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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 […]

What’s the Scoop – 16th November 2018

WEEKLY UPDATE – LOOKING AHEAD….

  

Mon, 19 Nov – Fresh from the Farm – Orders available for pick up at school after noon

Mon, 19 Nov – Grade 6 trip to the Registry Theatre – ‘The Bullying Effect’

Wed, 21 Nov – Junior Trip to WLU/UW Hockey Game

Thurs, 22 Nov – Grade 3 Swim to Survive Trip

Fri, 23 Nov – Picture Retake Orders Due

Fri, 23 Nov – Spirit Day & Assembly (Crazy Hair & Moustache Day)

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

  

School-Day

Do you have a School-Day account?  School-Day is a wonderful online program that allows you to complete consent forms and pay for school trips, pay for school products such as pizza and keeps you up to date with activities, fundraising and announcements from Sandhills.  If you have not received / or would like a copy of your Secure Match Key with instructions on how to register with school-day please send a note with your student for their teacher.  Get connected with us!!

Did You Know?

One in four children does not get the sleep they need to sustain them through a day at school.  In fact, our own Sandhills’ survey revealed recently that 63% of our students are not getting enough sleep.  Children need adequate night time sleep:

Infants (4 to 12 months old) 12-16 hours 

Toddlers (1 to 2 years old) 11-14 hours 

Children (3 to 5 years old) 10-13 hours 

Children (6-12 years) 9-12 hours

Teenagers (13-18 years old) 8-10 hours

Please find attached two helpful links which provide information regarding the benefits of sleep to ensure the physical health and emotional wellbeing for our students.

https://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/healthy_sleep_for_your_baby_and_child

sleep-infographic

Umbrella Project

Our Spirit Squad has been hard at work making posters for each class to include the “I Can” statements for the Gratitude character trait this month.  Members made posters and delivered them to classrooms so that they can be filled out with some of the great things that students have been doing in class related to gratitude (e.g. gratitude journals, letters, saying please/thank you etc). Ask your student about Gratitude this month and how they have made a difference.

Parent Workshop:  Creative Solution & Support for ‘in Risk’ Students

The WRDSB is hosting a Workshop on Monday, 26th November (7pm-8:30pm) at the Family Centre in Kitchener.

The workshop will provide information regarding:

WRDSB student supports found in secondary schools.
Overview of WRDSB new Anxiety Protocol School Supports and Parent Support Guide.
An example of one’s school’s creative approach for credit accumulation.
Please see attached link for more information.

https://staff.wrdsb.ca/special-education/2018/11/13/parent-workshop-creative-solution-and-supports-for-students-in-risk-students/

Information Evening:  Understanding High School for Students on the Autism Spectrum

An information evening is being held on Tuesday, 4 December (7pm to 8:30pm) at the WRDSB Education Centre in Kitchener.

Parents and students are invited to discuss what high school will look like for Waterloo District School Board children with Autism including:

Supports available in high school.
What to expect from the transition process.
What to expect once you start high school.
Registration is required. Click on link for more information.

https://staff.wrdsb.ca/special-education/2018/11/13/understanding-high-school-for-students-on-the-autism-spectrum/

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Information Evening: Understanding High School for Students on the Autism Spectrum

An information evening is being held on Tuesday, 4 December (7pm to 8:30pm) at the WRDSB Education Centre in Kitchener.

Parents and students are invited to discuss what high school will look like for Waterloo District School Board children with Autism including:

Supports available in high school.
What to expect from the transition process.
What to expect once you start high school.
Registration is required.  Click on link for more information.

Understanding High School for Students on the Autism Spectrum

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Parent Workshop: Creative Solution & Supports for ‘in risk’ Students

The WRDSB is hosting a Workshop on Monday, 26th November (7pm-8:30pm) at the Family Centre in Kitchener.

The workshop will provide information regarding:

WRDSB student supports found in secondary schools.
Overview of WRDSB new Anxiety Protocol School Supports and Parent Support Guide.
An example of one’s school’s creative approach for credit accumulation.
Please see attached link for more information.

