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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>
Jump Rope for Heart http://hol.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/60Jump Rope for Heart <p>Event Date – May 15<sup>th</sup>, 2018</p><p>Participants – All Students K to 8</p><p>School Goal - $5000</p><p>Pledge Form Due Date – May 23<sup>rd</sup>, 2018</p><p>Waiver – can be completed on the pledge form that was send home or online. </p><p>Prizes – all participating students are entered into prize draw – students with higher fundraising receive more entries into the draw​.</p><p>We are trying to encourage online registration and fundraising as a safer, more convenient and environmentally friendly option.  Anyone who registers online by end of the first week is entered into a prize draw.​  This is the link for families to register for Jump Rope for Heart:</p><p><a href="http://support.heartandstroke.ca/site/PageServer?pagename=jump18_register">http://support.heartandstroke.ca/site/PageServer?pagename=jump18_register</a></p><p> </p>
​Intergenerational Arts Night ​http://hol.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/59​Intergenerational Arts Night ​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/Intergenerational%20Arts%20Night.jpg" alt="Intergenerational Arts Night.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br>
HMES Book Fairhttp://hol.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/58HMES Book Fair<p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-4 ms-rteFontSize-3">​<span style="color:#1d2129;background-color:#ffffff;">Our Book Fair runs from Wednesday April 18th to Monday April 23rd in the library. Classes each have a timeslot to visit and it will also be open to parents at recess times (10:45-11:25, 1:05-1:45) as well as after school until 5pm, with the exception of the 23rd when it will be taken down at noon.</span>​  Proceeds will go to support the school library. </span></p>
HMES Movie Night - Coco!http://hol.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/54HMES Movie Night - Coco!<p>​<span style="color:#4b4f56;font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;background-color:#ffffff;">​Now that our new screen is installed, we are pleased to invite you to join us for our first HMES movie night of the year on Thursday April 26th (Friday the 27th is a PA Day). </span></p><p><span style="color:#4b4f56;font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;background-color:#ffffff;">Entry is $1 per person and snacks (popcorn, water, chips) are available to purchase for $1 each. Prices for this event go to to cover the cost of movie licensing. </span></p><p><span style="color:#4b4f56;font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;background-color:#ffffff;">Be sure to bring a pillow, blanket, PJ's and your favorite stuffies! </span></p><p><span style="color:#4b4f56;font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;background-color:#ffffff;">Doors open at 6:30 (no early entry) and the movie will begin at 7pm. All student​​s MUST be accompanied by an adult to attend.</span></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/Capture.PNG" alt="Capture.PNG" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p>
Buffalo Wild Wing Fundraiser http://hol.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/55Buffalo Wild Wing Fundraiser <p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-3 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span style="background-color:transparent;white-space:pre-wrap;color:#000000;"><strong>Date-</strong> May 23r</span><span style="background-color:transparent;white-space:pre-wrap;color:#000000;">d, 2018 </span></span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-3 ms-rteFontSize-2" style="background-color:transparent;white-space:pre-wrap;color:#000000;"><strong>Time</strong>- 5:00PM – 8:00PM</span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-3 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span style="background-color:transparent;white-space:pre-wrap;color:#000000;"></span><span style="background-color:transparent;white-space:pre-wrap;color:#000000;"><strong>Location</strong>- Buffalo Wild Wings, 139 Park Place Blvd., </span><span style="background-color:transparent;white-space:pre-wrap;color:#000000;">Barrie, ON</span></span></p><span><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;background-color:#ffffff;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial narrow";color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">On Wednesday May 23rd Buffalo Wild Wings® will donate 10% of all pretaxed food sales (less alcohol and promotional discounts) back to the school from any guest that presents a fundraising ticket.  Visit Buffalo Wild wings on the 23rd and present the ticket to your server between 5-8pm and 10% of your sales will be donated back to the school to support technology purchases for students. ​</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;background-color:#ffffff;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial narrow";color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Fundraising tickets are available to be printed at home through the link on our website and will also be distributed at the school the week prior to the event.   Please contact the office if you require tickets. </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;background-color:#ffffff;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial narrow";color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Please note that the restaurant will be operating as a normal operating business on the day of the event, continuing to allow the general public and guests to come in and dine.  As such, it is important to be aware that although mingling is expected, staff ask that typical restaurant protocol is observed, including refraining from allowing children to run around and refraining from standing or gathering in the seating area for extended periods of time.  In order to allow for socializing during the event while still maintaining an orderly and comfortable atmosphere for all patrons, please note that staff will accommodate seating for larger parties as requested. </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;background-color:#ffffff;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial narrow";color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Lasly, a few days  prior to the event, the restaurant requires approximate numbers so they can staff and set aside areas of the restaurant as appropriate to our group size.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP by email to cihodgins@scdsb.on.ca by Friday May 18th. ​​</span></p></span><p><span><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:"arial narrow";color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><a href="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/Wild%20Wing%20Ticket.pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />Wild Wing Ticket.pdf</a><br></span></span></p>
Earth Day http://hol.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/56Earth Day <p>​Earth Day is April 22nd. As part of the city of Barrie's "Spring into Clean" initiative, students in all classes will be participating in community clean-up activities on Friday April 20th. </p><p>Leading up to it this week, our school will be giving away 1 of 5 water bottles each day donated by MEC. Teachers, parents and students are all eligible to win. </p><p>To enter the daily draw, submit an environmental fact in the ballot box in the library (sitting beside the treasure box for the Book Fair). ​</p><p><strong>Each ballot needs to have:</strong></p><p>Name:</p><p>Environmental Fact:</p><p>Source (just for junior and intermediate):</p><p>Example- </p><p><strong>Fact:</strong> On the global scale, <a href="https://www.ecowatch.com/plastic-facts-solutions-2509675059.html?utm_source=EcoWatch+List&utm_campaign=a05b56a6f0-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_49c7d43dc9-a05b56a6f0-85919261">1 million plastic bottles</a> are bought and sold every 60 seconds.  Less than half were recycled and only <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/28/a-million-a-minute-worlds-plastic-bottle-binge-as-dangerous-as-climate-change">seven per cent</a> were used to make new bottles.</p><p><strong>Source: </strong><a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/will-dubitsky/we-cant-wait-any-longer-to-redefine-our-relationship-with-plastic_a_23330096/?utm_hp_ref=ca-plastic-pollution">https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/will-dubitsky/we-cant-wait-any-longer-to-redefine-our-relationship-with-plastic_a_23330096/?utm_hp_ref=ca-plastic-pollution</a>​</p><p>Good luck!</p>