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 Spring Concert at Sydenham  
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We have several classes and clubs participating in the Sydenham Spring Concert. The concert will be on Tuesday, May 9th. Parents and friends are invited to attend at 2 different times, free of charge (no tickets) 12-1 and 6:30 – 7:30pm. The 12 – 1 pm show will have 4 intermediate classes in the audience.  The following classes and groups are participating on stage:  JK/SK F.I. Fawcett/Cochran/Robinson, JK/SK F.I. Armstrong/Osbourne, 1/ 2  F.I. Shaw, 6 F.I.  Fenton, Intermediate choir and Ukulele Club, Primary and Junior Choir, Sydenham Band.  Parents of classroom groups should check with their teacher about arrival times for the evening show and where to meet.   Choirs, Ukulele club and Band members should arrive in the music room by 6:15pm.



Read-a-Thon at Sydenham Featured in the Owen Sound Sun Times....click on the picture below for the article.
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School Climate Survey
Boards across Ontario are required to conduct anonymous school climate surveys of their students in Grades 4 to 12, parents, and school staff at least once every two years.  A safe, inclusive, and accepting school environment is essential for student success and well-being. The data collected from these surveys helps to identify gaps and areas of improvement for school and board planning aimed at preventing bullying and harassment.  Students and staff will be completing the survey electronically between April 24 and May 29, 2017.  Student participation is not mandatory.  If you do not wish your child to participate please notify us in writing.
 
****We are asking parents to complete a survey as well. The parent survey is available online between April 24 and May 29, 2017 and can be accessed through following the link: http://www.edu-climate-surveys.ca                                   
 
 The required Access Code for Sydenham Community School is 4-WMP-214-S.



DANCE-A-THON 2017
Toonies For T-Shirts
Thursday April 27, 2017 at Sydenham School Gym!! It’s Black & White Day! Each Child will
be given GLOW STICKS (courtesy of SCC) to add to their Black & White outfit!! They will look
amazing dancing in a darkened gym with Black Lighting!! How fun!
This year we are asking students to bring in $2 (instead of fundraising) which will go towards
new EAST RIDGE COMMUNITY SCHOOL T-Shirts. Our goal is to ensure that ALL
children receive a T-Shirt in the new school!
Large Glowsticks will also be for sale:
Necklaces- 2/$1
6” Bar (with lanyards)- $2
10” Bar (no lanyard)- $2
Popcorn will also be for sale for $2 (proceeds towards grade 7/8 trip)
Thank you for your continued support of one of our favourite events!



Principal and Vice-Principal’s  Message   Karen Spragg and  Leanne Stredwick
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The weather is becoming more spring-like and we are busy planning the last three months of school.  Two important events will be taking place at Sydenham in April, the Dance-A-Thon and the Read-A-Thon.  The Dance-A-Thon will raise money to supplement the cost of t-shirts for every student at East Ridge next year. The Read-A-Thon is raising funds to create a reading nook in the library at the new school. 

A letter will be sent home to families providing the link to the biannual School Climate Survey.  Boards across Ontario are required to conduct anonymous school climate surveys of their students in Grades 4 to 12, parents, and school staff at least once every two years.  A safe, inclusive, and accepting school environment is essential for student success and well-being. The data collected from these surveys helps to identify gaps and areas of improvement for school and board planning aimed at preventing bullying and harassment.  Students and staff will be completing the survey electronically between April 24 and May 29, 2017.  Student participation is not mandatory.  If you do not wish your child to participate please notify us in writing.  We are asking parents to complete a survey as well. The parent survey is available online between April 24 and May 29, 2017 .  A letter will be sent home to families  with more details. 

EQAO is right around the corner.  A reminder to families of students in grades 3 and 6 to kindly not schedule any appointments during this window.  Students in grade 3 will be writing from May 24-26 and grade 6 from May 29-31. 

We are in the middle of the Spring mud season at Sydenham so please dress your children accordingly.  At present, there have been many tarmac recesses in order to limit the amount of mud that students bring into the school.  





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On Tuesday, March 28th Sydenham hosted a Kindergarten Family Math Night in partnership with Bayview School.  All of our Kindergarten classrooms were open for families to enjoy games and open-ended math invitations such as “Make a Fruit Face” or “Patterning at the Light Table”.  There were snacks provided, door prizes that included math games and books, and a chance to estimate to win marbles or jube jubes.  All of the classrooms were full of families enjoying the challenge and excitement of math! Simple activities that could be replicated at home with materials like dice or food were offered side-by-side with a chance to show special school learning tools like our SmartBoard.  Families appreciated the opportunity to enjoy carefully planned math engagements in a fun, playful way with their children.

Nadine Osborne


 



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A big thank you to all Sydenham families for your support of our latest Hats for Homes fundraiser on March 31st. We raised approximately $800.00 with your generosity! This month's collections will be going to a Sydenham family that recently experienced a tragic event. Next month's Hat for Homes will take place on Thursday April 27th. Once again thanks for your continued support for our school community!

M.Avery  &

A.Kuhl


Science Fair

Congratulations to the following students who will represent Sydenham Community School at the Junior and Senior Regional Science Fair in April at the Bayshore Community Centre.    A sincere thank you to Mrs. Gallagher for organizing the day. 

Junior (Gr.4-6): April 12, 2017

Senior (Gr.7-8): April 5, 2017

Grade 6-

Karly Low “Oil Spills”

Jillian Goldie- “Handwashing”

Grade 7-

Lauren Sziklai- “The Highs and Lows of Blood Pressure”

Zoe McKittrick- “Is Stress The Enemy

Sadie Rossel- “Double The Digestion”

Patrick Graham- “Crystal Fudge”

Abi McDade- “Fingerprints”

Johnathan Coffey- “Fore-Golf Ball Dimples”

Sarah Pringle- “Memory & Chewing Gum”

Grade 8-
Andrew Clare-Green- “Honey Bees”

Sydney Black- “Rethinking Meat”

Robert Goodwill- “Milking It”

Aidan Yarde- “Water. Is It Clear”?

Heaven Silver- “Homework Hassle”

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 Girls’ Basketball Team 2017

The Sydenham girls’ basketball team had a successful season this year, and was able to put some points in the win column during the year end tournament. The girls learned a lot about the game and each team member showed growth in her skills over the short season. They represented our school community well with excellent sportsmanship on and off the court.  Way to go Tigers!

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Boys’ Basketball Team 2017

The boys basketball team won the North East Regional tournament.  They have advanced to the BESC tournament being held at East Ridge Community School on Tuesday, April 11.

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Sydenham's 50th Anniversary


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 French Immersion Homework Support!

A reminder that French Immersion students in Bluewater District School Board will have access to the Universalis Online Encyclopedias for the 2016/17  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:     http://french.eb.com/junior
Universalis Senior:     http://french.eb.com

Username: bwdsb    Password: bluewater


SCHOOL SCHEDULE
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


SCHOOL COMMUNITY COUNCIL – A GREAT PLACE TO VOLUNTEER! 

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, May 3rd, 2017 at 6:30-8pm in the Core French Room (#7)  (down the Junior/Intermediate Hallway, first door on the right).

Please join us to learn more about how you can make a difference!
Looking forward to a Great 2016/17 year




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SAFE ARRIVAL PROGRAM
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!



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

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