April 2017 Newsletter

 

EAST  WILTSHIRE  SCHOOL

NEWSLETTER

 

Windsor Wight

Principal

Troy MacCallum

Vice- Principal

 Telephone 902-368-4130

School Counsellors

Sheila Doyle-Hogan

Dave Mitchell

Frank Martin

Vice-Principal

Fax: 902-368-4139

April

6          Bluefield Gr. 10 Registration Deadline

7          School Effectiveness Day NO CLASSES

11,12    Zone 3 Badminton Meet

Grade 6 Band Testing

14        Good Friday NO CLASSES

17        Easter Monday NO CLASSES

19        Easter Seals Ambassador visits EWS (1:20 p.m.)

Badminton Singles finals

28        PEITF Professional Learning Day NO CLASSES

May          

4 & 6    Provincial Badminton Championships

5           Area Assoc. Prof. Dev. /CUPE 3260 Convention NO CLASSES

12        Hockey Academy Application Deadline

22        Victoria Day    NO CLASSES

30        Grade 6 Parent Information Meeting – 7:00 p.m. E.W.S.

June

2          Orientation – Incoming Gr 7’s NO CLASSES GR. 7’S

27        Grade 9 Closing Exercises 7:00 p.m.

28        Last Day – Report Cards for Gr 7 & 8 – 2:45 p.m.

30        Last Day for Staff

Congratulations to Grade 7 student, John MacArthur, who recently competed in the PEI Engineer Association’s Bridge Competition. John placed 1st in the junior high category and 6th overall from grades 4-12!

Mental Health Awareness Week

East Wiltshire School will be having its annual Mental Health Awareness Week April 10th – 13th. Guest speakers will be presenting to students on “taking care of yourself” and positive mental health tips. There will be lunch time booths on addictions, mental health and nutrition services. Tuesday, April 4th, after school there will be glow yoga.

Band News

Screening for grade 6 students planning to enrol in band at East Wiltshire begins this month. Students who wish to be considered for entrance into the band program for September 2017 must take the music aptitude test at East Wiltshire during ONE of the following three times, you may choose the one that best suits your schedule:

Tuesday April 11th, 3:45 PM, EWS Band Room

Tuesday April 11th, 7:00 PM, EWS Band Room

Wednesday April 12th, 3:45 PM EWS Band Room

Taking this 30 minute test lets us know that the student wishes to be in the band in grade 7. We then handle the rest of the screening process internally.  Students will be notified by mail as to their acceptance sometime in mid May.  For more information contact Frank Nabuurs at fanabuurs@edu.pe.ca or call 902-368-4130.

EWS grade 7 band will be going to Eliot River and Central Queens on Thursday April 6 to give students a little concert and information about being in the band program. A letter to parents about band and the screening process will be sent home with grade 6 students that day.

EWS Warriors Sports:

Badminton season is currently underway. EWS competes in Zone 3 and we have boys’ and girls’ teams in Bantam (grade 7 & 8) and Intermediate (grade 9). Tentative tournament dates are: Tuesday, April 11th (doubles preliminary and final), Wednesday, April 12th (singles preliminary), & Wednesday, April 19th (singles finals). The locations are: bantam girls at Stonepark, bantam boys at QC, intermediate girls at Birchwood, and intermediate boys at EWS. The Provincial Championships will be held May 4th and 6th in the Summerside area schools. EWS would like to thank our volunteer coaches: Mr. Mann & Mr. MacAdam who coach the boys’ and girls’ teams.

Wrestling: EWS wrestling teams have been training hard for their upcoming Zone 3 Meet which will be held Tuesday, April 4th at Gulf Shore School in Rustico.  Provincial Championships will be held April 21st & 22nd in Montague. Thank you to our volunteer coaches: Mr. Galaise and Mary McQuaid.

Spring Sports: Tryouts will begin in early May for track & field, softball (girls), baseball (boys) and flag football (boys and girls). Students are encouraged to try out, especially in track and field as we are always looking for more runners, jumpers, and throwers! Students are allowed to take part in track and field in combination with another sport, but cannot play both flag football and softball or baseball.

Intramural Athletes of the Month:

February:

Grade 7:  Olivia Vickerson & Jackson Sherren

Grade 8: Jenna O’Neill & Bradley Chisholm

Grade 9: Karley McKinnon, Liam Ellis, & Isaac Wolters

 March:

Grade 7: Ashley Cullen & Mark MacLeod

Grade 8: Grace MacKinnon, Emma MacKinnon, & Gaven MacDougall

Grade 9: Megan Gallant & Caleb Boswall

Intramurals: Congratulations to our “Annual Tug-O-War Homeroom Championship” winners:

Grade 7 – Mr. Rogerson

Grade 8 – Mr. Mann

Grade 9 – Mrs. Woodford

Thank you to all students who took part or cheered on their classmates during the tug-o-war battles! As usual, it was a great display of school spirit here at EWS.

Upcoming Intramurals:  Intramural ball hockey will begin on Monday, April 3rd.

The East Wiltshire Hockey Academy will be entering its 11th year of operation in the fall of 2017. Applications will be available very shortly for the program at the offices of Eliot River, Central Queens, and East Wiltshire Schools. Application Deadline is May 12th. Registration fee is $150 and is due June 1st. Please make cheques payable to East Wiltshire School.

