Have a Happy and Safe Summer, Mavericks!

June 30, 2014

As we end this amazing school year here at Margaret Avenue, we would like to take this opportunity to extend a few farewells and a warm welcome as we look ahead to September 2014!  

We would first like to extend a fond farewell to our grade 8 graduating students who are graduating! You have left your mark on Margaret Avenue and you will be missed as you head off to High School in September! We would also like to extend a warm welcome to all our grade six students who will be attending our school in September!

We also extend a fond farewell to Miss Deanna Martynowicz, Mlle Tanja Kilibarda, Mr. Ryan Dieter and Mr. Stephen Ross who have all been exemplary Occasional Teachers this school year. We would also like to extend warm farewell wishes to Mr. Michael Johnson, an Education Assistant, working with us this year.

Finally, it is with a heavy heart that we say farewell to Mr. Vince Graham, our Vice Principal, and my administrative partner. Mr. Graham has served our school and community for seven years and is now transferring to Wilson Avenue Public School. He will be deeply missed by the students and staff here at Margaret Avenue and we wish him success in his new school community.

With Mr. Graham’s farewell, I would like to extend a warm welcome to Mrs. Rita Givlin. Mrs. Givlin is currently the Vice Principal at Wellesley Public School. She comes to our school with a wealth of experience and we look forward to getting to know her in the months and years to come.

To our Margaret Avenue Families, I would like to thank you for your partnership. This is evident in many forms, e.g., supporting our staff, helping your children at home, supporting the programs offered by the school and keeping informed via our website and social media communications. We have also appreciated seeing so many of you at Athletic Events, Band Performances and attending our School Council this past year!

To our Margaret Avenue Staff, I would like to publicly “Thank you” for a truly wonderful year.  You are a talented, hardworking, dedicated group of professionals who love kids and provide the very best learning opportunities for them each day.

I would like to take a moment to wish you and your family a very safe and happy summer and I look forward to seeing each of you on September 2, the first day of school or on September 4, at the Meet the Teacher evening!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Evelyn Giannopoulos

Principal

Looking Ahead to a Tremendous School Year…!

Before we part for summer vacation, we here in the office felt it was important to share a few reminders for our new, and returning, families as we look to a tremendous school year ahead!

Of note:

  • Our office will re-open on Monday August 25 and will be open all week
  • Our office hours will be from 9:00 – 2:30 pm each day
  • Class Lists will be posted on Friday, August 29 at 3:00 pm on the front, parking lot, doors
  • Our First day of school is Tuesday, September 2!
  • Our ‘Meet the Teacher’ evening is Thursday, September 4, from 6:30-7:30 pm
  • Our First School Council Meeting is on Monday, September 29 at 6:30 pm
  • Our Treasures Book Fundraiser begins Monday, September 15!
  • And many more details and information can also be found here –> Looking Ahead to a Tremendous School Year 2014

We wish you a safe and happy summer, Mavericks!!!

Graduation Reminders!

June 24, 2014

With our graduation rehearsal now complete we felt it was important to share a few reminders for our Grade 8 parents regarding this evening.

Of note:

  • All students must be at Bingemans by 6:30 pm
  • Our graduation ceremony will begin at 7:00 pm sharp
  • Some tickets are still available and may be purchased at the door, for $10.00 in cash, please.
  • Parking is limited so try to arrive early.
  • The dance for the students will begin promptly after our ceremony, at Bingemans.
  • The dance will finish at 10:45 pm. Please be sure to pick up your children promptly. 

We are looking forward to another wonderful event celebrating and recognizing our students!

We are looking forward to seeing you this evening!

Margaret Avenue Newsletter #4!

June 16, 2014

We here at Margaret Avenue believe it is important to better engage our parent community and utilize many of the 21st Century tools available to us each day. We hope this regular glimpse into a day in the life of our students, and hearing from all our staff, will be an enjoyable and alternative method of communicating with you. As always, please continue to refer to our “Calendar of Events” tab located above this post on our website for all our regularly updated important dates of upcoming activities and events.

This 4th Newsletter consists of important information you need to know for the last 2 weeks of this remarkable school year, as well as a fun segment called “Would You Rather!?” with many of our staff!

