Octagon Pond Elementary School Blog
Reminder! Dismissal will take place at 1:00pm on June 28th, 2018. The last day of school before Summer vacation will be a condensed day.
Please note: Our School Lunch Program will finish for the school year on Friday, June 22nd. Students are asked to please bring along their lunch for the last week of classes as lunch will not be provided.
School Development Surveys:
Last year, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development launched new annual school development surveys to replace previous school development and school climate surveys. Surveys will be completed by parents/guardians, students and staff. The results of these surveys will help our school better understand the perceptions of our entire school community. The survey data will help our school to identify strengths and areas for growth as we engage in school development. The survey is anonymous, which means that we cannot connect your survey responses to you. We are asking our families to please make an effort to complete these surveys by Friday, June 1st. The survey link will be emailed to you and will also be accessible through our website. We appreciate your support.
Please see link below for more information:
Octagon Pond Elementary has recently been awarded a $500 grant from Nutrients for Life. With this money we will be creating a garden for our students. This initiative will enable us to create a hands on approach to gardening within our school community. It will help further our students understanding about the environmental and agricultural practices of growing your own food and the importance of knowing where your food comes from.
Thank you to Ms. Billard and Ms. Vokey for their work in securing this grant for our school. If you have an interest in helping out with this gardening endeavour, please contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
April 30th - May 7th we'll be collecting non-perishable food items for the 5th Annual S.O.A.R Memorial Food Drive.
Parents and Guardians will be able to register with OPTIS beginning on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 at 9:00am and will close on Tuesday, March 20th, 2018 at 12:00 noon. The link below will be activated at that time.
If for any reason you need help with instructions, press the Help button in the top right corner of the OPTIS login screen.
Octagon Pond Elementary Ice Cream Sale
What: Frosty Vanilla (Gluten/Peanut/Nut Free)
When: Friday, March 2nd, Recess
All proceeds raised will go towards our Special Services Sensory Room!
Happy New Year to you all and we would like to welcome you back to our second KinderStart session on Friday, February 9 at 9:30-11:30. Below is a break down on what is happening that day:
Parents will go to the kindergarten classrooms at 9:15. Your child will be in the same room as session #1. We will have the names of students posted on the door of each classroom as a reminder. Students will have sessions on bringing the outdoors in and healthy living.
Once your child is settled in their classroom, you can make your way to the library where you will receive presentations on the following topics:
Play and Exploration
Early Literacy and Numeracy
Building Early Literacy skills
It is our intention that these presentations will be a hands-on experience. We ask parents to be ready to explore and to use your imagination with the planned activities. Of course, because we will be together for approximately two hours we will be breaking to have a bite to eat. The school will be providing coffee, tea and snacks. We are asking parents if they want to contribute to our "mug up" feel free to bring in a dish of your choice to share with all our parents attending KinderStart. If you do choose to bring something to the school please be aware of our allergies ( all fish and shellfish food products, all nut products, peanuts including peanut butter and all peanut butter products, kiwi, latex and eggs).
There will be NO classes for Kindergarten on this day!
On Thursday, November 9th, Octagon Pond Elementary had the opportunity to not only remember those who fought for us, but to dedicate our Library Learning Commons to a brave, truly honourable man, Sgt. Donald Lucas, who lost his life bravely fighting for our Country overseas in April of 2017. We were fortunate enough to have many special guests attend including the Lucas family, Their Honours Lieutenant Governor Frank Fagan and wife Patricia Fagan, Minister Kirby and NLESD Director Tony Stack, just to name a few. Thank you so much for making this day so special to our school community and for helping us honour Sgt. Donald Lucas.
Congratulations to all of our students who received this years Junior Peacekeeping Award, presented by the Canadian Peacekeeping Veterans of NL's President, Gary Best. One student from each class was selected on criteria of kindness, respect and demonstrating the act of doing whats right.
Official opening and dedication of the Sgt. Donald Lucas Commons. Opening remarks were given by NLESD Director, Tony Stack. Our OPE Grade 5 Choir performed beautiful entertainment, directed by Ms. Hinchy. Thank you to all who attended.
Our kick off assembly for our Move-A-Thon fundraiser happened this afternoon, October 25th. Memo's and pledge sheets were emailed to families this afternoon. Hard copies of this memo also went home with students today.
Our Move-A-Thon will take place on November 15th, 2017 in the school gymnasium. We will be having a high-energy dance fitness event for all grade levels this day!
1. Wednesday, October 25th kick-off assembly and pledge sheets go home.
2. Wednesday, November 1st Early Bird draw will be made for two $50 gift cards (one primary and one elementary student).
3. All forms and money collected should be returned to the classroom teacher by Wednesday, November 8th.
4. The Move-A-Thon takes place on Wednesday, November 15th.
5. Prize Assembly on Friday, November 17th.
To view this memo and pledge sheet, please click HERE.
Tomorrow night, from 7:00pm-9:00pm make sure you stop by Chapters on Kenmount Road to support our school! 20% of all purchases made at Chapters and Starbucks will go to Octagon Pond Elementary and our school-wide reading programs.
Stop by, grab a coffee and pick up a new book - maybe even get a head start on your Christmas shopping! Here at OPE we love reading!
It's Jamarama Day!
On Friday, October 20th, make sure you wear your PJ's to school in support of the Janeway!
It was an emotional and inspiring morning at the CIBC Run for the Cure this past Sunday. Our amazing staff at Octagon Pond participated with a team of 20+ people to support our dear co-worker who is fighting this battle.
What a special and inspiring afternoon here at Octagon Pond Elementary yesterday afternoon.
Fred Fox, the brother of Terry Fox stopped by to tell us Terry's story for our Grade 5 and 6 French Immersion Students. It was certainly an afternoon we'll never forget!
On Wednesday, September 27th, we will be having our very first Recycling Blitz of the year!
Bring in your recyclables from home and be entered to win awesome prizes! Prizes will be on display in the main lobby stating this week!
We can't wait to begin this wonderful initiative again this year!
A reminder to parents/guardians and students that School Picture Day will take place on Friday, September 29th, 2017. Mark your calendars!