December 2018 Newsletter

Message from the Principal

Season’s Greetings to all of our school families. We hope you are able to enjoy some quality family time over the next several weeks, and have a relaxing Christmas break. Just a reminder that Friday, December 7th is a PA Day for students. The last day of classes for students will be Friday, December 21st, with students returning to class on Monday, January 7th, 2018.

We are looking forward to a very busy month filled with holidays activities, classroom events and excursions, as well as great excitement for the holiday season! This year our holiday concert will feature students from kindergarten to Grade 4 & the Hamlet Dance Team. There will be two opportunities to view our concert this year. The children are performing Charlotte’s Web. Parents are welcome to attend our school performance on Tuesday, December 18th beginning at 12:15 p.m. and our evening performance on Tuesday, December 19th starting at 6:30 p.m. With the night performance being so popular if you are able to attend the day performance it would definitely help with a less crowded gym in the evening. We would appreciate anyone who can assist us in attending the daytime performance.

As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or celebrations please feel free to contact us at the office.

From all of the staff at Hamlet, we wish you and your family safe and happy holidays!!

A. Crummer

Notes from the office

Students are asked to have separate indoor and outdoor footwear. With the arrival of winter weather, outdoor footwear should be winter boots. Your help with having suitable footwear keeps your child more comfortable indoors and outdoors, and helps to keep the floors in the classrooms and gym cleaner, drier and safer.

If Your Child is Ill

We appreciate all those families that make special arrangements to keep their child(ren) out of school when they are ill. It helps to keep the illness out of the school and improves the health of both students and staff. Below are the recommendations from the Health Unit for some common illnesses among school-ages children and whether or not they should attend school.

Colds, Ear Infections, Fifth Disease, Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

Your child can go to school unless they are not feeling well enough to take part in all school activities.

Vomiting and Diarrhea

There are many causes for vomiting and diarrhea. Some can be easily passed on to others, so your child should remain off school for 24 hours after the last episode of vomiting or diarrhea.

Rash with a Fever

Keep them home from school until the fever and rash are gone, unless a doctor has stated that the illness is not contagious.


Your child will need to stay off school until all lesions (spots) are crusted over, which is usually about five days. Chickenpox vaccine is recommended as part of the routine immunization schedule.

Strep Throat and Impetigo

Keep your child home until they have been on antibiotics for 24 hours.

These are only a few illnesses that your child may get. If your child is ill and you are not sure if they need to be off school or not, you can contact the school and ask them to refer to the Guide to Communicable Diseases for Schools about illness and the exclusion requirement.

Message from School Council

School Council Elections were held at our last meeting. Council voted to keep the executive council the same as last year as follows: Ramona Gornik-Lee and Roxy Rae as Co-Chairs, Angela Everett, Treasurer and Kelly Ward, Secretary.

Thank you to our volunteers who were able to run the food booth at the Wildwood Cross Country meet. Every year a school is chosen to handle the sales and the extra proceeds go to the school. This was an unexpected boost to our projected fundraising this year which will be directed to our playground funds.

Thank you to all who supported our MacMillan’s fundraiser in November. This was a new one for us and we were pleased with the results. We look forward to hearing feedback from families at our end of year survey. Just a reminder our Poinsettia’s should be arriving on Dec. 6. We will notify parents about pick up. Stay tuned for our next fundraiser in January –our ever-popular Elmira Chicken!

We look forward to seeing what Mrs. Ross has created for the holiday concert! We will of course be selling treats and photos so please pop by and say hello!

The playground committee has been busy gathering information from different companies. We will be taking some design elements to the students to help identify what features they gravitate to which will help us focus on the various design elements – then we can gather three quotes from three companies (as required by the school board)and focus our fundraising efforts accordingly. Thanks to everyone who came out to support our playground fundraiser at Boston Pizza! If you would like to be involved in the planning of the playground please contact Roxy at

Our next School Council/PIA meeting will be held on January 14th, 2019. New members are always welcome!

Charlotte’s Web Concert News

Come on down to the Zuckerman’s farm to meet Wilbur, Charlotte and all of their friends as they try to think of different ways to save Wilbur’s life. The whole barnyard is singin’……..rooster’s singing tenor, the mule chimes in on bass, the chicks are pretty good altos but the goats are all over the place! From the itsy bitsy spiders, the dancing pigs or the funky chickens, our barnyard musical is a sure way to get your toes a tappin’ this December. With a moo and a baa and a cocka-doodle-do….come meet our friends as we sing…”Yahoo!”

Date: Tuesday December 18th, 2018
12:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Free will donation to support the Gordon family. Pictures from the show will also be available for purchase.

Dressing the Stage for Charlotte’s Web

Students at Hamlet have been working hard on our upcoming show, Charlotte’s Web. To keep costs down we are asking the community for their support in dressing the stage. Here are a list of items we could use for our show. Should you have something that you think we could borrow, please label it carefully and send it in with your child. This year’s theme is a country theme so we are looking for items you may find in a shed or barn. Many, many thanks!

