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Gator Bites: Week of October 22nd

posted Oct 21, 2018, 9:11 AM by David Willoughby ‎[Staff]‎

Good Evening Gators!

This week at Sam Sherratt Author Lana Button, an Early Childhood Educator in Halton and former actress, presented to our JK-Grade 3's  in the Learning Commons. Her presentation was lively and fun. She read her picture books Willow Whispers and Willow Finds a Way to our Gators and left us with 3 important messages:

1. Everybody has a voice and your voice matters.

2. It is important to give everybody a second chance because we all make mistakes.

3. We can all help one another by taking action and getting help. Some of our friends also made "magic microphones" .

Thank you to Ms. Belford for organising this great learning opportunity. 

Some of our friends also made "magic microphones" .  Thank you to Ms. Belford for organising this great learning opportunity.


Some of our grade 6 students went on a class trip this week. Thank you to Mr. Charrey, Ms. Litt and Mr. Kerschner for organising this experience. Here is what one of our students has to say about their trip:

On Tuesday October 16, 2018 some grade fives and all grade sixes went on a field trip and walked to the First Ontario Arts Center. The day was so much fun!   The students made coil pots with clay, they did this by making long thin cylinders and shaping them into creative pot designs using balls, swirls, triangles and more. The students learned that when you start the pot you have to make a small circular or rectangular base. The clay the students used was a special type because it did not require heating in a kiln. Students had a great time at the Arts Center and would love to go back! By: Madison Carey 5\6-1

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Cultural Celebration:  Sam Sherratt is planning to hold their 1st annual Cultural Celebration on December 6, from 6 - 8 pm, but we need your HELP to be successful.  All families are invited to attend but we need MORE participants.  To sign up please either complete the  Cultural Celebration information letter or Cultural Celebration Google Form as soon as possible!

The Big Crunch & Toonies for Tummies: We will be participating in the “Big Crunch” at Sam Sherratt next Thursday, Oct. 25th, during the first nutrition break outside, where we will all crunch into an apple at the same time!  Toonies for Tummies will run all week, and we are asking families to send in a toonie or loonie or any amount to the school to donate to Halton Food for thought, who generously help us with our healthy snack bin program at school.  If parents would like to donate to our snack program, you can also do this on our cashless system under “Healthy Snack Bin Program”. Thank you for your support!Image result for image of apple

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

Girls & Boys Senior Volleyball Games:  This weeks both teams started off the season playing strong games on Tuesday and Thursday.  They showed great determination and won some of the games. Thank you to Mr. Baker, Mr. Kerschner, Mr. Goral and Mr. Aidoo for coaching our teams.  Keep up the great effort!

Project Runway:  Congratulations to the Grade 5's in Mrs.Paulson's class who participated in project Runway! They modelled their costumes after European explorers and shared the creative stop motion animation iMovies they had made! The Grade 5's made their costumes and scripts entirely from scratch and walked the Runway through the gym cheered on by students, staff and their parents .Image result for strike a pose images

Our Laura Secord Chocolate fundraiser has come to an end, please return all leftover chocolate and money to the school by Monday. Chocolate payments can also be done on online at School Cash Online.   

 Don't forget to place your orders for our Recipes in a Jar fundraiser either on our online store  or with the paper order form that was sent home with your student. Orders are due October 25th.

 Thank you for your support.

Ottawa Trip Info Session: Thank you to all the families who joined us on Thursday evening for our Ottawa Trip Information session for our grade 8 students. Thank you to Mr. Fox for all the hard work that goes into organising the trip and to Ms. Watts for being part of the presentation. More information will be coming home with our grade 8 students.

Grade 8 to 9 Parent Information Evenings:  All HDSB Secondary Schools offer rich programming and opportunities for our students. Unique school based programs such as certificate programs and pathway programs will be shared at these information sessions.

Craig Kielburger Secondary School Gr. 8 Parent Info Night is Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7:00 pm

Milton District High School Parent Info Night is Thursday, Nov. 8th

Calling All Three-Year Olds Kindergarten Open Houses :  Beginning school is a big step for children and parents, and the Halton District School Board wants to make that transition as smooth as possible. The Board is hosting a Calling All Three-Year Olds Kindergarten Open Houses in Milton on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, 6:30 - 7:30  P.L. Robertson Public School (840 Scott Blvd.) for families to help make this first school experience a happy one.

If you, or someone you know, have a child born in 2015, they can start Kindergarten in September 2019. Kindergarten registration begins in January 2019 and takes place at the school the child will attend.


In Partnership,

Maggie Parker, Principal

Bita Watts - Vice Principal

and the Staff of Sam Sherratt