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Week at a Glance- December 2 to December 6

Week at a Glance- December 2 to December 6
Posted on 11/29/2019
Week at a Glance

Hello Centennial Comets!

November Recognition Assembly and Centennial Colour House Beads

During our November Recognition Assembly, we took the time to recognize all the amazing things from the month of November.  Congratulations to all the students who were recognized for citizenship, leadership, bravery and respect.  Our Comets also earned 1447 Colour House beads for the month of November.  In our first 3 months of school, Centennial Comets have earned a total of 5887 Colour House beads.  Amazing job Comets!!

Thank You to Cooke’s-Portsmouth United Church

A big thank you to our friends at the Cooke’s-Portsmouth United Church for their donations of mitts, toques and food gift cards.  All the donations are greatly appreciated and will be put to good use.  We are very lucky to be part of such a caring community!

Jingle Bell Walk

On Friday, December 6, our school will be participating in the Jingle Bell Walk.  All students will take part in a 1 kilometre festive break during the school day.  We are asking students to bring in a non-perishable food item to exchange for a jingle bell.  Food items will then be donated to families in need.

Picture Retakes

Picture retake orders are due to the office on Monday, December 9. 

Holiday Market

On Thursday, December 12 and Friday, December 13, we will be hosting our annual Holiday Market for students.  This is an opportunity for students to purchase gifts for friends and family members.  Prices of items will range from $0.50 to $5.00.  If you have any new or gently used items that you are willing to donate to the market, please send them in before Wednesday, December 11.  We will also be raffling off a gingerbread quilt for any students who are interested.  Raffle tickets are 1 for $1 and 7 for $5.  Funds from the Holiday Market will go towards school technology. 

Centennial Carol Singing and Holiday Activity

On Tuesday, December 17, we invite our Comet community to join us for an afternoon of holiday activities, carol singing and hot chocolate.  The festivities will begin at 1:50 and finish at 3:10.  We invite all our Centennial community to join us for the afternoon.

Limestone District School Board Student Census

The Limestone District School Board invites families to hear about our upcoming Student Census.  We want to better understand our students and their school experiences in order to serve them better.  Information sessions will provide an overview of the census and allow families the opportunity to share their voices.
Families with children currently attending Limestone schools are invited to attend the session below:
December 2 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm- Limestone District School Board

Attendance and Inclement Weather

There has been a change to attendance during inclement weather days.  The Limestone District School Board uses the SafeArrival system for parents/guardians to report student absences. This can be done one of three ways: the SchoolMessenger App on your mobile device; the SchoolMessenger website portal; or the toll-free number automated phone system at 1-855-257-9349.
In past years when school buses have been cancelled due to inclement weather, parents/guardians of bused students were not required to report their absence. Only parents/guardians of walkers who chose not to come to school were to report absences.
NEW FOR 2019-2020: All parents/guardians are asked to report their student’s absence regardless of the reason including during bus cancellations. Often, bused students find alternative ways to school and we want to ensure we know the whereabouts of every student to ensure their safety and well-being. Knowing who is supposed to be at school will allow school office staff to best ensure all students are accounted for. Students are asked to ensure they report to their first period class for attendance.
SELECT:
-Bus cancellation as the reason for absence if your student is bused
-Inclement weather as the reason for the absence if your student walks but chooses not to attend
If your student is marked absent and the absence hasn’t been reported in advance, our new SafeArrival system will attempt to reach the student’s priority contact by telephone to confirm the absence.
The new SafeArrival system makes it easier for you to report your student’s absence, reduces the time it takes for our school staff to verify student attendance, and responds to unexpected or unplanned student absences. This time savings makes it faster and more efficient to account for all students and their safety.
On inclement weather days, sometimes the daily plan is amended but learning continues as many students can, and do find alternative ways to school (Kingston Transit, family drop off, walking). In schools where there are significant walk-to populations, an inclement weather day doesn’t usually affect the curriculum plan. In others, almost all students might be (school) bused. In these cases, educators make the necessary adjustment to adjust their lesson plans for who is in attendance.

Week Ahead
Wednesday, December 4
Hot Lunch
Friday, December 6
Jingle Bell Walk at 2:20

Upcoming Dates
Monday, December 9
Picture Retake Orders are Due
Wednesday, December 11
Bus Safety Training
Thursday, December 12
Hold and Secure Drill
Holiday Market
Friday, December 13
Holiday Market
Tuesday, December 17
Holiday Activity and Carol Singing at 1:50 to 3:10
Wednesday, December 18
December Recognition Assembly
Friday, December 20
Popcorn Sales
Monday, December 23 to Friday, January 3
Holiday Break