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Douglas Park School Announcements

We are collecting "treasures" and trinkets from Dec. 7th to the 16th for our Treasure Sale on Dec. 20th.  If families would like to donate the following items, we would greatly appreciate it:  trinkets, toys, DVDs, books & magazines, decorations, jewelry, gift wrap, tape, etc.  Sorry but we cannot accept candles, clothing or stuffed animals. Please bring your donations to the office. Any family members who would like to volunteer to help wrap the treasures/gifts on Dec. 20th would be most welcome too!   Please ensure that your PIC (Police Information Check) is updated and on file with us. Students are asked to bring some money on Dec. 20th to purchase these gifts. Proceeds will go to the Childrens' Hospital in Saskatoon.

As the weather gets colder, students are expected to dress for the weather conditions. Please label your child's clothing items with their name to prevent them from losing these important and expensive items. Thanks!

Douglas Park School Teams up with Regina Food Bank – Fighting hunger, Feeding hope

Food Banks in Saskatchewan are experiencing the highest use in Canada among children, with the Regina Food Bank currently helping feed 9,000 families per month. In the spirit of generosity this season, Douglas Park School hopes to offer support to our community and encourages families to donate a non-perishable food item when they attend their child’s Winter Concert on December 14th and 15th. The Food Bank will have collection bins available at the school from December 13th to 19th.                          The Food Bank’s Top 10 most wanted items include: 
1. Canned Stews   2.  1 Litre Juices    3.  Powdered Milk   4.  Pork & Beans  5.  Peanut Butter    6.  Canned Meat & Fish   7.  Pasta Products  8.  Soup   9.  Baby Food   10. Enfalac & Similac

 

Monday, December 5th Day 2

-New Safety Patrol Teams – TEAM #3

-Choir at noon

-boys basketball try outs

-Welcome Taylor Fink (Balfour Grade 12 student who will be working with Mrs. Yuhasz 10)

Tuesday, December 6th Day 3:

Grades 6-8 Band Concert at WF Ready at 6:30 PM

-Full Band at WF Ready School for Grades 6-8 in the afternoon

-TCBY sales for LC1 at noon $3.00 each

-Grades 6-8 Intramurals at noon

-Grade 6 Curling Program at Tartan Curling Club Mr. Brown/Mrs. Myrah at 9:00 – 10:35; Mr. Martinson 10:00-11:35

-Winter Concert Tickets to be handed back in

-Girls Basketball tryouts

Wednesday, December 7th Day 4:

-TCBY sales for LC2 at noon $3.00 each

-Grades 6-8 Intramurals at noon

-DPAC meeting at noon

-Roar at noon

-CREATE for Mrs. Fraser’s Grade 3’s at 10:45

-French presentation in am library area for LC1 (9:00-9:30) and LC2 (9:45-10:30)

-RPL story time in PM

-Winter Concert tickets to be drawn for those who request additional ones

-Treasures for the Trinket/Treasure Sale can start to be collected by the office

-Girls Basketball tryouts

Thursday, December 8th Day 5:

-TCBY sales for LC3 at noon $3.00 each

-Students in the DC Program are swimming in the PM

-Choir at noon

-Grades 6-8 Intramurals at noon

-Grade 6 Curling Program at Tartan Curling Club Mr. Brown/Mrs. Myrah at 9:00 – 10:35; Mr. Martinson 10:00-11:35

-Skating at the Al Ritchie Arena in PM for Grade 8’s

-Pizza Lunch for Safety Patrol, Office Helpers and Recycling Team members

Friday, December 9th Day 1:

-Band Sectionals here all day

 

In the upcoming weeks:

Dec. 10th:  Ms. Carnochan is getting married!

Dec. 12th:  PreK Family Day; Kaira is away; DPAC Colouring contest and Jelly Bean contest starts today for LC1 & LC2

Dec. 13th:  Grade 6 Curling Program at Tartan Curling Club Mr. Brown/Mrs. Myrah at 9:00 – 10:35; Mr. Martinson 10:00-11:35; Kindergartens to Government House

Dec. 14th:  Concert Day #1:  Students whose surnames A-H:

-10:30 AM dress rehearsal for A-H surnames of students (all of the school attends to watch or perform if they are A-H and in Kindergarten)

-2:30 PM Elflandia CONCERT for PreKPM (to watch) and KPM (ALL afternoon kindergartens perform regardless of their surname) and A-H surnames of students performs, parents and community members to attend

-6:30 PM Elflandia CONCERT -Tickets will be issued to each family (Fire Code regulations)

-ROAR will perform just before the 7:30 Choir performances for the parents of choir members and ROAR members

Dec. 15th:  Concert Day #2: Students whose surname is I-Z:

  • 10:30 AM Elflandia CONCERT for PreKAM(to watch) KAM (ALL morning kindergartens perform regardless of their surname) and I-Z students perform for the  parents and community members
  • 6:30 PM Elflandia CONCERT- Tickets will be issued to each family (Fire Code regulations)
  • ROAR will perform just before special concert performance of the choir 7:30 PM for the parents of choir and ROAR members

Grade 6 Curling Program at Tartan Curling Club Mr. Brown/Mrs. Myrah at 9:00 – 10:35; Mr. Martinson 10:00-11:35;

Dec. 16th:  PJ and Polar Express Day

Dec. 19th:  Choir to perform at RPSBO at 10 AM and Pioneer Village later in the day

Dec. 20th:  Trinket/Treasure Sale in the gym; Immunizations in AM

Dec. 21st:  Red & Green/Holiday Sweater day; Last day of class for 2016!  2:30 dismissal

Dec. 22nd to January 4th inclusively – Christmas/Winter Break

Dec. 23rd… Mr. Brown is getting married!

