October 2018 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

In the month of October we will continue to grow together as a school community. We are spreading kindness, building community and growing compassion. As we focus on empathy this month, trying to understand and care about how someone else is feeling, we will share in activities as our Colour Teams to build our sense of belonging and inclusion. We were very pleased with our fantastic turn-out of parents and families at our Open House and hope to see you out at our movie nights, concerts and activity days throughout the year.

Welcome

We would like to welcome our new staff members to the school. The patience and understanding of our school community has supported our school team as we re-organized classrooms, class lists and timetables. We welcome Ms. Nadine Hanna to our new Kindergarten C classroom, Ms. Rachel Van Harten in grade 6/7 on an LTA for C. Ann Cook and we welcome Mr. Diamond in a permanent .25 teaching position in Kindergarten A.

CATYO (Calling All Three Year Olds)

If you have a child at home that was born in 2015, please call 519-527-0790 to register for Junior Kindergarten for September 2018. By pre-registering, you can have all the paperwork processed before the actual registration day so that you aren’t overwhelmed with all the activity planned for the morning of Monday, November 5, 2018.

School Spirit Wear

Seaforth PS School Spirit Wear will be available for sale again this year. T-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, hoodies, toques and ball hats will be available again for orders. Order information will be completed using School Cash Online. These items will make super gifts for students and family members.

Reminders

  • Please contact the school to let us know that your child will be absent due to illness or appointments. When students arrive late, the entry doors will be locked and students must enter the main front doors of the building, check in at the office for a late slip and to allow us to correct our attendance information. For parents picking children up early for an appointment, you must sign in at the office and sign to excuse your child. We will contact the classroom and your child(ren) will come to meet you.
  • Bus cancellations will be announced on Twitter, www.yourschoolbuses.ca and local radio stations.
  • Safe Arrival – Don’t forget to call the school when your child is going to be absent (sick, vacation, appointment, hockey, etc). The answering machine is available 24 hours a day! (519-527-0790)

Traffic congestion and Parking at Seaforth P.S.

We ask that you take extra care and caution when dropping off and picking up students along Chalk St. This is a 40 km/h zone and requires your full attention when children are arriving and leaving from school. Watch for school buses and for little people at the crosswalk.

Students must use the north cross walk and not cross at the front of the building or in front of or between buses.

Please park in the designated parking area at the South side of the school when coming to school or on the west side of Chalk Street. Please do not park in the designated bus zone. It becomes a safety issue for students when unexpected guests park at the front doors in order to enter the building. This is a bus loading zone, and designated fire exit.
Drop off and pick up should not take place in the board office parking lot at the west end of the school closest to the Facilities building. Students walking in this area are difficult to see and multiple vehicles are moving at all times of the day. Dropping children off in this area causes significant safety risks to students, staff and parents.

Staff are on duty at the crosswalk at 8:35 a.m. and the yard is supervised beginning at 8:40 a.m. Children should not be on the playground before this time for safety. The crosswalk is supervised at dismissal starting with bus loading at 3:15 and students walking dismissed following the buses. The final dismissal bell rings at 3:20 p.m. and students are asked to leave the playground unless supervised by a parent.

School Cash Online

If you have not had an opportunity to do so, please sign up for school cash online. All trip forms, purchases, food orders and fundraising must be completed through school cash online. If you require assistance in completing your account set-up, please come to the office and we will help you out.

Student Nutrition Program

Our Breakfast Program will begin the week of October 9th. A nutritious breakfast will be available in the office conference room beginning at 8:30 each morning. Students can pop in for a bite to eat before the bell. Our healthy snack is delivered to classrooms each morning at entry time. A strong working brain requires the appropriate fuel to stay focused, retain information and work efficiently. All students are welcome to take part in any of our nutrition programs as they feel the need.

Volunteers for our snack program would be greatly appreciated! Contact Jill Horan or the school if you are able to help us out.

Medication

If your child is required to take medication during the school day on a regular basis or for specific situations, you must complete a medication form at the office. Medication must be received in the original container with up-to-date instructions. Medication is kept in the locked cabinet in the main office.

Volunteers

We are always looking for volunteers to help out at the school. We need people to help chop and prepare foods for our nutrition programs (1-3 hours/week), to read or work on math with students, to teach a craft or skill. If you have some time to share with our students and staff, we would be happy to invite you in as a volunteer. We are looking for people with hobbies and skills that could be offered in a 4 -6 week time period, we are looking for bakers, those who like puzzles and those of you with an hour to read together with a learner. If you are interested, please contact the office.

From Seaforth Library

Canadian Animals

Canadian Animals 1 2 3 is a durable board book by Geraldo Valerio. It is a colourful and playful introduction to numbers and counting. Count one bighorn sheep jumping or five snakes slithering and your child will have fun learning to count. Read it once and repeat! The illustrations are bold and bright, full of a lively energy.

Food4Fines

Do you have fines? Donate nonperishable food items to the Library to have your fines forgiven. October 15-21 only.

Community Conversations

Join us at the Seaforth Library for a kitchen table discussion on your hopes and aspirations for our community. October 11 – 6-8pm and October 20 10am-12pm. RSVP to the Branch.

EarlyOn Baby Time

Wednesday 10am-11:30am. Ages 0-1. Meet other parents and learn early literacy brain games, songs and rhymes.

Tech Time

Do you need help mastering the latest technologies? Call to book a one on one, 45 minute appointment with our Tech Tutor. Alternate Thursdays and Fridays.
The Library is open on Sundays during the School Year.
519-527-1430

October Calendar

October 1 November Food/Milk available on SCO
October 2 Eye See, Eye Learn – vision testing for JK/SK students
October 3 Cross Country (moved rain-date) at Huron Centennial
October 4 Pizza Day
October 8 Thanksgiving Day
October 10 District Cross Country
October 11 Rollup Day
October 12 Pinery – study of Microplastics – grade 5/6
October 16 Jr. Soccer
October 16 Sr. Soccer
October 17 Immunizations – grade 7 students
October 17 Bus Evacuation – 9:15
October 18 Sub Day
October 23 November Food/Milk orders close on SCO
October 25 Pizza Day
October 29 Camp Celtic Information Meeting