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Coldstream Elementary School

10104 KALAMALKA ROAD COLDSTREAM BC V1B1L7 Phone (250) 545-0597 Fax (250) 545-2030

September 2012

Students Experiencing Success

Parent Advisory Council (PAC) Meetings Our September PAC Meeting will be held on Monday, September 24th from 6:30 8 p.m. All parents of Coldstream students are welcome and encouraged to attend these meetings.

New Beginnings at Coldstream.

Welcome Back to the 2012/2013 School Year! We would like to extend a great big welcome back to all our students and their families. We hope that everyone had a wonderful summer holiday and are happy to be back at school. Student safety is of our utmost concern. Please remember to use our student drop off area located in the middle of our parking lot. Please enter and exit parking lot carefully & refrain from parking on crosswalks or in neighbours driveways. Coldstream Elementary currently has an enrollment of over 389 students. It is truly a pleasure working with such an incredible school community. Each and every child, and their family, brings a richness that enhances the entire school culture. The Coldstream staff is eagerly looking forward to the coming year! We encourage all family members to become active participants in our school community. Working together we can make a difference for your child. Open and honest communication between home and school is the key to a successful school. Please feel free to contact us at any time.we cherish your input.

A special thank you to our Head Custodian, Mr. Terry Black, and the SD#22 summer custodian crew who worked so very hard over the summer cleaning. Our school looks great!!

Toonie Tuesday and Thursday Hot Lunch Programs are cancelled for the time being. We will resume in the next few weeks. Popcorn Mondays are every 2nd Monday starting September 10th. Thanks to our Coldstream School PAC for all of their hard work.

Tracy Godfrey

Bob Oldfield

Dates to Add to Your Calendar

Sept. 11 Sept. 17 Oct. 8 Oct. 10 Oct. 19 Oct. 25/26

Full day Kindergarten begins Provincial Professional Development - Students not in attendance. Thanksgiving Student Photo Day Provincial Professional Development - Students not in attendance. Parent/Teacher Conferences

Items very



ipods, gameboys can be expensive. Ellison cannot be responsible for the loss or theft of these
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Music News:
Mrs. Dorval is very excited to share music with all students from kindergarten to grade 7. Every class visits the music room at least twice a week. Students learn basic musical concepts such as beat & rhythm patterns, pitch matching, melodic reading and basic notation. Students learn these concepts through a variety of musical experiences including: singing, dancing & body percussion, playing a variety of musical instruments, music games, and creating patterns in music. Parents are always welcome to observe (and even participate!) with the music classes at any time. Our choirs will begin in the second week of school. Intermediate choir is an optional choir for all students from grade 4 to 7, who love to sing. We meet every Friday morning before lunch. Please encourage your son or daughter to come out and give it a try! Grade 2&3 choir gives all students in these grades the opportunity to experience singing together every Thursday morning before lunch. If there are any questions about the Coldstream music program or the choirs, please connect with Mrs. Dorval at school or via email: Ann Dorval, Music Teacher
BC School Fruit & Vegetable Nutritional Program We have brought this program back for our Coldstream Ann Dorval, Music Teacher Elementary students for the 2012-2013 school year. We require parent volunteers to help with this program. If you wish to volunteer your time and have a current Food Safe certificate, please contact Desiree Kuhnlein at 250-2605830

Coldstream School Fees

Coldstream students are asked to pay for the following:
Kindergarten - Gr. 2 Includes School Supplies, Reading Book & Cultural fee TOTAL $44.00 Primary (Grade 3) School Supplies Cultural Activity Fee Student Agenda Planner TOTAL Intermediate (Grades 4, 5, 6, and 7) School Supplies Cultural Activity Fee Student Agenda Planner TOTAL $40.00 $ 5.00 $ 7.00 $52.00 $35.00 $ 5.00 $ 7.00 $47.00

We encourage students to purchase their supplies from the school as we buy in bulk and are able to offer supplies at a lower cost. The Cultural Activity Fees offsets the cost of cultural performances throughout the 2012/13 school term. Families wishing to purchase their own school supplies may purchase the student agenda for $7.00 from the school.

