December 2018 Newsletter

It is hard to believe that it is the end of 2018 and I’ll soon have been at Exeter Elementary for four months. What a pleasure it has been! Our staff and students continue to work purposefully to ensure that all in our building feel that they belong here, and are welcome, and certainly I have been the beneficiary of that.

December is a very busy month for us with the Grade 2 and Kindergarten field trips as well as the arrival of the artist who will be working with our students. Oh and did I mention our Holiday Extravaganza? Definitely an event you won’t want to miss!

December is also the start of the serious winter weather. Please dress your students warmly so that they are comfortable when they are outside at recess. Thank you to all who have donated new, or gently used winter clothing, It seems we never have enough snow pants, mitts or boots and yet whenever we are afraid we will run out a new bag arrives.

Over the holidays many of our halls will be painted. Something fun to look forward to when we return in 2019.

In closing, I wish for you and yours a wonderful, and restful, holiday season,

Abby Armstrong

The I am Me survey will go live December 3, 2018 on the board’s website.

School Council

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The Holiday Fundraiser orders from LUVU, Huron Ridge Flowers, The Whole Pig are scheduled for pick up at EES on December 3rd from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. To keep up with the holiday spirit, school council has provided all EES students with the opportunity to participate in making a Christmas craft during the month of December.

We look forward to seeing what the students create this year!

The overwhelming success of the 4th annual trivia night has provided School Council with additional funds to purchase one cart and 30 microphones to outfit the 30 new Chromebooks purchased by the school.

Thanks again to the entire community for contributing to the growth of students at EES.

Interested in learning about what fun activities School Council has planned for EES for the winter of 2019? Join us at our next meeting on Tuesday, December 4th at 6:30 p.m. in the school library – please bring a potluck snack to help celebrate the holiday season! Have questions? Please email the School Council at: – we would love to hear from you!

Wishing everyone a safe and wonderful holiday season!

Me to We News

Thank you to all of our families, students and staff who helped EES raise money for Jessica’s House in honour of Movember, Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, by purchasing mustaches from our team. Thank you for showing you care!

We have a couple of spirit days coming up in December to look forward to:

Super Festive Sweater Day

On Thursday December 6, EES will be having a “Super Festive Sweater Day” to get everyone into the holiday spirit. Be as fun and silly as you want and dress in your favourite holiday clothing, hats, sweaters and whatever fun ideas you may have! Show your creative side with your school spirit!

Red and Green Day

The last day of school before the holidays is on Friday December 21. Join us in getting ready for the holidays with red and green day. Show your school and holiday spirit by joining in!

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

The staff and students at Exeter Elementary are pleased to invite you to our school wide holiday celebration, a “Holiday Extravaganza”. There will be two showings on December 12th. In case of poor weather, we will move the performance to Thursday, December 13th. Our day performance will start at 11:30 a.m. in our gymnasium at EES, and run approximately one hour. Our evening performance will take place at South Huron District High School in the large gymnasium.

Like past years, we would like to give back to the community of Exeter so please consider donating in the spirit of the season. We will be receiving monetary donations for our friends at “Jessica’s House” and collecting food items for our local food banks.

We look forward to celebrating the season with you on December 12th!”

On the evening of the performance, we ask that all students arrive dressed and ready to go at SHDHS at 6:10 p.m. and head directly to their assigned classroom. We also ask that students be picked up at their assigned classroom following the conclusion of the entire performance. Students will only be released directly to their parent/guardians by the staff supervising the designated room.

Safety First at Exeter Elementary

Field Trips are exciting times for students and families. At times parent and community members may be invited to attend to help allow us to create smaller group sizes. Volunteers are required to present a Vulnerable Screening Check to the school if they wish to attend. If you do not have a vulnerable screening please stops by the office and we can prepare a letter for you to take to the OPP so that you can obtain this at no cost. This must not be done at the last minute as it can take a week or two to process, as our OPP partners are very busy.

The number of volunteers needed may vary depending on the trip. Please communicate your interest early.

Gift Donations

A huge thank you to all families and community members who contributed items to our Christmas tree – your compassion and generosity are greatly appreciated.

Families Reminded to Get the Flu Shot and Stop the Spread of Flu

The flu shot is free and recommended for everyone over six months of age. It’s important to stop the spread of flu to people who may be at risk of health-related complications. Protect yourself and your family by making sure everyone gets the flu shot this year.

Influenza (or the flu) is a respiratory illness that can spread easily from person to person, especially among kids.

Eye See… Eye Learn

Junior kindergarten students (born 2014) are eligible for a pair of complimentary glasses.Start your children’s education with clear vision and healthy eyes.  Book your OHIP covered eye exam with an Eye See Eye Learn participating optometrist before June 30, 2019. Find a participating optometrist near you by going to the Eye See Eye Learn website.