April 26th – Weekly

Posted April 26, 2024

Hello Harris Mill Families, 

Please read the important reminders below and have a great weekend!

#1 Every Day Counts! Student Support Part 3: 

When it comes to student attendance at school, Every Day Counts! This week our tips for supporting your child’s attendance at school focuses on ways to involve the school. See below for some strategies you could try. 

  • Know that there are supports in your child’s school.  Connect with them as soon as an issue starts. Connecting earlier is better than when your child has missed a lot of school.
  • If your child wants to leave school, try to have them connect with a caring adult in the school first to see if things can be worked out before your child goes home.
  • Reach out to your school Principal and/or Guidance department for help if your child is not coming to school.  Let’s talk!  There is no judgement!
  • A welcoming school approach has proven to be quite effective. Ensure your child is familiar with their school Principal, Vice-Principal and other caring adults in the building.
  • Talk to the school team about anything you are hearing might be difficult for your child at school.  School staff are always ready to help problem solve.
  • Have a mental health plan created with your child and school staff and ensure there is a safe place to go in the school when your child may need some quiet time.
  • If going into the classroom is hard – remember coming into the school building and meeting with a caring adult in a safe space is an important step in getting back to school.

For more information, please visit the UGDSB website: https://www.ugdsb.ca/parents/student-attendance-at-school-tips-and-strategies-for-families/  

#2 WELCOMING MS. BAXTER TO THE HARRIS MILL TEAM! All the Harris Mill students and staff would like to wish Mrs. Larose all the best as she takes her maternity leave! We are also excited to announce that Ms. Baxter will be taking over her Grade 4/5 class until the end of the school year. Ms. Baxter comes with a variety of experiences in education and we are glad to have her join us. 

#3 April 26th Dance-A-Thon: The Dance-A-Thon was a huge success. Thank you to everyone for your organization, participation, donations and willingness to boogie! Draws have taken place for the donated items and students who won something will be bringing it home.

#4 Spring Concert: Please join us Wednesday, May 8th at 1:20pm to see our Huskies perform various songs and dances. Our Huskies have been working so hard and we can’t wait to see you there! Note: The book fair will be open during this time as well for families who wish to take a look.

#5 Mark your calendars! The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Harris Mill! Our school’s Scholastic Book Fair will take place on Monday May 6th to Friday May 10th. Your investment in your reader helps our whole school. All purchases earn Scholastic Dollars that can be redeemed for books and educational resources for our school’s classrooms and library. The countdown is on! Stay tuned for more information. https://www2.scholastic.ca/bookfairs/parents-and-families/ See you at the Fair!

#6 YEARBOOKS ARE AVAILABLE TO ORDER: Purchasing this year’s yearbook couldn’t be easier! Yearbooks can be purchased online using SchoolCashOnline from April 8th to May 3rd. Each yearbook is only $25. NOTE: School Council has decided to kindly purchase every Grade 5 Student a yearbook as a Harris Mill keepsake. Thank you School Council!

#7 Parent Digital Resources -Parent Involvement that Makes a Difference: Every week we will try to share a resource that parents/families can access to support their child(ren)’s development and learning. This week’s site is a link to a quick read created by People for Education. The topic is Tips For Parents: Parent Involvement that Makes a Difference.  https://www.ugdsb.ca/pic/wp-content/uploads/sites/89/2018/05/Parent-Involvement-English.pdf  When you get a chance please take a look at the information. 

#8 TICK SEASON IS HERE: The memo attached here and links from Public Health may be helpful as we head back into tick season.

Blacklegged Tick and Lyme Disease


#9 A Guide to Harris Mill Food Orders: To help make things easier, please refer to this quick chart to help with food orders. It will be updated as needed. 

Type of Food How to order Available Days
The Lunch Lady www.lunchlady.ca

Note:   Orders must be placed/cancelled by 7am on the day of delivery. 

Mondays – 2nd Break
Purple Pig Pizza  Orders are now finalized for the remainder of the year.  Wednesdays– 2nd break from April 3rd through June 19th
Booster Juice www.boostyourlunch.com

Note: Navigate to the Elementary tab along the top, pick Harris Mill PS, enter your students name and then select their teacher.  Orders must be placed/cancelled by Wednesdays the same week at 8pm

Fridays – 1st Break
Subway/Pita Pit Fridays  School Cash Online to order

Note: Place your order by Sunday at noon each week, or order in advance for several weeks at a time.

Fridays – 2nd Break


#10 Please Call The School: To ensure that all of our students are safe every morning we kindly ask that all parents call the school office (519-856-0309) to let us know if their child will be absent or late. When the office does not have confirmation of where the child is then we must call all available numbers until we have confirmation that the child is safe. Thank you for helping us out with this!  

#11 Morning Drop Off: Just a reminder that students should not be dropped off at the school before 8:15 as there is no supervision happening before this time. Also an ongoing reminder that parents are asked to stay on the edge of the tarmac close to the yellow posts when dropping off their grade 1-5 child(ren) before school starts. If parents are dropping their child off late (Kindergarten to Gr.5) Please go to the front office doors and connect with the Office staff. Thank you for your help with this to ensure all our students are safe.

#12 Wanting to Volunteer at Harris Mill?: We really appreciate and value all our parent and guardian volunteers who give up some of their time to help us out, whether that be in the school or on a field trip. To get started volunteering this year there are a couple of actions to take. 

  1. Anyone who is new to the volunteer role at Harris Mill must first contact Ms. Evans, our Office Coordinator, for full information on how to submit a vulnerable sector check. 
  2. Those volunteers who have already submitted a vulnerable sector check to the school previously must also see Ms. Evans to complete a quick annual offence declaration. Please note: Following the UGDSB Policy 205: School Volunteers, your vulnerable sector check remains valid for 5 years, as long as you sign a yearly Volunteer Agreement with Annual Offence Declaration.

#13 ACCESSIBILITY & EQUITY: There may be times throughout the year when we ask parents to send in money to cover the cost of field trips, pizza, special events, etc. We understand that for some families, these funds may cause financial hardship. We never want a child to miss out due to financial hardship. If you are ever in this situation, please contact the school, and we will arrange to have the school cover the cost.

#14 DOGS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY: We kindly ask that all families who walk their dogs to the school refrain from taking their dog into busy areas around the school (ie Kindergarten drop off and pick up areas, the back tarmac and sidewalk of the school area during drop off and pick up times). We have many students who for various reasons are uncomfortable around dogs and to help these students transition easier to and from school we ask that all dogs be kept well away from these areas around the school. Thank you for your help and understanding. 

#15 Looking for Pots and Pans: The Kindergarten team is still looking for donations of old pots and pans to enhance our outdoor classroom (we have enough car tires now thank you!). If you have anything you would like to donate, please drop them off at the office. We would be grateful!

Harris Mill Important Upcoming Dates:

Monday May 6th to Friday May 10th – School Book Fair

Tuesday May 7th – School Council Meeting (7:00 pm Start) 

Wednesday May 8th – Spring Concert (1:30 pm Start)

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