May 4th, 2018
We only have seven weeks of school left! Where has the year gone!
Updates, upcoming events and reminders…. PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THE INFORMATION BELOW. IT IS IMPORTANT!
The school will be closed Friday, May 18th and Monday, May 21st for the Victoria Day Holiday.
Re-Registration Forms for 2018-2019
If you have already returned your registration for the 2018-2019 school year, thank you. As you are aware, it is imperative that we know what your intentions are for the 2018-2019 school year. The end of this school year is fast approaching and we are planning now for September. As always, we are committed to our present families and our returning students are our first priority. If you have any questions/concerns with regards to your decision, please call the office to arrange an appointment to meet with Mrs. Mason. Please note that the August 15th Program Enhancement/Material Fee and September’s Tuition is required before June 15th (post-dated cheques are acceptable).
Summer Camp registration is underway! Please bring in your registration to the office to allow staff to prepare for our summer programs. Summer Camp begins the week of June 25th and the last day of Summer Camp is August 24th. Please note that Daycare Hours for Summer Camp begin at 7:00 a.m. and the day ends at 6.00 p.m. THIS IS NOT A ‘DROP-IN’ CAMP. PLEASE PRE-REGISTER. As always there is flexibility for camp. Your child does not have to attend full-time. This year we are offering a Toddler Camp, a Casa 1 Camp, a D.E.P.S. Camp Age 4 – 6 and a D.E.P.S. Camp Age 7 and Up located at Durham Academy which consists of 4 options; Sports Camp; French Camp; STEM Camp; Computer Camp. Brochures are available in the office. For families that have already registered for Summer Camp, please note your cheques are on hold pending satisfactory enrolment.
End-of-Year Field Trips
Our Grade 7/8 class is very excited about their end-of-year school trip to Wonderland on Monday, June 18th. Our students will be driven to Wonderland leaving the school at 9:00 a.m. and returning at 6:00 p.m. If you have any questions/concerns regarding this trip please come and see me.
Our Grade 5/6 class is also very excited about their end-of-year trip to Treetop Eco-Adventure Park on Monday, June 18th. Our students will be driven to the park by bus leaving the school at 9:00 a.m. and returning to the school at 2:00 p.m. If you have any questions/concerns regarding this trip please come and see me.
ALL Casa Parents
Please remember that although the warmer weather is here, the playground is very wet and muddy. Please send your children with boots and splash pants to keep them dry and comfortable. Thank you.
Upcoming Program Enhancements
- Wednesday, May 9th – Model Magic – Casa 1
- Tuesday, May 29th – Rocks & Rings – Casa 2 – Grade 8
- Friday, June 1st – High School Musical – Grade 3 – 8
Track & Field Day
Thursday, June 7th G.B.M.S. & D.E.P.S. will hold a Track & Field Day. Please note that the three-legged race has been discontinued. We need parent Volunteers! We will need help with set-up and clean-up as well as volunteers to help run activities during the event. Watch for a sign-up sheet for volunteers/water/watermelon that will be posted in the Front Foyer closer to the time. In the event of inclement weather Track and Field Day will be rescheduled for Tuesday, June 12th. Please remember to put sunscreen on your children before school and make sure they have a hat.
Track & Field Day – Oshawa Civic Centre
Some of our students ages 9 – 14 years will be participating in a Track & Field Meet at the Oshawa Civic Centre on Thursday, May 31st, 2018. In addition, some of our students will be participating at the Oshawa Civic Centre on Monday, June 4th, 2018. Thank you to those who have returned your permission forms. They are due on or before May 8th to register students on May 9th.
Our Spring Concert is on Thursday, June 14th. Our Spring Concert will be held at Durham Academy, 900 King Street East in Oshawa on the property of Trinity Pentecostal Church. There is ample parking available. Please use the front entrance of the Church and school staff will be there to direct you. Our Spring Concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. sharp. The doors will open at 6:00 p.m. The students are to arrive no earlier than 6:00 p.m. and there will be a holding room available. There is no reserved seating for this event. There is a good view of the concert for everyone. Tickets are available for purchase in the office beginning Wednesday, May 30th at 8:30 a.m. Tickets are at a cost of $10.00 per seat. If your child is going to be absent from our Spring Concert, please inform the teacher well in advance.
The students will be transported by bus for dress rehearsal at 9:00 a.m. on June 14th returning to the school at 11:30 a.m. for lunch. Our Spring Concert meets many curriculum strands and offers enrichment in the Arts. Participation, enthusiasm and effort are noted for the student’s report cards.
A list of student attire for the concert is attached. Any questions, please see your child’s teacher. Thank you.
This year we are asking families to bring a non-perishable food item with them when attending our Spring Concert. Your contributions will be donated to the Senior Program at COPE Mental Health. Thank you.
Our Panoramic picture will be taken Wednesday, May 9th at 9:15 a.m. This picture is taken outside weather permitting. Order forms have been sent home should we wish to purchase a panoramic picture. DEPS students are expected to wear full uniform without vests. If your child does not normally attend school on Wednesdays, please talk to your child’s teacher to make arrangements for your child to be included in our picture. Thank you.
We will have an end-of-the-year graduating assembly for Casa 2, Casa 3 and our Grade 8’s on Wednesday, June 20th at 9:15 a.m. Casa 3 and Grade 8 parents will be in attendance. Please note that our Grade 8 Graduates do not have to be in uniform for graduation. This is an occasion for ‘dressy’ attire! Following our Graduation there is a Pizza Party planned for our Grade 8’s. Weather permitting, we will party ‘picnic style’ so it is suggested the students bring casual clothes to change into.
Report cards will be issued June 21st. Please review them with our child/ren to help celebrate their successes. For new parents, we do not have Parent/Teacher Interviews after 3rd Term report cards are issued. Your child/ren’s teacher will contact you if they wish to discuss your child’s progress.
Our Talent Show is the last day of school, June 22nd. Our annual “Talent Show” will be held in the morning. Please note that the Talent Show is for Students Only. A Pizza lunch will be served in the gymnasium at 11:15 a.m. for our Casa 2 to Grade 8 students and the school closes at 12:00 p.m. This means students need to be picked up promptly at 12:00 p.m. Staff leaves shortly after 12:00 p.m. Watch for sign-up sheets for juice boxes/water/fruit trays in the Front Foyer in June.
Please see our Facebook page for many updates.
InSchool Wear will be visiting D.E.P.S. and Durham Academy on Tuesday, May 15th from 3:00 – 5:00 and on June 14th from 3:00 – 5:00. This is your opportunity to order uniform pieces for the 2018-2019 school year. It also enables InSchool Wear to fill the orders in a timely manner.
Dress Down Days
June can be a warm month so we have decided to have several dress down days. These will be June 15th, 18th, 19th, 21st and 22nd. June 20th is our Graduation Day. Therefore, dressy casual will be the dress code that day. Thank you and enjoy.
As always, thank you for your continued cooperation and support. Your happiness is important to us. If we are not meeting your expectations, please do not hesitate to contact the office and arrange an appointment to address your concerns.
Until next time…