Spreading the Holiday Cheer!
Early Years Play Hard!
On Wednesday, December 1, Royal Oak students welcomed back a special visitor - Pine Cone!
Students were especially excited to see that she arrived safely from the North Pole, fully vaccinated, and had completed her Rapid Antigen test.
Pine Cone is back with many tricks up her sleeve while she is keeping an eye on and learning along with Royal Oak students. We can't wait to see all of the sneaky places she'll pop up.
Welcome back Pine Cone!
The Early Years students hang on to each other and the last remnants of fall in their outdoor play. Our nine Early Years students have become such a close and caring group in these past three months. We can't wait to see what they will be up to in 2022!
Dear Royal Oak Families,

It is hard to believe it but December is here! To our families who celebrate Hannukah- a very Happy Hanukkah! I hope this week has been a wonderful one full of celebration and family for you and yours.

Though December still has a full four weeks ahead at the school, the time is already flying and end-of-term projects, consolidation and report card writing are well underway. As we make our way into winter at school, I want to take a moment to acknowledge changes in the world around us. The first COVID vaccine for children is here, and many of our families have already made the choice to have their children vaccinated. As a school, Royal Oak is not mandating vaccination, but rather strongly encouraging families to take this important step in keeping our children and community safe. We anticipate that Health Canada will likely make the COVID vaccine mandatory like the others we vaccinate our children with regularly, and at that time we will move to fall in line with the best medical advice and practice possible for our community. With the arrival of the new variant, Omicrom, to Canada and many countries around the world, we are sadly still in the depths of our fight against COVID, while also battling regular cold and flu season. As always, please take special care to keep your children home if they have symptoms and test if any of the five COVID symptoms are present. A week ago, I had the opportunity to attend a workshop with Dr. Hirji, Niagara's Chief Medical Officer, and in the section below, you will find my recording of his wonderful talk on "COVID Vaccines and Children" as well as other resources for educating ourselves on their safety, efficacy and use. As families start to look to possible travel over the holiday break, I do want to remind the community that no fully unvaccinated child can cross the border without a two-week quarantine before returning to childcare. If you are planning on travelling, let us know as soon as you cement your plans so we can prepare to have your child/ren join us online as a remote learner until their quarantine has ended.

Looking ahead to the winter term, the school has purchased new winter play materials like toboggans, shovels, and snow block makers, and also has a new Winter Club schedule that will go out next week. Clubs will run from January 16- February 25 and will look slightly different than in the fall as we will need to strictly cohort for indoor activities. As always, we aim to provide a balance of creative, dramatic and athletic choices to our families and give students the opportunity to try new things and grow their skills and learning.

I wish you all a very happy and healthy start to our final month of the 2021 school year and please be in touch!

Click the image above to access the DSBN 'sneak peak' website
DSBN High School Open Houses
The DSBN has hosted virtual Open Houses for all of the amazing High Schools available to upcoming grade 9 students.
If you missed these open houses, they are still available to you for viewing! Please use the attached link to explore what the DSBN High Schools have to offer.
Vineridge Academy Open House

Our local High School in Virgil will be hosting a Special tour for Royal Oak students on the afternoon of January 20th. We encourage any students in Grade 6,7 or 8 to join Ms. Julia on this tour. Please e-mail admin@royaloakschool.ca to register.
Welcome Carter!
We are honoured to be welcoming Carter to our Phys Ed Programming. Carter is an Olympian who has achieved tremendous success including;

  • A silver medal in alpine skiing at the Provincial Winter Games
  • Numerous medals in running, throwing, and jumping events in the Provincial Summer Games
  • Completing a Health and Fitness Program at Sault College.

Carter will be assisting Mr.Hill in facilitating phys ed classes and intramural programming. Royal Oak students and staff can't wait to learn from Carter.
Volunteers Needed!
The Canada Summer Games is looking for 6 boys, and 6 girls to volunteer August 6 - 21 to be a "ball person" at our own local courts in NOTL.

Volunteers will need to commit to one day of training a month this winter, along with some additional summer hours. Additional details will be provided upon registration.

Access the registration form through the linked 'Niagara 2022' photo.
Mirepoix lunch program
Beginning in January, Mirepoix will be hosting a weekly delicious Lunch Program every Thursday. There will be a set menu for families who have signed up that will go out after the break and lunches will continue until March break and beyond if interest continues. We have heard from many families about their interest in this weekly lunch program but please let us know if you'd like to sign up and have not.
Classroom Updates

Early Years and Grade 1/2

Both classes have been working hard to learn about various holidays and celebrations.
From Eid, to Hanukkah, to Las Posadas, we've been gaining all sorts of great knowledge on the holiday season. Here, Ms. H is sharing her experience and family traditions with Eid.

Stay tuned to see the amazing handmade decorations going up in the primary wing!
Grade 3/4

In Grade 3/4 this week, students have been learning to code! This new part of our technology programming has been really exciting, as our Grade 3/4 have advanced technology skills after our time remote learning and are picking coding up quickly.
We also have delved into financial literacy and money units in math and had a real-life learning opportunity at the Candy Shoppe in town, where students had to budget $5.00, estimate their totals and count change for their purchase. These goodies were enjoyed celebrating one of our classmates, River's, last days before her family moved to Toronto.
Grade 5/6
In the Grade 5/6 classroom, we are getting right into the holiday spirit! We are learning all about different holidays in our classroom from Hanukkah to Lunar New Year. The class is creating video montages to teach others about these holidays in addition to creating decorations to represent these events on our holiday tree. The class is also discussing ways we can be more environmentally friendly over the holidays and that gifts come in many forms- handmade, experience gifts and reused and once loved!
Grade 7/8

The grade 7 & 8 crew has been working hard on their new inquiry investigation focusing on biodiversity. To kick off this investigation, the class, led by Ms.Lindsay, explored the Fort George forest to identify biotic and abiotic items. Pictured here is Preston who discovered a wide variety of mushrooms, including one which he identified as a 'dust mushroom'.
NOTL Gives Back
Royal Oak School is a donation location for the "NOTL Give Back Program". We are excited to be a part of such an important initiative for our beloved community.
Please send in any gently used or new winter coats or children's clothing, as well as new toys if you are able. These donations will be distributed by the Town of NOTL to families in need and will be collected until Friday, December 10.
Mark Your Calendars

Friday, December 3 - Candlelight Stroll
Royal Oak families wishing to stroll together are invited to gather at “Beau Chapeau” at 6:45pm (TONIGHT) to join the Royal Oak Community in this amazing Holiday Event.

Thursday, December 9- Freshii Local Lunch
Freshii will be hosting this delicious lunch. Please get your orders in by Monday, December 6

Thursday, December 23- Early Dismissal!
To officially kick off the winter break, afternoon pick-up will be at 12:30 pm.

Thursday, December 23- Holiday Spirit Wear
Come to school decked out in holiday spirit gear for our final day of the 2021 school year!

Royal Oak School
176 Wellington Street, P.O. Box 419
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, L0S1J0