School News

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​​​​​​​

Gator Bites: Week of April 29th

posted May 6, 2019, 7:11 AM by David Willoughby


Good Evening Gators!

A BIG THANK YOU to our School Parent Council for a very successful and fun Movie Night! Thank you also to all the families who supported this event bringing kids, pillows, stuffies and blankets and enjoying snacks and a great movie together.

Our next School Council meeting will take place this coming Monday, May 6th at 6:30pm in the Learning Commons.  Everyone is welcome.

 

EQAO is approaching and we need your help!

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. Neat, Mrs. Belford or Mrs. Fazakas.

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

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

Please make sure not to book any appointments or make travel plans for these dates.


Congratulations to our Jazz Band for a great performance at Jazz Fest held at John T. Tuck P.S. on Thursday night.  They played a great set along with 6 other school bands. Thank you Mr. Hull for all the work you put into the Jazz band and Symphonic Winds band practices and events.  The Symphonic Winds are looking forward to their upcoming trip to Canada’s Wonderland on May 29th where they will perform and have some fun riding the roller coasters!

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


Due to the weather, we have had to cancel our Gator House/ Jump Rope for Heart Event that had been scheduled for today.  We have rescheduled for Friday June 21st. Keep up the wonderful work on fundraising, we are more than half way to our goal of $4500!  Fundraising closes on Wednesday May 15th.

Thank you Ms. Swift and Ms. Gabriel for all you work organizing this event and our Gator Houses this year!  

Also thank you to Ms. McLoughlin, Ms. McKenna, Ms. Swift and Ms. Gabriel for running our Skipping Club leading up to our Jump Rope event.

Track & Field and Relay season has started!  Our Grade 6 - 8 Track and Field Day Tryouts had to be postponed this week due to the rain.  They will take place next Tuesday May 7th. Thank you Mr. Pearson and Mr. Kerschner for organizing these.  The Track & Field Meet for Intermediate students will take place on Wednesday, May 22nd this year.

Ms. Wheeler and Ms. Northcott have been busy practicing Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays with our students involved in  Junior Relay. The Junior (Gr. 3 - 5) Relay Meet will take place on May 16th. Ms. Wheeler is also organizing our Junior Track and Field tryouts which will take place May 13th, in preparation for the upcoming Junior Track & Field Meet on June 13th.

Our Intermediate Boys and Girls soccer practices continue this week Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays after school.  The Game schedule will be provided soon. Thank you Mr. Aidoo and Mr. Goral for coaching our soccer teams.

Gator Bites: Week of April 15th

posted Apr 23, 2019, 12:03 PM by David Willoughby

Gator Bites week of April 15, 2019

Hello Gators!

Reminder: All schools will be closed on Friday April 19th, and Monday, April 22, 2019. Please enjoy a safe and restful long weekend.

Cultural Fair: Thank you to Mr. Goral, Ms. Byrne and Mr. Hull for supporting students in their collaborative inquiry projects on various cultures and countries.  Students worked together to research information, food and music from a variety of places around the world to share with our school community!


Ms. Byrne and Mr. Costello’s class were able to connect with Dr. Jane Goodall on April 9th, they got to hear about "how every individuals’ actions can have a big impact." It was part of a Microsoft sponsored world-wide Skype. Kids from all around the world got to ask questions and Dr. Jane spoke about how young people can make a huge difference in their world. An exciting learning opportunity for both classes, who are studying the work of Dr. Goodall and biodiversity.

 

Family Movie Night - brought to you by Sam Sherratt Parent Council

Movie:  Ralph Breaks the Internet

Date: Thursday, May 2nd

Time: 6 pm to 8 pm (Doors Open at 5:30pm)

This is a FREE event, but donations are welcome!  Pizza must be pre-ordered.

Snacks and drinks will be sold during the movie night.Please remember we are a NUT FREE Zone. Children MUST be accompanied by an adult.

Please see attached flyer for more information.

 

The Jump Rope for Heart Assembly was held this week to provide students information on how to stay healthy, the signs of a heart attack and stroke as well as how the funds we raise help people through the Heart and Stroke Foundation.  

Our skipping club has already been practicing for our upcoming Jump Rope for Heart Event on May 3r.  Thank you Ms. Swift and Ms. Gabriel for all you work on this great initiative.

 

 

Book Fair:  A GATOR BIG thank you to Mrs. Wozniak for her dedication and commitment to the Sam Sherratt Scholastic Book Fair because of her we sold $5106.99

With proceeds from our Scholastic book fair we were able to provide some free books to students for contest draws and restock our shelves with more books students love to read in our Learning Commons. We also earned $474.95 in bonus books for our LC.

Donated formal wear available:  The Halton District School Board will host open houses in April and May for students to select, at no cost, donated formal wear for their prom or graduation.

Called Fashion Forward, students will have the opportunity to view and try on formal wear in a friendly and welcoming environment. Students may select from a variety of new and gently-used attire that has been donated for proms, graduations and other special events. There are many different styles, colours, and sizes of formal dresses available as well as suits, shirts, ties and shoes.

