Principal's Message
November 25, 2015

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

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:
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 (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!

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!

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!

Lisa Serebrin

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