March 2019 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

Dear Students, Parents, Guardians and Community:

Spring is on the way! It has been a long winter with very unpredictable weather but soon we will see signs of spring.

So many positive in-class, curriculum-based, and beyond-the-classroom extracurricular activities have taken place. Thank you to students, staff and the community for a fantastic February. A huge thank you to our local School Council for their hard work and their continued support.

Term 2 is underway, and as a school, we continue to focus on maximizing student outcomes. Teachers are working hard to develop lessons and assessments that foster the effective use of technology to support student outcomes. The tasks and activities that students are engaged in provide opportunities for them to hone their skills in communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity and problem-solving – skills that will help them to be successful both in school and beyond. As a school, we continue to focus on building and sustaining an inclusive and positive school environment through our focus on character development. Our character attribute for the month of March is Optimism and we will be recognizing the positive attitudes and accomplishments that occur throughout the school.

Finally, just a reminder that March Break begins on Monday, March 11. I hope everyone has a good week off, and I look forward to students returning on Monday, March 18, rejuvenated and ready to learn.

Donna Gregus, Principal

Pink Shirt Anti-Bullying Day – Kindness Matters!

On Wednesday, February 27, the students and staff of Stephen Central Public School stood together for kindness and respect to stop bullying by celebrating “Pink Shirt Day”. The school came together in an assembly lead by students to raise awareness about the importance of choosing kindness and respect, and to stand together to stop bullying everywhere and to act with integrity. Students were reminded that they are special and unique and that they all belong to the Stephen Central School family & community.

The original Pink Shirt Day was organized by David Shepherd and Travis Price of Berwick, Nova Scotia, who in 2007 bought and distributed 50 pink shirts after a male ninth grade student, Jadrien Cota, was bullied for wearing a pink shirt during the first day of school.

“Stephen Central Public School is proud to stand together as a community rooted in unity & peace, kindness, compassion and inclusion, regardless of our differences. It is our differences that make us unique, special, extraordinary and strong. At Stephen Central Public School we choose Inclusion, Unity and Peace!”

School Council

Parent Council wishes to thank everyone for their continued support with purchases of Jerry Radar’s pies. I’m sure they’ll be delicious!! Pick up is Wednesday, March 6 from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. Please be aware we do not have freezer space so all orders must be picked up that night. Don’t forget there is still spirit wear for purchase until Thursday, March 21. Our next meeting is Monday, March 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the library — feel free to come out and join us.

Tammy Wharram, Chair

Thank you to…

…the Huron County Foodbank Distribution Centre for their generous donation to our snack program
…all who supported our bake sale. It was a big success! Thank you to the Grade 5 students who brought treats; the leadership team who helped set up and run the sale, and all the Stephen Tigers who supported us by buying an item or making a donation. We raised more than $150.00 that will be going to the Huron County Foodbank Distribution Centre
…our School Council for their generous donations to our school to our classrooms
…our regular volunteers who dedicate their time to help our students
…Annelies Ringgenberg, Huron-Bruce Dairy Educator for coming to the school on February 22 to teach us things about cows, milk, dairy farming, butter, healthy eating, the milk food chain and ice cream making.
… Community Living South Huron for assisting our school in cutting up vegetables for our Eat and Learn Program

Character Corner

The character attribute of focus for March is ‘Optimism’ – Choosing to be positive.

At school optimism could look like:

• encouraging and supporting others
• approaching new opportunities or tasks in class with a positive outlook
• avoiding making judgments about others
• starting every day with a positive outlook
• challenging others in your school to only share caring, positive and supportive comments

Quotes About Optimism

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”- Anne Frank

“What day is it?”
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
“My favourite day,” said Pooh.
A.A. Milne

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Junior Girls & Boys Volleyball

The Junior Girls & Boys Volleyball teams will be participating in a tournament on Tuesday, March 5 (snow date is Thursday, March 7) at Central Huron Secondary School in Clinton.

Knights of Columbus Basketball Free Throw

Congratulations to the following students who earned the right to represent our school at the Knights of Columbus Basketball Free Throw event:

9 year olds: Dustin S and Avery D
10 year olds: Ryan M and Tysaya M
11 year olds: Sara GS and Shaunee J.

Charlotte M. was unable to participate due to injury. All the students represented Stephen Central well. They practised hard, encouraged others and persevered. Special congratulations to Dustin, Avery and Tysaya who placed first in their age categories, in our local area. The three competed a second time against winners from across the region. All did very well again, with Avery and Tysaya winning a second time. We wish Avery and Tysaya luck as they compete at a third level of competition in London on March 2. Go Tigers!

Winter ‘Carnaval’

Students celebrated one of the best weather days of the winter season with ‘Carnaval’ fun! Thanks to all staff and especially Mme Reed, Mrs. MacLeod and Ms. Overholt for making the day so enjoyable for our students. Snow tug of war, toboggan and obstacle relays, snow soccer, and a visit by Bonhomme were some of the organized events students participated in as well as enjoying hot chocolate and timbits from Tim Horton’s, Exeter, fresh air and plenty of sunshine!

QSP Spring Fundraiser

Monday, April 15 through to Friday, May 3, 2019, the school is fundraising for magazines, and cookie dough. QSP Spring Fundraiser Assembly will be held on Monday, April 15 at 2:00 p.m. More details to follow.

Lost and Found

We seem to have accumulated quite a collection of lost and found items like mittens, sweatshirts, hats, water bottles, lunch pails and more. Please look over the items and take your belongings. Whatever is left by Friday, March 29 will be donated to Blessings in Zurich.

Forest of Reading Programs

Stephen Central Public School has been given a grant to assist with the cost of our Silver Birch and Blue Spruce reading programs. Thank you to the Foundation for Enriching Education Perth Huron for this grant to encourage reading in our school.

Silver Birch News

Is your son or daughter a Silver Birch reader? There is a chart in the library that students can use with Ms. Wondergem to check off the books they have read in this program. A reminder that students must read at least five Silver Birch books in one category in order to vote. How many Silver Birch books has your child read? If a student would like to read a specific book that is not currently available, the student may place the book on hold with Ms. Wondergem. Students are also allowed to read the 2019 Silver Birch books from the public library, as well. Links to a list of Silver Birch books can be found on Ms. Wondergem’s staff page on our school’s web page. There are about seven weeks until voting, which takes place Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Please encourage your child to persevere with reading to reach their voting goal. Their voice can make a difference for the Ontario Wide votes that will be submitted to the Ontario Library Association in Toronto by April 30th.

Congratulations to Reed R., and Amelia W., who qualified to vote in the Silver Birch Express program! Wow! Way to go! Ginger S., Ange T., Gracie K., Tayton B., Darius S., Ryan M., Tysaya M., Kaylee W., Payton P., Amberlynn S. and Charlotte M. are also working hard toward their voting goal. Don’t give up! Collectively the 37 Silver Birch Express students have read 78 books so far.

The Silver Birch Nonfiction students are also working hard to achieve their goal to vote. Congratulations to Charlotte M., and Maverick M., who have qualified to vote in this category. Great job! Tayton B., Levi G., and Landin M. are also close to obtaining their voting goal. Don’t stop now! The total number of books, which the 16 Silver Birch Nonfiction students have read, is 36.

Congratulations to Jade S., Eden W. and Sara G. for having read at least five books in the Silver Birch Fiction program! Awesome job! They will be eligible to vote for a Fiction book. Charlotte M. and Rachel G. have been persevering toward their goal to vote in the Fiction category, as well. Keep reading! Eden has set a new goal, for herself, to read all ten books in this category. She only has one left to read! All together the seven Silver Birch Fiction students have read 27 books thus far.

For those students, who are striving to qualify, “Read S’more Books”.

Blue Spruce News

Some teachers in JK – grade 2/3 will be reading the Blue Spruce books to their class either during March or April. Mrs. Jeffrey and Miss Anderson’s class completed their voting in mid-February. Mrs. McLeod and Miss Cook’s class will be voting on Friday, March 1st. Once all ten books have been read to a class, the students from the class will be voting individually. Please be aware that the students in each class are encouraged not to share their votes with their siblings and friends until all classes in our school have had an opportunity to vote. They may share their votes with their parents, if their siblings are not present. When voting for their favourite book, we want each student to make their own choice without the influence of family and friends. Students’ votes will be totalled and submitted to the Ontario Library Association in Toronto in April. All classes will have completed their voting by April 12th.

Recycling Printer Cartridges

Thank you to all who have sent in printer cartridges to the school for recycling. This helps our environment, as well as benefitting our school. Please continue to donate your used printer cartridges to our school

Upcoming Events:

– Friday, March 1 to Friday, March 15 – order Milk & Meals for April
– Monday, March 4 – Parent Council Meeting – 6:30 p.m. in the Library
– Tuesday, March 5 – Junior Boys & Girls Volleyball @ CHSS(snowdate Thursday, March 7)
– Wednesday, March 6 – pick up Jerry Rader Meat & Fruit pie orders between 3:00 and 5:30 p.m.
– Sunday, March 10 – Daylight Savings Time begins – set clocks ahead one hour
– Monday, March 11 to Friday, March 15 – March Break – see you back at school on Monday, March 18 – Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!
– Thursday, March 21 – Spirit Wear orders due
– Thursday, March 21 – “Lots of Socks” World Down Syndrome Day – Spirit Day
– Friday, March 22 – World Water Day – Grade 6 is organizing a “Water walk” – Spirit Day
– Tuesday, March 26 – Purple Day for Epilepsy awareness
– Monday, April 1 – Backwards Day for April Fools’ Day – Spirit Day
– Monday, April 1 to Monday, April 15 – order Milk & Meals for May
– Tuesday, April 2 – World Autism Awareness Day – Spirit Day
– Friday, April 5 – P.A. Day – no school for students
– Friday, April 12 – last day for Blue Spruce voting
– Monday, April 15 – QSP Spring Fundraiser Assembly @ 2:00 p.m.
– Monday, April 15 to Friday, May 3 – QSP Spring Fundraiser
– Thursday, April 18 – Spirit Wear home with students
– Friday, March 29 – Lost & Found to Blessings
– Friday, April 19 – Good Friday – no school
– Sunday, April 21 – Easter Sunday
– Monday, April 22 – Easter Monday – no school
– Monday, April 22 – Earth Day
– Tuesday, April 23 – Earth Day – dress up as your favorite animal – Spirit Day
– Wednesday, April 24 – Silver Birch voting
– Wednesday, May 3 – QSP Spring Fundraiser deadline date


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

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

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