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Information for parents/guardians of Junior Kindergarten students for parents/guardians of Junior Kindergarten students<p></p><p>Do you have a little one starting school for the first time this fall? We know that is it an exciting time for both students and parents. Here is some information about Kindergarten in the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) and what you can expect and how to plan for the first day of school:</p><div><ul><li>Senior Kindergarten students begin school on Tuesday, September 6, 2016.<br></li><li>Junior Kindergarten students begin school on Thursday, September 8, 2016.<br></li><li>Note that <a href="">Ernest Cumberland ES</a> is on a modified calendar. The first day of school for Ernest Cumberland JK students is Wed. Aug. 24.<br></li><li>On the first day, proceed to the Kindergarten yard or entrance to meet your educators and find out what class your child will be in.<br></li><li>Please <a href="">pack the following items in your child’s backpack</a> to be left at school:<br></li><ul><li>Indoor running shoes (Velcro or elastic laces)</li><li>A large Ziploc bag with extra clothes (one pair of pants, one shirt, two pairs of underwear, two pairs of socks)</li><li>​Please ensure everything is labelled</li></ul><li>Pack a lunch and snacks in reusable, labelled containers, including a bottle for water. For healthy lunch ideas, check out <a href="">EatRight Ontario</a>.<br></li></ul></div><p>If your child will ride the school bus, the <a href="">Bus Tag</a> program provides each Kindergarten student with a coloured tag that identifies the child’s name, route number, bus colour and stop location. All students with a bus tag must be met at their stop by a parent/guardian. To practice riding the bus and learn about bus safety, attend a <a href="">First Rider</a> session provided by the <a href="">Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium</a>. ​</p><p>If your child is turning four years old before Dec. 31, 2016 and you have not yet registered them for Kindergarten, you can do so by calling 705-734-6363 x11750 or emailing <a href=""></a> to schedule an appointment to register in person at the SCDSB’s Education Centre (1170 Hwy. 26 in Midhurst) until August 26 while school offices are closed. Starting August 29, please contact your <a href="">home school</a> to register as school offices will re-open that week.</p><p>If you have any further questions about your child’s first day, please <a href="">contact your school​</a> the week of August 29.</p><p>​</p>
​End of the year housekeeping items...​​End of the year housekeeping items...​<span class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-3">​​​​It is almost the end of the year!  Just a few housekeeping items to bring to your attention prior to the summer break:</span><br class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-3"><div><ul><li><span class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-3">​​<span style="color:#1d2129;line-height:19.32px;background-color:#ffffff;">Lost and found items are on display today and Monday outside of the office. Classes will be walking through so students can identify their belongings but if you are missing something, we encourage you to come take a look and claim any items that belong to you before the leftovers are donated to charity on Tuesday.</span><span style="color:#595959;background-color:#ffffff;">​</span>​<br></span></li><li><span class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-3">Reports go home Tuesday the 28th so don't forget to check those backpacks! ​</span></li><li><span class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-3">Parents are welcome to attend our year end assembly this Wednesday the 29th at 9:15am<br></span></li><li><span class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-3">Last but not least, please be sure to bid farewell to Mr Morrison as he prepares for retirement at the end of the summer. Mr Morrison has been the custodian at NCPS for 24 years and we appreciate all that he has done for our school community over those years of service! </span></li></ul><div><font face="Calibri"><span style="font-size:17.3333px;"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-3">Wishing everyone a safe and happy summer!   See you on September 6th (September 8th</span> for JK's). </span></font></div></div>
School's in for Summer!'s in for Summer! <p>​<span style="color:#5c5754;font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">​Each year the Simcoe County District School Board offers a variety of summer programs.  Our<span style="color:#5c5754;font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;"> Summer School offers students teacher instructed, face to face classes to assist  students to improve grades and improve skills in preparation for future classes.</span> These classes are taught by  qualified teachers and are designed to be fun and engaging with a focus on social justice.  <span style="color:#5c5754;font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">Current SCDSB students <strong>entering Grades 7, 8, and 9</strong> can use the <a href="">Summer School Online registration link</a> to register for <strong>summer math prep</strong> programs.  The program takes place at the Collingwood Learning Centre between August 15-26 from 9am-1pm and there is limited transportation a​vailable (bus route information will be available in June). You will need your school username to register using Online Registration.  Please contact the office  if you need this information or if you would like a paper registration form.  </span></span></p>
Mark Your Calendars! Your Calendars! <p>​​​​​Mark your calendars.  Attached is a list of important dates for the 2016/2017 school year including school council, meet the teacher, PA Days, holidays, picture days, Breakfast with Santa, our 50th anniversary​ and more!  </p><p><a href="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/20162017ImportantDatesNCPSparentversion%20(2).pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />20162017ImportantDatesNCPSparentversion (2).pdf</a><br></p>
NCPS is Turning 50! is Turning 50!<p>​​Did you know that next year is the 50th anniversary of the current NCPS building?  As such, we are planning ahead so that we can set aside a date for the festivities.  We are seeking community input as to what dates work best.  Please help us by completing this short survey and indicating your top two choices.​  ​​ ​</p><p>UPDATE- Thank you for your feedback, voting is now closed, Mark your calendars for Thursday May  11, 2016 for our 50th anniversary celebration! </p>
Creating and Maintaining Resilience Presentation and Maintaining Resilience Presentation <p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">​<span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0 ms-rteFontSize-2" style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">​​We hope you can join us next Monday from 6:30-8:30 for our presentation on "Creati​ng and Maintaining Resilience" with special guest Barb Evoy.  Light refreshments will be served. </span></span></p><div><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0 ms-rteFontSize-2">Barbara Evoy is:</span></div><div><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0 ms-rteFontSize-2">•Director of Fergus Educational Services</span></div><div><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0 ms-rteFontSize-2">•Host of TV Cogeco-“Parenting With Barbara”</span></div><div><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0 ms-rteFontSize-2">•Afternoon Host on The Grand –101.1 FM Radio</span></div><div><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0 ms-rteFontSize-2">•Parent Advice Columnist –Fergus/EloraNews Express</span></div><div><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0 ms-rteFontSize-2">•Upper Grand District School Board -School Trustee</span></div><div><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0 ms-rteFontSize-2">•2013 Citizen of the Year Award Winner</span></div><div><br class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0 ms-rteFontSize-2"></div><p><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0 ms-rteFontSize-2" style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">​ Please RSVP to </span></p><p><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">This presentation, brought to you through a "Parent's  Reaching out Grant",  is open to any parents and caregivers in the community. </span> </span></p><p><a href="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/May%202%20Poster.pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />May 2 Poster.pdf</a><br></p>
Creemore School Garden Project Update- Our GREAT GARDEN OF THUNDER School Garden Project Update- Our GREAT GARDEN OF THUNDER<p></p><p style="margin-top:6px;margin-bottom:6px;color:#141823;font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;line-height:19.32px;background-color:#ffffff;">There is a new phenomenon spreading across our country bringing gardens to our schools, inviting our children outside to learn about their connection with their food. The lessons from a garden are multiple from where our food comes from and how it’s grown to stewardship for our planet and the problems with mass food production. They learn that the soil is alive and how to care for it. Gardens are also living laboratories where interdisciplinary lessons can be drawn from. A dynamic classroom where children engage in a whole new way, they encourage children to be active participants.</p><p style="margin-top:6px;margin-bottom:6px;color:#141823;font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;line-height:19.32px;background-color:#ffffff;">We are excited that NCPS is a part of this phenomenon! Last June the kids voted on naming our school garden “The Great Garden of Thunder”. Thanks to parent volunteers, school staff enthusiasm, a generous donation from Jerrico Industrial Maintenance (Millright) and community donations we too are offering this rich experience for our children in Creemore. The grade 8 class built our 9 raised beds last year and each class tend the vegetables and sensory herbs and flowers.</p><p style="margin-top:6px;margin-bottom:6px;color:#141823;font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;line-height:19.32px;background-color:#ffffff;">We need our community! We are looking for volunteers to come out and help with the children in the garden once or twice a month for 1 1/2 hrs each. Typically, we have a job to do and a few kids from each class join us for 1/2 hour intervals. NCPS Facebook page will be the hub for communication between the parents and the teachers on this project and we hope you are all just as excited as we are to get dirty and learn!</p><p style="margin-top:6px;margin-bottom:0px;display:inline;color:#141823;font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;line-height:19.32px;background-color:#ffffff;">If you are able to volunteer or donate plants please contact Please note: that a police check is needed to work directly with the kids. This is not a difficult process and it’s free. Please contact the school to receive a form. Thank you!</p><div><p style="margin-top:6px;margin-bottom:0px;display:inline;color:#141823;font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;line-height:19.32px;background-color:#ffffff;"><br></p></div><div><p style="margin-top:6px;margin-bottom:0px;display:inline;color:#141823;font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;line-height:19.32px;background-color:#ffffff;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/IMG_4854.JPG" alt="IMG_4854.JPG" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>



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