December 2023 CPE Newsletter
By now most of you have heard that Mrs. Tammy Tomm will take on the role of temporary, Acting Principal at CPE while I spend some time at Revelstoke Secondary School. Mrs. Tomm is presently teaching at Begbie View Elementary school, but she is very familiar with the students, the parents, and the culture of our school. Mrs. Tomm was a teacher here for ten years, she knows many of the children, and often took on the principal role when I was absent. Mrs. Tomm will spend some time with me during a transition period in early December; in fact, some of you have already seen her in the hallways and out on the school grounds. Welcome Mrs. Tomm!
Purdy’s Chocolate – Ready for Pick up
Purdy’s orders are ready for pick up at the school office. Thank you to the PAC for all their hard work with fundraisers, so the students at CPE can benefit with books, crafts, hot lunches, gym equipment and so much more. We are grateful. Enjoy!
CPE’s Holiday Craft Fair – Dec 14th
Exciting News! CPE PAC is hosting the annual Holiday Craft Fair on Thursday, December 14th. This is a special event during school hours, that allows children to purchase small items to give to their family or friends during the holiday season. The craft items provided will be priced and sold to students of CPE anywhere from $0.25-$5.00. We like to ask all CPE families if they are willing to donate 6 items to be sold at the craft fair. Items can be store bought or homemade. Please no baked goods. If you’re able to contribute, we ask that you please hand in items to the office on Monday Dec 11th or before. Thank you!
Learning Updates – Dec 15th
Teachers are busy preparing (“report cards”). Learning Updates for each student will be sent home on Friday, Dec. 15th.
Congratulations to Ms. Molly Barrett who had a bouncin’ baby girl on Dec. 5th. Mom and baby – Karsyn Grace Barrett are doing well! 😊
Next Hot lunch – Dec 19th
Next hot lunch at CPE will be Dec 19th and we’ll be serving Chicken stir fry with rice, there will be vegetarian and gluten free options available as well. Please connect on the parent Facebook page if you’re able to volunteer to help serve that day at lunch.
Winter Holiday Concert – Wednesday Dec 20th
This year’s whole school Winter Holiday concert will take place on Wednesday Dec 20th.
- 1:15 pm Dress Rehearsal – open to grandparents, friends, relatives
- 6:30 pm Show – doors open at 6pm – parents and siblings only
CPE Food Drive
This year CPE is helping to organize a food drive. To that end families are invited to collect the following and drop them off on Wednesday Dec 20th at our Winter Holiday Concert:
- Nonperishable food items
- Gift cards
- New, unwrapped gifts for a variety of ages
- Monetary contributions
If you happen to forget on Wednesday, we’ll accept donations of these items up until Friday, Dec 22nd.
Screen Smart – Scavenger Hunt – Dec 21st
Revelstoke Screen Smart has organized the “Revelstoke Screen Free Scavenger Hunt – Winter Edition”. The scavenger hunt runs from Dec 1st to Dec 21st. The Scavenger checklist has already been sent home, if you need a new one – pick one up at the office. Once completed hand it into the office by Dec 21st. Prizes will be drawn on Friday, Dec 22nd.
Gr 6/7 Basketball
The Gr 6/7 basketball season is in full swing. Practices run after school from 2:30-3:30 pm every Mon & Wed for the boys and every Tue & Thurs for the girls. Thank you very much to our volunteer coaches Mr. Mackenzie, and Ms. Kerluck!
Krafty Kids Group
Art, cooking, crafting, board games and more for students in Grade 4-7 every Monday at lunch time and every Thursday after school 2:30 to 4 pm. Thank you, Jackie and Phoebe, from the Revelstoke Women’s’ Shelter for coordinating this fun group.
Spirit Day – PJ Day with whole school Waffle Breakfast – Friday Dec 22nd
Our next Spirit Day in on Friday Dec 22nd a whole school PJ, with waffle breakfast Day!
