Ministry of Education
Provincial and Demonstration Schools Branch

In Touch – October 15, 2021

Date: October 15, 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”.

October is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month. There are some great resources for parents that you can check out at the LDAO site:

A reminder that students must pass the screening tool daily to attend school:

Congratulations to our award winners last week:

  • Evan L. and Haiden K. won the Grit award
  • Nathan A. won the Golden Headset award
  • Collin L. won the Growth Mindset award
  • Mason H. won the Grit and Growth Mindset award
  • Jax G. won the Kindness award

We will be hosting a parent session on Tuesday, October 26th at 5:30 pm on Assistive Technology Tips. It will be presented by Katie Guild, our Assistive Technology Advisor. Please RSVP to janet.harju@ontario.ca if you would like to participate.

Our Individual Education Plans (IEPs) have been sent home today with each student in the communication folders. Please review the IEP, complete the Parent/Guardian checklist on the first page, sign and return 2 copies of the IEP on Monday.

Our Dieleman Fundraiser has started and runs until Monday, October 25th. You can submit orders online or by sending in your orders to the school. Items will be delivered the week of November 15th. Thank you for your support.

If you ordered portraits of your child, they are being sent home today in their packages. If your child was absent or you are unhappy with the current picture, Picture Re-Take Day will be November 16th. If you are having a retake done, please return the current package to the school prior to that date.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

Ms. McHardy

Extended Day and Lodging Update

Hi Parents and Caregivers,

Short and sweet week here at Amethyst! The first Thursday of Snack Bar was a great success. The students brought in money to buy pop, candy, chips, and/or chocolate. Thank you to all caregivers for your support towards the end of the year trip! Another thank you to students Jasmine and Mackenzie for working the first Snack Bar.

Next week in both extended day and student lodging the staff are introducing social skills. Social skills are a variety of social lessons that are taught both formally and informally to students. The first social skill is Self Awareness. Self Awareness focuses on supporting students with knowing different aspects of themselves, such as their interests, strengths, and learning. Self Awareness will be discussed for the next four to five weeks. Caregivers will receive information regarding the lessons by staff at the end of each week.

Wednesday Family Visits Information:

Visits by family members are encouraged to take place outdoors or off-site. Where this is not possible, family visits can take place in the Amethyst switchboard lobby (main entrance), but visitors will not be allowed into the common areas and sleeping quarters of the student lodging. Family members visiting their child within the student lodging buildings will be required to wear a medical mask for the duration of the visit, unless receiving an exemption prior to the visit.

Please email either Janet Harju or your child’s primary counsellor if you wish to go out for family night.

Have a great weekend,

Extended Day/Lodging Team