Welcome to Millbrook South Cavan Public School! We offer dynamic academic programs from Kindergarten through Grade 8 and many opportunities for students to get involved in activities outside of class time. There is always a lot going on in and around the school.
It is our mission to enable students to succeed today and build a positive tomorrow. This is accomplished through the combined efforts of students, families, school staff, and our community. We strive to maintain a positive school culture that supports the ongoing academic, physical and social growth of the children. At the core of our expectations for student behaviour is RESPECT and RESPONSIBILITY - towards self, school and others.
Timely, open and honest communication with families is of utmost importance to us. Student success and positive school culture depends on it. We encourage all partners, in as many ways as possible, to work together. Please consider getting involved in school life at Millbrook. Work together, win together!
Janice & Marie
47 Tupper Street
Millbrook, ON L0A 1G0
We are located on the Traditional and Treaty Lands of the Mississauga Anishinabeg who have shared this land historically and to the present day.
Students in Junior and Intermediate now have the opportunity to bring their scooters to school and ride them on the pavement at recess. The only rules are:
you must wear a helmet
you may not share your scooter (in case of damage to the scooter or injury of the student who may not have had permission from their parent/guardian)
We will evaluate how it goes on the yard and see if this can be a daily choice for the students.
Note: Riding scooters on school property is limited to recess times. Before and after school the students will still need to walk their scooters through the bus area. It's extremely congested at those times.
Eight students from the Millbrook South Cavan Me to We club are so excited to be going to the We Day in Toronto this Thursday (20th of September)! They will be taking the GO train into Toronto and attending the event at the Scotiabank Arena with approximately 20 000 likeminded student activists.
In order to attend this inspirational day of music, activists and speakers, the students have to "earn their way to WE day" by volunteering their time to make a difference in their schools, local and global communities! The Millbrook South Cavan Me to We club has been active for almost 10 years, and are responsible for activities such as food drives, volunteering at Centennial Place, Mental Health Awareness programs, Anti-bullying campaigns, Spirit Days, First Nation's Orange Shirt Day, Free-Throw Competitions, Disaster relief ... all while raising enough funds to build a school in Mwangaza, Kenya a well in Dos Palais, Haiti and .... students are half way to our current goal of building a school in Ecuador.
Students are very carefully chosen to attend WE Day. This year, all eight students are in Grade 8 and have been a part of our Me to We club for years, volunteering their time and energy to be change-makers in our community.
WE day performers and speakers at the conference this year will include Kareem Abdul Jabar, Jacob Tremblay, Margaret Trudeau, Lilly Singh, the Arkells and many more. This event will help motivate our current team of 65 students and continue to prove that, "Together, we can make a difference!"
Thanks to Mrs. Siberry-Monti, Mrs. Belk and Mrs. de Wolde for being a part of this life changing experience!
All Millbrook South Cavan students will be taking part in the Terry Fox walk on September 26th. Each student is asked to donate a Toonie for Terry.
Students will be walking around the block - the youngest ones walking with their buddies. Primary students are encouraged to walk the route once, Junior students at least twice and the Intermediate students at least three times.
There will be volunteers from the Me to We Club stationed at various locations to help guide the students (e.g., at the corners). Parents are encouraged to come along and walk with the students.
Thanks to Mrs. Hunter, Mrs Rae and Mrs. Kroesen for planning the walk!
It's time to send more layers to school, and with that comes the risk that students will lose their hats, mitts, and jackets. The younger children in particular have a hard time identifying lost items - but certainly there are SO MANY similar toques and mitts worn by older students that it's hard for them to figure it out too!
Please take a moment to write your childrens' names on labels in their outer wear. If there is not a lot of room on the label, initials are even helpful!
Greentrack Environmental Consultants did an audit of our school this week. They took a 48 hour (two day) sample of all of our garbage and recycling.
What they found was very interesting!
#1 There are a lot of valuable resources being thrown out at our school, with food waste taking up at least 50% of the overall mass of waste. There were full sandwiches, apples with only one bite taken out, desserts, muffin, granola bars 1/2 eaten. A lot of the waste came from the Breakfast Program (peelings, slices of untouched apple), so we are going to have to make changes in how much food is being delivered to classes.
#2 Recycling was good! Juice boxes and milk cartons were empty of liquids and straws, which is often not common at schools - AWESOME JOB!!
#3 There was a huge garbage bag full of wrappers which is not recyclable.
There is a significant need for composting - especially in the Breakfast Program. (In a few years food waste will not be allowed in the landfill, so we need to address this now!)
Reduce the amount of food and liquid in the recycling.
Increase the use of reusable containers in lunches.
The Primary students have been busy rehearsing the Christmas concert called "Letters to Santa". They are excited to be presenting an evening of holiday entertainment for you.
The script of monologues being used for the concert is called "Funny Santa Letters" and it is from a site called Drama Notebook which helps schools to put on great plays. Check them out here http://www.dramanotebook.com/plays-for-kids/
Once again, our Me to We group have done something super great! This weekend they are donating 2 backpacks to the Youth Emergency Shelter in Peterborough. The backpacks are stuffed with items that would be helpful for someone who doesn't have a place to live and who is needing some extra help right now.
