September 2018 Newsletter

Administrators’ Message

Welcome staff, students and families to the 2018/19 school year!
We welcome Mrs. Gale, Mrs. Hayter and Mrs. Haccius as new staff members to our school team and we offer a big hello again to Mrs. Murray and Mrs. Pinder.

Our 2018-19 school goals have bubbled up from our students’ voices as they talked about their concerns in the OurSchools survey. Our first goal is working on reducing anxiety in the school environment. Our second goal is learning self regulation through Dr. Shanker’s work. Our curriculum goal is improving math understanding.

As a school family, students from Grade 1 to 8 will gather once a month in an assembly to address anxiety and self regulation. We will be supported by various community groups (Health Unit, Rural Response for Healthy Children, O.P.P, Stuart Shanker’s work, etc).

In addition, CPS students will be asked to keep any cell phones in their backpacks from 8:35 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. There will be no cellphones usage during school hours.

We extend to you a warm welcome to join us for the following assemblies.

September 4, 2018 First day of School and Welcome Back Assembly 8:50 a.m.
September 27 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. November 1st 9 – 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)

We encourage all parents and guardians to be involved in their child’s education. We welcome volunteers in the school, classroom and building, as well as, on class trips. We welcome visitors to assemblies, special events and sporting events.

Please join us on September 12 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. for our Open House. Families are encouraged to meet our staff and tour our building at this time.

School Council meetings are opportunities to be involved in the growth of our school community. The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 18 at 6:30 p.m.

We wish all members of the Clinton Public School community a warm welcome, and best wishes for a successful school year.

2018/2019 Timetable

JK to Grade 8 Daily Schedule

8:35–8:45 Student arrival/supervised yard
8:45 First bell and students enter
8:50 School Begins
(Periods 1, 2, 3)
10:50-11:10 Physical Activity Break
11:10-11:30 Nutrition Break
11:30 Classes resume
(Periods 4, 5, 6)
1:10-1:30 Physical Activity Break
1:30-1:50 Nutrition Break
1:50 Classes resume
(Periods 7, 8)
3:10 School dismissal
3:20 Playground supervision ends

Clinton Staff 2018-2019

Please find below the list of staff and their assignments for the upcoming school year. Our full student enrollment thus far is approximately 300 students. As our enrollment continues to shift, our homerooms and organization are tentative throughout September.

Teaching Staff

JKA – Mrs. Bennett
JKB – Ms. Carter
Grade 1- Ms. Dalrymple
Grade 2 – Mrs. Koene
Grade 2/3 – Mrs. Jeffrey
Grade 3/4 – Mrs. Wise
Grade 4/5 – Mrs. Schofield
Grade 5/6 – Mrs. Erb
Grade 5/6 – Mr. Breckon
Grade 6/7 – Mrs. Murray
Grade 7/8 – Mr. Lingard
Grade 7/8 – Mr. Lobb
CTCC – Mrs. Hayter
Resource – Mrs. Plaetzer
Resource/Math – Mrs. Bicknell
French – Mrs. Van Hoof
Gr 6/7 and Prep – Mrs. Gale

Educational Assistants

Mrs. Nigh
Mrs. Hakkers
Mrs. Haccius
Ms. Leishman
Mrs. MacIsaac
Mrs. Graham
Early Childhood Educators
Mrs. Hallahan
Mrs. Hastings

Child & Youth Workers

Mrs. Reid


Mrs. teRaa

Technical Resource Assistant

Mrs. Johns


Mr. Sebastian
Mr. Melo

Administrative Staff

Mrs. Hoffman, Principal
Mr. Allen, Vice-Principal

Emergency Contact Information Sheet

Coming home with your child today is a form called “Confirmation of Emergency Contact & Personal Information.” We ask that you read over the form carefully, make changes as needed, fill in information required and sign where needed. Please return this form to school by Friday, September 7, 2018.

Freedom of Information Letter

Please take time to read the Freedom of Information letter coming home today. If you have any objections to the use and disclosure of your child’s personal information in any or all of the activities listed in the letter, please contact Mrs. Hoffman in writing as soon as possible. Otherwise, the school will assume your approval.

Walking Field Trip Permission Form

Please sign and return the enclosed ‘walking’ field trip form coming home today, which will give ongoing permission for your child for the 2018/19 school year to participate in walking excursions within the Town of Clinton to locations such as the Cenotaph for Remembrance Day, sporting events, visits to local business and parks, community walks, etc. As always, you will be notified by your child’s teacher whenever trips are planned.

AMSDB Code Of Conduct

The Code of Conduct is printed in our CPS Planner for your convenience. We ask that all parents and guardians review this booklet with their children. The Code of Conduct is also posted on the AMDSB website.

Staff will be reviewing the Code of Conduct with their classes as well. Working together as parents, students and educators, we can ensure increased safety and appropriate behaviour for our children. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Character Attribute Of The Month – Respect

The virtue of good character for September is Respect: Valuing self, others and our world.

Respect is an attitude of caring about people, and treating them with courtesy, dignity and positive regard. Respect means valuing ourselves and others. We treat their belongings, the environment and the world around us with consideration.

School Cash Online

Please register for School Cash Online if you haven’t done so yet. All payments for school activities and events will be made through this online payment system. There are many benefits to using this program such as:

  • You can pay for items anytime, anywhere.
  • You get automatic emails when a new item is available for purchase and you get reminder emails.
  • Payment won’t be lost or misplaced like a cheque or cash can.
  • You don’t have to wait for a cheque to be deposited.
  • Refunds are directly deposited back into your account.

To register go to SchoolCash Online and pay online for food orders, field trips and fundraising events.

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.

Food/Milk Days at Clinton Public School

We will begin our food and milk days in October.

Milk Tickets

Students will continue to use milk tickets to purchase milk. Beginning on September 19, 2018 and for the rest of the school year, milk tickets will be available online for purchase: $15 for 20 milk tickets. A blue sheet of milk tickets will be sent home with your child upon purchase. The school will not hold the sheet of milk tickets. Your child should bring a single milk ticket in his/her lunch bag on days he/she wants to purchase milk. The first day to use milk tickets will be October 2.

Pizza – October to December 2018

On September 19th and through to September 26th, the pizza order form for the three month period of October to December 2018 will be available online.
We appreciate that parents complete pizza orders 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 SchoolCash Online to register and pay online for food and milk orders.

Facebook, Twitter, and School Website

Announcements, reminders, good news stories, community sports information and more are being posted to Twitter, which conveniently forwards our messages to our school website and now, our school 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 at our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @clintonps.

Clinton Public School Is A Nut-Safe School

CPS is a peanut, nut and nut oil safe school, meaning safe from peanuts, all nuts and all nut oils. Your child is required to bring lunch/snacks that contain no nuts or nut products. Finding nut-free snacks may be challenging, but carefully reading the product labels will tell you which products to avoid. Read the ingredient listings every time you shop. Manufacturing and packaging practices may change without any warning; a product that was once peanut-free, for example, may now contain peanuts. It is especially important to look for a warning such as, “may contain peanuts and traces of peanuts”.

Proper hand washing with soap is important to eliminate nut oil residue from hands as contact with the slightest residue from nut products on playground equipment, door handles, gym equipment etc. can also cause a severe anaphylactic reaction. When consuming products with peanuts, nuts, or nut-oils please stress proper hand washing to your children before they depart for school.

Clinton Public School Is A Scent Safe Learning Place

At CPS, we have a number of students and staff with asthma. Smelling strong perfumes and scents makes this condition worse. That means that some children find it more difficult to focus and learn, because their breathing is laboured, their eyes and nose run, and they may feel dizzy or weak. The Canadian Lung Association says that children with allergies and asthma can have fatigue and disturbed sleep, miss more school, find it difficult to exercise, and may need to take more medication. It is important that we keep our learning place safe for all children and adults.

What does this mean for you?

  1. All staff, students and visitors to the school are asked to not wear perfumes, colognes or strongly scented products at school.
  2. When purchasing products such as shampoo, body wash, soap and hairspray, choose ones that have soft scents or are fragrance free.
  3. Please read and respect the Scent Safe signs at entrances of the school.
  4. If you arrive at Clinton PS wearing a strong scent, you may be asked to leave the school, to protect the health and wellbeing of our students and staff.

If you have questions or concerns about our Scent Safe Learning Place, please contact the office. Thank you for your support in keeping our school safe for everyone.

Yard Supervision

Supervision for students on the playground begins at 8:35 a.m. daily, with an entrance bell at 8:45 a.m. Students are dismissed at the 3:10 p.m. exit bell, and the schoolyard is supervised until the 3:20 p.m. bell. Please note that parents or guardians are responsible for students arriving prior to 8:35 a.m. or remaining on the yard after 3:20 p.m. For your child’s safety, please encourage your child’s arrival and departure are within supervised times.

Safe Arrivals

For your child’s safety, we are required to check attendance and place safe arrival telephone calls, twice daily, at 8:50 a.m. (beginning of the school day) and again at 11:30 a.m. (following first break). Since students are not permitted to leave the premises at the second break, safe arrival is not routinely done at this time. Please assist us by giving us a call or sending a note to the teacher when your child is away from school. We do have voice mail at school for your convenience. If you are unable to call during office hours, please leave a message on our voice mail (include your child’s name, grade and reason he/she is absent). If the school is unaware of why a child is absent the following calls will be made until contact is made to verify the absence:

  • Parents/guardians at home
  • Parents/guardians at work
  • Emergency phone number contacted
  • Message will be left at home/work
  • Siblings at school may be asked


Thanks to all parents and caregivers who are observing the “Accessible Parking Zone” at the front of our school. Only vehicles that have accessible parking permits are allowed to park in this designated parking spot. Vehicles without an accessible parking permit are not allowed to park in this area, not even for a short time.

We also ask parents to not park in the circle in front of the school to drop off their children in the mornings and at dismissal and pick up times as this is a bus drop off zone.

Safety Issues

Controlled Entrance

All outside doors except the front door are locked during the school day. This is done to control the entrance of visitors into the school, and to maintain a safe classroom for your child. All visitors, including parents, guardians, volunteers, and occasional staff are required to report to the office upon entering the school in order to pick up an identification card. This helps us to know who is in the building at all times, keeps the building safe from strangers wandering in, and minimizes disruption to classroom learning.

Student Entrance and Exit Routines

During the regular school day, all students will enter the building through their designated doors at the rear of the school. At the end of the day, all walking students will exit from their designated doors and meet their parents/caregivers on the asphalt at the back of the school. In the case of our youngest students (Kindergarten and Grade One), they are ‘handed’ from teacher to parent/caregiver. All students are taught to return to the school office if the person they are supposed to meet is not on the school yard. Students will not be permitted to enter or leave the building from the front door or alternate exits. This routine ensures an orderly flow of traffic inside and outside the school building, for your child’s safety.

Other Pick-Ups And Drop-Offs

The following routines must be followed when dropping off and picking up students from the school:

  1. Before 8:50 a.m., students should be dropped off at the rear of the school, where you can leave your vehicle and enter the playground safely.
  2. Students who are dropped off/come to school at other than regular times, must enter the school through the front doors and immediately notify the office of their presence before going to class.
  3. If you need to make special arrangements for pick-up, please notify the office by way of a note.
  4. Parents picking up children before the regular dismissal time must sign the student out in the office.

Medical Information

Please notify the school of any medical issues that may affect your child’s health or well-being at school (eg. allergies, medical conditions, etc.). If your child requires medication during the school day, visit the office to fill in the necessary forms. In the case of high-risk medical conditions, a specific medical plan will need to be developed with the school staff and be approved by your child’s doctor to ensure your child’s health and well-being while at school. Please contact Mr. Allen as soon as possible so that we can be prepared to support your child’s medical needs.

No Child Without

Our school is involved in the Canadian MedicAlert Foundation’s No Child Without program. There is no cost for students who attend our school and are between the ages of 4 up to their 14th birthday to join MedicAlert through this program. If your child has a medical condition, allergy or is required to take medication on a regular basis, then you should consider this program. A child’s MedicAlert identification can alert school staff, friends, coaches and others about your child’s medical condition should an emergency occur.

For further information come to the office for a brochure or go to the No Child Without website. To register your child you will need a No Child Without brochure from the office.

If your child is already part of the No Child Without program and there have been changes to their medical condition, medications or emergency contact information, call MedicAlert at 1-800-668-1507 to update your child’s file.

