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Gator Bites: March Break

posted Mar 16, 2017, 12:33 PM by David Willoughby

Happy March Break Sherratt Families!

March Break is finally here!

We hope you have wonderful things planned for your family over the next week. Our staff have spent this Friday in Professional Learning sessions and are off for a week of relaxation before we slide into the final few months of the school year.

A reminder that this weekend our clocks SPRING forward one hour! Another sign that the end of our winter is near!

Have a wonderful week and we look forward to seeing all our families back after the break!

In Partnership,

Robert Iannuzzi

Colleen Golightly

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IMPORTANT DATES: Full calendar available on our website

March 13 - 17th - Spring Break - NO SCHOOL. Enjoy your week off.

March 21st - Pizza Day -

March 22nd - Grade 8 - Grad Photo Day

March 28th - Band trip to Burlington Music Centre

March 28th - Mountsberg Conservation -Kindergarten

Gator Bites: Week of March 6th

posted Mar 4, 2017, 12:28 PM by David Willoughby

Good Evening Sherratt Families!

**Please be sure to read to the bottom of each Gator Bites to find important attachments!!

This week marks the official beginning of Term 2! Families should have received your child's first term report card this week. If you did not receive a report card, please inquire with your child's teacher. A reminder to please send in the report card envelope along with the bottom portion of the second page of the report cards with your child's goals and your plan to support and guide them for the remainder of this year. If you are interested in discussing your child's progress please contact the teacher to make arrangements to discuss.

Boundary Review is Complete

On Wednesday, the HDSB trustees voted to approve Scenario 12B for the new Milton Elementary Boundaries. This will mean that we will be losing many of our JK-Grade 5 friends and community members as they move to Martin Street in September 2017. Our Grade 6-7 students will continue to attend Sam Sherratt until they graduate into secondary school.

This is going to be a time of change for our community. We will work together to support one another for a smooth and positive transition.

Scooters, Bicycles and boards...oh my!

As the weather warms up, please have a conversation with your child around etiquette and safety when 'rolling' to school. All students are expected to get off their 'wheels' and walk once they are on school property.

Have a wonderful weekend!

In Partnership,

Robert Iannuzzi

Colleen Golightly

and the Staff of Sam Sherratt

(Read on for an important message from The Staff)

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This Wednesday, March 8th, Sam Sherratt is participating in our Right to Play - Carnaval Day. All Sam Sherratt students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 will participate in indoor and outdoor games. This combines our school philosophy of “Look after yourself and look after one another” within our Winter French themed activities. Can students please dress appropriately with outdoor gear such as hats, mitts, boots etc.

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IMPORTANT DATES: Full calendar available on our website

March 6th - School Council Meeting at 7:00pm - All parents welcome.

March 8th - Winter ‘Right to Play’ Carnaval Day

March 9th - Recognition assembly - 9-10AM

March 10th - PD Day NO SCHOOL

March 13 - 17th - Spring Break - NO SCHOOL. Enjoy your week off.

March 21st - Pizza Day -

March 22nd - Grade 8 - Grad Photo Day

Gator Bites: Week of February 20th

posted Feb 21, 2017, 12:00 PM by David Willoughby

Good Evening Gator Families!

We hope you all have great things planned for this Family Day Weekend. The weather is looking wonderful for some outdoor hikes and winter fun!

Boundary Review

This past Wednesday, the HDSB put forth a recommendation to move forward with Scenario 12B for the Milton Elementary Boundary Change. For more information, please visit the HDSB website to see how you may be affected by this change. If you need any clarification, or questions answered, Dr Iannuzzi and Mrs Golightly are available to help you understand these changes.

PINK Shirt Day is February 22nd!

National PINK day is February 22nd. We hope to see all of our students (and parents!!) dressed in PINK to Stand Up, Stand Together, to Stamp out Bullying!

Dressing for the Weather

As the weather continues to warm up (and cool down!), this is a reminder to send your children to school with layers and accessories to ensure students stay warm and dry when outside for breaks. Snow pants, Gloves, Hats and scarves should be worn (or brought to school) each day. An extra pair of pants in the bottom of the backpack can really help our students after a recess filled with snow play, and soccer games!  We have a full Lost and Found bin that will be put out for reclaiming in the next week.

Have a wonderful weekend!

In Partnership,

Robert Iannuzzi

Colleen Golightly

and the Staff of Sam Sherratt

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Please ensure any remaining payments for pizza be made on Cashless by Tuesday Feb. 22nd. .

