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HMES Read and Feed Read and Feed <p>​​"Oh, the Places You'll Go!"</p><p>Holly Meadows is having their "Read and Feed" on Wednesday March 28th.   Visit Wendy's on Bryne Drive between 4:30-7:30 and a percent of your purchases will be donated back to the school.  Visit Chappters between 6-8, listen to some of the staff read their favourite stories and make purchases where a percent of the purchases are donated back to the school.  All of the fundraising from this event will go to support Literacy Progams at Holly Meadows.  </p><p>Also, Mrs. O.C. will be  running a special incentive at this event.  If you are a book lover and an avid reader do not miss this exciting opportunity to shop for your Holly Meadows' library!</p><p>One lucky student from each division will have the chance to win a book shopping trip with Mrs. O.C. at Chapters. All you have to do is show your Holly Meadows' purchase receipt at the Read and Feed fundraiser on Wednesday March 28th and you will be entered into the draw.​</p><p>Winners will be announced Thursday March 29th on the morning announcements.</p><p>Visit the link to our Facebook event <a href="">here​</a>. <br></p>
World Down Syndrome Day Down Syndrome Day <p>​Wednesday March 21, 2018 is the 13<sup>th</sup> annual World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD). WDSB is designed to raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.  The date for WDSD beings, the 21<sup>st</sup> day of the 3<sup>rd</sup> month, signifies the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21<sup>st</sup> chromosome which causes Down syndrome.  </p><p>The theme of this year's WDSD is <em>#WhatIBringToMyCommunity </em>and emphasizes how people with Down syndrome can and do make meaningful contributions throughout their lives – including their schools.</p><p>In the past WDSD has promoted "one" video to celebrate and represent WDSD.  New this year, WDSD has teamed up with Down TV to provide access to a wide variety of the videos produced #WDSD18 videos (<a href=""></a>).  The videos feature people with Down syndrome, their friends and peers describing how they can and do make meaningful contributions and tackle negative attitudes and a lack of knowledge about the potential of people with Down syndrome, which prevents them from having opportunities to make contributions. ​</p><p>Individuals can show their support for World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) by wearing "lots of socks" (i.e. colorful / different socks, etc.) on Wednesday, and sharing photos on social media using the hashtag #lotsofsocks – demonstrating that by working together we can make the world a better, more inclusive place for those with Down syndrome!</p>
Pink Shirt Day Shirt Day <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">On February 28th, students in Canada will celebrate “Pink Shirt Day”. The original Pink Shirt Day was organized by David Shepherd and Travis Price of Nova Scotia, who, in 2007 bought and distributed pink shirts to all of the boys at their school to wear as a protest after a male Grade 9 student at their school, was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school.  </span><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">We wear pink and participate in a variety of classroom activities on this day to commemorate the character traits of kindness and inclusiveness that those boys showed to their school mate 9 years ago and also to challenge stereotypes.</span><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">Even though we celebrate events like "Pink Shirt Day", "International Day of Pink" and "Bullying Awareness Week" during specific times of  the year, it’s important to remember that the message of kindness is one that we need to practice each and every day!</span><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.656;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">The message behind pink shirt day is that, by wearing a pink shirt, you are saying that you will stand up and not tolerate bullying.  Here is a quote from one of the organizers of the original pink shirt day, Travis who said "I learned that two people can come up with an idea, run with it, and it can do wonders." <span style="color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> Our message to students is to remember this quote...each and every one of our students can make a difference in the actions they choose every day!  Remember, no act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted!   </span></span></p><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">For more information about Pink Shirt Day, check out  </span><a href=""><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"></span></a><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">  <span style="color:#1d2129;font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;background-color:#ffffff;">The theme this year is cyber bullying and for each </span><a class="_58cn" href="" data-ft="{"tn":"*N","type":104}" style="color:#365899;cursor:pointer;font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;background-color:#ffffff;"><span class="_5afx" style="direction:ltr;unicode-bidi:isolate;font-family:inherit;"><span aria-label="hashtag" class="_58cl _5afz" style="unicode-bidi:isolate;color:#4267b2;font-family:inherit;">#</span><span class="_58cm" style="text-decoration-line:underline;font-family:inherit;">pinkitforward</span></span></a><span style="color:#1d2129;font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;background-color:#ffffff;"> hashtag where you say something nice about someone on social media, $1 will be donated to bullying prevention programs for youth.</span>​</span><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">Also mark your calendars  for April 11, 2018 marks the International Day of Pink.   This is a day where communities across the country, and across the world, can unite in celebrating diversity and raising awareness to stop homophobia and all forms of bullying.  For more information about this day, please visit this website </span><a href=""><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"></span></a> </span>
Nominate a student, staff member or volunteer for a character award a student, staff member or volunteer for a character awardAt the annual Character Recognition Awards Evening, the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB), through the Character Education Development Project Team, recognizes students, staff and volunteers who demonstrate good character in their daily lives.<br><div data-block="true" data-editor="5pko3" data-offset-key="7vp52-0-0" style="font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;color:#1d2129;font-size:14px;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:#ffffff;"><div data-offset-key="7vp52-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj" style="direction:ltr;font-family:inherit;"><span data-offset-key="7vp52-0-0" style="font-family:inherit;"><br data-text="true"></span></div></div><div data-block="true" data-editor="5pko3" data-offset-key="9i9uf-0-0" style="font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;color:#1d2129;font-size:14px;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:#ffffff;"><div data-offset-key="9i9uf-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj" style="direction:ltr;font-family:inherit;"><span data-offset-key="9i9uf-0-0" style="font-family:inherit;">Each year nominations from schools and the Education Centre are received, highlighting the good character of our students, staff, work sites and volunteers. From this group, randomly selected nominees are invited to the Education Centre in a celebration of those who exemplify the SCDSB Commit to Character attributes.</span></div></div><div data-block="true" data-editor="5pko3" data-offset-key="49ugb-0-0" style="font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;color:#1d2129;font-size:14px;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:#ffffff;"><div data-offset-key="49ugb-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj" style="direction:ltr;font-family:inherit;"><span data-offset-key="49ugb-0-0" style="font-family:inherit;"><br data-text="true"></span></div></div><div data-block="true" data-editor="5pko3" data-offset-key="2qn35-0-0" style="font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;color:#1d2129;font-size:14px;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:#ffffff;"><div data-offset-key="2qn35-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj" style="direction:ltr;font-family:inherit;"><span data-offset-key="2qn35-0-0" style="font-family:inherit;">The Character Recognition Evening will be held on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at the Education Centre beginning at 6 p.m.</span></div></div><div data-block="true" data-editor="5pko3" data-offset-key="72fp-0-0" style="font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;color:#1d2129;font-size:14px;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:#ffffff;"><div data-offset-key="72fp-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj" style="direction:ltr;font-family:inherit;"><span data-offset-key="72fp-0-0" style="font-family:inherit;"><br data-text="true"></span></div></div><div data-block="true" data-editor="5pko3" data-offset-key="5p7-0-0" style="font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;color:#1d2129;font-size:14px;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:#ffffff;"><div data-offset-key="5p7-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj" style="direction:ltr;font-family:inherit;"><span data-offset-key="5p7-0-0" style="font-family:inherit;">The recognition process ends on February 23, 2018. Recommendations can be made by email or fax and the form can be found at this <a href="">link ​</a></span></div></div>
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>