September 2018 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

It is my pleasure to welcome all students, families, and staff back to Avon Public School! I hope everyone had a safe and healthy summer. I would like to extend a very special welcome to those of you who are new to Avon. The Avon School community will welcome and support you as you make this important transition.

A new school year is an exciting time for all. It is a time of new beginnings. It is an opportunity for a new start. Students will be in new classes, forge new friendships, and learn new curriculum. Please understand that class assignments were made thoughtfully based on a variety of factors, and your child’s placement is deemed to be final. I want to thank all of our staff for their preparation for a new year. I would also like to thank Mr. Hicks and Mr. Swarthout for all of their hard work during the summer, cleaning and preparing the school for students. Avon looks fantastic!

I have been involved in many different aspects of education over the years and consider working with children a tremendous honour. We all need to give them our very best every day. I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible at the Open House on Wednesday, September 19, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., and I look forward to getting to know you and your children throughout the school year. If you have any questions or concerns during the year, please do not hesitate to call. I look forward to working with you and your children.

I would like to congratulate Mr. Mac and the 18 junior students who made up the unconducted ensemble who competed in and won in a local Festival, through recording of two songs; a two part and a three harmony. The group was recommended for provincials and came in first! They represented Ontario in a National Competition and were chosen as part of a group of four finalists and placed third!

Avon Public School Staff 2018 – 2019

Kindergarten A: Ms. Ford-Pleil, Ms. Siebert

Kindergarten B: Ms. Jones, Ms. Simpson
Kindergarten C: Ms. Tessmer, Ms. Jarvis
Kindergarten D: Ms. Poole, Ms Marshall
1A: Ms. Mark
1B: Ms. Scholl
1C/2A: Ms. Iredale
2B: Ms. Heffer
2C/3A: Mr. Grodzinski
3B: Ms. Taylor
3C/4A: Ms. Rose
4B: Ms. Meadows / Ms. Denny
4C/5A: Mr. Tucker
5B: Ms. Steven
5C/6A: Mr. Ford
6B: Ms. Yantzi
Music: Mr. McIntosh
French/Prep: Ms. Spendiff
Resource Support: Ms. McCann/Ms.Denny
Educational Assistants: Ms. Herlick-Riehl, Ms. Gates, Ms. Carangouni
STRIVE CYW: Ms. Mitchell
TRA: Ms. Allen
Secretary: Ms. Kelly
Custodians: Mr. Hicks / Mr. Swarthout
Vice Principal/ Prep: Mr. Schneider
Principal: Mr. Stanley

School Council

Avon Public School is very fortunate to have an active and dedicated School Council, as well as a number of caring volunteers who support our school in a variety of ways. If you are interested in joining council or volunteering, please let us know. We greatly appreciate your support. The first meeting of the School Council will be Monday, September 24, 6:30 p.m. in the library. Please feel welcome to attend this meeting, especially if you think you’d be interested in joining as a member of the upcoming council.

Parents as Partners – Back to School Routines

Did you know your child is more likely to do well in school if you are engaged in their education? I will share helpful tips and suggestions in the monthly school newsletter on how you can be involved with your child’s education. Look for them under the heading, Parents as Partners. Remember, being involved in your child’s school is the best thing you can do for their education!

Establishing back to school routines will not only help reduce stress for your child and help them be more successful at school routines also provide a huge benefit for parents too.
Here are six tips to get started:

• Use a calendar to keep everyone organized a calendar only works if you use it.
• Create a morning routine schedule to start everyone’s day off right.
• Establish zones in your home where your child can relax and read ,or go and play after a day at school.
• Take time to meal plan.
• Establish a bed time and stick to it.
• Plan ahead the night before to make the morning go smoother, such as making lunches, and setting out clothes.

For more information see the article on “How to Create a Simple Back to School Routine“.

Family Handbook

Later this week, a Family Handbook will be going home with each student. This handbook outlines procedures and policies that will help each student and family to work effectively within our system like the safe arrival program, bringing toys to school, allergy information, medication, and so much more.

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. Your co-operation is essential.

Allergies at Avon

For the safety of all our students, and due to severe food allergies Avon is a Peanut and Tree Nut Sensitive Zone. In addition, fish, seafood, kiwi and raw egg products or anything made from these products (e.g., mayonnaise) should not be brought in student lunches.

Individual classroom teachers will be communicating with parents about allergies specific to their classrooms. Please note and follow the guidelines set out for your child’s class. And please remember – Avon is a fragrance free zone as well.

