September 2018 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

Welcome back to all our returning students and we wish a big Bedford welcome to the many new students and families who are joining our bulldog pack. We hope to see all of you out at our Meet the Teacher night later this month. Our September School Council meeting is dedicated to getting to know new and interested parents who might like to join us.

It is always great to see the smiling faces that arrive on the first day and there is so much excitement mixed in with some healthy nervousness. It reminds us of how important children’s social connections and feeling of well being are in making their school experience successful. Children who feel connected and a strong sense of belonging not only strengthen their health and wellness but also do better in their academic tasks.

This is our focus as a school staff for 2018-19.

Ruth Lovell
Principal

Class Organization

A full list of teachers and classes is outlined in the Parent Handbook sent home on the first day of school. One change that has to be noted since we went to press: Ms. Nutt is getting married and will be Mrs. Bell.  We are happy to welcome Mrs. Jezard and Mrs. Carnegie back from their leaves.  We also have a few new faces on staff:  Mrs. Mills and Ms. Stewart join us as new EAs.  Mme. Scott joins our French Immersion teaching team.  Mme. Tomasulo and Ms. Morrison are starting off the year in long term assignments in ½ and KA respectively.

As indicated in June, we work very hard to place children in the best class placement possible. A number of factors are taken into account including social emotional needs. We do realize that from time to time there are students or parents who may not be completely happy with their placement. Please understand that while we are sympathetic, it is just not possible for us to make changes to class placements once school has started. Teachers are happy to talk with parents about how to make this a great year and perhaps help their children grow through these challenges.

Meet the Teacher Night

The annual event is on the website calendar: September 20 from 5-7 p.m. As last year, we will offer family pizza for sale that evening. Information about ordering will be coming home in the next few days.

Online Ordering – School Cash Online

  1. Create your profile at avonmaitland.schoolcashonline.com and click “Get Started Today”.
  2. Confirm your email.  Check your inbox for an email confirmation link.
  3. Add a student. Fill in the required fields for each child.

EQAO

Grade 3’s and Grade 6’s will be writing EQAO during May 21, 2019 – June 3, 2019. Please avoid making any holiday plans and appointments during this time.

School Council

Our first meeting of the school year is set for Tuesday, September 11 at 6:30 p.m.

This year our first meeting will have a different format from previous years. We will provide a tour of the school, share Council initiatives and brainstorm suggestions for the coming year. Meetings are open to all parents of Bedford students. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the school and to contribute to the education of your child.
Our annual election will be held at our October meeting on October 2. In particular, we are looking for a Chair for this year as last year’s chair “graduated”.

Newsletters

Newsletters will be sent home from the office each month and posted on our school website. We find that the most effective way to get these home to you electronically through School Messenger. We strongly urge you to use this option. When you update the Emergency Contact information sheet (being sent home first day of school), please check your email address and phone numbers carefully so that we have the correct information. If for some reason you notice you are NOT receiving texts or emails, contact the office immediately. If you do not indicate an email address, we will send paper copies home with your youngest child.

School Website and Calendar

The school website can be found at: http://www.avonmaitlandschools.ca/bedford/

Monthly newsletters will be posted there and we are hoping to post all forms and documents that we send home in that location as well.
As we set dates we will add them to the calendar on the website so you no longer have to wait until the month of the event to find out when it is. If there is something you would like to see on the website or calendar, just let us know!

Medical Conditions

If your child has a medical condition that requires special consideration or our increased vigilance, it is imperative that we have that information. A medical management plan must be created and shared with staff for students with life threatening conditions. If this is the case, please contact Mrs. Stevens by phone or email as soon as possible in September. For those of you who have done this in the past, a new procedure is in place this fall and we will help you with the new forms etc.

Planners and Handbooks

Each child has been provided with a planner. We have included any dates we are already aware of. It also contains the newly revised AMDSB Code of Conduct. Please review this with your child as age appropriate.

Each family is being provided with a Student/Parent Handbook. We hope the information provided here will be helpful to parents.

Bikes

We have two brand new bike racks. We have placed one at the end of the path at the back of the field and the other near the primary doors. The old ones are still in place on the south side of the school by the junior doors. Our playground is very congested before and after school so we ask that everyone (adults as well as children) dismount as soon as they enter the school yard. The racks will now mean there is a spot right at each entrance for students to park their bikes safely. (And remember to lock them up!)

