Online Video Newsletter!

April 11, 2014

We here at Margaret Avenue have been thinking of ways in which we can better engage our parent community and provide a glimpse into a day in the life of our students! After much consultation and brainstorming, we present to you our first ever Online Video Newsletter! Our goal is to create regular video segments which will share with you the variety of learning and extra-curricular experiences our students participate in each day!

We have a team of twelve enthusiastic grade 7 & 8 students who have many amazing ideas for future posts! If YOU have any suggestions or questions that you’d like us to investigate in future segments, please tweet them to us @mrgwrdsb

We hope you enjoy this additional method of communicating with you!

Newsletter #1


Gauss Math Club

March 24, 2014

What is the Purpose of the Gauss Math Club?

The purpose of this club is to give students who enjoy being challenged in math an opportunity to prepare for the Gauss Math Contest in mid-May. The club will aim to meet every Friday during the second Nutrition Break in Rm 24 with Ms. McTavish. Students will have a place to work on math problems from previous years’ contests as well as discuss solutions together. Students will also receive preparation resources and links to online resources that they can use on their own time.

Who can join?

Any student in Grade 7 or 8 is welcome to join the Gauss Math Club. Typically, these are students who achieve Level 4 in most areas of math. Level 3 students who are keen to improve their math skills and challenge themselves are also good candidates. All that is asked of club members is that they try their best, commit to ongoing preparation for the contest (during weekly sessions at school and on their own time), and agree to have fun in the process! (We’re not looking to stress anyone out here. The contest has no bearing on report card marks. The competition is friendly. We just love math!)

More information from Mrs. McTavish can also be found at her Google Doc here:

What is the Gauss Math Contest?

The Gauss Math Contest is run by the University of Waterloo. For more information about the contest, please check out this website:

For any additional information please contact Mrs. McTavish directly at the school.



Spring has officially sprung!

March 20, 2014

While spring is officially here, we can agree that many of us are eagerly awaiting the sound of birds chirping and being able to say goodbye to the cold and lingering snow! Yet through it all, the staff of Margaret Avenue Senior School continues to work hard on your child’s behalf each day.  We continue to be regularly immersed in grade level, and subject specific planning, as we endeavor to work together in collaboration to support and enhance student learning and achievement. These professional learning opportunities are precious for our teachers to reflect on student learning and plan for continued growth and success for the remainder of this school year.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the very many of you who took the time to complete our Parent Information Survey over the past few months. Our School Council has taken the time to collate all the responses and have found responses invaluable. The survey gave us insight on areas that are strengths for us as a school while also highlighting further areas for growth and development. Our next School Council meeting is set for Monday, April 14 at 6:00 pm. As always, everyone is welcome to attend!

In looking ahead, April, May and June promise to bring many more experiential and sequential learning experiences to our students! We are so very excited about the new technology that we have been able to purchase and implement this year via our fundraising efforts and tuck shop gains! We have purchased two class sets of iPads and now have a total of 64 iPads in our school in addition to a robust computer lab and additional work stations in our library commons. As a staff, we look forward to using these instructional tools to further enhance and support the learning and achievement of our students!

Grade 7 and 9 Transition Meetings, Camp Wabanaki, Track and Field, Wonderland, Band Performances, Art Exhibits and trips to the Museum and Grade 8 Graduation all seem to be around the corner!  But not to worry, we have a team mobilized to capture all the many and wonderful events in our Annual Yearbook that will be available for order during the month of June! Please continue to stay connected to us on this website by subscribing by email to have all our posts pushed to your inbox and follow us on twitter: @mrgwrdsb to be kept informed and in the loop!

Hold on to your hats, the rest of this school year is going to fly by!

Mrs. E. Giannopoulos,


March 7th PD Day

March 6, 2014

As you may be aware, the Waterloo Region District School Board’s school year calendar has designated March 7, 2014 as a Professional Development Day. Students will not be at school on this day. For those families who have children attending the Before And After School Programs, those programs will be operating as usual from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Traditionally, teaching staff participate in professional learning activities on days such as March 7, 2014. However, based on direction provided by the Ministry of Education permanent contract elementary teachers in our elementary schools as well as elementary teachers who work at the Education Centre will be taking March 7th as an unpaid day and therefore will not be at work on that day.

