February 2018 Newsletter

Well, I don’t know about you, but we are glad to be moving one step closer to warmer temperatures and all that they bring. This past month has seen unpredictable weather, which may or may not have contributed to a lot of lost time for students and staff due to illness. We encourage everyone to take the time they need to get rested and healed up, and ensure that there are no lingering symptoms that may be passed along to others. I’m happy to announce a new program we have undertaken in the school, where we share statements of appreciation in the form of a ShoutOut! Recognition of good deeds and other items are shared on slips of paper posted on the bulletin board in the front lobby, and have also been shared on our school Twitter. If you know of someone who deserves a ShoutOut, by all means let us know and we’ll make sure they are recognized! As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us at the school.
Sincerely, Mr. J. Brock.

First Term Report Cards

Student report cards will come home on Tuesday, February 20th. Reports feature a comprehensive overview of all of the work that students have completed to this point in the school year, offer a reflection of progress in the area of learning skills, and overall curriculum expectations for your child’s grade level. If you have any questions or concerns about reports, I encourage you to connect with your child’s teacher. They will be the best person to help you understand strengths, needs, and next steps to help ensure a successful final school term.

Illness

As mentioned earlier, there has been an increased number of students missing school this past month due to illness. We prefer that students not miss school wherever possible, however, they need to be well in order to fully benefit from the program while they are here at school. The Perth District Health Unit recommends that people be 24-hour symptom free, when dealing with vomiting, diarrhea and other such ailments, before returning to school. While it can be difficult to plan for child care, it’s important to consider the needs of your own children, as well as all others they may be in contact with.

Communication of Absences

In the event that students are going to be away from school, for any reason, we encourage families to communicate this information as soon as possible. While many classrooms use SeeSaw and Schoology as communication tools, we ask that absences and other attendance information please be shared only through a note or phone call to the office. Please feel free to leave a message on the answering machine if you are reporting an absence or late arrival outside of the regular school hours. Ensuring all of our students are safe, and accounted for, is a priority of ours each day.

Primary Playground Fundraising

Over the past several months, School Council has been discussing options for adding equipment to the yard, specifically with our primary students in mind, given that their climber was removed as a part of the Kindergarten area remodel over the past year. After consultation with parents and staff, we have narrowed the designs down to two. Students will be consulted in the final decision making process, and we look to have a final decision before long. The installation of even a small playground structure is a costly endeavour, and as such, School Council will be undertaking a fundraising campaign this Spring. If you, or someone you know, may be interested in supporting the playground installation, we would greatly appreciate your contributions. More information about how to donate, and levels of recognition for donations will arrive home soon.

Food Orders

Our volunteers need your assistance to ensure that all food orders are accurate. A reminder that each student requires an individual order form for their food order. Please make sure names are clearly marked on orders, and method of payment is indicated, especially if sending all orders together with one child.

Paper orders and online orders are processed differently due to reporting requirements, and going forward we will not be able to accept late paper orders. Online ordering closes on a set date, and the system will not accept orders after the deadline.

Please assist those who process the orders to ensure that they are completed accurately, and submitted by the deadlines to avoid any disappointment.

Director’s Visit

Avon Maitland District School Board Director of Education, Dr. Lisa Walsh, visited the school recently, and we had the opportunity to share all of the amazing things that are happening here at Milverton Public School. Dr. Walsh reinforced with staff and students the Board’s strategic plan, which focuses on creating positive, inclusive learning environments, and maximizing outcomes for students. There are many things to be proud of here at MPS, and we will continue to support Board goals through our local efforts and school improvement planning.

Donation

Thank you very much to Mornington Communication Co-operative, who on behalf of employee Laura Hallahan, made a donation to our school recently. The donation will help to support our student athletes who travel and compete at inter-school tournaments throughout the year. We appreciate the support of all of our community partners and stakeholders!

Registration for Listowel Minor Baseball

Taking place upstairs at Steve Kerr Memorial Arena, Saturday, February 3 from 9:00 – 12:00; Wednesday, February 7 from 6:00 – 8:00; Saturday, February 10 from 9:00 – 12:00; Wednesday, February 14 from 6:00 – 8:00.  Registration forms are available on the website: www.listowelminorbaseball.ca

Upcoming Dates

  • February 1 Tubing Trip – Grades 3-8 – River Valley Tube Slide, St.Marys
  • February 2 PA Day – No school for students
  • February 6 Grade 3&3/4 class trip to Wildwood, St.Marys
  • February 6 Community Resources Open House (see flyer) – 7:00 pm
  • February 9 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies
  • February 13 Adult ESL/Family English School begins – 6:45 pm
  • February 14 Valentines Day
  • February 19 Family Day – No school for staff or students
  • February 20 Report Cards go home
  • February 23 Twin Day (Student Council spirit day)
  • February 28 Pink Shirt Day to support Anti-Bullying efforts