Emily Carr will be hosting another Healthy Family Night!

Please join us as we gather together to celebrate healthy, active living! It’s a
night to experience music, movement, learning and fun – together with your
family and our school community! Our theme this year is GROW:
Grow your Mindset, your Taste Buds, and your Fitness!
Hope to see you on April 8th.

Check the Online Back pack for the flyer with more details.  

Just a reminder that Friday, February 13th is a PD Day.  Students do not attend school on PD Days.

Also, Monday, February 16th is the Family Day holiday in Ontario.  Due to this, the students who have ordered pizza at Emily Carr will receive their pizza on Tuesday, February 17th.

February 25th, 2015 marks our first “Popcorn Wednesdays”. Grade 8 students will be selling Kernals popcorn as a grad fundraiser and are hoping that your child will support them. Each Wednesday from now until mid-May, students will have the opportunity to purchase individuals bags of either Sweet and Salty, Dill Pickle or Buttersalt flavoured popcorn during their first nutrition break for only two dollars a bag. Please send your child with small bills or change.

The Halton District School Board proudly presents
three evening sessions to discuss how to develop a growth mindset towards
mathematics in your child(ren). These sessions will provide you with practical
strategies to use and connect with our system learning of mathematics.  

For more information the flyer is placed in the Online Student Backpack.  


For Immediate Release
Monday, March 9, 2015

Spring is coming, please exercise caution when near waterways


BURLINGTON – Conservation Authorities are reminding residents of the dangers that exist near streams, rivers, ponds and lakes around this time of year and urge people to keep family and pets away from the edge of all waterways.  With spring and warmer temperatures quickly approaching, we’re all looking forward to getting outdoors. However, warmer temperatures also bring rainfall, melting snow and ice, which can all contribute to higher, faster flowing water in our waterways.  Slippery and unstable stream banks and extremely cold water temperatures can also lead to very hazardous conditions close to any body of water. For more information, contact Conservation Halton, by telephone at (905) 336-1158 or by e-mail web@hrca.on.ca.

About Conservation Halton’s Water Control and Flood Warning Program
Conservation Halton provides a water control and flood warning program to reduce the risk of property damage and loss of life due to flooding.  When flooding is possible or about to occur, Conservation Halton issues flood messages to municipal emergency management officials, school boards, police and EMS as well as the media. The municipal officials then take action to warn local residents.  Conservation Halton is responsible for the maintenance and operation of four major dams (Kelso, Hilton Falls, Scotch Block and Mountsberg dams) and 12.5 kilometers of flood control channels (Sixteen Mile Creek through Milton, Morrison-Wedgewood diversion in Oakville and the Rambo-Hager diversion in Burlington).


We are thrilled to report that our Dance-a-thon raised over $6,400.00!  The money will be used to purchase additional computers called "Chrome Books" for student learning.  Thank you to everyone who donated, and thank you to our Staff and Volunteers for a fantastic event!  

Emily Carr Book Swap

February 27, 2015

The Emily Carr Library and Student Leadership is hosting a 'Book Swap'.  

How it Works

From March 2 to March 6 students may bring in any “gently used” paperback books to the library for donation. We will track the number of picture books, chapter books, and non-fiction books brought in by each student. Their is no maximum number of books a student may bring but they will only be able to choose 3 'new to them' books.  Any extra donations will go into the EC Library or classroom libraries.  

On Tuesday March 10th students will visit the Library and select their 'new to them' books.  

Book Criteria

Please make choices carefully before bringing in books. Books will only be accepted under the following guidelines:

 * Books must be paperback and appropriate for grades PreK-8 only
 * Books must be in gently used condition: cover on, no rips, tears, or bent edges
 * Books with coloring or writing in them will not be accepted
 * Coloring books, activity books, and sticker books will not be accepted

Please note that the selection of books available will be based on books donated. We cannot ensure specific titles, etc. If you have any questions please contact Miss Stoness or Mrs. Gray.

February 12, 2015    

Parents invited to a presentation about increasing involvement in their child’s learning
Feb. 19 presentation by George Couros at White Oaks Secondary School

Parents are invited to attend an upcoming presentation in Oakville by George Couros, Division Principal for Parkland School Division in Alberta and an Innovative Teaching, Learning, and Leadership consultant, about encouraging parent involvement in their child(ren)’s learning.

The presentation entitled, Involving Parents in the Process of Learning, Couros will share how parent involvement is critical for student success and how schools are integrating technology/social media to support learning.

Date: Thursday, Feb 19, 2015
Time: 7-9 p.m. (doors open at 6:30)
Place: White Oaks Secondary School, South Campus Café, 1330 Montclair Dr., Oakville

Social media provides an opportunity for parents to have meaningful engagement in their child’s learning. Couros’ talk encourages parents to consider the unique opportunity they have to participate in their child’s learning.
Tickets are limited and on a first come, first served basis. Register for tickets here or visit http://georgecourosfeb192015.eventbrite.ca.

The workshop is free, however donations of canned and dry goods for the local food bank would be welcomed.  

This presentation is a joint collaboration of the Parent Councils from Abbey Lane Public School, Abbey Park High School, Forest Trail Public School, Heritage Glen Public School, Pilgrim Wood Public School, River Oaks Public School, W H Morden Public School, West Oak Public School and White Oaks Secondary School.

February 17, 2015    

Board hosting information meetings for parents with Kindergarten-age students with special needs  
March 2nd, 5th gatherings will be held at Palermo and Irma Coulson public schools

Next month, the Halton District School Board will be hosting two evening information sessions to assist parents with the transition process for Junior Kindergarten and Senior Kindergarten students with special needs. Both meetings begin at 7 p.m.:

Monday, March 2, 2015 – Palermo Public School, 2561 Valleyridge Dr., Oakville

Thursday, March 5, 2015 – Irma Coulson Public School, 625 Sauve St, Milton
Topics for this information session will include:  

 Registration and preparing for the first day of school
 Planning for students with special needs and an opportunity to chat with staff of the Student
   Services Department
 Support from Community Care Access Centre (CCAC)
 The role of the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)

Newcomer announcement

Emily Carr is pleased to offer our Newcomer Families a free, informative workshop:

Orientation to Ontario Workshop

Location:  Emily Carr Public School, hosted by Halton Multicultural Council
Dates: Friday, February 20 and 27, March 6 and 26 (4 sessions total)
Time: 8:15am-10:15am

Refreshments and parent resource workbook are provided

Please come to learn about resources for parents about children's programs, citizenship, employment resources and income tax filing plus many more topics!  All parents are welcome regardless of status and length of time in Canada.

If you would like to come or have questions, please email Rena Dhaliwal at rdhaliwal@haltonmc.com or call 647-237-8552.

Please join us!

The parking lots continue to be congested and unsafe.  The parking lots were not designed to handle large volumes of traffic because it is close enough for most students to walk to school.  To support a healthy and active lifestyle, we encourage students and families who live within walking distance (1.6 km) to walk or wheel to school whenever possible.  For those who are within a school bus area, please utilize this mode of transportation each day.

If you do choose to drive your child to school, we would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the following:
- Be safe.  Many of our students are walking through the parking lots and do not see moving vehicles like adults do.  As well, the congestion has made parked cars in spots vulnerable to scrapes, dings and dents.
- Be courteous.  Some vehicles do not leave the parking lot as quickly as others.  If you choose to use the parking lots, know that it may take 3-4 times longer to move through and out than it would when there are no vehicles.  Also, the wheelchair parking spots are designated for those with a valid,visible permit.  Vehicles cannot stand in these spots, nor are they considered 'cut-throughs'.
- Be patient.  Frustrations with the congestion can occur.  Please try to refrain from being verbally and visibly upset with others, especially in front of students; it is important for everyone to model positive interactions with others.
- Try another location.  You may want to drop/pick up your child at a closer spot along the route to Emily Carr, maybe near a crossing guard.  

Thank you for your support with our parking lots.

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