Bike Safety and Swimming
We are swimming & biking this month – please complete the permission forms and read the important information for both activities!
Bike Safety and Bike Rodeo
Monday, May 7
We actually Kick Off Bike Safety on May 7. Lorna Quast, Public Health Nurse, will be here to do presentations about why we need to wear a helmet.
Friday, May 11
The Devon Bears will be doing a short presentation and checking our student’s helmets for proper fit. Students will be called up to quickly have their helmet checked and be given a handout providing feedback in regards to their helmet.
So please ensure your child brings their helmet to school on Friday, May 11 – even if they are not riding their bike to school.
May 14 – 17
Beginning Monday, May 14 our yearly Bike Safety is held during regular daily physical education classes. Students will be participating in activities designed to promote the learning of the rules of the road and developing safe riding habits. There are extra bicycles and helmets available to borrow from the school if needed. Students who regularly commute to and from school using their bikes are encouraged to continue using the outdoor bike racks; those bringing in their bikes solely for the PE classes will be able to park their bikes within the school gym in areas designated for their grade levels.
As the culminating event, the school will be setting up a “Bike Rodeo” at the Dale Fisher Arena on May 17 to give the students a fun way of demonstrating their safe and effective riding skills. Parents are invited to come and watch what the students have learned.
Permission Forms are required for all Grade 1-4 students.
Kindergarten and PreKindergarten students will not be participating in Bike Safety.
Red Cross Swim @ School Information
We will once again be taking part in the Red Cross Swimming @ School program where the kids will be instructed by trained lifeguards about water safety and swimming skills. We will be swimming May 22 to June 1. Most classes will swim in a 30-minute lesson for two weeks. Kindergarten will also get to go swimming, but will not participate in lessons.
The Red Cross Swim @ School does not replace other Red Cross Swim programs but offers an additional program option
for the unique scheduling needs of school groups.
Kindergarten and PreKindergarten
Kindergarten and PreKindergarten students will not be participating in the Swim@School Program. They will be walking to the pool for free-swim so parents are required to complete a Swimming Permission Form.
Red Cross Swim @ School is a fun, participation-based program, teaching swimming skills, promoting fitness and increasing water safety training for school-aged children. Through Red Cross Swim @ School, children can learn to swim or strengthen the skills they have learned in previous swim lessons. Red Cross recommends parents enroll their kids in further Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety lessons and look at Red Cross Swim @ School as an opportunity to improve their swimming skills while at school and reinforce water safety behaviours.
Swimming Levels and Report Cards
The children will be divided into groups for the Swim@School lessons so it is important for us to know what level your child was previously in so we can divide the participants up based on their ability. All participants will be taught and challenged to the best of their ability.
At the end of the session, all participants will receive a certificate that will show what has been done in the session. The instructor will also fill out the recommended Red Cross Swimming Level on the certificate so you will know where to register your child for future lessons.
With the Swim @ School program the students will not have the opportunity to earn badges, however, if the student is able to present their “swimming report card” from their previous lessons the swim instructors can check off completed skills on the Swim Kids report cards.
When you give permission on PowerSchool you will need to indicate the current swimming level of your child (example: Swim Kids 3, Crocodile, etc)
Swim @ School Cost
With the Swimming @ School program, the school is subsidizing the program cost, so it is only $25 for two weeks of lessons.
Permission forms and online payment must be completed on Powerschool before May 14.
Disney's Newsie The Musical May 29
On Tuesday, May 29 the Grade 1 – 4 students will be walking over to the Devon Community Centre to watch John Maland Drama Troupe’s production of Disney’s Newsies the Musical.
Based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, this new Disney musical tells the story of Jack Kelly, a rebellious newsboy who dreams of a life as an artist away from the big city. After publishing giant Joseph Pulitzer raises newspaper prices at the newsboys’ expense, Kelly, and his fellow newsies take action and win!
There is no cost for the performance, but permission forms must be completed on PowerSchool before May 28.