May 2019 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

Dear Families,

It is the beautiful month of May, already! May is a particularly busy month in schools. This is because there are so many extra events. A few to mention are: Loud and Proud, Track and Field, EQAO assessment and Children’s Mental Health Week. Once again we worked to try to include as much information as possible in this newsletter; it is always nice to have it in one spot for busy families, but please remember to check Facebook and Instagram for updates or extra information.

Track and Field

Maitland River Elementary School’s 2019 track and field meet will be held on Wednesday May 15th and the rain date, if required, will be Thursday, May 16th. If you are interested in volunteering on our track and field day, please contact the school. Please note only our grade 4, 5 and 6 students participate in track and field. Our event will be held at Maitland River and at FE Madill. Please make sure your children are dressed properly, and that they have plenty of water and sunscreen. Due to the OPHEA guidelines our students will not be participating in high jump.

Dress Code Reminders

Now that the warm weather is returning, please be reminded that appropriate warm weather clothing for school means that midriffs are covered and that shorts cover the body. Shorts and skirts should be of a suitable length to allow natural movement without being revealing. Flip flops cannot be worn for phys. ed., soccer, skipping or on the equipment for safety reasons. T-shirts with inappropriate messages (slogans or advertisements) are not allowed. Our dress code was developed in collaboration with a former School Council executive.

Your help in encouraging a positive self-image and respect among our student body is appreciated.

EQAO Testing

Our grade 3 and 6 students will be participating in the EQAO assessment of reading, writing, and math. Grades 3 and 6 students will write EQAO assessments on May 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 28th, 29th and 30th. It is important that we keep test days dedicated to these students with few distractions. The EQAO primary and junior assessments will take place over 6 days and take approximately one hour per day. Students requiring additional daily time will be accommodated as needed. For students writing EQAO, they will resume a regular day, after their EQAO session has been completed. Full and uninterrupted attendance is very important for these test days.

Despite our best efforts for it not to be, the EQAO testing period can be a stressful time for our students, our parents and our staff. We would like to remind parents and students that putting forth their best effort is all we expect from them. The purpose of the provincial assessment is to help our school identify areas of strength and weaknesses so that we can improve our instruction for all students.

Our staff has worked hard to give students the best preparation they can have for these tests. We are confident that our students will find this assessment a positive experience and we wish our students and staff all the best!
Please note sample units and additional information are available on the EQAO website.

Volunteering for Field Trips/ Track and Field

The end of the year is fast approaching and final field trips are being planned. Please remember that ideally volunteers need a Criminal Reference Check to participate in these activities. However, exceptions can be made based on the nature of the supervision (e.g. parent is just caring for her own child) but, direct consultation with the principal is needed.

As always, should you have any questions, concerns or suggestions for us, please remember my door is always open. I will be happy to help.

Angela Cowley,

Save the Date – Maitland River Junior Arts Night

On Tuesday May 14th, the grade 4, grade 5 and grade 6 students will be sharing their artistic talents. Visual arts will be displayed in the hall and gym and students will be dancing, singing and playing instruments. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. Please join us. Dress Rehearsal will be at 11:45 a.m.; you are welcome to join us at this time if you cannot make the polished performance time.

In music class, students have been learning and rehearsing songs for this event. The Junior Arts Night is a great opportunity for them to play these songs and show off all of their hard work. Some students will be showcasing other artistic talents between class performances.

Please feel welcome to come and cheer them on during this event, as every great band needs a great audience!

Donations to support the arts at MRES will be collected at the doors.

See you on May 14th!

Children’s Mental Health Week

Children’s Mental Health Week is May 5-11 this year. The foci of this week are to raise awareness about childhood mental health concerns, end discrimination, and reduce the stigma and shame surrounding mental illness. To promote this week, Maitland River will be engaging in several different activities.

• Monday May 5, our staff will present a skit on The Zones of Regulation and engaging in strategies for resiliency.
• Tuesday May 6, we encourage students to wear green to increase awareness for mental health
• Wednesday May 7, students wear their house team colour and engage in house team activities that support mental wellness and resiliency
• Thursday May 8, students will have a chance to participate in more strategies to build resilience
• Friday May 9, students will focus on resiliency in their homerooms and develop a strategy to share with the school.

Share in our excitement and watch our hallways and bulletin boards as we learn and engage in resiliency strategies, promote mental wellness and decrease the stigma around mental illness. Please follow our social media, #GETLOUD and #iAMwell to share in the excitement!

First Ride Program

MRES will be hosting on June 4th at 9:15 a.m. First Ride, a bus safety program for our new JK & SK’s coming in September 2019. Letters will be emailed, (mailed or sent with sibling if no email). If you are talking with one of our new families please ask if they got their letter, if not ask them to call the office. Thanks!

MRES Book Sale

Thank you to all students, staff and families who donated and shopped at our books sale. We raised $726.50 for the music program! This is an annual event, so save your books for next year!! Thank you! Mrs. Todd

Bus/Dismissal Notes

A reminder to parents to please include a note in each of your child’s planners if there is a change to their regular dismissal routine. As the teacher is the one dismissing your child they are the ones you should be communicating this to, as well this will eliminate the need for office staff to relay your message to the teacher and interrupting class instruction time. Thank you, we appreciate your help in this matter.

Building Bridges Update

Building Bridges would like to once again thank everyone for their participation in our Maple Syrup Fundraiser. It has been another successful year for us and the Hanna Family. We really appreciate the Hanna family working with us, by providing such quality products for us to enjoy.

It is also that time of year for our annual Spring Raffle Baskets. This year each classroom has decided on the following themes:

  • Class Theme 2019 Basket
  • KA Welcome Summer 3B Sports
  • KB Games 3C Science is Fun
  • KC Kids Just Want To Have Fun 3D4A Mystery Basket (The Best Basket EvAr!)
  • KD Arts and Crafts 4B Get Active!
  • 1A Snuggle Up and Read 4C O Canada
  • 1B Chocolate 5A Sugar Rush
  • 1C2A Rainbow 5B My Favourite Things
  • 2B Camping 5C/6A Road a Trip
  • 2C Flip Sequins 6B Rainy Day Activities
  • 2D3A Baking Galore

We are hoping each child can participate and bring in an item, for their classroom, to add to their themed basket. If you do not know what to purchase, gift cards are also useful for our teachers to purchase some additional items for the baskets.

Tickets will be $1.00 each and you can purchase as many tickets as you want. No Limits. Tickets will be on sale starting May 7th – May 14th. Students will be able to bring money with them to school and purchase tickets during Nutrition Breaks from 11:20 – 11:40 and 1:40 – 2:00. Tickets will also be on sale at the start of our annual Junior Arts Night on May 14th. Parents, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Neighbours, Friends, Family, Caregivers will also be able to purchase tickets on these wonderful themed baskets. Tickets will be drawn during the Junior Arts Program on May 14th. Please join us for this exciting showcase. If you have any questions regarding the Baskets, please ask the students teacher or Mrs. Shaw. Thank you.

New Orleans Pizza Annual School Fundraising Nights

New Orleans Pizza Wingham has postponed their Annual School Fundraiser Nights (which are usually in May) until sometime in the fall.

Rocks & Rings

On April 24th, The Egg Farmers Rocks & Rings program presented by Curling Canada came to Maitland River for Grades 3-5. This program featured a variety of drills, relays and team-building activities that introduced students to the sport of curling right in the school gym. It was an interactive program with the emphasis on fun!

House Team Information

Our House Team meeting will be on Wednesday, May 8th. This month’s meeting will take place during Children’s Mental Health week and will complement other activities during the same week.

The character attribute for this month is fairness. Fairness can mean that we are fair to ourselves by looking after ourselves. We call that positive self-care. One way to look after ourselves is by talking kindly to ourselves (we call this positive self-talk) and we can also engage in activities that make us feel calm so we stay in the “green” zone.

