May 2018 Newsletter

Message from the Principal

The school year is quickly slipping away and we find ourselves, in what educators often refer to as, the last month of school (April/May/June).

Now that the warmer weather is approaching, we have more students riding their bikes to school, riding a scooter, or rollerblading. We strongly encourage all students to wear helmets and appropriate protective equipment. Bicycles should be locked in the bike racks to help ensure their safety. Please remind your child(ren) that bikes, scooters or the use of roller blades is not allowed on school property. This is to protect the safety of all those who are walking.

We continue to ask for your support by not parking in the front semi-circle driveway during the hours of 8:15 – 9:00 a.m. and 3:20 – 3:45 p.m., as this is our bus lane. Thank you for helping to keep this bus lane open during the peak times.

Please send in outdoor boots/shoes for days when the yard is a bit mucky or damp. It helps to keep our classrooms clean for the students and staff. Thank you in advance for your assistance with this.

Grade 3 and Grade 6 EQAO testing is coming up this month. Please try to avoid appointments and time away from school during the following days as much as possible: May 28, 29 and 30th. Thank you for your support during this Provincial assessment.
May 17th from 4:30-5:30 p.m. is our “Welcome to Kindergarten Night” organized by our Early Learning Teams. We are looking forward to seeing many new students and families out for this very special night.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

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

D. Johnson
Interim Principal

Front Driveway- VIP Message

No one is allowed to park at the front of the school during the hours of 8:15 am to 9:00 am and 3:20 pm to 3:45 pm. 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! If 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 Parent Council – May Parent Council Newsletter 2018

Happy Spring from Hamlet Parent Council! Let’s hope we don’t encounter anymore ice storms for the month of May! If you are anxiously waiting to get working in your garden, we are happy to report that the Vesey’s orders will be ready the week of May 7th. Stay tuned for details.

We have also rescheduled Mindfulness 201 with Mike Masse for Wednesday, May 23 at 7 p.m. Just a reminder that 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).  Registration is required and can be done with Ms. Newton in the office. Childcare will be provided with limited space available.

Save the Date! School Council is busy planning our annual Family Fun Night on June 7. There will be some new additions to the event including the auctioning of ‘Themed Gift Baskets’. A hand-out will be sent out this month with more information. We are still in need of some volunteers for the evening so if you have any older kids at home looking to fulfill some volunteer hours please let us know.

The next School Council meeting is on Monday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m. The board trustees- Doug Pratley and Alyson Kent will be joining us to provide updates from the school board and to discuss the fall election. 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 Monday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m in the library.

Fruit Tray Days this month are Wednesday, May 2, Wednesday, May 16 and Wednesday, May 30.

Kiwanis

Wow, what a week it was for the students of Hamlet Public School at the Kiwanis! In all, Hamlet earned 5 first place ribbons, 6 second place ribbons and 1 third place ribbon. The students also earned 4 trophies including the Becca Shaw Trophy, the Doug Mountain Trophy, the Ida Kolman and Malcolm Macbeth. In addition to this, Hamlet also earned 1st class honours with distinction in 5 classes, earning marks over 90%. The junior choir qualified to compete at the Provincial level. Great job Hornets!

Mrs. Wagner’s 2/3 class

A couple of important events celebrated by Mrs. Wagner’s class are shared in attached documents.

Grade 3 Swim to Survive

The grade 3 students are participating in the Lifesaving Society’s Canadian Swim-to-Survive program. The program believes swimming is a life skill that all children need to learn just like fire safety or street-proofing. This program is offered at the YMCA and teaches the children the basic skills to survive an unexpected fall into deep water. Swimming skills are not innate-they need to be taught-and all children deserve the chance to learn. What a great way to prepare our children for the up and coming summer season!

YMCA Program

Hello Families!

Anyone interested in any of our Child Care programs can access our new waitlist 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 krystle_linden@ymca.ca. Reminder to dress for the weather, as we do enjoy getting outside to explore and play!

If you have any school age inquiries please contact me at krystle_linden@ymca.ca or 519-271-0480.

Up Coming Events

May 1 – June online food orders open
May 9 – Dance Showcase – SNSS 7:00 p.m.
May 16 – June online food orders close
May 11 – Famous Character Day
May 17 – Kindergarten Orientation 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
May 17 – Class pictures in the morning
May 21 – Victoria Day
May 25 – Favourite Colour Day
May 28 to 30 – EQAO grades 3 and 6
May 21 – Victoria Day
June 8 (Friday) – PD day
June 29 (Friday) – PD day

You’re Invited!

Mindfulness 201 Workshop to be held on May 23 at 7:00.  More details can be found on this flyer.