Wheelie Wednesday

Safe Arrival Volunteer

We will be inviting our students to bring their scooters, skateboards or roller blades beginning Wednesday, September 5th (weather permitting). Helmets are mandatory for all students participating. This event takes place every Wednesday from 12:26 p.m. until 12:50 p.m. During this time, our parking lot gates will be locked to ensure student safety.
Volunteers are needed for Safe Arrival program. If you are interested in volunteering for about an hour one morning each week at 8:30 a.m. please call the school and leave your name and contact number. We are also in need of a Safe Arrival Coordinator, if you are interested please contact the school.

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Medical Awareness

Coldstream Bell Schedule

8:00 am 8:25 am 8:30 am 10:00 am 10:15 am 12:06 pm 12:16 pm 12:26 pm 12:55 pm 1:00 pm 2:30 pm Supervision of students begin First Bell Second Bell- classes begin Recess Recess ends Lunch 1st Bell 2nd Bell Warning Bell Classes begin for afternoon Student Dismissal

MEDICATIONS We have had a number of situations where students have brought medication (Advil, Tylenol, medicated cough syrup, etc.) to school in their packsack. Please noteStudents must not bring medication, of any kind, to school. If a child requires medication at school, parents/guardians must fill out the Request for Medication at School form and have it signed by a doctor. The medicine would then be dropped off, by the parent, at the school office for proper storage. Thank you. STUDENT MEDICAL PLANS In order to ensure that we have the most current information regarding student medical needs we ask families to update their medical plans yearly. Those students who require medical plans will receive new forms later this week. If your child requires a plan, and has not had a plan in previous years, contact the school office. Please complete and return plans as soon as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the school anytime.

Coldstream Newsletters
We are offering our monthly newsletter on our website. Families will be notified by email that our newsletter has been posted on our website: Families who wish to receive a traditional newsletter are more than welcome to pick up a copy at the front entrance outside the office.

STUDENT INFORMATION SHEETS The demographic information sheets are being sent home this week via mail. Please check over the information, make any changes in red and return to the school office. Please note we communicate notices and updated information by email so it is important that we have a current email address. For those families who have a child with medical concerns and/or medication that needs to be administered at the school, forms will be included with the Student information sheets and need to be returned as soon as possible. Please return Student Information sheets no later than September 24rd.

Life Threatening Allergies Many children have allergies. A few, however, are life threatening. Some children, for example, are severely allergic to peanut products, including peanut butter. Nuts, shellfish, eggs, milk, and perfumes are also known to cause allergic reactions. If you are a parent of a child with life-threatening allergies, we need your support in providing the school with current medical information and assistance in developing a plan to protect your childs health. When the plan is in place, we will be asking for the cooperation of all parents and students in the school to help protect the allergic child from danger. Working together we can do our very best to help all students remain healthy and safe.

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Parent Volunteers
Parent volunteers are essential to the success of a safe school community. We welcome and encourage parents/guardians to volunteer their time in as many different ways as possible. It is imperative that all parent volunteers, who volunteer on a regular basis, complete an RCMP criminal check form before volunteering in the school. Criminal checks do not have to be repeated annually. All costs are covered by School District #22. Criminal Record Check forms are available at the school office. Please drop by and pick one up.

Welcome.. We would like to extend a warm welcome to the following new staff who have joined the Coldstream community... Mr. McDougall Grade 4/5 1.0 Mr. LaLonde Grade 5/6 1.0 Mrs. Bosquet SBRT .2 Ms. Shore Grade 6/7 .8

Volunteers make a difference!

We look forward to learning and growing together!

Special Goodbyes Mr. Petersen has taken a long term leave of absence from our school district. He has relocated to Edmonton where he is beginning a new adventure. Mrs. James is currently on a medical leave. Mrs. Balfour has taken a teaching position at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan) in Community Nursing. We send our best wishes to all 3 of these teachers. They will be missed.

Media Release & Internet Usage Information

If you have any changes to your child(ren)s media release and/or Internet usage, please notify the office so we may update our information.

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