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May 2019 Newsletter

Administrator’s 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!

We are looking forward to our Dance Team sharing their talents at the annual Dance Showcase on May 8th at Stratford Northwestern School. Come on out and watch “The Greatest Show”. Our Junior students will also be participating in our School Track and Field day on May 17th. Our Grade 3 and 6 students will also be completing the EQAO assessment from May 21st – June 3rd. As an entire school community, we are looking forward to our annual Spring Carnival. It will be held on Thursday, May 16th 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.
Sincerely,

Ms. Erin Cassone Mr. Rob Holland

Our Mission

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

Little Falls Allergy Reduced Policy

Little Falls School makes every attempt to be a nut-safe school 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.

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

Easy Way to 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 www.littlefalls.mabelslabels.com 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 2018-19.

Thank you!

Foundation For Education -Thank you for the workshop!

The Foundation for Education supports classes in Huron and Perth counties by providing various workshops in the classroom. Ms. Lantz’s Grade 4 class enjoyed a Celtic Animal art workshop, lead by artist Linda Wiebe, on Monday, April 29. Through this workshop, students learned about Celtic visual art and its use of spirals, knot work, and zoomorphic animals to create a sense of interconnectedness. Thank you to the Foundation for providing this experience.

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.

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 15th, 17th and 18th. Little Falls brought back two First place ribbons, one Second place ribbon, and three Third place ribbons with marks ranging from 88%-93%. A very special congratulations to the Primary Choir for bringing home the Trophy for Top Primary Choir this year! Mrs. Stern is very proud of all of the students for being very professional and for singing so beautifully. The Kiwanis videos will be playing in the Music room for Math Night on May 1st. If you are in the school, come and check out the adjudicator’s comments that will be displayed outside of the music room after Math night. A huge thanks to our Parent Council for busing us to and from Stratford!

Jump Rope for Heart

Little Falls is pleased to be holding a Heart & Stroke – Jump Rope for Heart event again this year on May 6th. Money raised will support Heart & Stroke in their mission to promote children’s health and fund vital heart and stroke research.

As a school, we have already surpassed our $5,000 goal. Thank you! The student body has enjoyed an Extra Recess, a PJ Day and a Cool Treat, as rewards of their fundraising efforts. Fundraising will continue up until our event on May 6th. Students can register online at jumpropeforheart.ca or can use the paper envelope that was previously sent home to collect donations. There are still many great prizes to be won, including being Principal for the Morning, getting to silly-string some teachers, and earning individual prizes from the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Please return any donations that are collected to the school in time for our event on May 6th. Also, remember to dress in red on our event day to celebrate heart health! Thank you for your support!

Dance Showcase

Get ready for the Greatest Show!

This year approximately 50 Grade 4-6 students from Little Falls are participating in the Dance Showcase on Wednesday, May 8th 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. Mrs. Newman, 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 Tuesday, 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. Let’s make everyday Earth Day!

Sports & Clubs

Track and Field
The Little Falls Annual Track and Field Meet will be held on Friday, May 17th at DCVI (rain date is Tuesday, May 21st). 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 St. Marys @ DCVI on Tuesday, June 11th, with the top 3 in each event then moving on to the AMDSB meet being held in Goderich on Tuesday, June 18th. Come on out and support our students as they run, throw and jump!

Up and Coming Events

Get Ready for Apraxia Awareness Month!

Childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) is a motor speech disorder that makes it hard for children to speak. Children with the diagnosis of apraxia of speech generally have a good understanding of language and know what they want to say. However, they have difficulty learning or carrying out the complex movements that underlie speech. Please wear blue to raise awareness about Apraxia on May 14th!

Children’s Mental Health Week is May 5th- 11th, 2019

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. On May 10th please wear green to keep the mental health conversation going!

Class Pictures

Adanac images will be coming to Little Falls the morning of Monday, May 27th to take class group photos.

Kindergarten Bus Day

We are excited to welcome all of our new kindergarten students for the 2019-2020 school year to our First Rider program on Tuesday, May 28th at 6:00pm. 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 6th at 6:00 p.m. All are welcome!

School Carnival

The School Carnival is on Thursday, May 16th 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 8th.

Victoria Day

Victoria Day is Monday, May 20th – the school will be closed.

Bike Rodeo

The Optimist Club of Downie and Stratford Police are running a bike rodeo at the PRC on Saturday, May 25th from 10am to 12pm. Please bring your bike.

Grade 3 and 6 EQAO

May 21st to June 3rd

Our Grade 3 and 6 students will be writing the EQAO provincial assessment from May 21st to June 3rd. 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.

May 8th Free Kids Bowling Night

Mikes Bowling Lane, Stratford 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.