June 2019 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

With the arrival of June comes our last push to the end of the school year. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the teachers, support staff, parents, guardians and community members for the support they provided to ensure that each of our students had a successful school year. It takes the efforts of many to build the strong, caring and inclusive environment that we experience at Downie Central.

In the final month there is still lots to be done before we can fully turn our thoughts toward summer activities. Final assessments are taking place in all classrooms and it is important that students give their best effort to all assignments and activities as we edge closer to the final report card of the year. Also, it is the expectation that students conduct themselves according to the code of conduct here at Downie Central and that they continue to adhere to the rules of the classroom and the school. We all need to work together to make the final month of school productive, fun and positive for all members of the school community.

June is a busy month with a variety of activities, events and trips happening, so please ensure that you check planners and class calendars regularly.

Finally, I’d like to wish everyone a safe, happy and enjoyable summer. Take care, and I look forward to greeting all the students again in the fall.

Mr. Bevan Moir, Principal

Character Corner

June – “Integrity”
Doing what is right and honourable.

“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everyone will respect you” Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

“The time is always right to do what is right”
Martin Luther King Jr.

September 2019 Class Organization

At this time of year, the principal, in consultation with the staff, considers the most effective groupings of students (class placements) for instruction, for all students, for the upcoming year. Principals and staff consider a range of factors, including, but not limited to, the academic, emotional and potential social benefits or concerns when placing a child in a given class. If you have a concern you wish considered regarding your child’s placement for next year, please submit it in writing by Friday, June 14, 2019 to the principal, Mr. Moir. Due to the transition of students in and out of the community during the summer months, student placements will be announced the first day of school in September. Thanks in advance for your understanding.

If You Are Moving Out of Downie Central School Area Next Year

In order for the school to begin setting classes for next year we need to know if students are not returning to Downie Central for the school year 2019-2020. Parents, please contact the office as soon as possible at 519-393-6196 if you are moving over the summer and your child(ren) will be attending a different school.

Bussing Information for 2019/2020 School Year

See the attached document regarding bussing for the next school year.

Letter from Huron Perth Student Transportation Services

Me to We Update

The Me to We group will be holding their annual used book sale during the week of
June 17th. Books will sell for .50 cents each or 3 for one dollar. If you have used books that are in good condition that you would like to donate to the sale please send them in on or before June 17th. All proceeds will go towards our Me to We Education Pillar. Parents and students are invited to come and get some good summer reading during the week of June 17th.

Library Update

We will begin the long process of doing our library inventory during the month of June. Please make sure all your library books are returned by June 10th. Mrs. Tweddle will have prizes for the class who returns all their books first. Remember to check out the public library over the summer. Did you know that reading just 20 minutes every day can increase a child’s score on a standardized test into the 90th percentile? Reading for the fun of it helps you exercise your brain!

Harrington Heritage Day

Come to Harrington on August 10th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to celebrate their Heritage Day. Visit the Harrington Grist Mill, the library and the Community Centre.
There will be fun, food and activities for all ages.

More information at the Explore Harrington.