April 2019 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

The last three months of the school year are upon us, and Avon is going to be a busy place. Just a reminder that Friday, April 5 is a PA Day, there is no school for students.
Please be aware that a monthly calendar can be found on our school website. Please visit the school website calendar page to view upcoming events and dates of importance. Thank you.

Kiwanis Music Festival

We are very proud to have many entries in this year’s Kiwanis Music Festival, the week of April 15. We several performing choirs and we also have a number of classes competing in Choral Speaking. We wish our students all the best!

Avonfest, Book Fair, School Council

Our annual Avonfest and Book Fair is scheduled for Wednesday, June 5. School Council is always appreciative of volunteers to assist with helping run events, ticket sales and food preparation. If you are free to assist us that evening, please let the office know and we will forward your name to the Council.

School Council would like to thank our Avon community for your ongoing support of our school fundraisers to raise money to complete our Natural Learning playground and updating technology in our school. Cozyn Planters will be delivered the week of May 6.
Our next School Council meeting is Monday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Character Education

This month students will be discussing the character attribute honesty. Honesty is being trustworthy, sincere, loyal and truthful.

EQAO Assessment

Our Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) Primary Division Assessment (Grade 3) of Reading, Writing, and Mathematics and the Junior Division Assessment (Grade 6) of Reading, Writing, and Mathematics will occur during the weeks of May 21 to June 3. Your consideration in keeping these days free from medical appointments etc. with your children is greatly appreciated.

Huntington Ave. and Huron St. Crosswalk Reminder

To try and reduce the amount of traffic using the Huntington Ave. and Huron St. intersection, and improve safety, I have been asked by City Council to ask our Avon parents and guardians who drive children to school and pick up children from school to avoid using that intersection, and use alternative routes. Rather than using the Huntington Ave. and Huron St. intersection please try to use side streets off of Huntington Ave. i.e., Cawston St., Douglas St., Norman St., and Avon St. Then, cross Huron St. at the intersection of John St., Avondale Ave. or Forman Ave. Changing your driving route to help reduce traffic and make the crosswalk safer for everyone is greatly appreciated.

Parents as Partners

How can you help your child if he or she is being bothered by another student?

It is important to talk to your child! You may talk about what they are learning at school, the books they are reading or what they would like to do on the weekend, maybe having a friend over. By talking with your child it makes it easier for them to tell you if something is wrong, like if someone is bothering them at school. If your child shares with you that someone or something is bothering them:

  • Thank your child for being brave enough to tell you.
  • Track and keep records and details of the incidents
  • Tell your child to report it until the bothering has completely stopped.
  • Explain that telling is to get someone out of trouble and is different from tattling which is to get someone into trouble.
  • If the bothering is at school encourage your child to tell his/her teacher or principal so the school is aware so they can help. If your child is nervous about doing this tell your child that you will call the school.
  • Talk about strategies they can do to help stop the bothering by another student.

-Bullying Prevention: What Parents Need to Know

Milk and Food Orders

Milk and Food orders for May will be available on School Cash from April 15 through April 22.

Lost and Found – Mountain of Items

We have a mountain of clothing items in our Lost and Found bin. Please feel free to stop by and have a look through the items. Be sure to clearly mark your child(ren)’s name on their clothing, hats, shoes, etc., that are brought to school. If the articles are labelled with the student’s name they can easily be returned.

Avon Track and Field

The sun is out and our field is beginning to dry out. Soon children in grades 3 to 6 will begin practising their running, jumping and throwing skills in preparation for Avon’s Track and Field Meet on Thursday, May 16 (rain date May 17). Many volunteers are needed to help make this great athletic event possible (i.e. supervising groups of students, assisting at events such as timing races, etc). If you can help for a half or the full day, contact Emelie Taylor at emelie.taylor@ed.amdsb.ca. Former Avon students are welcome to help out as well.

Music and Art 4 Mental Health

This is a campaign organized by the Huron Perth Centre, supporting and celebrating all youth in our community. It is again being held in the Avon gym on May 9 from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. Please see Ms. Rose asap if you would like to donate art or perform! Siblings and friends from other schools are welcome too!

Food Allergy Safety Reminder

For the safety of students with life-threatening allergies, we must remember to only send food within our allergy guidelines. No peanuts, tree nuts, kiwi fruit, fish, seafood, raw or undercooked eggs or anything made from these products. Thanks for your help keeping everyone safe and healthy!

Because of asthma and other related respiratory problems, our building is fragrance safe.  Thank you for understanding and your cooperation.

Optimist Trout Derby

The Optimist Club of Stratford is hosting its annual Trout Derby on Saturday, April 27 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m, rain or shine. Please see this flyer for more information.

Optimist Bike Day

The Optimist Club of Stratford is hosting its annual Bike Day on Saturday, May 11 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at Avondale United Church. Please see this flyer  for more information.

Avon – Twitter

You can “follow” Avon on Twitter. Receive updates on day to day school events.