Student Emergency Contact Forms

Student Emergency Contact Forms have been sent home on Tuesday. Please review carefully and provide any updated allergy information. Thank you.

Sabrina’s Law and Anaphylaxis

In January 2006, Sabrina’s Law came into effect. This Law requires school boards to have emergency procedures in place to deal with incidents of anaphylaxis and to provide training for all staff. With support from the Perth District Health Unit and the Huron County Health Unit, school principals provide to their staff, annual training in the administration of EPI-Pens to treat anaphylactic reactions.

In cases where a student is anaphylactic, parents/guardians are expected to provide an EPI- Pen(s) for their child to carry with them at all times during the school day. Parents/Guardians must also work with the school to develop an Individual Medical Management Plan that outlines emergency procedures for their child.

In accordance with Sabrina’s Law, all schools have been provided with two generic EPI-Pens. These EPI- Pens are being provided to support schools in responding to a medical emergency for an anaphylactic student for whom the school has an Individual Medical Management Plan and Emergency Procedure in place.

Also, in accordance with Sabrina’s Law, schools must administer an EPI-Pen when a student is suspected of suffering an anaphylactic reaction even if no Individual Medical Management Plan exists.

If you are aware that your child is allergic to epinephrine or if you have any concerns, it is suggested that you contact the school principal.

Ryan’s Law and Asthma

As you may be aware, Ryan’s Law, was passed by the Ontario Legislature in 2015. This piece of legislation is an important step to support the well-being of students with asthma in Ontario schools. If your child has asthma, we ask that you immediately contact the main office at your school to provide information about your child’s asthma medication. With your permission, your child will be allowed to carry his/her asthma medication while at school. The Ministry of Education website has resources on asthma.

As a best practice and to support your child, please let the school know if your child has a medical condition so that the school is aware and can keep this information on file. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

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 or can be printed from the school website, and must be filled out for short and long term prescriptions, and non-prescriptions.

Safe Arrival Program

If you know your child is going to be late or absent from school, please phone the school before 9:00 a.m. You may leave a message on the answering service at any time at 519-271-2905.

Similarly, if your child needs to leave school early, for safety reasons:

• we must have a phone message or note from the child’s parent/guardian, or
• the parent/guardian must personally pick up the child from school. We cannot release any child to someone other than his/her parent without the parent’s permission.

New Routines for Better Safety

You will notice new markings painted on the asphalt in the parking lot to help everyone be aware of where they can go. Vehicles are allowed to drive to the front of the school, following the arrows, and immediately turn on the “tear-drop” loop and exit the school yard.

Vehicles do not park in this zone, and you must only use this area for drop off or pick up. Vehicles are no longer allowed to drive along the side of the school and loop through the parking lot.

Buses will now park at the side of the school to load and unload students. Again, any other vehicle is not to drive in the bus area as this is where students will be walking. Please see more reminders below. Thank you for your cooperation.

Please note:

  • The parking lot is for staff parking only. There is one designated “Visitor Parking” spot with signage. If this spot is not free, all parents must park on side streets.
  • At the beginning and end of the day, parents park on side streets and walk in.
  • There is a drop off and pick up zone at the front of the school. Drivers must not leave their cars at entry and dismissal. There is always adult supervision at drop off and dismissal times.
  • At dismissal time, cars must not wait in the drop- off and pick-up zone. If you are early, please wait off property until the bell rings and then make your way slowly into the loop until your child is outside.
  • Never leave your car at a No Parking sign or marked No Parking area. These have been placed to allow emergency vehicles easy access to the school and no cars can ever be parked in these areas. We will have to call for the car to be moved if it is parked in one of these areas.
  • Walkers and students walking bikes/ scooters stay inside the yellow line.
  • Bikes must be walked to the first Crossing Guard and all pedestrians must cross with the Crossing Guard.
  • Two Crossing Guards are on duty at the Huntingdon and Huron intersection from 8:00-9:00 a.m. and 3:00- 4:00 p.m.

Supervision is provided at the front of the school in the morning and afternoon, and at the Junior doors as of 8:55 a.m. Please time your arrival to school for 8:55-9:05 a.m., as there is no supervision before that time.

Day Schedule

Our school day is organized using a Balanced Day Format. Entry will be at 9:10 a.m. and dismissal will be at 3:30 p.m. Your child will have two 20-minute nutrition breaks each day, and two 20-minute recess breaks. Your child will need a lunch for each nutrition break. In simple terms, your child’s food and beverage should be divided into two mini-meals.

Balanced Day Schedule

Morning Entry 9:10 a.m.
Instructional Block # 1 9:10 a.m.
Nutrition Break # 1 11:10 a.m.
Recess Break # 1 11:30 a.m.
Instructional Block # 2 11:50 a.m.
Recess Break # 2 1:40 p.m.
Nutrition Break # 2 2:00 p.m.
Instructional Block # 3 2:20 p.m.
Dismissal 3:30 p.m.

Important Information Coming Home

Freedom of Information

You will be receiving a letter about information pertaining to the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. We encourage all parents to read it carefully. The letter outlines the types of personal information we can share, how we can share or use the information, and the requirement for parents to let us know if they object.

Emergency Information Forms

Emergency Information Forms will be sent home with each child. Please be sure to read it over carefully and correct any incorrect information, and insert any missing information. It is essential that we have contact information in case of emergencies and we need to reach you or another adult who could make decisions on behalf of your child. This would usually be if your child becomes ill or injured at school.

Family Handbook

Within the next week each family will receive a copy of the school’s Parent/Student Handbook. It contains useful information on a variety of school-related topics. We ask you to keep this book at home as a reference tool.

Code of Conduct

All classroom teachers will review with their classes, in age-appropriate language, the Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct applies to all students, staff, parents and guests, and sets out reasonable expectations for behaviours, and potential consequences for inappropriate behaviours.

Volunteering at Avon!

Avon has long enjoyed the participation of so many community partners, retirees, co-op students, and parents who all support the learning of each and every one of our students. We are truly blessed! We would be very excited to welcome new volunteers to our school. If you are interested, please fill out the form in this newsletter, or pass it on to someone you know would love to be a part of our community, and bring it in to the office.

In order to ensure the safety of all of our students, every person who comes to volunteer at the school must have a Vulnerable Sector Police Check completed. If you already have one on file, an offence declaration must be completed every year. These will be sent out to you shortly. The process for these police checks has been streamlined considerably— please contact the police station and have this ready if you are hoping to volunteer at some point in the year.

School Messenger – Communication by Email

We will be sending the majority of our communication, newsletters and notices, to our families through email. Please check the emergency form that will be coming home with your child to make sure your email address is correct. Sending newsletters and notices to you through email is quick and easy, saves a lot of paper, and you won’t have to search through backpacks!

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:

  1. Create your profile
  2. Confirm your email
  3. Add a student (the student’s number is their OEN that can be found at the top of their report cards).

Avon on the Internet

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 and staff webpages.
We also keep an updated calendar on the school website.
The entire 2018-2019 school year calendar can also be found on the school website.

Upcoming Events and Dates of Importance

Moving forward, school events and dates will be found on the school calendar which is located on the school website. For specific class events your child’s teacher will communicate with you directly online or through a monthly calendar.

Tuesday, September 4 – First Day of School
Wednesday, September 19 – Open House Night 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Monday, September 24 – School Council 6:30 p.m. in the library
Friday, September 28 – PA Day, no school for students
Monday, October 8 – Thanksgiving, no school for students


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!

Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance

Our school board is offering you the opportunity to voluntarily purchase student accident insurance through the Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance program, underwritten by Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc.

Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance provides protection against unexpected costs arising from accidental injuries. The program is especially valuable for families who:

  • do not have medical or dental plans,
  • have limited plans, as it may help supplement health and dental benefits, or
  • have active children who enjoy sports and outdoor activities.

Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance has a selection of plans to suit most budgets. Benefits include coverage for:

  • The full school year (September to September), 24 hours a day, while at home and in school;
  • Expenses that are often limited or not covered by private or group insurance plans, or Provincial Health Insurance Plans, such as ambulance, physiotherapy, private tutoring, counselling, and much more;
  • Injury-related dental treatment (including future dental treatment up to age 26);
  • Out-of-province or country emergency medical expenses.

If your address changes during the school year, your Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance plan is transferable from school to school, anywhere in Canada.

Insurance premiums for children are $14.50 or $33.50 per year, depending on the plan selected. A discount is available for families with 3 or more children. Adults age 20 to 64 can also be insured for $32.00 per year.

For more information or to apply online, please visit, or speak with a Kids Plus™ Client Service Administrator at 1-800-556-7411.

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