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Parents, tell us what you think: survey about climate at schoolhttp://hol.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/board-news/95Parents, tell us what you think: survey about climate at school<p>Parents and guardians can provide feedback on the climate at our school through a survey that will be open from January 7 to 25. Parents and guardians with more than one child (in Grades 4 to 8) can complete one survey per child.<br><br>Survey topics include: the overall climate of the school, student well-being, and equity and inclusion.<br><br><strong>Complete the survey now: </strong><a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/201819ParentsGuardians">https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/201819ParentsGuardians</a> <br><br>A similar survey is being conducted with students and staff. 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. <br><br>The data will show our progress over time, and will highlight areas of strength and areas in need of improvement.  <br><br>Student School Climate surveys have been collected since 2007.<br><br>Questions can be sent to <a href="mailto:research@scdsb.on.ca">research@scdsb.on.ca</a>.</p>
Call for Volunteershttp://hol.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/73Call for Volunteers<p>​We have a number of volunteer opportunities available at the school.  We will continue to update the linked page as opportunities become available.</p><p><a href="/parents/volunteer">Holly Meadows Volunteer Opportunities</a><br></p><p><br></p>
Changing Notifications in Remindhttp://hol.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/74Changing Notifications in Remind<p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-4">Remind</span> has sent a notification that they will be stopping text message notifications in Canada due to price changes with Rogers, Bell and all of their subidiaries.  The change is to occur at the end of January.<br></p><p>These changes should only impact users who have Remind messages sent to a phone text number.  Messages sent by email, or as push notifications to the Remind App should not be affected at all.  <br></p><p>The Link below will illustrate how parents can ensure that their messages go to the app and not a text number.  <br></p><p>https://help.remind.com/hc/en-us/articles/206430755-How-do-I-change-my-message-notifications-​</p>
School Climate Surveyhttp://hol.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/71School Climate Survey<p>​<font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3">7 January 2019</font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3">Dear Parent/Guardian,</font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3">The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) aims to provide a safe, supportive learning environment that supports all students in being successful. Between January 7 and January 25, 2019 all students in Grades 4 to 8 will be asked to complete the SCDSB 2018-2019 School Climate Survey regarding how they feel about their school. Teachers can answer any questions or concerns you may have about this anonymous survey.</font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3">Parents/guardians of students in Grades 4 to 8 also have an opportunity to complete the SCDSB 2018-2019 School Climate Survey regarding how they feel about their child’s school.</font></p><p><font face="Times New Roman"><font size="3"><font color="#000000">You can complete the SCDSB 2018-2019 School Climate Survey for parents/guardians by </font><a href="http://track.spe.schoolmessenger.com/f/a/1hV2flATpr6kCerbWWQJNQ~~/AAAAAQA~/RgReFJ0ZP0Q0aHR0cDovL3d3dy5zdXJ2ZXltb25rZXkuY29tL3IvMjAxODE5UGFyZW50c0d1YXJkaWFuc1cHc2Nob29sbUIKAACZaTNcPbeRB1IRc2Nhc2VAc2Nkc2Iub24uY2FYBAAAAAI~"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0000ff">clicking here</font></span></a><font color="#000000"> or visiting </font><a href="http://track.spe.schoolmessenger.com/f/a/QVP_jMhR7AkdRPBJm9jTCg~~/AAAAAQA~/RgReFJ0ZP0QXaHR0cDovL3d3dy5zY2RzYi5vbi5jYS9XB3NjaG9vbG1CCgAAmWkzXD23kQdSEXNjYXNlQHNjZHNiLm9uLmNhWAQAAAAC"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0000ff">www.scdsb.on.ca</font></span></a><font color="#000000"> and clicking on the banner for the survey. The link will be open until Friday, January 25, 2019.</font></font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3">If you do not have access to the internet and/or prefer to complete a paper version of the parent/guardian survey, it will be available in your school’s office. Questions about the parent/guardian survey can be directed to the SCDSB’s Research and Decision Support Services team at <a>research@scdsb.on.ca</a> or by phoning 705-734-6363 ext. 11731.</font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3">All School Climate Surveys are anonymous and remain confidential. Students, parents/guardians and staff will not be asked to provide their names.</font></p><p><font face="Times New Roman"><font size="3"><font color="#000000">Student Survey: A sample version of the student survey is available at </font><a href="http://track.spe.schoolmessenger.com/f/a/SdwSfb-ug39ON0paMd_4Ww~~/AAAAAQA~/RgReFJ0ZP0QxaHR0cDovL3d3dy5zY2RzYi5vbi5jYS9hYm91dC9lcXVpdHlfYW5kX2luY2x1c2lvblcHc2Nob29sbUIKAACZaTNcPbeRB1IRc2Nhc2VAc2Nkc2Iub24uY2FYBAAAAAI~"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0000ff">www.scdsb.on.ca/about/equity_and_inclusion</font></span></a></font></font><font face="Times New Roman"><font color="#000000" size="3"> or in your school’s office. Please call your school if you have questions about how the student survey will be given to students. The information that is collected will be used to help guide the SCDSB in creating and maintaining safe and supportive learning environments for all students.</font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3">Thank you for your support!</font></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10.66px;"><font color="#000000" face="Calibri" size="3">Stephen Case<br> Principal</font></p> <font face="Calibri"></font><font size="3"></font><font color="#000000"></font><font face="Times New Roman"></font><p><br></p>
