Inside Hillside …it takes a village… October 2015 Principal: C. Gallant VP: J. Gillespie Admin Assistant: N. Brown Email: [email protected] www.hillside.ednet.ns.ca Safe Arrival: 902-864-6877 A Message from the Office Did you miss Curriculum Night?... We are settling into the school year and classrooms are a buzz with learning! We’d like to remind parents and guardians that you are encouraged to contact us if you have questions or concerns as to what is happening at Hillside….such as Friday pita lunch order if you are looking for something new to try for lunches and family BINGO night. We are always looking for volunteers for in school and out of school activities. In accordance with HRSB’s Student Protection Policy, prior to volunteering with the Halifax Regional School Board, all volunteers must provide: A completed Child Abuse Register Search and a certified and true copy of a Criminal Records Check, available from your local Police or RCMP detachment, or through online organizations endorsed by Nova Scotia law enforcement agencies, including a Vulnerable Sector Search. The Child Abuse Register Search and Criminal Records Check must be issued in the three months preceding volunteering and updated every three years. If you did, contact your child’s teacher for information about what is happening in their classroom this year. Also, for info on the new homework policy and Code of Conduct please visit the following sites: Dates to remember October 2 October 5-9 October 12 October 23 October 29 October 30 - Picture Day - Peace Week - Thanksgiving (No Classes) - Provincial Conference Day (No Classes for Students) - Photo Re-take Day - Pink Day https://www.ednet.ns.ca/files/policydocuments/homework_policy.pdf https://studentservices.ednet.ns.ca/sites/default/fi les/Provincial%20School%20Code%20of%20Conduc t.pdf Peace Week at Hillside October 5-9 is peace week. Students will be participating in various peace activities throughout the week based on our daily topic. . Oct 5 – Peace Week kick-off with peaceful games in the gym Oct 6 – Random Acts of Kindness Oct 7 – Thanking and Helping Others Oct 8 – ‘We Scare Hunger’ Food Drive Kick off Oct 9 – Outside activity and Assembly wrap–up SchoolsPlus at Hillside Community Use of Schools Grant: We want to take this opportunity to let our Hillside community know of the amazing community outreach program that is housed in our building. Lynda Brake is our Community Outreach Worker, and Lisa Meservery is the SchoolsPlus Assistant Leader. These two amazing and dedicated professionals work tirelessly to support our families. They create parent and family friendly spaces and work with children, youth, and their families to identify and access resources. For more information regarding this program, please contact: Lynda Brake, SchoolsPlus Community Outreach Worker, at 902.497.9589 or [email protected] The Community Use of Schools Grant program is designed to provide organizations within the Halifax Regional Municipality with improved access to school facilities and to promote healthy, active living, cultural events and educational programs. Grants will support community groups and organizations that wish to use school facilities for non-traditional physical activities (ex. Cricket, Martial Arts), cultural celebrations and immigrant settling, and educational organizations (Scouts, Girl Guides, etc). This funding may be used to reduce or eliminate the cost of custodial staff and rental fees usually associated with facility leasing. Organizations that may not have been able to rent or lease facilities for financial reasons will now be able to access school facilities easily and without an increased cost to participants and their families. For more information or questions please contact Dustin Ellsworth at [email protected] Please see attached information regarding an upcoming program. Indigo Adopt a School Program Our school has been adopted by Indigo. What this means is for every person/family member that goes on the website www.adoptaschool.indigo.ca and “adopts” our school, we could earn money for books! There is no cost to adopt us, it just takes a few minutes of your time! You also need to adopt every day for us to have a chance to win! If you donate $12 it will buy a book for our school and it will automatically buy you 10 votes! Monthly High Five Assemblies At our monthly Assemblies, students who have been Bucket Fillers will have their names placed in a draw for prizes. So if your student comes home with a prize, ask them how they filled someone’s bucket! PTG & SAC The first PTG and SAC meeting was held on September 15th and we are already hard at work. The Holiday Magic fundraising catalogues have been sent home as our first fundraiser and on October 29th we will be hosting a Halloween themed Bingo which will include spooky music and fun prizes. We hope to see you that night and thank you for supporting the Hillside Park Parent Teacher Group. Our next meeting is on October 26th at 6:30 in the library. New members to the group are always welcome. Save the Planet – Keep Batteries out of the Landfill Teachers Plus Credit Union is proud to partner with Hillside in their battery collection program. Send your used household batteries (no car batteries please) into the school with your children for collection in their classroom. Please help make this earth a better place for future generations.