Mark your Calendars!

Dear Muir Families:

COMING TO OUR SCHOOL IN FEBRUARY!

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Book Fair open after school THURSDAY

Dear Muir Families:

Scholastic Book FairLooking for another GIFT this HOLIDAY SEASON? Give the gift of reading!

Our book fair will be open on Thursday, December 13th from 2:30 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. for families to visit the fair.

Thank you for your support!

Mr. Glashan,  Teacher-Librarian Learning Commons

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Parent/Guardian Workshop

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Scholastic Book Fair OPENS

Dear Muir Families:

Our annual SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR will be open next week! Please support our Scholastic Book FairLearning Commons by visiting our book fair and purchasing an item. We thank you in advance for your support!

Our SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR will be open starting on Tuesday December 11th, Wednesday December 12th, and Thursday December 13th during the lunch hour for student purchases. It will also be open on Thursday, December 13th from 2:30 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. for families to visit the fair.

Thanks for your support!

Mr. Glashan  Teacher-Librarian, Learning Commons

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Grade 1 French Immersion Information Sessions and Registrations

Information Sessions- French Immersion

Information sessions for Grade 1 entry into the French Immersion (FI) program will take place at French Immersion schools that have a Grade 1 program on January 17, 2019 at 7 p.m.

Please visit YRDSB’s website in January 2019 http://www.yrdsb.ca/Programs/fi/Pages/Program-Locations.aspx) to find the FI program location for your elementary school location. Our students will be go to Poplar Bank P.S.

Registration

FI registration will begin on January 18, 2019. Parents or guardians of Senior Kindergarten students entering Grade 1 in 2019, and wishing to enrol in the FI Program, can visit or call their home school office and request an Office Index Card – short version. This Office Index Card must be signed by the principal of the home school. Parents or guardians then take this form, along with one piece of identification showing their address to the designated FI program location to register, between January 18 and February 8, 2019. Registration during this period is not first come, first served.

Late Registrations

Late registrations are those submitted after February 8, 2019. Late registrations will be treated on a first- come, first-served basis and will be considered subsequent to registrations received during the registration period should overflow be necessary.

Accommodation Plan

YRDSB’s FI Accommodation Plan provides long-term consistency and equity of access to all students in York Region and will enable YRDSB to continue to offer the FI program to all who wish to enrol. The FI program will be offered in Dual Track or Single Track settings, in a variety of configurations. In order to meet community needs and optimize available space in our schools, a community’s Grade 1-8 FI program may be provided over more than one school during the course of a student’s FI education. Space requirements at some schools may mean that siblings are in different schools for primary dual track French Immersion programs due to differing grade structures. Like any of our schools across the Board, changes to school boundaries, and/or the accommodation model for the French Immersion program may need to be considered when new schools open, a school experiences enrolment growth, and program changes occur. This will allow flexibility in addressing community needs and the opportunity to use existing space in schools.

More information is available on the Board’s website: www.yrdsb.ca. Please note: Some of the FI accommodation plans will require facility modifications or the development of new schools and will require short-term transition plans that might include overflow while we work toward the long-term vision. Overflow refers to situations in which the Board directs students to attend a school other than their community school or optional program for a specific period of time, as defined in Policy #108.

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Kindergarten Registration Soon!

Kindergarten Registration to Commence January 18, 2019

Kindergarten registration will commence on January 18, 2019 for the 2019-20 school year. Registration forms are available on YRDSB’s website: www.yrdsb.ca. Children who turn four or five years old during 2019, live within the school boundary and whose parents are public school tax supporters will be eligible to register for kindergarten. A kindergarten information session for parents is being planned for this spring. For more information please visit the YRDSB website or contact your local school.

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Winter Weather Reminders

Dear Muir Families:

We would like to remind our Alexander Muir families that students and staff on duty go outside for 30 minutes at morning recess and 40 minutes at lunch recess each day. It is important that students come dressed appropriately for the winter weather.

Dressing for Winter includes:

  • warm winter bootsSnowflake
  • winter jacket & snow/ski pants
  • long underwear
  • warm hat, neck warmer or scarf
  • waterproof (nylon) mittens/gloves
  • socks (wool if possible; bring an extra pair)
  • consider hand/foot warmers
  • dress in layers!!

Extreme Weather Conditions

When weather conditions are questionable, administration and/or office staff can consult the Environment Canada website for information, as well as the Weather Network website for their local forecast information. Weather conditions and temperatures can fluctuate from location to location and at different times during the school day. Decisions are made on a daily basis regarding whether or not students and staff will go outside for a full, partial recess or not at all for that day (indoor recess).  If the local temperature with windchill goes below -25 degrees the office will make an announcement to either shorten or have an indoor recess. Students should however come prepared to go outside each day.

We use the following Environment Canada Wind Chill Chart as our guide to support our decision making.

Weather Chart

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Human Rights Commissioner’s Office Website -NEW

Dear Muir Families:

York Region District School Board is committed to creating safe, equitable and inclusive learning and working environments. As part of this commitment, the Board established a Human Rights Commissioner’s Office (HRCO).

WebsiteThe HRCO was created in response to a growing awareness that a space was needed within the school board environment to effectively address issues of discrimination and harassment specific to the Human Rights Code.

The HRCO is an arms-length office for Human Rights Code compliance under the Board’s Human Rights Policy.

The HRCO website provides the YRDSB community access to important information related to human rights, a confidential complaint reporting process and contact information for the office.  The website can be found at www.yrdsb.ca/hrco.  

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Every Student Counts Survey Reminder

November 20, 2018 .

Dear Muir Families,

On November 12, York Region District School Board invited all students to participate in the Every Student Counts Survey (ESCS). Thank you to all of the families who have completed the survey so far. Your participation is greatly appreciated.

Screen Shot 2018-09-25 at 2.34.26 PMThis is a friendly reminder for families with child(ren) in Kindergarten to Grade 6 to please complete the online survey at home with your child by November 30. Earlier this month, you should have received a school letter with a link to the online survey. Families with more than one child in Kindergarten to Grade 6 were asked to complete one survey per child. The online survey is available in English, Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Farsi, Gujarati, Hebrew, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Tamil, Urdu and Vietnamese. If you have misplaced your letter, please contact the school office.

If you have already completed the survey, please disregard this letter. The ESCS is voluntary and confidential. Survey results will be used to help improve our schools and to:

● Identify and eliminate systemic barriers to student success;

● Create more equitable and inclusive school environments; and,

● Improve student achievement and well-being.

A summary of the results (grouped data only) will be available at schools and on the Board’s website in Spring 2019. If you have any questions about the survey, please feel free to contact me. Additional information about the survey (i.e., FAQs and survey questions), is available at www.yrdsb.ca/escs. This important initiative will help us work together to create equitable and inclusive school environments. Parents and guardians are our strongest partners in education and we thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

Richard Erdmann, Principal   & Crystal Mott, Vice Principal

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Winter Snow Rules

Dear Muir Families,

With the first snowfall upon us we thought it would be a good idea to share our Winter Snow Rules with our students. We have provided you with a copy here for your reference.

Winter Snow Rules Alex Muir 13

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