November 2018 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

As the leaves fall, the weather changes and our thoughts move quickly to winter. This is the tricky time of year, no snow yet but very cool mornings. It is important that students dress in layers to ensure they are warmly prepared for recess. Regular exercise, and the opportunity to run and play, is an essential part of student academic success. On that note, we are collecting gently used winter snowsuits, hats, mittens, and boots to keep on hand for students who need them. If you have any to donate please drop them off at the office.

Huge shout out to School Council for their tremendously successful Trivia Night. This year$6,000 was raised to support our school! Not only did the event raise significant amounts of money, it was evident that everyone who attended had a wonderful time!

Me to We organized, and ran, another successful ‘We Scare Hunger’ food drive. Thanks to the Me to We team, and all who made donations.
Anyone who was in the school at the end of October might have wondered if they wandered into a pumpkin patch by mistake! Whether they saw the pumpkins carved by Ms. Walper-Bedard’s class and Community Living, or those decorated for the Me to We Competition, EES sure did go orange for a few days. Thanks to Pauline and Doug Ford for donating pumpkins to our school.

Two last things…
1. November 8 is Bus Safety Evacuation.
2. Anyone who outgrown their EES clothing is invited to donate it through the office and we will ensure it gets into the hands of another EES student.

Safe Arrival

If your child will be absent from school, we would appreciate a phone call before 8:30 a.m. 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. If you know in advanced your student will be absent from school, please leave a detailed note in their planner for the teacher to read over.

School Council Update

At the October meeting, School Council committed to purchasing two sound field systems for EES! These devices play an important role in the classroom by improving the sound environment while helping teachers to avoid straining their voices. We are thrilled to play a part in improving the classroom environment.

The 4th annual Trivia Night Challenge on October 22 welcomed a full house of 158 participants in support of the fundraising efforts by EES School Council. Congratulations to the winning team: Brainstorm! The night would not have been a success without the generous donations from individuals and businesses for the silent auction items, and volunteers from the community to run the event including the participants, volunteers, teachers and parents. Thank you to everyone for their support to help make this night the most successful one to date – the night raised approximately $6000!

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Holiday Fundraiser forms (LUVU, Huron Ridge Flowers, The Whole Pig) will be available at cash online November 1st and due back by November 13th. Paper copies are available in the office. Pick up for these orders will be December 3rd. at 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Pizza and Milk orders for December and January will be available online in November – keep an eye out for these! Paper copies are available in the office.
  • Fresh From the Farm orders will arrive in November (date TBD)

Want to get into the holiday spirit while supporting EES? School Council is looking for parade float volunteers for the Exeter Santa Clause Parade on November 17! If you would like to volunteer for this event, please contact:

Do you have an interest finding out what’s going in the school community? Consider joining School Council at the next meeting on November 5th at 6:30 p.m. in the school library – everyone is welcome to attend! If you can’t make the meeting but still have an idea or questions, please email the School Council at: – we would love to hear from you!

Parent/Teacher Interviews

Parent/teacher interviews are happening on Thursday, November 1st and Friday, November 2nd. If you have not yet called the office to arrange a time, please do it ASAP.

Lions Vision and Hearing Screening

In partnership with local Lions Club organizations, we are pleased to offer hearing and vision screening of JK and SK students. We understand the impact of having healthy eyes and good hearing on your child’s overall health, well-being, and education. JK/SK Vision and Hearing screening will be coming to Exeter Elementary on November 14 at 8:45 a.m.

Kindergarten Registration

November 13, 2018
Please call to book an appointment.

All parents with children eligible to attend kindergarten in the 2019-2020 school year should plan to attend the CATYO Kindergarten Registration.

Before and After School Childcare Programs

Families interested in Before and After school Childcare programs, should complete the on-line survey no later than December 1st. The survey is available on the AMDSB website.  Should you require a copy of the survey, please contact the school.

Picture Retake Day

Picture retake day is November 19, 2018

Picture Orders Due

Picture Orders are due back to the office by Tuesday, October 30, 2018.

Me to We News

Thank you to all of our families, students and staff who helped EES Scare Hunger away for many families in our community! We had over hundreds of items donated from all of you to our local food bank. Thank you for showing you care!

We have a lot of exciting events planned for November!

Wear Red and White for the Remembrance Day Assembly

EES will be having our annual Remembrance Day Assembly on Friday November 9. We are asking that all staff and students please wear red and white (or Canada clothing) to show our appreciation to all of the veterans from Canada.

Crazy Hair Day

The Me to We team would like everyone to show their creativity and participate in Crazy Hair Day on Friday November 16. We look forward to this fun day of crazy hair and demonstrating your individuality.

Movember Mustache Sale

In honour of “Movember” (Prostate Cancer Awareness Month), students can purchase a mustache to wear on Friday, November 30 for $1. All profits will be donated to Jessica’s House to help any families struggling with cancer. We want everyone to be aware of the impact prostate cancer has on many men all over the world. Have fun and we look forward to everyone’s mustache photos!

Thank you to everyone for your support with all of our Me to We events!