November 2018 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

Another month is in the books, and at this point in the school year, I am very pleased to see that staff and students have settled into classroom routines that support student learning and a sense of safety and belonging in our school. We work continuously to ensure an environment where students feel comfortable stretching their thinking, taking risks, and learning more about themselves and the world around them. Hopefully, through the parent-teacher interviews that follow up our progress reports, families have had conversations about progress to this point, and are supporting their children to set goals and develop a plan for meeting those academic and social goals for the rest of the school year. We will continue to support students as they work to achieve these goals as well.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, I invite you to connect with classroom teachers first, as they know your child as a learner and person, and understand their strengths and needs. Beyond that, I am always available to connect about school matters, during the school day by contacting the school office.

Wishing everyone a safe and enjoyable month of November,
Sincerely, Mr. J. Brock, Principal, MPS

Inclement Weather Procedures

We are getting to that time of year when changes in the weather can impact the operation of buses or determine whether the school is operating as usual. The bus operators, in conjunction with Huron Perth Student Transportation Services (HPSTS), will endeavour to make a decision about buses as early as possible. We will, wherever possible, share any changes regarding the bus or school by 7:00 a.m. This will be done through the HPSTS website, our school Twitter account (@milvertonps), and possibly SchoolMessenger.

There are several possibilities in the event of an interruption to our regular day: full closure, 2 hour bus delay, or bus-only cancellation. Wherever possible, AMDSB has indicated that they will keep schools open, for those who can arrive safely, even if buses are cancelled for the day. A reminder that if buses are cancelled in the morning, they will not run in the afternoon, and any students who have been dropped off at school will need to be picked up at the end of the day.

Calling All Three Year Olds (CATYO)

We are extending a final call for any potential students who may be joining us next year. Any children born in 2015 are eligible to start school next September, and we ask that parents book an appointment to participate in the CATYO program. Our school date is November 19th, in the morning. In order to ensure you are registered, please contact Mrs. Zyta in the office. If you know of someone else in our school community who has a child that is eligible to attend Milverton Public School next year, please encourage them to contact us so that we can save a spot for them at our upcoming event.

Identity Based Data Collection

In December, AMDSB will be asking families across the system to participate in an opportunity to support the collection of Student Identity Based data. The purpose of this initiative, sponsored by the Ministry of Education, is to develop a deeper understanding of the student population in Ontario’s schools, so that equitable, inclusive education initiatives can be developed to address the wide variety of learners in the province. Please see the Identity Based Data Collection Information sheet, and keep an eye out for notifications from the office regarding the dates of data collection.

Seeking SEAC Members

The Avon Maitland District School Board invites applications from local associations and members-at-large to serve on the Special Education Advisory Committee.

The committee: participates in the annual review of the Board’s Special Education Plan; reviews and makes recommendations to the Board on issues concerning the special education budget.
Letters of interest will be received until 4:00 p.m. on November 23, 2018.

Visit bit.ly/iAMSEAC for more information.

Grand Opening of School Playground

On Wednesday, October 24th, we officially opened our new school playground with a ceremony, attended by students, staff, and a number of special guests. We wanted to recognize the generosity of all of the donors who helped to make this new playground structure a reality.

Friends: Aubrey DeVries, Aaron Lichty, Connie McKertcher, Guenther’s Bakery, Carol Hudson & Lynn Hodgkinson, Mr. & Mrs. Brock, Joyce Schaub, Library Yoga Kids, Milverton Ag Society, Morning Communications – Office Staff, Tarbush, Dickey, Giller & Associates, The Garage, The Kaker Family, The McIntosh Family, Village Pharmacy

Bronze: M&E Mueller Farms, Milverton Accounting Services, Mitchell Mill Systems, Mornington Communications, New Orleans Pizza Milverton, Wicked Snips Salon & Spa, Zehr Insurance Brokers

Silver: Horst Excavating, Kindred Credit Union, Milverton Foodtown, Milverton Mini Mart, The Dragoi Family, Women’s Initiative Committee

Gold: AW Millwrights, Boshart Industries, iHeart Community Fund, In memory of Eric Leduc, Lion’s Club of Milverton

Platinum: Farm Credit Canada, Township of Perth East

Adult Curling

Milverton Curling Club cordially invites you to join our age 16+ league Wednesday evenings at the Perth East Recreation Complex
7:30 p.m. – approx. 9:30 p.m.
No experience necessary! Brooms provided. Clean running shoes are the only equipment requirement.

First draw: November 21st to December 19th
Second draw: January 9th to February 6th
Third draw: February 13th to March 13th

The cost to play is $225/season or $90/draw. $50 discount for new members who sign up for the season (all 3 draws). Please contact Ingrid Gropp at ingridgropp@outlook.com for more information, or to register.

Milverton Curling Club – Junior Curling Program Milverton

Curling Club will be offering a Junior Curling Program beginning January 9, 2019 until March 13, 2019. Spaces are limited for this fun 10 week program for kids aged 8 – 15.

This is a great introduction to the sport for only $100 for the season. Running Wednesday nights from 6:00-7:00 at the Perth East Recreation Complex, Milverton. Each evening we run a short skills drill and always allow time for game play.

A helmet is required but all other equipment is provided. Please contact Kim Stewart 519-393-6473 or ksmith@zehrinsurance.com for more details.

Vision Screening and Oral Health Screening

The Lion’s Vision Screening takes place on Thursday, November 1. Students in JK and SK will have received a letter sharing more information about the screening that is taking place.

The Perth District Health Unit is undertaking an oral health screening clinic on Tuesday, November 6th, for all students in JK, SK, Grades 2 and 7. Forms will have been delivered home at this point, and if parents would not like their child involved in the screening, they will need to submit their wishes in writing, as indicated in the letter shared with those families who have children involved.

Use of Our Yard

We encourage all members of our school community, and those in the extended Milverton community, to safely enjoy our school yard, and the newly installed playground structures. Recently, however, there have been several instances where dog owners have failed to pick up after their pets. We ask that all who use our yard, please respect the space, and clean up any messes left by pets. Our staff and students appreciate you sharing this message with others in our community.

November Events

November 1 – Lion’s Vision Screening – JK and SK students
November 1 & 2 – Parent Teacher Interviews (evening/morning)
November 1 & 2 – Book Fair in Library 3:30 –7:00 p.m. (1st), 9:00 a.m. to Noon (2nd)
November 2 – PA Day (Interviews) – No classes for students
November 4 – Daylight Savings Time ends – Turn Clocks Back 1 hour
November 5 – Farm Fresh fundraising items delivered to school (pickup at 3 p.m.)
November 6 – Oral Health Screening – PDHU – Grades JK, SK, 2, 7
November 6 – School Council Meeting – School Library – 6:00 p.m. – all welcome
November 9 – Remembrance Day Assembly – 9:30 a.m. – in the gym
November 11 – Remembrance Day
November 13 – Eco Club – first meeting for students
November 15 – Photo Retake Day
November 19 – Calling All Three Year Olds event – AM – in the gym
November 23 – Hat Day – School Spirit day
December 7 – PA Day – No school for students
December 11 – Primary/Junior Holiday Concert – 11:45 am and 6:30 p.m.