May 2019 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

In the past few newsletters, we have highlighted programs to support students who struggle with math and literacy and what services we can access through our Learning Services department. Another need is for mental health services. We spent the last PA Day working on mental health initiatives and the Board has recently supported several workshops on the topic. Through our curriculum, we explore topics that have to do with well being and we help students develop coping skills. We are not health care professionals, however, and there are times when families are directed to outside agencies, like Huron Perth Center or a pediatrician, for more intensive interventions. We do have a public health nurse who comes to the school once a week. If you are interested in having your child see the nurse for counselling, you can get a referral package from the school. One of the things we begin to do at this time of year is organize for next year. Besides staffing and organizing classes based on current numbers and external restrictions (for instance, split grade classes may be necessary due to class size regulations in government funding and collective agreements), we will start to place students in classes for next year. Placing students in classes is based on a variety of considerations, such as:

– Balance of boys/girls, abilities, interests and needs
– Avoiding split grades two years in a row
– Peer relationships
– Staff professional judgment

We will begin the process in early June. If you feel strongly about your child’s placement, feel free to call the school to discuss with me, or send me an email. It is not enough to speak to the classroom teacher. Note that your request will be discussed and considered, but cannot always be granted due to the above considerations. However, whenever possible, we aim to meet reasonable requests.

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

Sincerely, Paula Robinson,

50th Anniversary of UTES

The 2019/2020 school year will be the 50th anniversary of Upper Thames ES. We are lucky that when the local politicians of the day built a new school, they had the foresight to build a larger school that encompassed several townships, thus allowing us to celebrate 50 years! If you would like to join a committee to plan the celebrations over the next year, please join us on Tuesday, May 21st at 7:00 p.m. in the staff room for an initial meeting. We are looking for alumni and former staff who may be interested, so spread the word! Michele Nicholson will be spearheading this project.

Playground Fundraising Committee Meeting Needs You

We had a very productive playground committee meeting last month. We brainstormed many ideas and now it is time to finalize the plan! We would love to have a few more people join us, as many hands will let us spread the work around and make the load lighter for everyone. Join us Tuesday, May 21st at UTES at 6:00 p.m. for our next meeting.

New to Kindergarten – Open Houses

The kindergarten classes are open to new students on Fridays, May 17th, 24th and 31st from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m and 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. New Kindergarten students can come and see what school is all about!

Some highlights from April

– TIMSS went off without a hitch! The grade 4s in Ms. Maschke’s and Mrs Hopkins’ classes participated in this international test of science and math.
– Our choirs performed very well at The Kiwanis Music Festival in Stratford. (You can catch them this Sunday at Main Street Church at 2:30 p.m.)
– The chess team did well at the Chess tournament earlier this month.
– The Ball Hockey team crushed the competition at the tournament again this year.
– Primary students enjoyed the show at Blyth Festival.
– Ms. Maschke’s grade 4 and Mr Tessier’s grade 6 classes planted trees in Mitchell. Kindergartens planted trees around the playground.
– The grade 6 collaboration with Dustin Smith and the Steffler Foundation is ready for video production!
– The dance team has been working hard and will be performing to Bruno Mars’ song “Glorious” at the Dance Showcase.

Upcoming Events

May 5th
Junior Choir
2:30 p.m. at Main Street Church

May 6th
Plant and Pizza Delivery
2:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

May 7th
School Council meeting at 6:00 p.m.
Grade 5 classes to Ska-nah-doht
Village and Museum

May 8th
MDHS ECO Squad Assembly
(Primary Grades)
Dance Showcase 7:00 p.m. at SNWSS

May 9th
Jump Rope for Heart Assembly

May 15th
Class Pictures

May 16th
Foundation for Enriching Education Watercolour Workshop
Mrs. Hopkins/Mrs. LaPorte’s classes
Friendship Games

May 17th
Twin Day

May 20th
Victoria Day – no school

May 21st
6:00 p.m. Playground Fundraising Committee Meeting
7:00 p.m. 50th Anniversary Planning Committee Meeting


May 21st
Grade 3 EQAO testing begins

May 22nd
KB and KD to Wildwood
Junior Track and Field
(raindate May 24th)

May 27th
KE and Ms. Maschke’s class to Wildwood
The Grade 6 EQAO testing begins

May 29th
KA and KC to Wildwood

May 31st
Foundation for Enriching Education Watercolour workshop
Ms. Maschke’s class

EQAO Dates:
Grade 3 EQAO testing will take place from May 21st to 24th, and Grade 6 EQAO testing will take place from  May 27th to 30th.

Save the date:
Arts Night – June 4th

Fun Fair – June 13th

Grade 6 Celebration –
June 26th at 9:30 a.m.

STEM Adventures

Tuesday, July 23 and Thursday July 25 at Mitchell District High School.  Have fun exploring science, technology, engineering & mathematics through a variety of hands on activities and challenges!

To register, go to:

For more information, please e-mail:

Criminal Record Check Blitz

Information about this in the pdfs – Criminal Record Check Blitz and OPP Acceptable Forms of Identification.