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Cell Phone Expectations Phone Expectations<p>The Ontario Provincial Government has issued restrictions on cell phone use by students while at school.  As a result, we have clearly defined our expectations of cell phone use should you decide to send a  cell phone to school.  Please review these expectations that will be <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>enforced starting Monday September 30th</strong></span>.  <br></p><p><a href="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/Cell%20Phone%20Expectations.pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />Cell Phone Expectations.pdf</a><br></p>
Walking School Bus School Bus<p class="x_Default"><strong><span style="font-size:10pt;"></span></strong></p><p class="x_Default"><strong><span style="font-size:10pt;">OUR WALKING SCHOOL BUS IS BACK!!! </span></strong></p><p class="x_Default"><span style="font-size:10pt;"> </span></p><p class="x_Default"><span style="font-size:10pt;">Our walking school bus will be back again on the streets of Collingwood this <strong>MONDAY (September 23rd)</strong>. Our first walking school bus will meet at the Church parking lot on the corner of Walnut St. and 10th Street. Parents are encouraged to walk to or drive/park at the church to avoid the parking congestion at the school. Students will then benefit from the short supervised walk to school each morning. </span> </p><p class="x_Default"><span style="font-size:10pt;"> </span></p><p class="x_Default"><span style="font-size:10pt;">As per last year: </span></p><p class="x_Default" style="margin-bottom:9.4pt;"><span style="font-size:10pt;"> </span></p><p class="x_Default" style="margin-bottom:9.4pt;"><span style="font-size:10pt;">• The Walking School Bus will only run in the morning </span></p><p class="x_Default" style="margin-bottom:9.4pt;"><span style="font-size:10pt;">• Parents can drop their child off or join the bus with their child starting at 8:30 am </span></p><p class="x_Default" style="margin-bottom:9.4pt;"><span style="font-size:10pt;">• <strong>The walking school bus will leave the Church of Christ parking lot at 8:40 am </strong> </span></p><p class="x_Default" style="margin-bottom:9.4pt;"><span style="font-size:10pt;">• Route – East on 10th St to Birch St and the South on Birch St until we reach Cameron Street Public School </span></p><p class="x_Default"><span style="font-size:10pt;">• The Walking School Bus will run rain or shine, however, it will be cancelled if there are bus cancellations to the school </span></p><p class="x_Default"><span style="font-size:10pt;"> </span></p><p class="x_MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10pt;">Walking School Bus daily leads are Kerri McDonald, Environment Network and Jennifer Parker, Healthy Kids Community Challenge – Town of Collingwood. Come join us Monday as we walk to school Comets!!!</span></p>
Classroom Celebration Food Expectations Celebration Food Expectations<p>A focus of our new school action plan involves improving the nutritional value of food that we both sell and eat at school.  </p><p>Celebrations like birthdays, holidays and end-of-year classroom parties often involve foods and drinks that are high in sugar, fat, salt and empty calories. Tying less nutritious foods to celebrations sends the message that fun and 'treats' go together. This can lead to eating more of these foods (and fewer nutritious foods). Improving the quality of food prevents this from happening and puts the focus on the real reason for the celebration!</p><p>We also have many students with severe allergies to nuts, gluten and dairy.</p><p>Let's work together to make classroom celebrations both fun and healthy.  If you are sending food into the classroom with your child, please make it fruit or veggies instead of candy, cookies and cupcakes.</p><p>Here is a suggested snack list:</p><ul><li>Veggies and dip</li><li>Whole grain muffins and fresh orange wedges</li><li>Fruit tray, fruit kabobs, cut up fruit</li><li>Whole grain crackers and cheese cubes </li><li>Yogurt, whole grain cereal and berries for parfaits</li></ul><p>We all thank you for your support.</p>
