Annandale P.S.

April 2016 Newsletter

From the Office

Welcome to April! Annandale P.S. is a busy place with a variety of clubs, intermurals, and learning events taking place. We are pleased to welcome Mr. Rigby to our grade 5/6 classroom. We wish Mrs. Hughes all the best with her new baby! As the weather warms up, please remind your child that bikes, scooters, rollerblades, and skateboards must be walked or carried while on school property. Thanks for your help in ensuring the safety of all students.

Reminder: Friday, April 15th is a PD Day in the TVDSB

Character Education

All students in grades 5-8 will be attending Be A Champ Day in London - April 6th.

Be A Champ Day is a motivational day to

encourage everyone to create the

school cultures they want!

Hosted By:


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TVNELP will be held at Annandale on April 1st and April 28th from 9:30-10:30

This program is for all FDK students that are attending school in the Fall 2016 for the first time.

Annandale encourages all parents/guardians and their child(ren) to attend both sessions as well as an additional classroom session in May.

If you have any questions, please call Mrs. Phillips (519-688-3498)

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Can you believe that spring is finally here. And with Spring comes Festival time too! Both bands will be travelling to Woodstock on April 7th to compete at the Woodstock Rotary Festival of Music at the Salvation Army Church on Juliana Drive just off Hwy 59/Norwich Ave. It is an exciting place to perform because the accoustics are amazing. For $3.00 at the door, you can hear the Gr 7 band at 10:05 and the Gr 8 band at 10:45 plus any competitors.

On April 28th, the Honour Band is heading down to a band share at Summer's Corners. This band of 20 Grade 7 & 8 musicians are working on Star Wars, Louie Louie, Party Rock Anthem, James Bond, and Fidgets AND they still have 1 or 2 (or 5 or 6 other pieces) in their folders.

Keep May 19th open on your calendar - it's our always exciting SPRING CONCERT! All three bands will perform that night and there may just be some other performances as well. Please make soccer, football, dance, etc arrangements now - coaches really appreciate notice in advance, and so do band directors!

June 2nd is our year end band trip to perform at the Kingswood Music Theatre in Vaughn. The cost of the trip will be $60.00 and a number of students have already covered their entire trip by selling chocolates as a fundraiser ... and speaking of our Chocolate Fundraiser .....


(for both band & Forest Cliff trips from Mrs. Kingsbury the chocolate fundraiser co-ordinator)

Thanks to all the students who met the deadline of returning unsold chocolate BY April 1, 2016. Chocolates can no longer be returned because the music department can't return any chocolate after April 1 - so please don't ask me to make exceptions - I can't and won't.

All money for chocolates is due by April 6th (and of course, before is much appreciated!). The bands (and I) are away on April 7th, so I wouldn't have been around to collect money that morning - sooooo - be sure to bring in your money by April 6th in order to get in on the draws for a Wal-Mart gift card as well as a selfie stick. Simply put - If your money isn't back in time ... you are NOT eligible for the draws.

If you have questions about due dates and timelines for chocolates, ask BEFORE the dates have passed.

Mrs. Kingsbury

School Council

Our next school council meeting is April 4th at 6:30 in the school library. See you there!

Sports and Intermurals

Grade 7/8 Floor Hockey has begun and the Junior Basketball team is also underway! Thanks to our staff who are volunteering their time to offer these valuable opportunities for our students.

"Trivia Français" contest starting this week!

Every week there will be a trivia question posted outside the French room (rm. 220) about French or Québecois culture. Students will fill out a ballot with their answer and put it in the box beside the French room. Winning entries will be announced on the Friday announcements and students can pick up their prize at the French office at first break.

Mrs. Weeks

Connecting Families for Mental Health and Well-Being

Saturday, April 30th

8:30 - 3:00 p.m

King’s University College

266 Epworth Avenue,

London, ON

Keynote Speakers:

Sarah Cannon

Executive Director, Parents for Children’s Mental Health

Additional break-out sessions, lunch and childminding will be provided.


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The Special Education Corner

By Mrs. Phillips (Learning Support Teacher)

Please click here to access information about Special Education in Thames Valley!

Parents of children with special needs have a new online resource thanks to the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) and the Special Education Department:

If your child is struggling with issues and you’re not sure where to turn, OECYC in Woodstock offers FREE Walk in Counselling. Please click here to view this website for more information.

World Autism Awareness Day

The seventh annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2016. Annandale will be supporting this day by wearing BLUE! Countries all over the world support this day by lighting up their monuments in blue.

Interesting Facts:

-Autism now affects 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys

-Autism prevalence figures are growing

-Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases

-Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism

-There is no medical detection or cure for autism



-First, Second, Third Grade Reading Comprehension

-Reading Comprehension –Fiction/Non-Fiction (Abitalk)

-Reading Comprehension (Interactive Learning Success)

-Story Pals (Expressive Solutions) $$

Individual Education Plans (IEP)

If your child is on an IEP, you will receive their IEP by April 20th. Please take a look at the following link to review what an IEP is.

If you have any questions on any of this information or Special Education, please call Mrs Phillips at 519-688-3498.

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Home Connections in Math

Please visit the "forms, flyers, and bulletins" section of our website to view the April edition of Home Connection in Math.