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October Newsletter

Hillsborough Elementary Newsletter

October 2022


Please see our website at http://hillsboroughelementary.nbed.nb.ca/


               Monday, October 10th – Thanksgiving – All Schools Closed 

October 11th-14th - Kindergarten Registration for students entering Kindergarten in September 2023 (Age 5 by Dec. 31/23) – Please go to the Anglophone East Website under “Resources”, then choose “Register”. After completing the registration form, you will be contacted by the school for an in-person appointment at the school.


Dear Parents/Guardians,

This past week, Canada recognized it’s second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.  Students have been learning about Indigenous People and how they have been mistreated. Age-appropriate information was shared; the emphasis being that “EVERY CHILD MATTERS”.  Many students and staff wore orange last Thursday showing that we are united together in a spirit of reconciliation and hope.


Our Home and School Association had their first meeting, last week and are planning some school events including a fundraiser to sell coffee and an HES family event at a local corn maze. Details will be coming soon!  In addition, they are planning a Christmas shopping event for the students in December and will be collecting items for student shopping. Items can be dropped off at the school. (Please ensure all items are family friendly. Clothing will not be included.)


The PSSC (Parent School Support Committee) is looking for new members. The PSSC is a school community group that has an advisory relationship with the school principal. They meet 4-5 times a year. The first meeting will be Tuesday, October 25th at 7pm.  All interested parents are welcome.  If you would like to know more about this role, please contact Mrs. Wilmot.


Please note that students are receiving a brochure from our school’s Child and Youth Team member.  Child and Youth services are provided throughout the province.  This team offer services to children and youth with emotional, behavioural, mental health or experiences related to substance use. The multidisciplinary team is comprised of professionals in various fields, such as psychology, social work and education. Child and Youth team services are available in schools and other community settings. For more information about these supports, please contact the school or see the information provided in the brochure your child received.


Safety is always a priority in schools! Please note:

·         For the safety and security of the students, doors are locked throughout the school day (except during early morning arrival 8:15-8:40 when they are supervised.) Students should not arrive before 8:15.

·         Public entrance will continue to be the front doors by the office. Visitors will ring the bell and wait for direction.

  • As part of the school’s emergency plans, this past month we have practiced fire drills and lockdown procedures.  A lockdown is used if there is the possibility of danger to students and staff.  This is done by moving students to a safe location in the building. It is presented in a way that does not promote fear, but rather a sense of security. Additional information about lockdowns was emailed to all parents.  During the week of October 10th, HES will have an RCMP officer present to be part of a lockdown drill.  This is an annual practice in all ASD-E schools.
  • Please remember to use the district Safe Arrival system when your child is absent from school.  You can call the school (734-3700) and follow the prompts to report the absence (You can also use the Web and Mobile Web: go.schoolmessenger.ca  or the Interactive Toll-free Phone -1-833-202-4304). Please contact the school if you have questions.

·         Please be sure parent contact information is always up to date at school.


Allergy Alert – HES is a nut free school.  Thank you for helping ensure our students are safe by not sending food with nut products.


Looking ahead

Nov. 8th – Home and School Meeting 6:30pm

Nov. 11th – School closed for Remembrance Day

Nov. 18th  –School closed to students (Staff professional learning)


Lastly…a community note:

Next week is Fire Prevention week and our local Hillsborough Fire Department is pleased to invite you to attend an Open House on Wednesday, October 12, 2022, beginning at 6:30 PM at the Fire Hall located at 2789 Main Street.  (More details below.)


Susan Wilmot

 Principal HES




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The Hillsborough Fire Department is pleased to invite you to attend our Open House that will take place on Wednesday, October 12, 2022, beginning at 6:30 PM at the Fire Hall located at 2789 Main Street. Stop in for a free BBQ and cake, have a look at some of the specialized firefighting equipment, pick up the latest Fire Prevention messages, ask us questions and watch some of the firefighters play ‘Jaws of Life Jenga’ – a skill-building exercise that teaches precision and control with this very powerful tool. The popular ‘Parade of Trucks and Lights’ will also take place that evening, so be sure to bring the kids along. Sparky the Fire Dog will also be on hand to greet kids of all ages and pose for photos.

Fire Prevention Week, October 9 to 15, turns 100 years old this October, marking a momentous milestone for the annual campaign. This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign theme is “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape.”

Today’s home fires burn hotter and faster. You may have as little as two minutes (or even less) to safely escape a home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Your ability to get out of a home during a fire depends on the early warning from smoke alarms and advance planning. Regardless of where or with whom you live, developing and practicing a home escape plan with all members of the household can make a life-saving difference.