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GLENBURNIE SCHOOL’S MAY NEWSLETTER, 2017  PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE After months of rehearsals, set construction, prop making, painting, costume creations, and more, Glenburnie’s musical production, Peter Pan Jr. opened on Wednesday, April 26th to rave reviews!  As you can imagine, putting together a production of this magnitude takes a collective effort of many.  I would like to thank the many staff members, in particular, Ms. Hewitt, Miss Halley, Mr. Archer, and Mr. Gilchrist and the talented and dedicated parent ...

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It has been our pleasure to welcome back all Glenburnie students and their families from March Break. We hope that everyone is refreshed and ready for a busy Spring season at Glenburnie School. There are many exciting events planned for the weeks ahead, which include: our Earth Day activities, hosting the Spelling Bee of Canada: Oakville Region, countdown to our spectacular theatrical production, Peter Pan, class field trips to Joshua’s Creek for field and stream scientific inquiry, and our ongoing academic ...

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January was a very busy month at Glenburnie!  Our students have kicked off the New Year with great enthusiasm.  Their day-to-day work, projects, and classroom activities have been meaningful and productive.  Students have been encouraged to set new academic and social goals, and to put their plan into action, to strive towards achieving their personal best. Our recent events which took place over the last month were a tremendous success!  We were fortunate enough to have a snowy wintery day for our Outdoor Sports ...

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I would like to extend a warm welcome back and Happy New Year to all families.  May this year bring you, and your family, great joy, peace and harmony, good health, and prosperity.  We thank you for your caring support and partnership in working together with your children. The New Year is a wonderful time for families to discuss their own family values and how to make a difference in the lives of others. Discussions will set the tone for effective communication throughout the New Year. Families are encouraged to ...

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It seems that some parents have forgotten how to play!  Play can be acting silly, risk taking within a game, enjoying another’s company, and simply laughing and enjoying the moment.  Observe young children at play and notice how they can create new worlds with only their imagination.  Play can be spontaneous, or all about exploring something of personal interest, such as playing with a pet, running around the backyard or local park, or simply spending time watching a bug crawl across the ground. Some adults ...

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Most would agree that ‘initiative’ is the core value to be encouraged and rewarded. In today’s busy world, for parents and teachers, compliance is generally more highly valued as  it makes our lives easier, leads to predictable outcomes, and doesn’t interrupt the flow of activity.  It is interesting how adults unconsciously encourage compliance in their day to day interactions.  When a child proposes a new approach or initiative, 95% of the time, the answer will be NO!  A YES answer means that you have to ...

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Dear Parents,Please find below the details which have been shared with us in regards to a Memorial Service for Mr. Brian McDonald. Memorial Service for Mr. Brian McDonaldSaturday, March 5th at 2:00 p.m.St. Bede’s Chapel of Renison University College Chapel *St. Bede's Chapel is located on the 2nd floor of the Luxton Building at the west end of the Great Hall (near the Residence Office.) You can also enter directly from the upper parking lot.*  Address:Renison University College – Affiliated with the University ...

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Dear Glenburnie Parents, It is with great sadness that we share the news that we received this morning.  We were contacted by a family member who informed us that Mr. McDonald, long time Glenburnie teacher has passed away suddenly. We wanted to let you know as soon as possible. Mr. McDonald had a distinguished 43 year teaching career, including 26 years of dedication to excellence at Glenburnie School.  All of us at Glenburnie School, will remember and honour his memory for his immeasurable contribution to our ...

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We have the opportunity every single day to choose to be ‘extraordinary’ rather than ‘ordinary’ when making daily choices and decisions.  What would you choose?  From the moment we wake up each day, we are faced with a myriad of choices.  Each of these choices reflect the type of person we choose to be, how we choose to behave, and the projection of ourselves that we wish to present to our family, colleagues, and to the world. Do we choose to strive for the extraordinary response; for greatness, to reach ...

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The days prior to the beginning of a new school year can be a source of anxiety for many children.  The following are strategies that can help your child feel better prepared, resulting in a successful start: Set up a homework area at home, fully equipped with a fresh supply of markers, pencils, pens, crayons, paper, geometry set, scissors, tape, etc. Ensure that home computer programs are up-to-date and operational. This is also an ideal time to re-establish internet safety rules, texting and email etiquette, as ...

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