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Welcome to Kindergarten to Kindergarten<p>​Thank you to all of the families who joined us for the Welcome to Kindergarten evening on May 5th.  <br></p><p>A recording of the event and some other resources are available at <a href="/Pages/Welcome-to-Kindergarten.aspx">Welcome-to-Kindergarten.aspx</a><br></p>
Learn more about special education in the SCDSB through virtual outreach sessions more about special education in the SCDSB through virtual outreach sessions<p>​In 2022, the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) is hosting virtual special education outreach sessions to assist parents/caregivers in learning more about programs, supports and ways that we work together to support students with special education needs. </p><div><strong>IEPs and school-based assessments – information for parents/caregivers</strong></div><div style="text-decoration:line-through;">Jan. 13 </div><div style="text-decoration:line-through;">6:30 to 7:30 p.m.<br></div><div><em>*This session has been cancelled. Any updates regarding rescheduling will be posted here if/when they are available.</em><br style="text-decoration:line-through;"></div><div><br></div><div><strong>Supporting students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in SCDSB schools and within our communities – information for parents/caregivers</strong></div><div style="text-decoration:line-through;">Feb. 17</div><div><span style="text-decoration:line-through;">6:30 to 7:30 p.m.</span><br></div><div><em>*This session has been cancelled. Any updates regarding rescheduling will be posted here if/when they are available.</em><br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>Supporting students as they transition into school, from one school to another, and from school upon graduation – information for parents/caregivers</strong> </div><div>April 12</div><div>6:30 to 7:30 p.m.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Working with families to create safe and supportive environments for children who have experienced trauma – information for parents/caregivers </strong></div><div>May 10</div><div>6:30 to 7:30 p.m.</div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div>Participants are asked to register in advance. Information to access the sessions will be shared via email with individuals who have pre-registered. <a href="">Learn more about each session and how to register</a>.   </div><div><br><br></div><p><br></p>
Rapid Antigen Tests Antigen Tests<p>​Holly Families,<br></p><p>On Monday 13 December, Rapid Antigen Tests were sent home.  Each student attending in-school classes received one five pack of the tests.  <br></p><p>Students who are away on Monday will recieve their tests on Tuesday. If your student is away on Monday and Tuesday, you will be able to pick up their test on Wednesday from the school office.<br></p><p><strong>Information for Families Regarding the Take-Home Rapid Antigen Screening Kits</strong></p><p>In an effort to promote a safer return to the classroom after the winter break, on behalf of the Government of Ontario, we are pleased to be able to provide take-home rapid antigen screening kits to every child who attends a publicly-funded school in Ontario. </p><p>The rapid antigen screening kits are intended for use by any child that attends a publicly funded school, regardless of their vaccination status. Rapid antigen screening kits are to be distributed to students who participate in in-person learning. This testing option will <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>not</strong></span> be available to students who have been learning remotely since September 2021.</p><p>Please note, your child's participation in this rapid antigen screening is <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>voluntary</strong></span>. Students are not required to participate in order to return to the classroom after the winter break.</p><p>While providing students with rapid antigen screening kits is an important tool for managing the spread of COVID-19, vaccination remains the most effective protection against the virus and its variants. Ensuring that children and youth are vaccinated will provide them with a strong level of protection and help to keep schools open and as safe as possible. </p><p>It's also important to remember that we all need to continue with key public health strategies that have been effective in keeping this pandemic under control, including staying home when sick, getting tested if you have symptoms, washing your hands frequently and wearing a face covering as required.</p><p>Please read the important information below prior to using the rapid antigen screening kit.</p><p><strong>When to Use the Rapid Antigen Screening Kit (distributed prior to the winter break):</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>For students who choose to use rapid antigen screening kits, it is recommended students conduct the rapid antigen tests every 3-4 days over the winter break, on every Monday and Thursday beginning December 23, until all five tests have been used.</li></ul><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Rapid antigen screening kits are only to be used when a child is <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>asymptomatic</strong></span> (i.e. does not have any symptoms of COVID-19 and has not had any exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19). </li><li>Anyone with symptoms or who is identified as a close contact of a case, should still get PCR testing. Rapid antigen screening tests should not be used as a substitute for PCR tests for people with symptoms or for people who are close contacts of cases.</li></ul><p><strong>Using the Take-Home Rapid Antigen Screening Kit:</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>The BTNX Rapid Response™ can be performed using anterior nasal swabbing (per the package insert, as approved by Health Canada) or using deep nasal swabbing (as recommended by Public Health Ontario in this document, given higher sensitivity compared to anterior nasal swabbing). Both types of specimen collection can be performed using the NP swab provided with the kit.</li><li>Please follow the instructions provided with this letter. </li><li><strong>Important note: </strong>Parents/guardians may choose to administer this screening on children who may need help (i.e. younger children).</li></ul><p><strong>What to do after your test:</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>You will know the outcome of the test within 15 minutes. If test results conducted so far are negative, your child may attend school as usual. Even if your child tests negative, they should continue to adhere to all relevant public health guidance, such as guidance on gathering, distancing, and masking. </li><li>A positive result on a rapid antigen screening test is considered a preliminary positive. A child that receives a positive result on a rapid antigen screening test should seek a confirmatory PCR test as soon as possible (ideally within 48 hours) at a <a href="">local testing site</a> or pharmacy that offers testing, and isolate themselves until the results of that confirmatory PCR test are known. </li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>INSTRUCTIONS FOR USING THE RAPID ANTIGEN TESTS</strong></span></p><p><br></p><p><a href="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/BTNX%20Self%20Screening%20Instructions-EN.pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />BTNX Self Screening Instructions-EN.pdf</a><br></p><p>Video instructions for the tests can be found <a href="">at</a><br></p><p><br></p>
