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Balanced Day

Our school day is organized as a Balanced School Day. Essentially, this approach divides the school day into three large instructional periods separated by two nutrition / play periods. Our schedule is shown below.

TimeBlockDuration
8:25 Outside Supervision begins with bell ringing at 8:40 15 min
8:40–10:20 First Instructional Period 100 min
10:20–11:00 First Nutrition Break 40 min
11:00–12:40 Second Instructional Period 100 min
12:40–1:20 Second Nutrition Break 40 min
1:20–3:00 Third Instructional Period 100 min
3:00 Dismissal

We feel that this approach has a number of  advantages: The  Ontario Curriculum is, requires teachers to engage students in concrete, "hands-on" learning experiences in order to develop in-depth knowledge.  Research has shown that time on task is the most important factor in predicting student success.  Larger blocks of instructional time allows added time for guided student practice and teacher feedback.  Teachers are able to give more attention to individual needs.  This leads to more focused learning by students and more time on task.

  • Research indicates that the best learning occurs when the brain receives sufficient water and proper nutrition.  The provision of two balanced nutrition breaks provides students with more timely and consistent access to water and food.
  • Each nutrition break is followed by a recess period of about twenty minutes, giving students an opportunity to play and socialize with friends.  Other schools that have adopted this type of program report that the number of  behavioural incidents and injuries decrease significantly.
  • There is less time lost in preparing for recess and re-entering the school after recess.  The experience of schools that have already implemented this approach indicates that on average about eight minutes a day or forty minutes a week is gained with the removal of one break period!  Certainly this time is increased significantly with younger children and in the winter months.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to give us a call at your convenience. We will be conducting an ongoing review of this project and your feedback is very important.

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Welcome to Kindergarten(Posted:5/4/2018)

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 Thursday, May 31st at 6:00-7:00 pm

Parents/Guardians and new JK students for this upcoming September 2018

are invited to join us for an information session.

An evening of meeting, greeting and of course playing.

Living Rosary(Posted:5/4/2018)

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Tuesday, May 15th at 1:30 pm

We will be joined by the Knights of Columbus as we pray

the living rosary. Everyone is welcome.

 

Spaghetti Supper(Posted:5/4/2018)

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Please join us for our annual Spaghetti Dinner.

All funds raised will go towards student activities and sporting equipment.

Thursday, May 10th 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Catholic Education Week(Posted:5/4/2018)

Join us for various activities this week.

See the school newsletter for specific dates/times for specific classes.

School Supplies 2017-2018(Posted:8/23/2016)

Dear Parent(s)/ Guardian(s),

School supplies by grade level have been posted. There may be a few additional items that will be required specific to your classroom teacher suggestions. These lists will get you started:

 

 

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2018/2019 School Calendar Now Available(Posted:4/19/2018)

At the February 27, 2018, NPSC Board meeting, the School Year Calendar was recommended and approved by the Board of Trustees. The school year will begin on Thursday, August 30, 2018 for staff and Tuesday, September 4, 2018 for students. The school year will end on June 28, 2019 for both students and staff. This recommendation has been approved by the Ministry of Education. Please see the attachment below for more information. We would like to thank all parents, community members and staff for their participation.

Your Input Requested(Posted:4/12/2018)

Parents and guardians of JK and SK students, who live in the Nipissing District, are invited to participate in a study about early experiences of children and their families. The survey will run until May 31, 2018. Visit http://oursurvey.ca/kps