June 2017 Newsletter

From the Office

Thank you to everyone who made Howick’s annual Family Fun Night such an enjoyable evening! Although the rain limited some of the outdoor activities, it definitely did not affect the fun and fellowship! With the generous donations and support received from businesses, families and members of our extended Howick community, this year’s event raised over $11, 800. Howick School Council has passed a motion that dedicates $11,000 towards rejuvenating the library collection, with the remainder of the funds raised to be used for technology maintenance. Special thanks goes to School Council Chair DeAnna Musgrove, for the leadership and organization she dedicates to FFN each year. We all appreciate her dedication to the myriad of details that make it possible for our awesome, amazing team of volunteers to achieve this sort of success. Special mention also needs to go to Marion Feldskov and the Howick Agricultural Society for running the basket draw at this year’s Family Fun Night. Again, thanks to everyone who participated in Family Fun Night by donating, volunteering and attending for making this annual event so successful for our school!

A great big shout out to our awesome Howick Optimist Club! Each year, they sponsor the Bike Rodeo each year to encourage safety and fitness and as you will see from the Bike Rodeo report on page 3, this year’s Bike Rodeo was again a success! In addition to sponsoring the Bike Rodeo, the Optimists contribute to many other initiatives both within the school and our community as they forward their mission of supporting youth. The club has also been a long-time supporter of the instrumental music program at Howick Central. In April, the Howick Optimists kindly arranged for inspiring local biathlete Erin Yungblut to speak to our Junior and Intermediate students. Our school community wishes her all the very best with her future endavours! The Grade 4 students benefited from the support of the Optimists during their awesome visit to Camp Wyoka to participate in the Earthkeepers program. We are also pleased to recognize and thank the Howick Optimists for their continued financial sponsorship of the Swim to Survive program that our Grade 3 students participate in each year. The Grade 3’s will start Swim to Survive on June 14 “buoyed” by the support of our Howick Optimist Club. The Optimists are also sponsoring transportation to Galbraith Optimist Camp for Kids. See the attached advertisement for details.

Speaking of fun summer activities, see also the attached advertisement of the SENSEsation Day Camp hosted by the Gorrie Bible Fellowship. In addition to the camp advertisements, there is a letter from the AMDSB transportation department that instructs parents in how to look up their child(ren)’s bus route for September and an Offense Declaration that parents who have already had a criminal record check can complete and return to the school. There is also an advertisement for the June 20th Internet Safety presentation that will be happening at Howick Central at 7:00 p.m. that evening.  The Huron OPP and representatives from the AMDSB’s I.T. department will be presenting to parents to help them take steps to protect their children. Participants will learn about current strategies for recognizing, evaluating and minimizing the risk of online activities, and also how to set devices to minimize risk. To help keep our children safe, we urge parents to attend this presentation and get informed!  Bring a friend!

Track & Field dates

Tuesday, June 6 School Track & Field (raindate June 7)
Thursday, June 8 Primary Track & Field (raindate June 12)
Tuesday, June 13 Regional Track & Field at F.E. Madill (raindate June 14)
Tuesday, June 20 District Track & Field in Goderich (raindate June 21)
If the weather looks doubtful on any of these dates, please check for announcements via the Twitter feed in the top right corner of our school webpage found at http://www.avonmaitlandschools.ca/howick/

Music Night Monday, June 19 at 7 p.m.

Join the intermediate students for a musical celebration.  Monday, June 19th we will once again be putting on our Spring Music night. This year is a little more special as it will be a way for us to celebrate the outstanding contribution to the music program from Mrs. Hutchison on the occasion of her retirement.  Come on out and help us celebrate music, band and the arts!

Graduation Meeting Wednesday, June 14 at 7 p.m.

Grade 7 and 8 parents are needed to help with Graduation! Come to the grad committee meeting Wed., June 14 in the Staff Room at 7:30 p.m. Many hands make light work!

A Fond Farewell to Staff

Mrs. Hutchison will be retiring from Howick Central after 31 years of teaching at our school.  Please feel free to join us at Mrs. Hutchison’s final Music Night (June 19) to wish her well as she steps into the next stage of her life.

Other staff are also moving on to other adventures. As you all know, Mrs. Peach has recently retired. In addition, two of Howick’s Educational Assistants are going on leave: Mrs. Watson and Ms. Lambier, who has been elected president of the OSSTF – ESS Local. Please feel free to join us on the last day of school at either the primary or junior assemblies.  We will hold a picnic lunch on the lawn, weather permitting, at 10:45 a.m., so that community members will have an opportunity to express their appreciation to all of these fine staff members.

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.

Sign Language Club

It has been a successful time with the Howick Sign Language Club this term.  Currently there are 30-40 students from throughout the school that attend once a week.  We have learned the ABC’s, how to count, family, generalized salutations and feelings.  The students look forward to our club and arrive in good spirits and eager to learn.  It has been a pleasure to teach the students another language and I know that some of these students have gone home and shared with their families.  Keep on signing!

Bike Rodeo Results

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Bike Rodeo and especially to the Howick Optimists who made this event possible. We would also like to thank our volunteers: Kim and Autum Greer, Pat and George Seibel, Darcey Garniss, Amanda Stinson, Jen Hutchinson, Sharon Hofman, Kevin Armstrong, Fern Wylie, Pastor Mike Hutchinson, Pastor Jeff Hawkins, Constable Stanley, and all the parents and grandparents who helped bring in the bikes.
Winners were:

JK – Alana and Hayden
SK – Savanna and Max
Gr 1 – Natalie and Caleb
Gr 2 – Natalie and Tayt
Gr 3 – Sadie and Jason
Gr 4 – Kaleigh and Gavin
Gr 5 – Berlyn and Jared
Gr 6 – Alyssa and Ethan
Gr 7 – Rylin and Jaden
Gr 8 – Charlotte and Ryan

Many thanks to the Howick Optimist Club who presented each of these students with a $20 Gift Certificate from Ontario Cycle/Only Sports.ca
If you see students in the community following bicycling rules, give them a thumbs up!

Students New to the School

If you know of families within our community who plan to have their children attend Howick Central in September 2017 but who have not yet registered, please be Howick Central ambassadors and encourage families new to the community to make contact the school! Families are always welcome to stop into the office to register. Parents can contact the school office at 519-335-3566 or they can e-mail our new principal Mr. Bishop at Thomas.Bishop@ed.amdsb.ca.

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 Announcements

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
When it’s foggy outside, buses may be delayed for two hours. Please check the website www.ourschoolbuses.ca, or our school website.

Bus Providers are :

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

Upcoming Dates

Monday, May 29 – Pita Pit
Friday, June 2 – Pizza
Monday, June 5 – Grade 5/6 Albers/Kaufman to Camp Kintail
Monday, June 5 – Subway
Tuesday, June 6 – School Track & Field – Grades 4-8 (raindate June 7)
Thursday, June 8 – Concert Band trip to Wonderland
Thursday, June 8 – Primary Track & Field – Grades 1-3 (raindate June 12)
Thursday, June 8 – Pizza
Friday, June 9 – PA Day
Monday, June 12 – Pita Pit
Tuesday, June 13 – Regional Track & Field at F.E. Madill (raindate June 14)
Wednesday, June 14-  Gr. 3 Swim to Survive at North Huron Wescast Pool 12:30-2:30pm
Wednesday, June 14-  Graduation Committee Meeting in Staff Room at 7:30 p.m.
Thurs., June 15 – NHL STEM workshops for Grade 4-8
Friday, June 16 – Grade 5/6 Albers Swimming in Wingham 9-11 a.m.
Friday, June 16 – Gr. 3 Swim to Survive at North Huron Wescast Pool 12:30-2:30pm
Friday, June 16 – Pizza
Friday, June 16 – Me to We Walk for Water 2 p.m.
Monday, June 19 – Music Night at 7 p.m. Grade 6, 7 & 8 students performing
Tuesday, June 20 – District Track & Field in Goderich
Thursday, June 22 – Jr. 3 Pitch at Eastdale (raindate June 23)
Friday, June 23 – Kindergarten Water Day
Friday, June 23 – Grade 5/6 Albers Swimming in Wingham 9-11 a.m.
Friday, June 23 – Pizza
Monday, June 26 – Gr. 1, 1/2 & 2 Trip to Camp Menesetung
Monday, June 26 Report cards go home
Tuesday, June 27 – Grade 8 Graduation at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, June 28 – Junior Choir (Gr. 4 & 5) at Forwich Nursing Home 9:35-10:45 a.m.
Thursday, June 29 – Last Day of Classes
Thursday, June 29 – Primary Year End Assembly (K-Gr.3) 10:00-10:45 a.m.
Thursday, June 29 – Junior & Intermediate Assembly (Gr. 4-8) 11:25 a.m.-12:25 p.m.
Friday, June 30 – PA Day

Volunteering Requires an up-to-date Criminal Record Check!

If you would like to volunteer with the school for the September 2017 International Plowing Match visit, please make sure your Criminal Record Check has been submitted. If you have submitted a Criminal Record check this year, you need to fill out the attached Offense Declaration and return it to the school. If you have never had a Criminal Record check done for the school, please contact school for the form necessary to initiate a Criminal Record check for the school.

Huron County Library

Summer time is almost here and so is the TD Summer Reading Club!
At all Huron County libraries throughout the summer, the TD Summer Reading Program is offered to children between the ages of 4 and 12.

The program runs from eight weeks starting on Tuesday, July 4th to Friday, August 25th with our goal being to increase the level of interest in reading with children over the summer break. By playing games, making crafts, winning prizes, and reading together children are making social connections and are engaging with reading! To get more information and to register, contact or visit your local Huron County library branch.

A summer of exploration and fun awaits you at the Huron County Library!
Representatives from the Huron County Library will be at the school on Wednesday, June 7 to introduce our students to the TD Summer Reading Program.

Belmore Homecoming Youth Choir

The Belmore Homecoming Committee is looking for children from Grades 1-8 in our area to participate in a Youth choir that is being formed for our Belmore Homecoming in June 2017.
The youth choir will be singing at the community church service on Sunday, June 25th, 2017 on the Belmore arena floor. They will be expected to learn 2 songs (one by themselves and they will join with the Belmore Community Choir for the 2nd song).
Practises to begin Saturday, May 6th at 10:00 a.m. in the Belmore Library (at the Belmore Community Centre).
Everyone is welcome! Let’s show everyone how great a youth choir can sound!
Any questions, please contact : Donna Inglis (director) 519 367-2324

Summer Fun!

For a week of affordable fun & free transportation (bus stops in Fordwich, Gorrie & Wroxeter), sign up for the Galbraith Optimist Camp for Kids.  This will be held during the week of August 14 – 18 and is proudly supported by the Howick Optimist Club.  Don’t delay – this camp fills up fast!

For more information, including online registration or registration form to mail in,
go to www.galbraithcamp.com or check them out on facebook Galbraith Optimist Camp for Kids or contact Becky at (519) 335-6839 abharding@wightman.ca.


Internet Safety Session June 20 Poster
Transportation Letter
Offence Declaration 2017-2018
Camp Galbraith 2017