April 2019 Newsletter

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, including wearing proper helmets for bikes and scooters. When crossing the streets near the school, students are reminded to push the button at the crosswalks, engage the flashing lights, look both ways and then cross when it is safe to do so. Hopefully these friendly reminders 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

Electronic Sign Update

We are well on our way with our new electronic sign project, to be installed in the front of the school. Thanks to everyone who has been a part of the project to this point, and for all of the donations over the past two years that have helped to make this project a reality.

World Autism Day

On Tuesday, April 2, we observe World Autism Day at Milverton Public School. We will be meeting in the gym for opening exercises to join together to learn more about autism, and reveal the Autism flag, which will be hung prominently in the school for the month of April. We also ask that students wear their shirts inside out for the day on Tuesday, as a show of support for those students and other members of our school community with Autism.

Identity Based Data Collection

By now, if you have a student in Grades Kindergarten to 6, hopefully you have received a package of information from the Avon Maitland District School Board, kindly requesting your assistance in gathering information through the Identity Based Data Collection. Information collected will be used to help support equity and student achievement through evidence-informed decision making. Some families may have already completed the survey online in the fall, during the first collection period. Given the low numbers of responses from the initial online collection, the Board has decided to try to re-engage families through a paper survey, which gathers exactly the same information as the earlier online survey. Participation in the survey is voluntary for all families, but we encourage as many families as possible to complete and return the survey by Thursday, April 4th. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school.

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 Wednesday, June 26, 2019. 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.

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, as well as teachers and parents, completed the Our Schools Student Survey.

This year, students in Grades 4 to 12 will be provided time to complete the survey between April 8-12, 2019.

Parents who do not wish their children to participate in the survey should be asked to notify the principal in writing of that choice.

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 2019, 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 email at: roset@pcfk.on.ca

Head Lice

We have had several cases of head lice at the school recently, and ask families to be vigilant about checking students’ heads for eggs, nits, or live lice. If you do come across these pests in your child’s hair, please undertake treatments, work to remove all traces of lice from the head, and inform the school so that we might make other families aware of the increased risk in a classroom for their child.

Upcoming Events for April

Tuesday, April 2 – World Autism Day – Raising the Flag assembly 8:45 a.m.
Tuesday, April 2 – Junior Basketball Tournament – FE Madill SS
Tuesday, April 2 – Eco Club – meeting – first break
Wednesday, April 3 – Grade 8 Graduation Photos
Friday, April 5 – PA Day – no school for students – staff at school
Tuesday, April 9 – Grade 7/8 Fundraising orders arrive at the school
Tuesday, April 9 – Perth County Chess Tournament – Stratford
Wednesday, April 10 – Day of Pink – staff/students encouraged to wear pink
Wednesday, April 10 – Primary Trip to Blyth Festival
Wednesday, April 10 – Grade 7 Immunizations
Thursday, April 18 – School Choir to the Kiwanis Music Festival – Stratford
Friday, April 19 – Good Friday – No School
Monday, April 22 – Easter Monday – No School
Monday, April 22 – Earth Day
Tuesday, April 23 – Eco Club Yard/Community Cleanup
Wednesday, April 24 – Mad Science Kickoff Assembly – 11:30 am
Wednesday, April 24 – Intermediate Basketball Tournament – FE Madill SS
Friday, April 26 – Fancy Friday – wear your fanciest, dressiest clothes