December 2018 Newsletter

Mrs. Hoffman’s Message

The holiday season is upon us and that brings lots of joy as we anticipate family gatherings and holiday plans. It can also increase anxiety and stress. In our whole school assemblies we are learning about how to identify the sources of our stress (5 domains) and then find a way to de-stress, in the moment, so that we don’t “flip our lids” or go from blue brain to red brain. Ask your children about our new learning in self regulation and go to https://self-reg.ca. Under resources, find the parent resources tab. I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday!

Identity Based Data Collection

AMDSB is launching their first board-wide Student Identification Survey to enhance our knowledge of the self-identified composition of our students. Data collected will contribute to achieving our strategic outcomes. AMDSB will survey students from December 3-7, 2018. Students enrolled in Grades 7 and 8 will complete the survey independently in class. Parents and guardians of students in JK to Grade 6 are requested to complete the survey on their children’s behalf.

Families who do not have access to Wi-Fi or electronic devices may request a paper copy of the survey at the school office.

Thank You to our Community Members

A special thank you to our community member (and also our crossing guard) Eva Crivea who donated hand knitted scarves, hats and mittens for students at Clinton PS. We appreciate your generosity and efforts to keeps our students warm this winter!

Christmas At Clinton Public School

Our Christmas concert, “Santa’s Christmas Gifts”, will be held on Tuesday, December 18 with two performances. Our day time performance will be held at 11:45 a.m. and our evening performance will be held at 7 p.m. In addition, our unpolished dress rehearsal will be held on December 17th at 9:15 a.m. and families are welcome to attend. Students in kindergarten through grade three/four will be participating in the concert. Our choir and

Clinton Public School Band will also be performing.

Clinton Public School Christmas Caroling

We invite parents to join us on December 19 and December 20 at 10:10 am each morning for caroling in the gym with the entire school.

Skating

On Friday, December 21, students in Grades 1 to 8 will have the opportunity to go skating. They will walk to the arena. Although we are walking, a permission form will be required, as skating has elements of risk beyond a regular field trip.

All students must wear a properly fitted helmet and mittens/gloves to be allowed on the ice. It is recommended that students wear CSA approved helmets. Please ensure that skate blades are covered and skates are transported in a protective bag.

We thank the Municipality of Central Huron for sponsoring this event.
If you are in need of skates, helmet and/or outerwear, please let your teacher know so that all students can participate.

Clinton P.S. School Council Meeting

Clinton PS School Council is having its next meeting on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. Everyone is welcome. There will be no School Council meeting in December.

December 7 – P.A. Day Plans

Our next PA Day is Friday, December 7, and involves a number of learning activities for all our staff. Teaching staff are working on math instructional strategies. Support staff will be engaged in PD activities designed for their employee groups.

Pizza Orders – January to March 2019

On December 5th through to December 12th , the pizza order form for the three month period of January to March 2019 will be available online.

We appreciate that parents complete pizza orders online by the deadline date each term. We rely on volunteers and office staff to help tabulate the enormous school orders in a timely manner, so please do not ask us to accept late orders.

Go to the SchoolCashOnline website to register and pay online for pizza orders, milk tickets, class trip fees and band fees. You will need your child’s OEN (Ontario Education Number) to register and this number can be found on the top of your child’s report cards.

Bad Weather Days

As long as we have enough staff who can safely arrive to care for our students and our facility is safe, Clinton Public School and other Avon Maitland Schools that serve mainly students who walk to school will endeavor to remain open as much as possible this winter.

A decision to cancel buses does not necessarily mean that school is closed. If school is open, all students are welcome if you as parents deem that it is safe for you to transport them (or for them to walk).

On days when school is open but no buses are running, we are expecting our walking students. We ask that you call the school if you are keeping them home, just as you would for illness. This is part of our Safe Arrival Program and it is an important part of our efforts to be sure all students are safe.

On days when school is open but no buses are running, we will not be expecting our bus students so parents do not need to call the school to inform us bus students are at home. If in your opinion it is safe to do so, you are welcome to bring them and pick them up at the end of the day.

There are a number of ways to find our weather messages:

Cancellations and Delays Website
Twitter and Facebook
school website
● radio announcement and websites

School Council Theme Basket Fundraiser

Thank you to families for continuing to support the Christmas Theme Basket Fundraiser. School Council needs all items donated by December 6, 2018. Raffle tickets for the Theme Baskets will be sold before each of the afternoon and evening concert performances. The draws will be made at the evening Christmas Concert on December 18, 2018.

Kindergarten A – Movie Night
Kindergarten B – Chocolate Delight
Grade 1 –Games, Books & Toys
Grade 2 – Pets
Grade 2/3 – Arts & Crafts
Grade 3/4 – Feed the Birds
Grade 4/5 – Gift Wrapping
Grade 5/6 – Erb – Sports
Grade 5/6 –Breckon – Candy
Grade 6/7 –Birthday Party
Grade 7/8 Lingard – Home Chef
Grade 7/8 Lobb– Christmas Decorations

Funds raised from the Theme Baskets will support class field trips.