What’s the Scoop – December 6th, 2019

Dec 6th, 2019 BI-WEEKLY UPDATES What’s happening in December:     Wed.  Dec. 11th – School Council Meeting CANCELLED      Wed.  Dec. 11th – Grade 6 Parent Meeting for JUMP year-end school trip in the library @ 6pm     Fri. Dec. 20th – Kindergarten Happy Holidays Celebration 1:30-2:55 pm     Fri. Dec. […]

What’s the Scoop – November 22, 2019

  Nov 22nd,2019 BI-WEEKLY UPDATES What’s happening in November/December:     Thurs. Nov. 28th – SK Vision Screening     Wed. Dec. 4th – Grade 3 Swim to Survive Program starts     Wed.  Dec. 11th – School Council Meeting 6:30pm (All Welcome)      Fri. Dec. 20th – Last Day of School before Winter […]

What’s The Scoop – Nov 8th, 2019

Nov 8th,2019 BI-WEEKLY UPDATES What’s happening in October/November:       Sat. Nov.9th – Community School Yard Clean up       Mon. Nov 11th – Progress Reports go home       Mon. Nov 11th – Remembrance Day Assembly 11:15 (All welcome)        Wed. Nov. 13th – Indigo Fundraiser 6:30 – 8:30 pm […]

What’s the Scoop – Oct 11th, 2019

Oct 11th,2019 BI-WEEKLY UPDATES What’s happening in October/November:  Mon, Oct 14th– Thanksgiving Day (No school) Mon. Oct 21st – Municipal Elections (School Gymnasium) Fri. Oct.25th –PD Day (no school for students ) Nov 4th – Picture Retake Day  Mon. Nov 11th – Progress Reports go home   Wed. Nov. 13th – Indigo Fundraiser  Please ensure that […]

What’s the Scoop – Sept. 27th, 2019

  Sept 27th,2019 BI-WEEKLY UPDATES   What’s happening in September/October:       Mon, Sept 30th– Orange Shirt Day       Oct 2nd – International Walk to School Day, Pizza Day       Oct 9th – @ 6:30pm School Council Meeting (All welcome)       Oct.14th – Thanksgiving Day (no school ) […]

What’s The Scoop – Sept. 6, 2019

  BI-WEEKLY UPDATES What’s happening in September: Wed, Sept 18th– Picture Day Wed, Sept 18th– School Council in the Library, 6:30pm Fri, Sept 20th– PD Day (no school for students) Tues, Sept 24- Tuck Shop opens ~ weekly Tues & Thurs Fri, Sept 26th– Terry Fox Run Mon, Sept 30th– Orange Shirt Day   Please […]

LOOKING AHEAD………..

June 6 & 7 – Track n Field Day – Grades 4, 5 & 6 (Sandhills)

June 12 – School Council Meeting

June 13 – Junior Track & Field meet at Jacob Hespeler Secondary School

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

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

June 27 – Last Day of School

Parking at Sandhills

Students and staff alike would like to thank our wonderful community for ‘doing their bit’ with regards to our Parking Program over the last few weeks. We appreciate you adhering to the Parking Policy and using our Drive to 5 drop off areas.

In particular, a huge thank you to the Parent Volunteers who have given up their time to enforce our parking policy each and every day come rain or shine. Your efforts have not been fruitless. The safety of our students has increased every day. They are our highest Priority. Our staff has also seen a huge improvement as they find parking so that they may start their shift on time and support our wonderful Extended Day Programs.

A link to our Traffic Safety Booklet (which includes the Drive to 5 areas) is also attached.

Let’s keep up the good work!

Sandhills traffic safety booklet Nov 18

Goodbye and Welcome

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Mrs M.J.Seaman as she retires on Friday 31st May. Mrs Seaman has been with Sandhills for 5 years and I am sure you will all join us in celebrating her contribution to Sandhills and dedication to her students and colleagues.

As always, with every goodbye comes a ‘Welcome’. Chantel-Marie Stickel joins us on Monday 3rd June 2019 in Class 2/3B. Miss Stickel will be popping in during this week to meet the students to ensure a smooth transition.

All the best for the future Mrs Seaman and ‘Welcome to Sandhills’ Miss Stickel!!

