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School Photoshttp://hol.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/65School Photos<p>​<strong style="text-decoration:underline;">School Photos are on 10 September!</strong></p><p>It's that time of year for everyone to brush their hair and put on their brightest smiles!  Photos will begin first thing in the morning.<br></p>
Holly Meadows Motto http://hol.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/64Holly Meadows Motto <span><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:"arial narrow";color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">The new HMES school motto was created with input from students, parents and staff. With a goal of writing a school motto that reflects the values of the school, we wanted a motto that would answer the question, “What is our why?”. </span></p><br><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:"arial narrow";color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">During the 2017/208 school year, parents were given the opportunity to provide feedback through a survey asking what 3 qualities describe the school.  Their responses were summarized in an image found below. The size of the words in the image represent the words that were repeated most frequently in the survey.  </span></p><br></span><span><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:"arial narrow";color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">During the 2017/208 school year, parents were given the opportunity to provide feedback through a survey asking what 3 qualities describe the school.</span></span>​  <span></span><span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;font-family:"arial narrow";font-size:11pt;white-space:pre-wrap;">Students and staff from grades also participated in an activity where they drew a schoolhouse and labelled the components of the school as follows: </span><span><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;margin-left:13.5pt;text-indent:-9pt;padding:0pt 0pt 0pt 9pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:"arial narrow";color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">•Foundation-  underlying beliefs and core values that the school is built on</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;margin-left:13.5pt;text-indent:-9pt;padding:0pt 0pt 0pt 9pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:"arial narrow";color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">•Walls-  visible characteristics of the school that are supported by the foundational beliefs and values</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;margin-left:13.5pt;text-indent:-9pt;padding:0pt 0pt 0pt 9pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:"arial narrow";color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">•Front door- something the school does to make people feel welcome </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;margin-left:13.5pt;text-indent:-9pt;padding:0pt 0pt 0pt 9pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:"arial narrow";color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">•Windows- some  of the activities that take place at the school that let people see what is valued by the  school</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;margin-left:13.5pt;text-indent:-9pt;padding:0pt 0pt 0pt 9pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:"arial narrow";color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">•Roof- large projects at the school that cover several aspects of  the school and its values</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;margin-left:13.5pt;text-indent:-9pt;padding:0pt 0pt 0pt 9pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:"arial narrow";color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">•Bell- something that draws attention to the school from the perspective of those outside of the school</span></p><div><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:"arial narrow";color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:"arial narrow";color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"></span><span><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:"arial narrow";color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">The key themes that emerged from all stakeholders were:</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:"arial narrow";color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">-</span><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:"arial narrow";color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Student  (in class activities)</span><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:"arial narrow";color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">- sharing, kindness, helping/supporting others, learning focus, exploring, character traits, including others/feeling welcome, diversity, safe,  opportunities for everyone to do well/participate </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:"arial narrow";color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">- </span><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:"arial narrow";color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Staff (School House activity)</span><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:"arial narrow";color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">- character (listed different traits), excellence, striving for your best, inclusive/equitable, everyone can succeed, sense of belonging/community/supportive, safe, kindness, positive </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:"arial narrow";color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">- </span><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:"arial narrow";color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Parent (January survey)</span><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:"arial narrow";color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">- welcoming, inclusive, community, caring, friendly, family fun, safe, inspiring, excellence </span></p><br><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:"arial narrow";color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">After gathering this feedback, the committee decided that the school mission should be short and catchy, worded in a positive manner and encompass themes of character, mindset and learning.  