Food Trucks @ Meet the Staff Night

Our Meet the Staff night is fast approaching! We look forward to hosting our school community on Thursday, September 27th. Food Trucks will be available outside (in the kindergarten tarmac area-in the front of the school) from 4:30-7:00 p.m. for those families that would like to purchase dinner that evening.

Again this year we will be featuring A’s Pizza  (serving pizza slices & drinks) and Glad-I-Ate Here (serving hamburgers, chicken fingers, french fries, poutine, veggie dogs, drinks etc.). We will also have an ice cream truck on site! We hope that you will join us for dinner prior to the start of Meet the Staff night.  Classrooms open beginning at 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

We hope to see you there!

The staff at Alexander Muir P.S.

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Kids Plus Accident Insurance

Dear Muir Families:

Please note that details around the 2018-2019 The Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance program, previously shared in hard copy with schools, has since moved online.

Families can voluntarily purchase student accident insurance through the Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance program, underwritten by Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc.  Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance offers protection against the unexpected costs of injury from accidents, and is especially valuable for families who:

  • do not have medical or dental plans,
  • have limited plans, as it may help supplement health and dental benefits, or
  • have active children who enjoy sports and outdoor activities.

For complete plan details, please visit kidsplus.ca.

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Meet the Staff @AlexMuirPS Night

Mark your calendars!

Our annual Meet the Staff Night will be held on Thursday, September 27th.

Optional Dinner Food Trucks 4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. in the front of the school.

Classrooms/School Open 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.Meet our Staff

This is an informal meet and greet event. We look forward to meeting all of our families!

Alexander Muir P.S. Staff

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Gr. 6-8 Drop Zone Returns to Muir!

Dear Students in Grades 6-8:

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Support Group Information

Dear Muir Families:

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Bring your Own Device Grade 4-8 only

Dear Muir Families in Grades 4-8:

Screen Shot 2018-09-10 at 5.48.32 PMYour child may have brought home a B.Y.O.D. permission form today. At Alexander Muir we allow students in grades 4-8 to bring in their own piece of technology, if a B.Y.O.D. agreement is signed by both the student and the parent/guardian.

When using technology, students are accountable for:

  • Following the Board’s Safe, Caring and Supportive Schools policy and the school Code of Conduct
  • Treating technology with respect, and not sharing their personal devices with anyone
  • There will be no use of social media platforms (i.e. Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat), or instant messaging apps (i.e. Whatsapp, iMessage, Viber, Facebook Messenger) or traditional texting while at school or during school-related events
  • There will be no use of personal devices during recess and lunch periods (including inclement weather indoor recesses)
  • Being respectful when engaging in collaborative/ cooperative opportunities using technology in shared learning opportunities (i.e. Commenting on a shared Google Doc)
  • Respecting others’ privacy and personal information, including passwords, photos, and videos
  • Keeping personal information private (e.g. not publishing photos, names, addresses or phone numbers on the Internet)
  • Using technology responsibly for educational purposes as assigned by the teacher.  * Not all teachers will use technology in their programming. Students are expected to respect the decisions made by each teacher (including guest/supply teachers)
  • Reporting inappropriate, uncomfortable, and/or unsafe situations involving technology to a staff member
  • Only using their own login, and never sharing passwords with anyone other than teachers or parent/guardian(s)

All activity and everything students do on their personal devices using board/ school server (wi-fi) can be accessed or surveilled by York Region staff. As a result, students should not expect that stored files, activity, or messages are private.   Consequences for actions which contravene ​Board Policy #668.0 Safe, Caring and Supportive Schools policy​ and the school Code of Conduct may range from withdrawal of B.Y.O.D. privileges to suspension from school.   

Parents are strongly encouraged to have a thoughtful conversation regarding responsibility and respect with their children before considering sending personal devices to school. To support your child’s success in following the technology policy, we respectfully request that you do not contact your child using their personal device (text, call etc.) during the school day. If you need to contact your child, please communicate through the office at (905) 895-9466.   

You are welcome to ask any questions you may have regarding our B.Y.O.D. via your child’s teacher or the office.

Sincerely,    

The Grade 4-8 Teaching Team and Alexander Muir School Administration

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COMING SOON! MORNING FREE ENTRY

Dear Muir Families:

NEW! FREE MORNING ENTRY – BEGINNING Monday, September 17th.

Kiss & RideWe will begin allowing all students in kindergarten to grade 8 to have BEFORE SCHOOL FREE ENTRY starting on Monday, September 17th. This means that once student arrive at school (beginning at 7:45 a.m.) they will come directly into the school. Staff will only be on supervision inside the school. All students will be expected to come inside. Our hope is to help alleviate traffic congestion flow in the mornings and have instructional learning time begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. (the start of the school day). Any student that arrives after 8:10 a.m. will need to report to the office for a late slip.

Once students arrive at school in the morning they will:

  • Be expected to come inside the school and go to their classroom (at any time after 7:45 a.m.)
  • The only doors that will be open at 7:45 a.m. are the FRONT DOORS and DOOR C (opposite portables). All students will enter via one of these two doors only please.
  • Students will hang up items on coat hooks/lockers and then enter their classroom. They will then prepare for the start of the school day. Students need to enter their own classroom only.

KISS & RIDE – VALET ENTRY – we will have a staff member available to assist students.

PLEASE NOTE Parents/Guardians will not be permitted to park in the KISS & RIDE area. This will be used to drop off children only (you will not be permitted to leave your car). If you wish to escort your child to the door you will need to find a parking spot on one of the side streets near the school. No parking in KISS & RIDE or BUS LOOP area at any time.

Mr. Erdmann & Mrs Mott

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Message from the Chair & Director of YRDSB

September 5, 2018.

