Sunday, December 9, 2018

Week of December 10 - 15

What a busy week we have had at New Humble Centre.  Everyone has been enjoying the snow that fell last weekend.  The students are especially enjoying the snow piles that are in the school yard.  

Mrs. Martinoff has been keeping all of our Christmas Concert performers busy at recesses practicing their lines.  All of the classes have been practicing their songs for the concert. It will be exciting to see it all come together!

Mrs. Eilander made a guest appearance at our monthly assembly.  She came to the assembly to present awards to the winners of the Bus Safety Poster Contest. Congratulations to the following students for winning at the District Level.

Johanna Arcand - Gr. 2

Makenna Miciak - Gr. 2

Madison Paul - Gr. 5

Brianna Leakey - Gr. 6

Madison Martinoff - Gr. 6

These students' posters will now be judged at the provincial level.

Student of the Month ~ 

Congratulations to the following students for being the well deserving recipients of the Student of the Month Awards.

Jayce Orlick - ECS
Jayden Korteweg - Gr.1
Sophia Day - Gr. 4
Jakob Kabanuk - Gr. 6

Pizza with the Principal for these students will be on Tuesday, December 11.  

Caught You Being Good Winner ~

Congratulations to Alissa K in Gr. 3.  She was the lucky winner of a Scholastic gift certificate.  Alissa's name was entered into a draw along with all of the other students that were 'Caught Being Good' during November.

Library Winners ~

Congratulations to Johanna Arcand and Ciara Tvait for being the library winners for November.  Johanna and Ciara both had their names entered into a draw because they did not have any overdue books in November.

Monthly Challenge ~

Congratulations to the Gr. 3/4 class for winning the 'Reading Rocks' challenge for November.  The Gr.3/4 class read the most minutes  of all the classes this month.  

Mission Impossible ~

The gym has transformed into a Mission Impossible obstacle course for this week.  Ask your child about the course.  Stay tuned for pictures that will be posted next week.

Gr. 3-6 Skiing ~

The Gr. 3-6 students will be going to Rabbit Hill on Wednesday, December 12 for the day.  Students begin the day with a lesson and then get to practice what they learned for the rest of the day.

If you have a child in Gr. 3-6 and have not yet filled out the online permission form, please do so.  Thank you!

Ugly Sweater Day ~

Students are encouraged to wear an 'Ugly Sweater' or 'Christmas/Winter Sweater' on Thursday, December 13.  

Sunday, December 2, 2018


Happy December!

I hope everyone is starting to get into the Christmas spirit.  For me, just taking in some of the Christmas markets that are happening around the area get me thinking about Christmas.  I hope that I get time to go out to the Leduc Country Christmas Lights.  They always do such a wonderful job with their light display.  It really is sad that this will be the last year that this event will be happening.

At New Humble, students are starting to practice for the Christmas Concert.  Lines are being rehearsed, songs are being sung and the recorders are being practiced in full force.  Soon decorations will be filling the hall and classrooms.  

It truly is a wonderful time of year!

December Kindergarten Days

4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, & 21

December Birthdays

Isabella Schipperheijn - 1st
Jayce Orlick - 28th 
Nate Orlick - 28th 
Jaimesen Huber - 31st
Jenna Koch - 31st

Mark Your Calendars

The Five Days of Christmas ~

The Five Days of Christmas will run from November 30 - December 6th.  Please help New Humble Centre School make this holiday season a little brighter for families less fortunate than ours. The items that we donate will go directly to local Christmas Elves. This is completely voluntary; you may decide to participate in only one day or in as many as you feel comfortable! Everything helps!

We have chosen a theme for each day. You can bring in one thing each day or drop it all off at once!

Feel Fresh Friday - Nov. 30 - Personal hygiene items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, body wash, etc.

Mouthful Monday - Dec. 3 - Non-perishable food items, treats, candy, etc.

Toys on Tuesday - Dec. 4 - Books, puzzles, board games, toys, crayons, Lego, etc.

Wishful Wednesday - Dec. 5 - Hair products, nail polish, jewelry, bubble bath, sport themed items, arts & crafts, family activities, etc.

Threads on Thursday - Dec. 6 - Blankets, toques, mittens, scarves, socks, pajamas, etc.

Girls' Basketball Game ~

The Girls' Basketball Team will be playing against Thorsby Elementary on Tuesday, December 4th at Thorsby.  

