Guthrie PS June 2024 Newsletter
Posted on 05/29/2024

Guthrie Public School Newsletter
June 2024

Principal's Message:

It is certainly hard to believe that we are heading into the last month of the 2023-2024 school year! This coming month will be a busy one with so many activities happening including track and field day, Jump Rope for Heart, EQAO for our Grade 3 and 6’s, end of year field trips, our upcoming movie night, and the completion of class work as we finish off this term! I am so proud of all the hard work that has gone on this year as we have worked together in our classrooms, extracurricular activities, and in initiatives for the wider community.  Guthrie is a community school, and we are so lucky to have such wonderful families. School and home partnerships are valued and it has been great to have our volunteers in the school and working with students. Our students have benefitted from volunteers reading and working with students as well as helping to supervise on school trips. I would like to thank all our staff, parents, and volunteers for their dedication and support to our students. We will most certainly miss those of you who are leaving the Guthrie School Community, and we wish you the very best!

As the end of the year is almost here, we will be saying goodbye to some of our staff members. Well wishes for next year to Ms. Thomas and Mrs. Hoult who were in LTO positions this year at Guthrie and will be moving on to other positions in the fall.  Also, Mrs. Flewelling and Mrs. Taylor will be off to other adventures next year – we wish you both the very best!

We would also like to wish Mrs. McBride a wonderful retirement as she moves on with this next chapter!  Our students will miss Mrs. McBride as our Primary gym teacher.  Many of our primary classes have benefitted from her enthusiasm as they have worked with her on movement activities and being more physically active. She has made a difference for so many students throughout her career and her contributions are so appreciated.

Ms. Aldersey and I have been so grateful this year to be working with such a wonderful staff and community and we look forward to returning to Guthrie next year!

Mrs. Dianna Wright-Drzazga                                              Ms. Aldersey

Principal                                                                              Vice-Principal


Guthrie’s Important Dates:

June 1             Kindergartens to Rounds Ranch

June 3, 4         Grade 3 EQAO

June 5             Rainbow Spirit Day

June 5, 6         Grade 6 EQAO

June 5-7          Grade 7s to Camp Kandalore

June 6             Guthrie’s outdoor Movie Night

June 7             PA Day

June 11           Track and Field zones (rain date: June 13)

June 12           Jump Rope for Heart

June 21           Report Cards go home

June 26           Grade 8 Graduation   

June 27           Last day of school for students

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The below information is for SCDSB families for the month of June.

SCDSB Days of Awareness 2023-24

June PA Day (elementary schools)

Friday, June 7 is a PA Day for elementary SCDSB students, Thursday, June 27 is a PA Day for secondary SCDSB students, and Friday, June 28 is a PA Day for all SCDSB students. Please refer to the 2023-24 School Year Calendar on the SCDSB website for more information:


Below is a summary of the activities planned for the June 7 PA Day:

Length: Full day

Topic: Evaluation and Reporting

Host: Simcoe County District School Board 

Presenters/Facilitators: Not applicable


Educators will be working to complete the second provincial report card which will reflect students’ achievement of curriculum expectations introduced and developed from February to June of the school year, as well as students’ development of the learning skills and work habits during that period. This process includes both evaluation and reporting.


Elementary report cards will go home to parents/guardians on Friday, June 21, 2024.



Below is a summary of the activities planned for the June 28 PA Day:

Length: Full day

Topic: Reflection and Planning

Host: Simcoe County District School Board 

Presenters/Facilitators: Not applicable


School teams will use this day to review data and reflect on progress towards the achievement of their 2023-24 School Action and Equity Plan goals. They will also complete end-of-year administrative tasks and prepare learning spaces for fall start-up.


Shelter in place

SCDSB schools and worksites have established safety procedures which are in place to keep students and staff safe in emergency situations such as a shelter in place. A shelter in place is used when there is an environmental or weather-related situation, like a chemical spill outside the building, or a major storm. During a shelter in place, activities will continue inside the school, but students and staff will not be allowed to leave the building, including for bussing or pick-up by parent(s)/guardian(s).


It’s important for you to know that the safety of our students is our top priority. If you have any questions or concerns, as always, please contact the school.




Keep connected with our school and with the SCDSB
It’s important to get accurate information about what’s going on at your school and at the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB). Here are some ways to do that:

  • Sign up to receive SCDSB media releases by clicking the ‘Subscribe’ button at
  • Follow the SCDSB on Twitter (@SCDSB_Schools), Facebook ( and Instagram (


Online learning graduation requirement and opt-out options
Students are required to earn two online learning credits to graduate from secondary school, beginning with every student who entered Grade 9 in the 2020-21 school year. The online learning graduation requirement now also applies to adult learners, beginning with those that entered the Ontario secondary school system in the 2023-24 school year. The graduation requirement is intended to support students in developing familiarity and comfort with learning and working in a fully online environment, as well as developing digital literacy and other important transferable skills that they will need for success after secondary school, including in post-secondary education and the workplace.

