McKenzie-Smith Bennett has joined the list of cashless schools in Halton!

Families will now be given the opportunity to submit fees and payments online via a secure payment system in a similar manner to paying a hydro bill or credit card bill online, instead of having to send cash or cheques to school. This option will be available to pay for Sub Days, Pizza Days, Field Trips and more.

Please consider using the Cashless School payment system to make your payments. This easy to use online system is safe (secure) and simplifies the school process, plus there is no need to send cash or cheques to school with your student!

You will still need to fill out the order forms with your choices or sign and return the permission forms but instead of sending in cash or cheques, you can check off the on-line payment box on these forms and submit your payment through Cashless Schools.

For your reference the instruction pamphlet for Cashless Schools is located to the right in the side bar menu under CASHLESS.

Principal Update

January 7, 2015

Happy New Year!  We welcome back Mrs. Michelle McCann (primary SERT), Mrs. Emily Atkinson (grade six) and Ms. Kellie Gies (CYC).  We also welcome Mrs. Tara Dagenais to our Life Skills program and Mrs. Emily Moxey to the Junior SERT role.  We wish Mrs. Mary Walker all the best in her retirement!  Mrs. Shelena Bergasse will be with us for the next couple of months as our Intermediate core French teacher and, on January 19th, we welcome back Mr. Michael Primerano to 8.5 Access program while Mr. Bloemendal spends time with his new son! We also welcome our new trustee, Jeanne Gray to the MSB community!

We would like to thank everyone for the support of our School Council Silent Auction in December.  Due to the generous donations from MSB families to our Holiday Baskets, School Council raised over $1300!  School Council will be meeting on Monday February 2 at 6:30 and will be voting on use of these and other funds to support student learning at MSB!  

We have a number of exciting events happening at MSB in January!

On Thursday January 15th, we are hosting two events from 6:00 - 7:00:
  • SK Parent Night to introduce the grade one program at MSB in the Library
  • Grade One Parent Literacy Night in Room 107.
On Thursday January 29th, we are hosting the following events:
  • Grade 7 and 8 Science Fair from 4:30 - 6:30 in the South Gym
  • Junior Kindergarten Registration from 1:30 - 6:30 in the Library
Bravo Program
Our grade 6 students will be engaged in the BRAVO Program (Building Respect, Attitudes and Values with Others) for the next nine weeks.  Halton Region Police Office Parker will be teaching the students about a variety of subjects including internet and social media safety, bullying and cyber bullying, youth actions, consequences and the Law and peer pressure.  Students will have opportunities to learn proactive strategies to be effective decision makers.  A BRAVO celebration will take place at the end of the program and parents of grade six students will be invited to attend the celebration!

Other Important Dates!
  • Friday January 30, 2015: PD Day (no school for students)
  • Friday February 13, 2015: PD Day (no school for students)
  • Monday February 16, 2015: Family Day
  • Thursday February 19, 2015: Chris Vollum Workshop for Parents “Navigating Social Media with Your Child” hosted by School Council (6:30 pm) - more details to follow
Cold Weather Reminders
When the temperature or wind chill reaches -20C (twenty 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 -20C, students may be outside for nutrition breaks.  Students are expected to be dressed appropriately for the weather and may by outside for up to 30 minutes when temperatures are temperature thresholds.

From the Halton District School Board:

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 a.m. 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 cancelations (www.haltonbus.ca).

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