May 2018 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

Whenever we play O’Canada in the school and a child is walking or talking, we gently remind them that we are to stand quietly and tall to show our respect for the amazing country in which we live. I truly believe that we live in the best country in the world and I share that belief with the children. Children may not have perspective or take time to compare one country to another yet, but I hope they remember my passion for this beautiful place.

I also have a deep appreciation for our home here in Perth County. I am proud of our region, the rich and fertile soil, the beauty, the safety and most of all the people. The way the school and broader community respond to challenges makes me extremely proud. The children show deep compassion and that is a direct a result of parental and educator modelling. Thank you. In schools, simply by the nature of having a large group of people together, we regularly are faced with the challenges life brings to our staff, our students and our families. In the course of the 27 years I have been an educator, I have seen a few sad moments. The ability of human beings to respond positively in the face of challenges makes schools an amazing place to work. The fact children are so resilient and most frequently adapt very positively to the happenings in their lives is inspiring. Sprucedale and the community that supports us is a tremendous place to be, I am proud to be its principal and thankful that I work and learn in such an amazing place.

Planning for Next Year – Written requests only please

In late May or early June, 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. Please send written requests for class placements to Don Rauser in the office. Requests will be considered but we are not able to accommodate all wishes. Class placements are announced on the first day of school.

Mr. Rauser will be sharing a tentative school organization with the school community in June. We do not share who is teaching what class until the fall as staffing will sometimes change over the summer.

Shout Out to Egg Farmers

As a school community we would like to thank the Egg Farmers of Ontario for supporting our school nutrition program. These hard boiled eggs are an absolutely wonderful food to have as part of our snack program. The students enjoy them and they are nutritious. A special shout out to Gary and the rest of the West family for making this program happen for Sprucedale and many schools in the region.

Chess Club

On the third of April Mrs. Green took students to Stratford to compete at the annual Chess Tournament.

This event took place at the Army Navy and has proven to be a very fun day of competition amongst young Avon Maitland Chess enthusiasts. Our thanks go out to Mrs. Green for leading our team.


All our Grade 3 and Grade 6 students will be participating in EQAO assessment in May. Grade 3 and 6 testing will take place May 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31. We ask that you avoid appointments, trips or other absences that can be rescheduled, during that week for students in those grades. Encourage them to get a good night’s sleep, arrive on time and do their best. They may like to be sure to have a bottle of water with them. Chewing gum during the assessment or nibbling on a few extra snacks can also be helpful.

Yard Supervision and Safety

Please note that supervision of the school yard occurs between the times of: 8:40 a.m. to 8:50 a.m. and again at 3:15 p.m. – 3:25 p.m. During times prior to 8:40 a.m. and after 3:25 p.m. it is very important that you have clear communication with your child what your safety plan is in case of emergency. Please ensure your plans for school yard play during these unsupervised times are discussed with your child in advance.

Bus Loading Area – Please do not park in the bus areas. If you are picking your child up, using the rear exits will allow you to park safely and have your child(ren) leave the building safely. If you need to have your child leave through the front doors, please ensure you keep them close to you and do not allow them to run from you. For safety of everyone we appreciate your cooperation and attention to this request.

Team Nash Update

Trees have been wrapped and ribbons have been worn as we show our support for Nash and his family. April 24th was Team Nash Day and the school community responded in full force by wearing orange. Thank you to fall for the show of support, the cards, and the donations.

Thank you to the teachers, Mark Roth and Keith Edwards and their Tech Class students from Northwestern for making our banner. The banner itself has great significance. Orange was used to support Leukaemia awareness & green for Sprucedale. There are over 215 ribbons shown in the background representing the Sprucedale Community standing behind and supporting Nash and his family.

We will be hosting a Team Nash Spirit Day on May 18. Thank you to the Shakespeare Men’s Club for donating T-shirts for all the staff to wear on this day!

Kindergarten A along with Sprucedale Public School would like to thank parents, parent council and the Shakespeare community for their continued support and generosity of “Team Nash”.

Shakespeare Optimists Club

Thank you to Jim Rader and the Shakespeare Optimists Club for making our Rocks and Rings experience happen. On Monday April 23, we had the opportunity to take part in a Curling lesson provided by Rocks and Rings, in our gym. The Shakespeare Optimist Club graciously provided funding and connected us with the program. Our Sabre Cats truly appreciate the generosity extended to our school.

Valued Visitors and Volunteers

Please be sure to stop at the office each time you enter and leave the building. You are asked to sign yourself in and out. There are Visitor badges for you to wear while you are in the school. This allows all staff and students to easily identify who should be in the building.

Parents picking up children or dropping them off between 8:55 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. are asked to stop at the office. Your child will meet you in the front lobby. We appreciate keeping the learning environment as undisturbed as possible while our teachers and other students are busy in the classrooms. If your child is a Primary Grade student and needs help, we will have them brought to the office or will make arrangements to walk them to class upon your arrival.

Message from the YMCA

Hello Families!
If you are interested in PA Day care, ages 4-8yrs, please contact Krystle Linden by phone at 519-271-0480 or by email at
Ready, Set, Go! JK/SK Summer Program Registration now open! Please contact Jenn Davis by phone at 519-271-0480 or by email at
Important Upcoming Dates:
May 21st – Centre Closed Victoria Day and June 8th and 29th are PA Days.

