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Fifths Disease Disease <p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;text-align:justify;">Dear Parents/Guardians: <br></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;text-align:justify;">There has been a recent case of Fifth Disease in one of our kindergarten classrooms. <br></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;text-align:justify;">Fifth Disease is a common infection that occurs especially in children.  It is caused by a virus called Parovirus B19.  The illness is often very mild and a child may not even feel sick. <br></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;text-align:justify;">Adults usually get a more severe case, with fever and painful muscles and joints.  At least 50 to 80 percent of adults have had Fifth Disease in childhood and will not get it again if they come in to contact with a person with the infection <br></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;text-align:justify;">The disease spreads the same way as a cold virus, person to person through secretions and sharing drinking glasses and utensils.  A person is most contagious before the rash appears and is no longer contagious after the rash appears.  <br></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;text-align:justify;">The symptoms of Fifth Disease may begin with a headache, body aches and a fever.  These symptoms usually end, but in seven to ten days, a very red rash on the cheeks appears, making the face look like it has been slapped.  This rash may last from one to three weeks.  Symptoms appear four to twenty one days after being infected.</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;text-align:justify;">If you are pregnant and you have been in contact with someone with Fifth Disease, please contact your doctor.  There is a very small risk to the fetus for developing anemia if a susceptible mother is exposed.  Pregnant women who had had Fifth Disease in the past are not at risk of getting the disease again.<strong> In order to ensure the safety of our staff who are pregnant, we ask that parents advise the school if your child has a diagnosed case of Fifth's Disease.   </strong><br></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;text-align:justify;">Although there is no specific medication or vaccination for Fifth Disease,  children are encouraged to use good hygiene practices, including frequent had washing, throwing out used facial tissues, and not sharing eating utensils. ​<br></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;text-align:justify;">Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, Communicable Disease Team at 705-721-7520 ext. 8809.​</p>
Pizza and Pasta in February and Pasta in February <p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"><span style="background-color:transparent;">​J</span><span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;white-space:pre-wrap;">ust a reminder that for February, we will be switching to a new pizza provider. Along with this change, pizza will be moving from Friday to Monday and Pasta will be moving from Tuesday to Friday, based  on the provider’s availability.  Please note that, the way that the order dates fall (pasta Jan 9, 16, 23, 30, then switching to  Fridays on Feb 2nd and pizza on Jan 12, 19, 25 then switching to Mondays on Feb 5th) mean that next week, pasta will actually be served on both Tuesday and Friday and pizza will not be served next week.  In February, the dates for pasta are Feb 2, 9,16 and 23 (4 weeks) and the dates for pizza are Feb 5, 12 and 26 (3 weeks).</span>​</span></p>
Staples continues BYOD program for SCDSB families continues BYOD program for SCDSB families<p>​​​Staples is continuing to offer a BYOD program for SCDSB families, to provide affordable options for families considering a technology purchase. <br><br>Information about the program, including product details and how to order, is available below. If you have questions about the program, please contact your nearest Staples store.<br><br><a href="">Staples ​BYOD program lett​er​​​</a></p>
Scheduled system maintenance - Dec. 29-31 system maintenance - Dec. 29-31<p>​Please be advised that the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) is performing planned maintenance on its network and systems <strong>between 5 p.m. on Dec. 29, 2017 and 5 a.m. on Dec. 31, 2017</strong><strong>.</strong> <strong>The SCDSB website, Learning Centres website and school websites will be affected</strong>, with periods of unavailability. </p>
