Jump Rope For Heart – Thank You!

Jump rope for heart was such a success last Thursday – we couldn’t have done it without you!

THANK YOU TO:

The 25 parent volunteers that were generous with their time to manage the jump rope for heart stations and be timers for the Track and Field tryouts. What tremendous enthusiasm even in that record HEAT!;

Members of parent council for slicing and bagging 450 pieces of watermelon that were donated in part by Loblaws at Elmvale Mall, with support from Parent Council funds;

For sending donations with the students – this year we raised $850.00 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation! If you forgot and wanted to make a donation, our school site remains open for donations.

HUGE AND SPECIAL thank you to all the teachers and staff that make this happen –  especially Mila, Maureen, Phil and Sean who worked closely and tirelessly to organize this event this year!

Pleasant Park Jump Rope for Heart 2017

This high energy event is coming up on Thursday, May 18th outside on the school yards, with a rain date of Monday, May 22nd.  

The whole school from Junior Kindergarten to Grade Six will be involved from 8:45-10:30 and everyone needs to be ready to be active outside.  

The format will be a bit different this year.  From 8:45AM – 10:15AM:

The kindergartens (JK,SK) will be doing rotations at skipping stations like the last few years where they will do a variety of active activities using skipping ropes as coordinated by Mme. Mila. To make this event successful we will need parent volunteers to help us. Sign up will be with the teachers and all volunteer will meet in the gym at 8:30AM the day of the event. Remember you do not need to know how to skip to do this;)  

The Primary students (Grades 1-3) will have a big joint skip off that is being run by Mr. Phil. This will be on the paved yard and will involve getting your heart rate going umping for 1hr – lets see what you can do!  

The Junior students (Grades 4-6) will be participating in the Track and Field tryouts, for a spot on this year’s Track and Field team. The events will be on the school’s back fields with Mr. Sepulis.  Parent volunteers will be needed to help officiate and time at the events. Please contact Mr. Sepulis at sean.sepulis@ocdsb.ca if you are interested.

At around 10:15 – EVERYONE will end the event with some watermelon treats (prepared by parent council) and the kids will watch our annual teacher skip off to end our morning before recess!  Who will win this year?  Parents welcome to come to watch, this is usually great to see.  

The goal for this event is to highlight the importance of getting and staying fit at every age.  Supporting kids’ health for more than 30 years, the Heart & Stroke Jump Rope for Heart encourages kids to get active by skipping rope while they collect pledges for heart disease and stroke research.  If you wish to help us support the mission of Heart and Stroke you can:

1) Helping your child register/fundraise by clicking here which gives you access to the Heart and Stroke fundraising site, where you can also hit the donate tab and select our school if you do not wish to register your child online but would like to donate to this worthy event and get a tax receipt.

2) Send your child with a few dollars on the day of the event (no tax receipts available) that we will donate to the schools fundraising page to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Last year we collected $1150 the day of the event;) This year we are aiming for $1500!!!

We look forward to everyone participating in this fun and HEART RATE RAISING event!

⛸️ Skating at Pleasant Park

This winter saw the highest participation of classes skating at Playfair Rink for their Physical Education class.

img_20170221_124132The school has some loaner skates and hockey helmets but the popularity of the program meant it was difficult to have the proper equipment for all students that needed skates or a helmet.    Parent Council recently funded the purchase of some new hockey helmets and replacement laces.  Hockey helmets must be used as they are multi impact and approved for use whereas skateboard/bicycle type helmets are single impact and not approved by Ontario Phys. Ed. Guidelines (OPHEA).

 

4 boxes of Pleasant Park loaner skates – before and after sharpening

Many of the loaner skates were in need of sharpening and Parent Council had all the loaner pairs sharpened this past weekend.  Many thanks to Canadian Tire at Bank and Heron for giving us a great price on our bulk sharpening order.

 

Family Science Night: 65+ families, 85+ students and lots of science

Matthew Inniss and Purnima Sundar would like to thank all the families that came out to Family Science Night.  Special thanks to the volunteers that helped everything run smoothly – ticket takers Margaret Embleton, Julie Mitchell and Khrysta Pilkington; Carolyn Kropp who sourced and arranged all the snacks and filled in wherever needed; Garry Baker for arranging for extra tables and booking the gym; Aladin Daycare for vacating the gym early for set up; Principal Cousineau for helping with the planning.  Special mention to Lydia Kropp and Claire Kropp, two graduates of Pleasant Park, who not only helped with ticket taking but were assistants for the entire evening in the primary science sessions.

Scientists In School is no stranger to Pleasant Park – year after year they come in to run science programs that tie into the curriculum.  On our Family Science Night they orchestrated four different sessions to encourage our children and families in science.  We hope that families will find time to try some of the other experiments from the take away sheets provided at each session by Scientists In School.

If you missed Family Science Night or want even more family science led by Scientists In School, you can look into the their program with Lee Valley Tools.  The sessions are for different ages and are twice as long as ours on Family Science Night.  The next sessions are January 30th and March 16th.  There is a fee to participate and you can see the details on the Lee Valley Ottawa Seminar page.

Feedback from the exit surveys will be compiled but if you have additional feedback, you can email Matthew.

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St-Albert Cheese Fundraiser

At A Glance

  • Anyone – parents, staff, family, neighbours, colleagues, friends – can place an order.
  • Order online if possible – paper order forms are being sent home with students.
  • Deadline for ordering is Tuesday March 28th.
  • Orders can be picked up from Pleasant Park School library on Monday December 12th from 3pm to 6pm.

Order Cheese Online

Details

Pleasant Park Parent Council invites you to enjoy award-winning, local cheeses from the St-Albert Cheese Cooperative! The proceeds from this fundraising initiative will be used to help offset the cost of field trips, levelled readers, new technology, tournaments and special activities.

cheese2The St-Albert Cheese Cooperative is one of the oldest cooperatives in Canada. Located less than 100 km from Ottawa, this distinguished producer prides itself on the exceptional quality of its products which have been extremely popular for over 120 years. Continue reading St-Albert Cheese Fundraiser