May 2017 Newsletter

From the Office

The School Council at Howick Central invite one and all to our annual Family Fun Night which will occur on Friday, May 5 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. This event features many free activities for families to enjoy, including live and silent auctions, a pie auction, a themed basket draw, a food booth and more! Funds are being raised to replenish library books and maintain classroom technology. In order to provide these excellent resources, we need your support. All community members are invited to join us at the school for Family Fun Night. Don’t miss it!

Students and staff from Howick Central would like to thank the Optimist Club for organizing the April 20th presentation to our Junior and Intermediate students by Erin Yungblut – Canadian Biathlete.  Erin is a former Howick and F.E. Madill student who races for Canada. Her goal is to compete for Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Erin shared with our Howick students some information about her journey from Howick to competing internationally in biathlon. The students were encouraged to pursue their dreams, dare to try new things and to persevere even in the face of adversity. Students and community members can follow Erin Youngblut on FaceBook or @erinyungblut on Twitter.

The grade 8 class had a wonderful trip to Bark Lake Leadership Camp during the week of April 10. Despite some chilly weather, all of the students showed their Howick spirit and climbed, ran and played their way through all of the challenges and team-building activities. Mrs. Hutchison and Mrs. Kaufman had lots of fun with both students and our awesome parent volunteers. It was a great experience for everyone! Many thanks to the community for their support of Grade 8 fundraising activities that helped with the cost of camp.

On April 10, two teams of grade 7 students competed in a Robot Rally at Mitchell DHS. Our Howick teams successfully completed a number of challenges, and learned a lot about how unpredictable robots can be during other tasks.  Congratulations to both teams on their performance at the competition and for all the hard work put into preparing for the contest.

All Grade 7 and 8 parents are needed to help with Graduation. Come to the grad committee meeting Wed., May 3 in the Staff Room at 7 p.m.

Welcome to Howick Central’s new principal, Mr. Tom Bishop. He and Mrs. Peach will be working together on transitions.

School Council News, Fundraisers & Events

School Council continues to work on Family Fun Night which is coming up soon on Friday, May 5 from 5-8pm. Volunteers are still needed! The next School Council meeting is coming up on May 16 at 7 p.m. in the School Library. Minutes of the all School Council meetings, including the most recent one held on April 18, can be found on the school website.

Mindful Parenting

Many thanks to the parents who attended Mike Masse’s introduction into mindfulness and parenting and to Mary-Lynn Heimpel for organizing this event.

Family Fun Night Friday, May 5 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Howick Central School Council’s annual Family Fun Night will feature many free activities for families to enjoy, as well includes live and silent auctions, a pie auction, a themed basket draw, a food booth and more! Many thanks to families and organizations that have thoughtfully donated auction items for the live and silent auctions! 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. High school students needing volunteer hours are also encouraged to call. Please plan to come and join in the fun for all.  Questions may be directed to DeAnna Musgrove at 519-335-6479 or e-mail howickfamilyfun@gmail.com .

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 Cancellations

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, there is a good chance that buses may be delayed for two hours. Please check the website www.ourschoolbuses.ca, or our school website.   The Twitter announcement rolls on the right side.

Bus Providers

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

School Website and Calendar

Check out the Howick Central website at http://www.avonmaitlandschools.ca/howick/

Upcoming Dates

May 1 & 2 – Grade 5 Trip to Camp Wyoka for Earthkeepers program
Monday, May 1 – Pita Pit
Tuesday, May 2 – Concert Band to Loud and Proud in Stratford. Parents pick up.
Wednesday, May 3 – Graduation Committee Meeting 7 p.m. in the Staff Room
Friday, May 5 – Family Fun Night 5-8 p.m.
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
Tuesday, May 9 – Subway
May 8, 9 & 10 – New Orleans Pizza: School Fundraising Nights
Friday, May 12 – Pizza
Monday, May 15 – Pita Pit
Tuesday, May 16 – Bike Rodeo
Tuesday, May 16 – Grade 7 Tech visit to LDSS
Tuesday, May 16 – School Council at 7 pm in the Library
Wednesday, May 17 Welcome to Kindergarten Day! First Ride Bus Orientation
Wednesday, May 17 – June Pizza order due
Friday, May 19 – Grade 4 Drama Workshop
Friday, May 19 – Pizza
Monday, May 22 – Victoria Day Holiday
Tuesday, May 23-  Gr. 7 & 8 Skills Ontario presentation
May 23 EQAO-  starts for Grade 3 and Grade 6
Friday, May 26 – Pizza
Monday, May 29 – Pita Pit
Friday, June 2 – Pizza
Tuesday, June 6-  School Track & Field (raindate June 7)
Thursday, June 8 – Pizza
Thursday, June 8 – Concert Band trip to Wonderland
Friday, June 9 – PA Day
Monday, June 12 – Pita Pit
Tuesday, June 13 – Regional Track & Field at F.E. Madill (raindate June 14)
Friday, June 16 – Pizza
Tuesday, June 20 – District Track & Field in Goderich
Thursday, June 22 – Jr. 3 Pitch at Eastdale (raindate June 23)
Friday, June 23 – Pizza
Monday, June 26- Report cards go home
Tuesday, June 27 – Graduation
Thursday, June 29 – Last Day of Classes
Friday, June 30 – PA Day

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.

Our goal, on the Parenting Huron Facebook page, is to provide the residents of Huron County with the most current and up-to-date information on parenting. Professional, evidence-based support is provided by public health nurses from the Huron County Health Unit with the focus being on children ages 0-17 years old. Parents are encouraged to post their parenting questions or concerns on our page, in a private message or to just follow the page.

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.

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