Preparing for Cold Weather for Cold Weather <p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-3" style="background-color:#ffffff;color:#1d2129;white-space:pre-wrap;">​Just a reminder that all SCDSB Schools follow the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and Canadian Pediatric Society's guidelines for extreme temperatures and keep children indoors if the temperature falls below -25 degrees or -28 with windchill. </span></p><div data-block="true" data-editor="7heab" data-offset-key="44vv-0-0" style="color:#1d2129;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:#ffffff;"><div data-offset-key="44vv-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj" style="direction:ltr;"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-3"><span data-offset-key="44vv-0-0">On most days, students spend a minimum of 20 minutes, 2x/day outdoors. Schools use their professional judgment when implementing cold </span>weather strategies when temperatures outside have reached or are nearing extreme limits. These strategies may include:</span></div></div><div data-block="true" data-editor="7heab" data-offset-key="3nch9-0-0" style="color:#1d2129;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:#ffffff;"><div data-offset-key="3nch9-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj" style="direction:ltr;"><span data-offset-key="3nch9-0-0" class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-3">-scheduling indoor recesses;</span></div></div><div data-block="true" data-editor="7heab" data-offset-key="dcpt0-0-0" style="color:#1d2129;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:#ffffff;"><div data-offset-key="dcpt0-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj" style="direction:ltr;"><span data-offset-key="dcpt0-0-0" class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-3">-shortening recess; and/or</span></div></div><div data-block="true" data-editor="7heab" data-offset-key="6gtf8-0-0" style="color:#1d2129;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:#ffffff;"><div data-offset-key="6gtf8-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj" style="direction:ltr;"><span data-offset-key="6gtf8-0-0" class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-3">-providing opportunities for students to come indoors to warm up.</span></div><div data-offset-key="6gtf8-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj" style="direction:ltr;"><span data-offset-key="6gtf8-0-0" class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-3"><br></span></div></div><div data-block="true" data-editor="7heab" data-offset-key="49g2i-0-0" style="color:#1d2129;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:#ffffff;"><div data-offset-key="49g2i-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj" style="direction:ltr;"><span data-offset-key="49g2i-0-0" class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-3">The following are recommendations for outdoor play in conditions of cold weather:</span></div></div><div data-block="true" data-editor="7heab" data-offset-key="tca4-0-0" style="color:#1d2129;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:#ffffff;"><div data-offset-key="tca4-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj" style="direction:ltr;"><span data-offset-key="tca4-0-0" class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-3">-wear layer of loose fitting clothing;</span></div></div><div data-block="true" data-editor="7heab" data-offset-key="cqios-0-0" style="color:#1d2129;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:#ffffff;"><div data-offset-key="cqios-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj" style="direction:ltr;"><span data-offset-key="cqios-0-0" class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-3">-dress warmly and cover exposed skin;</span></div></div><div data-block="true" data-editor="7heab" data-offset-key="249hq-0-0" style="color:#1d2129;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:#ffffff;"><div data-offset-key="249hq-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj" style="direction:ltr;"><span data-offset-key="249hq-0-0" class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-3">-wear a hat and mittens;</span></div><div data-offset-key="249hq-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj" style="direction:ltr;"><span data-offset-key="249hq-0-0" class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-3">-send your child with extra socks and mittens in case they get wet; </span></div></div><div data-block="true" data-editor="7heab" data-offset-key="9jms5-0-0" style="color:#1d2129;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:#ffffff;"><div data-offset-key="9jms5-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj" style="direction:ltr;"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-3"><span data-offset-key="9jms5-0-0">-keep moving (make snow angels and build snow people), limit time </span>sitting. </span></div><div data-offset-key="9jms5-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj" style="direction:ltr;"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-3"><br></span></div><div data-offset-key="9jms5-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj" style="direction:ltr;"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-3">For more information, <a href="" style="color:#0072b9;">her​​​​​e is the link​</a> to a tip sheet for from SMDHU for more information on outdoor safety in cold weather. ​</span></div></div>
