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Fresh From The Farm Ordershttp://alu.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/52Fresh From The Farm Orders<p>​Fresh From the Farm orders will be accepted until Tuesday, October 10th.  Hoping families will take advantage of this extension and the opportunity to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables.<br></p>
Bus Evacuation Training and Bus Driver Appreciation Dayhttp://alu.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/53Bus Evacuation Training and Bus Driver Appreciation Day<p>​All school buses will have Bus Evacuation Training on October 17th.  This is a twice yearly training that occurs at school once the buses arrive in the morning.  Bus Driver Appreciation day is on October 18th.  Take a moment on this day to thank our school bus drivers.<br></p>
PA Day in Octoberhttp://alu.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/54PA Day in October<p>There will be a PA Day on Friday, October 20, 2017.  There will be no school for students on this day.  Enjoy a long weekend!  Staff will be engaged in professional learning around the topics of Mathematics and Equity.<br></p>
Indoor Shoeshttp://alu.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/50Indoor Shoes<p>​​As we anticipate the new school year, it is important that all students have a pair of clean, indoor running shoes that will be worn during the school day.  Shoes will be kept at school on top of the coat racks, outside each classroom.  Please label each shoe with your child's initials.  Thank you.</p>
Notice of public meeting - potential replacement for Banting Memorial High Schoolhttp://alu.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/board-news/79Notice of public meeting - potential replacement for Banting Memorial High School<p>​The following letter is being distributed to all families with children at Banting Memorial High School or local feeder schools.<br><br></p><div>Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),</div><div><br></div><div>This letter is to inform you that the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) is hosting a public meeting to share information and gather community input regarding a potential replacement for Banting Memorial High School. The purpose of the meeting is to:</div><div><ul><li>share information about how the Ministry of Education funds new and replacement schools<br></li><li>share information about options for a replacement school<br></li><li>gather feedback from the local community<br></li></ul></div><div>A public meeting has been scheduled:</div><div><br></div><div><span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Date:<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>September 26, 2017</div><div><span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Time:<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>6 p.m.</div><div><span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Location:<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Alliston Union Public School</div><div><span style="white-space:pre;"> </span></div><div>You are most welcome to attend this meeting to learn more and share your thoughts with the team. If you are not able to attend this meeting, you can share your feedback via email at planning@scdsb.on.ca until Friday, September 29.</div><div><br></div><div>Sincerely,</div><div>​Daryl Halliday</div><div>Superintendent of Education (Area 4)</div><div><br></div><p><br></p>
SCDSB partners with Dell and Staples to provide affordable technology optionshttp://alu.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/board-news/74SCDSB partners with Dell and Staples to provide affordable technology options<p>​The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) is excited to announce two partnerships for the 2017-18 school year. The SCDSB has worked with Dell Canada and Staples to provide affordable options for families considering a technology purchase. Both programs are approved by the SCDSB.<br><br>Information about both programs, including product details and how to order, is available below. If you have questions about the programs, please contact either a Dell Education Advisor or your nearest Staples store, as appropriate.<br><br><a href="http://scdsb.on.ca/About%20Us/News%20Documents/SimcoeCountyDSB-Dell%20BYOD_June2017.pdf">Dell Canada BYOD program letter</a><br><a href="http://scdsb.on.ca/About%20Us/News%20Documents/SchoolToolsBYOD_SimcoeLetter_EN.pdf">Staples BYOD program letter</a><br> <br></p>
Ministry of Education seeks online engagement regarding implementation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Policy Frameworkhttp://alu.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/board-news/72Ministry of Education seeks online engagement regarding implementation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Policy Framework<div>​​The Ontario Ministry of Education is working with researchers to gather feedback and input to inform the development of the Third Progress Report on the implementation of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Policy Framework.  <br><br>Students, parents/guardians and families, teaching and nonteaching staff, Indigenous communities, organizations and partners, and school boards are invited to participate in an online survey and/or online focus groups to capture successes and help to identify promising practices and opportunities to provide further support to enhance the achievement and well-being of Indigenous students.   <br><br>Third Progress Report - <a href="https://sondages.outsidesoft.com/Engine/Default.aspx?surveyID=6A64A645-0C53-4CFF-9495-6E1A5E830F36">English survey</a></div><div>Troisième Rapport D’Étape - <a href="https://sondages.outsidesoft.com/Engine/Default.aspx?surveyID=6A64A645-0C53-4CFF-9495-6E1A5E830F36&idlang=FR">French survey​</a>  <br><br></div><div>It is important to note that:</div><div><ul><li>​​​Participation in this survey is voluntary.  </li><li>This survey is confidential. That means that all answers will be combined anonymously (without any identifying information) with the answers received from other participants. No one who sees the answers will be able to link them to any individual person.   </li><li>Anyone can stop doing this survey at any time without any repercussions.</li></ul></div><div>All stakeholders are invited to participate in the online focus groups. To participate, RSVP to thirdprogressreport@gmail.com indicating which session you would like to attend. Please note that while we will make efforts to accommodate everyone spaces are limited to 10-12 people per session on a first come, first served basis.  <br><br></div><div><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Students</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Parents/Guardians</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Teaching/Non-Teaching Staff</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Indigenous Organizations & Partners</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Tuesday, May 23 </p><p style="text-align:center;">8-9pm EST (English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Monday, June 12 7:30-8:30 pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, May 25 6-7pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 1   2-3pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 1   7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 15 7-8 pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 1</p><p style="text-align:center;">7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Friday, June 2</p><p style="text-align:center;">2-3pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Monday, June 19   7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Wednesday, June 21</p><p style="text-align:center;">7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 15 7-8 pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 8    2-3pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Monday, June 19   7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;"> (French)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Monday, June 26</p><p style="text-align:center;">7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(French)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Tuesday, June 20</p><p style="text-align:center;">7-8 pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(French)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Tuesday, June 27</p><p style="text-align:center;">7-8 pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(French)​</p></td></tr></tbody></table><br></div><div><br></div><div>The Indigenous Education Office of the Ministry of Education would be pleased to respond to any questions you may have regarding the process of engagement and data collection to inform the development of the Third Progress Report. Please send any questions directly to Jennifer Feasby, Manager Education Policy and Programs Unit (Jennifer.Feasby@ontario.ca).<br><br><br></div><div><br></div>
Netflix series 13 Reasons Why – information for parents/guardianshttp://alu.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/board-news/71Netflix series 13 Reasons Why – information for parents/guardians<div>​​Recently there has been significant media coverage of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. The show is a fictional account of one teen’s suicide and the factors leading to it.  <br><br>The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) has advised staff that they are not to use the series as a teaching tool. This decision is based upon the advice of mental health professionals from across the province, who have stated that the material is graphic and potentially triggering for vulnerable young people. While the themes in this series may not pose a risk or potential harm to most students, for those struggling with mental health issues and/or suicide ideation, this series includes graphic content, glamourizes suicidal behaviours and portrays helpers (school guidance counsellors) in a negative way.  <br><br>We recognize that your children may watch the series on their own. If they do, we encourage you to talk with them about their thoughts and feelings. The SCDSB has supports in place for students and staff, and there are many community resources you can access as well. More information and contact details are available on the <a href="http://www.scdsb.on.ca/Programs/Safe-and-Healthy-Schools/Pages/Mental-Health.aspx">SCDSB website​</a>.  <br><br>The National Association of School Psychologists has also developed <a href="http://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/school-safety-and-crisis/preventing-youth-suicide/13-reasons-why-netflix-series-considerations-for-educators">information regarding the series​</a>. You may also find this helpful in discussions with your children about suicide and mental health.   <br><br>If you have questions or concerns please contact your principal.</div><div><br></div>
Information for families - final Attendance Area Review decisionhttp://alu.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/44Information for families - final Attendance Area Review decision<p>​​​The Simcoe County District School Board has undertaken an attendance area review for the new Alliston East elementary school, located on John W. Taylor Avenue. The new JK to Grade 8 elementary school will open in September 2017. Included in the review were attendance areas for Alliston Union PS, Ernest Cumberland ES and Cookstown Central PS. The purpose of the review was to:</p><ul><li>establish a new attendance area for the new east Alliston elementary school</li><li>address accommodation pressures at area schools</li><li>determine the location of the French as a Second Language (FSL) program for the area </li><li>examine the viability of continuing to run a modified school year calendar</li></ul><p>A public meeting was held on November 10, 2016. At the meeting, SCDSB staff presented potential scenarios and asked for community feedback. A second meeting was held on January 24, 2017 to share the recommendation(s) that SCDSB staff would be presenting to the Board of Trustees. These recommendations were brought forward for consideration by the SCDSB Business and Facilities Committee on February 1, 2017.</p><p>On February 22, 2017 the SCDSB Board of Trustees approved the recommended boundary and program changes. The following maps show the approved changes, which will come into effect in September 2017. If the boundary change directly affects your family, you will receive information regarding the transition process.</p><p><a href="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/Final_Approval%20-%20Transfers%20-%20Black%20and%20white_23Feb2017.pdf"><img width="16" height="16" class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />Final_Approval - Transfers - Black and white_23Feb2017.pdf</a> </p><p><a href="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/Alliston%20Area%20Approved%20Boundaries.pdf"><img width="16" height="16" class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />Alliston Area Approved Boundaries.pdf</a></p><p><a href="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/Treetops%20Area%20Approved%20Boundaries.pdf"><img width="16" height="16" class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />Treetops Area Approved Boundaries.pdf</a></p><p>The following approved changes will take effect beginning in September 2017:</p><ul><li>French Immersion Grades 1-4 at Ernest Cumberland ES </li><li>French Immersion and Extended French Grades 5-8 at Alliston Union PS </li><li>transfer northeast portion of Ernest Cumberland ES (see map) to new east Alliston PS </li><li>transfer south portion of Alliston Union PS (see map) to new east Alliston PS </li><li>transfer existing Belterra/Treetops portion of Cookstown Central PS (see map) to new east Alliston PS </li><li>hold future phases of Belterra/Treetops portion of Cookstown Central PS (see "Hold at Tec. Beeton ES" on map) at Tec. Beeton ES </li><li>all schools run on regular school year calendar </li><li>current Grade 7 students can remain at their current school to complete their elementary education</li></ul><p>If you have questions about the new attendance area and program changes, please do not hesitate to contact your child's principal.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Sincerely,<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Daryl Halliday<br>Superintendent of Education (Area 4)</p><p style="text-align:justify;">cc         Peter Beacock, Chair<br>            Donna Armstrong, Trustee<br>            Donna DaSilva, Trustee <br>            Wayne Clements, Trustee          </p>
Information regarding SCDSB Board and committee meetingshttp://alu.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/43Information regarding SCDSB Board and committee meetings<p>​​​</p><p>The staff recommendations for the Alliston attendance area review will be brought forward to the SCDSB Business and Facilities committee  <a href="http://www.scdsb.on.ca/Board/Pages/MeetingDetails.aspx?EventId=808&m=February&y=2017"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a><a href="http://www.scdsb.on.ca/Board/Pages/MeetingDetails.aspx?EventId=808&m=February&y=2017on">http://www.scdsb.on.ca/Board/Pages/MeetingDetails.aspx?EventId=808&m=February&y=2017</a><a></a> on Wednesday, February 1, 2017. Members of the public are invited to attend this meeting at the SCDSB Education Centre in Midhurst. There were no delegations submitted for this meeting; as such, members of the public will not have the opportunity to speak.</p><p> </p><p>Members of the public are welcome to submit delegations for the Board meeting <a href="http://www.scdsb.on.ca/Board/Pages/MeetingDetails.aspx?EventId=802&m=February&y=2017"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">http://www.scdsb.on.ca/Board/Pages/MeetingDetails.aspx?EventId=802&m=February&y=2017</span></a>  on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, when the final decision on the attendance area review will be made. Delegations must be submitted no later than 1 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15. Details on delegations and where to submit are included in the SCDSB delegation brochure <a href="http://www.scdsb.on.ca/Board/Board%20Documents/Delegation-Brochure.pdf"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">http://www.scdsb.on.ca/Board/Board%20Documents/Delegation-Brochure.pdf</span></a>.</p>