Ernest Cumberland 1 CUMBERLAND CHRONICLE In This Issue SCSTC Information Daily Physical Education STEAM Lab Math Club Dental Screening Ontario Early Years Program Information The ZONES of regulation See page 3 for more information on the Pedometer Project February Character Trait INCLUSIVENESS: We include everyone in what we do and value their unique contributions. Grade 8 Information Night — February 7th Is your child starting Grade 9 next year? High school information nights happen this winter! Information nights give an overview of what ’s new and what to expect, and are a chance to ask questions. High school is an exciting time—there are so many programs, clubs and activities for students to try. Try to attend the information night at Banting Memorial High School on Tuesday February 7th, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. to find out what ’s offered at Banting. More information is available on SCDSB’s website at http:// www.scdsb.on.ca/Schools/Pages/highschool.aspx) to find out what’s offered at your local high school. If you can’t attend an event, call Banting to book an appointment to visit. Grade 8 Curriculum Night Wednesday February 1st at 6:30 PM@ Ernest Cumberland Elementary School. Open to the families of our Grade 8 students to learn more about the curriculum in Report Cards Report cards go home Friday, February 17, 2016. Please take some time to share and celebrate your child’s success. Ernest Cumberland Elementary School February 2017 160 8 th Avenue, Alliston, Ontario L9R 1A5 705 435-0676 Website: ern.scdsb.on.ca E-mail: email@example.com Mrs. Aileen Ross, Principal Mrs. Kristen Fennell, Vice Principal
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A chance to say ‘Thank You’ Feb. 8 is Operations Appreciation Day in the Simcoe County District School Board. We celebrate and recognize our custodians and operations maintenance employees for the great work they do every day to keep our schools safe and clean. We’d like to say thanks to Bonnie Regimbald, Claude Pilon and Jeff Hurtault.
Please take a moment to thank these very important staff members
on Feb. 8. .
Transitioning to Grade 9 As students progress from elementary
school to secondary school, important
personal student information is shared which
eases each student’s transition to secondary
school. Sharing this information also
improves our ability to program effectively to
benefit all students. Select student
information will be shared at different times
as appropriate. The collection and use of
personal student information for such
purposes is authorized under sections 170,
171, 190 Part X and Part XIII of the
Education Act. Please note that all
information used for the transition process is
limited, secure and protected at all times.
Please contact Daryl Halliday,
Superintendent of Education for this area, if
you would like more information about the
transition process at Ernest Cumberland
Kindergarten Registration Do you (or someone you know) have a child who was born in 2013? If so, it’s time to register for Kindergarten in the SCDSB! Simcoe County’s public schools are now registering children for Kindergarten for the 2017-18 school year.
Required registration documents include birthdate documentation, proof of address and record of immunization. Visit www.scdsb.on.ca/kindergarten for more information.
The SCDSB Pedometer Project officially launches on January 12! Forty five SCDSB schools are involved in the Pedometer Project. Every student in these schools will receive a pedometer to use during DPA and during the school day. That’s more than 20,000 students receiving a pedometer, thanks to the generosity of JumpStart Canada.
The Pedometer Project will not only inspire and empower our students to be lifelong learners, but will also inspire, empower and motivate our students to be lifelong movers. Our vision is a community of learners achieving full potential. Increasing the amount of movement not only provides students with a self-regulation strategy, but also enhances a student’s ability to learn.
A pedometer provides powerful data that will allow students to make real
connections to many areas of the curriculum, and provide opportunities
for goal setting. Schools that receive these pedometers will also receive
support to help them integrate their use into everyday learning. In
addition to the pedometers supporting implementation of Daily Physical
Activity or DPA, the pedometers will also provide opportunities to support
our learning in math.
Twenty minutes of daily physical
activity are essential to making
our school a healthy place to
learn and to improve student
achievement. As part of our
Daily Physical Education
program, we have also
developed a series of activities
that can take place in the
classroom on days that the
weather does not allow for
outdoor activity. This would
include days that it is raining
out, or too cold (temperature
lower than –25C or with wind
chills below –28C). These
guidelines were put forward by
the Canadian Pediatric
Association, and are supported
by the Simcoe County District
School Board. Please make
certain that your child is
appropriately dressed to be
outside for a walk or other
fitness activities on all other
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Simcoe County Student
Transportation Consortium The Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium (SCSTC)
has a website: www.simcoecountyschoolbus.ca
Daily identification of Bus Cancellations
Simcoe County student transportation information
SCSTC transportation FAQ’s, policies and contact information.
What you need to know if buses are cancelled:
Schools remain open for student learning
All efforts are made to post bus cancellations on
www.simcoecountyschoolbus.ca between 6:00 and 6:30am
Bus cancellations posted on this site apply to both morning
and afternoon bus transportation.
Be sure to “Bookmark” this website in your favourites for easy
reference throughout the school year!
64 Cedar Pointe Dr. Barrie, Ontario L4N 5R7 Tel:(705) 733-8965 Fax:(705)
SCSTC: School Bus Safety Tips Winter weather is here, so please be sure
your child’s clothing provides the appropriate
protection against the weather while waiting
for the bus. Students are requested to be at
their bus stop at least five minutes before
their scheduled pick-up time.
School vehicle delays of 15 minutes or more
are posted under 'View Bus Delays' at the
Your Top 8 Snow Day Questions Answered Bus cancellations and snow days are
inevitable in Simcoe County. Each time
buses are (or aren’t!) cancelled, the SCDSB
and the Simcoe County Student
Transportation Consortium (SCSTC) receive
many questions from students, parents and
community members. Check out the Sharing
Simcoe blog for the top eight questions and
answers - visit www.sharingsimcoe.com and
search for ‘snow’. Remember to follow the
SCSTC on Twitter @SCSTC_SchoolBus for
bus updates and cancellations.
Ernest Cumberland is in the South Simcoe Weather Zone
STEAM Lab/Maker Space We are setting up a new MakerSpace/STEAM lab in the Library. If you visit, you might see students learning, tinkering, inventing, researching, teaching, collaborating, sharing, innovating, socializing and creating. Students learn and use an iterative design process that they employ to develop new ideas, test, redesign and test again until they have a product they are happy with.
One of our goals for the space includes having more tools and supplies available for students. We are hoping that our school community may have some of items listed on our website that are unused at home and be willing to donate them for our students’ use.
If you are interested in sharing your expertise in woodworking, electrical, sewing, knitting, video recording please contact the school as we are looking or volunteers to assist our students.
For junior students in grades 4, 5 & 6
Need Some extra help or extra time to work on your math homework? Would you like to have some guided practice? Come to the library before school!
February 7th for 6 weeks, Tuesday and Thursday, 8:15 to 9:15
This is a supervised activity with the intent to support student mathematical learning and understanding.
Attendance will not be taken. Students are permitted to come as often as they wish or need to.
Arrivals are expected between 8:15 and 8:30 to allow for limited disruption to lesson work.
Students participating will be responsible for bringing the homework or
assignments to be worked on.
Teacher contacts: Ms. McCague and Mrs. Rapin
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Developing Leadership Skills in Your
Kids There are many reasons why developing youth leadership skills at a young age is
important – it builds confidence, perseverance, problem-solving and
communication skills. While leadership skills can come naturally, children learn
lessons along the way that significantly impact them later in life. The right words at
the right time can make all the difference. Here are some ways you can teach your
children how to develop leadership skills at a young age:
Encourage team activities: Identify your children’s interests and encourage their
participation in group activities. Whether it’s participating in afterschool sports or
joining the school band, children learn valuable lessons about teamwork through
Enrol in camp: Overnight and day camps are filled with opportunities to
participate in team-building activities and build self-confidence. Once youth reach
a certain age, they can also become counsellors, where they’ll be tasked with
leading groups of younger children – the ultimate leadership experience!
Find volunteer and community service opportunities: firsthand experience is one of
the best ways to teach leadership skills to children. Look for local opportunities
that will welcome youth helpers and volunteers in your community.
The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka offers Youth Leadership Development programs
for youth in grades 5 to 12. Participants in our leadership programs often adopt
healthier lifestyles, become volunteers in their community, make new friends, earn
volunteer hours for school, acquire training certifications, travel to other countries
and gain an understanding of their potential impact on their community.
For more information about the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka Youth Leadership
Development Programs and opportunities, visit http://ymcaofsimcoemuskoka.ca/
Information provided by the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka
Dental Screening Oral health staff will soon be visiting ECES to provide
free dental screening. All students in grade JK, SK,
2,4,6 and 8 will receive a dental screening. The Oral
health team will be at ECES on Feb. 13, 14, 15 & 16.
Why does the health unit provide dental screening?
Dental screening programs are part of the Ontario
Public Health Standards and the Health and
Promotions and Protection Act
The oral health of the children in Simcoe Muskoka
District is measured through data collected for the
You will be notified if your child has a dental problem
or would benefit from preventative services such as
scaling, topical fluoride or sealants.
If you do not have dental insurance and the cost of
treatment would create a financial hardship, your child
may be eligible for free dental treatment.
Get the Flu Shot, Not the Flu Influenza (the flu) is a serious respiratory illness
caused by a virus. Anyone can get influenza but young
children, those over 65 and people who are pregnant
or who have chronic medical conditions are more
vulnerable and at higher risk of complications like
pneumonia. By getting your shot you are protecting
yourself as well as those around you. Flu shots are
available at many pharmacies and from health care
providers throughout Simcoe Muskoka. Protect
yourself, protect your family – get the flu shot!
For more information, contact Health Connection at 1-
877-721-7520 or visit the health unit’s website at
Information provided by the Simcoe Muskoka District