June 2018 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

I’ve been an educator for over 20 years and each year the arrival of June surprises me. When folks start the “countdown” to how many days until school is over, I don’t get that happy feeling I did as a child, I get a panicked oh-no-I-have-so-much-left-to-do feeling instead. June is the month to reflect on progress and consider improvements and to look ahead to the coming year.

In June of 2016 our enrolment was projected to be 505 students. This year we are sitting at 600 students. We’ve grown by nearly 100 in 2 years! This is great news in that it means our community is growing and thriving. It also means that as a school we have many new faces to make feel welcome not only in our school, but also in North Perth. I believe that our kindness project, house teams, extra curricular activities, math night, teams, grade 8 leaders and the amazing staff that work so hard on behalf of “our kids” go a long way to do just that.

We also know that we have a ways to go in some areas. Parents who filled out our School Climate survey gave us some things to think about particularly around communication, so we’ll work on ways to improve in that area. If you have any suggestions please email me at kathryn.boyd@ed.amdsb.ca or call the school. I’d love to hear your ideas.
On behalf of the Warriors staff we wish you a wonderful summer with your families. We thank you for your efforts and support this year, and we look forward to working together in the fall.


School Council

Our next meeting will be Tuesday June 5, at 6:30 in the multipurpose room, childcare provided. These meetings are open to all and we love to see new faces.

Allergy Alert

Please remember our school is a nut free zone at all times.

Summer Hours and Contact

The best way to reach Mrs. Boyd or Mr. McCutcheon through the summer is by email. We can be reached at kathryn.boyd@ed.amdsb.ca or james.mccutcheon@ed.amdsb.ca
The office will be open the first week of July and most of the last week of August. You can call ahead to make sure we’re here at 519-291-6147.

First Day of School in September

On the first day of school students will enter the school at the 9:15 bell and go to their last year’s classroom. For example, if your child was in Grade 1 with Mrs. Petrie this year he/she would go back to Mrs. Petrie’s room and then would be escorted to the new Gr. 2 room. The exception will be our new grade 7 students from Eastdale will meet in the gym and new Grade 1s will go to the library.

Class lists will not be available before the first day.

School Supplies

It is helpful if students have these supplies to begin the school year:

Primary Students:
• Pencils
• Erasers
• Pencil Crayons
• Markers—optional
• Glue Sticks
• Pencil Case
• Closed pencil sharpener
• Headphones, in a labeled plastic bag (if not already at the school, dollarstore variety works well)
• Indoor Running shoes (which meet OPHEA guidelines) “Appropriate athletic footwear must be a minimum uniform requirement. Appropriate athletic footwear is defined as a running shoe with a flat rubber treaded sole that is secured to the foot. Running shoes with higher heels, wheels, rubber, plastic or metal cleats, open toes, open heels are not appropriate.”
• Waterbottle, labelled–optional
• Backpack
• Whiteboard markers

Please do NOT bring to school
• Binders
• Compass/protractor sets
• Liquid paper/white out
• Duotangs

Junior Students:
Added to the list above:
• Calculator (not Scientific)

Intermediate Students
• Pencils
• Erasers
• Pencil Crayons
• Ruler
• Pencil Case
• Highlighters (at least two different colours)
• Glue Sticks
• Headphones in a labeled plastic bag -Can be dollar store variety.
• Indoor Running Shoes (see description to left)
• Lock for Locker
• Calculator (scientific)
• Backpack
• Binders-2 that are 2” clean basic binders, don’t need to be fancy
• Three ring lined paper
• Dividers
• Gym clothes—shorts and T– Shirt

Please don’t bring :
Correction fluid (Liquid Paper, Whiteout, etc)
Large zippered and/or velcro binders
Pencil sharpeners
Miniature staplers

General classroom donations always welcome
• Box of Kleenex for Classroom
• Crayola Markers
• Large ‘Ziploc’ Freezer Bags
• Glue Sticks
• White Board Markers

2018 Fun Pass

Celebrate the summer with savings when planning a trip to Ontario’s attractions with the 2018 Fun Pass.

The 2018 Fun Pass coupons provide free admission for up to two elementary school-aged children at 18 popular attractions when accompanied by a paying adult or senior. Parents can also save $5 on a daily parking permit at selected Ontario provincial parks. Simply bring a coupon to any participating attraction.

Watch for the 2018 Fun Pass booklet that will arrive with your kids’ report card in June, or visit Ontario.ca/funpass for more information about the program and to download the coupons.

2018-2019 School Year Calendar

You can view the 2018-2019 Elementary School Calendar on the board website.

Huron Perth Student Transportation Services

Here is a letter to parents and guardians about bussing in 2018/2019