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June 2019 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

“I hope your dreams take you…to the corners of your smiles, to the highest of your hopes, to the windows of your opportunities, and to the most special places your heart has ever seen,” Author Unknown.

The school year is drawing to a close for some slowly, but for me, always too swiftly. This time of year, I am always amazed by the individual photos that students had taken in the fall when compared to the class photos we just had taken. Our students have grown in so many ways this year and they have so much to be proud of. It is always interesting to ask children what their favourite part of their year has been.

I am hoping that for some, their favourite memories are yet to come this year. The month of June will be very busy with events, trips, special days and happy memories.
There are some staff members that we will be saying goodbye to us this month as well. Ms. Eicher and Mrs. Boon are headed to Sprucedale Public School for the upcoming school year, Mrs. Lewis will be headed to Stratford Northwestern and Ms. Hoonaard is headed to South Perth Centennial School. We are looking forward to welcoming Mrs. Pearce to Romeo!

Family Fun Question

This month’s Family Fun Question is a bit sentimental but also lots of fun. I can’t wait to read the responses. This month’s question is:

Out of all the things you have learned as a kid, what do you think will be most useful to you as an adult?

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!

Important Dates

Tuesday, June 4 – Grades 4, 5 & 6 Track and Field
Friday, June 7 – P.A. Day – no school
Tuesday, June 11 – Twin Day, find a friend and dress the same – Spirit Day
Tuesday, June 11 – Elmira Chicken to be picked up at Romeo between 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Friday, June 14 – Volunteer Appreciation breakfast 8:00 – 8:45 a.m.
Wednesday, June 26 – Grade 6 Graduation 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 26 – Lions Pool swim for whole school 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 26 – Report cards go home
Thursday, June 27 – Last day of school!
Friday, June 28 – P.A. Day – no school

Spirit Day in June is Twin Day on Tuesday, June 11 (organize with a friend to be twins for the day and dress the same).

Head Lice

Head lice spreads easily, it is recommended that you check your child’s hair regularly for signs of live lice or their eggs (nits).

If you suspect that your child may have head lice, it is important that treatment be given immediately. Ask your pharmacist to suggest an effective treatment product. Once your child has been treated your child may return to school. A second treatment 7-10 days after the first will kill newly hatched lice that survived the first treatment. Nit removal after each treatment may decrease the chance of self – re-infestation.

Please inform the school and any other close contacts (eg. family members, friends, team mates, caregivers), so other parents can be notified to check their children more closely. All matters regarding head lice will be handled confidentially.

If you have questions, please contact the Perth District Health Unit Health Line at 519-271-7600 ext. 267. You can also visit the Perth District Health Unit website.

Outdoor Clothing

Please ensure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather. Be it sun or rain, students are outside for 20 minutes, twice a day and require cover from sunburn or a change of clothes because they got wet.

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

Your child requires an indoor pair of running shoes at all times. Please be sure to check throughout the school year, that these shoes fit and are in good/safe condition.

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.

Lost and Found

All lost and found items are on display in the hall beside the gym. After June 17th any unclaimed items will be donated to a local charity. Please drop by and take a look at what has been left in the building.

Jump for the future! Jump for healthy hearts!

Making healthy choices for your kids is something you do every day. That’s why programs like Jump Rope for Heart get the thumbs up from parents across Canada.
By participating in Heart and Stroke – Jump Rope for Heart program, kids also take pride in their fundraising — both individually and as part of a team.

Romeo’s Jump event was on Friday, May 10th. Our families raised $2000.00 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Amazing!

Active School Travel / School Travel Plan

The Truth about Active Transportation: Using active transportation to get to school is one of the easiest ways to increase your child’s physical activity level.

The fact of the matter is that traffic danger is much more of a real threat than “stranger danger”. But by driving your kids to school you are actually contributing to the problem!

  • Vehicle congestion around the school premises creates a less safe environment for those who use active travel.
  • Be part of the solution: more kids walking and cycling means fewer cars on the road and safer streets for everyone! • Teach your kids the rules of the road including traffic signals, bike hand signals and pavement markings.
  • Make sure your child knows the crossing guard and when and where to cross the street (at designated crosswalks/intersections).
  • If your child’s route lacks crosswalks, sidewalks or proper snow removal, contact local officials – it’s your civic right!
  • Arrange for your kid to walk in a group. There’s safety in numbers!

