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MONDAY MAY 30, 2016
*Grades 6, 7 & 8 Girls' Leadership Club please meet in Room 106 at 10:45 am for Meditation
Junior relay practice today - second half of second break (1:05) Our meet is June 7

1. Grade 8 Girls' Leadership Club meets with the Grade 12 girls from MM in Room 106 at the beginning of Period 3.  Be sure you have asked your Period 3 teacher for permission to miss class!

2. Rolling Meadows is participating in Bike to School Week! You may ride your bike to the school but remember that while on the school property, we walk our bicycles to the rack. You will want to lock your bike to the rack near the middle doors or you may also choose the rack out past the kindergarten pen. If you don't have a lock you can ask Mr. Slemko or Mr. Jones where you may store your bicycle inside.

4. Flag Football tryouts will resume this week with practices on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday - All at Second Break (Recess Portion). The team attending the Tournament on Friday June 17th will be picked by the end of the week.


TUESDAY MAY 31, 2016
* Library Leaders meet at 10:45 in the library
* Mr. Ritari and the recycling bins will be in front of the auditorium first break today.
* Grades 6, 7 & 8 Girls' Leadership Club: Fitness at 10:20 am today SHARP in the Auditorium.  All girls must attend in order to participate in the picnic in June! 
* Grade 7 Girls' Club meeting in Mrs. McCoy's room at 1:05.
* Grade 7 & 8 Math Help in Mr. Marchione's room (218) during 2nd half of 2nd break. Bring any work, questions, and materials to work on during this time!
* Grad Committee meeting at 10:30 am in the library.  Bring your lunch!
1. Flag Football tryouts today at 2nd break (Recess Portion)
* Library Leaders meet at 1:10
* There will be a Beyond the Hurt meeting today in the library - everyone needs to be there.
* Open Art for Grade 7&8 at the start of second break in the Mr. Ritchie's room.
1. Flag Football tryouts today at 2nd break (Recess Portion)
* Library Leaders meet at 1:10
* There will NOT be a Beyond the Hurt meeting today
* Open Art for Grade 7&8 at the start of second break in the Mr. Ritchie's room.
1. Flag Football tryouts today at 2nd break (Recess Portion)

PA Day - No school for Students



Would you like to shave Mr. Slemko’s head (with a #2 blade) or Mr. Jones’ beard?  

HOW can this happen???  
If we can sell 210 boxes of chocolate, we can make this happen!!!!  

Take the challenge with us and make this event a HUGE success!  The money generated from this fundraiser will go directly to student learning (e.g. technology, library resources & physical education)

We have chosen to sell Nestle Canadian-made Chocolate, with the following assortment; Kit Kat, Kit Kat Chunky, Aero and Coffee Crisp.
Willing students will be provided with a box containing an assortment of 30 bars of Nestle Chocolate.  Each bar sells for $3.00 with a total box value of $90.00.

The Chocolate Challenge will begin Wednesday May 11th & end on Tuesday May 31st!!!
Win Prizes for selling!!!!  Once a student returns their money from their sold box they will receive their 1st Free Prize. Sell more and earn up to 4 Free Prizes per student (Bobble Head Pens, Flashy Smile Face Stick-On, Bug Eye Centipede and 16” Gooney Stuffed Bird)!!!
Early Bird Draw!!! Hand your $90.00 in by Wednesday May 18th and you will have a chance to… Win Extra Prizes: Bluetooth Tube Speakers, 40” Stuffed Gooney Bird or Flashy Glasses.

Top Seller Prizes: iPad mini ($320 value), Trikke Scooter ($250 value), Best Buy Gift Card ($75.00 value) & Bluetooth Tower Speaker ($75.00 value)

Please support your child in selling to friends, relatives, and people in your work or community network.  In the interest of student safety, we ask for your support in…
discouraging your child from approaching strangers or going door to door.
Your participation is greatly appreciated but completely voluntary.

On behalf of the staff and students at Rolling Meadows Public School, we thank you for your ongoing support!

Mr. B. Slemko                                   Mr. D. Jones
Principal                                               Vice-Principal



New JK/SK Students

Attention Parents & NEW JK/SK Students!
Please make note of these two very special events to help your child get ready for school!

