January 2019 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

Welcome to the New Year 2019!

It is always exciting for us to see the smiling faces of our students as they return to us after a holiday break. As we work toward the end of our first term, we remind our students of the Character Attribute for this month- Responsibility. Take some time as a family to talk about what responsibility means to you as a member of the family, a student and member of the school and a member of the Seaforth community. How do you show responsibility? what are your responsibilities in keeping your household running smoothly? what is your responsibility on your team, in your classroom or in your band? How do you show responsibility as you use your technology or in your conversations with friends and neighbours?

It is always a good reminder for us to take ownership and responsibility for our actions in our daily routines and as stewards of the planet. Take ownership for waste, for pollution, for recycling, for compassion and kindness. We are counting on our Cubs to be the next generation of responsible citizens.

Bus Cancellations

Bus cancellations will be announced on Twitter, the Huron Perth School Transportation Services website and local radio stations.

Messages will be sent to families using School Messenger, Twitter, Facebook and available on the school and board websites. While we aim to post information as early as possible, there are instances where late notices occur. Please be patient with the Transportation team who are out on the roads before 5 a.m. assessing for safe travel and bus safety for our students.

Good Manners

Thank you to Mrs. Dawe, classroom teachers and students for putting together an incredible showcase of music, dance and drama. It was wonderful to see such energy, enthusiasm and good manners as our students sang and played their way through our character attributes and reminded us all of our Good manners!

Student Absences

We kindly ask that you contact the school to report an absence due to illness, appointments or other events. When an absence is not reported, Ms. Jewitt will be phoning with a Safe Arrival Call to ensure the safety of your child(ren). Your support in helping us with the efficiency of these calls, managing the safety of all students and maintaining accurate attendance records is greatly appreciated.


A reminder to families and caregivers that bus dismissal begins at approximately 3:12 to allow students time to gather all winter clothing items and safely board the buses. Staff complete the final check to ensure that all riders are on their appropriate buses before they depart. Students walking home are dismissed between 3:15-3:20. Students are not able to cross before the buses have left and must remain in the alleyway until the last bus has departed from the school. While we do our best to stay right on time at dismissal, smaller people with lots of winter items may take a few minutes longer to get out the door. Please be patient with us.

School Advisory Council

The next School Advisory Council meeting will take place January 21/19 beginning at 6 p.m. in the office meeting room. We welcome new members and visitors and encourage you to come out and find out what School Council is all about.

January Dates

January 7 – classes resume
January 7 – Feb Food/milk opens
January 10 – Pizza Day
January 11 – Jersey Day
January 15 – Dental Screening
January 17 – Rollup Day
January 21 – School Advisory Council – 6:00 pm
January 22 – Feb Food/Milk closes
January 22 – Curling (Mokos, vanHarten)
January 23 – Curling (McBride, Dunseith, Hundey)
January 24 – Sub Day
January 25 – Movie Day
January 29 – Curling (Mokos, vanHarten)
January 30 – Curling (McBride, Dunseith, Hundey)
January 31 – Pizza Day


If you have a few hours a month, a few hours a week or just a day here and there that you could spare and spend with us, we would welcome your support. Volunteers are always needed for our snack program, reading and math support, social development or just an extra set of hands in an art lesson. Please contact the office or your child’s teacher if you are interested in volunteering. We ask that you complete the Vulnerable Sector Check for regular volunteer opportunities and to attend field trips. Come by the office and pick up the paperwork.

Seaforth Public Library News

“Tracker’s Canyon” by Pam Withers has been nominated for a 2019 Red Maple Award. The book is told from sixteen year old Tristan’s point of view and will appeal to readers in Grade 6 and up. Sixteen year old Tristan has been taught to track animals through the bush, climb over rugged terrain and descend from cliffs and waterfalls by his dad. When his father disappears in Swallow Canyon Tristan needs to find out what happened. This is a super adventure story that also explores the beauty and danger of nature.

This winter the Seaforth Library is promoting the Forest of Reading Awards with displays of the works of Canadian authors nominated for the Blue Spruce, Silver Birch and White Pine awards. In April you can vote for your favourite book.

There will be 3 After School Story time for ages 3+ featuring games, songs, crafts and rhymes based on Jr. Picture books from the Blue Spruce Forest of Reading program. Tuesday January 15, February 12 and March 12, 3:30-4:30.

Bookclub – Join us on Thursday January 10 for our bookclub, 12-1 pm. Bring your lunch. We’ll provide the coffee.

EarlyOnBABY TIME – Meet other parents and learn early literacy brain games, and song with your children Wednesdays 10:00 am. -11:30 a.m. For ages 0-1.

Geneaology – Learn the basics of Geneaology using the Ancestry Library Edition database. Tuesday Jan. 15, 6-8 p.m. Please register.

Tech Time – Do you need help mastering new technology. The Library can help. Phone to register for one on one tutoring session. 519-527-1430.