September 2016

Welcome back to school!

We hope you have all had a good summer vacation and are ready and eager to start a new school year.

We have a lot of new things here at school such as new classrooms, new trees, new gazebo, new roof on the sand box, new teachers and even a new principal!

This is going to be a great year for all of us.

Upcoming events

  • Friday, September 30, 3016: Special Event!
  • Tuesday, October 4, 2016: Picture Day

September 2016 Newsletter 1

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Back-to-school 2016

Mission Statement - To foster a safe and caring environment In which each student develops as a life-long learner

General Assembly/Meet the teachers

The McDowell staff welcomes you back to another school year!

This is a great opportunity to meet your child’s teacher(s). We have lots of new things to share with you. Please join us Thursday, September 8, 2016. We look forward to seeing you!

  • 6:15 p.m. General assembly—elections of 3 governing board members
                   Meet the teachers.


Friday, September 23rd is a PD day with a cost of $16.10 per child. The deadline for sign up for the PD day is Friday, September 16, 2016. This day is to be prepaid for the sporadic users.

Daycare has spots available starting at $8.10 per day based on a minimum of 3 days per week. You can contact Mavis Palmer at (819) 647-3911 for more information.

School fees

The invoice for your child school fees is included in this package. School fees can be paid at any time during school hours. You can also make arrangements with the school to pay in multiple payments. Please take note that if you are registered for daycare three to five days a week, you have a reduction in school fees. Please contact the Michelle for more information.

Welcome to our new principal and teachers

This year, we are proud to welcome our new principal, Mrs. Valcov and three new teachers: Selena Gervais, Grade 1 English , Bryn Jones , Gym and Math French Immersion and Kelly Wallace, Jr French Second Language.


Please ensure that you send your child to school with a morning and an afternoon snack.

Also, the school would appreciate snack donations that can be distributed to children who haven’t brought a snack to school. All donations must be non-perishable and ideally individually packaged. Please bring donated snacks to the office. Thank you!

Peanut and nut free school

As many of our students have peanut or nut allergies, we ask that no nuts or peanuts are brought to school. Please read the labels before sending food in your child’s lunch. We ask that you avoid any items that have the following label: May contain traces of nuts/peanuts.

Thank you for doing your part to help keep everyone safe!

Criminal background check for volunteers

Any adult (parent, grandparent, etc.) who wishes to volunteer at the school, must have a valid criminal background check. If you are thinking of accompanying your child on an outing or to volunteer in his/her class, you also must have a valid criminal background check. You may request a form from the school secretary, two identification cards are required in which the school board will confidentially run the checks.

A background check is valid for a two-year period.

Please note that background checks are not needed to attend school events.

Emergency procedures

Throughout the year, students and staff will be practicing emergency procedures should an emergency arise. Police and firefighters have been collaborating with us on safety issues for many years now. Annual fire drills or emergency lockdown exercises all have a common objective: ensuring the safety of everyone present in the school.

Before our first drills, the staff takes the time to introduce and explain each procedure to the students, so that we can better prepare our students to respond adequately in such a situation.

Here are the different drills that are practiced at the school:

  • Fire Drill: At the sound of the fire bell, the students must evacuate the school in an orderly fashion with their class. The staff and students meet at a designated meeting point in the school yard.
  • Lock in: Should there be a risk outside of the school, the students are instructed to come into the school and go to their homeroom and wait for further instruction.
  • Lock down (confinement): Students are instructed to take cover in a specific area of the classroom and remain quiet under the supervision of their teacher.

We encourage you to talk about these drills with your child and to mention that it is important to follow directions during the exercise to ensure a climate of trust and calm.