April 2019 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

As we head into the final stretch of the school year and the weather continues to improve, we have to constantly remind ourselves that there are still three months of school left, and busy months they are! The staff is providing many exciting opportunities for students to enrich their school experience through events such as intramural sports, class trips and activities. Our focus continues to be on student engagement and creating lessons and activities that provide opportunities for our students to communicate and collaborate, be creative, solve problems, and think critically. As always, I encourage you to talk to your child(ren) about school and the things he/she is learning , and maintain open lines of communication.

Mr. Bevan Moir, Principal

Character Corner

April – “Honesty”
Being trustworthy, sincere, and truthful

“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom” – Thomas Jefferson

“People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“No legacy is so rich as honesty.” – William Shakespeare

“When in doubt, tell the truth.” – Mark Twain

School Council

The next meeting will be Wednesday, May 8th at 6:30 p.m. in the library. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Downie Central Family Night

The school is hosting a Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds night on Wednesday, April 24th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. for Downie Central families. Students and their extended family members are invited to come out and enjoy an evening of fun and food with your school community. Come and explore how you and your children can keep your minds and bodies happy and healthy! Keep an eye out for more information, which will be sent home soon!

EQAO Support

In the month of May our students in Grades 3 and 6 will be writing their provincial assessments which we refer to as EQAO. We are in need of volunteers to help with scribing for some of our students. If you are available to help anytime between May 22 to May 31, please contact Mr. Fennema at the school.

News From the Library

Forest of Reading Program

On April 29th we will be having a Forest of Reading Day to help celebrate Canadian authors and illustrators. All the primary students will get a chance to have each of this year’s Blue Spruce nominated books read aloud by Junior/Intermediate students. They will then vote on their favourite Blue Spruce title.

Those who have been reading the Silver Birch and Red Maple books will be casting their votes during the month April. There were some fantastic books nominated they year picking a winner will be difficult. See more information on this program on the Ontario Library Association website.

Me to We Update

The Me to We members have been busy painting a garbage can for the 9th Annual City of Stratford Garbage Can Contest. This years theme is “Embracing Diversity”. You can check out all the entries at the Festival Market Place during the week of April 24th.

We will be selling Kernels popcorn for $2.25 a bag the last part of April. All proceeds will be going towards our We Villages Education Pillar. More info will be sent home closer to the date.

Grade 7 Watercolour Workshop

On Monday, April 29th the Mrs. Steckly’s Grade 7 class will be taking part in a Watercolour Workshop that is sponsored by The Foundation for Education. This workshop will demonstrate an understanding of composition, using selected principles of design and to create a piece of art (colour, value, shape). Catherine Weber is the artist presenting this workshop. Catherine paints on a regular basis in addition to sewing costumes for the Stratford Festival Theatre and works on their family operated dairy farm near Exeter, Ontario.