Principal's Message

November 7, 2014

We have had a busy autumn at MSB!

Thank you for everyone’s support with our fundraising efforts so far! Our Terry Fox Run fundraising goal was $5000 and so far we have collected over $5400 in donations!  Our QSP and Lamontagne fundraising has been a huge success - thank you for helping to make a difference.  Funds will be used for purchasing classroom literacy materials (e.g., home reading materials, levelled literacy materials), technology (e.g., data projectors, student Chrome books) and numeracy materials (e.g., manipulatives).

We welcome back the Breakfast Club and want to say ‘thanks’ to the group of dedicated volunteers who help Trish Harrow Rodic (Coordinator) run this important program for our kids! The Breakfast Club runs from 8:45 - 9:15 every Monday and Wednesday morning in the north gym. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the office.  

On Wednesday, October 8th we hosted our Junior/Intermediate Parent Night.  We had over 40 families participate  and learn about Dreambox, My Blueprint, French, Guided Reading, Math and the ABCs of IEPS.  Thank you to School Council for providing the treats and resources for parents. This was supported by MSB School Council through the help of the PRO Grant.  

At the October School Council meeting, a new School Council was elected for the 2014-2015 school year.  We welcome Mrs. Peggy Azimi as Chair, Mrs. Anita Roden as Vice-Chair, Mrs. Tania Spill as Treasurer,  Mrs. Margot Mortimer as Bookkeeper and Mrs. Harpreet Panu as Secretary. We also welcome 21 parents, a teaching representative and one community member as voting members.  We appreciate the dedication and time that is given to make a difference for students at MSB.

On Friday November 7th, we hosted four schools and their volleyball teams for our Annual Mustang Main Event.  Teams from across Halton competed in both boys and girls volleyball.  We had lots of Team MSB spirit and all the teams demonstrated fine sportsmanship, technical skill and dedication.  Many students from MSB and neighbouring high schools volunteered their time at the snack bar and during games  - we appreciate their leadership. Thanks to the staff who dedicated their time and talents to running this event! Congratulations to all our players who worked and played hard!  Good luck to our girls team as we host Abbey Lane PS next Tuesday for the semi-finals.  We congratulate our boys on a great season - you made your coaches proud!

On Monday November 10th,  we will be having our Remembrance Day Assembly beginning at 10:15 to honour the commitment and sacrifice of Veterans from the World Wars, modern day conflicts and peacekeeping missions.  We have the school assembly on November 10th in order to host the Acton Legion Colour Guard as part of our ceremony.  Each class will be placing a wreath around the Canadian flag and our student leaders will be leading the assembly by contributing stories, poems and songs in remembrance and recognition of our Veterans.  To honour the men and women who have served our country,  students will be given a poppy to wear.  If students wish to donate $1.00 to support our Canadian Veterans, it would be appreciated.  All donations will be given to the Acton Legion.

On Remembrance Day, November 11th at the 11th hour, we will be honouring our Veterans by marking two minutes of silence at the school.  Some of our intermediate students and staff will represent MSB at the Remembrance Day Ceremony held at the Cenotaph in Acton.  We welcome parents to join us for the Remembrance Day assembly on November the 10th or to meet some of our intermediate students and staff at the Cenotaph on November 11th.  

The Santa Claus Parade takes place on Saturday November 15th at 1:00.  Staff, students and parents have been busy building and painting in the evening and on weekends to get us ready!  Thanks for the continued support of this initiative from our School Council who donated funds to pay for paint, wood and decorations.  Please come out and see our Teddy Bear Christmas float and cheer for MSB spirit!

Student Progress Reports will be coming home with all grade 1-8 students on Monday, November 17th.  The fall progress report card places a strong emphasis on the development of students' learning skills and work habits (e.g., responsibility, organization, independent work, collaboration, initiative and self-regulation). The progress report card also indicates how well students are progressing in all the subjects and provides an early indication of those subjects where the student may need additional help. For each subject, teachers will indicate whether the student is: Progressing With Difficulty, Progressing Well, or Progressing Very Well. Interviews will be held for most families on Thursday, November 20th (evening) or on the morning of Friday, November 21st.  There will be no school for students on Friday, November 21st.  Interview forms will be sent home on Monday November 10th and are due back on November 12th - your interview time will be confirmed by the end of this week by the classroom teacher(s).  

