October 2018 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

Looking back, we have had a very successful start to this new school year. I have appreciated the opportunity to reconnect with our students, and also appreciated the opportunity to chat many members of our school community at our recent open house. While September brings new beginnings, October allows for us to continue to build on the successful start we have had here at the school. We have a number of school teams, intramurals, and other activities that are in full swing, and many other areas of school life are well underway. I encourage all students to find an activity of interest, and join in! We want all students to feel a sense of belonging and engagement while at school, and participating in extra-curricular activities is one way they can feel connected.

Wishing everyone a safe and restful Thanksgiving weekend, and as always, if you have questions or concerns, please contact your child’s teacher, or the office.

Jeremy Brock, Principal MPS

EQAO Results

We were pleased to receive our EQAO results from the provincial assessments undertaken in the spring by our Grade 3 and 6 students. Our Grade 3 Reading, Writing and Math scores were well above Board and Provincial results for students achieving at or above the standard (level 3 or above). Grade 6 Reading and Writing scores were also above the Board and Provincial averages, and Math scores were significantly above both Board and Provincial results. Congratulations to all students who participated in the assessments. A detailed report, specific to each student who participated in the assessment, has been shared with families. If you have any questions, or require clarification about the report, please consult with classroom teachers. More information can be found on the EQAO website.

Pediculosis (Head Lice) Update

Last week students received a letter home regarding an ongoing issue we have been experiencing at the school, incidents of head lice. Please be reminded that students will be requested to go home for treatment if live lice or nits are found in student hair. It is important when students are treated that every one of the eggs, nits, or live lice be removed from the student’s hair, otherwise recurrence is quite likely. Treatments can be very effective, but for them to clear things up completely, it is necessary to remove items from the hair as part of the treatment.

Fifth Disease

Fifth disease is sometimes called “slapped cheek” syndrome because of the red rash it causes. It is a common infection of the airway and lungs. Parvovirus B19 causes fifth disease. It’s most common in late winter to early spring. There may be no symptoms or only mild symptoms, such as low-grade fever, red rash on the cheeks, or elsewhere on the body after a few days. This virus spreads the same as a cold virus.

It is generally harmless for children, and those with an immunity, however it can cause some complications for pregnant women, or those with compromised immune systems as a result of treatments such as chemotherapy. Please advise the school if you suspect your child has fifth disease, so that we can inform people entering the building that they may risk coming into contact with the disease, and can protect themselves accordingly.

Medical Management Plans

This year, as a change to the Board policy regarding the management of prevalent medical conditions, a medical management plan must be developed for all students who are impacted by anaphylaxis, epilepsy, diabetes, asthma, or any other condition that may cause imminent danger or concern for the medical wellbeing of a student. We have developed these plans for all students we are aware of, but if for some reason a child’s medical information changes, and we need to prepare a new or updated medical management plan to ensure their safety and wellbeing while at school, please contact the office to share that information at your earliest convenience.

Food Orders

A reminder that we have now moved to bi-monthly food orders. The current order carries through to the end of November. An order sheet for December/January will come home in early November. Since moving to bi-monthly ordering, some families have asked to send a post-dated cheque for the second month. If you require special payment considerations, please contact Lisa in the office to make the necessary arrangements.

Calling All Three Year Olds (CATYO)

We will be hosting our annual CATYO event this year on November 19th at the school. If you have, or know of, a child born in 2015, we encourage preregistering with the school and attending this program. Please call the school office to register and for more information.

Volunteer Police Checks and Declarations

Each year, many parents and guardians join students on field trips, volunteer their assistance in classrooms, through reading programs, snack programs, and a number of other initiatives within and outside of the school. For all adults interacting with students, an up-to-date Vulnerable Sector/Criminal Background check is required. The information needed to obtain this check, to allow individuals to participate in the activities listed above, can be obtained from the school office.

