September 2018 Newsletter


Dear Parents and Guardians,

On behalf of the staff of Exeter Elementary School, I’d like to welcome everyone back to school and extend a special welcome to our newest students and their families. We are delighted to you are joining us!

I hope you had a relaxing summer vacation and that you, and your students, are ready to delve back into our community of learning. We know that strong home/school partnerships have a significant impact on student success so we look forward to growing our partnerships with you.

I’ve been most impressed with the hard work of our custodial staff who have ensured our school is in tiptop shape. Thank you also to the teaching and support staff who have created welcoming environments in every room in the school.

Our Open House will be mid-September. We encourage everyone to come out to meet your student’s teachers at this time.

Wondering how to get more involved? Consider attending a School Council meeting. We are lucky we have a dedicated group of parents who work with us, on your behalf, to ensure that the voices of parents and guardians are heard. Enjoying the new mulch and the new playground structure? These projects are just some examples of your Council’s recent work. For more information on how you can get involved check out the bulletin board just across from the office. All interested parents, guardians and community members are invited to our first School Council meeting at September 10, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in the library.

No doubt you have heard that Grades 1-6 are heading to the Music Man in September. More details to come.

Members of our school community can experience significant medical distress, resulting in anaphylaxis, when exposed to scents and certain food items. For this reason we are a scent free and nut aware school. Additional information, specific to individual classes, will be shared with parents and guardians by classroom teachers. Please be respectful of this medical need.

Questions? Please call early and often. We look forward to working with you to provide an optimal education for your students.

Abby Armstrong
Principal Exeter Elementary School.

School Organization – Staff List

Amanda Campbell – JK/SK
Steacy Elliott – JK/SK
Lauralee McCormack (Sarah Kyle) – JK/SK
Pam Shapton -JK/SK
Jennifer O’Shea- Gr. 1
Mark Kitching – Gr. 1/2
Shuana Coward – Gr. 2
Lynn MacPhee – Gr.2/3
Jennifer Regier – Gr. 3
Lea Glavin – Gr.3/4
Angie Dekaban/Elizabeth Hunninck – Gr. 4
Amy Walper-Bedard – Gr. 5
Shannon Clarke – Gr. 5/6
Heather Hrudka – Gr. 6
Kathy Thiel – SERT
Preslee Stachurski – SERT
Patti Brintnell – French
Rob Gackstetter – Prep
Abby Armstrong – Principal
Kerry Carlyle- Vice Principal
Christine McGregor – TRA
Bonnie Christie – EA
Paige Lightfoot – EA
Nancy Pridham – EA
Leanne Studerus – EA
Leanna Toornstra – EA
Alyssa Wilson – EA
Carissa Desjardine – DECE
Nancy Sass – DECE
Dianne Wein – DECE
Dave Reichert – Head Custodian
Kim Marshall – Custodian
Lori Finch – Custodian
Lauren Love – Office Manager
Shannon Daters – London Bridge

School Calendar

Opening Day – September 4
PA Days – September 28, November 2, December 7, February 1,
April 5, June 7, June 28
Labour Day – September 3
Thanksgiving  – October 8
Good Friday, Easter Monday – April 19, April 22
Victoria Day – May 20
Winter Vacation  -December 24 – January 4
Family Day  – February 18
March Break – March 11 – 15
Last Day of Classes – June 27

Daily Schedule

Our school day is organized using a Balanced Day format as outlined above. Please ensure that you provide a lunch that is divided into two “mini-meals” for your child to consume at each nutrition break.


8:20 a.m.
Yard Supervision Begins
8:30 a.m.
Entry Bell Rings
8:35 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.
Instructional Block
10:35 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Nutrition/Play Block
11:15 a.m. – 12:55 p.m.
Instructional Block
12:55 – 1:35 p.m.
Nutrition/Play Block
1:35- 2:55 p.m.
Instructional Block
2:55 p.m.

Safe Arrival

If your child will be absent from school, we would appreciate a phone call before 8:30 am. If no phone call is received, we will make every effort to contact you, including phoning your place of work. The school has an answering machine so you can phone at your convenience – 519-235-2630.


