May 2018 Newsletter

Dear Parents/Guardians

Huron Centennial is up for another renovation this summer – although a smaller one! Student washrooms, the library and front hall will all be upgraded in the same manner as our primary and junior hall renovations. In addition, some work on mechanical components (boilers etc) will also be done. We are fortunate to have had such significant investment in our building.

During our 50th celebration last year I learned about the amount of planting that occurred to create the beautiful forested area on our property. It is now at the stage where some tree removal is required to maintain it and this will occur later this spring. We expect to use some of the ash trees for stumps/table areas as many of our classrooms enjoy learning outside. We also have plans to add trees and increase the variety of species on our grounds. If you have not yet had an opportunity to visit our storybook trail, please take this as your invitation.

Enjoy the warmer temperatures that have finally arrived!
~ Carol

Wasn’t that an event!

A huge thank you to our School Council members and Mrs. Stein and Mrs. Hill for organizing our author visit April 26. It was a great success with approximately 200 guests enjoying buns, yoghurt tubes, milk, and fruit We enjoyed listening to author/illustrator Werner Zimmerman as he shared a lively version of Henny Penny.

A special thank you to Ms. Rose, Mrs. Taylor, Mrs. Knarr and Mrs. Scruton for staying to help and Ms Sygrove for staying and running book fair that evening and to those of you who supported it. I would also like to thank our chair Bekka Snell  and Council members Hailey Reid, Barb McIntosh, Brenda Chuter, Tammy Dowell, Ashley Lobb and Mrs. Gauler who did all the shopping, prep and clean up for this event.  It was a great opportunity to be together to share in food, fun and of course literacy.

School Council

School Council met on April 9th at 6:30 p.m.  A small amount of parents were out.
Thank you to all the parents who came out on the 26th for the Family Wellness Night. Werner Zimmerman, Author entertained us all – and had the kids & parents all participating in fun, live story telling of Henny Penny!  A special thanks to all who volunteered their time and effort in the planning, set up and activities during the night.

Council is looking for volunteers to help with the last 2 fundraisers – Huron Ridge (this coming Tuesday, May 1st)  and Metzgers (end of May).  It takes a lot to sort and help monitor for pick up and we really need your help if you can manage a few hours.  It would be greatly appreciated. Please contact the school to let us know if you are available.

That being said, as Parent Council, we fundraise to help with costs to enhance our childrens’ school experience and to help with parent cost to field trips and events.  Without volunteer support we won’t be able to do as much fundraising for these needs and costs will increase. Even if you can’t commit to monthly meetings, helping out at the different events throughout the year only takes 1 or 2 hours of your time.  If you would like more information please contact a council member, Mrs. Rauser or Mr. Coursey and any one of us would be happy to share.

I think Spring has finally sprung.  I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful weather and gearing up for the last 2 months of school!

Foundation Workshops

Huron Centennial has been fortunate to enjoy a number of workshops that occur through donations to the foundation at the AMDSB.  Some of them include:

  • Grades 7/8 – Peggy Coffey’s Theatre Ensemble workshop
  • Grades 6 & 6/7 – A world with scripts with Stacey Smith
  • Grades 4/5 – Celtic Animals

Spring happenings…

This has been a busy spring at HCS.  Did you know about the following events that were offered here or outside of the school?  Lego club (primary), Science Fair, Take Tech(Grade 6), Battle of the Bots, Reds in the Hood (primary), Grade 8 trip to Fanshawe, Grades 3/4 to Ag & Water, Grade 7 to Jump, junior ball hockey, intermediate basketball and of course our yard clean up and litterless lunch day!

Fundraising

School council has been ambitious and taken on a few new fundraisers this year including poinsettias, flowers and an upcoming one for Metzger meats.  We very much could use some extra hands for sorting items and being here for parent pick up.  If you can help even for an hour or two it would be greatly appreciated!  Just call the office and let us know your availability.  Thank you.

Also, as an update we would like to share that with additional funds that have been raised the following items have been made possible:  Welcome to Kindergarten bags, purchase of music equipment and we hope to add funds to our long term capital account that has been created for future playground additions.

Help with Track and Field

If you are able to help with our school Track & Field Day on June 5th, please contact the school. Thank you in advance to those of you who help that day.

Mindful Movement

Our mindful journey has helped us to explore many of our senses. The next step is to further explore the sensations of our body when it is at rest and when it is active. This is known as mindful movement.

The body and the brain are partners. Information is sent from all areas of the body to the brain. Mindful movement helps to better understand what information is being sent. For example, when the body signals that it is stressed, we are able to recognize this and mindfully respond to the signal.

Mindful movement comes in many forms. It is important to first recognize changes in the body from movement.

Find a comfortable position.

Place your hand over the area of your heart. What do you notice? What do you feel?

Stand and do 10 jumping jacks.

Place your hand on your heart again. What has changed? Is your heart beating faster or slower?

This helps children to identify how their body physically responds to movement. Any activity can be made to be mindful when you pay attention to how the body feels before, during and after. Yoga, meditation, walking, or any physical activity offers the opportunity to practice mindfulness. Talk openly with your children about the changes they notice.

Science Fair

Huron Centennial is continuing it’s science fair winning trend.  This year we had 3 projects represent our school at the Huron Perth Level. We would like to extend a special congratulations to Vica C and Anna T who received awards at the board level Competition.

EQAO Assessment

Students in grades 3 and 6 will be participating in the annual assessment of reading, writing and mathematics skills this year. It is extremely important that students are at school on these dates. We would appreciate parents’ cooperation in not scheduling dental, medical or other appointments on these dates if at all possible. Both Grade 3 and Grade 6 testing will take place between May 22 – June 4th.

Snack Program

With the arrival of warmer weather students are getting outside more and becoming more active. One of the effects of being busy is getting hungry and needing more to eat. We have noticed an increase in visitors to the snack program because they eaten all their food at the first nutrition break. You might want to check with your child to see if they are needing more to eat in their lunch.

Concussions

A Concussion is a serious brain injury that causes changes in how the brain functions, leading to symptoms that can be physical (e.g., headache, dizziness), cognitive (e.g., difficulty concentrating or remembering), emotional/behavioural (e.g., depression, irritability) and/or related to sleep (e.g., drowsiness, difficulty falling asleep). It is a clinical diagnosis made by a medical doctor or nurse practitioner. It is critical that a student with a suspected concussion be examined by a medical doctor or nurse practitioner as soon as possible on the same day. If you know or suspect that your child has a concussion it is imperative that you let the school know, especially if the concussion was sustained out of the school. If your child has a suspected concussion at school we will follow our Board’s protocols and notify you of the situation. Please keep us informed if your child has a confirmed or suspected concussion.

Water Day

Every day, women and children around the world spend 200 million hours fetching water—often from sources full of harmful contaminants (www.we.org). The Character Counts group of Huron Centennial School will be hosting a walk on Thursday, June 7 (last block) to raise awareness of this issue and fundraising to help bring clean water access to those in need. We will require additional adult assistance to make this day a success. If you are able to help with this event please contact the school. See the WE.org website for information about the WE movement.