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Admin. Message Fri.Nov 9

posted Nov 11, 2018, 11:28 AM by Peter Marshall

Administrator Friday Message

Oops, sorry.  It is a few days late, we missed our Friday send day as it was a really busy day at Boyne PS on Friday and we just could not get to a quiet moment to send our weekly message out to you.  We hope you missed it!  The highlight of the day Friday was our Remembrance Day Assemblies, done with Viola Desmond PS.  Students did so well presenting, sharing their learning and reflecting on the messages of peace.

Our Technology Tip for November: Do you know how to protect yourself from ransomware, phishing, malware and viruses? Learn how your information can be compromised and how to protect yourself online by getting cybersafe here: To learn more about the importance of being safe online, visit the Halton District School Board's Technology & You resources at (Search: Technology & You) or follow #TECHandU on Twitter.

Calling all three-year olds! Families are invited to attend a Kindergarten Open House to help make this first school experience a happy one. Drop by P.L. Robertson PS (840 Scott Blvd., Milton) on Thursday, Nov. 15 anytime between 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

For additional Kindergarten Open House dates and to learn more about the Kindergarten program, please visit


Thursday, November 15th is Photo Re-Take Day if your child missed last month.


And finally, Progress Reports go home on Monday, November 19th.  Student Led Teacher-Parent Conferences are being booked for that week.  Teachers have sent home their schedule for the week and we are asking families to indicate their preferences for times.  Teachers will be contacting those families that have an early week meeting, those later in the week will receive their times with the Progress Report Cards.


posted Oct 29, 2018, 1:49 PM by Peter Marshall

At Boyne PS we want to advance a culture of respect for all students, staff, families and our community. Schools have come to realize that Halloween activities can be viewed from different perspectives and experiences. Although Halloween based activities and events will occur within our school on October 31st, the celebration of Halloween is ​not​ a curricular requirement. Schools have an obligation to ensure that all activities are planned so that students and/or staff who do not participate are not excluded from a significant experience. This is why we are organizing activities that allow for participation without a direct celebration of Halloween as an option for some of our students. Some of our newcomer students and families in our school community will not have cultural knowledge of 'trick or treating’ practices

Students are welcome to come to school with costumes. A parade for our youngest students (K to grade 3) will occur first thing in the morning.  This will be followed by music and activities in our gym, organized by grade levels throughout the day.  After your child’s time in the gymnasium, they will be encouraged to remove their costume in order to protect it and to return to classrooms for the remainder of the day.  Clothes need to be brought to school for your child to change into, as we will have a regular instructional day of school after their celebration time in the gym. 

More information about each of these items below.


ü  Should reflect acceptable and respectable choices including props (e.g. no replica weapons, masks, etc.)

ü  Costumes should be in respectful and not show  cultural appropriation (ie. use of Indigenous headdress) Costumes that mimic the traditional attire of an ethnic, religious, racial or gender group/identity are inappropriate and unacceptable for Halloween at our school. Pretending to be a member of a group for ‘fun’ is evidence of cultural appropriation and sends the message that cultural attire is a ‘costume’ to be donned for entertainment purposes.

ü  Orange and Black clothes can be worn in order to protect costumes for later use, or if a costume does not wish to be worn

ü   Be aware that some students have had first-hand traumatic experiences of violence that make costumes related to death, ghosts, etc. anxiety inducing and/or traumatic

ü   If students choose to dress up in a costume for Halloween please ensure that they are contributing to the positive and prosocial climate that our school is cultivating

ü  Costumes that are intended to, or have the impact of, inciting fear and anxiety for others are not acceptable costumes and special sensitivity needs to be exercised around current socially trending incidents  such as people dressing up as characters from popular media and approaching youth to frighten them at random. In the past, this has included scary clowns.

ü  Please refrain from bringing replica weapons or wearing masks to school.

Thank you for your support of all our students.



ü  You are welcome to come to the school to view the parade on the first floor of our school. 

ü  Parents are asked to use the front door and remain in the front hallway.  The parade will move past you for you to see.

ü  Parents are able to take photographs OF THEIR OWN CHILDREN as they parade past you.


ü  As with all large school events we ask that you do not use our school parking lot.

ü  If you use the Kiss and Ride area in the morning we ask that you let your child out and travel off school grounds to find a parking space.

ü  We are asking for your cooperation as we cannot ‘police’ the parking lot in the morning due to staff responsibilities in all other areas of our school.

