June 2018 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

June is upon us! I have truly enjoyed working with our wonderful students, talented and dedicated staff and supportive parents. Thank You!

September 2018 Class Organization

At this time of year, the principal, in consultation with the staff, considers the most effective groupings of students (class placements) for instruction, for all students, for the upcoming school year. Principals and staff consider a range of factors, including, but not limited to, the academic, emotional and potential social benefits or concerns when placing a child in a given class. If you have a concern regarding your child’s placement for next year, please submit this concern, by Friday, June 8, 2018 to the principal, Mr. Stanley. Due to the transition of students in and out of the community, during the summer months, student placements will be announced the first day of school in September. Thanks in advance for your understanding.

Please note for the first day of school in September teachers will be on the yard with class lists and informing students which class they are in. At the entry bell students will line up outside, in their classes, and then proceed to their homerooms. If it is raining that morning students will proceed to the gym where they will be organized in their classes. A welcome back assembly for students will be held later in the morning.

Thank You to our Wonderful Volunteers!

An enormous “Thank You” from students and staff to our wonderful volunteers! You have made such a positive impact with your dedicated time and energy. You are truly appreciated! The volunteer breakfast will be from 8:00 – 8:45 a.m, on Friday, June 22.

A Great Spring BBQ!

I would like to thank you for the wonderful turnout at our annual Spring BBQ on May 10! It was wonderful to see so many Shakespeare families taking the time to meet as a school community. I’d like to give a “Thank You!” to the BBQ volunteers who organized the evening and to Harvey’s Restaurant for donating the hotdogs, buns and condiments.

Character Education

The character virtue for June is Integrity. Integrity is standing up for what you believe is right, and living by your highest values. Integrity is also: cooperation, helpfulness, justice, creativity and modesty.

Last Day of School and Report Cards

The last instructional day for this school year will be Thursday, June 28. Report cards will go home on Tuesday, June 26 and page 3 must be returned to the school by Thursday, June 28.

Shakespeare School Council

Thank you to our School Council members. Their dedication in providing support and input on school matters is greatly appreciated! Please find the time to join Council, next year. We need more members. Council members give valuable input into school operations and fundraise to support students’ learning.

This year, School Council was responsible for:
• Purchasing $1000.00 of new books for our library
• purchasing new headsets with microphones for our computer lab
• hosting a Movie Night for our families
• hosting our terrific Math Night
• supporting class trips with $10.00 per student
• supporting busing to Kiwanis Music Festival
• purchasing new sports equipment for the gym
• supporting UWO Science Workshops for students

PA Day – No School for Students

The next P.A. Day is Friday, June 8. There will be no school for students.

Jump Rope for the Heart and Stoke Foundation

A huge heartfelt thank you to our Shakespeare community. We raised $4528.00 at our Jump Rope for Heart event, for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Foundation for Education

I would like to thank the Foundation for Education. The Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides enrichment opportunities for our students and compliments what is taught in classes. The Foundation has provided several free workshops for our students this year.

Health Unit – Sun Safe Tips for Children

The most harmful effects of sun exposure occur during childhood. Cloudy days are no exception! Up to 80% of the sun’s rays can penetrate light clouds, mist and fog. Remember sun protection is needed whenever the UV Index is 3 or greater. Here are ways to protect your child’s skin:

• Swimmers should use waterproof sunscreens, formulated to stay on in water for up to 80 minutes.
• For children allergic or intolerant to the chemicals in sunscreens, use products labelled “chemical free”. These usually contain ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide and are much less likely to cause a reaction.
• Parents – remember to teach by example and practice what you preach!
Information source: Canadian Dermatology Association

Grade 6 Graduation

Grade 6 Graduation will be on Wednesday, June 27, at 2:00 p.m. A reception will follow the ceremony.

Track and Field Day

Track and Field Day for our grade 3 – 6 students was Tuesday, May 15. Students had a terrific day and it was wonderful to hear students cheering each other on and displaying great sportsmanship.

