Myrtle Philip Community School Communicator » September 23rd 2022

September 23rd 2022

Next Week at a glance
September 26th-September 30th
Monday September 26th 
  • Professional Development Day: school not in session
Tuesday September 27th
  • Book Fair (available after school until 3:15pm) 
Wednesday September 28th 
  • Fire Drill 12:10pm
  • Book Fair (available after school until 3:15pm)
Thursday September 29th
  • Orange shirt Day
  • National Day for Truth and Reconciliation assembly
  • Book Fair 
Friday September 30th
  • National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: school not in session

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Teacher-Librarian and Assistant:

My name is Sue Oakey and I am the Teacher-Librarian again at Myrtle Philip this year. My job is to help your children to love reading. What a great job! Our very capable Library Assistant, Dawn Walsh, is back as well.

I collaborate with the amazing classroom teachers to provide an effective learning environment to foster all levels of learning.

Scholastic Book Fair:

We are starting this year with a bang and are hosting the annual Scholastic Book Fair in the library. This week your child had the opportunity to browse the book fair to see which books they like. Hopefully they also brought home to you the scholastic pamphlet showing some of the choices. Your child will be able to buy books on Sept 27, 28 or 29th during their library block during the school day next week! The fair will also be open after school on Tuesday Sept 27 until 3:15pm and Wednesday Sept 28 until 3:15pm. If you come as a family to the book fair (parent/guardian plus child)  after school you may enter the door prize of $50 worth of books. Teachers also have a wish list of books if you would like to purchase one for your child’s classroom. Part proceeds from the fair go to purchasing more books for our wonderful Myrtle library. We accept cash, credit card and debit card. Thank you in advance for your support.

Book Exchange:

Once the fair is complete, we will move into our regular library routine. Each class will come to the library once a week on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday morning to sign out a book and to read and participate in literacy activities. Students in kindergarten to grade 3 have received a plastic book bag for transporting library books to and from school to avoid damage. Students in grade 4 to 7 are expected to bring a sturdy plastic bag from home for this purpose. Students who do not have a plastic bag will not be permitted to take a library book home.

Kindergarten students may take out 1 book at a time.

Grade ones and twos can take out 2 books.

Grade 3’s three books.

Grade 4’s four books.

Grade 5’s, Grade 6 and Grade 7’s – five books

Students may borrow the books for 2 weeks. Students must return overdue books before they may take out another book. Parents and guardians will receive emails telling them if their child has an overdue book. If a student loses or damages a book, please send money with them to the library to replace the book. Or even better, visit our local Armchair Book Store and buy a new copy for our library!

Family Literacy Day  January 27, 2023.


Literacy Week begins January 23. I welcome any community involvement so if you have a story you’d love to share, a song you’d like to sing or if you would just like to come to the library with your child to read, please let me know.

Book Clubs


The Reading Link Challenge will begin in November for grade 4 and 5 students.

The Red Cedar book club will begin in January for grade 6 and 7 students.

More details to follow.



If you would like to volunteer in the library, please contact me at [email protected]

I look forward to another enriching year with your children.

Sue Oakey

Teacher-Librarian Myrtle Philip School

Part-Time: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday mornings

[email protected]

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Thursday will be our National day of Truth and Reconciliation assembly. Here is a link to the video we will be showing on that day. Take a moment to check it out for yourselves. This is a great place to start a discussion about such a difficult subject. 

fire prevention


Fire Prevention Week 2022 is just around the corner!


Did you know today's homes burn faster than ever. You may have as little as two minutes (or even less time) to safely escape a home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Your ability to get out of a home during a fire depends on early warning from smoke alarms and advance planning.


This year, Fire Prevention Week runs from October 9 to 15 and the theme is “Fire won't wait. Plan your escape". The campaign aims to educate children and families about home fire escape plans;

Important Information for our Families
School Cash Online
All families should have received an email from School Cash Online to complete the following items:
  • Forms (G-Suite permission, Walking Field Trip, Media Consent, Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation) to fill in for your child as required by the school district;
  • Indigenous ancestry self identification forms
  • Agendas (K to grade 5)
Thank you for your prompt completion and payments!
  • All students who seek bus transportation are now required to register annually to receive a bus pass and to have a bus seat allocated to them. We encourage you to review District Policy 806 for more information about your child’s eligibility for school bus transportation. Here is the the registration form to register your child(ren) for the bus.
  • Passes have been issued to all eligible students who have registered to ride the bus for the 2022/2023 school year (lanyards have been ordered and will be distributed asap).
School News App
We have started to use the School News app by Edlio, an activity feed for consuming alerts, news, and events for participating schools. It’s a simple way to view the school’s news feeds and calendars, and also receive push notifications directly from us. It’s free to download to your iOS or Android phone and quick to set up:
  1. Go to the App Store or Google Play and search for “School News by Edlio” to install.
  2. Open the app and search for the school; tap “Add School.” If you have kids in other Edlio-powered schools, add them to the app too.
  3. Enable push notification by going to the Alerts tab and tapping “Enable Notifications.”
All of the news and events posted to our website are posted here for easy access. You can also add multiple Edlio-powered schools and/or districts to gather all news, events, and alerts in this one app. We’ll send push notifications out to keep you updated on urgent news.


Indigenous Education Brochure

Appeals Document



Dogs on School Grounds

  • In the first few weeks of school we have lots of new little faces joining our school community. Many of our new small humans may be nervous around dogs. It is important that all dogs on school grounds be accompanied by an adult and be on a leash. We also ask that individuals bringing their dogs to drop off and pick up be mindful of the kindergarten entrance and try not to bring dogs into where the students are lining up and listening to morning instructions. 
Dropping off and picking up our children from school can be a stressful time. It is important that we make sure that they are getting to where they need to go safely. Here are the following parking guidelines for drop off and pick up. 
  1. When dropping off or picking up in the bus loop parents must remain IN THEIR CARS at all times. This means no helping little ones with seatbelts, backpacks, or walking them to their classrooms. It is integral for safety that while in the bus loop the driver is always in the vehicle and behind the wheel. 
  2. Parking in the bus loop is also prohibited. This is a quick drop off or pick up area. If you need to park please continue to the parking lot to do so. 
  3. Children are walking through the parking lot all the time, please slow down to ensure safety.