What’s Going On at MPS!

Manotick Public School News 2018-2019

MPS Website (includes school calendar of events)
MPS Twitter Site

MPS Update November 12-24, 2018
MPS Update October 29-November 11, 2018
School-Based Fundraising Plan 2018-2019
MPS News October 22, 2018
MPS Update October 15-26, 2018
MPS Update October 1-14, 2018
MPS News September 21, 2018
MPS Update September 17-28, 2018
MPS News September 3, 2018
MPS News August 23, 2018
MPS Family Handbook 2018-2019

Previous Posts of Interest:
MPS News 2017-2018
Meaningful Making
List of MPS Special Events 2017-2018

Next Council Meeting on Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

The next meeting of the MPS Advisory Council will be held Wednesday, November 28th, 2018, starting at 7:00 p.m. in the school library. We hope you can join us!

Council Newsletters

Council Newsletter November 12, 2018
Council Newsletter October 29, 2018
Council Newsletter October 1, 2018
Council Newsletter September 9, 2018

2017-2018 Council Newsletters

Incredibles 2 Movie Night on Friday, November 16th

It’s time for an Incredible movie night! Friday, November 16! Join us at the school gym on Friday, November 16, for the first movie night of the year! Bring your stuffies, sleeping bags, blankets and pj’s to watch Incredibles 2 with your friends. The movie will start at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Entry is just $5 and includes a bag of chips and a drink. Pizza will be available but must be purchased in advance. Tickets and pizza can be purchased through the Hot Lunches website: Hot Lunches. Raffle tickets for a cake and DVD can also be purchased. Funds raised go back to the school—we look forward to seeing you there!

If you are available to volunteer at this event please contact Emma Duncan: emmaeduncan@hotmail.com

Holiday Bazaar on Thursday, December 6th

Have you sent in your donations yet? Soon we’ll be preparing and organizing items, so the sooner
the better! We’re looking for new or nearly-new items for any and all age groups and genders.
Children will be buying for all family members—moms, dad, grandparents and siblings. Note
we’re always short on items for dads! Donations should be clearly marked “Bazaar” and brought
to the office or sent in with your child.

This year’s Holiday Bazaar will be held on Thursday, December 6. As in past years we will
need the assistance of staff, students and parents. This is a great annual fundraiser that
highlights teaching our children to think of others generously and kindly. Please consider taking
some time off to join us that day or on an evening before the event as a volunteer to organize and
prepare. Also, please note that children may only buy for others and not themselves to foster this
spirit of generosity. The volunteer sign-up sheet will be sent shortly, but in the meantime,
volunteers can contact Bianca at bianca.krueger@rbc.com.

Forest of Reading Book Club Is Coming Soon!

The books have been ordered and it’s only a matter of weeks until we can announce our book club kick off! The focus of book club is to make reading fun and celebrate Canadian authors and illustrators. Any student in grades 2, 3, 4 or 5 may join. Participation is completely voluntary. Meetings will be held Tuesdays during the morning activity/nutrition break, at 10:15 a.m.

We are looking for parent volunteers to assist with the weekly book club. Next week, teachers will be provided with lists to sign up any students who are interested in joining the book club. If you have any questions or are willing to assist with book club, please contact Angela McLinton (Literacy Coordinator, MPS School Council) at gregmclinton@rogers.com.

MPS Advisory Council is on Facebook!

Make sure you are in the know about events happening at MPS! To join the MPS Parent Advisory Council’s Facebook group, click here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/147649806061140/

Volunteers Needed to Plan Outdoor Education Space

In consultation with school staff, the Parent Council has identified an Outdoor Education space as a capital project for the school. The project is anticipated to be a 2-year project with lots of opportunity for parent involvement. At the moment, we’re looking for volunteers to help brainstorm ideas and prepare a preliminary design for the space. Please contact Stephanie Demers at stephanie.demers81@gmail.com if you’re interested in getting involved.

Literacy Committee Information for 2018-2019

The Manotick Public School Literacy Committee program includes two main parts:

The Forest of Reading Book Club begins in December 2018. The focus of the book club is to make reading fun and celebrate Canadian authors and illustrators. Any student in grade 2 or higher may join. Participation is completely voluntary. Meetings are held Tuesdays during the first recess, at 10:15 a.m. We are looking for interested parent volunteers to assist with the weekly book club. In addition, this year we were hoping to have a bilingual parent who would be interested in presenting and reading the French nominated picture books (Prix Peuplier) to the children.

