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Junior and Middle School Newsfile

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Dear Parents,

The STEAM Camp Early Bird Registration deadline is tomorrow, Wednesday, February 21. Please send in your registration forms to take advantage of this fantastic camp experience. If you require a new form, please contact Monica Hoppe at mhoppe@pickeringcollege.on.ca and one will be sent to you.

On Friday, February 23 Pickering College students will support The National Anti-Bullying Movement by wearing a pink shirt with their uniforms. Pink Shirt Day was created to make a visible stand against bullying, and now raises awareness for the issue and promotes resources available to bullying victims. We are asking you to join in and show your support by wearing a pink shirt on Friday. For those that do not have one, official Pink "Together, Pickering College Anti-bullying Day. Everyday!” T-shirts are available for sale in the Hilltop Shop for $5.50 for Youth sizes and $6.00 for adult sizes. Additionally, pink shirts will be available for purchase outside of the Dining Hall on Wednesday, February 21, Thursday, February 22 and in Egan House before Morning Meeting on Friday, February 23.

Parents are invited to attend our Skating Demonstration on Friday, February 23 featuring all of our students in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6. The demonstration is from 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. in the Pickering College arena.

Parents of students in Grades 5 and 6 are invited to attend the Ottawa trip parent information meeting on Monday, March 5 at 4:00 p.m. in the Meeting Room at Pickering College.

The Middle and Senior School Drama Club is pleased to present the acclaimed musical, School of Rock (School Production) on stage in the Joseph McCulley Meeting Room. The show will be performed on Wednesday, February 28, Thursday, March 1 and Friday March 2, with a 7:00 p.m. curtain. Tickets are $15 each. Junior and Middle school students and other community members can purchase tickets by emailing schoolofrock@pickeringcollege.on.ca. In your email, indicate the number of tickets you are requesting and the performance date. Tickets will be charged to student accounts. Get your tickets soon! Past musical productions have sold out so order early to avoid disappointment. The Middle School YEO committee will be running a refreshment table in the foyer prior to the show and during intermission.

The Middle School semi-formal dance is Friday, February 23 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the Student Lounge. The cost is $15 per student and will be charged to student accounts; proceeds will cover the cost of the dance as well as go towards YEO to help our sponsored students, Margaret and Philip in Kenya, through The Small Project. The dance is for a great cause and will be a lot of fun, so we hope our Middle School students will participate.

On Tuesday, March 6 the Junior and Middle School Athletic Awards will be held in Egan House at 8:30 a.m. Parents are welcome to attend.

On Friday, March 9, Pickering College will celebrate National Sweater Day. Since 2010, over a million Canadians have participated in National Sweater Day at their schools, workplaces and homes. National Sweater Day is a fun way to learn about the importance of saving energy and to inspire you to use less heat all winter. Heating accounts for 80% of residential energy use in Canada and is a significant source of emissions. If all Canadians lowered their thermostats by just 2 degrees Celsius this winter, it would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 4 megatons – that’s equivalent to shutting down a 600 megawatt coal-fired power station or taking nearly 700,000 cars off the road! Students, staff and PC community members are invited to dress down with a "crazy" sweater (or a warm and cozy sweater of their preference) on Friday, March 9. Please do not wear hoodies or sweatshirts; it should be a real sweater. Prizes will be awarded to the "craziest" sweaters in the Junior, Middle and Senior schools, and for staff.

Parents of students in JK to Grade 5, please find enclosed, the 2017 Child Care Tax Receipt(s) for your child(ren). Parents of students in Grades 6 to 8, please be advised that your 2017 Child Care Tax Receipt(s) for your child(ren) will be mailed to you by February 28, 2018. If you also have children in the junior school, you will receive all of your Child Care receipts with the junior school blue newsfile folder today.

Maria Di Mambro

Director of the Junior School

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