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IMPORTANT DATES: Full calendar available on our website

February 20th - Family Day- School closed -Enjoy a day with your family.

February 22nd - National Pink Day

February 27th - Fred Penner Concert - JK - Gr 3

February 27th - Report Cards go home

March 6th - School Council Meeting at 7:00pm - All parents welcome.

March 10th - PD Day NO SCHOOL

March 13 - 17th - Spring Break - NO SCHOOL. Enjoy your week off.


Gator Bites: Week of February 13th

posted Feb 13, 2017, 6:40 PM by David Willoughby

Good Evening Sherratt Families!

**Please be sure to read to the bottom of each Gator Bites to find important attachments!!

It has been another wonderful week at Sam Sherratt! Please read on for important information for our community!

Snack Bin Donations

Each week every classroom and work area at Sam Sherratt is provided with a well stocked snack bin for all students to use if hungry. Most weeks, the bins are empty by mid-week, signalling the importance of these bins. Twice a year we reach out to the community to support us in providing healthy, nutritious snacks to support the learning minds in our school. Please find the attached a form outlining our program, and please consider donating to our program. Payment can be made on Cashless, or in an envelope to the office. We are grateful to everyone who support this important and necessary program.

School Council Update

Thank you to all the families who attended our School Council meeting on Monday. We are grateful that Donna Danielli, our School Trustee, was able to attend and hear from our community. Today we expect the recommended Scenario to be shared on the HDSB website. Our trustees will discuss the Scenario at the next board meeting, with a final decision expected by March 1st. We would like to thank Mrs K Lemke for all her time and effort as our Sherratt Rep on the Boundary Review Committee.

School Council Treasurer

We have an opening on our School Council Executive. We are currently seeking a new Treasurer to manage our council finances. If you are interested in this opportunity please let Dr Iannuzzi or Mrs Golightly know as soon as possible.

Have a wonderful weekend!

In Partnership,

Robert Iannuzzi

Colleen Golightly

and the Staff of Sam Sherratt

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IMPORTANT DATES: Full calendar available on our website

February 20th - Family Day- School closed, Enjoy a day with your family

February 27th - Fred Penner Concert - JK - Gr 3

February 27th - Report Cards go home

Gator Bites: Week of January 30th

posted Jan 30, 2017, 7:20 AM by David Willoughby

Good Day Sherratt Families!

Last week was a very exciting week at Sam Sherratt. On Tuesday we enjoyed having the Right to Play organization share how they made a difference in the lives of children around the world.

On Wednesday we had great participation in promoting Wellness and Anti Bullying across our school through Pink day and Bell “Let’s Talk” day.

We hope that your family is enjoying Family Literacy Day today and has the opportunity to snugly up to read your favourite story.

We want to recognize our Jr. Boys Volleyball team who were finalists at the Hawthorne Village tournament last night. A special thanks to our coaches Mr. Hancock, Ms. Swift and Ms. Hunt.

Have a wonderful weekend!

In Partnership,

Robert Iannuzzi

Colleen Golightly

and the Staff of Sam Sherratt

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Town of Milton transportation master plan

As parents of schoolchildren who navigate throughout the community, your input is being welcomed as an integral part of the development of the Town of Milton Transportation Master Plan. This initiative is part of a proactive approach to planning for growth and the Town’s vision for a well-connected community. This plan will define an integrated network of walking, cycling, transit routes and streets to help you get to your work, school and play destinations. We invite your feedback!

Interactive survey and mapping exercise (available until February 17):   http://www.milton.ca/transportationmasterplan

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Town and Police launch Project Safe Crossing for drivers and pedestrians

Please see attached flyer for details.

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IMPORTANT DATES: Full calendar available on our website

February 3rd - PD Day - NO SCHOOL

February 6 & 7th - Hearing / Vision screening (All grades)

February 8, 10 & 13th - Director’s Cut - Gr 7

February 15th - Legoland Field Trip- Grades 3

February 20th - Family Day- School closed, Enjoy a day with your family

February 27th - Report Cards go home

Gator Bites: Week of January 23rd

posted Jan 21, 2017, 7:51 PM by David Willoughby

Good Evening Sherratt Families!

What happened to winter?? It has been a mild week at Sherratt, many indoor recesses due to rain! We were entertained mid week by Mrs Paulson's class and their Project Runway. It was a great opportunity to come together as a school and celebrate the learning of our Grade Eight Class.

Boundary Review

Our School Community is under a Boundary Review. Please keep yourself informed and visit the HDSB website to read up on the current scenarios and complete a Feedback Form to have your voice heard.