Student Drop Off and Pick Uphttp://hol.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/72Student Drop Off and Pick Up<p>​In December, an open meeting was held for all parents of Holly Meadows Students to look at best practices for our Parking Lot.  Parents had identified that there were some dangerous behviours in the lot during drop off and pick up that were hazards to students safety.  During the meeting, we reviewed the concerns and suggestions of the parents present and the input that was invited online for those who could not attend.  The attached document reflects the slightly revised procedures that the committee developed.  </p><p><a href="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/Parking%20Lot%202019.pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />Parking Lot 2019.pdf</a><br></p>
Parking Lot Safety Meetinghttp://hol.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/69Parking Lot Safety Meeting<p>​<span style="text-align:left;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:700;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">There will be a community meeting to look at improvements to the drop off / pick procedures on 10 December at 5:30.  Register at this link </span><a href="https://goo.gl/forms/f7hBpOwZFWEfQDSm1" style="text-align:left;color:#0066cc;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:times new roman;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><span style="color:#0563c1;font-size:15.33px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:transparent;">https://goo.gl/forms/f7hBpOwZFWEfQDSm1</span></a><br style="text-align:left;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:times new roman;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><br></p>
Free Self-Reg Parent Coursehttp://hol.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/70Free Self-Reg Parent Course<p></p><p></p><p></p><p><img alt="March-26-SRS.png" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/March-26-SRS.png" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p dir="ltr" style="font:400 16px/19.2px times new roman;text-align:left;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:#ffffff;"><span style="color:#000000;font-size:14.66px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:transparent;">Those who have been in the school have probably heard a great deal of talk about student Self-Regulation.  Self-Reg is a body of research that has gained a great deal of traction in education and parenting circles.  </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="font:400 16px/19.2px times new roman;text-align:left;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:#ffffff;"><span style="color:#000000;font-size:14.66px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:transparent;"></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="font:400 16px/19.2px times new roman;text-align:left;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:#ffffff;"><span style="color:#000000;font-size:14.66px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:transparent;">The Mehrit Centre offers a 10 hour course on </span><span style="color:#000000;font-size:14.66px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:700;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:transparent;">Parenting with Self-Reg</span><span style="color:#000000;font-size:14.66px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:transparent;"> that usually costs $150.00.  We are very excited to offer this course </span><span style="color:#000000;font-size:14.66px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:700;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:transparent;">for free to staff and parents of Holly Meadows</span><span style="color:#000000;font-size:14.66px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:transparent;"> in the new year.  The course would run five Tuesdays for two hours a session (January 15, 22,29,Feb. 5 and 12) from 3:30 - 5:30.  </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="font:400 16px/19.2px times new roman;text-align:left;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:#ffffff;"><span style="color:#000000;font-size:14.66px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:transparent;"></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="font:400 16px/19.2px times new roman;text-align:left;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:#ffffff;"><span style="color:#000000;font-size:14.66px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:transparent;">If there is enough interest, we can look at running another course from 6:30 - 8:30. Please register for this free course at the following link: </span><a href="https://goo.gl/forms/MshmoBmmG7o6tpnc2" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="color:#000000;font-size:14.66px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:transparent;"> </span><span style="color:#0563c1;font-size:14.66px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:transparent;">https://goo.gl/forms/MshmoBmmG7o6tpnc2</span></a></p><p dir="ltr" style="font:400 16px/19.2px times new roman;text-align:left;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:#ffffff;"><span style="color:#0563c1;font-size:14.66px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:transparent;"><font size="3"><font color="#b00000"><u></u></font></font></span></p><span style="text-align:left;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:14.66px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">More information can be found at</span><a href="https://self-reg.ca/learn/self-reg-parenting-course" style="text-align:left;color:#0066cc;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:times new roman;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><span style="color:#000000;font-size:14.66px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:transparent;"> </span><span style="color:#0563c1;font-size:14.66px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:transparent;">https://self-reg.ca/learn/self-reg-parenting-course</span></a><br style="text-align:left;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:times new roman;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><p></p>
