January 2019 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

Happy New Year Stephen Central!

I am always excited by the possibilities that a new year brings. What are your goals for 2019? Our goals here at Stephen Central are to continue to establish a positive, caring and inclusive learning environment, where students feel they belong, are valued, and high standards of success are attainable by all. We are also focused on continued school improvement in Numeracy and Literacy to help our students achieve high standards across the curriculum. Thank you for your support in helping us reach these important goals!

With the start of the New Year, it is time to re-establish good work habits and routines (regular bedtime, completion of homework, bringing necessary materials to school and reading every night.) In addition, being on time for school and consistent daily attendance is critical for student success. Remember that you, as parents, play a major role in your child’s education. It is very important to involve yourself in overseeing that your child’s homework is done to the best of his/her ability.

If you have any questions about your child’s progress, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher, as communication is the key to success! Thank you for your continued interest and support. I wish you, and yours, all the best in 2019.

Donna Gregus, Principal

School Council

I would like to personally thank Alison Rammeloo for all her hard work getting the holiday meal ready for all the students and staff. We would also like to thank Joan Maguire of Hayter’s for the delicious turkeys. To the parents who donated their time to help and those who donated funds for the meal, thank you. It was wonderful to see everyone sitting and eating the great meal together. All the members of parent council would like say thanks to the teachers for the awesome holiday concert. We were able to raise $1,200.00 from the basket fundraiser that each class created for the concert. We will use these funds throughout the year for all sorts of items, and activities for the students.

If you’re interested in becoming a member or just want to know what it’s all about, feel free to join us at our next meeting on Monday, January 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the library, hope to see you there.

Tammy Wharram, Chair

Thank you

Thank you to:

  • Godfathers Pizza, Exeter for providing the school with a free pizza coupon for our December newsletter winner
  • those who have donated supplies to our Snack Program. This is a continued effort to provide food and supplies for our students
  • the Huron County Foodbank Distribution Centre for their generous donation to our snack program
  • the Parent Council for feeding our students and staff with such a delicious holiday dinner. We really appreciate all that you do for us
  • Hayter’s Turkey Products Inc. for the donation of turkeys for our holiday dinner
  • those who donated to our holiday dinner
  • the students and staff who performed in and help to put together our Holiday Concert

Character Corner

The character attribute of focus for January is ‘Responsibility’. Being responsible means that others can depend on you and that you are accountable for your actions.

Taking responsibility means that others can trust you to keep your promises, to do what you say you will do, and to complete tasks.

Students can demonstrate responsibility by doing homework, doing chores around the house, admitting mistakes and making amends, taking care of their own belongings or caring for a pet.

“The price of greatness is responsibility.” – Winston Churchill


Don’t forget through School Messenger we will be able to send text messages with important information to update our families. If you would like us to text you, please text yes to 978338.

Also, always visit our website to see our newsletter, calendar for upcoming events, delays, etc. Bookmark it in your browser and visit frequently!

You can also follow us on Facebook and on Twitter where we post reminders, events, and pictures. But remember, if you have questions, inquiries or concerns of an administrative nature, please contact office personnel directly at 519-234-6302.

Sports and Extra-Curricular Activities

The Junior Girls and Boys Basketball Team played their hearts out at the tournament on Monday, December 3. They played some amazing teams and were close to winning a game, down only by 1 basket. Great job and congratulations to everyone involved for their efforts and sportsmanship. Thanks to Ms. Laye and Mrs. Powell.

Junior Boys and Girls Volleyball at Central Huron Secondary School, Clinton, will be held on Wednesday, February 6 (snow date, Thursday, February 8). More details to follow from coaches Ms. Cook and Mr. Chaput.

Stephen Central P.S. Hawks Night – Friday, January 11, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.  Free for students (all students will receive a free admission ticket to the game, however, they must be accompanied by an adult). All students, staff and community are invited to join our school at the Hawks game, at the South Huron Recreation Centre, to cheer on our local players and celebrate our community. There will be a “Count the Candy” contest set up in the foyer, in which proceeds will go to new sports equipment at our school. We will also be having students from Stephen Central sing O Canada! Hope to see you there!

