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Principal’s Message

May 2, 2016

Stop right now.  Go to Twitter.  Create an account (if you don't have one already) and follow @MCKSmithBennett.  

We are in the midst of some big technological shifts here at MSB.  Our entire board (HDSB) has moved from First Class to Google.  Our website is at this very moment being re-created in a Google web format.  And we now have a Twitter account where (when we find the time) we tweet out the great things happening at MSB from day to day.  (24 followers as of this moment and 12 tweets sent out!....we're rocking!)

We often talk about engaging the 21st century learner, but in reality, we have to engage 21st century parents as well.  We know that many of you do not visit static websites but instead prefer to get information through tweets, Facebook, and Instagram.  So we are diving in.  Here at MSB, you can get the accurate information you need about our school in many different ways.  You can always check this website which is a very good place for all things that remain static (our staff directory, school information, and our school calendar from month to month).  You can (and likely do) receive a synervoice (e-mail and/or robotic voice mail) with reminders about upcoming events.  You can also take a drive by the school and see our even more static school sign with a notice of something that we think is REALLY important because we want you to read it over and over and over again.  Finally, we have now entered the Twitterverse and you can have an update of the great things happening from day to day within our walls.  Tonight at our School Council meeting we even had a discussion about having a Facebook page.  And although I do recognize the reach that Facebook has, one of the things I still struggle with is the back and forth aspect of it (I would need to check it constantly to make sure I wasn't missing information/questions and I can barely do that with my own Facebook page) and the fact that students can message in either upfront or anonymously and that raises some professional conduct issues that I still need to work out.  So, at present, we are in a one-way communication relationship but I promise to do my best to keep you as up to date in as many ways as possible.

And of course, there is also, this, the Principal's message.  I'd love to do a video blog, but there is a point in life where you just don't want to see or hear yourself in video, so for right now, this is as good as it gets!

This month I want to talk about the incredible staff that we have here at MSB.  Lots of people talk about the importance of being a life-long learner, but here at MSB, our teachers walk the talk.  While there are lots of things that we know work well when it comes to teaching and learning, we also know that the students working with us every day (notice I didn't say "sitting in front of us" because if that is how you remember school...well, things have definitely changed) have more information at their fingertips than we ever could have imagined in our lifetime.  Our teachers know this and rise to the challenge.

We have teachers involved in the following professional development:

  • Mrs. Whiting, Mr. Bloemendal, and Mrs. Radford are taking the technology lead.  They are re-vamping our website as well as being engaged in training to figure out how to harness the technology available and direct it towards the best learning models in the classroom.
  • Mr. Parker, Mrs. Neilson, Mrs. Roszczka, Mrs. Whiting, Mr. Brodie, Mr. DeGier, Mrs. Cation, and Mr. Morton are all part of our Leadership team who will spend time assessing how well we did at meeting our goals this year and then thinking forward to next year.  What can we do better?  What do we still need to work on?  And the even bigger question "How do we know?"
  • Mrs. Neilson has been working closely with some of our grade 7 and 8 students to help them to become lead organizers in the Halton Inside and Out Conference which brings together students and teachers from grades 7-12 who are interested in making their schools more welcoming and inclusive for students of all gender identities.
  • Mme Muir, Mrs. Hubert, Mrs. Brown, and Mrs. Elliott are part of a writing/learning team that aims to support curriculum documents that accurately reflect aboriginal culture and to help embed this learning not only into our social studies classes but into our everyday practices.
  • Ms. MacFarlane and Mrs. Brooks have attended workshops on Executive Functioning which is a fancy way of saying that they are learning to support students in their mental control and self-regulation as they manage themselves and work towards goals.  These teachers have already shared their learning with the staff at one of our PD days.
  • We have a team of staff members who will be attending an after school workshop on Legal Issues in Special Education which is designed to help them become more aware of the expectations for support that are offered to special needs students based on the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
  • We have staff members presently signing up for full day in-services on Circles in the Classroom/Restorative Practices which will help our staff to create safe spaces in the classroom for learning and provide a vehicle for developing student voice, articulating ideas, and supporting critical thinking.
  • Every Educational Assistant in our school as well as many of our teachers complete yearly training in UMAB (Understanding and Managing Aggressive Behaviour) so that they know how to plan for, de-escalate, and respond appropriately to students in crisis.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg.  I'll save more for next message!  Our teachers work hard to be better every day.  I couldn't ask for a better, more committed or caring staff to work with.  Kudos to all of them!

And now, check the sidebar for an update of May events.

Have a great May.  Enjoy the sunshine.  Check out our Tweets.  Let's see if we can get to 50 followers by the end of the month!

Regards, Kim Phillips


April 5, 2016

I’m very excited to be back at MSB.  After my years of teaching at Robert Little, my 2 years as VP at MSB, and my brief stint as VP at Robert Little, Acton feels like home to me and I’m glad I was able to stay in the community.  Thank you to all who have sent me welcome wishes.  I'd also like to take this opportunity to welcome Mrs. Kim Cation who is our new Vice Principal replacing Mrs. Nargi.  Mrs. Cation comes to us from Anne J. MacArthur PS in Milton and brings with her a wealth of experience in Special Education.  Together with Mr. Morton, we all look forward to learning and working together with our students and parent community over the next few months.

Speaking of the next few months, we have many exciting things happening at MSB that I'd like to fill you in on.  

First off April is a busy month for us here.  Today we had Scientists in the Classroom visit one of our Grade 7 French Immersion classes.  The students had a great opportunity to learn in the Science Lab with hands on experiments and an engaging guest scientist.  All of this is thanks to Superior Glove of Acton who has sponsored Scientists in the Classroom for all of our students here at the school.  Over the next few months, each one of our classes will have an opportunity to engage in this program free of charge.  Also today our Intermediate students were able to take part in a Halton Skills Competition presentation in the gym.  In addition, Mr. Brodie's and Mrs. Radford's classes were able to attend the competition to take part in and watch
demonstrations of activities such as the technology challenge, green energy challenge, Lego robotics, and TV/video production competitions.  On Thursday we have Tier 3 double header basketball games being played at the school and we look forward to welcoming students from other schools to join us in some basketball fun.  Finally, there is a PD on Friday April 8th to round off the week!  And that's just the first week of April.

Some other events coming up are our Electives for our Intermediate students which will be taking place on the next few Fridays.  Students will be able to swim, cook, sew, engage in leadership opportunities and so many other activities it's impossible to list. A big thanks must go to our teachers who have planned and organized these extraordinary activities designed to provide students with a chance to branch out into other skill sets.  

On Thursday April 21st we have a special social media event here at the school as well.  Chris Vollum is joining us during the day to meet with our grade 6,7, and 8 students to talk about creating a positive media on-line presence as well as how to interact, engage, and learn from others on-line with safety.  In the evening, Chris will be presenting to parents of students of all ages.  Parents are encouraged to bring their own devices and learn about what Chris shared with the students during the day as well as some important tips on how to work with their kids to ensure they become social media savvy.  

Then, as April comes to an end we have our monthly pink shirt day on Wednesday, April 27th to highlight the need to provide a welcome, safe, and inclusive community for all of our students.  In the evening of the 27th the Halton District School Board hosts reknowned behavioural expert, Dr. J. Stuart Ablon in a presentation on dealing and addressing challenging behaviour in children and teens.  It will be from 7-9pm at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre (440 Locust St. Burlington).   Dr. Ablon will speak about why some children and adolescents have difficulty managing their behaviour. His presentation will provide an overview of Collaborative Problem-Solving, an evidence-based approach to understanding and helping children and adolescents with behaviour challenges.  Specifically, the Collaborative Problem-Solving Approach provides an alternative conceptualization to help parents with explosive non-compliant children and adolescents. The CPS model helps adults teach children lacking cognitive skills in the domains of flexibility/adaptability, frustration tolerance and problem-solving.  Dr. Ablon is the Director of Think:Kids in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, as well as an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.  I have had the privilege of attending a conference hosted by Dr. Ablon in the past and can highly recommend attending this event.  He speaks in real terms about the needs of children and how to manage effectively as parents to support and guide them.  As a parent and an educator I came away with MANY practical ideas that I could use right away.  