Workshop: Helping Parents be Heard by Ontario School Boards with Ed Mahonyhttp://hol.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/68Workshop: Helping Parents be Heard by Ontario School Boards with Ed Mahony<h3 class="label-primary l-mar-bot-2" data-automation="listing-info-language" style="font:600 12px/16px neue plak,-apple-system,blinkmacsystemfont,roboto,helvetica neue,helvetica,tahoma,arial,sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 10px;padding:0px;text-align:left;color:#1e0a3c;text-transform:uppercase;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:0.5px;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">Date and Time</h3><span style="text-align:left;color:#6f7287;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:0.5px;font-family:neue plak,-apple-system,blinkmacsystemfont,roboto,helvetica neue,helvetica,tahoma,arial,sans-serif;font-size:15px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;float:none;background-color:transparent;"> </span><div class="event-details__data" style="margin:0px 0px 50px;padding:0px;text-align:left;color:#6f7287;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:0.5px;font-family:neue plak,-apple-system,blinkmacsystemfont,roboto,helvetica neue,helvetica,tahoma,arial,sans-serif;font-size:15px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"> <time class="clrfix" data-automation="event-details-time" style="clear:none;display:inline;"> <p style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">Sat, 1 December 2018</p> <p style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">10:00 AM – 3:00 PM EST</p></time><h3 class="label-primary l-mar-bot-2" style="font:600 12px/16px neue plak,-apple-system,blinkmacsystemfont,roboto,helvetica neue,helvetica,tahoma,arial,sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 10px;padding:0px;text-align:left;color:#1e0a3c;text-transform:uppercase;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:0.5px;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">Location</h3><span style="text-align:left;color:#6f7287;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:0.5px;font-family:neue plak,-apple-system,blinkmacsystemfont,roboto,helvetica neue,helvetica,tahoma,arial,sans-serif;font-size:15px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;float:none;background-color:transparent;"> </span><div class="event-details__data" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;text-align:left;color:#6f7287;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:0.5px;font-family:neue plak,-apple-system,blinkmacsystemfont,roboto,helvetica neue,helvetica,tahoma,arial,sans-serif;font-size:15px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><p style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">YMCA Geneva Park</p><p style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">6604 Rama Road </p><p style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">Ramara, ON L3V 0S3 <br><strong></strong></p><p style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"><strong></strong></p><p style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"><strong><em><span lang="EN-CA" style="background:white;margin:0px;color:black;letter-spacing:0.4pt;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;"><font size="3">Advocating for your child in the education system can feel overwhelming. Families are often left on their own to understand special education rules and regulations. Parents and students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (where possible) must be actively engaged throughout the education process as full partners in their education to promote optimal learning. This workshop, presented by educational consultant Ed Mahony, is designed to support parents in asserting their rights and teaches them how to be heard in a respectful and positive manner.</font></span></em></strong><span lang="EN-CA" style="margin:0px;color:black;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;"></span></p></div></div><p style="margin:0px;"><strong><em><span lang="EN-CA" style="background:white;margin:0px;color:black;letter-spacing:0.4pt;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;"><font size="3">For registration and further information:</font></span></em></strong><span lang="EN-CA" style="margin:0px;color:black;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;"></span></p><p style="margin:0px;"><strong><em><span lang="EN-CA" style="margin:0px;color:black;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;"><a href="https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/orillia-workshop-helping-parents-be-heard-by-ontario-school-boards-atelier-a-orillia-aider-les-tickets-48415451920"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0000ff" size="3">https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/orillia-workshop-helping-parents-be-heard-by-ontario-school-boards-atelier-a-orillia-aider-les-tickets-48415451920</font></span></a></span></em></strong><span lang="EN-CA" style="margin:0px;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;"></span></p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span><font color="#0000ff"></font><font size="3"></font><font color="#000000"></font><font face="Times New Roman"></font><p>​</p>
Holly Bazaarhttp://hol.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/67Holly Bazaar<p>​<img alt="hollybazaar2.jpg_large" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/hollybazaar2.jpg_large" style="margin:5px;width:800px;height:1036px;" /><br></p>
School Council Chair Electionhttp://hol.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/66School Council Chair Election<p>​<strong>Holly Meadows Elementary School Council will be electing a new Chair (or Co/Chair) on the evening of November 5th</strong>.  Please contact the office if you are interested in running for the office or would like to nominate someone.  The responsibilities of the Chair or Co/Chair as outlined by SCDSB policy include:</p><ul><li>communicate with the school principal </li><li>prepare the agenda for school council meetings in consultation with the school principal <br></li><li>chair school council meetings </li><li>ensure that the minutes of school council meetings and records of all financial transactions are recorded and maintained </li><li>participate in information and training programs </li><li>ensure that there is regular communication with the school community</li><li>consult with senior board staff and trustees, when requested </li><li>participate in establishing by-laws </li><li> act in accordance with the school and board Code of Conduct and Standards of Behaviour <br></li><li> shall abide by Board Policies and Procedures</li></ul><p>This is a great opportunity for a member of the Holly family to have an important role in the future of our school.  Parents who wish to run for for the position of Chair will need to make a committment to participating with Council for the year.  <strong>Any parents wishing to join council as a Parent Representative can contact the office or scase@scdsb.on.ca for information on joining.</strong></p>