31 Huntingdon Ave.
Stratford, ON N5A 6N7
Telephone: (519) 271-2905 Fax: (519) 271-0406
Principal - Janet Jamison
Welcome to Avon Public School
Avon P.S. is located in a quiet, residential area in the west end of Stratford. The original, forty-year old building was designed as a Junior High. Eight years ago it was reborn as a JK-6
school with the addition of a beautiful K-3 primary wing. Additional renovation provided three full day kindergarten classrooms. Avon is a very beautiful and functional single-storey structure with a gorgeous playground and gardens worthy of Stratford’s Communities in Bloom notice! We currently have 310 students and a wonderful staff team of 29 – with room to grow!
Avon follows a “Balanced School Day” schedule (9:00 - 3:20). Three blocks of instruction are balanced with two nutrition breaks and outdoor playtimes, providing optimum learning conditions for students. Before and After School Programs run by the Stratford YMCA operate in three classrooms and offer parents the opportunity for “seamless” childcare for full day Kindergarten students as well as Gr. 1-6 in our building (7:00-8:45 and 3:15 -5:30).
Avon has a rich tradition of academic excellence in the community it serves. Our teachers and support staff believe that ALL students can achieve their potential academically and socially.
In 2014-2015 we’ll continue to place a strong emphasis on writing skills using Lucy Calkin’s well-researched Writers’ Workshop format. Currently our focus for school improvement guiding our teachers’ Professional Learning Community is MATHEMATICS, specifically problem solving and critical thinking. All of our teachers are experimenting with the Inquiry process to provide continuity in all classrooms.
As part of our work with Equity and Inclusivity, we begin our fourth year with the ROOTS OF EMPATHY program. Five babies and their families and five trained ROE instructors come regularly to five classes where the baby is a teacher - helping students developing true empathy and caring. This program is proven to decrease incidents of bullying and playground issues. We also continue to expand our students’ understanding of conservation and stewardship to the environment. Our enormous backyard is in the process of becoming a truly naturalized playscape”. Logs, rocks and “tree cookies” provide “outdoor classroom” spaces. Our students get involved spreading mulch, planting trees and shrubs and expanding our wildflower and Butterfly Gardens. Raised beds for vegetable gardens have been created and this past summer a large shade structure and a hill were created after our yard was tiled so it could be more functional. In year two of Avon’s Natural Learning Campaign we plan to raise funds for a “log jam” climber, a track and pathways as well as an rock amphitheatre. Classroom composting and a focus on the school’s impact on the environment are important as Avon becomes a more eco-friendly, “green” school.
Education in the Arts is alive and well at Avon! We are very fortunate to have a strong music program, producing an annual Junior Operetta in which all students have a role. “Mr. Mac” has been responsible for developing a life-long love of music among Avon students while supporting literacy and numeracy skills. Our choirs always do well at the local Kiwanis Music Festival.
Every month we have School Spirit Assemblies where choirs and student work are showcased and character traits acknowledged with our principal awards. Before/after school Literacy and Math Clubs are offered. A Homework Club is available for Gr. 4-6 students for part of the year.
Classes participate in “Buddies” programs to support literacy/numeracy and build our school community. An Intramural sports program striving for 100% participation is going strong in Gr. 3-6 and variety of extra-curricular activities and sports teams are organized to support the varied interests of our students throughout the year.
Special needs students are supported in classroom settings by our Special Education Resource Teacher and Educational Assistants. Support services (e.g., Speech & Language, Occupational Therapy, Student Support Team) are readily accessed and the services of our School-based Public Health Nurse are available upon request to our families (weekly).
We’re fortunate to have the support of wonderful volunteers from our community; parents, retired teachers, and willing community members assist with reading programs, special
environmental projects and help in classrooms. With a High School nearby, we take advantage of Co-op students, peer mentoring and cross-grade "buddies". Many of Avon’s teachers share their expertise by acting as mentors for practice teachers from several Teachers’ Colleges.
Avon’s active School Council meets monthly. Our Parent Teacher Group (PTG) plans great activities for students (e.g., Skate Night, Movie Nights, Family Dances, Avon Fest) and
provides funding to enhance student experiences (e.g., sponsoring excursions, theatre productions, playground equipment) though last year PTG dedicated their fundraising to our Natural Learning Campaign.
Our school has WIFI. Currently all classrooms have smartboards and several have half class sets of Ipads. Another class set of iPads can be signed out by classes to access and enhance curriculum – always mindful that we want our students to be “producers” not merely “consumers”.
At Avon we know it “takes a community to raise a child” and we value input from parents and community members to help us provide the best education for our students. Please call if you have questions or need more information.
Avon has a beautiful spirit! We invite you to come and visit.
Principal, Avon P.S.