June 2018 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

It is my pleasure to fill in for Mrs. Gregus as acting Principal while she is away on a medical leave which we anticipate will be through to the end of the year. This year our school has focused on the concept of family teams. The purpose of these multi-age groupings is to increase school spirit and further develop the virtues that we embrace at Stephen Central. Also, this year our students benefitted from a NED assembly that received rave reviews by staff and students. NED means N (never give up) E (encourage others) D (do your best).

The teaching staff have vigorously embraced further learning on how to teach mathematics more effectively. At the same time, we are paying attention to the foundation pieces of reading and writing. The junior grades are partnering with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority to study the impact of plastics on the Great Lakes. In addition, we are taking advantage of our wonderful green space to study Science, Social Studies and Math. This is a remarkable area and is truly a gift to our students.

Please see the Summer Slide article below from our teachers suggesting things parents can do to stop the summer academic slide. Your children will benefit!

Acting Principal, Deb Gill

From the Parent Council

On behalf of Parent Council, we would like to take this opportunity to express our thanks and gratitude to all that have made the 2017-2018 school year a success.
We wish to thank Mrs. Gregus, Mrs. Gill, teachers, educational assistants and Stephen Central staff for their continued support. Thank you to all of our dedicated Parent Council Members and fantastic volunteers for their time and commitment to our school and its students. Our dedicated volunteers played an integral role in successfully organizing pizza, the meal/milk program, and, of course, the immense planning and execution of our annual Holiday dinner.

Our fundraising efforts allowed us the privilege, as a council, to provide the students at Stephen Central with fun days, subsidizing costs for parents as well as purchasing new equipment for the school that will enhance learning and benefit all levels within. The selection of these items was based on recommendations by the students and staff here at Stephen Central. Come out and enjoy one last fun night at the Shipka Drive-in on Thursday, June 7. There will be a fun family friendly movie, with no admission cost. Hope everyone has a great summer. See you in September.
Tammy Wharram, Chair

Thank You to…

  • Ms. Salmon for filling in as Acting Principal for a few days
  • our wonderful School Council for all of their hard work this year
  • all classroom and school volunteers who have helped our school this year
  • our EQAO volunteers who scribed for our students
  • Godfathers Pizza, Exeter for providing the school with free pizza coupons for our newsletter winners this school year
  • those who have donated supplies, made a contribution to the Feed the Tiger campaign, and all individuals who have helped in preparing the food for our Snack Program.
  • the Huron County Foodbank Distribution Centre for their generous donations during the last year to our snack program
  • the Foundation for Education Perth Huron. When donations are received through the Foundation, the Foundation is able to provide a number of learning enhancements for our students. We wish to thank the Foundation and those who donate to the Foundation for your support.
  • the Foundation for Education Perth Huron – yoga workshop that was held for the Grade 3 to 6 classes. Thank you to Shannon Rose Scott for showing the students how yoga can help in our daily lives.
  • Wendy from Bluewater Recycling Association who presented some important information about recycling and showed us how we can help the environment.
  • our community for supporting our annual QSP magazine, cookie dough and spring bulb fundraisers. We raised just over $5,000.00 (and maybe gained a few pounds)!! These funds will be used to directly benefit our students by subsidizing the cost of next year’s student planners along with Parent Council, subsidizing field trips, purchasing outdoor equipment, etc. Thank you to our students and their families for the huge effort they put forth in selling and buying these products for the betterment of our school.
  • the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority for the get to know your H20 presentation in Ms. Gale’s and Mrs. Peck’s classes on Thursday, May 10
  • Camp Bimini! For the fifth consecutive year, several students from Stephen Central will have the chance to receive the Gift of Camp. They have the blessing of attending a full week of sleepover camp, experiencing the wonders of nature, making new friends, learning songs, crafts and games. What a wonderful opportunity! Thanks so much to Camp Bimini and their donors for this outstanding chance for our students. We appreciate it!
  • to the staff and students who have maintained our trails this year. Please continue to use our trails over the summer. It’s a great place to get some fresh air and exercise. Your students can tell you about the various trees and animals you may see along the way. We are so fortunate to have such a beautiful, peaceful place to enjoy nature. Remember to stoop and scoop!

Character Corner

The character attribute of focus for June is ‘Integrity’ – doing what is right and honourable.

At school, integrity could look like:
• always telling the truth
• admitting your own mistakes which takes real courage

Quotes About Integrity

“The time is always right to do what is right.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“Values are like fingerprints. Nobody’s are the same, but you leave them all over everything you do.”
– Elvis Presley

Summer Slide

Research shows that children who don’t use their reading, writing and math skills over the summer experience what is called “summer slide”. Students can lose up to 3 months of their learning over the summer…that’s a lot of the learning since March Break. Yikes!!
Please help prevent the Summer Slide in your children by using these ideas:

• Read, read and read! Fiction, non-fiction, newspapers, comic books, magazines…whatever is interesting! Reading for at least 20 minutes a day is ideal.
• Read to your child. When you read to your child, he/she hears the rhythm of language. Be sure to read with expression!
• Visit the library.
• Keep a summer journal. Find interesting things to write about.
• Write letters to friends or family.
• Cook with your children. This is one of the best ways to integrate math, reading and following directions. Help your child put together their favorite recipes in a cookbook.
• Take a field trip to a museum, zoo or local park with walking trails. Keep a journal about your travels.
• Play quick games with flashcards like Math War or Concentration to keep math skills sharp.

