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October Newsletter

DATES TO REMEMBER
Oct 6th – School Goals Day (NO CLASSES)
Oct 9th – Thanksgiving Day (NO SCHOOL)
Oct 19th – 20th – PEITF/CUPE Annual Convention (NO CLASSES)
Oct 31st – Black & Orange Day

COOL WEATHER
Just lately there is a chill in the morning air and the temperatures can be quite crisp. Students who dress properly for the weather with coats, hats and mitts/gloves enjoy being outside more. Please encourage your child(ren) to dress appropriately for the weather conditions at this time of the year. Also, it is a great idea to keep an extra pair of sock, mitts or pants in your child’s school bag, so they have them, if needed.

BUS PASSES
Please remember – when you are writing bus notes, it is very important that you to put your child’s full name, the full name and civic address of the person where they are going and the bus number. Please include your child’s bus number and civic number even if they are going home. It is very important to do this at all times because we may have a guest administrative assistant, guest teacher or even a guest bus driver who are not as familiar with the students as our permanent staff are. Safety is our number one concern so we appreciate you taking the extra time to put this information down.

TERRY FOX RUN
On September 29th, Central Queens held their 13th annual Terry Fox Run. It was a great event and thank you to everyone who donated to this very worthwhile cause.

HOTLUNCHES.NET
Thank you to all the parents who have set up a hot lunch account. Reminder that even if you are not ordering, we encourage you to create an account to receive important emails. The 2 week ordering has been going well. As a reminder, orders are due Sunday evening by 11pm on the following dates: Oct 15, Oct 29, Nov 13, Nov 26, Dec 10. Orders that are not paid by closing are deleted. Thank you for ensuring your order is on time and paid for!

SCHOOL SUPPLY FEES
School supply fees for students in Kindergarten –Grade 3 are past due. Please send in $40 to the office if you still owe for school supplies. Past Due letters will be sent out later in the month. If this will cause a financial strain on your family at this point, please contact the office so that alternate arrangements can be made.

SCHOOL PICTURES
School pictures were sent home today. Deadline for ordering (either sending in the order to your child’s teacher or ordering online) is October 18th

NEW PATHS CURRICULU AT CQES
What is PATHS?
The acronym PATHS stands for Promoting Alternate THinking Strategies. The PATHS curriculum is based on evidenced based research and prominent theories of development. It helps children build skills in five key areas:
1. Self-control
2. Emotional understanding
3. Positive self-esteem
4. Relationships
5. Interpersonal problem-solving skills

The PATHS program has been proven effective in improving student’s ability to manage their emotions and discuss emotional experiences, as well as improving skills related to academic achievement. The curriculum provides new and exciting teaching tools to make the classroom and the school the healthiest and safest possible place for children to learn and grow. Central Queens has embarked on a school wide wellness initiative, using PATHS in order to:
1. Promote social and emotional competence
2. Prevent or reduce behavioural and emotional problems
3. Prevent future adjustment problems through development and integration of essential skills in emotional literacy, behavioural self-control and problem solving.
4 Enhance the social and academic climate of the classroom and school

PATHS KID of the Day: Why we do it?
Teaching your child how to give and receive compliments is a very important life skill. Receiving sincere compliments successfully can help foster a child’s self-worth and self-appreciation. Being able to give a sincere compliment to another person teaches a child how to gain in awareness and appreciation of others. Recognizing the power of compliments will help a child develop a more positive outlook on life and become more successful. If children can learn to consider and accept feedback that is sincerely given to them, they can use that feedback to grow and improve cognitively and emotionally.

VERBAL ABUSE PERVENTION WEEK
The first week of October (Oct. 1-7), is Verbal Abuse Prevention Week. Although it originated in PEI in 1999, it is now a Canada-wide event. It was initiated by an Island family that wanted to do something to counteract the negative and far reaching effects of verbal abuse. It’s purpose is to shine a light on the role that schools, families and communities have to play in encouraging everyone to “think before you speak.” During Verbal Abuse Prevention Week, our school community will be encouraged to place an extra special emphasis upon considering the words we speak and the way in which they are spoken, in order to make sure they are helpful and most importantly, kind. Positive communication skills and empathy are key elements of our school wide social and emotional well-being program – PATH.

