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January 2019 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

Dear Families,

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2019. We are pleased to be back at school, are already back into routine, and are hoping for some snow, packing snow would be ideal. It makes recesses far more fun.

We have had so much fun on our yard this fall. Because of the weather, some of the activities we have enjoyed are now off limits, for example our playground equipment, expect for the swings. So, we have re-introduced some winter activities.

We have small hills that the “crazy carpets” can be used on. One hill/area is for the kindergarten to grade 2 students to use and the other hill/area is for students in grades 3-6 to use. We have been having a lot of fun using the “crazy carpets” weather permitting.

As well, again weather permitting, the students have been making snow sculptures and constructing buildings. We have a big beautiful yard which is just perfect for this.

We have a lot of pairs of snowshoes. Students will have opportunities to use these during physical education classes and during scheduled daily physical activity sessions.

Too, our nets are readily available, as they are stored in unlocked huts. Students can easily access them at recess or you are welcome to come and use them on weekends or after hours. All you need to bring are some sticks and a puck.

Our Healthy Schools Committee, which includes eager students, Mrs. Shaw, and support from the Health Unit, have created videos which have been shown and discussed school-wide. They are excellent! They teach students exactly what to do and what not to do in the winter when engaging in any of our winter activities.

All of this hard work should mean far happier and safer winter recess fun.

I thought it would be a good time to share, once again, the process that we have put into place for dealing with negative behaviour. Negative behaviour includes: bullying, teasing, aggression, and conflict. It is conflict that we deal with the most. This is when two students simply are not agreeing. Both have an equal voice, both are upset.

Students are encouraged to IGNORE the little things (but to ignore for only one day at the most), to SAY STOP using strong but still appropriate words if the behaviour continues. It is important to note that students can ask an adult to help them to do this. The next step is to REPORT to an adult if the problem continues to exist. These steps are most commonly progressive, but students do understand that there are times when they need to go “straight to report”.

Once an incident is reported we follow the HOAP process: Honesty, Ownership, Apology, Plan. We will continually provide more information for you so that you too have the opportunity to appreciate our school-wide language.

As always there is so much to share, this is just a tidbit. If you have any questions, concerns or ideas please know that my door is always open, I can be reached by phone, or at

With Respect,

Angela Cowley, Principal, Maitland River Elementary School

Virtue of the Month: Responsibility

When you are responsible others can depend on you. When you are responsible you do things well and to the best of your ability. Being responsible is being willing to be accountable for what you do or not do.

You accept credit when you do things right and you accept correction when things go wrong.

PA Day

The next PD Day is Friday, February 1st – no school for students.

Hat Day for Pallabi

On Tuesday, January 22nd we are having a Hat Day for Pallabi. Pallabi is our foster child from Nepal. We are asking for a donation of a loonie or toonie from each student, in return they can wear any hat they want for the day. Our annual commitment to Pallabi is $468.00. If we raise more than $468.00 we will donate all of the money to Pallabi. Our donation goes to support Pallabi with food, water, shelter and education. We are so proud of the Maitland River Triumph as they show compassion to others here at home and around the world.

Bus Loop Parking

A reminder to not park or drop off kids in the bus loop during bus times 8:40 – 9:00 and 3:10 – 3:30.

Grade 6 Transition to FE Madill

Representatives from the FE Madill will soon begin meeting with our staff to prepare for our annual grade 6 to 7 transition. We will work closely with our families to ensure all student needs are met and that the transition is as smooth as possible. Please watch for information about grade 6 to 7 transition in the near future.

Please note that F.E. Madill is presenting Doors Open Madill on Tuesday January 15, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (snowdate is Wednesday January 16th). F.E. Madill is welcoming all grade 6 and 8 students, families, and friends. It is an opportunity to see what Madill has to offer. Tours, questions and answers, demonstrations and prizes are included.

House Team News

January brings us the character attribute of responsibility. We will focus our attention to responsibility during our house team meeting on Tuesday, January 15th. Throughout the month, we continue to work on our goal of keeping our hallways and learning spaces clean and tidy. We are very lucky to have so many new pieces of equipment for outdoor learning. We will work especially hard to take care of this equipment by using it appropriately and returning it to the designated shed at the end of recess. As well, in the classroom, we will work towards getting our work done while doing the very best job that we can.

