Principal's Message - April 8, 2015

Today we held two assemblies celebrating National Pink Shirt Day to raise awareness and reduce bullying.  Our Safe Schools Action Team put on excellent presentations and inspired all of us to think more carefully about our words and actions.  We reviewed with students the strategies to report bullying and how not to be a bystander! Thank you to staff and students who help make MSB a safe and inclusive place to learn!

Our School Council meeting is on Monday April 13 at 6:30 in Room 123.  Attending our School Council meeting is a great way to get involved and keep informed!

Do your children see themselves as capable at math or do they think math is just too hard?  The Halton District School board is presenting an evening session to discuss how to develop a Positive Mathematics Mindset in your children.  This session will provide parents with practical strategies to help support children in developing a positive attitude and success with math.  The session is being held at Milton District High School on Tuesday April 14 from 7-8 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Club and Team photos will be taken on Friday,  April 24.  If your child is involved in clubs or teams at MSB, please be aware of this dates!

Our Earth Day clean up will take place on Wednesday April 22.  Students and staff will be working together to keep our playground clean.

There is a new Halton District School Board Concussion Protocol that is now in effect in our school.  If there is any concern at the school level about a possible concussion incident at the school, parents will be contacted and a two page form will be sent home.  The first page informs parents of the specifics of the incident and the second page is to be signed and returned to the school indicating that parents have monitored their child for the next 24 hours.  We appreciate your support as we begin implementing this protocol so that we can properly identify and manage possible concussions.

From the Halton District School Board: The HDSB has updated its Concussion Protocol, as per Ministry of Education expectations. Recent research has made it clear that a concussion can have a significant impact on a student's cognitive and physical abilities. In fact, research shows that activities that require concentration can actually cause a student's concussion symptoms to reappear or worsen. It is equally important to help students as they “return to learn” in the classroom as it is to help them “return to physical activity”.

HDSB and its parents are key partners in the health and safety of our students and as such there are key components that parents will need to be made aware of in the case of a suspected or diagnosed concussion.
Students who demonstrate signs or symptoms of a concussion while at school will be required to seek medical examination through a medical doctor or nurse practitioner. Contact will be made with parents and the proper forms will be sent home with the student

Students who receive a direct blow to the head, face or neck, or a blow to the body that transmits a force to the head will not always show signs or symptoms immediately. In the best interest of the student’s health, the student will be required to be monitored for a minimum of 24 hours, both at school and at home.  Students will not be able to participate in any physical activity until the minimum 24 hours has passed, no sign or symptoms were observed, and Form C-3 has been signed and returned to the school. If at any time during this monitoring phase signs or symptoms present, students must be seen by a medical doctor or nurse practitioner.

Concussions that occur outside of school:
It is important to note that students who have a suspected or diagnosed concussion that occurs outside of school hours or school sanctioned events are still required to follow the HDSB Concussion Protocol process. We request that parents inform the school administration as soon as possible regarding these events.

While EQAO is still a few months away, we do know that it will be taking place during the dates of May 25 to June 4 for our grade 6 and grade 3 students.  Please keep this in mind as you plan future appointments so that there are minimal disruptions to the assessment process.  More detailed information will be shared with grade 6 and grade 3 families as we get closer to the dates.

On April 9th,  we are hosting a Mustang Volleyball Tournament for grade 4 and 5 students. GO MUSTANGS! We wish all our student players and coaches good luck!


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.

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