The dates to browse for prom wear are Tuesday, April 30 and Thursday, May 9. Each open house runs from 3 - 6 p.m. and will be held at the Milton Staff Learning Centre (215 Ontario Street South, Milton).  Students are required to bring student identification to the open house they attend.

Technology & You:   It's time to do some spring cleaning of your technology this month! Learn how you can do a digital cluttering of your devices by checking out the HDSB's Technology & You resources at www.hdsb.ca (Search: Technology & You) or search #TECHandU on Twitter.  

Gator Bites: Week of April 1, 2019

posted Apr 8, 2019, 9:21 AM by David Willoughby

Hello Gators!

World Autism Awareness Day: On Tuesday we celebrated World Autism Awareness Day. We wore blue to show our support and foster understanding and acceptance for our students, our friends and family with Autism. Thank you Gators for showing your blue!

Halton Skills Competition: On Tuesday Sam Sherratt participated in the Halton Skills Competition at Craig Keilburger. We had students participate in the Vex Lego Robotics, Digital Photography and Vex EDR. Thank you to Ms. Paulson and Mr. Willoughby for supporting this exciting learning experience for our students! We were very proud of how our students performed in the challenges and how well they represented Sam Sherratt!

Basketball: The senior girls basketball team finished their year on Thursday with a loss to Chris Hadfield. The girls played their hearts out and had smiles at the end of it all. Mr. Baker would like to thank all the parents who were able to make morning practices and after-school games possible. Thank you also for being flexible with the season schedule as things got changed around. The season wouldn't have happened without you. Go Gators!

The Scholastic Book Fair is ALMOST HERE!  From April 8-11th we invite your entire family to stop by and see what new books we have for you, the theme is Dinosaur so we are encouraging families to dress up tell a joke and get into the “DINO-spirit” to earn a ballot for the free book give away draws.

Family Event Draw ballot that parents can deposit during our Family Event on Wednesday & Thursday night.  ENTER YOUR BALLOT:  You could win $50 in books – $25 for your family PLUS $25 for your child’s classroom!

Book Fair hours April 8-11th

Monday & Tuesday 8:30-4:00 pm

Wednesday & Thursday 8:30-8:30 pm

We look forward to seeing you during our Scholastic Book Fair and thank you in advance for supporting this great literary event. We accept cheques made payable to our school. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are welcome, too.

Volunteers still needed for set-up (Friday April 5th), sales  (April 8-11) and clean-up (Friday April 12th). Please contact Lori Belford (belfordl@hdsb.ca teacher librarian or Laurie Wozniak (parent organizer) with your availability if you are able to help.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT about the AFTER SCHOOL LITERACY CLUB:

The AFTER SCHOOL Literacy CLUB will not be running after school on Tuesday April 9th and Wednesday April 10th due to the Book Fair.


Sam Sherratt Public School’s Annie Jr. Production is next week!  The students and staff have been working very hard both on and off stage to prepare for the show which will take place April 10th & 11th at 6:00pm, as well as a matinee performance on April 11th at 11:20 am.

Tickets are free of charge, but must be purchased online by clicking on the following link:  https://sherrattannie.eventbrite.ca , and using the password shannie2019.

Thank you Ms. Neate for overseeing this amazing project, and to Ms. Jerzyk, Mrs. Couture,  Mrs. Turjuman, Ms. Brazeau, Ms. Chahade, Mr. Hull and Ms. Smyth for all your time and efforts!

April 12 is D.E.A.R Day!  D.E.A.R. stands for "Drop Everything and Read," a celebration of reading designed to remind families to make reading a priority activity in their lives.  D.E.A.R. Day is celebrated every year on April 12th. That's the birthday of author Beverly Cleary! The concept of "Drop Everything and Read" is referenced in the second chapter of her book Ramona Quimby, Age 8, and Ramona is the campaign spokesperson.  D.E.A.R Day activities and resources can be found here.

Hearing & Vision screening will be here on Thursday, April 11th.  An information / permission form was sent home with students this week.  Please make sure to complete and return it before that time with the $15 fee (cheque or cash - exact change only).  This item will not be available on SchoolCashonline.

Donated formal wear available:  The Halton District School Board will host open houses in April and May for students to select, at no cost, donated formal wear for their prom or graduation.

Called Fashion Forward, students will have the opportunity to view and try on formal wear in a friendly and welcoming environment. Students may select from a variety of new and gently-used attire that has been donated for proms, graduations and other special events. There are many different styles, colours, and sizes of formal dresses available as well as suits, shirts, ties and shoes.

The dates to browse for prom wear are Tuesday, April 30 and Thursday, May 9. Each open house runs from 3 - 6 p.m. and will be held at the Milton Staff Learning Centre (215 Ontario Street South, Milton).  Students are required to bring student identification to the open house they attend.

Technology & You:   It's time to do some spring cleaning of your technology this month! Learn how you can do a digital cluttering of your devices by checking out the HDSB's Technology & You resources at www.hdsb.ca (Search: Technology & You) or search #TECHandU on Twitter.  

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