Please join us on Thursday, May 12th from 5:30-7:00 pm in the Library for a Kindergarten Orientation at Rolling Meadows.

Please RSVP to Lisa Mizzi at mizzil@hdsb.ca 


Please join us for our story time offered only to children entering JK at Rolling Meadows in September.  It will be a great chance to sing some songs, practice some JK skills and meet new friends.  Come out and have some fun with us!  This is a free program!

Who? Open to any child entering JK at Rolling Meadows in SeptemberParents, grandparents, babysitters are welcome to come with their pre-JK child & stay for the duration of the program

What? Sing songs, become comfortable at school, practice classroom routines (sitting in a circle, taking turns, raising your hand, etc.), introduce Kindergarten expectations (colours, numbers, letters, etc.), meet new friends and neighbourAnswer caregiver questions
Where? Kindergarten rooms at Rolling Meadows

When? 9:00-9:45 am on May 19 & 26, June 2 & 9
How? To register, please email Lisa Mizzi at mizzil@hdsb.ca 

Class Building Information

Class Building for Next Year

We will start to build classes for September 2016 during the month of May. We will make every effort to balance classes and will spend many hours reviewing the learning profiles of our students. Our goal is to find the best placement for each student. A number of factors will be considered in building classes; such as, academic achievement, learning styles, social groupings and a balance of boys and girls. This information, combined with our knowledge of the teaching styles of staff members is utilized to create classes that will help each student be successful.

As parent(s)/guardian(s), you know your child from a different point of view and may be able to provide us with additional information about the learning environment you feel would be most suitable for your child.  Parents are invited to write or email the Principal, Mr. Slemko at slemkob@hdsb.ca.  Please include the name of the child and state any factors you feel should be considered when determining class placements.  Please do NOT request specific teachers. Staffing and teaching assignments may change before September and such requests cannot be honoured.

We request your input no later than Friday, May 6th. We will not be accepting any requests after this date. The school reserves the right to make final placement decisions.   Thank you.

Student Attendance Information

As you know, Rolling Meadows launched the Elementary Student Attendance program a few years ago.  Phase 1 of this program involved parents calling in to the Student Attendance Line (1-877-409-6310) or logging on to the Parent Portal website at

  • student absences
  • late arrivals/early pick up
  • vacations
We have been very pleased with the response and the involvement of our parent community for this initial phase of the program, and the purpose of this letter is to advise we are implementing the next phase of the program this Wednesday, April 6, 2016.

Parents are welcome to inform teachers of absences/lates via agendas/notes, however once the system is implemented on April 6, 2016, you  must  call 1-877-409-6310 and/or the Parent Portal website to inform the office by 9:15 am on the day of the absence.  If you have planned vacation or appointments that are coming up, please ensure that you update this information on the portal as well.  Future absences can be reported at any time.

This final stage enables the attendance program to be fully automated.  When a student is marked absent from school and you do not contact the Student Attendance Line to report the absence, you will receive an automated call via SchoolConnects.  This automated call requires you to advise whether or not you are aware or unaware of your child’s absence/late at school.  Please note if you receive a call you MUST answer all the questions during the call or the system will call you again.

We thank you for your continued cooperation and ask for your patience as we move onto this next phase in the implementation of the program.
B. Slemko, Principal

Collaborative Problem Solving

We are excited to have Dr. Stuart Ablon return to the Halton District School Board on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm at The Burlington Performing Arts Centre.

Dr. Ablon will help us think differently about why some children and adolescents have difficulty managing their behaviour.  His presentation will provide an overview of Collaborative Problem Solving, and evidence-based approach to understanding and helping children and adolescents with behaviour challenges.  This is a great opportunity for parents, community agencies and HDSB staff to develop a common philosophy and language to providing support for our kids.

Please share this message with parents in your community, see the attached flyer for all the details.

We look forward to seeing our Halton Parents at this wonderful and informative event.