Finally, there are a few community pieces I would like to highlight for you that are worth looking into or getting involved in.  First there is an Annual Food Drive happening this weekend.  All you need to do is leave canned/boxed food items on your porch or outside your door by 9am this Saturday and you can support a local family in need.  Volunteers will come and pick up the food for this FoodShare program.  Check out the FoodShare website (www.actonfoodshare.com) for further information on items that are needed most and for more details.   Next, there is a Halton Resource Fair happening on April 30 from 10-2pm at Craig Kielburger Secondary School in Milton.  I would encourage you to find some time to attend if at all possible.  At the fair you
will find booths set up to inform you about pretty much every resource available to parents here in Halton.  It's definitely worth the drive.  Finally, the Annual Candlelight Walk is coming up during the first week of May and although that is a month away, I add it here because it is so important for us to show support to the Veterans in our community for their sacrifice and commitment to our peace and safety.  The parade itself is on Thursday May 5th at 6:30pm.  It begins at Hide House or at St. Alban's Anglican Church parking lot where you can light your candles and begin the walk to the cenotaph.  Mark it on your calendar.  

One last item and this one's especially important for our web page.  We have recently created a Twitter account for MSB.  At this point we are still  trying to figure out how to best make use of it, how to attract followers in our parent community, and how to engage our student community in this new way.  As a way to kick it off, we are going to be a part of the #LoveMySchoolDay conversation on Twitter on Monday April 11th.  Teachers will tweet out all the great events, learning, conversations, and insights that they are engaged in throughout the day.  Keep an eye on that thread to see some MSB shoutouts!

I think that's more than enough for now.  I look forward to warmer weather, opportunities to learn, and great connections with our families in the community.  Have a wonderful April!

Kim Phillips
Principal

January 7, 2016

Happy New Year! We hope that you enjoyed time with family and friends over holiday break! We would like to thank all those families that contributed to our December Toy Drive - the MSB community helped make the holiday season brighter for many local
families!

Grade One Parent Information Session
The Halton District School Board takes pride in offering excellent Grade One programs to students in their communities. Parents of Senior Kindergarten students who will be attending Grade One in the 2016-2017 school year are encouraged to attend these
sessions to hear about Reading, Writing and Math programs. The information session will help parents gain an understanding of the programs offered at McKenzie-Smith Bennett. There will also be an opportunity to visit a Grade One classroom.

MSB will host their information session on Wednesday, January 13th from 6-7pm in the Library. This session is for parents only. Refreshments will be available. During the information session, principals and teachers will share information about programs
and supports available in schools including Literacy and Math initiatives, Core French programs, French Immersion programs, Special Education supports and programs available to students, extra-curricular opportunities and other initiatives unique to each
school.

If you are able to attend, please RSVP to Tania Spill ([ mailto:spillt@hdsb.ca ]spillt@hdsb.ca) at 519-853-3800.

FDK Registration for Students Entering Junior Kindergarten
We will be hosting Kindergarten Registration on Thursday, January 28, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for parents of students who must be 4 years old by December 31, 2016
Please bring the following original documents when registering:
• proof of address (any two of the following current documents): lease or deed, car registration, property tax bill, utility bill, residential telephone bill, moving bill, health card, bank statement, credit card statement, correspondence with a
  government agency  
proof of age: birth certificate, passport or baptismal/faith document for your child.
• proof of citizenship: birth certificate or passport or Record of Landing (IMM 1000) or Permanent Resident card.
proof of immunization, or philosophical or religious exemption forms (completed medical authorization where necessary).

If you are not the child’s parent, or if you have sole custody, please bring proof of custody (court order).  If your child is currently attending Junior Kindergarten, you do not need to register for Senior Kindergarten.

Food Days at MSB
We will be starting up food days at MSB during the week of January 25th 2016.

