We hope our students have enjoyed a nice long weekend! We have 3 more weeks before the holiday break!
Just a reminder to parents, if you are leaving for an early holiday vacation, please let the office know by emailing email@example.com.
Students this week will also be discussing the Spirit of Giving. It's a great time to discuss how your child can help others, the impact helping someone has and what they can do to make change. Please encourage these discussions at home as it's a wonderful way to start the holiday season.
~ Ms Broderick and Ms Rosenbloom
Students who are arriving late after the morning bell and after the lunch bell are to report directly to the office, not their classrooms. Students are marked absent when attendance is taken and require a late slip to return to class.
When students who arrive to class without a late slip, an automated message is sent home stating your child is absent.
To avoid any confusion, please remind your child to report to the office first.
If your child will be absent or arriving late for an appointment or absence or extended absence, please email our safe arrival firstname.lastname@example.org to let our office staff know.
Norovirus has been found in some schools in the GTA. Here is some information to understand what it is and to help prevent spreading of the virus both at home and at school.
What is Norovirus infection?
Norovirus is a highly contagious infection also known as Norwalk virus. It is a common cause of vomiting and diarrhea each winter and is often referred to as 'winter vomiting disease' or 'stomach flu' (although it is not caused by the influenza virus). Norovirus infections have been linked to outbreaks of vomiting and/or diarrhea in child-care centres, long-term care homes as well as on cruise ships, camps, schools, restaurants, households and other places where people gather.
How does the Norovirus spread?
Norovirus is found in the stool and sometimes in the vomit of ill persons. People can become infected with the virus in several ways:
• Direct contact (e.g. shaking hands) with another person who is infected
• Touching surfaces or objects contaminated with the virus (e.g. door knob, hand or stair railings,
etc.) and then touching your mouth or eyes
• Eating food or drinking beverages that are contaminated by an infected person
• Eating food such as shell fish contaminated at the source
• Airborne transmission has been suggested to explain its rapid spread in settings like schools and
Those infected with Norovirus can spread it once they feel ill and for up to two days after the symptoms (usually diarrhea) stop but people can carry the virus for up to two weeks longer.
What are the signs and symptoms of Norovirus infection?
Infected individuals usually experience sudden onset of nausea, vomiting and watery diarrhea that lasts about one to three days. Other symptoms may include fever and stomach cramps.
Keep your hands clean. Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 15 seconds
after using the toilet, diapering a child and before preparing or eating food. This is the best way of
reducing the risk of getting infected with Norovirus.
If soap and water are not available, and if hands are not visibly soiled, use an alcohol-based hand
sanitizer with 70%- 90% alcohol.
Do not prepare food for others if you have symptoms of vomiting or diarrhea.
Thoroughly and frequently clean and disinfect environmental surfaces and equipment with a
chlorine bleach disinfectant, especially in areas that are touched often (e.g., telephones, door handles, gym equipment, bed side rails, etc.). A chlorine bleach solution of one part household bleach to 50 parts water can be made from two teaspoons of household bleach mixed with two cups of water.
Anyone who is ill with diarrhea or vomiting should stay home until well for at least 48 hours
(especially for those who work with food, the elderly or at a hospital).
Dec 5 - 14th
There will be a parent information night for the Gr 8 Grad trip on Wednesday Dec 7th at 6:45 pm in the library. You can sign up at .
Bessborough Happy Holiday Book Drive
December 5th to 9th will be Bessborough's Happy Holiday Book Drive. Students of all ages are encouraged to bring in gently used, no longer needed books to Bessborough next week. Books meant for all ages are welcome!
All books will be donated to Rene Gordon Elementary School to provide students with reading material for the holidays. Our goal is 550 books, that's one book per student! We thank you in advance for your generosity and support!
Hour of Code @ Bessborough
- Lots of activities for all grades that can be filtered. Great place to start.
- Probably the easiest and most popular site to use >> lots of great activities here!
- Activities to get started with Scratch
Khan Academy Hour of Code Resources
- Instructional videos on how to code.
Intro to Coding HypeDoc (Grades 3+)
- Use in Present Mode and click on the links to try. This can be shared directly with students.
- Activities for K-6+. Site allows you to learn to Code, build Cool Games, & collect Certificates!!
- Program Lightbot to light up all of the blue squares!