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What’s the Scoop? 22 March 2019

LOOKING AHEAD………..

Mar 26 – Kindergarten Grad Photos and Sibling Photos

Mar 27 – School Council Meeting 6:30 pm. All welcome

Mar 29 – Spirit Day – Future You!

Apr 12 – PD Day – No School

Apr 19 & 22 – Good Friday & Easter Monday – No School

Did You Know?

Did you know that we are officially into the Spring Season! Spring brings a fresh set of challenges for students in terms of outdoor play and clothing.

Early Spring can bring a mix of precipitation ranging from potential snow to rain. It can also be hot and humid. Average temperatures between March and June range from 8oC to 20oC.

As such, we advise that you keep an eye on the weather report and ensure your student is dressed appropriately. This could include rain/snow boots, splash pants, rain jacket, hat, and even sunscreen.

Staff and students are excited to welcome the Spring and warmer temperatures. Students are encouraged to listen to the announcements in the morning and follow the rules for outdoor play which potentially include:

Tarmac only recesses
Keep hands to yourself
Dress appropriately

Spirit Day

Our Spirit day next week is ‘Future You’. Students may dress or bring accessories to represent their future self. This could include an occupation that interests them. Spirit Day is not mandatory but students are encouraged to participate and join in the Fun!

Parent Engagement Meeting Dates

PARENT INVOLVEMENT COMMITTEE (PIC)

WATERLOO REGION ASSEMBLY OF PUBLIC SCHOOL COUNCILS (WRAPSC)

SPECIAL EDUCATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE (SEAC) PRESENT:

Parent Engagement: Let’s build our toolkit for Success. Please see attached flyer for meeting dates and times.

Parent Engagement Flyer

Umbrella Project

We are excited to share some great news! The Umbrella Project website has a fresh new look which was launched Friday, March 15th, 2019

It is hoped that the website update will make everyone’s ‘user experience’ easier. The update includes:

Easier navigation for parents and educators on the ‘Blog’ page. All content created will now be categorized by Umbrella Skill.
A new page for Parents with a free, downloadable Umbrella Parenting e-book. 
Here are Sandhills we are still focussing on Mindfulness and look forward to next week where we will be introducing Autonomy and Independence!!

Website: Umbrella Project Parent Resources

Twitter: @umbrellapjct

Facebook: The Umbrella Project

Parking Lot Attendant Needed

We are in need of a parking lot attendant. This is a paid position, and available to a community member who would like to have a positive impact on student safety. Please contact Mr. Ernst at the office for more details.

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A Note from Your Principal & Vice Principal

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are just past the halfway point of the school year with approximately 120 instructional days completed. As you know, regular attendance has a significant impact on student learning, engagement and ultimately on student achievement. A recent media report highlighted the negative impact on learning when students miss 10 per cent or more of the school year, equal to just two absences per month or absences that accumulate through extended periods such as a prolonged vacation.

All of us at Sandhills PS want to see your child learn, engage, succeed and achieve their maximum potential. Since every school day is packed with valuable learning from start to finish, it’s essential that students attend each day, arrive on time and remain until the end of the learning day. We know from our experience as teachers and educators and from research that disruption in learning has a significant negative impact over the long term on student achievement.

We also know there is a correlation between student absenteeism and students who do not reach board targets in reading, particularly in the early grades (Kindergarten to Grade 3). If a child misses 20 days each year from K-grade 8, they will have missed an equivalent of an entire school year. This lost time is very difficult, if not impossible, to make up.

Here are our most recent attendance statistics. Keep in mind, at this point in the year, more than ten absences equates to missing ten percent of the school year (or more).

Of our 686 students:

-168 students (24%) have missed 10.5 to 15 instructional days this year

-111 students (16%) have missed 15.5 to 20 instructional days this year

-118 students (17%) have missed more than 20 instructional days this year

This puts 397 of our 686 students (57%) at risk for lost learning time at this point in the year. There is a correlation between student absenteeism and students who do not make school board targets in Reading, particularly in the early grades (Kindergarten to Grade 3).

So what can you do? We want to work with you to ensure your child’s success.

· Make sure your child attends school every day.

· Make sure your child arrives on time and remains until the end of the day so they do not miss out on any learning.

· To the extent possible, schedule appointments for before or after school, or on weekends.

· Schedule your vacations during the school calendar year (Seasonal break in December and March Break).

· Reinforce with your child that being punctual and attending school every day increases their chances for success.

· Be a good role model for your child when it comes to attendance and punctuality.

Please look at your child’s attendance from the first term report card that was sent home a few weeks ago. We encourage you to have a discussion with your child about this important issue, a trait that will benefit them throughout their life. Please help us by making a concerted effort to have your child at school and on time for the entire day.

We thank you in advance for your continued support of our school. If you would like to discuss this matter further, please contact us at school.

Sincerely,

Nancy Murovec / Tom Ernst

Principal / Vice Principal

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Minutes Now Available – Southwest Kitchener Secondary Boundary Study Working Group Meeting #5

The Southwest Kitchener Secondary Boundary Study Working Group met at Cameron Heights CI on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The meeting agenda, presentation and approved minutes are now available. Agenda Presentation Minutes The working group will meet again on April 2, 2019 to continue to review and discuss scenarios. We encourage […]

Our Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) is looking for new members – apply today

Our Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) is looking for new members. They invite parents/guardians of students currently enrolled in one of our schools to apply. The fundamental fact is that parents + engagement = student success. Your involvement with PIC can help us optimize this equation. The mandate for this committee is to: Provide information and advice on parent […]

Parent Engagement Meeting Dates

PARENT INVOLVEMENT COMMITTEE (PIC) WATERLOO REGION ASSEMBLY OF PUBLIC SCHOOL COUNCILS (WRAPSC) SPECIAL EDUCATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE (SEAC) PRESENT: Parent Engagement:  Let’s build our toolkit for Success.  Please see attached flyer for meeting dates and times. Parent Engagement Flyer

A Message Regarding the Attacks in New Zealand

This morning, we awoke to the news of yet another terrorist attack on a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, that has left 49 people dead and several others wounded. We stand together in grieving this tragedy with our community. This senseless act will impact the thousands of students, staff, families and community members we welcome […]

What’s the Scoop? 8th March 2019

LOOKING AHEAD………..