Available for pre-order only with payment to the school by cash (exact change only), cheque (payable to McKenzie-Smith Bennett P.S.) or online cashless will be the following:
Tuesdays – Pizza Day (Dominos) - $1.50 per slice
Wednesdays – Pita Day (Pita Pit) - $5.00 per pita
Thursdays – Sub Day (Subway) - $4.50 per sub

Order forms have been sent home and are due back in to the student’s homeroom teacher by Wednesday, January 13, 2016.

Please note the following:
no post-dated cheques please.
 • if paying by online cashless, order form MUST still be completed and returned.
 • one order form per child with child’s name and teacher’s name printed clearly.
 • no refunds will be given if your child is absent.
 • proceeds from these fundraisers will be used towards our 2015-2016 School Initiatives (e.g., improving technololgy in classrooms and literacy and numeracy iniatives).  Due to the quick turn-around time, LATE orders will NOT be accepted, sorry!

We welcome parent volunteers to assist with these programs. If you have time available to assist with collating the orders during the day at the start of the programs or have an hour free during the second nutrition break (1pm-2pm) to assist on the day
of and you have a valid police check with vulnerable sector screening at the office, please contact Mrs. Cobanoglu in the school office at 519-853-3800.

Thank you for your support!

Spirit Day
Mark your calendars! Friday January 29th is CRAZY HAT DAY at MSB!

School Council Meeting
The next School Council Meeting takes place on Monday January 11th at 6:30 in Room 123.  Everyone welcome!

Cold Weather Reminders
The past week we have been experiencing much colder weather - students are reminded to dress for the weather!  Boots, hats, mittens, and warm coats help keep students warm and dry!

When the temperature or wind chill reaches -15C (fifteen degrees below zero, Celsius), students will be granted immediate entry to school upon arrival, and students will remain indoors during nutrition breaks. When temperature thresholds are in effect,
students are required to keep their outdoor coats/jackets with them throughout the instructional day, in case of a need to evacuate the school. If temperatures are above -15C, students may be outside for nutrition breaks.  Students are expected to be
dressed appropriately for the weather and may by outside for 30 minutes.

From the Halton District School Board:
CANCELLING SCHOOL BUSES AND CLOSING SCHOOLS DUE TO BAD WEATHER
During the winter months, inclement weather may cause the disruption of bus transportation and regular school operations. Parents/guardians are reminded to review the following inclement weather information for the 2014-2015 school year. It is a
parent’s decision whether or not to send their child to school on inclement weather days. In case of inclement weather, the decision to close schools and/or cancel buses is communicated beginning at 6:30 am in the following ways:
Primary Methods of Communication: 
Halton District School Board website (www.hdsb.ca)
Halton Student Transportation Services (www.haltonbus.ca
Telephone recording through the Board’s main switchboard at 905-335-3665 or Toll free at 1-877- 618-3456 
Television Stations: CHCH, CITY TV, CP24
AM Radio Stations: CFRB 1010 AM, CJOY 1460 AM, CHML 900 AM, CKOC 1150 AM, CHWO 740 AM, AM680NEWS, CHAM 820 AM.
FM Radio Stations: CHFI 98.1 FM, WAVE 94.7 FM, Y108/107.9 FM, CING 95.3 FM, CKFM 99.9 FM, KLITE 102.9 FM, CBC 99.1 FM, CIMJ 106.1 FM.
Supplementary Methods of Communication: The Home Notification System will email the homes of approximately 60,000 students (between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m.). Delays are caused by limitations of external email hosts receiving our messages, spam protection, as
well as other GTA school boards sending messages that morning. For this reason the Home Notification System is supplementary to TV, radio and website communication. Twitter – School closures and bus cancellations will be tweeted to followers at
#HaltonDS.


Principal's Message
November 25, 2015

REMINDER - Friday November 27th is a PD day.  There will be no school for students on that day.

Fundraising
Thank you to the students and parents for your tremendous support of our fundraising activities at MSB.  Our PJ day raised $482.20 for the United Way of Halton Hills.  MSB also raised $254.85 for the Acton Legion Poppy Fund. We also were able to give 760
pounds of food to the Acton FoodShare from our "We Scare Hunger" campaign!!  Your generous contributions are much appreciated.

Our Annual QSP fundraiser has started!  QSP offers great deals on magazine subscriptions...just in time for the holidays!  All profits from this fundraiser will go to support technology in the school (e.g., chromebooks and Brite Link projectors)

Cold Weather Reminders
The past week we have been experiencing much colder weather - students are reminded to dress for the weather!  Boots, hats, mittens, and warm coats help keep students warm and dry!
When the temperature or wind chill reaches -15C (fifteen degrees below zero, Celsius), students will be granted immediate entry to school upon arrival, and students will remain indoors during nutrition breaks. When temperature thresholds are in effect,
students are required to keep their outdoor coats/jackets with them throughout the instructional day, in case of a need to evacuate the school. If temperatures are above -15C, students may be outside for nutrition breaks.  Students are expected to be
dressed appropriately for the weather and may by outside for 30 minutes.
From the Halton District School Board:
CANCELLING SCHOOL BUSES AND CLOSING SCHOOLS DUE TO BAD WEATHER
During the winter months, inclement weather may cause the disruption of bus transportation and regular school operations. Parents/guardians are reminded to review the following inclement weather information for the 2014-2015 school year. It is a
parent’s decision whether or not to send their child to school on inclement weather days. In case of inclement weather, the decision to close schools and/or cancel buses is communicated beginning at 6:30 am in the following ways:
Primary Methods of Communication: 
Halton District School Board website (www.hdsb.ca)
Halton Student Transportation Services (www.haltonbus.ca
Telephone recording through the Board’s main switchboard at 905-335-3665 or Toll free at 1-877- 618-3456 
Television Stations: CHCH, CITY TV, CP24
AM Radio Stations: CFRB 1010 AM, CJOY 1460 AM, CHML 900 AM, CKOC 1150 AM, CHWO 740 AM, AM680NEWS, CHAM 820 AM.
FM Radio Stations: CHFI 98.1 FM, WAVE 94.7 FM, Y108/107.9 FM, CING 95.3 FM, CKFM 99.9 FM, KLITE 102.9 FM, CBC 99.1 FM, CIMJ 106.1 FM.
Supplementary Methods of Communication: The Home Notification System will email the homes of approximately 60,000 students (between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m.). Delays are caused by limitations of external email hosts receiving our messages, spam protection, as
well as other GTA school boards sending messages that morning. For this reason the Home Notification System is supplementary to TV, radio and website communication. Twitter – School closures and bus cancellations will be tweeted to followers at
#HaltonDSB

Reminders for Bus Riders
When bus transportation is cancelled, it is cancelled for the entire day. Parents who bring their children to school, must make arrangements to pick up them up at dismissal time.
Dress warmly on cold weather day as school buses maybe delayed and your child may be waiting for the bus for a longer time than usual.
Sign up on the Halton Student Transportation Service (HSTS) website for updates on bus delays or cancellations ([ http://www.haltonbus.ca/ ]www.haltonbus.ca).

Student Pickup and Dropoff
Students should not be picked up or dropped off in the school bus loading zones.  Please use one of the Kiss and Ride locations which are located in the south and north parking lots. When students are using the Kiss and Ride, we ask that students enter
or exit the vehicle from the curb side only.  This helps to keep students safe by keeping them out of the path of vehicles  moving through the parking lot.  

Upcoming Events
We are looking forward to some exciting events during the next few weeks at MSB!

December 1-14
We will be accepting new unwrapped toys for our annual Student Leader Toy Drive that takes place from December 1-14.  All toys will be sent to our local Salvation Army.

December 1
Camp Muskoka Parent Information Night at 7:00 pm in Room 123
School Bus Safety Assembly

December 2
Photo Retake Day

December 3
Switch Day Schedule - Friday Schedule
Immunizations Grade 7 Menactra and Grade 8 Girls HPV#2 (and any catch up)
Grade 7 and 8 Electives Letter comes home

December 4
Spirit Day - Fan-dom Friday - Dress in what you are a fan of! (i.e. sports teams, etc.)
Acton High School Band Concert at MSB at 2:00 pm

December 10
Holiday Craft and Concert Night from 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Book Fair opens from 6:00 - 7:30 pm

December 14-17
Book Fair continues from 9:45 am - 4:00 pm
Book Fair is open 9:45 am - 12:45 pm on December 17

December 18
Spirit Day - Wear Red & Green or Tacky Holiday Wear! (e.g., sweaters, ties, socks)
Early Release at 2:15 pm
December 21 - January 1 (inclusive)
Winter Break

January 4
First Day Back for 2016!

January 11
School Council Meeting 6:30 pm in Room 123 - everyone welcome!
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Principal's Message
October 27, 2015

As we near the end of October, our Student Leaders have planned some exciting seasonal activities for this Friday at MSB.

We encourage students to support  "WE SCARE HUNGER"  by bringing in non-perishable food items.  Food items will go to the Acton Salvation Army Food Drive.  We are collecting food items until Nov. 5th.

It is an Orange and Black Spirit Day for all grades on Friday October 30th . Students who would like to celebrate Halloween are invited to wear orange and black to school.  Students in Grades JK-5 are invited to a costume parade to start in 6th period
(2:45) with the JK/SKs starting the parade and going from room to room gathering classes along the way.  We remind students to leave any replica weapons (e.g., swords) and masks at home.  

On Friday we will also have our annual Carved Pumpkin competition. Homerooms will compete against other divisional classes! There are three categories per grade divisions: funniest, scariest and most creative pumpkin.  

Important Reminder:  Allergies can be life-threatening for some of our students.  We have a number of students who are severely allergic to peanuts, tree nuts and nut products.  Please do not send products with nuts, tree nuts or nut products to school
in your child’s lunch or snack. Please check and read labels before sending candy in from trick or treating. We also have students who have specific allergies to chick peas, humus, shellfish, dairy or eggs.  We ask that parents do not bring any food
into MSB for celebrations or events in order to keep all students safe from life-threatening reactions.

Thank you for your continued support of Student Leaders' initiatives and for helping MSB be a great place to be!!


Principal's Message
October 20, 2015

We are thrilled to announce that we raised $4783.65 for the Terry Fox 'Marathon of Hope'.  Thank you to students, staff and community for the tremendous effort to raise funds for cancer research...together we do make a difference!

A reminder that Photo Days are next week on Monday and Tuesday - please find the class schedule below:
MONDAY October 26th
FDK
     •  Gr. 1
     •  Gr. 2
     •  Gr. 3
     •  Gr 3/4
     •  Gr. 4
     •  Class 4/5
     •  Life Skills Class
TUESDAY October 27th
Gr. 5
     •  Gr 5/6
     •  Gr. 6
     •  Gr 6/7
     •  Gr. 7
     •  Gr. 7/8
     •  Gr. 8
      •  Gr.  8.5
     •  LD Classes

Calling all three year olds! If your child was born in 2012, he or she can start Kindergarten in September 2016.  

We invite all three year olds and their parents to attend a Kindergarten Open House to learn more about making this first school experience a happy one!  Drop by anytime between 6:30 - 7:30 on Tuesday November 24 at MSB.  At the Open House, children and
parents will:
explore a kindergarten classroom
 • learn about play based learning
 • pick up information and resource material in a free backpack
 • access information about community agencies and resources in Halton
 • get information about before and after school care
 • ask questions about special education

Principal's Message October 13, 2015

Welcome Autumn!  We hope that everyone enjoyed time with family and friends on the long Thanksgiving weekend!

Last Thursday we participated in the 35th anniversary of the Terry Fox 'Marathon of Hope'.   MSB students made a difference by collectively walking/running over 1665 kms!  We are still counting the fundraising money and will be able to share the total
funds raised on Friday - we are still accepting donations so it is not too late if you still wish to donate!

