March 2019 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

At this time, I would like to thank the UTES community for supporting us in so many ways. This month, you were very supportive on the Grade 4’s candy gram fundraising and our Pink Shirt day. I would also like to share that we recently received a message from the Terry Fox Foundation congratulating us on raising $5,899.00 for cancer research, and thanking us for our wonderful generosity. I look forward to what else we can do.

A huge thank you to Mitchell Gymnastics and Live Well for Life, who both donated their time and space for our Electives program. Another example of the generosity, and the partnerships, in the community!

And my sincere apologies for jinxing us! I no sooner said that it would be a rare occasion for UTES to be closed, and we have been closed three days in February! I must say I think that this may be the sign of the times, as our weather patterns appear to be changing.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at 519-348-8472, or


Paula Robinson,Principal

Teen Esteem and Elements

The Perth District Health Unit is currently recruiting men and women to volunteer with school-based programs to empower and encourage students in Grades 5 & 6. This program will begin at UTES, subject to volunteer availability, in March.

Volunteers will lead a small group of students in fun, interactive games, activities and discussions. Teen Esteem and Elements sessions are held during one lunch break a week for 6 weeks and are facilitated by a Public Health Nurse. Topics include: healthy friendships, screen time, stress and coping.

For more information and to complete our on-line application, visit the Perth District Health Unit , email or call 519-271-7600 ext. 305 You can also call the school and let us know that you are interested in our program, which will run Tuesdays for boys and Thursdays for girls, from 10:40 a.m – 11:40 a.m every week for 6 weeks.


Welcome to Siobhan Falconer, who has returned from a parental leave, to teach grade 1 at UTES.  She will be replacing Courtney Pickard, who I am sure we will see frequently at UTES as a supply teacher.

New Playground Fundraising Committee

School Council wants you to join a playground committee! We already know that our old playground structure will need replacing within a couple of years, so we would like to get ahead of this and start thinking of fundraising over the next two years for a new structure.

If interested, join us April 9th at 6:30 pm at UTES.

Community Events

There are several flyers attached to this newsletter, advertising youth oriented events, and several March Break ideas!

Soccer Registration

2019 Elma Minor Ball

Seaforth Junior Broomball

neob Lavendar March Break Craft

School Messenger

Also included are instructions for school messenger. If you want to receive text alerts about events at school, including bus delays and cancellations, sign up if you haven’t already!

The Avon Maitland District School Board uses School Messenger for communication to allow us to deliver important information to you via e-mail, phone and text messaging.

SchoolMessenger is intended to enhance our existing methods of communication – not replace them.

To receive text messages you must opt in by texting Yes to 978338 from your mobile device

Please note – although AMDSB does not charge you for this service, it does not pay for text message charges that may be incurred by you for sending or receiving text messages. Check with your wireless carrier for possible charges.

Types of messages you may receive –


  • School activities and events
  • School Council and other school-related groups/agencies messages


  • School/District related emergency impacting school district
  • Weather-related school delays and closures
  • Power outage or other issues during the school day which causes school to end early
  • Community emergency impacting families

If you have any questions please contact the school office.

Upcoming Events for March

March 5th – Junior Mixed Basketball (pm)

March 8th – Crazy Hair Day

March 11th – 15th March Break (no school)

March 19th- School Council at 6:00 p.m

March 21st – National Down Syndrome Day
Wear Funky Socks and Blue or yellow!

March 25th – Plant orders due

March 26th – Epilepsy Awareness Day
Wear purple.

March 28th – Agscape, a program for grade 6 students at MDHS (a.m.)