November 2018 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

Two months have quickly gone by in our school year. The Progress Report has come home and interviews are Thursday and Friday, November 1st and 2nd respectively. Interview times should have come home to you if you did not receive it, ask your child. If they don’t have the form call the school. With the colder weather coming and students wearing more coats, sweaters etc…please be sure to put your child’s name on items so if they get misplaced they can hopefully be returned when found. As always, school continues to be a very busy place with most recently the Macmillan orders, the pumpkin contest and Halloween. We thank you, the families, for the time and efforts you have put into helping our students achieve their potential. Please remember to check out our school website and the great information located there. We also have Facebook and Twitter accounts and we try to post regularly. Look for us on both sites and Like us or Follow us to find out more about Eastdale happenings. I am sure that November will be as busy as every other month thus far.
Ross MacSorley

Remembrance Day

The Remembrance Day service will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 9th in the gym. We will also have the traditional 1 minute of silence with the Last Post at 11am. You are welcome to join us for the Remembrance Day service.

Coming Events

October 29—November 2—Book Fair
November. 1—Parent Teacher Interviews
November 2—P.A. Day, Parent Teacher Inter-
November 5—School Council at 6:30 p.m.
November 6—Pita Pit lunch
November 9—Remembrance Day — school
service at 10 a.m.
November 16—Kindergarten Registration am
November 19-20—JK/SK Lions Vision and
Hearing Screening
November 20—Pita Pit lunch
December 3—Farm Fresh Pickup—2—4 p.m.

What Great Pumpkins

Thank you to all the families that participated in our Pumpkin Carving Contest. Your entries were amazing!! Also, a big thank you to Dairy Queen for donating coupons for cones to all the participants.

Virtue for November: Courage

Courage is personal bravery in the face of fear. It is doing what needs to be done even when it is hard or scary. Courage is going ahead even when you feel like giving up and quitting. It is doing what you know is right even if other people laugh at you or call you names. Courage is a quality of the heart.

SchoolMessenger—Texting option

Our Board has implemented a new system called SchoolMessenger. With this system we can email, text or phone you to let you know updates or cancellations and to send out our Newsletter etc. f you do not and would now like to receive texts please text YES from your cellphone to 978338. It may be particularly helpful for you to receive a text on a weather day.

Scholastic Book Fair

Listowel Eastdale Library will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair on
Thursday, November 2—8:30 a.m.. – 7:30 p.m
(open during interviews)
Friday, November 1  -8:30 a.m. – 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.

Pita Pit & Pizza Orders

Due to changes from the School Board we are now offering Pita Pit as well as Pizza online as our preferred method. Please call the school if you have any issues with the orders and we will help you with them. You are always able to request paper copies. Hopefully the following chart will help you with due dates.

Food Orders Orders Due

  • Nov. & December Pita Pit – November 12
  • Jan. & February Pizza & Pita Pit – December 21
  • March & April Pizza & Pita Pit – February 27
  • May & June Pizza & Pita Pit – April 26

Calling All Three Year Olds

Do you have a child born in 2015 who can start JK next September or born in 2014 who can start SK?  EASTDALE’S CATYO day will be Friday, November 16th.

To register a child:

Step 1) Register your student (s) online at (paper copies can be picked up from the office if you prefer)

Step 2) Call the school to book an appointment time

Step 3) Pick up a registration package from the office
School Council
School Council executive for 2018-2019:
President — Carrie Henoeffer
Vice Presidents—Jamie Stanners & Kendra Bakker
Secretary — Patti Coghlin
Treasurer — Beth Metzger
The next school council meeting will be Monday, Nov. 5th from 6:30—7:45 p.m.
Everyone is welcome. Babysitting is provided.

School Council

The next School Council meeting will be Monday, November 6th from 6:30-7:45 p.m.

Everyone is welcome. Babysitting is provided.

Eastdale Clothing

Just in time for Christmas, Eastdale School Council is offering Eaglewear. Watch for the order forms, they will be coming home shortly.

Cross Country

Eastdale had many dedicated cross country runners in September and October running daily around the school yard.

Eastdale sent 41 runners to the regional meet at Northwoods P.S., and had a successful meet. We had 39 members move on to represent Eastdale at the District meet in Benmiller. Many races often had 80 or more runners.

Congratulations to all cross country team members for their dedication, perseverance and good sportsmanship.

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 it comes it the occasional winter storm. Huron Perth Student Transportation Services is making it even easier this year to get your school bus delay and cancellation information. Already you can follow the announcements by going to the Cancellations and Delays Website  or by following your school’s twitter/facebook 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.

Thank you Giant Tiger and Fairstone Financial

Thank you for your generous donations of schools supplies. Eastdale has already put them to good use! Your support is appreciated.


Eastdale’s Junior Mixed Soccer team had excellent, summery weather to represent the school in a way you’d expect from a school team.  Teamwork, sportsmanship and heart were on full display at the Mornington Tournament.

Eastdale Gets Tech-y!

We have purchased a number of fun, educational hi tech and low tech items to  create an Eastdale “Makerspace”.  A DIY space where people can gather to create, invent, and learn.  Students are using tech games/tools to play with. When they are playing, they are actually coding without it seeming like coding.  All of these students will be growing up and working in a world that will use technology in ways we haven’t even thought of yet.  Thanks so much to Makerspace contributor:  The Foundation for Education Small Project Grant.

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 crustaceans – shrimp, crab, lobster, crayfish, oysters, 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.

Thank you for your understanding and consideration.

Yard Supervision

Yard supervision does not begin until 8:45 a.m. It is in place from 8:45-8:55 .am 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 in 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. Please follow the street signs regarding parking/stopping.

Before and After School Program

As part of our on-going commitment to make the school day as seamless as possible for our families, we ask parents/guardians to share their tentative childcare needs for September of the next school year (2019) by completing an online survey. The survey will be available October 1, 2018 and can be found on the AMDSB Before and After School Program page.

Families that are interested in Before and After school programs for their Junior/Senior Kindergarten children and/or grade 1 – 6 children are asked to complete the survey by December 1, 2018.

We appreciate your assistance as we determine the feasibility of offering such programs.

If you require a paper copy, please contact the school.

Bus Notes

If you 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.

Kiss & Drop Zone

The zone is working well. Please allow cars to turn left into the circle so traffic doesn’t become congested on the street.

Call for Members

Please read the attachment Call for Members.

Community of Character Spaghetti Dinner

The North Perth Community of Character is proud to host the annual
Together We’re Better
Spaghetti dinner on Thursday, November 8.

The dinner features a pasta meal cooked and served by students in the local Me To We clubs at our schools followed by some musical entertainment by students, including the Westfield Public School Band.  Finally, the North Perth Fire Combat Team will speak about the courage and perseverance required to compete and the personal rewards they gain from competing in national competitions.  Dinner will be served at 5:30pm.  Tickets are $10/adult, $5/child, or $25/family of 4.  Tickets are available at Diana Sweets or branches of the North Perth Public Library.  Everyone is welcome!