December Newsletter

Dear parent(s)/guardian(s),

It is a tradition at Nesbitt to help the needy in our community, more so as we approach the holiday season. This year, we will continue to support St. Brendan’s Church efforts in donating food baskets to our families. We are asking for non-perishable food and toiletries (i.e. noodles, cookies, canned goods, cereal, toothpaste, soap, etc...) or monetary donations. Our combined efforts will help fill holiday baskets for families within our school community.

Here are some ways our students and school community can help accomplish this goal:

Dress Down to Donate (December 7, 14 & 21)
Students may either donate items or $1.00.

December 7: Wear RED or GREEN

December 14: WEAR your Holiday Best

December 21: “Ugly” holiday sweater

Holiday festivities

December 6: Pizza & TCBY lunch: Our Home and School Association has organized a pizza and TCBY lunch for students.  If you are available to volunteer, please email: nesbitthomeandschool@gmail.com .

December 12 & 13:  Our students will be enjoying the holiday lunch being served by Ms. Nada, our head cook.  Please note, holidays tickets must be purchased in advance.  If your child is not participating in the holiday lunch, he/she must bring in a lunch from home on both days.

December 14:  The Rosemount H.S Band will be entertaining our students with a holiday concert and sing-along.  We are excited to hear & see the 40 piece band in action.

December 18: Students in cycle 2 & 3 will be performing in an evening holiday concert for parents. More details to come.

On December 21:   Our annual holiday breakfast for all students and staff will take place on Friday, December 21, 2018. Volunteers are welcome to join us on this day as we will be serving the students throughout the morning.

If you are able to volunteer, please contact our Home and School Association at:
nesbitthomeandschool@gmail.com

Our last day of classes before the winter break is December 21st, 2018.  School resumes on Monday, January 7th, 2019.

Winter wonderland 

A reminder to parents that children should be dressed appropriately for the winter weather. Students should have the freedom play in the snow during recess and therefore proper snowsuits and waterproof boots must be worn. Winter hats, gloves/mittens and a neck warmer (recommended instead of a scarf) must be worn during recess. Also, pair of shoes to be left at school and an extra pair of socks strongly suggested.

Should you require help in clothing your children for the winter season, please reach out to either your classroom teacher or the administration.  Our generous Nesbitt community of families and staff have donated boots, coats, and snow pants of various sizes.   Together, we will try our best to ensure that all our students are dressed to enjoy the outdoors.

Nesbitt Home and School News 

I would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to our Home and School Association for organizing this year’s Scholastic Book Fair and bake sale.  With your support, we were able to raise approximately $2100 in credit for classroom books and materials with an additional $400 from the bake sale.  Thank-you to all parents for volunteering their time be it during the book sale or by baking delicious treats.

 

Family Corner 

Learn to ski & snowboard for free

Several ski hills around Quebec are offering learn-to-ski programs for young kids. This program offers lessons, rentals and lift tickets at discounted prices to encourage parents and kids to try skiing or snowboarding together. The programs are funded by the Quebec Ski Areas Association. Visit Mysnow Experience program for information on the free introductory session in urban settings for children aged 5 to 8.

Full ski or snowboard equipment is provided, including helmets. These programs take place on weekends until March 24 at the Centre de la Nature in Laval (ski and snowboard), Parc Michel-Chartrand in Longueuil (ski only), Domaine de Maizerets in Québec (ski only) and Parc Jacques-Cartier in Gatineau (ski and snowboard). 

 

Canadian Ski Council’s Snow Pass

If you are looking for an affordable way to introduce skiing & snowboarding to your children, consider buying the Canadian Ski Council’s Snow Pass. The pass allows kids in Grades 4 & 5 to ski and snowboard three times at more than 150 hills across the country for free. The cost is $29.95 for administration fee to process the pass. Application can be completed online or by mail. Valid from Dec. 1 until the end of the season. For more info, visit:

www.skicanada.org/grade-4-5-snowpass/

 

STM Family Outings Program

STM’s Family Outings program allows up to five children aged 6-11 to ride public transit for free during certain periods when accompanied by an adult with a valid fare. This offer applies from 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21, 2018 to Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. Kids under 5 always travel for free.

Inspiration Corner

Tips for managing holiday stress

Bring the magic into the holiday by learning how to manage the stress often brought on by family, friends and financial constraints.

Participating in charitable events with your children and/or family members can often helps to redirect energy into the realization of an uplifting and fulfilling goal. Reconnecting with the community or simply playing outside can also help to realign ones expectations of what holiday cheer is all about.  For more info, visit: www.AMCAL.com, www.healthline.com.

 

Dates to Remember 

 

December 6: Pizza & TCBY lunch

December 12: Junior Holiday Lunch

December 13: Senior Holiday Lunch         

December 14: Rosemount H.S. Holiday Concert

December 18:  Celebration of Lights
(Prek-Grade 2)

December 18: Cycle 2 & 3 Holiday Concert
6:30 pm BIG GYM

December 21: Holiday Breakfast & last day of classes before the Winter Holiday break

December 24-January 6 inclusively: Winter Break (School resumes January 7)

January 25: Pedagogical day
No school, daycare is opened
*Deadline to register for daycare January 18* 

January 31: Open House
6:30pm-8:30 pm

 

On behalf of the Nesbitt administration and staff, I would like to extend my sincere best wishes to you and your family during this holiday season.

May you cherish the time together, creating family memories which are merry and bright.

Best regards,
Mrs. A. Scrocca
Principal