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Le Petit Prince Updates:
Little Prince is almost here….
Students, staff and parent volunteers, have been working very hard to get ready for our performances of the musical The Little Prince/ Le Petit Prince. Team work is at the forefront of this effort and it is very exciting to see so many working together to create this bilingual artistic opportunity at our school. Students are learning all about the author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and his masterful book. There will be music, dance, drama and art featured throughout the performance. We hope you will join us in celebrating the Arts at Sydenham by attending the show. Tickets are available through the office or you can download the ticket order form off the school website. Tickets are $5. Show times are Wednesday May 18th at 12:15pm (Matinee), and at 6:30pm (Evening). On Thursday May 19th there is another evening performance at 6:30pm.There will be a program available for purchase as a keepsake with photos and information. To cover the cost of printing the program will be $2.We would like to offer a sincere thank you to all those who have volunteered their time to help make this production so special.
Parent Reminder for students in the show: The dress rehearsal is mandatory for all choir, dancers, musicians, actors and stage management crew. The dress rehearsal is on Saturday May 14 at the school. Actors, musicians, dancers and stage management should be at the school for 9:30 am. Choir members should arrive for 11 am. We will rehearse until 4pm. Parents please help your child prepare for the dress rehearsal by making sure they have adequate food, drink and any quiet activity (cards, puzzles, books etc..) that will help them when they are not performing. Choir, musicians and stage management should be dressed all in black. Choir members are reminded to bring their Kazoos (labeled). A letter will be sent home with your child detailing the specific arrival time required for each of their performances.


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.

Principal and Vice-Principals’ Message -  Karen Spragg and Lauren Lipsett   
I am thrilled to report that Sydenham raised $380 in support of the Terry Fox run.   A sincere thank you to the Sydenham community as we raised over $3800 in support of the Music Program during the annual Dance-a-Thon. 

May is an incredibly busy month with lots of activity.  I am very excited to once again be part of the Family Fun Night which will take place on Tuesday, May 17th from 5:00-7:30 pm.   This year’s them is TRANSPORTATION.   Come out and enjoy the amazing festivities.  

Le Petit Prince, the musical, will be taking place for the public on May 18th(12:15 and 6:30 pm) and  May 19th (6:30 pm).  Tickets are on sale through the office for $5.   Parents must pick tickets up from the office.  Staff and students have been working diligently to make this an incredible experience!


What the teachers are thinking about….

On Friday, April 22nd, staff further explored our understanding of growth mindsets  and deepening conceptual understandings within mathematics instruction. 

A great quote from Jo Boaler which sums up well our exploration of effective mathematics instruction:

Dweck / Boaler from Mathematical Mindsets, 2016, p.19:   If children come home saying they got all their questions right in class or on a test, parents should say: “Oh, I’m sorry; that means you were not given opportunities to learn anything.” This is a radical message, but we  need to give students strong messages to override an idea they often get in school – that it is most important to get everything correct, and that correctness is a sign of intelligence.  We need to value correct work less and mistakes more.    Mathematical Mindsets, 2016, p.19


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!

 Sydenham School’s

Family Fun Night BBQ Fundraiser for Breakfast Club!!

Tuesday May 17th, 2016

5:00pm – 7:30pm


*Come see who is: Kissing the    ?????   ( At 5:15pm Sharp)

*****Come see and learn all about Transportation!!!!


*Please bring a food item for the food drive for Safe N Sound and get a ballot for a draw! Every item gets you a ballot!!

******Silent Auction!!!!!!!!!!

*BBQ-Ham-Hot-Sausage- offering limited amount of Halal and Vegetarian items ($3 Includes drink and cookies)

** Come buy tickets to win a Flight over Owen Sound and area with Brandon Vanderschot

*Fishing Booth ($1.) Try your luck!!                    *OPP- Boat                *Face Painting ($1)                                                                                             * Jaws of Life Demonstration by City Fire Department         *Temporary Tattoos (Free)                   

         * **Guess the serial number on the $100 Bill and Win it!! ($3 a guess)!!!

*Fire Extinguisher Demonstrations-by Inter Township Fire Dept        *Craft Table

* Free samples of WOW Butter!  *Free Draws for Children- 1-girl’s bike and 1-boy’s scooter!!!

*Free draw for Adults  *Thom Boys Toys    *Sauble Speed Way   *Tractor

*City Police          * Wheel Chair Demonstrations                   

*Free Balloons                  *Decorate a Cookie  ($1)      **Come check out what a Limo looks like

*  Angolna Murdock and Jen Harris from Lookup Theatre        *Prizes for some Trivia questions!!

* *Thom Boy Toys!!             * Sauble Speed Way           * Millers Waste    *Ambulance                                                     *Guess how many candies in the jars (2 guesses for $1.)           * Attack Bus-come see the inside

*Come check out the Leaf car from Nissan * Come check out a Jeep from Fox Chrysler

*Come check out the new Sportage from KIA  * Owen Sound Navy League Demos and information

* Demos from the Rocking Horse and Nite Hawk of remote controlled toys

* Come see the inside of a Transport Truck-Doug Coleman

*Viva and Lauren- Fire tricks   **Algoma Central Corporation

**Glen Catto- Ponies   ** Samples of Sunflower Butter

**Free Windshield fluid (Limited amount) * Free tooth brushes





**Mayors of Georgian Bluffs, Meaford and Owen Sound will be at this event to BBQ and help out!!*

**Contests**The class that brings the most families wins a Pizza party!!! (Get your name checked off the class list when you come)

** If your birthday is in December come put your name in for a Christmas prize!!!!



** More than 100 businesses have donated to this event including the BBQ and Silent Auction Items!!*** Some games and demos will be at certain times!!!   

***Extra Parking at Leons!


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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