September 2019 Newsletter

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A warm ‘Welcome Back’ to all our students and families as we start another school year!
We are looking forward to a fantastic 2019-20 school year!

I look forward to seeing everyone and welcoming our new families as well over the coming weeks. Please feel free to call or stop in if you have any questions.  We are sending a lot of information home with your child(ren) this week.  Please take time to read everything.  Also check our school website and Twitter messages (Twitter@NorthEasthopePS) regularly throughout the year for the most up to date information and postings.

Mrs. Jo Anne Knechtel

North Easthope PS Staff
JoAnne Knechtel – Principal
Melinda Brace – Secretary
Janet Smitjes – Technical Resource Assistant
Steve Lostell – Custodian
Sharon Gooden-Wright – Custodians
Victoria Robertson – Music/Primary Prep Coverage
Kathy Burkhardt – Educational Assistant
Kyla McEwen – Educational Assistant
Thea Kurzatz – Educational Assistant
Ashley Mathieson – Educational Assistant
Sherri Bell – Supervision Educational Assistant
Michelle Matthews – Designated Early Childhood Educator
Marsha van Zuilen – Kindergarten
Susan Browning – Grade 1
Anne Hutchinson – Grade 2/3
Sherrie Hearn-Smith – Grade 3/4
Christine Wilkinson – Grade 4/5
Bill Garland – Grade  6/7
Beth Vallance – Grade 7/8
Courtney Miller – Learning Resource & French Teacher

Bus Information
Bussing information is available on the Huron Perth Student Transportation Services website on the Bus Planner Web tab.

School Photos
Adanac Images will be here taking student photos and class pictures as follows: Oct 21 for all students and Retakes will be taken on Nov. 27.  Order forms will be sent home prior.

Code of Conduct
The Code of Conduct is found on the Avon Maitland District School Board web page,  under Resources and Information from the Office.  The information is also included in the Parent/Student Information Booklet coming home this week.  It is important to us for you to read the document and keep the booklet for handy reference.  There is a ‘tear-off’ section for each student and parent to sign and return to school after reading the booklet. Please return this by September 6th.

Emergency Contact Information Form
Please edit where needed and return your child(ren)’s emergency contact form (yellow form) by Friday. Sept. 6th.  At a school, it is essential that we have an emergency contact person who is readily available if needed.  Even though you may be at home most of the time, your child could become ill or injured during a time that you may not be at home.  We need the name and number of someone you trust to make decisions for the care of your child. We ask that if this information changes throughout the year that you please notify the school office immediately to be sure our records are accurate.

The school bus that your child rides on is an extension of the school.  Rules that apply at school apply to the buses as well.  Unless there is a serious situation, students will not be allowed to switch buses. We will allow for the switching of buses for childcare requests only when it happens on a consistent basis.  An “Alternate Residence” bus transportation form needs to be filled in and sent to the Transportation Department.

Safe Arrival
Please help us ensure that all children arrive safely at school.  Please call the school and inform us if your child will be absent or late.  You may leave a message on the answering machine at any time.  Please try to contact the school by 8:45 a.m.  If your child is absent and no note or phone call is received from you, the secretary will be calling you to report your child’s absence.  Note:  Under the Child and Family Services Act, Section 79, the principal is required to report to CAS, any child under the age of 10, who is absent from the school without supervision and care.

Daily Schedule
8:55                      Buses arrive
8:55- 9:35           Announcements, Period 1
9:35-10:15           Period 2
10:15 – 10:45       Period 3
10:45 – 11:05       Recess
11:05 – 11:25        Nutrition Break
11:25 – 11:55        Period 4
11:55 – 12:35       Period 5
12:35 – 1:15         Period 6
1:15 – 1:35           Recess
1:35 – 1:55         Nutrition Break
1:55 – 2:35          Period 7
2:35 – 3:15          Period 8
3:15 – 3:20         Dismissal, Buses depart

Recess Policy
All students are required to go outside for recess.  Having a chance to run, play and breathe the fresh air is important to everyone’s wellbeing.  If a child is well enough to come to school, they are well enough to go outside.  Please provide a doctor’s note if your child is required to remain indoors for an extended period of time.

