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May 2019 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

I’m sure, if you’re like me, you will be glad to see the departure of our cold and snowy weather, and welcome the warmer, sunnier days that we expect to see in May. Given this change, you may see more students on bicycles, scooters, and the like. Please use caution near the school, keeping an eye on riders and pedestrians. We remind all students travelling to school on bikes or scooters, to please ensure they wear a suitable helmet. Not only is it a smart thing to do, it is the law for all people under the age of 18 in Ontario.

This month, our Grade 3 and 6 students will be participating in the annual EQAO assessments. These tasks represent an overview of the curricular concepts from Language and Mathematics, for all students in Ontario in Grades 3 and 6. We wish our students well in their completion of the assessment, and if there are any parents or community members who may be interested in supporting some of our students by scribing responses, we welcome their assistance. Please contact me at the school if you are interested in doing so during the weeks of May 21-24 or May 27 to May 31.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your child’s classroom teacher, or for other concerns, feel free to contact me at the school.

Sincerely,
Mr. J. Brock, Principal

Spirit Days and Fundraising Days

Thanks to everyone who has supported our efforts to recognize important local, national, and international awareness days, fundraising campaigns, and other special events around the school. We’ve had great uptake on our spirit days, such as Fancy Friday, and PJ day, as well as outstanding support for fundraisers such as Me to We’s Toonie Theatre for the Hurricane Idai, and our upcoming Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser. We have such a supportive, caring school community, and appreciate everything that happens around the school to support our families and other around the world.

A Final Call for Kindergarten Students

Each fall we host a Calling All Three Year Olds event at the school, and this past fall we had a great turnout. Many of our incoming kindergarten students were given an opportunity to register and learn a little more about what school at Milverton PS will be like. We are still working to ensure that all Kindergarten students in our community are registered for the upcoming school year, so if you have a child who is born in 2015, or know of friends or family who might, please encourage them to contact our school, so that we can include them in our anticipated student numbers. As we work through our staffing process, it is important that we have an accurate understanding of our needs for the upcoming school year, and sometimes even a few students can have a huge impact on things.

More information about our First Ride program for incoming students can be found in the June newsletter, but please save June 5th as the date for our annual open house and bus safety/safe rider program for new JK students.

Kiwanis Music Festival success for our Choir

In April, our grade 1-6 choir travelled to the Stratford Kiwanis Music Festival to compete. These students put a lot of time and effort into preparing for their performance, and it showed. They earned a first place award with a mark of 90/100, and they received many compliments from people who heard them sing. Congratulations to all choir members, and a huge thank you to Mrs. Hombach and Mr. Mountain for their leadership.

Electronic Sign Update

Over the next month or so, we are expecting to break ground on our new electronic sign at the front of the school. We look forward to the opportunity to improve school communications with our extended community, and know that the sign will make a great addition to our front yard. At this point, we are still accepting donations, through cheques payable to the Foundation for Enriching Education, which can be sent into the school office.

School Council BBQ

Please make note that this year’s School Council family BBQ will be held on Thursday, June 6th, in the evening. As a result of not having a lottery license in place at Christmas, we will be holding the annual Basket Raffle during this event. More information will be shared as we get closer to the event, and pre-order forms will be sent home to help expedite the delivery of food during the event.

May Important Dates

May 2 – Grade 7/8 trip to West 5 sustainable community, London
May 7 – School Council Meeting – 6:00 p.m. in the library – all are welcome!
May 6 – Music Monday – assembly and performances
May 10 – Grade 8 Graduation Photos – retakes
May 11 – Milverton Family Fun Fair
May 12 – Mother’s Day
May 15 – Mad Science begins – 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. for 6 week
May 15 – Optimist Talent Show – 7:00 pm – proceeds support the school
May 17 – Jump Rope for Heart event – last block
May 20 – Victoria Day holiday – no school
May 21 to May 31 – Grade 3 and 6 EQAO provincial assessment
May 22 – Grade 5 Woodlands Heritage Site trip
May 24 – Twin Day spirit day – student council