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Attention all families of Grade 3 and 6 students!  For you information, our school EQAO dates are from Monday, May 25th through Friday, May 29th.  We would ask that you please make every effort to ensure your Grade 3 or 6 child is at school every day that week and that you try not to schedule appointments during that week if at all possible.  
B.E.S.T. is pleased to offer the following exciting parent and professional workshops in the winter of 2015.~All workshops will~take place at the Whitby Public Library: Central Branch, located at 405 Dundas Street West, Whitby, Ontario.The presenter for all workshops is Sandee-lee Hillier, M.A., B.C.B.A.For more information, email me personally at BEST.Sandeelee@gmail.com or visit our website at www.BEST4Autism.ca
Supporting & Teaching Children with Asperger Syndrome:
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Registration fee prior to~January 21~is $90.00Extended early bird registration fee!!!!!!!
Registration fee after~January 21~is $110.00
For Parents and Educators. Objective: To understand the strengths of challenges of having Aspergers. Participants will acquire the skills to manage melt-downs, identify skill deficits, effectively replace challenging behaviours with functional skills, and develop meaningful IEP goals.
Managing Challenging Behaviours in Autism:
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Registration fee prior to Jan 28 is $90.00
Registration fee after Jan 28 is $110.00

This workshop will do more than just teach~participants to "manage" behaviour. The emphasis is on the identification of the function of the behaviour and the successful replacement of the behaviour with meaningful skills.~ Participants will learn to conduct a functional~assessment of the behaviour and develop appropriate replacement behaviours that will result in long lasting~positive change.

Proloquo2Go software and other iPad apps to teach communication skills to non-verbal children:
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Time: 9:30am to 3:30 pm
Registration fee prior to March 25 is $90.00
Registration fee after March 25 is $110.00
Research shows that the ability to effectively communicate reduces challenging behaviours.~ In this workshop participants will~acquire the skills to teach non-verbal children to communicate using voice output technology. (*An iPad is not required to~participate in this workshop.)

Introduction to Applied Behaviour Analysis and Intensive Behavioural Intervention:~
Saturday, May 30, 2015
Time: 9:30am to 3:30 pm
Registration fee prior to April 30 is $90.00
Registration fee after April 30 is $110.00

Participants are introduced to the~principles and application of behaviour analysis in the treatment of Autism. Participants will become familiar with the behavioural approach to teaching~language and academic skills throughprompting,~differential~reinforcement,~shaping, error correction, and curriculum development. Data collection and generalization strategies will also be covered.
To allow for active participation and the~opportunity to ask questions, enrollment in~ALL workshops is limited to 12, so please register early. All participants will receive a certificate of participation.

You may register by phone, by calling B.E.S.T. at 905-706-0152. You may also register by mail, by visiting our website and clicking on "Workshop Registration" link~~and printing the registration form.~ Mail the completed form along with your cheque or money order payable to
“Sandee-lee Hillier”:
Workshop Registration
C/O Sandee-lee Hillier
10 Freeman Drive, Port Hope, ON, L1A 2C5

Students and current members of Autism Ontario will receive a 10% discount off the cost for each workshop. (Student status and AO membership must be verified.)Participants registering for two or more workshops will receive an additional 10% discount on each workshop!
Light refreshments will be provided. You may feel free to bring a lunch or visit any of the great restaurants in beautiful downtown Whitby
Note: Public parking is available in a lot on Colborne Street directly east of the library free of charge on Saturdays. Parking spaces directly behind the library are available only to library patrons for short-term use..

Other workshops offered through the year:
Addressing Sleep Disorders in Children with ASD

Toilet Training for Children with ASD and other Special Needs

Addressing Feeding and Eating issues in Selective Eaters

Alternative and Augmentative Communication Skills for non-verbal Children

Social Skills Development for Young Children with Autism

Natural Environment Training: What do to while waiting for funding

Intermediate Curriculum in Intensive Behavioural Intervention & Discrete Trial Training

Supporting Individuals with Asperger Syndrome: Strategies for home and school

ABA in Schools & PPM140: Developing meaningful goals and empirically proven strategies
The January newsletter is now available.  Click on the Newsletters link found at the top of this page to read it.
Are you the parent of an anxious child or teen?  You might be interested these workshops being offered later in January.  Click on the flyer for more details.  PARENTING YOUR ANXIOUS CHILD-flyer.pdf
Kindergarten registration, please click on the attached file for more information!   KPRDSB Kindergarten Registration Poster.pdf
Dec. 15th - Our Food and Toy Drive wrapped up on Friday and click on the attached file to see more!  NPS Giving Tree.pdf

Author Sigmund Brouwer will be visiting Newcastle Public School on January 27th.  Check out the flyer for more details!  Newcastle Public School.pdf
We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our Vice-principal, Patty Layng, on her placement as Principal of Enniskillen PS as of February 1, 2015. Mrs. Layng has been here for a very short time, but her contributions in supporting the students, staff and parents have been most appreciated. We wish her success with her new appointment and promotion.
Welcome to Nicholas Shea, from Trillium Lakelands District School Board, as Vice-principal of Newcastle PS also as of February 1, 2015. I know Nicholas will find this to be an exciting and supportive school community to be a part of.

Dec. 1st - The December school newsletter is now available!
Nov. 27th - Concert ticket update - Ticket sales have been brisk and Monday, December 1st will be the very last day to send in any ticket orders as we are very, very close to selling out both shows.  
     Food and Toy Drive - Once again this year, Newcastle PS will be doing their part to help those less fortunate during the holiday season. We will be holding our annual Food and Toy Drive between December 1st and 12th. All toys and other items collected will be donated to Bethesda House, a shelter that provides assistance for women and children who have experienced domestic violence. All food donations, as well as all money collected from the sale of tickets for our Christmas Concert, will be going to the local Clarington Food Bank. Thank you for your continued support and generosity and for helping make sure everyone has a Merry Christmas.

Nov. 19th - Christmas Concert ticket forms were sent home today with every Grade 1 to 6 student.  Tickets are sure to go fast so return your forms quickly!  Please note, the Kindergarten Christmas concert is a different concert (December 12th) and they will not be performing in this show therefore, forms were not sent home with those students.  

Gr 4-6 Night Skiing and Snowboarding!!!
The forms have gone home today to sign up for this great opportunity!!
The first 40 students to return their forms will be able to attend. ski club Letter 2015.pdf
Attention Bus Student families - The STSCO Winter newsletter has arrived.  Please read for further information.  STSCO Winter Newsletter Nov 1 14.pdf
Morning Yard Supervision - Please be aware that before school from 9:05-9:20, students in Grade 1-6 are to go directly to the primary and junior yards where supervision is provided.

Pokémon is not permitted at school due to issues of theft and unfair trading.

Annual Courtice
Christmas Tree
Lighting Ceremony!

 In the interest of the environment, the School Newsletter will be posted on the school’s website (http://newcastle.kprdsb.ca and follow the link to our newsletter). We will no longer be sending newsletters home with our students. Hardcopies of the newsletter will be available at the office.

Click here to download the new volunteer form volunteer form.pdf
Newcastle School from above.  Courtesy of Mr Duke!
Please be sure you come to a full stop at the 3-way stop on Glass Court.  Durham Regional Police are on site almost every day.  They have been issuing warnings since Jan. but will now start to issue tickets.  Each ticket costs $110 so please be sure to come to a FULL stop.  Not only will this save you money, but it will keep everyone safe!  
 Please read the attached poster regarding vandalism in our Clarington community.   2014 Graffiti ad.pdf
Parent Involvement Corner - As parents and guardians, we all want our children to do well in school and in life.  Research shows students are more successful when their parents are involved in their education.  But what does parent involvement include?  KPR's Parent Involvement Committee - which includes parent, guardian and community representatives - reminds busy parents they likely are involved in their child's schooling already.  That involvement may include communicating regularly with the school; helping your child with schoolwork; attending school events; and more.  During the summer, in particular, parents can help their children keep up their literacy and math skills.  Watch the school website over the next few months for practical, easy ways to help keep your children learning throughout the summer months.  For more information on parent involvement, visit www.kprschools.ca

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Please read this important letter about internet safety.  KIK letter home.pdf
Please...have your children walk to school or ride the bus if at all possible.  Our parking lots are too small to handle a large volume of cars.  The south parking lot is dedicated to staff parking and is almost always full.  The north parking lot is dedicated to daycare staff, daycare parents, and those dropping off children for Junior and Senior Kindergarten.  The bus loop is closed and is to be used by buses only. We have several children crossing the area from the street and this helps maintain safety. As well, due to the number of buses that also come for presentations and field trips, we must maintain this area for buses only. We ask parents of children in grades 1 and 2 to drop their children off using the Glass Court entrance.  We ask parents of children in grades 3 and up to drop their children off using the Beaver Street entrance behind the school.  Thanks so much for helping us to keep our children safe!

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Tribal Visions Dance visits NPS students On Tuesday, January 20th, Grades 1-6 students at Newcastle Public School were treated to a performance by Tribal Visions Dance. We learned about different styles of First Nations dance, outfits and stories. For more information, check out their web site b Full Story...

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