March 2019 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 19th. 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.

Math Night is returning and it will be Thursday, March 21st from 6 to 8 p.m. We hope you can make it that night 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 4—School Council Meeting March 5—School Chess Tournament
March 6—Elmira Meats Delivery from 3:30—5 March 11-15—March Break
March 19—Pita Pit Lunch
March 21—Math Night—6-8 p.m. Save the date:
April 2—Pita Pit Lunch
April 2—Jr. Basketball Tournament at F.E. Madill April 5—P.A. Day

Virtue Of The Month: Optimism

Optimism is a positive attitude. 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. Optimistic people enjoy life to the fullest. 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.

Send in your Canadian Tire Money

The school council is already planning for our annual Fun Fair. 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.

School Council

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

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 for all students.

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.

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 upcoming payments and notifications of new payments available for your child(ren).

The website is SchoolCashOnline. 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.

Chess Club

The chess club met 3 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 5th. An information/permission form for this tournament went home with the chess players. If your child wants to participate in the tournament please sign and return this form by March 4th. If you have questions please contact

Agriculture Day

February 12th 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 Tonya Haverkamp and Don Storey for helping us celebrate Agriculture Day and for the information.

Family Math Night

Come one, come all to our Family Math Night at Eastdale! Our school council has planned an exciting evening for all families on Thurs. March 21 from 6 – 8 p.m. This is an opportunity for parents and children to have fun together doing math. Yes, math and fun go hand in hand! There will be over 100 different games and activities set up for families and students from kindergarten to grade 6 to enjoy together. Note that the evening is a game format – no calculations required! Parents will also take home ideas for supporting their child’s math learning at home in fun, engaging ways.

During the evening, each student will receive a “passport” to collect stickers for each activity. Completed passports can be entered into draws.

Thank You Listowel Legion

A big thank you to the Listowel Legion for their generous gift of $2,000 for Eastdale’s Nutrition Program. Your support is greatly appreciated!

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.
  • Expose your children to a variety of foods from the four food groups and allow for occasional treats.
  • Make your child’s favourite foods sometimes.
  • 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!