May 2018 Newsletter

Administrators Message

Although it seems that we say this every year, we can’t help but say it again…it is hard to believe that May is upon us already! We are now in the month that we lovingly refer to as “Mayjune” as the months blend together and time flies by with the busyness of many spring activities.

We have a number of students who have been working hard to learn the game of Bridge and will be representing Little Falls at the Bridge Tournament on May 3rd.  We are looking forward to our Dance Team sharing their talents at the annual Dance Showcase on May 9th at Stratford Northwestern School. Our Junior students will also be participating in our School Track and Field day on May 18th. Our Grade 3 and 6 students will also be completing the EQAO assessment from May 22nd – June 4th.

As an entire school community, we are looking forward to our annual Spring Carnival. It will be held on Thursday, May 17th from 5:00 – 8:00 at the PRC. This is a great family event for all. Food and inflatable/game tickets will be for sale in advance on School Cash Online. More information will be coming from our School Council.

With spring comes many events, activities, and excitement! Please take a look at the calendar for a list of the school wide events this month.

Happy Spring to all

Mrs. Erin Cassone Mr. Rob Holland

Our Character Attribute for May is Fairness

From sporting events, to school wide events, to recess activities, to group work and beyond, practicing fairness with our classmates is an important quality to demonstrate. Fairness is treating everyone in a just and accepting manner. May is a great month to be reminded that playing fair is good for all.

Our Mission

Learners Today Leaders Tomorrow
We strive to ensure that all students achieve their potential, academically and socially.

Little Falls Webpage

Please remember to look at our Little Falls Webpage. You will find lots of valuable information (newsletters, forms, family handbook etc.). The calendar tab will direct you to “Little Falls Events” which gives you an up to date calendar of activities each month.

School Property – Pet Free Zone

This is just a reminder that Little Falls school grounds are for the use of our children and animals are not permitted on the grounds. Animals and children’s reaction to animals can be unpredictable, so we ask that if you are bringing your pets with you to drop off or pick up your children to please ensure your pet remains outside the area of play for our students. Thank you.

Library News

Mrs. D’s Book Choice For May 2018 – Library Use Only until June- “A Cautionary Tale”.  When Popcorn, the friendliest chicken at Fiddlesticks Farm, finds a forgotten smartphone in the barn, she sets about making some brand new friends. Soon she is so busy sending messages to them that she begins to forget her old friends. When a meet-up with her new friends is about to end in disaster, the quick-thinking animals of Fiddlesticks Farm save the day. . . and one relieved chicken learns a lesson.

Thank you! A Donation from Charles Warner

A wonderful donation of beautifully handcrafted wooden trains and cars will be enjoyed by our kindergarten students for years to come. Many thanks to Charles Warner who invested his time and talent to this project.

Foundation For Education

Thank you for the workshops!  The Foundation for Education supports classes in Huron and Perth counties by providing various workshops in the classroom. Mrs. Jennings enjoyed a Celtic Animal art workshop and Mrs. Drummond’s and Mr. van Schaik’s class participated in a First Nations Legends and Stories workshop. Thank you to the Foundation for providing these experiences

Support Our Fundraiser!

As a way to target the problem of lost belongings, Little Falls Public School Council/PIA is fundraising with Mabel’s Labels, a company with all types of labels that are colourful, indestructible, easy-to-use and fun! Iron-Ons, Stickies, Bag Tags, Allergy Alert labels & more! Personalize your labels with names, nicknames, initials – whatever you choose. Cool icons help even little ones identify their own belongings. Dishwasher, microwave, laundry & kid tested! Dispatched within 24 hours!

Visit Mable’s Labels Website to place your order while helping our fundraiser! *You must use this website address for your online purchase to go toward our school fundraiser. You may make purchases online until the end of the school year 2017 – 18.

Little Falls Allergy Reduced Policy

Little Falls School makes every attempt to be a nut-safe school (hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts, peanuts etc.) to protect the health of students who have severe allergies. Students must not bring any food products to school for snacks, lunches or group treats that contain nuts or have been exposed to nut oil.

Please check all labels of food that you send to school!

Because of asthma and other related respiratory problems, all of our education buildings are fragrance safe.

Footwear Reminder

It is wonderful to have nice weather upon us! Although students are now wearing running shoes to school and at recess, it is still important that the students all have clean indoor shoes to wear when they are in the classrooms and gymnasium. This will allow our floors to stay clean for all classes using these spaces. Please remember that students are not to wear flip-flops on the playground equipment or to play collaborative sporting games at recess.