Regular attendance is essential for student success. Please advise the office if your child will be absent or late arriving to school. When arriving late, students must report to the office for an admit slip.

Emergency Information Forms

Emergency information forms will be sent home with each child. Please be sure to read it over carefully and correct any incorrect information, and insert any missing information. It is essential that we have contact information in case of emergencies, and we need to reach you or another adult who would make decisions on behalf of your child. This would usually be if your child becomes ill or injured at school.

Newsletter and Calendar

We will be sending newsletter out by email, if you could please update any emails when your Emergency Contact Forms comes home today. It will also be available on the school webpage. If you wish a hard copy of the School Newsletter, please contact the school. Please look for our newsletter and calendar on the EES website, we will not be sending home a hard copy after the first month.

Inclement Weather

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


Students in all grades will receive a student planner to help him or her organize their time and school work. Students will record any homework and projects, due dates and other important information and dates. Students will receive their planner at no cost. They are expected to take them home each day after school and bring it back to school each day.

Code of Conduct

All classroom teachers will review with their classes, in age-appropriate language, the Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct applies to all students, staff, parents and guests, and sets out reasonable expectations for behaviours, and potential consequences for inappropriate behaviours.

Use of Technology (iPads, Computers etc.)

Your child’s teacher will discuss with the students what is acceptable and/or unacceptable use of technology at school. Technology and the Internet are to be used as a learning tool, and deliberate access to inappropriate sites on the Internet, or inappropriate use of communication tools available over the Internet, are subject to consequences.

  • Computers and iPads are to be used for school related purposes only; no personal emails or communications.
  • Students may only access “appropriate” sites.
  • All language must be socially acceptable and appropriate.
  • No one will interfere with or alter the work of another person.
  • Students will only log on to the system using their own access logins and passwords.
  • Students’ work is subject to monitoring by school staff.

Snack Program

We are very excited to announce that a nutritious snack program will continue this year at Exeter Elementary. We welcome donations and thank you for supporting the program through your donations.

Administration of Medication

If at any time during the school year your child requires medication to be administered while she/he is at school, please advise the office so the appropriate forms can be sent home and completed ahead of time. Medication will not be administered until the forms are completed and signed by the parent or guardian.

Sabrina’s Law and Anaphylaxis

In January 2006, Sabrina’s Law came into effect. This Law requires school boards to have emergency procedures in place to deal with incidents of anaphylaxis and to provide training for all staff. With support from the Perth District Health Unit and the Huron County Health Unit, school principals provide to their staff, annual training in the administration of EPI-Pens to treat anaphylactic reactions. In cases where a student is anaphylactic, parents/guardians are expected to provide an EPI-Pen(s) for their child to carry with them at all times during the school day. Parents/Guardians must also work with the school to develop an Individual Medical Management Plan that outlines emergency procedures for their child.

In accordance with Sabrina’s Law, all schools have been provided with two generic EPI-Pens. These EPI-Pens are being provided to support schools in responding to a medical emergency for an anaphylactic student for whom the school has an Individual Medical Management Plan and Emergency Procedure in place. Also, in accordance with Sabrina’s Law, schools must administer an EPI-Pen when a student is suspected of suffering an anaphylactic reaction even if no Individual Medical Management Plan exists. If you are aware that your child is allergic to epinephrine or if you have any concerns, it is suggested that you contact the school principal.

Allergy Reminder

At E.E.S. 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 E.E.S. we are no exception. There are those in our school who suffer from sensitivities to life-threatening allergies to scents (perfume, cologne, body spray, etc) and foods (specifically peanuts, tree nuts and eggs). We respectfully ask for your consideration when packing lunches and please ensure to read food labels. Thank you for making E.E.S. an allergy safe environment for all our staff and students.

Parent Council

School Council celebrated the opening of EES’ new playground in the primary yard on the first day of school with a ribbon cutting. The entire school came out to say “Thank you”. A big round of thanks goes out to all school and community supporters that made this project happen. The kids are excited to play!

