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Gator Bites: Week of December 2nd, 2019

posted Dec 6, 2019, 4:12 PM by David Willoughby

Good Evening Gators! 

Thank you to all of our families for supporting our Winter Concert and Silent Auction fundraiser. It was a well attended event! We are so proud of our talented students!  Thank you to Mr. Hull, Ms. Neate and Ms. Swift for all the work put into organizing the concert, Ms. Brazeau for all her work with our Choir, Mr. Taylor for his work with the Marching Gators and all our staff who helped teach their class the adorable songs they sang, and stayed last night to help us have a fantastic show.   A big thank you to the Parent Council for organizing the Silent Auction fundraiser and coffee/treats generously donated by Starbucks on Kennedy Circle and Longo's on Maple Avenue.  Thank you to everyone who joined us for some Sam Sherratt Magic last night!






Holiday Extravaganza

Parent council will be holding the Holiday Extravaganza this year on Friday December 13th.  We are in need of donations to make this exciting event a success!

We are looking for donations of books, games, household items, trinkets, knickknacks,  toys, etc. Think garage sale items! Donations should be in good condition and "giftable".  We will gladly accept new items as well! We are also looking for donations of tape, gift bags, tissue and wrapping paper, ribbon, bows etc.

All donations should be brought into the school between December 5th and December 12th.

If you are interested in volunteering on the day of the Extravaganza or the evening before to set up, please contact Suzie Williamson at suziewilliamson78@gmail.com


University of Waterloo Earth Science Museum - Grade 4 Field Trip

The grade 4s travelled to the Earth Sciences Museum for a field trip that truly rocked (rocks and mineral that is).  We had the opportunity to walk through a recreation of a real silver mine from Cobalt, Ontario, dig for fish fossils and observe many different kinds of rock and minerals.  




Scholastic Book Fair Results and THANK YOU! 

Thank you family and friends for helping us sell over $5600 in books this year. We exceeded our goal of $5000. In return we raised about $3000 to put towards new books, a storage unit and maker building materials for the LLC. Thank you to everyone for their help and support, especially Mrs. Wozniak, our parent chair for Book Fair.



Fun in the LLC this week 

We had a lot of fun using our new LEGO, Hot Wheels and Innovation tables purchases. These tools help to make learning fun.  

In Grades 1& 2 we read “How to Catch a Snowman” and then built some fun contraptions  ourselves. 




Check out the Hot Wheels Mania from one of the FDK classes in the LLC, this is collaborative problem solving at its best!


Junior grades having some fun with a game of “Dramatic Pictionary” using our new Innovation Tables. 


Upcoming Dates (for a complete list please see the calendar on our website http://sha.hdsb.ca/)

Tuesdays are Pizza Days

Dec. 13th - Holiday Extravaganza  (donations accepted Dec. 5 - 12)

Dec. 13th Kindergarten Craft Day -Parent invited to classroom 2pm 

Dec. 20th - Early dismissal at 1:50 pm

Dec. 23rd - Jan. 3rd - Winter Break

Jan. 6th - Back to school

Jan.23 - Movie Night

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Gator Bites: Week of November 18th

posted Nov 26, 2019, 12:09 PM by David Willoughby


Good Evening Gators

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR

Our Scholastic book fair was a huge success again this 

year thanks to our wonderful kids and community support! We raised a ton of money to promote literacy in our school and therefore students will be able to enjoy many new books in the LLC. It is so amazing to see how excited the kids are about books! Congratulations to the many students who won free books. 

A special thank you to all the parent volunteers who came in to set-up, help with sales or pack up the bookfair. I would also like to mention the outstanding support we receive from Mrs. Laurie Wozniak who is so committed to supporting our kids in the LLC on a weekly basis and during book fairs! 

Sam Sherratt Marching Gators in the Milton Santa Claus Parade

Our Marching Band participated in the Milton Santa Claus Parade last Sunday.  They did a fantastic job marching, performing and representing our school. Well done Gators!  A big thank you to Mr. Hull for all your work with our talented students, as well as Mr. Taylor, Ms. Cameron, Ms. Couture and Ms. Morgan for your support.  Thank you to all the students and parents that came out to cheer us on.

If you missed it, you can catch a glimpse of them at 3:34 here:  

https://www.facebook.com/discovermilton/videos/789234888197023/UzpfSTEwMDMwMjQ4MDQyMDU5Mjo3ODgxNjkzODgzMDA1NjE/  

 

Winter Clothing Event

Thank you to all the families who donated items and came out to help support our Re-use winter clothing event! It was well attended, and many of our families were able to swap some winter clothes! Thank you!

