Principal's Message

Due to inclement weather conditions, we are rescheduling the MSB Holiday Concert and Craft Night to Thursday December 18th at 6:00 pm.  The School Council Silent Auction will take place next Thursday from 5:45 - 7:00 pm.  

We look forward to seeing everyone next week!
Safe travels

November 7, 2014

We have had a busy autumn at MSB!

Thank you for everyone’s support with our fundraising efforts so far! Our Terry Fox Run fundraising goal was $5000 and so far we have collected over $5400 in donations!  Our QSP and Lamontagne fundraising has been a huge success - thank you for helping to make a difference.  Funds will be used for purchasing classroom literacy materials (e.g., home reading materials, levelled literacy materials), technology (e.g., data projectors, student Chrome books) and numeracy materials (e.g., manipulatives).

We welcome back the Breakfast Club and want to say ‘thanks’ to the group of dedicated volunteers who help Trish Harrow Rodic (Coordinator) run this important program for our kids! The Breakfast Club runs from 8:45 - 9:15 every Monday and Wednesday morning in the north gym. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the office.  

On Wednesday, October 8th we hosted our Junior/Intermediate Parent Night.  We had over 40 families participate  and learn about Dreambox, My Blueprint, French, Guided Reading, Math and the ABCs of IEPS.  Thank you to School Council for providing the treats and resources for parents. This was supported by MSB School Council through the help of the PRO Grant.  

At the October School Council meeting, a new School Council was elected for the 2014-2015 school year.  We welcome Mrs. Peggy Azimi as Chair, Mrs. Anita Roden as Vice-Chair, Mrs. Tania Spill as Treasurer,  Mrs. Margot Mortimer as Bookkeeper and Mrs. Harpreet Panu as Secretary. We also welcome 21 parents, a teaching representative and one community member as voting members.  We appreciate the dedication and time that is given to make a difference for students at MSB.

On Friday November 7th, we hosted four schools and their volleyball teams for our Annual Mustang Main Event.  Teams from across Halton competed in both boys and girls volleyball.  We had lots of Team MSB spirit and all the teams demonstrated fine sportsmanship, technical skill and dedication.  Many students from MSB and neighbouring high schools volunteered their time at the snack bar and during games  - we appreciate their leadership. Thanks to the staff who dedicated their time and talents to running this event! Congratulations to all our players who worked and played hard!  Good luck to our girls team as we host Abbey Lane PS next Tuesday for the semi-finals.  We congratulate our boys on a great season - you made your coaches proud!

On Monday November 10th,  we will be having our Remembrance Day Assembly beginning at 10:15 to honour the commitment and sacrifice of Veterans from the World Wars, modern day conflicts and peacekeeping missions.  We have the school assembly on November 10th in order to host the Acton Legion Colour Guard as part of our ceremony.  Each class will be placing a wreath around the Canadian flag and our student leaders will be leading the assembly by contributing stories, poems and songs in remembrance and recognition of our Veterans.  To honour the men and women who have served our country,  students will be given a poppy to wear.  If students wish to donate $1.00 to support our Canadian Veterans, it would be appreciated.  All donations will be given to the Acton Legion.

On Remembrance Day, November 11th at the 11th hour, we will be honouring our Veterans by marking two minutes of silence at the school.  Some of our intermediate students and staff will represent MSB at the Remembrance Day Ceremony held at the Cenotaph in Acton.  We welcome parents to join us for the Remembrance Day assembly on November the 10th or to meet some of our intermediate students and staff at the Cenotaph on November 11th.  

The Santa Claus Parade takes place on Saturday November 15th at 1:00.  Staff, students and parents have been busy building and painting in the evening and on weekends to get us ready!  Thanks for the continued support of this initiative from our School Council who donated funds to pay for paint, wood and decorations.  Please come out and see our Teddy Bear Christmas float and cheer for MSB spirit!

Student Progress Reports will be coming home with all grade 1-8 students on Monday, November 17th.  The fall progress report card places a strong emphasis on the development of students' learning skills and work habits (e.g., responsibility, organization, independent work, collaboration, initiative and self-regulation). The progress report card also indicates how well students are progressing in all the subjects and provides an early indication of those subjects where the student may need additional help. For each subject, teachers will indicate whether the student is: Progressing With Difficulty, Progressing Well, or Progressing Very Well. Interviews will be held for most families on Thursday, November 20th (evening) or on the morning of Friday, November 21st.  There will be no school for students on Friday, November 21st.  Interview forms will be sent home on Monday November 10th and are due back on November 12th - your interview time will be confirmed by the end of this week by the classroom teacher(s).  

The week of November 17th is Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week.  We will be having a Bullying Awareness and Prevention Assembly on Monday November 17th at 12:25 for students in grades 5-8 and at 2:05 for students in grades 1-4. The Safe School Action Team at MSB has over 50 students involved who have been planning classroom visits, school wide activities (including making a commitment quilt to stand up against bullying) and leading the assembly. Students are encouraged to to wear the following colours:
Monday wear pink to stop mean words
Tuesday wear green for mental health
Wednesday wear rainbow colours for pride in our diversity
Thursday wear yellow to represent courage

All of these initiatives are to support our work in making MSB a safe place to be!  The Safe School Action Team has identified a mission statement for their work, ‘our mission is to make MSB a safe place to be… a safe school is a happy school.’  We also encourage students to wear pink on the last Wednesday of every month to stand up to bullying!

The Grade 7 and 8 MSB Electives Program started on Friday November 7th. Students were engaged in a variety of activities including swimming, skating, fitness classes, floor hockey, glee club and student leadership.  Thank you to staff for organizing these exciting learning activities! Electives run on Friday afternoon until December 5th.  A second session will run February 6 - March 6 and a third session will run May 1- 19.  

A reminder that Study Hall is available first break on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursday and Fridays for our intermediate students in Room 125.  

Book Fair runs from December 8 -11 in the Library. Mrs. Migel will be sharing more information about the Book Fair later this month. We will be hosting our Annual Christmas and Holiday Crafts and Concert Night on December 11.  Crafts will run from 6:00 - 7:00 and the concert will start at 7:00 in the south gym. Grade 7 and 8 Bands are performing.  School Council will be running a Holiday Basket Silent Auction in support of literacy, numeracy and technology resources for the classrooms - more details to follow!

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