September 2018 Newsletter

Important!

Central Perth is a peanut sensitive school!
Please do not send your child(ren) with any peanut products

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents/Guardians,

It is a pleasure to join the Central Perth team and I look forward to meeting all of the students and of course, you as parents.

My introduction to the staff has already shown me how hard-working and caring they are for the students and the school. Despite a late entry due to construction, everyone has been here as soon as they were allowed and have begun the process of creating positive learning environments for our students. Mr. Skinner and Mr. Mason have been here diligently cleaning and preparing the school and sometimes doing this twice as everyone knows renovations cause extra work! Mrs. Allen has been amazing at helping me learn about various aspects of the school and she has a clear commitment and affection for this school community.

With this in mind, I have been pleased to welcome three new staff members to this great team. Ms. Church will join us in Kindergarten in a .25 prep coverage role and Mrs. Yantzi will be teaching grade 5/6. Mr. Gleadall will cover the gr. 3/4 class for a short-term leave while Mrs. Gray is recovering from a minor surgery. We hope to have her back this fall. In addition, Mrs. Lichti and Ms. Herman are joining us as educational asssistants.

I look forward to learning more about the interests of the staff and parents for improving Central Perth in areas that are needed. Please consider joining us for the first school council meeting Wednesday, September 26th at 7:00 p.m. so that I can meet you personally. If you would prefer to email, call or drop in for a visit please do so!

As a staff we will meet regularly to set goals and make plans for improving academic achievement as well as to discuss operational matters to continue to have the school run smoothly. I encourage you to have open communication with us as a staff so that we can best meet the needs of your children and help them to succeed.

See you soon at open house: Thursday, September 20th from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Carol
carol.rauser@ed.amdsb.ca

Milk/Pizza And Special Food Days/Field Trips Etc.

Once again this year, all milk, pizza, Subway and A & W will be ordered and paid for on-line. This will also include items like field trips. Every family will be required to register. Parent brochures and “How to Register Cards” are available in the office. If you do not have access to a computer, please let the office know so we can send home a hard copy so you can still order. If you are ordering on-line, you must pay for the items on-line. Please feel free to call the school if you have any questions.

You must register first at the SchoolCash Online website, then you will see what you can order.  It takes less than 5 minutes to register!

You will need your child’s OEN, this number is located on your child’s report card.
When you go on to register, all of the food orders are there from September 17th until October 19th. This website will close on Wednesday, September 12th, at which time no food or milk can be ordered for your child(ren) until the next order is released.

Reminder That All Visitors Must Sign 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 excepted).

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.

Balanced School Day Schedule

8:45 – 9:00 Buses arrive
9:00  – Opening exercises and morning classes begin
11:00 – 11:20 Nutrition break
11:20 – 11:40 Outdoor recess for all students
11:40 – 1:20 Classes resume
1:20 – 1:40 Nutrition break
1:40 – 2:00 Outdoor recess for all students
2:00 – 3:20 Classes resume
3:20 – Bus departure

Please note that if you are dropping your child(ren) off at school in the morning, that our arrival time is 8:55 a.m.

Central Perth Staff

Kindergarten A – C. Wolfkamp and C. Crowley
Kindergarten B – L. Meszaros
Grade 1 – L. Bearss
Grade 2 – C. Drost
Grade 3/4 – D. Gray
Grade 4/5 – D. Kipfer
Grade 5/6 – A. Yantzi
Grade 6 – E. Zimmer
Grade 7/8 – C. Kevill
Grade 7/8 – J. Hunt
French – B. Cottle
Music/SERT – J. Priestap
Prep Coverage – L. Inglis Eickmeier, S. Church
E.A.s – L. Diehl,  T. Herman, S. Lichti
TRA – T. Stewart
Custodians – G. Skinner, M. Dezan
Office – J. Allen
Principal – C. Rauser

September Newsletter By Email

All families have received a hard copy of the newsletter, along with an email copy. If you want to continue to receive a hard copy every month, please call the school and let us know. Most notices from the office will be sent by email.

Calendar Of Upcoming Events

Central Perth has a website that contains commonly used forms and a yearly calendar of upcoming events. Please log onto our school site and save it to your favourites. This calendar gets updated as items are added. You are able to see the full year.

