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Principal and Vice-Principal's Message
Mme K. Spragg and Mme L. Stredwick


Welcome back to a NEW school year

Sydenham has sadly said good-bye to Lauren Lipsett who is assuming the role of principal at Bayview Community School.  Congratulations, Mrs. Lipsett!  Sydenham would like to welcome Leanne Stredwick to the role of vice-principal.  Mme Stredwick has been teaching for  fifteen years in Bluewater.  She has played numerous leadership roles in the area of professional development, mainly in the area of math instruction.   Welcome, Mme Stredwick. 

I would also like to extend a warm welcome to the new staff at Sydenham:  Nancy Law (2/3 FI),  Mark Avery (1 FI),  Eva Robinson (JK/SK FI),  Wendy Armstrong (ECE),  Mike Cook (Head Custodian)., and  Andrea Smith (Library Clerk),

The theme of this year  will be embracing change  as we excitedly look forward to  coming together with Bayview, moving into the current OSCVI building ,and re-establishing ourselves as a new learning community.    Also, continue to watch for information about Growth Mindsets as this continues to be a focus at Sydenham.  See the attached article for more information.

Safe Arrivals and Departures

At the end of the day, remember to wait in the front hallway right outside of the office.  Kindly respect instructional time by not wandering down the primary and the junior/intermediate hallways during school time.   It is imperative that you check in at  the office if you are picking up your child during the school day. 

Also, if your child is not riding a bus, please notify the office BEFORE 2 pm. 

For Kindergarten families,  please wait for your child outside of the double doors right after entering the building--this is Mme Robinson's class only.    If waiting outside, please remain outside of the gated play area until the bell rings.   Osborne, Doneathy, St. Martin and MacEwan Kindergarten students should be picked up at the outside door of each classroom.  

Bathrooms at Sydenham:  Adults, please only use the bathroom across from the custodial office.   Check in with the office if you need directions. 

These measures are in place to ensure a safe learning environment for all Sydenham students.   


Thursday, September 22nd is the 167th annual Sydenham Fall Fair.  Above are this year's ambassadors:  Hayden Robertson and Ginny Frook.  


Check out the Canadian Parents for French FACEBOOK page:

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!


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, June 8th, 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 .

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thanks to Petal Furness for the picture

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