November 2019 Newsletter

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November Newsletter
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.

We look forward to welcoming our incoming Kindergarten students at our Calling All Three Year Olds event, on November 18th.  If you have someone at home who was born in 2016, or know of someone who might have someone at home who fits that criteria, please connect with the school to register for our event.

There has already been some snowy, wet weather, and we can expect to see plenty more of it before the winter months are over.  We remind all families that students should have appropriate footwear and outerwear for this type of weather.  Students are reminded that they will need to make good decisions at recesses based on their clothing, to ensure that they remain comfortable and dry for the rest of the school day.

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

Remembrance Day Assembly
This year, we will observe Remembrance Day on Monday, November 11th, with a school assembly that will get underway in the gym at 10:45 am.  The program will include presentations and contributions from our students, as well as the traditional moment of silence at 11:00 am.  Members of the greater school community are welcome to join us for our assembly.

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 am.  This will be done through the HPSTS website (www.ourschoolbuses.ca), 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 2016 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 18th, 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.

Bus Expectations
In the past few weeks, there have been some concerns that have been brought forward as a result of some unexpected behaviours on buses.  In late October, we met with all bus students to reinforce expectations for, and to reinforce the importance of allowing drivers to continue to do their job safely, especially given the distractions at this time of year (farm machinery, inconsistent weather, other drivers, etc.).  If there are concerns regarding a situation on our school buses, please connect with the driver, where possible, and then the school.  We have informed students that riding a bus is not a guaranteed right, and that we may be required to follow up with in-school or possibly off-bus consequences should the need arise.

School Spirit Wear
Our School Council will be offering school Spirit Wear for sale with the Milverton Mustangs logo.  New this year, we will have custom MPS socks available for purchase, along with traditional items like t-shirts, and sweatshirts.  If you are wondering about sizing of items, there will be items on display on Thursday evening and Friday morning, during the interview times, for reference.  Please ensure that the order forms are completely filled out, and returned to the school by no later than Friday, November 15th.  Please note that sock orders must be made on the separate order sheet, but that all items (from both sheets) can be added up and payment submitted on a single cheque.

Book Fair
Our Scholastic Book Fair continues in the library until November 5th.  The library will be open during morning recess for students to purchase books, and other items.  Thanks to everyone who has supported our Book Fair to this point. All proceeds go back to our library, with books and other resources being purchased for the school.

We Scare Hunger and Socktoberfest
A huge thank-you to all of the members of our school community who have donated food items, personal items, as well as socks,hats and mitts for the two outreach campaigns running through the month of October.   There were hundreds of food items, and a huge number of warm clothing items as well, which will be donated to the Loaves and Fishes food bank, and the House of Blessing, respectively.  We are so fortunate to have such caring and generous families in our school community!

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 3 – Daylight Savings Time ends – Turn Clocks Back 1 hour
  • November 5 – School Council Meeting – School Library – 6:00 pm – all welcome
  • November 11 – Remembrance Day Assembly – 10:45 am – in the gym
  • November 13 – Canadian Blood Services presentations – am
  • November 15 – Photo Retake Day
  • November 15 – Spirit Wear Orders due back to the school
  • November 18 – Calling All Three Year Olds event – AM – in the gym
  • November 27 – Moustache Day – School Spirit day