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World Down Syndrome Day is Saturday, March 21st this year World Down Syndrome Day March 21.pdf and Durham Down Syndrome Day is Tuesday, March 10th Durham Down Syndrome Day March 10.pdf.  Don't forget to wear blue and yellow and read more about it in the attached flyers.
You can see the results of the "Tell Them From Me" survey our junior students completed earlier in the year by clicking on the following  link.  Tell Them From Me Survey Results.pdf
The March school newsletter is now available.  There is also another interesting additional newsletter item about supporting your child in Math which has been posted in the Newsletters area.      
Click on the attached flyer for information about some Free Family Skates taking place over the March Break courtesy of the Newcastle and District Chamber of Commerce.  Free Family Skating.pdf
Some information about Measles from the Health Department. Measles school doc.pdf
March Break camps are being offered by Clarington.  Click on the following flyers for more information.MB Camp 2015.pdfMarch Break Flyer 2015 - Reverse.pdf
SNOW DAYS If there are any snow days in future, unless you are a bus student, please be sure to call the school so we are aware of your child's absence. Only bus students don't require a phone call.
Attention all families of Grade 3 and 6 students!  For your 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

Managing Challenging Behaviours in Autism:

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
Kindergarten registration, please click on the attached file for more information!   KPRDSB Kindergarten Registration Poster.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.

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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VOLLEYBALL FUN NIGHT - Mon. Feb. 23rd!!! NPS is hosting it's FOURTH ANNUAL VOLLEYBALL FUN NIGHT on Monday, February 23rd, 2015. ALL students in grades 4-6 are invited to join in as we promote building volleyball skills, sportsmanship, comradery and FUN (hence the title)! Teachers and students pl Full Story...

Author Sigmund Brouwer visited NPS! On January, 27th, author Sigmund Brouwer visited NPS and brought with him lots of great ideas and information. We are lucky enough to have access to a trial subscription to Sigmund Brouwer Rock and Roll Digital Subscriptions. This is a trial of all of Si Full Story...

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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Inspire us with mental health & well-being tips! Mental Health Awareness Week is May 3-9, and KPR wants to hear from you! Whether you’re a student, employee, parent or community member, please send us your best tips for staying well mentally and physically. What works for you, to help you feel and Full Story...

Earth Hour Earth Hour’s back. KPR encourages families to participate in the global event on Saturday, March 28, from 8:30-9:30 p.m., by turning off all their lights and electronics. Once again, families will be asked to register online at kprschools.ca after the Full Story...

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