Fun Night 2017

The countdown is on! We are one month away from Fun Night! We are welcoming back some old favourite games and activities and are pleased to be offering new features including a show by Junkyard Symphony,  Glow-in-the-dark painting and face painting by GlowSport and KinderKorner- an area designated for our younger ones. We are also hoping to have a mini “touch a truck”- details to come.

Parent Volunteers

We are still in need of volunteers for Fun Night. We cannot stress enough that this event is NOT possible without many helping hands. Please take a look at the google sheet and add your first and last name if you are able to volunteer in one of the open spots.
 All spots must be filled if we are to proceed with the event! 

CVES Student Volunteers

As usual, we will be asking student volunteers in grades 5-8 to sign up to run the games on fun night. Every student that stays after school is required to submit a permission form signed by a parent. If your child registers to volunteer at the event, we kindly ask you to return the permission slip to school as soon as possible. Sign up will take place on Wednesday May 17th.  The permission slip can also be filled out online  at

Bake Sale and Cake Walk

Do you love to bake? We are in need of baked goods for our bake sake at fun night. Items should be nut-free and individually wrapped. For more information and to donate please contact Karen Warren.

The Cake walk is a very popular activity at fun night. If you have never participated in a cake walk-it’s sort of like musical chairs where the winner gets to go home with an entire cake! To donate a cake please contact Tamara Legris. For inspiration you can visit our Pinterest boards at:

Sponsors & Community Partners

We are very fortunate to have some fantastic sponsors and community partners for this event. We would like to thank REBEL TENTS, GLOWSPORT, METCALFE FARE BAR AND GRILL, PETERSEN’S TURF FARMS, GREELY FIREFIGHTERS, GEORGE DAROUZE and FOODLAND GREELY.

February Fun

This is your School Council!

We have a great community of students, teachers, staff, parents, volunteers here at Castor Valley. Everyone works together to make the school as great as it can be. School Council meets nearly every month to discuss how we can support the best learning environment for our kids. Whether that means purchasing items the school needs, organizing events to raise necessary funds, or to supplement learning with guest visits and parent workshops. We are always working for you!

We’ve finished the 2016 part of the 2016-17 year! Hard to believe! I’d like to quickly mention a few of the great things we’ve done so far this year.

  • Opened our new KinderYard!!!
  • Launch of our Library Project. We’ve received many book donations, raised $375 so far from our Indigo Fundscrip program, compiled results from our survey, and are busy planning how to best reconfigure our library space.
  • Granted a number of Ad Hoc requests (including items like reusable paint supplies needed for the Intermediate Painting Day and visit from Author Eric Wilson)
  • Had a Halloween Movie Night (a winter movie night is coming up soon!)
  • Hosted a guest visit by renowned mystery writer, Eric Wilson! Eric Wilson at Castor Valley | CVESC16111671_10157998012150024_1862628966_n
  • Participated in local events like Remembrance Day ceremonies and the Metcalfe Christmas Parade.parade2016
  • Hosted our annual Christmas Shopping Day and the Intermediate Paint Dayshoppingday2016file_000

Join us at our next meeting in the library on Thursday January 19th at 6:30pm. We’d love your input into planning our next steps!

FUNtastic! Thanks Everyone!

CVES Council would like to thank all the families who came out to our Family Fun Night on June 14th. The evening was a huge success, raising just over $6,500!! We were also SO fortunate to have 4 Osgoode Scotiabank employees help us out that evening as a part of their Employee Volunteer Program (the program matches our profit up to $1,000 per Scotiabank employee) and they are donating another $4,000, making our total profit over $10,000! This money will be used to help fund our new Kinder Play Structure, and ensures Council will be starting off the next school year in an excellent financial position – ready to fund student, teacher and parent initiatives throughout the year!

CVES Council would like to thank everyone involved – the students who ran games and wore the beaver costume, the high school students who came to help, the teachers and staff who helped out, all the parents who donated cakes and baked goods, and the amazing people who put in MANY planning hours and who volunteered their time on the 14th. All in all there were over 40 adult volunteers and about 35 student volunteers – it’s truly a school-wide effort!We were also lucky to have generous sponsors this year! A HUGE shout out goes to:

  • Rebel tents (set up those amazing tents!)
  • Greely Firefighters (for their BBQ expertise)
  • Triangle pump (donated all the pizza)
  • Wicked garage (donated all the water)
  • George Darouze (paid for the cotton candy machine rental)
  • Giant tiger (donated juice)
  • Foodland – Osgoode (donated juice)
  • Metcalfe Firefighters (brought their truck)
  • Scotiabank!

