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WOLFVILLE SCHOOL NEWSLETTER

Principal Steve Keddy Middle School Office 542-6050 Vice - Principal Ruth MacLeod Elementary Office 542-6055

WEBSITE: http://wolfville.ednet.ns.ca November 30, 2012


Dear Families, Every year I am more amazed at the talent within our student body and enjoy seeing them share their talents with students and families. Recently we held our Remembrance Day assemblies which were organized and presented by staff and students. One of our parents had this to say which sums up my thoughts and the feedback received from many parents and staff regarding both assemblies: The organization and presentation of the entire event were superb; it was a most respectful tribute on a most important occasion. It strikes me on such occasions, the important role the arts play in our lives; the assembly today would have been a very different one if it were not for the arts. The arts offer us a way into the emotions of experiences that a lecture or talk or report would not offer. As a poet, I want to make particular mention of the poetry that was very eloquently, and very courageously, shared today. Dance, music, poetry, song, story, visual art, including photographyall were artfully offered. As well, the technical crew, and the pacing by the emcees, made the event run seamlessly. A word also about the audience; from my perspective in the back row, you could not have expected more. Great performances need great audiences; today, Wolfville School delivered both. Please accept, and extend to all students and staff involved, my congratulations and gratitude for this event; they created a space and a time that were both reflective and inspiring. ~John Guiney Yallop~ Thanks to the staff and students responsible for organizing and presenting both the elementary and middle level assemblies. Another job well done! Parent/teacher meetings were held recently and report cards sent home earlier this week. Please remember that school staff appreciates your communication in support of your student, so get in touch any time you have feedback, questions or concerns. Our goal is to provide a quality education in a safe and positive environment and good communication is critical in achieving this goal.

EMAIL: ws@avrsb.ca

The holiday break is fast approaching and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a relaxing holiday with family and friends! Steve Keddy, Principal

Student Photos These days technology allows us to take photos easily and post them online. For many students and their families this is a regular practice. Others prefer not to have their pictures shared in this way. We appreciate your cooperation and ask that you not post pictures of other students online. Winter Gear Donations As often happens, we get great ideas from parents in our School community. We are seeking parent donations of some spare winter gear - various sizes of hats, mitts, coats, boots, sweaters and scarves. Students sometimes lose, forget, outgrow or cannot afford new gear. If you have any new or used items that you are not using or willing to donate, simply drop off at the elementary or middle level office and we will see that they get to students who can use them. Thank you in advance for your support. The Loving Tree As a reminder, let me share that for those families wishing to give gifts to their teacher during this season of giving, instead please consider making a donation of food or money to the Loving Tree. Donations to the Loving Tree will go to families of Wolfville School who need support. If you have any questions regarding this worthwhile initiative, please contact our offices at the numbers above. SAC NEWS
The next SAC meeting will take place on Monday December 3, 2012 at 7:00 pm in the Family Studies Room. All members of the community are invited to attend. The parent representatives for the year are Lisa Speigel, Janet Roberts, Janna Wentzell and Kerry Deveau.

HOME & SCHOOL CORNER

Family Fun Night for Elementary Students Lets Get Glowing A Family Fun Night will be held tonight from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. There will be games, dancing and snacks. Students are to be accompanied by an adult. There will be a free will offering in support of Wolfville School.
Margaret Miller & Traci Crouse Coordinators

HOLIDAY CONCERTS DATE CHANGE The elementary Winter Concert will be held on Monday, December 10 at 1:00 pm and not December 5th. The Band Concert will also be held on Monday, December 10 at 7:00 pm. Students should arrive by 6:30 in concert dress (dark bottoms, white tops and band vest). IWK Many thanks to Celine Hambling for leading the Zumba Fundraiser! Both middle school students and elementary students helped raise funds for the IWK. We raised $146.50! Job well done Wolfville School Students and Staff. Our next fundraiser will be Pajama Day on January 23. LOVING TREE We will, once again, have a Loving Tree in the school foyer during December. In support of the Wolfville Area Food Bank we are looking for cans/packages of turkey or chicken gravy and/or monetary donations to go toward the purchase of turkeys. The Food Bank prepares up to 170 Dinner Hampers to support families within our community.

