October 2017 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

Happy October! The school year has begun very smoothly at Eastdale. Students and staff are into routine for the most part. We hope the weather works in our favour so students can be outside for fresh air at recess and some gym classes. Please be sure to check the weather so your child is dressed appropriately, as sometimes the sun may not be as warm as it looks.

We have had a number of compliments about the new drop zone at the front of the school which has made it safer for students being dropped off each day. The hash marked drop off area has been extended so more cars can unload at the same time. Also during the first month, a number of safety drills have been conducted so students and staff are aware of what to do and where to go in the event an unusual situation arises so everyone is in the best possible safety location. Drills will continue during the month of October.

At the end of the month Progress Report Cards will come home. If you have questions about the report, please contact the teacher for clarification. Interviews will be conducted the evening of Thursday November 2nd and the morning of Fri. November 3rd. More information will come home about these dates.

The soccer team and cross country team are in full swing with the meets and tournament coming over the next few weeks. Please contact the school if you have any questions, suggestions, or compliments.

I want to take this opportunity to thank all the students, families and community members for the warm welcome to Listowel Eastdale.

Ross MacSorley

Coming Events

October 5 — Cross Country at North Woods
October 11 — MacMillan Fundraising due to office
October 12 — District Cross Country
October 18 — Jr. Soccer Tournament
October 19 — Big Crunch
October 20 — Picture day
October 30 — MacMillan Fundraiser Pickup between 12 and 4 p.m.
November 3 — PA Day
November 6 — School Council 6:30 p.m.

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Running Shoes

Due to the regulations in the Physical Education Safety Guidelines, it is mandatory for all children to wear running shoes for this class. Students will not be able to participate if proper footwear is not worn.

Office Check-in

All students must sign in and out at the office, if they are arriving or leaving out- side the regular entry and dismissal times.
As well, visitors, volunteers and parents entering the school during the school day must check in at the office before going anywhere else in the school.

Who Has Access to an OSR?

The information in an OSR is available only to supervisory officers, the principal and the teachers of the school for the purpose of im- proving the instruction of the student. Written permission is requested for any outside agency/personnel to access the OSR.

All students, and the parents/guardians of students under 18 years of age, have the right to examine the OSR and to receive a copy of its contents, if they so desire. Contact the Principal for details of the procedure to be followed.

Yard Supervision

Yard supervision does not begin until 8:45 a.m. It is in place from 8:45 – 8:55 a.m  and after school from 3:20 – 3:30. Please do not send or bring your children earlier than 8:45 or have them stay later than 3:30, as there will be no one on the yard to supervise them.


The front of the school has been designated a school bus loading zone. No parking or stopping will be allowed on the street during the school day. Parents are welcome to park in the lot beside the kindergarten classrooms.

Lions Vision and Hearing Screening for JK/SK Students

In partnership with local Lions Club organizations, we are pleased to offer hearing and vision screening for JK and SK students. JK/ SK Screening is coming to Eastdale on November 20 and 21.

EQAO Results for Eastdale
These numbers indicate the percentage of stu- dents at Level 3 & 4.
Gr. 3 Gr. 6
Reading 67% 100%
Writing 56% 88%
Math 61% 85%
You can view the full report on the EQAO website or call the school for more information.

Kindergarten Registration

Please pass the word along that Kindergarten registration is on November 17, 2017. If your child was born in 2014, please call the school office to sign up for Calling All 3 Year Olds.

Allergy Alert!

We have a number of people in the school who have life threatening allergies. We are asking for your help to keep them safe.
1. Do not send any type of nut or nut product to school – this includes peanut butter, nutella, almond butter etc.
2. Please do not send the product “WOW butter” to school – although it is labelled “nut free” it is very difficult for staff and students to tell the difference between WOW butter and peanut butter.
3. Please do not send shellfish or crusta- ceans – shrimp, crab, lobster, crayfish, oys- ters, mussels, scallops or clams.
4. As well, this year we will ask that pets not be brought into the school for show and tell or as class pets, until you have checked with the office.

Safe Arrival and Attendance

Please call the school to report when your child is going to be absent. The school
number is 519-291-2930. We have a 24 hour answering machine.

If you are calling the school during school hours, hit “0” as soon as the voice recording starts. This allows you to skip the automated service and get right to Mrs. Cox at the office.

If we do not hear from you, we will make safe arrival phone calls to you and the emergency contacts until we get confirmation of your child’s whereabouts. This can be a time consuming process. It also means that if a child is lost or in trouble we are wasting time making calls to families who didn’t bother to contact the school.
Please help us keep your child safe by informing us of absences.