Visitors to the School and/or Dropping Off/Picking Up Students
In the interest of school safety, we ask that everyone use the front door by the office to enter the school.  Please ensure that you inform the office of your visit.  Please do not go to the classrooms before and after the school day begins or during regular classes.  Teachers are busy preparing lessons and assignments during these times or working with students.  The secretary or principal are available to assist you. Students are not to be picked up on the yard during recess time.  Come to the office and we will get your child for you.  If a child is to be picked up during school hours, please send a note signed by the parent to the homeroom teacher or call the school and let the office know.  The note should indicate the date, time and reason for having to leave the school.  A note written in the child’s planner to be shown to the teacher and office works well.  When you arrive to pick up your child, you must check in at the office and fill in the student sign in/out clipboard.

Ontario Student Nutrition Program
Welcome back! We are looking forward to offering a weekly Fresh Friday or a Tasty Tuesday snack again this year, together with whole grain products in our classroom green bins each day. Green bins are stocked in each classroom and plans are in place to begin serving a Fresh Friday Snack on Sept.6th.

If you or someone you know are interested in volunteering to help with our Student Nutrition program we always welcome new helpers! If you have food to donate (we’ll happily accept any extra garden produce!) that too would be a terrific help. Please contact Julie Moore at if you are interested in volunteering, have a food donation or have any questions about our student nutrition program.

Thanks in advance to our returning volunteers for their support and help! We’re looking forward to another great year together!

All volunteers require a Criminal Background and Vulnerable Screening Check done through the OPP.  These forms are available through the office at the school.  Please note that this process does take some time so completing these in advance of your volunteer time is necessary.  Once you have completed this process, there will be an Offence Declaration form that will be sent home from the school each year that simply requires you to sign and return to the school.

We recognize the busy schedules that you have and truly appreciate the time that you give to our students here at North Easthope PS.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the school.

Two Shoe System at School
We strongly encourage all students to bring an extra pair of shoes to be left at school. These shoes are indoor shoes and are not worn outside of the school building. The two shoe system greatly assists our school custodians with their quest of keeping our floors clean.   In order to help reduce the scuff marks on our school gym floor please try and avoid the use of black soled shoes.

North Easthope is a Nut Safe School
North Easthope is a Nut Safe School.  Some of our students have a life-threatening allergy to peanuts and other nuts.  An allergic reaction to peanuts will 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:

  • Do not use peanut butter
  • 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 was used at home

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

We are a Scent Free School.  Please consider those with allergies and refrain from wearing perfumes or colognes. 

Sabrina’s Law and Anaphylaxis
In January 2006, Sabrina’s Law came into effect.  This law requires school boards to have emergency procedures in place to deal with incidents of anaphylaxis and to provide training for all staff.  With support from the Perth District Health Unit and the Huron County Health Unit, school principals provide to their staff, annual training in the administration of EPI-Pens to treat anaphylactic reactions.  In cases where a student is anaphylactic, parents/guardians are expected to provide an EPI-Pen(s) for their child to carry with them at all times during the school day.  Parents/Guardians must also work with the school to develop an Individual medical Management Plan that outlines emergency procedures for their child.  In accordance with Sabrina’s Law, all schools have been provided with two generic EPI-Pens.  These EPI-Pens are being provided to support schools in responding to a medical emergency for anaphylactic student for whom the school has an Individual medical Management Plan and Emergency Procedure in place.  Also, in accordance with Sabrina’s Law, schools must administer an EPI-Pen when a student is suspected of suffering an anaphylactic reaction even if no Individual Medical Management Plan exists.  If you are aware that your child is allergic to epinephrine or if you have any concerns, it is suggested that you contact the school principal.

 Ryan’s Law, 2015 – School Environment
Ryan’s Law – An Act to Protect Students with Asthma, was recently passed by the Ontario Legislature. This piece of legislation is an important step to support the well-being of students with asthma in Ontario schools. If your child has asthma, we ask that you immediately contact the main office at your school to provide information about your child’s asthma medication. With your permission, your child will be allowed to carry his/her asthma medication while at school. The Ministry of Education website has resources on asthma that can be found at: As a best practice and to support your child, please let the school know if your child has a medical condition so that the school is aware and can keep this information on file. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the principal directly.

Medically At Risk
If your child has a life threatening medical problem, such as diabetes, severe asthma, life threatening allergies or seizures, please inform the school so that an Individual Medical Management Plan can be prepared.

Medication at School
Staff is not permitted to administer medications to students unless parents have signed an information and permission form.  The dosage needed is recorded and the medication with original labelling is locked away until it is required.  Please see the office for the proper forms. They are also available on our school website under Resources.

Desks and Lockers
Just a reminder that desks and lockers are considered to be school property and a search of such property is permissible by school administration.

Cell Phones, IPods, Electronic Games, Valuables
Personal electronic devices have become very common among many of our students.  These devices provide entertainment for students on long bus rides to and from school, they can provide information at our fingertips and open up the walls of our classrooms to enhance education for all, and they have also become a common form of communication between many of us.  Students are reminded that when they bring valuable items such as cell phones, iPods, iPads, handheld gaming systems etc. to school, they do so at their own risk.  These personal devices may be used while riding the school bus, however students are reminded that the bus is an extension of the school and therefore all games and music must be appropriate for the school setting.  Students are reminded that no video or photos are permitted to be taken of other students without parental consent.

The following information applies to all students who bring and use personal electronic devices:

  • The Board Computer Use Code of Conduct applies for all personal electronic devices.
  • The use of personal electronic devices during instructional time is at the discretion of each individual teacher.
  • Texting, non-emergency phone calls and taking pictures is strictly prohibited unless under the direct supervision of a teacher to be used for educational purposes with all of the appropriate permissions in place.
  • Electronic equipment is not permitted outside during recess time, as students are encouraged to be active.
  • Inappropriate use by a student could result in denial of computer privileges, suspension and/or legal action.
  • The school is not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen items.

Video Surveillance Equipment
The school board uses surveillance equipment within school facilities and school buses to:

  • Enhance the safety of students and staff;
  • Protect school property against theft or vandalism; and/or
  • Aid in the identification of intruders and of persons who endanger the health, well-being or safety of school community members.

Information collected is collected by the school under the authority of the Education Act in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.  For information, please contact the school principal.

Tobacco Control Act:
The smoking or holding of lighted tobacco or cannabis (medical or recreational) and the use of an electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) to vape any substance is prohibited on all properties (land and buildings), public areas within 20 metres from school property perimeter, board-owned vehicles and contracted school buses during and outside of classroom hours. This prohibition includes private vehicles parked on board property. This extends to all events sponsored by Avon Maitland District School Board.

Upcoming Dates:
Oct. 1 – Pat Cook Cross Country Run
Oct. 8 – Regional Cross Country Meet
Oct 11 – Spirit Day – Food Drive
Oct. 14 – Thanksgiving Holiday
Oct. 17 – District Cross Country Meet

Community Events:
Wellesley North Easthope Agricultural Society Annual Fall Fair – September 10-11– Theme – “Wellesley Towniship is BEE-UTIFUL”

Stratford Agricultural Society Annual Fall Fair – September 19-22 – Theme – “Celebrating our Grand Lady She is Udderly Beautiful”

This Month’s Character Attribute is RESPECT – click here to view calendar
Be a reflection of what you’d like to see in others! If you want love, give love, if you want honesty, give honesty, if you want respect, give respect. You get in return, what you give!  Unknown

School Council
School Council is one way in which parents and community members can contribute to improving student achievement and school performance.  Each year, we invite all parents to come out to our meetings to continue to build the partnership between home and school to benefit all of our students.  Your involvement on Council can be as much or as little as you have time for.  While there are a number of Executive positions on Council, we welcome all parents to join in the discussions that impact our entire school community.  Our first Council meeting will be held on Thursday, September 12th, 6:30pm in the school library. All parents are welcome to come!

School Council Involvement Form:
I would like to be involved in the North Easthope Public School Council for the 2019 – 2020 school year.  An agenda is sent out via email each month before the School Council meeting.

Name:  __________________________________________

Phone Number:  ________________________________________

Email Address: _________________________________________