May 2019 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

It hardly seems possible that there are only two months left for this school year – the school calendars are rapidly filling up. With the arrival of spring we hope the nice weather continues as we have several outdoor activities approaching.

Our school Track & Field day is set for May 15 and students are looking forward to putting their skills to the test. Students from Gr. 4 to 8 will be participating in the events.

Many of our classes have been and will be taking part in workshops sponsored by the Foundation for Enriching Education, such as, drama and art. We are always greatly appreciative of the support and programs offered by the Foundation.

Gr. 3 & 6 EQAO Assessment time is fast approaching. Our school will be writing from May 21 – June 3. If you have a student in one of these grades we ask for your support to ensure that they are able to attend school each day during this time and to please avoid scheduling appointments.

Finally, as we wind down Term 2, it is important for students to really focus on doing their best on all their learning activities, give that extra effort to challenge their thinking and learning and to strive to achieve to the best of their ability. The staff will be providing many opportunities for students to showcase their abilities both in the classroom and around the school.

Mr. Bevan Moir, Principal

Character Corner

May – “Fairness”
Treating everyone in a just and accepting manner.
“Fairness is not sameness, it is ensuring people get what they need.”

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

Thank you to everyone who attended our Family Night on April 24th. It was a well celebrated evening with a free dinner and interactive information sessions. Thank you to all our vendors who came out to share their knowledge and thank you to the students and teachers who contributed to set up and take down, thank you to Mrs. Tweddle for creating the PowerPoint full of photos! Thank you to the School Council members for coordinating the event. Thank you to everyone who donated prizes and food.

The following were the door prize winners:

Holly Bell – Home Hardware Broil King BBQ
Bob Miller -$50 Gift Card No Frills
Tristan Barter -Massage Gift Certificate
Melissa Carruthers -Van Gestel Excavating Gift Pack
Powell Family -Re/Max Realty Gift Pack
Mike Rieck -Re/Max Realty Game Pack
Ashley Graul -Sunrise Health Gift Pack
Mirjam Coddington -Hunter Steel Duffle Bag
Drew Tyler -Lavender & Lemon Gift Pack
Eve Lepp -Norwex Gift Bag
Raelynn Jacob -Pillowcase Art Set
Miranda Ohlman -Pillow

Spring Music Presentation

Attention Downie Central families and friends: On Tuesday, May 14th at 12:00 p.m. in the gym, all Downie Dolphins from Grades 1 to 8 will be performing songs they have been preparing with Mrs. Dubé during music classes. There will be special performances by our Primary Choir, Ukulele Club with Jr./Int. Choir, and the Dance Showcase. Parents and families are welcome to join us as we celebrate the arts and our wonderful Downie students!

Stratford Public Library

Learning doesn’t need to stop when the school bell rings. STEM Village lets students explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Skills through video courses and games. Content is aligned with the Ontario curriculum. splibrary.ca/stemvillage

Check out a STEAM MakerKit from the Library. Kits provide the materials needed for hands-on creativity and experimentation. Explore circuits, coding, robotics and other STEAM concepts.

Visit the Library MakerSpace. Try 3D printing, use the vinyl cutter, make a custom button, explore robotics and coding activities during OpenLabs. Ages 9+.

Me to We Update

Me to We Team would like to thank all those who supported our Kernels Popcorn fundraiser. Thanks to you we are able to put just over $200 towards our We Villages Education pillar.

Library Update

Students have been reading all the Forest of Reading books since November. It is great to see students reading just for the fun of reading. This skill will last for a lifetime. There have been some excellent Canadian authors and illustrators nominated this year.

On April 29th some of our junior/intermediate students did a great job reading aloud all 10 Blue Spruce nominated books to the primary division. Everyone then cast their votes for their favourite book. Here at Downie Central the winners were as follows: Blue Spruce; Where Oliver Fits by Cale Atkinson, Silver Birch Express; Tank and Fizz: The Case of Firebane’s Folly by Liam O’Donnell, Silver Birch Fiction; Elephant Secret by Eric Walters, Silver Birch Non-Fiction; Carey Price: How a First Nations Kid Became a Superstar Goaltender by Catherine Rondina, Red Maple Fiction; Sadia by Colleen Nelson, and Red Maple Non-Fiction; The Space Adventurer’s Guide: Your Passport To The Coolest Things To See and Do in the Universe by Peter McMahon. Check out all these great books at the OLA website.