May 2018 Newsletter

Dear North Easthope Families:

It is hard to believe that we are already entering the month of May in this school
year! Time sure flies by when we are having fun! With fun, comes a calendar full of activities and exciting times for all.

Congratulations to a number of students and teams who have participated in many events last month. We would like to congratulate our junior and intermediate chess players who represented NEH at the annual chess tournament last month. Our players used great strategy and tremendous sportsmanship in all of their games.  Congratulations to Logan G for a Third Place individual finish overall! Thanks to Coach Hutchinson for taking our team. We want to extend congratulations to all of our students who have participated in the Kiwanis Music Festival in April. We had fantastic representation of NEH by our primary choir, Grade 4/5 recorder group and our Ukulele Pack. Thank you to Mrs. Robertson for all of her efforts in preparing our students and sharing her passion for music with our students! Thanks to everyone who was able to attend the performances to support our students as part of the audience. Our Spring Concert is a special culmination of our musical talents.

Student Council, The Healthy Schools Team and the Kindness Krew have been busy
organizing Spirit Day events for the school. We will finish our Earth Day celebrations by planting a new tree on our playground when the weather co-operates. Thanks to Gaia’s Gardens for also supporting this event. Thanks to our Fresh Friday Volunteers and the OSNP our school had a salad bar as part of our Earth Day Celebrations.

After all of these celebrations from last month, we have much to look forward to in May. A number of classes will be travelling to a variety of places to extend their learning outside of the classroom as well as special guests visiting classrooms. We will also have our Grade 3 and 6 students writing EQAO this month. These dates are listed below and we would ask that families of Grade 3 and 6 students do their best to avoid late arrivals and absences during this time as each component of EQAO is written within designated timelines.

April 30 – May 4 is Education Week and Child and Youth Mental Health Week. We will
have a number of activities happening that week that will highlight the amazing things that are happening in our school, as well as the amazing people who contribute to the education that is provided here each day. Please see the calendar for further information.

Also, we are looking ahead to our Year End BBQ which will be held on Thursday, June 7
from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. All families are invited to join us for food, fun and celebration of a great community! Through a combination of Parent Engagement Grants, as well as school fundraising money, each person will be provided with a hotdog or hamburger and drink and a dessert, free of charge. Be sure to mark your calendar at home for this fun event!

As always, if you have any questions, concerns or celebrations, please do not hesitate to
contact me at the school.

Mrs. Jo Anne Knechtel, Principal

Education Week and Children and Youth Mental Health Week – April 30 to May 4

On Monday students will be invited to Cuddle Up and Read their favourite book. On Tuesday everyone is invited to wear Green to represent our commitment to building strong and positive mental health for all! On Wednesday everyone is invited to wear White to show our commitment to Peace in our school and community. As well our Grade 3-8 students will have a presentation called Tech Tour on the Road. On Thursday everyone is invited to wear Red or Pink to demonstrate kindness and caring of others.  On Friday we will have a visit from the Humane Society. We will promote caring for animals and the role that they play in our Mental Health and Wellbeing.

Throughout the week we will have some extra physical activity time outside as a school to promote the role that fresh air and exercise play in our health and learning. We are looking forward to the annual Dance Showcase which will take place Wednesday, May 9 at 7 p.m. at Stratford Northwestern.

EQAO Assessment

All Grade 3 and 6 students in Ontario will take part in EQAO (Education Quality and Accountability Office) assessments during the time frame of May 22 to June 4. We ask that families of Grade 3 and 6 students do their best to avoid late arrivals and absences during this time as each component of EQAO is written within designated timelines. Snacks will be provided by our Volunteers during the assessment. Please call the school if you have questions about this assessment or the schedule.

Jump Rope for Heart

On Friday, May 18, North Easthope students will be participating in the Jump Rope for Heart event. All students will have the opportunity to skip, hoola and show off their basketball skills while, at the same time, getting active and having fun. Please help support this year’s event by registering your child online or by collecting pledges.

The money raised will support the Heart and Stroke Foundation in their mission to promote children’s health and fund heart and stroke research. Thank you for your support in advance.  You can help your child fundraise online by visiting the Heart and Stroke website.

When students raise money online they can earn a bonus prize of a free skipping rope!
It’s a safe and secure way to gather your pledges and for your donors to get an immediate tax receipt. Pledge forms will also be sent home with every student who would like to accept cash and cheque donations as well.

Volunteer Tea

We look forward to welcoming and thanking our volunteers on Friday, May 18 at 9 a.m. in the gym for our Volunteer Tea. Please RSVP for this event by May 4. Thanks to all of our volunteers who help with so many things to make our school a great place to learn  and play.

Spring Fundraiser

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Little Caesar’s Pizza Kits Spring fundraiser! Your efforts have raised $960.00 toward our fundraising efforts! As always, thank you for your support and participation! A big thanks goes out to Julie M for organizing all of the orders and delivery of this fundraiser.

School Barbeque

We are looking ahead to our Year End School BBQ on Thursday, June 7 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. All families are invited to join us for food & fun and a celebration of our great school community!