Kiwanis Music Festival

Congratulations to the Grade 1, 2, and 3 Grade Choirs as well as the Primary and Junior Choirs for their amazing performances at the Stratford Kiwanis Festival on April 9th, 12th and 13th. Little Falls brought back one First place ribbon, four Second place ribbons, and one Third place ribbon with marks ranging from 88% – 89%. Mrs. Stern is very proud of all of the students for being very professional and for singing so beautifully! If you are in the school, come and check out the adjudicator’s comments that are displayed outside of the music room. A huge thanks to our Parent Council for busing us to and from Stratford!

Jump Rope for Heart

After an overwhelming response to our event last year, Little Falls is pleased to be holding a Heart & Stroke Jump Rope for Heart event again this year. On Friday, May 4 we will hold our kick-off assembly. Information and fundraising packages will be coming home with students on this day. Our fundraising campaign will run until Friday, June 1 and we will enjoy our Jump Rope for Heart event on Wednesday, June 13. All money raised will support Heart & Stroke in their mission to promote children’s health and fund vital heart and stroke research. Please help support your child’s fundraising efforts by registering them online at the Jump Rope for Heart website. In addition to individual rewards, our entire school will work to earn special school-wide special events as we progress towards our fundraising goals. Thank you for your support!

Dance Showcase

Get ready to dance through the decades with our throwback to the 80s and 90s!  This year approximately 60 Grade 4-6 students from Little Falls are participating in the Dance Showcase on Wednesday, May 9 at Stratford Northwestern Secondary School. This showcase brings together students from a variety of schools in the Avon Maitland District School Board. The show begins at 7 p.m. and can also be followed live on Twitter at @danceshowAMDSB. Ms. Carter, Mrs. Drummond, Ms. Lantz and Ms. Sabin would like to thank all the participants for their hard work and dedication in learning this year’s dance.

Earth Week Activities

On Monday, April 23rd, the students at Little Falls celebrated Earth Day by participating in a community clean-up. Thank you to all for your efforts to keep our community and earth clean.

Track and Field

The Little Falls Annual Track and Field Meet will be held on Friday, May 18th at DCVI (rain date is Tuesday, May 22nd). All grades 4, 5 and 6 students will be participating in both Field and Track events. Ribbons are awarded for the top 5 athletes in each event so students are encouraged to participate in as many events as possible! Athletes have the chance to move on to the Regional Meet in Stratford on Tuesday, June 12th, with the top 3 in each event then moving on to the AMDSB meet being held in Stratford on June 19th. Come on out and support our students as they run, throw and jump!

Get Ready for Apraxia Awareness Month!

Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is considered a neurological speech disorder that affects a child’s ability to clearly and correctly produce syllables and words. The most obvious thing that others notice is that the child has significantly limited and/or unclear speech. On May 14th we are encouraging everyone to wear blue to promote awareness of this disorder and to encourage positive conversations.

Children’s Mental Health Week is May 7 – 11, 2018

At Little Falls, Mental Health Week is not something we do for one week, instead we live, breathe and learn about mental health and wellness in our daily interactions and through the numerous initiatives that take place throughout the course of the school year. To bring continued awareness to this day we will host a Wear Green day on Friday, May 11th in support of each of our roles in promoting positive mental health and wellness for all.

Class Pictures

Adanac images will be coming to Little Falls the morning of Monday, May 7th to take class group photos.

Kindergarten Bus Day

We are excited to welcome all of our new kindergarten students for the 2018 – 2019 school year to our First Rider program on Wednesday, May 23rd at 6:00 p.m. Murphy’s Bus Line, as well as our kindergarten teams will join our newest Little Falls students to go over bus safety, take a short bus ride and provide an overview of what school will look like at Little Falls. More information will be forthcoming to our new JK parents.

School Council/PIA

The next meeting of the School Council/PIA is May 14th at 6:00 p.m. All are welcome!

School Carnival

The School Carnival is on Thursday, May 17 at the PRC from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. This is a fun family night, fit for all ages, with bouncy castles, silent auctions and more. Advance-sales for food tickets and bracelets will be available through school cash online so be sure to register if you haven’t already. If you would like to contribute to the silent auction, please drop your items off to the school by May 9.

Victoria Day

Victoria Day is Monday, May 21st – the school will be closed.

Bike Rodeo

The Optimist Club of Downie and OPP are running a bike rodeo at the PRC on Saturday, May 26th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Grade 3 and 6 EQAO – May 22 to June 4

Our Grade 3 and 6 students will be writing the EQAO provincial assessment from May 22nd to June 4th. Each grade will write at total of 6 blocks (Language and Math) over 6 days. We will have 2 days designated for catch up if we have any unexpected absences.
This assessment provides valuable information to both parents and school staff about how our students are learning and how we can continue to support their learning. If you have a child in Grade 3 or 6 please ensure that they attend each day, are well rested, and have had a healthy breakfast. Students may have a water bottle on their desks. Students will need to bring a calculator.