April 2019 Newsletter

From the Office

Isn’t it terrific to see that warming Spring sun finally arrive! It looks like Spring might be on it’s way.  When temperatures fluctuate so much at this time of year, children need reminders to dress appropriately. Students often say, “The sun is out, I don’t need a coat.” Please check that your child will be warm as the students have two 20 minute recesses each day. As the temperature rises throughout the day, many coats and sweaters also make their way to our lost and found bin. Please add your child’s name to their belongings and remind your child to check for items that belong at your house.

In the month of April, we look forward to a number of school-based activities to interest our students. As we pen this monthly newsletter, we get ready to send our senior basketball team to their tournament at Central Huron Secondary School on Wednesday April 17. We wish our team members all the best and hope that their hard work and preparations pay off for them and their coaches, Mrs. Durand (Sr. Boys) and Mrs. O’Donnell (Sr. Girls). Good luck also goes out to our grade 6 students, who under Mrs. Moxham’s coaching and stewardship, will compete in their annual Ball Hockey Tournament on Thursday April 18. Please consider coming out and cheering on our team members in these events. The Ball Hockey tournament convenes at the Zurich Arena.

Classrooms throughout the school will also benefit this month from a number of arts-based classroom workshops that enrich the students’ learning in the Arts. We are very grateful to the Foundation for Education and their many supporters throughout Avon Maitland, who make these workshops possible for our schools, with their generous financial support. While on the topic of exciting, arts-related activities, please put on your early May calendars, Mrs. Lobb’s dramatic play ‘This Is a Test,’ which will run in the school gymnasium at 6:30 p.m. on the evenings of May 2 & 3. The students working on this play are busy preparing with great enthusiasm for their upcoming presentations.

Also to put on the horizon for your early May calendars, is the fifth annual mass band performance at Stratford Northwestern Secondary School called ‘Loud & Proud.’ Our music teacher Mr. Cassel is preparing a contingent of Huron Centennial students from our instrumental music classes to attend. If you have never seen one of these performances, it is a must-see event! Many thanks to all our coaches – both teachers and parent volunteers, who invest their time and passion to make these extra-curricular opportunities available for our students.

School Council News, Fundraisers and Events

Spring has sprung and Parent Council has a lot to look forward to.

First of all, thanks to all the parents and staff who assisted on the Little Caesars Fundraising! It was very successful and we hope you all enjoyed pizza over the March Break!

Council is busy planning for our Pro Grant Night at the school coming up on April 9th! Stay tuned, but you won’t want to miss this year’s event. Come eat, do a few workshops and listen to Mindful Mike who visited the students this past week!

Spring Flowers are just around the corner – it was just uploaded to School Cash Online and forms will be sent home shortly.

Last meeting felt a little like Christmas as we gave funds for various items/needs to the teachers/school! All the hard work and support with fundraisers by you helped to do that. If you are interested in coming out to see what Parent Council is all about, please attend our next meeting on April 29th at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome. The School Council minutes are available on the Huron Centennial School website.

World Autism Awareness Day

On Tuesday, April 2, landmarks, famous buildings, and homes all over the world will be lit up in blue to recognize the World Autism Awareness Day. An estimated one in every 66 Canadian children and youth aged five to 17 has autism spectrum disorder. We are asking staff and students to wear blue on Tuesday as we celebrate the unique talents of those with autism and recognize the challenges that are faced. Please join us in fostering acceptance and understanding, celebrating diversity, and raising awareness by lighting up our halls with blue this Tuesday!

EQAO Dates – Grades 3 and 6 Students

Each year the grade 3 and 6 students complete the Provincial Assessment. The students could be completing this assessment during the last week of May and the first week of June. Please try to avoid appointments and other absences during this week so that your child is able to complete the assessment with his/her class.

