March Newsletter

Bath Public School

Growing, Learning and Achieving Together

Dear Parents and Guardians,


Happy March!! As we enter a new month, we are hopeful for the return of some warmer temperatures.


Congratulations to our basketball teams who have been working hard throughout their seasons. Many thanks to M. Cameron, Mrs. Morrisey, Mrs. Bauml and Mrs. Vandershoor for their time spent coaching. Our boys team competed in their tournament last week and we are proud of their dedication and perseverance. The girls look forward to their tournament next week.


Thank you to our Kindergarten classes who worked hard to raise awareness and an amazing $685 for the L&A SPCA on National Cupcake Day. Many thanks to parents and guardians for your generous donations of cupcakes. Many hands coming together for a great cause!


Your child/children’s report card explaining his/her achievement for the first term has recently come home . We are very proud of our students at Bath PS and the work they do on a daily basis.


Perseverance is one of the character traits that we promote regularly with students through our work around growth mindset; sticking with something even when it’s hard. As we conclude first term, it is timely that we congratulate students on the perseverance this term in all of their work. Remember…..


A growth mindset is an attitude towards learning that says ‘I can’t do that yet.’


We also appreciate the perseverance of parents and guardians in supporting learning at home. We are halfway through the school year and we look forward to much more learning ahead.


The education of children is a partnership between home and school. Thank-you for your ongoing support of Bath Public School.


Helping at Home


Reading with your child each day is a wonderful way to practice their reading skills while also supporting their understanding and critical thinking skills. For younger children, reading stories together provides a very comfortable way to explore these skills. For older children, newspaper and magazine articles, blogs and websites can provide great sources for conversations that prompt critical thinking. Always expect the child, young or old, to defend their reasoning with information from what they have read as well as reasonable inferences from the text.


Some examples of questions that you can use at home to support the learning in this area with your child are:


Why for you think that happened in the story?

What do you think will happen next? Why?

How did the character feel? Why did he/she feel that way?

How would you feel in the same situation? What choice would you make? Why?

Why do you think the author wrote this story?

Whose voice is present in the story/article? (This refers to perspective/point of view)


Math is also something that can be discussed and practiced everyday. From sorting and organizing the food cupboard to helping estimate how much groceries will cost based on this week’s grocery flyer. These are common place activities that we all do which have their foundation in mathematical reasoning. Older students are very savvy about the latest technology. Having conversations about ‘costs’ associated with technology pushes student thinking to deeper levels.


For younger students, math questions come more easily to most of us. Some examples of math questions you can use at home for older students to support their thinking are:

Is that the best deal for that item; buying one or in bulk?


When considering the purchase of a device, what other hidden costs are there? Monthly fees? How much will it be used? Is this a reasonable purchase considering this information?


Thank-you for your continued support and as always please give us a call if you have any questions or concerns.


Brigid Steele April Bell-Asselstine

Principal Vice-Principal

Bath Public School Schedule

8:55 - 9:10 Supervision on the schoolyard

9:10 School Starts

9:10 – 10:50 Learning Block

10:50 -11:05 1st Nutrition Break

11:05 -11:30 1st Recess

11:30 - 1:10 Learning Block

1:10 - 1:25 2nd Nutrition Break

1:25 - 1:50 2nd Recess

1:50 - 3:30 Learning Block

3:30 Dismissal

Important Dates

Please note these dates on your calendar:


March 2019


5 - Dental Screenings JK, SK, Grade 2

7 - Fire Safety Presentations Grades 2, 4, 6, 8

11-15 - March Break - NO SCHOOL

19-22 - Spring Book Fair

20 - April Hot Lunch/Milk Order Forms Home

25 - April Hot Lunch/Milk Orders Due

27 - Grade 8 Graduation and Sibling Photos

30 - Parent Council Children's Thrift sale

Inclement Weather Days/Bus Cancellations

Please remember when dropping students off at school on an inclement weather day to please only use the front entry for drop off and pickup.
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PARENTS/GUARDIANS PLEASE NOTE!

Parents/guardians occasionally pick up their child/ren at school at the end of the day. Parents who are picking their children up after school are asked to wait outside the main door of the school. The students will be escorted to the door at 3:30 and a staff member will see that your child meets you outside the door. If you have school related business or an appointment, please ring the bell at the front door and we will admit you. We then ask that you sign in at the office and wear a visitor or volunteer badge. Thank you for your help in keeping all of our students safe!