Silent Auction

School Council is hosting a Silent Auction during the Winter Concert evening on Thursday, December 5th.  Each class has been assigned a theme. Please donate items from the suggested ideas or other appropriately themed items by Friday, November 29th - your child can bring their items to class. Please see the attachment for the items each class will be collecting. 

All proceeds will go towards our S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) initiatives at Sam Sherratt Public School. Thank you for your support!

Holiday Extravaganza

Our parent council will be hosting our Holiday Extravaganza again this year. Please save your contributions as we will be collecting them after December 5th 2019. 

 SAMKO FUNDRAISER

This year the Kindergarten team would like to raise some funds for our Outdoor Education. We decided to partner with Samko and Miko sales in order to do this. If you shop at these stores, in person or online (Use code NFSSPS-F19) between November 25 and December 8th, you tell them you are part of the Sam Sherratt Fundraiser.  They will stamp your receipt. (Unstamped receipts will not be accepted).  

Next you send the receipt into the school Attention: Debbie Lowry K-2 

Once all the receipts are in, we mail them to Samko & Miko. They will then give us a cheque for 10% of all sales before taxes.  

Have a look at the attached flyer.  SAMKO FUNDRAISER

Upcoming Dates (for a complete list please see the calendar on our website http://sha.hdsb.ca/)

Tuesdays are Pizza Days

Dec. 2nd - School Council Meeting to wrap silent auction baskets

Dec. 5th - Winter Concert and Silent Auction

Dec. 6th - School Bus Safety presentations

Dec. 13th Kindergarten Craft Day -Parent invited to classroom 2pm 

Dec. 20th - Early dismissal

Dec. 23 - Jan. 3rd - Winter Holidays / School closed

Jan.23 - Movie Night

Gator Bites - Week of October 14th

posted Oct 19, 2019, 8:36 AM by David Willoughby   [ updated Oct 19, 2019, 8:37 AM ]

Good Evening Gators! 

Terry Fox Walk -

Thank you to all the students and families who supported our Terry Fox event by bringing in loonies and toonies and participating in our Terry fox walk. Thank you to Mr. Kryzanowski and the grade 8 students who were such great leaders! We were so proud of you, giving high 5’s and encouraging our younger students in their efforts. Go Gators!!


Volleyball -

Both the boys and girls volleyball teams have been practicing hard and kicked off their seasons this week with a couple games each.  Last night the senior boys volleyball team got their first win of the season! The boys lost the first game, only to storm back and win the last two to take the match! The boys continue their season next Tuesday as they travel to Anne J MacArthur. Meanwhile, the girls traveled to Brookville last night where they showed huge progress in playing out some set plays. Our girls won the first set, took a step back in the second set and stormed back to win the 3rd set and the match for their first victory of the seasons!  Our girls play at home next week on Tuesday, come out and support our team! GOOOOO GATORS! Thank you Mr. Baker, Mr. Kerschner, Mr. Aidoo and Mr. Goral for all your time coaching and supporting our players.

Student Council Elections - 

Throughout the week our Intermediate students have worked hard to campaign for roles within our 2019-2020 Student Council. A forum was held where our Prime Minister nominees fought hard to win voters and voice their platforms. Posters were scattered throughout the hallways and today, our entire student body participated in the elections process! 

Thank you Ms. Byrne for all of your hard work, and congratulations to all elected students!

Monday Voting at Sam Sherratt

Please be advised our school is being used as a Voting site on Monday, October 21stThis may restrict parking availability, and it will mean members of the community will be using our gym to vote throughout the course of the day. 

Student Votes 2019: -

Students in Grades 1-8 will have the chance to vote in the Student Votes 2019 as well on Monday. The program, run by CIVIX, sends “ballots” to participating schools throughout Canada to allow students to vote for their local candidates. The votes are collected and tabulated, and we’re able to see how the students have voted in comparison to the rest of Canada! A really amazing opportunity, once again, to have our students involved in the democratic process. 

Change of Name...not a new Principal.

Ms. Parker is now Ms. Thomson. This has been updated on the website as well.

