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​French as a Second Language information sessions, registration this January​French as a Second Language information sessions, registration this January <p>​</p><p>The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) offers French Immersion (FI) and Extended French as a Second Language (EFSL) at select schools throughout the county. In January, information sessions will be held for parents, and registration begins later that month.<br><br>FI begins in Grade 1 and is offered at 12 elementary schools. EFSL begins in Grade 5 and is offered at 10 elementary schools and eight secondary schools. These programs give students a bilingual education and the opportunity to become fluent in a second language.<br><br><strong>Information sessions</strong><br>Elementary schools that run FI or EFSL will be hosting an information session for parents of children in Senior Kindergarten and Grade 4. To find out which school your child would attend for FI or EFSL, please <a href="" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">click here</span></a>. <br><br><strong>School                                          Session date/time</strong><br>Admiral Collingwood - EFSL only       Jan. 8 at 6 p.m.<br>Alliston Union                                  Jan. 13 at 6 p.m.<br>Ardagh Bluffs - EFSL only                 Jan. 13 at 6 p.m.<br>Cameron Street - FI only                 Jan. 13 at 7 p.m.<br>Ferndale Woods - FI only                 Jan. 6 at 6 p.m.<br>Forest Hill                                       Jan. 7 at 7 p.m.<br>Goodfellow                                     Jan. 14 at 6 p.m.<br>Hillcrest                                          Jan. 14 at 6:30 p.m.<br>Mundy's Bay                                   Jan. 13 at 6 p.m.<br>Oakley Park - FI only                      Jan. 13 at 6 p.m.<br>Regent Park                                   Jan. 8 at 6:45 p.m.<br>Warnica                                         Jan. 12 at 6:30 p.m.<br>WH Day                                         Jan. 7 at 6:30 p.m.<br>Worsley - FI only                            Jan. 6 at 6:30 p.m.<br>                        </p><p><strong>How to apply</strong><br>To apply for these programs, parents must complete the online application form at <a href="" target="_blank"></a> under Programs, French as a Second Language. Parents who do not have Internet access at home, or who require other assistance accessing the online application, should contact their school.<br><br>The <strong>FI application form will be available from 9 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 19 until 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015.</strong><br><br>While every effort will be made to accommodate all FI applications, available space and staffing will determine how many students can be registered in the program. Applications will be processed in the order they are received electronically. One application form must be completed for each child.<br><br>The EFSL application form will be available from<strong> 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 21, until 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan 22, 2015.</strong><br><br>EFSL is an open access program. This means that any student starting Grade 5 in September 2015 will be eligible for the EFSL program, and all online applications will be processed. One application form must be completed for each child. <em>Please note: The 2016-17 school year will be the final year for a student to apply for Grade 5 EFSL. When the Grade 1 FI cohort reaches Grade 5 in September 2017, EFSL will be phased out on a year-by-year basis. Registration in EFSL for Grade 5 will not be available within the SCDSB in September 2017.</em></p>
Christmas Cheer Video Cheer Video<p>​​​Christmas cheer is spreading throughout the building. </p><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-embedcode ms-rte-embedil ms-rtestate-notify"><iframe width="445" height="296" src="" frameborder="0"></iframe>​</div>
Condolences<p><span style="text-transform:none;background-color:#ffffff;text-indent:0px;display:inline !important;font:13px "times new roman";white-space:normal;float:none;letter-spacing:normal;color:#212121;word-spacing:0px;">We wish to extend our condolences to Mrs. Parnell and her family. Mrs. Parnell's husband passed away suddenly Saturday evening. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Parnell family. <span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span></p>
Provide input on proposed 2015-16 school year calendar input on proposed 2015-16 school year calendar<p>​The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) invites public school communities to submit input regarding the proposed school year calendar for next school year (Sept. 2015 to June 2016).</p><p>Input can be provided by visiting the SCDSB's <a href="" target="_blank">School Year Calendar page</a>. </p><p>All stakeholders including staff, school council members, parents/guardians, students and members of the school community are invited to provide input. </p><p><strong>Feedback is invited until Jan. 9, 2015</strong> to ensure the SCDSB meets school year calendar development timelines set by the Ministry of Education.</p>
Attn. Intermediate Students: Apply for the 2015-16 Minister's Student Advisory Council! Intermediate Students: Apply for the 2015-16 Minister's Student Advisory Council!<h3 style="text-align:center;">Students in Grade 7 - 12!</h3><p> </p><p>The Ontario Ministry of Education is looking for local students for the <strong>2015-16 Minister's Student Advisory Council (MSAC). </strong>The MSAC is a group of 60 students from publicly funded schools all across the province. </p><p>Student members share their ideas and advice with the Minister of Education on how to ensure Ontario's schools remain the best in the world. Students meet with the Minister of Education twice during the year to share their ideas. Council members are also invited to attend their Regional Student Forum.</p><p><strong>The deadline for students to apply is Feb. 28.</strong> The MSAC is open to students in grades 7 to 12. Everyone is welcome and no special qualifications are required. The council honours diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from students who combine lived experience with a perspective that they are genuinely interested in sharing and representing.</p><p>View the <a href="" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">poster</span></a>. For more information or to apply, visit the Ministry's website at: <a href="" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a>.</p><p><em>Information:</em><br><em>Jane Dewar, Student Success IRT – Equity and Inclusion</em><br><em>705-734-6363 x11298 or </em><a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em></em></span></a><em> </em></p><p><em>Denise Cole, Student Success IRT – Equity and Inclusion</em><br><em>705-734-6363 x 11859 or </em><a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em></em></span></a><em> </em></p>
Check out our new website & subscribe to stay up-to-date! out our new website & subscribe to stay up-to-date!<p>Our website was recently upgraded with a fresh look and new features. It is now fully mobile and tablet friendly, with a special adaptive design that works on all devices. Read about some of the highlights below.</p><p><strong>Subscribe to stay up-to-date on what's happening</strong><br>Our <a href="/about-us/news"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">What's New</span></a> section is where you'll read about all the exciting things going on in our school. It's also where we will post updates during emergency situations. Keep an eye on this section to stay up-to-date. <a href="/subscribe"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Subscribe</span></a> to receive these updates by email so you can stay informed wherever you are!  </p><p><strong>Find out what's happening</strong><br>Check out our <a href="/about-us/events"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Events</span></a> calendar to see the great things upcoming in our school. All Board-wide dates like PA Days and Holidays are available, as well as our school-based events. </p><p><strong>Learn about high school</strong><br>The <a href="/students/high-school"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">High School</span></a> page under Students gives an overview of what to expect in high school, and provides resources for parents to help their teen with the transition.</p><p><strong>Pay fees online</strong><br>The <a href="/parents/pay-fees"><span lang="EN-CA" style="text-decoration:underline;">Pay Fees</span></a> page is found under the Parents menu, and provides the link to access SchoolCash Online to pay for things like field trips and lunch days. Credit Card payments are accepted.</p><p><strong>Newsletters</strong><br>All of our monthly school newsletters will be posted on the <a href="/parents/newsletters"><span lang="EN-CA" style="text-decoration:underline;">Newsletters</span></a> page under Parents. They will also be emailed out to you when you sign up for a subscription to our website.</p><p>Take a look around our new website and try out all the new features. Tell your friends and family to visit us too!</p>
Christmas Cheer Campaign Cheer Campaign<p>The Outreach Team would like to thank everyone who participated in our Thanksgiving Food Drive.  The support had been tremendous and so appreciated!  </p><p>Once again, The Outreach Team will be running the Christmas Cheer Campaign. Please note these important stats:  </p><p style="text-align:center;">"<em>In 2013, we assisted over 1,829 families (4,969 people) with:  groceries for a full Christmas dinner, a turkey, packaged food for a week, gift vouchers, toys for each child and gift cards for each teen."</em> </p><p>The pick-up date for toys and food items will be <strong>Tues., Dec. l6th.  It</strong><strong> is not far away!</strong></p><p>We were given this list of <em>the most needed items</em> for the food hampers:</p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>1.  Canned Foods:  </strong>meats, fish, soups, spaghetti/tomato sauce, veggies, fruit, pork and beans, stews, spaghetti or ravioli, puddings and canned dinners.</p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>2.  Packaged Foods: </strong> boxed cereal, pasta, spaghetti or rice (boxed not bagged) macaroni & cheese dinners, cookie or muffin mixes, Jello and puddings, dry soups and meals and candy. (Please no glass containers!)</p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>3.  New, unwrapped toys - </strong>they often end up with fewer toys for babies and for 8-10 year olds - donations to these age groups would be appreciated.</p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>4.  New books – for all age levels.</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>5.  Canadian Tire Money</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>6.  Mittens, hats and scarves for our tree – </strong>these items can be easily placed in the food hampers and are greatly needed.</p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>7.</strong>  Please note that we will also be collecting and distributing <em><strong>gently used</strong></em><strong> snowsuits and snowpants. </strong>We will have a table set up for these items near the Christmas tree in the foyer. </p><p style="text-align:left;">Thank you once again, Hewitt's Creek for showing generosity and empathy for the Barrie Community.  As the Christmas Cheer letter said, "We count on the schools for most of the food and toys that we provide to families each year".</p><p style="text-align:left;">~ The Outreach Team</p>



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