The work that this group is doing is incredible. Their work has an impact on our community, nearby communities, and communities abroad.
Many thanks to Mrs. Siberry-Monti and Mrs. Belk for leading this group and being such powerful role models for the students.
Phone Number, Web Address, Phone App Coming for Reporting Absences
KPR, student safety is our highest priority, and we thank families for adopting
the automated safe arrival system to help ensure students arrive safely at
school each day.
this September, we will be introducing a new automated Student Absence
Reporting System. Therefore, you will need to create a NEW account to
report your children’s absences online.
will receive an email in August with instructions on how to create your new
account and download the mobile app. You also will receive a magnet in
September with the new Student Absence Reporting System details.
Unfortunately, since ownership of the reporting software has changed, we cannot
simply transfer your child’s information to the new system.
Many parents and guardians have been wondering what effect the legalization of marijuana will have on KPR schools. In short, KPR schools will treat cannabis in much the same way they treat alcohol: students of any age will not be allowed to use marijuana at schools, on school buses or field trips.
Once the new federal law comes into effect this October 17:
non-medical marijuana use will be legal only for those age 19 and older
any student, at any age, could be suspended for possessing or being under the influence of cannabis at school
any student who shares marijuana with others younger than 19 could be expelled from school
it will be illegal for adults to use cannabis on, or within 20 metres of, school grounds
it will be illegal to drive under the influence of cannabis, and drivers age 21 or under will not be allowed to have any cannabis in their system.
If you have any questions about cannabis at school, please speak with your principal or vice-principal. Further information on the new law is available at Ontario.ca/cannabis. Information on how to talk to your child about cannabis can be found at Cannabis Information – CAMH.
KPR wishes everyone a happy holiday. We hope that this time allows for some much needed rest for students, staff, parents and guardians, and allows families opportunities to celebrate together.
While the holidays can be joyous, they can also be difficult for some. We wanted to provide families with some resources you may find useful over the holiday season. Our mission is that all students remain safe, and this includes their mental and physical well-being.
Mental health is a state of well-being; it is relevant to all of us. According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, in any given year, one in five people in Canada experiences a mental health crisis or illness. It is important to us that we remind everyone to use resources that are accessible to all. These include:
the Be Safe App, a free mobile app that aims to help young adults make healthy decisions during a crisis; it can be downloaded onto cell phones from https://besafeapp.ca/
Kids Help Phone, also available 24/7, at 1-800-668-6868 or text “CONNECT” to 686868
Four County Crisis line, available 24/7 for Northumberland and Peterborough County residents at 1-866-995-9933
Durham Mobile Crisis Services, available 24/7 for anyone experiencing a crisis, at 905-666-0483 or 1-800-742-1890
Connex Ontario Mental Health Helpline, provides information about mental health services in Ontario 24/7, at 1-866-531-2600 or www.connexontario.ca
Ontario 211, a free helpline that connects people to community and social services in your area, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by calling 2-1-1.
Your family also has access to your closest hospital, as well as to regional supports serving specific areas of KPR.
Let's keep our mental health and the mental health of those we love and care about in the forefront. We encourage you to use community support services if you ever find yourself or someone near and dear to you struggling and in need of assistance.
Once again, we wish everyone season’s greetings, a Merry Christmas, and safe holidays.
New Kindergarten families are invited to attend one of our five, free upcoming regional Kindergarten Information Sessions. Current Kindergarten families are also welcome to attend. Parents and caregivers will learn about the Kindergarten Program and the new provincial Kindergarten report card. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet with community agencies and partners that serve families, and together, we will provide strategies to help prepare your child for Kindergarten and support your child at home.
Starting high school in September? We invite current Grade 8 students, parents and guardians to join us at Grade 8 information nights to learn about the variety of programs available to help learners meet with success.
Several schools have already held their open houses; parents can contact those schools directly for program and registration information. Contact information is available in the Find A School section of www.kprschools.ca
The following open houses are coming up:
Bowmanville High School, Bowmanville – January 16, 6 p.m. Kenner Collegiate Vocational Institute, Peterborough – January 16, 7 p.m. Clarington Central Secondary School, Bowmanville – January 17, 6 p.m. Courtice Secondary School, Courtice – January 17, 6:30 pm. Port Hope High School, Port Hope – January 17, 6:30 p.m.
Do you have concerns about your child’s social, emotional or mental health that may be hindering their ability to thrive at school?
KPR schools have skilled clinicians who can support your child and you in finding answers. School Board Counsellors have professional degrees and specialize in work with children, youth and families. Please contact your School Principal for more information.
Mental health is an important part of our overall well-being. Students experiencing mental health issues may have problems with mood, focus, behaviour and their ability to relate to peers, maintain friendships, do well in school and participate in activities.
But where can parents and guardians go for help if they are concerned about their child's or teen's mental health? For more information, and suggestions for helpful resources, visit: