April 2017 Newsletter

From the Office
The leadership, support and involvement our School Council provides benefits our school and the wider community. Our school council has taken the lead on organizing a speaker on Mindful Parenting for parents on April 12. Come out and support their initiative with your attendance on April 12 at 7 p.m! The School Council’s annual Family Fun Night will occur on Friday, May 5 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Don’t miss it! Please see the School Council section for details about events, volunteering and donating.

Spring has arrived and we are all looking forward to seeing the birds, tree buds and crocuses return. We look forward to using the tarmac and grass fields to play our outdoor sports and games! Parents, please remind your children to wear boots on rainy or muddy days. Just like at home, we do not want outdoor shoes tracking in mud!
Spring also brings many special activities and events to our students. Our Junior Basketball tournament runs Wednesday, April 5 at F.E. Madill School while our intermediate students compete in the Intermediate Basketball tournament Monday, April 24 at F.E. Madill School.

There are also several trips in the works to supplement our in-class studies. All of the Grade 4 students attended the Agriculture & Water Festival in Seaforth on Wednesday, April 5. The students from Mrs. Gottfried’s and Mrs. Wright’s rooms will visit to Blyth Creek Maple Farm on Friday, April 7. Our Grade 8 students are going on the annual excursion to Bark Lake from April 10-13. Six students from Grade 7 will be representing Howick Central at the Robot Rally competition in Mitchell on Monday, April 10. Students from the classes of Ms. Dunnell and Mrs. Reynen as well as the rest of the Grade 7’s will be going on a Science trip to Toronto on Tuesday, April 11. On the last weekend of April, Tianna T. and Amber E. will be the first students from Howick to participate in the Elementary Honour Band workshop and performance at Wilfred Laurier University.

Congratulations, girls! We are so pleased that these young ladies will represent Howick by participating in the Elementary Honour Band! The concert band also has a couple of excursions planned. They will head to Stratford to compete in the Loud and Proud event on Tuesday, May 2 and will travel to Canada’s Wonderland on Thursday, June 8. Mrs. Albers is currently making plans to take all of the Grade 5’s to the Earthkeepers day program at Camp Wyoka on Monday,May 1 & Tuesday, May 2. More information to follow! Mrs. Eckert’s class will be going to see the Knights of Valour in Orangeville on Friday, May 5.

Plans are already underway for Grade 8 Graduation, which will be held Tuesday, June
27. Edge Imaging was here on Thursday, March 30 to take Graduation photos. Grade 7 & 8 parents interested in helping with this year’s graduation celebrations are urged to come out to the re-scheduled Graduation Committee meeting on Thursday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Staff Room.

Howick Central Public School has a tremendous community network that include staff, parents, students, local businesses and community groups who work together to enrich the learning of all our students. We have parents that come in daily to prepare snacks. Many parents, grandparents and representatives from the Legion were here in February for our Public Speaking contest. Thanks to Mrs. King, Ms. Sanderson, Mr. Stretton and Rev. Hawkins for judging. A few members of our community also went up to Kincardine to support Brody and Charlotte when they competed at the next level of Legion Public Speaking early in March. On March 27, Howick Central hosted a performance of an oral history play called I Was Born, which is based on stories gathered from the oldest member of each of the Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario. On Wednesday, Apr. 12, we have a group of square dancers from the community coming in to work with our Gr. 2 & 3 students from 11:25 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. We are also looking forward to the Optimist Bike Rodeo on Tuesday, May 16. We are greatly appreciative of the time, support, resources, and leadership all of our supporters bring to our school community. It is so true that it takes a community to raise a child. Thank you, Howick Township!

Staff Changes at Howick Central
We would like to announce several staff changes that will occur this month. Miss Megan Smith, one of our support staff, will be leaving us to join Community Living. She is also busily preparing for her upcoming wedding and we wish her all the best as she begins new adventures. Mr. Wice, our custodian, has begun a new business and has recently left our Howick School family. We wish him all the best too in this new endeavour. We would like to welcome Mr. Forrester, our new custodian. Finally, Mrs. Peach recently announced her retirement, effective April 30th. Congratulations to Mrs. Peach on reaching this milestone after 30 years of dedicated service to the Avon Maitland District School Board and the Huron County Board of Education in the capacity of teacher, school administrator and system administrator with Learning Services. Mrs. Peach has had a tremendous career. Her work and influence has had a lasting impact for students and families within our board. She will be missed! Mr. Thomas Bishop will be joining us in May as the new principal at Howick. Mrs. Peach will be working with Mr. Bishop over the next couple months as he transitions into the school.

Character Trait for April is: Honesty
At school this could look like:
•Being open to see a situation in truth and be accountable for one’s actions
•Being honest about your feelings and thoughts
•Reporting situations and events accurately to bring resolution
•Returning lost items to the owner
•Being forthright and on task about doing your own work
•Admitting mistakes, and taking responsibility for the choices you made
•Staying within your means
•Recognizing that telling the truth is easier than letting a story grow
•Playing by the rules
•Being honest even if the truth could impact a friend

School Council News, Fundraisers & Events
School Council Meetings
School Council’s focus when they met on Tuesday, March 21 was planning for Family Fun Night which is coming up soon on Friday, May 5 from 5-8pm. Minutes of all School Council meetings can be found on the school website. The final school council meetings of the school year are on April 18 and May 16 at 7 p.m. in the School Library.

Little Caesar’s Fundraiser
School Council would like to thank all of the families that participated in the Little Caesars pizza fundraiser. Over $2500 was raised for the school due to your efforts!!! Congratulations to the top Little Caesars sales people:
1st Place – Jackson D., who sold 23 pizza/cookie dough kits. 2nd Place – Seth H, who sold 19 kits.
Tied for 3rd place – Avery  and Caden, who both sold 16. Each winner will receive a free pizza kit for their family to enjoy!
The winner of the $10 Tims card, for selling 8 or more pizza/cookie dough kits is Ava S.! Our school goal was to sell 500 kits. We sold 506!! To celebrate this accomplishment, this Friday, April 7 will be Hat Day!
The pick-up time for all Little Caesars orders is on April 18 anytime from 1-4 p.m.

Mindful Parenting April 12th at 7:00 p.m.
Howick Central School Council has speaker Mike Masse booked to provide an introduction into mindfulness and parenting. During this workshop we will explore the basics of mindfulness, the science behind mindfulness and how to create a mindful environment within the home. Parents and guardians will be provided with the the foundation of a mindfulness-based practice that can help everyday stress for both parent and child.
When: April 12th at 7pm
Where: Howick Central Public School Hosted By Howick Central School Council Funded by Parents Reaching Out Grant Free event for the entire community
Registration recommended but not required. To register, please contact Mary Lynn Heimpel at klheimpel@hotmail.com or call/text 519-292-9790
Free childcare will be provided with registration.

Babysitting Volunteers Needed
Babysitting Volunteers Needed for Mike Masse Parent Presentation on April 12 While parents are learning about a practical approach to mindfulness, we need a few volunteer babysitters. High school students in need of volunteer hours are welcome to volunteer! Please call the school at 519-335-3566.

Family Fun Night Friday, May 5 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Plans are already underway for the Howick Central School Council’s annual Family Fun Night. This event will feature many free activities for families to enjoy, as well includes live and silent auctions, a themed basket draw, a barbecue and more! This will be taking place on Friday, May 5. This is a huge event in our school community. This year we are raising funds to maintain classroom technology and replenish library books. In order toprovide these excellent resources, we need your support and the support of our school community! Already parent volunteers are making plans to canvas the community for donations for both the silent and live auctions. If you have auction items to donate, please contact DeAnna Musgrove at 519-335-6479 by April 20. We are seeking many volunteers to help out with food and events at Family Fun Night. If you have even an hour to give, please call or sign up electronically by going to this link.
High school students needing volunteer hours are also encouraged to call. Please plan to come out and join in the fun for all!

Donations Needed for Family Fun Night Themed Baskets
Themed baskets full of goodies donated by families will be raffled off at Family Fun Night on Friday, May 5. Many thanks to the Howick Agricultural Society for co-operating to run this raffle!
Classes have teamed up and selected themes recorded on the chart below. Donations related to the theme your child’s class has selected would be much appreciated. Please have your child bring donations into his or her classroom by Friday, April 28.

Classes Theme
KA – Schiestel/Perkin Crafts
KB – Doyon/Thebeau Games
Gr. 2 Teves-Gaul & Gr. 5/6 Dunnell Baking
Gr. 5/6 Albers & Gr.6/7 Reynen Movie Night
Gr. 3/4 Gottfried & Gr. 4 Eckert Gardening
Gr. 1 Murphy & Gr. 2/3 Wright Summer Beach Fun
Gr. 8 Hutchison & Gr. 1/2 Fischer/Inglis Outdoor Fun
Gr. 4/5 Reed & Gr.7/8 Kaufman/Herrfort Pets

Kindergarten Registration
Kindergarten registration for September 2017 recently occurred. If anyone knows of any families who have children who will be of school age for next year (born in 2012 and 2013), and have not registered yet, please encourage them to contact the school at (519)335-3566. It’s not too late to register.

Weather Delay and Cancellation Accnouncements
It is time to once again remind everyone of the following:

  • the decision to delay or cancel buses is that of the bus contractor. The decision is not made lightly. Bus contractors gather information from a variety of sources and make the best decision possible using all the information available to them at that time.
  • the school posts cancellations on www.ourschoolbuses.ca and an announcement is made on CKNX AM920, FM101.7 and The Bull 94.5
  • it is extremely unlikely that students will ever be dismissed prior to the end of the regular school day. Any decision to do so would be made only after parents had been contacted.
  • in inclement weather, the roads are slippery and the driver needs to concentrate on driving. Students need to follow bus rules and not distract the driver with misbehavior. Please emphasize this with your children.

When it’s foggy outside, there is a good chance that buses may be delayed for two hours. Please check the website www.ourschoolbuses.ca, or our school website (Twitter announcement rolls on the right side).

Please note that all cancellations and fog delays will be announced on local radio stations. Howick will be announced under the Listowel & Area Rural/Country Schools. You will hear our school listed with Elma and Northwoods. For more information visit the website at www.ourschoolbuses.ca or email info@ourschoolbuses.ca.

Bus Providers
Elliott Coach Lines/S&K Phone 519-418-4428 Bus 1-7
Newry Coach Lines Phone 519-356-2611 Bus 9

Bus Safety
Just a reminder to parents that when you are dropping off children in the morning, or picking them up at night, please park in the parking lot and make sure that you and your children walk behind the row of buses and not between buses. Thanks for helping keep our students safe.

Update Contact Information
If you change employment, or phone numbers, please make sure that you update your contact information at school. Thanks!

School Website and Calendar
Check out the Howick Central website at http://www.avonmaitlandschools.ca/howick/ We try to make sure that the website and calendar online are kept up-to-date with events and activities. There is also Twitter feed on the right side of the homepage.

Upcoming Dates
Thursday, March 30 – Gr. 8 Graduation photos Fri., Mar. 31 Pizza
Wednesday, April 5 – Gr. 4 trip to Ag & Water Festival in Seaforth Fri., Apr. 7 HAT DAY!
Friday, April 7 – Mrs. Gottfried’s & Mrs. Wright’s classes to Blyth Creek Maple Farm Mon. April 10 – Robot Rally in Mitchell (6 Gr. 7 students)
April 10-13 – Gr.8 Bark Lake trip
Tuesday, April 11 – Science Trip to Toronto for Gr. 5/6 Dunnell, Gr.6/7 Reynen, Gr. 7 Wednesday, April 12 – Squaredancers – Gr. 2 & 3 from 11:25 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Wednesday April 12 – Parent workshop:A Practical Path to Mindfulness Mike Masse 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 13 – Subway Order due
April 14-17 – Easter Weekend
Tuesday, Apr. 18 – Pick up Little Caesars frozen pizza orders 1-4 p.m. Wed., Apr. 19 May Pizza order due
Monday, April 24 – Pita Pit order due
Tuesday, April 25 – Grade 7 & 8 Immunizations: HPV, HepC & Menactra
May 1 & 2 – All Grade 5’s to the Earthkeepers day camp program
Friday, May 5 – Family Fun Night 5-8 p.m.
Tuesday, May 2 – Concert Band to Loud and Proud in Stratford. Parents pick up.
Friday, May 5 – Mrs. Eckert’s class to Knights of Valour in Orangeville
Friday, May 5 – Family Fun Night from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Monday, May 8 – PA Day
May 8, 9 & 10 – New Orleans Pizza: School Fundraising Nights
Tuesday, May 16 – Optimist Bike Rodeo
Tuesday, June 6 –  School Track & Field (June 7 raindate)
Thursday, June 8 – Concert Band trip to Wonderland
Friday, June 9 – PA Day
Wednesday, June 14 – Regional Track & Field
Tuesday, June 20-  District Track & Field
Tuesday, June 27 Grade 8 Graduation Ceremony 7 p.m.
Thursday, June 29 Last Day of Classes

Grade 3 and Grade 6 EQAO Assessments: May 23 – June 2
A reminder to parents of children in Grade 3 and Grade 6, to please avoid making any appointments or travel plans during the weeks of EQAO Primary and Junior Assessments. If you really need to book something, please choose later in the day.
Thanks so much for your cooperation.

Financial Support for Students in Need
Gorrie Bible Fellowship has money raised at the annual Community BBQ that can be used to support families financially for school trips or other activities or needs. Please contact Gorrie Bible Fellowship at (519)335-3500.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl For Kids Sake
April 6, 7 & 9 at Molesworth Bowling Lanes
Come dressed in your best jungle attire and support our local boys and girls! Tons of Prizes for Top Fundraisers, Best Dressed Team, Individuals and more! Register your team today! 519- 291-6762 bfkslistowel@gmail.com

Save the Date
The International Plowing Match and Rural Expo is coming to Walton, Huron County on September 19 to 23, 2017.  Come and learn about the importance of agriculture. Online registration opening soon.  check out our website at plowingmatch.org.

Food order information
In an effort to save paper, we would like families to let us know if they wish to have a paper copy of food orders sent home to them.

I would like a paper copy of all food orders:

Child’s Name Parent’s Name Phone #

Drug Educational Forum
There will be a presentation by the Huron OPP on May 17, 2017 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at South Huron High School at 92 Gidley Street East in Exeter.  There is limited seating so please RSVP to davidduncan@start.ca by May 12, 2017.  This event is hosted by the Youth Justice Committee of Huron.

Mindful Parenting Workshop
This workshop is an introduction into mindfulness and parenting. During this workshop we will explore the basics of mindfulness, the science behind mindfulness and how to
create a mindful environment with in the home. Parents and guardians will be provided with the the foundation of a mindfulness based practice that can help everyday stress for both parent and child. It will take place on April 12 at 7:00 p.m. at Howick Central Public School.

This is a free event for the entire community funded by Parents Reaching Out Grant. Registration recommended but not required.To register please contact Mary Lynn Heimpel at klheimpel@hotmail.com or call/text 519-292-9790
Free childcare will be provided with registration.