April 2019 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

For those of you who are regular newsletter readers and have good memories, you may realize my message is a repeat. Although simple messages there within, I think they are important enough to repeat.

When home and school work together, a child’s likelihood of succeeding in school is very high. In this month’s principal’s message, I am going to share with you four simple ideas that I know help children learn both academically and socially.

First, read with your child each and every night at bedtime. This simple concept has been shown time and time again to be one of the biggest predictors of a child’s success in a school environment. Children cherish this time with family, are exposed to valuable readings of books, and develop a love of literature. When children get older (grade six, seven, eight), I might shift to reading alongside them or simply spending the time talking – to stay connected as they move into the teenage years.

Second, work with your child to learn their math facts. By facts I mean mentally adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing small numbers (e.g. 4 + 5, 9 – 6, 4 X 6, 30 divided by 5). I would recommend starting with addition and subtraction facts in grade one, two and the beginning of grade three. After Christmas in grade three, I would help your child practice multiplication facts up to 7 times 7 and 49 divided by 7. By the end of grade four, students should know up to 9 times 9 and 81 divided by 9. By the end of grade five students should know their facts up to 12 times 12 and 144 divided by 12.

Third, show an interest in what your children are learning and emphasize that school is their work. There is no person in the world more important to a child then their parents. If a parent takes interest in school, children learn that school is important and they value learning. If a parent is not interested in school or learning, it is much harder to motivate children to do their best.

Fourth, please assume good will. If a teacher or I call with an issue to address, we do it out of care and concern for the child. As educators we tend to see the best in our students. We also know that if there is either an academic or social issue to be resolved it is our job to try to help. Most of the time parents are open and willing to listen and to collaborate. Occasionally parents will not be ready to hear something an educator shares and will make excuses or minimize issues that are better resolved. If this happens once or twice, it is inconsequential. If making excuses for children happens regularly, students learn not to take responsibility. In my years as an educator, I have not seen a child, even with the toughest issues, who is not able to make progress when home and school collaborate.

Raising children is a lot of work. The reward is also handsome. Similarly teaching is a great responsibility but it is also magnificently rewarding when we see children flourish and grow.

Working together lightens the load and increases the positive rate of growth. See these Parent Guide resources on how to support your child with literacy or numeracy.

School Council

Our next School Council Meeting is Wednesday May 1st at 7 p.m. in the library. All are welcome.

Mindfulness Evening

On Tuesday, May 14th, School Council will be hosting a Mindfulness Evening for families 6 to 8 p.m. Please pencil the date onto your calendar and watch for an opportunity to pre-register. The invitation to register will be sent to your email sometime in April. Spaces are limited so please register as soon the registration link is shared with you.

OurSCHOOL Student Survey

Sprucedale Public School will be participating in an online school survey for students called the OurSCHOOL Student Survey. Please find the details of the survey implementation below.

OurSCHOOL Student Survey:

Who:  All students in grades 4-8
When:  April 8-12, 2019
Where:  In class at school

The OurSCHOOL Student Survey:

  • Allows students to share their feedback anonymously on their experiences at school, the school environment and school improvement programs.
  • Participation in the survey is voluntary, however all students are encouraged to participate. Parents wishing to have their child opt out of the survey are asked to send written communication to Don Rauser, Principal, Sprucedale PS.
  • The time required to complete the survey may vary, but it is designed to be completed in approximately 30 minutes.

Survey measures include such topics as behaviours and attitudes linked to student success, emotional and social well-being and physical health. For more information about the OurSCHOOL Student Survey, please visit The Learning Bar Inc.’s website.

If you have questions or would like to request more information about Sprucedale Public School’s upcoming implementation of the OurSCHOOL Parent Survey, please contact Don Rauser at 519-625-8722.

Light It Up in Blue – Tuesday April 2nd – World Autism Awareness Day

Please wear anything blue on Tuesday April 2nd to show our support for children and families with autism.  We will be “raising a flag for Autism” in our front lobby and doing a little bit of Autism Awareness instruction in our classrooms.

At Sprucedale PS we support each and every one of our students.

Perth District Health Unit – Immunization Clinic for Grade 7 April 1st

At these clinics, PDHU will be providing the 2nd dose of hepatitis B and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines, and will only be given to students who received the first dose in October of 2018.

Chess Club

Congratulations to all the students who participated in the Chess Club this winter, learning and playing chess!

Our Chess Club Team will be representing our Sprucedale Team at the Chess Tournament on Tuesday, April 9.

Elizabeth Klockman Memorial Fund

Once again, Sprucedale Public School would like to acknowledge the generosity of the late Elizabeth Klockman. Our school has received funding dollars to purchase toys and equipment for the children to use. Elizabeth Klockman was a teacher who truly cared about children throughout her teaching career, this bequest in her name is a fine tribute to her love for children with special needs.

Thank you Mrs.Green for completing the funding application on behalf of the school.

Shakespeare Opti-Mrs Easter Egg Hunt

Shakespeare Opti-Mrs Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Sprucedale School is on Saturday, April 20 at 11 a.m. sharp. Please be there a bit before so we can get all age groups organized.

This is for ages preschool to Grade 6

Shakespeare Opti-Mrs Brunch – May 5th 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Shakespeare Optimist Hall
13+: $15.00
6-12: $6.00
5 and under free
Please contact Ellen 519-625-8984 or any Opt-Mrs member for tickets

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! 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.

Dates to Remember

April 1 – Health Unit Immunizations for Grade 7 (second set – follow up from Fall 2018)
April 2 – World Autism Awareness Day – Please Wear Blue
April 3 – Grad Photo Retakes
April 5 – PA Day
April 9 – Chess Tournament – Army Navy Air Force Veteran’s Hall – 9:15am-4pm
April 19 – Good Friday – School Closed
April 20 – Opti-Mrs Annual Easter Egg Hunt – 11am SHARP
April 22 – Easter Monday – School Closed
April 26 – Dairy Farmers Presentation – K-3 9-11am
May 5 – Opti-Mrs Brunch – 11am – 1pm
May 8 – Sprucedale PS Track & Field – Help needed, please contact school
May 11 – First Ride Presentation – September 2019 JK/SK New Students
May 13 – Heart and Stroke Assembly – 12:45 p.m.May 14 – Mindfulness Evening – 6-8pm at Sprucedale.  Watch for email regarding Pre-Registration – Spaces LimitedMay 22, 23, 24, 28, 29 and 30th – Grade 3 and Grade 6 EQAO
June 4 – Regional Track and Field – Stratford Central
June 6 – Jump Rope for Heart @ Sprucedale – 2:05pm
June 7 – PA Day
June 18 – District Track and Field – Goderich
June 27 – Last day of School
June 28 – PA Day