Our team of enthusiastic grade 7 & 8 students continue to have many amazing ideas for future posts! If your child is interested in being a part of the team, please encourage them see Mrs. Giannopoulos.

And finally, 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!

Check it out here –>  Margaret Avenue Newsletter #4!

The 2013-2014 Yearbook!

June 13, 2014

There is still time to order your Margaret Avenue Yearbook!

Yearbooks continue to be sold by Mr. Graham in the office.  They are $20.00 each.   Payment made at school will be accepted in cash only. Or you may order online!

Please use this link and follow the easy online ordering instructions: https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/SelectJob

Our “School Code” is: 12065714

Yearbooks will be delivered to the school during the last week in August and will be ready for you to come in and pickup!

Save up your money for this amazing yearbook that will cherish the great Margaret Avenue Memories everyone made this year!

Grade 6 Parent Information Evening!

June 12, 2014

It was wonderful to meet all our new families at last night’s Grade 6 Parent Information Evening! We look forward to getting to know your children over the next two years and working in partnership with you.

For those of you who could not make it, we have provided you with our handout of important information to help you as you think about the transition to our awesome school!

You can find the handout here –> 2014-Grade-6-Orientation-Information

As a further support, our team of Video Newsletter Project Leaders have created a Virtual Tour of our awesome school! Please sit back and enjoy!

Virtual Tour of Margaret Avenue!

We are now on Instagram!

InstagramWe here at Margaret Avenue believe it is important to better engage our parent community and utilize many of the 21st Century tools available to us each day.  As we continue to better utilize 21st Century Social Media tools to communicate with our families, please know that we are now on Instagram! Please follow us at: margaretavesenior and then sit back and be a part of the learning and extra curricular activities happening within our school! We hope this regular glimpse into a day in the life of our students will be an enjoyable method of communicating with you!

Graduation 2014!

May 28, 2014

Our graduation ceremony will be held on Tuesday, June 24th in Marshall Hall at Bingeman Park. The ceremony will begin at 6:45 p.m. sharp and will be approximately one and a half hours in length. A dance will be held for grade 8 students, only, after the ceremony in Marshall Hall. The dance will be held from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Please arrange for transportation for your child promptly at the end of the dance.

During the ceremony, all students will receive their graduation certificate and some will receive additional awards, certificates and honourable mentions. As you plan for this event with your child, please note that we do not support the concept that the grade 8 graduation should become a costly affair. To that end, we are strongly discouraging the purchase of elaborate formal clothing or incurring any rental costs (i.e., tuxedos, limos, etc.). This ceremony is recognition of the accomplishments of our grade 8 students and should not be regarded as an event that requires an inordinate additional expense to our families.

All Family and friends are welcome to attend our ceremony. Tickets are on sale now for $10.00 each. Because space is limited, tickets will be sold on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis. Tickets can be purchased directly from the office.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact your child’s teacher or Mrs. Giannopoulos, Mr. Graham or Mrs. Hubercheck  in the office.

Have your say in the 2014-2015 Budget… And Beyond!

The Waterloo Region District School Board invites students, parents and community members to provide input into the funding priorities the Board should consider for the 2014-15 school year and beyond.

This survey can be found by clicking the button entitled “2014-2015 Budget and Beyond” or for more information, please follow this link! –>  http://www.wrdsb.ca/have-your-say-in-the-2014-15-budget-and-beyond/

Your input is important to us!

The Waterloo Region District School Board is going Online!

In order to help us better understand our parent/guardian preferences for receiving information, an on-line survey has been created to gather input on ways to improve communication, streamline processes and reduce the use of paper within school communities. This initiative is in alignment with the continued work of engagement and communication within the Waterloo Region District School Board.

 This survey can be accessed through a link called “Communication Survey for Parents” found on the Waterloo Region District School Board website at: http://wrdsb.on.ca or  by clicking the button on the right which states “Communication Survey for Parents”.

 The survey is open now and will close on June 5th.

 All parents/guardians of Waterloo Region District School Board students are requested to complete this short survey at their earliest convenience. Responses to the surveys are anonymous and confidential.

Thank you for helping us understand your preferences for receiving information.