June has arrived and all around the school there is the buzz of excitement as teachers and students engage in brilliant learning, both inside and outside of the classroom. The children are demonstrating to teachers and peers, the results of a year’s worth of acquiring new knowledge, skills and strategies through presentations in the form of prezi’s, videos and digital books, visual displays of posters, models and artefacts, and kinaesthetic demonstrations of physical skill and creative expression. Classes are visiting the greater community and beyond, as a way of celebrating the achievements experienced over the past year or as a means of culminating an inquiry based learning opportunity. All in all, it is a fantastic time of year!

Also, we as a school are planning to celebrate a very special group of young people. Our Grade 8 students are preparing to transition to the next stage in their lives and we will sorely miss their committed leadership and contributions to the school community. We are proud of these young people and look forward to hearing about their experiences at secondary school next year. We offer each and every Grade 8 student our heartfelt congratulations and sincerest best wishes for the challenges and opportunities they will encounter on the road ahead. Well done to all of you!

We hope that all families will enjoy their summer break and prioritize health and safety while they adventure at home or abroad. Keep in mind some of the following safety considerations:

Helmet Safety
-An appropriate helmet must be worn whenever a child is “on wheels.” This means bicycles, scooters, skates, rollerblades, skateboards and more!
-The helmet must fit properly.
-Helmets can be life-saving and can protect a child from serious injury.
-Be sure the right type of helmet is being used. For example, a bike helmet needs to be used for biking.
-Moms and dads should wear helmets as well.  
Tick Bites
Spotted Fever. These diseases can be very serious. Learn ways to protect your family. Some suggestions include:
-protective clothing (long sleeves, long pants, tucking pants into socks)
- tick/bug repellant
-insect repellant for pets
-staying in the center of paths, keeping away from overgrown areas and not sitting directly on the ground
-performing tick checks on all family members every day
-being aware of signs/symptoms of tick-related illnesses
-calling the doctor for any concerns and questions

Sun Protection
-Avoid sun exposure during peak sun hours (10 AM – 6 PM).
-Wear protective clothing and a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses (with 99-100% UV protection).
-Sunscreen is a must (on sunny and cloudy days)! Look for products with UVA and UVB protection and an SPF of at least 15 (according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Association of Dermatology).
-Sunscreen should be applied liberally 30 minutes before going out in the sun, and reapplied every two hours or sooner if swimming, sweating or toweling off.
-Look for shade whenever possible.

These tips were found at the
pbs Parents Site at http://www.pbs.org/parents/summer/summer-safety-tips-for-kids/ . This site offers some great information and resources for parents regarding summertime activities.

On behalf of Centreville Pubic School, we extend our best wishesfor a happy and healthy summer break.

Yours in Education,
Mr. J. Ricci
Principal, Centreville Public School

Mme. M.J. Jarvis
Vice Principal, Centreville Public School