October 2017 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

With a continuing province wide focus on Math, especially junior Math, we will be focusing again this year on that area. Like always, I encourage all families to look for math in daily life, for example, counting money, measuring in the workshop or in cooking and baking, telling time; the list is endless as math is all around us. Don’t forget the importance of daily reading practice as well!

The yearly Kindergarten Registration event will be taking place on November 14th in the morning. If you have Kindergarten age children, or know of anyone who has, please attend this event to register your children early. Please call the school office to make an appointment. (519-595-8995)

I wish everyone a nice fall; enjoy the colours of the leaves in our beautiful countryside!

Photo Day

Mornington Central School photo day will be on Wednesday, October 25th. The photo session will begin immediately after opening exercises. Students who are absent on photo day will have an opportunity to have their photos taken on retake day, which is Wednesday, November 22nd at 9 a.m.

Breakfast for Learning Program

A big thank you to those who volunteer to help us out with Breakfast Club. We are looking for more volunteers to run it successfully. If you can help out, and are free from about 8:15 a.m. until a little after 9:00 a.m. one morning of the week, please give the office a call.

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration will be held at Mornington Central School on Tuesday, November 14th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. If you have a child born in 2013 or 2014 and you would like to register them to start school next September, please contact the school to make an appointment for our Kindergarten Registration day held on November 14th. You may also fill out the attached form.

Lions Club Hearing and Vision Screening

In partnership with local Lions Club organizations, we are pleased to offer hearing and vision screening for JK and SK students. We understand the impact of having healthy eyes and good hearing on your child’s overall health, well-being, and education. JK/SK Vision and Hearing Screening is coming to Mornington Central School on Tuesday, November 21st.

Terry Fox Run

On September 28th all of our students took part in the annual Terry Fox Run.  The students were enthusiastic participants and the donations for the Terry Fox Foundation were greatly appreciated.  The students and staff donated $350.00 to this important cause.  Thank you for your support!

Pizza Days Reminder

Since our Junior and Intermediate soccer tournaments are held on Wednesday, October 18th, we will be having pizza on
Thursday, October 19th.
Our pizza days are as follows:
Wednesday, October 11th
Thursday, October 19th
Wednesday, October 25th
Pizza Forms are due
October 5th

Ready for Winter

How do I know when buses are cancelled and/or my school is closed?

Huron Perth Student Transportation Services is making it even easier this year to get your school bus delay and cancellation information. Already you can follow the announcements by going to our website  or by following your school’s twitter account. You don’t need to have a twitter account to get this information, as the latest Tweet appears on the main page of your school’s website.

HPSTS has launched a smart phone App – called HPSTS. This App is available for iPhones, Android Smartphones and Windows OS Smartphones and is absolutely free. This App will bring you all the latest announcements regarding school bus or school delays and cancellations.

The HPSTS App is available in the Google Play Store for smartphones using the Android OS. For iphones and Windows OS phones go to the following link to install the app: http://hpsts.wompmobile.com/
As in the past, you can also monitor local radio stations during inclement weather for the latest announcements on cancellations or delays.
For further information please contact Huron Perth Student Transportation Services at 1-888-871-7722 or visit our website at ourschoolbuses.ca.

Before & After School Survey

As part of an on-going commitment to make the school day as seamless as possible for our families, each family will be receiving an information sheet in mid-October regarding Before and After School care. Families interested in Before and After school programs for their four and five year old’s, and possibly order children in the upcoming school year, should complete an on-line survey by December 1, 2017. The link to the survey will be found on the Board website www.yourschools.ca starting mid-October. We appreciate your assistance as we determine the feasibility of offering such programs. Should your require a paper copy, please contact the school after October 10th.

Attendance Reminder

Just a reminder to call the school office at 519-595-8995 if your child(ren) will not be attending school, either because they are ill, have a medical appointment, or maybe going away on vacation. All calls need to be placed before 9:00 am by a parent. You are also welcome to leave a message on our school answering machine as to why your child is not attending school. Thank you!

School Council News
The AMDSB Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) is hosting a School Council Orientation
Date: October 18, 2017
Time: Refreshments at 6:15, Meeting from 6:30-8pm
Location: Maitland Room, AMDSB Education Centre at 62 Chalk Street North, Seaforth
1. Welcome from Trustee
2. Message from Lisa Walsh, Director of Education
3. Websites for AMDSB parents
4. SchoolMessenger for Parental Outreach
5. School Council Finances
6. Where Do We Begin?
These are small group sessions, facilitated by members of PIC, that will last 10 minutes each. We will then rotate so that everyone has a chance to visit each group.
Group 1 – Recruitment
Group 2 – Running Effective Meetings
Group 3 – Sharing Ideas & Celebrating Successes
Group 4 – Council Communication
7. Open Discussion