April 2018 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

It appears that we are finally finding our way out of the winter weather, towards the promise of warmer days ahead. It’s amazing to think that we are already well into our school year, and the next months ahead tend to be those where we have a ton of things happening at the school. I encourage all students to continue to be actively involved in our school community, which helps to support a wide variety of opportunities for all students.

With the warmer weather, we see an increase in the number of bicycles, scooters, and pedestrians heading to and from our school. We remind all of those using roadways around the school to do so safely. The installation of the updated crosswalks near the school is greatly appreciated, and will hopefully help to ensure safe travels for all.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about things happening with your child, I encourage you to connect with their teacher. If there are other items that require attention, please contact me at the school.

Sincerely, Mr. J. Brock

Fundraising Update

Over the past several months, our school council has been working to develop a plan for our new Primary playground, as well as extend requests to members of the larger community for support in the construction of the playground. We are very excited to announce that we are well on our way towards reaching our $35 000 fundraising goal. As of the end of March, we have about $15,000 to put towards our playground, which puts us almost at the half way point.

A huge thank you goes out to several businesses who have already donated. Milverton Accounting Services, Village Pharmacy, Tarbush, Dickey, Giller & Associates, M & E Mueller Farms, Mitchell Mill Systems Canada, New Orleans Pizza, Boshart Industry, AW Millwrights, Mane Appeal, Guenther’s Bakery and Wicked Snips Salon & Spa. We also received a very heartfelt donation from a member of our school community Aubrey DeVries, she donated the money she received from her birthday to help support our playground.

Playground donations can be made at the school or you can mail a cheque to the school made payable to the “Foundation for Enriching Education”. Any donation of 20 dollars or more will receive a charitable donation receipt. Special recognition for your community support will be provided at the playground and grand opening.

Grade 8 Graduation

Each June, we celebrate with our Grade 8 students as they graduate from their elementary program, and move onto a new phase of their educational career. This year, we will be holding our Grade 8 graduation ceremony on Monday, June 25, 2018. Please mark this date on your calendar, especially if you have family members or friends who may be recognizing this special milestone. The ceremony will get underway at 6:45 p.m. in the school gym, and all are welcome to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates.

Mathematics Research Opportunity

A team of researchers from Western University, lead by Dr. Daniel Ansari, a renowned researcher in the field of childhood mathematics development and Canada Research Chair in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, are undertaking a study with Primary students in AMDSB to determine how children’s brains process complex numerical information. During the study, students will participate in several games where they demonstrate their knowledge of numerical concepts, including place value. Students from Kindergarten to Grade 4 will be receiving an information letter, as well as permission forms that can be signed and returned, to indicate parent consent for students to participate in the research study. Keep an eye out for this information, coming home soon with all students in Kindergarten to Grade 4.

Our Schools Survey

As required by legislation and regulations, students (grades 4-12), parents and teachers must complete a school climate survey at least once every two years. Last year, students in Grades 4-12 completed the Our Schools Student Survey. This year, we will begin the annual completion of surveys for teachers, parents and students.

Parent and teacher completion of the school climate survey is voluntary, however your feedback is appreciated as it helps us to determine next steps with regards to issues surrounding school safety and bullying prevention. Parents who do not wish their children to participate in the survey should be asked to notify the principal in writing of that choice.

Students in Grades 4 to 12, parents, and all teachers will be provided time to complete the survey during the following timelines:

  • Students (in school): April 9 to 20, 2018
  • Parents: April 16 to 27, 2018
  • Teachers: April 23 to May 4, 2018

Before and After School Care Programming

Perth Care For Kids (PCFK) offers care for Before School and After School and PA days. A fall survey was conducted by the AMDSB to investigate families needing care and the survey results were shared with PCFK as a third party offering care. If you have responded to the survey, PCFK should have already contacted you. If you didn’t respond but do need care in the fall of 2018, please call PCFK ASAP to find out more about the options and potential waitlist for our school. Please contact the Off Site Coordinator Rose Trachsel at Perth Care for Kids by telephone 519-348- 8618 or by email at: roset@pcfk.on.ca.

Upcoming Events for April

Monday, April 2 – Easter Monday (No school)
Tuesday, April 3 – Elementary Chess Tournament, Stratford
Tuesday, April 3 – School Council Meeting, 6:00 pm, school library
Wednesday, April 4 – Junior Mixed Basketball Tournament – FE Madill SS
Wednesday, April 4 – Choir Performance for the school – 11:45 am
Friday, April 6 – Rocks and Rings Curling Education Program
Monday, April 9 – Choir to perform at Kiwanis Music Festival
Tuesday, April 10 – Brusharama event – Grades K-3 – 9:00 am
Tuesday, April 17 – Grade 7 Immunizations
Wednesday, April 18 – A Bunch of Munsch – Kdgn to Gr 2 at Blyth Festival
Friday, April 20 – Opposites Day – Student Council Spirit Day
Monday, April 23 – Experience College Day – Gr. 8 to Fanshawe College
Wednesday, April 25 – Intermediate Boys and Girls Basketball tournament
Friday, April 27 – PA Day (No school for students)
Saturday, April 28 – Babysitting Course at Legion – see flyer