Yearbook

The 2016/2017 East Wiltshire Yearbook is almost ready to send to the printers. The yearbook is a 72 page hard cover volume filled with memories of the year at East Wiltshire.

Once again the cost of the book will be $30.00 dollars with books arriving in mid June.

We will be holding a sale through home room classes until April 7th. Yearbooks are also currently available to purchase through our online store at: ybpay.lifetouch.com.  We have reduced the number of yearbooks ordered this year so don’t be left out. Once sold out we cannot order more.

 Breakfast Program

It has been a very busy couple of months for the East Wiltshire Breakfast Program.  The support of our Community and outside contributors has been overwhelming.   Breakfast for Learning has been supplementing our program in the areas of Dairy along with the PEI Healthy Eating Alliance.

As well, we would like to give a HUGE shout out to The Town of Cornwall, The Cornwall Save Easy, The Great Canadian Bagel, Parent Contributors, West Royalty Superstore, Egg & Dairy Farmers of PEI and of course our volunteers, students, staff and community members.  Without the support of these groups and individuals, it would not be possible to run our school program.

Home & School News April 2017

  1. Award submission deadlines

School Crossing Guard of the YearAward:This award recognizes a school crossing guard on Prince Edward Island for their service in keeping our walking students safe. Nominations deadline:  April 28, 2017.

School Bus Driver of the YearAward: This  award recognizes school bus drivers on Prince Edward Island for their service in keeping our students safe as they travel to and from school each day. Nominations deadline: May 12, 2017.

Find nomination forms at: http://peihsf.ca/awards Or contact the Federation office at: 620-3186 / 1-800-916-0664

  1. There is still time to register for the AGM &Convention

Register your school’s delegates for the PEI Home and School Federation’s Annual Meeting &Convention  coming up on Saturday, April 8th, 2017 at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel, Charlottetown. All members are welcome – any parent, teacher, principal, school staff, District Advisory Council student and parent reps.

Each Association is asked to designate five of your attendees as your voting delegates.

Register online or Download a paper version at: http://peihsf.ca/sites/default/files/AGM_Brochure_Final_2017_website_0.pdf

  1. Universal School Lunch Summary

Collaboration with other agencies.  A Resolution calling for a universal provincial school lunch program was successfully passed at the HSF Annual General Meeting in April 2015 and the PEI HSF continues to lead in the development of a provincial school food strategy and to work with other agencies to attain that goal.  To assist in fulfilling this goal, PEIHSF contracted Tracy Michael of Nourished Kitchen, Dietician Consulting to compile an Environmental Scan of School Food in PEI and a School Food Fact Sheet.

http://peihsf.ca/content/universal-provincial-school-food-program-advocacy-summary

Other community news….

~Heart & Stroke Count Your Cubes! The Sugary Drink Challenge designed to help Islanders reduce the amount of sugar they drink. The website is now live at: www.countyourcubes.ca  Sign up today. Sugary drinks are the single largest contributor of sugar in the diet and are associated with a number of chronic diseases.

~National Volunteer Week, April 23 – 29, 2017, is a time to recognize, celebrate and thank Canada’s volunteers. This is the 14th consecutive year for the national campaign.  https://volunteer.ca/nvw2017

~Do Healthy Lunches Improve Student Test Scores? https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2017/03/do-healthy-lunches-improve-student-test-scores/520272/

 Other:

Dental Clinic

The Dental Preventive Clinic will be at starting at East Wiltshire School in mid April 2017.

Purpose of Dental Clinic: Screen children to assess risk of oral disease; provide oral health education, topical fluoride, scaling/polishing and sealants, according to your child’s individual needs.

Screening: All children will be seen for a two-minute screening to determine their risk of oral disease. If you do not wish your child to have this dental screening, please notify the school secretary or homeroom teacher.

Consent: After the screening, all children will be given a consent form which will be necessary for you to complete and return before services are provided.

Fees: There is no cost involved as the preventive services are covered by the Children’s Dental Care Program.

Contact: If you have any questions about the program, please contact the dental staff at the School or the Dental Public Health Clinic in Charlottetown at 902-368-4918 or Summerside 902-888-8145.

Further Information: Please note that only preventive services will be provided and the screening is not a substitute for an annual dental examination. It is strongly recommended that parents take their children to a dentist for regular examinations and treatment.

For more information, please visit http://www.healthpei.ca/dentalhealth and click on the following link for the program brochure http://www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/HPEI_dentalprg.pdf

Cancer Changes Everything.  So Can You.

Join you family, friends and neighbors at Confederation Landing Park on Friday, June 16 from 6pm to midnight for the 2017 Queens County Relay For Life. Whether you are cheering on survivors, walking the track, passing the baton to your teammate or joining in exciting trackside activities, Relay For Life is more than just a cancer walk – it’s a journey..  Every dollar raised by Relay for Life participants makes a difference.  Money raised funds Canada’s most promising cancer research to save more lives, ensures no one has to face cancer alone and helps stop cancer before it starts.  For more information go to www.cancer.ca and click “get involved” or call Gail at 902-566-4007.

Rising Star Island Homestay International

Our company has a boy from China who will attend grade 10 at Bluefield High School for the 2017/18 school year. We are looking for a homestay placement for him beginning in late August for the coming school year. Anyone interested in discussing hosting our student can contact Bill Kendrick at billkendrick@island-images.ca or 902-368-1670.