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Gator Bites: Week of May 21st

posted May 22, 2018, 6:23 AM by David Willoughby

Good Morning Gator Families!

Congratulations to the Symphonic Winds concert band who performed last week at the National Festival for the very first time. Please see below for a note from the director, Mr. Smith.

Congratulations to our Junior Relay Team who participated in a competition last week at Dr. Frank J Hayden Secondary School! Our Grade 3 Boys Team came in 5th in the finals.

Thank you to all of our families who came out to join us for our Kindergarten Orientation Evening. We had a lot of fun getting to know our new students, playing some fun games and touring classrooms. Thank you to our staff who worked so hard to make this night such a success!!

Some students from Grades 3 to 8 participated in the Festival of Trees Celebration at the Harbourfront Downtown Toronto. Please see attachment for more information and pictures.

Our Grade 4 students went on a field trip today to the Knights of Valour at the Ancaster Fairgrounds as part of their Social Studies inquiry of ancient civilizations and medieval times. They watched some exciting jousting, sword fights and falconry!

Some of our Grade 7 and 8 students took part in the Gauss Mathematics Contest offered through the University of Waterloo’s Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing. This offered our students an opportunity to have fun and to develop their mathematical problem solving ability. We look forward to hearing about your success!!

Reminder: Monday May 21st, 2018 is Victoria Day and all schools will be closed.

We wish all of our families a safe and restful long weekend!

In Partnership,

Maggie Parker, Principal

Bita Watts - Vice Principal

and the Staff of Sam Sherratt

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2018 MusicFest Nationals

The Symphonic Winds travelled to the University of Toronto on Tuesday to perform at the 2018 MusicFest Nationals. They represented Sam Sherratt at the highest level throughout the day, and their performance was nothing short of remarkable! A few words directly from our adjudication panel describing the ensemble included ”poised”, “focused”, and “professional”. Congratulations to the band members on your Silver Award; you earned it together!! It is a pleasure to work with such an amazing group of hard working and dedicated young musicians.

Bravo!

Mr. Smith - Director

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IMPORTANT DATES: Full calendar available on our website

May 21st - Victoria Day - NO SCHOOL

May 22nd - Monday rotary schedule & Pizza Day

May 22 - 24 (periods 1 - 4) Gr.3 EQAO Please don’t book appointments

May 28 - Track & Field

May 29 - 31 (periods 1 - 4) Gr. 6 EQAO Please don’t book appointments

May 29th - JK/SK & Gr 2 Dental Screening

Gator Bites: Week of May 7th

posted May 9, 2018, 12:05 PM by David Willoughby

Good Evening Gator Families!

This week our Grade 8 students, who will be going to Milton District next year, went to visit the school and get a tour, in order to get ready and excited for high school! Students going to Craig Kielburger Secondary School will go for their visit on May 25th.

Our Intermediate Boys and Girls soccer teams have been working hard practicing Monday to Thursday after school with their dedicated coaches. The Gr. 4 - 6 after school Math club has been meeting over the last few weeks to engage in fun math activities. Next Thursday will be their last session. Students have also participated enthusiastically in our Digital Photography, Sphero and MakerSpace Clubs.

Our Equity team, which consists of 4 teachers, attended an Equity Conference this week to present the project that they have been implementing at Sam Sherratt focused on student well-being and sense of belonging.

Reminder: We will host Parent Council on Monday evening beginning at 6:30pm in the learning commons. All parents are welcome.

We were disappointed to cancel our Jump Rope for Heart this week, due to weather. We will be sure to let you know as soon as we have found a new date for the event.

Spirit Wear: Families who ordered Spirit Wear this year should receive their orders by the end of next week. For those families who missed out on the purchase of Spirit Wear, we will open the on-line Spirit Wear Shop again in September.

In Partnership,

Maggie Parker, Principal

Bita Watts - Vice Principal

and the Staff of Sam Sherratt

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"It's Mental Health Week next week, and we will be having a number of events and activities for the students, and staff, to participate in, to help us promote Mental Health!

 

Each May, Canadians in communities, schools, workplaces, and the House of Commons, rally around the Canadian Mental Health Week Association to celebrate and raise awareness about Mental Health.

