November 2018 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

Dear Families,

It is hard to believe that November is already here. October was a fantastic month here at Stephen Central Public School. I would like to sincerely thank parents and families for your continued positive support of our school community. Thank you for your generous support of our Whole Pig fundraiser. Please pick up your Little Caesars and The Whole Pig orders on Wednesday, November 7.

A huge thank you also goes out to our wonderful, hardworking School Council who works so hard to do many outstanding things for our school, including setting up our fundraisers and our meal and milk program.

Every year on November 11, Canadians pause in a silent moment of remembrance for the men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace. We honour those who fought for Canada in the First World War, the Second World War, and the Korean War, as well as those who have served since then.

More than 1.5 million Canadians have served our country in this way, and more than 100,000 have died. They gave their lives and their futures so that we may live in peace. Following the First World War, a French woman, Madame E. Guerin, suggested to British Field-Marshall, Earl Haig, that women and children in devastated areas of France could produce poppies for sale to support wounded Veterans. The first of these poppies were distributed in Canada in November of 1921, and the tradition has continued ever since. Poppies are worn as the symbol of remembrance, a reminder of the blood-red flower that still grows on the former battlefields of France and Belgium. One day every year, we pay special homage to those who died in service to their country. We remember these brave men and women for their courage and their devotion to ideals. We wear poppies, attend ceremonies, and visit memorials. For one brief moment of our life, we remember why we must work for peace every day of the year.

Donna Gregus – Principal

From the School Council Chair

Parent Council would like to thank all the students, staff and families that supported our fall fundraiser this year. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances we have to change the pick up date to Wednesday, November 7. We appreciate your cooperating in this change. It’s hard to believe that it’s November already which means it’s time to start planning our annual holiday meal. If you would like to help, come to our next meeting on Monday, November 5 at 6:30 in the library. If you cannot make the meeting but would still like to help feel free to contact Alison Rammeloo meal/milk coordinator or any other of the other parent council members.

Thanks for all your support,
Tammy Wharram, Chair

Thank You to:

  • Our South Huron Fire Department, Dashwood, station for visiting our school on October 11 to educate our students about fire safety and for bringing along a fire truck & rescue truck for us to learn about.
  • Everyone who participated and donated to the Terry Fox Run. Over $200.00 was raised – thank you Tigers!
  • Godfathers Pizza, Exeter, for donating a free pizza coupon for our October newsletter winners.
  • Pauline McFadden, Doug Ford and Shannon Ford for donating and delivering gourds & pumpkins to all our students.
  • Ontario Student Nutrition Program (OSNP) for purchasing apples for the “Great Big Crunch” that was on October 18. All staff and students were able to “crunch” all at once.
  • Grand Bend Rotary Club for your generous donation to our literacy program of $500.00 and for purchasing and presenting dictionaries to all of our grade 3 students on Monday, October 29. The kids were excited!
  • A huge thank you to those who donated to our “Feed the Tigers” campaign. Your donations toward our snack program are sincerely appreciated.
  • Everyone who participated in the “We Scare Hunger” food drive. We collected several boxes of food that will be donated to the Huron County Food Bank.

Character Corner

The character attribute for the month of November is “Courage: Facing the challenge”.

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.”
~ Mark Twain
“The best way is always through.” ~ Robert Frost

A Reminder

If your child is going to be late or absent, please call the school before 9:00 a.m. to notify us of their absence. If we don’t hear from you, we will call your home, cell, work or emergency contact person to verify the location of your child.

“Canada from Space” Giant Floor Map

We are excited to host the Giant Floor Map showing Canada from space, which is on loan to us for a brief time through Canadian Geographic Enterprises. The Grade 6 class will be setting up the map on the floor in the gym during the week of November 5 – 9, and all classes will be invited to view the map, and participate in various learning activities with their teachers. This opportunity only comes along once every few years!

Special Education Advisory Committee

Call for Members

Identity Based Data Collection

The Avon Maitland District School Board (AMDSB) will be participating in a new opportunity focused on the collection of Student Identity Based Data. Please see the Identity Based Data Collection letter for more information.

Treaties Recognition Week, November 5 – 9, 2018

“The Treaties Recognition Week Act, 2016 introduced and passed with the support of all parties today, designates the first week of November each year as Treaties Recognition Week. The first legislation of its kind in Canada, Treaties Recognition Week will provide a recurring opportunity for teachers to plan learning activities about treaties during the school year and will help promote awareness of treaties in the broader public.