Holiday Bazaar Our annual Holiday Bazaar will be on December 11th! Our Bazaar is a fun event where our library turns into a mini department store! Each elementary student is able to shop for gifts for their immediate family and have them gift wrapped. Students will always receive some change back from their purchases. All of the money raised through this event is given back to families in need at this time of year. Please have a look around your home for like-new items that you would like to donate. Departments we have had in the past are Mom, Dad, Toys, Games, Kitchen, Decorative, etc. No books or toiletries please. Donations can be dropped off at the Elementary office starting on Monday December 3rd. Volunteers are needed for this event! If you are available to help with set up on Dec 10th, or on the 11th with the bazaar, please contact Rhonda Brennan at 5429826 or rhondadoeswhat@hotmail.com Meeting The H & S meeting scheduled for November 29th at 5pm had to be cancelled. The next meeting will be Tuesday, January 29th at 7:00pm in the Family Studies Room. Christmas Tree Fundraiser See Coupon on the bottom of the newsletter in support of Wolfville Home & School.
SCHOOL CLOSURES Cancellation of all board provided transportation and to keep buses off the highway is a decision made by the Coordinator of Transportation and the Superintendent of School. Starting at 6:00 am, announcements will be broadcast on radio Stations: AVR network, K-Rock, CBC-FM, CHFX/CHNS, CJCH/C-100, News 95.7, ATV News and Weather Network. UNPLANNED EARLY DISMISSALS In the event that Wolfville School closes early due to the weather or an unforeseen event, we will be contacting parent/guardians or emergency contacts that you have noted on the student registration form. Calls will only be made for students from primary to grade 5. Please remember to inform the office of updated phone numbers throughout the year. Did you know you can sign up to receive an email or text message of AVRSB announcements? Please log on to www.avrsb.ca/content/notify-me to sign up. Once you sign up you will receive an email or text with information of any unplanned dismissals (storm closure, etc.).

PRIMARY GRADE 3 Skating Dates Students in Grades Primary to 3 will once again this year go to the Acadia Rink to skate. The following are the dates for skating for students in grades primary to 3. January 10, 17 and 31 February 7, 14 and 21. Students will leave the school at 9:00 am and skate from 9:30 to 10:30. February 28 has been booked as an alternate date if we should have a storm day. A skate waiver will go home with your child. Please complete it and return it to the elementary office by Monday, December 10. If your child is in need of skates, please bring your child to the elementary office. We have skates available. MAGAZINE CAMPAIGN Even though our Regular Magazine campaign will run in April PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SHOP ONLINE until thenAll sales will give the same great profit to our school. Were pleased to present QSPs On-line Magazine Program! This fundraising opportunity allows you to order or renew your favourite subscriptions while earning profits for our school. Please Follow These Instructions:

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Log onto www.qsp.ca

2. Click on SHOP NOW and follow the easy instructions. 3.Our schools Group Number is 31750 4. You will receive an e-mail confirmation for every purchase made on this secure site. 5. After purchasing, print the receipt page for your records.

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You may also enter the e-mail addresses of

friends and relatives across Canada who also enjoy reading. QSP will send them personalized e-mails, on your behalf, so they can receive the same opportunity to order at these fantastic prices, while supporting our

school at the same time! REFUNDABLES All families are encouraged to drop their refundables off at the Valley Recycling Enviro Depot in Greenwich using the Wolfville School account. This will ensure that the Wolfville School Playground committee receives the funds. FINE ARTS PRESENTATION December 18 Kwanzaa and African Dance Sessions1/2 hour sessions starting 9:15- Gr. P2; 9:45- Gr. 3-5; 11:10- Gr. 7; 11:40- Gr. 6 and 8. Parents/Guardians are welcome to sign in at office and attend a session with your son or daughter. THE PHANTOMS that aired on CBC, Sunday, Nov 18 is a movie that will be of interest to educators, students and families - not only for its basis in history, but also for its focus on resilience. It is a real-life Canadian story of triumph in a small town as one high school basketball team bands together to rebound from tragedy. It will have particular resonance in New Brunswick, of course. THE PHANTOMS PREMIERED SUNDAY NOVEMBER 18 ON CBC TELEVISION Trailer, pics, interviews at: www.thephantomsthemovie.com YouTube: thephantomsthemovie Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ThePhtmsTheMovie Twitter: @PhantomsMovie

