June 2019 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

Dear Families,

The 2018-2019 school year is coming to an end. June will prove to be busy, yet fun. Students are looking forward to year-end field trips, they are finishing some curriculum expectations, possible prize-worthy school fair work is keeping students busy, we have students who are excited about regional as well as district track and field.

Thank you to everyone who sold or purchased a ticket for our Staging Our Future campaign. Here is a list of the prize winners:
London Knights tickets – Karrin Davenport Quilt – Sharon Lunge
St Louis Blues Jersey & Stick – Don Watson Blue Jays Tickets – Shannon Gillespie
$1000.00 ValuMart Card – Tamara Rozendale

I am pleased to share that we have just a little over $16 000.00 raised towards our $ 24 000.00 goal. A huge Terrific Triumph goes out to Gail Robinson, our grandmother who is dedicated to this project.

I would like to highlight that we are taking some time to celebrate and thank our volunteers. If you have volunteered in any manner this school year please join us on June 17th at 10:30 for a special assembly followed by some social time with treats.

We now have a special annual year-end activity. Once again, Maitland River Elementary School staff, School Council, and Maitland Munchies will host a summer picnic and play-a-thon. Maitland Munchies via a President’s Choice Children’s Charity grant will provide Subway subs and School Council will provide a frozen treat. The play-a-thon is in support of the Huron Perth United Way. We are kindly asking that each student bring a loonie or a toonie to support this organization that does so much for our community.

We have another tradition that we would like to invite you to, especially if you have a child in grade 6. We say goodbye to our grade 6 students who are leaving us, along with staff who are leaving us, in a special way. As these people navigate through the halls we hold up signs, give high fives etc, while our Maitland River theme song is playing. It is such a special time. Please join us on June 26th @ 2:30!

Because June is such a busy month, we have tried to collect as much information to date as possible within this newsletter. We will continue to keep you well informed. Please note the attached calendar, your child’s agenda, our Facebook page and Instagram to stay up to date.

It has been another terrific and rewarding year. Thank you once again for your trust, your commitment to your children’s education, your comments, and for working out any concerns in a kind manner with care and consideration for everyone. I continue to have a deepening appreciation for our wonderful community, but especially for the beautiful children with in.
I hope this summer proves to be one of the best for you and your families. Angela Cowley
Maitland River Elementary School

Virtue of the Month: Integrity

Integrity is standing up for what you believe is right and living by your highest values. It is being honest and sincere with others and yourself. You practise integrity when your words and actions match. Even when it is hard to do the right thing, you stand strong. You don’t follow the crowd.

Unused Medication

If your child receives medication at school, there is possibly some are left in our medicine chest. Please arrange to pick this up by the end of June, otherwise unclaimed medication will be discarded. The school office will be open until July 5th.

Library News

Book Returns: The Library will be closed for inventory, starting June 11th. Please return all library books by Friday, June 14th. Reminders will be sent home with students who have overdue books. If your child has an overdue book, please help them locate the book and return it to the library as soon as possible. Thank you.

House Teams

We are looking forward to our annual summer picnic and play- a-thon on June 21st. We are pleased to be working with President Choice Children’s Charity and School Council for this event. We ask that students and staff bring a loonie or a toonie as a donation to United Way as well as wear their house colour for this celebration day.

We will begin our festivities at 10:20 with the play-a-thon, which will last approximately half an hour. Students will have an opportunity to sign up for an activity before the day of the event. Activities include, but are not limited to, soccer, dancing, plasma car course, bubbles, skipping, basketball, tag games and soccer-baseball, just to name a few. At the end of the play-a-thon we will meet in our house teams for the picnic
lunch. Subway subs are being provided by President Choice Children’s Charity. Orders forms will be sent home. School Council is providing a frozen treat for each child. Students are asked to bring their own water bottle or drink.

We are looking forward to this opportunity to build community within our house teams, raise funds for a worthy cause and enjoy a little physical activity.