Treaties Recognition Week is one of many steps on Ontario’s journey of healing and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. It reflects Ontario’s commitment to work with Indigenous partners, creating a better future for everyone in the province.” (, 2016)

The Ministry of Education has developed curriculum to promote classroom engagement during Treaty Awareness Week.

Meal/Milk Orders

December’s meal/milk orders will open November 1 and will close on November 15. (1 for Milk and 2 for Meals) Payment must be made online when the order is placed or the website will not save and submit your order. Please remember, if you are using the “My wallet” option, load wallet first, and then make sure payment is processed.
Please keep our students safe by using “SchoolCash Online“, so they are not transporting funds to school.

Holiday Concert

Please stay tuned for more information, in our December newsletter, about our Holiday Concert that will take place on Tuesday, December 18 with a daytime performance at 11:30 and an evening performance at 7:00 p.m. – snow date is Thursday, December 20.

Before & After School Program Survey

Families interested in Before and After School Childcare programs, should complete the on-line survey no later than December 1st. The survey is available on the AMDSB website. Should you require a copy of the survey, please contact the school. We appreciate your assistance as we determine the feasibility of offering such programs.

Book Swap

Our next book swap will be in the morning on Thursday, November 22. Bring in your old books to trade.

ROYGBIV/Rainbow Day – Spirit Day

ROYGBIV(red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet)/Rainbow Day on Friday, November 23rd. Choose a colour of the rainbow and wear it to school! Then get together with your friends/classmates and you can make a rainbow!

Calling All Three Year Olds (CATYO)

On Thursday, November 29 we will be registering kindergarten students for the 2019-2020 school year. Children who are 3 years old by December 31, 2018 are eligible for junior kindergarten in 2019. Children who are 4 years old by December 31, 2018 are eligible for senior kindergarten in 2019. If you have a child of kindergarten age please call the school (519-234-6302) for registration information. The registration process will include developmental screening. The purpose of the program is to help parents assess how their child is developing. CATYO allows parents ample time to link their child to any needed services and supports. This will help ensure children are better prepared for school entry the following September.

Silver Birch

Our Silver Birch reading programs will be kicking off in December in the school library. There are ten books written by Canadian authors for each of the three Silver Birch programs. These books were selected by the Ontario Library Association (OLA), in each of the following programs:

  • Silver Birch Express for grades 3 – 6
  • Silver Birch Fiction for grades 5 – 6
  • Silver Birch Nonfiction for grades 4 – 6

These programs are to encourage reading for fun. The students will have approximately four months to read at least five or more of the books in one of the three categories. Each student who accomplishes this goal, will have the opportunity to participate in an Ontario wide vote for students. They will be choosing their favourite book near the end of April 2019 in one of these categories. All votes will be sent to the OLA in Toronto for tabulation.

There will be a banquet in May in Toronto to award each winning author. Students will have the opportunity to read at school in the library during one recess per week. The books are also allowed to be checked out and taken home. In order for students to participate in these reading programs, the students must consistently return their library books on time. These reading programs are voluntary. If your child signs up for one of these programs, please encourage them to read, so they may obtain their goal to Vote in April!

Blue Spruce

Students in grades JK – 3 will be participating in the Blue Spruce Reading Program. Each participating teacher will be choosing a month between December and April to conduct this program with their class. All ten books in this program will be read to the 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. All votes will be sent to the Ontario Library Association in Toronto for tabulation. There will be a banquet in May in Toronto to award the winning authors.

Remembrance Day

We will be hosting our annual Service on Friday, November 9. The Exeter Legion members will be attending our assembly. It will take place at 2:00 p.m. Some of the students will also be doing presentations. Families and friends are welcome to attend this solemn service.

Poppies will be given to each student. If you would like to make a donation to the Legion’s Poppy Fund, we will collect donations on November 9.

Huron County Christmas Bureau

We will be supporting the Huron County Christmas Bureau. New, unwrapped gifts, for children ages newborn to 18 years old, can be brought to Ms. Wondergem at the school. The gifts will be placed under our Christmas tree until they are brought to the Christmas Bureau. Ideas for gifts are toys, pajamas, jewelry, body wash, hair accessories, books, gift cards to popular merchants (i.e. Shoppers, Canadian Tire or iTunes), socks, underwear, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, or waterproof mittens. The smaller gifts are needed just as much as the larger items. Your donations will be gratefully accepted at our school from November 26 to December 6, 2018. Each child/family who donates a gift for the Bureau will also be given a paper ornament to decorate and place on our school’s Christmas tree.

The Snack Program

Stephen Tigers are very happy to have the continued support of our community. Community Living and Hansen’s Your Independent Grocer store, we thank you. This support enhances our nutrition program which the students are enjoying!

