February 2019 Newsletter
January was an interesting month. I’m sure our staff is not alone in longing for a return to normalcy and the end of snow days. Please remember that on those days when buses don’t run, or you make the decision to keep your children at home for safety reasons, we need you to call the school to confirm that your students are at home. When you don’t call, we have to. Far too often, calls are not completed until well after noon which is worrying.
Report cards will go home with the students on February 19 and IEPs on February 20. Please watch for these important documents and discuss them with your students. Reflection and goal setting are an important step in the learning cycle.
Our School is working on a number of mental health initiatives with the Me to We Mental Health Initiative. Calming Jars were a most recent project. Keep watching and listening for more.
It isn’t too soon to start thinking about EQAO. If you have a student in Grade 3 or 6, please refrain from booking appointments, or holidays, between May 21 and June 3.
Our School Council actively supports our school in all our endeavours. I encourage you to get involved. Check out their bulletin board outside the office for more information.
Now that the snow is finally here to stay, School Council has been busy planning activities for an outdoor Winter Carnival (weather permitting) for the students. More information about this event will be provided to parents at a later date.
The pancake tradition continues! On Tuesday March 5th, School Council will provide students and staff will be served 2 pancakes with maple syrup before the first break of the day. A gluten free option will be available (please let the office know).
School Council is proud to provide support to many clubs and social impact projects happening in and around the school. In the month of January, the Beyblade Club, French Club and ‘Me to We’ were given funds to help with the purchase of supplies to ensure inclusion and an exceptional experience for the students involved. We can’t wait to hear about what authentic cuisine the French club has explored!
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:
- Tuesday, February 5th
- Monday, March 4th
Family Day is February 18, no school.
Me to WE
Spirit Day – Sports Day
What is your favourite sport or favourite sports team? Show our school what sport you love and dress up for Sports Day on Friday February 8. We can’t wait to see the variety of sports lovers out there! Have fun!
Valentine’s Gram Sales
Want to show your friends how much you care about them? Everyone can purchase Valentine Grams that include a special note and sucker for $1 each. All proceeds will go to Community Table, a local organization which serves hot meals to community members. Valentine Grams will be on sale for three days from Monday February 11-Wednesday February 13 in the front foyer at nutrition breaks. Make someone smile and share a gram!
Valentine’s Day Red, Pink and White Day
Show your school spirit and wear red, pink and/or white for Valentine’s Day on Thursday February 14. We can’t wait to see the halls light up with these wonderful colours!
Spirit Wear School Spirit Day
We are so proud to be at Exeter Elementary School with such great staff and students! Show your school spirit and wear your EES spirit wear or school colours (green or yellow) on Friday February 22. Let’s see the forest of colours in our hallways! Go Jr. Panthers!
2nd Annual EES Talent Show Auditions
What’s your talent? Do you like to sing or dance? Can you play a musical instrument? Can you do gymnastics or act out a scene? If you have a special talent and are in Grades 3-6, come and audition during the week of February 26-March 1. Sign-up times will be announced mid-February, so listen for the announcements. You must show up to your audition with your own music (if you’re using any) and you must rehearse what you are doing prior to your audition. Come on out, audition and have fun! Me to We can’t wait to see this year’s talents!
Thank you for all of your support!
Weather Delays and Cancellations
The Huron Perth Student Transportation Services is offering a number of options to ensure you are made aware of any school bus delays, cancellations and school closures during the school year. The posting of notifications continues on their main website.
Every school in the district has established its own Twitter account which can be followed through twitter.com or on the front page of each school’s website. Also, information will be shared via Facebook.
As in the past you can tune into your local radio station for news about weather delays and cancellations in the district. Tune to any of the following stations to hear these announcements:
- AM – 920 CKNX Radio / FM 101.7 The One / 94.5 The Bull
- 104.9 The Beach – Goderich
- 99.7 MyFM Goderich
- 90.5 MyFM – Exeter
- 1240 AM CJCS Radio Stratford and Mix 107.7 FM
Weather Cancellations and Pizza Days
Just a reminder if it is pizza day on a day when the buses are canceled, pizza will be rescheduled to another day. Parent Council will let you know the rescheduled date by email message, Facebook, twitter.
From the Board
January 21, 2019
The Avon Maitland District School Board values an on-going commitment to work with our families and community partners to make the school day as seamless as possible. As part of this commitment, families provided valuable information by completing the Before-and-After School Program Survey in November. The information has been compiled. The attached chart shows the school communities that indicated sufficient interest in before-and-after school programs to facilitate the start of the formal registration process.
The table indicates that some schools did not reach the required threshold necessary to offer before-and-after school programs or extended-day programs.
School communities that demonstrated sufficient interest will be contacted by a third party provider via advertisements, telephone, email, or through school newsletters to advertise in the upcoming weeks to provide details about formal registration for before-and-after care programs.
In cooperation with our third party providers, we are asking families interested in before-and-after school programs to please complete the formal registration process. The registration is intended for implementation in September 2019. In the event that registration numbers fall short of requirements to support sustainable programs, families will be notified in early spring in order to allow time for them to make alternate arrangements.
Please note that costs vary according to provider and have been provided as a general overview. Costs are subject to change. In the event that a third party provider ceases operation during the school year and a suitable replacement cannot be obtained, Avon Maitland District School Board will offer a replacement extended-day program at the board determined cost of $35.00. If families have any questions about before-and-after school programs, please call 519-527-0111 or 1-800-592-5437, extension 205 for Laurel Mitchell, Facilities Officer.
Superintendent of Program
Intent to Offer Before and After School Program(s) Sept. 20/19 – Yes
Current Program Offered 2019-2019 – Yes
Current Cost 2018-19 (JK/SK) *Please note that the fees vary according to provider and are subject to change. Fees stated are for JK/SK – Contact provider for other program fees.
- $12.00/day before school part time
- $14.10/day after school part time
- $164.00/month before school only
- $198.00/month after school only
- $300.00/month before and after
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