October 2018 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

Dear Families:
It has already started to look and feel like fall. We have had a fabulous start to our school year together here at Stephen Central. Thank you to all of the families and community members who were able to join us at our Open House and Meet the Staff evening on September 27. A huge thank you to our School Council who hosted the BBQ as part of our open house evening and, thank you to the Dashwood Fire Department firefighters, Centralia Faith Tabernacle volunteers, My FM, and the Huron County Health Unit.

Progress reports will be sent home with all students from JK to Grade 6 on Monday, October 29. Our Staff looks forward to meeting with all parents and guardians either after school on Thursday, November 1 or during the morning of the following P.A. day (Friday, November 2). More information will follow later in October.

We really do have so much to be thankful for! We have wonderful students and an amazing parent community. Our staff is dedicated and willing to go the extra mile. Our neighbours watch what is happening around our school and help us to keep your children safe. We need to take time, be thankful for, and to reflect on the jobs that our volunteers, bus drivers, and community members do in supporting our students. We are grateful for all of our new and returning volunteers who assist with our reading programs, food days and our wonderful local school council.

It is at this time of Thanksgiving, that we need to take the time to be thankful for and celebrate a fantastic start to the school year. Happy Thanksgiving!
Have a fantastic October everyone.

Donna Gregus

School Council

Welcome back to Stephen Central for another fun filled school year. On behalf of your School Council I would like to introduce our members:

  • Tammy Wharram – School Council Chair
  • Kathy Dellow – Member at large
  • Alison Rammeloo – Meal/Milk Coordinator
  • Shannon Ford – Meal/Milk team
  • Kristen Wright Draper – Secretary
  • Heather Rempel – Teacher Representative
  • Donna Gregus – School Principal

We are always looking for new members to join our council. Our next meeting is Monday, October 1 at 6:30 p.m. in the library. We will be sending home a fundraising package from The Whole Pig again this year before Thanksgiving. We will also be selling Little Caesar’s at the same time. We have lots of exciting ideas and would like to hear from any parents about how we can contribute to make everyone’s children have another successful school year.
Tammy Wharram

School Portrait Day at Stephen Central

Thursday, October 4 is School Portrait Day. All students should have received an information flyer from the school. All students will be photographed. Class pictures will also be taken. Please dress appropriately, bring your order forms and your smiles.

Meal/Milk Order

Exciting news – new food items have been added to our menu for November. Unfortunately, we have had to increase our milk price to reflect our suppliers’ price increase. Don’t forget to place your order on line by October 15 for November’s meal & milk order.

Thank You to :

  • Godfathers Pizza, Exeter for donation a free pizza coupon for our September newsletter winners
  • the Ontario Student Nutrition Program for their generous donation to our Eat & Learn program
  • Community Living, Dashwood for assisting us with our Eat & Learn Program
  • those individuals who sent in the Feed the Tiger envelopes and/or donated through School Cash Online, with your generous donation
  • last year’s Leadership Team and Class Ambassadors for their hard work and service, and we hope to play it forward next year! On September 20th, some members of the Grade 6 Leadership Team were fortunate to attend WE Day in Toronto. WE Day is an inspirational day of performances and speakers, all in celebration of young people making a difference. Tickets to WE Day cannot be purchased; they must be earned.

Goodbye and Hello

Our best wishes go out to Ms. Miller who will be away on maternity leave. We welcome Ms. Pereira who will be filling in the JB/KB class until June 2019.

Character Corner

The character attribute of focus for October is ‘Empathy’ – understanding how someone else feels.

Stephen Central News

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PC Children’s Charity School Nutrition Grant

Stephen Tigers have received the PC Children’s Charity School Nutrition Grant for 2018-2019.

We are working together with Hansen’s Your Independent Grocer store so this will enhance our nutrition program. Thank you to the PC Children’s Charity School Nutrition program and to Hansen’s, Exeter.

Vision and Hearing Screening for JK/SK

In partnership with local Lions Club organizations, we are pleased to offer hearing and vision screening for JK and SK students. We understand the impact of having healthy eyes and good hearing on your child’s overall health, well-being, and education. JK/SK Vision and Hearing Screening are coming to Stephen Central Public School on Wednesday, November 28.

Before & After School Program

As part of our on-going commitment to make the school day as seamless as possible for our families, we ask parents/guardians to share their tentative childcare needs for September of the next school year (2019) by completing an online survey. The survey will be available October 1, 2018 and can be found on the AMDSB website.  Families that are interested in Before and After school programs for their Junior/Senior Kindergarten children and/or grade 1 – 6 children are asked to complete the survey by December 1, 2018. We appreciate your assistance as we determine the feasibility of offering such programs. If you require a paper copy, please contact the school.

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.

