June 2019 Newsletter
June has arrived! Although it is our final month of the school year, our staff and students will stay busy to the very end! We have a month full of wrapping up, celebrating a wonderful year and enjoying the fruits of our labour after another successful school year.
We would like to congratulate all of our athletes who participated in the school track and field event last month, as well the Friendship Games which took place in Goderich. We want to extend good luck wishes to all athletes who are moving on to represent Little Falls at the Regional meet later this month.
We would also like to remind all students that with summer-like weather, comes warm days, shining sun, and more opportunities for outdoor learning. We ask that students come to school with appropriate sun protection and water bottles to avoid negative effects from the sun.
As our final newsletter of the year, we want to wish each and every one of you a safe and happy summer! We wish you all some time to relax and enjoy some time together before we see you all again in September!
Ms. Erin Cassone Mr. Rob Holland
Learners Today Leaders Tomorrow
We strive to ensure that all students achieve their potential, academically and socially.
Staff and Student Farewells
It is that time of year that we say “Farewell” to some of our staff and students.
We would like to wish big congratulations to Ms. Rutherford who will be retiring after 31 years of teaching! Our St. Marys community has been lucky to have Ms. Rutherford teach and develop so many of our students in St. Marys, as well as the greater Avon Maitland District School Board for the last 22 years. We will miss her organization and expertise, but we know that she will be enjoying much deserved time with her family, friends, her volunteer services and all of the activities she loves most in her retirement. We want to thank Ms. Rutherford for all of her years of service in education! We wish you every joy that retirement has to offer:)
We would like to take the opportunity to say farewell to Mrs. Bickell who will be moving to elementary schools in Stratford next year. We know that Mrs. Bickell’s positivity and energy will be a great gift to the staff and students in Stratford.
We will also say “farewell for now” to a number of staff who have shared their gifts with staff and students at Little Falls this year to cover various staff members who were on leave. We want to thank Ms. Veronica Knight, Ms. Jenna Regier, Mrs.Jen Habermehl, Ms. Janelle Denny, Mrs. Megan Stewardson and Ms. Allie Scott for sharing your gifts and talents with our students this school year. We hope that our paths will cross again! Best of luck on your next assignments.
Last, but not least, we want to wish our Grade 6 classes well, along with the other Little Falls families who are not returning next year. We wish you all the best of luck in your next adventure! Little Falls has been lucky to have you grace our halls and we know wherever you end up next year, you will be great.
Lost and Found
We have a very large amount of unclaimed belongings! All lost and found items are on display in the hall beside the gym until the last week of June. Please drop by and take a look at what has been left in the building. After June 27th any unclaimed items will be donated to a local charity.
Please note that food orders will go to the end of June.
Warm Weather Reminders!
With some warm, sunny weather finally upon us, just a reminder that we recommend sending your children to school with a summer hat to provide protection from the sun. Please remember to apply sunscreen to your children for protection, and send extra sunscreen in their backpack.
As well, please remember the school has a dress code in place, and students’ clothing needs to provide appropriate coverage.
Little Falls Library
Congratulations to the families of Little Falls Public School!
You Helped Raise just over $6000 worth of new books for our School!
Thank you! We couldn’t have done it without you!
Reminder: All Student Library books are due back to the library by Friday, June 14th for year end inventory.
In May we celebrated gratitude as part of Mental Health Awareness. Showing gratitude increases happiness and helps protect you from stress, anxiety, and negativity. When you are happy you are healthy too! As part of being thankful and showing gratitude, we are having a Food Drive to help local food banks stock up for the summer.
Canada Day Food Drive: June 17-27. Little Falls Families, let’s fill up the food bank for the summer! Try to be creative and think of a summer treat that you would enjoy! Summer is a time to enjoy family and special times. Together we can help make summertime memories for others in our community!
Little Falls Carnival
The Little Falls PIA would like to thank all of the parents, grandparents, friends of the school and staff for their support of the 2019 Carnival. Your donations of auction items and valuable time are much appreciated. This event is the school’s largest fund raiser. Without it and your support we would not be able to fund the Kiwanis Festival, field trips and outdoor learning for all students as well as other needs as they arise.
Thank You School Council/PIA for Discovery Western!
Thank you to School Council/PIA for sponsoring Discovery Western. Grades 1 – 6 will benefit from the program and be introduced to the engineering world! Workshops will run at Little Falls from mid-May until the end of June.
Another successful year will be complete for the Snack Program at Little Falls! A huge thank you to our volunteers for all of their hard work including shopping for snacks, cutting up fruit and vegetables, getting the snack trays ready, and delivering snacks to the classrooms. We would like to thank Mallory Henderson and Toni McLean for being our head “Snack Fairies.” Three days per week, these volunteers provide snacks for every student! This program would not be possible without the help of volunteer “Snack Fairies” as well as the grants from Breakfast for Learning and Eat and Learn. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts and stomachs!
Snack Shack Success!
A big thank you to the Junior students for supporting the Snack Shack at Track and Field. We raised $250! This will be donated to the Mishkeegogamang hockey team! Way to go Herons!
