May 3rd – Weekly

Posted May 2, 2024

Hello Harris Mill Families, 

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

#1 Every Day Counts! Student Support Week 4: This week, let’s discuss some things to do if all the strategies you’ve tried so far to encourage regular attendance at school with your child haven’t worked. 

  • Be consistent! Don’t give up. And know that there are supports for parents if you need them. “Put on your own oxygen mask, before others.”
  • There are resources available within schools and community supports if there are other barriers to attendance such as having enough food for lunches.
  • Here’s a great resources with existing handouts and evidence based information: https://www.attendanceworks.org/ 

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

#2 Mental Health Week May 6th to 10th: What do you think of when you think of wellness? What does ‘being well’ mean to you? May 6th to 10th is Mental Health and Education week – a week to focus on better understanding mental health and wellness, including strategies and resources to support us in building important skills, navigating through struggle, and prioritizing wellness in our daily lives. Staff will be supporting students through a wide range of activities to reinforce the message of positive Mental Health.

#3 Harris Mill School Council meets Tuesday May 7th  at 7:00 pm at the school or on Google Meet. Click here for more info and the Google Meet link: https://www.ugdsb.ca/harrismill/2024/04/26/parent-council-meets-may-7th-7pm/

#4 Spring Concert: Please join us Wednesday, May 8th at 1:20pm to see our Huskies perform various songs and dances. Every Harris Mill class has been working so hard on their performances and their decorative art 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 The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Harris Mill! The Book Fair is almost here! We will be open for families on Wednesday May 8th immediately following the Spring Concert, until about 4:00pm. Cash and card are both accepted and proceeds from each purchase go back to the school! On Monday and Tuesday morning, each class will have an opportunity to preview the Book Fair. Students can write a wish-list of their favourite books and record prices, but they’ll have to wait to shop. The Book Fair will be open to students at various times from Tuesday afternoon to Friday. Teachers can hold onto any money for students until they are called down to the bookfair that day, so please have it in a baggie with your child’s name on it. 

#6 April 26th Dance-A-Thon: “THANK YOU!” again to everyone who helped out with the school’s Dance-A-Thon last week. It was a huge success and all funds donated will be going back to supporting the school. 

#7 Parent Digital Resources – Information about Cannabis and Vape: 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 all about Cannabis and Vape. When you get a chance please take a look at the information. https://www.ugdsb.ca/parents/cannabis/ 

#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

https://wdgpublichealth.ca/your-community/ticks-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 ILLNESS PREVENTION: KEY PROTECTIVE MEASURES – As a school, we want to remind everyone of the importance of many standard protective strategies to help keep staff and students safe and healthy. Strategies such as frequent hand washing, respiratory etiquette and making the most of our outdoor spaces for learning continue to contribute to the health and well-being of students and staff. Classes in the UGDSB will continue to have a standalone HEPA filter unit, with more than 2500 units deployed across the system. In addition to these measures, the UGDSB will continue to support students, staff and visitors to our schools and respect their individual choices about masking. 

Management of Illness in Schools – The UGDSB will continue to follow the direction of WDGPH for appropriate responses to illnesses in our community. Please visit their website for the most current information about COVID-19: https://wdgpublichealth.ca/covid-19/covid-19-information-public/status-cases-wdg

Harris Mill Important Upcoming Dates:

Monday May 6th to Friday May 10th – Education and Mental Health Week + Book Fair

Wednesday May 8th – Spring Concert (1:20 pm Start) 

Tuesday May 28th – Junior Track & Field Meet

Tuesday May 28th – JK (Fall 2024) Orientation Event

Monday June 3rd – Gr 5s Rockwood Centennial Orientation Event

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