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Principal's Message

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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