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!
Calendar and Resource Updates
We have added the March calendar to the right hand column. Please click the link to view or download.
We have also added a Mental Health Resource section that will be updated on a regular basis with resources for families. We have already included a definition of mental health and an upcoming workshop for families. Please visit the resources at the top.
Moving / Changing Schools? Still Need to Register?
Are you moving or planning on changing schools in September 2014? Do you have a child who is not currently registered at Emily Carr but plans to attend in September? Please let our office staff know of any changes as soon as possible at 905-827-3928. This information assists us in planning future staffing and avoid class changes or reorganizations in the fall. Thank you.
Our parking lots continue to be congested at peak periods of the day. We ask that when you drop off or pick up your child you do not leave your vehicle unattended unless you are in a designated parking spot. Our bus / fire lane at the front of the school is not be used for regular drop-offs and pick-ups. The only vehicles allowed access to this laneway are buses, daycare vehicles, school board vehicles and emergency vehicles. If you park your vehicle in the bus / fire lane you run the risk of being ticketed by the city of Oakville.
Toonies for HLF
The Halton Learning Foundation (HLF) is a charitable organization affiliated with the HDSB. We ask that all students bring in a toonie on Thursday, February 27th for the HLF. All funds raised through this event will go directly to support the needs of individual Halton students whose families are experiencing financial hardship. In a community like Halton, it’s hard to believe that 10% of families live below the poverty line. With your help families and students receive assistance with food, clothing, personal hygiene products, field trip subsidies, school supplies, participation in school extra-curricular activities and help with emergency situations. Thank you for your support!!!
Emily Carr Yearbook
Don't be disappointed in June! Yearbook Orders are due Friday February 28th. Full coloured yearbook is $25.00
Change of Bell Times in the Morning
At the beginning of the school day our entrance warning bell time has changed from 8:10am to 8:05am. This has been done to allow students more time to enter the building and get to class. The instructional day will still begin at 8:15am as usual. Kindergarten students will still remain in the Kindergarten area until 8:15am with teacher supervision. Students are not required to be at school earlier in the morning. This change is primarily to give some of our older students more time to get ready for class if they choose.
Our school community had an AWESOME time last year at Emily CARRnival! For events like these to happen, volunteers are needed.
The Emily CARRnival Committee is looking for members to join for the PLANNING of the event! Our next meeting will be at Emily Carr at 8:15am on Thursday February 27th in the conference room by the office.
CARRnival will be held on Thursday June 13th. The rain date is scheduled for Wednesday June 19th. We also need lots of volunteers for the event!
If you would like to be part of the planning team for this year's CARRnival, please join us on February 27th. If you would like to volunteer for the event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
HLF Toonie Drive
Emily Carr will be doing a toonie drive for the Halton Learning Foundation. The toonie drive will be pushed back to next week. More info to come!
Bring a Toonie for the Halton Learning Foundation
Thursday, February 20 is the seventh annual “Give a Little, Help a Lot” Toonie event in support of the Halton Learning Foundation’s Eliminating Barriers Fund. The Foundation, the charitable organization that supports the Halton District School Board students and programs, initiated “Give a Little, Help a Lot” to raise money to assist individual students and families. We have children who come to school hungry or cold every morning and adolescents who are tired and unfocused because they work part-time to help support their families. We have situations where parents are chronically ill or unemployed, or where moms are living in shelters with their children. Our school system witnesses the full range of personal challenges and tragedies that take place every day in the wider society. Raised funds are purchasing such items as clothing and shoes, grocery vouchers and
supplementing field trip costs. Please consider supporting “Give a Little, Help a Lot”.
Please bring in a Toonie next Thursday!!
Moving or Changing School?
Are you moving or planning on changing schools in September 2014? If you have a student or students who will not be attending Emily Carr next September please let the office know as soon as possible. This information assists us in planning future staffing. Thank you.
Do you have a child who is beginning Kindergarten September 2014? The Halton Region is offering programs for parents to help prepare them school. Please click the link on the right called Starting School for more information.
There is also a Halton Community Resource Fair to learn more about the many services offered in the community. If you would like more information please click the link on the right called Resource Fair 2014.
Stream of Dreams
"Stream of Dreams” is coming to Emily Carr and we need your help! This fun project involves painting colourful fish which will brighten our school fence for years to come. The goal of the project is to heighten our student’s environmental awareness of our local watershed and the streams that flow or once flowed through our neighbourhood while inspiring them to take care of water.
We need volunteers to trace, cut out, sand and prime the plywood fish the students will paint. We have the materials and pre-designed fish shapes, we just need you to volunteer to help. If you can help in anyway, please contact Mrs. Shewchuk- email@example.com
YMCA Before & After Program
Registration forms for the September 2014-2015 YMCA Before and After school program for new families will be available as of Monday February 17th, 2014. Forms will be available for pick-up after school in the Studio. Forms brought back before May 31st, 2014 will have a guaranteed spot in September. If you have any questions or concerns you can contact Laura Kirby (On-Site Supervisor) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org