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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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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What’s the Scoop

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

Facebook: The Umbrella Project

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What’s the Scoop? 1st February 2019

LOOKING AHEAD………..

Feb 6 – Walk to School Day and School Council will be here at the school to say Hi to parents and offer them a free cup of coffee.

Feb 7 – Beat the Winter Blahs dance. 6:30-8:30 pm. The cost is $2 a person up to a maximum of $10 for a family.

Feb 15 – Report Cards go home

Feb 18 – Family Day (no school)

Feb 19 – Orders Due for MacMillan’s Classic Fundraiser

Did You Know?

At last, winter has arrived in our region and staff here at Sandhills wanted to ensure that our Parents and Caregivers had all the information necessary regarding Policies and Procedures from the Waterloo District School Board. Please click on the attached link which gives you information and a ‘frequently asked questions’ section on how severe weather affects buses and/or schools in our region.

Severe Weather Link WRDSB

Please also find the link, below; to Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region which is a good tool to refer to when severe weather is in effect, keeping you up to date on school bus cancellations and/or school closures.

Student Transportation Services Waterloo Region

In addition, may we remind all parents and caregivers to always inform the main office of absences due to weather related issues. You can email at shl-attendance@wrdsb.ca or call 519 744 4430 (dial 1 for attendance)

MacMillan’s Classics Fundraiser Reminder

Great news!

If our school sells at least 400 items or more during this Fundraiser our wonderful Parent School Council will award a $50 GIFT CARD to THE TOP 3 sellers for the store of their choice in the KW area.

It’s Superbowl weekend! Let’s see how many orders we can collect from family and friends! Happy Fundraising!!

MacMillan’s Classics is a selection of frozen gourmet cookies and muffins, delectable desserts, entertaining treats and Artisan Soups. They specialize in Fresh and Flash Frozen produce. They also offer a product line of Peanut Free, Sugar Free and Gluten Free.

As always, a percentage of the sales will go to the school.

THE DEADLINE FOR ORDERS IS TUESDAY, 19th FEBRUARY

DELIVERY DATE IS THURSDAY, 28th FEBRUARY. (Time to be confirmed)

CASH PAYMENT ONLY PLEASE (Please place exact cash payment in an envelope – no change can be given)

Completed order forms can be returned to school with your student. One order form can be used per family but please feel free to start a new order form if you need to continue on another sheet. Extra order forms can be obtained from the main school office.

Umbrella Project

We are delighted to introduce our new Character Trait for February – RESILIENCE!

Statements for this month include:

‘I can bounce back from tough stuff!’

‘Don’t let things get you down – turn that frown upside down.’

‘I can SPEAK POSITIVE WORDS ABOUT MYSELF.’

You can also watch a short Pixar film about Resilience entitled ‘Boundin’at the link below. This video will be shown to students at our assembly on 1st February 2019.

Boundin Pixar HD short film

Website: https://www.umbrellaproject.co/parent-resources/

Twitter: @umbrellapjct

Facebook: The Umbrella Project

Waterloo Region Family Network

Please find attached flyers outlining upcoming events at Waterloo Region Family Network as well as a couple of ongoing programs.

Supporting Students with Learning Disabilities in Waterloo Region – 11 February at Family Centre in Kitchener.
Supporting Students with Learning Disabilities in Waterloo Region

Finding the right Summer Camp for your Child – 4th February at Kids Ability in Waterloo
Dreaming of Summer 2019

2019 Summer Camp and Recreation Fair – 11 February at the Family Centre in Kitchener.

Summer Camp Recreation Fair 2019 Flyer

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What’s the Scoop? 25 Jan 2019

LOOKING AHEAD….

Jan 24 – School Fundraiser begins- see details below

Jan 31 – Hobby Day (students may come dressed with accessories to represent something they do as a hobby/extracurricular or something that makes them happy).

Feb 6 – Walk to School Day and School Council will be here at the school to say Hi to parents and offer them a free cup of coffee.

Feb 7 – Beat the Winter Blahs dance. 6:30-8:30 pm. The cost is $2 a person up to a maximum of $10 for a family.

Feb 15 – Report Cards go home

Feb 18 – Family Day (no school)

MacMillan’s Classics Fundraiser

It’s time for our new Fundraiser! Order Forms are going home tonight with our Students.

We are delighted and excited to announce our new Fundraiser MacMillan’s Classics, a selection of frozen gourmet cookies and muffins, delectable desserts, entertaining treats and Artisan Soups.

Owned and operated by the Martin Family for over 25 years, MacMillan’s specializes in Fresh and Flash Frozen produce. They also offer a product line of Peanut Free, Sugar Free and Gluten Free.

MacMillan’s is proud to work alongside schools to aid in their fundraising initiatives and try to offer the best possible choices for a successful campaign. As always, a percentage of the sales will go to the school.