Holly Meadows Fall 2021 Start Up Meadows Fall 2021 Start Up<p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-4">​Please refer to this page for up to date information on the Fall return to school.</span><br></p><h1 class="ms-rteElement-H1B">Covid Management in Schools letter (sent home 8 Sep 21)</h1><h2><a href="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/ReturnToSchoolLetter-20210831%20FINAL.pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4 ms-rteFontSize-3" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />ReturnToSchoolLetter-20210831 FINAL.pdf</a><br></h2><h1 class="ms-rteElement-H1B"><br></h1><h1 class="ms-rteElement-H1B">Fall 2021 Quick Links<br></h1><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/September%20Links.jpg" alt="September Links.jpg" id="exifviewer-img-1" class="ms-rtePosition-4" style="margin:5px;width:800px;height:1035px;" /><br></p><h1 class="ms-rteElement-H1B">MAP for First Day Drop Off</h1><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-4"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/Screenshot%202021-09-06%20094502.png" alt="Screenshot 2021-09-06 094502.png" id="exifviewer-img-5" class="ms-rtePosition-4" style="margin:5px;width:800px;height:620px;" /><br></span></p><h1 class="ms-rteElement-H1B">Letter to Families September 1 2021</h1><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-4"> </span><a href="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/Holly%20Startup.pdf"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-4"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4 ms-rteFontSize-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" id="exifviewer-img-10" alt="" />Holly Startup.pdf</span></a><br></p><p><br></p>
Welcome to Kindergarten! to Kindergarten!<p>​We had a great evening on May 6th meeting many of our new Holly families!  For those who missed the meeting, or anyone who would like to view a video of the presentation, please visit our <a href="/Pages/Welcome-to-Kindergarten.aspx">Welcome to Kindergarten Resource Page!</a><br></p>
Closure of outdoor recreational amenities of outdoor recreational amenities<p>In accordance with the provincial direction in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the use of outdoor recreational amenities, including basketball courts, baseball diamonds and soccer fields, is not permitted. In addition, permits for the use of these amenities will not be scheduled until further notice. The use of playgrounds is permitted provided that public health measures, including physical distancing and limits on outdoor gatherings, are followed. <br><br>Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time. <br></p>
New Provincial COVID Protocols Provincial COVID Protocols<p>​Holly Families,</p><p>There are some <strong>important changes to COVID protocols</strong> that affect the students and staff at our school.  Please read this email carefully to ensure that you have the latest information.</p><p>Each day, families are asked to ensure that their child(ren) complete the COVID-19 school screening tool prior to coming to school.</p><p>In an effort to strengthen health and safety measures and help reduce the spread of COVID-19, the criteria in the provincial COVID-19 school screening tool has been updated by the Chief Medical Officer of Health.</p><p>The updated provincial direction states that students and staff with any <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>new</strong></span> or <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>worsening</strong></span> symptoms of COVID-19 (as indicated in the screening tool), <strong>even those with only one symptom, must stay home</strong> until:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>They receive a negative COVID-19 test result;</li><li>They receive an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional; or,</li><li>It has been 10 days since their symptom onset and they are feeling better.</li></ul><p>In addition, <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>all asymptomatic household contacts of symptomatic individuals are required to quarantine</strong></span> until the symptomatic household member receives a negative COVID-19 test result or receives an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional.</p><p>If the symptomatic individual tests positive, or is not tested and does not receive an alternative diagnosis from a health care professional, the symptomatic individual must isolate (including from household members) for 10 days from symptom onset, and all household contacts must isolate until 14 days from their last contact with the symptomatic individual.</p><p>The updated COVID-19 school screening tool is available on the Ontario government's website here: <a href=""></a>.</p><p>I will send an email later in the week with details of the voluntary asymptomatic screening that was announced.</p><p>Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation.<br></p><p><br></p><h1>What to do if your child did not pass the screening<br></h1><p><a href="/Documents/my-child-did-not-pass-the-covid-19-daily-screening---now-what.pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />my-child-did-not-pass-the-covid-19-daily-screening---now-what.pdf</a><br></p><p><br></p>
If I had $10,000 I had $10,000<p>​Earlier in the year, we sent students and parents a link to a survey asking what they would spend $10,000 on to make Holly Meadows a better place to learn.  We had some excellent suggestions and are following up with many of them.  Attached is a PDF of the first 25 submissions and some responses to them.<br></p><p>We are going to keep this survey open for a while just in case anyone else has some ideas to share.<br></p><p><a href=""></a><br></p><p><a href="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/How%20would%20you%20make%20Holly%20better%20with%20$10,000_.pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />How would you make Holly better with $10,000_.pdf</a><br></p><p><br></p>
2020/2021 Spirit Days Spirit Days<p>​Here are the planned spirit days for 2020/2021<br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/Spiritdays.png" alt="Spiritdays.png" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p>
Spirit Wear Sale Wear Sale<p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/101089e408c34518bd16ec0c4890a2eb%20(2).jpg" alt="101089e408c34518bd16ec0c4890a2eb (2).jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><a href=""><span class="ms-rteFontSize-5"></span></a><br></p>