On Your Feet Challenge

October is International Walk to School Month!  If you’re feeling up to the challenge, consider celebrating active transportation with your family all month long. Sandhills P.S has been registered for the Canadian Cancer Society’s ‘On Your Feet Challenge’. Your family can be registered at onyourfeetchallenge.ca to keep track of the active transportation kilometers you make. The ‘On Your […]

Walking School Bus! You spoke, We Listened!

You spoke, we listened!

Sandhills Walking School Bus continues to grow and we are thrilled to announce three proposed new routes for September 2019! Take a look at the Digital Flyer and sign your child up today.

For more information, please email: wsbsandhills@gmail.com

or visit https://shl.wrdsb.ca/welcome-to-sandhills-walking-school-bus/

Thank you to all the volunteers who made sure that the kids arrived at school safely and on time this past school year! We appreciate you.

Have a safe and fit summer,

The team at the Walking School Bus.

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What’s the Scoop – 21st June 2019

LOOKING AHEAD………..

June 24 – Reports cards go home

June 24 – ‘Let’s…… go to the Movies’ – Field trip for Primary and Juniors

June 26 – Grade 6 Graduation– 9:00am (Gymnasium)

June 26 – Primary Play Day (1:25pm to 2:55pm)

June 27 – Last Day of School – Welcome Summer!!

A HUGE THANK YOU!

To staff, students, volunteers, school council, past students and our wonderful community.

We cannot thank you enough for an outstanding and memorable evening last night at Fun Fair. We were overwhelmed with emotion at the incredible, display of community. Events of this magnitude are only possible with the efforts of many and you all made it possible.

The strong school culture that we were able to display resonated with many, many families.

We know that our School Council members are very appreciative of all of you who contributed no matter how small you feel your contribution may have been. It all made an impact.

And this is why we say and believe in our hearts … Sandhills is the best school in the WRDSB.

Thank you again!

Goodbye and Welcome

It is with sadness that we say farewell to Mrs. Wallace in the office.  She has accepted a position with Preston High School as the Assistant Office Supervisor. Mrs. Wallace has been an amazing asset to our team and the office this year. She will be missed and we wish her the best of luck in her new adventure.

We would like to welcome Mrs. Snyder to the Secretary role here at Sandhills. We know that everyone will welcome Mrs. Snyder with a big Sunny Welcome! The Office Staff wishes you a Safe and Happy Summer, see you in September.

A note for the Last Week of School

Please remember the following:

There is no pizza order for the last week of school. Please ensure that you send your student with a lunch on Wednesday, 26th June.

The last Tuck Shop (frozen yoghurt, cookies and popcorn) will be Monday, 24th June.

Lost and Found – All lost items will be placed on a table outside the office starting Friday. 21 June 2019. If your child has lost a piece of clothing please take a look next time you are in the school.

Umbrella Project

As we glide into the last few weeks of the school year, the staff at Sandhills Public School would like to thank students, parents/caregivers and the community for supporting the Umbrella Project this year. Our character traits this year have included:

Empathy

Gratitude

Grit

Self-Compassion

Resilience

Mindfulness

Autonomy

Intrinsic Motivation

Integrity

We hope that our wonderful students have learned about their own well-being and those around them as they navigate successes and challenges in their school life. Have a wonderful Summer.

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What’s the Scoop? 14th June 2019

Dear Sandhills,

A quick look ahead at the last couple of weeks………

June 20 – Family Fun Fair at Sandhills – 5:30pm to 8:30pm

June 21 – Talent Show

June 24 – Reports cards go home

June 24 – ‘Let’s…… go to the Movies’ – Field trip for Primary and Juniors

June 26 – Grade 6 Graduation – 9:00am (Gymnasium)

June 26 – Primary Play Day (1:25pm to 2:55pm)

June 27 – Last Day of School – Welcome Summer!!

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What’s the Scoop? 17th May 2019

LOOKING AHEAD………..

