The challenge is on Sunnybrae classes! Be the classroom to bring in the most food drive items on Thursday April 17th and you might win a double recess! Imagine the FREEDOM, and the GOOD that you will be doing for our COMMUNITY!!!
Some grade 5 students at Sunnybrae public school are combining their baking skills with their concern for their community. The PLMC (peace,love, and muffins club) will be holding a muffin sale the last Monday of each month from now until the end of the school year. Muffins will be sold during the first nutrition break outside of the office for $1.00 each, with the proceeds being donated to the Women and Children’s Shelter of Barrie. So bring your loonie and please line up! They go fast!
*All muffins are peanut free, however are not made in peanut-free environments*
This Friday at Sunnybrae our school will be participating in Earth Hour. Earth Hour is the world’s largest movement for action on climate change. During Earth Hour, hundreds of millions of people around the world turn off their lights for one hour to support a future where climate change is no longer a threat. While the actual day of the event is March 29, 2014 from 8:30-9:30 pm, our school will participate on Friday March 28 at 2:00pm by turning off non-essential lights and by unplugging unneeded electrical devices.
This Saturday March 29th from 8:30-9:30, why not have your families unplug, power down and enjoy some family fun together for Earth Hour!
Remind 101—Sunnybrae P.S Texts!
We are experimenting with new, more convenient ways of sharing information with you. By now most families have heard automated voice messages that we share to inform or remind you of important events here at school. We affectionately call these “Robo Calls”. This is very effective for some messages and we try to use the system only when we determine the message to be particularly important or beneficial.
We are now going to make 1 way text messaging available to those families who would like to see some brief but important messages sent directly to their mobile devices. ‘Remind 101’ is a free app that other schools and some of our staff are trying. Subscribers can unsubscribe easily at any time. Some information such as “Buses Cancelled” usually comes to me (Mr. McKeown) ahead of radio stations and other news outlets so our hope is that this type of info can be shared faster with this method.
The way it works:
-send the text “@sunnybr” to 289 273-3853
-you will now receive general messages
E.g., Olympic Day tomorrow, busses cancelled, bake sale etc.
-there is no option to reply
If your child takes a bus:
-send the text “@sunnybu” to 289 273-3853
-you will now receive messages intended only for bus students
E.g., Bus 108 running 10 min late etc.
-you can subscribe to both distribution lists
Look for an update on the success of this experiment in the April newsletter and feel free to provide feedback.
We are now up to almost 60 users!
Sunnybrae families, we would like you to take a few minutes to follow the link below and then respond to three ‘Survey Monkey’ questions. For more than a year now the School Council, made up of parents, staff, administration and community members, has been exploring the idea of bringing an instrumental Music program to our school. This is an ambitious undertaking so we are seeking feedback from as many stakeholders as possible. We appreciate your thoughts and will take them into consideration as we move forward in our School Improvement Planning. Please be assured that all responses are completely anonymous.
With the end of February, it begins to feel like the ‘homestretch’ as we are officially in the second half of our school year. We had a great turn out for the Valentine’s Day Dance-a-thon and an incredible Olympic experience. The Spring Break is only a few days away, report cards have all made it home and Spring is around the corner. We’ve survived another winter (almost) but there is a lot of school left and now is not the time to give in to the temptation to let those good habits slip.
As we asked after the Fall Progress Report went home, please take a few minutes to take another look at the report card, with your child(ren), and talk about what meaningful and achievable goals can be set for the second half of the year. Consider goals in different subject areas but pay particular attention to the Learning Skills. When students work hard to do their best, to take responsibility for their own learning and to respect themselves and those around them they are guaranteed to meet their potential. That is the true measure of success both in school and in life.
The Dance-a-thon raised $3000 for our school—essentially the same amount as last year. We were overwhelmed by the generous donations of money and prizes. Our sincere thanks to the many people who contributed to the success of this event. Olympic Day, despite the cold weather was also a huge success. Many staff members, volunteers and students worked together to make it a really special day for all involved. Last minute changes to the schedule shortened all of the outdoor portions of the day, most students were well dressed for a Canadian winter day and as always, all students were permitted to come into the building upon request. Both the Innisfil Examiner and the Innisfil Scope covered the event so be sure to check out the local papers to read more.
We, the staff of S.P.S. wish all of our families a safe and refreshing Spring Break and look forward to seeing you all back on March the 17th.