Parent Workshop

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Grade 1 French Immersion

Are you thinking about French Immersion for your child? Join us at one of our information sessions to learn more about our French programs and registration process. Information sessions will be held in the Cambridge Room at the WRDSB Education Centre (Map) on the following days: November 21, 7 p.m. November 26, 7 p.m. December […]

Monarch Woods Walk, November 13th, 2018

COME AND JOIN US!

MONARCH WOODS WALK 

Tuesday, November 13th, organised by our wonderful School Council.

Our goal will be to see if we can locate the Eastern Screech Owls. The walk will be approximately an hour starting at 7:00pm. 

We will meet at the trail entrance adjacent to 112 Stoke Drive.

As we are coming into colder weather, please wear warm clothing and good walking shoes.

ALL WELCOME – SEE YOU THERE!!!

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Friday, November 16, 2018 is a PD Day – no school for students

Friday, November 16, 2018 is a professional development (PD) day for elementary and secondary school staff. Students will not attend school, but Extended Day Programs will operate for enrolled students from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The focus for the day will be School Improvement Planning in the morning. Teachers will participate in a whole-school activity […]

Friday, 16th November – PD Day (no School)

Friday, 16 November is a PD Day which means No School but Parent Interviews will take place in the afternoon only (please contact teachers personally to arrange an interview).

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What’s The Scoop – 9th November 2018

LOOKING AHEAD….

Mon, 12 Nov – Progress Reports go home

Tues, 13 Nov – Monarch Woods Walk, 7pm

Wed, 14 Nov – School Council Meeting – 6.30pm (Library)

Fri, 16 Nov – PD Day – No School but Parent Interviews in the afternoon only (please contact teachers personally to arrange an interview)

Mon, 19 Nov – Fresh from the Farm – Orders available for pick up at school after noon

Bullying Prevention Week

Here at Sandhills Public School and throughout the Waterloo District School Board community, we are committed to providing a safe, caring and inclusive learning environment for all students – each and every one.

Ontario’s Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week runs from November 18 to 24, 2018.

The week is an opportunity for us all, at school and at home, to reinforce clear and positive messages that bullying is not acceptable in our schools and communities.  Many schools have activities and events planned for Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week so stay tuned as you may be hearing a lot about it from your student over the coming weeks.

Did You Know?

November is Gratitude month

As part of the Reconciliation Act, Sandhills acknowledges daily that the land on which we gather is the lands traditionally used by the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe and Neutral people. We do this proudly and as an act of gratitude for what our Indigenous people so kindly share. If we didn’t have the land, where would we have begun?

Swim to Survive for Grade 3 Students

We are looking forward to the start of our Swim to Survive program on 15th November 2018.  Our Grade 3 students will attend Forest Heights Pool each week for 3 weeks to learn the minimum skills needed to survive an unexpected fall into deep water.

These are expressed in a skill sequence in the Canadian Swim to Survive standard:

ROLL into deep water
TREAD water for one minute
SWIM 50 metres
A big thank you to Mrs Krupicz for her time and commitment to organize this wonderful and lifesaving program each year.  Don’t forget to bring a towel and a swimsuit!

The Carousel Dance Centre

We are so pleased to announce that the Carousel Dance Centre is returning to Sandhills for another dance performance on Thursday, November 22 from 1:30-2:15pm in the gym. Our JK to Grade 3 classes will enjoy this year’s performance based on the book, The Lorax.

Global issues Photo Booth

A big thank you to all those who participated in the GLOBAL ISSUES PHOTO BOOTH last week as part of our Carnival Celebration.  We are proud to announce that we raised $195 for a Girls’ Orphanage in India.  This wonderful fundraising activity built upon our Global Issues Awareness and the kids had a great time taking part.  

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High School Information Nights: Grade 8 Transition

Over the next couple of months, our high schools will be hosting Grade 8 Information Nights for families and students. These information sessions will focus on Grade 8 students’ transition to high school, including the course selection process, in-school student supports, extracurricular activities and more. Please be sure to check out the information session for any […]

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