Volunteers Needed

We are seeking volunteers to help with our daily “Eat & Learn” program. Every morning our students are provided with the opportunity to enjoy a healthy snack. Assistance is needed in ordering, preparing and delivering these snacks. Even an hour a week would be beneficial to this program. Thanks so much for considering this volunteer opportunity.

Also, we are looking for volunteers to help with our Reading Assistance Program. Volunteers read with students from grades 1, 2 or 3, one at a time, in a quiet setting. If you are able to help us, please call the school.

Sports and Extra-Curricular Activities

Cross Country

Our Regional Cross Country meet will be held at Huron Centennial on Wednesday, October 3. For specific age groupings and start times, please refer to the schedule that will be sent home with your runner. The times listed are approximate and parents should come in advance of the times posted. Runners will be notified if they will be advancing to the District Cross Country meet which is Wednesday, October 10 (rain date: Friday, October 12 or Monday, October 15).

Junior Soccer

The Regional Junior Soccer Meet will be held on Tuesday, October 16 (rain date: Wednesday, October 17). More information will follow.

Good luck to all of our athletes! We are cheering you on from the sidelines. Go Tigers, Go!

Library News

Students check out library books for a two week period. They may return the books before the two weeks are over. If your son/daughter brings home an overdue notice for library book(s), please return the library books on the next school day. If the books are lost, please write a note to Ms. Wondergem on the overdue notice, explaining that the book is lost. Students cannot check out another library book until their overdue library book(s) has/have been returned.

Library helpers will be starting in October. Students in grades 3 – 6 can sign up to be a library helper. Grade 2 students can be library helpers after Christmas. Library helpers commit to help in the library during 2 or 3 morning recesses per month. Library helpers show great leadership skills and are truly appreciated at Stephen Central Public School.

Please Bring Your Milk Bags to School

Ms. Wondergem is collecting milk bags again this year for our school. Have you ever wondered what happens to all the donated milk bags? She takes the milk bags to a local church group. These ladies cut the bags into strips and crochet the strips into sleeping mats. The mats are sent to third world countries.

Please continue to send your clean, folded milk bags to our school. There is a collection box outside our school library for the milk bags. If you have further questions, please contact Ms. Wondergem. Thank you to all who have donated milk bags to our school.

Orange & Black Day – Tuesday, October 31

On Wednesday, October 31, the Stephen Central tigers will roar and we will SCARE hunger! All students are encouraged to wear orange & black (your “tiger colours”) and bring a non-perishable food item to donate to our local food bank. The Grade 6 Student Leadership Team and Ambassadors are hosting a “Tiger Stripes” Dance for all students in Grades 4-6. Students in those grades may bring their food item for admission to the dance or any day that week. Younger students may bring donations on any day that week.

Orange Shirt Day – we wore orange on Monday, October 1

What is Orange Shirt Day? In 1973 six-year old Phyllis Webstad was gifted a brand new orange shirt from her grandmother and wore it to the residential school she attended in British Columbia. Upon her arrival, school officials removed and discarded the shirt and replaced it with a school uniform. This greatly impacted the mental and emotional well-being of Webstad and symbolized that “her feelings never mattered”. September 30 was chosen as the date to commemorate all the children that attended residential schools as it was at this time of year that children had to leave their homes and communities to attend the schools. Orange Shirt Day is an annual event held on September 30. At Stephen Central Public School, we recognized Orange Shirt Day on Monday, October 1 so that our students and staff could participate together.

Free Store at Huron Shores United Church

Free Store at Huron Shores United Church, 25 Main Street, West in Grand Bend on Friday, October 12 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 13 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Clothing for the entire family and small household items offered FREE of charge.

Upcoming Events
– Monday, October 1 – Orange Shirt Day
– Monday, October 1 at 6:30 – School Council meeting in the Library
– Monday, October 1 – Before and After School Surveys link available
– Monday, October 1 to Monday, October 15 – November milk & food orders available online
– Wednesday, October 3 – Regional Cross Country
– Thursday, October 4 – School Portrait Day – please bring your order form and your smiles
– Monday, October 8 – Thanksgiving Holiday – no school
– Wednesday, October 10 (rain date Friday, October 12 or Monday, October 15) – District Cross Country meet
– Friday, October 12 & Saturday, October 13 – Free Store at Huron Shores United Church
– Monday, October 15 – November milk & food orders due online
– Tuesday, October 16 (rain date Wednesday, October 17) – Regional Junior Soccer
– Monday, October 29 – Progress reports to go home with students
– Wednesday, October 31 – Orange and Black Day & We Scare Hunger Food Drive
– Thursday, November 1 – Parent/Guardian interviews – pm
– Friday, November 2 – Parent/Guardian interviews – am
– Sunday, November 4 – Daylight Savings time ends – set clocks back one hour
– 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

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Congratulations to Darius, Jonah and family who are the winners of the September newsletter draw. They received a free pizza coupon from Godfathers Pizza, Exeter.
October 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 Godfathers Pizza, Exeter.

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