November Newsletter

Principal and Vice Principal’s Message

Now that progress reports are behind us and you had the opportunity to speak with your child’s teacher(s), we take time to celebrate the students’ hard work and move forward with the task of furthering their academic growth. As discussed at the interviews, your child’s teacher has determined what needs to be done to help him/her improve and they value the support you give them in this endeavour. The importance of that support cannot be stressed enough. You are indeed a vital part of the academic growth of your child! To that end, it is important to understand that you do not need to wait until formal interview times to speak with any of our staff members. If there is ever a question or concern, we encourage you to contact the appropriate teacher. Thank you for your support!

Kindergarten Registration

Calling All Three Year Olds Kindergarten Registration will take place at Anne Hathaway on Friday, November 24th for all children eligible for Junior and Senior Kindergarten in September 2018.

Lost & Found

This Friday, November 10 is the last day to collect “Lost and Found”.  After that, all items will be donated to a local charity. Please stop by to browse through the items if you are missing anything from home.

We Scare Hunger Food Drive

Thank you to all who donated non-perishable food items to our We Scare Hunger Food Drive. Thanks to your generosity, more than 600 food items were donated to the House of Blessing. What an awesome example of the compassion and generosity of the Anne Hathaway community. Well done, Hawks!

Using Math At Home

As you know, we are focusing our efforts on improving math achievement this year. As such, we would like to engage you at home in our efforts as well. Here are a few practical tips to incorporate math into your daily lives:

  1. Look for opportunities to count, add, subtract, multiply or divide Count the number of green tiles on the floor of the grocery store or the number of cracks you walk over on the sidewalk. Once children are able to count, look for opportunities to allow them to extend that knowledge. On a drive or a walk you might say, “I see two geese on this side of the lake and three geese on the other side. How many geese does that make?” With older children, provide more challenging opportunities; “These ski boots are 10% off at Eaton’s but $10 off at Sears. Which ones will make a better deal?”
  2. Look for opportunities to problem-solve Grocery shopping and other routine situations provide many opportunities for mathematics. For example, asking your children to draw up a list of groceries needed for a camping trip can involve calculating days, meals, cost per meal, total cost, etc. Calculating the amount of paint needed to paint a child’s bedroom or the weight and/or monetary value of candies collected on Halloween provide other examples of problem-solving activities in the home.
  3. Use open-ended questions to sustain math talk as long as possible Math talk means talking about mathematical ideas and open-ended means being ready with questions that allow for multiple routes to solutions. Wonder out loud how much money you would have if you had saved a dollar every day since your child was born. Estimate how many acorns have fallen on your lawn in the fall. Sustaining the talk as long as possible is the key.

Picture Retakes

Photo retakes for those who need them will take place on Friday, November 24.

Scholastic Book Fair

A huge thank you to everyone for making this Book Fair one of the best ever!  Sales were awesomely awesome – which means the school received back 60% of the total sales for new books.  Watch out for them in your Classrooms as well as in the Library soon! The lucky winner of the “Free Book Draw” was Ruth from Mrs. Ryan’s kindergarten class! Ruth received $25 of books and her classroom received $25 of books! Keep on reading, Hawks!

Elmira Chicken Fundraiser

Just a reminder that chicken will be delivered to the school on November 10 and will be available for pick up in the school gym from 3-4 p.m.

Remembrance Day Ceremony

Students and staff will respectfully observe Remembrance Day with a school ceremony on Friday, November 10 at 10:30. Students have been reminded of the expectations during this ceremony as we pay respect to those who fought and continue to fight for our freedom.

Christmas Concert

This year, Ecole Anne Hathaway will be presenting, Snow Biz, for our annual holiday concert. All students in Kindergarten through Grade 6 will be participating in this spectacle on Tuesday, Dec. 12 and Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 12 noon. The performance should not be more than an hour long. For families who are coming over their lunch breaks, food is welcome to be consumed in the gym. Please remember that we are a nut free facility.

Stay tuned for more updates.

Should you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Pearson, Music Teacher (kendra.pearson@ed.amdsb.ca).

Spirit Wear

As you are likely aware, we are selling Anne Hathaway clothing. We have hoodies, sweatpants, golf shirts, t-shirts, long sleeve tees, shorts and toques available for purchase. This is a great way to show off your school pride and spirit. Orders must be received no later than Tuesday, November 21. All clothing will be delivered in time for Christmas if you would like to make it a gift. Samples are available at the school for viewing and sizing. Orders can be completed using SchoolCash Online. Please note this is not a fundraiser; rather, it is a way to build on our Hawks pride.

A Word From The YMCA…

Hello YMCA Families!

I hope everyone is settled into school and their Child Care spaces.

Anyone interested in any of our Child Care programs can access our new wait list at https://onehsn.com/stratford Please call if you have any questions!

A reminder that weather is getting cooler to please dress your children for outdoor play!

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

PA Day November 3rd 2017

PA Day December 1st 2017

Christmas Break December 27th 2017 until January 5th 2018

To register for any of these please contact Krystle Linden by e-mail at krystle_linden@ymca.ca or by telephone at 519-271-0480

For other school age related inquiries please contact Jenn Davis, Ashley Rose, Krystle Linden or Maggie Curtis.