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December Calendar Calendar<p>​<a href="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/December%202019%20Calendar.pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />December 2019 Calendar.pdf</a></p>
Alcona Glen Mobile Device Policy Glen Mobile Device Policy<p>​</p><p>Dear Parents/Guardians </p><p>Starting in November, the Ontario Government is making changes to cell phone policies in classrooms to improve student learning.  Attached is the link to the parents' guide to the Ontario Code of Conduct. <a href=""></a></p><p><strong>Standards of Behaviour</strong><br> <strong>Respect, civility and responsible citizenship</strong><br> All school members must:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>respect the need of others to work in an environment that is conducive to learning and teaching, including by ensuring that cellphones and other personal mobile devices are only used during instructional time for educational purposes (as directed by an educator), for health and medical purposes and/or to support special education needs</li></ul><p>These rules are in place to support student learning and safety. Some students have engaged in using video, games and/or photos at inappropriate times and places such as in class, on the yard or in the washroom. We have had many issues with students texting during class, accessing websites/materials that are not appropriate and using phones to disrupt. </p><p>Students will be permitted 5 minutes to check their phones for messages at the beginning of each nutrition break.  If students are unable to check at this time, no additional time will be given, they must wait until the next nutrition break or the end of the day.  Parents must be aware that students will be unable to respond to any messages outside of these periods.  Of course, there are times when emergencies arise outside of these times and a call is necessary. Parents must call the office in these circumstances as students will not be permitted to respond on their mobile devices.</p><p>When students arrive at school, the phones are to be turned off and put away, even on the yard. This will allow more face to face time for students and promote healthier relationships for all. These expectations are being put into place in order to ensure that we are protecting the learning environment for all students. </p><p><strong>The following are the consequences that will be enforced: </strong></p><ul><li>First Occurrence – the device will be removed from the student and sent to the office for storage.  The student will have a discussion to review the Acceptable Use Policy and guest wireless access, and a record of the infraction will be kept on file in the office.  The device will be returned to the student.<br><br> </li><li>Second Occurrence – the device will be removed from the student and sent to the office for storage.  The device will be returned when a discussion has occurred with the student and a parent/guardian to review the Acceptable Use Policy and guest wireless access, noting access may be denied.  A record of the infraction will be kept in the office.<br><br> </li><li>Third Occurrence – the guest wireless access for that student will be denied and having personal electronic devices at school will be suspended for a designated period of time.  A record of the occurrence will be maintained in the office.<br><br> <br><br>Beyond these, individual decisions will be made as to whether the phone will be permitted back at school at all and/or if a suspension is necessary due to opposition to authority and/or conduct injurious to the moral tone/well-being of others. <br><br>Finally, the school is not responsible in any way for lost, broken, damaged or stolen phones as they are not a necessity at school and if a child and parent decide to send it they are agreeing to this policy. <br><br>We thank you for your cooperation, support and working with your child to determine what is best for them in developing responsible and healthy habits.</li></ul>
December Messages Messages<p>​</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Dates to Remember</strong></p><p><strong>Nov. 29</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> - </strong><strong>   </strong><strong>Pizza Day</strong></p><p><strong>Dec. 2</strong><strong><sup>nd</sup></strong><strong> - </strong><strong>     </strong><strong>School Council Meeting @ 6 pm</strong></p><p><strong>                     </strong><strong>Snuggle into December $2 donation and food drive</strong></p><p><strong>Dec. 3</strong><strong><sup>rd</sup></strong><strong> - </strong><strong>     </strong><strong>Intermediate Boys' Volleyball Tournament (Counties)</strong></p><p><strong>Intermediate Girls' Basketball Tournament (Counties)</strong></p><p><strong>Dec. 5</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> - </strong><strong>     </strong><strong>Grade 2 trip to Huronia Museum</strong></p><p><strong>Performance of 'Grinch' for kindergartens to grade twos at 9:00 AM</strong></p><p><strong>Performance of 'Grinch' for grade 3 - 5 at 1:30 PM</strong></p><p><strong>Dec. 6</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> – </strong><strong>    </strong><strong>National Day of Remembrance for Violence Against Women</strong></p><p><strong>Swiss Chalet Day</strong></p><p><strong>Performance of 'Grinch' for grade 6 - 8 at 1:30 PM</strong></p><p><strong>Dec. 10</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> - </strong><strong>   </strong><strong>Kindergarten Concert begins promptly at 6 PM</strong></p><p><strong>Dec. 