Spirit Wear

Thank you to everyone who placed an order for Spirit Wear. Spirit wear is a wonderful opportunity to show your pride in our school.

We anticipate that orders will be delivered to the school no later than June 14th. Stay tuned.

June Pride Month – Flying the pride flag to celebrate diversity and inclusion

The pride flag is a celebration of diversity and a visual reminder that WRDSB welcomes and supports each and every student – regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.

We believe that our schools are safe spaces for everyone that walks through our doors. Our strategic plan emphasizes that the well-being of all of our students and staff are met through a focus on inclusivity. We have several policies and procedures in place that speak to our commitment to equity and inclusion. Raising the Pride flag demonstrates this commitment to our students, staff, parents, caregivers and community members.

We know that those who identify as LGBTQ+ are at higher risk of experiencing bullying and harassment. Our school board will not tolerate this kind of behaviour. We will continue to create inclusive and safe spaces for anyone who enters any of our schools or buildings.

For more information please visit our Board website at:

Flying the Pride Flag

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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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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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LOOKING AHEAD………..

May 2 – Welcome to Kindergarten – 6pm to 7pm

May 4 – Ramadan begins

May 8 – Walk in Their Sneakers

May 8 – School Council Meeting – 6.30pm

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

May 17 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 20 – Victoria Day – No School

A Message from the Principal

It is with sadness that this week we say Goodbye to Ms. Daria Vela. Ms. Vela has been teaching our Grade One French Immersion class (1FA) since September. On behalf of staff, students, parents and caregivers at Sandhills, we wish Ms. Vela good luck in her new position and future adventures.

Often with a farewell there is a Welcome Back and this time we Welcome Back Ms. Krista Weltz who returns from Maternity Leave on Monday, 29th April. I am sure you will all join me in welcoming Ms. Weltz back and help her transition back into Sandhills life.

Arts Night Update

A huge thank you for the fantastic turn out on Thursday April 25th for Arts Night. The night gave us the opportunity to showcase the amazing talents of our students, which we know gave staff and students such pride in their efforts.

A thank you also to Colleen Cooper, our Walking School Bus Coordinator, who came out to present information on our WSB program and, in addition, announce expanded routes.

If you were unable to make Thursday night or need further information regarding the WSB please click the following link.

Walking School Bus

Did you know?

At long last the weather is changing, and Spring is here. With the warm weather comes a chance for our students to be back outside enjoying local parks and reuniting with friends and nature.

However, being outside also comes with responsibility, especially in our older grades. Did you know that the Waterloo Region District School Board has provided it’s community of schools with helpful tips to ‘Street Proof’ your child? This includes information regarding strangers and being aware of their environment when they are out with friends or on their own. For more information please click on the link below.

Street Proofing your Children

Jump Rope for Heart

Sandhills is a proud supporter of JUMP ROPE FOR HEART and this year’s kick off assembly is tomorrow, Friday, 26th April. Jump Rope for Heart encourages kids to be active and help others by raising funds for life-saving heart and stroke research.

Designed for students in elementary schools, Jump Rope for Heart offers much more than a great day of fun. It also helps to:

Motivate kids to get active.
Reinforce healthy habits like healthy eating and physical activity.
Teach the importance of social responsibility and helping others in the community and across Canada.
Empower kids to make a difference by supporting a good cause.
Boost school spirit.
This year, our participation day is Friday, May 17th. Mark you calendar! Pledge forms will be going home with your student tomorrow with instructions on how to donate/pledge online.

Keep a look out for more information on school-day and our website. For further information on Jump Rope for Heart please click the following link:

Jump Rope for Heart Canada

Spirit Wear Coming Soon

Spirit wear coming late April/early May.

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

Umbrella Project

This week we are introducing Intrinsic Motivation at our assembly. What is Intrinsic Motivation you ask?

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

What gets your child out of bed in the morning? What makes their face light up? What makes them feel alive and connected? These are critical parts of their well-being. Follow your child’s intrinsic motivation and enthusiasm as a trail to their happiest future selves.

To build your child’s intrinsic motivation this week, have a conversation with them! Talk to them about how our brains are like a muscle. For more information click on the link below:

Intrinsic Motivation

Website: Umbrella Project Parent Resources

Twitter: @umbrellapjct

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