October 2018 Newsletter

Administrator’s Message

Students at Clinton Public School have come back to school with lots of energy, positive attitudes and an eagerness to learn. We continue to build a community where everyone feels safe, included and accepted for who they are. Our first assembly at which we will all learn about self regulation and what happens to our brains when we “flip our lid” is Monday, October 1st at 9:00 am. We invite all parents and/or guardians to join us on Monday and at any other assembly:

  • November 1st, 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
  • November 12 Remembrance Day Assembly, 10 am – 10:45 a.m.
  • November 28, 1:50 – 2:20 pm
  • January 7, 2019, 9 – 9:30 a.m.
  • February 4, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • March 4, 2:30 – 3 p.m.
  • April 2, 9 – 9:30 a.m.
  • May 3, 2:30 – 3 p.m.
  • June 27 – 10 a.m. End of Year Assembly (celebrating whole school goals, sports)

In addition, we are offering Yoga instruction at no charge on Monday and Wednesdays after school for all children and adults/guardians. It begins in our gym at 3:20 and runs for a half hour. Natalie Haccius, one of our school EAs, is our instructor. Please feel free to join us as we all learn how to reduce stress and engage in self regulation. Students will have permission forms in their backpacks for you to sign.

On our Friday PD day, all educators came together to understand and formulate a plan for our school goals: Improved Math learning for all students; better self-regulation for all and reduction in anxiety for all. We are confident our adults and students will improve in all areas this year at CPS. As always, thanks so much for your support.

CPS Newsletter is Going Paperless

Our October newsletter will be the last Clinton PS newsletter to go home via paper copy. Beginning in November, the newsletter and calendar will be sent home via School Messenger. Please ensure the school always has your current email address on file.
Newsletters, school calendars, office information can also be found on the web on the school website.

CPS Thanksgiving Food Drive

Clinton Public School is running a Thanksgiving Food Drive the week of October 1-5 collecting donations of food for our local food bank. Below is a list of most needed food items according to Food Banks Canada:

  • pasta products and rice
  • canned meats and fish
  • dry and canned soups and stews
  • canned fruits and vegetables
  • flour, breakfast cereal, canned/powdered milk
  • fruit juices, pasta sauce, beans and legumes
  • infant formula and baby food.

Please give generously and thank you for supporting our local food bank.

Character Attribute Of The Month – Empathy

In October we will be focusing on the character attribute of Empathy;
Understanding how someone feels. We strive to sense and appreciate the emotions of others, to “stand in their shoes”. We demonstrate appreciation of and concern for their feelings. We try to understand issues from their perspectives even though we may not agree with them personally.

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 play some exciting activities while you sign them up for Kindergarten 2019! If you have or know of a child who will be 3 years old by December 31, 2018, please contact the school at 519-482-9424 as soon as possible. Registration events are taking place at Avon Maitland Schools throughout November.

The kindergarten registration event is taking place at Clinton Public School on Wednesday, November 28, 2018.

After School Tutoring at Clinton Public School

In search of … volunteers!

Our first session of after-school tutoring will begin on October 23 and run until December 13. It will run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 3:15 – 4:00. We are looking for volunteers to help out! Please contact Mr. Allen if you can be a volunteer tutor one, two, or even three afternoons per week for this 8 week session. Thank you for helping us support our learners.

Ryan’s Law

Ryan’s Law, 2015 is an important piece of Ontario legislation to support the well-being of students with asthma in Ontario schools.

If your child has asthma, we ask that you immediately contact the main office at your school to provide information about your child’s asthma medication. With your permission, your child will be allowed to carry their asthma medication.

The Ministry of Education website has resources on asthma.

As a best practice and to support your child, please let the school know if your child has a medical condition so that the school is aware and can keep this information on file. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Principal Hoffman directly.

Attendance and Punctuality are very important!

We want to teach them each and every day.

Regular attendance and being at school on time are very important. On average, students who have regular attendance often have well established peer relationships, better grades and a better chance of graduating successfully from Secondary School. Please try to book appointments for children on non-school hours or on non-school days. Students should only be missing school in the event they are too sick to attend.

Safe Parking at Arrival and Dismissal

Student safety is a top priority at Clinton Public School, and procedures at our crosswalks, arrival gates, bus zones, and parking lot are being reviewed to ensure safety for our school community. Our neighbours at the Huron Christian School have begun a major construction project, which could impact congestion on Princess Street.

The safest places to park and walk to our school yard are in the parking lot, if space is available, or parallel street parking along Rattenbury, Raglan, Dinsley, and Gibbings Streets. Please note that the Municipality of Central Huron provides crossing guards at the corners of Percival and Princess, and Percival and Rattenbury, to safely cross to school using crosswalks.

