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March 2019 Newsletter

Administrator’s Message

March has arrived and we are looking forward to many great things ahead! This month we have our junior mixed basketball team practicing for their tournament, our Kiwanis Choirs are well underway and our student voices can be heard on our Student Voice Team and our primary games club. We are very proud of how many of our students are getting involved. We do believe that the more involved our students are in their school and with their peers, the more invested they become in their success as a valued member of an entire school community. We encourage all of our students to get involved!

Our attribute this month is Optimism! We look forward to days that are getting longer, the sun shining brighter and spring is on its way.

As always, if you have any questions, concerns or celebrations, please feel free to contact us at the school.

Sincerely,
Mrs. Cassone and Mr. Holland

Our Mission

Learners Today Leaders Tomorrow

We strive to ensure that all students achieve their potential, academically and socially.

Reminders – 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.

Wintery Weather – Is Little Falls Closed?

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AMDSB SchoolMessenger

The Avon Maitland District School Board uses School Messenger for communication to allow us to deliver important information to you via e-mail, phone and text messaging.

SchoolMessenger is intended to enhance our existing methods of communication – not replace them.

To receive text messages you must opt in by texting Yes to 978338 from your mobile device.  Please note – although AMDSB does not charge you for this service, it does not pay for text message charges that may be incurred by you for sending or receiving text messages. Check with your wireless carrier for possible charges.
Types of messages you may receive –

General

• School activities and events
• School Council and other school-related groups/agencies messages

Emergency

• School/District related emergency impacting school district
• Weather-related school delays and closures
• Power outage or other issues during the school day which causes school to end early
• Community emergency impacting families

If you have any questions please contact the school office. Please note we have removed contact 3 which is typically grandparents from the call list.

Lost and Found

Once again, our Lost and Found continues to grow. We invite you to please come to the school and take a look at the lost and found tables before Thursday, March 7th, 2019. After this day, any unclaimed items will be donated to a local charity.

Student Classroom Placement for 2019-2020

Each year, our staff works as a team to carefully consider future classroom placement for each one of our students. Academic, social and emotional well-being are at the forefront of our decisions. Every year, our teachers take great pride in getting to know each one of their students’ strengths and needs, and provide programming to help support the growth of all students. Each situation has its own set of circumstances, and we appreciate your support in understanding that we are making these decisions based on what we feel would be the best possible placement for academic success for your child, knowing that each one of our teachers has something special to offer all of our students. If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact the office.

Student Illness – Stop the Spread

When a child has been vomiting or had diarrhea, we ask that you help us to avoid the spread of sickness by keeping your child home until they are symptom free for 24 hours. Although your children may feel better first thing in the morning, if they haven’t had time to fully recover, they often feel ill again shortly after they arrive at school. Thank you, in advance, for helping us do our best to limit the spread of easily passed on sickness.

School Council/PIA

There is no meeting for the month of March. The next School Council/ PIA meeting will be held on Monday, April 8 at 6:00 p.m. in the Little Falls library. All are welcome

Thank you

Me to We sends thanks to all the Heron families who showed love ️for education by supporting The St.Marys Rotary Club and their Global Literacy Fund. Thanks for spreading joy outside the community with backpacks and school supplies!

Upcoming Events

Music Room News – Save the dates!

The Stratford Kiwanis Festival will be held April 15th-18th for School Music (just before the Easter long weekend). As soon as the competition times are sent to Mrs. Stern, she will send out a note to the Homeroom teachers. All Grades 1, 2 and 3 students will be participating along with 70 grade 2 and 3 students in the Primary Choir and 60 grade 4, 5, and 6 students in the Junior Choir.

Me to We

The Me To We group is volunteering at a Pancake Breakfast at McCully’s Hill Farm on Sunday, March 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The breakfast is part of the Maple Syrup Festival activities. For $8 you receive a delicious breakfast including pancakes, sausage, baked beans, fruit and McCully’s maple syrup. A portion of all proceeds will be used to support the Mishkeegogamang Novice Hockey Club–The Knights, the team that the children of Little Falls learned about in the presentation True North made at the school recently. True North Partnership’s annual support of this hockey team has helped build a sense of community and pride of achievement by the team. Any additional financial support will be a source of encouragement to the team and parents who from meager resources have made their children’s future a high priority. On behalf of the board of True North Partnership; Thank you/ Meegwetch!

If you cannot make it on March 10, come to any of the breakfasts offered on Saturdays and Sundays from March 2-31. McCully’s divides the proceeds evenly for all the community groups throughout the maple syrup season.

Lots of Socks – World Down Syndrome Day – Thursday, March 21

The Student Voice Team invites you to help recognize World Down Syndrome Day on Thursday, March 21 by wearing brightly coloured socks, long socks, printed socks, 1 sock…. Even 3 socks for 3 chromosomes.
#LotsOfSocks #WDSD18

Spirit Day

Our next spirit day, “Multiples Day”, will be held on Thursday, March 7th. Have fun dressing like your friends. We can’t wait to see all the twins, triplets, or even larger groups out there!

Pancake Day

On Tuesday, March 5th (First Break) School Council and PIA will once again be cooking up pancakes for all the students. Thank you to our volunteers who will be present to flip pancakes for all! Bon appetit!

March Break

Just a reminder that March Break is scheduled from Monday, March 11th to Friday, March 15th. Have a safe and enjoyable break!

EQAO Dates

Grade 3 and 6 EQAO testing will take place May 21st – June 3rd. Although we know that unexpected illness or absences may come up, we ask that you please do not book appointments for your children during this time for students in grades 3 and 6.

Save the date – May 16th is our School Carnival date

More details to follow!

Community News

News from the Baseball Hall of Fame

St. Marys Minor Ball Registration Deadline is, March 15, 2019

St. Marys Kinettes

The St. Marys Kinettes are sponsoring a free skate on March 11th from 2:45 – 3:45 at the PRC

St. Marys Soccer Registration Info

Please check out the upcoming registration for St. Marys Soccer.There is also a need for executives and coaches.