February 2019 Newsletter

Dear North Easthope Families

Happy February to everyone. I hope this month brings your family time together and good health.

We have many things to celebrate at NEH Public School in our classrooms and with our clubs and teams.

Our students will be receiving their First Term Report Card on Tuesday, February 19th. We are very proud of the growth that our students have made and the interest that they have in learning. We thank you, their parents, for helping to support this learning at home and in the community. Please feel free to contact the school if you have any questions or would like to talk to your child’s teacher about the report.

The month of January brought us some interesting winter weather. We hope to have more days at school with the students in February. Please see the information below about how to check for bus and school cancellations.

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

Sincerely,
Mrs. Jo Anne Knechtel
Principal

School Clubs

Chess Club has started to meet and play games. The Kindness Crew is meeting regularly and our Healthy School Committee is conducting a student survey and will be sharing their results in the near future. LEGO Club members are organized by each grade. Watch our Twitter account to see the finished products each week. The basketball teams have been practicing for their upcoming tournaments. A Ukulele Club for Gr 4-8 students has started. Our Primary Dance team will start to rehearse in the upcoming weeks as well. Student Council and Sports Council also meets regularly to plan fabulous Spirit Day events and intramurals. We are also starting a cribbage club. Lots of great clubs are happening this term. Thanks to the staff that are leading these groups for students and to the students for their outstanding ideas and talents.

Student Council/Kindness Crew Spirit Day

We will be hosting two Spirit Days in February – on Monday, February 4th, our rescheduled Hat Day with donations of hair products for the Emily Murphy Centre and on Thursday, February 14th all students are invited to wear red, pink and/or white that day. All students are welcome to bring a monetary donation towards the Tanzania Seed Project that we are supporting. Activities for student Gr 4-8 in the third block will include board games, LEGO creation and computer activities. As well students in Gr 5-8 will be invited to attend a dance if they choose. Primary classes will host their own activities with more information coming home from the teacher. Thanks for your support of this special event. All students will be taking part in a Math Power Hour on both of those days that will help them learn new games to promote mental math strategies.

Warm Winter Clothing

Please ensure that your child(ren) are dressed for outdoor recess. A warm coat, snow pants, boots, mitts and a hat make recess more fun as the students are warm. It is also not very comfortable to have wet pants or socks in class. We do have extras in the office in case a mitt has gone missing or a hat was left on the bus, but we don’t have enough for everyone. We also have some extra socks if needed. If your family is in need of coat, snow pants or boots for the winter weather please contact Mrs. Knechtel. Any extra mitts and hats that you are not using and could be donated to the school would also be appreciated. Thanks.

Please Send Extra Clothes!

If you have a Kindergarten to Grade 3 child, please send a change of clothing in a ziploc plastic bag with their name on it to keep at school (in case of accidents e.g. mud, spilled drinks or minor bathroom accidents). This will avoid having to contact you to bring clean clothes.

Stratford High School Open House

Tuesday, February 5th at Stratford Northwestern Secondary School from 6:15 – 8:30 pm.

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.

1) In the case of fog, the Bus Company and Transportation department, may issue a 2 hour delay for our buses. In cases where North Easthope PS experiences a 2 hour bus delay, the school will be open for students when they can arrive safely.

2) If the bus delay becomes a cancellation after the start of the regular school day, then the school will remain open for those students who have arrived, however parents/guardians will be responsible for student transportation at the end of the school day (3:15 pm) as buses will not be running.

3) In the case of bus cancellations due to inclement weather, if possible, the school will be open to all staff and students. The school day runs from 8:55 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. The decision remains with parents for student attendance on days that the buses are not running.

The most up to date and accurate information about bus delays or cancellations is found on the Cancellations and Delays website.  Please note: North Easthope cancellations will be listed under “Stratford Rural Area”.

All bus delays, school closure or early closure will be announced in the following manner:

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

School Council Meeting

Our next meeting is on Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 in the school library at 6:30 p.m. All parents are welcome to attend. If you require babysitting for younger students please contact the school office.

School Council Elmira Poultry Fundraiser

Information went home to families for this winter fundraiser on January 30th. Orders can be placed online at SchoolCashOnline and paper copies are available as well. All orders are due no later than Thursday, February 14th. Pick up for all orders is scheduled for Thursday, March 7th from 3 to 4 p.m. If you have any questions about this fundraiser please contact the school office at 519-625-8398 or Michelle Prince at 519-656-1045. Thanks for everyone’s continued support.

Hot Lunch and Milk Programs

March Hot Lunch and Milk orders and payments are due by midnight, February 20th. Thanks to our Hot Food Committee and Mrs. Brace for organizing our school Hot Lunch and Milk orders.

Sending Special Treats to School

During the school year there may be occasions that you would like to send in a treat for your son or daughter’s class. We ask that you have contacted the classroom teacher directly before sending in any treats. Nut free, packaged foods are the best choice due to food allergies and food safety. If teachers are planning a special occasion in the classroom they will make a request to parents for a treat if necessary.

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 teacher for other possible allergens.

February

This month’s character attribute is Perseverance
Staying purposeful and committed

Looking Ahead

March 6th – Intermediate Girls and Boys Basketball Tournament
March 7th from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Elmira Poultry Pick up
March 11th – 15th – March Break Holiday
March 29th – Spirit Day and Fresh Friday Lunch
April 19th – Good Friday Holiday
April 22nd – Easter Monday Holiday

Community Events

February 1 – Skating at the Tavistock Arena from 10:30 – noon and hot chocolate and hot dogs will be served. This event is sponsored by the Shakespeare Fire Fighters. Welcome to all.

February 23 – Mark your calendars for Saturday February 23rd, for the Shakespeare Fire Fighter’s 4th annual “Wing Night”. Please come support our efforts and have dinner cooked by us!
Saturday, February 23rd – from 5:30-8:00pm
Shakespeare Optimist Hall
Tickets – $20 for adults, $10 for kids 6-12, kids 5 & under free
Tickets are available from any Shakespeare firefighter, Akins Brewer Lumber or you can contact Barb Myers at 519-274-1215