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 allowed us to offer FULL DAY KINDERGARTEN last year. 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 284 students and a wonderful staff team of 28 – 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 four classrooms and offer parents the opportunity for “seamless” childcare for school-aged students 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 2013-2014 we’ll continue to place a strong emphasis on writing skills using Lucy Calkin’s well-researched Units of study In the Teaching of Writing for our Writers’ Workshops. We’re entering year two of a school-wide focus on math, particularly problem solving. Teachers are using a “Collaborative Inquiry” approach to guide our Professional Learning Community and provide continuity in all classrooms.
As part of our work with Equity and Inclusivity, we begin our third year with the ROOTS OF EMPATHY program. Eight babies and their families and eight trained ROE instructors come regularly to eight classes where the baby is a means of developing true empathy and caring among our students. 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 (barren of all but clipped grass until five years ago) is in the process of becoming a gorgeous “natural 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 are currently in the works. A shade structure and a hill or two are in our plan for the furture. Classroom composting and becoming more energy-efficient are important to us 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. This year we’ve planned monthly School Spirit Assemblies to build school spirit, showcase choirs and provide opportunities for students to share their learning. After school Literacy and Math Clubs are offered. A Homework Club is available for Gr. 4-6 students. Classes participate in “Buddies” programs to support literacy (sometimes numeracy) and build our school community. A strong 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, Behaviour Resource 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 (on the third Tuesday of each month) at 6:00. Our Parent Teacher Group (PTG) plans great activities for students (e.g., Skate Night, Author’s Night, 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 “smart” technology as our school now had WIFI. Currently all classrooms have smartboards and a class set of Ipads is available 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.