MPS will host its Annual February Read-a-Thon to celebrate the love of reading and to raise funds for literacy initiatives. The money raised helps expand the collection of library and classroom books as well as host special author visits to the school. Last year, the school raised over $2,900.

Boston Pizza Fundraiser

Remember MPS next time you dine at Boston Pizza! Take advantage of the Boston Pizza Kids Card and help raise money for MPS. For a $5 donation to the BP Future Prospects Charity, you can get a Kids Card for 5 free kids’ meals. You can also register your card online and get a 6th kids’ meal free! And if you write our school name on the back of your receipt, BP will donate a portion of the proceeds from your meal to the school! Kids Cards are available for a limited time at BP restaurants or online at https://bostonpizza.com/en/kids-card.html.

Mabel’s Labels Fundraiser

Support our fundraising campaign with Mabel’s Labels. Shop online and we’ll earn a percentage of all sales, so tell your neighbours and friends, too! They also have a “tween” section, so it’s not just for little ones. Our website link is here (MPS Mabel’s Labels Site) and on the right sidebar – click the Mabel’s Labels logo and start shopping! Please see flyer below for more details:

Mabel’s Labels Flyer

Web Site Admin2015_FundraisingWebBanners (School)

Previous News and Events:

Halloween Dance on Friday, October 26th, 2018

Please join us at the annual Halloween Dance on Friday, October 26th, 2018 in the school gym from 6-8pm (doors open at 5:30pm). All MPS students (all grades JK-5) and parents are welcome. $5 per ticket, $2.50 per pizza slice. You must pre-order pizza. There will be a costume contest, bake sale, and raffle prizes. Please wear your costume and join the fun with music, games and prizes! Admission tickets, raffle tickets, food and drinks are available for order online on the Hot Lunches website: Hot Lunches.

See attached flyer for more details: Halloween Dance 2018.

Scholastic Book Fair on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

The Scholastic Book Fair will be help on Tuesday, October 23rd, with a preview day for students on Monday, October 22nd. Volunteers are needed on Friday, October 19th for set-up; Monday, October 22nd on preview day; and the most help is needed on the sale day, Tuesday, October 23rd. Contact Literacy Committee Coordinator Angela for details! Angela McLinton: gregmclinton@rogers.com

Meet the Teacher on Wednesday, September 26, 2018

We hope you can join us on Wednesday, September 26th, for our MEET THE TEACHER event from 4:30 – 6:30pm! Classrooms will be open and teachers will be present to introduce themselves to you. This is an opportunity for your children to show you and the rest of their family where they spend their days. Please note that this an Open House format and not an opportunity to receive updates on your child’s progress or to have individual/private conversations with your child’s teacher. If you have specific questions or concerns about your child or his/her progress, please email the teacher directly to set up a phone or in-person meeting for another day. Thank you to our MPS Advisory Council for arranging to have Big D’s Dog House and Poutine Emporium food truck as well as an ice cream truck onsite for the duration of the Meet the Teacher, for your family’s convenience and enjoyment.

Terry Fox Run/Walk on Friday, September 28th, 2018

Message from Principal Snarr: Our Annual Terry Fox Walk/Run is on Friday, September 28th. A field trip form and pledge sheet will be coming home on Monday. You can also donate online now on our school’s fundraising page http://www.terryfox.ca/ManotickPSManotick. Our MPS fundraising goal this year is $500.00; that’s just a toonie/student! I know that we can do it! Please indicate on the field trip form if you are able to volunteer by walking with your child’s class. We would love to have you walk with us!

MPS Lunch Program Orders Through September 17, 2018

Ordering for the lunch program opened on September 7th and will remain open until September 17th. Options this year include pasta, chicken fingers, subs and pizza. To order, go to manotick.hotlunches.net to set up an account and place your order. Unfortunately, no late orders will be accepted. If you’re available on Fridays between 12:50-1:25, please consider helping deliver lunches to the classes. You don’t need to be available every week. Even once or twice a month is a big help! Sign up either by filling out the volunteer form in the welcome package or sign up through the hot lunches ordering form.

MPS Spring Fair is on Saturday, May 26th, 10am-2pm

Manotick Spring Fair Poster 2018

Wristbands for MPS families can be purchased on the hot lunches website:
https://manotick.hotlunches.net.

Other families in the community can purchase wristbands using Eventbrite here.

See the silent auction page here for a sneak peek at what you can bid on!

Please see our Spring Fair page here for more information about this exciting event!

Spring Fair Volunteers Needed Saturday, May 26, 2018

The Spring Fair is right around the corner and we are still looking for volunteers in order to make this
day a success. There are plenty of different opportunities to help out and shifts are 10-12 or 12-2- so
you’ll still have plenty of time to enjoy the Fair. This is also a great opportunity for high school
students looking for volunteer hours.

The volunteer sign up sheet can be found by clicking this link:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1cpDqgCr8Rvx2xWOVGK-bVecKekbA8YyJkVte89T8NQ8/edit?ts=5ad776a5#gid=0

Upcoming Parent Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you to all of the parents who have volunteered during this school year! Volunteer opportunities are still available with upcoming events such as Spring Fair (Sat. May 26, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) and Staff Appreciation (Mon., June 18). We require a minimum of 40 parents to volunteer for Spring Fair for the event to go ahead (even just a two-hour shift would be a great help). If you would like to volunteer or have any questions about volunteering, please contact tashastefanis@yahoo.ca.

All funds raised go directly back to the school for equipment and programs not funded by the school board.

Spring Fair Items Needed!

Do you have new or gently used sporting equipment, toys or books looking for a new home? Now’s the time to donate them to the Spring Fair shopping tents! All funds raised go directly back to the school for equipment and programs not funded by the school board. If you have items you would like to donate please contact Bianca Krueger: biancakrueger@gmail.com

Student-Led Learning Walk Thursday, May 10, 2018

This Thursday is the MPS STUDENT-LED LEARNING WALK​ ​from 5:00-6:30 pm. Your personalized invitation went home with your child on Friday. We hope you will take this opportunity to join your child in this learning walk through the halls of MPS!

Immediately followed by…
HOT 89.9 will host a Lemonade Standemonium Rally​ from 6:30-7:00pm (primary yard)
Support the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation.
Curb Appeal Food Truck​ 5:00-7:00pm (primary yard)
Cool Treats Ice Cream Truck​ 6:00-7:15pm (primary yard)

Volunteers Needed for Spring Clean-up at School!

Spring has finally arrived! Volunteers are needed to help get the school gardens ready
for spring after a LONG winter. Yard clean-up day is scheduled for Saturday, May 5 from
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. If you’d like to help out, please contact Stephanie Demers at
stephanie.demers81@gmail.com. Green thumb not required!

COCO Family Movie Night on Friday, April 6th

Join us at the school gym on Friday, April 6th, for our final movie night of the year. Bring your stuffies, sleeping bags, blankets and wear your pj’s to watch COCO with your friends. The movie will start at 6:30pm (doors open at 6pm). Entry is just $5 and includes a bag of chips and a drink. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Pizza will be available on the evening but must be pre-ordered. Tickets and pizza can be purchased through the Hot Lunches website. Raffle tickets for a COCO Cake and DVD can also be purchased. Funds raised go back to the school – we look forward to seeing you there!

If you are available to volunteer at this event please contact Tasha Stefanis: tashastefanis@yahoo.ca

Read-a-thon Begins Thursday, February 1st, 2018

THE MPS ANNUAL READATHON begins on Thursday, February 1st, and runs until February 28th. The Read-a-Thon is held to celebrate the love of reading as well as to raise money to expand the collection of library books, fund the book club, host special author visits, and provide opportunities for enriching workshops or field trips.

Information packets will be sent home with students on Tuesday, January 30, 2018.
Look for the large manila envelope.
Students should keep track of time reading on their own and/or being read to by someone else.

PRIZES
★ A prize will be awarded to the top reader in each class.
★ Each class with the highest average minutes read per student at the Primary level (JK-Gr.2) and Junior level (Gr.3-5) will participate in a classroom story writing workshop, hosted by Ottawa author, Timm Holmes. Go to the Timm Holmes website to learn about his Start a Story workshops.
★ Additionally, Mrs. Snarr has issued a Principal Challenge . If MPS reads 175,000 minutes or more, she will schedule a school-wide activity selected by the students.

Mathletes at MPS on Thursday, February 8th, 2018

MATHLETES are coming to MPS on Thursday, February 8th. GR. 2-5 PARENTS ARE INVITED TO DROP IN between 9:15-10:15 or 11:00-12:30 to see your children work through these engaging Math challenges!

What is MATHLETES? (This excerpt from their website gives you an overview.)

Our gym will be divided into four ENGAGING Math zones with students moving through each zone, working together in teams to complete as many Math activities as possible in four timed periods. Teams are coached by our grade 5 students, who take part in a 45 minute leadership training prior to the arrival of the participants.