Student Information Sheets

Student information sheets have been sent home today. These sheets will give parents the chance to update any emergency contacts, work numbers, etc. If changes occur during the year, please let the office know. This is especially vital if emergencies arise. Please remember to return the form signed by Friday, September 7th, 2018.

Safe Arrival

Please notify the school as soon as possible if your child will be late or absent from school. Our answering machine is in place to assist parents/guardians who need to call early. If we do not receive a call or note and your child is absent, we will attempt to contact you. A call will be placed to your home, your work or your emergency number.

Medication At School

Medication that students take at school must be recorded by the school office and stored at the office. Students should not keep medication in their desks or backpacks. These medication forms are available on the Central Perth website under “Resources”, then “Information From the Office” at the top of our homepage. These forms must be filled out for all short and long term prescription and non-prescription medications.

Medically At Risk Students

If your child(ren) is medically at risk and did not bring home a “Medically at Risk” form to be completed, please call the school and we will forward one to you. If you did receive one, please have the form returned to the school no later than Friday, September 7th.

Photos

Adanac photographers will be taking student photos on Monday, October 22nd for all students. Information will be sent home closer to the photo date.

School Planners

School planners are available for purchase for the price of $3.00. It is recommended that all students in grade 1 – 5/6 classes have a Central Perth planner. These planners are subsidized by School Council fundraising.

Students Being Picked Up During The Day And/Or At Bus Time

Parents are reminded that we must receive a note or phone call if your child is being picked up during the school day or at bus time.

Central Perth School Council Elections

Join the team and become a School Council member. School Council elections for this school year will be held on Wednesday, September 26th at 7:00 p.m. in the school Library. There is no experience necessary to become a member of School Council – just a love of students and education. School Council is an advisory group that offers suggestions and mobilizes initiatives to help students achieve success and get the most out of their learning environment.

If you wish to become an elected member of the executive, please call the school. Remember, you do not have to hold an executive position to attend school council meeting. Parent members are always welcome and are needed.

We could use more help–many hands make light work. Please consider joining us!

School Closures Due To Weather

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, CKNX 107.7 FM and CKNX 920 AM. You can also get this information at www.ourschoolbuses.ca as well as on our Twitter account.

Please note that a two hour bus delay means the school is still open; however, a two hour delay can develop into a school closure if the weather worsens. If you decide to drop off your child during a two hour bus delay, you need to take steps to ensure your child has transportation to get home should the school have to close.

Bus Notes

If your child(ren) needs to make alternate bus arrangements, please send a note to the school stating the student’s name, student’s regular bus, the bus change you are requesting and a parent name and phone number. Please keep in mind that we cannot always honour requests for students to take an alternate bus. When a bus is full to capacity, we are legally prevented from permitting additional students onto the bus. In that case, you will need to find an alternative method of transportation. We do not always know this in advance so please be prepared to have a back-up plan.

If the bus change is on a permanent basis, please go to the Central Perth website and print off and complete the “Alternate Transportation” form under Information from the Office on the left hand side of the home page. It can take up to 3 days for the request to be approved. Changes WILL NOT be made for birthday parties, sleepovers etc.

Lost And Found

Please be sure to clearly mark your child(ren)’s name on their clothing, hats, shoes, etc. that are brought to school. If the articles are labelled with the student’s name they can easily be returned. Your co-operation is essential.

Money and Valuables

Items of a valuable nature should not be brought to school as the school will not be responsible if your child(ren)’s cell phones, tablets, DS, gameboys, Nintendo, toys, i-Pods, jewelry, trading cards and money are either damaged or lost. Many of these items serve no purpose in a school setting and may be distracting to students. Only money required for food purchases or special activities should be brought to school. Money should never be left in a desk or bookbag.

Cell Phones

Please do not encourage your child to text you during the school day should he/she become ill. Students are asked to please visit the office so that communication occurs directly between parents and the office. Also, we expect parents to help us teach appropriate use of technology at school by not texting your child during the school day. If you wish to pick up your child early from school, a call or visit to the office is appreciated.

Who Has Access To An OSR?

The information in an OSR is available only to supervisory officers, the principal and the teachers of the school for the purpose of improving the instruction of the student. Written permission is requested for any outside agency/personnel to access the OSR.
All students, and the parents/guardians of students under 18 years of age, have the right to examine the OSR and to receive a copy of its contents, if they so desire. Contact the Principal for details.

