November 2018 Newsletter

Mrs. Hoffman’s Message

Please join us on Thursday, November 1st, for our second whole school assembly from 9:00 to 9:30 a.m. We’ll continue to learn about self-regulation or dealing with stress. Go to Dr. Shanker’s parent portal for more information. Sarah Ingram, our Huron County Public Health Nurse, will be leading this session on Strategies for Good Self Regulation. Stay tuned for sessions on How Much Technology is Too Much?

In addition, we continue to host free Yoga sessions every Monday and Wednesday from 3:20 to 3:50 p.m. Everyone is welcome to learn a great strategy for understanding stress.  Students in Grades 4-6 began their Reducing Stress and Anxiety sessions last week.

Report Cards will go home this week. Please sit down with your child and collaboratively talk about all the positive experiences the report card identifies in just a few weeks of learning. Every one has next steps, and we all learn differently, which really just means that parents, teachers and students are….always learning.

School Cash Online

If you have not had an opportunity to do so, please sign up for school cash online. Once you are registered, you will receive emails when there is an item up for purchase or when a field trip fee is due. All field trip fees, food/milk orders and fundraising must be completed through school cash online. Go to SchoolCashOnline to register and pay online. 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.

If you require assistance in completing your account set-up, please come to the office and we will help you.

Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences

On Thursday, November 1 (evening) and the morning of Friday, November 2, parents and students will have an opportunity to meet with teachers to discuss progress to date and next steps.

We look forward to meeting with all parents this week. If you are unable to meet during the conference times, please contact your child’s teacher to arrange an alternate time, or to schedule a telephone interview.

Clinton Public School Gives Back

Thank you to all those you donated to our Thanksgiving Food Drive last month. We were able to donate a large amount of food items to our local bank. Our next food drive will be at Easter.

Hat & Mitten Drive

This Christmas season, Clinton PS will once again support the Huron County Christmas Bureau.

Clinton Public School will be having a Mitten Tree set up at the front entrance of the school. We would like to decorate the tree with donated new items that include mittens and hats! If you wish to support this please send in your donation anytime from November 19 to November 29.

Thank you for helping us to give to our community this season.
The Clinton United Church will use their church hall for the 2018 Christmas Bureau and will gratefully accept donations of new toys, recreational gifts, gift cards and new clothes or money for the Huron County Christmas Bureau during the collection week of December 3 – December 7, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donations can also be dropped off in the ‘drop boxes’ provided in your community. All gifts are distributed the following week to the families registered with one of the four County Christmas Bureaus in Goderich, Clinton, Wingham and Exeter.

If you are a family in need or know a family who needs support, please register by calling “Christmas Central” November 19 to December 7 at 519-524-7356 ext 3271 or 1-800-265-5198 ext 3271. All calls are confidential.

Remembrance Day Plans

On November 9, students in Kindergarten to Grade Eight will participate in a Remembrance Day Assembly held at Clinton PS. It is an expectation for all students to participate in this important service that honours our community and our country. Our assembly will begin at 10 a.m. Family members are welcome to attend.

Kindergarten Registration

It is with pleasure that we invite parents and children getting ready for Kindergarten in 2019 to visit our school on November 28, 2018. It is a chance for your child to see what our school has to offer, meet other children of their age and engage in some exciting activities while you sign them up for Kindergarten 2019! If you have or know of a child that was born in 2015, please call 519-482-9424 to register for Junior Kindergarten for September 2019.

Before And After School Program – Reminder

As part of our on-going commitment to make the school day as seamless as possible for our families, we ask parents/guardians to share their tentative childcare needs for September of the next school year (2019) by completing an online survey. The survey will be available October 1, 2018 and can be found on the AMDSB website.
Families that are interested in Before and After school programs for their Junior/Senior Kindergarten children and/or grade 1 – 6 children are asked to complete the survey by December 1, 2018.

We appreciate your assistance as we determine the feasibility of offering such programs.  If you require a paper copy, please contact the school.

Cougar Sports

Our Junior and Intermediate Soccer Teams competed in the regional soccer tournament held in October. All teams played with great enthusiasm, great sportsmanship and great skill. All of our teams had success and the Senior Boys team managed to go undefeated finishing first overall. Well done, Cougars!

Special thanks Mr. Lobb, Mrs. Murray, Miss Dalrymple and Mrs. Breckon who coached our soccer teams.

Facebook, Twitter, and School Website

Announcements, reminders, good news stories and more are being posted to Twitter, which conveniently forwards our messages to our school website. You don’t need to have a Twitter account to get this information, as the latest Tweet appears on the main page of our website.

Certain items will also be posted separately to our Facebook page. The purpose of these platforms is to keep our school community better informed on more than one platform, and most of this communication will be one-way, from the office or classroom to you. 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.

A Nut Safe Hallowe’en

While we understand that your child may be eager to bring Hallowe’en treats to school in the days that follow trick-or-treating, please remember that Clinton Public School is Nut Safe. Since we cannot be certain whether most candy and treats contain nuts or traces of nut products, we ask that Hallowe’en treats be kept at home for after-school and evening snacks. Please encourage your child to respect this request, for the safety of all children.

Getting Ready For Winter!

How do I know when buses are cancelled and/or my school is closed?
Visit the Huron Perth School Transportation Services website or follow our Twitter account. You don’t need to have a Twitter account to get this information, as the latest Tweet appears on the main page of our website.

You can also monitor local radio stations during inclement weather for the latest announcements on cancellations or delays.

Pediculosis (Head Lice)

We are pleased to report that we have had very few occurrences of head lice reported at Clinton PS this month. 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.

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.

CPS School Council News

On Tuesday, November 20th at 6:30 p.m., Clinton PS School Council is having its next meeting. 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.

School Council Theme Basket Fundraiser

The Clinton Public School Council is requesting parental assistance for a fundraiser we would like to do for Christmas time. Funds raised will go towards supporting field trips. Each classroom has a “theme” for their classroom “theme basket”. We are asking parents to donate an item for their child’s classroom “theme basket”. It does not need to cost much because we hope most families will participate. The School Council will be providing the baskets for the classrooms to fill. School Council would like all items donated by December 6, 2018 please. 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.

Please see below for the theme your child’s classroom has chosen.

KA – Movie Night
KB – Chocolate Delight
Grade 1 –Games, Books & Toys
Grade 2 – Pets
Grade 2/3 – Arts & Crafts
Grade3/4 – 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

School Council Cinnabon and Coastal Coffee Fundraiser

School Council will be selling Cinnabons and Coastal Coffee beginning on November 5 with payment and orders due on November 19. Clinton PS families are asked to purchase items for this fundraiser on School Cash Online. Go to SchoolCashOnline and pay online. Pick up for this fundraiser will be the afternoon of Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at Clinton Public School from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Funds raised will go towards supporting the CPS Band and the Eat and Learn Program.

The School Council appreciates your assistance making these fundraisers a success!