Lost and Found

Please check the lost and found. There are many items in the bin that need to find their homes. Single mittens and pairs, hats, socks, single shoes and boots and pairs! We have well over 25 hoodies, some from sports teams all ranging in size from Toddler to Adult. It is very important you take a look soon. If it is here at the end of June, it will be donated outside the school. Thank-you.

Perth East Fire Department

Dear Perth East Families,

As the spring weather slowly approaches, it will soon be time to think about yard maintenance. Not only to clean up the debris from last season and encourage new growth for this one, but reducing the risk of the spread of fires is a benefit as well. In the past, our fire department has responded to numerous field and brush fires that had accidentally gotten away from a property owner. Keeping dried “fire ready” debris away from houses and outbuildings is an easy way to prevent damage from occurring in the unfortunate event of an out of control fire.

This spring, the Perth East Fire Department has joined up with Firesmart® Canada to participate in “Community Preparedness Day,” where property owners are encouraged to work together to clean up their properties with the chance of winning money by doing so! Five lucky winners will each receive a $100 gift card to Klomps Nursery or Greenbelt Farms to be used toward future wildfire prevention on your property. Winners may spend their prize on new shrubs to replace old dead ones, mulch to help control the long grass areas, or new trees for wind breaks.

In order to be eligible, participating property owners are encouraged to work together as a family, cleaning up debris from their yards and safely depositing it in the local landfill compost areas, or in an area of your property you have designated for compost. We are encouraging families to find ways to include all members of the family and take pictures throughout the day. Pictures are to be submitted to before the deadline of June 1st. If your family does not use email but you would still like to participate for a chance at the gift cards, you can call the Fire Department at 519-595-2800 and we will make arrangements to come out and witness your family working at the cleanup.

So get out and enjoy the warmer weather (if it ever arrives) and share your photos with us! Have a safe & sunny spring!

I encourage everyone to follow The Shakespeare Firefighters Association on Facebook. Stay informed on what we have been up to!

Barb Myers
Perth East Fire Department Shakespeare Station

Great Resource – Health Information for Parents

A Sprucedale parent recently shared some great information from the Perth District Health Unit. This mom was bringing my attention to Vaping which has become a very common substitute for smoking for young people. Vaping is one topic you as a parent might want to read up on. You will find information on vaping and a host of other valuable health information on the Perth District Health Unit website.  There is also a Heath Information for Parents Newsletter to which you might consider signing up.

Shakespeare and Community Athletic Association

71st Annual Field Day and Fish Fry on Saturday June 9th, with this year’s theme being “Lights, Camera, Action”. The Family Day begins at 8:00 a.m. with the Firefighters Association Breakfast and ends with Evening Entertainment and Amazing Fireworks! Many other events are planned throughout the day including a Soap Box Derby, Baseball Skills Clinic, Parade at 1:00 PM, Kids Races, Frog Races, Mini Midway, Silent Auction and of course our Famous Fish Fry Dinner from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Tickets available at Your Neighbourhood credit union (Shakespeare Branch) or by calling Pam Miller at 519-589-8225.  Advanced tickets: Adult $20.00, Children ages 6 to 12 $10.00, Children 5 and under free. Tickets purchased on Saturday June 9th: Adults $25.00, Children $10.00.

This year the proceeds are going to replacing the ball field lights at the park.

Central Perth Elementary School Invitation

Please join us as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Central Perth Elementary School 1968-2018.  The staff and Student reunion takes place on Sunday, June 10 at 1:00 p.m. Open House and funfair is at the school from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. More information can be found on our Facebook page.

Dates to Remember

May 2 – Graduation Photo Retakes
May 2 – Pathways Night at Rotary Complex
May 3 – Grade 8 Trip to Fanshawe College
May 9 – Sprucedale PS Track & Field
May 11 – Grade 7’s JUMP Trip to Wilfrid Laurier University
May 11 – Kindergarten First Ride Program for incoming JK/SK for 2018/2019 May 15-18 – Grade 8 Camp Celtic Trip
May 18 – Spirit Day – Wear your Orange for Team Nash!
June 5 – Regional Track and Field
June 7 – 2/3 Mrs. Wray Year-End Class Trip
June 8 – PD Day – No School
June 9 – Field Day and Fish Fry Shakespeare Athletic Association
June 10 – Central Perth Elementary 50th Anniversary Celebration
June 13 – JK/K Mrs.Vassiliou/Ms.Wood Year-End Class Trip
June 19 – District Track and Field
June 19 – 1/2 Mrs. Wagler Year-End Class Trip
June 19 – K/1 Mrs. Williams Year-End Class Trip
June 26 – Grade 8 Graduation
June 26 – Report Cards go home!
June 29 – PD Day – No School

2018-2019 School Calendars are now available on the Board website

2018 PA Days – September 28,November 18 December 7
Winter Break – December 24-January 4/19
March Break – March 11-15/19
2019 PA Days –  February 1, April 5, June 7, June 28