November 2018 Newsletter

Please help your child pick nut free treats after Halloween!

Principal’s Message

Thank you for all of the responses to the Fun Family Question from last month! Here’s one of the great responses-

The idea behind the monthly Family Fun question is that everyone can participate in a questions and have a conversation that allows everyone to connect, while walking to school, eating dinner or going to a sports event.

Last month we asked: If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, who would it be and what would you ask them?
One of the answers we got was: Queen Elizabeth, how can I become a princess?

This month, the question is:
If you could change anything in the world, what would it be?
Please send in any funny responses on the last page of this newsletter that we draw for a free pizza each month!

MacMillan’s Fundraising

We have had many requests for a MacMillan’s Fundraiser and here it is! Brochures for MacMillan’s Classics are coming home with the newsletter today. Everything from Appetizers to their best- selling Turtle Cheesecake! Cheques must be made payable to Romeo Public School (this fundraiser will not be available in Schoolcash Online) Order forms are due back on Friday November 9th. Orders will be delivered on Tuesday, November 27th.

Holiday Concert

This year, Romeo staff have decided to change things up. Instead of a turkey dinner this year, they are inviting families to join them for an open house just before the concert with treats! Please join your child’s class from 6:00-6:45 p.m. for a visit. Then at 6:45 p.m. we invite you to take your seat for the concert and students will prepare in their classrooms. The concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. Our concert date this year is Wednesday, December 19th, with the snow date of December 20th.

Mike’s Bowling Cards

Need a unique gift this Holiday Season? Give the gift of a Mike’s Bowling Club Card! Each card entitles you to 10 hours of bowling for the low price of $40.00. This means you save $400! You can have up to 6 people in your lane and all you have to pay for is the price of your shoe rental (just $2.85). This also includes Glow In the Dark Bowling! The card is valid until April 30th 2019. This is a great Christmas gift or a great way to have fun in the winter! All proceeds will benefit Romeo Students if you call or text Michelle at 519-301-3360.

How does your family travel to School?

Active transportation is any form of human-powered transportation – walking, cycling, wheeling, rollerblading and skateboarding are all examples.
It has many benefits:
• More physical activity which can lead to better health
• Increased social interaction
• Reduced traffic congestion
• Decreased greenhouse gas emissions
• Savings on gas and parking
Think twice about using your car for every trip. Could you use a more active mode instead?

Before/After School Childcare Program Survey

Families interested in Before and After school Childcare programs, should complete the on-line survey no later than December 1st. The survey is available on the AMDSB website.

Should you require a copy of the survey, please contact the school.
We appreciate your assistance as we determine the feasibility of offering such programs.

“Calling All Three Year Olds” New Kindergarten Registration

Our “New to Kindergarten” (Calling All Three Year Olds) Registration Day is Monday November 5th, in the morning. Please call Mrs. Kane for your Registration package and appointment
time.

SchoolCash Online

Don’t be disappointed because you missed the submission date for school lunches, excursions or fundraisers.

For registration, you will need your child’s OEN number (do not enter the spaces or dashes) and your banking card (this system will not take credit cards) then, go to the SchoolCash website and click “Get Started Today”

Fast, Safe and Convenient.  Call the school if you have any questions.

Lions Vision / Hearing Screening for JK & SK students

In partnership with local Lions Club organizations, we are pleased to offer hearing and vision screening for JK and SK students. We understand the impact of having healthy eyes and good hearing on your child’s overall health, well-being and education. JK/SK Vision and Hearing Screening will take place at Romeo on Thursday, November 8. We will send a more detailed letter shortly.

Office Reminders

Please include your child’s name on all forms that come back to school, ensure all the information on that form is accurate and call the school to confirm the updated information is recorded in your child’s data.

Please remember to call the school office if your child will be absent for any reason and check in if they arrive late.

Important Dates

Thursday, November 1 – Evening Interviews
Friday, November 2 – Morning Interviews, P.A. Day
Monday, November 5 – Calling All Three Year Olds – New Kindergarten Registration
Tuesday, November 6 -Teen Esteem begins
Friday, November 9 – Skating at Allman Arena and Remembrance Day Assembly, MacMillan Orders Due
Tuesday, November 13 – School Council Meeting
Thursday, November 15 – Skating at Allman Arena
Friday, November 23 – Skating at Allman Arena
Tuesday, November 27 – MacMillan’s Food Orders delivered to Romeo School
Thursday, November 29 – Skating at Allman Arena

Labels

Please label all of your children’s items. Each year we end up with an array of items with no names. Please help us avoid this by clearly labeling items so they can be returned safely.

Volunteers Needed!

There are so many ways to volunteer at Romeo to keep the great opportunities rolling and perhaps add some more! All Volunteers are required to have a Criminal Reference check and a Vulnerable Sector check completed. Romeo’s School Council is able to reimburse this expense when you provide a receipt.

School Council

Our next meeting will be in the library at Romeo School on Tuesday, November 13th. Please join us!

School Messenger

The Avon Maitland District School Board is excited to have a service that will enhance communication by allowing us to deliver important information to you via text messaging. SchoolMessenger is intended to enhance our existing methods of communication – not replace them. AMDSB will only use SchoolMessenger to provide information to you that is timely, relevant and important. Sign up to receive Text Messages: From your mobile device text Yes to 978338

Before School & After School Supervision

Supervision in the school yard before school begins at 8:35 a.m. It is strongly encouraged that students should not be entering the property prior to this time. As well, after school, students should proceed promptly off the property after dismissal and head home. If students return to the school after dismissal it is with the understanding that is it under parental supervision. The yards are not supervised after 3:20 p.m.

Visitors

All parents, caregivers, friends, relatives, and guests are to come to the office to sign in before going to visit a class or person in the school. This is for safety reasons and if the school needs to be evacuated, we can account for everyone. Thanks for your cooperation with this routine.

Head lice: A Nit Pickin’ Nuisance!

Head lice are a common problem for children. Lice do not carry diseases and are not considered a health risk, but can be a major nuisance for children and their families.

Head lice are tiny brown insects about the size of a sesame seed. They cannot jump or fly. Head lice are spread by head-to-head contact with someone who has lice. They can also be spread through sharing personal items, such as hair brushes or hats.

The Perth District Health Unit recommends that parents check your children’s hair weekly for head lice.

If your child has head lice, tell the school or child care centre right away. They can tell other families to watch for and treat any lice that may appear. Everyone in the house with lice will need to be treated at the same time

Families Reminded to Get the Flu Shot and Stop the Spread of Flu

The flu shot is free and recommended for everyone over six months of age.

It’s important to stop the spread of flu to people who may be at risk of health-related complications. Protect yourself and your family by making sure everyone gets the flu shot this year.

Influenza (or the flu) is a respiratory illness that can spread easily from person to person, especially among kids.

This fall, get the flu shot at:

  • Your family doctor’s office
  • All pharmacies in Perth County (ages 5 and up)
  • By-appointment clinics at the Perth District Health Unit in Stratford and Listowel (for families with children under the age of 5). Go to the PDHU Website for dates, times and to book an appointment online.
  • Drop-in community clinics in Stratford at Spruce Lodge (Griffith Auditorium), 643 West Gore St.
    Friday, October 26, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Thursday, November 8, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

For more information about the flu shot:

Call Health Line at 519-271-7600 ext 267 or toll-free at 1-877-271-7348 ext 267
Follow the Health Unit on Facebook and Twitter @PDHealthUnit

Free Pizza

My answer to the question from the first page of this newsletter:

Student Name:

We have read this newsletter together and we would like to be entered in the draw for a free pizza!

Student Name: