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December 2018 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

In this busy time of year, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed as we race from place to place, commitment to commitment. As adults we recognize the need to pause but often do not as we take on the needs of our little people.

Something we have been working on at Romeo is mindfulness with our students. We apply some mindfulness strategies to help us calm and return to the green zone. They do not take long, but they are so effective.

Here are some breathing techniques you could do with your child when you both need a moment:

  1. Place your hand on your belly. Take 10 deep breaths, noticing your belly going up and down.
  2.  Sit very still and notice one thing that you can hear, see, feel, taste or smell.
  3.  Close your eyes and think about how you are feeling. Happy? Sad? Mad? Scared? Excited? Something else? Think about how you know you are feeling this way.

Your child may name a few other strategies to share with you. Hopefully in the hustle and bustle this time of year, you can carve out a few moments with these ideas.

Happy Holidays from Your Friends at Romeo

Holiday Concert

This year, Romeo staff has decided to change things up. Instead of a turkey dinner this year, we are inviting families to join us 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.

Concert Pictures

Gone are the days of struggling to take the perfect picture while the concert is on! We will have our class pictures, in our costumes for sale again for $5 per picture. Your photo will be ready that night!

We want to thank Edge Imaging Photography, who donate their time and all materials to make this happen. 100% of all money raised goes to Romeo students!

Grade 1 French Immersion Information

Please see the attached information sheet, regarding open house at Bedford Public School on Tuesday, December 4 at 6:00 p.m. Registration forms for Grade 1 French Immersion are due before January 31, 2019.

K-Kids News

Our K-Kids have been very busy! Below are some ways they are bringing Holiday Cheer to our school.

Thank you to The Kiwanis Club of Stratford for providing 10 K-Kids Club shirts for our students to wear at events.  Some students will be participating in the collection of donations for the Kiwanis Christmas Basket fund at the December 7th Warriors game and some students will be heard on the radio the morning of December 7th to promote that event.

Winter Accessories Drive

During the month of December, from the 3rd to the 21st, students can bring in winter wear: hats, mitts, scarfs, old winter coats. The K-Kids Club will hang them on the Christmas Trees in the front lobby. We will donate all items to the house of blessing during the holidays.  K-Kids will help with the collection of items each morning.

Holiday Songs

On December 17, December 20 and December 21 we will have a mixture of Holiday songs, jokes, class performances to share some holiday cheer. The K-Kids will act as the MC’s for these assemblies.

We will also participate in a special Holiday activity for staff on the 21st carol sing (it is exciting!)

Bulletin Board Contest

Classes will create a Holiday Bulletin Board. The boards will be voted on, by fellow students and the winning class will receive hot chocolate and cookies!

Fun Family Question

Thank you for all of the responses to the Fun Family Question from last month!

The idea behind the monthly Family Fun question is that everyone can participate in a question 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 change anything in the world, what would it be?

One of the answers we got was: “I would make sure the world will never run out of water, we could never die and we could play video games in the car.”

This great answer seems to combine both worldliness and entertainment! Thank you for sharing!

This month, the question is:
What is your favourite family tradition?

Please send in any funny responses on the last page of this newsletter that we draw for a free pizza each month!

Important Days / Spirit Days

Friday, December 7 – P.A. Day, No School

Tuesday, December 11 – Secondary Band playing at Romeo

Monday, December 17 – Dress as your favourite Christmas Character

Tuesday, December 18 – Dress Rehearsal for Holiday Celebration

Wednesday, December 19 – 9:30-10:30 a.m. is our morning performance and 6:00-6:45 p.m. that same day is our Open House in classrooms, with concert to start at 7:00 p.m. performances of our Holiday Celebration.

December 17, 20, 21 – Holiday Sing

Thursday, December 20 – Pyjama Day

Friday, December 21 – Wear red, green and white. Last day of school before the holidays!

Holiday Dance

The Halloween dance was such a success, we wanted to celebrate a special event together again.  On December 21, our school will be physically active and enjoy some social time during the last block.

iAMme – Student Identification Survey

Parents/guardians are requested to complete the survey online, over the period of December 3 – 7. The survey will go live on December 3, 2018. Paper copies of the survey will be provided to K-6 parents/guardians upon request, if that is the preferred method of completion of the survey.

