November 2018 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

What a wonderful fall we have had thus far! This month, we are looking forward to welcoming our 2019-2020 kindergarten students to our Calling All Three Year Old program on Wednesday, November 7th. If you have a child born in 2014 or 2015, or know someone who does have a child born in those years, please contact the school and we can book an appointment for registration.

Our Remembrance Day ceremony on November 9th, will take place in the gym at 10:00 a.m.for all students. Parents and community members are invited to this assembly as well. A big thank you goes to Mrs. Ross and the classroom teachers for all their hard work with our students for this ceremony.

Our next School Council Meeting is Monday, November 5th at 6:30 p.m. New members are always welcome.

As always, if you have any questions, concerns or celebrations, please do not hesitate to contact me at the school.

Sincerely,
Mrs. Crummer

School Council – November Newsletter

It’s unbe-leafable it’s November already! School Council is back in the swing of things with our many activities to support our students. The nutrition committee has been working hard preparing fruit bowls and snack bins weekly as well as arranging fruit trays twice a month. Fruit Tray days are the first and third Wednesday of the month.

Thank you to all the families who supported our MacMillan’s fundraiser! We were thrilled with the enthusiastic response. Stay tuned for our Poinsettia/Holiday arrangement fundraiser this month.

We were so excited to see our students participate at Cross Country in their new Hamlet pinnies purchased with funds raised through school council – the kids looked awesome! And thank you to Johanna, Trish and Angela for working the food booth at the Wildwood Cross Country Meet, with proceeds going towards our playground improvements.

Speaking of the playground, the committee is exploring options for a new play structure and is starting their fundraising efforts with our first official playground fundraiser is on November 12th from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Boston Pizza. Get your tickets on School Cash Online or see Noelle in the office. Invite family and friends! Silent auction will be on site for some early Christmas gifts! Limited tickets available.

If you’d like to learn more about our plans for the playground please join at our next meeting – November 5th at 7:30 p.m. Contact Roxy Rae at: adamroxy07@gmail.com for more information.

A reminder of other upcoming school council fundraisers (should you wish to participate):

  • Poinsettias in November
  • Elmira Chicken in January,
  • A dance party in late winter
  • Vessey Bulbs in the spring
  • Our annual Fun Fair in May

If you’d like to get involved with any of these fundraisers, please let us know – we love help! All fundraisers contribute to enhancing the student experience and help pay for items – like new playground equipment, bussing for Kiwanis and subsidies for class activities.

Our next council meeting is November 5th at 6:30 p.m. with a Playground Committee meeting immediately following. All are welcome!

Ramona & Roxy
School Council Co-Chairs

Late Arrival/Dismissal and Alternative Arrangement

All parents/visitors to the school must sign in at the office. This includes parents dropping or picking up children, dropping off items to the children during school hours. In an effort to minimize disruptions to classroom instruction, please call the office and leave a message with Mrs. Newton should you need to pass along information to your child.

A friendly reminder to please check in at the office if you are late. An adult from the building will walk your child to class. Thank you for your cooperation.

Thank you for your cooperation!

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.
  • Yard supervision begins at 8:55 am and ends at 3:35 pm. Children should not be dropped off before or picked up after these times.

Website, Twitter and Facebook

Take a look at our Hamlet website.  Please bookmark the website as there is a lot of valuable information. Also, follow us on Twitter @HamletPS to stay current with some of the happenings and events at Hamlet and surrounding area. Parent Council also have a Facebook Page @HamletPublicSchool.

Monthly Character Attribute

Our character attribute this month is Courage. On Friday, November 9th, we will celebrate the courage of our past, present and future veterans who have given us the freedom that we enjoy today.

Gaga Pit

The Gaga Pit will be closed prior to school entry and immediately following school. Thank you for your understanding!

Volunteering at Hamlet Public School

Parents wishing to volunteer/attend a field trip at the school must have a current police check, for the school or school board, to volunteer at Hamlet Public School. Once a police check is on file then you will be asked to complete a declaration the following year. Please call or stop at the office if you wish more information.

Flu Shot

Families Reminded to Get the Flu Shot and Stop the Spread of Flu

The flu shot is free and recommended for everyone over six months of age.

It’s important to stop the spread of flu to people who may be at risk of health-related complications. Protect yourself and your family by making sure everyone gets the flu shot this year.

Influenza (or the flu) is a respiratory illness that can spread easily from person to person, especially among kids.