They came up with the following motto statement to encompass all of these components. </span></p><div><span><br></span></div><div><p dir="ltr" style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;line-height:1.38;text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:18pt;font-family:"arial narrow";color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">We choose caring</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;line-height:1.38;text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:18pt;font-family:"arial narrow";color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">We choose learning </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;line-height:1.38;text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:18pt;font-family:"arial narrow";color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Champions of our own success! ​</span></p><span><br></span></div><br><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:"arial narrow";color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Throughout the next school year, it is our goal to roll out our school motto through visible signage and discussion with students in regard to school-wide expectations, personal and class goals and code of conduct. </span></p></span></div></span>​
This Just In... (Part 2) http://hol.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/63This Just In... (Part 2) <p>​It is with mixed feelings that I have some news to share with our Holly Families.  I have just received word that I will be starting a new job in September at the Education Centre as School Effectiveness Lead.   </p><p>During my last year at Holly, I have had the opportunity to work with so many amazing students, staff, families and community members. I am looking forward to the opportunities that await in my new position, however, as you are all well aware, Holly is an amazing place to be and it will be difficult to leave. </p><p>I am thankful for the exceptional and dedicated staff who always have the best interests of the students in mind. They put their hearts into helping our students to be challenged, encouraged, and excited to learn. I am also thankful for our supportive families and volunteers.  Our Holly Day Bazaar, Fun Fair, Read and Feed, Family Arts Night, Movie Night and Colts Night are some activities that have taken place this year to bring the community together and even though we have a big school, it is events like these that make our school feel like a family.  Last, but not least, our students are amazing.  It takes a village to raise a child and all of these partnerships are integral in making Holly the special place that it is.  I look forward to following along with the events of the school community and know that you will continue to do great things! ​​​</p><p>The new administration team for Holly Meadows will be announced later this summer once approved by the board. </p>
This Just In...http://hol.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/62This Just In...​<span></span><span class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-3" style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;white-space:pre-wrap;text-indent:-18pt;">At last night’s Board meeting, it was announced that Mr. Dobson will be moving into a new position in the fall. He has been named as Vice Principal of Program for the SCDSB. Although we are happy for Mr Dobson and know that he will be a great asset in this role, I also know that the staff, students and parents at Holly Meadows will miss him greatly. Mr. Dobson has expressed how fortunate he has been to have been part of the Holly hive for the past two years. Join me in wishing Mr. Dobson all the best as he starts his new job in the fall.  At this time a new Vice Principal for Holly has not been appointed at this time. When we have more information about who is being placed here, we will be sure to share it with our Holly community. A. Golding </span><div><span class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-3" style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;white-space:pre-wrap;text-indent:-18pt;"></span><div><br><span><div><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:"arial narrow";color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span></div></span></div></div>
Fun Fair http://hol.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/61Fun Fair <p>​​Mark your calendar! On Thursday June 14, 2018 between 5:00 and 8:00pm, come join us for our HMES Fun Fair 2018. There will be loads of fun to be had. Food, games, activities, silent auction, bake sale, vendor booths, entertainment and crafts. There will be prizes to be won, a photo booth, games to play, Errol Lee will be performing and many other surprises. </p><p>Pre-orders are being accepted for the BBQ. Last year, we sold out so don't let this happen to you. Pre-order your food on School Cash Online or through a paper form (available by request from the office) and don't be disappointed.​  Pre=orders will be open until June 8th. ​​</p><p>Lastly, we are asking for class donations for auction baskets to be sent in by Monday June 4th.  ​</p><p>Basket themes include:</p><p>Jones/Goodman- Crafts</p><p>Stanley/Sitarz- Birthday</p><p>Saunders/Rolph- Outdoor Play</p><p>Herr/Mcelroy- Gardening</p><p>Latford/Payne- Baking</p><p>Bragg- Sports</p><p>Young- Beach</p><p>Bailey- ​Dog Lover </p><p>Goose- ​Games </p><p>Semsch- Snacks</p><p>McDiarmid-Chef</p><p>Crawford- Road Trip</p><p>Henneberry- Camping</p><p>Johnston- Coffee/tea</p><p>​Noble- Handy Person<br></p><p>Critch- ​Bird Lovers</p><p>Powell- Blue (colour)</p><p>​Rogerson- Book lovers<br></p><p>Sugg- Ice Cream party</p><p>Furch- Movie night</p><p>Cave-Picnic </p><p>Greer- Chocoholic</p><p>Rose- Sweet tooth</p><p>Mellan- Sleepover</p><p>​Chenette- Car Lover<br></p><p>Garland/Douglas- Back to School</p><p>Office- BBQ</p><p>Looking forward to a great event with our Holly families! </p>

 

 

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