News & Announcements

Pizza Orders – January to March Break

Pizza Days are back……

Pizza will be available every Wednesday at second nutrition break. Deadline for orders will be December 20th, 2018.

You will be ordering for every Wednesday from January 9th to March Break. (Jan 9, Jan 16, Jan 23, Jan 30, Feb 6, Feb, 13, Feb 20, Feb 27, Mar 6).

We will be offering Cheese and Pepperoni Pizza for 9 weeks for a cost of: $18.00 for 1 slice, $36.00 for 2 slices, $54.00 for 3 slices

Please note: If your child is absent we will not be offering refunds.

Payment by Credit Card or Debit/Visa is preferred. If paying by cash, please send in the exact change along with the order number. Cheques will not be accepted.  Please check out School-Day to order your student’s Pizza for January to March break.

Thank you for your co-operation!

Office Staff

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What’s the Scoop? 7th December 2018

LOOKING AHEAD….

Mon, 10 Dec – Food Bank Drive (Donations welcome)

Wed, 12 Dec – School Council Meeting – 6:30 pm

Fri, 14 Dec – Extended Day Open House 7am to 8.25am

Wed, 19 Dec – Holiday Concert – 1.30 pm

Thurs, 20 Dec – Holiday Concert – 1:30 pm – Kindergarten Only

(Please be advised that parking is NOT permitted at the school for 1:30 pm Holiday Concert performances)

Thurs, 20 Dec – Holiday Concert – 6:30 pm

Winter Break – 24th December to 4th January – Return to School, 7th Jan 2019

Food Bank Drive

Sandhills is proud to be a part of the 2018 Food Bank Initiative, starting Monday, 10th December we are accepting Food donations. Students will collect donations from classrooms during the week at Nutrition Breaks and pack them into boxes in the front hall. Non-perishable foods are ideal and the link below gives a guideline as to what foods are suitable.

Food Bank Donation Guidelines

We would like to thank our Global Issues Student Club here at Sandhills who are supporting the Food Bank drive this year. Cash donations for the Food Bank will be collected at the Holiday Concert on Thursday 20th December. Food donations will be picked up on Wednesday, 19th December 2018.

Part Time Job Opportunities at Sandhills

We currently have two part-time positions at Sandhills. If you are interested in receiving further information please do not hesitate to contact the main office. These job opportunities are paid positions within the Waterloo Region District School Board.

Supervision Monitor – Kindergarten – 2nd Nutrition Break (daily – 12:45 to 1:25pm)
Parking Lot Duty Attendant – (daily from 8:15am to 8:45am and/or 2:45pm to 3:15pm)

Did You Know?

Mental health affects the way people think, feel and act. Taking care of our mental health is just as important as having a healthy body. As a parent, you play an important role in your child’s mental health:

You can promote good mental health by the things you say and do, and through the environment you create at home.
You can also learn about the early signs of mental health problems and know where to go for help.
Learn more about your child’s mental health by visiting the link below.

Caring For Kids Link

PIZZA ORDERS COMING SOON

PIZZA will be available to order through School-Day by the end of next week.

You will be able to order your student pizza from January to March 2019.

Stay tuned for more information and please remember to make a note of the deadline for orders once it is posted.

Consent Forms for Field Trips

As you are aware, a consent form must be signed before a student can attend a field trip. All consent forms must be signed on paper or on School-Day.

Verbal consent can no longer be accepted.

The easiest way to sign a consent form is on School-Day. Please ensure that when you electronically sign the consent form you also tick the box that says ‘I Agree’. This will be visible when you scroll down after you have clicked the box confirming your student can attend. If you have any questions or do not have a School-Day account, please do not hesitate to contact the office (519-744-4430).

Umbrella Project

As we come to the last few weeks of school before our Winter break we take a moment to focus on one aspect of GRIT and Find Joy Overcoming Challenges with Dr. Jen.

UMBRELLA PROJECT VIDEO

G – Give it your Best

R – Redo if necessary

I – Ignore the Urge to Quit

T – Take the Time to Do it Right

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National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women

Today, December 6, is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women. To mark the day, flags at our buildings will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset. On the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women, we remember the 14 female engineering students who were murdered at l’École […]

Pizza Orders Coming Soon

PIZZA will be available to order through School-Day in the next 7 to 10 days.

You will be able to order your student pizza from January to March 2019.

Stay tuned for more information and please remember to make a note of the deadline for orders once it is posted.

Have a great week Sandhills!

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What’s the Scoop? 30th November

LOOKING AHEAD…. Mon, 3 Dec – Dental Screening for JK, SK, Grades 2 & 4 Tues, 4 Dec – Grades 2 & 3 Humanities Theatre Trip Wed, 12 Dec – School Council Meeting – 6:30 pm Wed, 19 Dec – Holiday Concert – 1.30 pm Thurs, 20 Dec – Holiday Concert – 1:30 pm – […]

What’s the Scoop – 23rd November 2018

WEEKLY UPDATE – LOOKING AHEAD….