Ryan’s Law — Managing Asthma at School

As you may be aware, Ryan’s Law, 2015, was recently passed by the Ontario Legislature. This piece of legislation is an important step to sup- port the well-being of students with asthma in Ontario schools.

Over the course of the next school year, Listowel Eastdale will be working to implement the requirements of this legislation.

In the meantime, if your child has asthma, we ask that you immediately contact the main office at your school to provide information about your child’s asthma medication. With your permission, your child will be allowed to carry their asthma medication.
By the next school year, a more formal process to identify students with asthma and their asthma medication will be put into place to better support the needs of your child.

The Ministry of Education website has resources on asthma that can be found at:
As a best practice and to support your child, please let the school know if your child has a medical condition so that the school is aware and can keep this information on file. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

Head Lice Screening

Thank you to those parents who have made us aware that their children have been treat- ed for head lice. This enables us to notify other families that their child may have been exposed to the nasty critters should it be necessary. Please continue to check your child’s hair and report any “findings” to the office. We are always looking for helpers. If you would be able to help us with this task, it would truly be appreciated. No experience is necessary. We will train you. Please call the Office if you could help us out here

Volunteers and Criminal Record Checks

Thanks to everyone who has indicated an interest in volunteering at LEPS. In order to keep our volunteer practices consistent, we ask that all parents and community members who volunteer at our school whether on a regular basis or on an occasional basis such as field trips, complete a Criminal Reference Check with a Vulnerable Sector Check.

Litterless Lunches

We encourage all students to bring litterless lunches to school to support our environmental initiatives. Lunch garbage that cannot be composted will be sent home.

School Council Executive for 2017-2018

President — Tanisha Long
Secretary — Patti Coghlin
Treasurer — Carrie Hoekstra-Buttar

The next school council meeting will be Monday, November 6th from 6:30 — 7:45 p.m.
Everyone is welcome. Babysitting is also provided.

Scholastic Book Fair

Listowel Eastdale Library will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair on:

Monday, October 30 to Thursday, November 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday, November 2 to 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m (open during interviews)

Friday,  November 3 from  9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Book fairs not only help our school raise funds for further book purchases, but also encourage your child to become a lifelong reader and learner.
Cash, Cheques, Debit, Visa and Mastercard accepted.


SchoolMessenger is designed to automatically notify parents for reasons that affect the safety and academic performance of students. SchoolMessenger will extend AMDSB’s existing community outreach efforts and emergency preparedness procedures, as well as inform parents of upcoming school events such as EQAO, School Council meetings, parent-teacher interviews, and more!

SchoolMessenger will not replace current school communication methods. Principals will still be accessible for live visits and will continue to communicate via current methods. The District’s implementation of the School Messenger system is intended to extend its commitment to remain personally connected with parents by offering addi- tional and timely communications.

You’re Invited to the AMDSB Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) School Council Orientation

Date : October 18, 2017
Time: Refreshments at 6:15, Meeting from 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Location: Maitland Room, AMDSB Education Centre at 62 Chalk Street North, Seaforth

1. Welcome from Trustee
2. Message from Lisa Walsh, Director of Education
3. Websites for AMDSB parents
4. SchoolMessenger for Parental Outreach
5. School Council Finances
6. Where Do We Begin?
These are small group sessions, facilitated by members of PIC, that will last 10 minutes each. We will then rotate so that everyone has a chance to visit each group.
Group 1 – Recruitment
Group 2 – Running Effective Meetings
Group 3 – Sharing Ideas & Celebrating Successes
Group 4 – Council Communication
7. Open Discussion

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Listowel and District In School Mentor Program

This a school-based program designed to Improve an individual child’s/youth’s self­ esteem, personal and academic growth, and concern for the community. Adult volunteers are recruited, screened, selected and trained to provide one-to-one friendships with individual students. The volunteer & students meet for one hour per week during the school hours at the child’s school. How time is spent is agreed between the volunteer and student. The time spent together may be used to teach skills between the creative outlets for energy and frustration and/or to convey to the student that someone cares. The nature of the activities is less important than the volunteer-student friendship, which develops through time spent with each other.

BBBS Listowel and District has the capacity to offer this program in 6 local schools, but we lack volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering as a Mentor, please contact Meghan Martin, Executive Director at 519-291-6762 or by email Meghan.martin@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca .  Our website can be found at www.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/Listowel.