 

One in five Canadians live with mental health problems or mental illness, but the reality is that five in five of us have mental health - just like we all have physical health. We can all benefit from celebrating, promoting, and acknowledging the role that good mental health plays in living a full and meaningful life.

 

Please remind your child to wear Green on Monday, May 7th in support of our Mental Health Week Kick Off!

If you'd like to learn more about CMHA Mental Health Week please visit http://www.mentalhealthweek.ca for tools and information. "

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Tech Tip of the Month from the HDSB:

Do you know what to do if someone is being cyberbullied? For tips on how to stay safe and private online, visit the Halton District School Board's Technology & You resources at http://www.hdsb.ca or follow the hashtag #TECHandU on Twitter.

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IMPORTANT DATES: Full calendar available on our website

May 7th - Parent council meeting 6:30 pm PARENTS/GUARDIANS WELCOME

May 8th - Gr 6 - Canadian Warplane Museum

May 8th - Pizza Day

May 15th - Symphonic Winds at The Nationals, MusicFest Canada

May 15th - Grade 7-8 Festival of Trees Field Trip at Harbourfront Toronto

May 16th - Grade 3-6 Festival of Trees Field Trip at Harbourfront Toronto

May 16th - Junior Relay meet

May 16th - New JK Kindergarten Orientation 6:00 - 7:15 pm

May 18th - Gr 4 - Knight of Valour

May 21st - Victoria Day - NO SCHOOL

May 22nd - Monday rotary schedule & Pizza Day

May 22 - 24 (periods 1 - 4) Gr.3 EQAO Please don’t book appointments

May 28 - Track & Field

May 29 - 31 (periods 1 - 4) Gr. 6 EQAO Please don’t book appointments

May 29th - JK/SK & Gr 2 Dental Screening

Gator Bites: Week of April 30th

posted Apr 28, 2018, 4:53 PM by David Willoughby   [ updated Apr 28, 2018, 4:53 PM ]

Good Evening Gator Families,

Congratulations to our Speech Competition Winners! Our judges said it was very hard to decide on the winners because there were so many amazing speeches! Our Junior Division Winners: Owen H., Vincent Y. and Tajalli A. and the Intermediate Division Winners: Nabeha H., Humza S. and Sarala E.

Our Grade 7 students took part in a fun and informative trip to the Career Centre where they learned about various careers and what is needed to pursue various professions.

Students in Grades 1 - 5 enjoyed participating in an Anti-bullying Magic Show geared at helping students identify the signs of bullying and know what to do, as well as enjoying the magic and having fun.

Jump Rope for Heart, a reminder that on Thursday May 3rd 2018, we will be participating in our Jump Rope for Heart activities (provided the weather cooperates). Please make sure your students come to school in appropriate gear to participate in jump rope.

In Partnership,

Maggie Parker, Principal

Bita Watts - Vice Principal

and the Staff of Sam Sherratt

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IMPORTANT DATES: Full calendar available on our website

April 30th - Friday rotary schedule

May 3rd - Jump Rope for Heart

May 4th - HEP B & HPV Immunization (PM)

