May 2019 Newsletter

Mrs. Hoffman’s Message

Purple crocuses, yellow daffodils and a bright, sun-soaked sky tell us that spring has finally arrived. It’s been a long winter, but here at Clinton Public School students are back outside with soccer and basket balls, games of tag and enjoying the gaga ball pit.

Spring is a great time to encourage students to walk to school. Or dust off the bikes and scooters and enjoy the fresh air on the way to school. Let’s fill CPS bike racks every day till June! Walking, using a scooter or riding a bike helps our environment, provides healthy exercise, allows for self- regulation and independence for students and, as a bonus, eases our parking congestion in the mornings and afternoons.

Scooters and Bicycles

All bicycles and scooters brought to school must be parked in the bicycle stands. Scooters are not stored inside the school building. We strongly recommend that bike locks be used to secure all bicycles and scooters.

Child & Youth Mental Health Week

Clinton Public School will be participating in Child & Youth Mental Health Week, happening May 5th to the 11th. This is such an important week where we are able to bring awareness to the prevalence of mental health issues throughout childhood, and reinforce the importance of mental health along with physical health.

At CPS, every month, through whole-school assemblies, we have been learning about self- regulation using Dr. Shanker’s work as a resource. Understanding how we use our energy, how to replenish it and why we “flip our lid”, are all important parts of self-regulation and good mental wellness.

We will be welcoming guests from Youth Speak, a performance charity from

Toronto, on Friday, May 10th. They will present 3 assemblies: primary, junior and intermediate. The trained youth performers will share personal stories, interactives that build themes of inclusivity, self-regulation and empowerment and a Q&A. The speakers give a message of hope, self-acceptance, empathy and encourage the students to use their voice and ask for help when needed. Parents, guardians, and members of our community are always welcome to all of our assemblies.

Let’s all wear green on Friday, May 10th, as a symbol of solidarity and awareness of mental wellness concerns.

EQAO Assessment Dates

The grade three assessment dates for EQAO will be held on May 22, 23, 24, 28, 29 and 30, 2019. The grade six assessment dates for EQAO will be held on May 22, 23 and 24, 2019. It is very important that your child be at school on these days. Please avoid booking appointments for your child during this time period.

Spring Coffee House

Music is meant to be shared, and the annual Coffee House Concert was an opportunity to do just that. Thanks to everyone who supported our CPS musicians by attending one of the concerts, and special thanks for getting students to school to participate in the evening performance. An amazing $1436 was raised to support the CPS Band! Special thanks to Mrs. Erb for all her hard work for making this event such a success and to parents, staff and students for their support and hard work.

Cougar Sports

Clinton Public School had another amazing day at our regional basketball tournament on April 17. After putting in a lot of effort, enthusiasm and great sportsmanship the Boys finished up with a strong second place and the Girls ended the day undefeated to take first place overall! Mr. Lingard and Mr. Lobb would like to thank the players for their dedication, hard work and team spirit, and also all of the members of our CPS community who came to cheer on the teams. Great job, everyone! Go Cougars!!

In April, the Heart and Stoke Foundation presented a kick off assembly for our annual fundraising event at Clinton Public School. Our staff and students learned some information about heart health and the importance of physical activity. Each class will participate in our Jump Rope activities during gym classes throughout the week of April 29 to May 3. Pledge forms for this event have been sent home with each family and all proceeds will go to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Pledge forms must be returned by May 3.

School Council Metzger Meats & Schilbe’s Maple Syrup Fundraiser

Metzger Meats and Schilble’s Maple Syrup orders can be picked up on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 15, 2019 from 3 – 5:30 pm at Clinton Public School. Thank you for supporting this important School Council fundraiser. Funds raised will be used for new soccer posts.

Track And Field Day – May 30, 2019

Clinton P.S. Track and Field day for grades 4 through 8 will be held on Thursday, May 30. Rain date is May 31. We plan on holding the events at Central Huron Secondary School. Students will leave CPS and walk as a group following morning announcements and will be supervised by staff. Remember students should bring running shoes, sunscreen, sunhat, sunglasses, insect repellent and water bottles.

Please note: Pizza Day will be moved from Thursday, May 30 to Tuesday, May 28 because of Track & Field.

Friendship Games…Everyday at CPS

At CPS, we all benefit and grow by being together because our differences allow us to learn from each other. Each child deserves the same opportunities and experiences. We are confident we can provide that environment and feel that the experiences offered at the annual Friendship Games should be available at our school, whether at Track and Field, in regular classrooms, phys ed or recess. Parents of students previously involved in Friendship Games agree, and so we announce that CPS will not be participating in Friendship Games going forward. If you have any questions, please call the school and ask for Luise Hoffman, the principal.

Facebook, Twitter, and School Website

Announcements, reminders, good news stories, community events and more are posted to Twitter, to our school website and to our school Facebook page. As always, if you have questions for staff, please contact us via email or phone.

Please ‘like’ us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @clintonps.