June 2018 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

It’s hard to believe it is already June! I hope that everyone had a nice school year.
Our Fun Fair will be on June 15th from 10:45 am to 2:00 pm. I hope to see many of our families that day for fun and food!

We will have our grade 8 graduation here at the school on June 27th at noon. All the best to our grade 8 grads! We are happy that so many are continuing their high school education at the CASE program at LDSS!

If you have any Kindergarten age children, or know of anyone who is looking to get their children in school, please contact us at the school 519-595-8995.

We wish Mrs. Pinter a happy retirement, and we will certainly miss her presence here at Mornington. All the best, Mrs. Pinter! Also, we welcome Mrs. Van Veen to our school. She will fill in the vacancy created by Mrs. Pinter’s retirement.

We wish everyone in the Mornington School community a happy and safe summer and will be happy to see our students and families back in September.

Organization of Classes

We are looking at the same number of classrooms in 2018-19 as this year (seven). Student numbers sometimes change quite a lot during the summer.

At this time of year, the principal, in consultation with the staff, considers the most effective groupings of students (class placements) for instruction, for all students, for the upcoming school year. Principals and staff consider a range of factors, including, but not limited to, the academic, emotional and potential social benefits or concerns when placing a child in a given class. Please also note that class placements will be announced on the first day of school when the students are assembled in the gymnasium.

Message from Mrs. Smith in the Library

All library books must be returned to the library by Wednesday, June 13th. Please finish reading all library books and locate any that have been lost. A notice will be sent home with the amount of the replacement cost of any books not returned. This money must be paid before the last school day. Keep reading!

Jump Rope for Heart

Congratulations to Mornington School for raising $174.70 in pledges and donations in the Jump Rope for Heart event that took place Thursday, May 17th. Students actively participated in skipping activities while raising funds to support the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Thank you for your continued support and assistance for this worthy cause. Mrs. Abbinett

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

Healthy Smiles Ontario

It is important to visit a dental professional every 6-12 months. If you cannot afford dental care for your children, they may qualify for a free program called Healthy Smiles Ontario. Children and youth 17 and under may be eligible if they are residents of Ontario and members of a low-income household.

Healthy Smiles Ontario covers the cost of visits to a dentist or dental hygienist, check-ups, cleanings, fillings, x-rays, and urgent or emergency issues.

To find out if your children are eligible and/or to enroll:
• Go to www.ontario.ca/healthysmiles
• Call Service Ontario toll-free at 1-844-296-6306
• Call the Perth District Health Unit at 519-271-7600 ext 267, or toll-free at 1-877-271-7348 ext 267

Stratford Central – Stratford Northwestern Renovations/Updates

Just a friendly reminder that if you would like to provide input regarding the changes coming to Stratford Central and Stratford Northwestern, there is an opportunity on the Avon Maitland District School Board website, yourschools.ca. There is also a form on the site for anyone who would like to register to join a sub-committee that will provide further input. We understand the disruption for families will be significant for the 2019/2020 school year, but the positive outcome will be integrated programming with enhanced options for students.

Let’s Talk Tech and Math Evening

The AMDSB Parent Involvement Committee
Invites you to its next event:
Let’s Talk Tech and Math Evening
June 6, 2018
Seaforth Public School gymnasium
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
– An interactive evening showing parents how technology intersects with math in the classroom
– Giving parents hands-on opportunities to use technology
– Homework help demonstration
A variety of stations will be set up that will focus on the four grade segments of learning; Primary K-3, Junior 4-6, Intermediate 7-10 and Senior 11-12.
Parents can drop in throughout the evening similar to an Open House. Children are welcome too.

2018 Fun Pass

Celebrate the summer with savings when planning a trip to Ontario’s attractions with the 2018 Fun Pass.

The 2018 Fun Pass coupons provide free admission for up to two elementary school-aged children at 18 popular attractions when accompanied by a paying adult or senior. Parents can also save $5 on a daily parking permit at selected Ontario provincial parks. Simply bring a coupon to any participating attraction.

Watch for the 2018 Fun Pass booklet that will arrive in June, or visit Ontario.ca/funpass for more information about the program and to download the coupons.

Perth District Health Unit Smart snacking tips

Try these smart snacking tips to help prevent cavities in your child’s teeth:

• Serve vegetables, fruit, cheese, yogurt, nuts, or plain popcorn for snacks
• Avoid sugary treats that stay in the mouth for a long time, like hard candy or lollipops
• Avoid soft, sticky sweets that get stuck in the teeth, like granola bars and dried fruit
• Limit sweet foods to meals or times when your child can brush their teeth after eating
• Limit milk to meal times only; drink tap water between meals
• Fill re-useable beverage containers with water only.
Remember that children should brush their teeth for at least two minutes, twice a day, especially at bedtime. If your child is unable to brush their teeth after eating, encourage them to:
• Swish and swallow with water
• Chew a piece of sugar-free gum
• Eat a piece of cheddar cheese.
Perth District Health Unit at 519-271-7600, or toll-free at 1-877-271-7348