Thank you also to Mr. Toivonen for letting us tape him to the gym wall – what a sport!!

Hope everyone had fun – thanks again for coming – have a great summer!

CVESC Fun Night Committee

Duct taped Principal

Fun Night and a Cake Walk, yeah!

Fun night is almost here. I can hardly believe it either! Games, Tasty food, Yummy Treats, and Oodles of good fun!

First off, we’d like to thank our generous sponsors: Scotiabank, George Darouze, Triangle Pump, Wicked Garage and the Greely Volunteer Firefighters.

If you/your company would like to sponsor an event or station, please email:

Family Fun Night

What We Need:

  • Fun Night gift basket items can be donated until
    Friday, June 10th (Fun Night Gift Basket Info 2016)
  • We will need nut-free, individually wrapped items for the bake sale (to be dropped off the day/night of)
  • We need cakes for the Cake Walk
  • We NEED volunteers. Please contact

Cake Walk 2016

We can’t wait to see you there!!!

Mark Your Calendars for Talentfest!

Red Curtain | Creative Commons AttributionMark your calendars! TALENTFEST is back! We are looking for students to show off their creative talents whether it’s singing, dancing, playing an instrument, or something different like juggling, comedy, yoga, hula-hooping or something else. Any students interested in participating either as a performer or MC, a member of the stage crew, advertising, decorating or front-of-house committees should pick up a registration form from the office. Registration forms are available now and must be signed and returned to the office by Tuesday, February 9th.

Auditions will be February 23rd and 24th after school and we will have a dress rehearsal on Tuesday, April 12th after school and two evening shows – Wednesday, April 13th and Thursday, April 14th.

We would also love to have more parent volunteers as there are many jobs to be done! To volunteer or if you have any questions, please email It’s Show Time! Get ready to shine!

Forms are available here:

Talentfest 2016 – MC Application Form

Talentfest 2016 – Performer Registration Form

Talentfest 2016 – Volunteer Registration Form


Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day | Melanie Ritchie

Tomorrow is Remembrance Day. The school will be holding a Service in the Gymnasium. Parents and family are more than welcome to attend. Please let the office know in advance so enough seating can be arranged. Please be there no later than 10:30am.

If your child is a Beaver, Cub, Scout, Spark, Brownie, Guide, or Cadet please have them wear their uniform to the service.

What else is going on at the school?

  • The Student Ambassadors are hosting a snowsuit drive. So please send in your clean and gently used snowsuits to the school this week.
  • FUNDSCRIP: a new order form was sent home this week. The deadline will be Thursday, November 19th.
  • NEXT COUNCIL MEETING: Join us in the school library this Thursday, Nov. 12th at 6:30pm. Bring  a mug as we will be serving hot chocolate! We will also be approving Ad Hoc requests during the meeting.

Have a question? You can always email us or join our Facebook group!

Welcome to CVESC 2015!

Welcome to another year at CVES!

Last Thursday, the Castor Valley Elementary School Council (CVESC) had their first meeting of the 2015/2016 year. The new executive voted in consists of:

Cynara Corbin (Co-Chair)
Melanie Ritchie (Co-Chair)
Lesley Parker (Vice-Chair)
Tina Clarmo (Treasurer)
Tara Starzomski (Treasurer)
Shannon Oaks (Co-Secretary)
Debbie Hill (Co-Secretary)

We’d like to give a big thank you to the outgoing executive:

Leslie Segal (Co-chair)
Jen Danby-McDonald (Vice-Chair)
Tammy Beaudry (Vice-Chair)
Alka Moorjani (Treasurer)

The minutes of the September 17th meeting are available here.

We have a lot of planning in the works and in the following weeks we will communicate with all of you via email and on this blog. Sign up with the “follow us” link at the top right of this website to receive our posts directly into your inbox.

In the meantime, we are slowly updating the blog with the latest news and resources. If there is something you would like to see on the website, please contact us at:

Our next meeting is on Thursday, October 15th at 6:30pm in the library. We hope to see you there! New faces are always welcome.