May 2019 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Education and Mental Health week are May 6-10th. We are excited to see you on the morning of Friday, May 10th for “bring your child to school day”! Maker Faire and other work will be on display and this is a great opportunity to see your child’s classroom and say hello.

On Friday, May 17th we are hosting a mindfulness morning for all of our students. Teaching mindfulness promotes well-being by helping students to find ways to self-regulate, particularly when we are experiencing anxiety, worry, anger or stress. We will partner students with their buddies and introduce a number of activities such as guided breathing/relaxation, use of story to introduce stretching, colouring/sketching, lessons on emotions and a sensory activity in the forest. A special guest will be Brenda Groenestege who is bringing her therapy dogs to talk about how she trains and uses them, and in conjunction with that, we will talk about the positive effect of pets in general for well-being. We hope this will be engaging and valuable learning for our students. As an introduction we will use books and other resources prior to that morning. If you are interested in learning more as a parent, please ask and we will be happy to share. Here is a parent toolkit for more information.

Hope to see you on the 10th!

Central Perth Playground Fundraiser Walk-a-thon

As part of our fundraising campaign students will have the opportunity to join in our work to raise funds by collecting pledges in a school-wide walk-a-thon on June 6 at 2pm. Students have been a part of the journey in deciding on what kind of equipment they want now they help us make it happen! Each child will bring home an envelope to track their pledges and any donation greater than $20 will give the donor a tax receipt. We currently have 140 families at Central Perth. If each family could commit to raising $50 in pledges that would raise $7,000! We are hoping you can make this a goal and help us get a shovel in the ground soon!

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 22, 23, 24, 28, 29 and 30, 2019. All 6 sessions will be written in the first block at approximately 9:00 am. 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.

Earth Week Update

We had a wonderful Earth Week here at CP despite the rain on Friday. Ask your student what they learned and talked about throughout the week. Our big focus was Reducing waste, and we looked particularly at the problems with plastic.

Dress Code for Grade JK to 8

In keeping with ministry requirements, there is an established dress code at Central Perth Elementary School. Our dress code applies to staff and students and emphasizes our values for decency and respect for others. It is designed to be suitable for active participation in school life and applies during school based excursions as well:

● Clothing, hats and bags are not to contain reference to drugs, alcohol, sex and other socially unacceptable or sensitive matters.
● Tops are to have over-the-shoulder straps, straps on both shoulders, tops may not be strapless/backless and/or halter-top-style, no midriffs and no cleavage showing.
● The abdomen area (front & back) is to be fully covered; sleeves should not reveal the torso.
● Shorts and pants should be worn so that traditional (briefs) underwear is not visible; shorts are to be long enough not to be revealing.
● Hats/hoods are to be removed inside the school.
● Pyjamas are not to be worn to school unless there is a designated pyjama day.

Clothing for Physical Education Classes

Appropriate clothing must be worn for physical education classes as specified by the teacher and should promote ease of movement. Safety guidelines require that jewellery and piercings must either be removed or properly taped during physical education classes and sports activities.

Indoor and Outdoor Shoes

For the health and safety of all, students must have and wear indoor footwear (shoes or slippers). Stocking or bare feet are not permitted indoor or outdoor. Indoor and outdoor shoes are recommended at all times. Crocs, flip flops and sandals should not be used for physical education activities or during recreational sports during recess. Please send another pair of gym shoes if you dress your child in such shoes.

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 20th, 2019 is a school holiday.

Education Week and Bring Your Child to School Day

Monday, May 6th – Friday, May 10th is Education Week at Central Perth. We are celebrating Education Week with our eighth annual Bring Your Child to School Day, on Friday, May 10th. Parents and guardians are encouraged to bring their child(ren) to school between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m. to tour the school, visit classrooms and see the projects that your child has made for the Maker Faire. These projects will be on display in your child(ren) classroom. Coffee, juice, water, muffins, cheese and fruit will be available for parents 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.

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.