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June 2019 Newsletter

From the Office

This school year is quickly coming to a close and what a great year it has been at Huron Centennial School. I have appreciated all the support and community involvement. Huron Centennial is a terrific school and much credit must be given to the outstanding staff, students, families, School Council members, and all of our volunteers. We said a temporary goodbye to Ms. Henderson as she left Huron Centennial this past week to begin her maternity leave, and we wish her and her family all the best with their pending new arrival!

At the same time, we welcome Ms. Goldsworthy to the grade 6/7 classroom who will finish the school year teaching in Ms. Henderson’s absence. We also look forward to welcoming back Ms. Brady to our intermediate teaching division this fall, following a return from her central board office position. We also welcome Tabitha McDougall as a quarter-time teaching addition to our staff, and look forward to her arrival in the fall.

Congratulations are in order for one of our long-time staff members. Mrs. Durnin has recently been recognized by the Avon Maitland District School Board, as well as OSSTF and ETFO organizations, for her dedicated work as an educational assistant. She received her honours at recent banquets held by those parties and we’re extremely proud that Huron Centennial School is the one that she calls ‘home.’ As we make our way through the last remaining weeks of the school year, I wish all our students, staff and families a safe and relaxing summer holiday!

Mr. Bishop

School Organization

The month of June represents a time in which much of our administrative work revolves around planning for the next school year. Below you will see a draft organization for our school. It is important to emphasize that at this stage, it is considered only a tentative organization, as enrolment is reviewed every September and changes are possible.

Our Draft Organization for 2019-20

3 JK/SK classes: 27, 26 and 14 students
Gr. 1 – 20
Gr. 1/2 – 19
Gr. 1/2 – 20
Gr. 2/3 – 20
Gr. 3 – 20
Gr. 3/4 – 22
Gr. 4 – 25
Gr. 5 – 26
Gr. 5/6 – 26
Gr. 6/7 – 24
Gr. 7 – 26
Gr. 7/8 – 24
Gr. 8 – 24

Placement Requests

At this time of year, the administration, in consultation with the staff, considers the most effective groupings (classroom placements) for instruction for all students. We consider a number of factors including, but not limited to, academic, social, and emotional needs of all children, when we place a child in a given class. While we make every effort to consider specific requests, we cannot always guarantee that they can be granted. We do ask that you refer any requests you may have, to the school office before the end of June, so that they can be given consideration as this process unfolds. Classroom placements are announced on the first day of school at a mass assembly in the gym. School begins Tuesday September 3rd.

Activities In and Around the School

Kudos go out to all our busy school teams and clubs who competed in a plethora of extra-curricular challenges this past month, and who made us proud of their accomplishments!

Four teams competed in the Techno Challenge event held in Seaforth recently. Collectively they brought home first, fifth and ninth place finishes from among the various design and build challenges that were put before them at the annual competition.

We also commend the school team who travelled to the Connect Conference recently in Niagara Falls with Madmoiselle Anstett. They participated in the ‘6 Social’ Workshop, which challenges students to work collaboratively to problem-solve on a local or global issue of importance to them, and propose possible solutions. They made us proud with their presentation on local deforestation. Their team brought home the award for ‘Most Community Oriented Project.’

Ms. Lobb and the Drama Club’s presentation of ‘This Is A Test’ was attended by over 130 guests across two nights, and was well-acclaimed by attendees.

Activities of our Environmental Club, a successful ‘Loud & Proud’ mass band event led by Mr. Cassel and his team of student instrumentalists from HCS, Friendship Games participants, and the performance of Madmoiselle Anstett’s Dance Showcase team this past Wednesday night, are all further examples of the many and varied talents of our student body. Thank you all for your hard work and spirit as you act as young ambassadors for our school. You make us all so very proud!

Transportation/Busing

As we look ahead to the next school year, we also remind our school families that if your child is eligible for transportation, you are responsible for looking up your child’s busing information for the 2019-2020 school year, on the Huron Perth Student Transportation website. Your child’s route details will be posted there for you by mid-August. Any children that are new to our school board, or are in Junior Kindergarten and starting to school for the first time without older siblings at the same residence, should receive a phone call by mid- to late-August from Murphy Bus Lines, with their bus information. Please check the website frequently in the last week leading up to the first day of school, as routes and times can be subject to daily changes during the last week. To find your child’s bus information, go the Huron Perth Student Transportation Services website.