Stephen Tigers always appreciate any donations to our school like plastic spoons, crackers, plastic grocery bags, etc. Stephen Tigers ROCK!

Sports and Extra-Curricular Activities

Cross Country – Congratulations to all Stephen Central Cross Country runners who travelled to Huron Centennial School on Wednesday, October 3 to compete at our regional meet. It was a fantastic day! Your coaches are very proud of your determination, perseverance and positive attitude. You represented our school very well! Way to go!

The District Cross Country meet was held on Wednesday, October 10 at Benmiller. Four students ran at this event: Sara G-S., Charlotte M., Brody P. and Tyler W. Congratulations!

Thank you to our coaches, Ms. Reed, Ms. Robinson and Mrs. Powell. They would like to thank all athletes for representing our school so well, and thank our student helpers who were “trail guides” during our daily practices. Also, a big thank you is extended to parents for their positive support at both meets and school practices.

The regional Junior Soccer tournament was held at Huron Centennial Public School on Tuesday, October 16. Teams competed in the tournament and Stephen Tigers had an outstanding showing. Both the boys’ and the girls’ teams displayed exceptional team work and sportsmanship, working extremely hard as a team during each and every game. Both teams placed fourth in the tournament.
Thank you to the parents and grandparents who came out and cheered us on. Thank you to Mr. Chaput, Ms. Cook and Mrs. Powell for coaching this year’s teams.

Community News

Registration for the Huron County Christmas Bureau is November 19th – December 7th, 2018. Families can call the Christian Reformed Church in Exeter, Ontario at 519-235-2990 to register. Appointment times will be scheduled for the week of December 10th – 14th, 2018.

Free public skating is available at South Huron Recreation Centre, 94 Victoria Street, East, Exeter for P.A. Days – November 2nd from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. and February 1st from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

From the Health Unit – Families Reminded to Get the Flu Shot and Stop the Spread of Flu.  The flu shot is free and recommended for everyone over six months of age. It’s important to stop the spread of flu to people who may be at risk of health-related complications. Protect yourself and your family by making sure everyone gets the flu shot this year.

For more information about the flu shot:

  • Visit the Perth County Health Unit
  • Call Health Line at 519-271-7600 ext 267 or toll-free at 1-877-271-7348 ext 267
  • Follow the Health Unit on Facebook and Twitter @PDHealthUnit

Upcoming Events

– Thursday, November 1 to Thursday, November 15 – December milk & food orders available online
– Thursday, November 1 – Parent/Guardian interviews – pm
– Friday, November 2 – Parent/Guardian interviews – am
– Friday, November 2 – P.A. Day – no school for students
– Friday, November 2 – Free skating @ South Huron Rec. Centre – 1:00 to 2:00 p.m
– Sunday, November 4 – Daylight Savings time ends – set clocks back one hour
– Monday, November 5 to Friday, November 9 – “Canada from Space” giant floor map
– Monday, November 5 to Friday, November 9 – Treaties Recognition Week
– Monday, November 5 @ 6:30 – Parent Council Meeting in the Library
– Wednesday, November 7 – Little Caesars and The Whole Pig pickup
– Friday, November 9 – Remembrance Day Service @ 2:00
– Sunday, November 11 – Remembrance Day
– Wednesday, November 14 – Bus Evacuation Presentation
– Monday, November 19 – Picture retake day a.m.
– Monday, November 19 to Friday, December 7 – Register for the Huron County Christmas Bureau
– Thursday, November 22 – Book Swap
– Friday, November 23 – ROYGBIV/Rainbow Day – Spirit Day
– Friday, November 23 – SEAC deadline
– Monday, November 26 to Thursday, December 6 – Huron County Christmas Bureau donations accepted
– Wednesday, November 28 – Vision and Hearing Screening for JK/SK
– Thursday, November 29 – 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. – Calling All Three Year Olds Kindergarten Registration
– Saturday, December 1 – Before & After School Program Survey due date online
– Friday, December 7 – P.A. Day – no school for students
– Wednesday, December 12 – Holiday meal
– Tuesday, December 18 – Holiday Concert
– Thursday, December 20 – Snow date for Holiday Concert
– Friday, December 21 – Red & Green Day – Spirit Day
– Monday, December 24, 2018 to Friday, January 4, 2019 – Winter Break
– Monday, January 7, 2019 – Classes resume


Congratulations to Braylon & Karson B., Jovi C. and family who are the winners of the October newsletter draw. They received a free pizza coupon compliments of Godfather’s Pizza in Exeter.

November 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 free pizza coupon from Godfather’s Pizza, Exeter.

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