October 2018 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

It was wonderful for Mr. Schneider and me to greet and meet so many of our Avon families at the Open House on September 19. Thank you for making a connection with your child’s teacher. I would like to welcome Mr. James to Avon. Mr. James will be taking over for Ms. Hanna who is now teaching in Seaforth.

EQAO Results

Our EQAO (Education Quality and Accountability Office) results for Primary and Junior Divisions have been released. School staff spent the September 28 Professional Activity (P.A.) Day reviewing our EQAO results and other data to set goals and targets for this year.

In the Assessments of Reading, Writing, and Mathematics Avon’s Primary Assessment scores are: 63%, 56% and 63%. In the Junior Assessment, our scores are: 78%, 73%, and 53%. These scores represent the percentage of students that met or exceeded Level 3.
More detailed information can be found on the EQAO website.

Progress Reports and Interviews

Progress Reports go home Monday, October 29 and Parent and Teacher interviews are November 1 in the evening and November 2 in the morning.

Terry Fox Run/Walk

Many thanks to the Avon Community for their generosity in raising an amazing $3251.00 for the Terry Fox Foundation! The children had a wonderful time running and walking together on our great yard, and all for a great cause!

Thank you to Mr. Ford and his Grade 5/6 class for organizing and promoting our Terry Fox Run/Walk.

Junior Mixed Soccer Team

Congratulations to our Jr. Mixed Soccer team for winning their tournament last week! Thank you to Mr. Ford, Ms. Meadows, Ms. Rose and Mr. Tucker for coaching our players.

Parents as Partners

Reading Puts Children Ahead in the Classroom Reading with your child and setting aside time for them to read at night makes a positive impact on their success at school.
An interesting website to visit is: www.readingrockets.org

The Reading Rockets website provides Reading Tips for Parents of children from toddler age Grade 3. Further, it provides tips in multiple languages and it has reading tips for parents of children with disabilities.

Another great website that we use at school is Raz-Kids.  There are over 400 books students can listen to for modelled reading, read books for practice and there are comprehension questions for students to answer after reading a book.

At school we work hard at setting classroom and school routines at the start of the year. It is just as important to set reading routines at home. Read! Read! Read!

Character at Avon Public School

October’s character virtue is Empathy – thinking and feeling about others. Along with discussing empathy we will also examine: understanding, generosity, consideration, and forgiveness.

Food Allergies at Avon

Remember to only send food within our allergy guidelines. No peanuts, tree nuts, kiwi fruit, fish, seafood, raw or undercooked eggs. Thanks for helping keep everyone safe and healthy!

Emergency Drills

It is the time of year when we practice our emergency drills: Fire, Lock Down, Medical, and Inclement Weather. Sometimes a drill can make a student nervous or may upset them. We will explain the drills to the students, show them what to do and support them in remaining calm during the drill.

Avon on the Internet and School Calendar

You can “follow” Avon on Twitter. Learn about events that are happening at Avon and get weather delay and cancellation updates.

Visit our school website where you can find our newsletter and see the school calendar for upcoming events.

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.

New Drop Off and Pick-Up Routine

Our new drop off and pick-up routine at the front of the school has been working very well. Thank you. Remember to be patient and do not drive around vehicles that are in line. Just wait and follow the circle and drive back out again.

Volunteering at Avon

It has been wonderful to see some of our established volunteers back at Avon this month. We appreciate all your support!

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. Remember those need to be done for all volunteers. 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!

Police Checks will now be reimbursed! Please submit your Police Check with your receipt to the school office and you will be reimbursed.

Avon School Council

School Council plays an important role in supporting student and school initiatives. Our next meeting is Monday, October 29 at 6:30 p.m. For those parents who would like to attend Council Meetings but need childcare in order to do so, there will be free childcare provided at the school during Council meetings. The school office must be informed a week a head of time if you require childcare. This will help us with our planning.

At the last meeting in September, our co-chairs Kaisa Schneider and Andrea Allen were acclaimed to continue in the role. School Board Trustees Doug Pratley and Alyson Kent provided updates. Our playground, fundraising and Avonfest were all discussed. We invite all Avon parents and community members who wish to get involved to attend.

Signing in at the Office

Remember to start every visit to Avon at the office by signing in. Volunteer and visitor badges will be available for everyone coming into the school.

In keeping with procedures throughout AMDSB, we are asking all community members, parents, and visitors to the school to sign in when they enter the school. If your child is late for school or your child is returning to school from being at an appointment we ask that you leave your child with office staff at the office, rather than walking your child to your child’s classroom. If you have a message for your child or child’s teacher office staff will pass the information along. By doing these steps we eliminate unnecessary distractions to teaching and learning. Thank you for your cooperation.

The only time parents do not sign in is when they are dropping off at the Kindergarten doors, or for the before and after school YMCA programs, as they have their own sign in procedures.

November Food Orders

The November food orders will be available on SchoolCash Online from October 15 through October 22.

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 – if you cannot find your student’s number please contact the school we can provide it for you).

Medication at School

Medication that students take at school must be recorded by the school office and stored at the office. Students should not keep medication in their desks. Medication forms are available in the office and must be filled out for short and long term prescriptions, and non-prescriptions.

Calling All Three Year Olds!

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 November 6, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

School Yard West Gate

For safety reasons the west gate that connects our school yard directly to a parking lot will be locked.

Important Dates Coming Up

October 8 – Thanksgiving Monday- no school
October 18 – School Picture Day
October 29 – Progress Reports Go Home
November 1 – Parent, Teacher Interviews – PM
November 2 – Parent, Teacher Interviews – AM
November 6 – Calling All Three Year Olds, Kindergarten Registration for next year

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, 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:

  • Rubber boots
  • Running shoes
  • Avon Eagles Tshirts
  • Splash pants
  • Track pants for boys and girls
  • We’d also be thankful for donations of new underwear or socks
  • Before and After School Program

As part of our on-going commitment to make the school day as seamless as possible for our families, we ask parents/guardians to share their tentative childcare needs for September of the next school year (2019) by completing an online survey. The survey will be available October 1, 2018 and can be found on the AMDSB website.

Families that are interested in Before and After school programs for their Junior/Senior Kindergarten children and/or grade 1 – 6 children are asked to complete the survey by December 1, 2018.

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