To our new families, welcome to Collingwood, and to our returning families welcome back! We hope you all had a fantastic summer. The 2016-2017 school year promises to be an exciting one, and we are thrilled to launch into the new school year. We are very excited to welcome our new Headmaster Rob Lake, his wife Heather and their sons Casey and Tucker to Collingwood. On behalf of Rob Lake, our new Headmaster, Christine Stuart, Director of Primary Program (JK-3), John-Paul Cavalluzzo, Director of Intermediate and Middle Years (4-7), Rheanne Stevens, Director of Teaching and Learning and all the faculty and staff at the Wentworth Campus, we look forward to working with you and are awaiting the start of an outstanding school year.
Homeroom Placements – At the end of each year, the homeroom teachers and divisional directors perform a very challenging task: each grade team plans and coordinates the homeroom placements for the next school year. This is a very delicate process as we work to balance the class by gender, academic ability and the social needs of all the students. We ask that you trust our experience, professionalism and our sincere desire to balance the needs of all of our learners.
Student homeroom placements have now been posted on PCR.
To view your child’s homeroom placement:
• Go to the school’s website www.collingwood.org
• Select Parent Portal under Quick Links
• Follow prompts and enter your username and password
• Once logged in, click on your child’s name from the drop down box in the top left corner
• Under the Student section and in the Student Information section, you can view your child’s homeroom placement (for the Advisor Name and Homeroom to be visible, this section must be expanded)
• For your PCR username or other support please email email@example.com
If you have any questions or concerns please contact your child’s homeroom teacher, or the appropriate Director.
Christine Stuart (JK - gr 3) firstname.lastname@example.org
John-Paul Cavalluzzo (gr 4-7) email@example.com
Upcoming dates and reminders
Sept. 6: New Student Drop-In - For all new students and parents
- JK-K: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
- Grades 1-7: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
- casual summer dress - not school uniform
Sept. 9: Welcome Back BBQ at Klahanie Park
Sept. 12: JK-7 individual student photo day (#1 uniform required)
Sept. 13: Grade 1-3 Meet the Teachers
Sept. 14: Opening Assembly - If you would like to attend our WW Opening Assembly, please register on this link
collingwood.org/ceremony There will be an opportunity at the end to say hello and meet Rob after the event.
Sept. 14: Grade 4-5 Meet the Teachers
Sept. 19: Grade 6-7 Meet the Teachers
Please refer to the School's calendar for the complete 2016-2017 schedule of activities and events.
Please complete Online Forms before Tuesday, September 6th
Log in and complete the mandatory online forms. If you have forgotten your login or haven't received your login information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As many of you may be aware Lisa Bremner, our Director of Student Life, has moved to Morven to take on the role of Head of House. Rheanne Stevens is shifting from the Director of the Intermediate and Middle Years Program to Director of Teaching and Learning. Although we are saddened to see her leave the grade 4-7 division we are very excited to have her working closely with our teachers on professional growth and development, curriculum implementation, assessment and ensuring we are delivering a world-class educational program. After a very thorough and rigorous search we are happy to announce that John-Paul Cavalluzzo will be joining us as our new Director of Intermediate and Middle Years program. Mr. Cavalluzzo moved west from Upper Canada College where he was teaching Middle School English, History and Geography for 8 years. He is an incredibly well respected and experienced educator, coach and leader and is very excited to join the Collingwood Community.
Over the summer the Wentworth main entrance, reception and administration areas were rebuilt to create a more open and welcoming entrance, better flow and work spaces. Unfortunately the project was delayed and will take a few weeks longer than expected. The good news is that the reception and traffic circles will be fully operational by the first day of school. The new target completion date is September 19th.
Traffic passes will be going home with students on the first day of School Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Each student in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 7 will be given an envelope containing two traffic passes to take home to their parents.
The traffic passes are colour coded by grade and grade specific for your child. Please remove backing from passes and place on windshield of your vehicle. Passes will be used by Traffic Coordinators at student pick-up time each day to direct you to your student pick-up traffic line and are intended for this purpose only – traffic passes are not indented for use as a parking pass.
