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South Hull Elementary School

September Newsletter

Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year.  I am very excited about working with the students, staff, and parents of South Hull School.  We will focus on student success and all decisions made will be in the best interest of our students.  Staff will continue honing their skills through professional development so as to support our students in the best possible manner.  My passion is in the field of neuroscience and its’ applications and implications in the classroom so I will be working with the teachers, students and parents to understand how we can ensure the best learning situation possible.   It is going to be a great year as we all work together to become better at what we do.  I am pleased to introduce my staff:

Teaching Staff (see on following link)

Upcoming Events

  • Canadian Schools’ Terry Fox Run - Wednesday, September 24.
  • PD Day - Friday, September 26 - Please contact Daycare should you require daycare services 819-684-3224.
  • School Photos – Monday, September 29
  • SEAC – Monday, September 15, 7:00 pm @ Western Quebec School Board – parents of all students with special needs are invited.

Annual General Assembly and Meet the Teacher Night

All parents of South Hull School are invited to the 2014 General Assembly/Meet the Teacher Night that will be held in the large gym on Wednesday, September 10. The schedule is as follows: 6:15 – 6:45 Governing Board Elections/General Assembly; 7:00 – 7:30 1st round of meet the teacher; 7:30 – 8:00 2nd round of meet the teacher.  All parents are invited to meet the teachers and receive an overview of the programs and expectations.  This hour event is important and should not be missed.  This evening is intended for parents only.  Please remember that this evening is not meant as an opportunity for a parent/teacher interview, however, you may request a meeting with the teacher for a later date. 

School Photos

School Photos will be taken on Monday, September 29.  Please make sure you are wearing your best smiles!  Family photo will be held during the evening.  Information will follow soon.

Food Allergies/Environmental Allergies – Very Important

Snacks and lunches including nuts and nut-like products (i.e. Nutella) are not permitted in the school.  Please talk to your children and remind them not to share food.  Also, due to perfume allergies, we are asking that staff, parents and students not wear any fragrances including body sprays, perfume, lotions and hair products at the school.

Terry Fox

The 2014 Terry Fox Walk will be held on Wednesday, September 24.  Students, staff and volunteers will walk and run around the school neighbourhood for two hours.  This will be our 10th year fundraising for this extremely worthwhile cause. Over the years we have raised over $114 000.  Our goal this year is $12 000, and if we make it, our Principal, Mrs. Millar, will be taped to a wall!  Last year, we were all inspired by Terry Fox’s brother Fred, who visited our school and spoke to the students about Terry’s life and his walk across Canada.  So mark your calendars and get your running shoes shined up for a great day of walking and running!

School Fees

Thank you to all the parents who have paid their school fees.  If you were unable to pay your fees during the scheduled days, please send in your payments as soon as possible.

Cafeteria

Cafeteria services are available.  When ordering, please refer to the menu and send exact change in a clean baggie with the order clearly defined.  We recommend that your child eat a healthy lunch every day.

Bus Lane Safety

The drop-off zone is an extremely dangerous and busy area in the morning from 7:40 until 8:00 a.m.   If you are driving your children to school, students are to enter the school at the main front door entrance where they will exit by the back door to the yard. 

Please be reminded that there is no entry to Crescent North between 7:00 and 8:30 a.m.  Please abide by the municipal street signs regarding parking in the school vicinity.  Unfortunately, some parents have received parking tickets for illegal parking.

The safest way for your child to come to school is by bus. If you do transport your child, please be patient.  In the interest of our students’ safety, I must insist that parents DO NOT stop or park in the bus drop-off zone in the morning; DO NOT drop off your children in the bus zone; DO NOT drive through the flashing bus lights; DO NOT drive into the parking lots.

School Hours

The first bell of the day rings at 7:55.  School starts at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 2:30.  Recess is from 9:50 to 10:10.  Lunch is from 11:50 to 12:50, the students go out to play at 11:50 then come in to eat lunch at 12:25.  Please ensure that your children are at school and on time.  Every child should come to school with ample snacks, beverages and lunch.  Please call the office if your child is going to be absent or late.  You may leave a message on our answering machine at any time.   If there is a change to your child’s end-of-day arrangements, please send a note with your child’s full name to the teacher.  Should you need to call with an end-of-day change, please call the school before 2:00 p.m.  Regular office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Emergency Card/Health Information Form

Please review/sign and return it to the teacher as soon as possible.

Home and School Association

The Home and School Association is looking for volunteers to help support their events throughout the school year.  We are looking for volunteers to run various activities.  For more information, please call Crystal at 819.682.4934.

Helpful Information For Parents – information from www.kidshealth.com

Sleep is essential to everyone's health and well-being. But many of us don't get enough of it.  How much do you need?  What's the best way to tackle sleep problems?   School-age kids need 10 to 12 hours of sleep a night.  Bedtime difficulties can arise at this age for a variety of reasons.  Homework, sports and after-school activities, TVs, computers, and video games, as well as hectic family schedules might contribute to kids not getting enough sleep.  Lack of sleep can cause irritable or hyper types of behavior and may make it difficult for kids to pay attention in school.  It is important to have a consistent bedtime, especially on school nights.  Be sure to leave enough time before bed to allow your child to unwind before lights out. 

Before you turn out the lights tonight, check out our information on ways to sleep tight and enjoy your shuteye from the kids health weekly express at www.kidshealth.com.

Homework

The start of a new school year brings many challenges, from facing tests to managing homework.  Our one-stop homework help center can help -- it has tips on everything from getting organized and taking good notes to getting the most from studying and working with teachers. Check it out and start the school year strong.  From the weekly express at www.kidshealth.com.

Strategies for a Successful School Year from the Gurian Institute

Sleep - Processing information and releasing toxins during sleep allows us to be attentive learners the next day.  How much?  10 hours of sleep for elementary aged students, in bed no later than 8:30.

Eat Breakfast - Protein for breakfast allows energy to burn slowly and keeps hunger pains away.  What kinds?  Eggs, meat, peanut butter, yogurt.

Eat Together - A great opportunity to stay connected (teens consistently say this is an important time for them) and to discuss events, offer opinions, and "argue" - all ways for teens to discern who they are and what they value.

Read, Read, Read - Read with your children every day, model good reading habits, explain to them when you read and why you read - recipes, maps, etc.

Tech-Free - Create technology-free zones and times.  Park your cell phones at the door (this includes adults) and especially no technology at meal times.

Tech-Engaged - Send your child a text rather than leaving voice mail.  Know what tech they are using - be curious and interested in what they enjoy.

What about teens? - Talking to teens can sometimes feel like talking to a wall.  Eye rolls and grunts may be the new language around your house.  Yet, study after study shows teens DO listen to what their parents say.   Most of all, now it is time to LISTEN more than TALK! 

Learn Quebec

Learn Quebec is a free online homework help and tutoring with real classroom teachers.  

Experienced teachers will be available online during the evenings to help Quebec elementary students in English schools with study and homework.  If families have a computer with internet access, their children can benefit from this free program.  Please contact your child’s teacher for his/her personal password to Learn Quebec.  The website is http://www.learnquebec.ca/en/services/tutorials.html.

For parents who have children in high school, tutors are also available:

  • Math - all levels
  • History and Citizenship
  • Physics and Chemistry
  • Science and Technology
  • Français langue seconde 
  • English writing for any course, not just English class.

Thank you,

Judy Millar
Principal