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Ministry of Education
Provincial and Demonstration Schools Branch

In Touch – December 2019

Date: November 29, 2019 | Categories: amethyst | Tags: newsletter

1515 Cheapside Street
London, Ontario, N5V 3N9
Tel. (519) 453-4400 / 1-866-640-0044
Fax (519) 453-4193
Website: pdsbnet.ca/amethyst
Twitter: @AmethystSchool
Mrs. Sherry Eacrett (Residence Manager)
Mr. Sean Gregory (Principal)

Dates To Remember:

  • Tue. Dec. 3 – Elementary Volleyball
  • Wed. Dec. 11 – Family Open House
  • Tue. Dec. 17 – Festive Dinner
  • Thu. Dec. 19 – Red & Green Day, Student Skating (pm)
  • Fri. Dec. 20 – PA Day (No Classes)
  • Winter Break

Happy Holidays!

The hallways and classrooms are filled with the excitement of the season as we wind our way through the remaining 3 weeks of the 2019 school year. The month of December at Amethyst will be filled with many school and residence activities leading up to our final day on Thursday, December 19th. Parents are reminded to review the information coming home within this newsletter along with other items from teachers/counsellors to ensure you don’t miss anything. *Reminder – Our first day back of the new year is Monday, January 6th, 2020.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and a new year filled with peace and happiness

November Congratulations to

Readers (Remembrance Day), Alice, & Lilly for receiving our Wow Belt Award
Jon, Connor H., & Jamee for receiving our Growth Mindset Award
Rowen, Nicholas, & Katie for receiving our GRIT Award (Golden Boots)
Kaylup & Ava for receiving the Golden Headset Award (Technology)

Holiday Season Reminders

  • Elementary students will be participating in the LDCSB Co-ed Volleyball tournament on Tue., Dec. 3rd. Best of luck to our student athletes!
  • Students are asked to wear something nice for our Festive Dinner (Dec. 17th).
  • Thu., Dec. 19th – show your holiday spirit and wear Red & Green
  • Ice Skating (Thursday, December 19th) Students and staff will spend the afternoon at Stronach arena for an end-of-year skate. Students are reminded to bring warm clothing, skates, helmet (mandatory) and gloves for this fun event.

Professional Activity Day (Dec. 20)

Reminder – Parents please note that Friday, December 20th is a Professional Activity Day for the Amethyst School. There will be no classes for students on this day.

Residence Team Update

Our Residence character focus for the month of December is KINDNESS!

Welcome to the month of December! We have lots going on within the Residence this month. On Wednesday, December 4th feel free to attend Amethyst for family night, we are offering families to come decorate ornaments for the Amethyst Christmas tree. On Wednesday, December 11th we will have our Residence Open House. This is a very fun event where staff, students, friends, and family can drop in after dinner for appetizers/snacks, fun activities, and a festive atmosphere. Please join us from 6:00-8:00pm if you can make it in safely. Also, we will be having a staff and student Residence Festive Holiday Dinner on Tuesday, December 17th. This is another great event where students get to dress up, sit down, and have an early Festive Dinner with staff from around the program (Residence, School, Pool, and SHS). After the Festive Dinner the residence is hosting a Christmas movie night in the DNCC. Both of these fun events allow our students the opportunity to practice their social skills in a group setting while enjoying some holiday cheer.

Throughout the month of December, the dorms are attending an outdoor ice-skating trip to Victoria Park. Dorms will also be taking students to look at Christmas Lights around London. Specific information will be sent home by dorm counsellors.

*PLEASE NOTE that all items in dorm rooms need to go home over the Holiday Break! Our wonderful cleaning staff does a major clean of every room over the holidays to help your child be healthy and safe (also gives some a chance to wash their sheets!). If you have any questions or concerns about this, please feel free to contact your child’s primary counsellor, team lead, or residential manager. We look forward to another successful month supporting our students to be successful academically and socially. Hope to see you in December!

Amethyst Residence Team

School Council Corner

Ornament Fundraiser – This year our School Council will be selling Amethyst 2019 ornaments for the holiday season for a $5 (or more) donation. Please refer to the order form recently sent home. All orders due back by Dec. 3rd.

Please join us for our next School Council meeting on Wednesday, February 12th (5:30 pm) being held in the David Neill Centre (DNCC). Please RSVP with Janet Harju if you are planning on attending.

On behalf of our School Council, we wish each of you are very safe and enjoyable Holiday Season!

Student Health Services

Student Health Services (SHS) will be sending all student prescription medications home for the holidays on December 19th.

Please send back required supply/dose of medication upon return on January 6, 2020. If there are any questions, contact Student Health Services between now and December 20th at Ext. 1268.

Thank you!

Susan Tasker (Nurse Supervisor – SHS)

Winter Transportation

During situations of severe weather, we may need to schedule earlier departures from school for safety reasons. In these instances, the bus companies will try to reach you by phone to inform you that your child will be arriving home early. It is very important that the bus company has the most up-to-date contact information to reach you at so they can connect with you as quickly as possible.

Additionally, it is also important for the bus company to know if your child will not be taking the bus to or from school on any given travel day. Contact numbers are listed below:

  • Murphy Bus Lines (London) 519-660-8200 (Phyllis)
  • Voyageur (519) 455-4580
  • Brant Taxi (519) 752-1010
  • Sharp (519) 426-0050

Reminders from Murphy Bus Lines:

  • Bus Drivers will call you if they are delayed or cancelled; No call would indicate that the route is intending to start on time. (Website – www.murphybus.ca)
  • We will post delayed or cancelled routes on Facebook (Murphy Bus Lines) and Twitter.

Emergency First Aid Course

First aid course

Our emergency first aid course offered at Amethyst through the lifesaving society is now complete. We are very pleased to share that all of our student participants learned a great deal, demonstrated enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. The course focused on an overview of Emergency First Aid and provided a general knowledge of first aid principles (i.e. treatment of injuries; CPR; AED devices; choking; bleeding; heart attack).

Congratulations to all of our students who completed the course. We look forward to seeing many of our first aid candidates in our Bronze Medallion program that will be starting soon.

Mike McIlmoyle & David Lewis (Aquatic Instructors)

Social Work Corner

We recently recognized Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week (Nov. 18-22) at Amethyst with daily announcements, classroom activities and presentations. Classroom presentations focussed on the definition of bullying, types of bullying, bullying versus conflict, and methods to address bullying. Here were some of our takeaways:

Definition of Bullying The Education Act defines bullying as an aggressive behaviour that is repeated over time. This behaviour involves a power imbalance between the student that is engaging in bullying and the student being bullied. These behaviours cause harm, whether actual or perceived, and create an unsafe environment for both the targeted students and bystanders.

Types of Bullying

  • Physical (hitting, punching) – This type of bullying should not be repeated. Students are aware they should advise adults immediately after the first threat or incident.
  • Verbal (yelling, name calling)
  • Social (excluding individuals, starting rumors)
  • Written (rude messages written on lockers or bathroom stalls)
  • Electronic (cyberbullying; hurtful comments, memes, or messages; inappropriate use of a personal image(s) without the permission of the owner or individuals in the photo)

Bullying versus Conflict

The students had an opportunity to compare bullying and conflict in various scenarios using the table below:


  • Power Imbalance
  • One side expresses unkind feelings
  • Repeated over time
  • Feeling unsafe/threatened
  • Always tell an adult


  • Argument between 2+ people
  • Disagreement, both or all sides express feelings
  • May not happen often
  • Hurt feelings
  • Can be resolved together

Examples such as sibling disagreements were explained as conflict; whereas continued/overt exclusion of a peer is considered bullying. Although it is a hope that we can successfully work through conflict with our peers, students are always encouraged to seek adult assistance if needed for conflict resolution and friendship restoration.

Ways to Respond to Bullying

Students are encouraged to learn about ways they are able to report bullying at their home school, be it their own bullying experience or a witnessed incident. This may include an anonymous reporting system, speaking with a trusted member of staff, or reaching out to their parents. If bullying is occurring electronically, students are advised to “Stop-Block-Tell”. We stop the behaviour by reporting the comments and deleting them, blocking them from that social media account, and telling an adult as soon as possible. Please remember to always tell you children: telling an adult is not tattling. Tattling is an attempt to get a peer into trouble. Telling is a means of keeping a peer out of trouble. Bullying is a behaviour; the sooner we can help a student discontinue this behaviour, the sooner we can start anew with a positive educational experience.

Melissa Baidoobonso (Amethyst Social Worker)