May 2019 Newsletter
May in Canada usually means warmer weather, the return of flowers, and more day light!
In schools is also means Education and Mental Health Week. Our understanding of Mental Health has evolved over the last few years and at Romeo we look at strong minds as being just as important as strong bodies.
We use mindfulness strategies and the zones of regulation to help us regulate when we are feeling overwhelmed. If you are wondering what these strategies are or how you could use them at home, please let us know.
Another exciting event we are looking forward to is the large Kiwanis convention happening in Stratford this month! Our K-Kids will be carrying the flags for over 15 countries as we welcome our guests. During the convention, we are so proud to share that our K-Kids have been asked to design and present a seminar on our experiences as being the only K-Kids school in Stratford! We would like to thank our Kiwanis friends for giving us this opportunity to celebrate our students’ learning!
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 could be any animal, what would it be, and why?
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!
Friday, May 3 – Dress like your favourite Star Wars Character.
Wednesday, May 8 – Active School Travel public launch. Walk / wheel to school and join us for a treat at 8:30 a.m.
Thursday, May 9 – Jump Rope for Heart school event at 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 14 – Class Photos
Monday, May 20 – Victoria Day Holiday – no school
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.
Spirit Day in May is Stars Wars Day on May 3.
Class Photos – Tuesday, May 14
Edge Imaging has scheduled us in and will be on a tight timeline. Please make every effort to have your child at school on time. These photos are generously provided to you by Edge Imaging, for free.
Avon Maitland District School Board Foundation for Education
We are excited to have received three fully-funded Foundation workshops!
Patsy Day was our guest on April 23rd and the grades 3/4, 4/5, and 5/6 classes learned about the history of First Nations in Ontario.
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.
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.
Thanks to parents, Jump Rope for Heart continues to instill life-long healthy habits for kids 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 will take place on Thursday, May 9 at 1:30 p.m. Heart & Stroke Fundraising information and envelopes went home and must be returned to Romeo School by May 9th. Online fundraising is also available at jumpropeforheart.ca
Active School Travel / School Travel Plan
We would love to see everyone within walking distance leave their cars at home and enjoy the fresh air on the way to school and home again. Don’t forget to dress for the weather—students will need their proper outdoor gear to enjoy recess time, anyway!
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.
On Wednesday, May 9 at 8:30 a.m., we will have special guests joining us on the school yard and our K-Kids will be here early to meet you and to give away some treats! We will have some media personnel here to help us spread the word about the importance of Active School Travel. Draw tickets will be available for those who walk or wheel to school. We hope you and your family will consider travelling to and from school by scooter, bike, walking or skipping every day!
Please fill in the “wheels” survey on the last page.
All school fees can be paid online.
Go to Schoolcashonline and click Get Started Today
Fast, Safe and Convenient. Call the school if you have any questions.
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+
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!
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 Tuesday, April 30 at 7:00 p.m.
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.
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 May- If you could be any animal, what would it be, and why?
Please share with us your answer to the monthly question:
Thank you, your child’s name will be entered into a Domino’s Gift Card draw!
Wheels Survey – Active School Travel
Everyone benefits from physical activity, especially children. Physical activity strengthens their hearts and helps kids and teens maintain a healthy weight and blood pressure, which may lower their risk of developing heart disease and stroke as they age.
Children are naturally energetic, but without encouragement they can become inactive. These days, children spend more and more time sitting. As a result, more than half of Canadian children aren’t active enough for optimal health and development.
Some of the ways to encourage a healthy, active life style is to get them walking/wheeling as much as possible. Active transportation to and from school is one of the daily routines each family could be a part of. Our Community Partners (Perth District Health Unit, Stratford Police, City of Stratford) and Romeo School would like to promote this by hosting a Bike Rodeo, but we need some information that can help us plan an event like this. Please check the boxes that apply:
Does your child (ren) have:
– a bike -a scooter -a skateboard
What level of experience do they have riding a bike:
– beginner -1 – 2 years -3 or more years
Does your child (ren) have: -a helmet
-other safety equipment (i.e. knee pads, wrist guards for scooter, skateboard)
Would you be available as a Volunteer to help run stations at a Bike Rodeo? Yes