September 2018 Newsletter

Welcome Back!

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome everyone to the 2018-2019 school year! It is always a great feeling to see the students and staff on the opening day of school. There is always a mixture of excitement and nervousness, for everyone.

You may have notice the wonderful condition of our school. Ms. Watson and Mr. Ebel put in a great deal of work to clean and polish our school to get it ready for the start of the school year. They have created a wonderful work and learning environment for our staff and students. Let’s all do our part to keep the school clean and looking so good. Thank you to the teachers and staff who have spent countless hours preparing and organizing the classrooms for the year. Please understand that class assignments were made thoughtfully based on a variety of factors, and your child’s placement is deemed to be final.

We welcome the S.O.A.R. program to Hamlet. The program welcomes students Grade 4-6 who have been identified as gifted through an individual placement and review committee. We look forward to welcoming some new faces here at Hamlet!

Finally, thank you Noelle Newton, our office manager, for all of her hard work getting and keeping the office prepared and organized. I would urge you to take every opportunity this year to get involved in your child’s education. We all want our children to be successful. It is known that when parents get involved their children are more motivated, have better behaviour in the classroom, and achievement levels increase. Please consider your child’s education to be a shared responsibility, your support is always welcomed and needed.

Hamlet welcomes some new staff to the team. Nicole Montgomery joins us teaching prep coverage K-3, Melanie Douglas teaching Grade 1, Melissa Mari teaching Grade 6, Erin Henderson teaching kindergarten and Janet Goddard teaching S.O.A.R.

The start-up for every school year includes a great deal of paperwork and permission forms. Thank you for returning these in a timely fashion and making revisions where necessary.

Throughout the year it is very helpful if we have updated information in case we need to get in touch with you in case of emergency. It is necessary to ensure that every student has a contact person other then you the parent in case we need to reach someone. Please ensure that you have an emergency contact that we can reach in case of an emergency.
I invite you to think about becoming involved in the wonderful Hamlet Public School Council.

We have our meetings in the library of the school. School Councils act as advisory bodies to the school and also support the school through various fundraisers and events throughout the school year. It is an excellent way to become involved in your child’s education.

Together, we are looking forward as Hamlet Public School staff to making this a great 2018-2019 school year.

Sincerely,
A. Crummer – Principal

School Organization – Staff List

Erin Henderson – JKA/SKA
Kurt Gough/Kim Tune – JKB/SKB
Melanie Douglas – Gr. 1
Kim Wagner – Gr.½
Marcey Ernest – Gr. 3
Stephanie Famme/Monica Genee – Gr. 4/5
Cheryl Chapman – Gr. 5/6
Melissa Mari – Gr. 6
Erin Fortune – SERT
Monica Genee – French
Nicole Montgomery – Prep
Tanya Ross – Music
Joann Christian – TRA
Ilene Blackman – EA
Genevieve Hartman – EA
Kelsey Johnston – STRIVE
Carrie Wilson – DECE
Kim Tune – DECE
Bonnie Watson – Head Custodian
Neal Ebel – Custodian
Noelle Newton – Office Manager

Donations

It is with great appreciation that we thank our local Canadian Tire Stratford for assisting a staff member at Hamlet Public School. What a wonderful way to start the school year with such kindness from the community!

We are very excited to announce that our weekly food and nutrition program will continue this year. In order for this to continue, we need parent volunteers. If you are interested in making a donation to the snack program, or volunteering your time, please contact parent council.

Safe Arrival

If your child will be absent from school we would appreciate a phone call before 8:50 a.m. If no phone call is received, we will make every effort to contact you, including phoning your place of work. The school has an answering machine so you can phone at your convenience 519-271-2826.

Student Supervision

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.

Attendance

Regular attendance is essential for student success. Please advise the office if your child will be absent of late arriving to school. When arriving late, students must report to the office for an admit slip.

Character Corner

Character Attributes by Month
September = Respect
October = Empathy
November = Courage
December = Compassion
January = Responsibility
February = Perseverance
March = Optimism
April = Honesty
May = Fairness
June = Integrity

The character attribute for the month of September is “Respect” – Valuing self, others and the world.

Student Planners

Students in Grades 3 to 6 will receive a student planner to help organize their time and school work. Students will record any homework and projects, due dates and other important information and dates. Students will receive their planner at no cost as the School Council pays for the planners. They are expected to take them home each day after school and bring it back to school each day.

Code of Conduct

All classroom teachers will review with their classes, in age-appropriate language, the Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct applies to all students, staff, parents and guests, and sets out reasonable expectations for behaviours, and potential consequences for inappropriate behaviours.

Use of Technology (iPads, Computers etc.)

Your child’s teacher will discuss with the students what is acceptable and/or unacceptable use of technology at school. Technology and the Internet are to be used as a learning tool, and deliberate access to inappropriate sites on the Internet, or inappropriate use of communication tools available over the Internet are subject to consequences.

  • Computers and iPads are to be used for school related purposes only; no personal emails or communications.
  • Students may only access “appropriate” sites.
  • All language must be socially acceptable and appropriate
  • No one will interfere with or alter the work of another person.
  • Students will only log on to the system using their own access logins and passwords.
  • Students’ work is subject to monitoring by school staff.

