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December 2019 Newsletter

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From the Principal’s Office
The character trait for focused attention this month in our school is compassion.  Please support the school’s efforts as students talk in their classrooms about the meaning of compassion, and how we can contribute in the everyday things we do to show compassion for others; it is literally about ‘sharing another’s suffering with profound sympathy for their misfortunes.  Our children show compassion when they demonstrate consideration for others, or spend a moment ‘walking in their shoes.’  In the school setting it might involve noticing when someone is hurt or needs a friend, and supporting them with kind words, help with doing a challenging task, or even teaching them a particular skill or talent they may have.  The act of wanting to help another, is an easy way to show compassion.  Please support the school’s character education efforts by talking to your children about finding ways to help others, especially those that they do not already call ‘a friend.’

Our school choir members under Mr. Cassel’s organizational efforts are looking forward with excitement to singing the national anthem at the opening of an upcoming Exeter Hawks Jr. C hockey game.   We invite all HCS parents and students to please join us at the arena in Exeter to support this group of students for ‘Huron Centennial School Night’ on Friday December 13.  Game time is at 7:00 p.m., and there are chances for students of HCS to get in on draws for prizes as part of our being the ‘honoured guests’ that night.  We hope to see a great showing from our Huron Centennial School community.

A big thank you for the excellent turn-out at our annual Remembrance Day ceremony held on November 11th.   We are always grateful to see our friends and representatives from the Hensall Legion, as well as the many parents, grandparents, and others who came out to share in a variety of thought-provoking presentations organized by our teachers and their students.

We would also like to express our appreciation to the Lions Club members, who recently provided the Lions’ Vision and Hearing Screening for Kindergarten students at our school.  This is a very valuable service provided by the Lions Club, which helps to identify at an early stage, any vision and hearing supports that might be needed for students, to help them realize their full potential in the learning setting.  We are very grateful to them for providing this service to our HCS students and families.

A day of skating was recently enjoyed by Huron Centennial School.  Thank you to our Parent Council who generously supports this healthy and active opportunity for our students, by paying for our bussing.  Thanks also to the Bayfield Arena who provide us access to the arena for free that day!  Staff members and parents did a lot of behind the scenes work to ensure that participating students had access to skates and appropriate protective helmets for the excursion as well.  Many thanks to everyone who works hard to make these opportunities possible for our students, and to the student and adult volunteers who assist with supervision and skate-tying.  The day was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Thank you to all who have contributed to the Angel Tree campaign in our front foyer this year. It has been a heartwarming sight, to see the items under the tree grow over the last few weeks, knowing that with your help, someone’s Christmas will be happier.

T. Bishop, Principal

From the desk of the School Council Chair…
A huge thank-you to everyone who supported the poinsettia fundraiser.  Your orders will be available for pickup at the school on Wednesday December 4th, from 1-6 PM. Our next School Council meeting will be held on Monday January 13th at 6:30 PM in the school staff room.  All are welcome.

Holiday Concert
Primary students (grades JK-3) will be presenting this year’s annual Holiday Concert on Wednesday, December 11th starting at 12:00 noon for those who can join us during a lunch break, and at 6:30 p.m. for those who prefer the evening performance.  All families are invited to attend.  If you are unable to attend either performance on the 11th of December, the Dress Rehearsal performance for the student body is on Monday, December 9th at 12:00 p.m.  In the event of inclement weather on Dec. 11th (a ‘snow date’) the concert presentation would be moved to Thursday Dec. 12th.

Thanks to the many parents who were able to make it into the school to meet with the teachers who work with their child(ren) during the parent-teacher interviews held early in November. If parents were unable to make it to interviews due to work or other commitments, please feel welcome to call the teachers of your child(ren) to schedule an in-person or telephone  interview.  Parent involvement in a child’s education is a key factor in a child’s success.

Kindergarten Registration
Kindergarten registration for September 2020 recently occurred. If anyone knows of any families who have children who will be of school age for next year (born in 2015 and 2016), and have not yet registered, please encourage them to contact the school at (519)233-3330.  It’s not too late to register!

Winter Dress
Just a reminder that students should be encouraged to dress appropriately for the colder winter weather.  Hats, mitts, scarves or neck warmers and boots are highly recommended.  Please ensure that students have indoor as well as outdoor footwear.  This is important in helping us keep our school clean.  As our students play outside during winter months, they sometimes forget to wear appropriate snow pants.  It is often convenient to have extra pants to offer our primary students who perhaps come indoors from recess with wet pants.  If you have any pass-along winter clothing for boys or girls, particularly snow pants that your family no longer needs, please send them to school with your child and we will add them to our school supply.  Many thanks for your assistance!

Weather Delay and Cancellation Announcements
It is time to once again remind everyone of the following regarding inclement weather decisions:

The decision to delay or cancel buses is that of the bus contractor. The decision is not made lightly, but is made in the interests of student safety.  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, and an announcement is made on CKNX AM920/FM102, CFPL AM980, and CJCS AM1240.
  • It is extremely unlikely that students will ever be dismissed prior to the end of the regular school day. Any decision to do so would be made only after parents had been contacted.
  • In inclement weather, the roads can be slippery, and visibility difficult. The driver needs to concentrate on driving.  Students need to be all the more vigilant in their observation of, and obedience to our bus rules, and to not become a distraction to the driver with misbehaviour.  Please help us by reminding your children of their responsibility in this regard, so that all are delivered home safely.
  • When it’s foggy outside, there may be a bus delay of two hours. Please check the website or our school website for the Twitter announcements posted on the right hand side of our webpage, for up-to-date announcements around such delays.
  • Please note that all cancellations and fog delays will be announced on local radio stations. As in the past, Huron Centennial School will be announced under the ‘Clinton & Seaforth’ area link.

Follow us on Twitter, or Facebook…
You can follow the school on Twitter or Facebook.  Current and upcoming school activities, and short messages will be sent periodically as will bus reports on stormy days.  The link for Twitter and the School Facebook Page 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 found at:
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From the School Board:
A webpage has been created for keeping our school communities up to date on labour relations affecting schools in the Avon Maitland District School Board.  It will be updated when we receive new information so please check this page regularly.  You can click on the hotlink above or paste this link into your web browser:

Thank you,
AMDSB Communications Team

Upcoming Dates

Wed., Dec. 4
Huron Ridge orders arrive – pickups 1-6:00 p.m.;
Pizza Day

Fri., Dec. 6
PA Day

Mon., Dec. 9 Spirit Days – ’10 Days of Christmas’ begins…see attached poster
Dress Rehearsal – Primary Holiday Concert (gr. K-3/4) – 12:00 p.m.;
December gift card orders due

Wed., Dec. 11
Primary Holiday Concert – 12:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.;
Pizza Day

Fri., Dec. 13
Hot Dog Day

Sun. Dec. 15
January food orders due online by midnight

Tues. Dec. 17
Litterless lunch

Wed., Dec. 18
Pizza Day
Christmas Caroling @ 10:15

Thurs. Dec. 19
Christmas Caroling @ 2:35

Fri., Dec. 21
Last day of classes before Christmas Break
Christmas Caroling @ 10:15

Mon., Jan. 7
Classes resume for the new year!

Wed., Jan. 8
Pizza Day

Mon. Jan. 13
School Council Meeting at 6:30 new members are always welcome