From the Office – Oct 2019


We’ve been making the most out of this turn of events for our fall weather at our house – I barbequed the other day and the kids were outside in shirt sleeves and short pants again as they enjoyed the warmer temps. I was worried we weren’t going to see this in October – I’m happy to see it now. Because the mornings can be a bit chilly, please continue to help teach your students about the right clothes (jackets, mitts, headcoverings, cold pants, etc) as the weather changes.

Our athletic teams are doing quite well again this fall. Both the senior and junior girls volleyball teams are having some great seasons of growth and successes, and while the football team also had some positive growth this fall, struggled to move far into playoffs after a loss on Saturday at Viscount. Our junior boys volleyball team is growing as well – great job guys! Our cross country runners also had a great fall again with Callie and Kayley running at Provincials – that’s awesome! Playoffs for volleyball will start next week for juniors and senior playoffs in all other sports mentioned will be starting as well so good luck to everyone as you represent Hanley Composite School! We are all so proud of you!

We’re in the middle of some busy weeks ahead. Tri-Conferences for parents to meet with teachers and students are on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings this week.

The annual flu clinic is held in the school gym on Tuesday October 29th starting in the afternoon and going until early evening.

Our PowerSchool automated system for attendance will contact parents if students are late or absent from class and have not been cleared. Please contact the school before the absence of your student if you know they will be away from school and if you are clearing their absence. If a student is not present for class and is un-cleared by you (ie. skipping), I will be having them work at the office to make up the missed time during any spares they have or breaks in the day including noon break. Thank-you for your help and support in this matter.

Our move away from cell phones in class continues this year. I commend the students for doing their best to keep their use out of class and leave the teaching time undisturbed by cell phones.

One last Health-related notice from me this month to keep you aware of. A couple years ago we sent some detailed information regarding e-vaping and its harmful effects as well as our concerns for its uses for other substances. Our policy remains that no e-vaping tools or products should be on school grounds and no e-vaping should be done during the school day and that those will be suspension cases should that come to our attention. We are also phasing out the smoking area this fall as well. Please have those talks with your students and educate yourself as their parent on the harmful effects of both.

We will remain focused on educating your students and encouraging them to make healthy choices.

That’s all from me for this month. Monthly newsletters will continue to be our routine. For further information and updates from the students and classrooms, check out our school website at  As always, Mr. Anderson and I would love to talk to you if you have time to drop by the office or give us a call.   Take care and I’ll talk to you soon.