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Gator Bites: Week of April 1, 2019

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

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 ( teacher librarian or Laurie Wozniak (parent organizer) with your availability if you are able to help.


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: , 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 (Search: Technology & You) or search #TECHandU on Twitter.