May 2018 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

Finally the weather is beginning to warm up. It has been a long winter and the students are excited to feel the warmth. This also marks having the end in sight! Please remind your children that there are still 2 months of learning to take place.

EQAO testing begins in May. Teachers of both the Grade 3 and 6 classes have been preparing for EQAO testing by working on practice reading, writing and math tests. You can also help by not making doctor, dental appointments etc. during the weeks of May 22 – June 4.

Recently a note was sent home encouraging parents to take part in a safe school survey. Students and teachers in Grades 4 – 6 have already taken part in this survey. We are asking for parents to also provide feedback to the school. The survey will be open until May 10 for parents to complete. This is extremely important information for the school. Feedback from the community, as well as from students and staff, help to shape direction for the school and provides us with valuable information. Please take the 20 minutes to complete this survey to help make EES a better place.

Calling all students and families! Come to Pathways Information Night on Wednesday, May 2nd at the Stratford Rotary Complex. See college and university booths, try out the welding simulator and talk to a homebuilder about skilled trades, hear more about 40 community involvement hour opportunities, and more! Bring your family, friends or neighbours to the Stratford Rotary Complex on Wednesday, May 2nd, any time after 6:30 p.m. The presentation begins at 7:00 p.m.

Coming soon to EES! After many years of planning and fundraising the new playground equipment will be soon installed. Thank you so much to our amazing School Council for all of their hard work and fundraising efforts and to the Avon Maitland District School Board for making this dream a reality. Over the summer months the old playground will be torn out and the new equipment installed ready for the first day of school. I know the students are very excited to see what awaits them in September!

Rick Van Maanen, Principal

Dance Showcase

We are pleased to announce that a team of 35 students in grades 1 through 6 will be performing at the upcoming Dance Showcase on May 17th at Seaforth Public School.

Ms MacPhee, Ms Zehr and Ms Carlyle had over 100 students try out during auditions, making selections extremely difficult. The Team will perform one choreographed song together with the other schools in attendance in a mass performance. They will also perform a choreographed dance of their own to showcase as well. The students have been practicing weekly in preparation for this and even had an opportunity to showcase their performance at our recent Talent Show. The energy and effort that these students have put into their work demonstrates their dedication and love for music and movement.  Save the date!

Parent Council

School Council Spring Fundraising Orders will be available for pickup on May 8th from 2:30- 5:30 p.m. in the school gym. Please make arrangements to pick up orders during this time. Thanks to all that supported this fundraiser. Your support helps us to provide funds for school activities and equipment.

School Spirit Wear orders will be in this week. Thanks for your patience! We anticipate having them sorted to send home with students soon afterwards.

Our annual 6th Annual Spaghetti Dinner is scheduled for June 11th from 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets will be available for purchase through “School Cash Online”. More information will follow. If you are interested in volunteering, we’d love to have you! Jobs include cupcake baking, food prep and hall set up on June 10th, and volunteer shifts during the dinner. Send an email to to indicate how you can help!

Our next council meeting is scheduled for May 14th. All welcome.

Exciting news for Exeter Elementary School!

We are having a Scholastic Book Fair May 2, 3 and 4. Get ready to buy some fabulous books to add to your collection. All proceeds from the book fair go toward books for our EES Library.

Me to We

Thank you EES students, staff and families from your Me to We team!  Thanks to the donations from the Talent Show and Chips sales in March and April, we have raised over $500 for Jessica’s House! We still have 5 more Thursdays for “Treat Thursdays” and all money raised will continue to go towards Jessica’s House. Thank you for your support!

Treat Thursdays –  The Me to We team will continue to sell chips and popcorn for $1 during nutrition breaks every Thursday for the month of May. Buy some chips, support a local charity. Thank you!

Spirit Day Dress Like Your Hero Day –   On Friday May 11, all staff and students are encouraged to dress like your hero. Is it your Mom? Your Dad? A writer? A movie star? A superhero? Show us who your hero is and dress up like them.

Spirit Day Dress In Spirit Colours or Spirit Day Wear – On Friday May 25, all staff and students are asked to wear their EES spirit wear or school colours to show how much you support and care about everyone at EES. We are at an amazing school, so let’s show our enthusiasm!

Please Practice Sun Safety!

Please be reminded that students need to be dressed appropriately, wear scent free sunscreen and wear a hat and even sunglasses if they have them.  Encourage your child/children to drink plenty of H2O to stay hydrated!

School Bus Safety Program

School Bus Operator Safety and Training teams will conduct School Bus Safety Programs for new September 2018 Junior Kindergarten at Exeter Elementary Schools on June 7, 2018, at 10:00 a.m.

The program consists of a newly created, Ministry approved standardized Safety video, and a participatory class presentation by the School Bus Operator Safety Team discussing items such as School Bus rules, the Green Tag program, and safe backpack size. There will also be an opportunity for the student and parent(s)to take a “First Ride” on a School Bus, as well as actual practice for safely crossing the road to safely board and de-board a School Bus.

Helping Huron Smile

The Huron County Health Unit will be visiting your school Tuesday, May 8, 2018 and offers the following dental programs: Students in JK/SK, grade 2, 4, and 6 classes will be included in a dental screening. Children who have been previously identified by our program will also be seen. Any parent who wishes their child to be screened at school, other than those listed above, should notify the school before the scheduled screening date.

Want to prepare for EQAO or Need Some Extra Math Practice?

Experienced Math Tutor Available – new to Exeter
Semi-retired Math Teacher, U of Waterloo grad – Bmath

Ms. Dorothy Gimpelj