *
All are welcome to our November School Council meeting this Tuesday, November 26th, at 7:00 p.m. in the library.
The November agenda is linked below.
October 29, 2013
In order to avoid a budget deficit in 2014-2015, the Waterloo Region District School Board has identified adjusting next year’s school bell times in a majority of schools as a strategy to achieve operational savings and improve transportation efficiency.
The Board is proposing that the 2014-15 Centennial bell times be adjusted to 15 minutes later:
Proposed entry bell – 8:35 a.m.
Proposed dismissal bell – 3:10 p.m.
The WRDSB is providing further information and an opportunity to respond to a brief survey at the following page:
October 27, 2013
A spook-tacular week of fun is just ahead at Centennial!
The “We Scare Hunger” campaign has been organized by the Social Justice group. This campaign runs from Oct. 28th – Nov. 4. Cans and other non-perishable food items are gladly accepted! All food will be donated to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region. The top 5 most needed items are: peanut butter, beans in sauce, canned fish, canned fruit and cold cereal.
Halloween Dance – Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 2:30 – 4:30 pm. Organized by the Spirit Council. The cost is $2 per student. Please arrange to pick up your children immediately following the dance.
Halloween Costume Day – Thursday, Oct. 31 (all day). Organized by the Spirit Council. All students are encouraged to show their school spirit by dressing up in a costume or wearing black and orange. No masks or weapons please. As well, a reminder that costumes should be appropriate and follow the school dress code.
Many thanks to the students and staff of our Social Justice and Spirit Council groups for their caring and community spirit!
October 23, 2013
Thank you to Centennial students and families for participating in our QSP magazine campaign!
While the in-school campaign has officially ended, online orders are accepted year-round at qsp.ca. By entering our school code, 30156, the school will continue to receive a share of the proceeds. Please keep us in mind as you consider gifts for family and friends, or renewal of your own subscriptions.
We wish to thank Mrs. Tracey Nairn for her enthusiastic leadership and expert co-ordination of the campaign.
Thank you for supporting our school!
October 21, 2013
This is a reminder that online registration for the year-end trips to Toronto, Ottawa and Quebec City will open at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.
Please refer to the trip information packages for trip details and online registration instructions.
Info packages for each trip are still available at the school office.
October 19, 2013
October’s School Council meeting agenda is linked below.
Look forward to seeing new and returning Council members on Tuesday, October 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in the library.