Interruptions During the School Day

In an effort to keep the instructional time protected for all students, we would remind you to please send a note to the teacher whenever possible, when your child needs to be picked up at school early (before 3:30) or at dismissal time, unless of course we have already been made aware that they are picked up on a regular basis. We really do teach until the end of the day and if we need to advise your child’s teacher of a last-minute change in plans for after school, it will be communicated at 3:25 so that all students get as much uninterrupted learning time as possible.

SCHOOL-WIDE INFORMATION HOME

For families with two or more children attending our school, we reduce paper usage by sending home only one copy of school-wide notices. We will send mail home with the youngest sibling.

For students whose parents do not live together, we are happy to send home two copies of newsletters, notices, and mailouts in order for both parents to stay informed about their child’s education. If you would like this to happen, please contact the school office and let us know.

BATH PS NEWSLETTERS ARE PAPERLESS!

We are pleased to be able to offer our school newsletters via email through our School Messenger System and on our website.


A link to the newsletter will be emailed to you each month.

ALLERGEN AWARE SCHOOL!

This is to remind families that we have some students who attend our school who have severe life threatening allergies. Please do not bring any peanut or tree nut products into our school.

Students in a classroom with a student/students with allergies will receive a letter with more specific details and other safety information. If you require more information or clarification, please do not hesitate to contact the office. Your cooperation with this matter is greatly appreciated.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS

Students from grades 4 to 8 may choose to become school volunteers. There are many opportunities to become involved in making our school a better place. Apply to be a lunch time classroom monitor, a canteen helper, or a playground P.A.L. Each of these positions offers leadership opportunities to our students. Please listen to morning announcements for more information.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Often families find themselves in situations of financial pressure. If you are experiencing difficulty meeting the cost of a school event or supplies, please let your child’s teacher or our principal know. There is a fund available that has been established to ensure that no student is denied a school activity or outing due to lack of finances. As well, we have received some donations of school supplies for anyone who needs help in this area. Just send a note to your child’s teacher or call our principal at the school.

HELP US WITH YOUR CHILD’S SAFETY

Please, if you are dropping off students between 8:55-9:10am, pull off Church Street by the sidewalk leading to the south playground (by the kindergarten room) and let your child safely enter the playground via the sidewalk. The south driveway is for buses and fire vehicles only, in order to keep students as safe as possible.

We would like to remind parents/guardians to please sign in at the office and wear a visitor pass when volunteering at the school.

Student safety is paramount. If you are at the school to drop off or pick up your child during the day, please sign in at the office and wait in the front foyer. We will arrange for your child to come to the office area to meet you, or to be escorted to the classroom if need be. At dismissal time, parents are kindly cooperating with our safety protocol by waiting outside the main door for their child to be escorted to them.

Thank you!

A reminder that school begins at 9:10am and supervision on the school yard begins at 8:55. Please do not send your child to school earlier than this, unless of course they are attending the Before & After School Program.

PROTECT YOUR VALUABLES!

We discourage students from bringing valuable items and expensive toys to school. This includes items that are not expensive but are valuable to your child (such as Pokemon cards). Cell phones, MP3 players, iPods, Tablets and iPads are not allowed at school unless specifically requested by your child’s teacher. The school does not assume responsibility for lost or stolen items.

PRESCRIPTION and NON-PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION

On rare occasions, school personnel are asked to administer medications such as antibiotics to students.

Authorization forms, including one which needs to be signed by your physician are required with such requests. To make this easier, we suggest you fill out the form and drop it at your doctor’s office for them to read, sign and fax to our school office at 613-352-1048. We do our best to administer medication on time, but would prefer if periodic medications such as antibiotics could be administered before and/or after school by the child’s parent or caregiver.

Students are not permitted to carry Advil, Tylenol, Midol, Benadryl and such on them or in their school bags. This must be submitted to the office with the appropriate form signed by their parent as per LDSB policy. Thank you for your cooperation in this.

LARC BEFORE & AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

Lennox & Addington Resources for Children (L.A.R.C.) is continuing the Before & After School Program in our school again this year! For more info about their program, please call Karen Dunlop at 613-354-6318, ext.38.

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