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Gator Bites: July / August 2018

posted Jul 3, 2018, 1:46 PM by David Willoughby

Dear Parents and Students of Sam Sherrtt:

Have a safe and happy summer. We thank all of our students, staff and families for all of your support this year!

Sam Sherratt Rocks Because of You!!!

We sadly say good bye to a few staff members, and we wish them all the best in their new adventures.

Good bye and Good luck to:

Mr. Smith

Mr. Hamel

Ms. Morgan

Ms. Sleet

Ms. Guglielmi

Ms. Cook

Ms. Blackmore

Ms. Reddon

Mr. Giokas

Mr.Jenkins

All of these staff members have made such a difference to our school community and you will be greatly missed!

Students, we look forward to seeing you again in September!

Gator Bites: Week of June 25th

posted Jun 23, 2018, 7:48 PM by David Willoughby

Good Evening Gators!

Congratulations to our Kindie classes who had their graduation this week. Thank you to Ms. Turjuman, Ms. Brazeau and Ms. Hunt for organising this fun celebration. We enjoyed slideshows, songs from our amazing students and ice cream to celebrate.

A reminder to our Grade 8 students... we have grade 8 graduation on Tuesday June 26th at Craig Keilburger HS. Graduates are asked to arrive at 6pm.

Monday, June 25th will be Sam Sherratt’s Play Day! Please remember to dress your students for some outdoor fun on Monday. Thank you to our Parent Council for providing pizza for our play day! Students will receive pizza on Monday.

On Wednesday we had two groups of students involved with track activities, our Junior Track and Field as well as our Special Athlete’s Track Meet. Thank you to all of our volunteers, both from our parent community and our staff, and thank you to all of our students who participated and made us so proud of your efforts.

Thank you to all of our families who joined us on Wednesday for our Spring Showcase. Thank you to our students who performed and to Mr. Smith who worked so hard to make this night magic...or should I say...out of this world.

Our grade 1 and 2 students enjoyed a trip to African Lion Safari, where the weather was perfect for our students, volunteers and staff to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Safari! Thank you to our staff for organising this fun filled field trip!

Lost and Found Reminder: Please be aware that all of our lost and found items will be packed up on Monday afternoon. Please make sure you have looked for any lost items.

Today at school we had a practise lockdown drill. Our students and staff did an amazing job. Thank you for your hard work.

A reminder that on our last day of school is next week on Friday June 29th. Early dismissal for all students will be 90 minutes earlier at 1:50pm.

In Partnership,

Maggie Parker, Principal

Bita Watts - Vice Principal

and the Staff of Sam Sherratt

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IMPORTANT DATES: Full calendar available on our website

June 25th - Play Day and Talent Show(9 - 10:30)

June 26th - Gr 8 Graduation

June 27th - Ripley’s Aquarium - Life Skills

June 27th - Report Card sent home

June 29th - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - DISMISSAL 90 minutes early (1:50)

Gator Bites: Week of June 18th

posted Jun 16, 2018, 11:25 AM by David Willoughby

Eid Mubarak! We wish all our families and staff members celebrating a very happy Eid.

Attention: Parents of students in grade one and two, those students who were going to African Lion Safari on Monday, our trip is being rescheduled due to expected weather conditions. You will receive a separate communication also with more detail.

Monday this week we had our Grade 5 friends from EW Foster PS visit us for some fun in the learning commons getting ready to join us at Sherratt next year!

Both our Girls and Boys Soccer Teams enjoyed a tournament this week, where they were able to demonstrate their skills and love of the game. Go Gators! Thank you to Mr. Goral and Mr. Aidoo for coaching our teams!

On Thursday we welcomed our Volunteers into the Learning Commons for our Volunteer Appreciation Lunch. Thank you to all of our volunteers who help to make Sam Sherratt the place that it is, where community, staff and students work together to make it great!! Thank you to Ms. Turjman, Ms. Brazeau and Ms.Jerzyk for all of your hard work.

Our Symphonic Winds Band went to Canada’s Wonderland to perform, and Mr. Smith has shared with us, that our school was given exceptional feedback on our presentation and our professionalism. Good Work Gators!! Thank you to Mr. Smith for all of your hard work!

