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Order Milk and Pizza with School Cash Online Milk and Pizza with School Cash Online<span>​</span><span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;font-family:arial;font-size:11pt;white-space:pre-wrap;">Just a reminder that milk is now available for online order until the 25th. As indicated in our October newsletter, instead of receiving paper order forms, you will now receive online notifications as items are added for payment.    Pizza orders for Fridays in November will be open for purchase next week.  </span><span><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">If you have not yet registered for School Cash Online follow these steps:</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">1.     Go to</span><a href=""><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#1155cc;background-color:transparent;text-decoration-line:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"></span></a><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> or from our school website click on “Pay Fees”</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">2.     Register and add your child to the newly created account</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">3.     View and purchase items through echeck or credit card</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">The School Cash Parent Helpdesk is available 24/7 to help you with registration, password recoveries or any other payment issues. Call the helpdesk at 1-866-961-1803 or email </span><a href=""><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#1155cc;background-color:transparent;text-decoration-line:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"></span></a><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> </span></p><div><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span></div></span>
Head Lice Protocol and Helpful Tips for Families Lice Protocol and Helpful Tips for Families <div style="text-align:center;"><span><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;text-align:left;">​A common protocol has been established to provide a standard practice for all elementary schools in the management of head lice in schools.  As part of this protocol, both schools and parents play a role in head lice prevention and treatment.   Roles and responsibilties as per this protocol are as follows:</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;text-align:left;"><strong><br></strong></p><p style="text-align:left;">-Parents/guardians should learn how to recognize head lice and routinely check their children. </p><p style="text-align:left;">-When a child has head lice the parent/guardian should notify the school.</p><p style="text-align:left;">-If the parent/guardian becomes aware that the child has head lice, or the school identifies that a student has head lice, the school must notify the other parents/guardians with children in the same class. </p><p style="text-align:left;">-Upon treatment, a signed Confirmation of Treatment form will be required before a student who returns to school following head lice treatment goes back to the classroom. This form will indicate that the parent/guardian has treated the child with a treatment product according to the product instructions; the parent/guardian is aware that a second treatment is required 7-10 days from the first treatment to kill any newly hatched lice; and that the parent/guardian has examined the child's hair following treatment and has found no evidence of live lice.</p><p style="text-align:left;">-If a returning student is not free of live lice, the parent/guardian will be contacted by the school and arrangements will made for the child to return home to be re-treated.  When there is evidence of a treatment failure (detection of live lice), using a full course of topical treatment from a different class of medication is recommended.</p><p style="text-align:left;">-When a student experiences repeated incidents of head lice, the principal may consult with the SMDHU through Health Connection for written information to share about head lice, situational management advice, and/or consultation for school staff/parents/guardians.  The Canadian Pediatric Society found that school wide screening programs have not been shown to have a significant effect on the incidence of head lice in schools​ and are discouraged. </p><p style="text-align:left;">-If you would like to see the full policy and procedures around head lice management in the SCDSB, please contact the office. </p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Background Information</strong> </p><p style="text-align:left;">Head lice are not a health hazard or disease, but a social nuisance. They are most common in children between the ages of 3 and 12.</p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Description </strong></p><p style="text-align:left;">Head lice are spread primarily by direct​ head-to head contact with an infested person; however, it is still recommended that parents/guardians discourage their children from sharing brushes, combs and hats.  The eggs (nits) of lice hatch in 7-10 days. Head lice can be passed to others as long as there are any live lice. Head lice may be brown or grayish, with flat wingless bodies. They are small insects about 2-4 mm in length and about half as wide. They move quickly and shy away from the light, making them difficult to see. Lice have six legs and live almost entirely on the head. They bite the scalp to obtain blood which is their only means for survival. It is the biting which causes an infested person to feel itchy. Head lice can only survive for up to 56 hours if off the head. The eggs (nits) are tiny and may be yellowish-white, brown or gray and shiny. They are glued to the hair near the scalp. Unlike lint or dandruff, they will not wash off or blow away. Eggs may be found throughout the hair but are most often located at the nape of the neck, behind the ears and at the crown. A magnifying glass and natural light may help when looking for them. </p><p> </p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Treatment </strong></p><p style="text-align:left;">All infested family members should be treated at the same time. There are special creme rinses and shampoos which contain chemicals which kill the lice. Regardless of the product used, the eggs (nits) must be removed manually. Using a lice shampoo is not enough to get rid of the lice. If you are pregnant, nursing, have allergies or are using medications, consult your pharmacist or call the Mother-Risk Program at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto at 1-877-439-2744. If you are treating others, wear plastic or rubber gloves. Product Use Read the package directions of the product you have chosen and follow them carefully. If you have questions about the product, ask your pharmacist or consult with your doctor.  