Winter Walk Day - Wednesday February 12, 2020 Walk Day - Wednesday February 12, 2020<p>​</p><p align="center" style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:16pt;">Winter Walk Day in Collingwood - Wednesday February 12, 2020</span></p><p><br></p><p>On Wednesday February 12, 2020, we are excited to be participating in <em>#WinterWalkDay</em>!</p><p>Walking to school in winter has many potential benefits, including benefits for your child’s health and well-being (like opportunities to learn and socialize on the way to school, and arriving at school alert and ready to learn), our community (reduced traffic congestion around the school) and the environment, too.</p><p>Keep active this winter and join schools across Canada to celebrate Winter Walk Day.</p><ul><li>If you can walk safely to school, wrap up warm, leave the car at home and travel to school on foot with your friends</li><li>If you live too far to walk with whole way, try “walk a block” - get dropped off at a friend’s house or a few blocks away from the school and walk the rest of the way</li><li>If you take the school bus, walk to your bus stop or have a winter walk in the school yard at recess time</li></ul><p>Walk with your child - Grab your mittens, hats and boots and join the movement! Complete the Eye Spy Activity (attached) on your way.</p><p><strong>Winter Walking Tips:</strong></p><ul><li>Keep hands and head covered to prevent heat loss</li></ul><ul><li>On really cold days wear a scarf over your face and mouth</li><li>Wear warm, waterproof boots</li><li>Wear a warm coat that deflects the wind</li><li>Woolen clothing helps to retain the heat</li><li>Wear clothing or carry knapsacks with reflective material – it’s important to be seen</li><li>If possible, change wet clothes at school – tuck an extra pair of socks and mittens into knapsacks</li></ul><p align="center" style="text-align:center;"><strong>** Share Winter Walk Day participation! **</strong></p><p align="center" style="text-align:center;"><strong>#SimcoeMuskokaOnTheMove</strong> <strong>#WinterWalkDAy #Walk2School #JourneyOutside #ActiveSchoolTravel @SMHealthySchool </strong></p><p align="center" style="text-align:center;"><a href="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/WinterWalkDayPromotion2020-1.pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />WinterWalkDayPromotion2020-1.pdf</a> </p>
Rescheduled Pizza Days Pizza Days <div style="font-family:calibri, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;color:#000000;"> Dear Parents/Guardians,</div><div style="font-family:calibri, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;color:#000000;"> <br> </div><div>The 2 missed pizza days - Thursday December 5th (Inclement Weather Day) and Thursday February 6th (ETFO Strike Day) have been rescheduled. <br> </div><div><br> </div><div>The new pizza day dates are:  Thursday April 2nd (from Dec 5th)</div><div>                                             Thursday April 9th (from Feb 6th) <br> </div><div><br> </div><div>We will continue to reschedule any future missed pizza days and keep you advised of the new dates. </div><div><br> </div><div><span style="font-family:"comic sans ms", chalkboard, cursive;"></span></div> <span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Thank you </span>
SCDSB elementary schools to be closed to students on Monday, Jan. 27 elementary schools to be closed to students on Monday, Jan. 27<p class="sizeable" style="margin-bottom:0px;font-family:gotham_htfbook;padding:0.15em 0px;line-height:1.5em;letter-spacing:0.3px;font-size:0.938em;color:#343534;background-color:#ffffff;"><span class="sizeable" style="margin:0px;font-size:12.5067px;letter-spacing:0.3px;">On Jan. 22, the provincial branch of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) announced their intent to proceed with a rotating one-day walkout in a number of school boards across Ontario on Monday, Jan. 27. The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) has been identified as one of the boards that will be affected. In the SCDSB, this branch of ETFO represents our permanent elementary teachers, occasional elementary teachers and designated early childhood educators (DECEs). <br></span><br style="font-size:12.5067px;letter-spacing:0.3px;"><span class="sizeable" style="margin:0px;font-size:12.5067px;letter-spacing:0.3px;">Should a tentative