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Hewitts Farm Market Fundraiserhttp://hol.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/33Hewitts 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 HMEShttp://hol.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/32Volunteering 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>
First Day of School Procedureshttp://hol.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/31First Day of School Procedures<div style="color:#212121;font-family:wf_segoe-ui_normal, "segoe ui", "segoe wp", tahoma, arial, sans-serif, serif, emojifont;font-size:15px;background-color:#ffffff;margin:0px;"><font size="1" class="ms-rteFontSize-1" style="font-family:helvetica, serif, emojifont;">​​​​​</font><span class="ms-rteFontFace-6">Only a few more sleeps until the first day of school! It's going to be an exciting day for everyone!   We would like to take this opportunity to share with you some procedures for the first day.  Students entering year 2 kindergarten (formerly Senior Kindergarten) to grade 8 will start school on Tuesday, September 5th. Our start time remains 9:05 a.m. with yard supervision starting at 8:50 a.m.  Year 1 kindergarten (formerly Junior Kindergarten) students will be starting school on Thursday, September 7th.</span><p> </p><p><strong class="ms-rteFontFace-6">TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5TH</strong></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-6">-Staff will be outside on the tarmac (back of the school) at 8:50 am wearing brightly coloured vests. </span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-6">-Grades will be posted on signs (Kindergarten to Grade 8). Students will proceed to the sign for their appropriate grade. Staff will have class lists and support students to locate their assigned classes.</span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-6">- We know that parents and students may be anxious and excited in the first few days. Safe schools policy dictates that parents to drop their students off at the school gates and sign in at the office if in the school or on the yard. <strong>During the first day only, we will allow parents to accompany their child onto the yard in the morning.  </strong></span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-6">-Extra staff will also be on the yard to assist as necessary.</span></p><p><strong class="ms-rteFontFace-6">In the event of rain:</strong></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-6">- Student will enter through the front doors. Staff will be available to direct students.</span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-6">-Year 2 kindergarten students will assemble in the kindergarten hall and teachers will direct students into their classrooms.</span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-6">-Grades 1 – 5 students will assemble in the gym and locate the sign for their grade. Staff will have class lists and support students to locate their assigned classes.</span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-6">-Grades 6 – 8 students will assemble in the intermediate hall (second floor) and teachers will direct students into their classrooms.​</span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-6">See you soon!</span></p></div>
SCDSB partners with Dell and Staples to provide affordable technology optionshttp://hol.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/board-news/74SCDSB partners with Dell and Staples to provide affordable technology options<p>​The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) is excited to announce two partnerships for the 2017-18 school year. The SCDSB has worked with Dell Canada and Staples to provide affordable options for families considering a technology purchase. Both programs are approved by the SCDSB.<br><br>Information about both programs, including product details and how to order, is available below. If you have questions about the programs, please contact either a Dell Education Advisor or your nearest Staples store, as appropriate.<br><br><a href="http://scdsb.on.ca/About%20Us/News%20Documents/SimcoeCountyDSB-Dell%20BYOD_June2017.pdf">Dell Canada BYOD program letter</a><br><a href="http://scdsb.on.ca/About%20Us/News%20Documents/SchoolToolsBYOD_SimcoeLetter_EN.pdf">Staples BYOD program letter</a><br> <br></p>
Ministry of Education seeks online engagement regarding implementation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Policy Frameworkhttp://hol.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/board-news/72Ministry of Education seeks online engagement regarding implementation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Policy Framework<div>​​The Ontario Ministry of Education is working with researchers to gather feedback and input to inform the development of the Third Progress Report on the implementation of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Policy Framework.  <br><br>Students, parents/guardians and families, teaching and nonteaching staff, Indigenous communities, organizations and partners, and school boards are invited to participate in an online survey and/or online focus groups to capture successes and help to identify promising practices and opportunities to provide further support to enhance the achievement and well-being of Indigenous students.   <br><br>Third Progress Report - <a href="https://sondages.outsidesoft.com/Engine/Default.aspx?surveyID=6A64A645-0C53-4CFF-9495-6E1A5E830F36">English survey</a></div><div>Troisième Rapport D’Étape - <a href="https://sondages.outsidesoft.com/Engine/Default.aspx?surveyID=6A64A645-0C53-4CFF-9495-6E1A5E830F36&idlang=FR">French survey​</a>  <br><br></div><div>It is important to note that:</div><div><ul><li>​​​Participation in this survey is voluntary.  </li><li>This survey is confidential. That means that all answers will be combined anonymously (without any identifying information) with the answers received from other participants. No one who sees the answers will be able to link them to any individual person.   </li><li>Anyone can stop doing this survey at any time without any repercussions.