• Once you have entered the website, select the ‘Busplanner Web’ icon
• Then select ‘Student Login’ (make sure you have selected the correct school year from the drop down arrow box in the top left hand corner of the page before you make selections).
You will need the following information to login:
• Ontario Education Number (OEN); this can be found on your child’s latest report card and should consist of 9 digits
• Only include the numbers; do not include hyphens
• If the report card only has 8 digits, then include a zero ‘0’ before the 8-digit number
• Date of Birth (Year/Month/Day); the birth date order format may be different depending on your individual computer you are using to access the site
• House Address Number or 9-1-1 address (e.g., for a home address of 4602 Line 32, use only 4602
• School Name (the school that the child will be attending in September 2019); this can be selected from the pull-down list

Once in the transportation portal, you will be able to see such information as your child’s eligibility for bus transportation, the Bus Route Number, approximate morning pick-up time and location, approximate afternoon drop-off time and location, transfer bus information (if required), School Bus Company info, and more.

School Track & Field – June 3

Our school Track & Field meet is quickly approaching. Scheduled for Monday June 3rd, we are still in need of some people to help run some events. If you are available, please notify your child’s teacher or contact the school office. Many thanks in advance for any help you can give, even if only for part of a day or for a couple of events. Many hands make for lighter work!

School Council

We’d like to extend a very special thank you to our School Council for their efforts in supporting our school this past year. They have been a terrific group with whom to work, and they have served our students and their families so well with all of their organizational efforts. We look forward to their return in the fall with their continued enthusiasm and new ideas for the year ahead.

Chair: Rebekha Snell
Vice-chair Hailey Reid
Secretary: Leanne Wiseman
Treasurer: Jessica Beattie
Members-at-large: Barb McIntosh, Cherilyn Trick, Tammy, Suzanne Claussen, Brenda Chuter, Tammy Dowell, Paula Foley

We are grateful to all those who were able to come out to a meeting, even if it was for a meeting or two, as well as all those who supported our fundraisers. All help has been welcomed and highly appreciated by our council and by our school staff, parents and students.

Jump Rope for Heart

This month, our Character Counts group and the Jump Squad are helping to organize our school’s Jump Rope for Heart/Summer Carnival event on Friday, June 14.

In preparation for the event, we will be having a class competition to collect loose change as a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The class that collects the most will win a prize pack of new sports equipment for their classroom.

Students should come prepared for an afternoon outside (weather-appropriate clothing, sunscreen, hat, water bottle, etc.). There will also be some water-related stations, so students are encouraged to wear quick-drying clothes. Through generous donations throughout the school year, the school community will be enjoying a sandwich lunch during the second nutrition break.

School Library Book Returns

Library book exchanges end on June 14th. Overdue notices will begin coming home soon and continue through the month of June until all books are returned. Please help us with this very important task by reminding students to check their desks, classroom bins, and in all the places at home where they may have been misplaced. If you are unable to find the overdue book, you may choose to send in a replacement book or send in $5.00 for each lost book. Thank you for your help with this.

Lost & Found

Before the summer holidays arrive, please encourage your children to check over the lost & found items in the bin by the front lobby. Parents are also welcome to come in and search out any missing clothing or shoes you may be looking for at home. Unfortunately, with summer construction projects pending as well as the school-wide summer cleaning schedule, we will not be hanging on to these items beyond the end of the school year. All unclaimed items will be forwarded to a charity the first week of July.

Before & After School Program

The YMCA administers our ‘Before and After School Program.’ Their team makes sure your children are safe and well looked after, whether it’s for early morning care, after school care, or both. The program is offered for ages 4 through 12 years of age, beginning at 7:00 a.m. in the morning, and ending at 6:00 p.m. after the school day. If you are interested in talking to them about your needs or obtaining further details about their program, please feel free to contact Debbie Wingrove for the details. She can be reached by email at: dwingrove@ymcaswo.ca or by telephone at 226-932-0541.

PD Day

A reminder that Friday, June 7 is a PD Day. There is no school for students.