11</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> -</strong><strong>  </strong><strong>  </strong><strong>Kindergarten Concert Snow Date</strong></p><p><strong>Dec. 12</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> - </strong><strong>   </strong><strong>Character Education Assemblies</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Kindergarten – Gr. 3 begins at 9:30 AM</strong></li><li><strong>Gr. 4 – 8 Begins at 11:15</strong><br><br><strong>Dec. 17</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> - </strong><strong>   </strong><strong>Mixed Seasonal Concert begins promptly at 6 PM</strong></li></ul><ul><li><strong>Grades 3, 6, band, and choir</strong><br><br><strong>Dec. 18</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> - </strong><strong>   </strong><strong>Johnny Burger Hot Dogs</strong><br><br><strong>Dec. 19</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> - </strong><strong>   </strong><strong>Mixed Seasonal Concert Snow Date</strong><br><br><strong>Dec. 20</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> - </strong><strong>   </strong><strong>Pizza Day</strong><br><br><strong>          </strong><br><br><strong> </strong><br><br><strong>Messages from the Board</strong><br><strong> December 2019</strong><br><br><strong> </strong><br><br><strong>High school information nights for Grade 8 students coming to a school near you!</strong><br> Is your child starting Grade 9 next year? High school information nights happen this fall and winter. This event gives an overview of what's new, what to expect, as well as a chance to check out the school and ask questions. Attend our local high school information night to find out what's offered: <em>Nantyre Shores Secondary School, Jan., 15</em><em><sup>th</sup></em><em> from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm in the school cafeteria.  The school is located at 1146 Anna Maria Ave, Innisfil, ON.</em><br><br><strong> </strong><br><br><strong>Days of Awareness and Recognition taking place in December</strong><br><br>Throughout the year, there are many awareness days that focus on different causes and recognition. The Simcoe County District School Board has developed a list of these days as a guide for schools. Schools may participate in recognizing some or all of these days in various ways. This list is not exhaustive. Following are the days of awareness and recognition that the SCDSB will recognize during the month of December:<br><br> </li></ul><table class="ms-rteTable-default" width="100%" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;">Dec. 6</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;">National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women</td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p><strong>Register now for Night School (Semester Two) to complete high school, prepare for post-secondary education</strong><br><strong> </strong>Night school at the Barrie Learning Centre offers secondary school credits in a variety of subjects for students completing their Ontario Secondary School Diploma, and for students who are preparing for post-secondary education. Subjects include math, English, chemistry, biology, physics, social science and history. All night school courses are offered face-to-face, two nights per week, and run given sufficient enrolment. Learn more and register at: <a href=""></a>. <br> <br><br></p><p><strong>School playgrounds are closed for the winter</strong><br><strong> </strong>Every winter, school playground structures are closed. Students are made aware of this during school hours through announcements and staff reminders during breaks. This may not be well known throughout the community, despite signs indicating that playground structures are a winter hazard and are closed. The Canadian Standards Association regulations make recommendations for the depth of ground cover required to minimize injuries (e.g. sand, pea gravel or wood chips). These surfaces cannot be maintained when the ground freezes. Injuries from falling would be more significant on frozen ground. We strongly recommend that you do not allow your children to play on any structures while the ground is frozen.<br> <br><br><strong>How to stop the spread of germs to help us all stay healthy this school year</strong><br> Colds and influenza spread easily from person to person. These germs can spread directly from person to person when someone coughs or sneezes, or indirectly when germs land on hard surfaces like door knobs, desks or keyboards, and then are touched by someone else. These germs can then enter the body through the eyes, nose or mouth. <br><br>The most important thing you can do to keep from getting sick and stop the spread of germs to others is wash your hands! Wash with soap and warm running water for at least 15 seconds (or try singing "row row row your boat"). If your hands are not visibly dirty, you can use alcohol-based hand rub (hand sanitizer) for 15 seconds. You can also get your flu shot, cover your mouth when you cough and sneeze and stay home if you are sick. Teach your kids to do the same!<br> <br>For more tips to keep you and your family healthy this school year, contact <em>Health Connection</em> at 1-877-721-7520 or visit the health unit's website at <a href=""></a>.<br> <br><em>Information provided by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit</em><em>.