Ministry of Education
Provincial and Demonstration Schools Branch

In Touch – September 17, 2021

Date: September 17, 2021 | 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 (Manager of Student Living)
Ms. Angela McHardy (Principal)

September 17th, 2021

Amethyst’s mission is to provide a safe place where students, families and staff find support to learn, grow, discover and ultimately “Believe in Themselves”.

Each week we celebrate at the end of the week with a school wide meeting. Selected students are recognized and presented with:

  • Golden Boots – this award is presented to students who demonstrate Grit through their perseverance and hard work to reach their goals.
  • Hard Hat – this award is presented to students who demonstrate a Growth Mindset. They believe they CAN do things and they look at mistakes as opportunities to grow. They are willing to try new things and they have a positive attitude toward challenges.
  • WOW Belt – this award is presented to students who demonstrate both Grit and a Growth Mindset. They have shown a positive attitude and they rise up to challenges.
  • Golden Headset – this award is presented to students who demonstrate success in using technology to support their learning. They are open to trying new and different ways to use the technology and they are willing to help others who run into technology challenges.

Congratulations to Colin S. who was the winner of the Grit Award last week.

On Tuesday, September 28th we have scheduled our school photos. Information has been included in the communication folders. Please return order forms on Monday. At this time students will only have individual photos done. Group photos will take place at a later date if restrictions allow them.

We send a number of things to families electronically. Please check your junk folder if you have not received emails from the school. Please let us know if you require hard copies of information.

Our first Parent Council meeting will be held virtually on Tuesday, September 28th at 5:30 pm. We will hold elections at this meeting. We are still looking for parents who are interested in taking on an active role in our Parent Council. All parents are invited to attend Parent Council meetings. Please return the nomination form if you have not already done so.

Transportation: Please ensure you report all absences to the school office, daily. If your child will not be on the bus, either to or from school, you need to contact your bus company, and the school office. If there are any changes to your contact info, please let the school office know ASAP. If your bus is late, you can contact your company directly – our day students travel with Voyageur – 519-455-4580 and our lodging students travel with Murphy Bus Lines –
519-660-8200
.

If it is necessary for your child to be sent home for any reason, you will be contacted by a staff member. If you receive a call or text from your child directly, ensure you speak with a staff member prior to making arrangements to pick them up. Staff confirmation/approval must be given. Janet Harju is our School Secretary and you can contact her at Ext. 1527 or janet.harju@ontario.ca.

We have had another wonderful week with the students and we wish you all a great weekend!

Ms. McHardy

Student Homework and Lodging Update

Homework time and student lodging students developed a routine of optional break and snack time from 2:45-3:05pm, homework from 3:05-4/4:30pm, cooperative games after homework, and dinner at 5pm. Students have been focusing on Lexia for 40 minutes during homework.

Starting next week the Amethyst community is running a Kindness Program. The Kindness Program is to improve student’s understanding of the power of individual words and actions in the creation of a positive, accepting, safe, and kind school culture. It is used to create a culture of kindness and gives students the opportunity to be inspired, feel empowered, act on what they have learned, then reflect on and share their experiences. The Amethyst community is starting with “TAG! You’re It” cards around the school and student lodging. Once a student receives the card they are to do a random act of kindness. Stay tuned for more fun kindness programs!

Have a great weekend,

Student Homework/Lodging Team

Upcoming:

  • September 24 – Tie Dye Spirit Day- bring a white shirt if you did not purchase one
  • September 28 – Parent Council Meeting, 5:30 pm- please return nomination forms
  • September 28 – School Photos- return order forms
  • September 29 – Terry Fox Run
  • September 30 – Orange Shirt Day

Social Work Corner:

New School and New Friends

Welcome to Amethyst new students, and welcome back to others! We are so excited to have you as a
part of the Amethyst family. Being in a new place and meeting new people can be kind of hard, so here
are a few tips for making new friends, and keeping in touch with old friends:

Types of Friends:

First, there are few types of friends!

  • “Hi-Bye Friends” (Acquaintances): these are people we see in class, or in the hallways. We don’t have to be the closest of friends, but we should always be polite! (e.g., a student in your class!)
  • Regular Friends: these are friends we spend our time with, hang out with or even play X-Box Live with!
  • Best Friends: these are the best of the best! Best friends are ones we share just about everything with, like secrets, interests, and hobbies. They know us better than any other type of friend, especially if we’ve known them for a long time. It’s not about how often we see them, but about how strong our friendship with that person is.

Making New Friends:

  • Start with your acquaintances and get to know them better.
  • Don’t be scared, we’re all new to each other.
  • Find out what you have in common.
  • Most importantly BE YOURSELF because you’re awesome just the way you are.

Keeping In Touch With Old Friends:

  • Start a Snapchat streak so you remember.
  • Ask to hangout on the weekends when you are home.
  • Ask them to visit on Wednesday family nights!
  • REMEMBER! We want to let your friends know that even though we’re away, we miss them and they are important to us.

If you ever need to reach me, feel free to email Melissa.Baidoobonso@Ontario.ca, or call at extension 1587.