November 2018 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

Dear Parent and Guardians,

Welcome to November 2018 at Maitland River Elementary School!

Thank you very much to the parents, grandparents, students, siblings, and other community members who attended our Family Math Night. Once again, it was a HUGE success! We are continuing to working on increasing our sense of community at Maitland River Elementary School by providing opportunities for people to gather in our building. Family Math Night is a notable example. It was wonderful to see parents, grandparents and other adults interacting in a meaningful manner with young people. We learned that math can be fun!

In November, across the Avon Maitland District School Board a very important event takes place, Calling All Three Year Olds, or kindergarten registration. Our event will take place on November 14, 2018 in the morning. If you have a young member of your family who is eligible for JK, 3 years old by December 31, 2018; or who is eligible for SK, 4 years old by December 31 2018, please call the school and we will be happy to set up an appointment for you. Please spread the word and encourage families who may not be familiar with kindergarten registration to call the school too.

I would like to take time to share with you, again (it is good to hear this a few times), our common language around solving conflicts between students. We use HOAP.

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.”
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

Create the Environment: We communicate care and concern We remind students that we care
We listen with empathy, not criticism “I am here to help.”


Honesty: “Everyone will get a chance to speak.” We explain the importance of honesty
“Can we agree to tell the truth and listen?”

Ownership: We help children focus on what they did,
We ask: “Did it make things better or worse?” and “Could you have done anything else?”

Apology: We explain the value of empathy and apologies Apologies are never forced – “Would you like to say anything to…?”

Plan: “How would you like to resolve this?”
“Would you like some help creating a plan to avoid this conflict in the future?”

We need your help with something; an annual reminder is important. Please have your children keep their hockey trading cards at home. “Deals” take place that are misunderstood or not fully agreed upon, cards get lost and inevitably someone is upset. Then, a lot of learning time ends up being used to solve issues around trading cards.

As always, please, if you have any concerns, ideas, or questions let us know about them. You can send an email, drop into the office, or arrange a time for us to meet.
With Respect and Appreciation,

Angela Cowley, Principal, Maitland River Elementary School

Virtue for November: Courage

Courage is personal bravery in the face of fear. It is doing what needs to be done even when it is hard or scary. Courage is going ahead even when you feel like giving up and quitting. It is doing what you know is right even if other people laugh at you or call you names. Courage is a quality of the heart.

Elementary Progress Report Card

All versions of the Elementary Progress Report Card are designed to show a student’s development of the learning skills and work habits during the fall of the school year, as well as a student’s general progress in working towards the achievement of the curriculum expectations in all subjects. This report was issued on October 29th. Please return the envelope at the time of the interview, if not before.

Parent Teacher Interviews

Interviews will be held on Thursday, November 1st from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. as well as Friday, November 2nd from 8:30 a.m. — 12:00 p.m. It is the expectation that all parents and teachers will discuss their students’ progress at this time. If you are unable to meet with teachers during that time please contact the teacher to set a time convenient for you. Interview Request/Appointment forms were sent home last week.

Spirit Wear

Spirit Wear order forms went out by email on October 26th (posted on Facebook too). Forms are available online at SchoolCashOnline or paper copies are available in the office. Order forms are due on Monday, November 5th… sorry no late orders.

Before and After School Program Survey

Families interested in Before and After school Childcare programs, should complete the on-line survey no later than December 1st. The survey is available on the AMDSB website:

Should you require a copy of the survey, please contact the school. We appreciate your assistance as we determine the feasibility of offering such programs.

Remembrance Day Assembly

Our Remembrance Day Assembly will be held on Friday November 9th at 10:30 a.m. Parents are invited to attend. We will observe a school wide moment of silence as close to 11:00 am as possible, at the end of the assembly.

Lost and Found

As our lost and found grows, we encourage students to have their items of clothing tagged with their name for easy returns. Please remember that the lost and found is cleaned out during the holiday breaks and will be donated. Please check it for your child’s lost items on a regular basis.

Music News

Our music room is a busy place. We will start a grade 1-4 choir in November, we will be getting ready for our Christmas Carol Sing… The grade 5 and 6 band has started. We have about 20 musicians in the band. It’s going to be a great year!