Opting out

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their children out of the mandatory online learning credits required for graduation. To opt out, a parent/guardian must submit the Secondary Online Learning Graduation Requirement Opt-out Form. Exemption from the online learning graduation requirements may be requested by:

  • the parent/guardian of the secondary student
  • students who are 18 years of age or older
  • students who are 16 or 17 years of age and have withdrawn from parental control


Check with your local school if you have questions regarding the registration or opt-out process.

Subscribe to Community Connects
The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) is excited to launch Community Connects, a new bimonthly newsletter for the SCDSB community. Our shared goal with this new tool is to keep our community partners and stakeholders informed while nurturing relationships that are built on accountability, trust, and transparency.

To learn more and subscribe, visit the Community Connects page on the SCDSB website:



Use of student information to transition from elementary to secondary
As students progress from elementary school to secondary school, important personal student information is shared which eases each student’s transition. Sharing this information also improves our ability to program effectively to benefit all students. The collection and use of personal student information for such purposes is authorized under the Education Act. Please note that all information used for the transition process is limited, secure, and protected at all times. Please contact, Susan Sidlofsky, Superintendent of Education, if you would like more information about the transition process at Guthrie Public School.

Communications survey

The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) and your child’s school communicate with you through a variety of methods. We want to ensure that you are receiving information in a timely and consistent manner and that you know where to access information relevant to your child’s education at the SCDSB. Please take a moment to complete this: Your feedback will help shape the communications strategy for the 2024-25 school year at the SCDSB.


The survey will be open from May 27 to June 14, 2024. Participation is voluntary and anonymous, as we are not collecting any names or contact information.


Registration now open for summer eLearning!  
Create flexibility in your timetable and earn a credit! The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) is offering summer school eLearning courses in July 2024 for current high school students or adult learners who are interested in creating flexibility in their schedule, earning a new credit, or upgrading a previous mark. Students can advance online learning skills, earn missed credits, or fast-track preparation for graduation or post-secondary in just four weeks.  


Summer school program details can be found on the Learning Centres website at 


The SCDSB also supports secondary students in participating in a variety of EDUTravel credit programs in July and August. EDUTravel programs are offered in a variety of destinations including Canada, USA, and Europe. For more information including costs, destinations, credits, and dates of commitment, visit: 

Grade 8 students – register now for summer eLearning!

Earn a reach-ahead credit with summer eLearning in the SCDSB! The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) is offering summer school eLearning courses in July 2024. Current Grade 8 students are invited to complete a reach-ahead credit, creating flexibility in their high school timetables! 

For summer 2024, courses available to students entering Grade 9 are: 


  • CGC1D - Issues in Canadian Geography
  • PAF1O - Healthy Living and Personal Fitness Activities
  • CHC2D - Grade 10 Academic - Canadian History since WWI
  • CHC2P - Grade 10 Applied - Canadian History since WWI
  • CHV2O/GLC2O – Civics/Careers


eLearning is fully supported by certified teachers who are available electronically daily. Summer school program details can be found on the Learning Centres website at 



Before and after school programs for the 2024-25 school year

Register now for before and after school programs for the 2024-25 school year. Please contact the child care operator directly to discuss fees and to register. More information and contact numbers can be found at

Licensed summer school age child care programs

Child care programs for children in Kindergarten to Grade 6 are provided by independent, third-party child care operators in some SCDSB schools. To support your child care needs, some operators offer child care over the summer holidays. Registration in advance is required. Please contact the child care operator directly to discuss fees and to register. More information and contact numbers can be found at

Learn a new language for free with the SCDSB! 

Children in Grades 1-8 can learn to listen, speak, and write in a new language or extend their knowledge of their first language through the Simcoe County District School Board’s (SCDSB) International and Indigenous Languages Elementary Program. Offered virtually on Saturday mornings, the program includes 2.5 hours of instruction each week, at no cost. Languages offered are based on sufficient enrolment and instructor availability and may include Farsi, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, Turkish, and Indigenous languages. 


To learn more and preregister for the program, visit Program start dates will be established once minimum enrolment is reached. 

Kempenfelt Rotary Kids Fishing Day

The 24th annual Kempenfelt Rotary Kids Fishing Day will take place at Heritage Park on June 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Each child will receive a complementary fighting rod, bait, food, drinks, and a snow cone. For more information visit:
Spend a fraction of your time on math!
New math problems, games, and activities are added to Math at Home monthly! Visit to find fun, engaging ways to support your child in learning math.

Looking for ways to continue supporting your child’s learning at home during the summer months? Visit Math at Home for summer learning inspiration and ideas throughout the summer too.

Mental health promotion strategy of the month - Gratitude Moment

Well-being is a Strategic Priority in the Simcoe County District School Board, and our mental health and well-being department provides monthly strategies to support student and family well-being.

