May 2019 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

Well the weather Gods are still playing tricks on us but I think it is beginning to warm up. Things are still muddy outside so consider whether splash pants, or an extra set of clothes, makes sense for your family.

The Grade 4 students in Ms Hunninick’s class wrote the TIMMS test on April 30. TIMMS is an international test measuring trends in mathematics and science. More than 60 countries, including Canada, will write TIMMS this year. We were pretty excited that one of our EES classes was chosen to write on behalf of Ontario.

EQAO testing begins May 21 and runs until June 3. Our Grade 3 and 6 students and teachers have been working hard to ensure that they are well prepared. Please help us by ensuring that your students are well rested and have plenty to eat during this time. Please also ensure that your students arrive at school on time each day of testing.

May 9 our Kindergarten Team are inviting current and incoming kindergarten students, and their families, to explore our full day learning program. Doors will be open from 5-7. Come on by and see what all our ‘littles’ are up to all day at school. You will be very impressed.

Looking ahead to June I want to highlight two events. June 10 will be our spaghetti supper. Watch for more information about this school tradition.

Talking about traditions, we plan to start a new one this year. Tuesday June 25 will be our First Annual School picnic. All EES families are invited to pack up a picnic basket, lawn chairs or large blanket, and head to the school for a picnic lunch with their students from 12-12:45. This will be a rain or shine event. As I know the weather will be splendid that day, I’m asking families to head straight to the yard and your students will meet you there.

It is very sad to think we are this close to year end,

Abby Armstrong

School Council

Order pick up for the School Council Spring Fundraiser is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7th from 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Please make arrangements to pick up orders at the school during this time. Thank you to everyone who has supported one of the School Council fundraisers in some way during the school year. All of the proceeds go to support many EES activities, events and equipment needs.

Calling all spaghetti lovers! The much anticipated 7th annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser will be held on Monday June 10th at the South Huron Recreation Centre. The success of this event heavily relies on volunteers (food preparation, hall set up, assistance during the dinner) – please email eeschoolcouncil@gmail.com or let the office know if you are able to help in any way . Stay tuned for more information about this exciting night!

Do you shop at Hansen (Your Independent Grocer)? Don’t forget to save your receipts! School Council continues to collect grocery receipt tapes to generate funds for EES. For every $100,000 in receipts, School Council receives $250 in funds to help support EES. Receipt tapes can be placed in the bin found in the school office.

It is never too late in the school year to come and find out what’s happening in the EES community! Join us at one of our upcoming meetings on Monday May 6th and Monday June 3rd beginning at 6:30 PM in the school library.

Information about School Council, including meeting minutes, can be found on the school website. Have questions? Please email the School Council at: eeschoolcouncil@gmail.com – we would love to hear from you!

Orders were Due April 29 for Big Box Card Fundraiser.  If you have a Big Box Card Box and are not ordering please send box back to the school.

Me to We News

May is the LAST month for Treat Thursdays!

We are excited to welcome back a special treat day at our school for the months of April and May. A variety of chips will be on sale every Thursday for $1 during one of the nutrition breaks. All profits will go towards global Me to We charities all over the world. Help out other countries in need, while enjoying a yummy treat!

Show your school spirit and dress as your favourite decade on Friday May 10! Did you like the fashion in the 20’s, 80’s or 2000’s? Pick your favourite decade and demonstrate your creative side. Which class will show the most enthusiasm?

Tired of deciding what to wear to school each day? Me to We has you covered! On Friday May 24, you don’t have to think about what to wear because it’s Pajama Day! Enjoy a comfy and relaxing day and show your school spirit all at the same time!

Just $25 gives one person clean water for life! How far would you walk to collect clean water for your family? Every day, women and children around the world spend 200 million hours fetching water from the only sources available—distant and often polluted lakes, rivers or streams.

In Kenya alone, 32 million people have no access to adequate sanitation. Meanwhile, in India 21% of contagious diseases are caused by unsafe water. And 900 children die every day from diarrheal diseases that result from this unsafe water and poor sanitation.
Improving access to clean water will not only improve the physical health of families in these communities, but will also give them a better quality of life overall. Instead of shouldering the responsibility of collecting water, girls can go to school, parents can run sustainable farms and communities can lift themselves out of poverty with improved health, nutrition, education and opportunity. Clean water is truly the gift that keeps on giving.

