October 2016

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Hello Welcome to Fall!

With the beautiful myriad of colours , frosty mornings and  that little nip in the air, Fall has finally arrived in all its glory. We enjoyed a wonderful walk outside during our annual Terry Fox walk and our recesses see us thoroughly embracing the fresh crisp air and sunshine. But with this comes the reminder that we need to  dress warmly.

September was a very busy month for us here at McDowell; from settling into classroom routines, connecting with old friends and meeting new ones, meeting Dr. S.E. McDowell’s kids, our Terry Fox walk, Fire drill and so much more. And now here we are in October already!  Thank you all for coming to school every day and trying your best. Thank you for being kind , respectful and compassionate. Thank you families for supporting us.

Mrs. Valcov

Progress Reports

These reports went out last week to give you an idea of how your child is doing in the early days of school. It is just a quick snapshot. With the end of term 1 approaching on November 7th, your will be receiving a comprehensive report card by November 24th. Parent Teacher interviews will be scheduled at that time as well.


Please remember to phone in your child’s absence from school. You can call the school and leave a message 819-647-3800.

School Pictures

Picture re-takes will be on Tuesday November 4th. This includes for those who were absent.

 Behaviour on the School Bus

Students are expected to follow general rules as described in the WQSB school board transportation policy and guidelines, which include to remain in their seat, not eat or drink on the bus and maintain respectful interactions with their peers. For more information on the transportation policy and guidelines, please visit: www.wqsb.qc.ca.

Should a student fail to respect the rules, the bus driver may assign a Misbehavior Report. Here are the consequences assigned by the school:

  • 1st report: Recess detention and letter to parents
  • 2nd report: Recess detention and letter to parents
  • 3rd report: Suspension of transportation for 3 days

Please note that depending on the severity of the bus report, different consequences may be assigned.


Friday, October 21st is a PD day with a cost of  $16.00 per child. 
Daycare has spots available for the $8.00 per day rate. You can contact  Mavis Palmer at (819) 647-3911 for more information .

Spaghetti Dinner

Hope to see you at our dinner on Thursday, Oct. 20 , 5:30-7:30. Our Glee Club and the Hey Buster band will be performing for us while we enjoy a delicious meal.
This is a great way to meet other families in our school and meet your child’s classmates.

Governing Board

Your next Governing Board meeting is Wednesday, Oct 26th at 4:15 in the Library.

  • Kristine Thibeault-Chairperson   : kthibeault@learnquebec.ca
  • Jessica Ballard –Vice- chair : jet-interiors14@hotmail.com

Your school

Want to come in and help out in the school? Contact your Home & School : Ronda Lemay -ronda@wepc.ca or Mrs. Valcov-avalcov@wqsb.qc.ca
The next Home & School meeting is November 14th at 6:30 at the school.


As Halloween is on a Monday a school day, we have decided to invite the children to wear Halloween colours this year, not costumes .  So wear something Black and/or  Orange on Monday, October 31st .  Classrooms may be choosing additional celebrations so you may hear from your child’s teacher.

Soccer teams

Congratulations to our boys and girls soccer teams who represented our school with integrity, good sportsmanship and skill at the recent tournament in Quyon. Stay tuned for football!


We have Dance class, Glee club, We Act, French Club , Drama Club, Student Council , Student newspaper and Judo just to name a few of our extra-curricular activities here at McDowell. Busy place!

Dates to remember:

  • October 21st– PD day
  • Nov. 4th—Picture re-take day
  • Nov. 11th– PD day
  • Nov. 21 -Report cards 
  • Nov. 22-24– Scholastic Book Fair
  • Nov. 24-25– PD days