Mar 11 to 15 – March Break (NO SCHOOL)

Mar 26 – Kindergarten Grad Photos and Sibling Photos

Mar 27 – School Council Meeting 6:30 pm. All welcome

A Message from the Vice Principal

Hello Sandhills’ community,

March Break is a great time to reflect on all of our success and learning so far, and also a wonderful opportunity to set new goals and ambitions for the remainder of the school year. Enjoy your time away from school whether you are staying close to home or are travelling far away to soak up some sun! We look forward to welcoming students and staff back to school, recharged and refreshed, on Monday March 18th for more incredible learning opportunities.

A huge thank you to all parents, guardians, and community members for everything you do to support our students, it is truly a collaborative effort and we couldn’t be more grateful for your commitment to the well being and success of our students – each and every one.

Did You Know?

As March Break approaches, we thought we would share some information on ‘Things to Do’ in Kitchener and surrounding areas over March Break.

The City of Kitchener website has a wealth of Information to keep kids entertained, happy and healthy. Information includes Parks and Trails, Library activities, Pools, skate parks and community Centres. If you wish to travel farther afield don’t forget about the beautiful surrounding areas in Elora and St Jacobs to name but a few.

City of Kitchener

Elora/Fergus.ca

City of Cambridge

City of Waterloo

Umbrella Project

As we move into March Break let us recap on the Umbrella Project Character Traits we have focussed on so far:

EMPATHY

SELF-COMPASSION

GRIT

RESILIENCY

MINDFULNESS

GRATITUDE

March Break is a perfect opportunity for our students to reflect on our Character Traits and perhaps practice what we have learned so far. Have a wonderful break Sandhills!

Parking Lot Attendant Needed

We are in need of a parking lot attendant. This is a paid position, and available to a community member who would like to have a positive impact on student safety. Please contact Mr. Ernst at the office for more details.

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Have your say in our funding priorities – take our survey

There is still time to have your say and participate in our annual budget survey. By participating, you will tell us which funding priorities we should consider as we prepare our budget for the 2019-2020 school year, and beyond. Please complete our short survey to help us identify what areas matter to our communities. The survey […]

Pizza Order Deadline – 7th March

Pizza Order Deadline is 7th March 2019 Please log into School-Day and place your order. 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 and no change can be given.

What’s the Scoop, 1st March 2019

LOOKING AHEAD………..

Mar 7 – Deadline for Pizza Orders – Pizza will go from March 20th to June 19th (14 weeks)

Mar 11 to 15 – March Break (NO SCHOOL)

Mar 26 – Kindy Grad Photos and Sibling Photos

Mar 27 – School Council Meeting 6:30 pm. All welcome

MacMillan’s Classic’s Fundraiser

Once again, a huge thank you to parents, students, staff and School Council who bought a product from MacMillan’s, helped with the ordering process and assisted with the distribution. Your effort is truly appreciated. 40% of sales went to our school. WELL DONE SANDHILLS!! Your contribution has helped the school tremendously. Many thanks!

A Message from your Office at Sandhills

Whilst we appreciate that inclement weather can be inconvenient and cause disruption to our daily lives, we also acknowledge the difficulty that staff and parents of kids with medical conditions/appointments and/or disabilities have when arriving at the school and have no place to park.

With this in mind, your office staff would like to suggest a few ‘best practice’ guidelines that would help everyone in the long term:

If you need to collect a student early from school, please place a note in your child’s planner and contact the office to let us know of the early departure time.

Please refrain from parking in the parking lot at the beginning and end of school. Staff and parents of students (who require and have asked for special assistance) are finding it difficult to find parking. This not only delays the service we provide to children as Educators but also inhibits those who truly need assistance from getting the help they require.

Your help is much appreciated. We need to HELP EACH OTHER to ensure that our school runs smoothly as our students are our TOP priority.

Did You Know?

At Sandhills we take safety very seriously. Winter is still very much with us and we have rules for outdoor play to keep our staff and students safe. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to communicate these rules to their students in order to keep everyone happy and healthy:

Keep your hands to yourself.
Snow balls are not permitted to be thrown at another student or staff member.
Snow hills are not to be used for play during recess.
When a ‘Tarmac Only’ rule is enforced students are not permitted on the grassed area at any time.

Umbrella Project

This week we introduced MINDFULNESS at our school assembly with Great Success! Students are excited about this Character Trait and what it can mean to their daily life and mental health. We encourage parents and caregivers to ask their child about what Mindfulness means to them. Our statements include:

1. Focus on now

2. I can pay attention to how my body is feeling

3. I can use strategies to be more mindful

For tips, strategies, videos, and resources to help your child develop these skills, follow The Umbrella Project on Facebook and Twitter.

Website: Umbrella Project Parent Resources

Twitter: @umbrellapjct

Facebook: The Umbrella Project

Parking Lot Attendant Needed

We are in need of a parking lot attendant. This is a paid position, and available to a community member who would like to have a positive impact on student safety. Please contact Mr. Ernst at the office for more details.

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