January 2018 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

Welcome back to Milverton Public School, and welcome to 2018! We hope that you and your family enjoyed a restful, enjoyable holiday together and found some time to recharge and refresh. The new year is often a time for reflecting on the year that has passed, and making resolutions for the upcoming year. I am always appreciative of the students, staff and members of the school community that makes up MPS, and in looking back, realize just how unique and amazing our school is. I look forward to continuing to support all of those who make our school a great place to learn and work, as we move our improvement agenda forward, and help to ensure everyone feels connected, supported, and welcome in our building.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at the school.
Sincerely,
Mr. J. Brock, Principal

Weather and Bus/School Interruptions

As we get into January, sometimes the weather can be unpredictable. I encourage everyone to follow us on Twitter @milvertonps or bookmark the Huron Perth Transportation Services website (ourschoolbuses.ca) for the latest information on bus cancellations and any adjustments to our school day. Wherever possible, the AMDSB will endeavour to keep schools open to staff and students, even if buses are not operating for the day.

We post the information about buses, adjusted schedules, and/or closures as soon as we possibly can. We will post information about our school/community as it becomes available to us (usually by 6:30 a.m.), with a goal of having a final decision about the status of our school posted by no later than 7:00 a.m. We will share the information on Twitter as well as the Transportation Services website, and will contact partners such as Perth Care for Kids at our earliest opportunity. We recognize that it can be inconvenient for families if there are changes that occur later in the morning, but we do our best, working with other partners, to ensure safe transportation and travel to school, as well as a safe learning environment for all staff and students.

Please be aware that when buses are not operating in the morning, they will not be operating in the afternoon, and any bus students who are dropped off at the school will require a pick up at 3:05 pm, the end of the school day.

We ask that students come to school prepared for the weather. Please encourage your child to wear proper outdoor clothing and footwear that will allow them to stay warm during recess, and other outdoor activities during class time. We do have a few cold weather items stored in the staff room (mitts, hats, coats, etc.). Please let us know if we can help provide these for your child.

Staff Changes

There have been some changes in our staffing for the new year. Mr. Wagler is currently on a parental leave until January 29th. Additionally, Mrs. Gregoire has departed for a parental leave, and we wish her all the best as she prepares for her new arrival. In their absence, we welcome Mr. D. Elg to our school. Mr.Elg has been in our school often as a supply teacher, and knows our students and the intermediate program well.

As of the end of the month, we will be supported by a new school Superintendent. Ms. Kim Black will be taking the place of Mrs. Peggy Blair, who will be undertaking a new role with the Hamilton-Wentworth DSB. Ms. Black rejoins AMDSB after several years working with the Ministry of Education, supporting districts in Southern Ontario. We look forward to the support and guidance that Ms. Black will provide for our school, and the District, and wish Mrs. Blair well in her new role.

Arrival/Departures

It is important that students participate as much as possible in the entire school day. Please help support students to arrive on time. Having said this, we do not have supervision on the yard until 8:35 a.m. Please ensure that students do not arrive before this time, or if they do, please have an adult or responsible older student keep an eye on them until the duty teacher arrives on the yard.

At the end of the day, please ensure students leave the school yard promptly, and use the sidewalks to head safely home. With the additional snow, some areas are difficult for motorists to see, and we want to ensure that all students are safe on their trip to and from school.

Head Lice

From time to time, we have a recurrence of head lice at the school. While head lice do not pose a significant medical issue, it can be a nuisance for all involved. Please take a moment to check your child’s head, and if you detect live lice or nits, we ask that you please keep your child(ren) home and undertake treatment. If you require more information about treatment, please contact the school, or the Perth District Health Unit (519-271-7600 x267 or www.pdhu.on.ca).

Crosswalk

You may have noticed that over the holidays, the Municipality of Perth East has installed an improved crosswalk system at the corner of Mill Street and St.Marys Street, and the corner of Mill Street and Cobalt Street. The crosswalk areas, while clearly lit when the button is pushed, are new and it may take some time for motorists to adapt. We ask that students cross the street only at these crosswalk areas, and when doing so, ensure that it is safe to do so. We know that these crosswalks will make things safer, and appreciate the installation of these by the Municipality and all others involved.

School Tubing

We are pleased to announce a new opportunity for our Grades 3 – 8 students to get outdoors, be active, and have fun on a school outing. We will be participating in tubing at the River Valley Tube Slide (near St.Marys, ON), on Thursday, February 1, 2018. Students will leave from the school after the arrival of our buses, and return before the end of day bus departure time. The cost will be $20 per student, with some of the cost covered by Outdoor Education funding, provided by the Board.

All students will require helmets for the tubing session, and are encouraged to bring a lunch and snacks. Food will be available for purchase, should they prefer to purchase their lunch. Parents are welcome on the trip, but we will not have space for them on the bus, so they will need to provide their own transportation to and from the site.

More information and permission forms will follow later in the month, but we wanted to share the initial information about this exciting excursion with you at this time.

Upcoming Dates

January 8 – First day back
January 16 – School Council Meeting – 6 pm in Library
January 19 – Presentations from the Dairy Educator
January 23 – Open House-Grade 6/8 families at Northwestern SS – 7 to 9 p.m.
January 26 – Gum Day
February 1 – Tubing trip – Grades 3 – 8 at River Valley
February 2 – PA Day – no classes for students