January 2019 Newsletter

From the Office

During the month of December our students have enjoyed and participated in many excellent performances, artistic, musical and athletic. Many thanks to all students and staff in the Primary Division, along with our junior choir, for their efforts in preparing an excellent holiday concert. Mr. Cassel’s musical and lighting accompaniment along with Mr. Coursey in the role of Master of Ceremony, put the finishing touches on the event. We have a number of very talented students and the holiday concert is always a wonderful opportunity to share their work.

As we embark on the new year, we look forward with anticipation to all the new learning it will bring. Staff and students will return rejuvenated and eager to be diving into the rest of the first term. Our efforts would not be nearly as successful were it not for the tremendous community and parent support we consistently receive at Huron Centennial, whether through the work of our many volunteers, fundraising support, or the work of our School Council. Please accept a very heartfelt ‘thank you!’ Kudos also go out this month to our Junior Basketball Team who enjoyed a spirited day competing in the December tournament hosted here at HCS. We appreciate and extend thanks to Mrs. Somerville and Mrs. Moxham, for their knowledgeable coaching of the team and for providing this extra-curricular opportunity for our junior students.

As part of our ongoing efforts to cultivate positive character development and foster a climate of caring, compassion and respect in our building, our Huron Centennial community, students, parents, and staff ran another very successful food drive during December’s spirit days called ‘The 10 Days of Christmas.’ The value of this activity was revealed in the proud and smiling faces of the children as they watched the food and household items grow in the front foyer. We were so proud to load up all the gift-wrapped boxes and send them off to the local food bank for the benefit of members of our community who need a little extra help making ends meet at this time of year. Check out the Twitter feed attached to our school webpage for a picture of the load we sent to the food bank!

T. Bishop

Happy New Year!

School Council

School Council Meeting Monday, January 14.

The School Council minutes are available on the Huron Centennial School website. We would like to invite all interested parents to attend our next meeting on Monday, January 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the school staff room. All parents are welcome.

Request for Border Crossing Renewal Forms

All border crossing requests must be renewed annually. Families with children who border cross to attend Huron Centennial School should have received a Border Crossing Renewal Form 302D ‘Request for Renewal of Border Crossing’ during the second week of December. Completed requests for renewals must be received by the receiving school, no later than February 1st.

Outdoor Play With winter now fully upon us, families are reminded that only during extremely cold weather do students remain inside and are supervised in their classrooms. Please help the children ensure they are coming appropriately dressed for our wintery Canadian weather with the necessary coats, mitts and hats, so that they can enjoy their time to be active and play during outdoor recess breaks. The office keeps a supply of winter clothing items on hand to loan students and we are happy to help families out with this if you just give us a call and let us know.

Weather Delay and Cancellations Announcements

In weather delays and cancellations, the safety of our students and staff remain our main priority. While we know there will be circumstances when buses are cancelled, we want to ensure you that we will do our very best to keep schools open. When buses are cancelled there is still meaningful work and learning occurring in our classrooms. To see if a school bus is cancelled or delayed, or whether your school is fully closed to students, please visit the Cancellations and Delays Website.

It is important that you know your child/ren’s bus number. Our buses are numbered from 1-9.

Go to the ‘Cancellations and Delays’ pull-down menu. As in previous years, Huron Centennial School’s status will be announced under the ‘Clinton & Seaforth’ area of schools. An announcement is also made on CKNX AM920/FM102, CFPL AM980, and CJCS FM 107.7, as well as on the school’s Twitter feed found on our school webpage. Any fog delays will also be announced there.

Please note, when Huron Centennial School is open to students during inclement weather, drop-off must not occur before 8:55 a.m., as staff supervision and entry into the school are not expected to be in place before that time. Students must be picked up for return home on or before 3:15 p.m. the same day. Please do not drop off your child without signing them in at the office. The sign-in procedure on inclement weather days permits us to ensure that the school is unlocked and sufficiently staffed to receive your children with adequate supervision for their safety.

Bus Provider:
Murphy Bus Lines – Clinton Phone: 519-482-3493

Follow us on Twitter

You can follow the school on Twitter. Current and upcoming school activities, and short messages will be sent periodically as will bus reports on stormy days. The link for Twitter is maintained by school administration and you can follow us:@huroncentps You can also find our direct Twitter link on the right side of our school webpage.

Peanut/Nut Allergies

Just a reminder that we have students with severe peanut/nut allergies, in our building. Please do not send any foods containing these products to school.

Ball Hockey

On our return to school in January, students in grades 4-8 have the opportunity to participate in Ball Hockey at recess. Students wanting to join in this activity can pick up a permission form at the office. Students need to have this form handed in before they are allowed to play.

Valuables at School

Items of a valuable nature should not be brought to school as the school will not be liable if electronics, toys, jewelry and money, etc. are broken or lost. Many of these items serve no purpose in the school setting, and may be distracting to students.

In intermediate grades, cell phones may be brought to school, but are best to remain in a backpack unless being used in class under direct supervision by the teacher. Students are expected to avoid texting students in class and other schools, taking and uploading photographs to the internet or making personal arrangements which require the approval of HCS staff. These unauthorized activities cause disruptions to the learning environment and may not respect the privacy of fellow students and school staff. Parents are also expected not to text their child for the purposes of communication during the school day, but to direct all enquiries through the school office.