April 2019 Newsletter

Vice-Principal’s Message

Spring has finally arrived and this has been a very busy time at UTES. We have been very involved in a number of awareness days. We had Purple Day for Epilepsy, Blue Day for Autism, Wacky Sock Day for Down Syndrome, and Pink Shirt Day for Anti-Bullying.
UTES staff and students have displayed great support and enthusiasm for each of these special days.

All of our classes and choirs participated in the Music Festival on April 1st.  Congratulations to everyone for a job well done! A special thank you to Michele Nicholson for everything she does to organize and prepare our students.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at 519-348-8472, or paul.menary@ed.amdsb.ca

Sincerely, Paul Menary
Learning Services

Our school has had the benefit of having Ian Dekker, a Learning for All Coach.
The Learning for All Coach is a resource that is provided to schools through the board office. He works closely with teachers to develop a program that helps students succeed.

Through our Learning Services Department we have access to other supports for our staff and students as well:

  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Blind and Low Vision
  • Speech Language
  • Psychological Services
  • Special Education Consultants
  • Gifted Program
  • English as a Second Language Services
  • Student Support Team
  • Mental Health
  • School-to-Work Transition Support
  • Learning for All Coaches

All of these services are accessed for students that the school team feels needs extra support or service to be successful at school. Each of these teams works with the student, and the school team to help develop and provide a program that meets the individual student’s needs. A description of each of these services can be found on the board website.

New Playground Fundraising Committee

School Council is planning now for the time when our 18 year old structure will no longer meet safety requirements. If you would like to help fundraise for a new playground, join us Tuesday, April 9th at 6:30 p.m. at UTES.


Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study is a research project that compares results across 60 countries.

Two of our classes have been selected to take part in this project. This is a great opportunity for us to see how we are doing compared to other grade 4 students from around the world. More information will be sent home to those families involved.

Our Schools Climate Survey
This survey is a way for our students to share their view and experiences of UTES. This year our grade 4-6 students will complete the climate survey at the school. There is not a parent component to the survey this year. The results from the survey will be used by the school to get a better understanding of how our students feel about UTES.

Upcoming Events In April

April 4th
Spirit Day, Wear your PJ’s

April 5th
PA Day

April 9th
Chess Tournament
Blyth Festival for grades 1, 2, 3 Playground Fundraising Committee Meeting at 6:30pm

April 10th
Grade 4’s to Water Festival Grade 6’s OPP KIDS Program

April 11th
Mitchell Ignite The Fight presents Michael Landsberg: Sick Not Weak Speaking on Mental Health

April 15th
Junior Choir perform at Kiwanis, Avondale United Church at 12:1Opm

April 16th
Hamlet Hazard Hydro Presentations to Grade 6 and Grade 1

April 18th
Junior Mixed Ball Hockey Tournament Foundation Workshop on Celtic Animals (Mrs. Hopkins grade 4)
Primary Choir at Kiwanis Avondale United Church at 12:25 pm

April 19th
Good Friday no school

April 22nd
Easter Monday no school

April 25th
TIMSS for Mrs. Hopkins and Mrs.
Laporte’s class

April 26th
Spirit Day, Decades Day

Online School Survey

April 5, 2019

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Upper Thames will be participating in an online school survey for students called the OurSCHOOL Student Survey. Please find the details of the survey implementation below.

OurSCHOOL Student Suryey:

Who: When: Where:

All students in grades 4-12 April 8-12, 2019
In class at school

The OurSCHOOL Student Survey:

• Allows students to share their feedback anonymously on their experiences at school, the school environment and school improvement programs.
• Participation in the survey is voluntary, however all students are encouraged to participate.
• The time required to complete the survey may vary, but it is designed to be completed in approximately 30 minutes.

Survey measures include such topics as behaviours and attitudes linked to student success, emotional and social well-being and physical health. For more information about the OurSCHOOL Student Survey, please visit The Leaming Bar lnc.’s website.

If you have questions or would like to request more information about Upper Thames’s upcoming implementation of the OurSCHOOL Student Survey, please contact Paula Robinson.

Summer Fun Day Camp

Presented by: The Monkton Lions Club
July 2 to August 22, 2019, Mondays to Thursdays (except holidays)
From: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Ages: 4 – 10
Where: Monkton Lions Pavilion

Welcome to Summer Fun!  It is our priority to provide a safe and fun camp environment for our campers.  Each week provides a different theme for campers to explore and enjoy.  We are looking forward to another wonderful, exciting summer.

For more information, feel free to contact the camp coordinator, Tanya Stewart 519-595-2015, Cell – 519-949-3748, email tanystew@gmail.com.