June 2019 Newsletter

We always marvel at how quickly the days and weeks go throughout the school year. There are so many great things happening in the building, and students and staff alike are busy with activities that support learning, student interests, and charitable causes within and outside of our school community. It seems almost impossible, however, to think that we have already made our way through the majority of the school year, with only a few short weeks left of our time together. June is by far the busiest around month the school, as we plan and prepare for next year, and also put the finishing touches on this year, with final tasks and assessments, year-end outings, and celebrate the achievements and accomplishments of our students.

I want to extend a huge thank-you to all members of our school community for all of their support through the year – to parents for their volunteer hours and efforts, as well as time spent at home and on weekends supporting the learning for our students; to teachers for the countless hours spent beyond the classroom to ensure that our students receive the best possible learning program and environments, as well as tons of extras such as choirs, sports, activities, and other items to respond to student interests; and to our students who are the ones who are doing the work each and every day, extending their knowledge and understanding, sharing their curiosity with us, and developing skills that will lead to lifelong passions and opportunities. We are all so fortunate to be able to spend this time together.

The summertime provides a great opportunity for everyone to reset, recharge, and spend time making memories with friends and family. Wishing everyone a successful last month of the year, and a wonderful summer in the months that follow. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher, or myself, during school hours.

Thanks again for another amazing year,

Sincerely,
Mr. J. Brock

Placements for September

At this time of year, the principal, in consultation with the staff, considers the most effective groupings of students (class placements) for instruction, for all students, for the upcoming year. Principals and staff consider a range of factors, including, but not limited to, the academic, emotional and potential social benefits or concerns when placing a child in a given class. If you have a concern you wish considered regarding your child’s placement for next year, please submit it in writing by Friday, June 7th to the principal, Mr. Brock. Due to the transition of students in and out of the community during the summer months, student placements will be announced the first day of school in September. Please note that any preferences shared are simply this, preferences, and the final decision about placements rests with the school.

Movement In/Out of the School

If you are planning on moving out of the school community, or know someone who is planning to move into our school community, please let us know at the school as early as you can. Each student we have in our school is important to us, and each one influences our staffing complement for the upcoming school year. The sooner we know about changes, the sooner we can relay these to the Board. Most of our classes are projected to be quite full, and movement in one direction or another can have a significant impact on our staffing, as well as class arrangements going forward. Thanks for your support with this request.

BBQ and Baskets Night

Next week, the School Council are hosting their annual Family BBQ, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, to say thanks to all of the families in our community for their support over the past year. For anyone wishing to partake in a hamburger or hotdog, it needed to have been done as a part of the pre-order. We cannot guarantee any extra hamburgers or hotdogs for families who have not pre-ordered. This year, we are adding the Basket Raffle to our BBQ event. Thanks to everyone who has donated items to our class baskets. We look forward to the excitement that this raffle brings, and know that there will be several lucky families taking home a basket on Thursday evening. In addition to the BBQ and baskets, we are asking families to bring a donation of food items to share with the food bank. Each donation will earn a freezie as a thank you for your support!

Office Hours for the Summer

During the summer months, the school is generally closed to allow for renovations, repairs, and other updates. The office area will be open for the first week (July 2nd to July 4th) and last week (August 27th to August 30th) of the summer, to allow for any new registrations, etc. Specific office hours will be posted on the office doors during this time. Please feel free to call or drop into the school during these times to connect with office staff.

Swimming

Each year, our classes participate in swimming at the PERC as a part of the end of school activities. As a result of significant tightening of regulations around school swimming activities, all participants are expected to participate in a “swim test”. The PERC will be hosting a free “swim test” evening at the pool on June 14th, where students can do their test ahead of time. These tests can also be done at any time during regular public swimming hours offered by the PERC pool. We encourage all students from Grade 1-8 who plan on going swimming to take part in the swim test ahead of the class swimming days in order to expedite and simplify the process. See the June monthly calendar for specific class dates.

Food Days

Given the number of classroom trips and other special events happening in the school during the month of June, we want to remind families that there are no special food days scheduled for this month. There will also be no milk available for purchase, so we encourage families to consider other healthy options that kids may prefer. Going forward, we usually start up our food and milk orders at the beginning of October. For the upcoming school year, a reminder that orders that will be sent home in September, will cover 2 months – October and November. Orders for additional months will be processed later in the school year.

Dress Code

As the weather gets warmer, we encourage families to revisit the expectations for appropriate clothing and footwear while students are at school. Please ensure all clothing is suitable for active participation in school activities, and also that shorts, skirts, and tops provide suitable coverage. Footwear is of particular concern, and students are reminded that sandals and flip-flops may not provide adequate support or protection for activities at recess. Running shoes are still expected for all students for Physical Education classes, unless otherwise noted.

June Important Dates

June 3 and 4 – Jr/Int Track and Field – at the school
June 5 – Kindergarten First Ride and Orientation – 11:15 a.m. – please preregister
June 6 – Kindergarten trip to African Lion Safari
June 6 – School Council BBQ and Basket Raffle – 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
June 7 – No School for students – PA Day for staff
June 11 – North Regional Track and Field Meet – Madill SS, Wingham
June 13 – Grade 5 Water Safety Day – St.Pauls
June 13 – IPRC feedback meetings
June 14 – School Spirit Day – Sports Fan Day
June 16 – Fathers Day
June 17 – Grade 7 & 8 Students – to Quebec – return June 20th
June 17 – Grade 6 Students to the Factory, London
June 18 – AMDSB District Track and Field – Goderich DCI
June 19 – Grade 3, 4 & 5 trip to the Toronto Zoo
June 20 – Grade 1, ½, & 2 – Trip to Stratford Museum
June 25 – Jr/Int 3 Pitch Tournament
June 25 – Report Cards go home
June 25 – Grade 1 & ½ – swimming – p.m.
June 26 – Grade 2 & 3 – swimming – a.m; Grade 4/5 & ¾ – swimming – p.m.
June 26 – Grade 8 Graduation – Ceremony to get underway at 6:30 p.m.
June 27 – Grade 5 & 6/7 – swimming – a.m; Grade 7/8 – swimming – p.m.
June 27 – Last Day of Classes for students
June 28 – PA Day – No School for students – staff working at the school