May 2019 Newsletter

From the Office

Greetings all! It looks like Spring might finally be on the way, with temperatures slowly rising, grass greening, and buds appearing on the trees!

It’s been a busy month here at Huron Centennial School. Congratulations go out this month to our Senior Girls and Senior Boys basketball teams, for their excellent showings in our recent district basketball tournaments on April 17. Many thanks to Mrs. Durand (Sr. Boys) and to Mrs. O’Donnell (Sr. Girls) for their coaching efforts on behalf of our students. We are always very proud of the sportsman-like way in which our students carry themselves and for the time volunteered by our coaches who support them in extra-curricular aspects of their learning. Kudos also go out this month to our Grade 6 Mixed Floor Hockey Team and their coach Mrs. Moxham who travelled to the Zurich Arena for their annual competition on Thursday April 18. The team was very proud of their B-division finalist win, which carried them through to the final round of competition at the day’s end. Grade 4 students and Mrs. Maver recently enjoyed their day at the Seaforth Community Centre for the Ag and Water Festival, and of course all of our students participated in the spring yard clean up as part of our Earth Week celebrations in April. Well done Roadrunners!

As we look forward into the month of May, our grade 8 students are building enthusiasm for their Forest Cliff outdoor education trip coming up from May 29 to 31. We also get ready to undertake an extensive tree-planting project this month, with the assistance of our friends from the Ausable-Bayfield Conservation Authority, and our own eager student volunteers! This project, led by our Vice-principal Mr. Coursey and Denise Iszczuk from Ausable-Bayfield, will see over $1700 in trees planted throughout our sprawling school property. This project is made possible through the generous financial support of the TD Environment Fund, and with the help of the Avon Maitland District School Board. It is helping us restore and maintain our expansive Huron Centennial School property from which our students get so much daily value. These efforts are especially appreciated in the wake of recent losses we have seen in our forested area, due to Emerald Ash Borer infection.

Bus Safety

Just a reminder to parents that when you are dropping off children in the morning, or picking them up at night, please use the ‘Kiss and Go’ lane off the parking lot, or park in the parking lot rather drive into the bus loading lanes. This helps us to keep our students safe during the busy bus unloading time. Also, if you are not clients of our Before & After School Daycare Program provided by the YMCA, we ask that you do not drop off your children prior to 8:40, as there is no supervision available for them while they wait for the school day to begin.

Many thanks to our Grades K to 6 parent community for their participation last month in the Identity-Based Data Collection surveys. We are very pleased with the more than 100 responses to the paper from of the surveys that came back from among our school families. Thank you for your valuable feedback that helps to inform our system-wide efforts at the local level, to build equity and inclusion for all students.

School Council News, Fundraisers & Events

‘Parents Reaching Out’ Night a Successful Event!

Many thanks to our School Council and Mr. Coursey for their organizational efforts this past month, in setting up an informative evening with ‘Mindful Mike,’ as well as guests from the Avon Maitland District School Board and the Huron County Health Unit. Their talks centred around maintaining healthy minds and bodies. On April 9, roughly a hundred guests combined a light dinner and visits to our book fair (thank you Ms. Sygrove) with an evening of short workshop sessions and a headline speaker – Mike Masse. Mr. Masse, or ‘Mindful Mike’ as we have come to know him, is a ‘Mindfulness Expert’ who spoke with us about ‘mindfulness training’ and some strategies which we could all use as both students or adults, to help us manage the fast-paced and often stressful world in which we find ourselves. Many visitors that night left the school expressing very positive comments about the theme and content of the evening, and the wish that they could have heard him speak for even longer! We’d like to extend thanks to all our guests for the insights and expertise they shared on their various topics.

The ‘Healthy Minds and Bodies’ evening was made possible through the PRO Grant or ‘Parents Reaching Out’ funding which flows to us from the Ministry of Education through a grant application initiated by your Huron Centennial School’s Parent Council. A special thank you to council member Leanne Wiseman for her assistance with the grant application process last year.

If you are interested in learning more about the important work your Parent Council does, or becoming part of the fundraising and other activities they undertake to support your children’s learning, please consider coming out to one of their meetings. School Council minutes are available on the Huron Centennial School website, and their next meeting will take place on Monday April 29 at 6:30 in the school staff room. All are welcome.

EQAO Provincial Testing

This year the annual EQAO provincial testing of Reading, Writing and Mathematics will take place from May 21 to June 3. Grade 3 and 6 students will participate in this testing and it is very important for your child to be in attendance at school during these dates. Please avoid absences for your children during this period while we complete these important assessments of your child’s learning. It is greatly appreciated if dental, medical or absences for other purposes can be avoided or scheduled outside of the school day until the assessment period is over.

Mental Health and Wellness

Mental Health and Wellness Spring 2019