During our house team meeting, we will watch a video on the zones of regulation (red, yellow, blue and green zones), try some strategies that help us calm and stay in the green zone and also brainstorm some examples of positive self-talk (“I can’t do it yet, but I will”). Look for our “Wall of Positive Self-Talk” in our front lobby.

Our Spirit Days in May will be:
Tuesday May 7 – Green Shirt Day for Children’s Mental Health
Wednesday May 8 – Wear your House Colour
Friday May 17 – Royalty Day
Wednesday May 22 – Hat Day
Wednesday May 29 – Tropical Day

Show your school spirit by dressing up for spirit days and earn points for your house colour team.

Forest of Reading

For the last four months, students and teachers have been participating in the Forest of Reading program sponsored by the Ontario Library Association. This past week, students had the opportunity to vote for their favourite book. Here are the results for Maitland River: In the Blue Spruce picture book category, the winner is Sun Dog; Silver Birch Express for grades 3 and 4, the winner is The Hollow Under the tree; Silver Birch Fiction for grades 5 and 6, the winner is Chase; and in the non-fiction category, the winner is Broken Pieces. Results from schools and libraries all over Canada, will be tallied and the national winner will be announced later in May. If you would like to know more about the Forest of Reading visit the OLA website.

Yearbook News

It is yearbook time again! Each class will be featured in it. The grade 6’s will be taking photos as well as helping us put it together. It will be professionally printed by Blyth Printing. They will soon be available for pre-purchase for $15 each, yet they will not be available for distribution until June. There will be a form coming out soon, as well yearbooks will be available through online purchase. We are very excited to be able to offer this to the students! Don’t miss out on getting this wonderful keepsake!

Information from the Huron County Health Unit

Mindful Movement

Our mindful journey has helped us to explore many of our senses. The next step is to further explore the sensations of our body when it is at rest and when it is active. This is known as mindful movement.

The body and the brain are partners. Information is sent from all areas of the body to the brain. Mindful movement helps to better understand what information is being sent. For example, when the body signals that it is stressed, we are able to recognize this and mindfully respond to the signal.

Mindful movement comes in many forms. It is important to first recognize changes in the body from movement.

  • Find a comfortable position.
  • Place your hand over the area of your heart. What do you notice? What do you feel?
  • Stand and do 10 jumping jacks.
  • Place your hand on your heart again. What has changed? Is your heart beating faster or slower?

This helps children to identify how their body physically responds to movement. Any activity can be made to be mindful when you pay attention to how the body feels before, during and after. Yoga, meditation, walking, or any physical activity offers the opportunity to practice mindfulness. Talk openly with your children about the changes they notice.

Character Attribute of The Month: Fairness

Fairness: Treating everyone in a just and accepting manner.

At school this could look like:

  • Taking turns, waiting your turn
  • Playing by the rules
  • Raising your hand
  • Waiting for your turn to speak (even when it is challenging to do so)
  • Allowing others to participate.
  • Sharing
  • Including everyone
  • Making every effort to get along with everyone.

FE Madill Secondary School Greenhouse Plant Sale
231 Madill Drive, Wingham
Tuesday, May 14, Wednesday May 15 and Thursday, May 16
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Annuals, Perennials, Vegetables, Herbs
Strawberry Plants, Succulents, Geraniums & Ivy
Proceeds used to support the school horticulture program

MRES School Council May Newsletter

Wow! Hard to believe how fast this year is going! We were very happy to see some new faces out to our last council meeting. If you have ever thought about coming out, we’d love to see you.

Special Lunch Day

Our next special lunch day is Subway. It will be held on May 24th. Forms will be emailed out or available for pick-up from the office on May 6th and due May 13th.

Flower Fundraiser

Thank-you to everyone for their support with our most recent fundraiser! Reminder to pick-up your orders on May 9th.

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
5. Support your school! Thank You!

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, May 6th, 2019 at 7 p.m in the multi-purpose room.

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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 at schoolcashonline! Easy to make payments, emails about what is going on, reminder emails!! It is easy as one , two, three.

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Instagram: @maitlandriverelementary

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.

Milk Bags

We are no longer collecting milk bags.  Thank You.