May 8th - Gr 6 - Canadian Warplane Museum

May 8th - Pizza Day

May 15th - Symphonic Winds at The Nationals, MusicFest Canada

May 15th - Grade 7-8 Festival of Trees Field Trip at Harbourfront Toronto

May 16th - Grade 3-6 Festival of Trees Field Trip at Harbourfront Toronto

May 16th - Junior Relay meet

May 16th - Kindergarten Orientation 6:00 - 7:15 pm

May 18th - Gr 4 - Knight of Valour

May 21st - Victoria Day - NO SCHOOL

May 22nd - Monday rotary schedule & Pizza Day

May 22 - 24 (periods 1 - 4) Gr.3 EQAO Please don’t book appointments

May 28 - Track & Field

May 29 - 31 (periods 1 - 4) Gr. 6 EQAO Please don’t book appointments

May 29th - JK/SK & Gr 2 Dental Screening

Gator Bites: Week of April 23rd

posted Apr 23, 2018, 6:56 AM by David Willoughby

Dear Gator Families,

This week at school we had some exciting activities taking place. In addition to our after school Junior Literacy and Math Clubs, we began our Intermediate Sphero Club that will run on Mondays and Wednesdays for 6 weeks. Our Learning Commons was bustling with activity throughout the week as students took part in our Tuesday MakerSpace Club that worked on a Zipline activity, Thursday’s Poetry Club, and Friday’s Sphero Club. We held our Intermediate boys and girls soccer team tryouts. Classes were also invited to the Learning Commons throughout the week to work on design and build challenges using Cubelets as part of World Creativity and Innovation Day.

Grade one and two students went to visit Mountsberg for a day of outdoor education. Thank you to our teachers, and many parent volunteers who made this trip such an exciting success!

Some classes also put on their gloves and took part cleanup projects for Earth Day coming up on Sunday, April 22.

Finally, we are sad to say goodbye to Mr. Massari who has contributed so much of his time and talents to the students at Sam Sherratt both in class and with the many clubs that he helped to run, including Vex Robotics, Knitting Club, Car Club, and the after school Literacy and Math clubs. He will be missed! However, we are happy to welcome back Ms. Wheeler who will be coming back to us on Monday.

Reminder: The weather has made our fields very wet and muddy, please keep this in mind and send children to school with the appropriate outdoor clothes, as well as a change of clothes if needed.

In Partnership,

Maggie Parker, Principal

Bita Watts - Vice Principal

and the Staff of Sam Sherratt

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IMPORTANT DATES: Full calendar available on our website

April 23rd/24th - Gr 7 Career Centre trip

April 24th - Pizza Day

April 27th - PA Day - No school

May 3rd - Jump Rope for Heart

May 4th - HEP B & HPV Immunization (PM)

May 15th - Symphonic Winds at The Nationals, MusicFest Canada

May 15th - Grade 7-8 Festival of Trees Field Trip at Harbourfront Toronto

May 16th - Grade 3-6 Festival of Trees Field Trip at Harbourfront Toronto

May 16 - Kindergarten Orientation 6:00 - 7:15 pm

May 22 - 24 (periods 1 - 4) Gr.3 EQAO Please don’t book appointments

May 28 - Track & Field

May 29 - 31 (periods 1 - 4) Gr. 6 EQAO Please don’t book appointments

Gator Bites: Week of April 16th

posted Apr 14, 2018, 6:34 AM by David Willoughby

Good Evening Gator Families!

Congratulations to our grade 6 students who graduated on Monday from their BRAVO program. We are so pleased to have our community officer, Constable Wanda Hughes, so involved in our school helping to teach our students about making the right choices.

Our after school literacy program for grades 5 and 6 students has started and will be running weekly in the Learning Commons.

We celebrated Day of Pink at Sam Sherratt on Wednesday. Thank you to all of our staff and students who showed their support for Pink Day!

Our grade 7 and 8 students had a Healthy Relationships Presentation yesterday, where they learned about about different types of healthy and unhealthy relationships and the importance of respecting each other’s decisions.

Sam Sherratt students have entered a number of pieces of art into the 15th Annual Halton Elementary Art Show - Elements and Expressions which will be held at the New Street Education Centre from April 18-20. The show is non-competitive and features artwork in a variety of mediums and subject matter from JK to Grade eight.

Students have enjoyed many clubs and activities running over our lunch breaks this week, including skipping club and floor hockey.

We hosted the Staff versus student Basketball game...the staff remain undefeated!!

Technology & You - April tip of the month:

How much do you share about yourself on social media? At a time when everything you do online can impact you in your real life, it's important to T.H.I.N.K. before you post. For tips on how to stay safe and private online, visit the Halton District School Board's Technology & You resources at http://www.hdsb.ca or follow the hashtag #TECHandU on Twitter.

