September News

Posted September 18, 2019

Principal’s Message

The beginning of each school year is an exciting time for both staff and students. We hope everyone had a wonderful summer and that you were able to enjoy some quality family time. I would like to thank Mrs. Bishop and Mrs. Long for all the hard work they have put into cleaning and organizing the school for the upcoming year. As well, I would like to thank all the teachers for their commitment to creating the best learning environment possible for our students.

If you’ve not yet had an opportunity to sign up for our electronic news, we are now using School Messenger and UGConnect Apps. This is the best way for parents and guardians to stay connected to our school. You can download the Apps for free on the App Store or Google Play. You can also browse this website for upcoming news and events. We continue to use CashOnline to make payments for your child’s agenda, upcoming food days, excursions, spirit wear, etc., please find a few minutes to do this in the near future by logging onto:

CashOnline: ugdsb.SchoolCashOnline.com

Here’s looking forward to a fantastic school year!

Sincerely,

Dianna Secord

Principal

 

UPCOMING SEPTEMBER DATES

Sept 19th – Open House/Meet the Teacher

Sept 19th – Scholastic Book Fair Begins

Sept 23rd – Picture Day

Sept 26th – Terry Fox Run

Sept 27th – P.A Day (No School for Students)

School Council

The first School Council meeting was on Tuesday, September 17th @ 6:30pm in the library. We were happy to see so many parents in attendance.  Congratulations to our 2019/20 Executive Council!

Chair: Cari Mistry

Vice-Chair: Bonnie Gerrits

Treasurer: Narius Mistry

Secretary: Miranda O’Connor

Our next meeting will be held on October, 8th at 6:30pm in the Spencer library/Makerspace.

Message from the Elementary Superintendents of Education

Re: School Organizations and Ministry Class Size Limits

Schools have built class lists based on their tentative organizations. Changes may be necessary at your child(ren)’s school in order that our Board remain compliant with Ministry parameters (see below). Principals do not have the option of changing the school organization that is set by the District Staffing Committee of the Board. If changes affect your child(ren), you will be informed by the school.

Ministry of Education Parameters

  • Full Day Kindergarten Class Size Average for the Board is 26 students
  • 90% of FDK classes with 29 or fewer students
  • 10% of FDK classes up to a maximum of 32 students under certain circumstances
  • 90% of the Board’s primary classes with 20 or fewer students
  • 10% of the Board’s primary classes up to a maximum of 23 students
  • Grade 3/4 classes have a cap of 23 students
  • Junior/Intermediate Class Size Average for the Board is 24.5 students to 1 teacher

Life-Threatening Allergies

We have children in our school with potential life-threatening allergies to various foods and other materials called anaphylaxis. This is a medical condition that causes a severe reaction to food or other materials, and can cause death within minutes. In recent years, anaphylaxis has increased dramatically among students.

Our school has procedures in place for the prevention and management of anaphylactic reactions. If your child has health concerns of any kind, please tell your child’s teacher or the office and we will take the necessary health protection steps. Thank you for your understanding in ensuring an allergy-safe environment for all of our students.

Student Accident insurance through Reliable Life – www.insuremykids.com

Parents/guardians are responsible for expenses related to student injuries on the school premises during school activities. Accidents can and do happen and costs involved may not be covered by provincial health care or employer insurance. Information will be sent home in the next week or two about Student Accident Insurance offered by Reliable Life Insurance Co. Subscriptions are done directly through Reliable Life by mail or online. 1-800-463-5437

Visiting the school & picking up your child

All visitors are expected to report to the office to sign in upon arrival, where they will be given a visitor tag to wear. Before leaving the school, please remember to sign out and return your tag. This lets the school know who is present in the building at all times. Students, as well as staff will know that you have checked in at the office.When dropping off or picking up your child during the school day, please come to the office and we will contact your child’s classroom for you. This includes during recess times. Students are never to leave with adults from the yard and yard supervisors are there for the safety of all children. Please report to the office and we will locate your child for you.

Student Absences & Safe Arrival

If your child is going to be late or absent from school, please call before 8:15am and leave a message on the attendance line, 942-9590 ext 100. Messages are retrieved first thing in the morning. When a student is marked absent by their classroom teacher and we do not know why they are away, one of our office staff will make a call to that child’s home to check on the student. Reporting your child’s absence early, helps reduce the amount of time required to make phone calls and speeds up ensuring safety for our students. Attendance is taken in the morning and again after second nutrition break. If your child’s absence is going to exceed 15 consecutive days, please contact the office for special instructions.

Front Loop & Fire Lane

No vehicles are to be moving in the front loop between 8:15-8:30am and 2:50-3:15pm, when buses are arriving and students are using the sidewalks to enter or exit the yard. If you are arriving by vehicle during this time to pick up or drop off your child, please park on the road and walk in. Older students may also meet you at your vehicles if you’ve identified a regular waiting spot. Spencer Avenue E.S. is considered a walking school and it is not designed for a large number of additional vehicles beyond staff parking. We do not allow parking in the bus zones at the front of the school or fire lane along the sides. We appreciate your support & cooperation!

Code of Conduct Expectations

Please note that the Spencer Avenue E.S. Code of Conduct is included in student agendas and posted on this website. This outlines important information about behaviour expectations that students and parents will want to be aware of. We ask that you please take some time to read through this as we begin another new school year and talk with your child about expectations within the Code of Conduct.

No Pets on School Property!

To ensure student safety and well-being, we ask that you do not bring pets onto school property while dropping off or picking up your child. While they may be considered friendly, there are a number of children who have had unpleasant experiences with animals and are fearful of their presence. Not all animals are predictable in their behaviour, especially around other animals. To prevent any frightening or harmful incidents, we ask that you leave your pet at home or have your child meet you at the edge of the school yard. Our responsibility is to ensure that students feel safe at school and we ask for your cooperation to make this possible.

 

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