January 2019 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

Welcome back to Milverton Public School, and happy 2019! We hope that you and your family enjoyed a restful, enjoyable holiday together and found some time to recharge and refresh. In my time at MPS, I have come to know our school as an amazing place to learn and work, and appreciate all of the support from members of our school community. Last year was a huge year for us, as we installed a new playground thanks to the generous donations from families and businesses in our area. We have several additional projects we are currently working on, and I look forward to the continuing to support from all of those who help make our school such a great place, as we proceed with school improvements, academic supports, and other efforts to continually improve our communication and relationships with the community.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at the school.

Sincerely,
Mr. J. Brock, Principal

Weather and Bus/School Interruptions

As we get into January, sometimes the weather can be unpredictable. I encourage everyone to follow us on Twitter @milvertonps or bookmark the Huron Perth Transportation Services website for the latest information on bus cancellations and any adjustments to our school day. Wherever possible, the AMDSB will endeavour to keep schools open to staff and students, even if buses are not operating for the day.

We post the information about buses, adjusted schedules, and/or closures as soon as we possibly can. We will post information about our school/community as it becomes available to us (usually by 6:30 a.m.), with a goal of having a final decision about the status of our school posted by no later than 7:00 a.m. We will share the information on Twitter as well as the Transportation Services website, and will contact partners such as Perth Care for Kids at our earliest opportunity. We recognize that it can be inconvenient for families if there are changes that occur later in the morning, but we do our best, working with other partners, to ensure safe transportation and travel to school, as well as a safe learning environment for all staff and students.

Please be aware that when buses are not operating in the morning, they will not be operating in the afternoon, and any bus students who are dropped off at the school will require a pick up at 3:05 p.m, the end of the school day.

We ask that students come to school prepared for the weather. Please encourage your child to wear proper outdoor clothing and footwear that will allow them to stay warm during recess, and other outdoor activities during class time. We do have a few cold weather items stored in the staff room (mitts, hats, coats, etc.). Please let us know if we can help provide these for your child.

Arrival/Departures

It is important that students participate as much as possible in the entire school day. Please help support students to arrive on time. Having said this, we do not have supervision on the yard until 8:35 a.m. Please ensure that students do not arrive before this time, or if they do, please have an adult or responsible older student keep an eye on them until the duty teacher arrives on the yard.

At the end of the day, please ensure students leave the school yard promptly, and use the sidewalks to head safely home. With the additional snow, some areas are difficult for motorists to see, and we want to ensure that all students are safe on their trip to and from school.

Head Lice

From time to time, we have a recurrence of head lice at the school. While head lice do not pose a significant medical issue, it can be a nuisance for all involved. Please take a moment to check your child’s head, and if you detect live lice or nits, we ask that you please keep your child(ren) home and undertake treatment. If you require more information about treatment, please contact the school, or the Perth District Health Unit 519-271-7600 x267.

School Tubing

Our Grades 3-8 will once again be participating in tubing at River Valley Tube Slide, providing students an opportunity to get outdoors, be active, and have fun on a school outing. We will be tubing on Thursday, January 31, 2019. Students will leave from the school after the arrival of our buses, and return before the end of day bus departure time. The cost will be $20 per student, with some of the cost covered by Outdoor Education funding, provided by the Board.

All students will require helmets for the tubing session, and are encouraged to bring a lunch and snacks. Food will be available for purchase, should they prefer to purchase their lunch. Parents are welcome on the trip, but we will not have space for them on the bus, so they will need to provide their own transportation to and from the site.

More information and permission forms will follow later in the month, but we wanted to share the initial information about this exciting excursion with you at this time.

Meal Day Adjustment

As a result of our tubing excursion, and the PA day at the end of the month, there will be some adjustments to meal days for students who have already ordered items for January. Hot dog day for Grades 3-8 will now be on Wednesday, January 30th. Students in Kindergarten to Grade 2 will still receive their hot dogs as scheduled on Thursday, January 31st.

Upcoming Dates

January 7 – First day back
January 8 – School Council Meeting – 6 p.m. in Library
January 18 – Presentations from the Dairy Educator
January 28 – Open House-Grade 6/8 families at Northwestern SS – 7 to 9 pm
January 31 – Tubing trip – Grades 3-8 at River Valley
February 1 – PA Day – no classes for students