Maitland River Elementary School Alice McDowell – Principal Marie McDade – Vice-Principal 250 John St., E., Wingham, ON N0G 2W0 Tel: (519) 357-2551 Fax: (519) 357-2174 Web: maitlandriver.amdsb.ca Email: [email protected] November 2014 Newsletter Principal’s Message Dear Families: The autumn colors have quickly come and gone, and as always, school continues to be a very busy place. We thank you, the families, for the time and efforts you have put into helping our students achieve their potential. Please remember to check out our school website and the great information located there. I have and will continue to include our website address on our letterhead. I am sure that November will be as busy as every other month thus far. Alice McDowell, Principal Virtue for November: Courage Courage is personal bravery in the face of fear. It is doing what needs to be done even when it is hard or scary. Courage is going ahead even when you feel like giving up and quitting. It is doing what you know is right even if other people laugh at you or call you names. Courage is a quality of the heart. School Council News We have had a very large number of participants attend our first two school council meetings. We are working on finalizing our fundraising plan and addressing many other items that are directly related to the start up of our new school. We are always interested in hearing as many new ideas as possible and would welcome your participation. Hope to see you at our December meeting. Drive Away Hunger & Fill The Bus From October 1st-17th, Maitland River Elementary School held a food drive to support both the North Huron Food Share and The Salvation Army. MRES collected a whopping 1117 pounds of food. Great Job MRES!! Parent Teacher Interviews Interviews will be held on Thursday, November 6th from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. as well as Friday, November 7th from 8:30 a.m.—11:30 a.m. It is the expectation that all parents and teachers will discuss their students’ progress at this time. If you are unable to meet with teachers during that time please contact the teacher to set a time convenient for you. Interview Request/Appointment forms have been sent home with report cards. Safe Pedestrian Procedure Walking students are asked to travel to and from school on the North Side of John Street, so that pedestrians are safely away from the bus and car traffic in and out of the Maitland River ES and FE Madill bus loops. Crossing guards at Summit & John Sts and Carling & John Sts, and in front of MRES will assist in crossing. We continue to receive complaints about traffic congestion at arrival and dismissal times and have met with municipal representatives and the town police to address the issues that have been identified. Please follow the posted signs on our property regarding no parking zones, fire lanes, and drop-off zones. Town police and council are in the process of amending a bylaw which would allow for tickets to be issued for vehicles parked illegally. Medication At School With cold and flu season approaching, we would like to remind parents that if medications are sent to school with your child there are required forms that need to be filled out for both prescription and non prescription medications. They can be filled out at the office when medication is brought to the office by the parent. Gluten Free Snacks Gluten Free snacks are always available. If your child requires gluten free items please inform the office of this request. Book Fair The Scholastic Book Fair will be held in the library from November 3rd through the 7th. This is a BIG fundraising event for the library. All money raised through the sale for books, is re-invested in NEW resources for the library. The Family Event will take place on November 6th from 4 PM- 7:30 PM and on Friday November 7th from 8:45 AM - 11:00 AM. Parents, grandparents and other care givers are invited to attend the Family Event to purchase items and see our great assortment of new books. There will be great ideas to perhaps help you with some of your Christmas shopping! Hope to see you during the book fair. MRES is Nut Free Maitland River Elementary School has adopted a school-wide ban on nuts and will work with all parents to provide the safest possible learning environment for all students. Regional Cross Country Courageous and determined would be the best way to describe nearly all grade 4-6 Maitland River cross country runners at Regional’s at North Woods Oct. 7. We were Junior champs overall. Our grade 5 girls were dominant, with 8 of them in the top 12. Maya medaled in 2nd. Darah 4th, Sarah 5th, Alycia 6th, Eden 8th, Mary 9th, Tyra 10th, and Emily 12th. The grade 5 boys saw Troy Coultes 6th, Parker Gillespie 7th and Ian Stainton 9th. The grade 4 boys were nearly as dominant as our grade 5 girls. Liam was the champion with Tyler on his heels with silver. Carson was 5th, Paul 8th, Ewen 9th, and Evan 11th. The grade 4 girls had Charlotte in 8th and Savannah in 10th. Our most experienced group made us proud as well, and they won their divisions. Mackenzie received silver for the grade 6 girls, and Caleb gold for the boys. Alex earned a 7th, Alissa 8th, and Megan 13th. Wade won a 4th place, Simon 9th and Braeden 10th. District Cross Country On October 22nd at District Cross Country, individually, Mackenzie and Caleb ended their junior cross country running careers with more brilliant performances just as they have since grade 3. Both finished with silver medals, Caleb after passing 2 runners in the home stretch, and Mackenzie, after setting a scorching pace from start to finish. Mackenzie led her 11 year old girls to a first place finish. Aliya, Alex and Brie helped get the necessary points for the championship. Alissa, Julia, and Megan were right behind them. Caleb's performance helped get the 11 year old boys a 3rd place ribbon. Wade definitely deserves special congratulations on a 5th place medal in that race. Simon and Spencer helped round out the points. Troy had a top 20 finish in the 10 year old boys race. Our 10 year old girls continued their tradition of strong performances, also champions like the 11 year olds. Darah, Sarah, Maya came in the medals from 5th to 7th. Alycia