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Attendance Area Review - information for families Area Review - information for families<p style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">​​Following are the contents of a letter being distributed to all families at Stayner Collegiate Institute, Byng Public School, Clearview Meadows Elementary School and Nottawasawaga and Creemore Public School regarding the upcoming attendance area review.​​</p><p style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;"><br> </p><p style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">Dear Simcoe County District School Board Families,</p><p style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">​This letter is to inform you that the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) is reviewing the attendance areas of Collingwood Collegiate Institute, Nottawasaga Pines Secondary School and Stayner Collegiate Institute (SCI). The goal of this review is to align elementary feeder school boundaries with SCI’s attendance area. The decision to review the attendance areas was part of the outcome of a Pupil Accommodation Review involving SCI, Byng Public School and Clearview Meadows Elementary School that that took place last year. We expect minimal changes to the SCI attendance area and student population.</p><p style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">The accompanying map shows areas that are under review and may be affected by boundary changes. SCDSB staff are currently considering the following:</p><div style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;"><ul style="margin:0px 0px 10px 25px;padding:0px;"><li style="line-height:20px;">Aligning the Clearview Meadows ES boundary entirely with SCI’s attendance area<br></li><li style="line-height:20px;">Aligning the Nottawasaga & Creemore PS boundary entirely with SCI’s attendance area<br></li><li style="line-height:20px;">Aligning the Nottawa ES boundary entirely with CCI’s attendance area<br></li><li style="line-height:20px;">Giving students from New Lowell that currently reside in the NPSS attendance area a choice between NPSS and SCI<br></li><li style="line-height:20px;">Giving students directly affected by changes the choice to stay at their current school at the time of implementation<br></li></ul></div><p style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">​The SCDSB staff recommendation will be presented to our Board of Trustees for a decision in March 2017. Any approved changes will take effect in September 2018.</p><p style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">A public information meeting has been scheduled to present the SCDSB staff recommendation and answer questions from members of the community.</p><p style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">​Date: January 31, 2017<br>Time: 7 p.m.<br>Location: Stayner Collegiate Institute</p><p style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">You are most welcome to attend this meeting to learn more about the proposed plan. If you are not able to attend this meeting and have questions about the proposed plan, please do not hesitate to contact me at 705-734-6363 x.11638.</p><p style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">Sincerely,</p><p style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">​Jackie Kavanagh<br>Superintendent of Education</p><p style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">cc         Wayne Clements, Trustee</p>
Pick up and Drop off Reminders up and Drop off Reminders <p></p><div>As snow continues to accumulate, we wanted to share a few reminders about parking lot procedures for drop off and pick up.</div><div><br></div><div>For parents that walk their students to and from school, we ask that you remain on sidewalk areas, avoid cutting through the parking lot on foot and ensure that your children do not climb/slide down the snow hills adjacent to the parking lot where cars are pulling in and out. </div><div><br></div><div>Here is a reminder of the procedures in place for kiss and ride:</div><div>-Please drop your child off in “drop off zone” (on the right side of the parking lot) in an orderly fashion, driving as far toward the end of the drop off zone as possible to allow room for vehicles behind you</div><div>-Once your child exits the vehicle, follow the car directly in front of you to ensure continuous flow of traffic and not cutting out to into the parking lot to pass the car in front of you </div><div>-Please do not park and leave your car unattended and do not stop for lengthy periods of time in the “kiss and ride” zone.  Please pull into a spot and park if you plan on exiting the vehicle</div><div>-Have students exit on the passenger side of the vehicle only.  A staff emmebr  is always on duty to assist if needed. </div><div><br></div><div>As always, pets (aside from service animals) are not permitted on school property during the school day.  Also, parents picking up and dropping off studentsfor entry/dismissal are asked to remain at the gates near the kindergarten yard or come to the office to sign your child in/out if it is not the usual entry/dismissal time. </div><div><br></div><div>Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. It is our utmost priority to ensure both safety and accessibility for our 200 students who attend school each day at NCPS!​</div>