Students are asked to please plan to show their school spirit and earn extra house points this month: Wednesday, June 5 – Job Day – dress for the job you want when you grow-up
Thursday June 20 – Mismatched colours and patterns day
Friday, June 21st – Wear House Colour Day, Summer Picnic & Play-A-Thon, please donation a $1 or $2 for United Way.
Tuesday June 25 – Sun hats and shades day
Wednesday, June 26 – School Spirit Wear/Purple and White Day Thursday, June 27 – Canada Day

Maitland Munchies

Well it has been another successful year at Maitland Munchies! Thank you to the hard work from Teresa Farrell-Becker and Stephanie Drost for their endless hours of volunteering to keep the program vibrant! Thank you to our 20+ volunteers that prepare and clean up snack every morning and afternoon. Without the volunteer commitment, Maitland Munchies Snack Program could not and would not be successful, or fulfill the needs of our students!

Each year it becomes increasing aware of how many students need one or two or more snacks a day, and it is very humbling to know that Maitland Munchies ensures food is available. We continued with a breakfast snack program this year along with the already existing kindergarten morning snack and primary/junior afternoon snack. Funding was cut back this year, but through generous donations and fundraising efforts, we are able to keep providing snack as long as we can. However, as the school year comes to a close, there will be less variations as we try to use up what is in our cupboards and in our freezers. Our last day for providing snack will be June 21st as our reserves will be used up and a thorough cleaning/organization of the kitchen will be underway! Therefore pack a few extra snacks the last week of school.

September 2019/2020 school year, Maitland Munchies will be needing volunteers again! Please take this opportunity to meet people and help out with a fantastic and rewarding program. It is only an hour to an hour-and-a-half of your time once a week. Yet from a personal experience, you see the benefits of these children getting a nutritious snack. Children think better, are more positive and helpful, and are able to follow the MRES monthly character attributes, when their tummies are full!

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Teresa Farrell-Becker at farrellbecker@gmail.com. If you have a baby or child at home, bring them along. We welcome all helpers!

Volunteering for Class Trips

Please note that planning is beginning for our year end class trips. It is preferred you have a current Criminal Reference Check on file to be able to volunteer with your child’s class, however, exceptions can be made based on the supervision requirements. Please call the school for more information on how to proceed with your police check.

Hot Weather and Hydration

With the warmer weather students may find that they need more to stay hydrated throughout the day. It is always best to have just plain water with no additives to beat the summer heat.

Regional and District Track & Field

Regional Track & Field day will be held on Tuesday, June 11th (raindate: June 13th) at FE Madill School.
The District Track & Field Meet will be held on Tuesday, June 18th (raindate: June 19th) in Stratford.

MRES Track & Field

Our school Track & Field Day took place on Wednesday, May 15th. Many thanks to our parent volunteers for assisting in so many ways. A huge thank you goes Mr. Gole and Mrs. Bloemberg for preparing and organizing this meet and thank you to F.E. Madill for letting us use their facilities and equipment. Finally thank you to all the staff who helped to get our day underway and kept the event running successfully.

Textbook Policy/Restitution

As the year begins to wind down, student equipment and books are being checked and recalled for storage over the summer. Letters will be sent home for students who need to replace books and equipment that have been defaced or lost over the year.

Organization of Classes

At this time to year, the principal, in consultation with the staff, considers the most effective groupings of students for instruction, for all students, for the upcoming school year. Principals and staff consider a range of factors, including, but not limited to, the academic, emotional and potential social benefits or concerns when placing a child in a given class. Student s will find out the first day of school who their teacher will be.

Building Bridges to Our Future:

We can’t believe another school year is wrapping up. We want to thank everyone for their support and contributions to the raffle baskets. We raised almost $2000 that will go directly to the maintenance and improvement of our MRES soccer field. We are working on an ongoing maintenance plan that will see our field improve over the next few years.

May is a busy month for our track and field athletes. This year, we are hosting the Regional meet at MRES/FE Madill on June 11. New this month, was the addition of a 100m lane leading to a new jumping pit on the upper field at FE Madill. The new pit is a welcome addition for all athletes training and competing.

We would also like to thank everyone for their continued support. Over the past three years, this community has made so many improvements possible. We have completed the playground, upgraded the lower field, added a paved accessibility path to the lower field, construction of an equipment shed is in progress as well as the new jumping pits and ongoing field maintenance. In the beginning the projects seemed so overwhelming but with the help of many people and businesses in our community, we have made all of these a reality for everyone to use!
We hope you all have a safe and happy summer. We look forward to continuing to work with the community in the future.
Teresa Farrell-Becker & Karri-Anne Cameron

Thank you to the Foundation for Education for the many workshops our school was able to participate in:

2C – Colour & Techniques of Painting with Vanessa De Groot 2D3A – Colour & Techniques of Painting with Vanessa De Groot 3B – Colour & Techniques of Painting with Vanessa De Groot 3D4A – Colour & Techniques of Painting with Vanessa De Groot 3B – Mindfulness Through Drama
3C – Mindfulness Through Drama Library – Canadian Reading Fund

School Council News

Welcome June! Glad to have the warm weather with us finally. The year and Parent Council is winding down. Our last meeting is June 3rd at 6:30 p.m. As per tradition, it will be pot luck.