  • cornstalks (20)
  • fake pumpkins
  • old looking apple barrels
  • old wooden crates to sit on
  • old milking jug
  • large fake egg
  • potato sacks
  • milk pail
  • large basket
  • metal pail
  • wooden trough
  • wooden bench (around 4 feet)

Lost and Found

Our Lost and Found box is overflowing!! All items are in the bins l outside the office. On Friday December 21st, we will be donating any unclaimed items to charity. Please check it out before it is gone!

Festive Cheer Drive – November 26 – December 6

According to the Salvation Army, “One in seven Canadian children live in poverty, which means each year thousands of children go to bed on Christmas Eve not knowing if there will be any toys under the tree in the morning”.

Help us make sure every child in our community has a happy Christmas morning by donating a toy to our Festive Cheer Drive at Hamlet Public School.

We will be collecting new, unwrapped toys, all sized pajamas, adult socks, baby clothes, diapers, canned fruit, vegetables and meat as well as gift certificates (for clothing and food), from November 26 – December 6. Hamlet Families are invited to donate a toy that a child of your child’s age and gender would enjoy.

As a School community, we want to ensure we give back to those in our community who are in need.


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Thank you to our Peer Helpers

Every day our Grade 6 Peer Recess Helpers take to the yard to help all of our students at Hamlet have a fantastic recess. They help solve problems, find friends, and organize games. We would like to thank all of our Peer Recess Helpers for making Hamlet a better place during the first part of our school year.

Thank you, Alistair , Keegan, Ben, Charlotte, Olivia, Sam, Brody, Mya, Olivia, Gabe, Julie, Shelby, Taryn, Noble, Jordan, Sophi, Norah, Izzy, Lia and Annan!

Pizza, Sub, and Milk Orders

Reminder orders for pizza, subs, salad and milk for the month of January will be available on school cash until December 13th. If you have not signed up for school cash online we encourage you to do so at SchoolCashOnline

Cross Country

This fall Hamlet had over 40 children from grade 3-6 involved in cross country. the practised daily for 6 weeks and had the opportunity to participate in 3 meets.

Our Regional meet was held at Wildwood. At this meet Hamlet had 18 runner qualify for our district meet. by placing in the top 15 and 6 teams qualified by placing in the top 3. Congratulations to Julie 11, Samantha 15, Quinn 6, Jessica 1, Avery 2, Zoey 10, Ryan 1, Quintin 3, Lev 14, Brody 1, Trypp 2, Joshua 3, Liam 15, Khloe 5, Madison 6, Solenne 12, Grayson 7, and Levin 8. Qualifying teams were 8 yr old boys 2, 8 year old girls 2, 9 yr old boys 1, 10 year old boys 2 and 10 year old girls 1.

Our final meet for the district was held at Ben Miller. Special mention to Jessica who placed 4th and Brody who placed 3rd in their respective divisions.

The coaches would like to thank each and every member of the team for their dedication and sportsmanship to this year’s team. We would also like to acknowledge our many volunteers who allowed us to take such a large team to these events. We look forward to next year!!


The Hamlet Hornet’s Jr. Mixed Volley-ball team went undefeated into the finals yesterday afternoon. There was great sportsmanship by Lia, Julie, Gueveer and Samantha that kept the spirit alive throughout the entire tournament. A consistent, strong effort from Jess, Quintinn, Brody and Ryan racked up the points against each opponent. Heavy serves by Logan, Olivia, Sophi, and Quinn ensured a ticket to the semi finals. It was a nail bitter in the finals, where Tyson and Avery locked down the match with extraordinary game play in each rally. Each player brought great enthusiasm and sportsmanship to the game. A great team effort to win Gold. Well done everyone!!

Pathways Career and Information Fair

When: December 5th, 2018 from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Stratford Rotary Complex
Who: Everyone is welcome!
What is it: Exposure to Apprenticeship, College, University, Workplace The Avon Maitland District School Board Pathways team is joining partners from apprenticeship programs, post secondary institutions, the local workforce and community agencies to showcase options available for students. Students and families will hear about specialty programs such as cooperative education, Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program, Specialist High Skills Majors and Dual Credits through the School/College/Work Initiative. There will be interactive booths as well as the Lambton College trailer with simulation welders.

Up and Coming Events

Food Orders open on-line – December 4th
Poinsettia pickup – December 6th 3:30 – 5:30
Food Order Due/Close – December 13th (no late orders)
Holiday Concert – December 18th (12:15 & 6:30)
Holiday Sock Day – December 19th
Holiday Hat Day – December 20th
Red & Green Day – December 21st
Winter- Break – December 24 – January 4

Dates for 2018-2019 School Year

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