December 2017 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

The months are flying by quickly. It is now December and there continues to be a positive buzz in the school. December brings excitement related to the holiday season. Staff and students are working on a variety of activities this month and a list of all the events scheduled is listed later in this newsletter. We invite you to join us for our Christmas Carol Sings scheduled the last week before the holidays.

We extend Season’s Greetings and Happy Holidays to all members of the Listowel Eastdale Public School community and their families. Your support in all our school endeavours truly demonstrates the community spirit and involvement we have at Eastdale. If the next three weeks are anything like this fall, we should be looking at a Christmas break in a flash. We wish you all a joyous season, and best wishes for a healthy, happy 2018!

Ross MacSorley Principal

Coming Events

December 1 — P.A. Day, no school for students
December 4 — School Council at 6:30 p.m.
December 4-8 — Week of Code
December 5—Pita Pit lunch
December 11-15—Me to We Candy Cane sales
December 19—Dress rehearsal for the Kindergarten Concert is at 12 p.m. and for the Junior Concert at 2:10 p.m.
December 19—Kindergarten Concert at 6:30 p.m.
December 20—Junior Concert at 7:00 p.m.
December 21—No Pizza
December 21—Snowdate for either concert, if necessary
December. 22—Last day of school before the Christmas break
January 8—First day back from the holiday — Happy 2018!

School Council

The next school council meeting will be Monday, December 4th from 6:30—7:45 p.m.
Everyone is welcome. Babysitting is provided.

Virtue for December: Compassion

Compassion is having kind feelings toward someone who is hurt or troubled. It is caring deeply and wanting to help, even if you don’t know them. It is being kind and forgiving to someone who has hurt you.

Compassion begins by noticing when someone seems sad or troubled. Put yourself in their place and ask how you would feel if it were hap- pening to you. Think about how you can help. Take time to listen. Be a friend when someone needs a friend.

The Village is having 3 Special Shopping Evenings

Tuesday, December 5: Parent’s Night 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Tuesday December 12: Men’s Night 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Tuesday, December19: Kid’s Night 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Gift Wrapping Table will be set up all 3 nights and volunteers will help wrap!

Enjoy music and treats while you shop for the special people in your lives.

Getting Ready for Winter!

How do I know when buses are cancelled and or my school is closed?

We all know that winter is just around the corner and with comes it the occasional winter storm. You can follow the announcements by going to our website or by following your school’s twitter account. You don’t need to have a twitter account to get this information, as the latest Tweet appears on the main page of your school’s website.

As in the past, you can also monitor local radio stations during inclement weather for the latest announcements on cancellations or delays. For further information please contact Huron Perth Student Transportation Services at 1-888-871- 7722 or visit our website at

LEPS is Nut Free

Listowel Eastdale has adopted a school-wide ban on nuts and will work with all parents to provide the safest possible learning environment for all students.


Families interested in Before or After School childcare programs, should complete the online survey no later than Friday December 8th. The survey is available on the AMDSB Website.  Should you require a paper copy, please contact the school.

Lost and Found

Our lost and found bin is over flowing. If your child is missing jacket, shoes, boots, lunch containers, sweatshirts, hats etc. then you should come and take a look.
Please remember to label all items (especially hats, boots, mittens and snow pants) with your child’s name.

Absent from School?

Please call 519-291-2930 ext 1, leave a message or e-mail if your child(ren) are going to be absent from school!

Book Fair A Success!

The Scholastic Book Fair took over the library the first week in November. Thank you to the many student helpers that worked enthusiastically before and during the
fair. Our hope is that the fair encourages students in their love of reading.

The fair also provides proceeds and bonuses back to the school. From this fair, we are able to put almost $2,500 worth of new books and resources on the shelves for the students.

Thank you to our school community for making the book fair a success.

Pizza News

We are going to make a few changes to the pizza ordering process. You will be able to order Pizza two months at a time, the first one being for January/February. A paper copy will go home with each student, but the order will also be available through Cash Online. Use the system that works best for your family. Our current order ends on December 14th and the new one will start on January 11th, so there will not be pizza served on Thursday, December 21st.

Visitors to Eastdale

Visitors are always welcome at Eastdale. We would ask, however, for the safety of all that you use the front door and report to the office upon arrival. We will be glad to deliver a message or package to your child. If you do need to speak to your child, we would still request that you report to the office first and we will have the student come to the office to see you.

Christmas Concerts

Tuesday, December 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the gym the Kindergarten students will perform a cabaret of holiday songs

Wednesday, December 20th at 7:00 p.m. Junior students will perform a mini-operetta.

The Dress Rehearsal for the Kindergarten Concert will be on Tuesday, December 19 at 12 p.m. and the Junior Concert Rehearsal will be at 2:10 p.m.

Snow date for both is December 21.

There will be a silver Collection at the concert to support Eastdale’s Nutrition Program.

Dress for the Weather

Please remember to send your child(ren) to school with appropriate clothing as the weather begins to get colder. Boots, hats and mitts are a must for snow, and rubber boots and splash pants are a must for wet days. Otherwise students may have to stay on the blacktop. Please ensure that your child has a pair of indoor shoes to wear. A change of clothes is always a good idea.

Christmas at Listowel Eastdale Public School

Christmas is always a very busy time in our schools and this year at Eastdale is no exception. The staff have planned several activities for our students to be involved in and to share the joy of the season with others.

Tuesday, December 19:
Kindergarten Concert Dress Rehearsal at 12 p.m. Junior Concert Dress Rehearsal at 2:10 p.m.
Kindergarten Christmas Concert at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 20:
Carol Sing at 11:50 a.m. Red and Green Day
Junior Christmas Concert at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 21:
Christmas Sweater or Tie day – Please feel free to find or create a funny or beautiful Christmas Sweater or Tie and wear it that day.
Carol Sing at 2:10 p.m. Concert Snow Date Friday, December 22:
Hat Day – Students are encouraged to wear a festive, holiday hat
Carol Sing at 9:10 a.m.

If you require any additional information for the activities we have planned please contact the school.

Eastdale’s MakerSpace

Starting mid November, we invited students to come and try six stations at our Maker Space in the library. Starting with Grade Six, every grade will get a chance to try each station over 3 sessions in the course of a week. Students are very enthusiastic about it!

In December, we start with a Grade 4 rotation, then Grade 3, then 2 and so on into the new year until each grade has had an opportunity to take part. Some of the stations will change as we get to the younger grades. Once the entire school has had an opportunity to take part, we will invite students to be part of sessions that allow them to spend more time with the station of their choice and do more than just “try out” our MakerSpace stations.

So far, we have both low and hi tech stations:

  • Coji, the Coding Robot (3)
  • Code & Go Mouse (2)
  • Scratch Jr.
  • Marshmallow Tower
  • Bead Weaving
  • Makey Makeys

Create. Collaborate. Discover!