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March 2019 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

Welcome to March, hopefully soon we will welcome spring! Staff and students are nicely into term 2 and as a school we continue to focus on maximizing student outcomes. The tasks and activities that students are engaged in provide opportunities for them to hone their skills in communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity and problem solving – skills that will help them to be successful both in school and beyond. As a school, we continue to focus on building and sustaining an inclusive and positive school environment through our focus on character development. Our character attribute for the month of March is Optimism and we will be recognizing the positive attitudes and accomplishments that occur throughout the school. Finally, just a reminder that March Break begins on Monday, March 11th. I hope everyone has a good week off, and I look forward to students returning on March 18th with rejuvenated minds.

Mr. Bevan Moir, Principal

School Council

The next meeting will be Wednesday, March 20th at
6:30 p.m. in the library. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Thank you to the families who took part in the Harvey’s Night on Wednesday, February 20th, we made over $400. Thank you for your support.

School Sports

We wish our Junior Basketball team good luck when they compete at the Regional tournament on March 5th and extend the same to our Intermediate teams as they compete on March 6th.

Inclement Weather

If buses are delayed or cancelled due to inclement weather, cancellations will be announced on the radio, and posted to the Cancellations and Delays website as early in the morning as possible. You can also follow us on Twitter @downieps. The school will remain open for those who can arrive safely, unless posted otherwise.

Me to We Update

Mrs. Tweddle would like to thank the Me to We members for all their hard work preparing the homemade soup for our Me to We Soup Day. The students loved the chicken noodle and veggie soups served up on such a cold day. Just like in the book “Stone Soup” everyone donated something to the soup pot making it a delicious soup for everyone. Thank you also to Downie families for your orders, Jim MacGregor from Stratford Sobey’s for the gift card and to Fastenal for the donation of cups. All your acts of kindness allowed us to raise $372.00 to go towards our We Education Pillar.

Free Skating in St. Marys During March Break

There is free skating Mon., March 11th from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. at the St. Marys arena. This free event is sponsored by the Kinette Club of
St. Marys.

Stratford Perth Museum March Break Camp

The Stratford Perth Museum presents The Amazing Race March Break Camp. This camp is recommended for children ages 5 to 10 with a limit of 25 participants per day. The dates are March 11 to 15, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Pre-registration is required, $35 per child per day or $160 for the week. For more information, contact Kayla Droog at 519-393-5315.

March Break Bowling

The Optimist Club of Sebringville is sponsoring free bowling at Mike’s Bowling Lanes in Stratford.

Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Where: Mike’s Bowling Lanes, 24 Lorne Ave.

The Optimist Club will pay for bowling and shoes for all children. Children under 6 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

All parents are welcome to stay and watch the games, but the bowling is just for the children.

Allergy Reminder

At Downie Central we do all we can to ensure a safe environment for every person in our school. A significant issue schools deal with is environmental allergies. At Downie Central we are no exception. There are those in our school who suffer from sensitivities and
life-threatening allergies to scents (perfume, cologne, body spray etc.) and foods (specifically peanuts and tree nuts). We respectfully ask for your consideration when packing lunches and please ensure to read food labels. Thank you for making Downie Central an allergy safe environment for all our staff and students.

Head Lice – Pediculosis

Please check your child’s head on a regular basis and contact the school if you discover head lice. If a student is discovered to have lice/nits at school, parents will be called and asked to treat with medicated shampoo and pick out each nit individually. When a case of head lice is found, all students in the class will receive a letter, so that parents can check their child’s head and help us prevent the spread. We handle all cases of head lice with confidentiality.

Some helpful resources are the Lice Squad which is located at 370 Oxford St. East, in London, the toll free phone number is 1-866-510-5423. The Nit Free Terminator comb is also very effective.