Electronics, Phones and Money

We encourage exercise and group games during our 20 minute play breaks. Playground equipment such as balls, scoops and frisbees, are provided. We ask that children do not bring money, valuables or expensive items from home. The items can be easily broken or lost, they can often lead to disagreements among students, and not everyone is in a position to own them. The school will make an effort at recovery, but the school staff are not responsible for lost/stolen/broken items.

Students will be reminded that they must go home with the items that they bring. Trading cards, toys or other collectibles will not be permitted. Personal phones are acceptable but must be turned off at school. We do not permit access to social media, texting or phone calls through personal or school devices. Any necessary communication will occur via the office or classroom telephones.

Snack Program

We are very excited to announce that a nutritious snack program will continue this year. We welcome donations and thank you for supporting the program through your donations.

Administration of Medication

If at any time during the school year your child requires medication to be administered while she/he is at school, please advise the office so the appropriate forms can be sent home and completed ahead of time. Medication will not be administered until the forms are completed and signed by the parent or guardian.

Sabrina’s Law and Anaphylaxis

In January 2006, Sabrina’s Law came into effect. This law requires school boards to have emergency procedures in place to deal with incidents of anaphylaxis and to provide training for all staff. With support from the Perth District Health Unit, school principals provide their staff, annual training in the administration of EPI-Pens to treat anaphylactic reactions. In cases where a student is anaphylactic, parents/guardians are expected to provide an EPI-Pen(s) for their child to carry with them at all times during the school day.

Parents/Guardians must also work with the school to develop an Individual Medical Management Plan that outlines emergency procedures for their child. In accordance with Sabrina’s Law, all schools have been provided with 2 generic EPI-Pens. These EPI-Pens are being provided to support schools in responding to a medical emergency for an anaphylactic student for whom the school has an Individual Medical Management Plan and Emergency Procedure in place. Also, in accordance with Sabrina’s Law, Schools must administer an EPI-Pen when a student is suspected of suffering an anaphylactic reaction even if no Individual Medical Management Plans exists. If you are aware that your child is allergic to epinephrine or if you have concerns, it is suggested that you contact the principal.

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.
  • Please do not pull in the front circle during school entry and exit times. This is a bus zone loading only.

School Council

Welcome to the start of a new year at Hamlet!

School Council is excited to start planning fun new experiences this year, and of course return with some of our Hamlet family favourites.

School Council Co-chairs: Roxy Rae and Ramona.

Upcoming Events

September 4 – First Day of School
Food Orders Online – September 11
September 19 – Open House 5-6:30 PM
Food Orders Close – September 19
September 28 – PD Day

Dates for 2018-2019 School Year

September 4 – First Day of School
September 28 – PD Day
October 8 – Thanksgiving
November 2 – PD Day
December 7 – PD Day
December 24 – January 4 – Winter Break
February 1 – PD Day
February 18 – Family Day
March 11 – March 15 – March Break
April 5 – PD Day
April 19 – Good Friday
April 22 – Easter Monday
May 20 – Victoria Day
June 7 – PD Day
June 28 – PD Day

Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance

For your convenience, we’ve made arrangements for families to voluntarily purchase student accident insurance through the Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance program, underwritten by Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc. (iA Financial Group).

Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance offers protection against the unexpected costs of injury from accidents, and is especially valuable for families who:

  • do not have medical or dental plans,
  • have limited plans, as it may help supplement health and dental benefits, or
  • have active children who enjoy sports and outdoor activities.
  • For complete plan details, please visit kidsplus.ca.

YMCA before and after school program

Welcome back. My name is Krystle Linden and I will be the Supervisor for the YMCA before and after school program at Hamlet this year. Unfortunately our program is currently full. If are still needing care you can get on the waitlist by creating an account at onehsn.com/stratford

PA Day care is available on a first come first serve basis via a registration process. See a YMCA Educator for the forms or email me at Angela.Charbonneau@sp.ymca.ca and I am always available by phone at 519-271-0480 ext 227

Krystle Linden R.E.C.E
Child Care Supervisor
YMCA Playing to Learn Champion
YMCA of Stratford-Perth
204 Downie Street. Stratford ON. N5A 1X4
519-271-0480, krystle.linden@sp.ymca.ca

From the Office

Students going away on vacation need to provide a note from parents stating the duration of the vacation. The teacher is then to provide the student with work expectations while they are away. This is a ministry requirement that a program of instruction be provided to a student. If there is no note on file and the vacation is an extended one there is the chance that the truancy officer will become involved as per consecutive absence policy.

Update from the Stratford Police

Please ensure that you are not parking in the “no parking” zones on Church St. as well as the “no stopping” zones on Birmingham or you may be ticketed. This area will be closely monitored throughout the remainder of the school year. Thank you for your cooperation.

Food Orders and School Cash

All food orders will be available online.

This September there will be the option to purchase pizza and subs for the school year for School Cash online parents.

For new junior kindergarten parents, I will send home the information to sign up for school cash on-line early next week as I need to get the student numbers for the incoming students.