December 2018 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

The Avon Maitland District School Board has a focus on Literacy/Mathematics; Health and Wellbeing; and Sense of Belonging. Each day in our school we strive to achieve and move our learning forward under each of these areas. We are supporting the development of strong and thoughtful student leaders, enthusiastic and talented musicians, athletes, artists, mathematicians, readers and presenters. Students are creating videos, writing books, programming robotics and spheros and learning the very basics of letters and numbers. We strive to encompass all of the Character Education traits each month.

The traits are highlighted in our newsletter, lead our Colour Team activities, guide our student events, celebrations and community circle discussions. The Character Traits are the ten most powerful traits that our students can embrace as they graduate from our system as adults and take their learning into the world. Our character traits of caring, compassion, courage and leadership will be highlighted in our Term One concert later this month. Our students are excited to share their musical talents and continue to reflect on their own sense of character both in and out of the classroom as they hum, sing and chant the songs in reflection of their sense of good character.

Please complete the IAMME student identity survey starting December 3, 2018. The survey is available online or on paper if you require this format. It is available for students K-12 in AMDSB. Contact the office if you have any questions.

Manners Please

Join us as our JK to Grade 3 classes present our Term One Concert -Manners Please! Show time will be at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12, 2018. If you are unable to join us for the evening performance, come to the dress rehearsal at 12:00 noon. If weather is an issue, we are scheduled for the following day, same times. Donations for our music department or non-perishable food items will be welcomed.

Bus cancellations will be announced on  the Cancellations and Delays Website, School Messenger, Twitter, Facebook, the school website and local radio stations. Please check the social media sites if we are experiencing inclement weather.

Border Crossing Renewal Forms for 2019-2020

If you border cross into Seaforth Public School, you are required each year to complete the Border Crossing Renewal Form. These forms must be completed and returned to the school on or before February 1, 2019. We will send home forms and reminders. Please stop by the office or phone to request a form as soon as possible to allow us to avoid missing the deadline date.

Giving Tree

Our tree is up and ready to accept donations for the Women’s Shelter in Goderich. Our Me-to-We team have chosen this cause for our season of giving. Donations will be collected from December 3-12, 2018. Items needed for donation include:

Clothing:

  • Pajamas for children, teens, and women (new or gently used)
  • Underwear (small sizes for women) and socks for children, teens, and women
  • Slippers for children, teens, and women
  • Warm clothing for all ages (new or gently used):
  • Pants, shirts, sweaters
  • Winter gear for all ages (new or gently used):
    Warm jackets and coats, snow pants, hats, scarves, waterproof mittens and gloves, boots

Personal Hygiene:

  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo (large bottles), conditioner (large bottles), body wash, and soap
  • Hair brushes, hair elastics
  • Tampons and pads
  • Diapers and wipes

Household Items:

  • Dishes, silverware, glasses, pots and pans, cooking utensils, can openers
  • Towels
  • Dish towels
  • Sheets, blankets, (microfleece blankets are warm and durable for twin size beds)
  • Pillows and cases
  • Mixing bowls and tupperware
  • Laundry soap (for all washer types) and dryer sheets
  • Laundry baskets
  • Toilet paper, paper towel and kleenex
  • Dish soap, other cleaning supplies
  • Small wastebaskets

Gifts:

  • Gift cards to local stores
  • Wal-Mart, Food Basics, The Source, Canadian Tire, Mark’s Work Warehouse, Dollarama, Gas Stations, Tim Horton’s, Giant Tiger.

Please send your donations to the office before December 7th.

Christmas Bureau

A donation box has been placed in the front office for donations of new toys for distribution in Huron County this Christmas season. Donations can be made until Friday, December 7th. For more information on donating or registering, call 1-800-265-5198.

December Dates

3 – Jan food/milk order opens
3 – First Aid for youth (gr 5/6)
5 – Huron Ridge orders arrive (gr 8)
6 – Pizza Day
6- Hat Day
12 – Good Manners (JK-3/4) noon & 6:30
13 – Rollup Day
17 – Red/Green Day
18 – Jan food/milk order closes
18 – Holiday Sock Day
19 – PJ Day
19 – Skating – JK(x3), 5/ 6(x2), 7, 7/ 8 (x2)
20- Sub Day
20 – Skating – 1, 1/ 2, 2, 3, 3/ 4, 4/ 5,6
20 – Winter Character Day
21 – Ugly Sweater Day
21 – Winter Dance

School Advisory Council

Our next meeting will take place January 14th at 6 p.m. We would like to invite you to come out and chat with us about upcoming events. We are looking for interested members to join the council. If you require child care, please call the office and we will arrange suitable childminders. We would like to share about Council activities, tell you more about what is going on in your child’s school and ask for your input on ideas for events or activities that you would like to see at Seaforth PS.

I AM ME Survey

Ensuring equity is a central goal of Ontario’s publicly funded education system. It stems from a fundamental principle that every student should have the opportunity to succeed personally and academically, regardless of background, identity or personal circumstances.

As part of this vision, the Ministry of Education’s Equity Secretariat has approached Ontario school boards to pilot an identity-based data collection project. AMDSB accepted the opportunity and we are now progressing forward with the work. This board-wide voluntary student survey will enhance our knowledge of the self-identified composition of our students. Data collected will contribute to achieving our strategic outcomes: to create positive, inclusive learning environments and to maximize outcomes for students.

Parents/guardians of children enrolled in kindergarten to grade 6 are requested to complete the survey online on their child’s behalf. The survey can be accessed through the board’s website. The survey will be open from December 3, 2018 to December 7, 2018.

Parents/guardians are requested to log into the survey using their child’s Active Directory login which includes the first four letters of their child’s given name, first four letters of their surname and first three numbers of their Ontario Education Number (OEN) which is printed at the top of their progress report. Your child regularly uses their Active Directory login at school, so it is possible that he/she will be able to type in his/her login for you. Younger children may not be able to do this.

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 results are confidential but not anonymous. Only approved board staff will have access to the raw data. The survey results will be used along with other types of data (e.g. demographic, school program, services and achievement) to: better understand and respond to diverse student populations and communities; identify and respond to barriers to student success; enhance the creation and distribution of programs and services. For example, it is our aim to use the data to examine areas within our board to implement culturally responsive teaching practices, which in turn improves student engagement.

Furthermore, we can use the data when working with our community partners to examine student support resources both in the community and at school. System staff will share the anonymous base results of the survey in the form of infographic posters, which will also be shared on the board’s website.

To ensure that this student survey will reflect the voices of all students, it is important to have as many parents/guardians complete the survey as possible. Thank you for your support!

Sincerely,
Dr. Lisa Walsh Director of Education

Enjoy a safe and happy family holiday!

School resumes Monday, January 7, 2019.

 Seaforth Library News – December 2018 Newsletter

In the book “I am Small”, by Qin Leng, Mimi is really bugged by being so small. She is the smallest person in her family, she’s to small to see the cakes on the counter at the bakery, so small she feels like she’s bouncing off the seat of her school bus, and worst of all she gets lost in crowds. But one day her dad says “we have a surprise”. And there with her mom is the smallest, pinkest little baby she has ever seen. Mimi is a big sister now.

Book Club, 12 noon – 1 p.m. The Seaforth Book Club meets the second Thursday of each month. In December we meet on the 13th to discuss the book “I am Half Sick of Shadows” by Alan Bradley.

EarlyOn, every Wednesday, 10am-11:30am, ages 0-1. Meet other parents and learn early literacy brain games and songs with your children.

Tech Time. Do you need help mastering the latest technologies? We can help. Book a one on one 45 minute session alternate Thursdays and Fridays.

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