Music, visual images & high energy fuels the day with scores being tabulated & celebrated at the end of each zone motivating students to keep working towards a common GOAL of completing THOUSANDS of MATH QUESTIONS together in one day! MATHLETES concludes with a ribbon ceremony for ALL students as they CELEBRATE their MATH accomplishments!

ADDITIONAL IDEAS FOR SUPPORTING YOUR CHILD IN MATH AT HOME

Forest of Reading Book Club – Starts January 16, 2018

Regular book club sessions will begin January 16th, 2018 in the library at first recess.  The books have arrived and the activities are planned! Our first book club session will be on Tuesday, January 16th at first recess.  It will be a short session from 10:15 to 10:40am. Looking ahead, January 23rd will be a longer session when we welcome Heather Hayne from St. John Ambulance and her therapy dog, Leica.

Parents, please remind your children to return their books each Tuesday to book club so that other students may have an opportunity to enjoy our limited supply of Forest of Reading® selections. Any students in grades 2 to 5 interested in joining book club may do so at any time.

Upcoming sessions will feature:

Jan. 16th – Top Dogs: True Stories of Canines That Made History; and Smiley: A Journey of Love.
Jan. 23rd – Special Guest from St. John Ambulance
Jan. 30th – Hockey Science

UPDATES:

Unfortunately, due to the weather and bus cancellations, our visit with Heather Hayne and her therapy dog, Leica, from St. John Ambulance was postponed. Stay tuned as we are arranging an alternate date for her visit.

On January 30th, we will be doing some GREAT Hockey Science ​with our book club students. In the book GREAT by Glen Gretzky and Lauri Holomis, Wayne and Taylor shoot the puck as it slides and glides easily
along the ice. Have you ever wondered how the puck goes so fast on the ice? What else might slide on the ice, or what might stick? We will dive into some Hockey Science to find out! This book club session will be a longer, picnic session which will run over both the activity and nutrition break.

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On January 30th, we did some GREAT Hockey Science with our book club students. They did an experiment predicting what might slide on ice, or what might stick. Our conclusions showed the rough (or fuzzy) items had more friction which slowed objects down. The smoother the item, the less friction which meant they slid more quickly across the ice. Fun Fact! Hockey pucks generally travel at 160 kilometres per hour.

Our upcoming session on February 6th will be a story time featuring Restart by Gordon Korman.

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We are happy to announce that our visit with Heather Hayne and her therapy dog, Leica, from St. John Ambulance, has been rescheduled to February 20th.

At our upcoming book club on February 13th, our theme will be SPACE and we will feature two books. The first book is The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield and Kate Fillion. The second book is a non-fiction selection called To Burp or Not to Burp: A Guide to Your Body in Space by Dr. Dave Williams and Loredana Cunti. This book club session will be a longer, picnic session that will run over both the activity and nutrition break.

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On Tuesday, February 20th we enjoyed our visit with Heather Hayne and her therapy dog, Leica, from St. John Ambulance.

Our next book club session will be moved to Monday, February 26th. We are very excited to welcome Mireille Messier, author of The Branch/Ma branche préférée, a 2018 Blue Spruce Award™ /le Prix Peuplier 2018 Nominee to Manotick Public School. This will be a longer session and we will not have a book exchange this session in order to maximize our time with Ms. Messier.

For more info, contact Angela McLinton (gregmclinton@rogers.com) and Amy Rascanin (amyrascanin@gmail.com), Literacy Initiatives Coordinators, MPS School Council

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Our last book club session for the school year will be this Tuesday, April 24th. We look
forward to welcoming local author Nidhi Kamra. She will share her book Ten Sheep to
Sleep and lead the students in some fun activities.

Lunch Program Update – Order Deadline January 26, 2018

It’s time to order lunches for Term 2 (February 1 – June 27, 2018).  We’ve made some changes to the menu and ordering is now available online.  See here for details.  The online lunch ordering period is January 15th until January 26th, and orders can be placed online at https://manock.hotlunches.net/.  Please note that after January 26th orders will be finalized and sent to our vendors; therefore, no changes can be made.  

Family Movie Night on Friday, January 19th, 2018

Join us at the school gym on Friday, January 19th, for the first movie night of 2018. Bring your stuffies, sleeping bags, blankets and wear your pj’s to watch DESPICABLE ME 3 with your friends. The movie will start at 6:30pm (doors open at 6pm). Entry is just $5 and includes a bag of chips and a drink. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Pizza is available on the evening but must be pre-ordered. Tickets and pizza are available at www.ocdsb.schoolcashonline.com. Raffle tickets for a Despicable Me 3 Cake and DVD can also be purchased. Funds raised go back to the school – we look forward to seeing you there!

