Centennial Weekly Update November 15

Centennial Weekly Update November 15
Posted on 11/15/2020

Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to manage conflict constructively as an important opportunity for change and increased understanding. Peace is a commitment to understanding, celebrating, and learning for difference. Peace is a commitment not to harm, but also to nurture all individuals.

Bullying Prevention Week

This week, during Bullying Prevention Week, students are learning about the importance of showing kindness to others and working on peaceful interactions.  We are also learning about the difference between conflict and bullying. It is extremely important for students to report to an adult if they feel that they are being bullied by another student. This is behaviour that is targeted, intentional and happens over time.

Our hope is that our students will embrace our character education traits so that everyone can learn and play in a peaceful and respectful school community.  We also know that sometimes there is conflict and students need to learn how to resolve conflict in a respectful and safe way. One of the strategies that we are teaching to all students is for them to use their ‘WITS’. This give them four options to use when they find themselves in a situation that they need to problem solve with the goal of arriving at a positive solution.  The WITS strategies are as follows:

W          Walk away
I             Ignore
T           Talk it out
S            Seek help

Each class is also invited to make a commitment to help stop bullying by signing a class pledge with our younger classes having a shortened version of the pledge:

“I believe that everybody has a right to live in a community where they feel safe, included, accepted, and valued regardless of differences.  I pledge to be respectful and accepting of others, and to stand up against bullying whenever, or wherever I see it.” 

Class discussions about how to prevent, recognize and stand up to bullying will be happening throughout the week.

See Yourself in Limestone: Student Census

School boards across the province are asking students to complete this census to identify and eliminate discrimination and bias from schools and classrooms. In Limestone, See Yourself in Limestone Student Census will take place the week of November 23, 2020. The data collected through the census will help us learn more about our students – their backgrounds, experiences and needs.

The Census will be available for families to preview beginning November 9, 2020 on the Board website. There are three versions of the census: one for Kindergarten to Grade 3 students, which will be completed by families at home, a census for students in Grades 4 to 6 and a census for students in Grades 7 to 12. Students in Grades 4 to 12 will complete the survey during class time. Please watch for additional information in the coming weeks.



Daily Symptom Screening

The screening guidance to be done every morning before students come to school can be found at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/. Please feel free to call the school if you have any questions or are unsure whether your child should stay home from school.


School Spirit Wear Clothing

Our Parent Council is selling school clothing and it is available to purchase online by visiting the following link:  https://specialtytrophies.ca/centennialps/ Items and pricing are on the website.

The online store will be open for the whole school year and families may purchase clothing at any time during the year. If your order is in by November 17, then delivery will be guaranteed before the Winter Break. Show your Comet pride!


Upcoming Dates

Nov. 16-20       Bullying Prevention Week
Nov. 19             Pink Shirt Day
Nov. 20             Progress Reports will be sent home
Nov. 23             Student Census Launch


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