LOCKDOWN DRILL
A lockdown is an exercise to keep students safe inside a building. It is practiced regularly, similar to a fire drill. A lockdown may be an incident that involves an accident in the school, a hazardous chemical spill, severe weather warning, or an intruder on the property.

Established lockdown procedures enable emergency personnel to respond quickly and effectively in high-risk situations. As a result, students know what to do and parents know what to expect. Parents can help by explaining to their children that it is each student’s responsibility to prepare for emergencies in advance and follow directions during an emergency. Parents should pay attention to any anxiety their child feels about these exercises and report this to the principal, teacher or school counsellor. Our first lockdown for 2017-2018 school year is October 17th at 9:45 am. The second drill will be scheduled for February, 2017.

CQES HOME & SCHOOL
Home & School had a great first meeting and have received a number of volunteer sheets back. If you are interested in being a part of Home & School or helping with our events, please send an email to cqhomeandschool@gmail.com. There are many opportunities to volunteer at the school and we appreciate all those who pitch in to help out!

Future dates of meetings: November 22, January 17, March 14 and May 16th at 7pm in the school library – new members are always welcome.

We have a Facebook group – Central Queens Home & School – that we encourage everyone to like – it’s a great forum to voice questions or concerns and also to get reminders/updates on activities!

ORANGE AND BLACK DAY
On Tuesday, October 31st , we will be having our annual “Black and Orange Day”. If students and staff wish to participate, a donation of $1.00 is requested. All funds collected will go towards United Way. Parents are reminded, that due to the high number of allergies in our classes and the guidelines with the Healthy Eating Alliance, please be cautious if sending a treat with your child. Please make sure that your child has a balanced lunch including fruits & vegetables. Good nutrition helps support great learning. If you would like to contribute something to share, please contact your child’s teacher first. Thank you for the cooperation and understanding.

PREVENTIVE DENTAL PROGRAM AT CENTRAL QUEENS SCHOOL
The Dental Preventive Clinic will be at starting at Central Queens School on Monday, November 8th.
Purpose of Dental Clinic: Screen children to assess risk of oral disease; provide oral health education, topical fluoride, scaling/polishing and sealants, according to your child’s individual needs.
Screening: All children will be seen for a two-minute screening to determine their risk of oral disease. If you do not wish your child to have this dental screening, please notify the school secretary or homeroom teacher.
Consent: After the screening, all children will be given a consent form which will be necessary for you to complete and return before services are provided.
Fees: There is no cost involved as the preventive services are covered by the Children’s Dental Care Program.
Contact: If you have any questions about the program, please contact the dental staff at the School or the Dental Public Health Clinic in Charlottetown at 902-368-4918 or Summerside 902-888-8145.
Further Information: Please note that only preventive services will be provided and the screening is not a substitute for an annual dental examination. It is strongly recommended that parents take their children to a dentist for regular examinations and treatment.
For more information, please visit http://www.healthpei.ca/dentalhealth and click on the following link for the program brochure http://www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/HPEI_dentalprg.pdf

LITERACY LOWDOWN
How to bring Literacy into your Halloween fun!
‣ Bake a pumpkin pie! Following a recipe will help improve reading and math skills.
‣ Tell some spooky ghost stories! Make up your own or read a spooky story together, like a Nancy Drew or The Hardy Boys mystery books.
‣ Sing some Halloween songs together! http://www.spookyfun.com has some fun Halloween songs and lyrics.
‣ Carve a pumpkin! Let your child trace a design on the pumpkin and watch to see what they create!
‣ Research the history of Halloween together and share the spooky things you learn.
‣ Watch a scary (and kid-friendly) Halloween flick to end the night. Monsters Inc., Casper the Friendly Ghost and It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown are all family favorites!
‣ Organize Halloween candy in different ways. Sort candy by shape, size, name, or even candy type, and then trade! This activity helps to reinforce basic math along with association and matching skills (and also slows down the sugar rush)!