ü  Please do not confront other parents if they do not follow our suggestions for parking, please know we are asking all parents to remain out of the parking lot

ü  Please help us, we are asking kindly for you to park away from the school and walk 5-10 minutes in order to keep our parking area safe for our students.


ü  There will be a celebration for each grade in the gymnasium with music and activities

ü  Students not wishing to partake will have the library opened and supervised for their use

ü  Once the gym time is complete students will be changing out of any costumes and continuing with a regular instructional day of school

Treats from the Equity Club

ü  Our Student Equity Club will be selling treats for student purchase during their gymnasium time

The Days Following Halloween

ü  If students have collected treats during Halloween celebrations or by trick or treating we are asking that you are thoughtful in packing lunches and snacks following the 31st

ü  Students should not have lunch bags filled with treats, this is not only counter to our healthy eating initiatives, it also is difficult for some of our students to see a classmate with numerous snacks/treats/candy when their family has packed food of a different nature

ü  AND MOST IMPORTANT, food allergies are prevalent in our school, so only school safe products should come to school on any day, but it is especially important to be vigilant during Halloween time

ü  Please save treats for home.

Friday Admin. Blog, Oct 26

posted Oct 29, 2018, 1:47 PM by Peter Marshall

A message from the Eco-Team: Wear it. Bag it. Give it. Share it. Recycle, Reduce, Reuse! Close the loop.

The Eco-Team is excited to announce we have partnered with Bag2School again to collect unwanted used clothing to raise funds for Eco-Team initiatives.

 Each student has gone home with a postcard explaining why it is important to recycle clothing and what items are accepted (ALL adult and children’s clothing, footwear, outerwear, towels, purses, scarves, lines, handbags, etc).

 Clean your closets, go through your stored boxes, find clothes that don’t fit and put them in them in any bag or box you have at home! 

Look for the postcard coming home!

 Dear Grade 6,7, and 8 Families,

 As you may have heard, the grade 6-8 students have been presented with an amazing opportunity to go and see the Broadway musical "School of Rock" in Toronto on December 7, 2018.  This is a great after school extracurricular opportunity which will allow students to see a live Broadway show. 

 Permission forms have been available for students from Mrs. Lucken (Music Teacher) and the tickets are available for purchase on Cash Online.

 At this time students have only been allowed to purchase one ticket.  Beginning Monday October 29, 2018 parents can go into the system and purchase one ticket through Cash Online.  This ticket is available for parents who wish to attend this amazing musical with their student. Only a parent with a child also attending the performance may purchase the additional ticket.

 Tickets are selling, so if you are interested in this opportunity you will need to purchase your tickets and return the permission form to Mrs. Lucken in the Music Room.

Fri.Oct 19 Admin. Blog

posted Oct 19, 2018, 11:34 AM by Peter Marshall

Happy Friday Everyone.

Four Key Announcements this Week:

a) Book Fair

b) Photo Day

c) Spirit Wear

d) Coming Soon

Book Fair: The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Boyne!
Monday Oct. 22 – Friday Oct. 26,8:30-4:00.  Special Family Event Night: Thursday Oct. 25, 5:00-7:00 pm
Our Homeroom Teachers have completed a Classroom Wish List for families who want to purchase a book for their classroom library. 
ONLY Students accompanied by a guardian may purchase books after schools (Mon. Oct 22 - Fri. Oct 26, until 4pm), or at the Family Event night (Thursday, 5-7pm). This includes FDK students.
FDK classes will not be attending book fair as a class. Instead, flyers will be sent home and pictures of the books available may be posted on classroom websites to let families know about available titles. FDK families are invited to bring their child anytime during class hours, after school until 4pm, or at the Thursday Family Event night. Parents can also send students with money to make a purchase (at your discretion) 

Photo Day- Wednesday, Oct 24th for all kindergartens, for grade 1, 2, 3, Ms.Silva's, Ms. Noonan's, Mr. Cudmore's class

Photo Day - Thursday, Oct 25th for grades 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Boyne Spirit Wear-Get your T-Shirts, Pajama Bottoms, etc.  Order from the link on our website.

This will be the only ordering time this school year, orders are due before midnight on Sunday night (Oct. 21st)

Coming Soon- Information about the ECO Team's Bag2School Program, Save the clothing you wish to donate, and donate through the school.  All funds raised go towards our ECO initiatives

Coming Soon- Next week will be our large email about Halloween at Boyne PS.  We will discuss costumes, the parade, our fun school event and snacks at school.  Please watch for it.

