June 6, 2017

From the Eye . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mr. T. Harris

Thoughts about peace on June 6:

• Philippians 4:7 – “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
• Every Friday I write a memo for teachers which gives me opportunity to reflect on a few things and then give information about what is on the schedule for the coming week. Last week, on the day I wrote my memo, it was Country and Western Day, and the boys soccer team and the remaining track athletes were all competing at OFSAA. This was the end of a week which had many things going on that made focusing on classroom learning challenging at times. All of a sudden, my memo featured a week where there were no extra things; the sports year has ended, and all the other big events are behind us. We are now in the penultimate week of classes, a time of focus in addition to bustling activity relating to class projects. It brings with it a degree of peace, where students and teachers regroup and focus on finishing well.
• Today is June 6, a date on which we remember the major offensive that helped to turn the tide during World War II and pave the way for eventual peace. I detest hearing about violence in London, backward steps in the effort to better care for our planet, and continuing struggles around the globe; but I am grateful for every indication of peace in our world and in the life of our school.
• May the peace which we receive as a gift from God, allow us to focus on the Kingdom work he has in store for us to do, as the school year draws to a close and beyond.
Thursday, May 25 was our Grade 12 Portfolio Day. As I have shared with our grade 12 students, we are tremendously proud of the investment they made in their portfolio interviews. The panelists were delighted to spend time with them, and we were deeply touched by the students’ appreciation for the school, for the teachers and for their experience over the years they have been at Smithville Christian. We are glad you had an opportunity to take a close look at your high school experience, and we are very glad that we were there to be part of the dialogue. You did your parents and your school proud, and you honoured God in the way you honoured the interview process.
Speaking of the grade 12 students, they will be enjoying their graduation on Wednesday evening, June 28. We would like to invite our community of support to join us for this wonderful celebration at Mountainview Church in Grimsby at 7:00 that evening.
Here are some details for the final days of the school year:
• June 9: Grade 12 Capstone poverty walk in Toronto (entire grade 12 class)
• June 13: Athletics banquet (parents invited)
• June 16: Canada’s Wonderland trip (entire school)
• June 19: Final learning day (Attendance at school is optional; teachers are Edsby accessible)
• June 20-23: Exams
• June 28: Graduation
If parents have any questions about any of these days/events, please do not hesitate to ask.
Congratulations to our Spring athletes and teams. In particular we give a verbal ‘high five’ to the boys soccer team and to the four track athletes (Jared A., Michelle L., Marissa T. and Mikayla V.) who represented the school in OFSAA competition last weekend. Well done Storm. We will celebrate all the year’s achievement at our athletics banquet next Tuesday evening

Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT)

The results are in and once again our students have performed very, very well.  On the International front, our ELL students continue to impress.  It is important to understand that the Literacy Test written by our international students, for whom English is not their first language, is no different than the test written by our national students.  With the help of our ELL program, an ever-increasing number of our international students, year after year, are passing the OSSLT!  Well done. To our grade 10 students (and Mr. Kyle Buma who carved out time to prepare and review with them), we also want to recognize all your hard work and success, exceeding a 95% success rate is something to celebrate! Congratulations!
  - D. Wonder, OCT

Student Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ms. Linda Booy-Korvemaker, O.C.T.

For the most up-to-date information from Student Services please see the Post-Secondary Planning group and School Talk on Edsby.

OSAP applications are ready and applying is the only way to access this money. For more details go to: https://www.ontario.ca/page/how-apply-osap.

Admission Information Service is a service that allows applicants to determine which universities may have places remaining in specific programs. Who is this for? Ontario high school students applying to an Ontario university who have not received an offer of admission. When is it available? June 7 - August 25, 2017.  Info here: https://www.ouac.on.ca/ouac-101/ais/.

Full time or part time work opportunities: 
o Niagara pallet, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Scholarship information:
o Short Hills Volunteer Fire and Rescue Scholarship is $500 – applications available in Student Services. This scholarship is for students applying to Fire & Rescue Training, Emergency Medical Services, Police Service Training, Medical doctor or nursing and other medical or paramedical training and a resident of the Town of Pelham.
o DOTS is a Quilt Guild based in Dunnville; Application eligibility is for students graduating this year and enrolled in a post-secondary course of studies leading to a career in a textile industry. For more information come to Student Services.

Volunteering Opportunities:
o The Mission Thrift Store in Beamsville are in need of student volunteers to help with organizing, pricing, lifting and moving. Interested? Contact Cathy Harinck at 905.563.6905 or mailto:beamsville@missionthriftstore.com .
o The Hub is looking for volunteers to help with the running of their Summer Arts Camp! Interested? Connect Chris Hamming at 289-439-4456 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Students’ Council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brendan M., VP

Next Year’s Student Council - The following students have been voted in for next year’s student council:  Spencer D., Patrick G., Joshua M., Mark S., and Jordan V.. Student council will address the issue of no females on the council at tomorrow’s chapel.  Any questions should be directed to our staff sponsor, Mrs. Korvemaker.

Coming Up – Fun Fridays in June – here are some details, stay tuned for more!
• Friday, June 9: Finding Freezies!
• Friday, June 16: Canada’s Wonderland!
Tickets for Canada’s Wonderland are on sale this week at lunch! Tickets are $30 pp. which includes admission & transportation. Students are advised that they will need money for lunch. The bus will leave school at 9 a.m. and return by 7 p.m.  There will be a stop in Grimsby on the way home at Food Basics only.

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