June 2018 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

It never ceases to amaze me how quickly June arrives! With June`s arrival, warmer temperatures are a welcomed inevitability. As great as that can be for getting outside and enjoying some traditional summer fun, it presents a unique challenge for schools as we try to maintain the focus of our students on their studies. To that end, please help us help your children remain focused at school by speaking to them about the importance of keeping up their great work habits and following school and classroom rules and routines. June is a particularly busy month in schools and Anne Hathaway is no exception to that with curriculum units wrapping up, field trips, year-end classroom celebrations, Regional and District Track and Field, etc.! With all of this going on, a well rested student who remains focused is sure to reap the greatest benefits and the most fun from an activity packed month. As this is the final newsletter of 2017/2018, from all of us at Anne Hathaway, I want to wish you a safe and enjoyable summer!

Registrations For September

If someone you know is planning to send  their child to Anne Hathaway in September, please encourage them to contact Mrs. Schoonderwoerd or Mrs. Vancea at the school office as soon as possible. Thanks for your help in getting the word out there for us!

A Note To Our Grade 6s

Another year has passed and for our Grade 6 students this means an end to their time at École Anne Hathaway Public School. I am sure they are like many other Grade 6 groups, in the sense that there are feelings of sadness to be leaving Anne Hathaway, yet they look ahead to their new school with excitement and perhaps some nervousness. I want to let each and every one of them know that they are indeed a great group of individuals who have made unique contributions to our school and helped it be the great school it is. On behalf of the entire staff, I also  want to wish them a great summer, all the best at their new school and success with their future endeavours.

Grade 6 Celebration

Our Grade 6 Celebration will take place on Tuesday, June 26 at noon in our school gym.

Report Cards

Report cards will be sent home with the students on Tuesday, June 26. Please note that we do not schedule an interview night for these reports. Instead, if you have any questions about your child’s report card, please do not hesitate to phone the teacher(s) to discuss them.

Lost and Found

Our lost and found is once again filling up. Please have your children take a look through this if they have misplaced anything.  All items will remain in our Lost and Found until Thursday, June 28, after which time they will be donated to charity.

Library Books

Please ensure all library books are returned to the school no later than Thursday, June 14. This will allow Ms. Heinbuch time to wrap things up from this school year and begin preparations for next year.

Happy Retirement!

Congratulations to Mrs. Dougall, Mme Houle and Mrs. Querengesser as they head into retirement. While we celebrate enthusiastically for all of them, it is with sadness that we say goodbye to such dedicated, caring, skilled, compassionate and knowledgeable individuals. Indeed, their years of experience are invaluable and will be missed. As a colleague, they are greatly admired by all. I know the community joins me in celebrating their careers, thanking them for their outstanding work and wishing them well as they move on to the next chapter of their lives.

Stratford Central – Stratford Northwestern Renovations/Updates

Just a friendly reminder that if you would like to provide input regarding the changes coming to Stratford Central and Stratford Northwestern, there is an opportunity on the Avon Maitland District School Board website, yourschools.ca. There is also a form on the site for anyone who would like to register to join a sub-committee that will provide further input. We understand the disruption for families will be significant for the 2019/2020 school year, but the positive outcome will be integrated programming with enhanced options for students.

2018 Fun Pass

Celebrate the summer with savings when planning a trip to Ontario’s attractions with the 2018 Fun Pass.

The 2018 Fun Pass coupons provide free admission for up to two elementary school-aged children at 18 popular attractions when accompanied by a paying adult or senior. Parents can also save $5 on a daily parking permit at selected Ontario provincial parks. Simply bring a coupon to any participating attraction.

Watch for the 2018 Fun Pass booklet that will be sent home in June, or visit Ontario.ca/funpass for more information about the program and to download the coupons.

First Day of Classes in September

Just a reminder that the first day of the new school year is Tuesday, September 4th. We look forward to greeting your children that day for another year of engaging, challenging and fun learning!

Sun Safety Tips

As we enjoy more days with warmer temperatures and beautiful sunshine, we must be diligent in helping protect children from the dangerous effects of the sun. The following information is provided by the Canadian Cancer Society.

All children should be protected from the sun no matter how old they are. They generally spend much more time outside than adults.

By teaching your child Sun Sense while they’re young, you are protecting them now and reducing their risk of developing skin cancer in the future.

Tips for protecting children in the sun:

  • Protect toddlers and children from the sun, particularly between 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are at their strongest, or any time of the day when the UV Index is 3 or more.
  • Apply sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher to your children at least 20 minutes before they go outside. Reapply often and don’t forget their nose, ears, cheeks and tops of their feet.
  • Send your kids to school or play in protective clothing and a wide-brimmed hat – these provide more protection than baseball caps. Don’t forget to cover their shoulders and necks as these can get easily burned. Large t-shirts are good for covering most of their skin.
  • Don’t put sunscreen around your child’s eyes – it will probably sting. Try to get them to wear a hat. Or as soon as they can wear sunglasses, think about getting them a good quality pair of wraparound sunglasses to protect their eyes. Toy sunglasses may be fun but they can do more harm than good.
  • If your kids are playing in or near water, make sure they wear a waterproof sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher) and reapply often – at least every 2 hours.
  • Make sure they have dry clothing after playing in water. Wet clothing can lose up to half of its UV protection.
  • Provide shade in your kids play area. Trees or a large umbrella work well.

Please apply sunscreen to your child before the come to school and send it with them on field trips and days when they are outside for extended periods of time.

By working together, we can keep your children sun safe!