The girls have played three games so far.  Unfortunately they have not won any of their games but they have shown definite improvement on the court and are learning a great deal about the sport.  

Early Dismissal ~

Wednesday, December 5th will be early dismissal for staff meeting.  Students will be dismissed at 2:30 p.m.

Assembly ~ 

Our assembly will be held on Thursday, December 6th at 8:30 a.m.  If your child will be receiving special recognition at the assembly you will be contacted by your child's teacher.

Everyone is welcome to attend the assemblies.  We hope to see you there.

No School ~ 

There will be no school on Friday, December 7 for the students as it is a Professional Development Day for the staff.  

Gr. 3-6 Skiing ~ 

The Gr. 3-6 students will be hitting the slopes at Rabbit Hill on Wednesday, December 12th.  Please be sure that your child's permission form is completed. This will be available on line in the near future. 

We do recognize that December can present financial restraints on families.  If the cost of this field trip is prohibitive for your family, please stop at the office and talk to me so that we can waive the fee.  

Christmas Sweater Day ~ 

Everyone is encouraged to wear a Christmas Sweater on Thursday, December 13th.  If your child does not have a special Christmas sweater they could decorate any sweater with Christmas or winter paraphernalia.

Book Fair ~ 

Mrs. Micku will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair from Monday, December 17th to Thursday, December 20 in the library.  The Book Fair will be open during the Christmas concert.  More information about the Book Fair will be coming home with your child. 

Christmas Concert ~ 

This year the students will be presenting "A Night Before Christmas" on Thursday, December 20th.  We will have an afternoon performance at 1:00 pm. and an evening performance at 7:00 pm.  This year we will be using some of our seating space for risers for the students so we are encouraging any extended family such as grandparents, aunts and uncles, etc to try to attend the afternoon performance if possible.  

Doors for the evening performance will open at 6:30 pm . All students are asked to be in their classrooms by 6:45 at the latest.  

Donations to the Food Bank will be accepted at the door.

Refreshments will be served after each performance.  A special visitor will be making an appearance at the school for the evening performance.  

Parking is available in the north field.

Everyone is welcome to attend!  We hope to see you there.

Christmas Potluck/PJ Day ~ 

In keeping with tradition, we will be having our School Christmas Potluck/PJ Day on the last Friday before the holidays, December 20th.  Students are encouraged to wear their pj's and slippers to school this day. 

Mrs. Austin will be sending home the list of what each family is asked to send in for the potluck.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation in sending in food for the potluck!

Christmas Vacation ~

Christmas Vacation will be from Saturday, December 22nd, 2018 until Sunday, January 6th, 2019 inclusive. 

New Humble Centre School wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Week of Nov. 19th - 23rd

Thank you to the parents that were able to make it out to the school for the Social Media Presentation.  The session was very informative and there was some very good take away information.  

Did you know that some social media sites that your child(ren) may have an account on will never let them delete their account?  Did you know that some sites will let users post anonymously?  

Here are a few parent sites that have some excellent research about technology and children:  

1.  Centre on Media and Child Health -
2.  Common Sense  -
3.  Screenagers: Growing Up In The Digital Age -
4.  Jo(e) Social Media Inc -

Girls' Basketball ~

Last Tuesday the girls' basketball team played against Calmar Elementary School.  The girls played an excellent  game but ended up losing by a score of 12 - 6.  Thank you to all of the fans that came out to watch the girls play!

Their second game of the season takes place on Tuesday, November 20 @ East Elementary School in Leduc.  We wish the girls the best of luck.

Mustache Day ~

The WE Club has selected Thursday, November 22nd as Mustache Day.  

Why Mustache Day?  This fun theme day is to coincide with Movember.  The goal of Movember is to increase early detection of men’s health issues and ultimately reduce the number of deaths from cancer and other treatable diseases. 

Tooth Talk ~

Dental Hygienists will be at the school on Thursday, November 22 to speak with the Gr. 3-6 students about dental hygiene.  

We would like to thank the Calmar Dental Clinic for sponsoring the Dental Health Education Presentations.

Kindergarten Fundraiser ~

The Kindergarten fundraiser, Fundscrip, will be wrapping up on Thursday, November 22.  There are many good gift cards that can be purchased through Fundscrip, such as Sobeys, Boston Pizza and Tim Hortons.  This is a great opportunity to purchase some gift cards and support the Kindergarten class at the same time. 