</em><br> <br><br><strong>Ditch digital devices and plug into play</strong><br><strong> </strong>This winter, swap screen time for play time together. Children need play to learn, grow and be healthy. Unstructured child-led activities, or 'free play', make a world of difference. There are many ways to play together as a family: </p><ul><li>Get outdoors by taking a winter hike, making a snowman, or building a snow fort</li><li>Make your own musical instruments and move to the music</li><li>Play hopscotch, tag or hide and seek</li><li>Play dress up together</li><li>Set up an obstacle course using couch cushions for your child to navigate<br><br>Encourage your children to lead the way and experience fun from their perspective!<br> <br>For more tips to keep you and your family healthy this school year, contact <em>Health Connection</em> at 1-877-721-7520 or visit the health unit's website at <a href=""></a>.<br><br><em>Information provided by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit</em><em>.</em><br><em> </em><br><br><br><strong>Coping with anxiety</strong><br><strong> </strong>Feelings of anxiety can be common among teens. Sometimes normally happy teens will become anxious or fearful about something for a day or two but will return to normal without any need for help from their parents. However, some teens experience more intense and frequent feelings of anxiety that prevent them from participating in normal everyday life. Creating a positive family environment, encouraging regular school attendance and helping your teen understand and discover ways to cope with their anxiety can help.<br><br>If you would like to learn more about monitoring and understanding your teenager's emotions and behaviours, ways to talk openly with your teenager and encouraging your teenager to practice their coping skills, call Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 and talk to a public health nurse about Triple P Positive Parenting Program or visit <a href=""></a>.<br><br><em>Information provided by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.</em><br><em> </em><br><br><br><strong>Physical activity can make the holidays less stressful</strong><br><br>For many, the holiday season can be a source of great physical and mental stress. Planning family gatherings, attending work parties, buying gifts, staying up late and eating unhealthy foods can all contribute to increased anxiety, stress and fatigue. Did you know that being physically active is one of the single best ways we can naturally reduce stress? Here are three reasons why you should consider staying active this holiday season: </li></ul><ol style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li>Physical activity boosts your mood – The relationship between the mind and the body is very strong. Physical activity releases endorphins in your body, making you feel calm, less anxious and happier. Providing yourself and your kids with a small amount of relaxation or 'time-out' every day – even just 15 minutes – can also improve your health dramatically. Try taking a yoga class, or even a 10-minute walk can do the trick!</li><li>Physical activity helps you sleep – Physical activity leads to better sleep and better sleep leads to less stress. Research shows that people who get regular physical activity fall asleep faster, sleep longer and get higher quality sleep. Being well-rested helps us cope with stress and gives us more energy to tackle whatever life throws our way!</li><li>Physical activity reduces your stress hormone – physical activity decreases the amount of cortisol (the body's stress hormone) circulating in our bloodstream. When we get stressed out, our cortisol levels spike. Exercise is a great way to help lower them. </li></ol><p><strong> </strong></p><p>The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka offers many opportunities to stay active this holiday season. Open gym, family swim, yoga, and our popular Y kids drop-in program provide great opportunities to be active with your family. For more information about programs offered at your local YMCA, please visit <a href=""></a>. </p><p> </p><p><em>Information provided by the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka</em></p>
Transition Planning from Grade 8 to 9 Planning from Grade 8 to 9<p>​</p><img src="file:///C:/Users/jweller/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image002.jpg" alt="SCDSB2_K" style="width:7px;margin:5px;" /><p style="text-align:center;"><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Parent Outreach:</span></p><p style="text-align:center;">Transition Planning:</p><p style="text-align:center;">Grade 8 to 9<strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>for students involved with</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Special Education</strong></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Who:</strong></span>  parents of current grade 8 students with an IEP</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>What:</strong></span>  information about moving from elementary school </p><p>             to high school, with a focus on Special Education</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Where:</strong></span>  Nantyr Shores High School library</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>When:</strong></span>  Thursday, December 12, 2019 from 5-6 p.m.</p>
Gift Card Order Form Card Order Form<p>​Order your gift cards now and receive them before the holidays.  All orders must be made on School Cash Online before midnight on December 10th.  Please see the attached document for a list of available gift cards.<br></p><p><a href="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/gift%20card%20order%20form.pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />gift card order form.pdf</a></p>
PA Day on Friday, November 22nd Day on Friday, November 22nd
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