A reminder to grade 8 parents, there are a number of communications coming home with regard to grade 8 graduation, please be sure to complete all the permission forms and return them as soon as possible. The tickets are currently being distributed (4 per student) and we are putting the final touches on our ceremony planning for the evening. We are looking forward to a very special night for our graduates!

Buddy Bench: Last week our Buddy Bench was installed by the back doors. This Bench was donated by the Halton Learning Foundation and dedicated to students who felt alone at recess and needed some support. With the help of Mr. Charrey and his Peace Keeper group, this bench is monitored and Grade 6 students are trained to help/support their peers.

This week our Grade 6 Peace Buddy captains (Ava & Grace) went to all Grade 1-5 classes to talk to students about the bench and how to use it, students are really excited and we have already had some customers on the bench!

Royal Bank of Canada Teach Your Kids to Code Program:

This week and next we have guest instructor Jacquie Dolman from the RBC Teach Your Kids to Code program in the Learning Commons to provide an opportunity for students to enhance their coding skills. Students were taught skills such as block coding in order to create a game online using SCRATCH and the CODE.org website.  We look forward to expanding this program next year to our primary students.

In Partnership,

Maggie Parker, Principal

Bita Watts - Vice Principal

and the Staff of Sam Sherratt

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IMPORTANT DATES: Full calendar available on our website

June 19th - Pizza Day

June 20th - Special Olympics Track Meet

June 20th - Year End Concert 6 - 7 pm

June 20th - Jr. Track and Field Meet at CKHS

June 21st - Gr 1 & 2 African Lion Safari

June 21st - K-2 Kindie Graduation at 2 pm

June 22nd - K-1 Kindie Graduation at 2 pm

June 25th - Play Day and Talent Show(9 - 10:30)

June 26th - Gr 8 Graduation

June 27th - Special Athletes Track Meet

June 27th - Report Card sent home

June 29th - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - DISMISSAL 90 minutes early (1:50)


Gator Bites: Week of June 11th

posted Jun 11, 2018, 9:40 AM by David Willoughby

Good Evening Gator Families!

Here we are in June, and the days at Sam Sherratt are getting busier and busier!

On Monday our grade 6-8 students who joined our track and field team participated in track day at Nelson High School. Thank you for all your hard work Mr. Pearson, Mr. Kryzanowski, Mr. Kerschner and all the students who worked hard to push through practices and try outs. The excellent news is….we just received the CHAMPION BANNERS...we won for Boys grade 8 and Girls grade 7!! Go Gators!!

We are so proud of you!

Thank you to all the parents who joined us on Monday night for our last parent council meeting for the year. Thank you for all of your support and hard work this year!

Both girls and boys soccer teams played in games this week. Practices continue as they get ready for upcoming tournaments. Go Gators!

Our grade 3 students enjoyed a day at Springridge Farm; good weather and fun at a local hot spot.

Our Kindergarten students enjoyed Mountsberg, outdoor learning and exploring.

An Annishanbee Knowledge Guide joined us on Monday to speak to several classes about what relationships, with each other and the natural world mean to the First Nations people. Students learned ways to change how we look at the relationships in our own lives, and how we can improve them through communication and listening more carefully to what is happening around us. Our students were inspired to be more mindful of their interactions, and how to develop a deeper understanding of First Nations beliefs.

We welcome our grade 8 students back this evening from their trip to Ottawa. I am sure they will return tired, with many exciting memories. Thank you to our staff who organised (Mr. Fox) and the staff who joined the trip to make it a successful experience for our students. May you all get much needed rest this weekend!

In Partnership,

Maggie Parker, Principal

Bita Watts - Vice Principal

and the Staff of Sam Sherratt

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IMPORTANT DATES: Full calendar available on our website

June 13th - Milton Library visit

June 13th - Charity Fashion Show at 5:30

June 14th - Volunteer Appreciation Lunch 12:50 pm

June 14th - Canada’s Wonderland- Symphonic Winds Orchestra

June 15th - Talent Show

June 18th - African Lion Safari - Gr’s 1 & 2

June 19th - Pizza Day

June 20th - Special Olympics Track Meet

June 20th - Year End Concert 6 - 7 pm

June 20th - Jr. Track and Field Meet at CKHS

June 21st - K-2 Kindie Graduation at 2 pm

June 22nd - K-1 Kindie Graduation at 2 pm

June 25th - Play Day

June 26th - Gr 8 Graduation

June 27th - Special Athletes Track Meet

June 27th - Report Card sent home


Gator Bites: Week of June 4th

posted Jun 1, 2018, 11:59 AM by David Willoughby

Good Evening Gator Families!