If live lice are found within 24 to 48 hours of treatment, the CPS recommends immediate re-treatment with a <span style="text-decoration:underline;">different</span> pediculicide shampoo, and then repeat treatment with this second shampoo 7-10 days later. In this unusual circumstance, discussion with a pharmacist, nurse practitioner or physician is prudent.</p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Removal of Eggs (Nits)</strong> </p><p style="text-align:left;">Since lice combs do not remove all eggs, using your fingernails to pull out the eggs is the best way to be sure that your child is completely clear. </p><p style="text-align:left;">1. You will need good lighting, i.e. sunlight, a strong lamp, etc. Use a magnifying glass if eyesight is a problem. </p><p style="text-align:left;">2. Use a comb or hairbrush to remove tangles. </p><p style="text-align:left;">3. Divide hair into small sections and fasten off the hair that is not being worked on. Using a fine toothed comb or lice comb, go through each section from the scalp to the end of the hair. Dip the comb in a cup of vinegar or use a paper towel to remove any lice, eggs (nits) or debris from the comb between passes. (If debris builds up, use an old toothbrush to clean the comb.) </p><p style="text-align:left;">4. Work through that same section of hair and look for attached eggs. They are always ovalshaped, usually shiny gray, white or brown. Eggs are laid close to the scalp but can also be found anywhere along the hair shaft. Use your fingernails or scissors to cut the individual hair strands with attached eggs. </p><p style="text-align:left;">5. Go on to the next section until all sections have been completed. All eggs should be removed. </p><p style="text-align:left;">6. When all the eggs have been removed, the comb should be cleaned and soaked in hot water for 10 minutes. Wash hands and clean fingernails. </p><p style="text-align:left;">7. After the egg removal has been completed, search your child's hair for live lice. They move quickly and may be caught by a tweezer, your fingernails, or by using double-sided tape. </p><p style="text-align:left;">8. Check the infested person every day for at least two weeks and regularly afterwards. Finding an egg or two the next day does not necessarily mean re-infestation. Being consistent and diligent about manual removal will help. </p><p style="text-align:left;">9. If additional eggs (3-5) per day are found, live lice may still be on the head. Another thorough manual search is recommended at that time. </p><p style="text-align:left;">10. A few freshly laid eggs (nits) may not be killed by treatment shampoos or creme rinses. That is why a second treatment is now recommended 7-10 days after the first treatment. </p><p style="text-align:left;"><br></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Other Measures to be Carried Out at the Time of Treatment</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;">1. Families may wish to wash personal articles in hot water for at least 10 minutes. Drying items at high temperatures, or storing them in plastic for 10-14 days, will also kill lice. </p><p style="text-align:left;">2. It is not necessary to use chemical sprays in your home as part of your treatment. </p><p style="text-align:left;">3. Check each member of the family daily. Once the condition is cleared, check each family member two times a week for a month, or more if there is an outbreak. </p><p style="text-align:left;">4. For more information visit the SMDHU at or call Health Connection at 1-877-721-7520.</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;text-align:left;"><br></p></span></div>
After School Music for Grades 6-8 at Bear Creek School Music for Grades 6-8 at Bear Creek<div>​The Bear Creek Music Programme is offering a music program in which your son / daughter is eligible to participate!!</div><div>As a high school music teacher, I have had the opportunity to see the benefit that an Instrumental Music programme can provide to students at the Elementary level. Unfortunately, in recent years fewer and fewer students have had these programs available in their Elementary School. For the past 9 years we have opened up a way for students in Bear Creek’s partner Elementary Schools to obtain these experiences by forming a joint Grade 6,7 and 8 band. This year, we will once again be offering the opportunity for students who would like to learn an instrument and play in a band. The organizational meeting for interested students and parents will be held on Monday October 2nd from 7:15 – 8:15. At the meeting you can get information about the program and ask any questions you might have. The band will begin rehearsals on Monday October 16th (6:45 – 7:45) giving us 2 weeks to finalize equipment details between the meeting date and the first rehearsal. Bear Creek is providing facilities and instruction. The only cost to participants will be the cost of renting the instrument and a small music fee. Instrument rental is $99 - $149 for most instruments for the entire school year (although some instruments run up to $299 – full details will be available at the meeting). The music fee will be $20 which covers their main book, which the students will keep. All other music will be provided by Bear Creek, on loan for the year.</div><div>No previous music experience is required to be a part of this ensemble. If you are interested in learning to play a Concert Band instrument (flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone, tuba, string bass or percussion) then this is your opportunity. To become a part of this ensemble, students and parents are asked to attend the organizational meeting on Monday October 2nd at 7:15 in Room 156 at Bear Creek (100 Red Oak Drive). If you are interested in this ensemble, but unable to attend the meeting, please contact me prior to the meeting (It is really preferable if you can attend!!). You can contact me by email at (best option) or leave a voice message at 725-7712 ext 57608.</div><div>More details about the ensemble, a schedule and performance plans for the group will be presented at the meeting. Thanks for your interest in this ensemble! I look forward to meeting you on October 2nd and getting off to an exciting start!</div><div>Sincerely,</div><div>Mrs. Lise Buelow</div><div>Bear Creek Music Dept.</div>
Hewitts Farm Market Fundraiser Farm Market Fundraiser<p>​<span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3"><span style="color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Order forms will be going home today for our first fundraiser of the year.  Order free range turkey, fresh from the farm veggies, rolls and desserts as well as a selection of frozen meals from Hewitt's Farm Market and have 20-30% of the sales go back to Holly Meadows.  Funds raised will go towards improving technology and audio visual resources. </span></span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3"><span style="color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Forms are due back in September 25th and pick up of orders is October 5th from 2:30-4:30.​</span></span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3"><span style="color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Proceeds will go to su​pport technology and audio visual resources. </span></span></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/FullSizeRender.jpg" alt="FullSizeRender.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p>
Volunteering at HMES at HMES<p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-2">​<span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;white-space:pre-wrap;">​Volunteers are an important part of what makes our s</span><span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;white-space:pre-wrap;">ch</span><span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;white-space:pre-wrap;">ool a great place to learn and grow. We value and appreciate the support of our volunteers. There are many opportunities available, including food programs (milk, pizza, snack programs etc.), reading help, kiss & ride, assisting with driving to and from athletics, attending field trips and much more. Everyone who voluntee<span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-5">rs in a school must have a criminal record check, which includes a Vulnerable Sector Screening. Please call or visit t</span><span class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-5">he school office for more information about opportunities available or if you’d like to volunteer!  </span></span></span></p><span><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-5"><span style="background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Curre<span class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-5">nt volunteers who do not submit an Annual Offence Declaration for Volunteers o</span><span class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-5">n or before December 31, 2017, will be deleted from the database on January 1, 2018, and will have to submit a new Criminal Records Check and Vulnerable Sector Screen. </span></span><span class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-5">Prior to commencing volunteering, volunteers must also complete an orientiation session.  We have upcoming sessions on <span><strong>Monday September </strong></span></span><span class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-5" style="background-color:transparent;white-space:pre-wrap;"><strong>18th at 9:30am and Wednesday September 20th at 2:30 pm. </strong></span><span class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-5">​  </span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-5"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-5">Please note that, to ensure equity in supports, aside from field trips and special events, parent volunteers will not automatically be placed in their own child's class.  The school will work with volunteers to determine their strengths and interests and where those best match the needs within the school. </span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-2" style="color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-5"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-5">We know that n</span>ot all pare</span><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-5">nts are available during the day.  If you work during the day bu</span>t would like to be involved, we encourage you to consider participating in </span><span class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-2" style="color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">School Council</span><span style="color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-2">.  School councils are groups of parents, com</span>munity representatives, teaching and non-teaching employees, students and the school principal.  Involvement in school council is a meaningful, hands-on way to have a direct, positive impact on your child’s educational experience. Research shows that when parents are involved in their child’s education, the level of student achievement increases.   Most of the HMES school council meetings occur at 6pm on the first Monday of each month.  Please consider attending our first meeting on </span><span style="color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Monday September 25th</span><span style="color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">. Additionally, every year, we look to fill a number of roles on council, if you would like to volunteer or want more information, please call to inquire or to request a nomination form from the office. </span></span></p><div><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:"arial narrow";color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-2" style="color:#000000;white-space:pre-wrap;">Please see the office for more information or if you have questions about volunteering in our school. </span><br></span></div></span>



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