Did we mention READ?! If your child does nothing else this summer make sure he/she is reading! Just like with playing a sport, Reading and Math are skills that must be practiced.

Track & Field for Grade 4 to 6

School Track & Field day is Monday, June 4. If the weather looks bad it will be held on Wednesday, June 6. Students are asked to bring sunscreen, a hat and a refillable water bottle as they will be participating in many outside activities. Those students who place will go on to regionals in Goderich on Tuesday, June 12 – rain date Wednesday, June 13. Good luck to all!

Play Can Change the World

On Tuesday, June 5, we will be taking part in a day of cooperative play, entitled Play Can Change the World. This special event was inspired by the book “The Banana-Leaf Ball–How Play Can Change the World” written by Katie Smith Milway. We were fortunate to receive a grant through the Foundation for Education to fund this event, and are grateful to them for this fantastic opportunity for all kids to be included in learning some awesome new games! Please send kids dressed for outdoor, active play.

Family Movie Night

Come out and join us for the drive-in movie night at Starlite Drive-In, 39752 Crediton Road, west of Shipka on the Crediton Road on Thursday, June 7. Gate opens @ 8:00 p.m. See you there, Parent Council

School Council Nominations

If you are interested in being a parent representative on our School Council for the 2018-19 school year, please contact Tammy Wharram @ 519-228-9090 and/or join us at our next School Council meeting on Monday, September 10, 2018.


Congratulations to our grade 3 and 6 students who successfully completed primary and junior EQAO testing. The students worked very hard and did their best. We are proud of our Tigers!

Fun Science Day

On Thursday, June 21, the School Council has graciously paid for a great day for all of our students, kindergarten to Grade 6. Students will have a combination of small group activities and large group activities in the gym. We very much appreciate the wonderful support from our Council.

Grade 6 Celebration – We’re Better Together

Families are welcome to join us on Tuesday, June 26 at 10:00 a.m. as we recognize the contributions of our Grade 6 students. There will be refreshments for Grade 6 students and their families after the assembly. We wish them all continued success as they begin their Grade 7 year at South Huron District High School.

Year End Recognition Assembly

We will be recognizing the contribution of many students, volunteers and staff at an assembly on Thursday, June 28 at 9:00 a.m. Families are welcome to attend. What a great way to end another successful year at Stephen Central Public School.

Staffing for 2018-2019 School Year

We have established a draft plan for staffing next year. As a result of the possibility of change, this information will be shared the first day of school in September.

Congratulations Mrs. Kennedy, Mrs. Beierling and Mrs. Ryckman

These three teachers have collectively contributed a tremendous amount to benefit our students. After a very successful career, these professionals deserve a glorious time in their lives to pamper themselves and spend time with their families. On behalf of Stephen Central children – thanks so much for caring and contributing to our success.

Transportation Information
Please see the attached letter for important information on your child(ren) busing for the 2018/19 school year.

Forest of Reading

The results are in from across Ontario! Over 250,000 children have participated in the Ontario Library Association’s (OLA) annual Forest of Reading Program and over 164,000 readers voted in the 2018 program. There are seven reading programs across Ontario that compose the Forest of Reading Program for students. Stephen students, who participated in Silver Birch Express, Silver Birch Nonfiction, Silver Birch Fiction and Blue Spruce, have helped to choose the best Canadian authors and illustrators of our time.

Blue Spruce Winner 2018

Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist
By Jess Keating

Silver Birch Express 2018
Smiley: A Journey of Love
By Joanne George

Silver Birch Fiction 2018
From Ant to Eagle
By Alex Lyttle

Silver Birch Nonfiction 2018
Top Dogs: True Stories of Canines That Made History
By Elizabeth MacLeod

Thank you to all the students, who participated in these programs. Ms. Wondergem has enjoyed seeing your enthusiasm for reading. The Silver Birch voting students celebrated with a party on May 2, 2018 to conclude our Forest of Reading program for this school year.

Library and Computer News

The library helpers are very dedicated in assisting at first recess, throughout the school year with stamping, stickers, sorting books, putting books away and other tasks that may be required. Thank you to all library helpers for your hard work and dedication. The computer helpers are responsible in assisting before and after school each day to turn computers on and shut them off. Thank you to the computer helpers for your wonderful assistance, as well. A year end party will occur on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 to acknowledge the students’ commitment and hard work. All helpers are expected to continue their commitment for the remainder of this school year.

Thursday, June 7, 2018 is the last day to check out library books.

All library books must be back to the library by Thursday, June 14, 2018.