The week of November 17th is Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week.  We will be having a Bullying Awareness and Prevention Assembly on Monday November 17th at 12:25 for students in grades 5-8 and at 2:05 for students in grades 1-4. The Safe School Action Team at MSB has over 50 students involved who have been planning classroom visits, school wide activities (including making a commitment quilt to stand up against bullying) and leading the assembly. Students are encouraged to to wear the following colours:
Monday wear pink to stop mean words
Tuesday wear green for mental health
Wednesday wear rainbow colours for pride in our diversity
Thursday wear yellow to represent courage

All of these initiatives are to support our work in making MSB a safe place to be!  The Safe School Action Team has identified a mission statement for their work, ‘our mission is to make MSB a safe place to be… a safe school is a happy school.’  We also encourage students to wear pink on the last Wednesday of every month to stand up to bullying!

The Grade 7 and 8 MSB Electives Program started on Friday November 7th. Students were engaged in a variety of activities including swimming, skating, fitness classes, floor hockey, glee club and student leadership.  Thank you to staff for organizing these exciting learning activities! Electives run on Friday afternoon until December 5th.  A second session will run February 6 - March 6 and a third session will run May 1- 19.  

A reminder that Study Hall is available first break on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursday and Fridays for our intermediate students in Room 125.  

Book Fair runs from December 8 -11 in the Library. Mrs. Migel will be sharing more information about the Book Fair later this month. We will be hosting our Annual Christmas and Holiday Crafts and Concert Night on December 11.  Crafts will run from 6:00 - 7:00 and the concert will start at 7:00 in the south gym. Grade 7 and 8 Bands are performing.  School Council will be running a Holiday Basket Silent Auction in support of literacy, numeracy and technology resources for the classrooms - more details to follow!

October 29, 2014
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. 3rd.

It is an Orange and Black Spirit Day for all grades on Friday October 31st. 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.  

We are hosting our first Fall Grade 6/7/8 Dance on Friday at 2:15 - 3:40 in the South Gym.  Students will be able to purchase tickets ($2.00) during first nutrition breaks.   A snack bar will be available with nut/tree nut safe treats.  Money raised will go towards supporting Student Leader initiatives (e.g., Free the Children).  Two classrooms will be designated as quiet work/quiet activities areas (e.g., board games, reading, etc.) for students who do not wish to go to the dance.  Grade 6-8 students are expected to be at school participating either at the dance or in one of the quiet areas on Friday afternoon.

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.  Each homeroom class is challenged to decorate their classroom door in a seasonal manner.  Doors will be judged within grade divisions and judging will be based on creativity/mood and overall appearance.  

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!!

September 15, 2014

We have had a great school start up at MSB!  Over 680 students are registered and learning!  Thanks to the staff, students and parents for helping to make the transition back to school a smooth one!

I would like to thank Mrs. Trish Gordon and Mr. Larry Stevens who have been here to help with my return to work. This Tuesday and Wednesday, Mr. Stevens will be here to cover for my last transition days.

Currently, the washrooms in the Acton Pool area are being renovated so that students will have access to washrooms that are not shared with the community when the pool is open. These renovations are to be completed by the end of September…we will keep you updated as information becomes available. Students are accessing washrooms near the office while the pool washrooms remain closed for construction. Finishing touches are being put on the new roof and we anticipate this will be completed over the next couple of weeks.  

MSB had our first fire drill last week! Students and staff responded appropriately and quickly exited the building. We will have two more fire drills this fall in accordance with our Health and Safety protocols which include six fire drills with students over the course of the school year and two lockdown drills.  

MSB celebrates at the Acton Fall Fair on Friday September 19 from 10:00 - 2:00 (grade 1 and 2 students are bussed and grade 3-5 students are walking to the fairgrounds).  Permission forms went home today - if you do not receive a copy, please contact the office for another copy.  

