Family Fun Night

Our year end celebration, Family Fun Night is June 16, 2014, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. this year.

We are planning lots of super fun activities for all the children!! All funds raised go to support our school for art, drama, music, sports/athletics, literacy, numeracy, technology, special events

Featured Attractions:

  • 4 Circus Delights Inflatables this year! – Bouncy Castle; Giant 30′ Slide; 50′ Obstacle Course; and a Junior Slide;
  • Barrhaven Lions Choo Choo Train
  • Ottawa Police
  • Ottawa Fire Safety House
  • Book Sale (25 cents per book), DVD Sale ($3 per DVD), Arts and Crafts, Prize Draws, LEGO Play Area, Face Paint/Tattoo/Manicure Station, Hockey Shoot, Basketball Shoot, City of Ottawa 4 way tug of war, Outdoor games including the ever-popular Fishing Pond Game! AND A WHOLE LOT MORE IS BEING PLANNED!
  • SPECIAL GUEST: City of Ottawa Mascot, PHIZZ!

Hot Dogs; Pizza, Baked Goods, Cotton Candy, Snow Cones, Snacks, Fruit, and Beverages are all available fior sale

DONATIONS NEEDED!
If you are a small business owner or wish to approach a business for a donation of a gift certificate/item, or if you wish to do up and donate a Gift Basket (either for children or adults), we will happily accept them!! The more donations received and collected, the more funds we are able to raise with our Draw! All businesses and parent donations receive a thank you and honourable mention in our Newsletter. If you are able to assist in this manner, please contact Connie D’Angelo [see below], or speak to a fellow School Council member that you may know!

We can also use donations of small toys, like McDonalds toys, loot bag items, puzzle books, themed small toys (eg. My Little Pony, Little Kitty, Dora and Diego, SpongeBob, Pokemon, Skylander, Batman, Spiderman, action figures, etc.), as prizes for the children at the activity stations.

Please bring your donations to the Office, and label the bag with “School Council.” THANK YOU, we appreciate your kind and generous donations!!

VOLUNTEERS:
This is a great way for parents to get involved and a wonderful event to help out at!! There are many ways that parents and children can help with this event! Whether it is making posters/baking goodies for our Bake Sale/donating a gift basket/donating little prizes, or helping out at the various stations during the event, or for setup or takedown! Our School Council can always use extra sets of hands!! Shifts at the event can be ½ hour; 1 hour; or more. If you are interested in helping out, please provide your name, contact particulars, area of preference, and availability on the volunteer form, and return it to your child’s teacher or the Office. Or email our Chair Connie D’Angelo, at conniedangelo@yahoo.com

THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR ALL YOUR HELP AND SUPPORT. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING ALL OF YOU AT OUR UPCOMING FAMILY FUN NIGHT YEAR END CELEBRATION!

Pizza Makeup Day

Just a reminder that because there was a snow day on February 21, 2014, there will be a pizza makeup day on April 4, 2014. This will result in the third term of pizza commencing one week later on April 11, 2014, as per the order forms that went home.

A VERY SUCCESSFUL BOOK FAIR!

We are very happy to report that the School Council Book Fair was a huge success!

We would like to thank Nina Tough for all her hard work, time and effort, with organizing this amazing event, collecting and sorting books, setup, and being there for the three days of the event, as well as those parents who helped out at the event or with the setup. It was truly heartwarming to see children of all ages excited over books! This event is truly wonderful for promoting and encouraging literacy in all our children.

A BIG thank you as well to all our kind and generous Meadowlands teachers, parents, and children for their donations of books to our events. This event would not be possible without your donations and support. You will be happy to know that your books have found new and loving homes where they will be enjoyed by another child! We had a huge and incredible assortment and variety of books, series, novels, early learners, and the never ending supply of board books!

We were very grateful for the donations of books that kept coming even during the event, as this ensured that there was lots of choice for all the children as their class came down. Approximately 2500 books were donated, and 2050 books went home with the children. One free book was given to every child, and we also sold books at 25 cents each. Our sale of the books also raised $270.00!

New initiatives…….your donations at work!

Council was very happy to give as a Christmas gift up to $10 in value in books to the teachers, at the December Scholastic Book Fair!

Council has also recently paid for the Roland Bibeau School Concert, which will be held on February 27, 2014, starting at 9:45 a.m.  Roland Bibeau is a well-known children’s entertainer with a lively visual musical performance that all the children will enjoy!  Feel free to check out his website

Upcoming School Council Meeting

The next School Council meeting is scheduled for February 11, 2014, from 6:30 p.m., to 8:30 p.m., in the school’s staff room.

The meetings are open to all parents to attend.

Also in attendance is our principal, and a teacher representative.

We welcome all parental input and ideas at our meetings. It is a wonderful way to be an active and valuable part of the Meadowlands School Community!

Upcoming Events

Be sure to mark your calendars early for the following upcoming events being organized by our School Council:

Movie Night — February 21, 2014
Movie Night — April 25, 2014
Family Fun Night — June 16, 2014

As with all our events, we are always looking for extra helping hands! If you are interested in helping out in some way with any of our events, feel free to email our School Council Chair, at conniedangelo@yahoo.com.

More information on these wonderful events and our upcoming Book Fair which is held during school hours will soon follow!

Winter Carnival

Happy New Year to all our Meadowlands Families and Friends!

Our wonderful Winter Carnival is right around the corner – January 18, 2014, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Once again there will be the very popular sleigh ride (Hollybrooke Farms), hockey shoot, outdoor games, ice sculpture station, and ice painting station!

Inside will be arts and crafts, Lego play station, bake sale, book fair (25 cents per book!), DVD sale ($3 per DVD!), pizza/hot dogs/drinks (available for purchase), as well as free hot chocolate! Admission is free, and all games and activities are free. We will also be featuring a City of Ottawa safety table, and Parent Resource Centre table (with free handouts).

Like with all events, volunteers are needed to make this event happen. If you or someone you know, are interested in volunteering for a shift at the Carnival,  please email our Council Chair at conniedangelo@yahoo.com or our Carnival Volunteer Coordinator at patricia.lieu@gmail.com.
Even a 30 minute shift would be a big help! High school students looking for volunteer hours are also welcome to volunteer and can email Connie or Patricia.

Other great ways to help are making ice blocks – a wonderful way to take advantage of our freezing cold weather! Very simple to do, add water to empty margarine/sour cream/yoghurt containers, throw some drops of food colouring in if you have any, and put outside to freeze. And voila, ice blocks! The ice blocks are to be brought to the school the day of the carnival (to the ice sculpture station). The ice sculpture station is super popular with the children, so the more ice blocks the better!

For all our talented bakers out there, we also greatly appreciate donations of baked goods for our bake sale! These can be brought to the school the day before (a table will be set up), or to the carnival itself.

A handout will also be sent home with the children from Council.

Thank you everyone for all your help and support. We look forward to seeing all of you at our upcoming Winter Carnival!