When You Visit The School…

We always welcome parents and visitors to our school, either planned or informal. However, we do require that all persons (except students and staff) enter by the front entrance only, and check in with the office upon your arrival. This is to ensure the safety of everyone in the building, and to confirm who is on our premises, as per our School Safety Plan. If you have something for your child (forgotten lunch, homework, message), please leave it with us at the office, and we will see that your child receives it in a timely fashion. This minimizes the interruptions to curriculum and your child’s learning. If you need to speak with a staff member while you are at the school, please go to the office. We appreciate your understanding as we strive to maintain high standards of safety and classroom instruction for your child.

Scholastic Book Fair

Thanks to everyone for another successful book fair. The school earned over $1800 in new books for the library and a student in Mrs. Breckon’s class won the door prize of $25 in books for themselves and $25 for their classroom.

Cougar Sports

Congratulations to our Cross Country runners who will participate in another season at the regional Cross Country meet at Huron Centennial PS on October 2. We have a fabulous team that will represent Clinton Public School! They plan to show perseverance, strength and optimism as they run a challenging course. Thanks to all participants for coming out to practice and participating in the meet with a positive attitude and team sportsmanship. Good luck to those runners who qualify for the District Meet to be held on October 10, 2018. Bus costs and per student registration fees will be covered by monies fundraised through the milk and pizza orders. Special thanks to Ms. Carter and Mrs. Bennett for coaching our Cross Country team.

Student Picture Day – Thursday, October 11

Adanac Images will be at Clinton P.S. on Thursday, October 11, 2018 to take student pictures in JK to Grade 8. Please note that this date has changed to what was published in the school planners.

Absentee and retake portraits will be done on Wednesday, November 7th.

Lions Vision and Hearing Screening for JK and SK

In partnership with local Lions Club organizations, we are pleased to offer hearing and vision screening for JK and SK students. We understand the impact of having healthy eyes and good hearing on your child’s overall health, well-being, and education. JK/SK Vision and Hearing Screening will be coming to Clinton Public School on Tuesday, October 9, 2018.

Bus Evacuation Training

Bus evacuation training is important not only for bus students, but for all students and staff as we take bus field trips during the school year. Bus Evacuation training prepares staff and students for bus emergencies and guides through a rear door evacuation drill. Our Bus Evacuation training day will be held on October 18. Please ensure that students are dressed appropriately for the outside portion of the program, including proper footwear. Please do not wear sandals or crocs.

Eat and Learn Program

Snack baskets are now available to all of our classes at CPS. It has been proven that children learn best when their nutritional needs are being met. This program is not intended to take the place of a healthy lunch. The aim of this program is to offer healthy snacks that are available to all students who need them each morning to give them the best start possible. Donations are always welcome! Please consider donating healthy snacks from time to time, such as apples, oranges, bananas, nut free granola bars, crackers etc.

Thank You – Donations to our Eat and Learn Program

The Clinton Public School nutrition program has been awarded an Ontario Student Nutrition Program (OSNP) grant in the amount of $3427. This grant has been made possible through a generous donation from VON Canada.

The OSPN grant will be used for our school nutrition program – Eat and Learn. We thank them in helping to ensure that every student at Clinton PS attends school well-nourished and ready to learn!

Orange & Black Day Is Also Nut-Safe Day!

Our annual Orange & Black Theme Day will be held Wednesday, October 31. Students at CPS will not be wearing costumes that day.

Before And After School Program

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.

Clinton PS School Council News

A great way to get involved in your child(ren)’s school!

On Tuesday, October 16th 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. At the October meeting, a Council Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer will be elected. We will also begin a list of voting members. If you would like to be considered for one of these positions, please contact Principal Hoffman, either in person or by phone by 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 16. A vote by secret ballot will be held during the meeting. All parents and guardians of children at Clinton PS are welcome to vote by being present at the meeting on Tuesday, October 16th.

CPS School Council Fundraising

The Clinton Public School Council will soon be under way with this year’s fundraising. We would like to give families a “heads up” of what to expect for fundraising this year. Please remember fundraising is optional, and we only ask that families try to participate as they feel able to. All proceeds go back to school events. The School Council has reviewed our budget for this year and will make sure all classes receive proceeds in some way. This year monies raised will go towards field trips, CPS Band and the Eat and Learn program. The Metzger Meats and Maple Syrup fundraiser will continue to support new soccer posts.

School Council Fundraising Planned Events

  • Cinnabon & Coastal Coffee – selling in November with delivery in December.
  • Christmas Theme Baskets – selling tickets in December with draws to be made at the Christmas Concert on December 18.
  • Metzger Meats and Maple Syrup Products – selling in April with delivery in May

Thank you to our families that continue to support our fundraising efforts for the school.