September 2017 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

Welcome back to another school year. We extend an extra special welcome to all the children and families joining us for the first time either in junior kindergarten or in an older grade as families relocate.

We are very excited as our entire school is now air conditioned, our library has had a makeover – new shelving, tables, chairs, computers – and our student bathrooms have been gutted and redone. Our new playground has had the grading complete (thanks to Steve Smith Construction) and we have also had drainage improvements made to the kindergarten playground. If not already, soon we will have fresh lines painted for playground games and the area around the new playground will be sodded. You will also notice, thanks to Jean Roth – a proud Sprucedale grandparent – that the flower beds in front of the school have been weeded. Thanks Jean.

Mr. Near has been diligently cleaning and the school is spotless. We are very sad to be losing Mr. Near on Friday September 8th. Paul will be training staff from a cleaning company who has been awarded the contract to clean Sprucedale, North Easthope and Downie schools.

Our teachers have also been very busy over the summer preparing lessons and classrooms so that we can welcome our students back to Sprucedale Public School. Many of our staff members have also been busy as students this summer, attending workshops, reading professional materials, and taking courses to refine their teaching practice. Mrs. Williams, an extremely skilled math teacher, led a math camp in Stratford this summer.

I consider myself extremely fortunate to work at Sprucedale Public School with an amazing group of educators, students and very supportive families. Children learn best when school and home work together. Supporting children at school can be as simple as taking an interest in what is happening at school and by reading with them daily (doesn’t have to be long – but regularly). If at any time, your child is having difficulty learning, please let us know so we can offer more assistance.

I encourage you to catch me out on the yard before or after school, give me a call, shoot me an email or drop by my office if I can help with any matter. Never hesitate to give us a call or make an appointment to talk in person to your child’s teacher so that we can work together to make 2017/2018 the best year possible for your child(ren).

I would also encourage you to consider getting involved in Sprucedale Public School either on School Council or as a volunteer. Please give me call, send a note with your child or drop in if you are able to help out in any way.

Looking forward to working with you and your children to make this a great year of learning and growing!

Don Rauser


We are very pleased to welcome Ms. Maddock and Ms. Pye back to Sprucedale Public School. Ms. Maddock will be working half time as our Special Education Resource Teacher. Ms. Pye will be supporting students in our primary wing. We are also fortunate to have Ms. Christian returning to our library – this year in a full-time capacity. We would also like to welcome Ms. Lori Darling to the Sprucedale Staff. Lori will be keeping us all organized in the office as Mrs. Taylor enjoys her well- deserved retirement. Ms. Fawcett will also be joining our staff three days a week as an Educational Assistant.

Meet the Teacher – Tuesday, September 19th 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

We hope everyone is able to come on Tuesday, September 19th to meet their children’s teachers and visit classrooms. Looking forward to seeing you on the 19th!

Dates For Planning

A school year calendar can be found at calendar/.  We would also be more than happy to provide you a copy of a calendar in the office. They do not print well in black and white, so we have not included them directly in our newsletter. We will also be adding important dates for Sprucedale Public School Families to the electronic calendar linked to our Sprucedale Public School website. This calendar can be found at events-calendar/.

Professional Development Days

Friday September 29th, 2017
Friday November 3rd, 2017 (student/parent/teacher interviews Thurs Nov 2nd and morning of Friday Nov 3rd), Friday December 1st, 2017
Friday February 2nd, 2017
Friday April 27th, 2017
Friday June 8th, 2017
Friday June 27th, 2017


Monday October 9th, 2017 – Thanksgiving
Monday December 25th to Friday January 5th – Christmas
Monday February 19th, 2018 – Family Day
Friday March 30th and Monday April 2nd, 2018 – Easter Victoria Day
Monday, May 21st, 2018 – Victoria Day

Report Cards Come Home

Monday October 30th, 2017 – Progress Report
Tuesday February 20th, 2017 – Report Card
Tuesday June 26th, 2017 – Report Card

School Cash Online

Brochures and how to register information are available in the office. There have been some friendly updates to the system based on feedback received last year. We will continue to request adjustments to the system as we hear from you. Using this system makes these events run very efficiently and allows more time to be spent on the events and less on administration. This is a super way to get notifications of all events and opportunities requiring payments emailed directly to you. This will be the preferred method of payment for food, milk, class trips, School Wear etc.

School Cash Online can be done from the comfort of your home or phone.

Milk and Food Orders will be available shortly. We anticipate this program to be up and running for your child to participate in by early October.

Sabrina’s Law

The following is a quotation from Sabrina’s Law. “Employees of a board may be preauthorized to administer medication or supervise a pupil while the pupil takes medication, in response to an anaphylactic reaction, if the school has up-to-date treatment information and the consent of the parent, guardian or pupil. If an employee has reason to believe that a pupil is experiencing an anaphylactic reaction, the employee may administer an epinephrine auto-injector or other medication that is prescribed, even if there is no preauthorization to do so. The Bill provides that no actions for damages shall be instituted respecting any act done in good faith or for any neglect or default in good faith in response to an anaphylactic reaction, unless the damages are the result of an employee’s gross negligence. The Bill preserves common law duties.”

Ryan’s Law – Supporting the well-being of students with Asthma

As you may be aware, Ryan’s Law, 2015, was recently passed by the Ontario Legislature. This piece of legislation is an important step to support the well-being of students with asthma in Ontario schools. If your child has asthma, we ask that you immediately contact the main office at your school to provide information about your child’s asthma medication. With your permission, your child will be allowed to carry his/her asthma medication while at school. The Ministry of Education website has resources on asthma that can be found at: As a best practice and to support your child, please let the school know if your child has a medical condition so that the school is aware and can keep this information on file. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.
Sincerely, Don Rauser


Newsletters will be sent home from the office each month and posted on our school website. We find that the most effective way to get these home to you is via email. We encourage you to use this option. We will not share your email address.

When you update the Emergency Contact information sheet (being sent home first day of school), there is an opportunity for you to provide your email address(es). Unless you indicate otherwise, we will use this to send newsletters electronically. If you do not indicate an email address, we will send paper copies home with your youngest child.

Please be sure to keep your email address current.
We start fresh each year and rebuild our mailing list so you must provide us with an up to date email address to ensure you receive our emails.

The School Board has invested in School Messenger – a communication platform. More information will be coming soon.

Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance

Our school board is offering you the opportunity to voluntarily purchase student accident insurance through the Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance program, underwritten by Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc.

Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance provides protection against unexpected costs arising from accidental injuries. The program is especially valuable for families who:
• do not have medical or dental plans,
• have limited plans, as it may help supplement health and dental benefits, or
• have active children who enjoy sports and outdoor activities.

Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance has a selection of plans to suit most budgets. Benefits include coverage for:
• The full school year (September to September), 24 hours a day, while at home and in school;
• Expenses that are often limited or not covered by private or group insurance plans, or Provincial Health Insurance Plans, such as ambulance, physiotherapy, private tutoring, counselling, and much more;
• Injury-related dental treatment (including future dental treatment up to age 26);
• Out-of-province or country emergency medical expenses.

If your address changes during the school year, your Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance plan is transferable from school to school, anywhere in Canada.

Insurance premiums for children are $14.50 or $33.50 per year, depending on the plan selected. A discount is available for families with 3 or more children. Adults age 20 to 64 can also be insured for $32.00 per year.

For more information or to apply online, please visit, or speak with a Kids Plus™ Client Service Administrator at 1-800-556-7411.