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DreamBox


DreamBox:

On Tuesday, October 28th from 7-8pm there is a Parent Information Session for DreamBox at White Oaks Secondary School.  All of our Emily Carr students from Grade 1-6 are excited to be using Dreambox in their classrooms so this is the perfect opportunity for parents to support their children in Math at home.  Check out the Student Backpack for more information on this session.  


Student Backpack


Check out our new  link on our school website.  It is called Student Backpack and it contains information from various sources that may be of interest to you.  



This is a reminder about the EC Thanksgiving Food Drive.  Wednesday night's Open House is a great opportunity to bring along canned goods or make a donation for the Halton Fresh Food Fund.  Collections will be received near the front foyer.  



Construction Update...

Over the next few days we will notice an increase in supplies being delivered to the construction site (e.g. cement).  We are excited to learn that the site is preparing for the floor to be poured Wednesday and the roof to be installed next week.  



Mental Health Update


Mental health and well-being is everyone's responsibility
The Halton District School Board has produced a mental health video for parents and guardians as part of its strategy to improve awareness and promote positive mental health and well-being.  The two-minute video is linked from the main page of the Board’s website at www.hdsb.ca  (Mental Health and Well-being) as well as posted on YouTube and on HDSB TV for staff.





Reminder:


Supervision begins at 8:00am every morning and ends at 8:15am.  We encourage parents to start dropping off their children closer to 8:00am in order to avoid the heavy parking lot congestion that we are finding between 8:10 and 8:15am.  Just to clarify, there is a five minute warning bell at 8:10am.  By 8:15am all students should be inside and doors will be locked at 8:20am.  If you are past 8:20am you must drop your child off at the front doors.  Please be considerate of each other in the parking lot, using your signals and merging carefully in and out of the parking lot.  As always, thank you to those families that choose to walk or bike to school as it really helps with our parking lot congestion.  



Welcome Night BBQ


Emily Carr Public School
Welcome Night
BBQ Dinner & Meet the Teacher Evening
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
BBQ from 5:45- 7:15pm (Rain or Shine)
Meet the Teacher – 6:00-7:45pm
Intermediate Sessions (in the gym)
Session 1 6:15-6:45pm or
Session 2 7:00-7:30pm

BBQ Dinner
Enjoy a delicious meal as we celebrate the beginning of the 2014/15 school year!  This year the BBQ is brought to us by Scooters Catering.  Each meal includes one grilled item, a bag of chips and a drink for $7.00 (tax included).  The grilled items available include all beef burgers, vegetarian burgers, hotdogs (halal or all beef), and sausages.  Pre-ordering food is not required all sales will be done at the event .   Due to construction parking, will be at a minimum so we suggest families try to walk or bike.  

Meet the Teacher
A warm welcome to our Emily Carr families!  This is an opportunity to visit your child’s classroom, meet the teacher and learn more about the curriculum.  We look forward to seeing you!  Families with an intermediate student can join one of the two sessions in the gym.  
We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, October 8th.






Our Newcomer Welcome is Thursday, September 18th at 8:30am in our school library.  Please come to learn more about what is offered for your child at our school, learn about volunteer opportunities and have your questions answered.  The Emily Carr Settlement Worker will be available to provide information on free programs and services in the community for families new to the Halton Region.  We look forward to meeting you - all are welcome to attend.


Update: September 10th


Bike racks:

Due to construction we have lost half of our bike racks from the East side of the school.  When construction is complete the bike racks will be re-installed.  In the meantime, we are still encouraging students to bike to school but we suggest that you lock bikes up along the fence line on the West side when the bike rack is full.

Thank you for your continued patience during construction.




Update: September 5th


Sesame Allergy Information Update:

Thank you for all your questions regarding how to support our students with sesame allergies.  We have learned that many labels have the wording "may contain sesame" because sesame items are made in the same factory.   

To assist with making food choices for school, we suggest the following:

1)  Avoid sending in food items that you know are made from sesame; e.g. sesame snap bars, sesame cookies, hummus, etc.  Hummus is made from tahini (sesame seed paste) and is often a trigger for severe reactions, even when not ingested.

2)  Avoid sending in products that have been sprinkled or baked with sesame; e.g. seeded breads, sesame bagels, seeded crackers, etc.

3) Avoid preparing foods with sesame or sesame oil for example, flavoured rice, noodle dishes, stews, etc.  

We know that "may contain" items can cause confusion, therefore, using the guidelines above and viewing any information available for various allergies can be helpful.  The two best strategies to reduce possible allergy reactions are to remind children to not share snacks or lunches or bring in food items to share, as well as to teach children proper hand washing techniques.

Thank you again for all your support, reading food labels and making great food choices for your children and the children of others.





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