March 2019 Newsletter

Principals Message

We call March the second last month of the school year, because ‘April. May June’ always feels like a conjoined blur. Certainly March finds staff are hard at work revising plans and figuring out how to squeeze the most learning into what remains of the school year.

I’m proud of what is happening at our school. Certainly there have been many academic successes, but just as importantly I’m very pleased that our students continue to find opportunities to be kind and empathetic every single day.

A couple of reminders before we head into March Break:
If you have students in Grade 3 or 6, please do not book appointments or holidays from May 21 to June 3 as we will be writing EQAO then.

March brings serious mud. Please consider sending a complete set of clothing for your student(s) which can be kept at school. We hate to have to disrupt your day if they appear at the office “completely all over muddy” (borrowed from Mud Puddle by Robert Munsch).

March 28 Michael Wade, author of the ‘And Then It Happened’ series will be speaking to students in Grades 2/3 to 6.

Finally, please consider joining our School Council. Information about what they are up to can be found on the bulletin board opposite the office.

School Council

On February 20th, the students had a chance to practice their dog sledding, snowshoeing and mitten matching skills at the Winter Carnival, an event supported by School Council. It was a great afternoon of outdoor activity, described as “the best day ever”. A big thank you to the student volunteers from SHDHS in helping run the stations. This event would not have been possible without the commitment from Melissa Prout – we thank you for volunteering your time to organize and run this event for the students and staff!

Pizza and Milk are available once again for April, May and June.
Orders can be placed online as easy as 1,2,3.
All orders are due March 19th. Sorry No late orders.

Upcoming School Council Supported events/fundraisers:

Tuesday March 5th – Pancake Day!
Friday March 8th – Pre-March Break fun including dance activities and games
April – Spring fundraiser (more information will be sent home)
Monday June 10th – 7th Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

Join us at one of our upcoming meetings beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the school library to find out what’s happening in the school community – everyone is welcome! Upcoming meetings will be held on: Monday March 4th and Tuesday April 9th.

School Council wishes everyone a safe and well deserved March Break!

Me to We

Thank you to all of our families, students and staff who helped EES raise money the charity, Community Table with the funds raised from our Valentine Gram sales. We raised over $400 to help members in our community have a healthy meal. Thank you for showing you care!

EES has several events in March, so Me to We is taking it easy this month. However, we are working on the Talent Show auditions and will be announcing which performers go on to be in the show. The talent show is scheduled for Thursday April 11.

EES is participating in some special awareness days in March. Check it out!

Wear Purple for Epilepsy Awareness Day

Purple Day is an international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide. On March 26th people in countries around the world are invited to wear purple and host events in support of epilepsy awareness.

Canadian Statistics about Epilepsy:

• Epilepsy is a physical condition characterized by sudden, brief changes in how the brain works. It is a symptom of a neurological disorder – a disorder that affects the brain and shows itself in the form of seizures.
• Each day in Canada, an average of 42 people learn that they have epilepsy. Each year an average of 15,500 people learn they have epilepsy; 44% are diagnosed before the age of 5, 55% before the age of 10, 75-85% before age 18 and 1% of children will have recurrent seizures before age 14. 1.3% are over the age of 60. This means that about 60% of new patients are young children and senior citizens.
• Events that may trigger seizures include: stress, poor nutrition, flickering lights, skipping meals, illness, fever and allergies, lack of sleep, emotions such as anger, worry, fear and others, heat and/or humidity.
The Goals of Epilepsy Awareness Day given by the Epilepsy Foundation of Canada:
• To fund the best epilepsy research in Canada;
• To increase public and professional awareness of epilepsy as a universal, treatable brain disorder;
• To change attitudes, dispel myths and raise epilepsy to a new plane of acceptability in the public domain;
• To promote public and professional education about epilepsy;
• To identify the needs of people with epilepsy on a national basis
End the stigma and wear purple on March 26 to show your support for people living with Epilepsy!

World Down Syndrome Day Crazy Sock Day

Down Syndrome International (DSi) encourages our friends all over the world to choose their own activities and events on WDSD to help raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.
Join in with us to create a single global voice for advocating for the rights, inclusion and wellbeing of people with Down syndrome on Thursday March 21 and wear some funky socks. Each year the voice of people with Down syndrome, and those who live and work with them, grows louder.

Earth Hour

Monday, March 30, 2019, 8:30-9:30 p.m.

Exeter Elementary is encouraging all families to participate in this important event and we will be d discussing it in class. Turn off your lights for one hour and unite with millions around the globe in a call to action on climate change. Earth Hour gives us all a chance to reflect on how we can each do our part to help protect the future of our planet. Take some time during Earth Hour to talk with your family about what you’d like to do to help our earth.

It’s just one simple action that you can take to help make a difference and it sends a powerful message that we care about our planet!

For more information and to register your family/business visit: www.earthhour.org