Ministry of Education
Provincial and Demonstration Schools Branch

In Touch – October 8, 2021

Date: October 12, 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)

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”.

Wishing each of you a relaxing and restful Thanksgiving weekend with family and friends!

Congratulations to our award winners last week:

  • Rebecca J. won the Grit award
  • Shawn Y. won the Golden Headset award
  • Ms. Dalzell’s class won the Grit and Growth Mindset award
  • Spiro Z. won the Kindness award

We will be hosting a parent session on October 26th at 5:30 pm via Zoom:

Amethyst Assistive Technology Tips, presented by Katie Guild.

When your child is at home, joining learning remotely or trying to complete homework, you may be unsure how to best support them with their technology. This session will provide you with an overview of some of the tech tools your child uses and will give you a better understanding of how the following tools support them with reading and writing:

  • Read and Write for Google Chrome
  • Speech to Text
  • Text to Speech

Please RSVP to janet.harju@ontario.ca if you would like to participate.

Our Individual Education Plans (IEPs) are being created and will be available on Thursday, October 14th. The IEPs will be sent home with each student on Friday, October 15th in the communication folders. If you would like a digital copy on October 14th please let us know.

Our Dieleman Fundraiser is starting. The catalogue and order form have been sent home in the communication folder. You can submit orders online or by sending your orders to the school. All orders need to be submitted by Monday, October 25th. Funds raised will be used to enhance the student experience here at Amethyst. Thank you in advance for your support.

Students must pass the screening tool daily to attend school:

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

Below are some reminders from the screening tool. Please contact the school to report any absences.

You must stay home if you have COVID-19 symptoms or are waiting for test results after experiencing symptoms.

Everyone in your household (unless they are fully vaccinated) must also stay home until you get a negative COVID-19 test result, or you are cleared by public health, or you are diagnosed with another illness. Get a COVID-19 test (not a rapid antigen test) if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are a contact of a known COVID-19 case.

Anyone who is sick or has any symptoms of illness, including those not listed in this screening tool, should stay home and seek assessment from their health care provider if needed.

Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!

Ms. McHardy

Student Homework and Lodging Update

For the week of October 4th to 7th in both student lodging and the extended day program we have focused heavily on table manners at dinner. During Amethyst dinner we do not allow students or staff to be playing on their devices and encourage conversation during this time. Students and staff talk about their day, school, interests, and favourite foods. We wait for the whole dorm to finish eating before leaving the table and ensure all chairs are pushed in.

Extended Day students have been working hard on their homework during this time. This week, when students completed their homework, they had the opportunity to play in the gym. Activities in the gym included dodge ball, basketball, racket ball, and camp games. Students also played pool and ping-pong in the games area.

Next week in student lodging we are opening up a “Snack Bar” on Thursday nights run by secondary students and staff. Snack Bar sells pop, chips, candy, and chocolate for students to treat themselves for Thursday night movie night! All proceeds go towards the end of year trip for students. Students typically spend $3.00 to $5.00 on treats. Snack Bar supports both secondary and elementary with financial social skills. Once secondary students show responsibility with running Snack Bar, they can start to earn volunteer hours.

Have a great weekend,

Student Homework/Lodging Team