Future Construction at Emily Carr
Starting late spring construction will take place to build four new Kindergarten classrooms in anticipation for the Full Day Kindergarten program starting September 2014. The classes will be built on the northeast corner of the building adjacent to our existing Kindergarten classrooms.
We have not been given a firm date as to when construction will begin. However, once this is determined we will communicate this to the community and provide more detailed information.
The process of organizing students into classes for the 2014-15 school year will take place in May/June and continue into the summer. Administration, classroom teachers and Special Education teachers spend many hours forming classes considering factors such as learning styles, gender balance, instructional groupings and the strengths/needs of the students. To assist us in making our decisions, we collect a wealth of data. Some of the data we will look at will include reading levels, report card marks and learning skills. Our focus will be the creation of balanced classes based upon instructional groupings and peer compatibility within those learning groups.
If parents would like to provide input for the coming school year, please forward your educational rationale in writing to Mrs. Bate (email@example.com) no later than Friday, May 2nd. Please be aware that although all requests will be considered, there are no guarantees that they can be granted. Please do not request a teacher by name, as class organizations and teaching staff can change right up to the first day of school. It is important to emphasize that classes are developed without teacher names attached.
In order to further assist us with class building, please contact the office ASAP (905-827-3928) if you are planning to move out of the Emily Carr area before September, 2014.
Lost & Found
We still have some remaining winter clothing items in our lost & found. If you are missing some items, please feel free to have a look at remaining items that are stored in our conference room beside the office. Any items still there after Friday, April 18th will be donated to a local charitable organization.
Healthy Schools Family Night Was a Huge Success!
A big thank you to Lynn and her team of volunteers for an amazing night last evening at Emily Carr. A great time was had by all!
Emily Carr’s 5th Annual Garden Clean-Up - Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 9am – 12pm
To celebrate Earth Day and (hopefully!) the arrival of spring, we need your help to weed our garden and spread mulch. Come whenever you can, for as long as you can! Adult supervision for the children in the library!
Rain, snow or sun, we’ll be weeding and spreading mulch! Bring your own shovels, wheelbarrows and work gloves. Volunteer hours available for high school students! Mulch and light refreshments for all!
Just like Spring…. World Tour Night is around the corner!!
Wednesday, May 7th is our 4th annual World Tour Multicultural Evening. It is a family event with displays from many different countries and wonderful performances of dance and music. We celebrate all the diverse cultures of our Emily Carr community.
We would love to hear from any families who:
- could help to coordinate a display table of their country (more than one family is great!) – high school students are also welcome and they can earn volunteer hours.
- have students who could present a cultural dance or instrument they play from any culture.
Please contact Mrs. Hassall at the school at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like any information or would like to participate.
A letter with more details will be coming home soon.
Spotlight on Schools
Emily Carr has been recognized on HDSB's website for its work in celebrating World Down Syndrome Day. Please visit http://hdsb.ca to read the article posted on the main page. A big thank you to our Grade 7 teacher Dawn Lazerte who was the lead on this initiative.
Attention Grade 7s and 8s.
The Mississauga Living Arts Centre field trip has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 20th and will leave the school at 8:30 am sharp to ensure a full day of programming in the arts. The original fee paid covers the two new workshops.
Healthy Schools Family Night Wednesday, April 2 - Final details you should know!
The registration has been amazing and we are expecting a large turn out. So, in order to make our night flow smoothly, please remember:
1. Event registration envelopes went home Tuesday (or Wed for Track A kindergarten). Complete the raffle ballot enclosed at home and bring to the event. Bring the Kids Activity Session name card with you to the event (where applicable) - it is your child's entry into the Kids Drop Off Zone.
2. Bring your re-fillable water bottle (labelled with your name). Water stations available.
3. Coat racks will be available. Plan to hang your coats and change in to your indoor athletic shoes BEFORE the event begins at 6:30pm. Dress to be active and moving.
4. Doors open at 6:15pm. Arrive early to give yourself enough time to get organized before the event starts at 6:30pm sharp.
5. Thank you for walking or biking to our event. Parking is limited. In the spirit of healthy living, please use active transportation.
Looking for to a great evening!
The Healthy Schools Team
From Trustees Don Vrooman and Kathryn Bateman Olmstead:
We need your help. At the Halton District School Board meeting on March 19, trustees received a report from staff recommending internet filtering on HDSB school networks. We are expected to make a decision this week on April 2.
You are probably aware of the board's Bring I.T. initiative, piloted over the last couple years and in its first stage of full implementation this year. The board has open internet in all its school buildings, and students are invited to bring their own devices to use in the classroom. The challenge? Computing devices are no longer just in labs, and cannot be as strictly supervised as they have been historically. While digital citizenship is embedded in the curriculum in Halton, the board's long standing policy has been to not filter high-speed internet access.
If you have an opinion or concern, or if you wish to learn more, please visit the WOFOS blog at http://wp.me/p1Ru0-1Ch and join the discussion. We will be recording parent, student, staff and community feedback to share with trustees before the board meeting this week. If you tweet, please use #HDSBfilterYes or #HDSBfilterNo.
Because this decision falls between most school council meetings in West Oakville, there isn't really an opportunity for face-to-face consultation, so we invite your comments directly. If you have a comment about stakeholder consultation, we'd appreciate hearing this, too.
Don Vrooman, Trustee for Oakville Wards 1&2
Kathryn Bateman Olmstead, Trustee for Oakville Ward 4
Mental Health Resources
We have expanded and added to our mental health resources. Please click on the link at the top right to view more resources for your use.
The April Calendar has been uploaded. Please click the link on the right to view or download.
Halton Learning Foundation
Thank you Emily Carr Community!! You raised almost $380 for the Halton Learning Foundation through our twoonie drive! Thank you for supporting this great organization!
World Down Syndrome Day
In recognition of World Down Syndrome Day, students are encouraged to wear brightly coloured socks on Friday, March 21st. This act symbolizes the unique gifts and abilities people with Down Syndrome bring to our world and recognizes the Halton District School Board's Equity Lens Framework.
Lost & Found
Our Lost and Found box is again overflowing! Please come and check for any missing items.
Do you use the Kidssentials Program? We are looking for your feedback. Please email our secretary Sheila McComb (email@example.com) with your comments.
PA Day - Friday, March 7th
Please be reminded that there is no school tomorrow. The following message is from the school board: Friday March 7, 2014 is a Professional Activity Day for school support staff and Long-Term Occasional Teachers of the Board. Permanent teachers are required to take an unpaid day on Friday, March 7th, as a result of the terms of the labour settlements between the provincial government and the teacher unions reached last year.
Change to Outdoor & Eating Routines
Beginning on Monday March 24th we will be slightly modifying our nutrition and lunch break routines during the day. Our current schedule is as follows:
9: 55 - 10:15 Grade 1-3 eat inside; Grade 4-8 outside to play
10:15 - 10:35 Grade 1-3 play outside; Grade 4-8 eat inside
12:15 - 12:35 Grade 1-3 eat inside; Grade 4-8 outside to play
12:35-12:55 Grade 1-3 play outside; Grade 4-8 eat inside
Beginning March 24th the new schedule will be:
9: 55 - 10:15 Grade 1-5 eat inside; Grade 6-8 outside to play
10:15 - 10:35 Grade 1-5 play outside; Grade 6-8 eat inside
12:15 - 12:35 Grade 1-5 eat inside; Grade 6-8 outside to play
12:35-12:55 Grade 1-5 play outside; Grade 4-8 eat inside
This does not change start and end times.
SAVE THE DATE - Healthy Schools Family Night at Emily Carr
Wednesday April 2, 1014 - 6:30pm
"An evening of healthy living, learning and inspiration for the whole family!"
Music - Fit to Groove Class - Student Performances - Healthy Snacks - Learning Sessions - Free Event for K - Gr.8
Grade 8 Band Wins Gold!!
We are very pleased to announce that Emily Carr's Provincial Band earned a GOLD award last week at the Golden Horseshoe Music Fest. Very few golds were handed out. The adjudicator personally complimented the group on being the best grade 8 band at the Hamilton event.
We would like to offer Ms. Barber and the entire Grade 8 band a huge congratulations on this special achievement!