In Partnership,

Maggie Parker, Principal

Bita Watts - Vice Principal

and the Staff of Sam Sherratt

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Halton Music Showcase & the Halton Intermediate Winds Honour Band

The 2018 Halton Music Showcase took place on Thursday, April 12th at the First Ontario Concert Hall (Hamilton Place). This event celebrates musical excellence in our board, and features a collection of Honour Ensembles (junior, intermediate, and senior) that are assembled with students from over 60 different schools across the Halton District School Board. Mr. Smith had the privilege of conducting the Halton Intermediate Winds Honour Band (grades 7,8, 9) this year and could not be more proud of their performance! Sam Sherratt was well represented with 6 musicians from grade 8 participating with this 100 piece ensemble. Our musicians were focused and poised in front of a sold out crowd of 2400 people! Congratulations to all involved, you sounded absolutely sensational! Bravo!

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Lunch Lady is having a SPECIAL HOT DOG DAY to celebrate EARTH DAY at Sam Sherratt on April 26.

Click on this link to register for an account or login in with your existing information and see the menu choices at https://order.lunchlady.ca/Home.aspx

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IMPORTANT DATES: Full calendar available on our website

April 19th - Team and Club photo day

April 20th - Gr 1 & 2 - Mountsberg Trip

April 23rd/24th - Gr 7 Career Centre trip

April 24th - Pizza Day

April 27th - PA Day - No school

Gator Bites: Week of April 9th

posted Apr 6, 2018, 6:19 PM by David Willoughby

Good Evening Gator Families!

A short week this week with the holiday, but we managed to pack lots of fun learning in (even if it snowed AGAIN this week).

Ms. Dimitrovski’s class invited parents to come in and see all the hard work they had done on their data fair projects. The students were very proud to show off their work. Thank you to all the parents who joined us and thank you to Ms. D and the students in her class for your enthusiasm and hard work!

Thank you to all of the families who participated in our Primary Gifted Information Session on Wednesday. It was a good turn out and a wonderful opportunity for us at Sam Sherratt to show off all the great things happening in our Primary Gifted classrooms. Visitors got to see some collaborative inquiry learning taking place. Thank you to our teachers for your hard work.

Ms. Belford hosted Teach Kids to Code sponsored by RBC. Many of our Grade 4 - 6 students had the opportunity to take part in block coding using Scratch on Tuesday in the Learning Commons.

Our Senior girls and boys basketball teams finished their season. Thank you to our coaches: Mr. Baker, Ms. Robb, Mr. Kryzanowski, Mr. Willoughby, Mr. Kerschner and Mr. Goral.  Every player showed development and perseverance...Go Gators! Soon our senior boys and girls soccer season will be starting.

Reminder for our students and families participating in our BRAVO program, graduation will take place at Sam Sherratt for our grade 6 students on Tuesday April 10th, 2018. Parents are invited to attend the ceremony, which will begin at 9:10am in the gym. Please sign in at the office.

Reminder: Parent Council Meeting on Monday, April 9th, 2018. We meet in the Learning Commons at 6:30pm. Hope to see you there!

In Partnership,

Maggie Parker, Principal

Bita Watts - Vice Principal

and the Staff of Sam Sherratt

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IMPORTANT DATES: Full calendar available on our website

April 9th - Parent Council Meeting - Parent and Guardians Welcome

April 10th - Pizza Day

April 10th - Gr 6 Bravo presentation 9:00AM - Parents Welcome

April 19th - Team and Club photo day

April 20th - Gr 1 & 2 - Mountsberg Trip

April 23rd/24th - Gr 7 Career Centre trip

April 24th - Pizza Day

April 27th - PA Day - No school

Gator Bites: Week of March 26th

posted Mar 24, 2018, 8:56 AM by David Willoughby

Good Evening Gator Families!

Sam Sherratt PS celebrates World Down Syndrome Day. We rocked our socks! Socks were chosen by the World Down Syndrome Day because chromosomes are shaped like socks, and those with Down Syndrome have an extra one. Thank you to all of our staff and students who participated!!

Please Join Us for our Last Movie Night of the School Year!

March 28th, 2018. Sam Sherratt Celebrates our last movie night of the year with all proceeds going to help our Symphonic Winds Band attend Nationals.