After School Social Skills Program for Students with ASD School Social Skills Program for Students with ASD<p>​​</p><div class="News_Article" style="background:#ffffff;border:0px;margin:0px;padding:0px;float:left;width:725px;color:#000000;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><div class="ExternalClassE403DEB33AF445CA9B6DADA437BD8FE8" style="background:transparent;border:0px;margin:0px;padding:0px;"><p dir="ltr" style="background:transparent;border:0px;margin-bottom:0px;padding:10px 0px 8px;font-stretch:normal;font-size:1em;line-height:18px;">​Social and recreational programs will be offered this winter for students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The programs will be offered at elementary schools in Angus, Barrie and Bradford.<br></p><blockquote dir="ltr" style="margin-right:0px;"><p dir="ltr" style="background:transparent;border:0px;margin-bottom:0px;padding:10px 0px 8px;font-stretch:normal;font-size:1em;line-height:18px;"><strong style="background:transparent;border:0px;margin:0px;padding:0px;"><a href="" style="background:transparent;border:0px;margin:0px;padding:0px;color:#0072bc;">Music Social Skills Program</a></strong><br>A ten week, multi-component music platform designed to improve emotional understanding and social skills of high-functioning 5 to 12 year old children with ASD. This program will be offered at Hyde Park ES in Barrie and W.H. Day ES in Bradford.<br><br><strong style="background:transparent;border:0px;margin:0px;padding:0px;"><a href="" style="background:transparent;border:0px;margin:0px;padding:0px;color:#0072bc;">Play Ball Kidz Recreation Program</a></strong><br>A ten week, multi-component recreation program designed to improve the gross motor skills and social skills of high-functioning 5 to 12 year old children with ASD. This program will be offered at Angus Morrison ES in Angus and Holly Meadows ES in Barrie.</p></blockquote><p style="background:transparent;border:0px;margin-bottom:0px;padding:10px 0px 8px;font-stretch:normal;font-size:1em;line-height:18px;">Parents and schools are an important part of the programs and will receive resources and support to help the children develop and practice new skills at home and at school. <br><br>Limited spaces are available. Complete the initial application form linked in the program flyer. This does not guarantee enrolment into the program. You will be contacted in late December for an initial telephone interview to assess if the program is appropriate for your child. <br><br>Please contact your school or Crystal McEwan, ASD After School Social Skills Program Coordinator, at <a href="" style="background:transparent;border:0px;margin:0px;padding:0px;color:#0072bc;"></a> for more information. ​</p><div>​</div></div></div>
Kiss and Ride and Ride <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">​Kiss and ride is meant to be a quick way to drop off or pick up your children.  When running kiss and ride, safety is our biggest priority.  Just a reminder of our kiss and ride procedures.  ​</span><div><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0"><div><strong class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">DO's </strong></div><div><ul><li><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0"><span style="background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Enter the parking lot and remain on the right-hand side (right of garbage bins) in a single file line​.</span>​  </span></li><li><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">Drive only around the perimeter of the parking lot.  Only school busses and vans or those with special permission (i.e. if a student on crutches) are to enter by turning left to drop students off at the front of the school. ​</span></li><li><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">Pull all the way up <span style="background-color:transparent;white-space:pre-wrap;">to</span><span style="background-color:transparent;white-space:pre-wrap;"> t</span><span style="background-color:transparent;white-space:pre-wrap;">he front of the drop off area (marked by traffic cones)</span><span style="background-color:transparent;white-space:pre-wrap;"> and put car in park. Children should be ready with backpack in hand by the time they get to the front of the dropoff line. </span></span></li><li><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0"><span style="background-color:transparent;white-space:pre-wrap;"></span>Students must exit the vehicle<span style="background-color:transparent;white-space:pre-wrap;"> on th</span><span style="background-color:transparent;white-space:pre-wrap;">e passeng</span><span style="background-color:transparent;white-space:pre-wrap;">er side</span></span></li><li><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">If child is not ready, continue along around the perimeter and join the end of the line as the goal is to keep the line moving safely and efficiently</span></li><li><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0"><span style="background-color:transparent;white-space:pre-wrap;"></span>Students must exit the vehicle independently (drivers must remain in the vehicle)</span></li><li><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">Once students are safely on the