April 2018 Newsletter

Message from the Principal

Happy Spring!

Thank you to staff, students and the parent community for a wonderful welcome and great support as I fill this Interim position. I am truly looking forward to spending time and working with the community of Hamlet PS.

With spring comes a lot of rain and some very muddy yard conditions. We encourage students to wear rubber boots on wet days and for several days following a rainy session. In addition, if you have slush pants to help keep your child(ren) clean and dry, that too would be most helpful.

Just a few of the items for this month, students will perform at Kiwanis and have participated in the annual elementary Chess Tournament Perth County held yesterday. The Hamlet Chess team played very well. Vaniya, in Ms. Campbell’s class, placed 4th in the individual champion category.

Congratulations to all our participants. In addition, our Book Fair is planned for April 11th and 12th. It is great to see so many and varied opportunities for our students.

Please contact us at the school if you have any questions or concerns – 519-271-2826.

D. Johnson, Interim Principal


Please note that we have been having more challenges with people parking in the bus drop off zone, particularly but not exclusively when it is raining. This must be kept clear and not used during the following times: 8:15 a.m. to school start up at 9:05 a.m. and again at 3:20 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Please note that a fine can be laid for people using the zone during these times. For the safety of our students do not use this Bus Loading Zone during these times.

Front Driveway – VIP Message

No one is allowed to park at the front of the school during the hours of 8:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m and 3:20 p.m to 4:00 p.m.

This is imperative as we need room for the bus to drive through during these designate times. There is a sign that states this as well. We will be requiring you to move and we will enforce this with everyone as the bus lane must be kept clear at these times.
Please assist us by mentioning to anyone who may be responsible for picking up or dropping off your children. We thank you for co-operation in advance!

We request that no toys and games from home come to school as it increases the chance of it getting lost and/or ruined. No trading cards, bay blades or any toys that promote violence or inappropriate play will be allowed. If students bring these to school they will be held in the office for the day and student may pick up to take home at the end of the day. Thank you in advance for your support.

Please be aware of the following guidelines for Hamlet

• Due to life threatening allergies, we ask that our families send lunches that are nut free. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
• In the nice weather, I know many of you walk with your child and the family pet. Unfortunately, we cannot allow dogs on our playground. With all of the noise and confusion on the school yard, we cannot take the chance of having a dog on the yard. This ensures the safety of the children and also protects your dog from an unfortunate incident. Thank you for leaving pets off the school grounds.
• Yard supervision begins at 8:55 a.m. and ends at 3:35 p.m. Children should not be dropped off before or picked up after these times.
• Our snack bin program accepts donations! lf you would like to donate healthy, non­ perishable food items, that would be great! Just please remember they must be nut free. You can also donate by sending a cheque to the school, made payable to The Foundation for Education. Please make a note on the cheque indicating the purpose is for the Snack Program at Hamlet Public School and a tax receipt will be issued to you.

Message from School Council – April Parent Council Newsletter 2018

We were so proud of all the students and staff for their preparation of a surprise farewell assembly for Mrs. Drinkwalter. The entire school sang a lovely rendition of ‘You are my Sunshine’ and many tears were shed! We wish Mrs. Drinkwalter the best as she embarks on this new adventure. We also would like to welcome Mrs. Johnson as our interim Principal and look forward to working with her.

Thanks to everyone who came out to join us for the Hamlet Movie Night. The children enjoyed watching ‘Cars 3’ in their pj’s with their peers. Thank you to all our parent volunteers who helped put this event together. At the end of March, the children also enjoyed a surprise Smoothie Day organized by the Nutrition Committee with the help of our friends at JuicedUP! The kids enjoyed a tropical inspired dairy free smoothie with some hidden spinach.  They were a hit!

We are looking forward to Kiwanis Music Festival this year from April 9 to 13. School Council subsidizes bussing for this event so that our children can attend.

Are you getting excited to plant your garden? At the end of March you should have received our spring fundraiser with Vesey’s Bulbs. With this fundraiser 50% of the funds raised come back to your school. Unfortunately, with the large number of items available we were not able to post this online so please make sure you have your order forms in the office by Friday April 6, 2018.

Looking to take your mindfulness practice to the next level? Join us for Mindfulness 201 with Mike Masse Saturday, April 21st at 9:30 am. Weren’t able to make the first session in November? Don’t worry! This session is for everyone. Mike will recap Mindfulness 101 before exploring ways to continue self-care as a parent and for your child(ren). More information will be sent home in the coming weeks. Registration is required and can be done with Ms. Newton in the office. Childcare will be provided with limited space available.

The next School Council meeting is on Monday, April 9th at 6:30 p.m. in the library. Please join us and don’t forget childcare is available upon request. Fun Fair meeting follows at 7:30 p.m.

The next Playground Committee meeting is on Wednesday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the library. Nutrition Days this month are Wednesday, April 4 and Wednesday, April 18.

Your Co-Chairs, Ramona & Roxy

Grade 3 and 4 students

The grade 3 and grade 4 classes were fortunate to have each received a fully funded art workshop from the Foundation for Education. The workshop was titled “Improvisation- A World Without Scripts”, by Stacy Smith. The children thoroughly enjoyed this active workshop where they had opportunities to express themselves in game situations. It was a fun filled 90 minute curriculum related drama workshop that explored narrative one word storytelling, using status to create scenes and performance.

YMCA Program

Hello Families!

Anyone interested in any of our Child Care programs can access our new waitlist at this Child Care Services website. Please call if you have any questions!

If you are interested in the School Break PA Day Program please contract Krystle Linden at 519-271- 0480 or krystlelinden@ymca.ca

Reminder to dress for the cold and wet weather, as we do enjoy getting outside to explore and play!  If you have any school age inquiries please contact me at krystlelinden@ymca.ca or 519-271-0480

Reading Corner

Whether your child is just starting out or can already read and write, there is always room for more learning. As your child grows older, he or she will enjoy new opportunities and new successes because a first teacher – you – took the time at home to actively talk, play and listen. All this helps reinforce what your child learns at school.

lt may seem obvious, but it is as important to listen as it is to talk with your child. Children develop the skills for reading and writing through both talking and listening. You help your child learn about how words work when you:

• Sound out letters in print, such as signs on the street

• Sing word games in which your child replaces beginning sounds to make new, funny words

• Invent spelling by using the letters your child knows to spell new words

Math Minute

Build strong, positive attitudes about math. When children feel positively engaged and successful, they are more likely to stick with an activity or a problem to find a solution. Begin with activities that meet your child’s level of mathematical understanding. Early success in solving problems will build your child’s confidence. Gradually move to activities that provide more challenge for your child.

Have your child count toys, kitchen utensils, items of clothing as they come out of the dryer, collections (such as stickers, buttons or rocks) and any other items your child shows interest in counting.

Mix it up! Have your child count a set of objects but start at different places in the set (for example, start counting in the middle of the set rather than at the beginning). This helps to develop the idea that the counting of objects can begin with any object in a set and the total will still be the same

Up Coming Events

April 9 – Food orders open on-line April 9 – 13 – Kiwanis
April 13 – Twin Day
April 11 & 12 – Book Fair
April 18 – Food orders close on- line
April 26 – Decades Day (SO’s, 60’s, 70’s or 80’s)
April 27 – PD Day
May 17 – Kindergarten Orientation 4:30- 5:30

Dates for 2017-2018 School Year

April 27 (Friday) – PD day
May 21 – Victoria Day
June 8 (Friday) – PD day
June 29 (Friday)- PD day