Southern Kings Consolidated School
School Parking Lot
children’s safety is a priority concern here at SKC. We have been
experiencing an increase in the number of motor vehicles entering our
parking lot to drop off and pick up students. The problem is many of these
vehicles are passing our school busses when they are loading and unloading
the students. This is resulting in some close calls as it relates to
pedestrian safety. Your child’s safety is something I am not prepared to
Highway Safety Act is applicable to a school parking lot. Passing a school
bus with its red lights flashing is an offence that could result in a $5000
fine and the loss of 8 points of a driver’s license. I have had
discussions with the RCMP and they are prepared to enforce these provisions
of the Act. I would prefer compliance with the Act by motorists than the
previous scenario. I am asking, in the interest of your children’s
safety, that if you are dropping off or picking up students before, during,
or after school that your vehicle remain directly behind the designated bus
parking area. Vehicles that are parked to the sides of this area hinder the
busses ability to turn when exiting the parking lot, as they are often
completely or partially blocked.
entering our school parking lot during recess (10:15 - 10:30) and noon
break (11:30- 12:05) are also asked to comply with this request as there
are usually many students playing basketball, etc. at these times.
request would not apply to those parents who are picking up children from
extra-curricular activities at the school during late afternoon or evening,
as the busses have already left for the day.
working together, it is my sincere hope that we continue to enjoy a high
level of safety for all concerned. Your cooperation in this regard is
expected and appreciated.
HOME & SCHOOL
Our next meeting is on Monday, May 6th at 7 p.m. in the staff room
at Southern Kings Consolidated School.
Our meetings are open to all Parents/Guardians of students that
attend SKC. We would love to see you there!
SKC Home and School
- Our teachers will be attending their annual Area Association
Professional Development Day Meeting. There
will be no classes for the students on this date.
- Victoria Day. No school for
Tuesday, May 28th - There will be a Welcome to Kindergarten and Parent Information meeting in the
kindergarten classrooms at S.K.C. for all parents of students beginning kindergarten
in September 2013. The
meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.
are encouraged to bring their kindergarten child only with them.
We would ask that parents please not bring siblings to this meeting.
Friday, June 7th -
Orientation Day for
incoming kindergarten children for the 2013/2014 school year (half-day only). Students
can come by bus on this day or if dropped off at the school they should
arrive at 8:25 a.m. All
parents will have to pick
up their children by 11:30 a.m. at the school on this date.
There will be no school for
present kindergarten students on this date (Friday, June 7th,
Kings County Music Festival will be taking place May 6th
- 11th at Hillcrest United Church in Montague. Our school
choirs will be performing on Tuesday, May 7th at 10:30am and the
Recorder Groups will perform Friday, May 10th at 10:15am.
Parents are welcome to attend.
CORN & RICE – A DAY IN THE LIFE
Just as we are sending off
our last batch of letters to Kenya, we are getting ready to focus on Kenya
in a unique way. On Thursday,
May 2nd we will spend the day at SKC walking in the shoes of our
Kenyan pen pals, although many of them don’t have shoes.
To get a better understanding of what life is like at Mutwewathi
Primary School, we are going to spend our day trying to simulate a day at
our twinned school. Through
various activities, students and teachers will make a deep connection with
our twinned schoolmates and teachers; especially at lunch time, when we
will be having a typical Kenyan lunch of corn and rice.
The cost will be $2.50 and we urge everyone to bring a reusable bowl
and cutlery from home.
Committee – Michelle MacDonald-Gordon, Kendra Bell,
SKC HOME & SCHOOL
just want to thank those that have donated to our “Outdoor
Toy/Equipment Drive” so
far. The kids seem to be really enjoying their new toys. Each class
now has a container to put their outdoor things in. Some classes have
collected more than others so we will continue to have our collection bin
in the Lobby for another week. Then SKC Home and School will purchase
whatever else is needed to help fill the bins. However, please feel
free to send in outdoor items to your child’s class throughout the rest
of the year. We hope to
continue filling/replacing the outdoor items every fall and throughout
future school years if the children are taking care of and showing respect
for their new things.
just a reminder, that everyone should have received a ‘Cookie Dough’
fundraiser order form by now. The order forms are due back on MAY 13th,
2013. All monies raised
will go towards our new playground equipment. We would like to
thank-you for helping us with our fundraising efforts.
Monetary donations are accepted also and are tax deductible and a receipt
can be issued.
