January 2020 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

Happy New Year! I hope that all our families were able to enjoy the holiday season and
took some time to relax. It is nice to be able to enjoy time away from the business that
surrounds our everyday lives, but it is also nice to settle back into routines as we near
the halfway point of the school year. As we continue on with the 2019-2020 school
year, please remember that you are always welcome to contact the school with any
questions that you may have. Our contact information can be found in the header
section of this newsletter.

Facebook/Twitter/Instagram
Social media sites are a helpful way to stay in touch with events that are taking place at
the school. Concerts, assemblies and bus cancellations are some of the information
items you will be able to find. The sites listed below are operated by the school office:
Twitter: @HullettCPS
Instagram: @hulletthawks
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hullett.amdsb.1

Me to We Battery Collection
Throughout the school year, our Me to We group will be collecting household batteries
(i.e. AAA, AA, C, D, 9V, etc.). The zinc from the batteries can be used to treat mineral
deficiencies in people which make the batteries quite valuable. If you have used
batteries that you are willing to part with, please send them to the school. For larger
batteries (i.e. 5 volt and 9 volt), taping the leads would be helpful, but not
crucial. Thanks for your donations.

Meat Draw Calendar
We are about halfway through the month of January and that means that several prizes
have already been handed out to the daily winners of our annual meat draw. Thanks to
everyone who participated in selling and buying tickets and to those who donated prizes.
Thanks also go to our School Council members for their efforts with the organization of
this fundraiser.
 
Bus Reminder
Our school buses load and unload at the front of the building. In the morning, buses
arrive around 8:35 a.m. and unload at 8:45 a.m. In the afternoon, the buses arrive
around 3:00 p.m. and start loading at 3:10 p.m. During these times, please avoid
parking in front of the school. If you see buses in the loading/unloading zone, please do
not try to pull up to the front of the school as this is not a practice that supports the
safety of our students. We also ask that visitors avoid parking in the north east
driveway (single lane side) of the school so that the buses have a clear path to exit the
property.

Inclement Weather Days
Winter is now officially upon us, as are the possibilities of bus cancellations and school
closures. On days where the buses are cancelled, Hullett will be open, but this can
always change. Please check your chosen media sites frequently to ensure that you
have the most current information regarding inclement weather days. As is the case on
a regular school day, inclement weather days still start at 8:50 a.m. and end at 3:10
p.m. There is no supervision outside of these times.
 
Below are a few sources that will help you stay informed throughout the winter months:
Twitter: @HullettCPS
Instagram: @hulletthawks
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hullett.amdsb.1
Web: www.ourschoolbuses.ca
Radio: AM 920 CKNX
Country FM 104.9
FM 101.7 The One

School Messenger
• Text “Yes” to 978338 to subscribe to text messaging from the school.
• If you would like email updates, please ensure that the school has your current
information.

Me to We Cookie Fundraiser
Our Me to We group is planning a heart-shaped cookie fundraiser. Cookies will be $1
each. Pre-orders will be made available. More information will be sent home closer to
the actual event.
 
Winter Rules
Winter is officially upon us and we have already seen our first bouts of snow. As an
adult, I find it more and more challenging each year to enjoy what winter has to
offer. For children, the snow presents opportunities for different types of fun. Building
forts, sliding down snow hills and making snow people are fun activities when done
safely. Ice and snowballs are also considered fun by some, but create safety issues at
school. Please help me by reminding students of the following rules throughout the
winter months:
• Snow stays on the ground. It is not to be thrown, kicked or eaten.
• Avoid the ice where possible. Please do not intentionally slide or push while on the
ice.
• Due to potentially icy conditions and the ground being frozen, there will be times
when the outdoor equipment will be off limits.
• Wear appropriate clothing (i.e. boots, snow pants, hats, mittens, etc.). We do live
in Canada, so it is good to be prepared for all four seasons all on the same day.
All classes have been reminded of these rules. They are in place to protect the safety of
everyone while at school.

Hats and Hoods
One of our school rules is that hats and hoods are not to be worn in the classroom and
around the building. Hats and hoods can be a distraction and provide students with an
opportunity to hide earbuds/headphones, muffle their hearing and even fall asleep.
Apart from these points, it is generally considered to be disrespectful to wear hats and
hoods indoors. The staff and I will continue to remind students that it is not appropriate
to cover up with hats and hoods while in the school. Please help us by supporting this
rule and reminding students why they are not appropriate.

Cell Phone Policy
In the near future, a “no cell phones at school” policy will be sent home. Shortly after
that, this policy will be implemented at the school level. The Ministry of Education
announced language giving schools the ability to place restrictions on cell phones and
other personal mobile devices in the classroom. The policy reminds everyone of the
need to provide an environment that is conducive to learning and teaching, by ensuring
that cell phones and other personal mobile devices do not become a distraction. For
most classrooms, this will be business as usual. For other classrooms, this policy will
improve the learning environment. A more detailed rationale for the policy will
accompany the document with its release. Thanks in advance for your support and
understanding.