6X Book of the Month – Princess Princess Ever After

Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O’Neill

Dawn chose Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O’Neill as the class Book of the Month because it is “different than regular princess stories.  There is no knight in shining armour saving the princess in this book, but a princess saving a princess.”  It is a love story between two princesses.  Dawn says that this short graphic novel is really good with “a little action, a little romance, a little fun…a bit of everything.” Another great selection by a student reader.

School Occupational Therapy Program

Parkside Elementary will be involved with the School Occupational Therapy (OT) Program for this school year.  Occupational Therapists (OTs) are licensed health professionals who work with children in many different settings and, who know a lot about: motor development, sensory processing as well as environmental set up, adaptations and accessibility.

  • Fine and visual motor skills are important for school activities such as: drawing, colouring, printing, writing, keyboarding, using a computer, cutting with scissors, opening lunch containers, completing fasteners on clothing, tying shoelaces, using a lock, etc. 
  • Gross motor skills are important in school for: moving safely in the classroom and throughout the school, participating in gym activities as well as playing on the playground and playground equipment, etc.
  •  Sensory processing in school is important for things like: being comfortable with sounds and lighting within the school, being able to tolerate getting ready for outdoors in crowded hallways, being able to sit or stand at a desk or on the floor to complete work or listen to instructions, etc.
  •  Environmental set up in school includes things like: making sure desk and chair heights are the “right fit” for students, identifying the best location for desk placement or quiet work/learning areas, exploring alternative seating options (i.e., chair, movement cushion, stool, stand-up desks) for students and ensuring accessible space for wheelchairs, etc.

The School Therapy OT will be part of the school team and accessible to all school staff as well as to parents/guardians. While at the school, the School Therapy OT will spend time in many areas of the school (i.e., classrooms, gym, music, playground, etc.) and will observe students engaged in their school activities.  The OT will guide school staff in understanding how they can use activities within the classroom to help children with their motor and sensory skills.  If the OT, together with your child’s teacher, notice that your child is having difficulty with the motor or sensory demands in the classroom or school, the teacher will contact you to discuss making an individual referral to the School Therapy OT Program.  If you have questions or concerns about your child’s motor or sensory development please feel free to contact the School Therapy OT as well as your child’s classroom teacher.

If a family doctor, pediatrician or other health agency would like your child to be seen by the School Therapy OT program, the referral request must be communicated to the school-based Student Services Team or classroom teacher for a referral to be initiated. 

If your child is currently being seen by private OT and you and your child’s school team would like to refer your child to the School Therapy OT Program please feel free to contact the OT at your child’s school to discuss the transition from private OT to the School Therapy OT Program.

The School Therapy OT for this school year is Lauren Ellis, OT Reg.(PEI).  She will be at Parkside Elementary every second Thursday and Friday morning.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact the school or Lauren Ellis at lacellis@ihis.org.  Thank you!

6X September Book of the Month – Noise

Isla E. in Mr. Shepard’s 6X class had the great idea that the class should have a “Book of the Month,” a book chosen by a student in the class to promote to others. For the month of September, Isla chose the first book, a short graphic novel called Noise: Based on a True Story by Kathleen Raymundo. Isla said that at first, she was not very interested in the book, but she kept reading it and it “warmed her heart.” She found it “sweet and nice.” The story is about a Grade 7 girl who was sitting in a school bus and a boy in Kindergarten kept asking her for things. She was annoyed by all of his requests, but when she found out why he needed the things he was asking her for … well, let’s just say that when you find out his reason it will melt your heart. Isla describes the book as a “rollercoaster of emotions.” This one will definitely be on the school library’s wish list.

Orange Shirt Day

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from https://www.orangeshirtday.org/

On Wednesday, September 30th we invite everyone to wear an orange shirt to remind us that EVERY CHILD MATTERS. That is the important message that we are asked to remember as we wear our orange shirts. This video explains the story about why we wear orange on September 30th: Phyllis Webstad Orange Shirt Day Presentation

Learn more about Orange Shirt Day

The poem, “I Lost My Talk” by Rita Joe, describes how residential school impacted the author. Included is an analysis of the poem that explains the meaning of Rita Joe’s words.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in child-friendly language.

Terry Fox Event October 9th

Parkside will be participating in our annual Terry Fox event on Friday, October 9th, with a rain date of Tuesday, October 13th. 
This will look a little differently this year.  Classes will be divided into cohorts and assigned a field/track to complete the walk/run. 

If you would like to donate, we will be accepting toonies via the Parkside Hot Lunch program.  This can be done by logging into your Parkside Hot Lunch account, select order for October and you will see Terry Fox Donation within the menu. This will limit the exchange of money given the current restrictions in place.

If you don’t have a login for the hot lunch program, we will still accept cash donations up until Friday, October 9th.

Thanks for your continued support!

Important Reminders to Parkside Parents

As we adjust to our new normal, we do have a few changes that our parents, students, and staff need to adjust to. In the mornings, to avoid large gatherings in front of the school, we do ask that parents come to the school at 8:35 for drop-offs and that walkers do the same. Our busses start arriving at 8:15 and we are looking to avoid all 360 students entering the building in a short window of time, which ultimately creates congestion. Please stay with your child in your vehicle until 8:35, at which point you may cross the road with them to have them enter the school. Also, when dropping off a child from your car, please do not stop in the middle of the road and let them out. This backs up traffic and also creates some safety concerns.
While we understand that this may not be convenient for everyone, we are all adjusting to our new normal and we appreciate your patience and understanding as we must do what we can to ensure the safety of all students.
Thank you, Nick Martin – Principal

Healthy Food Program

We are pleased to announce that the Healthy School Food Program is now open for business! The on-line platform is set to go live today – with a deadline to order the first two weeks of meals by Sept 11th at 9:00 am.

For this first round, families/students will be ordering lunches for Sept 14-18 and Sept 21-25.

All parents/students/staff who have registered for the program will receive a username/password today – as well as instructions for how to order meals through the website.

The meals ordered through this program will start arriving at our school at lunch time Sept 14th.

You can access the food program at the following address:

www.peischoolfood.ca or by calling 902-438-4895.

Arrival and Departure Times

8:15 a.m. – 8:35 a.m. Bus students only. Students will go immediately into the school and be directed to their classroom. Students will be required to wear a mask on the bus and we ask that they leave it on until they get to their homeroom class.

8:35 a.m Walkers and those students being driven to school by parents may begin arriving at 8:35 a.m. Students will go directly into the school. We recommend that students put on their mask when entering the school and wear it until they get to their homeroom class.

Children and parents must remain in their cars until 8:35 a.m. when children can go into the school. Parents, must remain in their cars unless they need to walk their children across the street.

2:45 p.m.Bus students will leave the school

2:50 p.m. (approx.) Walkers and those being picked up by parents will be dismissed once all of the buses have left.

Parents, must remain in their cars unless they need to meet their child to walk them across the street.

This is new for all of us, but we have tried to ensure that things will go as smoothly as possible. Staff are excited to have students coming back to school and we are looking forward to a fun year despite the necessary changes we have all had to make.

Welcome back!!!