YMCA Before & After School and Summer Camp at Stephen Central

For many parents and guardians, their children’s school day is often shorter than their work day, so the YMCA Before & After School Programs make sure your children are well looked after when they are not in school. Whether you need early morning programs or after school supervision, YMCA Child Care ensures your child enjoys a safe, secure and fun environment.

We offer care from the ages of 4 years -12 years from 7 a.m. to school start and from school dismissal until 6 p.m. Spaces are available on a first come, first served basis, so call today to book your spot!

Also, it’s time to register for YMCA Summer Camp – July 3rd to August 31st, 2018.

For more information and to register, please call Debbie Wingrove 226-932-0541

Community News

Huron County Progressive Safety Day – Friday, June 8th, 2018 at the Seaforth Agriplex. Please contact the Seaforth Agricultural Society if you or your child(ren) want to participate, volunteer – watch children, volunteer – teach children or sponsor. This Safety Day includes lunch, snacks, a t-shirt and take-home “goody” bag and information for everyone. The mission of the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day is simple – to provide education, training and resources to make farm, ranch and rural life safer and healthier for children and their communities. For more information please email  farmsafety4kids@tcc.on.ca.

A new event is coming to the area! The Jessica’s House Music Weekend will be held for the first time in Exeter at the Rodeo Grounds, rain or shine, on Friday, June 22nd to Sunday, June 24th. On Saturday, June 23rd of the Music Weekend, Splash ‘n Boots is coming to perform. As well, we are hosting the Rise2Fame Youth Talent Show. Winners will advance to the Western Fair. We have lots of other activities for families and kids as well on the Saturday afternoon, from button making to face painting to animal demonstrations, etc. The afternoon of Family Fun will run from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. You can learn more about the weekend’s lineup of activities and purchase tickets @ jessicashousemusicweekend.ca All funds raised through the weekend will be used to fund the operation of Jessica’s House, a local residential hospice for end of life care.

Summer time is almost here and so is the 2018 TD Summer Reading Club! At all Huron County libraries throughout the summer, the TD Summer Reading Program is offered to children between the ages of 4 and 12. The program runs from eight weeks starting on Tuesday, July 3 to Friday, August 24 with our goal being to increase the level of interest in reading with children over the summer break. By playing games, making crafts, winning prizes, and reading together, children are making social connections and are engaging with reading! To get more information and to register, contact or visit your local Huron County library branch. A summer of exploration and fun awaits you at the Huron County Library! Another great way to prevent summer slide!

Join us at Zion Lutheran Church, Dashwood for Vacation Bible School 2018, July 23 – 27, 2018 from 9:00 am to noon. Ages 3 to Gr. 6 welcome. Call 519-237-3548 or email ziondashwoodvbs@gmail.com. Register online at vbsmate.com/ziondashwood.

Upcoming Events

– Friday, June 1 – Spirit Day – Pool Party Day (no bathing suits – dress code still applies)
– Friday, June 1 to Monday, June 4 – EQAO
– Monday, June 4 – School Track & Field (rain date – Wednesday, June 6)
– Tuesday, June 5 – Play Can Change the World
– Wednesday, June 6 – Godfathers Meal Day
– Wednesday, June 6 – Library & Computer Helper Party
– Wednesday, June 6 – First Ride Program for new JK’s
– Thursday, June 7 – Last day to check out library books
– Thursday, June 7 – Parent Council Drive-in Movie Night
– Friday, June 8 – P.A. Day – no school for students
– Tuesday, June 12 – Regional Track & Field (rain date – Wednesday, June 13)@ GDCI
– Wednesday, June 13 – Pita Pit Meal Day
– Thursday, June 14 – Please return all library books
– Friday, June 15 – return newsletter tear off section to the office
– Sunday, June 17 – Father’s Day – Enjoy
– Wednesday, June 20 – New Orleans Meal Day
– Thursday, June 21 – National Indigenous Peoples Day
– Monday, June 25 – Family Team Fun Day
– Tuesday, June 26 – Report cards go home
– Tuesday, June 26 – Grade 6 Celebration Assembly
– Wednesday, June 27 – Hansen’s Wrap Meal Day
– Thursday, June 28 – Last Day of School and Assembly
– Friday, June 29 – P.A. Day – no school for students
– Sunday, July 1 – Canada Day
– Monday, September 3 – Labour Day Holiday
– Tuesday, September 4 – First day back at school for Grade 1 to 6
– Monday, September 10 – Parent Council Meeting


Congratulations to C.J., Abbie and family who were the winners of the May newsletter draw. They received a free pizza coupon from Godfather’s Pizza in Exeter.

June Newsletter – If you received and read this newsletter, please return this tear-off section for a draw by Friday, June 15. The students from the winning family will receive a free prize.

Please insert your Parent/Guardian Signature.

From all the staff at Stephen Central Public School

Have a safe and enjoyable Summer!

Remember to read, write and use math to keep your skills sharp!

See you back at school on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.