January 2019 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

Welcome back to school. We hope everyone had lots of family time over the holidays.  There are a few changes afoot at Bedford for the latter half of the school year.

  • We wish to welcome Mme. Hillier to our Bedford community. She will be taking over for Mme. Capron, who accepted a position at Stratford Central, effective today, January 7.
  • Ms. Halliday has announced that she will be retiring at the end of January. We will miss her in so many ways but we do wish her all the best. She does leave big shoes to fill, and in order to ensure that we continue to have the same great service in our Special Education department at Bedford, we are making some internal shifts in assignments.
  • Mr. Melton will become the full time Special Education Resource Teacher (SERT) and Mrs. Bell will be taking on the half time SERT position in the afternoons. This means that we currently have two openings to fill: Grade 5/6 afternoons (to take over Mr. Melton’s classroom teaching responsibilities), and kindergarten.
  • Mrs. Roes is going to extend her teaching time to ¾ of the day (from the current ½) so we will be hiring a new teacher to work in KB for the last part of every day.
  • Changes can be challenging for many but we are very fortunate that all the classes affected by these changes have great teams working within them, and Mr. Melton and Mrs. Bell will be remaining in the school so able to support their former classes academically as well.

Family Skating

School Council is sponsoring a Family Skate at the Allman Arena on Saturday, January 26 from 5 to 7pm. Admission is free! All students must come with an adult. This is open only to our own students and their families (parents, siblings etc.) but no other friends from other schools.

Arena rules are:

  • anyone 12 and under is required to wear a helmet and must have an adult on the ice with them at all times
  • boots and strollers are not permitted on the ice
  • everyone on the ice must be wearing skates
  • no sticks or pucks allowed

Save the date!

Barbara Coloroso is booked to speak at the Rotary Community Hall on Feb. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. This event is being offered free of charge, funded by several area School Councils including Bedford, and the Kiwanis Club.

Barbara Coloroso is an international bestselling author and for the past 45 years an internationally recognized speaker and consultant on parenting, teaching, school discipline, positive school climate, bullying, grieving, nonviolent conflict resolution and restorative justice. She has appeared on Oprah, CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN and NPR and has been featured in the New York Times, Time, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, and other national and international publications. Her uniquely effective parenting and teaching strategies were developed through her years of training in sociology, special education, and philosophy, as well as field-tested through her experiences as a classroom teacher, laboratory school instructor, university instructor, seminar leader, volunteer in Rwanda, and mother of three grown children. She is the author of four international bestsellers: Kids are worth it! Giving Your Child the Gift of Inner Discipline; Parenting Through Crisis—Helping Kids in Times of Loss, Grief and Change; The Bully, the Bullied, and the Not-So-Innocent Bystander—Breaking The Cycle of Violence and Creating More Deeply Caring Communities; and Just Because It’s Not Wrong Doesn’t Make It Right—From Toddlers to Teens, Teaching Kids to Think and Act Ethically. Barbara’s latest book is Extraordinary Evil: A Brief History of Genocide… and Why it Matters. She also has two critically acclaimed video programs Winning at Parenting…without beating your kids and Winning at Teaching…without beating your kids.

Elements Program

The Perth District Health Unit will be offering the Elements Program for our grade 5 and 6 boys for 6 weeks starting February 29. We have pamphlets available for any interested boys to bring home. The pamphlets contain a consent form. Students 12 years of age can consent themselves but parental permission is required for those 11 and younger. These need to be returned to the school by January 18. The program is free of charge and is run in the library (11:05-12:05) with male community volunteers, with a public health nurses in attendance at each session.

French Immersion Registration

Registration for grade 1 French Immersion for September 2019 is due January 31. Late registrations cannot be guaranteed a placement due to staffing and class size restrictions.

Students living in Bedford ward or at a rural address register for FI at Bedford. Students living in all of the city of Stratford outside of Bedford ward register at Anne Hathaway for FI. Anyone with specific questions should contact Mrs. Lovell, Principal.

Border Crossing

Parents who wish their children to border cross to a school other than their home school need to complete that request by January 31.
Similarly, border crossing renewals must also be handed in to the school by January 31, these forms will be sent home later this week.
All border crossing is considered by Senior Staff at the Education Centre on the morning of February 1 so it is vital they are in on time. Those received late will be considered later in the spring.


Thank you to all the parents who made donations through our milk and pizza orders online. This month $181 was donated!

Dates to Remember

Please note that all dates and details of trips etc. are posted on the Bedford PS website on our Calendar. We work hard to keep this up to date as the month progresses.

Have you visited our school website? Under the Calendar drop down you have the Bedford Events Calendar that can keep you up to date
with events, trips or deadlines. Under the Resources drop down you have Information from the Office. Any feedback appreciated by calling 519-273-1190 or email katrina.dietz@ed.amdsb.ca.