Border Crossing Forms for 2019-20 School Year

If your child has received a Request for Renewal of Border Crossing form that was distributed in December, please review it, sign it and return to the school as soon as possible. Deadline for submitting these requests is Friday, February 1, 2019.

Better Grades When You Engage

Did you know your child is more likely to do well in school if you are engaged in their education? Here are three easy steps to help your child succeed this school year.

  1. Support learning at home
    – encourage attendance and good behaviour at school
    – help your child choose a place and a regular time to do homework
    – read with your child daily and talk about what you read
    – ask your child what’s going on at school – the best conversations often happen while walking, driving, or eating dinner together
    – get your child ready for school with a good night’s sleep and healthy breakfast
  2. Communicate with the school and teachers
    – go to Open Houses and Parent-Teacher meetings
    – call or meet with your child’s teacher if you have questions
    – answer notes and calls from the school
  3. Be involved in the school community
    – attend school performances and sporting events
    – become a classroom helper
    – volunteer for school field trips
    – consider joining the School Council or other work groups such as a Healthy School Committee
    – get to know and support other parents

Remember, being involved in your child’s school is the best thing you can do for their education! For more information, see Tips for Parents.


Safe Arrival Program

Please notify the school before 9:00 a.m. if your child will be late or absent from school. Our answering machine is in place to assist parents/guardians who need to call early. If we do not receive a call or note and your child is absent, we will attempt to contact you. A call will be placed to your home, your work and/or your emergency number(s). Given that the time required calling home for all students could be considerable, your co-operation is essential. Student attendance reflects on the student’s ability in the learning process. Thank you for your support.

Contact Information

If you have any changes, please be sure to contact the school office as accurate records must be kept at all times. If we have an emergency and need to contact you, we want and need the correct information.

Future Grade 7 & 9 Students

Current Grade 6 students and their families are invited to attend the open house at South Huron District High School on Thursday, January 17, 2019 (snow date Monday, January 21). The program for Grade 6 students (going into Grade 7) will be 6:00 to 7:30 and Grade 8 (going into Grade 9) will be 7:00 to 9:00. The overlap (7:00 to 7:30) is everyone together in the gym. Meet the staff, visit the school, and much, much more. Plan to attend this informative evening.

Huron County Christmas Bureau

Thank you for all your donations to the Huron County Christmas Bureau. This December, they provided gifts for approximately 120 families. Your generosity in helping them meet these needs is greatly appreciated.

Library Helpers

There are 32 enthusiastic library helpers, who help Ms. Wondergem in the library during first recess. Each student is assigned one recess every two weeks to assist with stamping, stickers, sorting, putting books away, etc. Their assistance is greatly appreciated. We celebrated their commitment in this festive season with a pizza party on December 6, 2018. The two computer helpers, who turn the computers in the library on and off each day, also joined this party. Ms. Wondergem looks forward to working with the library and computer helpers again in the new year. Thank you library and computer helpers for your assistance.

Silver Birch

The Silver Birch Students have enthusiastically been reading the books from the three Silver Birch programs, since our big Silver Birch Kickoff on November 30th. There are 44 Express students, 17 Nonfiction students and 8 Fiction students. So far the students have read 5 Fiction books, 25 Express books, and 13 Nonfiction books. Bravo!

Maverick M. is the first student to qualify to vote for 2019. He will be voting in the Express category. Awesome work Maverick! Silver Birch students continue reading and make sure you see Ms. Wondergem to mark the books that you have read on the Silver Birch charts in the library. Voting takes place in mid April 2019.

Please talk to your child about the book(s) that he/she has read from these programs. Does your child have a favourite book so far? It is important that the Silver Birch students return their Silver Birch books on time, since there is only one copy of each book.

