Latest news

Weekly Update November 1-5

Late arrivals and Early Departures

Sometimes, being late is unavoidable. If you are dropping your child off late to school we ask they use the front door and report to the office. Please don’t go straight to the portables as we want to ensure that attendance and the safe arrival program is followed. Please avoid last minute, early pick ups or changes of routine. Anyone leaving early needs to wait by the office so we can see they are safely picked up.

Dressing for the Weather

We will continue to encourage outdoor play and learning as much as possible this year, so please send your children to school prepared for the cooler weather. Students should have both indoor and outdoor shoes (or boots) here at school.

Unless it is raining heavily, we will head outside for recess, so please ensure your child has a water-resistant coat with a hood or a hat, umbrellas are permitted, and rainboots are ideal.

Thank you in advance for your help and support in keeping our students active and healthy!

Dance-a-thon

The major fundraise was a huge success. We have raised over $25, 000 thanks to your generosity. A big thank you to professional D.J. Steve Sansarren for volunteering his time and making our Dance-a-thon a very memorable and fun day for all. Our kids danced the day away to some great tunes. The gym was decorated to the nines the kids received some refreshments thanks to our Parent Council volunteers.

School Council

Our next Virtual meeting is Monday November 1 at 6:30 pm. We will send the link to Council members, however our meetings are open. If you would like to attend please email me cascone-brownk@hcdsb.org

and I will send you the link.

Parking lot

When picking up your child please use the kiss n ride on the north side of the school. If you are on the Kindergarten side of the school you must park and pick your child up at the door. It is unsafe to have kids running through the parking lot at the end of the day.

Dropping off items

We ask that you keep drop offs for last minute emergencies. Thank you for your understanding in limiting the number of interruptions for the classroom and office.

Planning to Travel?

If you are planning to travel with your family, please be sure to let our office staff know. We have a form for you to complete for your child’s Ontario Student Record for Attendance purposes.

Please note that currently, the Ontario School Screening Tool requires that any unvaccinated student who travels outside of Canada must isolate for 14 days upon their return. This will include weekend trips across the border to the U.S.

Mental Health Update

As we continue to adjust to changes in routines, we understand that some parents and families may be experiencing stress or anxiety. CAMH is Canada’s largest mental health hospital and research centre and has compiled resources informed by clinical and research expertise about youth mental health, many of which have been co-developed by youth, for youth. We hope these will be helpful in starting discussions at home about mental health and the pandemic and can provide support for your families and children.  If you or a loved one are concerned about your child’s mental health, please see a family doctor. 

For more information about COVID-19, or resources related to managing mental health during the pandemic, visit the CAMH COVID-19 Hub.

Resources for Parents:

Helping Children with Anxiety – https://www.camh.ca/-/media/files/camh_covid19_infosheet-backtoschool-children-anxiety-pdf.pdf 

Tips for parents’ wellbeing – https://www.camh.ca/-/media/files/camh_covid19_infosheet-backtoschool-parents-wellbeing-pdf.pdf

Talking to children about covid-19 – https://www.camh.ca/-/media/files/camh_covid19_infosheet-talking_to_kids-pdf.pdf

Cascone-Brown, KellyWeekly Update November 1-5