May 20 – Victoria Day – No School

May 22 – Earth Rangers’ Birds of Prey Presentation

May 22 – Grade 6 Parent Information Night at Westheights – 6:30 to 7:30pm

May 21, 22, 23 – Grade 3 EQAO

May 28, 29, 30 – Grade 6 EQAO

May 29 – Community Nature Walk – Doon Huron Forest Conservation Area

Thank You’s

Sandhills would like to thank the generous donor who put our school name forward to receive the Earth Rangers’ Birds of Prey Presentation to take place on May 22. Your thoughtfulness to provide this amazing learning opportunity for our students is greatly appreciated.

Sandhills would also like to thank DeVida Gardens located in Straffordville for their donation of individual rocks which will be used by every student to create a piece of Rock Art. These wonderful creations will be placed outside in our garden to be enjoyed by staff, students, and our community alike.

Community Nature Walk – Doon Huron Forest Conservation Area

Don’t Forget! On May 29th at 6:30pm we will have a Community Nature Walk at the Doon Huron Forest Conservation Area. This event is co-sponsored with our Walking School Bus. It is free and all are welcome. No registration, just show up with your family!

Spirit Wear is LIVE and now available through School-Day.

Spirit Wear Deadline is Friday, May 24th 2019.

Ordering is easy with a direct link to our supplier.

www.sandhills-ps.deco-apparel.com

Samples (if you require to view sizes) will be available in the main office to try on!

Flyers will be available as well but we would prefer all orders to be placed online with the links provided above.

Terra Cotta Cookie Orders

June Cookie Madness – Order your Cookie Today on School-day (www.school-day.com/en/home)

Due to the Success of last month’s Cookie Order, Sandhills’ students will again have the opportunity to purchase a cookie from the Terra Cotta Cookie Co. for the month of June. Parents/caregivers may purchase a cookie for their student and the cookies will be distributed at 2nd Nutrition Break for the first 3 Fridays in June (June 7th, 14th, 21st). The cost for your student to have a Terra Cotta Cookie for these dates is $4.50. This order is for the whole Month of June.

Unfortunately, you will not be able to purchase a cookie for just one week.

Deadline for Orders is Monday, 27th May 2019

The Terra Cotta Cookie Co. is a forerunner to providing healthy, lower fat, trans-fat free, peanut and nut free snacks to schools across the GTA area. They are dedicated to manufacturing exceptionally delicious cookies, which are made from scratch, using only the finest ingredients, with no added preservatives. A percentage of each cookie sold will go towards the school. Everything at Terra Cotta Cookie Co. Ltd. is guaranteed to be 100% peanut and nut free.

This is an ONLINE product only. Cash orders will not be accepted through the main office.

Terra Cotta Cookie Co Nutritional Info

Options of Cookie are:

CHOCOLATE CHIP DELITE

WHITE CHOCOLATE FUDGE DELITE

Crock A Doodle

Did you know that if you visit Crock A Doodle (Waterloo – 245 The Boardwalk) and enjoy some pottery painting fun from June through to December 2019, Crock A Doodle will donate a percentage of sales to Sandhills. Business Cards will be sent home with each student shortly. Be sure to present this card at time of purchase! This is not valid with gift card purchases, birthday parties or studio events.

Have fun creating unique pieces of artwork!

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What’s the Scoop – 10th May 2019

LOOKING AHEAD………..

May 6 to Jun 4 – Ramadan

May 16 – Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

May 17 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 20 – Victoria Day – No School

May 21, 22, 23 – Grade 3 EQAO

May 28, 29, 30 – Grade 6 EQAO

May 29 – Community Nature Walk – Doon Huron Forest Conservation Area

Did you know?

The WRDSB community believes in Safe Caring Inclusive Schools (SCIS).

We recognize that providing students with an opportunity to learn and develop in a safe, caring and respectful society is a shared responsibility in which the Board and schools play an important role. Schools that have a variety of prevention and intervention strategies foster a positive learning and teaching environment that supports academic achievement for all students and helps students reach their full potential. A positive school climate is a crucial component of prevention. Not having appropriate prevention and intervention strategies adversely affects a school’s ability to educate its students, students’ ability to learn, as well as healthy relationships and the school climate.

“Building a safe, caring and inclusive school culture means teaching it minute by minute, day by day, integrating it into discipline practices and curriculum, using instructional models that provide practice in social and relationship skills and, most importantly, modelling it.” – Vicki Mather

Safe Caring Inclusive Schools WRDSB

Here at Sandhills, we value input from teachers and parents on our SCIS committee. If you’re looking for an opportunity to contribute to an important team next year, please consider joining the fun with the SCIS team. There are 4 formal meetings, and minimal input needed between meetings. We look forward to hearing from you. Together we can make a difference!

Community Nature Walk – Doon Huron Forest Conservation Area

Save the Date!! On May 29th at 6:30pm we will have a Community Nature Walk at the Doon Huron Forest Conservation Area. This event is co-sponsored with our Walking School Bus. It is free and all are welcome. No registration, just show up with your family!

Spirit Wear is LIVE and now available Online

Sandhills is proud to announce that students, parents/caregivers/families and staff will have the opportunity to purchase Sandhills’ branded spirit wear. 

We have taken considerable time to ensure that our spirit wear is good quality and perfect for the whole family. Items for purchase will include hoodies, baseball shirts, t-shirts, sports pants, golf shirts, toques, baseball caps and sweatpants to name but a few. As if that wasn’t enough, we are also including the opportunity to have your child’s first or last name placed on the back (bottom) of your spirit wear t-shirt or pullover/hoodie. This is optional and will incur a small charge of $8.

Ordering is easy with a direct link to our supplier. The deadline for Spirit Wear is Friday, 24th May 2019.

Sandhills Spirit Wear Website

In addition, we are proud to announce that our fantastic Grade 6 graduates will have the chance to purchase a T-shirt and/or Hoodie with ‘Class of 2019’ on the front and a design of signatures from their graduating year on the back. This is a unique and practical way to remember their years at Sandhills; one which, we are sure, will be popular. Again, the deadline for Grade 6 Graduation Spirit Wear is Friday, 24th May 2019.

You will find the Grade 6 Graduation Spirit wear using the same link as above. Please ensure you select the Graduation T-shirt/Hoodie item correctly.

Samples (if you require to view sizes) will be available in the main office to try on!

Flyers will be available as well but we would prefer all orders to be placed online with the links provided above.

SandhillsPS_School_Spiritwear_OrderForm

SandHills_GraduationShirtsHoodies2019_OrderForm

Umbrella Project

INTRINSIC MOTIVATION continues here at Sandhills.

“A life lived without enthusiasm is a life half lived.”

Have you asked your student how they incorporate Intrinsic Motivation into their daily school life and what it means to them?

I do things to better myself.
I do things for me.
I do things to learn, not for a reward.
Website: Parent Resources

Twitter: @umbrellapjct

Facebook: The Umbrella Project

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Spirit Wear is LIVE and now available ONLINE

Sandhills is proud to announce that students, parents/caregivers/families and staff will have the opportunity to purchase Sandhills’ branded spirit wear. 

We have taken considerable time to ensure that our spirit wear is good quality and perfect for the whole family. Items for purchase will include hoodies, baseball shirts, t-shirts, sports pants, golf shirts, toques, baseball caps and sweatpants to name but a few. As if that wasn’t enough, we are also including the opportunity to have your child’s first or last name placed on the back (bottom) of your spirit wear t-shirt or pullover/hoodie. This is optional and will incur a small charge of $8.

Ordering is easy with a direct link to our supplier. The deadline for Spirit Wear is Friday, 24th May 2019.

www.sandhills-ps.deco-apparel.com

In addition, we are proud to announce that our fantastic Grade 6 graduates will have the chance to purchase a T-shirt and/or Hoodie with ‘Class of 2019’ on the front and a design of signatures from their graduating year on the back. This is a unique and practical way to remember their years at Sandhills; one which, we are sure, will be popular. Again, the deadline for Grade 6 Graduation Spirit Wear is Friday, 24th May 2019.

You will find the Grade 6 Graduation Spirit wear using the same link as above. Please ensure you select the Graduation T-shirt/Hoodie item correctly.