Congratulations to our MSB Cross Country Teams that have participated at the races at Cedarvale Park - we are so proud of all the runners and by the fantastic role models and team players!  Thank you to coaches who trained with students and attended the
races along with the students.

Our Kindergarten team would like to remind parents/caregivers to please wait outside the FDK  fenced area before and after school - thank you!

We welcome our newly acclaimed School Council representatives for the 2015-2016 school year!

Executive:
Chair – Anita Roden (msbcouncil@hotmail.com)
Vice-Chair – Peggy Azimi
Secretary – Sarah Ansell
Treasurer – Michelle Guylas
Bookkeeper – Samantha Pyke

Voting Parents:

Gregory Barrett Anne Barrett    Lisa Canning    Kelly Cordingley
Julie Cutler    Sarah Gnass     Liz Holmes      Heather Kelly
Judy Eaton      Lee Johnston-Mayke      Tricia Harrow Rodic     John Penrose
Janeen Swackhamer       Dana Totty      Cheryl Vallance 
        
Community Representative:       
Dorota Magiera – MSB YMCA

The next School Council Meeting will take place on Monday November 2, 2015 at 6:30 in Room 123.



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Parents and Guardians of Kindergarten Students who ride the bus;

At MSB we understand that you may wish to pick up your son or daughter directly at the school.  If it is before dismissal time, we ask that you make sure you sign your child(ren) out at the office.  This will help us ensure that all students are
accounted for before the buses leave the school and that all students arrive home safely.

Thank you for your assistance in this matter. If you have any questions, please contact Curtis Morton (vice- principal).

Parents and Guardians of students in Grade 7 who are participating in the Hep B and Menactra immunization program and Grade 8 girls participating in the HPV immunization program;

Please ensure that consent forms have been brought in to the school office by Tuesday, September 15th 2015 as they are being picked up by a courier. Any consents returned after this date will be picked up at the first immunization clinic on October 1st,
2015. Students who return consents late (after Tuesday, September 15th 2015) may miss the opportunity to be immunized during the 1st clinic.

This year, the Halton Region Health Department Immunization Services will not be accepting telephone consents from parents/guardians. All consents must be signed by the parent/guardian and returned to the health department in advance to ensure proper
screening.

Principal's Message - September 8th  2015

MSB Famiies,
Welcome back to the 2015-2016 school year!  The school and staff are ready to receive students tomorrow morning! Please find attached the September 2015 Newsletter.

A few reminders for the first day tomorrow:
Supervision duty on the playground begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m. daily.

 • Homeroom teachers will be outside holding their name sign so that children and parents can locate the approrpriate teacher.

 • Class lists are posted on the front doors of the school and staff will be circulating with class lists to assist students in finding their homeroom teacher.

 • Primary - Grade 4 students (and Mr. Czarnecki's grade 5s) will meet their teachers in the north playground.

 • Grade 5-8 students will meet their teachers in the south playground.

 • Please check you child's appropriate bus route on HSTS (www.haltonbus.ca) for both before and after school bus routes if applicable.  This, along with our planning at the school level, will help us to ensure we do our best to get everyone on the
   correct bus on Tuesday. Only students who have been given a seat on the bus may ride the bus.  If you require courtesy seating on a bus, please contact the office and Vice Principal Curtis Morton will be happy to explain the process.

  • If you are driving your child to school tomorrow, please remember that Kiss and Ride is to drop off your child while the driver/parent remains in the car.  If you wish to escort you child(ren) to their class line, you must park in a designated
   parking spot (see newsletter for more information).

An Important Reminder for all parents of students in grades 6, 7 and 8.  It is expected that students remain on school property for lunch tomorrow as we will not have permission forms back from the First Day Package.  Logistically, the office will not be
   able to accomodate phone calls home to all grade 6, 7 and 8 parents. We ask that if parents wish to give permission to their grade 6,7 or 8 child to leave school property at second nutritiion break, please send a permission note for this week to the
   school with your child in the morning.  

We look forward to another year of learning and leading at MSB!

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Lisa Serebrin
Principal






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