Reminder: Friday June 1st is a PD day, students can enjoy a day away from school!

Intermediate Track and Field was rescheduled for Monday June 4th.

Thank you to all of our teachers Mr. Pearson, Mr. Kyyzanowski and Mr. Kershner for all of your hard work.

We have several students from Mr.Goral’s grade 8 class who will be hosting a charity fashion show at school on June 13th in support of The Halton’s Women’s Place and PACE. Doors open at 5:30pm and the show begins at 6pm. Tickets are available at school cash on-line to those families interested in attending.

In Partnership,

Maggie Parker, Principal

Bita Watts - Vice Principal

and the Staff of Sam Sherratt

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IMPORTANT DATES: Full calendar available on our website

June 5th - Pizza Day

June 6th - Friday schedule

June 6-8th - Gr 8 in Ottawa

June 7th - Provincial Election voting in our gym

June 13th - Milton Library visit

June 14th - Canada’s Wonderland- Symphonic Winds Orchestra

June 15th - Play Day

June 15th - Talent Show

Gator Bites: Week of May 21st

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

Good Morning Gator Families!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In Partnership,

Maggie Parker, Principal

Bita Watts - Vice Principal

and the Staff of Sam Sherratt

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2018 MusicFest Nationals

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

Bravo!

Mr. Smith - Director

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IMPORTANT DATES: Full calendar available on our website

May 21st - Victoria Day - NO SCHOOL

May 22nd - Monday rotary schedule & Pizza Day

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

May 28 - Track & Field

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

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

Gator Bites: Week of May 7th

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

Good Evening Gator Families!

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

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

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

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

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

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

In Partnership,

Maggie Parker, Principal

Bita Watts - Vice Principal

and the Staff of Sam Sherratt

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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Tech Tip of the Month from the HDSB:

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

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IMPORTANT DATES: Full calendar available on our website

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

May 8th - Gr 6 - Canadian Warplane Museum

May 8th - Pizza Day

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

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

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

May 16th - Junior Relay meet

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

May 18th - Gr 4 - Knight of Valour

May 21st - Victoria Day - NO SCHOOL

May 22nd - Monday rotary schedule & Pizza Day

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

May 28 - Track & Field

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

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

Gator Bites: Week of April 30th

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

Good Evening Gator Families,

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

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

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

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

In Partnership,

Maggie Parker, Principal

Bita Watts - Vice Principal

and the Staff of Sam Sherratt

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IMPORTANT DATES: Full calendar available on our website

April 30th - Friday rotary schedule

May 3rd - Jump Rope for Heart

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

May 8th - Gr 6 - Canadian Warplane Museum

May 8th - Pizza Day

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

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

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

May 16th - Junior Relay meet

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

May 18th - Gr 4 - Knight of Valour

May 21st - Victoria Day - NO SCHOOL

May 22nd - Monday rotary schedule & Pizza Day

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

May 28 - Track & Field

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

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

Gator Bites: Week of April 23rd

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

Dear Gator Families,

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

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

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

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

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

In Partnership,

Maggie Parker, Principal

Bita Watts - Vice Principal

and the Staff of Sam Sherratt

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IMPORTANT DATES: Full calendar available on our website

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

April 24th - Pizza Day

April 27th - PA Day - No school

May 3rd - Jump Rope for Heart

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 28 - Track & Field

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

Gator Bites: Week of April 16th

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

Good Evening Gator Families!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Technology & You - April tip of the month:

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

In Partnership,

Maggie Parker, Principal

Bita Watts - Vice Principal

and the Staff of Sam Sherratt

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Halton Music Showcase & the Halton Intermediate Winds Honour Band

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

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

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

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IMPORTANT DATES: Full calendar available on our website

April 19th - Team and Club photo day

April 20th - Gr 1 & 2 - Mountsberg Trip

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

April 24th - Pizza Day

April 27th - PA Day - No school

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