November Updates

Posted November 18, 2019

Winter Weather on the Playground

It is hard to believe that we are already experiencing the cold and snowy weather of winter! During the snowy winter months, I would like to remind families that we do not permit students to slide on the hills on our school property during or after school hours. We also make regular announcements reminding students to play safely in the snow and with each other, by keeping our hands to ourselves and using kind and respectfully language on the playground. We encourage our students to build and create sculptures, and structures but to refrain from throwing snow or destroying what other children have created.

Winter Drop-off/Pick-up

As always, we encourage our families to walk to and from school but we understand that situations may arise when driving is necessary. Please be advised that no vehicles are to be moving in the front loop between 8:15am-8:30am and 2:50pm-3:10pm, when busses 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. We also have intermediate students that can meet you at your vehicles and walk your child to the playground. Please feel free to contact the office if you are interested in arranging this. 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 the fire lane along the sides. We appreciate your support & cooperation!

Progress Reports & Parent Teacher Interviews

The evening of Thursday, November 28th and all-day Friday, November 29 (PA Day) have been set aside for parent/teacher interviews. All interviews are being booked online again this year to make it more accessible for parents booking interviews for more than one child. The online system will open November, 20th at 4pm and close Tuesday, November, 26th at 10pm. Please follow the directions below to book an interview online with your child’s teacher(s). Interviews are a wonderful opportunity for parents, teachers and students to work collaboratively to discuss, plan and set effective next steps for individual student achievement goals. If you are unable to attend the meeting during these times, please set up another time to meet with the teacher. If you cannot log on electronically, please contact the office or your child’s teacher to set up the interview. Your child’s OEN number is required to login to set up an interview as well as their date of birth. See below for finding the 9-digit OEN:

Instructions for ONLINE booking: (available Nov 20th 4 pm)

1: Visit:

2: Input student’s OEN number (found at the top of the student’s report card)

3: Input student’s date of birth

4: From “Teacher List” choose “Show Details”, then select a teacher.

  1. Select “Show Appointment Schedule”.
  2. Select time and then choose “Book Appointment”.
  3. Repeat process for booking an appointment with another teacher.


Interviews are 10 min each and we appreciate you respecting the timelines to be courteous to the next parent(s).

NEW method of communicating with parents

We are working toward having our entire school parent community registered for UGCONNECT so you can receive electronic updates and information. This is part of our goal to reduce paper waste and be environmentally aware. Your support in helping us work together to improve communication with parents is greatly appreciated. To register download the app on your mobile phone or computer. Parents can access and manage their SchoolCashOnline account through the app in a fully secure environment. UGConnect also ensures that board-wide news and your school’s social media accounts are right at your fingertips. UGConnect is one of the many ways that UGDSB staff work to keep parents informed.

School Council Updates

School Council continues to support our school community with many exciting initiatives. They will be hosting a Family Movie Night and showing The Grinch (the most recent version) on November, 28th beginning at 6:15pm (pre-ordered pizza will be distributed at 5:30pm and can be purchased on Cash Online).

Spencer Ave. Spirit Wear will be available for purchase November, 18th at 4:30pm and will close November, 29th. Orders will be available for pick-up prior to the Christmas Break. Surprise orders must be communicated to teachers ahead of time.

The annual Spencer Holiday Fair will be on December, 7th beginning at 10am. Please come out and enjoy the many activities School Council has prepared, as well as baked goods and holiday vendors.



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