Book Sale

Please save any books that you would be willing to donate. We will have another book sale at school to raise money for our music program. The book sale will be late winter/early spring. Keep an eye out for more details.

House Team News

Our next house team activity will take place on Tuesday, November 20th. We will spend the first few minutes talking about the meaning of courage and ways that we can show courage at home and school as well as within our community. We look forward to hearing about these ideas during our morning announcements. We look forward to building school spirit during this time spent together with our house team participants.

Our house team learning goal for November will be that our actions spread peace, encouraging students to spread peace in our school and at home.

Spirit Days:

  • November 7: Hat Day
  • November13: World Kindness Day – wear your Spirit Wear
  • November 15: Movember Day (sport a moustache day)
  • November 20: House Colour Day
  • November 23: Sports Team Day

Cross Country News

Cross Country runners from grades 2 to 6 pushed their physical limits on several occasions this year. Our first cross country meet was Regionals at North Woods. We had many personal bests and individual medals. Eight and under girls were first, nine year old girls were first, ten year old boys were first, ten year old girls third, eleven year old boys 2nd and eleven year old girls first. Finally, we travelled to Falls Reserve, Benmiller for the District competition. 3 of our teams were in the top 3. Several individual medals were won at these races and again many personal bests were achieved. Many runners developed new skills to assist in a healthy lifestyle of fitness. Great effort and sportsmanship team!

Congratulations team!

Soccer Team News

The Maitland River Soccer Teams had a beautiful but chilly day to play soccer at Mornington Public School and Newton Soccer Fields. Both teams played very hard during the tournament with some wins, some ties and some losses. The two teams placed both 3rd and 4th in their divisions. We are very proud of both teams sportsmanship, dedication during the games, practices and their positive attitudes.
Thank you to both teams and congratulations.

Thank you Coaches!

A huge thank you goes out to all our team coaches this fall, Mr. Gole, Mrs. Gillespie, Mrs. Jamieson, Mrs. Young and Mrs. Albers. Thank you for all your extra time and effort you put into our Maitland River Triumph Cross Country and Soccer teams!!

We Need Your Help To Ensure Student Safety

To ensure student safety, when in-town students arrive at school in the morning, please keep the following on mind:

  • In-town students will be welcomed at the Kiss and Fly door or on our yard beginning at 8:45 a.m. Students are not supervised by school staff before 8:45.
  • Parents and caregivers who drive students may stop to drop children off, but are asked not to park. Quickly exiting the Kiss and Fly lane or any area in front of the school allows more vehicles to access it and reduces the temptation for double parking and letting students off on the North side of the road.
  • Thank you for your assistance in making our arrival procedure as safe as possible.

Messages To Students

Please help us ensure the safety of your child(ren) by following these few, simple guidelines:

  • Arrangements for babysitting, after school activities and pickup times for appointments should be made outside of school hours and a notation made in the student’s planner. This will ensure that there is no confusion as to your message. This also provides your child’s teacher with an opportunity to prepare your child for the lessons they will miss and, your child can feel secure in knowing what their day will hold.
  • Instructions for students must come from their own parent/guardian as this is the only person we are authorized to take instruction from. Please do not ask us to deliver messages to any child other than your own.
  • While we recognize that there are emergencies and unforeseen circumstances that necessitate a message being delivered to a student during the school day, please limit these messages to true emergencies. This will limit interruption to classes, help your child organize his/her day, and reduce the anxiety children feel when plans change unexpectedly. We are more than happy to help out in extenuating circumstances.
  • Writing instructions in your child’s planner ensures that your instructions are followed out exactly as you intend and eliminates confusion, misunderstanding and the possibility that your message does not reach your child.
  • If your bus student is not riding the bus home, please indicate this to the teacher who will then pass the message to the office….it is important for the teacher to know this as they are the ones that are dismissing your child. The office needs to know so they can be taken off the afternoon bus list. Call in’s (not preferred) must be before 2 p.m.

Preventing Head Lice

Please check your child’s head on a regular basis. If your child does have head lice, please let the school know. We know tackling this problem is time consuming, but it is a necessary process and we thank you for your efforts. Notify any person who may have come in close contact with you so that other cases can be found and treated in the same time frame.

Below are some tips to avoid re-infestation:

  • Soak brushes and combs in hot water (about 54 degrees C) or in undiluted shampoo/conditioner for 5-10 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with hot water.
  • Articles such as clothing, towels and bed linens may harbour lice or nits. To clean: Wash all clothing, towels, bedding, etc. in very hot water and dry in the dryer by using the hot cycle for at least 20 minutes OR seal in a plastic bag for two weeks.

Building Bridges to our Future

Christmas Market

The 4th annual Christmas Market will be held on November 24, 2018 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. We still have room for vendors at the event. We will be looking for volunteers to donate to the bake sale and to help the day of the event. If you are interested in a table or volunteering/baking, contact Patricia Smith at

Visit the Building Bridges to Our Future website or find us on Facebook, for more information.

Calling All Three Year Olds – 2018-2019 School Year

A reminder that Calling All Three Year Olds (Kindergarten Registration) will take place at Maitland River Elementary School on November 14th throughout the morning. Children born in 2015 are eligible to enter junior kindergarten in September 2018. Please call the school to set up an appointment time.

Food Drive and a House Colour Team Challenge – November 26th – 30th

Our community is in need of non-perishable items to help our local food bank. Please help make sure that no one goes hungry this winter by donating to the food bank. You can do this by supporting the MRES Food Drive and donating non-perishable items to the “Relief Truck” collection that will be taking place November 26th to 30th at Maitland River Elementary School. Students can bring the items to their classroom and for every item donated a house point will be collected. The house colour team with the most points will help Mrs. Culbert to load up all that food. See the calendar for our theme days!!

December 5th is the day that has been dedicated to the schools in our area to bring awareness to the need in our community for more donations to the food bank. Mrs. Binotto-Peel’s grade 1A class will be down at the Relief Truck on December 5th to help receive any donations that come in. This would be a great opportunity for students to bring in food items for the MRES Food Drive in lieu of gifts for their classroom teachers.
Your donation WILL make a big difference to a family in need.

Christmas Bureau

Maitland River Elementary School will once again collect gifts of toys, clothing and gift cards under our “Angel Tree” for the 2018 Christmas Bureau for the northern part of Huron County and surrounding areas. This is a joint effort by the community and the Children’s Aid Society to provide for families with children in need. No tags required this year, simply bring a gift of your choosing. Please send donations if you are able, to the school from November 19—23.
Thank You for your continued support for this wonderful project.

Information from the Huron County Health Unit

This Is Your Brain on Mindfulness

Imagine you are out for a walk and come across a bear. Your “fight, flight or freeze” response is instantly triggered and you impulsively react. Regardless of age, our brains all respond to stress the same way. A lot of this response occurs in our limbic system, specifically the amygdala, which is the part of the brain that controls our emotions and impulsive actions. The reactions are not always well thought out, healthy responses. This is where mindfulness helps.

When you practice mindfulness, it engages the front part of your brain, the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for problem solving. Communication between the prefrontal cortex and limbic system allows the brain to process and label emotions and then respond in a calm, purposeful way. Our stored memories help to recognize the situation and select the best response. By practicing mindfulness, the reaction is a more conscious, well thought out response. The emotions are typically handled in a positive manner compared to situations without mindful practice.

The parts of the brain can be confusing for younger children. Think of the prefrontal cortex as the “wise leader” who helps with problem solving and decision-making. The amygdala is the “security guard” who keeps us safe and helps express emotions. The hippocampus is the “saver of memories”. This area keeps important information and uses it to make mindful choices. Showing a picture of the brain can help younger children to understand the areas involved in mindfulness.

Rhonda Howatt – Public Health Nurse,
519.482.3416 ext.2247 or toll-free 1.877.837.6143

Maitland Munchies

Maitland Munchies is busy feeding the hungry students of MRES. We are so lucky to be able to provide fresh and healthy snacks to all the children who attend MRES every day.

On October 18 we participated in the Big Crunch with over 120 000 students in south western Ontario. We all crunched on apples donated to us by ONSP.

We welcome donations of dry goods for our program. Items can be dropped off in the office.

