November 2019 Newsletter

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Dear Families,
November is the month we talk about Courage, which was probably assigned as the character trait for the month since Remembrance Day falls on the 11th and we always mark this as an important event at school. Talking about Courage makes sense in this context, along with Peace and Understanding and Love.

In November we also mark two specific weeks:
1. Character Week is the very first week of the month in North Perth. We celebrate the great character traits that we espouse to and encourage our children to develop.

2. Bullying Awareness Week is the third week of the month. Attached please find a more detailed board outline of the focus for this year. At Eastdale we will engage in specific age/grade appropriate activities each of the five days that week. We will focus on defining bullying (differentiating it from other forms of conflict), and what to do when it happens. Information will be sent home daily that week to inform parents of the conversations happening here at school, so you can follow up at the dinner table (or while driving between extracurricular activities!)

Ruth Lovell, Principal

Coming Events

  • Nov. 4 – Progress Reports go home
  • Nov. 4 – 8—Book Fair; see p. 2
  • Nov. 5—Pita Pit lunch
  • Nov. 6—Farm Fresh Pickup—2—4 p.m.
  • Nov. 7—Parent Teacher Interviews
  • Nov. 8—P.A. Day, Parent Teacher Interviews
  • Nov. 11—Remembrance Day — school service at 10 a.m.
  • Nov. 15—Kindergarten Registration am
  • Nov. 18-19—JK/SK Lions Vision and Hearing Screening
  • Nov. 19—Pita Pit lunch
  • Dec. 2 —School Council at 6:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 17 – Kindergarten Christmas Concert
  • Dec. 18- Jr. Christmas Concert

Virtue for November: Courage
You might think of the word courage (especially this month) and think of soldiers on the battlefield but courage plays a big part in our everyday lives. Here are 6 ways Courage can play a role for you:

The Courage to Take Responsibility – You can’t always control your circumstances but you can always choose how you will respond to them. Resist the impulse to blame your woes on others but instead make the decision to own your life.

The Courage to Live with Integrity – Integrity is the only path in life upon which you will never get lost. At times this means veering off the safe and comfortable path onto a less traveled one where the risk of failure or disapproval may run high.

The Courage to Dream Bigger – Don’t let fear keep you from connecting with what it is that inspires you most deeply. Your life is as big as you dare to dream it!

The Courage to Speak Up – Speaking up enables others to know who you are, what you need, what you care about and what you are capable of.

The Courage to Step Boldly into Action – Nothing changes if nothing changes. Fear regret more than failure.

The Courage to Persevere – Overcoming the setbacks and failures that present themselves on the way to your goals is what brings the greatest sense of achievement.

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.

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.

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. If 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:
Thurs . Nov 7—8:30 a.m.. – 7:30 p.m (open during interviews)
Fri . Nov 8 -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.

School Council
The next School Council meeting will be Monday, December 2nd from 6:30-7:45 pm. Everyone is welcome. Babysitting is provided.

Cross Country
The cross country team competed in two meets during the month of October. The first meet was the North Region meet at Northwoods Elementary School. We had 30 students participate with many top three finishes. Zoe Charters, Grace Mallory and Fiona Johnston placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd in the 9 year old girls division. Hudson Imrie placed 2nd in the 10 year old boys division and Hayden Arnold placed 2nd in the 11 year old boys category. Two weeks later, 25 kids travelled to the District meet at Wildwood Conservation Area near St. Mary’s to compete against students from across the entire school board. Congratulations to Zoe Charters who placed 2nd in her race and Hudson Imrie who placed 2nd in his race. Congratulations to all of the runners who did their very best and represented Eastdale with great 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. You can follow the announcements by going to the 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 or visit the website at

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.

Community of Character Spaghetti Dinner
The North Perth Community of Character is proud to host the annual Together We’re Better Spaghetti dinner on Tuesday, Nov 5. 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.

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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.

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 (2020) by completing an online survey. The survey will be available October 1, 2019 and can be found on the AMDSB website & Services/Before and After School Program Families that are interested in Before and After school programs for their 4 to 12 year old children are asked to complete the survey by December 2, 2019. We appreciate your assistance as we determine the feasibility of offering such programs. If you require a paper copy, please contact the school.

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 before going anywhere else in the school.

Yard Supervision
Yard supervision is in place from 8:45-8:55am 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. We will be asking all students to “clear the yard” by 3:30 at dismissal unless they are accompanied by a parent to watch them play. Occasionally we have students text or call parents for permission to hang around the school after 3:20. We will be instructing all students to follow their usual routine, and check in from parents from home, rather than staying at the school.

Rainy Day mornings
Supervision indoors out of the rain is not available until 8:45 so please do not drop students off before then at school.

Parking The front of the school has been designated a school bus loading zone. No parking or stopping is allowed on the street during the school day. The lot beside the kindergarten classrooms is designated for parents to avoid children having to cross the street to meet parents. (The lot across the street is staff parking). Dropping off of students should only be done in the Kiss and Drop circle, not on the street in front of the school.

Calling All Three Year Olds
Do you have a child born in 2016 who can start JK next September or born in 2015 who can start SK? EASTDALE’S CATYO day will be Friday, November 15th.

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

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. If you send the product “WOW butter” to school, please make sure it is clearly– although it is “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, 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.

Head Lice at Eastdale
Thank you to those parents who have made us aware that their children have been treated for head lice. This enables us to notify other families in the class that their child may have been exposed to the nasty critters. (This is done while respecting the confidentiality of the student with lice – no names are released). Please continue to check your child’s hair and report any “findings” to the office. Students should not return to school until hair is treated with lice shampoo purchased at the pharmacy and nits are picked out (a tedious but necessary task).

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 18 and 19.

View the PDF version of the newsletter for the Mental Health and Wellness Newsletter, What’s Up in North Perth Flyer and the Public Skating Schedule.