Through a combination of Parent Engagement Grants, as well as school fundraising money, each person will be provided with a hotdog or hamburger and drink and a dessert, free of charge. If the weather is co-operative we will be eating outdoors, so please come prepared with lawn chairs or picnic blankets. We would ask that each family fill out the food order form and return it to the school by Friday, June 1 so that our organizers can ensure enough food is ordered for the evening.

Also return the form even if you are not attending so that we ensure no family is missed. If you are interested in volunteering with this event please complete the volunteer sign up form due May 31st or contact Julie Moore at or at 519-656-2839.

AMDSB Pathways Night

Wednesday, May 2 at 7-8:30pm the AMDSB will Host a Pathways Night at the Stratford Rotary Complex. This night is for all parents and students from K-12. Pathways is a guided tour of the possibilities for students once they complete secondary school. The special guest speaker is Jamie McMillan. It is never too early to expose our students to what future careers they may be interested in pursuing. For more information please visit the AMDSB website.

Scent Free and Nut Safe School

Parents and students, when coming into the school please consider those with allergies and refrain from using perfumes/colognes and avoid sending nuts or nut products to school. Some students have a life-threatening allergy to peanuts and other nuts. An allergic reaction could cause the child’s airway to clamp down and fill with mucous. Ultimately, without immediate medical treatment, death could occur. As this is a serious problem, please be sure to do the following when preparing lunches and snacks for school:

  • Do not use peanut butter, Nutella or other products containing nuts.
  • Check all ingredients and labels on packages to ensure no nuts are in the products.
  • Wash the face and hands of your child if peanut butter or other nuts were used at home.
  • On occasions when you may want to send in treats for the classroom, please ensure all items are nut free and check with the classroom for other possible allergens.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation with this potentially life-threatening allergy.

3:15 Pick Up Instead of Riding Bus

On the rare occasion that you need to pick up your child(ren) at 3:15 instead of them riding the bus home, send a note or write it in their planner so that the teacher and office know ahead of time. You are also required to sign your child out on the clipboard in the lobby. In an emergency situation, where you need to pick up your child unexpectedly, the school needs a phone call before 2:00. After that time, there is a risk that a phone message may not be picked up by dismissal time.

2017-2018 Yearbook

North Easthope Public School will again be compiling a school yearbook. It will be full of memories of our 2016-2017 school year! We have a few students and Mrs. Smitjes along with our photography company, Adanac Images, working on it. It will be printed in full colour, on fine quality 8 ½” x 11” paper.

In order to have the grade eight graduation pictures included in this book, the pages will be submitted for printing in early July and books will arrive at the school early in September. For those who may not be here in September, we will send it home with a sibling or call your home for pick up.

Through Adanac Images, the cost per book is only $10.00, including tax! If you would like to place a business card in the yearbook, as an advertisement, please attach it with an additional $10.00 to the order form.

Order forms are due by May 25, 2018. Thank you!

Music News

Yesterday, Thursday April 26th, the entire school performed to an enthusiastic crowd who had come to attend our 2018 Spring Concert. The students had a blast showcasing their hard work and were very excited to see such a large audience. The support of our community is paramount in continuing our students on their path to success!

I cannot believe that we are in our final two months of this school year- it truly flies. I have mixed feelings writing this newsletter, as it is my last one for quite some time. I will be taking a bit of an earlier maternity leave than previously thought. The baby and I are doing fine- not to worry! We just want to keep everything going smoothly.

I am always overwhelmed by the amount of support this community has to offer. This June will conclude my 5th school year at North Easthope, and I can never say enough positive praise when I speak to others about where I work. I know that our students will be left in good hands next year, and I look forward to visiting often. Enjoy your summer with family and friends!

V. Robertson, Music Teacher at North Easthope P.S.

Community News

Dear Perth East Families,

As the spring weather slowly approaches, it will soon be time to think about yard maintenance. Not only to clean up the debris from last season and encourage new growth for this one, but reducing the risk of the spread of fires is a benefit as well. In the past, our fire department has responded to numerous field and brush fires that had accidentally gotten away from a property owner. Keeping dried “fire ready” debris away
from houses and outbuildings is an easy way to prevent damage from occurring in the unfortunate event of an out of control fire.

This spring, the Perth East Fire Department has joined up with Firesmart® Canada to participate in “Community Preparedness Day,” where property owners are encouraged to work together to clean up their properties with the chance of winning money by doing so! Five (5) lucky winners will each receive a $100 gift card to Klomps Nursery or Greenbelt Farms to be used toward future wildfire prevention on your
property. Winners may spend their prize on new shrubs to replace old dead ones, mulch to help control the long grass areas, or plant new trees for wind breaks.

In order to be eligible, participating property owners are encouraged to work together as a family, cleaning up debris from their yards and safely depositing it in the local landfill compost areas, or in an area of your property you have designated for compost. We are encouraging families to find ways to include all members of the family and take pictures throughout the day. Pictures are to be submitted
to before the deadline of June 1. If your family does not use email but you would still like to participate for a chance at the gift cards, you can call the Fire Department at 519-595-2800 and we will make arrangements to come out and witness your family working at the clean-up.

The Stratford & District Leisure Activity Council monthly calendar of events can be found at their website.

Please view Parks & Recreation activities at the Township of Perth East Website and  and Municipality of North Perth Website.