March 2018 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

With the beginning of the second term, we hope the nicer weather is on the way to help students continue their academic and social growth. The students should be proud of their accomplishments in the first term due to their hard work and assistance from the staff.

Report cards were sent home on Tuesday, February 20th. If you haven’t done so already please return the bottom portion of the second page in the report card envelope.

These reports will help students to set their goals for the remainder of the year. There is still a lot of time to improve academic standings and learning skills.

Our first Math Night is Thursday, March 1st from 6 to 8 p.m. We hope you can make it that night for some part of it to enjoy math games and perhaps win a prize. There are many important items in this newsletter that require your attention in order for us to prepare activities for the spring.

As always, should you have any questions or concerns, please contact the school. Have a safe and happy March Break.

Ross MacSorley, Principal

Coming Events

March 1 – Math Night – 6-8 p.m.
March 6 – Pita Pit Lunch
March 6 – School Council Meeting
March 9 – Pita Pit order forms due
March 9 – Wear Red and White day
March 26 – MacMillan Fundraising starts
March 12 – 16 – March Break
March 20 – Pita Pit Lunch
March 30 – Good Friday – school holiday
April 2 – Easter Monday – school holiday
April 9 – MacMillan order due to the office
April 25 – MacMillan order delivered

Virtue Of The Month: Optimism

Optimism is a positive attitude. Optimism is catching. When you are optimistic, other people like to be around you because optimism makes life more enjoyable. Optimism is looking forward to your day, knowing it will be good. People who are optimistic enjoy good things fully. When sad things happen, optimistic people let them come and go. When we are optimistic, we stay calm and serene.

We look forward to things changing for the better. Optimism is a quality of the spirit.

Paddyfest Children’s Program

This event takes place on Saturday, March 17 at Kin Station.  Drop in between 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Move through activity stations at your own pace! Pictures will be taken with Mr. Paddy.  The cost is by donation.  Suggested age is 3 to 6 year olds.

Office Check in

All students must sign in and out at the office, if they are arriving or leaving outside 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 upon arrival.

Bus Notes

If your child rides the bus, please send a note to your child’s teacher to let them know if he/she will not be taking the bus home on a certain day. If we do not get a note or a phone call, your child will be taking the bus home.

Please also note that Kindergarten students will not be allowed off the bus at their stop if there is not an adult there to meet them.

Medication At School

If medications are sent to school with your child there are required forms that need to be filled out for both prescription and non prescription medications. They can be filled out at the office when medication is brought to the office by the parent.

LEPS is Nut Free

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

Listowel Minor Soccer 2018 Registration

Registration is for children born in 2000 through to 2015. This will take place on Saturday, March 3 from 9:30 – 12:00, Tuesday March 20 from 6:30 – 8:30 and Wednesday, March 28 from 6:30 – 8:30 at LDSS inside the main entrance.  For more information, go to www.listowelminorsoccer.ca

Chess Club

The chess club met 2 days a week during the month of February. Those that attended regularly are showing improved play and strategy. As March begins many are looking forward to the in-school chess tournament being held on March 6th. An information/ permission form for this tournament went home with the chess players on February 20th. If your child wants to participate in the tournament, please sign and return this form
by March 5th. If you have questions please contact warren.wray@ed.amdsb.ca.

Send in your Canadian Tire Money

The school council is already planning for our annual Fun Fair. We’ve set the date for Friday, June 1st.
You can help us out by sending in Canadian Tire money. We’ll use it to help buy prizes and raffle items for the Fun Fair.

Lost and Found

Your lost items miss you! Please come take them home ! Any items left unclaimed on March 9th will be donated.

Make Nutrition Fun with More than One

March is Nutrition Month and a fun way to celebrate is by having family meals. Cooking together and sharing meals is a great way for children to learn how to eat healthy and for everyone to stay connected.

To create a family meal environment:

  • Involve your children in meal preparation and clean-up. Children feel good about themselves when they can help.
  • Try and make mealtimes less rushed and more relaxed.
  • Have a technology free meal. Turn the TV off and avoid use of electronics.
  • Expose your children to a variety of foods from the four food groups and allow for occasional treats.
  • Make your child’s favourite foods some- times.
  • Use serving bowls on the table to allow everyone to take as much or as little as they would like.
  • Expect your child to sit for a few minutes and socialize even if they are not hungry.
  • Allow for some flexibility. If dinner doesn’t work for your family, get together for breakfast or lunch instead.

Enjoy all the yummy, good things Nutrition Month has to offer! But most importantly, enjoy your time together!

Online warning signs for parents

Parents need to be aware of the warning signs that their child may be at risk online:

  • Your child turns the computer monitor off or quickly changes the screen when you enter the room.
  • Your child spends large amounts of time online, especially at night.
  • Your child accesses pornography online.
  • Your child receives phone calls from unknown individuals or makes long distance calls to numbers you do not recognize.
  • Your child receives mail/gifts/packages from someone you don’t know.
  • Your child becomes withdrawn from the family.

The internet is a powerful tool young people utilize for researching a school project, con- necting with friends or entertainment, but there are pitfalls. Be careful what you post or share with others, safe surfing starts with you.

School Council

The next school council meeting will be March 6th from 6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Everyone is welcome. Babysitting is also provided.

School Cash Online

We encourage everyone to take advantage of this great service. Not only will it allow you to go ‘cashless’ for most of Eastdale’s payments, you will also receive email reminders of up- coming payments and notifications of new payments available for your child(ren).

The website is https://avonmaitland.schoolcashonline.com. When it asks for the student number it is looking for the OEN number that is on the top of the report cards. Call the school if you can’t find the number.

Any questions, please feel free to contact the office.

Agriculture Day

February 13th was Canada’s Agriculture Day. Canadian agriculture plays a significant role in our economy.

  • 1 in 8 Canadian jobs are in the agriculture sector.
  • Canada ranks #1 in global food safety.
  • Canada is the world’s fifth largest agricultural exporter.

Thank you Molesworth Farm Supply for helping us celebrate Agriculture Day and for the information and reusable bags.