Dear Muir Families:
National Day of Mourning – Lowering of Canadian Flag
Flags at all Ontario government buildings across the province will be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday, April 28, 2017, to mark the National Day of Mourning for Persons Killed or Injured in the Workplace.
The National Day of Mourning is dedicated to remembering those who have lost their lives or suffered injury or illness on the job or due to a work-related tragedy.
Dear Muir Families:
In the 2017/18 school year, York Region Public Health will visit all elementary schools to provide school immunization clinics to Grade 7 students. The clinics offer vaccines for Hepatitis B, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and Meningococcal A, C, Y, W-135 at no cost.
Under the Immunization of School Pupils Act, meningococcal vaccine is required for school attendance, unless an exemption is filed with public health. Hepatitis B and HPV vaccines are recommended, but not required for school attendance.
Parents of students entering Grade 7 in fall 2017 will receive consent forms in the mail in June. Please complete the consent form and return it to York Region Public Health to allow your child to participate in the immunization clinics. Detailed instructions can be found on the forms and accompanying letter. If the consent form is not completed, your child will not be able to receive vaccines at the clinic.
Parents and guardians who do not consent should still complete the forms and return them, indicating that you do not authorize York Region Public Health to immunize your child.
Visit york.ca/immunizations and click on School Immunization Clinics for more information.
Did you know? If your child has missed a required vaccination on Ontario’s routine immunization schedule, he/she can receive the vaccine at one of York Region Public Health’s Community Immunization Clinics. These evening clinics are offered throughout the summer, giving students the opportunity to catch up before returning to school. Visit york.ca/immunizations and select Community Immunization Clinics to learn more.
York Region Public Health Department
WHY NO BALLS AT MORNING RECESS ? TARMAC ONLY RECESSES
Many students and families have asked us why we have not allowed students to use balls at morning recesses over the past few weeks? With the spring weather upon us, our field area is wet and muddy. According to the board, we are not permitted to allow students on the field area until it dry to ensure that we do not damage the grass/field area. This may take several weeks. Until that time, the following applies:
Morning Recesses (No balls allowed) during tarmac only recesses
With over 500+ students on our small tarmac/pavement area during morning recess there is a high potential/risk of injury if balls were permitted during this time, therefore no balls are permitted out at morning recess.
Lunch Hour Recess (Balls Allowed) during tarmac only recesses
During tarmac only recesses at lunch, we stagger the recess as follows: Grade 5-8 go out for the first 30 minutes and grades 1-4 go out for the second 30 minutes. This significantly reduces the number of students on the tarmac/pavement area so we do allow balls (basketballs, tennis balls and nerf type balls)
Once the field/grass area dries up, we will return to allowing balls at morning recesses and return to the original staggered recess times as follows:
Grade 5-8’s: First outside for 40 minutes then inside for 20 minutes to each lunch
Grade 1-4’s: First inside for 20 minutes to eat lunch then outside for 40 minutes outside
There is 20 minutes where all grade 1-8 students are outside at the same time during a regular lunch hour.
We are all looking forward to warmer, drier weather so that we can use our full outdoor play area!
Please note: that Kindergarten students have both a staggered morning recess (3 classes out for 15 minutes then the other 3 kindergarten classes go out for the second 15 minutes). At lunch recess- 3 classes go outside first then come in to eat lunch while the other three classes first eat inside then go outside.
Mr. Erdmann & Ms. Wand
Parent/Guardian Input Regarding September Class Placements
Much of the planning for a new school year is underway! We will be discussing organizational structures, special education delivery models, teaching assignments and timetabling very soon.
One of the most important tasks that usually begins in late May is the placement of students into new classes for September. Homeroom teachers in consultation with receiving teachers, appropriate support staff and school administration devote much discussion time to the generation of classes that strive to best meet the needs of all of our students. Class placement is a complex process that takes many hours of thought and discussion. Decisions are made following careful consideration of a number of criteria: balance of student abilities, interests and talents, gender balance, class size (consistent with Board and Ministry guidelines), learning style, learning partners and social factors.
While friendship issues can play a role in the comfort level of some students, at particular developmental stages, many friends learn best in separate classes.
Often parents have new and/or important information to share about their child which lends assistance to class placement decisions. Recent medical diagnoses, significant negative peer relationships that exist outside the school’s awareness or significant individual/family issues that may impact learning, are items of information which are appreciated prior to the placement process.
Parent input that is received via the Class Placement Input FORM by Friday, MAY 12th, 2017 will be considered (and shared) during placement meetings. Please note that we do not accept specific teacher requests. Input after May 12th may not be considered due to the complexity of the task. Please be advised that while such input is valued, it cannot drive class placement decisions since school-wide limitations and a variety of other factors will, at times, take precedence. Final decisions regarding student placements remain the responsibility of the Principal and the school staff. Ministry mandates on class size will impact class placements into September. As a result, we will regretfully be unable to share class placement information with families until just prior to the beginning of the new school year. Thank you for partnering with us in this very important task.
Mr. Erdmann & Mrs. Wand
Hello New Kindergarten Families:
The Welcome to Kindergarten program (WTK) offers resources and strategies for families in support of children and early learning. Our school will be hosting our WTK Family Orientation session on Thursday, May 11th from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Please be sure to bring your newly registered kindergarten student with you to this interactive, hands on learning session. We would ask that you please keep other siblings home that evening so you can concentrate on exploring with your kindergarten child.
Click on the following link below to access a great resource to help your child get ready for school in September.
Learning to Play and Playing to Learn: Getting Ready for School is a wonderful booklet for families in helping their child prepare for a successful transition to kindergarten.
We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, May 11th from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.!
Talk Read Sing Play every day!
If you have not already done so could you please confirm your attendance at this event by clicking/accessing the following link bit.do/WTK2017 to R.S.V.P. We hope that you will be able to attend.
A special bag/package of resources will be available for all newly registered kindergarten students who attend this session. Don’t miss out!
The Kindergarten Team
Y.R.D.S.B. Student Survey 2017
Student input is important to us. The York Region District School Board will be conducting a survey to collect feedback from students across the system. The survey will take place between March 20 and April 28, 2017.
The survey will include questions related to math, modern learning, mental health and well-being, equity, school safety and demographics (including racial background, and for students in Grades 7 to 12, sexual orientation). Results from the survey will be used to support student achievement and well-being, monitor school progress, and create more equitable and inclusive school environments.
As in previous years, all students in Grades 5 to 12 are invited to participate in this online survey at their school. The survey will take about 30 minutes to compete. The information students provide will be anonymous and individual responses will be kept strictly confidential. Individuals will not be identified in any reports resulting from this survey.
For your reference, a copy of the survey is available in the school office and on the school website.
Completion of this survey by students is in compliance with the Ontario Education Act and fulfills the Ministry of Education’s mandate to conduct student surveys related to school climate. If you do not wish your child(ren) in Grades 5 to 12 to complete the survey, please advise the school in writing by the end of the school day on Friday, March 24th, 2017. If you have any questions about this survey, please contact the school office.
This important initiative will help further our vision as we work together to listen to student voices and inspire learning. We also value parent input, and in May, will be conducting a parent survey. In the near future, we will be sharing more information on how you can participate. Thank you for your support.
Mr. Erdmann & Ms. Wand