agreement not be reached, <strong style="font-family:gotham_htfmedium;font-size:0.938em;">all SCDSB elementary schools will be closed to students on Monday, Jan. 27, as there would not be sufficient supervision to ensure student safety. As a result, transportation for elementary school students will be cancelled on Monday, Jan. 27. </strong><br></span><br style="font-size:12.5067px;letter-spacing:0.3px;"><span class="sizeable" style="margin:0px;font-size:12.5067px;letter-spacing:0.3px;">Before and after school programs in our buildings will not operate. Parents/guardians who have children in full-day child care in SCDSB schools should contact their provider directly. <br></span><br style="font-size:12.5067px;letter-spacing:0.3px;"><span class="sizeable" style="margin:0px;font-size:12.5067px;letter-spacing:0.3px;"><strong style="font-family:gotham_htfmedium;font-size:0.938em;">Please note that all SCDSB secondary schools and adult learning centres will remain open to students on Monday, Jan. 27 and buses will run as per their regular schedule. All Grade 9-12 students at Elmvale District High School and Stayner Collegiate Institute will still report to school for classes as usual.</strong><br></span><br style="font-size:12.5067px;letter-spacing:0.3px;"><span class="sizeable" style="margin:0px;font-size:12.5067px;letter-spacing:0.3px;">For ongoing updates, visit the <a href="" title="Opens labour updates page on SCDSB website" class="sizeable" style="color:#003f5a;text-decoration-line:underline;background-color:transparent;display:inline-block;margin:0px;transition:all 0.3s ease 0s;border-color:transparent;">labour updates page on the SCDSB website</a>, or follow us on social media (Twitter: <a href="" title="Opens SCDSB Twitter page" class="sizeable" style="color:#003f5a;text-decoration-line:underline;background-color:transparent;display:inline-block;margin:0px;transition:all 0.3s ease 0s;border-color:transparent;">@SCDSB_Schools</a> or Facebook: <a href="" title="Opens SCDSB Facebook page" class="sizeable" style="color:#003f5a;text-decoration-line:underline;background-color:transparent;display:inline-block;margin:0px;transition:all 0.3s ease 0s;border-color:transparent;"></a>).<br></span><br style="font-size:12.5067px;letter-spacing:0.3px;"><span class="sizeable" style="margin:0px;font-size:12.5067px;letter-spacing:0.3px;">Thank you for your understanding.</span></p><p><br></p>
Kindergarten Communication of Learning document (K1 and K2 students) and Term One Report Cards (Grades 1-8) Communication of Learning document (K1 and K2 students) and Term One Report Cards (Grades 1-8)<p class="sizeable" style="margin-bottom:0px;font-family:gotham_htfbook;padding:0.15em 0px;line-height:1.5em;letter-spacing:0.3px;font-size:0.938em;color:#343534;background-color:#ffffff;">Dear Parents/Guardians of Students in Kindergarten to Grade 8,<br><span class="sizeable" style="margin:0px;font-size:10pt;"><br>The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) provincial branch began job action in the form of work-to-rule across Ontario on Nov. 26. Work-to-rule means a partial withdrawal of services by the employee group. This job action has continued to escalate and ETFO members across the province are now participating in rotating walkouts. </span></p><p class="sizeable" style="margin-bottom:0px;font-family:gotham_htfbook;padding:0.15em 0px;line-height:1.5em;letter-spacing:0.3px;font-size:0.938em;color:#343534;background-color:#ffffff;">In the Simcoe County District School Board, the Simcoe County branch of ETFO represents our permanent elementary teachers, occasional elementary teachers and designated early childhood educators (DECEs).<br><br>Kindergarten Communication of Learning documents (K1 and K2 students) and Term One Report Cards (Grades 1-8) were scheduled to be distributed to parents/guardians on Feb. 14, 2020. Due to the ongoing provincial job action, it is not possible to produce elementary report cards at this time. <br><br>As always, we encourage you to contact your child’s teacher if you have questions regarding your child’s academic progress and/or well-being.<br><br>Thank you for your understanding.<br><br>Steve Blake<br>Director of Education<br></p><p><br></p>



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