At Monday’s Senior School Assembly, Head of Physical and Health Education Pete Milonas, joined by his colleagues Denise Steadman and Josh Collins, presented the myths and potential health hazards associated with teenage vaping to our students.
This year, we are excited to announce an amazing opportunity for students in Grades 5-10 to take part in Debate Camp 2019, Canada’s public speaking and debating camp at CDS fromJune 17-22, 2019. This prestigious program, with space for 40 students, is offered for one week only. The directors of the camp are experts in their field, and students work in small groups with highly experienced counsellors.
Congratulations toTeagan Grant '19on her Gold medal win as a member of Canada’s U18 Women’s World Hockey team! Team Canada defeated the United States, 3-2 in overtime, at theInternational Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Championships inObihiro,Japan on Sunday. Their road to the finals included a semi-final game against Russia last Friday, which also ended in an overtime win for Canada, 4-3.
On Friday, January 18th, we will hold a small ceremony in honour of our beloved teacher, Colleen Graham, who passed away on December 29th. Colleen loved our Senior School Coffee Houses and so our ceremony will take a cozy format rather similar to Coffee House.
We will gather to honour Mme. Graham on the Winch Learning Stairs from 3:30 to 4:00 PM. Students are welcome to stay if they wish to do so. Our flags will fly at half-mast that day. Additionally, the school is donating to Colleen’s Living Memorial and we have plans to plant a flower garden in her memory.
Last spring, we conducted two online surveys – one among CDS Parents and one among CDS Students in Grades 6-12. Attached are highlights from both surveys, as well as some areas in need of improvement and attention, and recent school initiatives either underway or already developed to address these issues.
Are you interested in volunteering for Auction 2019? Join us on Wednesday, January 23rd after drop off for our Auction Kick Off Breakfast in the Di Ciano Atrium. By attending, you will be one of the first to find out the theme and get a sneak peek about what is in store for this year! Please RSVP to email@example.com.
An interpretation of CDS’ history by the Grade 1V Class
Jenn Vipond has been teaching Grade 1 at CDS for nearly 10 years and holds a true appreciation for the School’s 46-year history. So much so that, earlier this year, after being inspired by the words of our Head of School, John Liggett, she decided to take action and share the history with her young students. In an effort to simplify the story of our founding for her Grade 1 students, she chose to blend art with a favourite tale, and then animate the final product with her students voices overlaid on top.
I think everyone would agree that The Country Day School conducts our Remembrance Day ceremonies particularly well. As such, it was a tremendous honour, as Head of School, to bring a personal Remembrance Day message yesterday to the Middle/Senior and Junior School assemblies. Below is an excerpt of what I shared.
Throughout the month of January, Middle School students will be exploring the topic of Mental Health. Students have been exposed to this topic through their guidance classes, health curriculum, and class presentations during Thursday morning assemblies.
The research shows that approximately 1 in 5 youth in Ontario experience challenges with mental health. It has been found that early intervention is critical, and leads to improved academics and healthier outcomes. It is important for young adolescents to understand the importance of caring for their own mental health, looking out for one another’s well being, and how to ask for help from a trusted adult.
It looks like our new Traffic Light will become reality on Tuesday, December 18 right after drop off!
Hydro One provided connection of our new service yesterday, and the contractor will have York Regional Police on site for traffic control during the activation next Tuesday. The temporary line painting is to be completed by Monday, December 17.