December 2018 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As educators a large part of our work each day involves creating a mentally healthy school. When schools support student well-being, students thrive both academically and personally. In truth, this is as important for the adults in the building as well as the children. Positive school culture creates a healthy place for all of us to work and learn. “Positive day to day interactions at school; staff with students, staff with staff, and students with students, contribute to a sense of well-being and connectedness to school.” (School Mental Health Assist) In our effort to make this a reality at Central Perth here are some of the things taking place:

  • focused activities to get to know our students as the year begins (sharing of these ideas at our staff meeting)
  • class meetings (to share ideas and to solve problems)
  • buddy activities (each class is paired with another in the building to strengthen connections across grades)
  • use of growth mindset language (we haven’t learned/master something “yet”)
  • use of the mentally healthy schools reflection tool at a staff meeting to set goals for well-being
  • continued implementation of the character attributes

One of our more recent efforts have involved work in the area of mindfulness. In particular, we have introduced a weekly mindful minute reflection. A key idea and question are ready on the announcements and then used back in individual classrooms as a means to promote discussion about building positive habits and mindset, optimism as well as creating an attitude of gratitude. An example of one we used is below. A book recommendation is also included to give you an idea of literature that we use with students. We want to create a school environment where your child feels connected and learns skills that help them to be well.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!


A Mindful Minute

When there’s something in your life
that you want to do,
once you begin,
you must follow through.

It’s not about talent
or if you are smart;
it’s about never quitting
something you start.

Don’t tell yourself, “I can’t”,
or dwell on mistakes;
patience and determination
are really all that it takes.
How can persistence help you reach your goal?

“What Does it Mean to Be Present?” By Rana DiOrio

This is a great book to introduce mindfulness! It teaches all of us what it means to be present and the importance of being still and living our lives in the moment. From listening carefully, focusing, and showing appreciation Rana teaches all of us how we can all improve our lives by slowing down and enjoying every moment.

Character Education

The virtue for December is compassion: showing care and consideration, having kind feelings towards someone who is hurt or troubled; and helping them.

Monthly Calendar

The Central Perth monthly calendar is available on line on the Central Perth website. Please log onto the site and save it to your favourites. The calendar gets updated as items are added. You are able to see the full year.

Just a Reminder

  • All visitors and students must be signed in at the office.
  • Please use the Front Door to enter our school.
  • If you are signing in your child as “Late”, please say your goodbyes in the office and let your child go to their classroom on his/her own (JK/SK exception).
  • If you are dropping off their snowpants, projects, lunches, forgotten items, etc., or meeting with a teacher, please come to the office. Please do not proceed to your child’s classroom.
  • When leaving the building, you can use the front door or the door off the parking lot.
  • When picking up your child at the end of the day, please come to the office and your child will meet you there.

All students being dropped off and/or picked up must be signed in or out using the book outside of the main office.

These procedures are to ensure the safety of our students.

In the Spirit of Christmas

In the spirit of giving at Christmas time, we are organizing a Food Drive.

  • Tuesday, December 4th – Pasta Day – have students bring anything associated with pasta. Eg. spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, KD, Sidekicks or any other side dish.
  • Wednesday, December 5th – Can Day – any kind of soup, beans, tuna, fruit or vegetables.
  • Thursday, December 6th – Breakfast Day – boxes of cereal, packages of breakfast and/or granola bars and peanut butter.

Show our school spirit and see how many boxes of food we can collect for the less fortunate in the area. All food will be given to the House of Blessing In Stratford.

Christmas Concert Food Drive

This year we will be collecting non-perishable food items during both the dress rehearsal and the Christmas Concert. Any monetary donations will be used for the Music Program at Central Perth.

No Work Fundraiser

Please be advised that all donations to our no work fundraiser must be received at the school no later than Wednesday, December 12th to be eligible for a 2018 tax receipt.

Christmas Concert

This year, the students in grades JK-4 will be presenting a Christmas Concert on the evening of Thursday, December 6th at 6:00 p.m. The snowdate is Monday, December 10th. The dress rehearsal will be on Wednesday, December 5th at 12:00 p.m.

Emergency School Closing

If schools are to be closed for the entire day and/or if buses are not operating or operating on a two hour bus delay due to fog or snow, the information will be broadcast as early as possible.

If the buses are cancelled for the full day, the school is closed to students for the day.

If the buses are on a two hours delay, the school is open to students.

You can find out about delays and cancellations on radio stations CJCS 1240 AM, CKNX 107.7 and CKNX 920 AM Radio. This information is also available from the Board website and on the school Twitter account. On the left side of the home page, click on “Transportation delays or cancellations”.

Upcoming Events

December 5 – Concert Dress Rehearsal 12:00 p.m.
December 6 – Christmas Concert 6:00 p.m.
December 7 – P. A. Day
December 10 – Xmas Concert Snowdate
December 12 – Kindergartens to Wildwood
December 17 – Red Day
December 18 – Bake Sale, Xmas Accessory Day
December 19 – Green Day
December 20 – Xmas Anything Goes Day – socks, hat, accessories
December 21 – Xmas Hat Day, Volleyball game – Staff vs students

Cold Weather and Outside Activities

Please make sure your child comes to school dressed for the appropriate weather. In the case of extreme cold weather, students will be kept inside if the temperature or the temperature plus the windchill goes below -25 C. When the temperature outside is nearing this we shorten outside recess times, or have an indoor recess, we monitor students for signs of discomfort and we have additional clothing that students are able to use.


Families interested in Before or After School Childcare programs, should complete the on-line survey no later than Friday December 15th. The survey is available on
The Avon Maitland DSB website.  Should you require a paper copy, please contact the school.

We appreciate your assistance, as we determine the feasibility of offering such programs.

Grade 7/8 Christmas Bake Sale

The grade 7 and 8 students at Central Perth will be holding their annual Christmas Bake Sale on Tuesday, December 18th, during the nutrition breaks. Students will go to each classroom selling the treats.
Prices will range from $0.25 – $1.00. Donations are needed to make this sale a success. Please sell the attached flyers.