Ontario Active School Travel is an Ontario-wide program dedicated to children’s mobility, health and happiness. It is delivered/supported by Green Communities Canada.

Schoolcash Online

All school fees can be paid online. Go to the Schoolcashonline website  and click Get Started Today.  Call the school if you have any questions.

Romeo School’s Library

Ms. Bogle would like to remind everyone to please take a look around at home and make sure that all Romeo School’s library books are returned to the school by Friday, June 14th. Thanks for all your help and enjoy the summer.

Eye See… Eye Learn®

The Eye See… Eye Learn® program is designed to detect, diagnose and treat children with vision problems when they begin junior kindergarten, so that every child can see and learn to the best of their ability. Junior Kindergarten (JK) students receive an OHIP-insured eye exam by a participating OAO member, and if prescribed, one complimentary pair of glasses courtesy of our exclusive industry partners, and participating optometrists.

Don’t let your junior kindergarten students miss the opportunity to get their eyes examined and be able to participate in the Eye See…Eye Learn program. The ESEL program will end for the current JK students (born 2014) on June 30th.

Why should a child have an eye exam? If vision goes uncorrected eye co-ordination problems can cause:

  • Discomfort
  •  Reduced concentration
  • Slower processing speed
  • Interference with phonetic or eidetic decoding and spelling
  • Reading deficiencies

In preschool children, reduced depth perception and reduced accommodation were found to be predictors of reading performance in kindergarten and grade 1.

  • Risk of injury to sound eye increases.
  • This could arguably be the biggest public health issue concerning the vision of young children
  • One study from the UK showed that when the sound eye is injured, only 35% of people were able to continue in paid employment
  • Social consequences
  • Lower self esteem
  • Negative Self Image
  • Frustration
  • Embarrassment
  • Shame
  • Increased likelihood of criminal activity
  • Academic Performance
  • Reduced visual acuity at near has been reported to be more common in children with learning difficulties
  • Hyperopia has been shown to strongly linked with reduced literacy skills
  • Correction of hyperopia has been shown to result in improved reading achievement
  • Anisometropia has been demonstrated to be more common in children with poor reading skills
  • Decreased likelihood of higher education

Stratford Public Library

Learning doesn’t need to stop when the school bell rings.

STEM Village lets students explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math skills through video courses and games. Content is aligned with the Ontario curriculum.

Check out a STEAM MakerKit from the Stratford Public Library. Kits provide the materials needed for hands-on creativity and experimentation. Explore circuits, coding, robotics and other STEAM concepts.

Visit the Stratford Public Library MakerSpace. Try 3D printing, use the vinyl cutter, make a custom button, explore robotics and coding activities during OpenLabs. Ages 9+

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!

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 June 11 at 7:00 in the library at Romeo.

Student Safety

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

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 –
General
• School activities and events
• School Council and other school-related groups/agencies messages
Emergency
• 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.

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.

School Year Calendar 2019-2020

The 2019-2020 school year commences Tuesday, September 3, 2019 with an instructional day and classes end on Thursday, June 25, 2020 with an instructional day.
Christmas Break commences Monday, December 23, 2019 and concludes on Friday, January 3, 2020. Classes resume Monday, January 6, 2020.

March Break commences on Monday, March 16, 2020 and concludes on Friday, March 20, 2020.

Seven professional activity days are scheduled as follows:

  • Friday, September 13, 2019
  • Friday, November 8, 2019
  • Friday, December 6, 2019
  • Friday, January 31, 2020
  • Monday, May 1, 2020
  • Monday, June 8, 2020
  • Friday, June 26, 2020

Breakfast Club

We thank all our wonderful volunteers who made this valuable opportunity possible for Romeo students and families, all year long. We hope to see you at the volunteer appreciation breakfast on Tuesday June 17th from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m!

Family Fun Question for June

Out of all the things you have learned as a kid, what do you think will be most useful to you as an adult?

Please share with us your answer to the monthly question:

Student’s Name:

Thank you, your child’s name will be entered into a Domino’s Gift Card draw!