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Board Calendar for 2016-2017 Calendar for 2016-2017<p>​​Please see the calendar below to plan for board holidays and P.A. days.</p><p>​<a href="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/16-17-Elementary-and-Secondary-Calendar_Regular.pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />16-17-Elementary-and-Secondary-Calendar_Regular.pdf</a><br></p><p><br></p>
Parents, tell us what you think: survey about climate, safety at school, tell us what you think: survey about climate, safety at school<div>​​Parents and guardians can provide feedback on the climate at our school through a survey that will be open from January 9 to 27.</div><div><br></div><div>Survey topics include: the overall tone of the school, feeling of safety, student well-being, and equity and inclusion.</div><div><br></div><div style="text-align:center;"><strong>Complete the survey now</strong></div><div style="text-align:center;"><br></div><div style="text-align:center;"><a href=""></a></div><div><br></div><div>A similar survey is being conducted with staff and students. Each school will receive a report of the school results. The Simcoe County District School Board’s (SCDSB) senior administrative team and Board of Trustees also review the board-wide results. </div><div><br></div><div>The data will show our progress over time, and will highlight areas of strength and areas in need of improvement.  </div><div><br></div><div>Parent and staff versions of the elementary School Climate Survey are being offered for the first time this year. Parent and staff versions of the secondary School Climate Survey were offered for the first time last year. Student School Climate surveys have been collected since 2007.</div><div><br></div><div>Questions can be sent to <a href="">​</a>. </div><div><br></div>
Speaker's Award For Youth Writers's Award For Youth Writers<p class="x_MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;color:#212121;background-color:#ffffff;"></p><p class="x_MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;color:#212121;background-color:#ffffff;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/image001.jpg" alt="image001.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /> </p><p class="x_MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;color:#212121;background-color:#ffffff;"><br></p><p class="x_MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;color:#212121;background-color:#ffffff;">Calling all young writers!  The Speaker’s Award for Youth Writers invites Ontario youth in grades 7-12 to submit</p><p class="x_MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;color:#212121;background-color:#ffffff;">their short stories and personal essays to this writing contest. Original fiction and non-fiction submissions are</p><p class="x_MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;color:#212121;background-color:#ffffff;">welcome, and a winner from each of the following three grade categories will be chosen:</p><p class="x_MsoListParagraph" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.75in;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;color:#212121;background-color:#ffffff;text-indent:-0.25in;">1)<span style="font-stretch:normal;font-size:7pt;line-height:normal;font-family:"times new roman";">      </span>Grades 7-8</p><p class="x_MsoListParagraph" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.75in;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;color:#212121;background-color:#ffffff;text-indent:-0.25in;">2)<span style="font-stretch:normal;font-size:7pt;line-height:normal;font-family:"times new roman";">      </span>Grades 9-10</p><p class="x_MsoListParagraph" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.75in;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;color:#212121;background-color:#ffffff;text-indent:-0.25in;">3)<span style="font-stretch:normal;font-size:7pt;line-height:normal;font-family:"times new roman";">      </span>Grades 11-12</p><p class="x_MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;color:#212121;background-color:#ffffff;"> </p><p class="x_MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;color:#212121;background-color:#ffffff;">Online applications will be accepted from <strong>September 26<sup>th</sup> through November 4<sup>th</sup>, 2016</strong>. <span style="color:#1f497d;"><br></span>Visit our <a href="" target="_blank">website</a> (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>) for more information and to apply.​</p>
Gifted Screening Screening<p style="color:#000000;font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;">Some students who display an unusually advanced degree of general intellectual ability may require additional program support in order to reach their educational potential.</p><p style="color:#000000;font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;">In consultation with parents, the school uses the board’s Gifted Screening Process to determine who these students are. Typically, gifted learners comprise approximately 1% of the population.</p><p style="color:#000000;font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;"><strong>If you would like to request gifted screening for your child, please contact Ms. Barry at the school by October </strong><strong>13th</strong><strong> 2016.</strong> Typically, this is done in the Grade 3 year for students who display significant gifted characteristics, including advanced cognitive ability, intellectual curiosity, sensitivity and creativity, capacity for intense motivation and advanced affective capacity.</p>
