Artist in Residence Award – Grade 8

Grade 8 students interested in this award can submit an original piece of art (something that can be framed) by MONDAY MAY 4th to Mme. Hart. Staff members do a blind vote, not knowing the artist of each piece. (*Students are asked to simply write their name on the back of the artwork at this point in time) The artist of the winning art piece is revealed at the leaving ceremony.

Requirements: an original piece of work, no larger than a 15 x 20 inches.

Any medium, any theme (following school rules…).

ALL artwork (minus the winning one) will be returned to students after the Leaving Ceremony.

Looking forward to receiving artwork !!

For more information please email Mme. Hart

[email protected]

Intermediate Youth Talks

Students in grade 8 are attending Youth Talks on Friday, February 27th at Earl of March Secondary School. Youth Talks is a student-run educational conference for the west end schools of the OCDSB. It is a new event centered on creating an engaging and exciting opportunity.

Youth Talks aims to provide a professional, public platform for students to speak about their passions, concerns, issues and ideas directly with their peers. Speakers at this conference are all high school students.

Katimavik’s Annual Variety Show is coming back

This awesome event will occur June 15th (Evening Show) and June 16th (Student Day Show x 2).

If students (All grades) plan on being in the show, sign up will begin (sign-up board outside Ms. Reid’s Room) on Wednesday, March 4th and close on Wednesday, March 11th.

Some acts to think about; Dancing, Singing, Instrumental, Other (magic, skits, juggling etc.).
There will also be a Decorators sign up.

Auditions will start on Monday, April 6.
MC auditions will begin Monday, April 27th

Raising Resilient Kids

I am…I can…I have…

You may have seen these signs around the school, but do you know why they are there?  KES educators have been working with our children to help them develop skill to become resilient, independent children who are ready to take on the anxieties and stressors of the complicated world in which we live.

Now, KES and the School Council are inviting you to join the journey.  Expert John Robertson will be at the school Wednesday evening, March 11th to present parents with tools for continuing this important learning at home.

Raising Resilient Kids
Wednesday, March 11th at 6pm
Katimavik Elementary School Library
Coffee and sweets will be provided

Resilience is the universal human capacity to face, overcome and even be strengthened by adversity.  Come for this short presentation and learn how you can help your children manage change and build their own resilience, allowing them to become the independent and adaptable children we envision them to be.  Vice Principal Harry de Roo will walk us through education programs currently underway at the school and trauma specialist John Roberston has kindly agreed to speak to parents about how we can help build resilience in our children at home.  Also on display will be student artwork showing how our kids are interpreting these concepts in their own lives.

Junior Ski Trip a go for Tues, Feb 17

Dear Families (Grade 4-6),The Juniors are very excited for Tuesday, February 17, another fantastic day at Mount Pakenham! Weather forecasts for Mount Pakenham show a cooler morning at -23 (feels like -23), but warming up to -11 (feels like -14) by afternoon. We will be going ahead with our trip, and offer the following reminders about the day:

  • Please arrive at Katimavik for 8am. Departure is 8:15am.
  • Our return arrival time at Katimavik is 5:30pm.
  • Teachers and Parent Volunteers will be reminding students to take  frequent breaks inside the ski lodge, especially in the morning, when the temperature is cooler.
  • Please dress for the weather. The secret to winter fun is dressing properly for the weather. You’ll want to keep warm, dry and comfortable on the snow. Remember to dress in layers, bring a winter hat and neck warmer, waterproof gloves or mittens, a warm pair of socks (and an extra pair), and  sunglasses and/or goggles with you.  


Tell Them From Me Survey – February 23 to 26, 2015

Tell Them From Me Survey – February  23 to 26, 2015
As part of the Ministry of Education’s Safe School Act each school in the province must administer a school climate survey every two years. Katimavik will be administering its school climate survey through the online Tell Them From Me document starting next week, February 23rd to 26th. All grade 4-8 students will have an opportunity to anonymous answer questions that will provide information to assist the school administration and staff in developing strategies to support and to promote a safe, caring and inclusive school. A letter will be sent home with students on Tuesday February 17, 2015.

Toonie Tuesday – February 24th

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Toonie Tuesday (Support the Education Foundation)
Toonie Tuesday is all about experiencing small acts that can make a BIG difference. On Tuesday, February 24, students are asked to bring $2 to help other kids just like them.  All the funds raised from this day go directly to the Students in Crisis Emergency Fund – to be used by student in the OCDSB. As Principal, I have accessed funds from the Education Foundation to support students in many different schools,  including students from Katimavik E.S. Your support would be greatly appreciated.




Don’t miss out…Winter Wonderland Dinner

ATTENTION: We are now half sold for the Winter Wonderland Dinner on February 26 2015, so purchase your tickets next week so that you don’t miss out! Tickets can be purchased in the main foyer/entrance during recess all of next week.

Hello Katimavik families!

CLIK (‘Changing Lives In Kenya’) is very excited to announce that we will be hosting our annual Winter Wonderland Dinner yet again this year! It will be held on February 26th from 5:30- 8:00pm (dinner to start at 6:00pm). Tickets are 10$ per adult, 5$ per child under 10 years old, and 25$ per family (2 adults & 2+ children). Ticket prices include dinner, dessert, and entertainment. Rafiki bracelets, art and other trinkets will be sold at the dinner with all proceeds of the dinner and sales going directly to the health care pillar of “Free The Children”. Donations will be accepted as well.

Thank you for supporting this wonderful charity, and we look forward to seeing you there!