October 2019 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

It is always amazing to me how quickly our first month of school flies by. Whether it is the change in temperature, or the adjustment to new routines and locations, they days always seem to pass quickly as we get settled into a new term.  Over the past month, it has been great to see staff and students become familiar with a number of new classroom locations, which are accompanied by some other logistical changes, but everyone has handled it so well.

It is a busy time around the school now that we are fully underway, with school sports teams participating in their regional tournaments, intramurals and clubs in full swing, and lots of other things happening.  We encourage all students to join into activities they are interested in.  We also encourage community members to connect with our staff and students as volunteers in the school.  We can always use help with our reading programs, snack program, and other clubs, teams and programs.  If you are interested, please contact the school and we can put you in touch with the proper contact person.

Thanks again for all of the support, patience, and perseverance over this past month, and we look forward to another great school year together.  We are all so fortunate to find ourselves a part of the Milverton Public School community!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please first contact your child’s teacher, as they are the person who knows your child best.  If you have additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at the school.

Wishing everyone a happy and successful October,

Sincerely,

Mr. J. 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 and 6 Reading, Writing and Math scores were above Board and Provincial results for students achieving at or above the standard (level 3 or above).  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 at: www.eqao.com.

Medical Management Plans

Again this year, the Board requires us to ensure that medical management plans are 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.

A couple of other requests regarding food orders going forward:

– could you please ensure that if you have ordered online, and are sending in a paper copy of the order, that you write on the order form “ordered online” to help ensure we can connect orders with the payments

– please tally milk orders (eg. 4 = $4.00 ) rather than simply circling the days, as it helps in the counting of orders to do so

Calling All Three Year Olds (CATYO)

We will be hosting our annual CATYO event this year on November 18th at the school.  If you have, or know of, a child born in 2016, 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 required 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.  As well, most folks are now familiar with our adjusted entry requirements as a result of the installation of the controlled entry security feature at our front doors.  Once you have been buzzed in by the office, 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.  This includes the end of the day, where any students who would normally be riding a bus need to be signed out by a parent/guardian to ensure we know the status of all students at the end of day.  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.

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: Amy McIntosh
Treasurer: Mike Doan

Please join us for our next Parent Council meeting on Tuesday, November 5th, at 6:00 pm in the staff lounge.

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.

Electronic Sign/Garden Update

A huge thank you to Designs by Dianne, our Eco Club, and a few other staff and students in our school for all of the work that has been undertaken to create a pollinator friendly garden in the area around our new electronic sign.  A special thanks to Jacqui Tam for her work in securing the funds from the Stratford Perth Community Fund, on behalf of the Eco Club, that made the project possible.

Regarding our sign, we finally have power to our sign, and you may have noticed some of the graphic content that came preloaded from the factory.  We will be receiving training on the software required for us to customize the sign very shortly, and look forward to sharing lots of upcoming events, images, and other items on our electronic sign at the front of the school.

Planners

Thanks to everyone for their patience as we waited for our school planners to arrive.  They did finally reach us last week, and hopefully if you have a child in Grade 1 to 5 you will have seen the final product.  The delay was the result of a communication error between our sales rep and the factory, and while it would have been nice to have the planners to start the year, as they say “better late than never”.  A reminder to all families that our school Code of Conduct, and expectations surrounding safe use of technology are included in the front matter of the planners for your reference.  The planners also have lots of other great features that can be used to support a student’s daily work, not to mention connections to character development, study skills and other items.

Have a Child in Kindergarten? Don’t Forget about their Booster Shots!

The Perth District Health Unit is reminding parents of children starting school this fall that their child is due for their next routine immunizations.

Between 4 and 6 years of age, children should receive vaccines that protect against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, and polio (Tdap-IPV), and measles, mumps, rubella, and chicken pox (MMRV). Parents of children between the ages of 4 and 6 can make an appointment with their health care provider for these vaccines.  If someone does not have a family doctor or nurse practitioner, please call the Perth District Health Unit to schedule an appointment.

Don’t forget to let the health unit know! How to Report an Immunization

People can report immunizations to the Health Unit by:

  • Email: Scan or take a picture of the immunization record and email it to immunization@pdhu.on.ca (if you do not receive an auto response that we received the email, please call the Health Unit).
  • Confidential fax: Ask the doctor’s office to fax a copy to the Health Unit or fax a copy yourself to 519-271-2785.
  • In person: Bring the child’s yellow card to the Health Unit at 653 West Gore Street, Stratford, Ontario, N5A 1L4: Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
  • Phone: Leave the information on a voice mail (24 hours, seven days a week). Call 519-271-7600 or toll-free at 1-877-271-7348 extension 555.
  • Online: Go to www.pdhu.on.ca/immunization

To report an immunization, parents will need to provide the:

  • Child’s full name, address, and date of birth
  • Parent or legal guardian’s name
  • Date the child was immunized
  • Vaccine the child received.

For more information:

  • Visit http://www.pdhu.on.ca/immunization
  • Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/pdhealthunit
  • Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/pdhealthunit

Before and After School Program

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 (2020) by completing an online survey. The survey will be available October 1, 2019 and can be found on the AMDSB website www.yourschools.ca/Programs & Services/Before and After School Program

Families that are interested in Before and After school programs for their 4 to 12 year old children are asked to complete the survey by December 2, 2019.

We appreciate your assistance as we determine the feasibility of offering such programs.  If you require a paper copy, please contact the school.

Parking Considerations

A friendly reminder to please obey all signage at the front of the school regarding parking.  Please do not park in front of the fire hydrants, which are located at each end of the school property along Mill Street, and please do not park anywhere where your vehicle might impede the travel of a school bus or emergency vehicle.

As well, we ask that parents please DO NOT park in the staff parking lot located West of the school.  We recognize that parking is often at a premium at the beginning and end of the school day, but it also is for our staff who work in the building, especially if there are other vehicles parked in spaces reserved for staff.  For the safety of our students and staff, we ask that people please not park in our staff parking area.

October Coming Events

October 2 – Junior Soccer at Mornington
October 3 – Intermediate Soccer at Newton and Elma PS
October 4 – Soccer rain date (if necessary)
October 7 – Jumpstart Presentation – Charmaine Reid, Canadian Olympian
October 8 – Regional Cross Country – Northwoods ES
October 9 – Fresh from the Farm Orders due to the school
October 14 – Thanksgiving Monday – no school
October 15 – Student Council Spirit Day – Sports/Jersey Day
October 16/17 – KW Humane Society classroom presentations
October 17 – Great Big Crunch
October 29 – Lions Vision Screening (Kdgn students)
October 31 – Student Council Spirit Day – Orange & Black/Costume day