June 21st – Weekly and message from incoming principal Ms. Coulombe!

Posted June 21, 2024

Hello Harris Mill Families, 

A note from your incoming principal Amanda Coulombe:


Hello Harris Mill Families,

My name is Amanda Coulombe and I look forward to a fun and exciting 2024-2025 school year!  I look forward to getting to know the Harris Mill students, staff and families in the coming months.  Please do not hesitate to stop by and say hi!

I will be in touch later in August with back to school information, however, in the meantime, I wish you and your children a safe and happy summer!

If you need to reach me, please send me an email at [email protected].


Amanda Coulombe


Please read the important reminders below, have a great weekend and don’t forget our Huskies Give Back Campaign is well underway, look for more information about it in #6!

#1 Term 2 Report Cards: Access to Term 2 Report Cards for all Harris Mill students will be opened at 3pm on Wednesday June 26th. For a reminder on how to access the digital copies of your child’s report card please click this link for more information: https://www.ugdsb.ca/harrismill/2024/06/20/term-2-report-cards-available-june-26th-how-to-access/ Please direct any questions to your student’s teacher.

#2 Last Day of School is Thursday June 27th: Friday June 28th is a PA Day and the school will be closed for students. Have an awesome summer holiday!

#3 Clean Up for the End of Year: Please encourage your children to bring home all of their personal items from school by the end of the last day. This will help our teachers and our fantastic Mrs. O’Malley be able to get the school in top condition for start up in September. 

#4 Are You Moving? Families who are planning to move schools over the summer holidays please let the office know as soon as possible so we can help with your transition. 

#5 Library book exchange is now wrapping up for the year: It’s now time to make sure all overdue books are returned as soon as possible. If you think a book is lost, please send an email to [email protected] to let her know.

#6 June 17-25, Huskies Give Back! Those families who are able are invited to send in non-perishable items for delivery to EWCS between June 17th and the 25th. Most needed items include toiletries, peanut butter, jams, pasta & sauce, Sidekicks, canned pasta, cooking oil, kid’s snacks (granola bars, cookies, pudding cups, fruit cups). Thank you!

#7 COOL Treats Year End Celebration: To celebrate the end of the school year the Harris Mill School Council is sponsoring the ice cream truck again this year. To help us organize, an order form has gone home with all students for parents to complete and send back to their child’s teacher by June 12th. All students will be receiving the cool treat of their choice and this fun event is connected with our Huskies Give Back initiative, in hopes that families that are able can make a non-perishable food item donation as mentioned above. Thank you School Council for this great way to celebrate the end of a fantastic school year!

#8 Play Day June 24th + Calling all parents! 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. We are looking for volunteers to help with the Big Day on June 24. If you have your criminal record check and are able to help, please let your child’s classroom teacher know. They will pass on your name to Mme Jarman or Madelle Dowhaniuk.

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

#10 Students with Medical Concerns: Please contact the office ASAP before school starts in September if your child has any new medical concerns or needs updates to their plan of care. 

#11 Snack Program is wrapping up: Our amazing snack program is wrapping up for the year. Extra snacks won’t be available during the last week of school, please ensure your child(ren) have enough food to get them through the day. 

#12 Lunch Orders are almost finished: As we are nearing the end of the school year, I just wanted to call out the last day of delivery for the various lunch orders at Harris Mill.

Pizza – Wednesday, June 19th
Booster Juice – Friday, June 21st
Pita Pit – Friday, June 21st
Lunch Lady – Monday, June 24th

#13 Harris Mill and the UGDSB Need Noon Hour Supervisors for September: Harris Mill PS is actively looking for one more person who can fill in as a Noon Hour Supervisor as needed throughout the week. Also other UGDSB schools are always looking for parents or community members who are willing to help out as a Noon Hour Supervisors, click here for more information – https://www.ugdsb.ca/harrismill/2023/09/18/ugdsb-career-opportunity-noon-hour-supervisor/

#14 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/ 

#15 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


#16 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!  

#17 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.

Harris Mill Important Upcoming Dates:

Monday June 24th – Play Day

Tuesday June 25th – Year End Assembly

Wednesday June 26th – Report Cards are accessible online (after 3pm)

Wednesday June 26th – Grade 5 Celebration during 3rd Block 

Thursday June 27th – Last Day of School for Students

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