Friday Admin. Blog

posted Oct 12, 2018, 9:32 AM by Peter Marshall

Hello Boyne PS Families.

A few items to share with you this week, starting with a huge thank you.  We loved seeing you at the Open House last night at the school. So many happy students and families travelling to see wonderful classrooms and staff.  Thank you for taking time out of your busy week to come spend some time with us.

We open our library up to you once a month for a great parent session we call Community Connections. 

We are very excited for our first Boyne Community Connections Sessions to begin. We have many important items on the agenda.

Date: Thursday Oct. 18th

Time: 9 AM - 10:30 AM

-Student Led Conferences 

-School Council

-Report Cards

-Volunteering at the school


-Special Education and ESL

-Triple P

-Oral Conversations

Our Settlement Specialist will be here to explain her role and how she can help you settle here in Milton.  We also invite you to join our Boyne Parent Group on google+ where we post events, information and resources for parents.  Our parking lot is an active place, filled with students crossing and vehicles picking up other students. Our goal is to provide a safe environment for your family. For ease, we recommend that families park their vehicle north of the school, across Louis St. Laurent, and walk over to the school.

We are also excited to announce that we have partnered with our friends at Halton Region to offer the Triple P-Positive Parenting Program for parents of children 3-6 years of age.  More information is provided in this flyer attachment.

 TP Group Series Milton Oct31-Dec5 2018_.pdf

And finally, asking for some assistance in regards to our messaging about Treasures and Toys.  Students at Boyne PS know that bringing treasures and toys from home to our school can create difficulty for us.  Some of our students do not have the means to have the same kinds of treasures.  Some of our toys get in the way of learning time and must be put aside by the teacher until home time.  But most importantly, treasures and toys can not be replaced if they are lost, damaged or stolen.  We encourage all students to keep what they consider 'treasures' at home.  Thank you for your help with this messaging.  We are noticing students coming to school with the shoes that have small wheels inside.  These shoes are not appropriate for the school environment and should be kept at home.

Friday Admin. Blog

posted Oct 5, 2018, 12:26 PM by Peter Marshall

Hello everyone.

We are having a tremendous day working together on our mathematics plan at Boyne PS and wanted to send out a quick message and share our thanks.

A huge congratulations to your School Council, who met for the first time early last week and have established their voting members and positions of added responsibility.  We meet as a council the first Monday of every month and everyone is invited.  They established their fundraising committee and we are happy to announce that Pizza Days are coming back to Boyne PS.  We know that you have been waiting to hear this news.  All pizza orders are collected in our cash on line system and orders are being taken until Wed. October 17th.  The first pizza day is Friday, October 19th.  This first series of days runs every Friday from Oct. 19th to Dec 14th. 

We are asking for your help with bus pick up and drop off locations.  We have received notification that we can all be better neighbours by respecting the properties of homeowners close to these stops.  We ask that you remain on the sidewalks and wait for buses to arrive.  Thank you for this.

Open House is Thursday, October 11th and we want to see all of you.  Food is available from Troy's and can be purchased from 5 to 7 pm.  No pre orders were done, it is cash and grab on the evening.  A wonderful, full menu of options are available for you and your family.  We are hoping to be able to eat outside, so consider bringing a blanket to sit on our field.  Our gymnasium will be open if we need to move indoors to eat.  Classrooms will remain closed and locked until 6 pm.  Once 6 pm arrives you will be able to travel to your child (ren's) classroom and meet our amazing staff.  We will be asking you to leave the building so we can be ready for learning the next day at around 7:15 pm.  We will set up in the front hallway of the school a table to assist families with enrolling in our cash on line system, and we will be displaying our Boyne Spirit Wear so you can see what is available to be ordered.   Our school council will be welcoming families and answering questions and of course we will display our Lost and Found accumulated since day one.  One final note on Open House, our parking lot !  We need everyone's cooperation in regards to the parking lot.  There will be numerous small children moving about the property.  We ask that all families park off school property in our neighbourhood streets and walk to our school.  A little inconvenience for everyone, shared with all of us will make for a safe, worry free evening.  Thank you so much for your understanding on this issue.  We appreciate all of you that have supported the school and followed our parking lot rules each and every day.

Finally, as we head into the Thanksgiving weekend, we would like to give thanks to you, our families for sending us wonderful children and supporting our school  We really do strive to 'work hard, be nice and make a difference' for every one of our students and their families.


