February 2019 Newsletter

Mrs. Hoffman’s Message

As we move into 2019, it’s a good time to reflect on how we are meeting our school goals. It’s great to see CPS students regulating their use of cell phones at school and problem solving with staff and students in a collaborative way.

Our goal to understand and address student anxiety continues to be a priority. We invite parents, guardians and community members to join us in our whole-school assemblies as we learn about self- regulation and Dr. Shanker’s explanation of “red brain blue brain”. Please visit the Mehrit Centre website to see what we are learning. We continue to ask questions about the connection between the energy in our bodies and minds and how we use technology.

Lastly, thanks to all parents and guardians for ensuring that our students come to school safely on bad weather days when there are no buses. Clinton Public School is an awesome school and we are so thankful to be a partner in your child’s/children’s learning and growing.

Family Math Night

School Council and our teaching staff are pleased to invite you to a Family Math Night on Thursday, February 28th, 2019. We were awarded a PRO (Parents Reaching Out) Grant to make this event possible. The theme for this event is “Family Math Games” with
games, activities and hands on challenges. Hot dogs will also be provided.

All ages of learners will have the chance to play with math and hopefully learn something new.

Please look for further information that will be sent home in February.

Report Cards

Teaching staff work on the February 1st PA Day to assess and evaluate student progress for Term 1, and to prepare student report cards. Report cards for Term 1 will come home with students on Tuesday, February 19. This week also marks the midpoint in our academic year. Report cards are a formal communication between school and parent(s)/ guardians. Teachers report on students’ strengths, needs and next steps in learning skills and curriculum areas.

Please read and discuss your child’s report card with them, and sign and return the bottom portion to the school by Friday, February 22.

Dressing for Winter

Recess and Physical Education outdoors in winter provides great opportunities to play and exercise, such as snowshoeing at CPS. Winter clothing, in particular snow pants and boots, help to keep children warm and their indoor clothes dry. Mr. Sebastian and Mr. Melo, our custodians, have extra duties in winter months keeping the floors clean and dry. Less snow is brought into the classroom when students wear boots and snow pants.

Morning Arrival Reminders

8:35 – Yard supervision begins. Children who arrive to the yard before 8:35 are not supervised by school staff.
8:45 – Entry bell rings; all students enter through the back doors, unless they arrive on Special Education transportation
8:50 – Classes begin; students arriving after 8:50, please report to the office for a late slip.

We kindly ask that parents do not walk their children to their classrooms. Kindergarten students arriving late will be walked to their classroom by a staff member. Should parents need to speak with their child’s teacher, please contact the office to make arrangements.

Public Speaking

During the month of January our students in grades 1-8 have been preparing speeches.

School presentations are on Thursday, February 7 (snow date is Feb 8).

Primary Speeches (for grades 1 through 3) will begin at 11:30 am in the gym and will be followed by Junior and Intermediate Speeches (for grades 4 through 8).

All parents and friends are welcome to attend.

The Clinton Legion Public Speaking Competition will be on Friday, February 22, 2018 at 6 p.m. The Legion snow date is Saturday, February 23, 2018 at 9:30 am.

Junior Volleyball

Mr. Lingard would like to congratulate the Junior Boys volleyball team for their performance at the tournament on Jan 21. The team improved each game and finished third in the tournament. The team demonstrated enthusiasm, determination and respect for others. Well done Cougars.

The Junior Girls volleyball team, coached by Ms. Van Hoof, had a great day at the tournament. They won all 3 of their round robin games and qualified for the championship game. Despite their best efforts, the girls lost the final game but still ended up in 2nd place overall. Great job girls!

The Huron County Health Unit will be visiting our school on February 14 (rescheduled from Jan 29) and offers the following dental programs:

  • Students in JK/SK, grade 2, 4 and 7 classes will be included in a dental screening. Children who have been previously identified by our program will also be seen. Any parent who wishes their child to be screened, other than those listed above, should notify the school before the scheduled screening date.
  • As a preventive service, topical fluoride applications, dental sealants and dental scaling will be offered to eligible children who have been screened at the school.
  • Financial help is available through the HSO-EESS program for children in urgent need of care who do not have dental insurance and the cost of treatment would be a financial hardship.
  • A dental program called Healthy Smiles Ontario is now available to help children 17 and under see dentists regularly. It is available for families living with low incomes.

Do you need more information? Call the Dental Department at the Huron County Health Unit at 1.877.837.6143 or visit the Huron County Health Unit website and search Dental Health.