 

Volunteers

 

Volunteers play a huge role in the smooth operation of the school and its many initiatives. Parents and others work in the resource centre, read with students, help with craft projects, accompany classes on field trips and assist with sports teams and special events.

Regina Public Schools has a policy that all volunteers must get a cleared Police Information Check (PIC) at their local police station prior to any volunteering in the school.  Please obtain your PIC as soon as possible since the process can be delayed at times.  Please find attached two required documents:  1) the letter that you take to the Police Station indicating your request is for volunteering and 2) a form that must be signed and returned to the school to be kept on file. Thank you for your cooperation!

Together, parents and staff play an active role in providing meaningful educational opportunities for our students.

 

 

Book Swap

Douglas Park School will be having their 2nd Annual Book Swap on January 31st.  Bring any books to school that you would like to trade, starting January 24th - January 31st.  Give the books to your teacher.  The books will be displayed  on January 31st for the student’s selection(s).  They will be able to pick one book for every book that they bring.  

Thank you

SSC

Winter Concert 2016

Please note that the times of the concert have changed since the November newsletter was issued. The tickets and this letter will be sent home on November 23rd to the youngest or only child in each family. 

*The lyrics to the "Elflandia" are attached to this story page for students to practice.

Due to the large number of students performing in this year’s concert and the guidelines we must follow regarding strict Fire Code Regulations, we are pleased to offer several shows to present the Grades 5-8 Choir and the Kindergarten to Grade 5 performance of...“Elflandia!”  We apologize for the complexity of these plans with so many details, but we want to ensure that we can accommodate audience numbers and safety for everyone. 

If your child’s surname is from A-H, he/she will perform on Wednesday, December 14th at 2:30 PM and again at 6:30 PM.  Since the day time shows do not typically have as many guests, we strongly encourage family members such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, caregivers and so on to attend this afternoon show. ALL the kindergarten students in the afternoon class will perform on this day in the afternoon (regardless of their last name for the matinee show).  However, for the 6:30 PM show, the Kindergarten students whose surnames are A-H will perform for the evening show so that we can coordinate with any siblings in the older grades. 

If your child’s surname is from I-Z, he/she will perform on Thursday, December 15th at 10:30 AM and 6:30 PM.  Again, it is highly recommended that family members and other guests attend the morning presentation.  ALL the kindergarten students in the morning class will perform on this day in the morning (regardless of their last name for the morning show).  However, for the 6:30 PM show, the Kindergartens whose surnames are I-Z will perform at that evening performance so that we can coordinate with any siblings in the older grades. 

Since we have a large number of students in the Grades 5-8 Choir, we will be hosting two special choir performances for the family members of the choir at 7:30 PM on both nights.  Choir members will also be performing at the beginning of the following show times (Dec. 14th at 2:00 PM; Dec. 15th at 10:00 AM) and at the designated choir family performances at 7:30 PM times on both nights following the Elflandia shows. Unfortunately, parents of the choir members who do not have children in the Elflandia shows, will not be issued tickets to attend the 6:30 PM Elfandia performances due to seating capacity. We apologize for this inconvenience, but we need to reserve tickets for the K-5 Families.  Please note, the choir members are asked to attend both evenings to perform at 7:30 PM.  

Tickets will not be issued for the afternoon and morning concerts. However, in order to meet fire safety regulations regarding seating capacity for the evening concerts, each family will be issued three tickets.  Families may distribute these tickets as they wish. Only those with tickets will be allowed in for the 6:30 PM concerts

We may have additional tickets for the evening concert returned back to the school. If your family is not using your evening tickets, please return them with your child by Tuesday, December 6th by 9:00 AM to their teacher. These extra tickets will be distributed by a draw system for families that may want an additional ticket.  Then these tickets will be sent home to the winners on Wednesday, December 7th.  Please fill out the form below if you are interested in being included in the draw for an additional ticket. 

It is our hope to have as many people as possible at the concerts within the safety regulations that we must follow.  We regret that we must limit the seating, but it is ultimately for the safety of the students and those in attendance.  For those attending, we ask that you plan on staying for the entire concert since it is not a lengthy presentation (30 minutes) and all students are involved throughout the show. Kindergartens will open the show with their performance!

“Elflandia!” musical will require the students wearing a specific colour scheme.  More details about the dress/costumes will be issued in a separate note in a few weeks.  The Grades 5-8 choir is asked to wear all black clothing.

