June 2018 Newsletter

Mr. Rauser’s Message

As I finish my second full year here, I want to take this opportunity to say what a pleasure it has been to work with all of the students, staff and families of Sprucedale Public School. There is a great sense of pride in this building and community. I very much appreciate how supportive parents have been whenever the school has called. Great education is only possible when educators and parents work together.

I also want to let you know that you have a great team of educators working for your children. I have worked in many different schools across the province and this group is second to none. Teachers teach because they love working with children but they also teach because they love to learn. Our staff is continually improving their teaching practice. We go to professional development regularly and are always looking for the right learning activities and strategies to match with various children. Each and every child is different and learns in a different way. It is extremely helpful when we meet with parents to talk specifically about how your child learns. We encourage you to contact your child’s teacher or Mr. Rauser in the office at any time if you have questions about learning.

We have a tentative school organization in place for next year. A school’s organization can change as students come and go out of a building. Schools sometimes reorganize in September based on changes in the number of students over the summer. Students and families will learn their class placement on September 4, 2018. We will begin our first day back by having an assembly in the gym.
Our tentative organization for 2018/2019 has eight classes organized in this way.


If you have any questions about anything that happens at Sprucedale PS, please do not hesitate to give me a call or to pop in and see me.

Respectfully, Mr. Rauser

Still Learning to Do

Please Send Them Rested and Ready Routine and rest are great friends for children. Regular routines (i.e. a set time we do homework, a set bedtime) let children know what to expect and that is reassuring for children and adults. Routine also reduces the number of squabbles as children argue less when they realize this is the way it is, this is what we do in our home. Children (and adults) who come to school well rested seem to get a whole lot more accomplished and have fewer disagreements. Although we are happy the days are getting longer, please send them to school “rested and ready”. We have a lot of important learning left to do, please help us help your children learn.

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. We are not able to accommodate all wishes. We do not share who is teaching what class until the fall as staffing will sometimes change over the summer.

In my experience, children are very flexible and learn different things from each teacher with their individual approach.

School Council

A special thank you to all of the members of the Sprucedale School council for their work this year. We have a wonderfully fun group of parents who have served our students and parents well. They provide input on school matters at meetings and make suggestions for improving our school. I encourage other parents to join the School Council- it is a great way to get involved in your school. Watch for details of our meeting in September 2018.

Members of our school council include:

  • Heather Johnston – Chair and Treasurer
  • April Ische
  • Deanna Jacobs Kim Leis JenMcKone
  • Heather Peters – Secretary
  • Anna Vassiliou – Staff Representative
  • Erin Roth
  • Erin Schlege
  • Angela Schyff
  • Amy Simons
  • Amy Taylor
  • Cailin Vince – Secretary
  • Maureen Missio
  • Tara Rochejocquelein

Last Day of School & First Day of School

Thursday June 28th is the students’ last day of school for the 2017-2018 school year.
Tuesday September 4th is the first day back for students in grade 1 to 8. Tuesday is set aside for interviews with the new JK students. Senior Kindergarten students’ first day is Wednesday, September 5th.

JK’s will be staggered in three groups Wednesday-Friday. Kindergarten parents will be notified by email/letter by the end of June of their child’s specific entry date.

Swimming – Keeping Our Students Safe at the Pool

On Wednesday June 20 we are looking forward to a year end swim at the Lions Pool in Stratford with all of the students at Sprucedale Public School. Thank you to School Council for providing this special day for our students. The City of Stratford and the Avon Maitland District School Board have very specific safety guidelines to ensure all students stay safe. We will be following all of the guidelines with no exceptions.

• Schools must ensure that there is 1 responsible adult in the water for every 8 swimmers in Kindergarten to Grade 3, 1:12 for grades 4 to 6 , 1 to 15 for grades 7 and 8.
• Parents and teaching staff need to be in bathing suits (cover ups or t-shirts over top are fine) and ready to be in the water. We would like parents in the water helping to supervise. Parents on the deck in street clothes are not helpful because if a parent in street clothing jumps in the pool to help a child the lifeguard often has to rescue child and person in street clothes.
• All kindergarten and grade one students will wear lifejackets and will remain in the splash pad.
• Children in grades 2 to 4 will remain in the shallow pool.
• Only children in grades 5 and up are permitted in the deep end however if they are not strong swimmers they will be asked to remain in the shallow pool at the discretion of the lifeguard

No exceptions will be made in order to maintain the safety of all patrons.