</li></ul></div><div>All stakeholders are invited to participate in the online focus groups. To participate, RSVP to thirdprogressreport@gmail.com indicating which session you would like to attend. Please note that while we will make efforts to accommodate everyone spaces are limited to 10-12 people per session on a first come, first served basis.  <br><br></div><div><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Students</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Parents/Guardians</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Teaching/Non-Teaching Staff</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Indigenous Organizations & Partners</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Tuesday, May 23 </p><p style="text-align:center;">8-9pm EST (English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Monday, June 12 7:30-8:30 pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, May 25 6-7pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 1   2-3pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 1   7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 15 7-8 pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 1</p><p style="text-align:center;">7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Friday, June 2</p><p style="text-align:center;">2-3pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Monday, June 19   7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Wednesday, June 21</p><p style="text-align:center;">7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 15 7-8 pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 8    2-3pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Monday, June 19   7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;"> (French)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Monday, June 26</p><p style="text-align:center;">7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(French)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Tuesday, June 20</p><p style="text-align:center;">7-8 pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(French)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Tuesday, June 27</p><p style="text-align:center;">7-8 pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(French)​</p></td></tr></tbody></table><br></div><div><br></div><div>The Indigenous Education Office of the Ministry of Education would be pleased to respond to any questions you may have regarding the process of engagement and data collection to inform the development of the Third Progress Report. Please send any questions directly to Jennifer Feasby, Manager Education Policy and Programs Unit (Jennifer.Feasby@ontario.ca).<br><br><br></div><div><br></div>
Netflix series 13 Reasons Why – information for parents/guardianshttp://hol.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/board-news/71Netflix series 13 Reasons Why – information for parents/guardians<div>​​Recently there has been significant media coverage of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. The show is a fictional account of one teen’s suicide and the factors leading to it.  <br><br>The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) has advised staff that they are not to use the series as a teaching tool. This decision is based upon the advice of mental health professionals from across the province, who have stated that the material is graphic and potentially triggering for vulnerable young people. While the themes in this series may not pose a risk or potential harm to most students, for those struggling with mental health issues and/or suicide ideation, this series includes graphic content, glamourizes suicidal behaviours and portrays helpers (school guidance counsellors) in a negative way.  <br><br>We recognize that your children may watch the series on their own. If they do, we encourage you to talk with them about their thoughts and feelings. The SCDSB has supports in place for students and staff, and there are many community resources you can access as well. More information and contact details are available on the <a href="http://www.scdsb.on.ca/Programs/Safe-and-Healthy-Schools/Pages/Mental-Health.aspx">SCDSB website​</a>.  <br><br>The National Association of School Psychologists has also developed <a href="http://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/school-safety-and-crisis/preventing-youth-suicide/13-reasons-why-netflix-series-considerations-for-educators">information regarding the series​</a>. You may also find this helpful in discussions with your children about suicide and mental health.   <br><br>If you have questions or concerns please contact your principal.</div><div><br></div>
Parents, tell us what you think: survey about climate, safety at schoolhttp://hol.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/board-news/66Parents, tell us what you think: survey about climate, safety at school<div>​​Parents and guardians can provide feedback on the climate at our school through a survey that will be open from January 9 to 27.</div><div><br></div><div>Survey topics include: the overall tone of the school, feeling of safety, student well-being, and equity and inclusion.</div><div><br></div><div style="text-align:center;"><strong>Complete the survey now</strong></div><div style="text-align:center;"><br></div><div style="text-align:center;"><a href="http://fluidsurveys.com/s/SCParent1617/">http://fluidsurveys.com/s/SCParent1617/</a></div><div><br></div><div>A similar survey is being conducted with staff and students. Each school will receive a report of the school results. The Simcoe County District School Board’s (SCDSB) senior administrative team and Board of Trustees also review the board-wide results. </div><div><br></div><div>The data will show our progress over time, and will highlight areas of strength and areas in need of improvement.  </div><div><br></div><div>Parent and staff versions of the elementary School Climate Survey are being offered for the first time this year. Parent and staff versions of the secondary School Climate Survey were offered for the first time last year. Student School Climate surveys have been collected since 2007.</div><div><br></div><div>Questions can be sent to <a href="mailto:research@scdsb.on.ca">research@scdsb.on.ca​</a>. </div><div><br></div>