On Wednesday, May 29, EES will be participating in the ‘We Walk for Water’ campaign by all students walking the length of 6 kilometres, which is the average distance that people in countries like Asia and India, need to walk just to get clean water for their families. Each class will be walking with a cup of water for 6km to demonstrate how difficult that would be in our own lives if we had to walk to access clean water every day. Every student is encouraged to donate $1 towards our goal of $350 (that’s only $1 per student!). The class with the highest donations will win a pizza party. All money raised will be going to Me to We to donate to other countries in need of clean water and a new water system. Show the world we care at EES!

Hope we reach our goal!

Dental Screening

The Huron County Health Unit will be visiting your school on Thursday, May 2, 2019.  the Health Unit offers the following dental programs:

• Students in JK/SK, grade 2, 4, & 7 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.
• As a preventive service, topical fluoride applications, dental sealants and dental scaling will be offered to eligible children who have been screened at the school.
• Financial help is available through the HSO-EESS program for children in URGENT need of care were the cost of treatment would be a financial hardship.
• A dental program called Healthy Smiles Ontario is available to help children 17 and under see dentists regularly. It is available for families living with low incomes.
• Do you need more information? Call the Dental Department at the Huron County Health Unit at 1.877.837.6143 or visit www.huronhealthunit.ca and search Dental Health

We would like to invite you to our Exeter Elementary kindergarten “First Ride Program”. This exciting event takes place on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 beginning at 10:00 a.m. This program is for all of our new Junior Kindergarten students who will be starting school in September. Each child, along with at least one parent/guardian, is invited to participate. The program will last approximately two hours and will include a bus safety video and ride.

For more information please see the following websites:

The First Ride – Handout Information –Parent Summary
– Available on our website: https://ourschoolbuses.ca/programs/first-ride-program/
Green Tag – Parent Responsibility form
– Available on our website: https://ourschoolbuses.ca/programs/green-tag-program/
Green Tag – Enrollment form
– Available on our website: https://ourschoolbuses.ca/programs/green-tag-program/

Please let us know if you are able to attend this event by calling the school at 519-235-2630. We look forward to meeting with you and your child as we prepare them for their entry to the Full Day Kindergarten Program this fall at Exeter Elementary School

Mad Science

Mad Science, the world’s leading provider of educational and entertaining programs for children is coming to Exeter Elementary School! They will be getting kids excited about with fun, entertaining and exciting activities and demonstrations.

Students will receive Club registration forms on 25/Apr/2019 when Mad Science visits the school. The Club is a 6-week enrichment program offered to the students.

Students who join the Club will go on a voyage of discovery designed to support the Ontario and Technology curriculum. The topics will be different this year than when was last at the school.

The Club will take place on Tuesday, May 7, 14, 21, 28, June 4, 11 from 12:55 PM – 1:35 PM., also performs Birthday Parties, Camps and Special Events.

Give them a call at 519-472-8002 and watch out for them in Malls, at Fairs, Festivals and Scouts and Guides.

Try at Home Activity – Zoom Ball

Materials

• Two 1 litre plastic pop bottles
• Scissors
• Optional: Coloured construction paper
• Masking tape
• Ribbons
• Two plastic ring six pack holders
• Two 2.4 metre strings • An adult helper

Instructions

1. Ask your adult helper to cut the bottoms off of the two plastic pop bottles.
2. Fit the bottles together so there is a neck on either end. Tape the bottles together to form a football shape.
3. Cover the bottles with construction paper and ribbon if you want to decorate your zoom ball.
5. Take the six-pack holders and cut the rings apart to make four two-loop handles.
4. Thread the two strings through the bottles. 6. Tie a set of handles to the ends of each string.
7. Get at friend and you are ready to play. Each player holds onto two handles and pulls on the strings until they are tight. Slide the zoom ball to one end. When it is at your end snap your hands apart to send the zoom ball back to your friend. To catch the zoom ball, keep your hands together.

Explanation

The pushing action of the strings sets the zoom ball in motion. When the zoom ball reaches the other end of the strings, an opposite pushing action, your friend snapping the strings, stops the ball for a moment and then sends it in the reverse direction.