Fundraising efforts for the new school year are underway. We will be participating in the “Fresh From the Farm” program again, selling Ontario-grown fruit and vegetables providing 40% profits to school council. Order forms will go home mid-September.
Our fourth annual Trivia Night Challenge is being hosted on Saturday October 20th. The event is a fun evening full of trivia, snacks, draw and auctions. More information will be coming home shortly. Please contact Sarah Groot at 226-235-4134, or email: if you are able to offer your support.

Exeter Elementary School is very fortunate to have an active and dedicated School Council. Volunteer participation of all kinds is welcomed – active or casual. Please consider joining us at our next meeting on September 10th at 6:30pm in the school library. Alternatively feel free to email us at anytime with your interest or questions.

Terry Fox Run

Please advertise that the school Terry Fox Run/Walk will be held on Wednesday September 26th during the last block of the day, 1:35 – 2:55.  Students are encouraged to bring in toonies and loonies for Terry.  Raindate will be Thursday September 27th at the same time.

SchoolCash Online

SchoolCash Online provides parents/guardians with the opportunity to purchase items that previously required cash/cheque be sent in the school back pack anytime, anywhere. Visit SchoolCash Online and click “Get Started Today” or if you have already set up an account click “Sign Into Your Account”. When prompted, use the OEN noted below to attach your child to your account.

Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance

Our school board is offering you the opportunity to voluntarily purchase student accident insurance through the Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance program, underwritten by Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc. (iA Financial Group).

Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance provides protection against unexpected costs arising from accidental injuries. The program is especially valuable for families who:

  • do not have medical or dental plans,
  • have limited plans, as it may help supplement health and dental benefits, or
  • have active children who enjoy sports and outdoor activities.

Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance has a selection of plans to suit most budgets. Benefits include coverage for:

  • The full school year (September to September), 24 hours a day, while at home and in school;
  • Expenses that are often limited or not covered by private or group insurance plans, or Provincial Health Insurance Plans, such as ambulance, physiotherapy, private tutoring, counselling, and much more;
  • Injury-related dental treatment (including future dental treatment up to age 26);
  • Out-of-province or country emergency medical expenses.

If your address changes during the school year, your Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance plan is transferable from school to school, anywhere in Canada.

Insurance premiums for children are $14.50 or $33.50 per year, depending on the plan selected. A discount is available for families with 3 or more children. Adults age 20 to 64 can also be insured for $32.00 per year.

For more information or to apply online, please visit, or speak with a Kids Plus™ Client Service Administrator at 1-800-556-7411.

iA Financial Group is a business name and trademark of Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc.

Strengthening Families Parents

Parents & Youth (11-16)
A 9-week program to create stronger family connections
Strengthening Families for Parents and Youth (SFPY) is a nine-week skill-building program for families with teens/tweens 11 to 16 years old. The program takes a ‘whole family’ approach that helps parents and teens to develop trust and mutual respect. Each week covers topics like positive attention, communication, clear expectations, setting and supporting goals, fair limits, handling stress and anger, and problem solving. Parents and teens must commit to attending the sessions together as both must participate in the sessions to gain from the program.

In the first hour, families enjoy a healthy family meal together. In the second hour, youth and their parents participate in separate sessions where they discuss a range of topics. In the last hour, both youth and parents come together again for a session where they build on the topics and skills they’ve explored separately. Childcare is provided for siblings under age 11.

How does the program help youth and their families?

SFPY helps youth to develop resiliency. It helps parents to understand their role in how their children develop attitudes and behaviours that affect their mental health and well-being. It also provides parents with effective strategies for communicating with their teens/tweens, guiding their behaviour and acting as their role models.

Youth are involved series of engaging activities that allow them to express themselves, find out more about each other and have fun. The joint parent-teen sessions provide an opportunity for parents and teens to interact in a positive way, to engage in activities on an equal footing and to participate in thoughtful dialogue on challenging topics.

Sept 13–Nov 08, 2018
Thursday evenings, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Exeter Elementary School, 93 Victoria St. E.
Parents and Youth (11-16 years)
To register call Johanna at 519-482-3416 ext. 2285.