Thank you to Ms. Ryder, Ms. Mari, Ms. Fraser and Mr. Bickell for organizing the track and field day for our students.

Bicycle Safety

It is great to have warm weather and to have our bikes out again.
Please remind your children that it’s the law that all students must wear helmets and follow the rules when riding their bikes. Also, please remind your children to follow the rules of the road. Thank you for working with us to promote safety on the road for everyone.

Kindergarten Registration – It’s Not Too Late

We are still taking registrations for September for kindergarten students. If you have a child who is eligible for kindergarten, or know of any in your neighbourhood, please call the school at 519-271-3727 to set up a time that you can come in and pick up a registration package.

Are You Moving out of Shakespeare School Area Next Year or Wanting to Register a Student?

In order for the school to effectively organize classes for next year we need to know if students are not returning to Shakespeare for the 2018-2019 school year. Please contact the office if you are moving over the summer and your child(ren) will be attending a different school.

If you are registering a student for next year please contact the office as soon as possible.

Library Thank You and Book Return

Our Librarian, Ms. Mason would like to thank our school community for your support with our book fairs this year. From the book fair proceeds we were able to purchase $1600.00 worth of books and classroom learning materials.

All school library books must be returned to the library by June 15, so they can be processed before summer break.

Let’s Talk Technology and Math Evening

The AMDSB Parent Involvement Committee invites you to its next event:
Let’s Talk Technology and Math Evening
June 6, 2018 at Seaforth Public School gymnasium
from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
– An interactive evening showing parents how technology intersects with math in the classroom
– Giving parents hands-on opportunities to use technology
– Homework help demonstration

A variety of stations will be set up that will focus on the four grade segments of learning; Primary K-3, Junior 4-6, Intermediate 7-10 and Senior 11-12.
Parents can drop in throughout the evening similar to an Open House. Children are welcome too.

Stratford Central – Stratford Northwestern Renovations/Updates

Just a friendly reminder that if you would like to provide input regarding the changes coming to Stratford Central and Stratford Northwestern, there is an opportunity on the Avon Maitland District School Board website, yourschools.ca. There is also a form on the site for anyone who would like to register to join a sub-committee that will provide further input.

Stratford Public School Renovation Project – Update #1

Greetings from Stratford Northwestern and Stratford Central.

Stratford Central is slated for renovation during the 2019 – 2020 school year. The 2018 – 2019 school year will continue as usual. The project will be complete with Stratford Central re-opening in September 2020.

Project Scope
This project has been broken into 5 phases as follows:

Phase Timeline Description

Phase 1 May 2018-Aug 2018 Project kick-off. Funding announcement. School-based construction concept for Stratford Central to be developed based on programming needs.

Phase 2 Sept 2018-May 2019 Develop a Transition Plan involving moving students/staff and program from Stratford Central. Develop a plan to transition students/staff from Stratford Central to Stratford Northwestern and/or alternative locations.

Phase 3 May 2019-May 2020 Implement the Transition Plan from Phase 2.

Phase 4 Jan 2020-Aug 2020 Develop a Transition Plan involving moving students/staff and program back to Stratford Central.

Phase 5 Sept 2020 Re-Opening of “Stratford Central 2020”

Questions from the public will be addressed within each phase of the project.

Public input will be solicited within each phase of the project.

2019 – 2020 School Year

We understand that parents and students have questions and concerns regarding moving to Stratford Northwestern and possibly alternate locations for the 2019-2020 school year.

We will be addressing these questions beginning in September 2018. We will also be soliciting input from all our stakeholders (parents, students, teachers, trustees) regarding this transition at that time.

Our committee will continue to provide updates on the Avon-Maitland District School Board website, as the project proceeds through its phases.

We are excited by the programming possibilities that this project presents for our students and look forward to working with our community on enhancing educational opportunities within both schools to help develop 21st century learners in the years to come.


Kevin Mills & Emma Watts
Principals of SCSS and SNSS