May 31st – Weekly

Posted May 31, 2024

Hello Harris Mill Families, 

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

#1 Friday June 7th is a PA Day: The school will be closed for students on this day. Please click the link for more information https://www.ugdsb.ca/harrismill/2024/05/27/professional-activity-day-description-june-7-2024-2/ 

#2 Harris Mill School Council Meets June 4th @ 7pm: We would like to WELCOME all parents and guardians to the 9th Harris Mill Parent Council Meeting for the 2023/24 school year, either in person at the school or via Google Meet. We will have lots to discuss, but we will try and keep it as short as possible. Everyone is invited! To join the video meeting, click this link: https://meet.google.com/exx-rzog-nrd

#3 EQAO Testing this coming week: Our grade 3 students will be writing the EQAO test this coming week June 4-6th. Parents of grade 3 students are encouraged to not book any appointments during this time if possible, thanks!

#4 THANK YOU Harris Mill for spreading the Book Fair excitement to your children!  It was incredible seeing so much student excitement about reading! We also raised nearly $3,000 through Scholastic for our school. This money goes a long way in keeping our book collection fresh and interesting for the students and  also adding to our STEAM sections of the library.

#5 Junior Track and Field: Our junior students (Grades 4&5) participated in track and field events at Harris Mill on May 29th.It is clear we have a school full of athletes! Students who will be moving on to the City Track Meet will be notified of next steps soon. Congratulations to all who participated and a giant thank you to the teachers and volunteers for making it happen.  

#6 Jump Rope for Heart at Harris Mill is happening on Tuesday, June 18th! This year, we are focusing on challenging ourselves to be active outside for one hour. Skipping is a great way to keep our bodies and brains healthy, while also having fun at school! If you wish to fundraise for your skipper, head over to  https://www.ugdsb.ca/harrismill/2024/05/16/jump-rope-for-heart-at-harris-mill-is-happening-on-tuesday-june-18th/ and read all about it. All fundraising will be online. Stay tuned to the school website for updates. Happy skipping!

#7 Grade 5 Celebration: Save the date Grade 5 families! Our Grade 5 celebration will take place on June 26th at 1:30pm.  

#8 Play Day: Play Day is coming to Harris Mill on June 24th. Please make sure you come wearing sunscreen, a hat, running shoes and bring a water bottle. 

#9 Transportation Newsletter Fall 2024: STWDSTS, our Transportation Consortium, is asking that schools share this information (attached) with families. The newsletter has lots of helpful information to plan for students transportation starting in fall 2024 https://www.ugdsb.ca/harrismill/2024/05/14/transportation-newsletter-fall-2024/ 

#10 Parent Digital Resources – Wellington County Museum : 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 link to the Wellington County Museum has a lot of information on current and upcoming exhibits and events including a full summer lineup: https://www.wellington.ca/en/museum-and-archives.aspx 

#11 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

#12 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

 

#13 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!  

#14 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.

#15 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.

#16 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.

#17 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. 

Harris Mill Important Upcoming Dates:

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

Tuesday June 4th – School Council Meeting @ 7pm

Tuesday June 4th to Thursday June 6th – Gr 3s EQAO Testing

Friday June 7th – PA Day (school closed for students)

Tuesday June 11th – Rockwood Library Presentations for Summer Reading Clubs

Thursday June 13th – City Track for all event qualifying students 

Tuesday June 18th – Jump Rope for Heart Event

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