January 2019 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

Welcome back students and families. I hope you enjoyed a wonderful holiday with family and friends. I wish you all the best in 2019!

Thank you to those of you who were able to attend the operetta – Madagascar! Our students were terrific! I would like to thank Mr. McIntosh, our staff members, and volunteers for their dedication and time to make the operetta a huge success!

January is an important month for your child. It is a time to settle back into the term and start fresh. It is also a time to re-establish homework and reading routines at home. Please try to find time to read with your child each night, no matter what grade your child is in.

Huntington St. and Huron St. Crosswalk

At the December Stratford City Council meeting there was a recommendation made, due to safety concerns, that the crosswalk at Huntington St. and Huron St. be removed and a new crosswalk established at Forman St. and Huron St. This would greatly impact a number of students and families at Avon. Due to a number of concerns voiced by parents and some City Council members about the change of location of the crosswalk, the decision regarding the move has been put on hold for further discussion until January’s City Council meeting. To learn more about this please read the article in the Beacon Herald.

Avon Twitter and School Calendar

You can “follow” Avon on Twitter. Receive updates on day to day school events.   This is just a reminder that our school calendar, with special days and events, is online.

Cold Weather Notice

It is important to make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather. If the temperature or the temperature plus the wind-chill dips below – 25 degrees Celsius, we will either keep the students inside or reduce the amount of outside time. Once outside, we do our best to be sure the children are properly dressed and monitor the students for signs of discomfort. If necessary we will enter the school before the recess is over.
Thank you for ensuring your child is prepared for the cold weather. It makes our decisions much easier when the students have hats, mitts, boots and snow pants.

Character Education

I would like to thank our parent community for your support of our three compassion initiatives in December. We were able to deliver a large amount of non perishable food items to the House of Blessing. We now have a good supply of mitts and gloves for our community closet to support students who need winter items. We also collected a lot of spare change for the local Cancer Society’s Wheels of Hope program.

In January we will be focusing on the character attribute of Responsibility. Being responsible means others can depend on you. You are accountable for your actions. When things go wrong and you make a mistake, you make amends instead of excuses. When you are responsible, you keep your agreements. You give your best to any job. Responsibility is also one of the six Learning Skills reported on the Progress Report and Report Cards. Here are some ways students can demonstrate responsibility at school:

  • Come to school on time and ready to learn
  • Follow rules and expectations and are safe
  • Are respectful to themselves and others
  • Help others
  • Cooperate with others
  • Do their best work
  • They do not give up, they persevere
  • Ask for help when they need it
  • Are trustworthy
  • Clean up after themselves
  • Use their words to problem solve
  • Complete their homework

Food Allergy Reminder

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.

Inclement Weather

In case of inclement weather, keep in mind that while Avon PS closes only in extreme conditions, our buses may not be running when the snowy weather hits. Look for transportation updates through the following media:

Volunteering at Avon

Thank you to all our volunteers who have come in with a Vulnerable Sector Police Check, and those who have signed their Offence Declaration for this year. School Council has decided to channel some of our Parent Involvement Funds to reimburse the cost of the police check this year. Please contact the office.

Check for Head Lice

This is just a reminder for parents and guardians to check your child for pesky head lice. Head lice is not a health problem and there is no exclusion from school. If any are found please contact the school office to let us know and please begin a treatment right away. Shampoos and combs can be purchased at drugstores. If we work together we can keep the critters in check.

Avon School Council

Our next meeting is Monday, January 28 at 6:30p.m. All are welcome to attend.

February Food Order

The February food order will be set up on SchoolCash from January 14 to January 21.

Border Crossing Renewals and Requests

The deadline for border crossing renewals or requests is February 1, 2019. These forms help provide a more accurate picture of student enrolment for September 2019. Kindly complete the form and return it to the office by February 1. Remember that border crossing is reviewed each year and is based on availability of spaces in the receiving school. Border crossing is never guaranteed.

Lost and Found – Label, Label, Label

Please 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.

PA Day, Family Day, Term 1 Report Card

The next Professional Activity Day (P.A. Day) is Friday, February 1, 2019. Family Day is Monday, February 19, 2018. Term 1 Report Cards go home Tuesday, February 19.

Signing in at School Procedures

Thank you to all our parents and visitors for signing in at the office when coming into the school. This procedure helps us all to ensure everyone in our school is accounted for and safe in case of any emergency.

If Your Child is Ill

We appreciate all those families that make special arrangements to keep their child(ren) out of school when they are ill. It helps to keep the illness out of the school and improves the health of both students and staff.