Tues, 27 Nov – Extended Day Open House, 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Thurs 29 Nov – Swim to Survive Grade 3 – Last day – Bring a Swimsuit and a Towel

Mon, 3 Dec – Dental Screening for JK, SK, Grades 2 & 4

Tues, 4 Dec – Grades 2 & 3 Humanities Theatre Trip

Wed, 12 Dec – School Council Meeting – 6:30pm

Wed, 19 Dec – Holiday Concert – 1.30pm

(Please be advised that parking is NOT permitted at the school for the Wednesday Holiday Concert performance)

Thurs, 20 Dec – Holiday Concert – 6:30pm

Winter Break – 24th December to 4th January – Return to School, 7th Jan 2019

STUDENT DROP OFF & PICK UP IN THE PARKING LOT

First and foremost a HUGE thank you to all of the Sandhills Community who have been doing their part in promoting safe, healthy options for student travel to and from school each and every day. Options, like walking to school informally or taking part in the Walking School Bus, and using the “Drive to 5” options MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE!

You may remember our “Taking Back the Parking Lot” campaign back in September. It was successful in that it spread the word about parking lot safety and several community members made adjustments to their routine to do their part.

Unfortunately, with the return of the winter weather, we have had an increase in issues surrounding student drop off and pick up in the parking lot. A particular issue is that parking spaces are being taken up in the afternoon by folks waiting to pick students up at the end of the school day such that our afternoon staff have nowhere to park, which creates a barrier to their service. The biggest concern though continues to be student safety. There are simply too many vehicles driving about in a small space at the same time – we don’t want anyone to get hurt.

We wanted to remind the community that the expectation is and continues to be that there is no student drop off or pick up in the school parking lot. This does not apply to special circumstances like an appointment throughout the school day, or special circumstances that have been pre-arranged with the office.

We also wanted to give the community some advance notice that as of Monday we’ll be making another push in our “Taking Back the Parking Lot” campaign efforts.  As part of this we will be turning vehicles away from the parking lot, so please make alternate arrangements for drop off and pick up – “Drive to 5” is a great option that keeps vehicles a safe distance from the school, and builds independence in students and their ability to walk to school. A map is attached for your convenience.

Thank you for your assistance and ongoing support of all we do here at Sandhills!

Sandhills traffic safety booklet Nov 18

ATTENDANCE

With the winter weather upon us, we acknowledge that it takes extra time in the morning to get your student(s) dressed for school with the appropriate clothing. We want to extend our sincere thank you to parents for this and the extra effort in adjusting your schedule to allow for extra time in the morning to ensure students arrive on time for the start of school (8:35 am) to assist in our safe arrival process. If your child is going to be late due to an appointment don’t forget to call ahead on 519-744-4430 – extension 1, or email shl-attendance@wrdsb.ca. If you are running a little behind and get to school a few minutes after the school bell please go directly to the office and pick up a late (green) slip.

DID YOU KNOW?

Healthy snacks are as important to your child’s growth and development as healthy meals. Young children have small stomachs and can’t get all the nutrients they need from just 3 regular meals. Older children need snacks to stay alert and energetic throughout the day. Because snacks give children calories, these calories should come with nutrients.

If you have some time, please take a look at the attached link which gives useful information on healthy snacks and links to healthy eating guides, which detail recommended serving sizes and food groups. REMEMBER, we are a peanut free school. Any snacks brought into the school should be healthy and peanut free.

Caring For Kids Link

Snacks that meet the grade

UMBRELLA PROJECT

We are so proud of our students this month. Our Gratitude Character trait has been a wonderful success and we celebrated our achievements on Friday, 23rd November at our Spirit Assembly. We also introduced our next trait which is G.R.I.T. We are using this acronym to help students understand the meaning of Grit:

G – Give it your Best

R – Redo if necessary

I – Ignore the Urge to Quit

T – Take the Time to Do it Right

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Nominations for the Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence are now open

Do you want to recognize a teacher or educator for their commitment to education and dedication to students? Now is your chance; nominations for the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence are now open. You can nominate a teacher or educator in three categories: The Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence honours outstanding and innovative […]

Recognizing International Transgender Day of Remembrance

The Waterloo Region District School Board would like to extend support to our transgender students, parents/families, and staff in honour of International Transgender Day of Remembrance and Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week. We are committed to providing safe, inclusive and caring learning environments for each and every one of our students. Our incredible staff work […]

Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week – November 18-24

We are committed to providing a safe, caring and inclusive learning environment for all students – each and every one. Ontario’s Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week runs from November 18 to 24, 2018. This week is an opportunity for us all to reinforce clear and positive messages that bullying is not acceptable in our schools […]

Wanted: Student Art to Celebrate Winter

This December we are selling winter greeting cards featuring student artwork – and we need your help. We’re looking for student artists to capture the beauty of the winter season and help support our Waterloo Education Foundation (WEFI).

Students, proud parents, and educators are asked to submit original student artwork (JK-12) via Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #Art4WEFI. All submissions must be received by the end of day November 23, 2018.

We will notify the six finalists via direct message on our Twitter and Instagram channels that we have selected their artwork. Student artists will also have the opportunity to attend a launch event at our Education Centre and speak about their artwork.

The Waterloo Education Foundation is a registered charity that supports programs and students in Waterloo Region District School Board. Donations help support nutrition programs, upgrading technology equipment and providing opportunities for students to attend field trips. All proceeds from the sale of our greeting cards will go to WEFI.

https://www.wrdsb.ca/blog/2018/11/16/wanted-student-art-to-celebrate-winter/

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