School Picnic

Our annual play-a-thon and school picnic will be held on Friday, June 21st. Everyone will get a sub for first lunch courtesy of President’s Choice Charity grant. Council is covering the cost of the frozen summer treats. Children are encouraged to bring their own water bottles this year as we try to reduce waste made with juice boxes.

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

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 mresparentcouncil@gmail.com.

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: mresparentcouncil@gmail.com for review.

Mark Your Calendars:
Our next meeting is Monday, June 3, 2019 at 6:30 p.m in the multi-purpose room.

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From The Huron County Health Unit

It’s the last stop on our mindful journey. Hopefully the articles this year have increased your understanding of mindfulness and different ways to be mindful. Mindfulness is truly a skill and the more it is practiced the more routine it becomes. Practicing mindfulness increases self-awareness and also cultivates a positive, optimistic attitude that brings out kindness to yourself and others.
There are lots of great online resources and books to further expand your mindful practice.
• Mindful (https://www.mindful.org/) offers a lot of insightful articles that focus on mindfulness for children and adults in all areas of life.
• Kids Relaxation (http://kidsrelaxation.com/) has a great inventory of relaxation exercises that utilize a mindfulness approach.
• Stink and the World’s Worst Super-Stinky Sneakers by Megan McDonald is a fun read that guides readers through Stink’s use of mindfulness.
• The Three Questions by Jon J. Muth follows Nikolai as he discovers how he can use mindfulness to be the best person he can be.
Mindfulness is all about being present in the moment. The summer is filled with endless opportunities to be present and really enjoy this time of year. You may be surprised all the things you discover about yourself and the many benefits of mindfulness you will experience.
Have a fun and mindful summer.

Some things to consider for Back to School shopping over the summer:

Kindergarten Shopping List: Primary Shopping List:

• Backpack
• Lunch Pail
• Indoor Running Shoes (velcro preferred) Accepting Donations of:
• Kleenex
• Markers
• Glue Sticks
• Craft Items (ie: feathers, googly eyes, stickers, foam shapes)
• Mailbags
• Backpack
• Lunch Pail
• 1 pair of non-marking indoor running shoes for classroom and gym use
• Coloured Pencils (sharpened)
• Box of crayons
• 20 HB wood pencils (sharpened)
• 2-3 white non-latex erasers
• Pencil case or box
• 3 Large Glue Sticks
• 1 Bottle of White Glue
• White Board Markers (thin)
• Pencil Sharpener with Shaving Case
• Pair of Scissors
Junior Supply List:

• Ruler with centimetres
• Protractor
• Pencils
• Pencil Crayons
• Scissors
• Glue Sticks
• Erasers (white)
• Simple Calculator
• Highlighter
• Markers
• White Board Markers (thin)
** Please note that individual teachers may request more specific items from their students in September.

2019-2020 Day Schedule – subject to change

Day Starts At: 9:00 am
1st Instruction Time Block: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
1st Break: 11:00 am – 11:40 am
2nd Instruction Time Block: 11:40 am – 1:20 pm
2nd Nutrition Break: 1:20 pm – 2:00 pm
3rd Instruction Time Block: 2:00 pm – 3:20 pm
Day Ends: bus students dismiss to the bus 3:20 pm
Town students dismissed 3:25 – 3:30 pm

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!!! https://avonmaitland.schoolcashonline.com/

Check out our Social Media Pages

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Maitland-River-Elementary-472797539493921/ Instagram: @maitlandriverelementary

Absent from School?

Please call 519-357-3551 ext 1, leave a message or e-mail mreoffice@ed.amdsb.ca 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: http://maitlandriver.amdsb.ca/documents/medication.pdf

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.

Lost and Found

Your lost items miss you! Please come take them home!! Lost & Found is located by the office. Any unclaimed items will be donated at the end of June.

We are no longer collecting milk bags.  Thank you.