May 2018 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

Parent Survey

This year for the second time, a survey has been released to gauge student perception of safety and well-being at school.

At Central Perth, the Grades 4-8 student and teacher surveys were completed in April.

The parent survey has been extended until May 10. If you have not taken the survey yet, please plan to do so before it expires. The link is:

Education & Mental Health Week

Next week, May 7-13, is Education Week and Mental Health Week. To kick off both we are having our annual Bring Your Child to School event Friday, May 4. Please see details about this event further on in the newsletter.

To promote both themes, we will run a Random Acts of Kindness Campaign schoolwide from May 7-13. Students in the primary grades will be encouraged to perform random acts of kindness using a card system. Each card state an act of kindness. When a child performs an act of kindness (for example, opening a door for someone) as outlined on the card, s/he gives the card to a student so that the student can “pay it forward”.

Junior and intermediate students will use “The Great Kindness Challenge” app to perform their acts of kindness next week. Each student will have the app downloaded on a device.

We hope that students see the value of kindness through this fun week long activity and apply it long after Mental Health Week has passed.

EQAO Assessments

Our Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) Primary Division (Grade 3) and Junior Division (Grade 6) Assessments of Reading, Writing and Mathematics will occur during these dates:  May 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, and 31, 2018. All 6 sessions will be written in the first block at approximately 9:00 a.m. Please consider keeping these days free of medical appointments or other scheduled absences for your child. We greatly appreciate your support with this.

Character Virtue

This month, students will be discussing the character virtue of Fairness. Some topics for discussion at home might include: how fairness should look in the family, how to play fairly with siblings and how to handle unfair situations, should they occur.

Emergency Drills

It is the time of the year when we resume our various drills to ensure staff and students know how to respond in times of emergency. All schools are required to have two Lock Down drills, two Severe Weather drills, one Medical Emergency drill, six Fire Drills and one Bomb Threat drill with the students each year.

All emergency drill information can be accessed on-line on the AMDSB website under 100s -General Administration.  If you require a hard copy, please contact the school.

Dress Code for Grade JK – 8

Students are expected to dress in a manner appropriate for an educational institution. A student whose dress detracts from the learning environment or is considered inappropriate according to the Code of Conduct’s Dress Code will be counseled and asked to change to more appropriate clothing.

General guidelines are that students should not wear:

-tops where undergarments are exposed; shoulder straps must be at least 5 cm wide and shirt sleeves on tank tops should be fitted around the arm at the armpit (no
drooping or wide sleeves that expose undergarments underneath)
-tops that leave the midriff bare or exposed
-shorts or skirts where the hem is above the finger tips when arms fall naturally
-shirts, hats or other clothing with slogans in poor taste or promoting unhealthy lifestyles (alcohol, drugs, tobacco)
-flip flops/sandals that are flimsy and/or pose a safety hazard; only running shoes can be worn for sports even at recess (no sandals for soccer, baseball, etc.)

Sun Sense Guidelines

SLIP! on clothing to cover your arms and legs. Covering your skin will protect it from the sun. Choose clothing that is: loose fitting, tightly woven and lightweight.
SLAP! on a wide brimmed hat. Wear a hat with a wide brim that covers your head, face, ears and neck.
SLOP! on a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher. Look for “broad spectrum” on the label. This means that the
sunscreen offers protection against 2 types of ultraviolet
rays, UVA and UVB. Apply sunscreen generously, 20 minutes before outdoor activities.

Victoria Day – School Holiday

This is a reminder that Monday, May 21st, 2018 is a school holiday.

Education Week and Bring Your Child to School Day

Monday, May 7th – Friday, May 11th is Education Week at Central Perth. We are celebrating Education Week with our seventh annual Bring Your Child to School Day, on Friday, May 4th. Parents and guardians are encouraged to bring their child(ren) to school between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m. to tour the school and visit classrooms. Coffee, juice, water, muffins, cheese and fruit will be available in the library. Hope to see you here!

Bicycle Safety

It is great to see the spring weather and to have our bikes out again.

Just a reminder that students are not allowed to ride their Bikes to School. Rd 135 is very busy in the morning and after school. As well, we do not have a place to store the bikes at school.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, May 1 – Grad Retakes
Wednesday, May – 2 Cookie Dough Orders Arrive
Thursday, May 3 – Beach Day at Central Perth
Friday, May 4 – Cardboard Faire, Bring Your Child To School Day
Monday, May 7 – K and K/1 to Wildwood
Wednesday, May 9 – Dance Showcase at NWSS
Tuesday, May 15 – Track & Field at Central Perth
Wednesday May 16 – 50th Anniversary and Funfair Meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Library
Thursday, May 17 – Grade 7’s to Laurier
Friday, May 18 – Red and White Day
Monday, May 21 – Victoria Day-no school
May 22 – June 4 – EQAO for students in grades 3 and 6