Parents, tell us what you think: survey about climate, safety at school, tell us what you think: survey about climate, safety at school<div>​​Parents and guardians can provide feedback on the climate at our school through a survey that will be open from January 9 to 27.</div><div><br></div><div>Survey topics include: the overall tone of the school, feeling of safety, student well-being, and equity and inclusion.</div><div><br></div><div style="text-align:center;"><strong>Complete the survey now</strong></div><div style="text-align:center;"><br></div><div style="text-align:center;"><a href=""></a></div><div><br></div><div>A similar survey is being conducted with staff and students. Each school will receive a report of the school results. The Simcoe County District School Board’s (SCDSB) senior administrative team and Board of Trustees also review the board-wide results. </div><div><br></div><div>The data will show our progress over time, and will highlight areas of strength and areas in need of improvement.  </div><div><br></div><div>Parent and staff versions of the elementary School Climate Survey are being offered for the first time this year. Parent and staff versions of the secondary School Climate Survey were offered for the first time last year. Student School Climate surveys have been collected since 2007.</div><div><br></div><div>Questions can be sent to <a href="">​</a>. </div><div><br></div>
Preparing for Cold Weather for Cold Weather <div data-block="true" data-editor="7heab" data-offset-key="44vv-0-0" style="font-family:"helvetica neue", helvetica, arial, sans-serif;color:#1d2129;font-size:14px;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:#ffffff;"><div data-offset-key="44vv-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj" style="direction:ltr;font-family:inherit;"><span data-offset-key="44vv-0-0" style="font-family:inherit;">Just a reminder that all SCDSB Schools follow the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and Canadian Pediatric Society's guidelines for extreme temperatures and keep children indoors if the temperature falls below -25 degrees or -28 with windchill. </span></div><div data-offset-key="44vv-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj" style="direction:ltr;font-family:inherit;"><span data-offset-key="44vv-0-0" style="font-family:inherit;"><br></span></div><div data-offset-key="44vv-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj" style="direction:ltr;font-family:inherit;"><span data-offset-key="44vv-0-0" style="font-family:inherit;">Schools use their professional judgment when implementing cold </span><span style="font-family:inherit;">weather strategies when temperatures outside have reached or are nearing </span><span style="font-family:inherit;">extreme limits. These strategies may include:</span></div></div><div data-block="true" data-editor="7heab" data-offset-key="3nch9-0-0" style="font-family:"helvetica neue", helvetica, arial, sans-serif;color:#1d2129;font-size:14px;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:#ffffff;"><div data-offset-key="3nch9-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj" style="direction:ltr;font-family:inherit;"><span data-offset-key="3nch9-0-0" style="font-family:inherit;">-scheduling indoor recesses;</span></div></div><div data-block="true" data-editor="7heab" data-offset-key="dcpt0-0-0" style="font-family:"helvetica neue", helvetica, arial, sans-serif;color:#1d2129;font-size:14px;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:#ffffff;"><div data-offset-key="dcpt0-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj" style="direction:ltr;font-family:inherit;"><span data-offset-key="dcpt0-0-0" style="font-family:inherit;">-shortening recess; and/or</span></div></div><div data-block="true" data-editor="7heab" data-offset-key="6gtf8-0-0" style="font-family:"helvetica neue", helvetica, arial, sans-serif;color:#1d2129;font-size:14px;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:#ffffff;"><div data-offset-key="6gtf8-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj" style="direction:ltr;font-family:inherit;"><span data-offset-key="6gtf8-0-0" style="font-family:inherit;">-providing opportunities for students to come indoors to warm up.</span></div><div data-offset-key="6gtf8-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj" style="direction:ltr;font-family:inherit;"><span data-offset-key="6gtf8-0-0" style="font-family:inherit;"><br></span></div></div><div data-block="true" data-editor="7heab" data-offset-key="49g2i-0-0" style="font-family:"helvetica neue", helvetica, arial, sans-serif;color:#1d2129;font-size:14px;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:#ffffff;"><div data-offset-key="49g2i-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj" style="direction:ltr;font-family:inherit;"><span data-offset-key="49g2i-0-0" style="font-family:inherit;">The following are recommendations for outdoor play in conditions of cold weather:</span></div></div><div data-block="true" data-editor="7heab" data-offset-key="tca4-0-0" style="font-family:"helvetica neue", helvetica, arial, sans-serif;color:#1d2129;font-size:14px;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:#ffffff;"><div data-offset-key="tca4-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj" style="direction:ltr;font-family:inherit;"><span data-offset-key="tca4-0-0" style="font-family:inherit;">-wear layer of loose fitting clothing;</span></div></div><div data-block="true" data-editor="7heab" data-offset-key="cqios-0-0" style="font-family:"helvetica neue", helvetica, arial, sans-serif;color:#1d2129;font-size:14px;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:#ffffff;"><div data-offset-key="cqios-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj" style="direction:ltr;font-family:inherit;"><span data-offset-key="cqios-0-0" style="font-family:inherit;">-dress warmly and cover exposed skin;</span></div></div><div data-block="true" data-editor="7heab" data-offset-key="249hq-0-0" style="font-family:"helvetica neue", helvetica, arial, sans-serif;color:#1d2129;font-size:14px;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:#ffffff;"><div