March 2019 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

Character Education

During the month of March, students will be learning lessons around the attribute of Optimism. Optimism is having a positive attitude, displaying patience, forgiving mistakes made by others and yourself. It is having hope and confidence. Optimism is also peacefulness and enthusiasm.

EQAO Assessments

This year the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) Primary Division (Grade 3) and Junior Division (Grade 6) Assessments of Reading, Writing and Mathematics will occur between May 21 and June 3.

Your consideration in keeping these days free from medical appointments etc., with your child is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Avon – Twitter

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

School Calendar

Please be aware that the monthly calendar with dates and events can be found on our school website.

March Break Reminder

This is a reminder that March Break begins on Monday, March 11 to Friday, March 15. Students will return to school on Monday, March 18.

Good Friday and Easter Monday Reminder

Good Friday and Easter Monday are Friday, April 19 and Monday, April 22 respectfully. There is no school on these days.

Parents as Partners – Packing Healthy Lunches and Snacks

It is a fact that students who eat nutritious foods are able to concentrate longer and perform better at school. Sometimes it is a challenge to know what to pack for snacks and lunches. Check out the Unlockfood website for ideas and search lunches.

The Perth District Health Unit also has resources that are filled with lunch and snack ideas. Call 519-271-7600 ext. 267 for free copies.

Reading, Writing and Math at Home

We know that reading is extremely important and once a child finds success at reading their confidence in learning grows! But reading can be a challenge for students. The website offers many ideas to help with reading at home. Some of these include:

• Develop the habit of going to the library every few weeks. The library offers programs for children that may help with their reading.
• Have a family reading time.
• Use games, books, the internet, and other choices to let children have fun as they read.

A reading website that we have been using at school is called Epic! – Unlimited Books for Kids. Students have really enjoyed using this resource. This site provides a wide range of books students can read and some books have audio and students can listen to the story being read to them.


Resiliency is the ability to bounce back from life experiences. Here is how you can help your child:

1. Be a caring adult role model to support them.
2. Give children the chance to make decisions and experience consequences.
3. Children need to know that they are expected to do their best, whatever that best is.
4. Give children an opportunity to show responsibility, let them help around the house.
5. Children cope best when they feel safe and secure. Eat together at least 3 times a week.
6. Children need to know that they are accepted.
7. Give children the opportunity to show others what makes them special and unique!
8. When there is a disagreement teach your children to argue respectfully.

Snuggle Up and Read Day

On Friday, March 8 Avon will be hosting Snuggle Up and Read Day. Students will enjoy reading wonderful books and are encouraged to wear their PJ’s.

World Down Syndrome Day March 21

On March 21 Avon will be participating in World Down Syndrome Day. To recognize this day students are encouraged to wear their funky, colourful or mismatched socks to symbolize diversity, uniqueness and inclusion.

Avon School Council

Our next School Council meeting will be Monday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend. Please let the school know if you require child care in order to attend. We provide child care at the school.

Just a reminder that Harriston Meats orders are due Friday, March 8.

Harvey’s Night for Avon PS March 27

There will be another Harvey’s Night for Avon on Wednesday, March 27. When you buy dinner at Harvey’s say you are from Avon and a percentage of the sales comes back to the school.

April Food Orders

April food orders will be available online from Monday, March 18 – Monday March 25.

Avon Spirit Wear is Available to Order

You can order Avon Spirit Wear online.

You can also print off the order form, fill it out and the school will send the order in, until March 6.

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!

Crossing Guards Needed

There is currently an urgent need for crossing guards in Stratford. These positions involve working about two hours a day – one in the morning and one in the afternoon, during the school year.Crossing guards are paid positions, with training and equipment provided.Please contact Commissionaires Great Lakes at 519-433-6763 ext. 248.