Once a police check has been filed with the school office, we will keep it on file. Each subsequent year after a check has been submitted, volunteers are required to submit a “declaration” indicating no change in their status within the past year. If there has been a change, a new police check will be required. Additionally, if a declaration is not filed with the school each year, and that information lapses, even by one year, a new check will be required.

If you are hoping to participate in school trips and activities, please ensure you undertake the vulnerable sector/criminal background check, or complete a declaration to update our records. Unfortunately, we may be require to deny parents and guardians the opportunity to accompany classes if we do not have the necessary documentation. Avoid disappointment and ensure your information is up to date. Please contact us in the office if you have any questions about the requirements or your status.

Drop Offs/Pick Ups – Sign In/Out

Now that we are through the first few weeks of school, hopefully students are more comfortable with the building and their classroom locations. We ask that all parents please check into the office when dropping off or picking up a child. We would prefer that a member of the office staff help a child to their classroom, should they require support, in order to minimize distractions and ensure a smooth entry for students. All students need to be signed in/out when leaving or arriving late during the day, and all adults who are not teaching staff should be signing in/out of the school as well. We appreciate your cooperation, and understanding as we work to ensure a safe and secure learning environment for all members of our school community.

Entry/Dismissal Reminders

Please ensure the bus lane in front of the school remains clear during the times before and after school. Please do not park or drop students off in these areas.

Students are reminded to walk their bicycles/scooters on the sidewalks in front of the school, from the fence on Mill street, to the corner of Cobalt Street. All students riding bicycles to school must wear a suitable helmet for their protection, or they may not be permitted to continue riding their bicycle to school.

Motorists are reminded to take care, drive within the posted speed limits, and keep a keen eye out for pedestrians and cyclists, especially at the crosswalks and other intersections.

Book Fair

Our annual Scholastic Book Fair returns to Milverton Public School on Monday, October 30th and closes on Wednesday November 8th. As always, it will be held in the library.

A Sneak Peek Flyer and a reminder notice will be sent home a couple of days prior to the start of the Book Fair. This flyer will provide a list of many of the new books that will be available.

The Book Fair will be open for business during the following times:

October 29th – November 2nd

  • Monday -Thursday Morning Break 10:45 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.
  • Monday -Thursday Afternoon Break 1:05 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
  • Thursday Night (November 1st) – during scheduled interviews 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday Morning (November 2nd) – during scheduled interviews 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

November 5th – November 7th

  • Monday – Wednesday Morning Break 10:45 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.
  • Monday – Wednesday Afternoon Break 1:05 p.m. – 01:45 p.m.

Please note that we will only be handling cash or cheques for purchases.

A reminder to students that there is a Family Event Draw for $25 in books for them and another $25 in books for their classroom! Whenever they make a purchase they get to enter a ballot and then the winners will be drawn at the end of the day Thursday November 9th after the second break.

Remember….successful Book Fairs provide a percentage of sales in book rewards for the MPS Library. We look forward to seeing you at the book fair!

Low German Resource Person

We are pleased to share that Anna Klassen continues to be a part of our school team. Anna works for AMDSB as a Low German resource person, available to support students and families in our school community to assist with translation of forms or documents, participating in meetings, and as a resource for our community. At this point, Anna is placed at Mornington PS, but is available to support our school community as needed. Please feel free to drop in or call to connect with Anna.

MPS School Council

Our School Council met in September and the executive group has remained mostly the same. These folks will continue to advocate for our students, on behalf of the school community.

Chair: Melaine Pasher
Secretary/Treasurer: Amy McIntosh & Jennifer Londry

Please join us for our next Parent Council meeting on Tuesday, November 6th, at 6:00 p.m. in the staff lounge.

Volunteer Opportunities

In addition to joining School Council, there are many ways that members of our community can give back to the school, joining our team as a volunteer. There are many areas where we could use assistance, some of which include our snack program (Monday/Wednesday mornings) and our reading program (mornings). Please contact us at the school if you are interested in volunteering on a regular basis. We look forward to hearing from you.

