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Junior and Middle School Newsfile

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Dear Parents,

The students in Grades 1-3 will host FIRST LEGO League Showcase on Saturday, April 14 from 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. The students in Grades 1 to 3 have been participating in the 2017-2018 Aqua Adventure Challenge. Each team built a LEGO model to show what they learned and used a LEGO motor to make at least one part of their model move. Students also had to illustrate their research and team journey and display it on a "show me” poster. This challenge gave students a chance to be researchers, designers and engineers. The LEGO showcase will be an opportunity for the students to present their research on the wonders of the water cycle, and demonstrate their design and LEGO structure for the challenge. Students should arrive in Egan House no later than 8:45 a.m. and be dressed in their summer uniform. Guests are welcome to attend!

Our annual Jump Rope for Heart event for students in Kindergarten to Grade 5 is next Thursday, April 19 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please have students come to school dressed in their Phys. Ed. clothes and house t-shirt. It is a great opportunity for students to get active, have some fun with their friends and raise money for a very worthwhile cause. In addition to all the fun students are going to have, don’t forget about all the wonderful prizes that can be won. This is a reminder that collection forms need to be returned by Thursday, April 19 in order for your child to be eligible for any prizes. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact David Fiscaletti at dfiscaletti@pickeringcollege.on.ca.

Thursday, April 19 will be an early dismissal for our monthly Faculty Meeting. Classes will end at 3:00 p.m. for students in Kindergarten to Grade 5 and at 3:15 p.m. for students in Grades 6 to 8. Please make arrangements to pick up your child at this time. Students in Kindergarten to Grade 6 who are not picked up early will be sent to After Care. The Junior School Community Service Club: Helping Hands will also meet on this day from 3:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Student Lounge.

In celebration of Earth Week, Friday, April 20 will be a dress down day for the entire school. Students are encouraged to wear blue or green in celebration of our environment. The Green Team will be facilitating a number of activities throughout the week and will be hosting Morning Meeting on Friday morning. The cost to dress down is $2.00 which will support Green initiatives. The Tuck Shop will be open for the Junior and Middle School. Students in Kindergarten to Grade 5 may spend $1 and students in Grades 6 to 8 may spend $2.

On Monday, April 16, all Pickering College community members are invited to attend the screening of Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story, which will be shown in The Joseph McCulley Meeting Room at 3:45 p.m. This is a Canadian documentary about the food waste issues in Canada and around the world. Students in Grades 6-12 are invited to sign out of their regular co-curricular program to attend the screening of this informative and entertaining film. The film is 74 minutes in length. Please note that students in the Junior School must be accompanied by a parent in order to attend the screening.

On Friday, April 20, the Middle School students will spend the day engaged in activities and sessions geared at investigating the Adventure Pillar. In February the students selected one of seven inquiry-based Pillar Projects and worked through the Wisdom Pillar portion of these projects. The projects: Code your Robot, Podcasting, Outdoor Classroom Design, Movement and Mindfulness, TinkerCAD Design Challenge, Equestrian Program Design, and DIY sports are facilitated by teachers passionate about the topic and led by student curiosity and interest. On April 20 students will delve further into their projects by doing site visits, field trips and participating in hands on workshops designed to help guide the students to answer the questions "Who am I?” and “What can I do?" The final installment of this inquiry process will take place on June 11 as student groups develop skills in the Community Pillar by finding ways that their respective projects can contribute to our community in a meaningful manner.

The Grade 8 Mathematics Examination is scheduled for Thursday, May 17 during Periods 1 and 2. All students who take Grade 8 Mathematics are required to attend the examination. We kindly ask that you do not book any appointments on this day.

This year the Grade 8 Closing Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. The evening will begin at 4:30 p.m. with photos outside on the front lawn. At 5:00 p.m. the closing ceremony will begin in the Meeting Room. This will be followed by dinner and a dance in the Dining Hall. Grade 8 families will be receiving more information/ an invitation in the coming weeks.

A reminder for Grade 8 parents: there is a Senior School Excursion Information evening on Tuesday, April 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the Joseph McCulley Meeting Room. This is for anyone whose child(ren) is(are) interested in participating in one of the planned trips or excursions next year, including: Greece and Italy Adventure; exchanges to Australia, United Kingdom and Spain; Music Festival in Banff, rafting on the Ottawa River and student leadership conferences.

Pickering College is proud to offer its summer math camp program, Mathtasia for a second year. The camp is open to students entering Grades 6 to 9. To secure your place in the camp complete and return the Expression of Interest Form. For more information, contact Janet Downer, Director of Middle School at jdowner@pickeringcollege.on.ca.

Families with children from JK – Grade 5 will find an invitation form with this newsfile for the Grandparent and Special Friend Afternoon to be held Thursday May 10, from 2:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m., just ahead of Junior Springfest. Please return the RSVP no later than May 4, 2017. We look forward to welcoming these important members of the Pickering College community for a lovely day with our students! Thank you to event Chair Colleen Sexsmith, grandmother of Sienna in Grade 3 and Evan in JK. Further information is available from Kim Bilous in the Development Office – kbilous@pickeringcollege.on.ca or 905 895 1120 x 260.

A reminder from the Business Office; if you selected full payment of 2018/2019 tuition and fees, deadline for payment is April 18, 2018, in order to qualify for the full payment discount. Please note that your March 2018 e-statements, were emailed on April 6 from studentbilling@pickeringcollege.on.ca. If you did not receive your e-statement, please contact Joanne Golding, Accounting Manager at 905-895-1120 extension #223 or studentbilling@pickeringcollege.on.ca

Step Right Up – Join us for the Cirque de Rêves Gala Auction! We invite you to bid on one of the many exciting auction prizes that will be available to the PC community through the Givergy gala auction. Givergy is an electronic auction system that offers our entire community the opportunity to join the fun from anywhere in the world, while supporting generations of happy, inspired students here at Pickering College. Thank you to Leith Wheeler Investment Counsel Ltd. for generously sponsoring this year’s gala auction!

Congratulations to Carrie and Rico Dente, winners of Cirque de Rêves limousine service, kindly sponsored by Treasure Mills.


Maria Di Mambro

Director of the Junior School

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February 20, 2018

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