Samples (if you require to view sizes) will be available in the main office to try on!

Flyers will be available as well but we would prefer all orders to be placed online with the links provided above.  Flyers for both Spirit Wear and Graduation Spirit Wear are attached below.

SandhillsPS_School_Spiritwear_OrderForm_

SandHills_GraduationShirtsHoodies2019_OrderForm

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A Message from Student Transportation (STSWR)

A Message from Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region (STSWR)

We are asking parents and/or guardians to participate in a survey about their student’s journey to school. The purpose of the surveys is to get a better understanding of the thoughts and opinions of the student’s journey to school. 

We have created surveys for students using the school bus and for students who use other forms of transportation like walking or biking to school. Our goal is to enhance the student’s experience and to improve our services in the future. The survey typically takes 5 minutes to complete and will be open until Friday, June 14th, 2019.

If you have any questions in regards to the surveys please contact the Morgan Potts at (519) 744-7575, extension 229 or at morgan_potts@stswr.ca.

Thank you for providing your feedback. We appreciate the time you have taken and will actively use it to improve our services to you in the future!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1YwWy_uOoivH9fuAi1vijGlpKgAeyEzio3dPVp_bvjCY/viewform?edit_requested=true

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1m2TuB8c6xKF9VelV4uV1HpmI3gzMievYqsNw4aEKXdc/viewform?edit_requested=true

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A Walk in Their Sneakers, Wednesday 8th May 2019

Dear Sandhills

Join your fellow peers in celebrating the walk to school!  A Police Officer will join you on the route to learn about your walk and offer some safe travel tips!

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Check out the Link attached for your route!!

WalkInTheirSneakers_Sandhill

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What’s the Scoop? 3 May 2019

LOOKING AHEAD………..

May 6 – Ramadan begins

May 8 – Walk in Their Sneakers

May 8 – Kodaly Festival

May 8 – School Council Meeting – 6.30pm

May 10 – Yearbook Order Deadline (please log on to School-Day and reserve your copy!)

May 16 – Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

May 17 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 20 – Victoria Day – No School

May 21, 22, 23 – Grade 3 EQAO

May 28, 29, 30 – Grade 6 EQAO

Did you know?

Did you know that you can find lots of information about our school on the Sandhills website? shl.wrdsb.ca/ And did you know that you can use Google to translate the information for you?

New families may not be aware of the wealth of information they can gain from visiting the site which is updated on a daily basis with announcements and important news from the school and the WRDSB office.

Information includes:

Calendar information – events, meetings and field trips. https://shl.wrdsb.ca/calendar/

Student Handbook detailing rules and school policy, attendance, dress code and expected behaviour. https://shl.wrdsb.ca/student-handbook/

Sandhills Walking School Bus – Why is our school a ‘walking school?’, routes and how to get involved. https://shl.wrdsb.ca/welcome-to-sandhills-walking-school-bus/

Extra-Curricular Activities – learn about all the wonderful clubs and initiatives that students from Sandhills can become involved in. https://shl.wrdsb.ca/extracurricular-activities/

Parent Information – this page includes information regarding parent resources including math, counselling and our Bullying and Intervention Plan. https://shl.wrdsb.ca/parent-information/

School Council – Are you interested in joining the School Council? You can find all the information regarding parent engagement on this page including the School Council Handbook and Bylaws for 2019 and minutes of each meeting. https://shl.wrdsb.ca/school-council/

If you have any ideas about what we could include on our website please let us know. Your feedback is most welcome. Check out the website today!

Spirit Wear Coming Soon

Spirit Wear coming.

Keep a lookout on school-day and our website for more information. We will, of course, send a notification to all parents/caregivers when the ordering website is up and running.

Umbrella Project

We are excited about our new Character Trait for May. INTRINSIC MOTIVATION !!

“A life lived without enthusiasm is a life half lived.”

Our statements for this month include:

I do things to better myself.
I do things for me.
I do things to learn, not for a reward.
Website: Umbrella Project Parent Resources

Twitter: @umbrellapjct

Facebook: The Umbrella Project

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