Filed Under (Uncategorized) by on March 2, 2015

Algonquin Ridge was recently nominated by the aunt of three of our students to receive a free prize from Penguin Random House. Only four schools in all of Canada were to be randomly selected to win. Great news. We won! As a result, we have received a gift package from Penguin including five copies of Random Acts. This is Canadian author Valerie Sherrard’s newest book about some best friends who pledge to perform random acts of kindness – anonymously. Special thanks to Evelyn, Chloe, and Danika’s aunt Carolyn who very kindly entered her nieces’ school in this contest. Look for Random Acts on our library shelves and be one of the first people in Canada to read this laugh-out-loud novel with an important message about altruism.random act

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by on February 17, 2015

The students at Algonquin Ridge responded very well today when one of our classroom’s heat sensors was accidentally triggered and the fire alarm sounded. The students evacuated very quickly and did their best to stay warm while we waited for the fire department to respond.

The fire department was here very quickly and the students were able to get back inside. Other than a few feet that got wet, and some goose bumps, everything went very smoothly. Thank you to our students and staff for dealing with this surprise so well.

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by on February 12, 2015

Wow! What a great night! We had over 200 people join us for our Family BINGO night. There was lots of fun to be had by all. We had the pleasure of being entertained by a number of students over the evening. A great big THANKS goes out to them for sharing their talents with us.

Check out some snippets of the student performances…





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Our Bingo Night was generously sponsored by…


We had a great turn out for our night with the Barrie Colts. Thank you to everyone who supported our fundraising efforts. It was an exciting game and we’re sure that it was the support and cheering from our school that helped the Colts come back from behind and win the game in the last few minutes of play.

Have you already marked your calendar for tomorrow night?  We’re looking forward to another great evening of family fun and entertainment.  Come out to the school gym at 6:30 PM to get in on the fun.  There will be bingo, popcorn, prizes and a little bit of student entertainment.  It should all be over well before 8 PM so you can still get the family home to bed on time to be well rested for school the next day.  See you there! bingo


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Filed Under (Uncategorized) by on February 9, 2015

It’s hard to believe, but we’ve already reached the 100th day of school, and that means than many of the students in our primary classes are participating in special activities to celebrate this special day. Many students have also brought in interesting collections of 100 things to show to their classmates.  Happy 100 Day!!!feb 9 100 day4 feb 9 100 day5 feb 9 100 day6feb 9 100 day feb 9 100 day2 feb 9 100 day3

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by on February 3, 2015

valentineThe student leaders at Algonquin have joined in with a nationwide initiative to show our support as Canadians for past and present members of the Canadian military.  Valentines for Veterans is a program initiated by Canadian Veterans Affairs in which people have an opportunity to write a special Valentine message to Canadian veteran.  The student leaders have made a beautiful drop box which is located in the school office and classes are preparing Valentines to submit by February 5 so they can be sent out, delivered and received by our Canadian veterans on time for Valentines Day.  Parents and families are welcome to participate as well.  There is a beautifully decorated bucket with blank Valentines in the school office.  Feel free to stop by the office and complete a Valentine no later than the end of the day on Thursday, February 5.

The final school day of January was an exciting day at Algonquin Ridge ES!  It included a variety of special reading events taking place in every classroom, reading buddies getting together to make special bookmarks, and a Character Education assembly celebrating all the good things happening at our school including all the STAR students receiving awards.

It was a special day of dressing up as a story book character and there were many great costumes to enjoy!  Congratulations to staff and students for all their planning and participation in this special month and special celebration day.  The best part… the students of Algonquin completed a combined total of over 225,000 minutes of reading during the month of January.  Congratulations students on meeting your goals, and keep reading!!!celebrate1 celebrate2 celebrate3 celebrate4 celebrate5 celebrate6

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by on January 18, 2015

It has been great to see the students of Algonquin putting an extra emphasis on reading in the month of January as we Celebrate Reading this month.  On Friday, it was pajama day and many students and staff participated by coming to school in their pajamas and spending some extra time focused on special reading activities in the classroom.pajama2 pajama3 pajama4