March 2019 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

February included some awesome accomplishments and experiences by some of our Hullett students. I would like to commend and congratulate Mikayla for winning the Lions Clubs International Peace Essay Contest. Mikayla created a very powerful essay entitled, “Kindness Matters”. Mikayla and her family will travel to New York City where Mikayla will present her essay at the United Nations Headquarters for Lions’ Day with the United Nations. All the best, Mikayla. Hullett Central is very proud of your accomplishments!

We also had three students attend a French excursion to St. Donat, Quebec from Feb 20 to Feb 24. This was a great opportunity for participating students to practise their French language skills and also experience the culture in Quebec. Participating students were Jacob,  Jillian and Cassidy. Please see their recap of the trip in this newsletter.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns feel free to come and see me at the school, call me at 519-523-4201 or email me at matthew.robinson@ed.amdsb.ca.

Fraser Institute School Ranking

Recently, The Fraser Institute released their rankings of Ontario schools. We are proud to report that Hullett Central Public School ranked 388th out of 3046 schools. Last year, Hullett scored very well on EQAO – Grade 3: Reading 94%, Writing 97% and Math 94%, Grade 6: Reading 86%, Writing 86% and Math 50%. These averages represent the number of students who met or exceeded provincial average (level 3). EQAO results play a significant role in this ranking. Well done, students and staff!

Meat Calendar Fundraiser

Our very successful Meat Calendar Fundraiser has enabled us to purchase new iPads and Chromebooks for the school. Once again, thank you to our organizers, those who donated prizes and everyone who supported the school. Very much appreciated!

Senior Volleyball

Our senior girls and boys volleyball teams participated at the Central West Tournament on Tuesday, February 26th. Both teams performed well at the tournament. Our boy’s team placed second and our girl’s team placed third. Congratulations to our athletes and thank you to Coaches Caldwell and Gilroy.

Lunch Monitor Training

Our rescheduled Lunch Monitor Training date is Tuesday, March 19th. Hopefully the weather cooperates for us this time!

March Break

Just a reminder that March 11-15 is March Break. Classes resume on Monday, March 18th. I hope everyone has a great break!

Hullett Hawks Leadership Council

Hey Hullett parents and guardians, the Leadership Council is happy to announce that the Valentine’s Dance was a huge success. We’re excited to reveal our plans for an event coming soon! We will keep you posted.

On March 5th, the Leadership Hawks are hosting a Winter Carnival, full of fun games and hot chocolate. Make sure to send your child to school with proper attire according to the weather.

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, we are having a Spirit Day on March 8th. Please send your child wearing green to show school spirit.

Robotics

Mrs. Gerber and Mrs. Wagner are working with a team of Hullett students in preparation for the D&D Automation’s “Battle of the Bots” on April 25th in Stratford. The team is currently working through four mini-challenges that scaffold the coding skills necessary to meet the requirements of the Battle. They have three weeks to work through each challenge before they are provided the solution to the challenge and are given the next challenge. We are excited about this work, and look forward to the battle on April 25th!

Hullett Auction Fundraiser

The annual Hullett Auction will be Friday April 12th at the Blyth Community Centre, 5:30-8:30. The theme this year is “Hop into Spring”. There will be a food booth, games, crafts and the silent auction. Donations will be accepted at the school or by contacting Amanda Anderson at amandaanderson@tcc.on.ca.

St. Donat Trip

A brief recap from Jacob, Jillian and Cassidy …
This trip was an amazing opportunity for us, from the ten hour bus rides to learning about St Donat’s culture and history. For skiing, it took the ski lift ten minutes to get to the top of the mountain and we took 20 minutes to get to the bottom because the mountain was humongous . We also went snowshoeing, skating, tubing, and cross country skiing. We went to different recreational activities where we would speak French, we learned how to order foods in French and at the hotel they would give tickets to people if they could have a conversation with a teacher in French. We think it was a great learning experience and we would recommend this trip.

Food Days and Inclement Weather

First off, let’s hope we don’t have any more bus cancellations or school closures! Moving forward, if there are cancellations or closures on a food day, we will not reschedule and will refund money to families.

Volunteers Needed

We are looking for volunteers to assist with a couple of things. First, we are looking for a volunteer to assist students in our Reading Assistance Program. We are also looking for parent volunteers to help with a Cooperative Games Club.The school has purchase new cooperative games with SAC money and would like to get students playing them. Please contact the school if you are able to help.

AMDSB SchoolMessenger

The Avon Maitland District School Board uses School Messenger for communication to allow us to deliver important information to you via e-mail, phone and text messaging.

SchoolMessenger is intended to enhance our existing methods of communication – not replace them.

To receive text messages you must opt in by texting Yes to 978338 from your mobile device.

Please note – although AMDSB does not charge you for this service, it does not pay for text message charges that may be incurred by you for sending or receiving text messages. Check with your wireless carrier for possible charges.

Types of messages you may receive:

General
• School activities and events
• School Council and other school-related groups/agencies messages
Emergency
• School/District related emergency impacting school district
• Weather-related school delays and closures
• Power outage or other issues during the school day which causes school to end early
• Community emergency impacting families

If you have any questions please contact the school office.

Speech and Story Results

We were very proud of all of our students for the effort they put into participating in the Royal Canadian Legion’s Public Speaking Contest. The school-wide speak-off of classroom winners was held on Thursday, February 28th, 2019 in the gymnasium. Congratulations to the top three finishers in each division!

Upcoming Dates:

March 1: Speeches/Stories (weather date)
March 5: School Winter Carnival
March 8: Spirit Day – Green/Irish Day
March 11-15: March Break
March 19: Lunch Monitor Training
March 21: Grade Eight Grad Photos
April 12: Hullett Auction Fundraiser