at 13th provided the points necessary for the win. Eden, Mary and Tyra weren't far behind, all in the top 25 out of 77 runners. Our 9 year old boys came in 2nd overall, thanks to medal performances by Tyler and Liam at 4th and 5th. Carson had 15th. Paul and Ewen were fast enough to help secure 2nd. All races were run at paces far faster than practice times and the regional races. Our runners displayed a lot of courage throughout some painful moments to do their personal bests. As a school we were 2nd just behind Little Falls. Soccer Maitland River 1: It was a great effort by all members of our soccer team on October 15th at Elma Township PS. MR1 had an excellent day. All team members played their best soccer in each game. They had excellent teamwork, positive attitudes and great sportsmanship. Great scoring ability by Blake and Parker. Many assists by Ian, Troy, Sarah and Aliya. Ty represented us well in goal along with Parker. Great defending by Cameron, Eden, Max, Alex and Sierra. Thanks for a great effort by Carson and Caleb. We went 2 and 1 for our regular games and made it to the B finals. Despite an excellent effort and hard work we lost by 1 point. Way to go MRES 1, so proud of all of your hard work. Maitland River 2: Despite giving it their all in the tournament, MR2 just didn’t have the scoring punch needed to make it into the finals. However, they were champions when it came to respectful play and sportsmanship. Honourable mentions go to Wade for demonstrating leadership on the field through his excellent play and positive attitude, to Alycia for her ‘no fear’ attitude to get right in the action, to Tyler for never giving up despite getting almost no rest during games, and last but not least to Austin for his excellent goaltending throughout the day. Mr. Gole and Mrs. Gillespie would like to thank all of the players for their hard work and commitment to the team. You represented MRES very well. Messages To Students Please help us ensure the safety of your child(ren) by following these few, simple guidelines: • Arrangements for babysitting, after school activities and pickup times for appointments should be made outside of school hours and a notation made in the student’s planner. This will ensure that there is no confusion as to your message. This also provides your child’s teacher with an opportunity to prepare your child for the lessons they will miss and, your child can feel secure in knowing what their day will hold. • Instructions for students must come from their own parent/guardian as this is the only person we are authorized to take instruction from. Please do not ask us to deliver messages to any child other than your own. • While we recognize that there are emergencies and unforeseen circumstances that necessitate a message being delivered to a student during the school day, please limit these messages to true emergencies. This will limit interruption to classes, help your child organize his/her day, and reduce the anxiety children feel when plans change unexpectedly. We are more than happy to help out in extenuating circumstances. • Writing instructions in your child’s planner ensures that your instructions are followed out exactly as you intend and eliminates confusion, misunderstanding and the possibility that your message does not reach your child. • If your bus student is not riding the bus home, please indicate this to the teacher who will then pass the message to the office….it is important for the teacher to know this as they are the ones that are dismissing your child. The office needs to know so they can be taken off the afternoon bus list. Safe Arrival Telephone Program If your child is going to be absent from school, please contact us at 519-357-3551 ext 1 and leave a message or e-mail [email protected] anytime. The Safe Arrival Telephone Program is used in the event that your child is absent and we have not been contacted. This is to insure that your child is safe and not home alone (as a result of missing the bus, having an accident at home while waiting for the bus to come, etc.). Please be assured that we will make every effort to contact you in the event that your child is not at school and you have not contacted us. Please advise the office of any changes to phone numbers addresses, names, etc. Also, please remember when you are bringing your children late or picking your children up early, to make your first stop at the office since we must know where your children are at all times during the day. Late Students When students arrive late they are interrupting class instruction by the teacher and the learning of the other students. School starts at 9:00 am – please ensure your child/ren are here on time. Thank you. Remembrance Day Assembly Our Remembrance Day Assembly will be held on November 11th in the gym. We will begin at 12:40 and parents are invited to attend. We will observe a school wide moment of silence at 11:00am, but our assembly will not begin until 12:40pm. Visitors To MRES Visitors are always welcome at Maitland River Elementary School. We would ask, however, for the safety of all, that you use the front door and report to the office upon arrival. We will be glad to deliver a message or package to your child. We would also ask that if you need to speak with a teacher for any reason that you make an appointment at the office. We will have the teacher call you to set a time up with you that is convenient for both parties. Please sign in as soon as you enter the building. Thank you in advance for this courtesy. Report Cards Report Cards went home on Monday, November 3rd. Please return the envelope at the time of the interview, if not before. Lost and Found As our Lost and Found grows, we encourage students to have their items of clothing tagged with their name for easy returns. Please remember that the Lost and Found is cleaned out during the breaks and will be sent to the Salvation Army. Please check it for your child’s lost items on a regular basis. Communication Throughout the fall, the Maitland River Elementary School staff has been working very hard to improve communication and the flow of information between home and school. Our planners, class newsletters, telephone calls and meetings