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Get notifications of upcoming events, spirit days, and cancellations.


The Sydenham Agricultural Society is getting ready to hand out the new fairbooks!

We have some new craft kits to offer this year, the fairbooks and order forms will be brought home after our May 2nd kickoff assembly, so be sure to check your child's backpack.

JK and SK  - clothespin family portrait
Grade 1  -  melted crayon on canvas
Grade 2  - sock monster
Grades 3 - 8 Tye die to shirts
Samples of all these crafts are in the display case outside the office, and the t shirt sizes are on the bulletin board outside the office.

Le Petit Prince Updates:

We are continuing to rehearse the show after school on Mondays for actors and musicians and Thursdays for actors, musicians and choir members. Later this month dancers will join us for after school rehearsals. We would like to remind parents that the dress rehearsal is Saturday May 14th from 9 am to 4pm and it is essential that all students involved in the show are there. Dress for choir and musicians is all black.
We would like to thank all the students who submitted art posters for the show and we will be displaying all this wonderful artwork around the school. We are making T-shirts featuring student art that will be for sale soon – look for the order form. We are also making posters and a program featuring student art.  We are selling tickets to the matinee on Wednesday, May 18th; the evening show on May 18th and the evening show on May 19th. Details on how you can order tickets will be available soon.

The Little Prince/ Le Petit Prince T-Shirts

Get your Little Prince/ Le Petit Prince  t-shirts for $17 in support of our amazing musical production and our Me to We Club!   The beautiful t-shirt image was designed by Emma Dyer,  grade 5 student.   Orders must be in by Monday, April 18, 2016

Click on the image below to take you to the CPF website.  Check out the upcoming events organized by our local Canadian Parents for French Chapter!

clip_image04.pngSydenham hosted Kindergarten Math Night    

On Wednesday, March 30th, kindergarten students and their families enjoyed an interactive numeracy evening.  Each classroom hosted one or two math games/activities that involved the use of manipulatives, food, and non-standard units of measurement.  Children and parents worked as teams to complete each inquiry as they attempted to complete their math passport.   A sincere thank you to Nadine Osborne for coordinating the evening and to the entire kindergarten staff of teachers and early childhood educators for all their hard work. 


Principal and Vice-Principals’ Message -  Karen Spragg and Lauren Lipsett     clip_image03.png             
Spring is in the air.  A reminder that the playground at Sydenham will remain wet and muddy into the month of April so rubber boots are recommended, especially for our primary students.  Sydenham students have been busily preparing for the upcoming musical.  The basketball  season is drawing to a close as both the boys’ and girls’ teams participate in regional tournaments in April. 

A reminder that an additional professional development day has been added to the school year calendar on April 22nd.

I encourage you to continue to monitor the Bluewater website for updates on the Owen Sound Accommodation Review at  A final report will be presented at the board meeting on April 19th. 

Coming soon, we have the Exchange to the Northwest Territories, the musical, and the Family Fun Night. 

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Teachers continue to explore Mindsets in the classroom.  There are two types of mindsets:  fixed and growth.  Fixed mindset is the belief that intelligence is inherent.  Growth mindset is the belief that intelligence is on a continuum and expands through effort and practice. 

Jo Boaler, a British mathematician and professor at Stanford university, attests that a growth mindset in mathematics has to be taught and reinforced on a regular basis.  Students believe in math more than any other subject area that they are either good at it or not.  Check out Jo Boaler at  I would also encourage you to simply google her name as there are numerous videos available about her revolutionary way of addressing math learning and teaching. 


Family Fun Night!!!

Tuesday May 17th,2016

5-7:30 pm

Transportation Theme!!

"Come see who is kissing the .....????"

Silent Auction,Craft Table, Face painting, BBQ

Free draws, Tattoos, Demonstrations of: Jaws of Life, proper use of fire extinguishers.

Free samples!! Food Drive for Safe N Sound!!!

Lots more. exciting things to come......

If you have some free time to help out that night please

Contact Lori Ann Hines-519-372-9659

If you would like to donate an item for the Silent Auction to

promote your business contact Lori Ann…

All funds raised go to the Lunch and Breakfast Programs!

Change in Supervision of Parent Pick Up Area
Sydenham has undergone a change in staffing this week with the loss of one educational assistant.   Due to this loss, administration has had to re-evaluate areas of priority for supervision during busing and unfortunately, we are no longer able to provide supervision for students outside of the Kindergarten door/parent pick up after school.  If your child is kindergarten or primary age without an older sibling to provide supervision, he/she must be picked up in the building or await parent pick up in the gym.   Supervision of this area will end Friday of this week.  

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School Day begins—8:50 AM
(Reminder that outside supervision for students
does not begin until 8:30 AM)
1st Nutrition Break - 10:30 to 10:50 AM (intermediate)
1st Nutrition Break—11:10 AM to 11:50 AM (primary/junior)
2nd Nutrition Break—1:10 PM to 1:50PM
Dismissal—3:10 PM


Looking to get involved and volunteer?  Want to help make the school even Better for our kids?  Then The School Community Council (SCC) is a great place to start!!   We are a group of parents that work together to make Sydenham School a great place for our kids to grow!!  Whether you want to be regularly involved or available on an “as needed” basis we’d love to have you!  Our next meeting of the year is Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 from 6:30-8pm in the Staff Room (down the Gr 1-2 wing).  
Please join us to learn more about how you can make a difference!  
Looking forward to a Great 2015/2016 year

We take our responsibility for students seriously.   Therefore, we ask that you please call the school before 8:50 AM if your child will be absent or late.  You may leave a message if calling before 8:30 AM.  If we have not heard from you or your child before 8:50 AM, we will make every effort to contact you.  Thank you for your support in keeping your children safe.!

New Website for Bus Cancellations and Delays

Effective for the 2015-2016 school year, on-line bus cancellations for Bruce & Grey counties will be moving to Anyone can subscribe for email notifications for general notices, school closures and route cancellations & delays. You must first confirm that you have a valid email address. To subscribe go to the above site, click on the “Subscriptions” icon, then click on “Subscribe”. Enter your email address and press the “Subscribe” button. You will receive an email confirmation containing a link that you will need to click to complete the subscription process. Once you have confirmed your email address you will be able to login and select what you want to subscribe to and update your information (if necessary).

 French Immersion Homework Support!


We are delighted to announce that French Immersion students in Bluewater District School Board will have access to the Universalis Online Encyclopedias for the 2015-16 academic year. Universalis Junior is designed to support students from Grades 3 to 8. Universalis Senior is best suited to students in Grades 7 to 12. These sites provide students with excellent resources to support students with projects and research on a range of curriculum areas. The Junior version has the added benefit that it can read the text aloud to the student if required. These can be accessed at home 24/7 using the following links and login information.


 Universalis Junior:

 Universalis Senior:

Username:    bwdsb
Password:     bluewater


Music Lessons at School

Piano, guitar, ukulele, and violin lessons are available with Arlen Wiebe at school during class time and recess.  The cost is $20 per 30-minute lesson.   Please contact Arlen at"> or (519) 370-0158 .

An aerial view of Sydenham Community School
thanks to Petal Furness for the picture

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Northwest Territories Exchange for grade 7/8 students
Wed, May 4
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