For more information or questions about our Playground
equipment fundraising, please contact Kerri Miller @ 962-3396 or Kerrimiller@hotmail.ca
you to all parents, students and teachers who made this year=s
Easter Seals Tour a huge success. S.K.C.
was able to donate $1,100 to
this worthy cause.
How can I help my child
expand their vocabulary?
Expanding our vocabulary
is a lifetime experience.
your child for recognizing an unfamiliar word and asking what it means.
how a word can be the same or sound the same, but mean two or more
different things, e.g. ring, road/rode,
how words can help us predict what is going to happen, e.g., The
MacPhail, our Guidance Counsellor at S.K.C., has
information on summer camps. For
further information, please contact him at 962-7400.
to the SKC Badminton and Wrestling Teams who participated in Zone and
Provincial Tournaments in April.
thanks to David and Thomas McCarthy who helped coach the wrestling team.
now turn our attention to Track and Field as we work toward a provincial
competition at UPEI on May 31st. Ms.
Cynthia Bell and Ms. Tiffany MacLean will begin working with runners in the
next few days.
GRADE 8 TRAVEL FUNDRAISERS
The Grades 8’s will be having a car wash at the
Needs Irving in Montague on Saturday, May 25th (time to be
determined) to raise funds for the class trip to Moncton in June.
Cost will be by donation towards their fundraising efforts.
The draw for the Grade 8 class pull tab fundraiser
will be at the school on May 17th.
Winners will be notified.
HEALTHY EATING TIPS OF THE MONTH
does it all mean? Decoding Food Labels
you have a child in grade 8 in your household, they may be learning about
how to read food nutritional facts tables in their health classes. The
Nutritional Facts Table helps you compare two similar products to determine
which one is the healthier choice.
- What is the amount of food? Make sure you know the serving size -
the amount of food the table is referring to. Compare it to other products
that have a similar serving size.
total fat, saturated/trans fats, cholesterol and sodium amounts.
Look for higher amounts of fiber. This is one nutrient that we want more
The % Daily Value tells you whether a food has ‘a little or a lot’ of a
nutrient. Less than 5% is a little, while 15% and above means it has a lot.
Brought to you by the Healthy Eating Alliance www.healthyeatingpei
Try out the following recipe and read the accompanying Nutritional
Facts Table. What nutrient does this dish have a lot of?
Roasted Vegetable Pasta
Makes 6 -8 servings
Tip: Cutting all the vegetables to the same size (½ inch/1cm
cubes) ensures that they will cook evenly.
6 garlic cloves, unpeeled
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
½ tsp ground black pepper
3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1 cm pieces
3 cups cubed butternut squash
1 yellow bell pepper, cut into 1cm pieces
2 cups eggplant (unpeeled), cubed
1 onion, cut into 1cm pieces
2 cups chopped asparagus
12 oz (375g) whole wheat penne pasta
4 tomatoes, seeded and diced
¾ cup lightly packed coarsely chopped fresh basil
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Cut the tip off the top of the
garlic cloves. Place on a small piece of foil and drizzle with ½ tsp oil.
Scrunch to enclose garlic in foil. Roast in preheated oven for 20 minutes
or until soft. Remove from oven, leaving oven on, and let cool slightly.
Squeeze garlic from skins, discarding skins; coarsely chop garlic and place
in a small bowl. Whisk in vinegar, 2 ½ tsp oil, and pepper; set aside
2. In a large bowl, toss red pepper, yellow pepper, onion squash
and eggplant with 1 tbsp (15 ml) oil. Spread vegetables on a lightly
greased rimmed baking sheet. Roast on upper rack of oven, stirring
occasionally, for 15 to 20 minutes or until almost tender.
3. In a small bowl, toss asparagus with the remaining oil. Add
asparagus to baking sheet and back for about 10 minutes or until vegetables
are tender and lightly browned.
4. Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta
according to package directions until al dente. Drain, reserving ¼ cup of
the cooking liquid.
5. Transfer drained pasta to a large serving bowl
and toss with the reserved cooking liquid. Add roasted vegetables,
tomatoes, basil and roasted garlic mixture; toss well to combine. Sprinkle
with Parmesan. Serve hot or cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hrs (let
stand at room temperature for 1 hour before serving).
Nutrients per serving (1/8th of recipe
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS
Eastern Kings Giant Yard Sale
Annual Eastern Kings Giant Yard Sale being held on Friday & Saturday,
June 7th & 8th in Souris and surrounding areas. Register before May
10th to ensure your place in the Yard Sale Booklet. Multi-Sites will open
on Friday afternoon, running from 3 to 7 and then all other sites will open
on Saturday morning at 8 am. For more information, please call Melvin @