November 2018 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

On Monday October 29, your child received his/her Elementary Progress Report Card (Kindergarten – Grade 6). The Progress Report Card is designed to show a student’s development of the learning skills and work habits during the fall of the school year, as well as a student’s general progress in working toward achievement of the curriculum expectations.

It is important to read over the progress report with your child. Celebrate where your child has done well and make note of where they can make improvements. Make a plan or talk about things you can do at home or your child can do at school to make those improvements. Talk to your child’s teacher for suggestions and ideas.
The Progress Report does not need to be signed or returned to school but please sign and return the envelope.

Cross Country Running Team

In October our cross country running team took part in two meets. A number of our runners did very well placing in the top twelve of their races! Some of the runners went on to compete at the District run, and again they did very well! I would like to thank all our runners for their perseverance and time to train. I would like to thank Ms. Taylor, Ms. Steven and Ms. Meadows for their time and dedication in coaching our team.

Calling All Three Year Olds – Kindergarten Registration

It’s that time of year again when we begin to gather our new Kindergarten registrations for September 2019. If you have a child who will be 4 in 2019 or have a neighbour or friend who does, please note the CATYO date for Avon is Tuesday, November 6, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Food Orders for December

The December food/milk order will be available online from November 16 though to November 23.

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 background checks. Please contact the office.

We are always looking for more people to read with our students, so if you or a family member has some free time, please let your child’s teacher know!

Avon School Council

School Councils provide an opportunity for parents to share idea, provide suggestions and work together to support students’ learning.

Our next meeting is Monday, November 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Baby-sitting services are now available during our meetings. Please let the office know the Thursday before the meeting so we can make arrangements.

Fresh From the Farm

Orders arrive on Tuesday, November 27 and can be can be picked up in the gym from 3:40-6:00 pm. Thank you for your support.

Photo Retake

Photo Retake Day is Friday, November 16.

Character Virtue for November

The Character Virtue for November is Courage! We will be exploring its connection to Remembrance Day. Courage is confidence, perseverance and assertiveness.

Avon Public School on the Internet

You can “follow” Avon on Twitter. Learn about events, get reminders, and see photos. Visit our school website and the school calendar.

Parents as Partners Math Tips

Here are two free fun math websites to try:

AAA Math
Math Zone

Do anytime activities for primary students:

• Count by 2’s, 5’s and 10’s and start at number other than zero.
• Roll two dice and practice adding and subtracting the two numbers
• Do anytime activities for junior students:

Have your child add and subtract multi-digit numbers, talk about the strategies they use that is best for him/her.  Bake with your child, have them read recipes and measure ingredients. Afterwards, you can talk about fractions when eating what you made!

Responsibility, Sleep, Homework, Screen Time

It’s not easy being a parent and it’s not easy to be a child. Author KJ Dell’Antonia has these tips:
Make sure your child has responsibilities around the house. Don’t do everything for them. When they have jobs they contribute and feel important.

Having sleep routines for yourself and your children allows everyone to be more healthy, patient and better problem solvers. Don’t argue about bedtime like it’s a punishment but rather explain to your child the benefits of good sleep.

Create routines and spaces at your home for homework do be done. Don’t hover and do the work for them. If they get stuck and you cannot help, ask your child’s teacher for assistance.

Manage screen time when children are younger so they become more responsible when they are older. Model good screen time management.

For more tips please follow this link.

Email Addresses, Cell Phone Numbers

If you have recently changed your email address or gotten a new cell number please let the school office know. We are sending out reminders and information through School Messenger to inform you of school events.

Head Lice is a Nuisance

There have been cases of head lice at school. Please check your child’s head a couple of times a week. If you do discover your child has head lice please start a treatment right away. Special shampoo can be purchased from a drugstore pharmacy. If head lice is not treated it may spread and become a problem for others, too.

Litterless Lunch – Wednesday, Nov. 7

The Gr. 5/6 class is encouraging all students and staff to bring a litterless lunch on Wed. Nov.7. Grade 5/6 students will visit all classes to discuss the importance of recognizing the amount of litter we produce and sharing ideas on how to reduce the amount of litter we produce. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

School Cash Online

School Cash Online allows you to pay for your child’s school fees, like food orders and field trips online. Avoid using cash and get email notifications about school fees. Register today for School Cash Online,

Three easy steps.
• Create your profile
• Confirm your email
• Add a student
(student’s number is the 9 digit OEN number located on the top of your child’s report card, without the dashes)

Remembrance Day Service

On Friday, November 9, at approximately 10:30 a.m., our school will hold its Remembrance Day Service. “Thank you,” to Mr. McIntosh, Mr. Schneider and staff for coordinating this special assembly.

Cold Weather is Coming! Students Need to Wear Warmer Clothes

The weather is changing and temperatures are dropping. Please make sure your child comes to school dressed for the weather. Mittens, hats, boots, jackets, and eventually snow pants will be needed. Please put your child’s name on their clothes. We also currently have a few items in our lost and found. If you are missing any clothing items please come check the lost and found.

Community Closet

Did you know that Avon has a Community Closet that provides clothes in case of an emergency, when someone has not come prepared for a change in weather, has gotten dirty, or just for children who might need something extra?

As the weather changes and you are sorting through your own closets at home, consider sending along any of these items in good condition that your family has outgrown:

• Avon Eagles Tshirts
• Splash pants
• Track pants for boys
• Snow pants, winter coats, and boots
• Mittens, socks, hats

Before and After School Childcare

Families interested in Before and After school Childcare programs, should complete the on-line survey no later than December 1st. The survey is available on the AMDSB website.

Should you require a copy of the survey, please contact the school. We appreciate your assistance as we determine the feasibility of offering such programs.

Families Reminded to Get the Flu Shot and Stop the Spread of Flu

The flu shot is free and recommended for everyone over six months of age.

It’s important to stop the spread of flu to people who may be at risk of health-related complications. Protect yourself and your family by making sure everyone gets the flu shot this year.
Influenza (or the flu) is a respiratory illness that can spread easily from person to person, especially among kids.

This fall, get the flu shot at:

• Your family doctor’s office
• All pharmacies in Perth County (ages 5 and up)
• By-appointment clinics at the Perth District Health Unit in Stratford and Listowel (for families with children under the age of 5). Go to www.pdhu.on.ca/flushot2018 for dates, times and to book an appointment online.
• Drop-in community clinics in Stratford at Spruce Lodge (Griffith Auditorium), 643 West Gore St.
• Visit www.pdhu.on.ca/flushot
• Call Health Line at 519-271-7600 ext 267 or toll-free at 1-877-271-7348 ext 267
• Follow the Health Unit on Facebook and Twitter @PDHealthUnit

YMCA

We are entering our third month into the school year and everyone has been very busy. Many of our groups are still quite interested in collecting bugs and creating habitats for them. We also have seen a lot of excitement and interest with the new gaga ball pit out in the yard.

If you are looking for information on future PA days or breaks, feel free to reach me with the information below or Angela Charbonneau.

Our swim schedule has also been sent out; please ask the staff for any clarification needed.

Thank You,
Lexi Afrasiyabi, RECE – Angela Charbonneau, RECE