Outside for Breaks

A reminder that we do go outside for all breaks that we can and students are expected to be prepared to go out and enjoy the fresh air. There is no indoor supervision during nutrition breaks, therefore when you send your child to school it is expected they are well enough to participate in the academic and recess portions of the day. If your child has had a recent surgery, or has medical documentation to support them not going out for break, please be sure to inform the office so we can make proper arrangements.

Allergy Awareness

With the recent decision by McDonalds Canada this week to cease being a peanut free restaurant, we want to remind our families that food that contains nuts should not be brought to school in lunchboxes or dropped off during the day. Students are expected to only eat the food that has been provided from home, or through our healthy snack program/hot lunch program. A reminder that we do not accept food for celebrations. If you want to bring in something for a celebration we suggest non-food related treats such as pencils or stickers.

Have a wonderful weekend!

In Partnership,

Robert Iannuzzi

Colleen Golightly

and the Staff of Sam Sherratt

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IMPORTANT DATES: Full calendar available on our website

January 24th - Right to Play Assembly

January 25th - Let’s Talk - Pink Day

February 3rd - PD Day - NO SCHOOL

February 6 & 7th - Hearing / Vision screening (All grades)

February 15th - Legoland Field Trip- Grades 3

February 20th - Family Day- School closed, Enjoy a day with your family

February 27th - Report Cards go home

Gator Bites: Week of January 16th

posted Jan 16, 2017, 7:08 AM by David Willoughby

Good Evening Sherratt Families!

Happy New Year and Welcome Back to Sherratt!  We hope you all enjoyed the Winter Break!  We are so excited to be back at school doing what we love every day!  Our Students have been challenged to set new goals to start off their new year, and make a plan to be successful! This is a great time for families to set some goals for 2017 as well!

Entry and Exit Routines

Thank you to all our Gator families in support our Entry and Exit routine changes. Bus students are now entering along the West Pathway, and ensuring their Kindergarten Buses are arriving safely to our new gated Kindergarten Enclosure. A big thank you to Mrs Turjuman, Ms Donaldson and Mrs Riaz with all your efforts in creating new safe entry routines for our Kindergarten students.

Boundary Changes

As you know, our school is involved in the Milton Elementary Boundary Review. Next Tuesday, January 17th is the public meeting in which the final 4 scenarios will be shared and public input will be considered. We strongly urge any family who may be affected to check out the possible scenarios and stay informed. A final decision is expected by March 2017. More information can be found on the HDSB website.

Reminder: Visitors Must Sign In

A reminder to parents who are visiting our school as a volunteer that you must first stop by the main office to sign in and get a visitor's badge. This informs us who is in the building, and ensures we are compliant for Fire Safety. Please return your badge to the office and sign out when leaving.   If you are picking up your child at the end of the day, students are dismissed out the rear doors and can be met on the blacktop.

In Partnership,

Robert Iannuzzi

Colleen Golightly

and the Staff of Sam Sherratt

(Please click attachments to see what our students have been up to)

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IMPORTANT DATES: Full calendar available on our website

January 25th - Let’s Talk - Pink Day

January 24th - Right to Play Assembly

February 3rd - PD Day - NO SCHOOL

February 6 & 7th - Hearing and Vision screening (All grades)

February 15th - Legoland Field Trip- Grades 3

February 20th - Family Day- School closed, Enjoy a day with your family

February 27th - Report Cards go home

Gator Bites! - Week of December 19th

posted Dec 19, 2016, 7:41 AM by David Willoughby

Good Evening Sherratt Families!

**Please be sure to read to the bottom of each Gator Bites to find important attachments!!

This week at Sherratt we were able to celebrate all the activities we have had since September. It was wonderful to get together and cheer on our athletes, our academics, or robot builders and our peace makers!  Thank you to all the students who have shared their talents with us over the past four months, and the teachers who have coached, guided, instructed and cheered their students across the finish lines!  We are so lucky to have the Gator community supporting us in all we do!

Thank you to our school council for arranging and executing another AMAZING Holiday Extravaganza!  Our community came together to pull off another fantastic event.  Thank you to all the parents who volunteered on the day of, who set up the night before and who crawled through your garages to donate that perfect gift.  Our students left so proud on Thursday, knowing that their families are going to open a wonderful gift that they bought themselves!

We have only one week to go before the Winter Break!  Canadian Winter has come a bit early and we couldn’t be happier with the snow making our days extra fun!  Please remind your children to dress for the weather with boots, snow pants, gloves, hat, scarf and warm coat. When the temperature dips below -20 we will keep the students inside for the day, but any day over -20 is an outdoor recess for us!  It is great to live in a country where we can enjoy four seasons of outdoor adventure!