Blue Spruce

Students in grades JK – 3 may be participating in the Blue Spruce Reading Program. Each teacher may choose a month between January and April to conduct this program with their class. The participating teachers will be reading all ten books in this program to their students. Each student will then have the opportunity to vote in an Ontario wide student vote. They will choose their favourite book from the program. Please refer to Ms. Wondergem’s staff home page on our school’s website for the Internet link to this reading program. All votes will be sent to the Ontario Library Association in Toronto for tabulation. There is a banquet in May 2019 in Toronto to honour the winning author.

Once these programs are completed at the end of April 2019, the Silver Birch Books and Blue Spruce Books will become part of the Stephen Central Public School library collection for all students to check out.

Huron County Health Unit – Dental Screening

On Tuesday, January 22, 2018 the Huron County Health Unit will be visiting our school and offering dental programs:

  • Students in JK/SK, grade 2, and 4 classes will be included in a dental screening. Children who have been previously identified by our program will also be seen. Any parent who wishes their child to be screened at school, other than those listed above, should notify the school before the scheduled screening date.
  • As a preventive service, topical fluoride applications, dental sealants and dental scaling will be offered to eligible children who have been screened at the school.
  • Financial help is available through the HSO-EESS program for children in urgent need of care were the cost of treatment would be a financial hardship.
  • A dental program called Healthy Smiles Ontario is available to help children 17 and under see dentists regularly. It is available for families living with low incomes that have no dental coverage.

Do you need more information? Call the Dental Department at the Huron County Health Unit at 1.877.837.6143 or visit the Dental Health Page on the Huron County Health Unit webpage.

Beware of Frostbite

Ever notice how much colder it feels when the wind is blowing on a winter’s day?  It’s called wind chill and it’s important to make sure your kids are protected from wind chill and extreme cold. The risk of frostbite increases when the wind chill goes below -27°C.

Check the weather forecast before your kids head outside. If it’s going to be extremely cold and/or high winds, make sure your kids:

  • Dress warmly!
  • Dress in layers, with a wind-resistant outer layer.
  • Wear a hat (a large portion of body heat is lost from the head), mittens or insulated gloves.
  • Wear a scarf, neck tube or facemask to keep their face warm.
  • Wear warm and waterproof footwear.
  • Cover as much exposed skin as possible. Ears, nose, fingers and toes lose heat the fastest.

You can also protect your kids on those extremely cold days by having them stay indoors, keep out of the wind and keep active.

Huron and Perth County winters can bring some very cold days. Keep your kids safe by dressing warmly.

Upcoming Events

  • Monday, January 1 to Monday, January 15 – order Milk & Meals
  • Monday, January 7, 2019 – Classes resume
  • Friday, January 11 – Stephen Central P.S. Hawks Night at South Huron Rec. Centre
  • Friday, January 11 – Wacky Hair Day – Spirit Day
  • Monday, January 14 – School Council Meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Library
  • Thursday, January 17 – Future Grade 7 and Grade 9 students to Open House at SHDHS (snow date Monday, January 21)
  • Tuesday, January 22 – Huron County Health Unit Dental Screening
  • Friday, January 25 – Family Literacy Day – Pyjama Day – Spirit Day
  • Tuesday, January 29 – National Puzzle Day
  • Wednesday, January 30 – Dairy Education Presentation
  • Friday, February 1 – P.A. Day – no school for students
  • Friday, February 1 – deadline to submit Border Crossing forms to the school office
  • Friday, February 1 to Friday, February 15 – order Milk & Meals for March
  • Wednesday, February 6 – Junior Volleyball at CHSS (snow date Thursday, February 8)
  • Wednesday, February 27 – Pink Shirt Day


Congratulations to Amberlynn, Connor and family who were the winners of the December newsletter draw. They received a free pizza coupon from Godfather’s Pizza, Exeter.

January Newsletter – If you received and read this newsletter, please return this tear-off section for a draw. The student(s) from the winning family will receive a prize.

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