On Thursday September 25 from 6:00 - 7:30, MSB will be hosting our annual Open House night.  School Council will be serving refreshments.  Please see flyer below for more information. Hope to see everyone there!

We have lots of exciting events planned for this month including the Terry Fox Run on Friday, September 26 at 2:15. It is also our first spirit day so students are encouraged to wear red and white in memory of Terry Fox. Pink shirt day to promote anti-bullying awareness will be on Wednesday September 24 and every month on the last Wednesday of the month students are encouraged to wear pink and stand together against bullying. Photo day is October 27th. We will send a reminder out in early October.

We have overnight trips planned for our grade 7 students and for our grade 8 students.  The grade 7 parent information night about Camp Muskoka will take place on October 21 at 6:30 pm in room 123.  The grade 8 parent information night about the Ottawa/Montreal trip will be on October 15th at 6:00 pm in the library.  More details about both parent nights will be available later this month.  At these meetings, information will be shared about specific fundraising opportunities that students can do to offset the cost of these trips.  

Fundraising is an important part of what we do to provide opportunities for students to access field trips and to put up-to-date resources such as literacy and numeracy materials and state of the art technology in our classrooms.  The school does fundraising through a variety of programs including sub days, pizza days and QSP (magazine orders).  The funds raised through these programs go directly to support learning in the classroom (e.g., iPads, chromebooks and bright link technology).  Forms for sub and pizza days will be coming home on Tuesday September 16th and will be due back on Friday September 19th.  Forms will also be available on the website.  QSP order forms will be coming home on Friday September 19th – a great selection of magazines are available for order!

School Council does fundraising as well and this year they will be offering Lamontagne catalogues to order gifts prior to the holiday season.  The funds raised through School Council are given back to the school to support additional student learning materials.  In the past, fundraising has gone towards home reading materials, math manipulatives, technology and to support special events like the Santa Claus parade and school musicals.  Once School Council is voted in in early October, the new Council will determine how best to spend the funds raised this year.  We all appreciate your ongoing support to provide additional resources to enrich student learning at MSB. The Lamontagne order forms will also be coming home on Friday September 19th.

First day forms were due on Friday September 5 - if you have not yet sent your forms in to the office, please do so as soon as possible.  If you need an additional copy, please contact the office.  Student medical forms are due immediately!  If you have not already sent in student medical forms or medication into the office, please contact the office to access forms and information.

Breakfast Club plays an important role at MSB by providing breakfast to students and families on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 8:45 - 9:15.  We are thankful for the generous donations from Halton Food for Thought and local businesses to provide funding for this important initiative.  We welcome Tricia Harrow Rodic who will be heading up our program for this year and welcome both Heather Kelly and Sara Lancaster who will be supporting Tricia in running Breakfast Club.  If you are interested in volunteering at Breakfast Club, please contact our secretary Tania Spill. Last year over 35,000 breakfast meals were served!  The MSB Breakfast Club will be starting on Monday October 6!

Immunization for grade 7 students and for grade 8 girls is on September 25th.  More details can be found on the MSB website (sidebar).

We always welcome volunteers at MSB!  Volunteers must have a current police check with vulnerable sector screening.  We have lots of ways you can help make a difference at MSB - reading with students, working on the float for the Santa Claus parade, joining a class for a field trip, helping in the library, supporting the Breakfast Club, or preparing materials for the classroom.  Come out and get involved…volunteers help make MSB a great place to be!

Hold the date!! In collaboration with School Council, we will be hosting our Junior and Intermediate Parent Learning Night on Wednesday October 8th from 6:00- 7:30. We are very excited about the opportunity to have parents of junior and intermediate students join us for a night of learning.  More details will be shared with you early next week!

Mental health and well-being is everyone's responsibility
The Halton District School Board has produced a mental health video for parents and guardians as part of its strategy to improve awareness and promote positive mental health and well-being.  The two-minute video is linked from the main page of the Board’s website at www.hdsb.ca  (Mental Health and Well-being) as well as posted on YouTube.

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