Goodbyes and Hellos

We would like to congratulate Mrs. Wagler on her upcoming retirement. She has served the students and families at Sprucedale Public School diligently since 2002 – bringing her sense of fun to her teaching in every grade in one capacity or another. Mrs. Wagler is a very hard worker who always has something interesting and adventurous for her students to do. The Sprucedale Community will miss her very much.

We are also saying goodbye to Mrs. Knechtel and Mrs. Yantzi. Both of these fine educators are heading to other schools within the Avon Maitland District School Board. Changing schools and changing grades is a great way for teachers to continue to grow in the profession as each school does things a little bit different and has a different set of colleagues with whom you are able to collaborate. We wish Mrs. Knechtel and Mrs Yantzi the very best in their new roles.

We are happy to share that Mr. McEwin and Ms. Maddock will be staying with us in 2018/2019. Both of these fine young teachers had previously been slated to move to another school. In the next week or so I will be hiring internally 1.75 teachers to round out our complement of educators for the 2018/2019 school year.

Report Cards

Report Cards will be going home on Tuesday June 26th. Please sign and return page 3 for us prior to the last day of school.

Beautiful Addition to Playground – Shakespeare Men’s Club

A big thank you to all of the members of the Shakespeare Men’ s Club for their continued support of Sprucedale Public School and our community. Jamie Simons and his son Mason recently installed a beautiful red bench next to our playground for students, parents, staff and community members to enjoy. It didn’t take long on Monday morning for the students to find this beautiful bench and to start enjoying it.

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. We understand the disruption for families will be significant for the 2019/2020 school year, but the positive outcome will be integrated programming with enhanced options for students.

Lost and Found

We have a lot of sweaters and hoodies in our Lost and Found box that will be given to charity at the end of June if not claimed. Boxes of mittens, hats and winter wear will be donated to charity or used for extra options for our students next year. Please visit the school and take a final check to see if there is anything you’d like to claim back before it’s gone.

Food Days, Milk and Snack Program

A huge thank you to Tara Weitzel, Judy Yearwood, Tessa Trachsel, Angela Allen, Krista Sebben, Heather Johnston and Ms. Darling for their work with food days and milk this year. Food days give kids and staff something to look forward to each week. Tara, Judy and Tessa have been in the kitchen preparing and serving food while Krista, Heather, Angela and Ms. Darling have helped out with counting money and organizing orders.

We would also like to thank Jen McKone, Pam Miller, Gary West and Ms. Darling for their work with the snack program and fresh fruit days. Jen has purchased, prepared and delivered fresh fruit and veggie trays to our classrooms on many occasions this year. Offering students healthy food options and being encouraged to try fruit and veggies with peers has been a huge hit. Pam Miller has been a great shopper for our Snack Program. The kids have loved the delicious and healthy treats presented. Our thanks also go out to Gary West and the local Egg producers for providing our snack program with healthy hard boiled eggs. These are an excellent source of nutrition and are enjoyed by the students. A big thanks also goes to Saputo for their donation of cheese for our Grilled Cheese days. Finally our thanks go out to Ms. Darling who as an extra to an already full workload has been kind enough to organize snacks and student volunteers each and every day. Mrs. Taylor takes care of the reporting to the Ontario Student Nutrition program (a program administered by the VON) for the snack program.

Let’s Talk Tech and Math Evening

The AMDSB Parent Involvement Committee invites you to its next event
Let’s Talk Tech and Math Evening June 6, 2018
Seaforth Public School gymnasium 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 oflearning; 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.

New Orleans Pizza Fundraiser

Thank you to New Orleans and all of our families who supported New Orleans Pizza night. This was a successful event for Sprucedale again this year.

School Year Calendar 2018/2019

The 2018/2019 school year calendar has been prepared.

2018-2019 PA Days

September 28/18 November 2/18 December 7/18
December 24-January 4/19 (Winter Break) February 1/19
March 11-15/19 (March Break) April 5/19
June 7/19 June 28/19

2018 Fun Pass

Celebrate the summer with savings when planning a trip to Ontario’s attractions with the 2018 Fun Pass.

The 2018 Fun Pass coupons provide free admission for up to two elementary school-aged children at 18 popular attractions when accompanied by a paying adult or senior. Parents can also save $5 on a daily parking permit at selected Ontario provincial parks. Simply bring a coupon to any participating attraction.

Watch for the 2018 Fun Pass booklet that will arrive with your kids’ report card in June, or visit Ontario.ca/funpass for more information about the program and to download the coupons.

Huron Perth Student Transportation Services

This is just a reminder to all Parents/Guardians. If your child (ren) is (are) eligible for transportation you are responsible for looking up your child (ren)’s busing information for the 2018/2019 school year. The busing information for the 2018/2019 school year will be available on the Huron Perth Student Transportation website (www.our scho olbuses.ca ) mid-August. (Any child(ren) that are new to the board or are in JK without older siblings at the same residence will receive a phone call mid-late August from the bus company with their bus information.) Please check the Huron Perth Student Transportation Services website frequently in the last week leading up to the first day of school as routes and times change daily during the last week.

To look up your child’s bus information:

• Go to the Huron Perth Student Transportation Services website .

Once you have entered the website:

• Select the “Busplanner” web icon
• Then select “Student Login” (Make sure you have selected the correct school year from the drop down arrow box in the top left hand corner of the page before you make any selections)

• You will need the following information to login:
• Ontario Education Number (OEN)
This can be found on your child’s latest report card and should have 9 numbers
• Only include the numbers – do not include hyphens
If the report card only has 8 numbers, then include a zero O before the 8 numbers
• Date of Birth (Year/Month/Day) (birthdate order format may be different on each computer)
• House Address Number or 9-1-1 Address
i.e. for a home address of 4602 Line 32 use only 4602
• School Name.  The School that the child will be attending in September 2018.  This can be selected from the pull-down list

When you gain access to the portal, you will be able to see such information as your child’s eligibility for bus transportation, the Bus Route Number, approximate morning pick-up time and location, approximate afternoon drop-off time and location, transfer bus information (if required), School Bus Company and more.

Milk and Food Order Due Dates 2018-2019

Please note that all online ordering for the entire school year October thru to June will be available starting in September. If you want to order it and get it done, you may do so. Otherwise, they will remain open online until midnight on the date indicated in the chart for you to make your orders.

Online ordering is the preferred method to managing and handling orders and payments for items offered at Sprucedale. If you are having difficulty setting your account up, please contact Lori for assistance or communicate with Mr. Rauser.

Please access your child’s OEN Number and sign up for School Cash Online.  We will not be processing any late orders this coming year. Paper orders will be available only upon request. If you would like paper orders you will need to notify the office in September. Please mark your calendars with these very important dates.

New Swings – Thank you to the Smith Family

Our thanks go out to Kyle and Melanie Smith and the entire Smith Family as once again they (i.e. Steve Smith Construction) are doing excavating so our students can play. Sprucedale School Council has ordered new swings which we are hoping to have installed in the first week of June.

Progressive Agriculture Safety Day

A Safety Day is planned for kids ages 5 -12 years, to learn about common hazards relating to farming and recreation. The day will be a hands-on, interactive learning opportunity that is fun for kids and teaches them needed safety skills. Safe and dangerous play areas will be stressed in each safety area. A farm is a great place to live or visit. Because the farm is the home and a workplace, it has special hazards unlike any other work place. Our goal is to make kids and their families more aware of these potential hazards.

Parents do not need to attend but are welcome. If you are interested in volunteering there is no cost for the day.  Safety stations will be arranged at the Seaforth Agriplex to provide hands-on learning.

Have a super summer!