As we get underway with the month of May, we seem to finally be putting the wintery weather in our rear-view mirror. While we are a little later than usual, it is great to see everyone out and about on foot, and on bikes, scooters and other modes of transportation. A reminder to all of us who travel in vehicles near the school that there will be many more students on the streets and sidewalks, and to keep an extra careful eye out for students who may be lost in the thrill of warm, sunny weather.
This month, our Grade 3 and 6 students will be participating in the annual EQAO assessments. These tasks represent an overview of the curricular concepts from Language and Mathematics, for all students in Ontario in Grades 3 and 6. We wish our students well in their completion of the assessment, and if there are any parents or community members who may be interested in supporting some of our students by scribing responses. Please contact me at the school if you are interested in doing so during the weeks of May 22-25 or May 28 to June 1.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at the school. Happy May to everyone.
Mr. J. Brock, Principal
Walk for Water
Congratulations to the Me to We group who recently undertook a fundraising campaign to support the Walk for Water campaign. For each $25 donated, the group is able to provide clean drinking water for one person in the developing world for the rest of their life. As a school community, we raised $1500, which can provide 60 people with clean water for life! Way to go Mustangs!
The NED Show
This Thursday, May 3rd, we will be hosting a performance of the NED show, an internationally recognized character education presentation centred around three important messages – Never give up, Encourage others, and Do your best, hence NED. Students from Kindergarten to Grade 5 will learn about the three messages while also enjoying storytelling, humour, and yo-yo tricks. The show is presented to the school free of charge, but after the show, NED branded yo-yos will be available for purchase, and the proceeds from the sale actually help to support the delivery of the show at another school in our area. If students are interested in purchasing something after the show, please consider using the order form found at the bottom of the NED assembly flyer, attached in the newsletter package. Simply complete the form, send in a cheque and we will ensure students receive their items. Thanks for your support of the show and support of character education initiatives within our school.
A Final Call for Kindergarten Students
Each fall we host a Calling All Three Year Olds event at the school, and this past fall we had a great turnout. Many of our incoming kindergarten students were given an opportunity to register and learn a little more about what school at Milverton PS will be like. We are still working to ensure that all Kindergarten students in our community are registered for the upcoming school year, so if you have a child who is born in 2014, or know of friends or family who might, please encourage them to contact our school, so that we can include them in our anticipated student numbers. As we work through our staffing process, it is important that we have an accurate understanding of our needs for the upcoming school year, and sometimes even a few students can have a huge impact on things.
More for New Kindergarten Families – First Ride and Open House
On Wednesday, May 23rd, we will be hosting our First Ride and Kindergarten open house for all incoming kindergarten families. It is important that all students who are entering kindergarten are provided with an opportunity to learn bus safety rules, as well as have an opportunity to ride a school bus, some for the first time. In addition to the First Ride program, the kindergarten classroom will be open for families and future students to take a look, and become familiar with the spaces they will inhabit next year. The open house program gets underway at 11:15 a.m. in the library, and the First Ride program begins at 12:15 p.m., with the hope that everything is wrapped up by 1:15 p.m. There will be snacks and drinks available for participants.
Kiwanis Music Festival Success for our Choir
On April 9th, our grade 1-6 choir travelled to the Stratford Kiwanis Music Festival to compete. These 49 students had put a lot of time and effort into preparing for their performance, and it showed. They earned a first place award with a mark of 88/100, and they received several compliments from people in the audience that day. Congratulations to all of these singers!
Thanks to the generous donations of community members, students, and outside donors, we have nearly met the goal established for our new primary playground structure! Certainly this ranks as an incredible display of generosity from all who have given not only their financial support, but also gifts of time and creativity. Thanks to all who have been a part of the campaign to this point, and to those whose future gifts will ensure our new structure is built!
The goal for installation is mid to late summer of this year, with the anticipated opening day just in time for our back to school in September. Given that we have still not quite met our goal, we are still accepting donations, through cheques payable to the Foundation for Enriching Education, which can be sent into the school office.
School Year Calendar
Attached to this newsletter is the final Avon Maitland District School Board school year calendar for the 2018/2019 school year. Please feel free to post this on your fridge or another safe spot, as it has information about start and end dates, holidays, and professional activity days for next year. We will be getting under way on September 4th this year, immediately following the Labour Day long weekend, and concluding on June 28th, 2019.
We have been working through some concerns regarding head lice in the school in the past weeks. In consultation with the Perth District Health Unit, we have undertaken head checks in each of the classrooms of the school, and have worked to support families in situations where lice have been discovered.
While there is no exclusion for head lice according to the Health Unit, we will ask that students with live lice head home from school for treatment. For those with eggs, or nits, generally we will contact families to let them know, and recommend treatment. Information shared with us from the PDHU suggests that sometimes treatments do not remove or destroy eggs, and the only thing to prevent these from maturing into lice is to remove them completely from the hair, which often takes considerable time and effort.
We appreciate how challenging this can be, and the nuisance caused for impacted families. We also appreciate the cooperation and support from all families in our school community as we have tried to be proactive in addressing this situation.
May Important Dates
May 2 – Grade 8 Grad photo retakes – 8:45 a.m.
May 3 – The NED show – Kindergarten to Grade 5 – 8:45 a.m.
May 3 – Skilled Trades presentation – Grades 6 to 8 – 1:45 p.m.
May 4 – Star Wars spirit day – student council
May 7 – Music Monday – assembly and performances
May 9 – Grade 3 Arts Workshop from Foundation for Enriching Education
May 12 – Milverton Family Fun Fair
May 13 – Mother’s Day
May 14 – Grade 3/4 Watercolours Workshop from Foundation for Enriching Education
May 15 – School Council Meeting – 6:00 p.m. in the school Library – all are welcome
May 16 – Grade 6-8 Science Expo Day – 1st and 2nd Blocks – in the gym
May 18 – Grade 7 students to JUMP program at Wilfred Laurier University
May 18 – Jump Rope for Heart event – last block
May 21 – Victoria Day holiday – no school
May 22 to June 4 – Grade 3 and 6 EQAO provincial assessment
May 23 – Kindergarten Open House and First Ride programs
May 23 – Optimist Talent Show – 7:00 p.m. Proceeds go to support our playground
May 25 – Disney Day Spirit Day –Student Council