Allergy Alert

Just a reminder that we are a Nut Aware school – meaning that we have some students in our building who have significant allergies. As such, we ask that students not bring food items that include any type of nut or nut product. While we cannot guarantee 100% that our school is nut free, we encourage everyone to do their part to ensure we are as close to that as possible. Thanks!

Before and After School Viability Survey

As part of our on-going commitment to make the school day as seamless as possible for our families, we ask parents/guardians to share their tentative childcare needs for September of the next school year (2019) by completing an online survey.
The survey will be available October 1, 2018 and can be found on the AMDSB website.

Families that are interested in Before and After school programs for their Junior/Senior Kindergarten children and/or grade 1 – 6 children are asked to complete the survey by December 1, 2018. We appreciate your assistance as we determine the feasibility of offering such programs.

We Day – Submitted by Hailee

Mrs. Brockman and Mrs. Hombach, 7 other kids, and I went to We Day in Toronto. It was an early morning, at least we had about 3 hours to sleep on the bus ride there. When we got to the Scotia Bank Arena, all of us were excited and some of us tired and more of us were hungry. The first thing we did when we went through baggage check and got are tickets we went straight to the Me to We gift shop area. Then, we found our seats and waited for it to start.

At the start, there were a few DJ’s who played some music that got the whole crowd on their feet. The founders of We, Craig and Marc Kielburger came out. They talked about what We Day was and the history of it. Many more people came to We Day. For example, Walmart Yodeling Boy (Hank Williams), Lilly Singh, Laurdiy, Adam DeVine, Margaret Trudeau etc. They all talked about different problems in the world that relate to We day. There was a lunch break and that was when we went to the Educators Lounge. Mrs. Brockman got a package that gave us information for our Me to We club.
We got back to the concert area just in time for the next performance to begin. After, the concert was over, we walked out of the crowded arena and headed to our bus.
On the way home we shared our amazing pictures with each other. Most of us slept on the bus ride home. Some of us read the Me to We book on the bus. We were all tired when we got home even if we did sleep on the bus. I’d definitely go back if I could.

The Me to We group at Milverton PS will be undertaking a food collection in the month of October, to be shared with the local food bank. “We Scare Hunger” is a program supported by the Me to We organization, and our students will be collecting from October 15th to October 30th at the school. Please share what you can, as all good will remain in our community.

Loveable Labels

School council continues to support our school activities through a number of different fundraising initiatives. An ongoing opportunity for all of our families is Loveable Labels, which creates customized, personalized labels for use on clothing, personal items, etc. We have great success returning lost and found items when they are properly labeled, so consider it an investment in ensuring all of your child’s clothing gets home from school! Order online on the Loveable Labels website.

Upcoming Dates / Events for October

October 1 – Bus Evacuation program (all students)
October 2 – Teen Esteem (Grade 5/6 girls – weekly on Tuesdays)
October 4 – North Region Cross-Country – Northwoods ES
October 8 – Thanksgiving (no classes)
October 10 – Farm Fresh orders due back
October 10 – District Cross-Country (Falls Reserve, Benmiller)
October 12 – QSP fundraising orders due
October 15 – 30 – We Scare Hunger food collection campaign for Me to We
October 16 – Junior North Region Soccer Tournament (Mornington/Newton)
October 17 – Intermediate North Region Soccer Tournament (Newton/Elma)
October 18 – Great Big Crunch
October 23 – School Photo Day
October 24 – Grade 7/8 Trip Parent Meeting with rep from Brightspark – 5:00 pm
October 22-26 – SocktoberFest
October 29 – Progress Report Cards go home
October 29 – Book fair begins in Library
October 30 – Black and Orange Day
November 1 – Lion’s Vision Screening
November 1/2 – Interviews
November 2 – PA Day (no classes)

If you don’t already, consider following the school on Twitter: @milvertonps for the latest info on school events, celebrations of learning and activities at the school, weather updates, and other timely information related to our school.