Calling All Young Artists: Grades 7-12+ All Young Artists: Grades 7-12+<p>​​</p><blockquote style="color:#212121;font-family:wf_segoe-ui_normal, "segoe ui", "segoe wp", tahoma, arial, sans-serif;font-size:15px;background-color:#ffffff;"><div class="x_WordSection1"><p class="x_MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/youth%20arts%20program.jpg" alt="youth arts program.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p class="x_MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:14pt;">The Youth Arts Program ​at the <strong>Legislative Assembly of Ontario</strong> invites youth </span><span style="font-size:14pt;">aged 12-18 to display their artwork in the Legislative Building in Toronto from the end of November until mid-March 2017.</span></p><p class="x_MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:14pt;"> </span></p><p style="margin-right:0in;margin-left:0in;font-size:12pt;font-family:"times new roman", serif;margin-bottom:0.25in;background:#dcceb3;"><strong><span style="font-size:14pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;">**Applications for the 2016 program will be accepted from September 10<sup>th</sup></span></strong><span class="x_apple-converted-space"><strong><span style="font-size:14pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;"> </span></strong></span><strong><span style="font-size:14pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;">to October 15<sup>th</sup>, 2016.</span></strong><span style="font-size:14pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;"></span></p><p style="margin-right:0in;margin-left:0in;font-size:12pt;font-family:"times new roman", serif;margin-bottom:0.25in;background:#dcceb3;"><span style="font-size:14pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;">The</span><span class="x_apple-converted-space"><span style="font-size:14pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;"> </span></span><span style="font-size:14pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;">Youth Arts Program was launched in 2012 by the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, the Honourable Dave Levac, to celebrate the incredible artistic talents of young Ontarians aged 12-18.<br><br>Each year, youth from across the province are invited to display their works of art throughout the Legislative Building, from December through March, showcasing their creativity and diverse artistic abilities. <br><br>Artwork submitted consists of a variety of media including: photography; sculptures; ceramics and pottery; drawings in ink, pencil and charcoal; acrylic, oil and watercolour paintings.</span></p><p style="margin-right:0in;margin-left:0in;font-size:12pt;font-family:"times new roman", serif;margin-bottom:0.25in;background:#dcceb3;"><span style="font-size:14pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;">Visit the Youth Arts Program <a href="" target="_blank">image gallery</a> to view previous submissions.</span></p><p class="x_MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:14pt;">Visit the <a href="" target="_blank">website</a> for more information and to fill out the online application.  Online applications will be accepted from</span></p><p class="x_MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;"><strong><span style="font-size:14pt;">September 10 through October 15, 2016</span></strong><span style="font-size:14pt;">.  We invite applications from teachers/instructors on behalf of their students, </span><span style="font-size:14pt;">as well as individual youth artists.  If you have any questions about the Youth Arts Program, contact us at </span><a href="" target="_blank" style="font-size:14pt;"></a><span style="font-size:14pt;">.​</span></p></div></blockquote>
Welcome Back! Back!<p>​<span style="color:#1d2129;font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;line-height:19.32px;background-color:#ffffff;">​The countdown has begun! Staff and students are busy getting ready for Tues. Sept. 6, our first day back. The school office is now open for registering students so if you are new to the neighbourhood please stop by this week. On Tuesday, staff will be on the yard with class lists to help direct children to their new class. </span><span style="color:#1d2129;font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;line-height:19.32px;background-color:#ffffff;">Enjoy the last few days of vacation and see you Tuesday, Sept. 6!</span>​</p>
Information for parents/guardians of Junior Kindergarten students for parents/guardians of Junior Kindergarten students<p> </p><p>Do you have a little one starting school for the first time this fall? We know that is it an exciting time for both students and parents. Here is some information about Kindergarten in the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) and what you can expect and how to plan for the first day of school:</p><div><ul><li>Senior Kindergarten students begin school on Tuesday, September 6, 2016.<br></li><li>Junior Kindergarten students begin school on Thursday, September 8, 2016.<br></li><li>Note that <a href="">Ernest Cumberland ES</a> is on a modified calendar. The first day of school for Ernest Cumberland JK students is Wed. Aug. 24.<br></li><li>On the first day, proceed to the Kindergarten yard or entrance to meet your educators and find out what class your child will be in.<br></li><li>Please <a href="">pack the following items in your child’s backpack</a> to be left at school:<br></li><ul><li>Indoor running shoes (Velcro or elastic laces)</li><li>A large Ziploc bag with extra clothes (one pair of pants, one shirt, two pairs of underwear, two pairs of socks)</li><li>​Please ensure everything is labelled</li></ul><li>Pack a lunch and snacks in reusable, labelled containers, including a bottle for water. For healthy lunch ideas, check out <a href="">EatRight Ontario</a>.<br></li></ul></div><p>If your child will ride the school bus, the <a href="">Bus Tag</a> program provides each Kindergarten student with a coloured tag that identifies the child’s name, route number, bus colour and stop location. All students with a bus tag must be met at their stop by a parent/guardian. To practice riding the bus and learn about bus safety, attend a <a href="">First Rider</a> session provided by the <a href="">Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium</a>. ​</p><p>If your child is turning four years old before Dec. 31, 2016 and you have not yet registered them for Kindergarten, you can do so by calling 705-734-6363 x11750 or emailing <a href=""></a> to schedule an appointment to register in person at the SCDSB’s Education Centre (1170 Hwy. 26 in Midhurst) until August 26 while school offices are closed. Starting August 29, please contact your <a href="">home school</a> to register as school offices will re-open that week.</p><p>If you have any further questions about your child’s first day, please <a href="">contact your school​</a> the week of August 29.</p><p>​</p>



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