Examples of items we use each month are:
-plain or multigrain Cheerios -plain Shreddies -Rice Krispies
-salsa -Gold Fish crackers -dried fruit
-crackers -nacho chips -pretzels

Cash donations towards Maitland Munchies are also accepted. Any amount over $20 is eligible for a tax receipt.

We would like to thank Independent H.O.G. Canada for their donation of $500.00 and to the many parents for their recent donations to Maitland Munchies!

Inclement Weather

Please remember to send your child(ren) to school with appropriate clothing as the weather begins to get colder. Boots, hats and mitts will be a must. Please ensure that your child has a pair of indoor shoes to wear. A change of clothes is always a good idea. Please label all clothing with your child’s name.

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 comes it the occasional winter storm. Huron Perth Student Transportation Services is making it even easier this year to get your school bus delay and cancellation information. Already you can follow the announcements by going to our website or by following MRES’s Twitter 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. You can also get the information via MRES Facebook account.

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 our website.

Bus Contacts

Questions or concerns about the bus? Please contact:
Montgomery Bus Lines: 519-357-9191 /1-855-557-9191
Newry Bus Lines: (519) 356-2611

Milk Program

Milk tickets are available at the office; $20.00 for 20 milks. A purple sheet of milk tickets will be sent home with your child upon purchase. Available to purchase online!

School Cash Online

Please consider registering online at the SchoolCash website today! Easy to make payments, emails about what is going on, reminder emails!! It is easy asone, two three!

Like us on Facebook!

Absent from School?

Please call 519-357-3551 ext 1, leave a message or e-mail if your child(ren) are going to be absent from school! Thanks!

Medication At School

If medications are sent to school with your child there are required forms that need to be filled out for both prescription and non prescription medications. They can be filled out at the office when medication is brought to the office by the parent.

Gluten Free Snacks

Gluten Free snacks are always available. If your child requires gluten free items please inform the office of this request.

MRES is Nut Safe

Maitland River Elementary School has adopted a school-wide ban on nuts and will work with all parents to provide the safest possible learning environment for all students.

Late Students

When students arrive late they are interrupting class instruction by the teacher and the learning of the other students. School starts at 9:00 am – please ensure your child/ren are here on time. Thank you.

Visitors To MRES

Visitors are always welcome at Maitland River Elementary School. We would ask, however, for the safety of all, that you use the front door and report to the office upon arrival. We would also ask that if you need to speak with a teacher for any reason that you make an appointment at the office. We will have the teacher call you to set a time up with you that is convenient for both parties. Please sign in as soon as you enter the building. Thank you in advance for this courtesy.

MRES School Council November Newsletter

Special lunch day
The special lunch day is November 23rd. This month we will be having Pitas. Forms will be available November 5th and are due back November 12th. Ordering can be done through school cash online (preferred) or forms can be picked up from the office.

QSP Fundraiser

QSP is on-going.
Now you can order Online anytime! It is quick and easy!
1. Just log on to
2. Click on “supporters”
3. Enter group ID # 3657483
4. Click “Next” and enter your details

Community Clothes Closet

Cold weather is coming.
With winter on its way, we are now looking for snow pants, mittens, winter jackets to get our closet up and running again. We have plenty of hats from previous years.
Thank you to everyone who has and continues to donate to this program – all of the support is always appreciated.

Christmas Fundraiser

We are sad to inform you we will not be doing the poinsettia/greenery fundraiser this year. We are changing it up and have planned a Christmas workshop at Grayhaven Gardens in Londesboro. This workshop will take place Monday, November 12th at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $68 plus tax. There are only a few spaces left. If you are interested, please contact Teresa ( or Maggie (519-357-4000)

Call for Volunteers

Looking to help and not sure how to start? Have an hour here or there that you would like to spend helping the students of MRES?
Well, look no further! Council is in need of help with many activities, fundraisers, and special lunch days. There are always opportunities no matter how much time you have to offer.

For more information please contact an Executive council member, attend our next meeting or send an email to:

Meeting Agenda Item Request

If you have a topic, question or concern you feel would benefit by being discussed at a council meeting please forward your information to the council secretary at: for review.

Mark Your Calendars

Our next meeting is November 6, 2018 at 7 p.m in the multi-purpose room.

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November 2018

For upcoming events, please see our school calendar.