March 2024 - Newsletter
Posted on 03/04/2024

Dear Panthers and school community,
As we transition into the month of March, we're met with the promise of spring, although the weather seems determined to keep us on our toes! Despite the unpredictable forecasts, we're grateful for the opportunity to witness the changing seasons and the vibrant energy it brings to our school community.
With the erratic weather patterns, we want to remind everyone of the importance of being prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws our way. Please ensure that your students have a change of clothes available at school. This small precaution can make a big difference in keeping our students comfortable and ready to learn, regardless of the weather's whims.

In other news, we want to extend our heartfelt thanks to the dedicated coaches of our boys' basketball (Mr. Henderson and Mr. Kemp) as well as our girls' volleyball team (Mr. Andrews, Mrs. Cornwall and Mrs. McMillan). Your commitment to our student athletes is truly commendable, and we're incredibly proud of the hard work and sportsmanship displayed by our teams throughout the season. Your guidance and mentorship have not only helped our students develop their athletic skills but also instilled in them valuable life lessons about teamwork, perseverance, and resilience.

As February marked Black History Month, we took the time to honor the rich contributions and achievements of Black Canadians throughout history. Through various educational activities, presentations and discussions, our students gained a deeper understanding of the significant impact Black Canadians have had on shaping our nation's cultural and social landscape. We are committed to fostering an inclusive environment where all voices are heard, celebrated, and respected.

Looking ahead, we're excited about the opportunities and events that the spring season brings. From outdoor activities to academic competitions, we have track and field, baseball, the Talent Show, chess tournaments and the Orchard Park Debate team, all taking on challengers from around the county. There's something for everyone to look forward to. Let's embrace the spirit of renewal and growth as we continue to strive for excellence in all that we do. Claws out Panthers. 

Thank you for your ongoing support and involvement in our school community. 

Warm regards,

Chris Chater


Important Dates & Spirit Days
Mar 6: Science/Tech Fair (Gr. 6&7 students)
Mar 7: The Great Big Crunch (K-Gr.4 students)
Mar 7: Chess tournament at Harriot Todd
Mar 11-15: March Break
Mar 21: Rock Your Socks Day (wear fun socks!)
Mar 22: Earth Hour 2-3pm
Mar 27: Character Assembly - Matching Day
Mar 27: Grade 3 Music Field Trip
Mar 28: Talent Show 6-8pm
Mar 29 & April 1: Good Friday & Easter Monday (no school)
April 2: World Autism Day - Wear Blue
April 18: Parents Night Out (details to follow)
April 23 & April 24: Pizza ‘Raise the dough’ fundraiser


The Big Crunch - K-Gr. 4 students
On Thursday March 7th, Kindergarten to grade 4 students will be participating in the Great Big Crunch.

The Great Big Crunch is a national movement and annual moment of anti-silence in which students, teachers, parents and others passionate about food crunch into apples (or other crunchy fruit or vegetable) to make noise for healthy school food!

Help Orchard Park make some noise by crunching into an apple on Thursday March 7th!


Earth Hour
On March 22nd at 8:30pm, we invite you to be part of the biggest hour on Earth by switching off your lights. Together, with supporters in over 190 countries, we can create a rare moment of unity that shines a spotlight on nature loss and the global climate crises and inspire others to act and advocate for urgent change.

Schoolwide Earth Hour:
March 22– 2:00-3:00pm

Worldwide Earth Hour:
March 22 – 8:30-9:30pm


Talent Show
Mark your calendars, the big day is near! March 28th 6-8pm!

Our school's most spectacular event returns for its 3rd year on March 28th. Get ready for this year’s entertaining, jaw-dropping, talent extravaganza! Featuring over 20 must-see acts from our incredibly gifted students, this is one show you won't want to miss. We'll kick things off with a matinee for our youngest crowd (kindergarten to Grade 3), followed by a captivating mid-day performance for the rest of our school (Grades 4 - 8).

Then at 6pm, the lights go down and doors open to families for our grand finale starring our dazzling performers. Trust us, you'll want to clear your schedule. This year's talent show is going to be our greatest one yet! Don't miss your chance to experience the magic and wonder of our students' amazing abilities. We can't wait to wow you!


OP Clothing Den
This is a ‘closet’ of clothing that has been generously donated and cleaned, that ALL students and families have access to. This can be throughout the day if a change of clothes are needed OR if families need clothing to supplement their growing family. LOTS of options to choose from for all family members, including pants, shirts, long sleeves, sweaters and winter gear. Lots of hats and mittens available as well.

Please contact your child's teacher or the office to arrange a time to shop! 
We are also looking for donations that are size 3T-6T if you have any to donate!


Popcorn Fundraiser - Wed. & Fri.
The grade 8 students are selling popcorn to raise money for their Grade 8 Grad Trip. Popcorn will be sold at nutrition break every Wednesday & Friday for $2 a bag.

Popcorn flavours: Sweet & Salty, Butter & Salt, White Cheddar and Dill Pickle. The Grade 8s thank you for your support!


View the full March 2024 newsletter here: March Newsletter 2024.pdf