November 2018 Newsletter

Dear North Easthope Families

There were so many amazing academic inquiries happening during the month of October both inside and outside of the classroom at NEH. We celebrated Fire Safety Week this month and had some fire fighters from the Shakespeare Hall visit to spread a message about safety and home escape plans. We also have been learning with our peers and “buddies” about the world that we live in and many of the wonderful things that it has to offer. The Let’s Talk Science Team was at school over two days to present and support learning around different topics. The presenters were University of Waterloo students who have an area of expertise in science to share with our students. We also travelled to Tanzania with Jackson and his Papa, Doug Wagner, who were there as part of the Business Solutions to Poverty-Tanzania Learning Tour – Cassava Seed Project. Our October 31st Spirit Day donations as part of our ME To We group’s initiatives will go towards furthering this work.

We would like to extend a big thank you and congratulations to all of our student athletes, as well as coaches, Mrs. Wilkinson, Mlle. Miller, Ms. Hutchinson, Mr. Garland and all of our parent volunteers for their participation in both Cross Country and Soccer in October. Once again, our athletes demonstrated dedication, team work and a positive attitude as they represented the North Easthope Eagles. Go Eagles Go!!

Thanks as well to our Eagle families who supported the Thanksgiving Food Drive for the House of Blessing in Stratford. The students collected and donated over 300 items.

We also enjoyed our first Fresh Friday lunch. All students who wanted received a pasta and sauce meal complete with a bun and beverage. Thanks to Julie Moore and Tonia Streicher for organizing this new event for our students and for all of our volunteers who helped to prepare and serve.

We also had a fun night of Math games and learning at our School Council Family Math Night. It was an interactive night of trying new math based activities and having fun with friends and families. Thanks to Melissa Hinds and School Council volunteers for organizing this school event.

We will host our Remembrance Day assembly on Friday, November 9th at 10 a.m. in the gym. Parents and family members are welcome to join us for this service. Thanks to Mrs. Hinz for preparing our students for this very important event.

Please be sure to follow what is happening at school and in our community on Twitter @NortheasthopePS. These Twitter messages also feed directly to our school website. Our website has up to date information on the calendar of school events, past newsletters, school council meeting minutes, information from the AMDSB and other events that are relevant to our school. Please be sure to check out the website and bookmark it for easy access. Our website, newsletter and Twitter are the key locations to find out accurate information for our school. We will use School Messenger to send out notices and information to parents via text and email.

This month, we are looking forward to welcoming our 2019-2020 Kindergarten students to our Calling All Three Year Old program on Thursday, November 29.

Our next School Council meeting will be on Thursday, November 8th at 6:30 p.m. New members are always welcome. Student volunteers will provide childcare if requested. Please call the office if you are in need of childcare.

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

Mrs. Jo Anne Knechtel

Fall Fundraisers

All funds raised will go toward our 2018-2019 fundraising initiatives. Thanks to Julie Moore, Melissa Hinds, Mrs. Brace and the School Council for organizing these fall fundraisers. Thanks to our school community for supporting these fundraisers.

Gift Cards

Thanks to all families who supported our gift card fundraiser through FundScrip. A portion of the proceeds come back to the school. We raised approximately $1200. Fundscrip orders can be picked up on Thursday, October 8th from 2 – 4 p.m. in the lobby. They must be picked up in person by an adult. Gift cards are like cash and must be signed for by an adult.

Mint Smoothie Bars

Each individual (49g) milk or dark chocolate Mint Smoothie bar is $2. Nutritional and product information can be found online on the Rheo Thompson website.

To order please complete your order on School Cash Online for Mint Smoothies or return the order form and payment by cheque to the school office by Wednesday, November 21st. If placing an order over 99 mint smoothies online you will need to place multiple orders as the program can only accept up to 99 bars per order.

Mint smoothies will be sent home with students on Monday, November 26th. If you have ordered more than 25 bars or you prefer to pick them up please make arrangements to pick up your order on November 26th between 3:00-4:00 p.m. at the school.

Adanac Photo Retake Information

School portrait retakes (for individuals) will be taken first thing on Tuesday, November 6th. If you were unhappy with your child’s portrait from the original school portrait day or they were absent, please plan on them being photographed on Tuesday. To have your portrait re-done you MUST surrender your original proofs at the camera.

Class photo retakes will be done on November 28th beginning at 9 a.m. in the gym. All classes will be re-done, we’re hoping everyone can be in attendance for these pictures! Class photos do not need to be returned.

