Box 287, 19 School St
Miscouche, PE C0B 1T0
902-888-8495 (p) 902-888-8491(fax)
PRINCIPAL: Scott MacDonald VICE-PRINCIPAL Sue Gogan
January 9th, 2020 Newsletter #5
Dates to Remember
Jan 6th– 31th- Dental Clinic at Miscouche
Jan 13th– Home & School Meeting- 6:30 pm
Jan 20th– Lunch with the Principal
Jan 27th– Literacy Day
Feb 17th– No School (Stat Holiday)
Feb 28th– PD Day (No School)
December Student of the Month
KA- Deandra Cannon
KB- Libby Arsenault
1A- Serenity O’Brien
2A- Chandler Butler-MacAusland
3A- Drew Nauss
4A- Carley Anderson
5A- Tamara MacPherson
6A- Zoey Arsenault
7A- Jack Duncan
8A- Peyton Kilbride
9A- Lucas Paugh
Phys Ed- Meisha Frost
Registration for 2020-2021 Kindergarten was held the week of Nov 18th-Nov 22nd, 2019. If you haven’t registered your child, please do so as soon as possible.
- Children must be 5 years old by December 31st, 2020 in order to be eligible for Kindergarten.
- Parents are asked to register their child at his/her local elementary school during school hours. If you are unsure of your school zone, please call the Stratford Office (368-6990), Summerside Office (888-8400) or Toll Free 1-800-280-7965.
- A registration form will be completed at the time of registration.
- Parents are reminded to bring two pieces of information which verify proof of child’s age: birth certificate/PEI health card as well as verification of home address, such as current utility bill.
- Dates for the parents and children to attend the Annual Welcome to Kindergarten sessions will be announced in the spring of 2020
We would like to welcome Ellen Arsenault & Madelyn Marchbank to Miscouche Consolidated. Ellen will be with us until June for Phys. Ed & Madelyn is a new EA replacing Donna Bryanton who retired in Dec. Welcome Aboard!!!
Family Literacy Day
Every year on January 27, ABC Life Literacy Canada hosts Family Literacy Day, the largest national family literacy event in Canada. Literacy organizations, schools, libraries and media groups will coordinate numerous literacy-themed events and activities across the country in honour of this special initiative.
Family Literacy Day® is a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family. News Media Canada is a proud supporter of Family Literacy Day, distributing public service announcements and editorial resources from ABC Life Literacy Canada to our members.
For more information, visit the Family Literacy Day website or download resources from the Community Wire website at www.communitywire.ca/en/org/abc-life-literacy-canada.
We will also be celebrating Family Literacy Day by building a literacy snowman. Watching Frosty Grow with Good Books…. children will read a book record it on a snowball which will be used to build a literacy snowman on the wall. On January 27th we will be doing some special literacy day activities in our classrooms.
Cell Phones/Electronic Devices in Kindergarten to Grade Six
We have noticed an increase in cell phone/electronic device activity during the school day. We have a number of students who are not finishing their lunches as they are distracted by electronics. We have also had some issues on the playground with pictures and videos therefore we are asking that these items stay at home. If a student MUST bring a phone for communication purposes we are asking that it stays in their locker at all times. Thank you for understanding.
The Zone 2 Gymnastics meet will be held at Elm Street school on Wednesday January 29th. For all those elementary students who signed-up, listen to announcement for practice times starting soon. See Ms. Arsenault for more information.
DID YOU KNOW?! Fun facts about the benefits of learning music in school…
Increased Coordination: “Students who practice with musical instruments can improve their hand-eye coordination. Just like playing sports, children can develop motor skills when playing music”
Emotional Development: “Students of music can be more emotionally developed, with empathy towards other cultures They also tend to have higher self-esteem and are better at coping with anxiety” (National Association for Music Education).