March 7th, is a regular paid work day for all other staff including Long Term Occasional teachers. Staff attending work on March 7, 2014 will be participating in professional learning opportunities either through the board or through their appropriate Union. By way of example, all Designated Early Childhood Educators (DECE) not working in the Extended Day Program will be participating in a full day Professional Development session off site. Child and Youth Workers assigned to elementary schools and Educational Assistants currently working in a kindergarten assignment and not working in the Extended Day Program will be attending a full day Professional Development session off site. All other paraprofessionals will participate in self-directed activities that may include but are not limited to, on-line professional reading materials, development of student related programming and preparation of materials for specific student needs.

We appreciate your understanding and support as we continue to meet the needs of our students as well as agreements in place with our employee groups and the Government of Ontario.

Grade 8 Student Online Course Requests (SOCR) Due Friday!

February 24, 2014

For parents of students in grade 8, you are reminded of the requirement to select your child’s grade 9 courses together, using the WRDSB Secondary Online Course Requests (SOCR) system by this Friday, February 28.

SOCR may be accessed using the following link Further instructions are available by selecting “Instructions for Current Grade 8 students” on the home page. 

Please note that those students who have applied to CHCI’s International Baccalaureate, ECI’s Integrated Arts or Fast Forward should not use SOCR to select their courses. These students will select their courses using existing paper forms rather than the SOCR system.

Students are asked to print a copy of their completed course selections, have parents sign it, and return it to their homeroom teachers, by this Friday, February 28. 

If any students do not have access to a computer at home or have the ability to print off a copy of the course selections to be signed by their parents, please see Ms. Wyman to make arrangements to complete course selections and/or print them at school.

Please contact Ms. Wyman if you have any further questions or concerns.

National Cupcakes for Kittens Campaign!

February 23, 2014

Mavericks! Are you busy baking today? National Cupcake Day for the KW Humane Society is tomorrow!

On Monday, February 24 and Tuesday, February 25 our M-Team will be selling your delicious baked goodies during both breaks! All proceeds will go to the KW Humane Society in support of their ‘Cupcakes for Kittens’ Campaign!

Please bring your bake sale treats to Ms. Wyman and Ms. Park in Room 11 before homeroom on Monday and Tuesday.

Cupcakes for Kittens

School Council Meeting

February 19, 2014

Our next School Council Meeting is on Monday, February 24, at 6:00 pm in the school library!

Please be sure to join us as we discuss:

  • The completion of the Principal Profile
  • The Grade 8 to 9 Transition Process & utilizing ‘SOCR’
  • Results from the School Wide Parent Interest Survey
  • Upcoming School Wide Events
  • Whats On Your Mind!

Everyone is welcome to attend!

Please contact Mrs. Giannopoulos in the office with any questions or additions to the Agenda.

Reminder! Graduation Photo Re-Takes! Tomorrow!

February 18, 2014

If you are interested in a re-take for your child’s graduation photo, Lifetouch Studios has devoted tomorrow, Wednesday, February 19, for our school. You will need to take your child to the Lifetouch offices at 907 Frederick Street in Kitchener, any time during that day to have your picture re-taken.  Please contact Lifetouch at 519-744-1146 for more details.

Clara’s Big Ride – The Journey of Hope!

February 12, 2014

The WRDSB is proud to support six-time Canadian Olympian Clara Hughes, as she embarks on Clara’s Big Ride, a 110 day, 12,000km bike ride across Canada to engage communities and schools and open discussion about mental health.


On Thursday, March 20, Grand River Hospital is hosting a community event at Bingemans with Clara, supporting her in her journey and having open and honest conversations about mental health. This event is free for families to attend. There will be music, refreshments and fun activities for all ages.
Big Ride Promo flyer

RISE TO SUCCESS – Supporting Your Child in School

The Board’s Parent Involvement Committee is pleased to hold its second full-day event for families of WRDSB students: RISE TO SUCCESS—Supporting Your Child in School on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Bluevale C.I. The day’s sessions include a keynote address by Michael Reist, author of What Every Parent Should Know About School, and workshops on topics of interest and concern to parents of students of all ages.
  • Advocating for your child
  • I don’t want to go to school!
  • Organizational skills for students
  • Life after high school: Career choices
  • Elementary math: What’s the problem?
  • Books are boring! How to foster a love of reading in your child.

Workshop details and on-line REGISTRATION are available on the WRDSB Parent Involvement Committee website at:  Attendees may register for the full-day or individual sessions.  Childcare will be available.