Tuesday, 8 January 2019


Hi Parents, I received an email this week from Remind.com, outlining changes taking place to their system effective January 28, 2019 for Bell customers. At the end of last school year, Rogers implemented a similar fee to charge Remind.com when teachers and parents user their system to send text messages. Below is the message I received, outlining the changes that will be made. It appears that if you are a Bell customer (or Rogers), you can still receive messages, but cannot receive them through text message and it must be via email or by downloading the app to send the messages directly. I'll continue to use the 'Remind' system as it seems this is an easy workaround to sending/receiving classroom messages. Thanks for your understanding and I hope this doesn't cause any problems for you (but let me know if it does). Thanks,
  Robin M.

What's happening
Starting Monday, January 28, educators, students, and parents will no longer receive Remind text messages if they have wireless plans with Rogers, Bell, or any of their subsidiaries.
If you’re an educator: People who normally get your Remind messages as texts may no longer receive them.
If you’re a parent or student with Rogers or Bell: You’ll no longer receive Remind text messages. Read on for how to change your notifications to keep getting messages.
Why the Rogers and Bell fees affect text messaging on Remind
To offer our text messaging service free of charge, Remind has always paid for each text that users receive or send. Now, Rogers and Bell are charging us additional fees intended for companies that send spam over their networks.
Remind messages aren’t spam, but that hasn’t helped us resolve the issue with Rogers and Bell. Their fees are increasing our cost of supporting SMS in Canada to at least 25X our current cost—forcing us to end Remind text messaging for everyone on the Rogers and Bell networks.
What you can do
If you’re a Rogers or Bell customer, click here first to make sure you can still receive Remind messages on the app or by email. We need your help to make sure Canadian educators, students, and parents continue to have access to effective communication. Keep reading for simple ways to contact Rogers and Bell and ask them to #ReverseTheFee.

Contact Rogers and Bell
We know how powerful communication can be. If Remind’s made a positive impact on how you teach or learn, please consider taking a few minutes to reach out to Rogers and Bell.
Let them know that you’re asking them to #ReverseTheFee on Remind—and share how you’ve used Remind in your classroom and community. #RemindForCanada
Call customer support
Rogers Customer Support: 1-855-381-7834 | Bell Customer Support: 1-866-301-1942
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Sunday, 9 December 2018

Christmas Concert Songs

Silent Night, Douce Nuit
Grade 1 Song

Silent night, holy night!
All is calm, all is bright.
Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child.
Holy infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia,
Christ the Savior is born!
Christ the Savior is born.

Douce nuit, sainte nuit!
Dans les cieux! L'astre luit.
Le mystère annoncé s'accomplit

(French portion is sung in exact same tune as English)

Angels We Have Heard
Grade 2 Song

Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o'er the plains,
And the mountains in reply
Echo back their joyous strains.

Glo--------ria, in excelsis Deo! 
Glo--------ria, in excelsis Deo! 

Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
Say what may the tidings be
Which inspire your heavenly song?


Come to Bethlehem and see
Him whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee,
Christ the Lord, the newborn King

Some Recent Photos From Class

Some recent photos from Makerspace (first 2 photos) in the Learning Commons with Mrs. Sherwin. Students were having to program the beebots to have them move from one location to another after solving a problem.  The next series of photos are a 2-D shape sorting activity we did in class using a Venn diagram,  Dance-a-thon, our Lenten wreaths and The White Elephant Sale (before the crowds:)

Friday, 26 October 2018

Friday Photos

Some photos from our day today. First block we had Math and on Fridays we usually do our stations during this block, with students rotating after 10 minutes at a station. For Language we were working on coming up with some Halloween nouns, adjectives and verbs before we started our Halloween poems. In Gym, we worked on some volleyball skills and played a short game with modified rules. For Art, we created some emoticon pumpkins where the students chose an emotion and had to create that emotion on their pumpkin's face. We also had a short discussion on complimentary colours since the chosen background was blue and the pumpkins, orange. A pretty fun Friday!

Friday, 28 September 2018

Terry Fox Parent Volunteers

For the parents that are coming to help supervise our walk on Monday, first all, a big Thank You as the walk cannot take place without your help. 

   Secondly, just some information: the walk will start at 9am from our schoolyard. If you could check in at the office at 8:45a.m. and proceed to the yard after signing in, that would be great and the classes will be coming out to meet you then. Thank you and see you Monday! :)

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Chocolate Fundraiser

Hi Parents,
  Please see the attached picture of the fundraising newsletter that went home end of last week, but only to some. The plan was to hand it out to the remaining students yesterday, but as you know, schools were not open. If you did not receive the newsletter, please take a look and if you did, please make sure you let me know if you do not wish to participate. If it's easier (or if you did not get the newsletter) please send me an email (robin.mcsheffrey@ocsb.ca) if you do not wish to participate since they would like to know by tomorrow.
  Thank You,
          Robin M.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Student Line Art

Here is our latest Art activity that used different types of lines to 'build' either a fish or a turtle. Students from both grades were encouraged to use many different types of lines (straight, squiggly, zig zag, curved, etc.). I told the students I would post it here so they could show their parents since they were all so proud of their creations.