Sabrina’s Law And Anaphylaxis

In January 2006, Sabrina’s Law came into effect. This Law requires school boards to have emergency procedures in place to deal with incidents of anaphylaxis and to provide training for all staff. With support from the Perth District Health Unit and the Huron County Health Unit, school principals provide to staff, annual training in the administration of EPI-Pens to treat anaphylactic reactions. In cases where a student is anaphylactic, parents/guardians are expected to provide an EPI-Pen(s) for their child to carry with them at all times during the school day. Parents/Guardians must also work with the school to develop an Individual Medical Management Plan that outlines emergency procedures for their child.

In accordance with Sabrina’s Law, all schools have been provided with two generic EPI-Pens. These EPI-Pens are being provided to support schools in responding to a medical emergency for an anaphylactic student for whom the school has an Individual Medical Management Plan and Emergency Procedure in place.

Also, in accordance with Sabrina’s Law, schools must administer an EPI-Pen when a student is suspected of suffering an anaphylactic reaction even if there is no Individual Medical Management Plan. If you are aware that your child is allergic to epinephrine or if you have any concerns, it is suggested that you contact the school principal.

Board policy requires that all students who require an Epi-pen must carry it with them at all times. Parents may not sign a waiver to allow their child to opt out of carrying an Epi-pen. We recommend that you purchase a fanny pack or a sports belt in which to carry the Epi-pen. Additional Epi-pens can be left in backpacks, but one must be worn on the student.

Ryan’s Law – Asthma

As you may be aware, Ryan’s Law, 2015, was recently passed by the Ontario Legislature. This piece of legislation is an important step to support the well-being of students with asthma in Ontario schools.

If your child has asthma, we ask that you immediately contact the main office at your school to provide information about your child’s asthma medication. With your permission, your child will be allowed to carry his/her asthma medication while at school.

The Ministry of Education website has resources on asthma. As a best practice and to support your child, please let the school know if your child has a medical condition so that the school is aware and can keep this information on file. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

If your child has asthma and did not bring home an Asthma Management Plan today, please let us know asap.

Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance

Our school board is offering you the opportunity to voluntarily purchase student accident insurance through the Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance program, underwritten by Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc. (iA Financial Group).

Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance provides protection against unexpected costs arising from accidental injuries. The program is especially valuable for families who:

  • do not have medical or dental plans,
  • have limited plans, as it may help supplement health and dental benefits, or
  • have active children who enjoy sports and outdoor activities.

Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance has a selection of plans to suit most budgets. Benefits include coverage for:

  • The full school year (September to September), 24 hours a day, while at home and in school;
  • Expenses that are often limited or not covered by private or group insurance plans, or Provincial Health Insurance Plans, such as ambulance, physiotherapy, private tutoring, counselling, and much more;
  • Injury-related dental treatment (including future dental treatment up to age 26);
  • Out-of-province or country emergency medical expenses.

If your address changes during the school year, your Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance plan is transferable from school to school, anywhere in Canada.

Insurance premiums for children are $14.50 or $33.50 per year, depending on the plan selected. A discount is available for families with 3 or more children. Adults age 20 to 64 can also be insured for $32.00 per year.

For more information or to apply online, please visit the KidsPlus website, or speak with a Kids Plus™ Client Service Administrator at 1-800-556-7411.

AMDSB SchoolMessenger

Telephone • Email • Text Messages • Social Media

The Avon Maitland District School Board is excited have a service that will enhance communication by allowing us to deliver important information to you via text messaging.  SchoolMessenger is intended to enhance our existing methods of communication – not replace them.  The Avon Maitland District School Board will only use SchoolMessenger to provide information to you that is timely, relevant and important.

Sign up to receive Text Messages

Text Messages – Opt-In Instructions

  • From your mobile device text Yes to 978338

Types of Messages You May Receive

Emergency

  • School/District related emergency impacting school district
  • Weather-related school delays and closures
  • Power outage or other issues during the school day which causes school to end early
  • Community emergency impacting families

General

  • School activities and events
  • School Council and other school-related groups/agencies messages

Please note – although AMDSB does not charge you for this service, it does not pay for text message charges that may be incurred by you for sending or receiving text messages. Check with your wireless carrier for possible charges.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at schoolmessenger@ed.amdsb.ca

Text Yes to 978338