June Newsletter

June 26, 2014

The June newsletter is linked below.

Newsletter June 2014

All of us at Centennial wish our students and families a wonderful summer.
Congratulations and best wishes to our grade 8 graduates as they begin high school next year.
We look forward to meeting our new and returning students on Tuesday, September 2nd.

September Info Packages Offered Online

June 19, 2014

The Waterloo Region District School Board is going online!

In an effort to reduce costs and save paper, the information that has previously been sent home with your child(ren) at the start of the school year, will be available online.

The School Year Information Package contains information such as the school year calendar, safe schools protocol, and other information that may be helpful for a successful year in school.

Parents will be able to view the package on school websites the week of August, 4, 2014.

Please note that paper copies of this information will still be available to those parents who prefer it to be sent home.

If you would prefer to receive a paper package in September, please do one of the following:

-complete the brief survey linked here,   OR

-send a note to the office with your child’s name requesting a paper package,   OR

-phone the school office at (519) 885-5660

Reminders for Day Trips

June 17, 2014

Our day trips for canoeing, Chicopee and Bingemans are about to begin!

Please review the document linked below for checklists and important reminders for these trips.

Day Trip Reminders

Canada’s Wonderland – Final Boarding Call!

June 10, 2014

We are finalizing plans and confirming transportation for Centennial’s Canada’s Wonderland trip on Wednesday, June 25th.

This is an important reminder that permission forms and payment are required by the end of the school day tomorrow, Wednesday June 11th.

Please note that we are not able to accommodate late registration or payment for this trip.

The information letter and required permission forms are linked below.

Wonderland Info 2014
Wonderland Permission 2014

Grade 8 Grad Tickets On Sale Jun 9-13!

June 4, 2014

Grad tickets go on sale June 9th to 13th, from 8:10 to 8:35 a.m. in Room 10.

Tickets are $10 each, payable in cash or by cheque with student ID number.

Tickets are NOT required for graduating students. Each family member attending will need a ticket for entry to the ceremony at Centre in the Square on Tuesday, June 24th. The ceremony begins at 7:00 p.m.

The week of June 9th, students will be allowed to enter the school early to purchase tickets, and will be asked to return outside until the 8:20 entry bell.

Tickets will be available for cash sales at the venue the evening of June 24th, but we strongly encourage advance purchase.

There is ample seating to accommodate all family members that wish to attend. Seating for the ceremony is on a first-come, first served basis. Paid parking will be available at many locations around the venue.

West Waterloo Boundary Study 2014-15

At the May 26, 2014 Board Meeting, a boundary study for the elementary schools in West Waterloo was formally approved. This boundary study will be called the West West Waterloo Boundary Study and will include:

-Abraham Erb PS
-Cedarbrae PS (for Vista Hills area of boundary)
-Centennial PS (for Vista Hills area of boundary)
-Edna Staebler PS
-Laurelwood PS
-Mary Johnston PS
-New West Waterloo (Vista Hills) elementary school

The WRDSB Planning department will conduct this boundary study over the 2014/15 school year. The report that went to Committee of the Whole on May 12, 2014 provides additional information about this study and the new Vista Hills school, tentatively scheduled to open in September 2016.

Over the next few days, WRDSB Planning will be creating a web page for this study at www.wrdsb.ca/planning .

WRDSB Planning will meet with school principals in the fall to go over the boundary study process. We will keep the community advised of new information as it becomes available.

Red Maple Reading Club

May 22, 2014

Thank you to the sixty one members who read and voted in the Red Maple Reading Club on April 28!

Our members voted for “The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen,” by Susin Nielsen as their favourite book, which also matched the Ontario Provincial results that were announced on May 14 at the Toronto Festival of Trees in Toronto. These other titles received honour awards: “Loki’s Wolves,” by K. L. Armstrong & M.A. Marr, “Such Wicked Intent,” by Kenneth Oppel and “My Name is Parvanna,” by Deborah Ellis. All these excellent titles are available for borrowing to everyone!

Many of our members (33) also attended the exciting Festival of Trees at the Harbourfront, Toronto on May 14th. We were joined by 10 students and a teacher from Margaret Ave. P.S. on our bus ride to Toronto. At the festival, students were able to enjoy various activities and workshops that were run by several Red Maple authors. The provincial results were announced to everyone on the Westjet Stage with most of the authors attending and speaking. All in all it was a great literary event that was attended by thousands of students from schools all over Ontario!

We hope that this year’s grade sevens will join Red Maple again next year and that the grade eights will continue to read White Pine novels in high school.

Thank you to Ms. Tajibnapis and Ms. Woolner for their leadership and support of the Red Maple program this year!

Centennial Track Meet this Tuesday

May 16, 2014

This is a reminder of our school track and field meet on Tuesday May 20th.

This is a regular school day. All students are expected to attend and participate. Attendance will be taken at 8:35 a.m. The event should conclude by 2:45 p.m.

Bus students will be dropped off and picked up at University Stadium on Seagram Drive on Tuesday. All other students are expected to walk or arrange rides to and from the event.

Students should be dressed in gym uniforms. Please listen to the weather forecast and prepare accordingly (hat, sunscreen, jackets, plenty of water or juice to drink).

A concession booth will be open, but students are encouraged to bring a lunch. Students may not leave the stadium at any time.

We look forward to and exciting and successful day!

Gr. 8s Visit High Schools This Week

May 12, 2014

Grade 8 students attending KCI, WCI, or SJAM next year will visit their respective secondary schools for a Grade 9 Orientation Day on the following afternoons:

Wed. May 14 – KCI and WCI
Thu. May 15 – SJAM

Students will travel by bus and return before dismissal here at Centennial.
Programming will be provided at Centennial for students not attending these schools and the orientation activities.
Field trip consent forms have been sent home and should be returned to the homeroom teacher by Tuesday, May 13th.

Safe, Caring & Inclusive Schools Surveys Open

May 2, 2014

Safe, Caring and Inclusive Schools surveys are now OPEN and will remain available until May 31.

These surveys will assist schools in understanding and describing the current school culture while identifying areas for improvement.

Centennial grade 7 students will complete the survey at school.

The survey for parents and guardians can be found here.

Thank you in advance for providing your thoughts and feedback to help us continue to improve our school.