Viewing Your Child's Grades ~

If you are having trouble viewing your child's grades, I have posted an information sheet on our website.  To find the information sheet click Parent Support Document here or go to the website under Parents, PowerSchool. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Week of November 12th - 16th

Thank you so much to everyone that was able to attend our Remembrance Day Ceremony.  Also, a special thank you to Mr. Pete Popowich, from the Calmar Legion, for attending and speaking at the service.


Gr. Six Readers

Gr. 1/2 Class

Gr. 3/4 Class

Gr. 5/6 Class

Basketball ~

The girls' basketball team will be playing their first game of the season on Tuesday. November 13th after school.  The game will take place at Calmar Elementary.  Best of luck to the girls.  All spectators are welcome to come cheer on the team.

Picture Retakes ~

Picture retakes will be happening on Thursday, November 15th.  If your child is having their pictures retaken, please be sure to return the form to school.  Any students that were absent on the original picture day will also be having their picture taken at this time.

Kindergarten Fundscrip Fundraiser ~

The kindergarten class is currently participating in a FundScrip Fundraiser.  FundScrip sells gift cards and with each card purchased a percentage of the gift card is given back to the group.  The types of gift cards range from grocery stores to Starbucks, to Sephora to Canadian Tire.  
A list of retailers can be seen using the link below.
FundScrip can be accessed online where families can purchase and have gift cards shipped to their residence at any time.  The online order code is SMCHKA.
The kindergarten class will be utilizing paper orders as well in November.  If you would prefer a paper copy please email
Paper orders are due back November 22, 2018.
All purchases will be ready for Christmas.
Thank you for supporting the kindergarten class.

Friday, November 2, 2018


I hope everyone had a fun and candy filled Halloween.  Here are some pictures of the Halloween fun that happened at school.

Thank you to all the parents and grandparents that came out to the costume parade!

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Basketball season has begun with practices at lunch.  There have been some games scheduled for both the girls' and boys' team for November.  Mrs. Mertins will be coaching the boys' team and Mrs. Hawkins will be coaching the girls'.  If your child has expressed interest in playing, they will be bringing home an information letter in the next few days.

With the increase in enrollment this fall we have been fortunate enough to hire a half time teacher.  We would like to welcome Miss Jena Freund.  Miss Freund will be teaching Gr. 1 Language Arts and Math in the morning.  Her classroom will be in the portable.

WE Club News ~

It is time for our annual Operation Christmas Child drive. Operation Christmas Child provides families the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of needy children in many parts of the world by filling a shoebox with items for a boy or girl. Operation Christmas Child is completely optional. If you would like to participate, you can either email Mrs. Martinoff ( or come to the office to pick up a box(es), take it home, pack it and return it to the office no later than, Wednesday, November 14. (***Please be sure to include $10 which covers the cost of shipping the boxes overseas.)

Kindergarten Dayrs

6, 8, 13, 15, 16, 20, 22, 27, 29, & 30
(Please note that there are two Fridays this month)

November Birthdays

Tolson Huber - 4th
Alyssa Turner - 5th
Grady Ferguson - 12th
Madison Martinoff - 12th
Kobe Clark - 25th
Kash Huber - 25th
Lucas Messer - 25th
John Mollison - 25th
Isabella Schipperhejin - 30th

Mark Your Calendar

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Parent-Teacher Interviews will be taking place on Tuesday, November 6 and Thursday, November 8 from 4:30 to 7:00.  Information has gone home regarding the scheduling of an interview.  This is a great opportunity to come in and see how your child(ren) is doing and to connect with the teacher.  If you are unable to make it in to see your child's teacher, please feel free to contact the teacher to set up an alternate time.  

Please note that Mrs. Mertins will only be holding interviews on the Thursday evening.  

Early Dismissal ~ 

Early dismissal is on Wednesday, Nov. 7th.  Students will be dismissed at 2:30.

Assembly ~ 

Our assembly will be held on Thursday, November 8th at 8:30 a.m.  If your child will be receiving special recognition at the assembly you will be contacted by your child's teacher to let you know.

Everyone is welcome to attend the assemblies.  We hope to see you there!

