April 2019 Newsletter

Message from the Principal

Happy Spring!

March has arrived and we are looking forward to many great things ahead! Our junior mixed basketball team won their tournament, our Chess team has started game play, and our Kiwanis Choirs are well underway. We are very proud of how many of our students are getting involved. We do believe that the more involved our students are in their school and with their peers, the more invested they become in their success as a valued member of an entire school community. We encourage all of our students to get involved!

Our attribute this month is Optimism! We look forward to days that are getting longer, the sun shining brighter and spring is on its way.

Thank you for your continued support of the very important work we do. Your children are precious and as we continue to help them grow and develop in all areas of development; social, emotional and academic we value and appreciate your support of our work. Please continue to communicate with us at Hamlet so we can work together to provide you with the best possible learning environment for your child(ren).

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

Please note that we have been having more challenges with people using 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.-.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.

Drop off/Pick Up and Parent/Visitor Sign In

A friendly reminder that all parents/caregivers/visitors to the school must sign in at the school office. This includes dropping or picking children up, and dropping items off for your children during school hours. Please ensure to say goodbye to your child outside or come to the office if you are needing to enter the classroom. This will ensure for a smoother transition. It is important that we provide you with a visitor lanyard so all staff and students recognize all adults in the building. Thank you for your understanding with this matter.

Yard Supervision

There is no supervision on the school yard before 8:55 a.m. or after 3:35 p.m. Therefore, students may not be dropped off at the school prior to 8:55 a.m.

We request that no toys and games from home come to school as it increases the chance of it getting lost and/or ruined. If students bring these to school they may be held in the office for the day and students may pick up to take home at the end of the day. Thank you in advance for your support.

Student Classroom Placement for 2019-2020

Each year, our staff works as a team to carefully consider future classroom placement for each one of our students. Academic, social and emotional well-being are at the forefront of our decisions. Every year, our teachers take great pride in getting to know each one of their students’ strengths and needs, and provide programming to help support the growth of all students. Each situation has its own set of circumstances, and we appreciate your support in understanding that we are making these decisions based on what we feel would be the best possible placement for academic success for your child, knowing that each one of our teachers has something special to offer all of our students. If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact the office.

Student Illness – Stop the Spread

When a child has been vomiting or had diarrhea, we ask that you help us to avoid the spread of sickness by keeping your child home until they are symptom free for 24 hours. Although your children may feel better first thing in the morning, if they haven’t had time to fully recover, they often feel ill again shortly after they arrive at school. Thank you, in advance, for helping us do our best to limit the spread of easily passed on sickness.

Pink Shirt Day

Each year, schools across Canada participate in Pink Shirt Day. It is a day to open up discussions about bullying, and to wear pink to symbolize that bullying will not be tolerated. This year’s focus was on cyber bullying and being more aware of our behaviour online. Thank you to all that wore pink on Pink Shirt Day and joined in the conversation about bullying. #niceneedsnofilter


School will be closed Friday, April 19th and Monday, April 22nd for the Easter holiday.


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 am and ends at 3:35 pm. 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 the purpose is for the Snack Program at Hamlet Public School and a tax receipt will be issued to you.

Message from School Council

Welcome back from March Break! We are so excited (as you must be too) to welcome in Spring this week. Spring is a busy time for all and School Council is no different. Thank you to everyone that made our Elmira Chicken fundraiser another huge success! In April, we’ll be sending out Vesey Bulb fundraising forms and we plan to have them delivered in time for May planting.

As you know, the kids are getting ready for the Kiwanis Festival and School Council is happy to, once again, provide the funding for the busing. We hope you’ll be able to cheer on our students in person – they’ve been working so hard with Ms. Ross (thank you!).

School Council will also be helping out at the Fundraising Dance to support the Gordon Family on April 4th. We do hope you can come out and show your support. If you are unable to attend, please consider making a donation.

Also coming up, School Council will be holding a Family Games Night on April 30. And we’re planning for our annual Fun Fair, set for May 30th. More info will be available soon for both events, so mark your calendars!

Finally, we’d like to take the opportunity to thank the Nutrition Committee for their weekly commitments to ensure our classrooms have fresh fruit for our growing students. Our school appreciates it!

If you’d like to learn more about School Council, or ways you can help out, please contact Ramona Gornik-Lee or Roxy Rae.

Your School Council Co-Chairs,
Ramona Gornik-Lee and Roxy Rae

Hamlet Junior Basketball

Congratulations to the Hamlet basketball team for winning 6 straight games yesterday to win the tournament. The team displayed excellent team work and we had 10 different players’ score which was far and away the most from any team in the tournament.

Mrs. Wagners – River Safety Workshop

Thank you to the Rotary Club of Stratford for providing funding for UTCA River safety program called ” Stay Safe Near Rivers and Streams ” with Splish and Splash.

Upcoming Events

April 4 – Fundraising dance and silent auction at Hamlet

Dates for 2018-2019 School Year

April 5 (Friday) – PA Day
April 19 – Good Friday
April 22 – Easter Monday
May 20 – Victoria Day
June 7 (Friday) – PA Day
June 28 (Friday) – PA Day