sidewalk, drivers leave the parking lot following the driveway in front of the school</span></li></ul><div><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">​<strong>DON'Ts</strong></span></div></div><div><ul><li><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">​Park in lot rows, drop off or pick up anywhere else in the parking lot <br></span></li><li><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">Drive between the rows at kiss and ride time 8:50-9:05 (only use the perimeter of the lot)</span></li><li><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">Please do not use the kiss and ride if your child is not independent enough to walk from the car to the gate</span></li></ul><div><strong class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">GENERAL REMINDERS</strong></div></div><div><ul><li><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">Walkers, please be sure to walk on the sidewalks and cross at the designated crossing area and  refrain from walking through the middle of the lot </span></li><li><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">Be sure to use extra caution at all times, especially in the area of the crosswalk.  Follow the instructions of the person/people directing traffic. </span></li><li><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">If your children are older, we encourage you to drop them off  in an alternate area, out of the heavy trafic in the immediate area of the school and have them walk a few blocks to school.  A great spot is at the back of the school where they can enter near the Emms gate.  <br></span></li></ul></div><div><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">​You can help make  our kiss and ride fast, efficent and safe! </span><br></div></div>
HMES is collecting for Christmas Cheer! is collecting for Christmas Cheer! <p>​C<span style="color:#14171a;font-family:"segoe ui", arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:#f5f8fa;">hristmas Cheer begins tomorrow Dec 1st and goes until December 13th. That gives us two weeks to collect items. Our goal is 2000 items!</span> </p><p></p><div>These are the most needed food products. Please check expiry</div><div>dates!</div><div>1.Canned Foods:</div><div>- meats, fish</div><div>- soups</div><div>- spaghetti/ tomato sauce</div><div>- veggies – beans, corn, etc.</div><div>- fruit</div><div>- pork and beans</div><div>- stews</div><div>- spaghetti or ravioli</div><div>- puddings</div><div>- canned dinners</div><div><br></div><div>2. Packaged Foods: Please no glass containers!</div><div>- boxed cereal</div><div>- pasta, spaghetti or rice, (boxed not bagged)</div><div>- macaroni & cheese dinners,</div><div>- cake, brownie, cookie or muffin mixes</div><div>- jello and puddings</div><div>- dry soups and meals</div><div>- candy</div><div><br></div><div>3. New unwrapped toys</div><div>(We often end up with fewer toys for babies and for 8 – 10 year</div><div>olds so you might want specific classes to focus on these areas.)</div><div><br></div><div>4. New books – for all age levels…. even babies.</div><div><br></div><div>5. Canadian Tire Money</div><div><br></div><div>6. Diapers…. any size!​​</div>
Poinsettia fundraiser fundraiser<p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteFontFace-4">​Holly Meadows is introducing our Poinsettia fundraiser! </span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteFontFace-4">These beautiful Poinsettias are a highly anticipated item for the holiday season and are available in various sizes and colours.  </span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteFontFace-4">For your convenience the Poinsettias will not be delivered to the school.  Your order will be sent home in the form of a gift card which you can then take to Bradford Greenhouse to pick out your Poinsettia.  Furthermore, Holly Meadows will receive 5% back on any additional purchases that are made when you pick up your orders.  Proceeds will be going toward the purchase and installation of a new water filling station for the school.  </span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteFontFace-4">Online orders must be submitted by midnight on the evening of November 25.   <span style="background-color:#ffffff;color:#1d2129;white-space:pre-wrap;">As always, a computer is available for use in the office for online ordering and paper forms are available by request in the office if required. </span>​ A booth will also be set up at the Holly Day Bazaar for sales.  </span></p>
December Milk and Pizza orders Milk and Pizza orders<p>​<span style="color:#1d2129;font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;background-color:#ffffff;">Milk and pizza for December are now open for purchase online. Based on parent feedback, we have changed milk orders to either every day or Fridays only (as opposed to Wednesdays which was the single day option previously). Online orders close at midnight the evening of Sunday the 26th. As always, a computer is available for use in the office for online ordering and paper forms are available by request in the office if required.</span>​</p>