April 2019 Newsletter

Mrs. Hoffman’s Message

We are continuing our monthly whole-school assemblies at which we are learning how stressors can affect how we behave. Recognizing stressors is critical for supporting stressed children.

Some common stressors for children are:

  • The child’s biology—for example, his sensory/motor system
  • Poor sleep regime
  • Poor diet (high in processed foods)
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Stressors in the environment—for example, too much noise, light or crowding
  • Demands being made on the child—for example, by family, school, etc.
  • Too much screen time

Sign of stress behaviour are:

  • Heightened impulsivity
  • Difficulty ignoring distractions
  • Problems in mood ( sees everything negatively )
  • Erratic mood swings
  • Trouble listening
  • What he/she is saying doesn’t make sense

Visit the Mehrit Centre and choose the parents icon to read about ways you can recognize stress behaviour and then help your child find strategies to lessen the stress.

OurSCHOOL Student Survey

All students (Grade 4 -12), in AMDSB will be participating in an online school survey for students called the “OurSCHOOL Student Survey”.

The survey will be completed in class at school during the week of April 8-12, 2019.

The OurSchool Student Survey:

● Allows students to share their feedback anonymously on their experiences at school, the school environment and the school improvement programs.

● Participation in the survey is voluntary, however all students are encouraged to participate.

● The time required to complete the survey may vary, but it is designed to be completed in approximately 30 minutes. This time will be made available for students, at school, during class time.

Survey measures include such topics as behaviours and attitudes linked to student success, emotional and social well-being and physical health. For more information about the OurSCHOOL Student Survey, please visit The Learning Bar Inc.’s website.

If you have questions or would like to request more information about Clinton Public School’s upcoming implementation of the Our SCHOOL Student Survey, please contact Luise Hoffman or Shawn Allen at 519-482-9424.

Spring Coffee House

Note the date change to Tuesday April 16!

The CPS Annual Coffee House Concert will now be held on Tuesday, April 16th
(not April 17 as stated in last month’s newsletter ) with two performances for the public. The afternoon performance will be held at 11:45 a.m. and the evening performance will begin at 7:00 p.m. There will be no student audience members at either of those performances. Both programs will include the Primary Choir ( includes grades 1 to 3), Grades 3/4, 4/5, 5/6 music classes and the CPS Band. Our students have been working hard to showcase their musical talents, so we hope you are all able to join us to support our fine CPS musicians.

Other band reminders:

May 7 – Loud and Proud Mass Band event in Stratford
June 14 – CPS Band performs at Canada’s Wonderland

Watercolour Workshop

On April 18, Mrs. Erb’s Grade 5/6 class will participate in a Watercolour Workshop. Our students will demonstrate an understanding of composition, using selected principals of design to create a piece of art. The workshop will be led by Catherine Weber. Funds for this workshop are provided by the fundraising events of the Foundation for Enriching Education and sponsored in part by donations made in memory of Paul Carroll – former AMDSB educator and avid painter.

Thank You Volunteers

National Volunteer Week is April 7-13, 2019. Clinton PS has a small but dedicated group of committed volunteers. You can find them helping out reading to students, working on food orders, attending school council meetings and organizing fundraisers. They each make a positive contribution to our school and we thank them for the gift of their time.

CPS Easter Food Drive

Clinton Public School is running an Easter Food Drive the week of April 8-12 collecting donations of food for our local food bank. Below is a list of most needed food items according to Food Banks Canada:

  • pasta products and rice
  • canned meats and fish
  • dry and canned soups and stews
  • canned fruits and vegetables
  • flour
  • breakfast cereal
  • canned/powdered milk, fruit juices
  • pasta sauce, beans and legumes
  • infant formula and baby food

Please give generously and thank you for supporting our local food bank.

Chess Club

During the winter months, the chess club has been meeting weekly to practice their chess skills under the guidance of Mrs. Plaetzer. Members of the chess club will be heading to the Regional Chess Tournament in Goderich on April 23. Good luck to all participants.

EQAO Assessment Dates

The grade three and six assessment dates for EQAO will fall between May 21 and more specific dates will follow. It is very important that your child be at school during this time period. Please avoid booking appointments for your child during this time period.

School Council Metzger Meats & Schilbe’s Maple Syrup Fundraiser

School Council will be selling Metzger Meats and Schilble’s Maple Syrup beginning on April 12th with payment and orders due on April 23. We encourage Clinton PS families to purchase items for this fundraiser on School Cash Online. Go to the SchoolCashOnline website to register and pay online for this fundraising event. Pick up for this School Council fundraiser will be the afternoon of Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at Clinton Public School. More details will be sent out with the order forms. The funds raised will continue to go toward our fundraising efforts for full sized soccer goal posts.

Clinton PS School Council

A great way to get involved in your child(ren)’s school!

School Council’s next meeting is on Tuesday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Clinton PS. This is a date change from April 16 as printed in our School Planner. The Council is a positive, friendly group of parents who work together to make Clinton Public School an even better place for children and families to learn. Everyone is welcome.

Early Dismissal / Pick Up

Knowing there are times that students need to be picked up early and that after-school arrangement can change, please understand that the secretary requires time to
receive messages and inform students. This can not be done when the school is called near the end of the day. Please ensure any same-day early dismissal/pick-up needs or after-school changes are phoned in to the school prior to 1:00 p.m. This ensures your child(ren) will be informed.

Teachers do their best to make sure students are ready for early pick-up, but often class activities interfere with individual reminders. Please be sure your child(ren) are also aware of early pick-up times, so they can be ready on time.

Thank you.

Pediculosis (Head Lice)

We are pleased to report that we have had very few occurrences of head lice at Clinton PS this winter. However, since this condition spreads easily, it is recommended that you check your child’s hair regularly for signs of live lice or their eggs (nits).

If you suspect that your child may have head lice, it is important that treatment be given immediately to prevent further spread. Please inform the school so other parents can be notified to check their children more closely. All matters regarding head lice will be handled confidentially.

If you have questions, please contact the school office. More information about head lice may be obtained by calling the Huron County Health Unit at 519-482-3416 or 1-800-268-5184.

We are always looking for community members who are willing to do head checks on students. Please call the school if you are able to volunteer.

Thank You – Eat & Learn

Thank you to Farm Credit Canada in Clinton who generously donated $300 to the Clinton Public School Eat and Learn program. FCC donates to organizations that enrich the communities where FCC customers and employees live and work. Their donation will be used to provide healthy snacks for our students each morning.

No Dogs on the Yard

Parents are reminded it is school policy that dogs are not allowed on school property. The intent of this policy is to avoid potentially harmful situations for students, staff, family members and pets. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.