April 2019 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

Every month I have so much gratitude to all of the wonderful volunteers who support Romeo Students and this month is no different. Thanks to our volunteers, our Students have hot breakfasts available every day, mentors to communicate with and who make them understand they are important. This week is “thank a Volunteer Week.”

I can’t thank each of you enough. In a world where people feel busier and more over whelmed than ever, you have carved a piece of your valuable time for Romeo and the message for our children is that they are important, they do count and they are worthy. The power of volunteering is incredible and I thank you for doing it month after month and year after year.

This month, our 2/3 and 3/4 class are having the opportunity to go to Blyth to see “New Friends, Old Friends”, thanks to Mike and Jackie McCourt at D & D Automation who purchased the tickets to make this experience happen. We would also like to thank the Bus Operators 8-30 Association for funding their transportation!

Family Fun Question

Thank you for all of the responses to the Fun Family Question from last month!
This month’s question is “If you won $1000 and could not spend it on yourself, what would you do with it?”

The monthly Family Fun question is intended to have all your family members participate in a conversation around a question, that allows everyone to connect, while walking to school, eating dinner or going to a sports event.

Please record your answer on the last page and send your answers back to school. Each month two students win free Domino’s Pizza!

Rheo Thompson Chocolate Fundraiser

Thank you for supporting this School Council Spring fundraising campaign and a local business. We had a fantastic response! Your orders will be available to pick up on Tuesday, April 16 between 2:30 and 4:00 p.m. Please arrange to have the larger orders picked up by a vehicle, as the weather can be unpredictable and the chocolate can be heavy and fragile.

Staff Change

Mrs. Richardson has started her next educational adventure and is now at Little Falls. We wish her a great experience!

We would like to share that Mr. Colclough has joined the Romeo Team as Head Custodian!

A Big Thanks

Zehr’s Grocery Store (Stratford) is generously giving our Grade K/1 class a Free Nutrition Cooking class and tour of the store. As part of our Local Community unit, the Grade K/1 class will also be going to Domino’s Pizza, YMCA, Rheo Thompson’s, Foodland Grocery Store and the Stratford Public Library. We are excited about the Stratford Police and Firefighters visiting our classroom as well.

Outdoor Clothing

Please ensure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather, be it cold or wet. Students are outside for 20 minutes, twice a day.

Extra socks should be in all students’ backpacks—they get wet!

It is also so helpful to put your child’s name on all of their belongings. We have a Lost and Found bin full of items without names.

Please come see the lost and found box, if anything belongs to your child.

Important Dates

  • Friday, April 12 is Wacky Hair Day!
  • Tuesday April 16- please pick up your Rheo’s Orders 2:30-4:00 in the library
  • Friday, April 19 is Good Friday – Holiday – No School
  • Monday, April 22 is Easter Monday – Holiday – No School
  • Active School Travel / School Travel Plan

Active Travel

Warmer weather is here. We encourage everyone to make Active Travel a part of their day. Walking is a great way to enjoy the many benefits of physical activity.
Ontario Active School Travel is an Ontario-wide program dedicated to children’s mobility, health and happiness. It is delivered by Green Communities Canada.

AMDSB Foundation for Education

We are excited to receive two fully-funded Foundation Art | Life Workshops!

Colour & Techniques of Painting with Vanessa DeGroot will be presented to Ms. Lobb’s and Ms. Hoonaard’s classes in April. Children will be engaged in colour mixing and basic techniques of painting as they implement these skills by creating a painting. Students will learn how shapes can be used to build an image, while receiving step by step instruction to create their own masterpiece.

The Foundation receives financial support from community members and that generates opportunities which supports this type of programming for our students. Thank you for all the support.

web: foundationforeducation.ca
facebook: foundationforeducation
twitter: @Found4Education


All school fees can be paid online.
Go to the SchoolCashOnline website and click “Get Started Today”. Fast, safe and convenient.  Call the school if you have any questions.


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!

School Council

Please consider joining this dedicated group and become involved in school related activities that impact your child – your help is needed, your participation is appreciated! The next meeting will be announced.

Student Safety

We ask for your co-operation in reminding your child to please cross at the crosswalk to ensure safety of everyone.

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.

AMDSB SchoolMessenger

The Avon Maitland District School Board uses School Messenger for communication to allow us to deliver important information to you via e-mail, phone and text messaging.  SchoolMessenger is intended to enhance our existing methods of communication – not replace them.

To receive text messages you must opt in by texting Yes to 978338 from your mobile device.

Please note – although AMDSB does not charge you for this service, it does not pay for text message charges that may be incurred by you for sending or receiving text messages. Check with your wireless carrier for possible charges.

Types of messages you may receive –
• School activities and events
• School Council and other school-related groups/agencies messages
• School/District related emergency impacting school district
• Weather-related school delays and closures
• Power outage or other issues during the school day which causes school to end early
• Community emergency impacting families

If you have any questions please contact the school office.


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.

Family Fun Question for April

Please share with us your answer to the monthly question: “If you won $1000 and could not spend it on yourself, what would you do with it?”

Student’s Name:

Thank you for your answer! We will draw a Domino’s Gift Card!

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

Student’s Name: