February 2017 Newsletter

From the Office

It has been a very busy start to the new year, with final assessments being completed, speeches being written, and Geography competitions occurring. Though we had a spell of warm weather, the school was ready for the return of our snow so our students can engage in the winter activities planned, including using our snowshoes. Our Grade 4-8 students are looking forward to our ski trip to Chicopee or the Wilderness Survival Outdoor Education Day planned at the school for non-skiers. Both activities are booked for Tuesday, February 7, and will be a highlight for many of our students. The Maitland

Valley Conservation Authority will also be leading some outdoor education programs with our primary students on Feb. 3, as well as February 23 and 24. We are grateful for the Outdoor Education Grants from the Ministry of Education that allow us to offset some of the costs of these activities. It is fun to be active outside in the winter months too!

Our Healthy Schools Committee is meeting and planning activities that will contribute to the team’s goal of increasing the physical activity level of the school community at Howick Central. One of the strategies the committee is trying out to engage students in increased physical activity is creating videos to model and encourage students to get up and moving during Daily Physical Activity times. Their first video, modelling the game “Rock, Paper, Scissors Evolution”, includes instructions on how to play the game and demonstrates the actions of the game for each level: egg, baby chicken, a chicken names “Jack”, T-Rex and Super Human. The video has been distributed to teachers to use with their classes.

Our Grade 8 students have been busy visiting high schools, talking to guidance counsellors and making high school course selections. It can be an exciting as well as a stressful time for them, as they consider their futures.

The first term report card will be coming home on Friday, February 17th. Although there are no school-wide interviews scheduled at this time, parents are encouraged to contact the teacher(s) of their child(ren) if they have concerns regarding their child’s progress. It’s important for parents and teachers to work together to support our students.

Character Trait for February is: Perseverance

“Staying purposeful and committed.”

Perseverance is a great trait to help us get through the wintry month of February, and to get those skiing down the hill safely! Please encourage your children to “try, try again” when they are facing challenging physical or mental tasks.

 Safe Arrival/Student Absences

Just a reminder to all parents/guardians, that if your son or daughter is going to be absent, we need a call from you or another adult to confirm an absence. Please don’t send a message with a sibling, or allow your child to call in. You can also leave a message on our phone system after school hours. Thank you for helping us keep track of all of our students.

School Council Paint Night – Monday, February 20

Get your tickets (only available online) for the first “paint night” hosted in Howick! Taught by Lisa Golem, a former Howick resident who is an artist with “Cocktails and Canvas” as well as a stand up comedian! Sure to be a great night!!! This exciting event is February 20th, 7:00-9:00 p.m. The cost is $45 which includes materials and instruction. Register at https://www.cocktailsncanvas.com/event/mYZ

 School Council Meeting – Tuesday, February 21

The School Council minutes are available on the Howick Central Public School website. We would like to invite all interested parents to attend our next meeting on Tuesday, February 21 at 7pm in the Library. All parents are welcome.

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!

Howick Central Ski Trip to Chicopee in Kitchener  – Tuesday, February 7

Howick Central’s ski trip to Chicopee is planned for Tuesday, February 7. Students must be at the school by 6:30 a.m. The buses will depart by 6:40 a.m. Parent chaperones can follow the bus but all students must ride on the bus. The planned arrival time back at the school is 4:30 p.m.  If your student is going to be picked up by someone other than their parent, please send notice of this to your child’s teacher(s) in advance of the trip.  Only students in Grades 4-8 can attend.

Outdoor Education Program – Tuesday, February 7

Students who have not registered for the ski trip are expected to attend school. Alternate program in the form of an outdoor education program led by Maitland Valley Conservation Authority will be held here on our beautiful school grounds. This is another time to make great use of our snowshoes.

Weather Delay and Cancellation Announcements

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 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 Wallace, 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. 

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 a Twitter feed on the right side of the homepage with little blurbs about due dates and useful messages.

Upcoming Dates

Monday, Jan. 30 –  Subway

Thursday, February 2 – P.A.Day

Monday, February 6  – Pita Pit lunch

Tuesday, February 7 – Gr. 4-8 Ski Trip to Chicopee / Outdoor Ed. Day for non-skiers

Wednesday, February  – Healthy Schools Committee at 10:45 a.m.

Friday, February 10 – Pizza

Friday, February 10 – Skating at 2 p.m. for Grade 2/3, 3/4, 4 and Mrs. Reed’s Gr.4’s

Monday, February 13 – Gr. 8 Harriston Meat order due

Monday, February 13 – Subway Lunch (not Tues., Feb. 14!!!)

Friday, February 17 – Pizza

Friday, February 17 – Skating from 9:15-10:15 for Grade 1, Gr. 1/2 and Gr.2

Friday, February 17 – Report Cards go home

Wednesday, February 15 – March Pizza orders due

Monday, February 20 – Family Day

Monday, February 20 – Paint Night, organized by School Council, at 7-9 p.m.

Tuesday., February 21 – Pita Pit lunch

Tuesday, February 21 – School Council meets in Library at 7 p.m.

Friday, February 24 – Subway order due

Friday, February 24 – Junior/Intermediate Geography Challenge(snowdate Mon., Feb. 27)

Friday, February 24 – Pizza

Monday, February 27 – Pita Pit order due

Monday, February 27 – Subway lunch

Friday, March 3 – Pizza

Monday, March 6 – Pita Pit lunch

Wednesday, March 8 – April Pizza orders due

Thursday, March 9 – Dunnell & Reynen’s classes go swimming in Wingham from 1-2 pm

Friday, March 10 – Pizza

Friday, March 10 – Skating from 9:15-10:15 for Grade 1, Gr. 1/2 and Gr.2

Friday,March 10 – Both Kindergarten classes go swimming from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Friday, March 10 –  Skating at 2 p.m. for Grade 2/3, 3/4, 4 and Mrs. Reed’s Gr.4’s

Saturday, March 11 – March Break begins

Monday, March 20 – Classes resume

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 # __________

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 Needs Volunteers

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Listowel & District is in need of volunteers for our Mentoring Programs. There are many opportunities available, starting at only 1 hour per week! We are currently seeking:

  • Big Brothers
  • Big Sisters
  • In-School Mentors – Elma, Northwoods, Eastdale, Howick, Westfield, and St. Mary’s.

Currently, there are 14 children waiting to be matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister, and 8 students that are waiting to be matched with an In School Mentor. If you are interested in the many benefits of Mentoring, please contact Big Brothers Big Sisters of Listowel and District today!

Meghan Martin

Executive Director

(519) 291-6762  meghan.martin@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca