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Parent Update #12 November 22-26


“Behind every child who believes in themself, is a Parent who believed in them first”

Parent Interviews

Parent Teacher Interviews will take place on Thursday, November 25th and Friday, November 26th. The Interview site is open for booking up until November 22nd at 11:00pm. Once the system closes and schedules are finalized, your child’s teachers will contact you with an interview link.  Interviews are 10-minutes and will be conducted via Microsoft TEAMS.

Progress Reports

Progress Reports will be sent home electronically again this year. Reports will be sent on Wednesday November 24th. Please ensure you have your child’s OEN in order to access the report card.

Picture Re-takes

Picture Re-take day is Wednesday December 1st. If your child was absent for their photo day or requires a re-take, please let your child’s teacher know through your classroom channel of communication (agenda, etc.). Only those students who have parental requests will be sent for a photo re-take.


Orders will be available for curbside pickup on Thursday November 25th from 3-8pm (Interview night) or Friday November 26th from 9-1pm (PA Day). Orders have now closed.

MindUP for students

Lesson four, Mindful Listening will start next week. Your child/children will be introduced to the brain’s attention-focusing center also known as the Reticular Activating System (RAS).  The RAS is critically important because the brain cannot process the millions of bits of sensory information coming in at once.  With mindful listening exercises students can train their RAS to listen very carefully to specific sounds.  This exercise strengthens the pathways to the prefrontal cortex which allows us to get information that we are listening to more efficiently. 

Take some time to practice with your child/children mindful listening.  This could be done by listening to different sounds while going for a walk/drive, pointing out different instruments in music and listening for different words while reading a story.

Arriving on time

School begins at 8:20am. The doors are open for students to enter beginning at 8:05am. It is very important that we are establishing good routines with our students and children, by ensuring that they arrive on time each day. Please consider walking your child to school to avoid the busy parking lots in the morning and afternoon. A reminder that students should not be dropped off prior to 8:05am each day, as Supervision of students begins at that time. Students cannot enter the school until 8:05am, when supervisors arrive.

Office Drop offs

Please send your child each day with their healthy lunch and water bottle when you drop them off in the morning. We want to avoid disruptions to the class and student learning, so we ask that you avoid dropping materials off at the office, by ensuring they are packed each morning.

Important Government Announcement this past week

We wanted to share some important information that was released in a press conference with Ontario’s Minister of Health and Minister of Education regarding COVID-19 health and safety updates for schools.

Below are some highlights from the announcement, as well as additional information we received in a memo from the Ministry of Education.

Updates for All Elementary and Secondary Schools

  • Before the Christmas break, each student in Ontario will receive a Rapid Antigen Test home kit, which will contain five (5) tests for voluntary screening at home over the holidays. 
  • As we did for the first two weeks of the school year, when we return to school in the new year, confirmation of daily screening of COVID-19 will be required for all students, staff and visitors during the first two (2) weeks.

Important Information for Students Traveling Outside of Canada

Winter Break Travel
With the holiday season approaching, it is anticipated that many staff, students and families will choose to make travel plans over the break. We would like to remind families to follow federal directives related to international travel and quarantine requirements


November 24 – Progress Report goes home

November 25 – Parent Teacher interviews 3:00pm-8:30pm

November 25 – OCGE Golden Ticket Celebration

November 26 – PA Day (Parent/Teacher Interviews 8:30am-2:30pm)

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