Remembrance Day Ceremony ~

There will be a special Remembrance Day Ceremony on Friday, November 9th at 10:45.  Each class will be doing a special presentation at the ceremony.

Students are encouraged to dress up for the Remembrance Day Ceremony.

All visitors are welcome to attend the Remembrance Day  Ceremony at the school.

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Mid-term Break ~ 

There will be no school on Monday, November 12th as it is Mid-term Break.  

Picture Retakes ~ 

Picture retakes will be taken on Thursday, November 15th.  If your child will be having their picture retaken please return the form indicating that you would like to have your child's picture taken again.  

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Week of October 29 - Nov. 2

It is so wonderful to actually be experiencing some Fall like weather these past two weeks.  The students are really enjoying the warm afternoons when they go out for recess.  

Halloween ~ 
We will once again be doing our customary Halloween activities.  Students are encouraged to wear their costume for the entire day.  Remember that there are no weapons allowed.  

In the morning we will be having classes as usual.
In the afternoon students will rotate through a variety of Halloween centers.  
At 2:45 we will be having our Halloween Parade in the gym. 

All parents are welcome to join us.  Don't forget to wear your Halloween costume!

Pumpkin Display ~

Families are encouraged to bring in pumpkins to display on Halloween Day.  It is always amazing to see how creative everyone is.  Parents are welcome to go through the Pumpkin display before the parade!

No School ~

Thursday, November 1st there will be no school for students as this is a Staff Planning and Development Day.  Staff will be reviewing the results of our benchmark assessments and then creating a plan on how to implement strategies to support students working below grade level.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Week of October 8 - 12

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There is no school on Monday, October 8 as it is Thanksgiving Day.  We hope that everyone has a wonderful long weekend and a terrific Thanksgiving.

Thanks to the parents that attended our October assembly.  Please remember you are all welcome to attend our assemblies!  It does not have to be just when your child is being recognized.  We would love to see you there!

Student of the Month ~

As many of you know, we have changed the way we are doing student of the month.  This year, teachers will only be selecting one student per class for each month.  It is our hope that it will make the award more meaningful to the students.  

Our well deserved recipients for September were Brianna L from the  Gr. 5/6 class, Grayson J from the Gr. 3/4 class, Cailey T from the Gr. 1/2 class, and Armony H from the Kinder class.  These students will be having Pizza With The Principal on Tuesday, October 23.

Caught Being Good ~

This is something new that we have added this year.  If a student is seen going out of their way to do a random act of kindness without being asked, he or she is recognized on the next day's announcements.  Their name is then entered into a draw which is held at our monthly assembly.  Students can have their names entered multiple times each month.  They just have to be "Caught Being Good"!

September's lucky winner was Eva M from Gr. 6. Eva received a coupon for the Scholastic Book Orders.

Socktober ~ 

Each month the WE Club will be doing some type of collection drive in order to help others.  Please keep in mind that these collection drives are voluntary.  You are welcome to help as little or as much as you are able.  The WE motto is WE makes doing good, doable and part of their belief is when we come together we can create an even better world. At our school we want to help others that are less fortunate than us.  We will do acts of service that serve people and communities both locally and globally. 

For the month of October, the WE Club has chosen their focus to be Socktober. We are asking families to send in a new pair of socks that can be taken to help support people in our greater community.  We would also accept toques and mittens.  We do ask that items be new items.  Thank you for your support!

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Go Green ~ 

Another change that is taking place at New Humble is the way we do Rainbow Lunch and the LRC passes.  Not that we discourage rainbow lunches or lunches that have items from all four food groups, we are just changing the focus to cover all aspects of health.

This month the focus is on bringing naturally green foods such as cucumbers, green apples, green peppers, etc for snack or lunch.  Each day that a child brings something green they get to add a tally to their class chart.  At the end of the month, the class with the most tallies will do a draw for the LRC pass.  

We will let you know at the beginning of each month what the monthly focus is.  

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Verification Forms ~

If you have not yet completed the Verification Form online, we are asking that you please do this.  Please note that your child's grade will not be correct on the form.  Please fill out the form anyway.

School Photos ~

School Photos will be taken on Tuesday, October 9th.  

Fire Safety Presentation ~

The Calmar Fire Department will be at the school on Thursday, October 11 to do a Fire Safety Presentation to each class.  This year's theme is 'Look, Listen, Learn, be aware - fire can happen anywhere'.