The Sam Sherratt Symphonic Winds Concert Band performed at the Golden Horseshoe Music Festival in February and earned an official invitation to perform at the National Festival in Toronto this coming May. MusicFest Nationals is a “by invitation only” event. This is the very first time that Sam Sherratt has been invited to participate at the Nationals! The band is very excited about their upcoming performance, and eager to show their growing talents on the National stage. Ensembles in many different categories (concert band, jazz band, choir) from all across Canada will be performing in the festival. Speaking from experience as a band director and past participant, (Francis Smith) this is an incredible event to be part of!! To that end, we need your support in order to get the band there.

Please come with your family to movie night on Wednesday, March 28th from 5:30-8pm in our gym. Order pizza, buy popcorn and snacks, bid during the silent auction for a comfy couch to sit on, and have a great family night out! There will even be a special pre-movie performance in “the mall” by the Symphonic Winds! All monies raised from the event will help fund the band’s trip! Let’s make this a year to remember for music at Sam Sherratt!

In Partnership,

Maggie Parker, Principal

Bita Watts - Vice Principal

and the Staff of Sam Sherratt

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IMPORTANT DATES: Full calendar available on our website

March 27th - Pizza Day

March 28th - Movie Night “Despicable Me 3” Doors open 5:30

March 29th - Monday Schedule

March 30th - Good Friday - No School

April 2nd - Easter Monday - No School

April 10th - Pizza Day

April 10th - Gr 6 Bravo presentation 9:00AM - Parents Welcome

April 20th - Gr 1 & 2 - Mountsberg Trip

April 23rd - Gr 7 Career Centre trip


Gator Bites: Week of March 19th

posted Mar 10, 2018, 11:01 AM by David Willoughby

Good Evening Gator Families!

This week we had many in school activities happening around the school: Skipping club, Floor Hockey, Art Club and our Senior Boys and Girls Basketball teams had two games this week.

We also had a Jam session in our music room with Drummer Mark “Exploseph” Joseph. He was able to demonstrate and share his expertise with many different styles on the drums!

Thank you to all our families for participating in the HDSB “Have your Say” survey. We appreciate your input!

Thank you to the parents who came out to our School Council meeting on Monday! We always enjoy working in partnership with you for the success of our students.

We wish you a safe and enjoyable March Break. We look forward to seeing everyone back at Sam Sherratt on March 19th, 2018

In Partnership,

Maggie Parker, Principal

Bita Watts - Vice Principal

and the Staff of Sam Sherratt

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IMPORTANT DATES: Full calendar available on our website

March 20th - Gr 8 Grad Photos (AM)

March 20th - Basketball - at Anne McArthur

March 27th - Pizza Day

March 28th - Movie Night “Despicable Me 3”

March 29th - Monday Schedule

March 30th - Good Friday - No School

April 2nd - Easter Monday - No School

April 10th - Pizza Day

Gator Bites: Week of March 5th

posted Mar 2, 2018, 2:52 PM by David Willoughby   [ updated Mar 2, 2018, 2:55 PM ]

Good Evening Gator Families!

It has been a fun filled week of learning and activities at Sam Sherratt. Some of our Grade 6 students attended HDSB Reads at MDHS on Wednesday where the author and illustrator of the book “When We Were Alone” presented to them on the topic of reconciliation and honouring our identities. They also learned about the thought process behind the many drafts that lead to a book and the collaboration between the text and illustrations. Literacy engagement is an important part Sam Sherratt and this week we saw the start of the “Potter Heads Book Club”, initiated by some of our junior students, based on their interest in reading Harry Potter books. Our Forest of Reading also continues during breaks throughout the week in the Learning Commons.

Our Grade 4 classes enjoyed enhancing their learning about pulleys and gears through hands on activities provided by Scientists in the Classroom on Thursday. Also on Thursday, we enjoyed another installment of our Lunch Break Jam Session series, this time featuring award winning saxophonist Carson Freeman. The students were completely engaged with his demonstrations on the flute, and how he could make his tenor saxophone laugh, growl, and whine. He even took requests! Stayed tuned for our next guest in the series, drummer Mark “Exploseph” Joseph. More information is coming soon.

Our after school Math Club has now begun and will be running Thursdays to support students in the junior grades in developing numeracy skills. Finally, our Senior boys and girls basketball teams are enjoying games and the cheering crowds on most Tuesdays and Thursday throughout the season.