Get Your Own School Clothing

posted Sep 25, 2018, 6:55 PM by Peter Marshall

Show your school spirit and pick something fun to wear.  Wouldn't it be fun to see everyone wearing Boyne wear?  What about a family set of Hoodies.  

We have T shirts, Zip Hoodies, Pullover Hoodies, Track Pants, Hats, Gym Bags etc.  Some nice warm fleece for the winter months ahead.

 All orders are online only (see link below) and will be available until Oct 14 so that they will be delivered before the December break. We will be receiving sizing soon and it will be available at the BBQ Open House on Oct 11.

Tate Gear : 1029PP Boyne Spirit Wear

Please take time to have a look and feel free to call me if you have any questions.

Go Bears!! And Bearcubs!!

Rowan's Law

posted Sep 25, 2018, 5:24 PM by Peter Marshall

Hi everyone!  Below you will find some interesting and important information on Rowan's Law Day happening on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th. There are specific units designed for grades 3 and 6 that directly connects to Personal Safety and Injury Prevention in the health curriculum. Please take some time to read below as this not only impacts our students, but YOU as well and your family members too!  

Here is some background for you all:

Rowan Stringer loved rugby. A competitive and keen athlete, she was captain of her high school’s team. Tragically, in May 2013, 17-year old Rowan died as the result of head injuries she sustained while playing rugby. In the week before her last game, Rowan was hit twice while playing, likely sustaining a concussion after each blow. Her concussions went unreported, and she continued to play. Rowan suspected something wasn’t right—she texted a friend about her condition and used Google to search for information about concussions. When she was hit again in her final game, Rowan suffered what is known as Second Impact Syndrome—catastrophic swelling caused by a second injury to a brain still healing from previous trauma. Rowan collapsed on the field on May 8, 2013, and died four days later.

In 2018, a new law called Rowan’s Law was passed in Ontario. It will help protect people who play sports, or play active games in schools, help teachers, parents/guardians and coaches learn about preventing concussions, and help people who get concussions to recover. Have you ever bumped your head or body? Probably! We’re all at risk of sustaining a concussion but because some bumps can hurt our brains and our brains may need a lot of time to heal, Rowan’s Law was created.

Thanks to Rowan’s Law, all sports organizations and schools in Ontario will have new rules in place around concussions. Even when we do our best to prevent injuries there is always some risk. Rowan’s Law will help coaches, teachers, and parents/guardians, know when a child has suffered a suspected concussion and that they should immediately stop participating in physical activities, and help them identify when it’s safe to play again.

Check out the following:

Open House/Community Barbecue

posted Sep 24, 2018, 11:59 AM by Peter Marshall

BOYNE PS  will be holding a BBQ and Open House on October 11, 2018

Troy's Diner will be providing a BBQ for purchase and once  you have eaten, you will be invited into the school to meet your child(ren)s teacher.

The BBQ will run from 5-7pm and the doors to the school will open at 6pm.  So consider bringing a blanket and having a picnic on our grounds. 

What's better than not making dinner??? 

 Offerings are as follows.

Hamburgers                         $5.25
Halal Burgers                       $5.75
Cheese Burgers                   $6.25
Jumbo Hotdog                     $4.00
Sausage on a Bun               $6.25
BBQ Chicken on a Bun       $6.50
Veggie (Vegan Burger)        $6.00
French Fries w Gravy          $5.25
Poutine                                $6.25
Canned POp                        $1.50
Assorted Juices                    $1.50
Potato Chips                         $1.50

All taxes are included

We ask that you do not bring your own food to this event . The support and any money raised will go toward enhancing our students learning programs.


Any questions can be directed to the office.

Thank you 
Mrs. Serneels

Want To Help?

posted Sep 23, 2018, 6:51 PM by Peter Marshall

The Eco Team is looking for parent volunteers to help with the weeding of a small portion of our garden. We need this area cleared of all weeds so the Eco Team can plant new plants to create a learning butterfly garden.

We've come up with 3 days - Monday (24th), Tuesday (25th) and Thursday(27th) from 9:00 am - 11:00 am for parents to come and weed the flower bed/s

Our great custodial team have the soil, compost, compost bags and the necessary tools in their office space and will share with you.  Please bring your own gloves and particular gardening tools you like to use.

If you wish to help please come directly to our receiving room door (Door #13) and you will be welcomed there. 

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