Think Recycle

Dear Families

Rolling Meadows PS is partnering with Think Recycle to recycle your unwanted cell phones

We are proud to announce that Rolling Meadows is calling on all parents, guardians and friends to

recycle their unwanted cell phones to help us raise funds for playground enhancements.

These items will be sent to Think Recycle in exchange for cash rebates.  

By collecting and recycling your old cell phones and smart phones you’re helping to teach our students

about the importance and value of recycling.

You can help by simply dropping off your items in the green cell phone box located by the main office at

Rolling Meadows.  

We recommend that you erase any private information from items prior to dropping them off. If you

are unable to do this, Think Recycle will ensure that any information left on devices is wiped clean.  

On behalf of Rolling Meadows, we look forward to your donation.

Think Recycle fundraising program is a division of Greentec which is committed to responsible

recycling. This is backed up with ISO-14001 Certification and zero-landfill policy. If you would like to

know more about Think Recycle visit www.thinkrecycle.com or email members@thinkrecycle.com  or

contact a representative by calling toll-free: 1.888.265.2895.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Rolling Meadows

Parent Council

Lunchroom Supervisors

Lunchroom Supervisors

If you are interested in becoming a paid Lunch Room Supervisor at Rolling Meadows, please contact the school as soon as possible 905-332-6000.  The position is Monday thru Friday from 12:40 to 1:40 p.m.

Camp Muskoka Grade 8 Trip Information

Our grade 8 students have a very special opportunity to take a year-end overnight excursion to
Camp Muskoka Outdoor Education Centre from Wednesday, June 8th to Friday, June 10th.

While at Camp Muskoka, students will be submerged in a beautiful, natural forest setting where
they will have the opportunity to experience numerous hands-on, curriculum-linked educational
and leisure activities. Camp Muskoka’s teaching staff specializes in leadership training and team
building workshops, both of which will be integrated throughout the program.
While a trip of this nature normally costs more than $400 per student, Camp Muskoka has offered
a special promotion enabling us to experience an all-inclusive 3-day and 2-night program
(meals, aerial park, accommodations, transportation and HST) for only $345 per student.

We are now asking for a deposit of $100.00 and the double sided registration form included
with this letter by Thursday, March 31, 2016 to reserve a spot. You may also choose to pay the
full amount of $345.00, in which case the $100.00 deposit is NOT necessary.

All payments are available on Cashless Schools for your convenience and is our PREFERRED payment method.

We will be collecting the remaining $245.00 in the spring ($122.50 due by Thursday, April 28th and $122.50 due by Friday, May 20th.
If you choose to pay by cheque, please make them payable to Rolling Meadows Public School. (post-dated cheques are accepted)
Here is a quick overview of information that was shared during Wednesday night's information evening:
  •  Rolling Meadows is booked for the three day, two-night leadership program.
  • There are a variety of activities to help develop leadership skills while maintaining curriculum connections.
  • The program includes transportation by highway coach, three meals a day (all you can eat), a campfire,
  • a karaoke dance party, the high ropes adventure program and plenty of FUN.
  •  Camp Muskoka is a member of Anaphylaxis Canada and is a nut free site.
  •  Students may purchase souvenirs from the Camp Muskoka gift shop ($20-$60).
Please understand that a trip of this nature may involve extra hazards beyond those of normal school routines.
Our reinforcement of the counselling given at the school about the need for extra care and cooperation will be sincerely appreciated.

Further information and forms will be sent home after the March break. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to phone the school and ask to speak to Mr. Jones.


B. Slemko,                       D. Jones,
Principal                        Vice-Principal

DreamBox For Grades 1-6 2015-2016

September 2015

Dear Families,

This year, your child will continue to have access to DreamBox. DreamBox is a program that incorporates adaptive learning technology. Adaptive technology is defined as software that learns and alters itself based on the user’s inputs, while allowing for interaction with a broad base of learning styles. This differs greatly from many of the other math sites you may have heard of (e.g., IXL, Prodigy, etc.) in that information is gathered on how students respond to a question rather than simply the answer.