Wolfville School is a Scent Smart School Wolfville School is a Nut Smart School

COMMUNITY ITEMS:
L.I.F.E. (Learning Is For Everyone)
At Wolfville School, we believe that all students should be able to participate fully in school. We are pleased to have a LIFE benevolent fund to assist with specific student needs related to learning. This fund is used to ensure that no student is prevented from participating fully in their classes or school-based experiences because of their financial situation. It is only through the generous financial support of local businesses and residents that the LIFE fund can exist. Heres how you can help: Provide us with your business card and for only $20 we will include it in our monthly newsletter. Its low-cost advertising for you and the proceeds go to a great cause! Call Mrs. Davison or Mrs. Fox in the school office at 542-6055, or drop by with your business card. If you dont have a business but would like to make a donation, that would be great too. Thank you in advance for your support.

RBC Wealth Management Dominion Securities Invites you to visit their offices and enjoy a hot beverage at a Christmas Open House & Fundraiser for the Wolfville School LIFE Fund and the Wolfville Area Food Bank Where: RBC-DS 410 Main Street, Wolfville When: Friday, Dec. 7th 12 noon to 5 pm Please support these worthwhile causes by bringing a donation of food for the Food Bank and/or money for the LIFE Fund.

WOLFVILLE RECREATION Download info at www.wolfville.ca; INFO: recreation@wolfville.ca, 542-3019 Programs: After School/In-Service Day Programs: We have lots of plans for the upcoming Winter Session of After-School Program and InService Day Programs. Make sure to sign up early to guarantee your spot! Mondays: Parks and Playgrounds (Free Program!) Tuesdays: Art Works ($110.00) Wednesdays: Mad Science ($130.00) Thursdays: Yoga ($110.00) & Triple Threat ($110.00) Fridays: Athletics in Action (Free Program!) We will be staying late and taking registrations December 10-14th from 4:30pm-6:30pm at the Wolfville Recreation Centre and will

have a special registration day on January 5th from 9:00am12:00pm. March Break Camp: March 11-15, 2013 from 9:00am-4:00pm at the Wolfville Recreation Centre. Cost: $35/day or $150 for the week! Travel around the world and discover a variety of cultural TRADITIONS and CELEBRATIONS. Learn about different types of MUSIC, ART, SPORTS, and CUISINE! Pack your bags, grab your camera, and get your passport ready! This is sure to be a trip of a lifetime! Events: Wolfville Holiday Street Fest: On December 7th shop under the stars for holiday gifts and goodies, and enjoy extended shopping hours and holiday street music. Festivities begin at 6:00pm in Downtown Wolfville & Central Avenue! Return on Saturday, December 8th from 1:00pm-4:00pm for wreath decorating workshops in our heated yurt, and enjoy wagon rides around town. New Years Eve Skate: Lace up your skates and get on the ice for a fun family skate at the Acadia Arena on December 31, 2012 from 6:00pm-9:00pm. Hot chocolate will be served by the Wolfville Scout Group as a fundraiser. LITTLE ROCKS CURLING (ages 9-12) It's curling season again and we are excited to get back on the ice. When: Saturdays at 4:00 5:30 pm Where: Wolfville Curling Club (22 Elm St, next to the Farmers Market Bldg) Cost: $85.00 for the season and includes Nova Scotia Curling Association membership Please bring: Dress warmly in layers and bring gloves. Clean indoor shoes ONLY are allowed on the ice. Ice approved helmets are required. (Brooms and duct tape for sliding is provided) Contact: Violy Curry (coordinator/ coach) 542-3615 Debbie Tucker (secretary) 697 - 2270 The emphasis of our program is on safety and fun. Horseplay will not be tolerated. Snacks are provided during the lesson. Quick as a Wink Theatre to perform Musical-Glory Days- in Windsor Quick as a Wink Theatre presents Glory Days, an original, historical Musical about the Town of Windsor. Performances take place at the Fountain Performing Arts Centre of Kings-Edgehill School, November 30, December 1; December 7,8 at 7:30 PM. Matinee on Sunday, December 2nd at 2:00 PM. Tickets available at the Windsor Home Hardware or on-line at www.quickasawinktheatre.ca (Print out your receipt.) Call 1-902-472-7229 for more info.

Group 1: ages 5-8 from 4:00p.m. 5:00pm Group 2: ages 9-12 from 5:30 - 6:30pm Cost: This is a FREE program There is space for 8 children per group. To register your child for either group 1 or group 2, please call Brenda Johnson at 6921662 or contact her at soundconnections@eastlink.ca. For more information about music therapy or Brendas practice consult her website www.soundconnectionsmt.ca or find her facebook page Sound Connections Music Therapy. MARCH BREAK 2013 IS COMING! What are your family plans? Come to Camp at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts for amazing week of art and camp. We provide an amazing day taught by professional artists and a great camp experience for kids on our 178 acres of field and forest, by our fabulous counselors. Whether searching for the Creekster, creating a masterpiece or making new friends, our camps have something for every kid. We offer programs in theatre, music and art. Kids can come for a day or for the whole week of adventure. Discounts: 15% off if you pay in full by December 1. Check our website at www.artscentre.ca for more details on the programs, bursaries and other discounts, or call us at 902-582-3842. And remember, camp makes a great Holiday gift. Happy Holidays from all here at Ross Creek. FREE Snowpasses for Grade 4 & 5 students! One of Canada's easiest ways to get kids healthy and active this winter is now available. The Canadian Ski Council's Snow Pass is available online. It's an unbeatable offer: free skiing and snowboarding for Canadian kids in Grade 4 and Grade 5. This includes slopes all across Canada, including Martock! How It Works: The Canadian Ski Council's Snow Pass gives kids in grades 4 and 5 (born in 2002 or 2003) three free lift tickets at each participating ski area all across Canada for the entire winter; providing them with an opportunity to ski or snowboard hundreds of times over the winter season. Applying is Easy: To sign up, visit www.snowpass.ca, and you have a choice of either uploading your child's picture, enter your payment and their proof of age, or our printed option that allows you to fill out the information, print the application to mail in to the Canadian Ski Council with a photo, proof of age and payment; all for a one-time administration fee of $29.95 including taxes. Signing up online is the quickest and easiest way to apply for your child's Grade 4 & 5 Snow Pass card. Snow Pass cards will be sent straight to you beginning in mid-November before the December 1st Snow Pass season start date! Snow Pass applications are also available through elementary schools and inside participating Sport Chek stores across Canada. Where it Works: The Grade 4 & 5 Snow Pass is a national program and is valid at over 150 ski areas across Canada including 33 ski areas in British Columbia, 19 ski areas in Alberta, 2 ski areas in Saskatchewan, 2 ski areas in Manitoba, 34 ski areas in Ontario, 53 ski areas in Quebec, 8 in Atlantic Canada (including Martock!) and 1 in the Yukon. With ski areas participating across Canada, families will not have to travel far to put this Snow Pass to use. Kids can easily track how many lift passes they have left by visiting www.snowpass.ca.

The Annapolis Valley Chapter of Autism Nova Scotia is


offering two after school Music Therapy programs for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The sessions will be led by Brenda Johnson, MEd Counselling, MTA, a qualified Music Therapist and Counselling Therapist who has experience with autism at all ages. Brendas strength based approaches combined with the elements within the music create a safe and playful environment to facilitate therapeutic goals while providing a positive social experience. Location: New Minas Elementary School (Music Room) Dates: Every Thursday Dec. 20th, 2012 to continue in January

Rocky Mountain Christmas Tree U-Pick

For each tree sold to a family from Wolfville School, $5.00 will be donated to the Home and School Association!
Wh en : Weekends in December from 9 5 pm Wh er e : 921 English Mountain Road, Kentville Con t a c t : 902-678-5999 or 902-429-6434 Web : www .f a c eb oo k . c o m/ t r eeu pi c k Cos t : starting at $25 (6 to 8 #1 sheared tree) C a s h on ly Plea s e

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