Sabrina’s Law And Anaphylaxis

In January 2006, Sabrina’s Law came into effect. This Law requires school boards to have emergency procedures in place to deal with incidents of anaphylaxis and to provide training for all staff. With support from the Perth District Health Unit and the Huron County Health Unit, school principals provide to their staff, annual training in the administration of EPI-Pens to treat anaphylactic reactions. In cases where a student is anaphylactic, parents/guardians are expected to provide an EPI-Pen(s) for their child to carry with them at all times during the school day.

Parents/Guardians must also work with the school to develop an Individual Medical Management Plan that outlines emergency procedures for their child. In accordance with Sabrina’s Law, all schools have been provided with two generic EPI-Pens. These EPI-Pens are being provided to support schools in responding to a medical emergency for an anaphylactic student for whom the school has an Individual Medical Management Plan and Emergency Procedure in place.

Also, in accordance with Sabrina’s Law, schools must administer an EPI-Pen when a student is suspected of suffering an anaphylactic reaction even if no Individual Medical Management Plan exists. If you are aware that your child is allergic to epinephrine or if you have any concerns, it is suggested that you contact the school principal.

Ryan’s Law

Ryan’s Law 2015 has been passed by the Ontario Legislature. This piece of legislation is an important step 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.

Terry Fox Event

We plan to hold a Terry Fox Run/Walk to raise money for cancer later this fall. This event promotes our daily physical activity initiative, and also encourages our students to be charitable citizens of good character. Be looking for more information in the next few weeks.

Scooters and Bicycles

All bicycles and scooters must be walked while on school property and must be parked in the bicycle stands. We strongly recommend that bike locks be used to secure all bicycles and scooters.

School Volunteers

Children do best in school when their parents are actively involved in their education. Volunteering in a school is an extremely rewarding experience and can take many forms. Volunteering might involve reading with young students, making your skills and talents available to make something for the school, or serving on the School Council. Please contact your child’s teacher, Mr. Allen or Mrs. Hoffman if you would like to get involved at CPS!

Student Planner

Every student in the school will receive a student planner. Please take time to review your child’s school planner with your child. The first pages include important information regarding routines and expectations at Clinton Public School. Staff will use the planner as a homework book and method of communicating with parents. We encourage parents to continue to support their child by signing and returning the planner daily. The cost of the planner is being paid out of our school budget.

Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance

Our school board is offering you the opportunity to voluntarily purchase student accident insurance through the Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance program, underwritten by Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc. (iA Financial Group)

Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance provides protection against unexpected costs arising from accidental injuries. The program is especially valuable for families who:

  • do not have medical or dental plans,
  • have limited plans, as it may help supplement health and dental benefits, or
  • have active children who enjoy sports and outdoor activities.

Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance has a selection of plans to suit most budgets. Benefits include coverage for:

  • The full school year (September to September), 24 hours a day, while at home and in school;
  • Expenses that are often limited or not covered by private or group insurance plans, or Provincial Health Insurance Plans, such as ambulance, physiotherapy, private tutoring, counselling, and much more;
  • Injury-related dental treatment (including future dental treatment up to age 26);
  • Out-of-province or country emergency medical expenses.

If your address changes during the school year, your Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance plan is transferable from school to school, anywhere in Canada.

Insurance premiums for children are $14.50 or $33.50 per year, depending on the plan selected. A discount is available for families with 3 or more children. Adults age 20 to 64 can also be insured for $32.00 per year.

For more information or to apply online, please visit, or speak with a Kids Plus™ Client Service Administrator at 1-800-556-7411.

Community News

Piano Lessons

Individual piano lessons will be available in September at Clinton Public School. Please call Lorrie Mann at 519-441-0800 or for more information.

School Year Calendar 2018-2019

Opening Day of Classes

September 4, 2018

School Holidays

October 8, 2018 – Thanksgiving Day
December 24, 2018 through January 4, 2019 – Christmas Break
February 18, 2019 – Family Day
March 11 – 15, 2019 – March Break
April 19, 2019 – Good Friday
April 22, 2019 – Easter Monday
May 20, 2019 – Victoria Day

Last Day of Classes

June 27, 2019 – Elementary Schools

P.A. Days

September 28, 2018
November 2, 2018
December 7, 2018
February 1, 2019
April 5, 2019
June 7, 2019
June 28, 2019