March 2019 Newsletter

Mrs. Hoffman’s Message

We are now solidly into the second half of our school year and have many successes to celebrate. It’s important, however, to remember the importance of regular attendance and punctual morning arrivals. School success goes hand in hand with regular attendance. Academic growth, strong social connections, and a great sense of achievement are all direct benefits of regular attendance.

In addition, please be reminded that the school entry bell rings each morning at 8:45 a.m. By 8:50 students are listening to morning announcements, and teachers are sharing the day’s activities and plans. When your child arrives late, he/she feels the disruption to his or her own day and to the routine of the school and class. In the unusual event that your child is late, please enter the school by the front door and report to the office for safe arrival.

This article supported by Toronto pediatrician, Dr. Sloane Freeman, explains how school absenteeism can set off a troubling chain of events for students’ futures.

Parking Lot and Student Safety

We are asking you, our parents and guardians to help keep our students safe in the parking lot in the morning and for afternoon pickup. It’s a great opportunity to teach students respect for rules that need to be followed, regardless of who is monitoring or watching. Please know that pylons are in place to ensure smooth flow of traffic and maintain sight lines for drivers and students who are walking. In addition, we have a responsibility to ensure that the school yard is accessible to emergency vehicles at all times. Please help us with morning and afternoon traffic flow so that everyone goes home safely.

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.

Cougar Sports

Congratulations to our Junior and Senior Volleyball Teams who had great days at their respective tournaments this past month. They showed top notch skills, excellent team spirit and good sportsmanship. Both our Girl’s and Boy’s teams were tournament champions! Well done Cougars! Special thanks to Mr. Lobb and Ms. Van Hoof for coaching our volleyball teams.

Public Speaking

During the morning of February 7, our public speaking and storytelling competition was held in the gymnasium. Thank you to community members Shelley Worsell, Dave McConnell and Bonnie Jewitt for volunteering to judge the school competitions.

The first place winner in each division represented Clinton P.S. at the Clinton Legion Public Speaking on February 22, and our students achieved excellent results. One CPS competitor placed second and two of our CPS competitors placed first in their categories at the Legion!

Pizza Orders – April to June 2019

On March 6th through to March 20th, the pizza order form for the three month period of April to June 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 SchoolCashOnline 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.

Spring Coffee House

Mark Your Calendars!

The CPS Annual Coffee House Concert will be held on Wednesday, April 17th 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 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.

Technology Safety Tips for Parents

Please click on the link for guides for social media and platforms. You will find useful information about each app and tips to keep children safe online.

A Message Received from the Terry Fox Foundation

The 2018 Terry Fox School Run was a great success! We are proud to announce that Clinton Public School has generously donated $2,036.10 for cancer research. Thirty-nine years ago, determined to make a difference in the lives of those living with cancer, Terry ignited a fundraising movement that cannot be stopped. Today, because of schools like yours, his message of hope echoes loudly in the voices of students and families everywhere.

The Terry Fox Foundation extends to you a heartfelt thank you for your wonderful generosity to continue Terry’s legacy. Be proud and know that together, we are making a difference.

Optimist Free Skate

Free skating at the Eastlink Arena during March Break March 11-15 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Sponsored by the Optimist Club of Clinton.