Students in Grades 4 and 5 who have cast parts in Elflandia are required to attend both evening shows, but their families will only be issued tickets for their assigned day.  Students can be dropped off at the front doors by 6:00 PM and picked up after the show (approximately 7:10 PM).  Thanks for your understanding and cooperation with the cast members time commitment.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation with these requests!  We are looking forward to a wonderful concert. See you there!  If you have any questions, please call us at 306-523-3720 or email at lisa.frei@rbe.sk.ca

Universal Lunchroom Program 2016-17: Information for Families

Background Information

On December 14, 2015, the Regina Public Schools Board of Trustees approved a plan for universal lunchroom supervision.

[From 2008 to present], anecdotally schools have reported a substantial increased workload associated with organizing and maintaining the free lunch hour supervision program. Additionally, schools have reported an increase of pressure on school staffs. Finally, the associated costs with funding a free universal elementary lunch hour supervision program have increased.

(Review of Universal Lunchroom Supervision Program and Implementation Plan for the 2016-17 School Year, December 2015)

Implementation Plan

  1. Parents of all Grades 1 to 8 students staying at noon who do not qualify for transportation by the division will be required to pay a registration fee at the beginning of the school year.
  1. Parents of Grades 1 to 8 students whose child will stay at noon must complete a lunchroom registration form for each child who will be using the lunchroom services of the school.
  1. Parents will identify the following:
    1. Transported or qualify for transportation by the school division (bus/cab), or
    2. Not transported by the school division, full-time usage of lunchroom, or
    3. Not transported by the school division, part-time usage of lunchroom.
  1. Full-time is defined as 51% or more usage; part-time is defined as 50% or less usage.
  1. In the event that a student is not transported or does not qualify for transportation by the school division, the fee rate will be as follows:
    1. Full-time - $100 per year per child
    2. Part-time - $50 per year per child
  1. Students registered at a Regina Public school after January 31st, will pay the pro-rated rate of $50/$25 per child for that school year.
  1. Fees will be paid one time through the school office. A receipt of payment of noon-hour supervision fees will be provided to parents. Parents will be encouraged to pay in full at the beginning of the school year. To support families who may have financial need, there is the option of splitting the payments, half in September and half in February.
  1. If a family moves from one Regina Public school to another, the fee is transferable but is non-refundable.
  1. Where there is financial need, families may contact their school principal.
  1. The maximum paid by one family to supervise all of their children will be $200.  This applies to both full-time and part-time usage, as well as registrations after Jan. 31st.
  1. For further information, please contact your school principal.

Before and After School Program

Dear Parents/Guardians of the Before and After School Program,

Thank you for your continued use of our Before and After School Program operated at Douglas Park School.  We trust you have found this program to be beneficial to your child's development, convenient for your family schedule and provided at a reasonable cost.

In order to ensure the continued viability of the programs, the CommunityAssociation will be raising the program rates effective August 2016.  We will be taking our program in a new direction in the fall and with the closure of our program at St. Andrews, we need to make up for our losses in order to keep our program running.

Starting August 2016, the fees will e $190 for the first child and $140 for each additional child (up to three children in attendance). To ensure you have a spot in the fall, please submit your postdated cheques to Deborah by the end of the school year.

Although we understand such increases provide additional strain on family budgets, such increases are necessary for the continued provision of this program. We feel our programming; even with this increase is still offered at a substantially lower cost than comparable programs in Regina.

We WILL be taking new names on our wait list this coming fall, the easiest way for parents to do that is by emailing us at boothillca@gmail.com

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact the Boot Hill Community Association at boothillca@gmail.com and we will respond as soon as we are able.

Our kindest regards,

Boot Hill Community Association

Kindergarten Registrations for Fall 2016

Children who will be 5 years of age by December 31st, 2016 and live in the Douglas Park School boundaries (please see the RBE website for boundary changes:  http://www.rbe.sk.ca/our-schools/attendance-boundaries) are eligible to attend Kindergarten in September 2016. Please call the School board office at 306-523-3000 or stop by to get a registration package.

 

School Hours

8:38 AM -  supervision is provided (students will be outdoors weather permitting)

8:53 AM - Morning classes begin

10:30 AM - Morning recess - supervised (students will be outdoors weather permitting)

11:45 AM to 12:30 PM - Lunch hour - supervised if students stay at the school for lunch

12:30 PM - Lunch recess - supervised (students will be outdoors weather permitting)

12:45 PM - Afternoon classes begin

2:15 PM - Afternoon recess - supervised (students will be outdoors weather permitting)

3:37 PM - Dismissal for the day

Student Registration

If you wish to register your child, please visit this Regina Public Schools link:  http://www.rbe.sk.ca/parents/student-registration

Print and fill out the appropriate forms.  Then take the forms to the area elementary school OR deliver it to the Regina Public Schools Division Office at 1600 - 4th Avenue.

School Community Council (SCC)

Thank you to the many parents who  have joined the Douglas Park School Community Council (SCC). Our next meeting will be in January. Please stay tuned for the upcoming date!

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