Parent student pick-up timing – to reduce traffic congestion at student dismissal, please do not arrive to pick up your children earlier than ten (10) minutes prior to their scheduled dismissal time. Earlier arrival could compromise pick-up timing and require parents to be redirected out of the traffic line and asked to return later.
Please direct any questions you have regarding traffic passes to Jennifer.email@example.com
Complete Wentworth traffic and parking information available on School’s website at http://www.collingwood.org/page.cfm?p=2587
- Aim to arrive between 8:00 and 8:20 am (8:25 is peak traffic congestion)
- The gravel lot is for JK parents only from 8:00 am -9:00 am and then again 11:15 am -2:30 pm. If you are not a JK parent please do not park, drop-off or turn around in the gravel lot during these hours.
- Have your children ready to get out of the car when dropping off in the the traffic circle - If possible have bags in the car so that you do not need to get out and open the trunk.
- Move as far forward as possible before stopping in order to maximize the number of cars in the drop-off and pick up zones.
- If your child uses a car seat, please have it on the right side of the vehicle so that they can exit the vehicle safely - please have all children exit on the right or curb side only.
- Do not park in the drop-off zone above the school. It is for quick drop-off only
- Help by using the school bus service, car pool and walk.
Please drive safely, be patient and smile as we are all in this together.
Each year I share some back to school advice that I have gathered over the years to help support you and your children with their back to school transitions. It is natural and normal for many of our students (and us as parents) to feel some back to school anxiety. Building back to school routines is important for a smooth transition.
Sleep - Please make sure your children are well rested and that they are getting enough sleep. The Canadian Paediatric Society recommends 10-12 hours of sleep each night. Study after study highlight that there is a direct correlation between sleep and learning; the more sleep our children get, the more they learn and the better they do in school. Sleep is critical for brain development, learning and also reduces anxiety. Much of what children are taught during the day is sorted, memorized and categorized by the brain during sleep.
Talk to your children about being open minded towards establishing new friendships - Each year students move into different homerooms with new teachers and peers. Building new relationships, working with different students and establishing new friendships is an important life skill. Be open minded and positive when discussing class placements and new friendships. Remember - how we talk and respond is reflected in how our children adjust to change and new settings.
Unplug at meals - unplug and talk during meal time. No devices at the dinner table.
Establish routines - Establishing healthy bedtime, morning and eating routines are very important in setting our children up for success at school. Setting clear bedtime and morning routines help reduce anxiety and promote a sense of calm. Eating dinner as a family is a wonderful way of connecting. Make time to eat together, play together and read together.
Nutrition - Like sleep, children that eat well perform better in school. Plan lunches and meals that include fruits and vegetables and healthy snacks. Avoid processed and packaged products and foods high in sugar and salt. Water is the best form of hydration - please pack a refillable water bottle.
Exercise - Exercise and being physically active increases a child's ability to concentrate, focus and learn. Plan physical play and activity into your child's week. Please be mindful to minimize computer, iPad and TV time on weekdays.
Unstructured play and over-programing - Unstructured play and downtime are critical ingredients for developing imagination, creativity and problem solving. As parents (myself included) we often fall into the trap of over programming our children. Our children need downtime, rest and breathing space. They need to disconnect from technology and learn to negotiate the world around them. Sports, activities and clubs are fantastic; however, make sure you protect time for unstructured play and family time.
Praise and motivation - Praise effort, work habits, improvement, and perseverance. Grades, trophies and external rewards are important, however, too much focus on the external takes away from deep learning, critical thinking and collaboration. Avoid setting your children up for failure and the fear of disappointing their parents.
Keep a wide view of success - very few of us take the straight line; we learn from making mistakes, taking risks, failure and struggle. Grit, resilience and self-esteem are earned through experience.
If your child forgets their homework, uniform or gym strip - resist the urge to drop everything and go get it for them. We learn responsibility when we are truly responsible.
Most importantly, hug your kids everyday!