This month’s strategy is Gratitude Moment. Viewing the world and relationships through a lens of gratitude can help children and youth intentionally notice the positive elements in their day and shift the balance towards optimism, even when facing a challenge. To practice Gratitude Moment at home, model to your child/youth how to express a gratitude. Explain what it means to be grateful or thankful. Share something you are thankful/grateful for as an example and in turn, have your child share something they are thankful/grateful for. Repeat this practise as often as you would like. Practicing Gratitude Moment can be done any time of the day or at regular times, such as at mealtime or before bed. Consider writing down the ideas and posting them in your home or creating a gratitude jar.


See School Mental Health Ontario’s (SMHO) social-emotional learning poster series (with audio) for a Gratitude Moment poster that can be used at home:


Find more easy and fun mental health activities to do at home here:


Follow the Mental Health and Well-being social media accounts (@SCDSB_MHWB) to see how well-being is being supported in our schools.

Sora summer reads
Sora Sweet Reads 2024 has begun and will run until August 26. This program is designed to encourage students to keep reading all year long. View a collection of free, simultaneous-use ebooks (and select audiobooks) that range from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Learn more:

Homestay hosts needed for international education program

When international students are welcomed into SCDSB schools, our programs and community benefit, and local students get life-changing Canadian experiences that positively shape their world views. Without you, the SCDSB can't deliver this exciting program. You can help by inviting international students to stay with your family while they study in our community.


To support homestay families, the SCDSB has partnered with the Canada Homestay Network (CHN), a not-for-profit, family-run, Canadian business that's been a leader in homestay since 1995. CHN provides cultural and first-language support to hosts 24/7, and an allowance to help offset expenses.


 What you provide:

1. Access to nutritious meals and snacks

2. Utilities, internet, and laundry access

3. A private bedroom, desk, and closet

4. A patient, caring, and friendly Canadian family home atmosphere!


For more information about being a Canada Homestay Network host, please visit:

June cyber awareness topic: social media 

For the month of June, the cyber awareness topic is social media. It is important to be proactive to protect yourself from the potential dangers associated with social media. This month, ECNO has  provided practical tips to manage your mental health and well-being in relation to social media use.  


Access the ECNO Cyber Awareness Tip Sheet for June to stay informed about this month’s theme and explore additional resources:


Identify the signs

To quote the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), “too much tech and too little talk could delay communication development”. In collaboration with Screen Time Action Network, ASHA has developed a series of informative handouts for parents/guardians about healthy screen time habits for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers:


Information provided by Speech-Language Pathologist, Early Identification & Education, Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre

Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions

Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions is in need of foster care providers and fundraising support. Listen to a recent podcast discussing these topics:


Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions actively works to eliminate systemic barriers and provide accommodations based on respecting the dignity of every person regardless of their identity. They believe in keeping children and youth in their community, circle of support, and geographic location when an alternative place of safety is required.


Contact [email protected] for any fundraising questions, or visit this page to inquire about fostering:


Information provided by Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions

Outdoor play

Active play does more than help kids to achieve the 60 minutes of physical activity they need every day, it supports their development in many ways – especially when the play is outdoors, self-directed, and fun. This allows kids to test boundaries and problem-solve, develop social skills and resolve conflict, and learn to control their emotions and behaviour. 


Active play outdoors in the fresh air and nature also helps to improve mood and lower stress. Support your child to play outside with friends in the neighbourhood and at your local park as much as possible.


For more information, visit


Information provided by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

Stay safe in the sun

It only takes one bad sunburn as a child to increase the risk of developing skin cancer later in life. Follow these sun safety tips to keep you and your family safe this summer:


  • Check the daily UV forecast. When the UV index is three or higher protect your skin as much as possible. Limit your time in the sun between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. when harmful UV rays are present even on a cloudy day.
  • Cover up. Wear a wide brimmed hat that shades the face, neck, and ears and light-coloured, loose-fitting clothes covering as much of the body as possible.
  • Use a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Apply a generous amount to uncovered skin. Reapply after swimming, sweating, or toweling off. Don’t forget a sunscreen lip balm.
  • Seek shade or bring your own.
  • Protect your eyes. Wear sunglasses or prescription eyeglasses with UV-protective lenses.


Avoid using tanning beds or deliberately trying to get a suntan and avoid getting a sunburn. Remember no tan is a safe tan! Use sources of vitamin D that are safer than exposing yourself to UV rays such as cow’s milk, fortified plant-based beverages, fatty fish like salmon and sardines, margarine, egg yolk, and fortified yogurt.


For more sun safety tips, visit or call Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 to speak with a public health nurse.

Information provided by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit




Did you know vapes can contain more nicotine than a whole pack of cigarettes?


This makes vapes very addictive. Making matters worse, the developing youth brain gets addicted to nicotine faster with less exposure compared to adults. Nicotine changes how the youth brain develops, affecting memory and concentration and reducing impulse control. It can also cause behavioural problems. Not only that, but youth addicted to nicotine are more likely to start smoking cigarettes and may be more likely to develop addictions to other drugs.


If your kid is vaping, they may think they’re in control of their vaping, but addiction can take them off guard.


Help them take back control – there are supports to help youth quit!


Talk to your child about vaping, they listen more than you think! Learn more at