A reminder to parents who are visiting our school as a volunteer that you must first stop by the main office and sign in and get a visitor's badge. This informs us who is in the building, and ensures we are compliant for Fire Safety. If you are picking up your child at the end of the day, students are dismissed out the rear doors and can be met on the blacktop.

Keeping our Students Safe: Over the past few weeks Dr Iannuzzi and Mrs Golightly have been working with HDSB Facilities to move forward in getting a new gate for Kindergarten and improve our entry and exit routines.  Effective January 9th, we will begin new entrance and exit routines that will include reopening the West Pathway and redirecting our Bus students onto the West Path. Thank you to School Council for investing time into problem solving and providing community feedback for keeping our students safe. More information to come!

Next week our Amazing Spirit Committee has arranged a full week of Holiday Celebration!

Monday: Ring in the New Year (wear blue, silver and your New Year's Eve party wear!)

Tuesday: Candy Cane Day (Wear Red and White--candy canes for sale both breaks for 25 cents!)

Wednesday: Ugly Holiday Sweater Day (how UGLY can your sweater be??)

Thursday: Elf/Reindeer Day (wear your Elf ears or Reindeer antlers!)

Friday (early dismissal! 1:50!) Hibernation day (wear your PJ’s!)

In Partnership,

Robert Iannuzzi

Colleen Golightly

and the Staff of Sam Sherratt

(Read on for important messages from The Staff)

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There is a new club at Sam Sherratt called Peace Buddies. These amazing grade 6 student leaders will be trained on helping students in grades 1 to 5 play games at recess. Mr. Charrey will be coordinating the program with Katelyn S. and Ayse K. and are very excited to start the club on Wednesday, January 11, 2017. Peace Buddies aims to build confidence with the younger students so they feel more included at breaks as well as to make new friends and learn new games. Everyone is encouraged to play with the Peace Buddies and have fun. Sam Sherratt rocks because of you! Please see the attached photo of our Peace Buddies.

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IMPORTANT DATES: Full calendar available on our website

December 20th - Winter Concert 6:30 Kindergarten & primary including ¾’s

December 21st - Winter Concert 6:30 Jr. & Intermediate

December 23rd - Last day of school before holidays (Dismissal 90 mins early at 1:50)

December 26th to January 6 - School CLOSED

January 9th - School resumes

Reminder that our January School Council will be on January 9th! All interested families are welcome to attend. 7:00 in our Learning Commons.

Gator Bites: Week of December 12th

posted Dec 12, 2016, 7:27 AM by David Willoughby   [ updated Dec 12, 2016, 7:30 AM ]

Good Evening Sherratt Families!

**Please be sure to read to the bottom of each Gator Bites to find important attachments!!

A wonderful week at Sherratt!

Our student leaders have started Marvellous Me this week, five days of fantastic student led activities for Grades 1-8!  Ask your child if they were able to attend a session!

This week we have had ongoing work done around our school on our stormwater drains. We have asked our students to avoid the large 'puddle' or 'rink' (depending on the weather!). We are working in co-operation with the Town and will continue to strive to get this drain functioning before the hard winter arrives.

A big 'thank you' to Mr Willoughby who was able to fix some kinks on our school website that was not allowing our community to view the school calendar. This error is not worked out and the community can now view our calendar through our website. To note, our weekly Gator Bites is loaded onto our Website weekly by Mr Willoughby. When looking for older Gator Bites, you can click on the 'view all' button at the bottom to see past copies. We are working on putting past Gator Bits on our Website under a tab, but until then you can see archived Gator Bites through the website, or through your saved emails.

This has been our second week of limiting access to our school via the West Pathway. We have had many conversations with HDSB staff, and the community regarding creating a safe entry to and from school each day. There are many ideas on the table, some quicker fixes, some with a significant price tag, and others requiring construction. We want our community to know that we value your input, and take each and every suggestion seriously. Thank you to the families who engaged in conversations with Dr Iannuzzi and Mrs Golightly this week, as well as the extended time taken at School Council to discuss this concern. We want all students and families to feel they can voice their concerns directly to Admin so we can engage in a problem solving conversation, our doors are always open. While we continue to problem solve, we ask the community to continue to support us in redirecting your entry so you and your children are not passing through the active parking lot where there is no crossing guard. Though there are only a few families affected by this change in safe arrival, we understand it has been difficult for you and want to assure you we are continuing to work on a solution.