data-offset-key="249hq-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj" style="direction:ltr;font-family:inherit;"><span data-offset-key="249hq-0-0" style="font-family:inherit;">-wear a hat and mittens;</span></div><div data-offset-key="249hq-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj" style="direction:ltr;font-family:inherit;"><span data-offset-key="249hq-0-0" style="font-family:inherit;">-send your child with extra socks and mittens in case they get wet; </span></div></div><div data-block="true" data-editor="7heab" data-offset-key="9jms5-0-0" style="font-family:"helvetica neue", helvetica, arial, sans-serif;color:#1d2129;font-size:14px;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:#ffffff;"><div data-offset-key="9jms5-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj" style="direction:ltr;font-family:inherit;"><span data-offset-key="9jms5-0-0" style="font-family:inherit;">-keep moving (make snow angels and build snow people), limit time </span><span style="font-family:inherit;">sitting. </span></div><div data-offset-key="9jms5-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj" style="direction:ltr;font-family:inherit;"><span style="font-family:inherit;"><br></span></div><div data-offset-key="9jms5-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj" style="direction:ltr;font-family:inherit;"><span style="font-family:inherit;"></span><span style="font-family:inherit;">For more information, <a href="">here is the link​</a> to a tip sheet for from SMDHU for more information on outdoor safety in cold weather. </span></div></div>
Snow Valley Coupon Booklets on Sale! Valley Coupon Booklets on Sale! <p>​​Coupon Books for Snow Valley are currently on sale at the office.  The books are $20, $10 if which is profit for the school, $9 is kept by Snow Valley and $1 is donated to the Royal Victoria Hospital 'Hearts and Minds' program.  When you purchase a booklet, proceeds will go to supporting the purchase and maintenance of technology at NCPS.   </p><p>Included in the booket are the following coupons for Snow Valley:<br></p><ul><li>10 tubing rides ($40 value) valid Mon-Fri</li><li>​Free night lift ticket ($35 value) </li><li>2 buy one get one free rentals </li><li>​2 buy one get one free 5 pack tubing rides</li><li>Buy one get one free Mon-Fri lift ticket <br></li><li>Buy one get one free night lift ticket </li><li>2 buy one get one free  discover skiing packages (lift, rentals, and lessons for ages 6+) </li><li>​​Buy one get one free hot chocolate </li><li>Buy one get one free fountain drink </li></ul><div>Also included in the booklet are the following coupons for Cora's:</div><div><ul><li>​2 coupons for a free drink with your meal</li></ul><div>Lastly, the following coupons from McDonalds are included:</div></div><div><ul><li>2 buy one get one free Egg McMuffins<br></li><li>2 buy one get one free sandwiches (Big Mac, Quarter Pou​nder, Mc Chicken, Filet of Fish or 6 piece Mc Nuggets) with the purchase of large fries or salad </li><li>4 buy one get one free Mc Cafe beverage​s</li></ul></div><div><div>Snow Valley coupons are valid until March 31st (excluding Dec 26-Jan 1), Cora's coupons are valid until March 15th and McDonald's coupons are valid until May 31st. ​<br></div><div><br></div><div>Booklets can be purchased directly from the office.  We currently have a limited number available, so get yours quickly before they sell out! </div></div>
Let’s Talk Fall Produce!’s Talk Fall Produce!<p>​​For the first time this year, we're partnering with Neighbourhood Farms Inc. for part of our fundraising activities. Neighbourhood Farms is a food distribution network located in Midhurst, Ontario. It offers reasonably-priced local produce for school fundraising and other charitable activities.</p><p>We sent home product order forms this week so you can order your produce for collection right here at the school just in time for Thanksgiving!  </p><p>On every produce​ order, Nottawasaga & Creemore will earn a 50% return on profits that our 2016-2017 Parent Council will put to great use in this year's fundraising activities.</p><p><em><strong>Key dates: </strong></em></p><p>Order forms due: Friday September 30</p><p>Order pick up:  Friday October 7th</p>
Classroom Reorganization Update Reorganization Update <p>Each June, classes are determined for the upcoming school year based on the anticipated enrolment at that time.  Thankfully this year, we did not have to close any of our classrooms. We were however, required to collapse and redistribute the students in the Grade ¾ split class, which necessitated additional planning time due to the Grade 4's requiring French instruction.  As a result, we had a slight reduction of .1 in overall staffing and there will be some reorganization of the makeup of classes from Grades 1 to 6.  </p><p>These changes have been carefully considered through discussions between school administration and staff who work closely with your children.  In placing students, consideration is given to individual and group needs, strengths and learning styles of students, and the climate of the school as a whole.  With the support and positive outlook of parents, guardians, and staff, all our students will adapt to these changes and have a successful year at school. </p><p>As a result of these changes, Jennifer Kirkpatrick (who currently teaches Grade 2 with Mrs. Phillips) will be with us .6 (3 days a week) instead of .7.  </p><p>Notices will be going home this evening to students who will be affected by classroom changes that will take effect on Tuesday September 27<sup>th</sup>.  We thank you for your understanding and patience, as we work through this reorganization of staff and students. </p>



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