February 2019 Newsletter

Principal and Vice Principal’s Message

As you are likely aware, Report Cards will be sent home Tuesday, February 19th. As always, I am sure you will take the time to celebrate the successes of your children and help them set goals for improvement as we move into the second half of this school year. Teachers work extremely hard to use language that is clear for parents so as to provide an understanding of each individual’s particular strengths and areas for improvement. In addition, teachers include suggestions on what you can do at home to support the academic advancement of your children. If you have any questions about the report cards, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher(s).  I would like to take this opportunity to thank the teachers for all of their hard work in preparing the reports. I would also like to thank all of the students for their hard work over the last five months and encourage them to put their fullest effort into all they do over the remaining five months of the school year. Finally, thank you to you, the parents, for the support you give to your children and for the positive partnership we enjoy with you.

Vice Principal Change

Please join me in welcoming Ms. Adrienne Jacques to the position of Vice Principal at Anne Hathaway. Ms. Jacques will be here for the remainder of this school year, replacing Ms. Cairncross who is off enjoying a leave of absence. Many of you likely remember Ms. Jacques from her teaching days here at Anne Hathaway. Welcome, Ms. Jacques!

 School Advisory Council Meeting

Our next School Advisory Council Meeting will take place on Monday, February 11 at 6:00 p.m. in the school library.

Family Math Night

Save the date! Family Math Night will take place on Tuesday, April 9. This promises to be an exciting evening full of Math games and activities for families to do together. There will be no cost for families to attend this evening but it is a family night so children must be accompanied by an adult.

Winter Weather

We are frequently asked under what winter conditions do we keep the students inside for recess breaks, as we did this past week. I want to ensure all of you that this is a well-informed decision. We use a chart produced by the Government of Canada which shows the risk to exposed skin of being out in the cold, factoring in wind chill and temperature. Going by these facts, it is fairly uncommon to keep the students in due to temperature so please ensure your children are dressed warmly for these winter days.

Stratford Northwestern and Stratford Central Open House

Stratford Northwestern and Stratford Central High schools will be hosting an Open House  on Tuesday Feb 5th from 6:15-8:30pm @ Northwestern (snow date Feb 6th).  All current grade 6, 7, 8 students and their families are invited to meet in the large gym at 6:15pm where there will be a brief presentation followed by tours.  During the Open House staff from both Stratford Central and Stratford Northwestern will be on hand to showcase all of the amazing program opportunities that both schools will be offering for the 2019-2020 school year.

Math At Home

Mathies.ca, hosted by Ontario Association for Mathematics Education (OAME), is designed for Ontario K – 12 students and parents. This website includes games, learning tools, activities, and additional supports for students to explore, build and enhance their mathematical thinking. A parent ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ section includes: “How can I help with the learning of mathematics?”, “What mathematics activities can we do together?”, “What digital supports are available?” and “What additional support is available?” http://oame.on.ca/mathies/

Important Safety Notice

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

The safety and well-being of all students is something we take very seriously at Anne Hathaway. Recently, we have noticed a situation that is increasingly placing the safety of students at risk.

As you know, the end of the day is a very busy time as we try to dismiss over 400 students. Some students board buses to go home, while others walk or are picked up. Without everybody’s cooperation, an unsafe situation can quickly develop. The area of particular concern at this time is the dismissal routine at the front and back of the school.

I want to point out that the back parking lot is intended for staff use only; there are signs posted indicating this. Please do not pull into the parking lot to pick up or drop off your children. In addition, all students and parents are to walk on the sidewalk beside the parking lot to exit the school grounds. Please do not walk through the parking lot to leave the property. For the front of the property, please park on the street and use the sidewalks to exit the school property.

Finally, please reinforce in your children the need to be aware of their surroundings as they walk. Traffic can be very busy at the end of the day so students need to exercise caution as they are crossing roads.

Thank you for your cooperation in helping us keep your children safe. Together, we can minimize risks at dismissal time.

March Break Camp

The Stratford Perth Museum is excited to present March Break Camp 2019: The Amazing Race!

The camp runs from March 11th to 15th from 9am to 4:30pm each day. It is recommended for children between 5 to 10 years of age.

Pre-registration is required.

Cost of the camp is $35 per child per day or $160 for the week.

For more information and to register, contact Kayla Droog, Manager of Education, at 519-393-5315 or email kayla@stratfordperthmuseum.ca