In Partnership,

Maggie Parker, Principal

Bita Watts - Vice Principal

and the Staff of Sam Sherratt

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All parents are invited to join us at School Council meetings. Our next meeting will be Monday, March 5th at 6:30pm in the Learning Commons. Everyone is welcome!

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Have your Say Parent Survey will close on March 9. As our partner in education, your input is valued and appreciated. We recognize your involvement is critical to student success which is why we’re inviting you to complete this online survey to tell us what you think about Sam Sherratt. Your responses are anonymous and the questionnaire will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. To complete the survey, click on or copy this link: http://www.haveyoursayhdsb.ca

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Sam Sherratt Spirit Wear is still available for purchase at https://ssgators.logogearstore.com/ The site will be open until this coming Friday, March 9th. All items purchased should be available within 3 weeks of the closing date. We have sample sizes in the office if you want to come in and try them on.

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Parking Lot “kiss and ride area”: Please pull up as far as you can outside of doors 3 and 4 in order to keep the flow of traffic moving. For safety reasons, please do not drop off children in the middle of the parking lot or at the top end of the parking lot.

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IMPORTANT DATES: Full calendar available on our website

March 6th & 8th - Basketball teams away at Silver Creek P.S and P.L Robertson P.S, respectively

March 12 - 16th - March Break - No School

March 20th - Gr 8 Grad Photos (AM)

March 28th - Movie Night “Despicable Me 3”

March 30th - Good Friday - NO SCHOOL

April 2nd - Easter Monday - NO SCHOOL

Gator Bites: Week of February 23rd

posted Feb 23, 2018, 4:45 PM by David Willoughby   [ updated Feb 23, 2018, 4:47 PM ]

Good Evening Gator Families!

We have exciting news about Spirit Wear!! We finally have a website up and running with our Sam Sherratt Spirit Wear available for purchase. The site is active and will be open until the Friday before March break, March 9th. All items purchased should be available within 3 weeks of the closing date. We have sample sizes in the office if you want to come in and try them on. All you have to do is click on the link below...and order!

https://ssgators.logogearstore.com/

Thank you to the Hydro Electricity representative that came to visit our school this week and shared safety presentations with all of our students from JK through to grade 8.

Our Symphonic Winds Band competed this week in the Golden Horseshoe Music Festival. They were amazing and came back with a Silver Plus medal! A huge thank you to the dedication of our fabulous music teacher, Mr. Smith! Thank you also to all the students and parents who support their children in practicing and being committed to our music program!

In Partnership,

Maggie Parker, Principal

Bita Watts - Vice Principal

and the Staff of Sam Sherratt

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Music News:

The Symphonic Winds were absolutely spectacular in their performance at the Golden Horseshoe Music Festival in Ancaster! Not only did they earn a Silver Plus rating at the festival, they received an official invitation to perform at the Musicfest National Festival this coming May in Toronto! This means our band performed within the top 30 percent of the bands at this regional festival. Bravo! We now get to share the stage with bands from all across Canada.

I am so proud of how they played, and how they represented themselves as true ambassadors of Sam Sherratt from the moment they stepped off the bus. I had many comments from the festival staff about how polite and well behaved they were. In fact, our adjudicators awarded us top marks in the Stage Presence & Deportment category. What a remarkable group of young people! It should also be noted that this was Sam Sherratt’s first ever appearance at a regional music festival.

A huge thanks goes to Mr. Goral who helped drive our instruments, and was an immense support throughout the entire trip!

Thanks also to the Sam Sherratt staff for your continued support of the Arts at our school! I know it means a lot to the students.

Musically,

Mr. Smith

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IMPORTANT DATES: Full calendar available on our website

Feb 26th - Reports go home

Feb 27 & 29th - Basketball teams play after school at Sam Sherratt

Feb 27th - Pizza Day

March 1st - Gr 4 Scientists in the classroom

March 12 - 16th - March Break - No School

March 20th - Gr 8 Grad Photos (AM)

March 28th - Movie Night “Despicable Me 3”

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