News from Viscount Alexander School
Message to the Grade 6 graduating class from Principal Paul McAnany
First and foremost, congratulations to the class of 2020! The past year has been filled with moments of laughter, joy, uncertainty and challenge. As you prepare to leave Viscount, I leave you with one last thought to ponder: “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning” (Albert Einstein).
I wish all of you the very best in your future endeavours.
A very special thank you to Michael Barnes for all his contributions to Viscount Alexander’s School Council over the past 14 years. Michael has been an integral part of the school council and is well respected in the Sandy Hill Community. On behalf of the school community, thank you for your hard work and dedication to the students, staff, and families.
Lastly, thank you to all the parents and volunteers for donating food, school supplies, and technology to our families in need. We are lucky to be a part of such a caring and generous community. For now, be well. Be safe.
Kindergarten registration still open
With COVID-19 the kindergarten open house was cancelled, but we are sharing kindergarten information on the Viscount Alexander Public School website. If you have a child born in 2016, you can register your child in the coming months for school in September 2020. When school opens again, please bring your child’s birth certificate or passport and proof of address such as your driver’s licence or rental agreement. You can register online by going to www.ocdsb.ca and go to the “How do I?” tab.
Director’s Citation Award goes to Ken Donovan, Chief Custodian!
Congratulations to Ken Donovan for receiving the Director’s Citation Award.
Every day, Ken rolls up his sleeves and is a key component of the operations at Viscount Alexander Public School. Ken enthusiastically volunteers his time and knowledge to the school’s bike rodeo, which provides students with access to bikes and helps them improve their skills. His contribution is organizing, fixing, and adjusting the bikes. Always going above and beyond, this fall Ken helped the kindergarten team get creative with ideas and materials to build a cave in a kindergarten classroom for the prehistoric centre. Ken is professional, enthusiastic, caring, creative, and a respected role model. Thank you Ken.
End of an era for Viscount hallway mural
Twenty years ago, Tatiana, an artistic parent, painted a wonderful mural along the main hallway of Viscount Alexander. She painted landscapes, nature and animals found in Canada and around the world. As the building has shifted over the decades, a few cracks occurred that needed repair, and the mural was touched up and refreshed 5 years ago. The mural needs further repairs and the hallway is getting a new coat of paint in the near future. Planning has begun to create new mural wall panels that can be changed every 5 years and involve the children in making them. While sad to see the old mural go, we are looking forward to a fresher look at the school.