Kindergarten Information Night – Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

Kindergarten Information Night​ for parents of children starting Kindergarten in September 2018 will be held on Wednesday, January 17th from 6:30-7:30pm​ in the gym.

Holiday Bazaar Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Holiday Bazaar Items Online (and gifts/wrapping items still needed!)

Thank you to everyone who has donated items so far – we really appreciate it!  For anyone who hasn’t had the chance to donate we are still in need of items to make the 2017 Holiday Bazaar a success.  You can drop off any new or gently used items at the school office.  We ask that you donate the number of items that your family would purchase to ensure that we have enough gifts for all of the children on the day.  We are also accepting donations of christmas wrapping paper, bags, ribbon, coloured tissue paper, name tags and tape which can also be sent into the office.

Gifts can now be purchased online through School Cash Online https://ocdsb.schoolcashonline.com/  Gifts are just $3.00 per item at the bazaar.  If you do not have anything at home to donate (or the time to find anything!), there is also an option online to donate funds for the events committee to purchase items on your behalf.  All of the funds raised through this event allow School Council to provide additional resources for our students (such as field trips, classroom items for direct student use, school wellbeing initiatives, etc).  Thank you for your support in creating a fun and exciting event for our students.

Usborne Book Fair November 23-24, 2017

Usborne Books will be at Manotick Public School on Thursday, November 23rd (8 am – 8 pm), and Friday, November 24th (8am – noon).

Manotick Public School will receive 25% of the total sales in free books!! This is a great opportunity to get some Christmas shopping done, build your own home library and benefit your school.  Payment accepted by MC, Visa, cash, EMT or cheque (made out to Sandra Romanauskas). See flyer here for more details.

The Nut Job 2 Movie Night, Friday, November 17th

Join us at the school gym on Friday, November 17th, for the first movie night of the school year.  Bring your stuffies, sleeping bags, blankets and wear your pj’s to watch THE NUT JOB 2 with your friends.

The movie will start at 6:30pm (doors open at 6pm). Entry is just $5 and includes a bag of chips and a drink.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.  Pizza is available on the evening but must be pre-ordered.  Tickets, raffle tickets and pizza can be purchased through school cash online soon. http://www.ocdsb.schoolcashonline.com

Raffle Prizes Include:

Nut Job 2 Cake
Nut Job 2 DVD
Family Photography Session with Christina Warrysh Photography

Funds raised go back to the school – we look forward to seeing you there!

Halloween Dance Friday, October 27th 

Please join us at the MPS Halloween Dance on Friday, October 27th, from 6pm-8pm (doors open at 5:30pm)!

Halloween Dance tickets are available at https://ocdsb.schoolcashonline.com/ until Tuesday. We are looking forward to seeing you on Friday!

All grades JK to Grade 5 are invited to join in on the fun and enjoy some pizza & refreshments, great music, costume prizes, Halloween games, raffles and more! Tickets are just $5 (including a drink) and pizza must be pre-ordered online. These are available through school cash online now.

All children must be accompanied by an adult (parents are responsible for supervision during the event).

Tickets and pizza can be purchased online until Thursday, October 26th, at 11pm.

We hope to see you all celebrating in the school gym between 6-8pm on October 27th, this will be a party you won’t want to miss!

We will be incorporating the Teal Pumpkin Project in the activities again this year. There will be an area in the gym that will include a Teal Pumpkin colouring station.

If you would like to contribute to the bake sale please contact Ashley Van De Ven at ashley.vandeven@gmail.com.

All funds raised through the dance will go back to the school – we look forward to seeing you there!

Meet the Teacher on Wednesday, September 27, 2017

We hope you can join us this Wednesday the 27th for our MEET THE TEACHER!  Teachers will be in their classrooms to greet you and your family from 4:00-5:30pm.  Meet the Teacher is meant to be an informal introduction to your child’s teachers and his/her learning environment.  It is a great opportunity for your child to show you where s/he spends much of each day.  Teachers will not be providing updates about individual children’s learning during this time.  Please email or contact your child’s teacher(s) should you wish to meet with him/her to discuss your child’s progress at another time.  Food trucks will be onsite ready to serve you from 4:30-7:00pm.  We look forward to seeing our MPS families on Wednesday! (All family members are welcome.

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