Extended Day/Before and After School Care Survey

In support of the Kindergarten program, Avon Maitland District School Board is determining which schools have enough parental interest to offer before and after school programs for four and five year olds and potentially children aged 6 to 12. At this point, we are asking all families with children in elementary schools to share their tentative childcare needs for September 2019.
Avon Maitland District School Board is providing access to a Before and After School Care survey through a link on our board website. If you would like a paper copy of the survey to complete please contact the office and it is attached with this newsletter as well.

Before and After School Program Survey

Emergency Drills

Throughout the school year all schools in the AMDSB carry out Emergency Drills with the students and staff to prepare for emergency situations. In the Fall and Spring we will be holding a Code Red Drill, Fire Drills, a Severe Weather Drill, Bus Evacuation and a Bomb Threat Drill. We invite our community partners to take part whenever possible (ie. Perth East Fire Department, OPP Community Officer). If you are in the school volunteering during one of the drills you will be expected to take part as well. We have scheduled a Code Red/Lock Down Drill for Thursday, November 8th with our OPP Community Officer, Julie McLeod. Please call the school if you have questions about any of our drills.

Calling All Three Year Olds (CATYO)

Kindergarten registration for children born in 2014 or 2015 will be held at North Easthope School on November 29th in the morning. Please call the school to make an appointment and also pass this information on to neighbours and friends in our area.

Special Education Advisory Committee – Call for members:

Call for Members information.

AMDSB Student Identification Survey

AMDSB is launching their first board wide Student identification Survey to enhance our knowledge of the self-identified composition of our students. This survey is part of a pilot project offered by the Ministry of Education. The survey consists of multiple choice and short answer questions about student identity. The survey will go live on December 3, 2018. Gr. 7 and 8 students will have the opportunity to complete the survey at school. Students in K-Gr 6 have the opportunity to complete the survey with parent support at home. Please visit for more details.

Ontario Student Nutrition Program

Our Fresh Friday, Tasty Tuesday and classroom green bin programs continue to be popular with our students this year! A fresh food snack is prepared each Friday (or Tuesday if Friday is a holiday or PA Day) at the second nutritional break by a dedicated team of volunteers. To date, students have enjoyed corn on the cob, watermelon, eggs, cucumbers, apples and popcorn, juice and fresh vegetables. In addition, each classroom contains a green bin with a limited number of nutritious crackers, cereals and granola bars. The green bin is available to students who need an extra snack during the course of the school day.

As part of the province wide – Great Big Crunch, NEHPS students crunched 163 locally grown apples together on October 18th!
While our nutrition programs are designed to expose students to healthy foods and to provide an “extra” snack when a student is feeling hungry, parents are encouraged to send fulsome lunches. Likewise, if you prefer your child to not eat from the classroom green bin, or to have a Fresh Friday snack, please feel free to advise your child/ren. There is no expectation that all students must participate or eat the foods available.

Big thanks to our volunteers and to the staff for their continued support and help with our nutrition programs! If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering please contact Julie Moore at or 519-656-2839.

Thanks to Gary West of Westlandyn Farms for his continued support of our students through his donation of boiled eggs.

Thanks to the Perth County Milk Committee for donating milk to our Fresh Friday lunch on October 26th.

Student Drop Off

For a variety of reasons students are driven to school and dropped off by parents. All students need to be signed in at the office if they are not arriving during the morning bus arrival time. Please accompany your child to the front foyer and remain with them if you arrive prior to 8:55 a.m. Our school day begins at this time and students will go to their classes when the morning bell rings.

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.

NEH Bus Delays or School Closure Procedure

Due to the nature of the weather conditions that we may experience, there will be times that our school buses may be cancelled or delayed.

The most up to date and accurate information about bus delays or cancellations is found at the Huron Perth School Transportation Services website. If you save this website address in your browser be sure to refresh it each time you look up cancellations or delays.

All bus delays, school closure or early closure will be announced in the following manner:
Please note: North Easthope cancellations will be listed under “Stratford Rural”

  • CKNX 920 AM or CKNX 101.7 FM, WINGHAM
  • 101.7 STRATFORD
  •  North Easthope Twitter @NortheasthopePS
  •  The Twitter message will go directly to our school webpage

Looking ahead:

  • December 18thth: Christmas Concert at 12 noon and 7 pm in the gym
  • December 20st: Christmas Concert snowdate
  • December 21st: Red, Green and White Spirit Day
  • December 24th -January 4th: Christmas Break (no school for students)


This month’s character attribute is Courage

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”

Winston Churchill