District Winter Sports Activities
- Gr 4’s will be Nordic skiing at Mount McPherson in January. Dates to be determined.
- Gr 6’s will be Ski/snowboarding at Revelstoke Mountain Resort on Jan 17, 24 & 31st
- Gr 3s will be Ski/snowboarding at Revelstoke Mountain Resort on Feb 7, 14 & 22nd
- Gr 1s will be Skating at the Revelstoke Forum on Feb 6, 8, & 13th
- Permission forms will be coming home soon.
- (SAS) After School Cross Country Skiing Activity
Students in Grade 4-7 have the opportunity to participate in the after school Nordic Skiing at Mt. MacPherson XC ski trails in January. These are informal, fun sessions and not lessons. All equipment and passes are provided free in partnership with the Nordic Ski Club. Transportation will be by school bus and the program will run from 2:40 to 4:30 pm. Thank you to Ms. Holmes for sponsoring this activity which will run Thursdays from January 12th to February 9th. Permission forms will be available from the office at the beginning of January.
SD19 Indigenous Education focus for December
Tanshi, this December we are grateful for Arts Revelstoke and the Art Galleries installations that provide our community with so many opportunities to interact with progressive, socially-conscious art. This month many classes are touring the Art Galleries with featured stops to highlight the works of Ric Gendron’s – Coming Home, Delrée Demonts – The Matriarch Origin of the Jingle Dance, and Zuzana Rhias – Flight of Light Raven Steals the Light. Each of these works explores a facet of Indigenous histories, cultures and stories.
PAC – Parent Advisory Council
Next PAC Meeting: Tuesday Dec 12th 6:30pm
The CPE PAC is a very well organized and important part of our school helping to make school fun for our kids. For example, our PAC helps to organize monthly hot lunches for our students – something our students really, really enjoy! PAC meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm in our school library. Babysitting for younger children is available for free at PAC meetings. These meetings are open to all CPE parents. You can email the PAC president firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to get involved. The next PAC meeting will be on December 12th.
|Fri Dec 22
|Fri Jan 19
|Wed Feb 14
|Red, White, Pink Day & Dance
|Fri Mar 15
|Crazy Hair or Hat Day
|Fri Apr 19
|Backwards, Inside Out Day
|Thu May 2
|Star Wars, Book, Movie, Game Character Day
|Fri May 24
|Parent, Career Day
|Fri June 14
Dates to Remember
|Purdy’s orders ready for pick up
|Craft Fair items Due
|Progress Profiles go home
|Holiday Student Craft Fair
|CP Holiday Train
|CPE Holiday Concert
|Spirit Day – PJ Day, School breakfast
|Dec 23rd to Jan 7th
|First Day Back
Last day of school is on Friday Dec 22nd. School reopens on Monday January 8th.
In the coming months there are two important, province-wide surveys that some students will be completing at CPE. Results of these surveys are used to help guide our school forward by identifying areas of strength and illuminating areas that we need to work on and develop. The first survey is the Middle Years Development Index (MDI) which is a survey that students in grades 5 will complete in January or February. Students are asked survey questions that focus on their overall well-being and include questions about their eating habits, screen time, and extra-curricular activities. The second survey is called the Student Learning Survey. This survey will be administered later in the spring to students in grade 4 and grade 7 is also done province wide. There is even a parent and school staff section of the Student Learning Survey, and it affords the opportunity for all stakeholders to give their input on the strengths of CPE and where our school can improve. Thanks so much for supporting these surveys in the coming months.
Craft Fair Donations Drop Off on December 11, 2023.
CPB’s holiday craft fair is only one week away! Please be sure to drop off your donations to Columbia Park Elementary School on Monday, December 11, 2023.
Education Savings Grant
The BC Government is giving out $1200 grants for future education and training to children born in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. Please have a look at the letter at the end of this newsletter for further details on this awesome opportunity.
Download the form here: https://tinyurl.com/2wx95jvx