Terry Fox

Our school run will be held on Thursday, September 27, with all students participating. Students will be asked to contribute a toonie. More information will be coming home in the next few weeks so stay tuned.

Bedford Run Club

Any interested grade 3s and up are welcome to join our Bedford Run Club! Starting Monday, September 10th, practices will be held 11:05-11:25 Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. If interested, permission forms will be coming home by the end of the first week. Upcoming meets are the Pat Cook Run, October 2nd, after school (optional) and our regional meet at Wildwood, October 4th.

Bedford Garden

Greetings from the Bedford Garden! We have had a very fruitful summer in the Me to We garden. We were able to take three boxes of veggies to the House of Blessing this summer. They were so appreciative! We will still be harvesting some tomatoes and peppers in September. We are also hoping to harvest some squash later in the fall (hopefully in time for Thanksgiving). If you are at the school, please stop by to see the veggie garden!

Outdoor Learning

From the comments and feedback we have received from parents we are going to be making some changes to Bedford’s Outdoor learning program. To be more inclusive of our French and English students we would like to build an Outdoor learning space on the north side of the school for all students to use. We have gathered quotes and plans for this space and hope to have parts of it completed this school year. We have a balance of $8400 from last school year to put towards the project in addition to grants and this current year’s fundraising.

Fundraising for this year will also subsidize outdoor learning field trips for all students at the school. Specifics will be discussed and decided when the committee gathers in the fall.

Our first meeting will be on Thursday, September 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the staff room. We are currently looking for volunteers to help coordinate various fundraisers (Fresh From the Farm, Halloween Dance etc.) and move forward with our vision. If you are interested in being involved please contact the committee chair, Natalie Crinklaw at natalie.crinklaw@gmail.com.

Music Man Trip
Mrs. Johnson has organized and booked our first excursion to see Music Man at the Festival Theatre for all our Junior Students on Oct. 9. Permission forms and further details will be coming home in the next few days. We have a set number of tickets for all our junior students, staff and volunteers. More information to come…

Illness

At Bedford we have a student with compromised immunity, in particular to Strep. If your child has been exposed to Strep we kindly ask that you let the school office know. We will pass on to the parent that there is potential exposure for their child at school. At no time will we release your child’s name, medical information or personal information. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

Spirit Wear

We plan to place a new order for Spirit Wear this fall, similar to last year. Stay tuned.

After School Program at the Local

The Local Community Food Centre is offering a 13 week program focussed on food, fun and friendship to Bedford students in grades 3,4and 5. Offered on 13 consecutive Wednesdays, it starts September 26th and ends December 19th. There is no cost to parents or school associated with the program.

Specifically children will participate in activities which promote growing and cooking healthful foods, learn about methods of farming, food security and the basics of nutrition. These activities will be occurring at The Local Community Food Centre, 612 Erie St. in Stratford.

Children will be transported by our transportation partner from the school to the Centre, where they will receive a snack, get their sillies out then head into the kitchen, greenhouse and garden to learn how to safely conduct themselves. They will be transported back to the school for pick up by parents. On both trips the students will be accompanied by an adult from The Local.

Field trips include a visit to McCully’s, and frequently we are invited to Smelski’s Pumpkin Patch to pick squash for our Storehouse.

Liz Mountain, The Local

If your child is interested in participating please contact the school office at bedoffice@ed.amdsb.ca or Mrs. Lovell and we will send consent forms home. There are a limited number of spaces available and will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

From the Y

Welcome back. My name is Angela Charbonneau and I will be the Supervisor for the YMCA before and after school program at Bedford this year. Unfortunately our program is currently full. If are still needing care you can get on the waitlist by creating an account at the Stratford Child Care Registry website.

PA Day care is available on a first come first serve basis via a registration process. See a YMCA Educator for the forms or email me at Angela.Charbonneau@sp.ymca.ca and I am always available by phone at 519-271-0480 ext 227

I am looking forward to making new connections with children, parents, staff and teachers at Bedford.
Have a Great year.

Angela Charbonneau, R.E.C.E
Child Care Supervisor