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December Newsletter

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Thursday, November 21, 28

Game 8 Lions’ Bingo

Monday, November 25

School Council Meeting at 6 p.m.

Monday, Nov 25 – Thursday, Nov 28

Scholastic Book Fair

Hours of Operation

Monday & Tuesday:

9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.


9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.


9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 27

Report Cards go Home

Thursday, November 28

Walk to Breakfast - $2 Donation

(Pancake Breakfast Provided)

Parent-teacher Conferences

1-3 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m.

**Students will be dismissed at 11:45a.m. and there will be no cafeteria services.**

Friday, November 29

Professional Development Day (No school for students)

Monday, December 2

Light up the Square at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 4

Children’s Wish Tree Lighting at RCMP Station at 7:00p.m. Students and staff are invited to attend and sing a few Christmas carols.

Saturday, December 7

Dunville Lions Club Town of Placentia Santa Claus Parade at 1:00p.m.

Wednesday, December 11

Primary Christmas Concert

See further details below.

Thursday, December 12

Deadline for Donations to the Iris Kirby House

Friday, December 13

Kinderstart Session (No school for kindergarten students)

Wednesday, December 18

Elementary Christmas Concert

See further details below.

Friday, December 20

Last Day of School before Christmas Holidays

**Students will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m. and there will be no cafeteria services.**

Monday, January 6

School Reopens


The decision to cancel classes before school opens in the morning is made by the two principals in the area. We take into account the latest weather forecast, reports on road conditions and the current weather conditions with students’ safety being the prime consideration. Then, in conjunction with our transportation provider, we make our decision. If we err, it will be on the side of caution.

When the decision is made, it is announced on OZ-FM and VOCM, and through School Messenger, Twitter and Status Central on

The decision to re-open schools or to remain closed for an afternoon session is made again by the two principals at approximately 10:15 a.m. The decision is reported through the various media around 10:30 a.m., or sooner if the opportunity presents itself. In the event of a reopening for the afternoon session, buses will begin their runs four hours later than normal in order to have students here for the beginning of classes at 12:30 p.m.

Sometimes, when schools have already opened, circumstances such as deteriorating weather conditions, power outages, loss of water, etc, result in a decision to have an early closure. We communicate the decision via School Messenger so that, in as much as possible, parents will have at least one-half hour notice. In most cases, we will try to wait until the end of the morning session, however, that depends on the reason for the early closure.

We also make every effort to ensure that students, especially the younger ones, check to make sure that there is someone at home. Thus, it is very important that parents who work outside the home, or who are going to be out of town, leave instructions to the school as to emergency arrangements for their children. We do not want to send children home to an empty house when simple communication can prevent this.

Please ensure that the telephone number you have provided for School Messenger contact is one at which you can be reached at all times.


This year, the primary Christmas concert, entitled A Penguin Christmas, will be presented on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. The morning performance will begin at 9:00 a.m. and the evening performance will begin at 6:30 p.m. Students should arrive at the school at 6:15 p.m. for the evening concert.

Admission to each primary concert is $5.00. Tickets to the evening performance must be purchased in advance, while admission to the morning performance will be taken at the door. Ticket forms were distributed to students today and tickets will be sent home on Monday, December 9.

The elementary Christmas concert will be presented on Wednesday, December 18, 2019. The morning performance will begin at 9:00 a.m. and the evening performance will begin at 6:30 p.m. Students should arrive at the school at 6:15 p.m. for the evening concert.

Admission to each elementary concert is $5.00 and will be taken at the door.

Students will be in full costume and proper dress for our morning concerts. All students in kindergarten to grade six will attend a matinee performance, so we ask that they do not attend again in the evening.

Donations to the local food bank will be accepted at the door during each performance.


The top 10 recyclers for October were:

Alanna O’Keefe Donahue

Jayson O’Keefe

Jax Richardson

Tyson Barron

Jordan Traverse

Max Callahan

Hannah Allen

Alisha Healey

Leland Healey

Chase Murray

Our two random prize draws who were also treated to lunch were:

Jack Parsons

Daniel Byrne

Alanna O’Keefe Donahue won $20 for being the top recycler and Charlee Connors won $20 for the random draw. Congratulations!

The deadline for November is November 29, 2019. We thank you again for your continued support of our recycling fundraiser!


December 4 – Michael O’Leary

December 5 – Owen Barnes

December 12 – Luke Pomroy

December 13 – Victoria Traverse

December 14 – Caleb Murray

December 15 – Kian Griffiths

December 16 – Ariana Ledwell

December 18 – Ben Power

December 23 – Jenna Foley

December 24 – Sheldon Clarke

December 26 – Summer Connors

December 26 – Preston King


Thank you to the following for their donations to our Breakfast Program:

Justice O’Keefe - $25.00

Gracie Wiseman – Juice & Bananas

Emma Leonard - $20.00

Katie Mooney – Cereal Bars

Emma & Jax Richardson – Cheese Strings

Thank you to Ciara Walsh for her donation of cookies to the staff.

Thank you to Mikel Park for his donation of button’s to the school.

Thank you to Chase Murray for his donation of exercise ball to the sensory room.

Thank you to Claire McGrath for her donation of toys to the kindergarten class.

Thank you to Andrew & Noel Picco for their donation of trains to Ms. Flynn-Norman’s classroom.

Thank you to Julia Hickey for her donation of books to the library.

Thank you to Jacqlyn Mulrooney for her donation of books to the library

***We are so grateful for the many donations we received this month! If we have missed a donation, we apologize. Please let us know so that we can include it in next month’s newsletter.***


Get in the spirit and join us for our community tree lighting, carolling and hot chocolate on Monday, December 2, 2019 at 7p.m. at the Town Square. Remember to wear your Christmas hat!


The Annual Dunville Lions Club Town of Placentia Santa Claus Parade will be held on Saturday, December 7 at 1:00 p.m. starting at the College of the North Atlantic. Following the parade, Santa will be at the Arts Centre to greet children, hand out goodie bags and take pictures after the parade. To enter a float, please call Rhonda at 227-2151 ext. 224 or email


Placentia Health Centre officially launched the Tree of Memories on Monday, November 18, 2019. The cost is $5.00 per bulb with a maximum of two names per bulb. Our Tree of Memories is located in the Main Lobby at Placenita Health Centre.

The closing Carol Sing and Prayer Service for our Tree of Memories will be held on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room at Placentia Health Centre.


The RCMP Placentia Detachment cordially invites you to this year’s lighting of the RCMP Wish Tree in support of Children’s Wish, held at RCMP Detachment in Placentia on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Please come out and show your support as Wish Children light the tree. Any donation, large or small will go a long way in granting a wish for a child diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. The tree will remain on during our campaign in an effort to raise $5,000 for the RCMP Placentia Detachment. If you would like to make a donation/ presentation at the event, please contact Lucille Walsh.

All monies raised go directly to the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada Newfoundland & Labrador Chapter. Please help us make this a joyous Christmas for all those children who suffer from life-threatening illnesses. See how wished work wonders this holiday season.

Placentia Detachment RCMP

709-227-2000 ext. 3 or