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Important Startup News for 2018 - 2019 School Year

posted Aug 30, 2018, 7:20 PM by David Willoughby ‎[Staff]‎   [ updated Aug 31, 2018, 1:19 PM ]

Welcome to a 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 4, 2018.  We would like to share some routines for a safe and stress free September startup.

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

We can’t wait to meet you! 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.  


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 come home in the start up packages on the first day of school. If you are interested in running, please complete and return the form by Tuesday 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. This year our first meeting will be Monday October 3, 2018 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.


On Friday, August 31 at approximately 3:30 pm, class lists will be posted on the front doors of the school and on the Sam Sherratt School website (CLICK HERE).  Due to Freedom of Information guidelines, student names may not be listed, therefore you will need you child’s OEN (Ontario Education Number) which can be located on your child’s report card.  In keeping with Ministry of Education primary class caps and collective agreements around class size, the school may be required to change class compositions until the end of September (due to increased or decreased enrolment).


As you are aware, last year the Halton District School Board changed the online payment provider and we currently use School Cash Online (   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.


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 where there will be teacher 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 ( 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 us delays and cancellations. Signing up for this useful tool is available at the bottom of the route information screen.


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 written in their agenda indicating the pick-up time. Alternatively, you can use the School Messenger Attendance Reporting system to advise the school of these early departures.  Your child can then be dismissed by the teacher and be in the office when you arrive to pick them up for their appointments and thereby avoid delaying you and also minimize disruptions to classroom instructional time.


In the parking lot “kiss and ride area”, please pull up as far as you can outside of doors 3 and 4 in order to keep the flow of traffic moving. For safety reasons, please do not drop off children in the middle of the parking lot or at 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.


Please be advised if your student is in a portable this year, they will have a change in their Nutrition Break routine.  Beginning in September our students who are in portables will be supervised in the school Mall during both nutrition breaks, where they will find brand new tables and chairs that we have purchased for them to enjoy eating their snack/lunch.




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.


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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