Foundation for Education
Ms. Coles’ grade 6 class and Mrs. Lantz’s grade 4 class were treated to a Celtic Animal Workshop led by Linda Weibe and funded by the Foundation for Education. The students were introduced to traditional Celtic art techniques and symbols, along with the meaning behind the different figures. We were then given the opportunity to create a large class mosaic based on one of Ms. Weibe’s designs. If you have the chance, come see the beautiful sea otter in Mrs. Lantz’s room and the Celtic hare in Ms. Coles’. The students were then given the opportunity to create and paint their own animal. Thank you to Ms. Weibe for taking two days to come in and teach us your art. A big thank you to the Foundation for Education for funding these art opportunities and allowing us to bring artists, tools and materials into our classroom.
On Wednesday, May 8, Ms. Sabin, Mrs. Newman and Ms. Lantz took a very excited group of over 50 junior students to the annual AMDSB Dance Showcase at Northwestern Secondary School in Stratford. This group performed among 14 schools from Perth County to showcase their dance to “The Greatest Show”. We also performed our dance for the students at Little Falls on Monday, May 27. Thank you to all the students who came to many practices and worked hard to create an amazing dance.
Children’s Mental Health Week
May 5th- 11th was Children’s Mental Health week. The students of Little Falls used this week to focus on happiness and gratitude. Each morning we participated in a gratitude reflection. Taking a moment each day to think of the things that you are thankful for can have a tremendous impact on not only your mental health, but also make you feel more positive, sleep better, feel kinder, have great friendships, and even have healthier bodies. In addition to our focus on gratitude we also challenge the school to notice and keep track of the #happyacts that we do for each other each day. Together we are spreading happiness, showing each other that we care, and creating a positive learning environment for everyone at Little Falls. Way to go Herons!
Sports & Clubs
Little Falls 7th Annual Track and Field Meet
Friday, May 17th started as a cool and windy day but the sun was shining and all of our Juniors had the opportunity to participate in 8 different events, for their individual age group, as part of their Physical Education program. We used the Sprint Timer App again for our Track races and it was expertly run by Mrs. Kelli Schiedel on the finish line. Ribbons will be handed out to the top 5 athletes in each event in June. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be handed out to the top division winners at the end of the year assembly.
The top 2 athletes in each event have the opportunity to advance to the Regional Meet which will be held in St. Marys at DCVI on Tuesday, June 11th (rain date is June 12th). The AMDSB District Meet will be held in Goderich on Tuesday, June 18th (rain date is June 19th).
Thanks to all of the Junior Teachers and grade 8 helpers for making this such a successful experience for all of our students! Thanks also to Mrs. Stern for organizing this event for our school.
Student Voice News
Jump Rope for Heart
Our Jump Rope for Heart event, in support of the Heart & Stroke Foundation, took place on Monday, May 1 and our wrap-up assembly occurred on Monday, May 27. At this assembly, we announced our fundraising grand total. Our school raised an astounding $15 279.21. Wow! This community is amazing! Our school blew our goal out of the water (again!) and we continue to be one of the top fundraising schools in all of Ontario.
The money raised will support the Heart & Stroke Foundation in their mission to promote children’s health and fund vital heart and stroke research. At our wrap-up assembly, we celebrated by silly stringing a number of staff members (including our vice principal!). Individual prizes should have made their way home this week. If you earned gift cards, for fundraising online, these will be emailed to you by the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Also, please note, receipts for offline donations will be sent directly to donors this year. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Up & Coming Events
June 3rd is our rescheduled class picture day. Say “cheese”!
Water Play Day – Monday, June 24
Our final Student Voice Team event for the year will be Water Play Day on Monday, June 24. This is a whole-school event that will take place from 11:55 am-1:25 pm. No need to wear your bathing suits but please wear sunscreen and a hat as we are hoping for a sunny day!
The next meeting of the School Council/PIA is Monday, June 17th at 6:00pm in the library.
Term 2 Report Cards
The final report card for the year will be sent home Tuesday, June 25th. Please sign and return the third page of the report the next day.
Friday, June 7th – No school
Friday, June 28h – No school (June 27th is the last day!)
Information for September
- Little Falls School Day will begin at 9:15.
- Students can be dropped off at 9:00 a..m as staff supervision will begin on the school yard at 9:00 am.
- Little Falls School Day will end at 3:35 p.m.
First Day of Classes for 2019/20 School Year
- Classes resume on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019
- All Senior Kindergarten students start on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019
- All Junior Kindergarten students start gradual entry on Wednesday, September 4th, Thursday, September 5th and Friday, September 6th. JK families will be notified by the school about which day your child will start.
- For all grade 1- grade 6 students, staff will be on the yard with designated areas for each grade. Students will join their same grade school mates outside and come into the gym as a whole grade group. From the gym, we will do an opening welcome for all students and then individual teachers will take their classes back to their classroom to begin their day.
- The Principal and other staff members will remain outside to assist with anyone who is uncertain where to go.
School items to consider for Grades 4-6 students
Pencils, erasers, metric ruler, sharp pencil crayons, glue sticks, pencil case, washable markers, pens, math set, personal calculator, scissors, French-English dictionary, box of tissue, lined 3-hole paper, non-marking indoor gym shoes and highlighters.
All students are asked to bring a pair of shoes that will be used for indoor use only. This allows our classrooms, hallways and shared learning spaces to stay free of mud and outdoor debris.