December Newsletter 2018

Principal’s Message

It is December already! Are you asking yourself how can this be already? We sure are. There is holiday glitter all around and the excitement of Christmas is building. Understandably, it makes it a little more challenging for some students to persevere on academic tasks.

I would like to take this opportunity to highlight December 18th as the day we welcome you for our Holiday Show (Christmas Concert). Once again, we have staggered the performances by grades to ensure a great experience for everyone. Our kindergarten educators believe that our kindergarten students do their best first thing in the morning when they are refreshed, rather than in the evening after a long day at school, so KA, KB, KC, and KD will perform at 9:30 a.m. Then our students in 1A, 1B, 1C/2A will perform at 12:00 p.m. This will be followed by a performance by 2B, 2C, 2D3A at 1:45 p.m. In the evening students in 3B, 3C, 3D4A will perform at 6:30 p.m.

This schedule will mean that you will be able to find a parking spot easier and should ensure too that there will be a spot for you, members of your family, and other guests to comfortably watch your child perform without the gym being unsafely overcrowded.

As always there are many special events taking place in the month of December. We will try our very best to keep you well informed so that you can plan well and stay on top of them as we appreciate that your homes will be extra busy this time of year too.

I sincerely hope that you find time to restore your soul and stimulate your spirit over the holidays if this is what is needed. I find time spent with children as well as sneaking off with a warm drink to enjoy some time quiet time works well to do this. I am excited about spending some holiday time with my family while reflecting on how truly fortunate that I am. I hope you have the same opportunity.

As always, if you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns please feel free to drop by the office, email me at or call me at the school 519-357-3551. I am here to listen, learn, and help too.

With Respect and Appreciation,

Angela Cowley
Maitland River Elementary School

Virtue for December: Compassion

Compassion is having kind feelings toward someone who is hurt or troubled. It is caring deeply and wanting to help, even if you don’t know them. It is being kind and forgiving to someone who has hurt you.

Compassion begins by noticing when someone seems sad or troubled. Put yourself in their place and ask how you would feel if it were happening to you. Think about how you can help. Take time to listen. Be a friend when someone needs a friend.

House Team News

Thursday, December 20th, we will meet in our House Teams. We will be combining our house meeting with a carol sing just before at 10:00 am. For an added challenge, students are asked to wear their PJs to match their house colour. Doing so will be worth extra house points!

The house teams will be talking about ways to demonstrate compassion and generosity at our house team meetings this month. As well we will continue to work on our goal of spreading peace throughout our school. We are also working on keeping our learning spaces neat and tidy. This is especially important now that winter clothing and boots are added to our coat rack spaces.

Spirit Days for December

  • 11th: Spirit Wear Day 17th: Christmas Hat Day
  • 18th: Christmas Sweater & Shirt Day 19th: Christmas Character Day
  • 20th : Christmas PJ Day & House Team Day 21st: Red & Green Day

Before and After School Survey Reminder

Families interested in Before or After School Childcare programs, should complete the on-line survey no later than Friday December 15th. The survey is available on the AMDSB website.

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

Pizza News

Please note that if there are no buses running OR if there is a school closure on a pizza day then pizza will be provided on the next day that the school is running with all students. The due date for term 2 pizza orders is December 3rd.

Dress for the Weather

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

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.

Building Bridges to our Future News

As the Christmas season arrives and you are thinking about what to get that special someone that has everything, or the neighbour, postman, garbage man, teacher, Sunday school teacher……Remember Building Bridges to our Future campaign.

We aim to give back to the community. We are always looking for ways to better support our families. With a tax receipt given for your donation, you can feel empowered and confident in knowing that you are part of the bigger picture.

Please visit the Building Bridges website at and donate on-line, or send a cheque payable to “Foundation for Education” to Maitland River Elementary School office. Thank you again for your continued support. Please watch for events coming up this spring.

Happy Holidays!

Teresa Farrell-Becker and Karri-Anne Cameron, Co-chairs – Building Bridges to Our Future

Getting Ready for Winter!

How do I know when buses are cancelled and/or my school is closed?

We all know that winter is here 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 directly to the Huron Perth School Transportation Services website.

You can get the information too by following MRES’s Twitter or Facebook account. If you have a Twitter account this is great, but you don’t need to have a Twitter account to get this information, as the latest Tweets appear on the main page of the school’s website.

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 visit the Huron Perth Student Transportation Services website or call 1-888-871-7722.

A Gift To Honour – Message to Parents from the Foundation For Education

We know that some of you like to give gifts of appreciation at this time of year. Perhaps you’re wondering what gift to give to that special teacher, custodian, bus driver, principal or secretary?

The Foundation for Education has a unique answer for you!

With a ‘Gift to Honour’ you can choose to make a donation in someone’s honour and 100% of that donation will be designated for a project within your own school.

Here is the process:

1. Fill out the Gift to Honour & Tax Receipt Information. This can be found at your school or online at the Foundation for Education.

2. Attach a cheque for your chosen amount. The cheque must be made payable to the Foundation For Education who will issue a charitable tax receipt for the full amount.

3. Return this Form and cheque to your school to be forwarded to the Foundation.

4. Pick up a Gift to Honour card at the school and fill out for the child to hand to the person receiving the card.

News from the Health Unit

The Many Benefits of Mindfulness

Mindfulness promotes personal awareness. This awareness comes with lots of benefits.

Mindfulness helps to:

• Enhance focus and decision making
• Decrease stress and anxiety
• Improve sleep
• Promote problem solving, reasoning and creative thinking skills
• Increase self-compassion and kindness
• Increase the ability to manage behaviour and emotions
• Calm the mind
• Enhance quality of life

Check out the TEDTalk All it Takes is 10 Mindful Minutes to learn more about the impact of mindfulness and being present in each moment.

It’s never too late for you or your children to start practicing mindfulness. Practicing together can be fun and strengthens your connection. Over the next couple of months we will explore some simple mindful activities. You know your child best and will be able to determine which mindful techniques are helpful and which are not. There is an endless amount of mindful activities to try. Why not add mindfulness to your New Year’s resolution list?
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School Council News

December Is Here! – MRES School Council December Newsletter

The holidays are almost upon us again! We, at Parent Council would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas!

Popcorn Day

Our first Popcorn Day of the year will be on Friday, December 14, 2018. Popcorn is available by donation.

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

Support your school.  Thank You!

Community Clothes Closet

Cold weather is here.  With winter on its way, we are now looking for snow pants, mittens, winter jackets to keep our closet up and running. Thank you to everyone who has and continues to donate to this program – all of the support is always appreciated.

Christmas Fundraiser

Thank-you to everyone who participated in the Christmas “Make and Take” at Greyhaven Gardens. The night was well attended and some beautiful urns were made.

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 Monday, January 7, 2019 at 7 p.m in the multi-purpose room. Snow date is Tuesday January 8th.

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Bus Contacts

Questions or concerns about the bus? Please contact:
Montgomery Bus Lines: 519-357-9191 – 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 today! Easy to make payments, emails about what is going on, reminder emails!! It is easy as one, two, three! Visit the SchoolCash Online website.

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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. The form can be found here.

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.

Milk Bags Please

We are collecting milk bags!! They are then donated to a local group that weaves the plastic into sleep mats for homeless people in Ontario. Please send your milk bags to the office

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.

Christmas at Maitland River Elementary School

Christmas is always a very busy time at MRES. The staff has planned several activities for our students to be involved in and to share the joy of the season with others. Below is a schedule of events for the last week of school in December.

Monday, December 17:

  • Christmas Hat Day
  • Holiday Show – Dress Rehearsal: K’s @ 9:30am Grades 1, 2, 3, and 3D4A @ 11:45am

Parents are welcome to attend the dress rehearsal, but it is important to note that you will not be seeing a polished performance as this is a practice session for our staff and students.

Tuesday, December 18:

  • Our Holiday Show (snowdate is the 19th)
  • 9:30 am – KA, KB, KC, KD 12:00 pm – 1A, 1B, 1C2A
  • 1:45 pm – 2B, 2C, 2D3A 6:30 pm – 3B, 3C, 3D4A
  • Christmas Sweater/Shirt Day

Wednesday, December 19:

  • Christmas Character Day
  • Carol Sing at 12:40, with a Band performance. Parents are welcome.

Thursday, December 20:

  • Christmas PJ Day
  • Carol Sing at 10:00 followed by House team activity – Parents are welcome to join us for the carol sing.
  • Special Treat Day – We are asking any classes who are having a potluck or having special treats coming into the classroom be done on this day as it will count as one of our special food days. Please note we must still follow the food allergy restrictions that we have.

Friday, December 21:

  • Red and Green Day
  • Skating Day
    9:20 – 1A, 1B, 1C2A, 2B
    10:00 – 2C, 2D3A, 3B, 5A
    10:40 – 3C, 3D4A, 4B, 4C
    11:20 – 5B, 5C6A, 6B
  • Carol Sing at 2:00 with a Choir performance. Parents are welcome.

If you require any additional information for the activities we have planned please contact the school and ask to speak with an administrator.

December 2018

For upcoming events, please see our school calendar.