June 2019 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

It’s hard to believe that the 2018-19 school year is drawing to a close. I extend my most sincere thanks for your continued support this school year. It has been an amazingly positive year. As I reflect on the past year, students, staff, parents and the community can be proud of the progress we’ve made in many areas, such as curriculum, student leadership, character development, the arts and athletics. It has been a busy school year which has allowed students many opportunities! Thank you to all the volunteers who supported our students by helping with various activities such as our school council, the snack program, meal & milk orders, track and field, EQAO, fundraising, and class trips. You have enriched the opportunities for all students.

Our school is continuing the process of planning for next year. I am inviting families and the community to take time to reflect on this year and make recommendations to me on how to improve our school. I would invite you to provide any feedback that you believe would make our school a better place. We all have an important stake in the success of our school and I hope you feel comfortable in sharing your thoughts with me.

The new school year begins on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. We wish our grade 6 students much success as they transition to South Huron District High School. Have a safe and enjoyable summer.
– Donna Gregus

School Council

It’s hard to believe another school year is coming to an end. We sincerely thank all students and parents for all the support they provide to the school. Whether your support is in the form of helping with fundraisers or volunteering your valuable time to various activities, all of the students benefit from your generosity. I would personally like to thank our parent council members who are a small but dedicated group, Kristen Wright-Draper, Alison Rammeloo, Shannon Ford, Becky DeJong, Kathy Dellow, Mrs Gregus and Ms Rempel. It has been a great year for us, some of the items we have helped pay for are student planners, contribution to each class, books for the books swaps, year end bbq for the students and our annual drive-in night. None of this would be possible without your generosity. Thank you for your support, and we look forward to seeing you all next year.

Tammy Wharram, Chair

Thank You to:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!

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 and Field

School Track & Field day is Tuesday, June 4th, with a rain date of Thursday, June 6th. 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 11 – rain date Wednesday, June 12. Good luck to all!

Grade 6 Celebration

Families are welcome to join us on Tuesday, June 25 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

Forest of Reading

The results are in from across Ontario! Over 250,000 children participated in the Ontario Library Association’s (OLA) annual Forest of Reading Program and over 170,000 readers voted in the 2019 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 2019

Barnby Never Forgets
By Pierre Collet-Derby

Silver Birch Express 2019

Meet Viola Desmond
By Elizabeth MacLeod

Silver Birch Fiction 2019

By Linwood Barclay

Silver Birch Nonfiction 2019

Carey Price: How a First Nations Kid Became a Superstar Goaltender
By Catherine Rondina

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 April 29, 2019 to conclude our Forest of Reading program for this school year.

Library and Computer News

The library helpers are very dedicated in assisting throughout the school year at first recess with stamping, stickers, sorting books, putting books away and other tasks that may be required. Thank you to all library helpers for their 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 and commitment. A year end party is planned for Tuesday, June 18, 2019 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 6, 2019 is the last day to check out library books.

All library books must be back to the library by Friday, June 14, 2019.

Free Movie Night

On behalf of Stephen Central Parent Council please join us at the Starlite Drive in Shipka, for a fun free movie night. Load up the kids and join us on Thursday June 6th.  See you all there!

Vacation Bible School

Join us at Zion Lutheran Church, Dashwood for Vacation Bible School 2018, July 22-26, 2019 from 9:00 am to noon. Ages 3 to Gr. 6 welcome. Call 519-237-3548 or Email: ziondashwoodvbs@gmail.com Register online.

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.

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

“The time is always right to do what is right.”

School Council Nominations

If you are interested in being a parent representative on our School Council for the 2019-20 school year, please contact Tammy Wharram at 519-228-9090 and/or join us at our next School Council meeting on Monday, September 9, 2019.


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!

From all the staff

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 3, 2019!


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.

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