Information for parents/guardians of Junior Kindergarten studentshttp://hol.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/board-news/52Information for parents/guardians of Junior Kindergarten students<p> </p><p>Do you have a little one starting school for the first time this fall? We know that is it an exciting time for both students and parents. Here is some information about Kindergarten in the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) and what you can expect and how to plan for the first day of school:</p><div><ul><li>Senior Kindergarten students begin school on Tuesday, September 6, 2016.<br></li><li>Junior Kindergarten students begin school on Thursday, September 8, 2016.<br></li><li>Note that <a href="http://www.scdsb.on.ca/Schools/School%20Documents/16-17-Elementary-Calendar-Modifed.pdf">Ernest Cumberland ES</a> is on a modified calendar. The first day of school for Ernest Cumberland JK students is Wed. Aug. 24.<br></li><li>On the first day, proceed to the Kindergarten yard or entrance to meet your educators and find out what class your child will be in.<br></li><li>Please <a href="https://sharingsimcoe.com/2016/07/21/kindergarten-what-your-child-needs-on-the-first-day/">pack the following items in your child’s backpack</a> to be left at school:<br></li><ul><li>Indoor running shoes (Velcro or elastic laces)</li><li>A large Ziploc bag with extra clothes (one pair of pants, one shirt, two pairs of underwear, two pairs of socks)</li><li>​Please ensure everything is labelled</li></ul><li>Pack a lunch and snacks in reusable, labelled containers, including a bottle for water. For healthy lunch ideas, check out <a href="http://www.eatrightontario.ca/en/Articles/School-Health/Articles/Healthy-lunch-ideas-for-the-new-school-year.aspx#.V7SKAPkrK71">EatRight Ontario</a>.<br></li></ul></div><p>If your child will ride the school bus, the <a href="http://main.simcoecountyschoolbus.ca/sites/default/files/SCSTC%20-%20Bus%20Tag%20Program%20-%202016-17.pdf">Bus Tag</a> program provides each Kindergarten student with a coloured tag that identifies the child’s name, route number, bus colour and stop location. All students with a bus tag must be met at their stop by a parent/guardian. To practice riding the bus and learn about bus safety, attend a <a href="http://main.simcoecountyschoolbus.ca/sites/default/files/SCSTC%20First%20Rider%20Program%20Summer%202016_0.pdf">First Rider</a> session provided by the <a href="http://main.simcoecountyschoolbus.ca/">Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium</a>. ​</p><p>If your child is turning four years old before Dec. 31, 2016 and you have not yet registered them for Kindergarten, you can do so by calling 705-734-6363 x11750 or emailing <a href="mailto:studentregistration@scdsb.on.ca">studentregistration@scdsb.on.ca</a> to schedule an appointment to register in person at the SCDSB’s Education Centre (1170 Hwy. 26 in Midhurst) until August 26 while school offices are closed. Starting August 29, please contact your <a href="https://scstc.ca/Eligibility.aspx?Page=School">home school</a> to register as school offices will re-open that week.</p><p>If you have any further questions about your child’s first day, please <a href="http://www.scdsb.on.ca/Schools/Pages/SchoolSearch.aspx">contact your school​</a> the week of August 29.</p><p>​</p>
‘Bus Tag’ program helps students get to and from school safelyhttp://hol.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/board-news/18‘Bus Tag’ program helps students get to and from school safely<p>​</p><p>The Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium (SCSTC) launched the Bus Tag<strong> </strong>program this September.<strong> </strong>The Bus Tag program supports safety for JK/SK and other school-identified students by<strong> </strong>providing a process to match students to their assigned afternoon school bus and to also<strong> </strong>identify they must be met by a parent or guardian at their afternoon bus stop.</p><p>The program provides:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>a colour coded bus tag with the assigned p.m. route number to be attached to the student's backpack</li><li>a colour-coded route card with route number in the windows of the school bus that the Bus Tag is matched to</li></ul><p>The SCSTC and Bus Operators have policies and procedures that are used on all school vehicles to ensure students in JK/SK and other school identified students are met at their afternoon bus stop.  It's the parent/guardian's responsibility to meet Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten and other identified students at the bus stop .The Bus Tag program has been established to assist both the schools and school bus drivers to load these students on the correct afternoon bus and identify they are to be met at their bus stop by a parent/guardian. For more information, contact the Transportation Consortium through their website: <a target="_blank" href="http://main.simcoecountyschoolbus.ca/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">http://main.simcoecountyschoolbus.ca/</span></a> or call them at 705-733-8965.</p>
Pay for field trips, lunch days, etc. with SchoolCash Onlinehttp://hol.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/board-news/19Pay for field trips, lunch days, etc. with SchoolCash Online<p>​</p><p>The SchoolCash Online program is now available at all schools, offering parents the option to pay online for field trips, lunch days and other items. The program is intended to reduce paper, eliminate the need for students to travel with money, and for money to be counted and stored at schools.<strong>  </strong>Payment by credit card has now also been added. </p><p>Parents who sign up will receive a notification when a new item becomes available for purchase. Items are personalized to each student.  Parents will use a secure online account to process payments, and can either make a one-time payment for each item as it occurs, or load money to carry a balance in the online account to make payments in the future. </p><p>To create an online account, go to <a href="https://simcoecounty.schoolcashonline.com/" target="_blank"><span lang="EN-CA" style="text-decoration:underline;">https://simcoecounty.schoolcashonline.com</span></a>. Please contact the school office with any questions.</p>