January 2019 Newsletter

Mr. Rauser’s Message

Working with children is a real privilege. It is also very humbling. In my experience, children are kind, honest and forgiving. I remember as a young teacher (a long time ago) making mistakes in the classroom and the students would always let it run off their backs and would move forward with a laugh and a smile. When I talk to children on the yard or in my office who may have gotten into some trouble, most of the time, they are incredibly honest. Our Sprucedale students – like the others in the many schools in which I have had the privilege of working – also show great kindness to each other and to the staff. If someone falls and hurts themselves, the kids always stop the game and care for the wounded first. Yes children are amazing – even today they continue to make me smile and laugh.

Nevertheless, these same children sometimes make mistakes – say or do things they shouldn’t. These same children can sometimes be mean and hurtful. When children do make mistakes, like the aforementioned, I try to pay them the same courtesies they show me. I try to be forgiving. I try to help them learn from their mistakes. I try for both of us to leave with a smile on our faces ready to try again. Schools are about learning – sometimes academic learning and sometimes how to do better in a social situation.

As we solve problems together as adults I would ask that you follow the lead of the children. Start by assuming good will, that every parent sends their best child to school and that it is a normal part of living and learning to have some disagreement and some ups and downs. Children learn what they live and they mimic our reactions. When we as educators and parents stay calm and positive – even in difficult situations – children then follow our lead. It is in these moments that the real learning takes place.

School Messenger – Communication

If you haven’t already activated your cell phone to receive important updates and communications from the school, we are inviting you at this time to do this. Simply text “yes” to the following number: 978338 Please come in and see us if you want help to set this up.
Label this number as your Sprucedale Contact and that’s it. We will use this method to communicate quick messages regarding schedules or events related to our school community.

School Messenger is also the method we will be moving to for all email communications, including Newsletters, Calendars and Food/Milk orders etc. Please ensure your contact information is up to date.
School Messenger uses current data from the enrolment data base so it makes it the most accurate method of ensuring you receive communications accurately and timely from the school.

Please check your Spam folders. Put the email into “this is not spam” so you can receive the messages directly into your Inbox.

Food Days on Snow Days

In the event of an inclement weather day resulting in bus cancellations or school closure on a Wednesday Food Day, the pizza or hot dogs or grilled cheese day will be moved to the next day possible for our Parent Volunteers. You will be notified through Messenger and the new date will be added to our school website calendar. Please be sure to check for these notifications.

Kindergarten Registration for September 2019

If you missed our Kindergarten Registration Day in November, please call the school and we can get you a registration package. Please tell any neighbours or friends that have a child who will be attending Kindergarten next September.

Dress for Weather

Please be sure to do a double check with your child to ensure: a hat, mittens/gloves and an extra set, snow pants and extra socks just in case are packed in the backpack. Comfort in the classroom supports positive learning.

If you have extra outerwear that your child has outgrown, please consider connecting with us to see if we could use it in emergency situations where another student comes unprepared for any reason.

At this time, we do have a shortage of mittens, hats and extra pants/socks.

Grade 8 Secondary Tours and Registration

We will be hosting Guidance Counsellors from Stratford Central and Stratford Northwestern Schools January 25, 2019.

They will be sharing information about registration and Open House details.

School Council Report

Next meeting date: Tuesday, February 12th at 7:00 p.m. in the library.

Schedule Changes

The school has a 24/7 answering machine. If you know in advance that your child’s schedule will change please call: 519-625-8722 in advance.
This supports ample notice for arrangements to be made with your child’s teacher to ensure a smooth, low disruption arrival and departure from class.

If you would prefer to email in advance, you can email: Lori.Darling@ed.amdsb.ca. Thank-you!

Border Crossing – Renewal Forms

Please return by January 24th.

If you are a current Border Crossing family, you will receive a renewal form the week of January 7th. If you have not received a renewal form, please contact the office immediately as we would like these back January 24th. This is an annual renewal that has to be reviewed and renewed each year.

Student Safety

Please keep cars out of the bus loading and unloading zone.

Please do not bring vehicles into the main driveway out front of the school from 8:35 to 8:50 and from 3:10 until all buses have departed. It is unsafe for our students to have cars moving in that area while loading buses. Please remember, children are beautifully unpredictable, they run in places in which we might not expect. Please pick up children at the back near the Ball Diamond or park on the side street and walk in to meet your child.

Milk and Food Order Forms

SchoolCashOnline set up is quick and only requires your student’s OEN number. Please call Ms.Darling for this number if you do not have it.

Late orders will not be processed. If you require a paper copy – please be sure to ask to be put on a paper copy list if you have not already done so.

Sprucedale Bus Delays or School Closure Procedure

Due to the nature of the weather conditions that we may experience, there will be times that our school buses may be cancelled or delayed.

  1. In the case of fog, the bus company and Transportation department, may issue a 2 hour delay for our buses. In cases where Sprucedale experiences a 2 hour bus delay, the school will be open for students when they can arrive safely.
  2. If the bus delay becomes a cancellation after the start of the regular school day, then the school will remain open for those students who have arrived, however parents/guardians will be responsible for student transportation at the end of the school day (3:15 p.m.) as buses will not be running.
  3. In the case of bus cancellations due to inclement weather, if possible, the school will be open to all staff and students. The school day runs from 8:55 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. The decision remains with parents for student attendance on days that the buses are not running.

The most up to date and accurate information about bus delays or cancellations is found on the Cancellations and Delays Website.

Please book mark this page in your browser and be sure to refresh each time you use it.

All bus delays, school closure or early closure will be announced in the following manner:
Please note: Sprucedale cancellations will be listed under “Stratford Rural Area”.

• CKNX 920 AM or CKNX 101.7 FM, Wingham
• 107.7 FM Stratford
• Sprucedale Twitter @SprucedalePS
• The Twitter message will go directly to our school webpage.

Mr. Rauser will also send out a School Messenger message as soon as he is able. Please be sure your email is up to date at the school and remember to set your cell phone up to receive text messaging from the School Messenger system. Text YES to 978338.

Dates to Remember

January 22nd – 4/5 and 5/6 Create a Medicine Wheel
January 25th – Stratford Central/Northwestern Student Services Visitors for Grade 8’s
February 12th – Paper March and April Milk and Food Orders are due
February 12th – School Council – 7 p.m. in the School Library
February 18th – Family Day – No School
February 19th – Report Cards come home
February 21st – Online March and April Milk and Food Orders are due
February 22nd – Hydro One Safety Presentations – 3/4, 4/5, 5/6 classes

2018-2019 School Calendars are now available

2018/19 PA Days

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

March/April due February 1st
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!

School Times

School starts at: 8:50 a.m. Please help your children learn good habits by being on time. If you are late, please report to the office for attendance register updates and late slips. All absences need to be called in prior to 8:55 a.m. please. If your child’s schedule is to be altered please call in in the morning and/or send a note with your child. 519-625-8722

Arrival and Yard Duty – 8:40 a.m.

Nutrition Breaks: 10:55 a.m. -11:35 a.m. and 1:25 p.m. – 2:05 p.m.

Dismissal and Yard Duty: 3:15 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.