November 2018 Newsletter

Mr. Rauser’s Message

Parents and Math – Our New Government and their Math Direction

Last November I wrote that the most important parts of learning is actually believing that with time, good teaching and practice you can learn anything. Yes, that means math too. No, you are not rotten at math, you simply haven’t learned it YET. Learning is hard work and requires persistence. When we teach children that making mistakes is a normal part of learning and we provide the good quality instruction with support at home, children will learn mathematics – or anything else for that matter. The new Ontario Government has recently published “A Parent’s Guide to the Fundamentals of Math Grades 1 to 8” – a pamphlet for parents outlining their priorities in math. The pamphlet also provides some helpful suggestions on how parents can promote math at home. I have included the suggestions below.

Math is everywhere, and you can help your children make connections between what they are learning in school and everyday experiences at home and in the community, such as at the store, cooking at home, or managing money.

Here are some ideas about how math can be part of your regular day-to-day routine:

  • Math games – Math puzzles and games can show that math is fun. They also require trial-and-error thinking, enhance numeracy and logical thinking, and promote discussion.
  • Math on TV – Watch educational television programs. Many offer websites with activities to do together, including free games, apps, math crafts, and songs.
  • Math at the grocery store – You can talk to your child about how to weigh fruit on a scale or how to estimate the total cost of items as you fill your cart.
  • Math with money – Help your child manage money by creating a budget together or saving to make a special purchase. Or you could go shopping together and help with estimating the amount of a purchase, calculating the tax and checking the change.
  • Math in computer games – If your child enjoys the computer, introduce them to fun and educational web-based games and activities.
  • Math in the kitchen – Bake, cook and prepare food with your child. There are many great math opportunities in the kitchen, such as measuring ingredients.

By making math a priority and finding ways to help your child with math at home and in day-to-day life, you are helping to inspire a love of learning, and a better understanding of math.
from the Parents Guide to the Fundamentals of Math – K to 8 – Ontario Government.

Kindergarten Registration for September 2019

Sign up your child for Kindergarten on November 30, 2018.Calling All Three-Year-Old events will be offered in AMDSB schools.
This is for children eligible for Junior or Senior Kindergarten
September 2019.  Please contact your local school for more information.

Sprucedale’s Kindergarten Registration date is Friday, November 30.
Contact the office for your package today.

Please share this with anyone you know who has a child preparing for September 2019 school entry.

Children born in 2015 are eligible for Junior Kindergarten during the 2019/2020 school year and children born in 2014 are eligible for Senior Kindergarten during the 2019/2020 school year.  If you know of anyone of age and who lives in the area please mention this event to them as well.


Good attendance really helps with social and academic success. As a staff we are going to be comparing student attendance to learning demonstrated on Report Cards and EQAO. When children come to school on time and regularly, they usually do well. We want to help your child do as well as possible. Please keep absences for any reason other than illness to an absolute minimum.

Chickenpox – Communication Request

One of our children at our school has a compromised immune system because of treatment for a serious medical condition. We request that you please let the office know immediately if your child breaks out with chickenpox or measles. Please let us know when the spots appeared. As always we ask that you keep your child home from school when they are unwell with any contagious illness. This will help keep our school community healthy.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Remembrance Day Assembly

On Wednesday, November 7, 2018 we will be having a Remembrance Day Assembly to honour our veterans and teach the children about Remembrance Day. The assembly will be approximately 10:15 a.m. to 10:55 a.m. Parents and grandparents are welcome to join us if they are able to do so.

Before and After school Childcare Program Survey

Families interested in Before and After school Childcare programs, should complete the on-line survey no later than December 1st. The survey is available on the AMDSB website.

Should you require a copy of the survey, please contact the school.
We appreciate your assistance as we determine the feasibility of offering such programs.


Thank you so much to Saputo. They have generously donated the cheese for our Grilled Cheese Wednesdays for this school year. This is so appreciated!

Ontario Student Nutrition Program Donations can be made online using School Cash Online. Each donation supports the purchase of our Nutrition Break snacks that are provided each day at second Nutrition Break. Thank you for all past and future donations. These are extremely considerate and thoughtful. We can always accept spoons and forks for the program too. These are items that children often ask for and come in handy to support them when they forget to pack one from home.

Homework Help Online for Grades 7 to 10

We often hear from parents of older students that it is more difficult to support them at home with their math homework because it becomes increasingly complex. If your child is having difficulty, the first course of action is always to ask for help from the classroom teacher. Another option for those evenings and weekends when Mr. Hernden is not available is to visit Homework Help online. This is a free service that all of our grade seven and eight students are able to register with. They have access to one on one math help with Ontario Teachers. It is available 24/7 at no charge. There are also lots of math resources to review any concept.  To register, students will need their OEN (Ontario Education Number). This number is on your child’s Report Card or can be accessed by contacting Ms.Darling.

Food and Milk Orders

Online ordering is working very well for families this year. There are a couple of things to keep in mind when accessing the program. Some Credit Unions do not provide all the required numbers on their cheques. If you are using a Credit Union Account, please call them and get the full set of required numbers. You cannot use a Line of Credit. The system only allows Savings or Chequing Accounts. Enter your child’s OEN without spaces and without dashes. Rejected payments can take up to 3-5 business days to show up in the system, similar to a regular cheque.

If you have not signed up online and wish to do so please let Ms.Darling know and she can walk you through this process.

September – Junior Soccer

The Sprucedale Junior Soccer Team travelled to their divison tournament on September 24.The Juniors worked together cooperatively, shared passing the ball and won 3 out of 4 games with some great shots on net. Unfortunately, they lost by a goal in the semi finals, but Mr. McEwin and Mrs. Green are proud of their accomplishments that day and look forward to next year. Fantastic footwork to the 2018 team members.

Families Reminded to Get the Flu Shot and Stop the Spread of Flu – Perth District Health Unit

The flu shot is free and recommended for everyone over six months of age.

It’s important to stop the spread of flu to people who may be at risk of health-related complications. Protect yourself and your family by making sure everyone gets the flu shot this year.  Influenza (or the flu) is a respiratory illness that can spread easily from person to person, especially among kids.

This fall, get the flu shot at:

  • Your family doctor’s office
  • All pharmacies in Perth County (ages 5 and up)
  • By appointment clinics at the Perth District Health Unit in Stratford and Listowel (for families with children under the age of 5). Go to the Perth County Health Unit website for dates, times and to book an appointment online.
  • Drop-in community clinics in Stratford at Spruce Lodge (Griffith Auditorium), 643 West Gore St. on Friday, October 26, 10am-4pm and Thursday, November 8, 10am-4pm.

For more information about the flu shot:

  • Visit the Perth County Health Unit website.
  • Call Health Line at 519-271-7600 ext 267 or toll-free at 1-877-271-7348 ext 267
  • Follow the Health Unit on Facebook and Twitter @PDHealthUnit

Head Lice

Did you know, treatments may be covered by the new Ontario Drug Benefit Program?  Talk to your pharmacist or family physician.

Drive Slowly and Orderly – Let’s keep our students safe

When driving in and around the school and the village, please keep your speed very low and expect the unexpected. One of the many wonderful things about children is they are highly spontaneous. That often means they do things freely and without thinking about the consequences. For example, they might step or run out onto the road without looking even though parents and school staff have instructed them not to do so. Please leave yourself enough time in the morning and the afternoon so you are able to drop off and pick up on time. We are currently talking with the Township of Perth East about some ways to improve pedestrian safety in and around the school.

Buses and Cars Do Not Mix

Please do not enter the lane when our buses are loading or unloading. We have many students walking to or from the bus and they are not expecting vehicles to be in that same space.

Dates to Remember

November 1st – Parent/Teacher Interviews 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.
November 2nd – Parent/Teacher Interviews AM only
November 4th – Turn your Clock BACK one hour
November 6th – MADD Canada Presentation Grade 7/8
November 7th – Remembrance Day Assembly at 10:15 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.
November 14th – School Council 7 p.m.
November 14th – Jr.Mixed Volleyball – Stratford Agriplex 1 – 5 p.m.
November 20th – Picture Retake Day – Proofs must be returned to get retakes done.
November 21st – Intermediate Boys/Girls Volleyball – Stratford Agriplex 1 – 5 p.m.
November 28th 3 – 5:45 p.m. – Pizza & Poinsettia Pick Up
Friday November 30th – Calling All Three Year Olds (CATYO) – Kindergarten 2019 Registration

2018-2019 School Calendars are now available:

2018/19 PA Days

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

Milk and Food Order – Due Dates 2018/2019

Month(s) Due Date
January/February – due December 16th
March/April –  due February 21st
May/June – due April 21st

Please note: all online orders were available at the beginning of September for the entire year. Each month has a due date and closing date (listed above). AFTER this date you will not be able to order for that particular month. You can however order each month as early as you like.

Please be aware of pricing this year:
Hot Food Items: $1.75
White or Chocolate Milk: $0.75

At this time, parents who have asked for paper copies have received complete packages for the entire school year. Please send them all back in as a package with postdated payments or hold onto them and return them one at a time. Please pay close attention to the due dates.

Thank you to the Milk Board for supplying us with prizes. We will draw one lucky winner for a Milk prize each week!


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