November 2019 Newsletter
“Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.” W. Clement Stone
What is courage? How do you define it? As we consider courage this month, we talk about taking a risk with our learning. It takes courage to try something new, to try and fail and then to have the courage to try again and, perhaps again until you succeed. Courage might mean that you stand up and speak out when someone does or says something unkind or hurtful, when we witness bullying, intolerance and hatred. Courage is not the same as putting yourself in danger, but it means standing up for your beliefs. We will be learning about the courage of heroes, of soldiers who fought for our freedom, and the courage that it took for some people to survive the injustices of war. We will consider how courageous this generation will need to be as they think about their role in impacting climate change, in considering humanity, building a world of tolerance and care for all. We are looking forward to some courageous conversations and learning in the month ahead.
PD Day and Interviews
Please take a moment to sign up online (seaforth.schoolappointments.com) for an interview time with your child’s teacher. Progress reports will come home on Nov 4, 2019. We will be hosting interviews Thursday, Nov 7th from 4:00 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. and Friday, Nov 8th 8:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m. If you cannot make those times work, please contact your child’s teacher directly to arrange an alternate time.
Calling All Three Year Olds (CATYO)
Wednesday, November 20th, 9-11 a.m. we are hosting our registrations for Kindergarten.
If you have or know of a three year old child (born in 2016) who will be eligible for Junior Kindergarten next year, please have them call 519-527-0790 to register.
With cooler weather upon us, please send along appropriate outdoor gear for your child(ren). We will be outdoors for two 20 minute recess breaks daily unless it is pouring rain or very frigid temperatures. Rain boots, warm coats, hats, mitts and a pair of splash pants are always helpful items to bring to school each day. Remember, this is the season for wet footwear, be sure to send in a pair of indoor shoes and socks. We have some extras to choose from if you forget or need a pair to borrow for some time. Labelling items is always a great idea, so any Lost & Found items can find their way back home!
When the weather is questionable, please check for delays and cancellations on www.ourschoolbuses.ca
We will also post to Twitter and Facebook as well as local radio stations.
Our Grade 8 students are selling poinsettias (October 30 – November 18) to support their trip to Camp Celtic in May. If you are looking for some beautiful poinsettias or greenery from Huron Acres, please contact a Gr. 8 student or call the school to place your order. We thank you for your support.
Nov 1 – Dec food/milk – opens
Nov 3 – Daylight Saving Time Ends
Nov 4 – Reports go home
Nov 4 – Gr 8 – CHSS – Science/Tech day
Nov 5 – Picture Retake Day
Nov 7 – Pizza Day
Nov 7 – Interviews – 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Nov 8 – Interviews – 8:45 am – 12:00 pm
Nov 8 – PD Day – no classes
Nov 11 – Remembrance Assembly -10:30
Nov 14 – Wrap Day
Nov 15 – 80s Day
Nov 19 – Food/Milk (Dec) – closes
Nov 20 – CATYO – am
Nov 21 – Sub Day
Nov 26 – Jr Volleyball @ CHSS
Nov 29 – Panzerotti Day
Vulnerable Sector Checks
As part of the academic learning, our classes take part in field trips throughout the year. We also rely on the additional support of our volunteers in the classroom throughout the year. All volunteers attending class trips or supporting at the school must provide a copy of an up-to-date vulnerable sector check, OPP form L220E. This must be completed, attached to a letter from the school and taken in person to the OPP detachment. If you have any questions, please contact the school.
We will be hosting our Remembrance Day assembly on November 11th at 10:30 a.m. in the gym. Please join us if you are able.
Our Intermediate students will be attending the Remembrance Day service at the cenotaph in Seaforth. Families are welcomed to join us. We will show our respect to veterans, people who are serving and our first responders.
Please join us for our upcoming School Council meeting Monday November 4, 2019 at 6:30. We will be reviewing the AMDSB Special Education Plan, planning dates for our upcoming fundraising activities and reviewing the summary of the EQAO data and Student Voice survey from the Spring of 2019.
Our upcoming fundraising campaigns for 2019-2020 will raise money to support field trip costs, purchase Junior novels, and support the purchase of another sandbox. We are always looking for new members and fresh ideas.
Health and Safety Drills
We take our health and safety practices at Seaforth Public very seriously. Each Fall and Spring we complete a series of drills and monitor our procedures for managing student and staff safety in the event of a crisis. We have completed many of our drills for the Fall term. We will be completing our Lock Down drill in the upcoming weeks as well as our final fire drills. We do our utmost to prepare students for drills and to talk with them about the experience afterward. If your child has ongoing concerns, please contact the school.
Check Us Out
www.avonmaitlandschools.ca/seaforth for school calendar and newsletters
Rumpelstiltskin: Learning How to Learn
JK – Gr 3/ 4 – Concert Dec. 18, 12:00 and 6:30