Identity-based Data Collection: Re-engagement with K-6 Parents

Did you know that AMDSB is re-engaging K-6 parents to complete the Student Identification Survey? This time we will distribute the survey to be completed in paper format. If you did not participate in the survey in December in its online format, we are hoping you might consider participation this time around. The survey is entirely voluntary to complete. Visit the board website for more details. Completed surveys are due back to your child’s teacher or to the school office by Thursday, April 4. Please watch for the survey package to come home with your child if it has not already.

OurSCHOOLS (formerly Tell Them from Me) Climate Surveys 2019

In the week of April 8-12, students at HCS in grades 4 through 8 will be once again completing the annual OurSCHOOLS Climate survey. Students will be completing these surveys in-class during the school day during that week, with implementation facilitated by their teacher. The OurSCHOOLS survey has these purposes:

  • Allows students to share their feedback anonymously on their experiences at
    school, the school environment and school improvement programs.
  • Participation in the survey is voluntary, however all students are encouraged to
  • The time required to complete the survey may vary, but it is designed to be
    completed in approximately 30 minutes.

Survey measures include such topics as behaviours and attitudes linked to student success, emotional and social well-being and physical health. For more information about the OurSCHOOL Student Survey, please visit The Learning Bar Inc.’s website.

If you have questions or would like to request more information about Huron Centennial’s
upcoming implementation of the OurSCHOOL Student Survey, please contact Mr. Bishop at the school office.

Dental Program

The Huron County Health Unit will be visiting your school and offers the following dental programs:

• Students in JK/SK, grade 2, 4, & 7 classes will be included in a dental screening. Children who have been previously identified by our program will also be seen. Any parent who wishes their child to be screened at school, other than those listed above, should notify the school before the scheduled screening date.
• As a preventive service, topical fluoride applications, dental sealants and dental scaling will be offered to eligible children who have been screened at the school.
• Financial help is available through the HSO-EESS program for children in URGENT need of care were the cost of treatment would be a financial hardship.
• A dental program called Healthy Smiles Ontario is available to help children 17 and under see dentists regularly. It is available for families living with low incomes.
• Do you need more information? Call the Dental Department at the Huron County Health Unit at 1.877.837.6143 or visit the Huron County Health Unit and search Dental Health.

Huron County Health Unit
77722B London Road, RR 5, Clinton, ON
Tel: 519.482.3416 Fax: 519.482.9014

HCS Parent Council Presents

Family Night: Healthy Bodies, Healthy Foods, Healthy Interactions
A fun night out for the whole family!

On Tuesday April 9th, our school is hosting an evening for all HCS families which includes a light dinner, a presentation on how to relax at home from Mindful Mike (Mike Masse) who spoke to all our students in March, plus two fifteen minute presentations about healthy foods, healthy bodies, and healthy interactions presented by the Huron County Health Unit and AMDSB. This event is subsidized by a “Parents Reaching Out Grant” which allows us to offer the evening event (dinner included) for $1 per person. Please mark this date on your calendars and plan to attend as a family.

Book Fair will be available for students and parents from 4:30 to 6:00 that evening. Dinner will be
served from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. There will be a choice of 2 out of 4 break-out sessions from 6:00 to 6:30. Mindful Mike will speak to parents from 6:30 to 7:30. Games and childcare will be made available at this time as well for all children.

Cost – $1.00 per person ( includes dinner and all presentations)
Times Book Fair 4:30 to 6:00
Dinner 5:30 to 6:00 in the gym
Break out sessions 6:00 to 6:30 Healthy foods, Healthy Bodies, Healthy interactions
Mindful Mike 6:30 to 7:30
Food – All registered children and family members can make their own sub sandwich and enjoy
a milk beverage and a small dessert.
RSVP – please register your family before Friday April 5, 2019
Registration – You can do this through your School Cash online account (this is
preferred) or by filling in and returning the bottom portion of this letter and payment to
your child’s teacher

Family Name:

Number of people from family attending _______ x $1.00 (per person) = $ ____________

I am able to help with this event: