April 2018 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

This past month on our Spirit Day our students participated in a Pack activity (in their jerseys). Members of our Healthy School Team and students who participated in the HOAP training in the fall worked with Mrs. Halliday and Mrs. Stevens to prepare lessons that included a read aloud, role playing scenarios where children used the HOAP process to resolve conflicts, and playing a cooperative game. Students write the plan they create on paper snowflakes that we post on a bulletin board in the hall. Children often discuss their peer conflicts with parents at home and it is helpful that you are aware of the strategies we use to help them work through these situations.

H is for Honesty (tell the truth about what happened).
O is for Ownership (own your part of the problem).
A is for Apology (apologize for your part).
P is for Plan (make a plan to fix the problem or prevent it from happening again).

“Peace cannot be kept through force; it can only be achieved through understanding.” –Albert Einstein

Rainy Days

As spring arrives (rather slowly this year unfortunately) we anticipate more frequent rainy days. We try hard to get outdoors for fresh air and exercise but sometimes we just can’t due to the downpour. On such days students spend their two twenty minute recesses in their classrooms doing quiet activities. If you have old board games you can donate to us for use during these recesses, we would gratefully accept them.

Before school on rainy days, supervision occurs in the halls of the school from 8:50 to 9:00. We ask that children be dropped off during this time and come straight into the school through their usual doors, which we open at 8:50. Parents are asked not to stay in the halls with children, as they are very crowded already. Kindergarten ECEs are on duty for their students. Other staff supervise the hallways. Bus students disembark from the buses and come straight in the front doors to the hall supervision. On occasion, children do arrive a few minutes earlier than 8:50 as they estimate their walk time to school. When this happens we allow them to wait in the front hall with administration supervising until the first bell at 8:50.

Seussical

A cast of approximately students from grades 4, 5 and 6 have been rehearsing enthusiastically and are excited to present two performances:

  • Wednesday, April 25 at 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 26 at 7 p.m.

All donations will be gratefully accepted at the door.

Instead of a pizza lunch, make it a Pita Lunch!

We are going to give Pita Pit Lunch a trial run with 2 dates. If you place your order online please confirm your order has been completed and a receipt is available to print. Unlike pizza we will not have extra if an order has not been completed.

Healthy pitas are going to be available to order on the SchoolCash Online website on Wednesday, April 4 and the deadline for both dates is Wednesday, April 18.

Select “Yes” to email notifications within School Cash and never miss a deadline.

Monday April 23 – delivery time will be second break (1:15 p.m.)
Monday May 28 – delivery time will be second break (1:15 p.m.)

If you require a hard copy, have each child come to the office for a form. Paper copies are due Monday April 16. (Each paper copy is manually entered by office staff.)

Calendar

Our calendar can be found on the Bedford website. It will be kept up to date on the school website for you to reference.

Donations

Thank you to all the parents who made donations through our milk and pizza orders online. This month $66 was donated!

Save the Date

Family Fun Night is on Thursday, May 10th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

This is the best night of the year for the kids! Games, food, fun, crazy jars and silent auction items mean that there is something for everyone. Family Fun Night funds raised go towards supporting many things at the school. This year’s wish list is: classroom donations, the snack bin/fruit tray program, Kiwanis registration, electives for juniors, Grade 6 graduation, student volunteer thank you event and technology updates (mainly laptops for the smart boards) Your support adds so much to the school and our children!

Grade 6 Celebration

Grade 6 parents, mark Wednesday, June 27 at 1:00 p.m. on your calendars. More specific details about the Graduation celebration will come your way as the date approaches.

Kiwanis Music

Madame Harrison’s and Madame Glenn-Lynes’ classes will be competing in the Kiwanis Music Festival at the Avondale United Church on Monday, April 9th at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Anyone is welcome to come watch and cheer them on. There will be a small admission charge for spectators. A big thank you goes out to parent council for covering the cost for the entry fee and bussing (from last year’s Fun Fair proceeds)!

Spring Awakening

We would like to invite you to Bedford’s primary (grades 1, 2 and 3) Spring Awakening concert. It will be on Thursday, April 19th. There is an afternoon performance at 12 p.m. and an evening performance at 6:30 p.m.

The following classes will be performing:

  • Mme. Sbarra/Mlle. Young
  • Mme. Neeb/Mr.Melton
  • Mme. Kane
  • Mrs. McLeod
  • Mme. Glenn-Lynes
  • Mme. Harrison
  • Mrs. Brodhagen
  • Mr. Barton

Book Fair

We are having a Book Fair in April. It will be running from Wednesday, April 18th until Thursday, April 26th. Mrs. L will have the Book Fair open in the evenings before the school performances on April 19th (Primary Spring Concert) and April 26th (Seussical Performance).

Crossing Guard

We have been notified by the City of Stratford (who employs the crossing guards) that the afternoon crossing guard shift at Mornington Street and Moffat walkway has been changed from 3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m – 4:00 p.m.

The Ontario Mathematics curriculum on… Number Facts

The curriculum has been designed to foster not only skill with operations such as adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing, but understanding. For example, when students are learning the skill of multiplication, they learn that 3 × 5 represents three groups of five and the fact that multiplication is repeated addition, e.g., 3 × 5 = 5 + 5 + 5. They also learn how multiplication and division are connected and will come to understand, for instance, that “If I know that 3 × 5 = 15, then I also know that 5 × 3 = 15, and that 15 ÷ 3 = 5, and finally that 15 ÷ 5 = 3.” When students see multiplication only as strings of facts, they do not understand these connections which are important for them when they go on to study more advanced mathematics topics such as algebra and proportional reasoning. The Ontario Curriculum: Mathematics, Grades 1-8 (2005) is available on the Ministry of Education’s website.

EQAO

Grade 3’s and Grade 6’s will be writing EQAO during May 22, 2018 to June 4, 2018. Please try to avoid making any appointments during this time.