This fall, get the flu shot at:

  • Your family doctor’s office
  • All pharmacies in Perth County (ages 5 and up)
  • By-appointment clinics at the Perth District Health Unit in Stratford and Listowel (for families with children under the age of 5). Go to www.pdhu.on.ca/flushot2018 for dates, times and to book an appointment online.
  • Drop-in community clinics in Stratford at Spruce Lodge (Griffith Auditorium), 643 West Gore St. Friday, October 26, 10am-4pm and Thursday, November 8, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    For more information about the flu shot:
  • Visit www.pdhu.on.ca/flushot
  • Call Health Line at 519-271-7600 ext 267 or toll-free at 1-877-271-7348 ext 267
  • Follow the Health Unit on Facebook and Twitter @PDHealthUnit

Water Notice

As part of Avon Maitland District School Board’s strategy to create positive, inclusive learning environments and maximize outcomes for students, we are committed to providing a safe drinking water. AMDSB has been conducting annual water testing for lead for a number of years (each July and August), and systematically flushing water in schools, prior to the start of the school day at all school sites. We want to inform you that we received notice that a water sample result exceeded the 10 ug/L limit and have taken appropriate action, following the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks guidelines and consulting with the local health unit to resolve the issue. Depending on the circumstance, actions may include continuing normal flushing procedures, increasing flushing times, installing a filter or replacing a drinking fixture. If you would like more information, please contact the school.

Peer Helpers

This year at Hamlet we will have some junior students (Grade 6s) out at lunch as Peer Helpers. The purpose and intent of peer helpers is to encourage positive relationships on the yard and in the classroom by helping solve conflicts, helping children cooperate, and encouraging every child to show that they care. Not only will they be helping problem solve on the yard they will also help younger children find friends to play with and learn new activities and games that they can play at recess. We are excited to see the positive relationships that this initiative encourages on our school yard!

Sports News

The 2018 Cross Country season was fabulous! The runners were determined and motivated during training. At the meets, they encouraged and supported one another. A big thank you goes to Mrs. Chapman, Mrs. Mari, Mrs. Ernest, Mrs. Douglas for all the time they put in making sure runners at various races were ready. Mrs. Ernest & Mrs. Chapman also organized the event Mrs. YT volunteered and was a valuable helper with lots of knowledge! We were so lucky to have your support at Ben Miller, Wildwood and Pat Cook!

Photo Retake Day

Student photo retake day is scheduled to take place on Friday, November 19th, 2018. Photo retakes are for students who need their photo retaken, or for any students who were absent from school at the previously scheduled time.

Book Fair

We sold enough books to earn our library and school $930. Our library will enjoy the addition of more current and new books this year!—thank you to those who participated, it was a successful book fair.

Calling all Three Year Olds (CATYO)

Kindergarten registration for the 2019-2020 school year, at Hamlet Public School, is Wednesday, November 7 in the morning. Please call the school, 519-271-2826 to schedule a time for you and your child to come and meet with screeners and a kindergarten teacher and DECE.

Reminder

Families interested in Before and After school Childcare programs, should complete the online survey no later than December 1st. The survey is available on the AMDSB website.

Should you require a copy of the survey, please contact the school.
We appreciate your assistance as we determine the feasibility of offering such programs.

Before and After School Program

As part of our ongoing commitment to make the school day as seamless as possible for our families, we ask parents/guardians to share their tentative childcare needs for September of the next school year (2019) by completing an online survey. The survey will be available October 1, 2018 and can be found on the AMDSB website

Families that are interested in Before and After school programs for their Junior/Senior Kindergarten children and/or grade 1 – 6 children are asked to complete the survey by December 1, 2018.

We appreciate your assistance as we determine the feasibility of offering such programs.

If you require a paper copy, please contact the school.

Ms. Wagner’s Grade 1 and 2 students are looking for more juice caps to add to our recycled indoor/outdoor creative play collection.

We are in need especially of blues, greens, purples and pinks.

We really appreciate your help developing enough that lots of students can play together designing something fun. This is affordable and easy to have for an indoor or black top recess activity.

We store these in 4 L vinegar containers so if you have any of those as well we would love to have them.

Upcoming Events

November 1 – Evening teacher interviews
November 2 – PD Day – morning teacher interviews
November 7 – 2019-2020 Kindergarten Registration in the morning at Hamlet Public
School
November 9 – 10:00 a.m. Remembrance Day Assembly
November 12 – December Food Orders open online
November 20 – December Food Orders close online

Dates for 2018-2019 School Year

November 1st – Interviews in the evening
November 2 – Interviews AM and 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