Upcoming Dates to Remember
Honors Band Weekend – January 24-26 (Select Grade 9 Band Students)
Intermediate Band Days – March 3 (Grade 7-9 Band)
Halifax Band Trip – April 29-30 (Grade 7-9 Band)
Wednesday After School Band Rehearsals
The Concert Band (Grades 7-9) will begin rehearsals on Wednesday, January 15th after school from 2:30-3:30. A reminder that these rehearsals are required in order to attend any of our day trips and our Band Trip in April to Halifax.
This fall, we completed two major fundraisers – ADL Cheese and Butcher Shop Meat Pies. Students were able to earn money towards their Halifax Trip. More information will be available soon for upcoming fundraisers. As always, contact Mrs. Mullen at any time if you would like to help organize/run any of these fundraisers. Our Executive Committee is always welcoming to new members and helpers.
Grade 6 Band
Grade 6 students should always have their instruments at school on days we have Music Class. Grade 6’s have music on days 2, 4, and 6.
Grade 6 students need to have each day in class: Instrument, Red Book, a pencil, a duo tang or folder to keep sheet music that they will be getting soon.
I am INCREDIBLY PROUD of all of my students who participated in the Christmas Concerts in December. A huge thank you to all of the parents, teachers, students and especially our administrators (Mr. MacDonald and Ms. Gogan) for helping make the Concert at the College of Piping possible. What an incredible opportunity for our students and for our parents, to see their children perform in such a beautiful, professional venue.
Home Practice and Term 2 Playing Tests
Do you see your child’s instrument coming home on a regular basis for home practice? It is best if you do! They will get the most out of their musical experiences (and be much less overwhelmed) if they are practicing regularly – I suggest even just 15 minutes, twice a week. Here are some tips for helping your child to get into a practice routine and to be productive!
Specifics about larger instruments:
Bass players can take their basses home for a weekend if it is back on Monday. I have very small practice amplifiers they can also take.
Tuba Players can take their instrument if they are being picked up and dropped off.
Percussionists can borrow a practice xylophone to take home to practice. Otherwise, rhythms for drum parts can be practiced anywhere at home.
All other instruments are easily transportable on the bus to and from school.
Tip #1: Choose two days of the week or weekend that works for them. At first, set a 15 minute timer. You just want to create the habit first.
Tip #2: Choose something small to practice that day – ONE small portion. If in grade 6, they will have a red book and possibly another piece of sheet music. Ask what number they did last in their red book during class, that’s a great place to start. If they are struggling, go backwards in the book to find an easier one. Parent tip: the back of the red book has a fingering chart with note names – you can help your child using this tool to read notes and find the correct fingerings. If your child is in Grade 7-9, they always have a scale they’re practicing (B-flat or F for example) as well as their sheet music. To choose something to practice from the music, check Google Classroom to see what their next playing test is (always scales and portions from their music). Parent Tip: all students should have at least a paper copy of the fingering chart for their instrument, so you can use this to help them or at least refer them to this if they are saying they don’t know the notes/fingerings.
Term 2 Playing Tests are posted and students will be given their due date schedule in paper form as well. It is important to keep up on these so as not to fall behind. They are broken up into very small, manageable chunks for students to complete each week.
The Administration Team
The Public Schools Branch sent a Notice to Parents about school cancellations and closures. https://edu.princeedwardisland.ca/psb/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/notice_to_parents.pdf
Reminder to students about winter wind chill. The weather may seem warm on some days and students may think they do not need to wear a warm jacket. With the wind chill, the weather can turn dangerously cold in minutes. Please dress with warm jackets, hats and boots. Although it seems that everyone would know already, we still see many students coming to school without jackets or boots.
We need volunteers for the breakfast program.
We have a Miscouche Home and School Face book page to sign up on.
Or if not on Facebook.
Send a note or message to your home room teacher. They will pass it on to us.
If you can help us out on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday morning please let me know.
We fill trays from 730am until 800am.
We are also in need of donations
Please remember NO NUTS
-Granola bars (low sugar)
-Cereal (low sugar)
-Apple sauce single serving (low sugar)
Please drop off donations or send in with your child to give to their teacher.
Miscouche Breakfast Program