COMMUNITY NEWS
The information provided is for information purposes and is not necessarily sanctioned by the school or PSB

North Star Minor Hockey Association: Is looking for all age ranges of referees for the up-coming hockey season starting Oct 20. These are paid positions and would be a great way for people to earn some extra money. Referee courses are also available through Hockey PEI if you are not yet certified. If you or someone you know would be interested in refereeing this year, please contact Dean Gallant, President of North Star Minor Hockey at northstarmhapresident@gmail.com.

Esther Finkle Walk for Kids – The 17th Annual Esther Finkle Walk for Kids will be held at 2 p.m. on October 15, beginning at the Miscouche Fire Hall. Donations raised help the Esther Finkle Fund to finance a variety of small dreams for children and youth on Prince Edward Island whose families are financially limited. Join the 4.6 walk/run or bike event and stay after the walk ends for snacks and door prizes. Additional details are available at http://www.estherfinklefund.com .

Go ENG Girl Day –Girls in Grades 7-10 – The School of Sustainable Design Engineering at UPEI invites all Grade 7-10 girls and a parent/guardian to Go ENG Girl Day on Oct. 14. Registration is free but space is limited. Additional details and registration instructions are available at: http://www.onwie.ca/programs/go-eng-girl Registration deadline is noon on Oct. 10. The School of Sustainable Design Engineering thanks principals, counselors, and teachers for support! The ProGRES program this summer was quite successful with six grade 11-12 students participating in research projects. 32 girls applied to the program and a NSERC proposal has been submitted to seek additional funding for UPEI SSDE for the next three years.

Horror at the Corner Presents: The All Hallows Academy for the Magically Gifted – We know you’ve fantasized about receiving that letter from a certain famous school of witchcraft and wizardry across the pond, but did you know there was a school like that right here on Prince Edward Island? The faculty at the All Hallows Academy for the Magically Gifted (or AHA for short) are getting ready for another spooktacular school year, and they want you to enroll! Interested? Then dust off your old pointed hat and join us for the school’s annual orientation evening. We promise it will be an evening of thrills, chills, whimsy, and wonderment! Discover your inner witch or warlock as you take part in a number of magical activities, including a sorting ceremony, potions class, wand testing, amulet making, a feast of enchanted treats, and a trial of either wits or nerve. This is event is suitable for all ages and, this year, we offer the option to opt out of the scariest part and enjoy an alternative activity, so you can come just for the fun and leave smiling, not screaming. We hope to see you at Orwell Corner Historic Village (7 Old Uigg Rd., Orwell) Friday, October 13th or Sunday, October 15th—rain or shine. Please arrive 6:30pm–9:30pm. Please note that some publications list the dates as the 13th and 14th of October, but they have since been changed to the 13th and 15th. Admission is $10 per person. Children 4 years old and under get in free. Parking and admission are at the Agricultural Museum situated on the Historic Village site. All proceeds go to the Orwell Corner Historic Village Board of Directors. The money will help fund ongoing programming at Orwell Corner. Please visit horroratthecorner.com or email horroratthecorner@gmail.com for more information.

Coats for Kids – This year the 6th annual Coats for Kids will be held on November 4th at the Boys and Girls Club of Summerside located at 364 Notre Dame Street. Please help us help those most in need this year. We are looking for donations of gently used or new coats, snow pants, hats, mitts, boots, scarves and even socks. Just last year we provided winter clothing to over 300 families in need. The following location are approved drop off sites: Sun and Sud’s Laundy at 454 Granville St.; Township Chevrolet at 34 Water St and Boy and Girls Club at 364 Notre Dame St. For more information, please call 902-432-1323.

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