Please note the change of email address is Thomsonma@hdsb.ca

Upcoming Dates (for a complete list please see the calendar on the upper left of this website)

Tuesdays are Pizza Days

Oct. 22nd - Kindies to Andrew Scenic Acres

Oct. 22nd - Volleyball: Sam Sherrat v. Anne J MacArthur (Girls @ Home, Boys away)

Oct 23rd - Flag Football Tournament in Burlington

Oct. 24th - Volleyball: Sam Sherratt v. Boyne (Boys @ Home, Girls away)

Oct. 30th - Grade 7 Immunization

Nov. 4th - School Council (1st Monday of each month)

Nov. 12th - Photo retake day

Nov. 18th - 21st - Scholastic Book Fair 

Nov. 18th - Progress Reports sent home

Nov. 21st - Grade 7’s HIEC Career Awareness Program 

Nov. 22nd - PA Day / Student Led Conferences 

April 2nd -10th  -Scholastic Book Fair #2


Gator Bites: Week of September 9th

posted Sep 13, 2019, 3:22 PM by David Willoughby

Good Evening Gators!

Reminder that Monday September 16th 2019 is a PA day, no students will come to school on Monday. 

Meet the Teacher Night - Our Open House / Meet the teacher night will take place on September 26th, 5:30 - 7:00 pm.  Please join us to meet your child’s teacher and visit their classroom.

News From The Library Learning Commons (LLC) 

International Dot Day is celebrated on September 15 and is a day in which people of all ages are encouraged to harness their own creativity and embrace their own confidence as they make their mark on the world.     

Classes participating will be celebrating Dot Day in the Library Learning Commons next week by reading the Peter H. Reynolds' classic book, THE DOT, which challenges us to make a mark, connect, collaborate, create and inspire others. 

Just a reminder that some students still have outstanding books from last year or the summer reading program. Notices and payment/replacement requests will be sent home next week. Thank you. 

Healthy Snack Bins - thank you to our parent and student volunteers and staff for starting up our Healthy Snack Bin Program.  We had a very successful first week!

Extracurricular Activities - Many of our extracurricular activities have begun or will begin very soon:

Intermediate Girls and Boys Volleyball - Tryouts will take place next week, followed by practices.  Boys will be on Mondays and Wednesdays during second nutrition break - thank you Mr. Baker and Mr. Kerschner! Girls will be on Mondays after school and Wednesdays before school - Thank you Mr. Aidoo and Mr. Goral!

Flag Football -  Practices will take place during nutrition breaks - thank you Mr. Pearson and Mr. Kryzanowski!

Vex Robotics: WIll begin next week on Friday, September 20th, 2019. Beginning at 3:30pm and finishing at 5pm. Please ensure you pick up your children at 5pm. Please note this year Vex will be for students in grade 5 and up only. 

Cross Country - Practices take place everyday during nutrition breaks.  The students have been training hard to get ready for the Meet on Oct. 2nd - thank you Ms. Wheeler, Ms. Northcott, Ms. McLoughlin, Ms. Belford, and Ms. Robb!

The Symphonic Winds band can be heard practicing Wednesdays during second nutrition break and Fridays before school.  The Marching Band is practicing on Tuesdays during second nutrition break, and the Drumline on Tuesdays after school - thank you Mr. Hull!  Jazz band will begin the second half of the year.

Finally, our Student Council is in the process of being organized and we hope to align our elections with the Federal election to help make the learning more authentic for students, as well as provide more opportunities for student voice - Thank you Ms. Byrne and Mr. Goral!  

On September 27th – 29th, 2019, join Arts Milton at the FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton for a weekend of culture, music, visual art, dance, theatre, technology and more! Get hands-on and behind-the-scenes in your community, alongside thousands of events happening across Canada. In Milton you’ll find a selection of 70+ FREE participatory activities for all ages.

Activities for all ages will take place on September 28th and 29th from 10-4 pm at the Arts Centre – 1010 Main St East. 

Visit artsmilton.com or culturedays.ca to view activities and plan your weekend now!

Upcoming Dates (for a complete list please see the calendar on our website http://sha.hdsb.ca/)

Sept. 16th - PA Day

Sept. 17th - Monday schedule

Sept. 23rd - School Council

Sept. 26th - Meet the Teacher Night 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Oct. 2nd - Cross Country Meet

Oct. 9th - Grade 2-5 -Comic Artist in the LC 9:30-10:15 (families welcome to join us)

Oct. 22nd Kindies to Andrew Scenic Acres

Nov. 15th-25th- Scholastic Book Fair Set-up  and Sales

Nov. 21st -Grade 7’s HIEC Career Awareness Program 

April 2nd-10th -Scholastic Book Fair #2

Important Startup News

posted Aug 28, 2019, 7:58 PM by David Willoughby

Welcome to our new school year at Sam Sherratt!

We hope you have had a wonderful summer vacation and are excited about starting a new school year on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.  We would like to share some routines for a safe and stress free September startup.  

CLASS LISTS

This year, class lists will not be posted on the school website or on the front windows at school. As per the school board’s direction, you will get an e-mail on Friday, August 30th after 3:30 with the information about your child’s classroom placement.

