May 2019 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

May 6 – May 10 is Education and Mental Health and Wellness Week. At Avon we will be celebrating this week with Music and Art 4 Mental Health! It features local youth acts and talents from our community. Admission is by donation and all proceeds support the Huron-Perth Centre. It is being held in the Avon gym on Thursday, May 9, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This is organized by the Huron Perth Centre and Ms. Rose. All are welcome to attend.

We will be hosting a Welcome to Avon Orientation for our new kindergarten students who will be starting kindergarten September 2019. It will be Wednesday, May 15 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.

Graduation for our Grade 6 students will be Wednesday, June 26, 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Avonfest

Avonfest will be Wednesday, June 5 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. More information will be coming soon about how you can participate—we always need lots of volunteers on the day for a shift, and we are also calling for Silent Auction items. Thanks for your support!

Kiwanis Music Festival Results

We are thrilled with our Kiwanis Music Festival and Choral Speaking Results! Overall, Avon finished with 12 first place, 3 second place and 4 third place finishes! Avon’s ensemble, which consists of Grade 4-6 students, have been invited to represent Avon Public School in Provincial competition!

Thank you to Mr. McIntosh and our staff for instructing our students! We are very proud of our students for their commitment and representation of our school.

Chess Team

Congratulations to our Chess Team, Liam O, Aaron G, Nathan S, and Yug P. They had a very successful day at their tournament finishing in first place overall, with 35 wins! Congratulations to Liam B., our solo player, finishing with a record of 8 and 1! Thank you to Mr. Tucker and Mr. Ford for coaching our team.

Character Virtue

This month, students will be discussing the character virtue of Fairness. Some topics for discussion at home might include: how fairness should look in the family, how to play fairly with siblings and how to handle unfair situations, should they occur.

Lock Down, Severe Weather, Medical Emergency and Fire Drills

It is the time of the year when we resume our various drills to ensure staff and students know how to respond in times of emergency. All schools are required to have two Lock Down drills, two Severe Weather drills, one Medical Emergency drill, six Fire drills and one Bomb Threat drill with the students each year. We will talk the students through them so they know what to do.

EQAO Assessments

Our Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) Primary Division (Grade 3) and Junior Division (Grade 6) Assessments of Reading, Writing and Mathematics will occur during these dates -May 21 to June 3. Specific letters will be sent home with those students in Grades 3 and 6, as reminders. Your consideration on keeping these days free from medical appointments etc., with your child is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Track and Field Day

Track and Field Day will be for our grade 3 – 6 students, and is scheduled for Thursday, May 16 with a rain date of May 17. Avon’s grade 3 to 6 runners have the option of running a 1500 m race. Please talk to your children about their interest and ability at running this distance.

Please consider helping to supervise a group of students or timing races. Contact Emelie Taylor at emelie.taylor@ed.amdsb.ca or 519-271-2905.

Please make sure your Grade 3 to 6 child is well prepared on May 17. He or she should:

  • wear comfy clothes suited for physical activity and for the weather
  • wear well-fitting running shoes that will not slip of
  • bring a hearty, healthy lunch
  • bring a labelled, refillable water bottle
  • get a good night’s sleep the night before
  • be positive and cheer others on

Parents as Partners

With nicer weather there could be the tendency to let children stay up later at night. Stick with your bedtime routines. A rested child is able to learn better, have a stronger memory and handle daily challenges more effectively.

Be sure to keep reading and talking with your child every day!

Being together at the dinner table is the perfect opportunity to talk and discuss everyone’s day. The Family Dinner Project has dozens and baker’s dozens of suggestions for putting fun and conversation on the menu at family dinner. Visit the Family Dinner Project website.

School Council

The next School Council meeting will be Monday, May 27 at 6:30 p.m. Council would also like to thank our families for your continued support of our fundraisers. The money raised by our fundraisers are used to purchase items to support our students’ programs and learning, specifically, natural learning and upgrading technology in the school.

This is a reminder that the Cozyn planter orders will arrive Tuesday, May 7 in the afternoon.

Victoria Day Holiday and PA Day – No School

This is a reminder that Monday, May 20 is Victoria Day. On Friday, June 7 there will be a PA Day. There will be no school for students on those days.

Sun Sense Guidelines – Slip, Slap, Slop

  • Slip on clothing to cover your arms and legs. Covering your skin will protect it from the sun. Choose clothing that is: loose fitting, tightly woven and lightweight.
  • Slap on a wide brimmed hat. Wear a hat with a wide brim that covers your head, face, ears and neck.
  • Slop on a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher. Look for “broad spectrum” on the label. This means that the sunscreen offers protection against 2 types of ultraviolet rays, UVA and UVB. Apply sunscreen generously, 20 minutes before outdoor activities.

Bicycle Safety

It is great to see the spring weather and to have our bikes out again. Please remind your children that it’s the law that all students must wear helmets and follow the rules when riding their bikes. It is a proven fact that helmets save lives. Thank you for working with us to promote safety on the road for everyone. We encourage all our students, who ride their bikes to school, to lock their bikes to the bike rack or fence during the school day.

Avon Spirit Wear is Available to Order Online

You can order Avon Spirit Wear anytime, online at the entripyshops website.

June Food Orders

June milk and food order will be available from May 14 through May 21. There will be no milk and food available for order during the last week of school.

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.