May 2018 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

As we get into the month of May, I think we can finally say we are into the nice weather – we hope!

If you have a child in grade 3 or grade 6, they will be writing the EQAO assessments on May 29, 30 and 31. Please make sure your child(ren) are at school on those days and that they are well rested so that they can do their best work. Thank you!

We are looking at two special spring events at our school: Jump Rope for Heart (May 17th) and Fun Fair (June 15th). Again this year, we are looking at having a daytime Fun Fair. Stay tuned for more Fun Fair news coming soon.
Happy spring and best wishes from all of us at Mornington Central School.

Hot Food Day Reminder

Wednesday, May 16th is a Hot Dog Day.

EQAO

EQAO takes place in Gr. 3 and Gr. 6 students between May 29th and May 31st. The tests are spread out over three days in manageable portions that allow students the time to focus and do their best work on each section of the language and math tasks. If your child is in Grade 3 or Grade 6, please make sure that they are present for the testing days with no scheduled appointments or interruptions if at all possible.

Improvisation: A World Without Scripts

A Drama Workshop Provided by the Arts Foundation

This April, Mornington was fortunate to have the “Foundation for Education” provide an Improvisation workshop for the children of grades 4/5 and 5/6. The arts educator who instructed the workshop was Stacy Smith. Stacy has been a professional actor for over 18 years, working in theatres throughout the country and also worked extensively in television and on film. Her television roles have included “Rookie Blues” as Zoe Shaw and she is appearing this fall in “Murdoch Mysteries” and “Designated Survivor”.

The students were captivated with Stacey’s activities to teach the techniques of how to act/perform without using a script. Instead students used their own acting abilities to take on roles. Sometimes students used dialogue to assist with their performance and other times they did not use voices, just their actions to work the scene. Thanks to Stacey, the students will be better prepared for their upcoming drama performances.

We thank the Foundation for Education and all donors for their generosity.

Jump Rope for Heart

Mornington School will be taking part in Jump Rope for Heart May 17th. This unique program is a school-based event, and a fantastic opportunity for our students to combine physical fitness and cardiovascular education while raising funds to support the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

The fund-raising aspect of Jump Rope for Heart consists of staff and students participating in skipping activities. Prior to the event, participants secure pledges. Students are encouraged to canvass their family, friends, and neighbours for donations towards this extremely worthy cause.

You can also help your child fundraise online on the Jump Rope for Heart website. It’s safe and secure way to gather your pledges and for your donors to get an immediate tax receipt.  For safety reasons we do not want students to canvass door to door.  Students are invited to get pledges or bring in a donation of a loonie, toonie or any amount.  All students will physically participate in our event.

We are proud and excited to be participating in Jump Rope for Heart and to be part of such a worthy cause.  Thank you for your continued support and assistance.

Breakfast for Learning Program

We continue to serve a healthy breakfast to our students most mornings at Mornington Central School. Breakfast Club is a social time too, with all ages and grades interacting as they take ten minutes to enjoy their breakfast. We are very grateful for the moms and staff who give up their time to come and prepare and serve breakfast. Without you, our program couldn’t run.

Indoor Shoes

It is important that all students have indoor shoes to keep at school and wear in the building. These shoes need to fit your child properly and should have a good tread on the bottom (if the tread is too worn down, they can become quite slippery on our gym floors).

Please talk to your children about their indoor shoes periodically, as their feet grow, their shoes may need replacing as well. Ask your child to bring them home so you can check them over properly. Thank you!

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, will be late or maybe going away on vacation. All calls need to be placed before 9:00 a.m. 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 Year Calendar 2018 – 2019

First Day of School – September 4, 2018
Thanksgiving Day – October 8, 2018
Christmas Break – December 24 to January 4, 2019
Family Day – February 18, 2019
March Break – March 11 – 15, 2019
Good Friday – April 19, 2019
Easter Monday – April 22, 2019
Victoria Day – May 20, 2019
Last Day of Classes – June 27, 2019
PA Days – September 28, 2018, November 2, 2018, December 7, 2018, February 1, 2019, April 5, 2019, June 7, 2019, June 28, 2019

Mint Smoothies

We have mint smoothie chocolates for sale for $2.00 each. They will be available during first nutrition break. They can be bought at the office.

Parents and Visitors

As board policy dictates, parents and visitors are asked to check in at the office when entering the school and not to go directly to classrooms. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

Nut Free Mornington Central School

A reminder that we strive to be a nut and nut product free school as much as possible. There are many people who have severe life threatening allergies to nuts, and we may have people in the building(students, education workers, visitors) who have these types of allergies. Thank-you very much for your continued diligence and for not sending nut products in lunches.