October / November 2016 Newsletter

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A Word from the Office

There’s nothing like autumn to remind us how absolutely fortunate we are to live in the beautiful  City of Kawartha Lakes.  Although Jack Frost has made a few brief appearances, the gorgeous fall colours more than make up for the arrival of cooler weather.   It has been a very busy month and a half at Bobcaygeon PS; we are well into our routines and students have slipped back into the rhythm of the day as though they had never been on summer vacation.  Late October and  November will bring Halloween fun, Progress Reports, Kindergarten Observations and much, much more.  

If you have already not done so, please make sure to visit our new web page and check out our Twitter feed.  All news about upcoming events, fundraisers, pics of our beloved students, and other important information about our school is located there and can be accessed from your computer, tablet, or Smartphone.  

Over the course of the next while, the staff at Bobcaygeon PS will be focussing our attention on “knowing our students”.  This year, our efforts will include the collection of student voice and the voices of our community members in a variety of innovative ways.  Learning more about what our students want and need from their school will help us to make our amazing school even better.  Our Leader in Me, Lighthouse Team is currently working on a number of clever ways to help our students be heard, including  an online survey, a “question of the month” box, and an at-home family discussion panel.  

Another Terry Fox Triumph for the Lakers

The Lakers honoured the memory of one of our national legends in our annual Terry Fox Run on September 23rd.  Overall, the school raised over $10 000 for this excellent cause.  Many thanks to Mr. McMurray and his class for organizing the event.  It was a beautiful day for a run and a wonderful way to show our school spirit early in the year!


School Council Update

Our school council meets once per month on a Wednesday from 6:30-8:00 to discuss ways to engage our community and support our school.  

Thank You to all the families who participated in the Parent Council Bulb Fundraiser! Bulbs were sent home on Friday Oct 14. (If you did not receive your order please check in at the office your bulbs may be there)

      Holiday Bulb Fundraiser Forms were sent home on Friday – some excellent gift ideas in there!

Orders forms due in by Monday Nov 1st.

Next School Council Meeting is taking place at the BPS Library on Wednesday October 26, 2016 at 6:30PM. All Parents & Guardians are welcome to join us for the meeting. Parents can also email Parent Council Chair, Emalee Kidman, at emaleekemp@hotmail.com to be placed on the volunteer contact list & emailed for upcoming events & fundraisers. We Love Volunteers!

       Spook-o-grams are being sold during lunch on Thursday Oct 27 & Friday Oct 28:  1 item for $0.25      or 2 items for a non-perishable food item!

Fleet-Footed Fiesta: X-Country Runners Do Us Proud

On October 4th, 2016, our x-country running team competed with other schools in the County at the TLDSB cross-country running competition.  It is a very challenging race; in some divisions, over 200 runners competed!  Our athletes demonstrated both sportsmanship and a competitive spirit, with many students finishing in the top half of their division, some even in the top 10:

  • Carson Cameron 2nd Junior Boys
  • Owen Beaucage 6th, Jake Kimble 9th Intermediate Boys
  • Cade Jermyn 4th Senior Boys

Our top ten finishers at this year’s Haliburton Invitational Meet included: in the Junior Boys race, Carson Cameron was first! In the Intermediate Boys race, Owen Beaucage was 7th, and in the Senior Boys race, Cade Jermyn was second.  On the girls side in the Primary Race, Liv Jermyn was 2nd, Reese Cameron was 6th, and Avah Sedore was 7th, these three girls along with Chloe Cameron, Addy Ingram, Ava Pankhurst, Petra Smith-Merkley, Chyanne Thibadeau, and Alex Rodger brought home the Champions Plaque – Way to go Girls!

Congratulations to all of our runners who tried out and made the team.  It is no easy feat to run long distances.  It takes grit and perseverance.  We are proud of everyone who demonstrated the commitment to try out for the team.  Way to go Lakers!


Kickin It at BPS: A Brief Soccer Update

Soccer practices have been in full swing at BPS over the past month and our students have been working hard to prepare for both zone and county tournaments.  At the zone competitions last week, all of our teams made a considerable effort and demonstrated wonderful skill.  Congratulations to everyone!  Our Primary-mixed, Junior-mixed, and Intermediate Boys teams will be progressing to county tournaments later this month.  A HUGE thank you goes out to all of our coaches who have been so very generous with their time.  We really appreciate your dedication and commitment.

BOO! WE Scare Hunger

Bobcaygeon Public School, Country Ford and Me to We are teaming up this year to scare away hunger in our local community. We are collecting non-perishable food items to donate to our local food bank, Bobcaygeon Helps. Please help by sending in non-perishable goods to the school in support of this worthy cause.

Thanks for your support, together WE CAN SCARE AWAY HUNGER!


Coats for Kids – Swap/Sale  Nov. 10th & 11th

Lakers are leaders in community support and, if we have our way, no student at BPS will be without proper winter attire.  We are collecting gently used coats Oct 11th – Nov 4th in Main Office or Room 158.

If you would like to swap your child’s outgrown coat for a larger size please label your donation clearly with your name.  All donations not swapped or sold will be passed on to Goodwill

We Team Announces Operation Christmas Child

The Bobcaygeon P.S. WE Club is happy to announce that your child’s class will be participating in the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child Campaign this year.We are looking for families to donate items to fill the shoeboxes.  Here are some suggestions:

  • small toys & other gifts:  such as dolls, soccer balls (with needle & pump, stuffed animals, socks, hair clips,  

 cars musical instruments, puzzles, jump ropes, etc.

  • School supplies: pencils, pens, crayons, pencil crayons, notebooks, coloring books, etc.
  • Non-liquid hygiene items:  toothbrushes, bar soap, washcloths, combs, etc.

The WE Club will be collecting the shoeboxes from the classrooms during the week of November 14 – 20, 2016.  Gift items may be donated up until that week.

NOTE:  Monetary donations are gladly welcomed to help offset the cost of shipping the boxes.

It costs $7.00 to send each box around the world.


Eco Team-Leading the Environmental Charge at BPS

Do you care about the environment?  We do!  At Bobcaygeon PS, our Eco Team is in full swing every Day 1 at lunch in the library.   Members of this team do lots of cool activities like raising public awareness by making posters for the school, doing announcements, teaching classes about recycling, caring for the Peace Park, learning about nature, planting trees and flowers, fundraising for a cause, and even having picnics!  Lakers are leaders of the environment! Just one more reason why BPS is such an incredible place to learn!