THE DEADLINE FOR ORDERS IS TUESDAY, 19th FEBRUARY
DELIVERY DATE IS THURSDAY, 28th FEBRUARY. (Time to be confirmed)
CASH PAYMENT ONLY PLEASE (Please place exact cash payment in an envelope – no change can be given)
Completed order forms can be returned to school with your student. One order form can be used per family but please feel free to start a new order form if you need to continue on another sheet. Extra order forms can be obtained from the main school office.

Let’s make this a wonderful campaign. A huge thank you in advance for your fundraising efforts and to our School Council who will be collecting the orders.

MacMillan’s Classics Website

Winter Walk Day

Walk with us on 6th February for our Winter Walk Day 2019. School Council will greet walkers at the school and offer Parents/Caregivers a free cup of coffee. See the attached flyer for the route and times. Walking in the cold leads to greater heart conditioning and increased endurance.

WinterWalkDay 6 Feb SHL

LunchBox Orders (Student of the Month Initiative)

We are proud to announce a brand-new Lunchbox Orders program.

Student of the Month is a community-based program focused on honouring and highlighting the amazing kids in our schools. Lunchbox is looking for a student who has gone above and beyond. One, who has shown kindness, possibly organised a fundraiser or community event, won an award or medal for sports or provided an idea that was so fabulous that the school had to implement or has simply shown up as a great student, kind person and friend to many.

For more information and how to nominate a student please see attached flyer.

LBOStudentoftheMonth

Did You Know?

As you may have heard in the News, there have been changes this month to Health Canada’s Food Guide. Here are Sandhills we care about the health of our students and thought we would share the new Guide and website address to keep our families up to date and informed.

Canadas new food guide 2019

Canada’s Food Guide Website

Umbrella Project

As part of the umbrella project this month, we will be finding out what our students are doing in class to work on Self Compassion (Try our best, Ask for help, and Forgive ourselves if we make mistakes).

We’ll also be sending a group of students to classes to interview a few students for their thoughts on self-compassion. Keep up the good work Sandhills!

Website: www.umbrellaproject.co/parent-resources/

Twitter: @umbrellapjct

Facebook: The Umbrella Project

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What’s the Scoop? 14th December 2018

LOOKING AHEAD….

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

Fri, 21 Dec – Pajama Day

Winter Break – 24th December to 6th January

Food Bank Drive

Our 2018 Food Bank Initiative is underway! Non-perishable food donations are welcome and students will continue to collect donations from classrooms until the deadline on Tuesday, 18th December. Food donations will be picked up on Wednesday, 19th December 2018. A guide to what foods are suitable is below. Click the link.

Foodbank Guide

Cash donations for the Food Bank will be collected at the Holiday Concert on Thursday 20th December.

Did You Know?

Washing your hands not only prevents you from getting sick, but it also reduces the risk of infecting others. If you don’t wash your hands properly before coming into contact with others, you can infect them with the germs on your hands. Other people can also get sick from the germs unwashed hands leave on shared objects like doorknobs, keyboards, and other equipment in the home or workplace

We have included two links from the Caring for Kids website and an information sheet from Canada’s Public Health that give helpful tips and further information on the importance of handwashing as we come into the Winter Season.

Caring For Kids Link

Handwashing Infographic

Part Time Job Opportunity at Sandhills

We still have one part-time position at Sandhills. If you are interested in receiving further information please do not hesitate to contact the main office. This job opportunity is a paid position within the Waterloo Region District School Board.

Parking Lot Duty Attendant – (daily from 8:05 am to 8:35 am and/or 2:30 pm to 3:00 pm)

Festive Carol Singing

Please feel free to join us for FESTIVE CAROL SINGING, Tuesday 18th, Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th from 8:15 to 8:30 am in the Gym. Staff, Parents and Children Welcome!

WALKING SCHOOL BUS

Sandhills’ Walking School Bus is now live on our website with lots of helpful information including frequently asked questions (FAQs), video’s and links to registration for children and volunteers. Please support this wonderful program and check it out at:

Walking School Bus

PIZZA ORDERS

THE PIZZA ORDER DEADLINE IS THURSDAY 20TH DECEMBER – Please log on to your school-day account to place your order.

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.

Thank you for your co-operation!

Umbrella Project

We have been and continue to work hard on our Character trait this month. Our students have been thinking about GRIT and how we use it to overcome challenges we face every day. Work hard, be smart, and most importantly … don’t give up. You can throw in the towel, or you can use it to wipe the sweat off your face and go on. Talk to your child about GRIT and how they have been using it to work hard at school.

G – Give it your Best

R – Redo if necessary

I – Ignore the Urge to Quit

T – Take the Time to Do it Right

Do you have Spare Yarn/Wool, Thread and /or sewing kits?

Donations of yarn/wool, thread and sewing kits would be welcome if you have anything spare at home for projects at school. As always, staff appreciate your generosity and support for our wonderful school.

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