November 2018 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents/Guardians:

We recently met as a school council to discuss our fundraising plans and some of the items that the staff and students have brought forward for your consideration.

The priority that was identified by junior/intermediate students as I went around and met students in September was for another piece of equipment for our older students. Although we have a great yard overall; there was strong interest in having something else for older students to do outside at recess. In addition, a recent playground inspection revealed that our primary swings need to be replaced soon.

Some of the items we discussed as a staff included: continuing the financial support for year-end trips, upgrades to our sound devices (wireless mic, portable speaker, updated sound equipment in the gym) as well as board games for rainy days.

We are investigating how big a fundraising goal we may need to have to add equipment and hope to be able to share that with you soon. Students will be consulted on what would add to the quality of our Junior/Intermediate  area on the playground. Ideally, we would include new primary swings in this fundraising campaign as well.

We appreciate that it is important to be forthcoming about where money is spent as we continue to offer fundraisers over the year. For this reason, you will also see a piece in this newsletter outlining the plans for the grade 7/8 fundraisers starting this month. Please keep in mind that it is always your choice about what you like to participate in. We will keep you updated on these goals as the year progresses.

Carol

November’s Virtue

In November, we will focus on the virtue of Courage, and explore its connection to Remembrance Day. Courage is also assertiveness and confidence.

Calling All Three Year Olds

Registration for Kindergarten students starting September 2019 will take place at Central Perth on Friday, November 30th from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Please call the school to arrange to receive your package.

Remembrance Day Assembly

Our Remembrance Day Assembly will begin at 10:15 a.m. on Friday, November 9th. Everyone is welcome to attend. All students will receive a poppy prior to the assembly. If possible, please send a donation with your child.

Please Use The Answering Machine, Not Email

When notifying the school of a student absence or bus change, please send a note with your child or call the school and leave a message on the answering machine. If the staff member that you are sending the message to is either absent or does not check his/her email throughout the day, important messages can be missed.

Fundraising

The Québec Trip Fundraising Committee has been hard at work and have planned a number of opportunities for the grade 7 and 8 students to raise money. You are welcome to participate in any or all of them. Please see the forms which are attached.

Gift Cards

This will be through the company Vista. We will be able to make 2 rounds of purchasing gift cards from a variety of places. Use them yourself, or they will make great Christmas gifts. We will send in orders on 2 dates: November 16, and December 7. If you would like to purchase gift cards to support a specific student in grade 7 or 8 please contact them directly. If you would like to order gift cards and support the trip please go ahead and send in an order. The proceeds will go to reduce the cost for everyone overall.

Epicure

We have a great opportunity to purchase Epicure products. (Yum!) These will be available from a grade 7 or 8 student, or online through School Cash. Once again, proceeds can be directed to a specific student or go to the intermediate division to be shared. Orders are due November 26.

Central Perth Clothing

These pants and hats look great and make super stocking stuffers. They can be ordered through School Cash, or through the office. The proceeds of this fundraiser are going to reduce the cost of the grade 7 and 8 trip altogether.

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. You can find out about delays on radio stations CJCS 1240 AM, 107.7 MIX FM 101.7 The One, 94.5 The Bull and 920 AM. This information can be obtained on our website at www.ourschoolbuses.ca or from our school Twitter account.

Students Being Dropped Off and/or Picked Up

Any students who is being picked up during the day or after school, and/or any student who is being dropped off at school, must have a parent come into the school to sign them in or out. This includes parents dropping students off in the morning before school starts. If you are picking your child(ren) up during the day or at bus time, all students must have a note. Students without a note or a phone call to the school, will be put on the bus at the end of the day. There is a book located just outside the main office. Also, please remember that the door off the parking lot is locked. Please do not drop your child off in the parking lot to walk around to the front of the school by themselves. Also, parents must come into the school to pick their child(ren) up. Students will not be allowed to meet their parents in the parking lot.

We would greatly appreciate if parents could send a note to school with their child if they are being picked up.

From the Health Unit

Families are reminded to get the flu shot and stop the spread of flu.  The flu shot is free and recommended for everyone over six months of age.

It’s important to stop the spread of flu to people who may be at risk of health-related complications. Protect yourself and your family by making sure everyone gets the flu shot this year.
Influenza (or the flu) is a respiratory illness that can spread easily from person to person, especially among kids.

This fall, get the flu shot at:

  • Your family doctor’s office
  • All pharmacies in Perth County (ages 5 and up)
  • By-appointment clinics at the Perth District Health Unit in Stratford and Listowel (for families with children under the age of 5). Go to the Perth County Health Unit website for dates, times and to book an appointment online.
  • Drop-in community clinics in Stratford at Spruce Lodge (Griffith Auditorium), 643 West Gore St.
    – Friday, October 26, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    – Thursday, November 8, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

For more information about the flu shot:

  • Visit the Perth County Health Unit website
  • Call Health Line at 519-271-7600 ext 267 or toll-free at 1-877-271-7348 ext 267
  • Follow the Health Unit on Facebook and Twitter @PDHealthUnit

Head Lice

Head lice is a nuisance and occurs frequently especially among younger students. In order to prevent the spread of lice, please consider the following:

  • long hair should always be tied back
  • do not share hats
  • do not share hair accessories, brushes, combs etc.
  • check your child’s head regularly for lice and nits and report it to the school if you discover any
  • contact the PDHU if you suspect head lice – they can help!

Thanks

Thanks to the generosity of the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, the 2 Kindergarten classes will be participating in an ongoing outdoor education program this year. Partnering with Wildwood Conservation Area, they will be visiting Wildwood 5 times over the course of the school year to learn how nature and the environment are relevant to all subject areas. Getting students out of the classroomand into a hands-on learning environment will help to promote a mindset of environmental stewardship and a life-long appreciation of nature. Thanks again to the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation for funding this project.

Going on Holidays?

Many families choose to take holidays during the school year for a variety of reasons. It is always great to have advance notice of this at our school. Teachers are then able to consider such alternatives as arranging for a student buddy or putting a file to be caught up upon return aside to collect written materials while they are gone. It is imperative that you realize for planning purposes however that your child will miss curriculum that will not be able to be easily caught up.

It is not possible to organize in advance what your child will be missing for a number of reasons. Classroom instruction needs to be dynamic and flexible while considering differentiation to meet the needs of all learners. As a general consideration taking a trip journal, writing post cards back to the school and reading would all be excellent activities if you are able to fit this in to your holiday plans.

Please feel free to discuss this with either your child’s teacher or the Principal.

School Council Meeting

November 21 – 7 p.m.

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 snow date is Monday, December 10th. The dress rehearsal will be on Wednesday, December 5th at 12:00 p.m.

Call For Members

Apply to serve on the AMDSB Special Education Advisory Committee.
The Avon Maitland District School Board invites applications from local associations and members at large to serve on the Special Education Advisory Committee.

This committee:

  • participates in the annual review of the Board’s Special Education Plan
  • reviews and makes recommendations to the Board on issues concerning the special education budget.

Letters of interest will be received until 4:00 p.m. on November 23, 2018.  Visit bit.ly/iAMSEAC for more information.