The survey is confidential but not anonymous. Student login and birthdates provided on the survey will allow the data to be compared with other types of data (e.g. demographic data, school programs and achievement data) at the system and school level. All data will be collected and housed by the Avon Maitland District School Board and accessed only under the direction of the Director of Education.

This Identity-Based Data Collection project has been branded as I am me. The I am Me landing page for this project will be posted to the board’s website and will go live November 1, 2018. The survey will be attached to the landing page and will go live December 3, 2018.

Dressing for the cold weather…

Please remember to label and send a hat, mittens / gloves, snow pants, a coat and boots with your child. It would be helpful to send and leave a pair of socks also. Please let us know if your child needs one or more of these items, as we have a small supply here at the school.

SchoolCashOnline

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.

Active School Travel / School Travel Plan

When your kids walk to school (or ride a bike or scooter), they’re setting the tone for a good day. Sure, sometimes distance, weather, and other safety considerations make such “active commuting” impossible. But if your kids have a mile or less to travel, they should hoof it. Here is one research-backed reason why.

It’s Safer Than You Think

By about age 10, kids are old enough to cross streets safely and handle other emergencies that may come up. Before then, crossing guards can help, and so can adult chaperones.

When more kids walk to school, neighborhoods flourish—a virtuous cycle which makes them safer and more pleasant to walk in. A research / study found, “Communities that have invested in infrastructure to promote walking or biking have shown increased property values, improved air quality, reduced urban heat injury and greater social cohesion.”

Watch for more information about Romeo School taking part in an Active School Travel Plan with the City of Stratford, Stratford Police Dept., local Media and more!

Student Safety

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

School Council

We would like to thank School Council for our successful MacMillan’s Fundraiser! It was our first time working with MacMillan’s and between the organized company and an amazing School Council, it was organized in record time!

We would love to have more parents join us at School Council! Our next meeting is Tuesday January 22, at 7:00 in the library at Romeo.

Office Reminders

Please call the school to confirm any changes to your child’s information.

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

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.

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 volunteers 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 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.

Indoor Shoes

If you have not done so already, please send a pair of shoes to school with your child to be worn inside only. With the onset of winter weather, this will help keep our classrooms cleaner and far fewer falls.

Emergency Phone Contact

In the age of cell phones, phone numbers are changing more frequently than ever before. If at any time your number or the number or your listed Emergency contact changes, please call the school so we can update our files. It is important to do so in the event we need to phone you in case of an emergency or illness.

School Bus Delays or Cancellations

Now that the colder weather is here, winter storms may cause school bus delays or cancellations. For updates on the weather and buses go to the Cancellations and Delays Website.

For parents who are unable to access the website, please listen to the local radio station 1240AM – CJCS or 107.7 FM

Volunteers

Our School Council will pay for any Police Checks (Criminal Reference and Vulnerable Sector) that are required for Romeo School volunteer positions. Simply go into the Police Station with your Identification and ask for these documents, pay for the service and bring your receipt into the school office for reimbursement. Police checks are required for in school volunteering or excursions.

A Gift To Honour

With a ‘Gift to Honour’ you can choose to make a donation in someone’s honour and 100% of that donation will be designated for a project within your own school.

Here is the process:
1. Fill out the Gift to Honour & Tax Receipt Information.
This can be found at your school or online at the Foundation for Education.

2. Attach a cheque for your chosen amount. The cheque must be made payable to the Foundation For Education who will issue a charitable tax receipt for the full amount.

3. Return this Form and cheque to your school to be forwarded to the Foundation.

4. Pick up a Gift to Honour card at the school and fill out for the child to hand to the person receiving the card.

Wes MacVicar, Foundation For Education
Executive Director
web: foundationforeducation.ca
facebook: foundationforeducation
twitter: @Found4Education
1-800-592-5437

Romeo School Staff and Students wish you and your families a safe and enjoyable holiday. We look forward to seeing everyone back on Monday, January 7, 2019.

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