Enjoy your weekend.

In Partnership,

Robert Iannuzzi

Colleen Golightly

and the Staff of Sam Sherratt

(Read on for important messages from The Staff)

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REMINDER:

Please bring all items to be donated to the Holiday Extravaganza to the office. We are looking forward to every child picking gifts for their family members.

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Looking for Volunteers for the Extravaganza on Wednesday the 14th in the evening and for Thursday the 15th during the day. Contact Suzie Williamson at suziewilliamson78@gmail.com

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It’s hard to believe there are students in our community who come to school hungry, without a winter coat or who can’t afford a class trip. Yet 1 in 10 students of the Halton District School Board face such economic barriers to their education every day.

The Halton Learning Foundation is on a mission to ensure all kids can come to school and stay engaged in learning … but they need your help.

You can purchase a gift of food, clothing or field trips from their No Student Left Behind gift catalogue to help local students. It’s a great gift idea for someone special .

Visit HLF online at haltonlearningfoundation.ca or call 905-335-3665, ext. 3408.

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Optional Attendance for Sept. 2017 

HDSB will be accepting optional attendance applications between Dec 1, 2016 and Jan. 31, 2017. Please pick up a form from Sam Sherratt PS or download it from HDSB.ca. Applications should be brought to your home school for processing.

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IMPORTANT DATES: Full calendar available on our website

December 14th - Pink Day

December 15th - Beauty and the Beast Gr’s 4-8

December 15th - Holiday Extravaganza

December 20th and 21st - Winter Concert 6:30 both evenings

December 23rd - Last day of school before holidays (Dismissal 90 mins early at 1:50pm)

December 26th to January 6 - School CLOSED

Gator Bites: Week of December 5th

posted Dec 5, 2016, 7:09 AM by David Willoughby   [ updated Dec 5, 2016, 7:20 AM ]

Good Evening Sherratt Families!

**Please be sure to read to the bottom of each Gator Bites to find important attachments!!

This week we began our new entry routines to encourage our students and their families to use our sidewalks and community pathways to enter our school, and to discourage walking through our parking lot. We understand these changes have altered the way many families arrive and depart from the school, and we appreciate these changes will take time to become a new routine.

There are many reasons why we are discouraging using the West pathway. This pathway is unsupervised during both morning and afternoon transition time. The pathway leads right to the parking lot, encouraging people to squeeze between parked cars and cross through an active parking lot. Our older students who do not have an adult with them often run right into the parking lot filled with moving buses and cars. This practice is unsafe and must be discontinued. Further, the West pathway leads to our Kindergarten fenced in area. Currently, these gates are left open during morning routines. In order to transfer care from the parents to the school, in January 2017 we plan on closing our gates during the instructional day to ensure we have all students in Kindergarten in our secure care. This will mean all students will need to arrive and depart using our East entrance only.

Thank you to the families who contacted Dr. Iannuzzi and Mrs. Golightly this week to discuss these changes. If you have any other questions, please contact us so we can hear your ideas and input.

Enjoy the weekend!

In Partnership,

Robert Iannuzzi

Colleen Golightly

and the Staff of Sam Sherratt

(Read on for important messages from The Staff)

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It’s hard to believe there are students in our community who come to school hungry, without a winter coat or who can’t afford a class trip. Yet 1 in 10 students of the Halton District School Board face such economic barriers to their education every day.

The Halton Learning Foundation is on a mission to ensure all kids can come to school and stay engaged in learning … but they need your help.

You can purchase a gift of food, clothing or field trips from their No Student Left Behind gift catalogue to help local students. It’s a great gift idea for someone special .

Visit HLF online at haltonlearningfoundation.ca or call 905-335-3665, ext. 3408.

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Optional Attendance for Sept. 2017 Put in for a few weeks.

HDSB will be accepting optional attendance applications between Dec 1, 2016 and Jan. 31, 2017. Please pick up a form from Sam Sherratt PS or download it from HDSB.ca. Applications should be brought to your home school for processing.

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Click to see attached pictures of our Chef à l’école school event.

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IMPORTANT DATES: Full calendar available on our website

December 3rd - VEX Robotics competition

December 5th - School Council meeting 7:00PM (All parents/gaurdians welcome.)

December 8th - Royal Ontario Museum  Gr 4

December 15th - Beauty and the Beast  Gr’s 4-8

December 16th - Holiday Extravaganza

December 20th and 21st - Winter Concert  6:30PM  both evenings

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