On the first day of school students will assemble on the blacktop and join their new teacher who will be holding up a sign with their name and class code displayed.  Kindergarten students will be in the Kindergarten Yard, Grades 1 - 5 near the Primary doors, Grades 7 - 8 will line up near the intermediate doors and all classes in portables will line up by their respective portables. 

On all other days, supervision begins on the blacktop at the back of the school at 8:35 am.  There is no supervision on the field or large climber area before school starts, so we ask for your cooperation in guiding students to the blacktop before the start. In addition to this, please note that the town of Milton is still working on the field space that we usually use during recess. This project has been estimated to take until November to be complete. This means that for the first few months of school, we will only have the blacktop space available for recess. 

We can’t wait to see you next week!  We know this time of year brings with it many challenges and some anxiety for staff, students and parents alike and this is all very normal. Before you know it, we will all be settled in for a successful school year.  

SAM SHERRATT SCHOOL COUNCIL   

Thank you in advance to our School Council who have played a vital role in making Sam Sherratt such a special school.  This year, nomination forms will be coming home in the start up packages on the first day of school. If you are interested in participating, please complete and return the form by Wednesday, September 18th. If an election is necessary an announcement will be sent out. Please consider this opportunity to get involved in your child's school community. Meetings are generally held the first Monday of the month, in the evening. 

HAVE YOU CREATED YOUR “SCHOOL CASH ONLINE” ACCOUNT?

As you are aware, last year the Halton District School Board changed the online payment provider and we currently use School Cash Online   (hdsb.schoolcashonline.com).   This is the method of payment for items such as pizza days, field trips etc. If you are new to the school and you have not yet created your account, we strongly encourage you to do so.

BUSSED STUDENTS

Our busses continue to use our front parking lot bus loop for drop-off and pick-up. Before school, students will wait outside on the blacktop at the back of the school where there will be staff supervision prior to the entry bell ringing.  After school, all bus students will assemble into our supervised indoor bus lines which should allow for a safe school environment for everyone.

A reminder to parents to please check the HDSB transportation link haltonbus.ca for current information, as each year, bus and route numbers change.  We do not want students getting on the wrong bus because they assumed it would be the same bus number they took last school year. You will need your child’s OEN, your address and the grade he/she is in.  While checking route numbers, we strongly encourage you to sign up and subscribe to receive email notifications in the event of bus delays and cancellations. Signing up for this useful tool is available at the bottom of the route information screen.

STUDENT PICKUP

We remind parents that the front entrance/foyer area is not a designated pickup area for students who are picked up at the end of the day.  Students are not permitted to wait in the front hall for pick up. This is a very busy time of day for staff and students involved with bussing.  If parents are picking up children at the regular dismissal time, you are reminded that student pickup is at the back of the school where teacher supervision ensures student safety.  All students who are walking home or being picked up will exit via the back doors. If picking up children throughout the day for an appointment (prior to 3:20 pm) we ask that you come to the main office and wait there.  Students leaving early for an appointment should have a note from a parent/guardian. Alternatively, you can use the School Messenger Attendance Reporting system to advise the school of these early departures.  

PARKING LOT/SAFETY REMINDER

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

If you are walking, our crossing guard will make sure everyone crosses Laurier Avenue safely. Please ensure you model safety and cross with your child at the crossing guard. Your cooperation is much appreciated.

GRADE 7 & 8 LUNCH INFORMATION

Many of our Grade 7 and 8 students at Sam Sherratt are given the opportunity to go off school property during the second nutrition break with parent and admin/teacher permission.  This program will not begin until October so please make sure your child brings sufficient food for the entire school day and permission forms are returned to the office. Please note, going off campus is a privilege and is dependent on student readiness and responsibility.

SAM SHERRATT TWITTER

Sam Sherratt uses Twitter to share events, news and learning at our school.  Please be sure to follow us on Twitter @SamSherrattPS 

Thank you for your attention to this information and please feel free to drop by to say hello.

In Partnership,

Maggie Parker, Principal

Bita Watts - Vice Principal

and the Staff of Sam Sherratt

Gator Bites - Week of June 14, 2019

posted Jun 19, 2019, 11:08 AM by David Willoughby


Good Evening Gators!

We have had a very exciting week here at Sam Sherratt!  Our week started with the new Sensory Pathway reveal, with local media and CBC joining us to celebrate the new Sensory walk. Thank you to our Parent Council and Halton Learning Foundation for funding this project! Please see the link below for the story.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/19V1i5HE0hq-5Dcul6xT2_j1sCXp536VE/view?usp=sharing​​​​​​​

Grade 8s: Have had a Successful trip to Ottawa!

Please follow our twitter feed @SamSherrattPS to see some of the photos.

Welcome back grade 8s and thank you to our staff who I imagine will be in bed early tonight to catch up on their lost sleep!




Kindergarten Graduation: Thank you to our incredible staff: Ms. Hunt, Ms.Lowry, Ms. Brazeau and Ms.Turjman for the wonderful celebrations we had this week for our Kindie graduates. The children did an amazing job with their graduate hats, singing songs and warming our hearts with their enthusiasm and enjoyment for school!




Volunteer Tea: Thank you to Ms. Brazeau, Ms.Turjman and Ms.Jerzyk for coordinating our Volunteer Tea today. Thank you to all the staff who made some delicious treats enjoyed by our volunteers. 

Thank you to all our volunteers for how you all contribute to our school and make it the wonderful place that it is!  Sam Sherratt Rocks because of YOU!

Gator Bites: Week of June 3rd

posted Jun 10, 2019, 12:27 PM by David Willoughby

Good Evening Gators!

Reminder: Friday June 7th, 2019 is a PD day and schools will be closed to students that day. Please enjoy your long weekend!

Ms. Weresch has been selected by the Ontario Council for Exceptional Children, to receive the 2019 Teacher of the Year Award! Congratulations Ms. Weresch, we are so proud of you, and appreciate all of your hard work and the wonderful ways you make Sherratt a better place to be!

     

        Eid-ul-Fitr Mubarak!          Wishing you peace and happiness.

Grade 3s went on a trip to Westfield Heritage Village today to learn more about what life was like in the ‘pioneer days’.  It complemented what they have been learning about in Social Studies. They visited the inn, barn, homestead, and school and learned about how the animals were taken care of, and that the season determined what kind of food they ate at the time. They practiced some popular dance movements and participated in the various daily chores, such as pumping water, washing clothing, preparing meals, and cleaning. They learned how different the education system was back then versus now.  It was a great day of learning and fun!




Garden Update!  Thank you to Mr. Aidoo and Mr. Goral for supervising our soccer teams’ contribution of time and talent in beautifying our school gardens.  Thank you to School Council for supporting the purchase of the plants!


Last week our Symphonic Winds Band enjoyed a fun day at Wonderland.  Here are some pictures from their performance.



Early Dismissal on Friday, June 28th:

All elementary schools will dismiss 90 minutes early.  Please note the following changes in our timetable:

School bell will ring at: ​8:45 am

Nutrition break #1 will be at: 10:00 am

Nutrition break #2 will be at: ​11:50 am

Dismissal time will be at: ​1:50 pm

For students who take school bus transportation to school: Halton Student Transportation Service (HSTS) has a bus stop calculator on their webpage for parents/guardians to use to calculate their child(ren)'s bus stop times on this day.  

Summer Reading Program - Reading Rocks!

We realize that many of our students would love to read over the summer break, but some may not be able to get to the public library to sign out books there. This year we are offering a Summer Reading program for our JK- 7 students. During the last week of school, students may visit the library to sign out up to 10 books to read over the summer. Students must complete the attached permission form and bring it with them when they are signing out their summer reading selections, and must have returned all of the books they took out this year in order to qualify for this wonderful reading program. We suggest that children who are participating in this program bring a special bag for these library books to ensure they are easy to find in September when they return. Students may also complete a BINGO sheet to encourage them to try different ways to practice their reading skills. Students are encouraged to return their BINGO sheets in September when they return their books to the library. Happy Reading!

 Elementary Summer Reading Consent Form 2019.pdf

 Bingo Sheet 2019.pdf

Do you LOVE Reading Books?

Why wait for the summer reading programs when you can start reading thousands of books for FREE right now through OverDrive.

OverDrive is accessible to all students any age, any grade in HDSB.  Students simply log into Elementary internet tools to access.

Read on to find out more information about our HDSB online book collection.

What is OverDrive?

OverDrive is an online platform that allows students and staff to access fiction and non-fiction titles in eBook and eAudiobook formats on their personal computers and smart devices 24/7.

What Do I Need to Use OverDrive?

All you need is your own computer or mobile device with an Internet connection, your HDSB Network Username and Password and some free software!

How Do I Use OverDrive?

Use OverDrive in three simple steps:

1. Browse for a title in the collection

2. Check it out using your HDSB Network Username and Password

3. Enjoy the title immediately online (for OverDrive Read/OverDrive Listen titles), download it for offline use, or transfer it to compatible eReaders or MP3 players.

Where Do I Access OverDrive?

For students, the main access point to digital titles in OverDrive is through your school library catalogue (Insignia), and you can also connect to OverDrive from theElementary Internet Tools page (look for the OverDrive icon). For staff, the main access point to OverDrive is via the eBooks & eAudiobooks link from the Library Services website.  Here you will have access to the entire digital collection of books.  

Your OverDrive Account

Use the ‘Account’ feature to manage your OverDrive account:

  • Checkouts: Displays the title(s) that are checked out to you.

  • Holds: Displays the title(s) for which you are currently waiting.

  • Lists: Use this feature to access your

    • Wish List - titles you want to borrow

    • Rated Titles - titles you’ve rated

    • Recommended For You - titles you may enjoy based on your current checkouts

    • Titles You Recommended - titles you’ve recommended for purchase

  • History & Notes: Shows you which titles you’ve borrowed in the past and let’s you access any notes or highlights you made while reading digital titles

  • Settings:  Change your lending period and display options (theme, font and contrast)

  • Lending Periods: Set personalized default lending periods on a format-by-format basis.

OverDrive Read

Using OverDrive Read, you can read borrowed eBooks right in your browser with a single click—no software or downloads required.  This is because OverDrive Read is a browser-based eBook reader that works on most computers, tablets, and mobile devices running web browsers with HTML5 support.  OverDrive Read has many of the same features as popular eBook readers, like the ability to add bookmarks, search for terms, add notes and highlights, look up words, and change the font.  As long as you have an active internet connection, you can return to an OverDrive Read eBook at any time during your lending period and your place will be saved.  You can also cache an OverDrive Read eBook and read it offline.  

To see the titles that are part of the OverDrive Read collection:

  1. Click on the Subjects menu link

  2. Click on “View all Fiction” or “View all Non-Fiction”

  3. Use the “Filter Search by” option on the left sidebar and click “OverDrive Read” under the Format heading

  4. All of the titles displayed in the main window can be read immediately online if they are not already on loan to other users

OverDrive Listen

OverDrive Listen is a streaming eAudiobook player that works on computers, tablets, and mobile devices with compatible web browsers.  To get started, borrow an eAudiobook that's available in the OverDrive Listen format. Then, click or tap the Listen (In your browser) button on your Checkouts page (under your Account) to begin listening to it immediately.  Using OverDrive Listen, you can change your playback speed, add bookmarks, set a sleep timer, and make notes and highlights in borrowed audiobooks.  Whenever you return to an OverDrive Listen audiobook, whether it's during your current lending period or if you borrow the same audiobook again in the future, your place, bookmarks, notes, and highlights will be saved.

To see the titles that are part of the OverDrive Listen collection:

1.    Click on the Subjects menu link

2.    Click on “View all Fiction” or “View all Non-Fiction”

3.    Use the “Filter Search by” option on the left sidebar and click “OverDrive Listen” under the Format heading

4.    All of the titles displayed in the main window can be listened to immediately online if they are not already on loan to other users

OverDrive App

Have a new smartphone or tablet? Great! We've got an app that will let you borrow digital ebooks, audiobooks from OverDrive. Follow these steps to install the appropriate app for your device/operating system.

Adobe Digital Editions

Adobe Digital Editions is free software that allows you to view and manage ebooks.  You can use Digital Editions for Windows or Digital Editions for Mac  

Gator Bites: Week of May 20th

posted May 27, 2019, 5:18 AM by David Willoughby

Good Evening Gators:

Last Friday we held our Sharratt Speaks Speech competition in the gym.  Our speakers did a great job teaching us about or persuading us about their topic and point of view.  The audience also did a great job listening respectfully and encouraging our speakers. It was an extremely hard decision choosing a winner for each grade level as all speakers were very strong.  But in case you missed it, the winners were as follows: Grade 4 Graylon W, Grade 5 Alex J, Grade 6 Liam P, Grade 7 Sara M and Grade 8 Maya A. Thank you to all the teachers that helped students prepare and practice their speeches and to our judges.  A big thank you to Ms. Dimitrovski for organizing this great opportunity for our Juniors and Intermediates.

 

Intermediate Track and Field team Meet - Yesterday the intermediate track and field team travelled to Nelson High School where they competed in a full day of tough events, despite the cold and rainy weather.  Sam Sherratt should be very proud of this team’s results as they took home many ribbons across all categories of sport with many first place ones as well. Thank you to our coaches, Mr. Pearson and Mr. Kerschner for their dedicated efforts in daily training and practices. Way to go Team!  



Director’s Cut  - Over the last two weeks we have had “Director’s Cut” in the school working with our grade 7 students, creating some unique and interesting films, while learning about the art of directing as part of the Media Literacy component of the Language curriculum.

Primary / Junior Literacy Club Celebration

We have 1 session left in the After School Literacy Programs, and the students have been working really hard on their literacy skills. Next week we will be serving pizza, juice boxes and an ice-cream/frozen snack.

The last day, May 28th (primary) and May 29th (junior), will be a celebration session. Families are invited to come at 3:45 to share in some of the learning we have been involved in and to enjoy some light refreshments.

Thank you for supporting your child with literacy!  A big thank you to Ms. Belford, Ms. McKenna and Ms. Neate for running this great program.

Also a big thank you to Ms. Dimitrovski, Ms. Robb and Ms. Wheeler who ran our after school Math program this year.

TD Summer Reading Club!

Looking to keep your students reading over the summer?  The TD Summer Reading Club is a great way to build excitement about reading!  The program is Canada's biggest, bilingual summer reading program for kids of all ages, all interests, and all abilities.  This free program is offered at more than 2,200 public libraries across Canada, and it's easy to include in any summer plans.  The Club celebrates Canadian authors, illustrators and stories, and inspires kids to explore the fun of reading their way.


HDSB is encouraging schools to participate in Bike to School Week, a celebration of cycling and active transportation from May 27 to May 31,2019. School boards, public health offices, municipalities, regions and non-government organizations across Ontario are supporting activities to promote and support cycling to school.

Active transportation is a healthy lifestyle choice that helps students arrive to school energized and ready to learn. It reduces congestion, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. While using an active mode of transportation to and from school is not always feasible for every student, studies show that school travel planning programs and promotional campaigns like Bike to School Week can make a difference in getting more students outside and enjoying their trip.


Grade 6s have been learning about flight in Science.  They have been working on building their own aircrafts!


Our Kindy students have been making the most of the weather in K2 playing a memory game with popcorn words outside.


ABC Halton presents and event for parents and educators

An Evening with Dr. Joanne Foster

“The Most Pressing Concerns and Questions of Parents of Gifted Learners.”

Dr. Joanne Foster will be focusing on eight topics: 1) health and happiness, 2) productivity, 3) coping mechanisms, 4) academic strengths and weaknesses, 5) creative expression, 6) relationships, 7) emotional literacy, and 8) sense of self. She will also reveal lots of strategies and resources from within her new book ABCs of Raising Smarter Kids.

Monday, June 3rd, 7:30pm (Doors open 7:15)

River Oaks Community Centre, Community room A

2400 Sixth Line, Oakville

This is a free event, however donations to ABC are gratefully accepted.

More information is in the attached flyer.

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/098d2007602cbebc54ae59cec/files/3ceb4982-2cb0-46fa-b305-9432e08bdcc7/Joanne_Foster_event_June_3.pdf​​​​​​​

Gator Bites: Week of May 13th

posted May 23, 2019, 6:07 AM by David Willoughby

Good Evening Gators:

Another fun filled week at Sherratt!

Forest of Reading:   Thank you to Ms. Belford for organizing our Forest of Reading program this year.  Over 250,000 children have participated in the Ontario Library Association’s (OLA) annual Forest of Reading program and have helped to choose the best Canadian authors and illustrators of our time by reading the books and voting for their favourites.  The awards were presented at the Toronto Festival of Trees, a “rock star concert for authors” hosted at the Harbourfront Centre, which some of our intermediate students attended on Tuesday, and Juniors on Wednesday.




Junior Relay Day: On Thursday the junior relay team competed at Frank J Hayden S.S. in Burlington on a beautiful sunny day. The teams all ran a great race, passed the batons with perfection and had smiles on their faces while doing so! Way to go Gators! Thank you to Ms. Wheeler, and Ms. Dimitrovski and Ms. Northcott for joining our athletes on this adventure!


Junior Track and Field tryouts took place today.  The team will practice over the next few weeks to get ready for their Track and Field Meet on June 13th at Georgetown District H.S.

Junior & Intermediate Speeches:  Our Junior and Intermediate students have been working hard on their public speaking skills.  The Sam Sherratt Speaks competition was held in the gym today. Awards were given to the top speaker in each grade level.  Speakers and audience did a great job. Thank you to Ms. Dimitrovski for organizing this great opportunity for our students, and to Ms. Belford, Ms. Byrne and Mr. Kerschner for helping to judge.

Gauss Mathematics Contest:  This week some of our Grade 7 and 8 students participated in the University of Waterloo's Gauss Mathematics Contest. Students wrote a 25 question test on Wednesday morning, and our school winners were announced this afternoon. We are very proud of everyone who wrote, and recognize the outstanding achievements of the following students:

Grade 7 Overall Winner: Jason L

Distinction Awards: Vincent Y, Sang Ha B, Perrin H, and Imogen C

Grade 8 Overall Winner: Jashan K

Distinction Awards: Lucas R and Matthew D

Well done everyone!  Thank you to Ms. Byrne for organizing this great opportunity for our students.

Kindergarten Orientation: On Thursday evening we welcomed our new students who will be entering school for the first time in September into our FDK classes. Thank you to our FDK team, Ms. Brazeau, Ms. Turjuman, Ms. Hunt and Ms. Lowry who hosted a fun evening of activities for us to get to know our new students!  

Also thank you to our resource teachers, Mrs. Belford, Mrs. Neate and Mrs. Fazakas, for supporting, as well as parents from our School Council who came out to share all the great things council has been doing and to encourage our new families to join in supporting our students and school.

We wish you all a safe and fun long weekend.  Please remember there is no school on Monday due to Victoria Day.

For upcoming events please check our school calendar on our website:  http://sha.hdsb.ca

June 7 - PA Day (no school for students)

June 11 - K-2 Grad

June 13 - K-1 Grad

June 14 - Volunteer Tea

June 12 - 14 Grade 8 Ottawa Trip

June 21 - Jump Rope /Gator Houses Play Day

June 25 - Grade 8 Graduation

Gator Bites: Week of May 6th

posted May 10, 2019, 3:24 PM by David Willoughby


Good Evening Gators!

Students and staff were busy participating in both Mental Health Awareness and Education week activities this week.  They got to join in an anti-bullying presentation with a local author, take part in outdoor activities, mindful minutes, musical connections, as well as fun and educational activities in class and in our Learning Commons.  You can view some of these on Sam Sherratt (@SamSherrattPS) | Twitter    Ms. Byrne and Mrs. Belford won the Most Innovative Activity Award for their projects they did with students this week!

Volunteers still needed for EQAO

We are looking for parents to support in scribing (writing ideas verbatim)  one-to-one with a student in a quiet location. If you are interested in helping please contact the school or email Mrs. Neate (neatec@hdsb.ca), Mrs. Belford (belfordl@hdsb.ca) or Mrs. Fazakas (fazakasa@hdsb.ca).

Grade 3 EQAO Scheduled Dates: May 21, May 22, May 23,

Grade 6 EQAO Scheduled Dates: May 27th, May 28th, May 29th

Student of Excellence

Congratulations to our Ella Chow from Mr. Goral’s class for winning our Student of Excellence Award! We are so proud of you Ella. You bring a positive attitude to everything you do, Sam Sherratt Rocks...because of you!



Festival of Trees

The Festival of Trees is Canada's largest literary event for young readers and is continuing to grow at Sam Sherratt. During the week of April 23 our students voted for their favourite books from the school aged programs. The Festival of Trees celebration is on May 14 for our intermediate students and May15th for our Junior students. Students who take part in the festival can attend an award ceremony, meet their favourite authors and illustrators at autographing sessions, win prizes, and participate in many fun activities that happen throughout the festival.

Encourage your child to participate next year in the fun event that runs from Jan to May.

SAM SHERRATT YEARBOOKS are still available for sale this weekend! Be sure to order your very own copy before it's too late! Just $25, you don't want to miss out! Available on School Cash Online.

Happy Mother’s Day!  Many of our students have been working hard on their innovative Mother’s Day crafts that will be making their way home this weekend.

Our Kindergarten classes also held their annual Mother’s Day tea this afternoon, letting our mom’s know how much we appreciate everything that they do!

Hello Future Gators,

Please find attached the flyer for our upcoming 2019-2020 Kindergarten Orientation.

We look forward to meeting you soon.

Kindergarten Orientation Flyer May 16, 2019.doc.pdf

Ms. Hunt and Ms. Lowry’s class have been enjoying their outdoor educational experiences.  In the pictures below our construction workers were fixing the big holes in the sandbox so they could use them. They all worked cooperatively together using their shovels.  Through exploration and conversations they learned about leveling and where the water goes.

 

Reminders:

May 15th - Grade 7 Immunizations will take place next Thursday

May 14 & 15 - Forest of Reading Field Trip  

May 16 - Kindergarten Orientation

June 7 - PA Day

June 11 - K-2 Grad

June 13 - K-1 Grad

June 14 - Volunteer Tea

June 12 - 14 Grade 8 Ottawa Trip

June 21 - Jump Rope /Gator Houses Play Day

June 25 - Grade 8 Graduation​​​​​​​

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