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.

Talentfest! See you there!

TalentfestWednesday, May 3rd AND Thursday, May 4th

Castor Valley Elementary School
Doors open at 6pm. Show starts promptly at 6:30pm.
Come out and cheer on your friends and classmates as they showcase their talents on stage! Singing, Dancing, Instruments, Comedy and Magic! Two nights of nonstop talent you don’t want to miss! Admission is free. Donations for a local food bank are welcomed. Our Ambassadors will be hosting a canteen with proceeds going to Free the Children.

Tomorrow, wear pink!

Wednesday February 22nd is Pink Shirt Day. Students are encouraged to wear something pink to show that they believe in being kind, making nice and continuing to have courage to speak from their hearts about the things that they see, hear, and experience… all in an effort to eliminate bullying from our lives.


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!

CV Libary’s Wishlist: List #1


Good morning Castor Valley !

Last month we launched our Library Project in an effort to raise funds for enhancing our technology and literacy needs at the school. A library should be a hub of learning and we’re excited to see how we can improve the space!

During Phase One of the project, we’re asking parents to help by:

  1. buying e-cards from Chapters-Indigo on Flipgive. We receive 20% back to spend on books for our library. So far, we’ve raised $120. E-cards are immediately available to use online or in-store (from a phone or printed off).
  2. take an ornament from our Library Wishing Tree. If you’re in the school, check out our Wishing Tree. Take an ornament of your choosing and purchase the book listed on the ornament to donate back to the library. You will have your name mentioned on the paper bookplate on the inside cover of the book AND get a thank you on our website (ask for anonymity if you’d prefer).
  3. donate a book on our bi-monthly librarian curated wish lists. Our librarian will have a list of books sent out to the school community in a CVES newsletter every other week. The list will be posted here on a new blog post as well as added to our wishlist page. Send us a quick email if you purchase a book so we can update our site to avoid duplication of donations. You will have your name mentioned on the paper bookplate on the inside cover of the book AND get a thank you on our website (ask for anonymity if you’d prefer).

If you purchase your donation from Chapters, please consider paying with a Flipgive e-card!!!

Here is our Wishlist: List#1:

  • La revanche des Loups by Sigmund Brouver – $ 7.00 –  have others in series in English only; Hockey
  • Chrysanthème (en francais) by Kevin Henkes –  2 copies repeatedly requested by Teachers
  • Dr. Critchlore’s School for Minions, Book 1  by Sheila Grau  – 9871419713705  – $16.00
  • Dr. Critchlore’s School for Minions, Book 2: Gorilla Tactics  by Sheila Grau – 9781419713712     $ 16.00
  • Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones – 978038575559  $ 16.00
  • Zoo Looking by Mem Fox 9781572550117 $ 18.00 –to replace much loved but damaged/discarded book
  • Upside Down Magic 3: Showing Off  by Sarah Mlynowski $ 8.00 – have book 1 in series; extremely popular author.
  • The King’s Taster by Kenneth Oppel $ 20.00
  • Demi-Frere by Kenneth Oppel $ 20.00
  • Le Prodigieux by Kenneth Oppel $ 25.00
  • Half-Brother by Kenneth Oppel – $ 13.00
  • An Incredible Case of Dinosaurs by Kenneth Oppel $ 7.00 – have rest in series
  • Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Oppel $ 13.00
  • The Cats of Tanglewood Forest by Charles de Lint (Ottawa author) – $ 16.00
  • Les livres des sports (en francais) 
  • Guinness World Book of Records 2017 (in English & French) extremely popular, do not stay on bookshelves; 2 copies of each needed; were available at Costco.

Have a lovely day and thanks for being such an awesome community!!!

Hot Lunch Program is on its way!

Welcome back to another school year!!

Did you know we have a Hot Lunch Program at Castor Valley that is catered by local companies?

The program is split into two groups: Kindergarten-Gr.3 and Gr.4-8. Each group has a lunch every other Wednesday. The type of meal rotates. You will soon receive a form in your child’s backpack listing all the options. 


Our school Lunch Program complies with the  School Food and Beverage Policy from the Ontario Ministry of Education that came into effect September 1, 2011 for all Ontario schools

We continue to use Gabriel’s Pizza which offers their pizzas on a nutritional whole-grain thin crust.  We will also continue serving Oven-Baked Chicken Fingers (descriptions on the order form) from AJ’s Catering, Subway lunches, the Hot Potato Company with their delicious baked potatoes and Caesar salads, and Red Dot Cafe will be providing Castor Valley with a 16 oz bowl of penne with two choices of sauces (description on the order form).  Starting this year, if your child is absent for the day, their lunch will not be kept for the next day nor will it be sent home with a sibling.

Please note if you participate in the Milk Program and order juice (100% fruit juice), your child will receive two drinks that day at the first nutrition break.

So keep your eye on your child’s backpack!

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!!!