Dear Families,

We wish to take this opportunity to welcome our new and returning families. We hope that everyone is having a great start to the school year. This time of year brings with it new beginnings, new routines and new opportunities for growth. As we kick off the 2018-19 school year, we are excited to share with you information regarding our Board’s new Multi-Year Strategic Plan.

Inspire LearningLast year, we held Town Hall meetings throughout York Region. Over 2,000 responses were collected from students, families, staff and community members. Thank you to everyone who provided valuable insights and feedback that helped inform the new direction of our Board.

Based on your responses, the Board of Trustees developed a new Multi-Year Strategic Plan with four main priorities. The four priorities are:

Foster Well-Being and Mental Health ○ We create safe, healthy and inclusive learning and working environments.

Champion Equity and Inclusivity ○ We develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to remove barriers in support of all learners.

Build Collaborative Relationships ○ We build trusting relationships based on respectful and responsive communication.

Empower Ethical Leadership ○ We lead ethically by focusing on students and upholding our values.

These four priorities are designed to help all of our students succeed this upcoming year and enrich their learning experiences.

As parents, and our most important partners in education, we hope that you will join us in our work to support all students in reaching their full potential.
All the best for 2018-19!
Sincerely,
Louise Sirisko, Director of Education    Corrie McBain, Chair of the Board

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Caring & Safe Schools Assembly

Greetings families of Alexander Muir P.S.

Caring SchoolsThis week, our students and staff  will be engaging in conversations around caring, safe and inclusive school environments.  In a school assembly tomorrow, we will discuss the elements of a Caring and Safe School that would support the academic achievement and well-being of all students, including:

  • Demonstrating positive character attributes (such as empathy, courage and respect for human rights and inclusivity)
  • Items and behaviours that are not allowed on school property (such as e-cigarettes, cannabis and scented products)
  • What happens in situations of discipline
  • Standing up for each other in bullying situations, including methods of reporting incidents of bullying:

For more details on each of these items, please read the YRDSB Start-Up Guide [or your school’s Start-Up Package] sent home with your child yesterday. Please return the sign-off sheets by Friday, September 14th. 

You can also visit the YRDSB’s Caring and Safe Schools website for details and resources for families to continue the conversation.

We hope that you have a wonderful week and thank you for supporting our safe, positive and inclusive school community.

Mr. Erdmann & Mrs. Mott

 

 

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First Week Updates

back to school. color pencilsDear Muir Families,

WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL!

Below are some important reminders and updates for Muir Families.

NEW! SCHOOL CREATED AGENDA PLANNER

Our student ECO Team has created an agenda planner for our students in grades 1 to 6. It features photos that students and staff have taken featuring nature scenes. We would request that you go to School Cash Online- cost $5.00.  Our ECO TEAM is raising money to support our Outdoor Play Space.

FIRST DAY ENTRY 

All classroom teachers and other staff will be outside of the school prior to entry time (at approximately 7:50 a.m. for the first day) to welcome students and families. Homeroom teachers will have a large grade/teacher sign to help you find your child’s teacher. We will also be posting signs in each of the doorways on Friday afternoon with class entry/exit door information.  Not Registered Yet? Please come to the office to register. 

In case of heavy rain, we will make an announcement outside inviting students to enter the school and go directly to the GYM for Kindergarten to grade 3/4 classes and the LEARNING COMMONS for grades 4 to 8Family members are asked to remain outside the school. At the end of the day you should also be encouraged to meet their children outside the same entry door location.

After the first day, only staff on duty will be outside on duty beginning at 7:45 a.m.  and at the end of the school day until 2:45 p.m. Please arrive on time to pick up your child.

NEW GRADE SPECIFIC BOUNDARY AREAS OUTSIDE FOR RECESS/LUNCH HOUR

OUTDOOR BOUNDARY AREA- Due to the limited space available outside (due to the new sodding/fenced areas) we have designated areas for students in grades 1-3 and grades 3/4 to 8. Students will be asked to stay in their designated grade specific area. We will continue to monitor and adjust/change as needed.

TRIAGE AREA-  We will continue with our TRIAGE Area (located in the hallway near DOOR C (for both morning & lunch recesses). This area will have a staff member on duty to meet student needs during these times. 

The triage area will have the following items available for students: bandaids, ice, student incident reports, outdoor recess equipment. The staff member on duty will supervise washroom/drink requests, offer a bandaids/ice for any minor injury, provide student time to complete an incident report (table/chairs will be available). Students who need additional support will be sent to the office.  

MEDICAL ALERT/ALLERGIES- ANAPHYLACTIC REACTIONS PROTOCOL & MEDICAL CARE PLAN Forms will be sent home in the School Handbook/Start Up Package for each family to complete for each student in attendance at our school. Families are asked to return the YELLOW forms for each student regardless of whether or not they have a serious allergy/medical need. A student who requires an Epi-pen should have it at school starting from the first day of school. We understand that there is currently a shortage of epi-pens, you are welcome to bring in an expired epi-pen until you are able to get a new one.

Reminder that the KISS & RIDE is for drop off only. There is no parking allowed in the area. This is safety concern. We recommend that you walk to school!  Please be extra cautious when driving near our school. Slow down, obey traffic signs and laws. We want to ensure the safety of our students, staff and community members!

If your child is in K to 3 and they take our school bus or attends our YMCA daycare (and you plan to pick up your child on the first day rather then have them go home on the bus/go to daycare) it is important to tell your child’s teacher or the office so we can account for them. Safety first!

Important Forms- Please be sure to check your child’s backpack after the first day of school as there will be a number of important forms to review, sign and return.

What positive IMPACT will you make this school year?

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We can’t wait to see you on Tuesday!

The Staff at Alexander Muir P.S.

 

 

 

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