We encourage your child to access the program at home. It is often difficult to watch our children make mistakes. It is a natural instinct to want to help, however, please resist helping your child in the moment. When your child makes mistakes, DreamBox uses this information to meet their learning needs and provide additional support in a fun and interactive way. True learning comes from making mistakes. The data collected to support your child’s learning needs. Knowing that you are interested in your child’s progress, here are some ways that you can support them:
  • Ask them to teach you how to use DreamBox
  • Have them explain what they are doing as they work through the program
  • Communicate with your child’s teacher with periodic updates of what you are seeing at home (e.g., improved confidence in working with concepts, where they are needing help, etc.)
  • View the Parent Tips and Resources at http://www.dreambox.com/parent-video  

The Fraser Institute released an article about adaptive technology and makes reference to the benefits of DreamBox: http://www.fraserinstitute.org/uploadedFiles/fraser-ca/Content/research-news/research/publications/AdaptiveEdDraft_final.pdf 

The most important thing you can do to support your child in learning mathematics is to encourage them. You are an important partner in your child’s mathematics education.

B. Slemko               D. Jones
Principal               Vice Principal

LunchBox Orders

Dear Parents/Guardians:                                        

Rolling Meadows Public School is excited to continue the Lunchbox Orders for Tuesdays.

Lunchbox Orders is a convenient, online ordering platform featuring local restaurants.  An ordering calendar has been coordinated for the
Rolling Meadows community and may be found at www.lunchboxorders.com.    All orders are submitted on the website and payment is
processed on-line by Visa, MasterCard, Discover or Visa Debit.  Visa and MasterCard gift cards are also accepted on the site.  
How to Order:
1.      Go online at www.lunchboxorders.com and click on “ORDER LUNCH”.
2.      Click on the green “sign up” button to register your family account.
3.      Add your child to your account by clicking on “add a student”.
4.      Click “Order Now” (beside your child’s name) to access the school’s ordering calendar.
Proceed with ordering your child’s lunch by clicking on the blue order date.

The Benefits:
1.      All proceeds will benefit student learning at Rolling Meadows.
2.      All menu items featured are compliant with the Ontario Ministry of Education’s Food and Beverage Policy, PPM 150.
3.      Lunchbox Orders is paperless and cashless.  Ordering online is fast and easy!
4.      Orders may be placed weekly or in advance, until Sunday at NOON.

Dates to Remember:

  • All orders, updates and cancellations must be submitted by Sunday at 12pm for the following week.
If you have any questions, please contact the Lunchbox Orders customer service team at 1.877.426.6860 or by e-mail at info@lunchboxorders.com.  The Customer Service Team is available Monday – Friday 9am to 9pm and Saturday & Sunday 10am-6pm.

Thank you,
Mr. B. Slemko,

Art Supplies

Rolling Meadow's Art Department is in need of the following supplies:

- baby food jars
- old shirts (used for smocks)
- newspapers

Mr. Ritchie, Art Teacher

Inclement weather

The weather is changing. As you can see and feel we are now enjoying some chilly weather. Rolling Meadows follows HDSBs Inclement Weather Policy and that means that we still go outside when it's cold. We need to see everyone dress properly for winter in Canada. We use the Weather Tool located at the bottom of this webpage to determine the temperature outside. If the temperature or windchill reaches -20 C we will stay inside. Full details of the Inclement Weather Policy can be found here.

Please see the No Scents Campaign poster

Please see the No Scents Campaign poster found under Forms and Letters in the Sidebar to the right.

Please read: Help Us Stay Healthy

The following is helpful information from Halton Region Health

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Optional Attendance Info on Sidebar to the right under Invitations and Events

Cashless Schools

All field trip payments are now available for payment online. Check out the Cashless Schools Instructions in the right side bar and the Cashless Schools set up link and LOGIN on our school website at the top. Help us provide you with an easy, convenient and safe means to make purchases for your child.

Mental health and well being

Mental health and well-being is everyone's responsibility
The Halton District School Board has produced a mental health video for parents and guardians as part of its strategy to improve awareness and promote positive mental health and well-being.  The two-minute video is linked from the main page of the Board’s website at www.hdsb.ca  (Mental Health and Well-being) as well as posted on YouTube and on HDSB TV for staff.

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