have been very effective and we are pleased with the response we have received. Communication between home and school is perhaps the most important relationship to establish early in the year. Please keep in mind the importance of checking planners, mailbags and backpacks to ensure you receive all information. We also encourage prompt responses to all requests that the school has made. Your response ensures that we have the most updated information on your child(ren), as well as your opinion on current events and initiatives in our school and community. Thank you for your support of the school Agenda program. Families donated $444.00 towards the cost of the agendas. The total cost of the agendas this year was approximately $2000.00. Thank you for your time and effort on behalf of our students. Please remember our doors are always open should you require information. PBS Positive Behaviour Supports are still going strong.... students are now working towards an allschool goal of earning an extra recess. Also, PBS will now be extended to our bus drivers, who will award tickets for positive behaviour both on regular routes as well as charters (field trips). Way to go, Maitland River students, and keep up the great work! Christmas Bureau Wingham United Church will be the site for the 2014 Christmas Bureau for the northern part of Huron County and surrounding areas. This is a joint effort by the community and the Children’s Aid Society to provide every child of needy families with an article of clothing, a new toy and waterproof mitts at Christmas, as well as providing the family with Grocery Voucher Cards. Each year many families receive help through our communities and schools. **No Collection of food this year. Please support your local food banks** We have a supply of Angel tree tags available upon request, available in the office. MRES is running the school drive from November 17—26th Thank You for your continued support for this wonderful project. Maitland Munchies Maitland Munchies snack program would like to thank all our families that supported us by purchasing Tupperware. The fundraiser was very successful. If there is anyone that was missing items, our back-orders have arrived. Could the families that bought the Tupperware Impressions Classic Small Blue Bowls please contact me to receive their second bowl. Thank you. Karri-Anne Cameron, 519-357-4557. Preventing Head Lice Please check your child’s head on a regular basis. If your child does have head lice, please let the school know. We know tackling this problem is time consuming, but it is a necessary process and we thank you for your efforts. Notify any person who may have come in close contact with you so that other cases can be found and treated in the same time frame. Below are some tips to avoid re-infestation: • Soak brushes and combs in hot water (about 54 degrees C) or in undiluted shampoo/conditioner for 5-10 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with hot water. • Articles such as clothing, towels and bed linens may harbour lice or nits. To clean: Wash all clothing, towels, bedding, etc. in very hot water and dry in the dryer by using the hot cycle for at least 20 minutes OR seal in a plastic bag for two weeks. Inclement Weather Please remember to send your child(ren) to school with appropriate clothing as the weather begins to get colder. Boots, hats and mitts will be a must. Please ensure that your child has a pair of indoor shoes to wear. A change of clothes is always a good idea. Please label all clothing with your child’s name. Getting Ready for Winter! How do I know when buses are cancelled and/or my school is closed? We all know that winter is just around the corner and with comes it the occasional winter storm. Huron Perth Student Transportation Services is making it even easier this year to get your school bus delay and cancellation information. Already you can follow the announcements by going to our website ourschoolbuses.ca or by following your school’s twitter account. You don’t need to have a twitter account to get this information, as the latest Tweet appears on the main page of your school’s website. HPSTS has a smart phone App - called HPSTS. This App is available for iPhones, Android Smartphones and Windows OS Smartphones and is absolutely free. This App will bring you all the latest announcements regarding school bus or school delays and cancellations. The HPSTS App is available in the Google Play Store for smartphones using the Android OS. For iphones and Windows OS phones go to the following link to install the app: http://hpsts.wompmobile.com/ or you can use your smartphone to scan the QR code at the beginning of this story to install the app. As in the past, you can also monitor local radio stations during inclement weather for the latest announcements on cancellations or delays. For further information please contact Huron Perth Student Transportation Services at 1-888-871-7722 or visit our website at ourschoolbuses.ca. Wednesdays Bus Contacts Questions or concerns about the bus? Please contact: Montgomery Bus Lines: 519-357-9191 /1-855-557-9191 Newry Bus Lines: (519) 356-2611 Milk Program Milk tickets are available at the office; $20.00 for 20 milks. A purple sheet of milk tickets will be sent home with your child upon purchase. Like us on Facebook!! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Maitland-River-Elementary/472797539493921 Absent from School? Please call 519-357-3551 ext 1, leave a message or e-mail [email protected] if your child(ren) are going to be absent from school! Thanks! Campbell Soup Labels! Please save your Campbell Soup Labels! Bring them into the school (preferably counted), we can redeem them for school equipment for free! Calling All Three Year Olds - 2015-2016 School Year A reminder that Maitland River Elementary School Kindergarten registration for next year will be held Tuesday, November 25th. Registration will be by appointment, which will last for about 1 hour. Please call the school to book your appointment. Registration packages are available in the office. If you know of any families that have three year olds please have them call the school.
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