Spirit Days for January 2019

  • Friday, January 11 – New Year Disguise Day (No Masks)
  • Tuesday, January 15 – House Team Day – wear your House Colour
  • Thursday, January 17 – Book Character Day
  • Tuesday, January 22 – Hat Day for Pallabi – please donate a loonie or toonie
  • Thursday, January 24 – Winter Blue and White Day
  • Wednesday, January 30 – Rainbow Day
    K = red 1 = orange 2= yellow 3 = green
    4 = blue 5 = indigo or navy 6 = violet or purple

Maitland Munchies

The New Year has begun with our volunteers greeting the children and preparing fresh and healthy snacks each day. It takes a lot of time and food to keep these hungry children ready to learn and we appreciate all the donations of time and money that have been made to our program over the last year. We also want to thank our volunteers for their dedication.

We welcome donations of dry goods for our program. Items can be dropped off in the office. An example 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. Donations can be dropped off at the school office or made online through School Cash.

Thank you for your continued support of Maitland Munchies are we strive to make sure all of our students are healthy and ready to learn each day.

Seasonal Illness

The season of colds and various kinds of flu are upon us. At this time of the year, the teachers receive a greater number of notes requesting that children stay in at recess because of colds and flu. The school is concerned about the health of our student population. For this reason, parents are asked to consider carefully requests that students stay in.

  • If a child is too ill to go out for recess, should he/she be at school?
  • Is she/he going to spread the cold and flu viruses to other students?
  • Is the student well enough to profit from the program?
  • If the child remains in a restful situation at home will he/she recover faster?
  • Is she/he experiencing nausea or diarrhea, and unable to sit in a classroom?

The aim of the school is to ensure the best educational setting for all the students.

Information From the Health Unit – January 2019

A New Year: A New Mindful You

Here we are at the start of a new year. Have you noticed the changes outside your window? Is there more snow than yesterday? Are you feeling the cold, winter air? Do you notice a difference in your emotions at this time of year? These questions involve the use of your senses and emotions to provide information. They encourage you to be more mindful.

Here’s some other ways to start your mindful practice:

  • Learn to recognize emotions. When your child is happy or content ask them how their body is feeling. Where do they feel happy in their body? What changes do they notice? Try this again with other emotions. Having these discussions helps to understand where the body physically feels emotions. Understanding these changes will help to address the feelings before they reach an unpleasant extreme.
  • Seek opportunities to engage your senses. During your winter travels, have a conversation about what you notice on the drive.
  • You can also try a mystery bag to explore the senses. Fill a bag with various textured items, have your child close their eyes, pull out an item and try to guess what it is. Ask them to explain what they are feeling. This can also be done with different smells or different types of music.

Mindfulness is a skill. It needs to be practiced. What fun ways can you engage your senses this month? 519-482-3416 ext.2247 or toll-free 1-877-837-6143

News from School Council

Happy 2019! We are hitting the ground running. We had our first School Council meeting for 2019 scheduled for January 7, 2019. Because the weather was not good, we rescheduled it to Monday, January 14, 2019 beginning at 7:00 p.m. We are working on some fun activities for the new year.

Popcorn day

Thank-you to all of our volunteers and all of the students that made our December popcorn day a success! We appreciate your support!

Community Clothes Closet

Cold weather is here. We are continuing to look for snow pants, mittens, and winter jackets to keep our closet in excellent shape. It is mittens that we especially need right now. 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.

Head Lice

A product called NYDA – available in the drug store is covered by the new Ontario Drug Benefit Plan. A prescription can be requested by your family doctor.

QSP Fundraiser

QSP is on-going. Now you can order Online anytime! It is quick and easy!

  1. Just log on to QSP.
  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 School Council Executive 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 14, 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 on the School Cash Website! Easy to make payments, emails about what is going on, reminder emails!! It is easy as one,two,three.

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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 on the Forms page of our school website.

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 a.m. – 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.

Pizza Alert

Please note that if the buses are not running and/or the school is closed on Pizza Day then pizza will be provided on the next day that the school operates with all students.

Upcoming Events

For upcoming events please see the calendar page on our school website.