Emily Carr

September 2016

Message from Administration

Welcome back to another year at Emily Carr! To all of our new families, we are pleased that you have joined our school community and we look forward to getting to know you and your children this year.

A special thank you to the custodian team who have worked throughout the summer to clean our school; what a beautiful way to start the year! Thank you to the teachers, Early Childhood Educators, Educational Assistants, and office staff who have worked to prepare for another positive school year.

Check out the new, updated, and user-friendly Halton District School Board Website. The best ways to keep in touch and stay informed are through email, our new website , synervoice updates and even by following us on twitter (@EmilyCarrHDSB)! If you are looking for our Staff emails, they are now located on our updated website. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.

Inspiring Your Child to Love Math

Being a part of your student's education is valuable. September is a great time to create a routine at home for supporting your child when it comes to Math. Creating a positive routine and mindset about mathematics is key. The link provided below has videos, resources and activities to help make math fun and meaningful. Check out this website for a variety of other ideas for students from kindergarten to grade 8 (toolkit).


We have a number of students in our school who have severe allergies to a variety of food items. In order to keep students safe, we try to reduce food allergens whenever we can. Peanut and nut allergies have become very common in our society, therefore nuts and nut products should not be packed for snacks or lunches. With many other food allergens, such as dairy, eggs, sesame, shellfish, etc., we cannot accept food into the school to be shared with students. From time to time, foods may be provided by the teacher for their class which will involve consulting with and/or receiving permission from parents. We appreciate your support in making Emily Carr a reduced food allergen school environment.

If your child suffers from Anaphylaxis and Asthma, please remember to return your forms. Consent forms and medications need to be dropped off at the office as soon as possible.

Parking Lot Safety

As a school, we are encouraging our students to "Walk and Roll" to school. We are very impressed with the families that support this healthy habit!

In order to keep the parking lot safe for those occasional times that students need to be dropped off, our parking lot drop-off and pick-up procedures remain the same as last year. The west parking lot will be closed to aid in the flow of traffic and safety of our students walking to school. The east parking lot will be the designated drop-off and pick-up lot. Remember to follow the rules of the road and keep our parking lot safe.

The drop-off zone, which is the area where parents may pull up to allow students to quickly exit the car in a safe manner, is clearly marked. This area will be supervised by staff from 8:00am - 8:15am. This is not a parking area but a brief stop is allowed. There are a few available parking spots for the occasional time that parents need to park. The rest of the parking lot is zoned for No Parking. Please work with the school to keep this area safe for our students.

At the end of the day, bus students are dismissed from the front of the school. The rest of the school is dismissed onto the back playground. Please arrange a pick-up spot with your child if you are meeting them. Some parents who choose to use the parking lot are reminded the same drop-off routines apply to the pick-up zones utilized after school. These spots are not parking spots. This means you cannot leave your car parked in a non-designated parking spot. The drop-off loop is a fire zone and monitored regularly by bylaw officials. Consider choosing a meeting spot just off the property to avoid adding to the parking lot congestion. As always, we encourage our students to walk/wheel to and from school to avoid any parking lot congestion and frustration.

Information about Bussing

The following walking distances determine eligibility for home-to-school transportation: Grades JK-8 must be more than 1.6 km from the school. Please ensure that your child is not traveling on the bus unless he/she is eligible to do so. You may apply for an open seat under the "empty seat" policy; however, there is no guarantee that there will be space on the bus. You can apply by completing a Courtesy Seat Request form available at the office. It will take a few weeks for us to determine whether we have space. You must re-apply even if your child was granted the empty seat privilege last year.

Walk to School

SCHOOLS ARE BUSY PLACES, especially at the beginning and end of the school day. If you live within walking distance of school, it is recommended that families choose walking, biking or rolling (scooters and skateboards included) to get to and from school. If you live outside the walking distance, the school bus is a sustainable transportation choice-–walking to the bus stop counts too!

Walking, rolling or riding (bikes and buses) to and from school promotes physical activity, better air quality, improved traffic safety, and the opportunity to get to know your community and neighbours better! Students who walk, roll and ride to school are healthier, more physically fit, stay focused and learn better at school.

So, be part of the solution – choose to walk, roll, bike, bus or even
park and walk a block or two to school!

A Musical Note By J. Barber

I would like to extend a warm welcome to everyone and I am looking forward to making music with your children this year.

Exciting news for our school! The piece that we had commissioned last year for the band will be published by Alfred Music. This means our piece will be available to bands across North America.

Also, Mrs. Barber has been chosen to take a Bucket Drumming group to the Ontario Music Educators’ Conference in Niagara Falls on November 4th. She will be building the group from the grade 8’s. Rehearsals will start next week on Tuesday. Remaining rehearsals will be Wednesdays from 2:35pm until 4pm.

I am very pleased to be able to once again offer the Interlink Choir program for grades 4 to 8. This is a unique choir that I have had the pleasure of conducting for 27 years. A great group of seniors based out of the Sir John Colborne Centre are matched with students in our school choir. Throughout the year the seniors and students meet to sing and socialize. The student rehearsals begin Monday, September 19. Students need to make a commitment for the whole school year. They will have two performances in November. They will perform at a community concert on November 2nd in the evening and at a Remembrance Day assembly on November 11.

Our Emily Carr Senior Band rehearsals will begin Sept. 23! This band is for students who already know how to play their instrument. For now the rehearsals are held Fridays from 2:45 to 4 p.m.

For students learning or continuing to learn an instrument, the music room will be available for extra practice. A schedule will be posted outside the music room showing the students when I am not on duty or working with another music group. I am encouraging students with knowledge on their instrument to come out and help mentor beginning students. This will help make the band program stronger.

Cross Country at EC

September is an exciting time for many reasons and one thing the staff and students look forward to is cross country. All students in Grades 3-8 are welcome to be a part of our team by coming to practices and our meet that will take place on Wednesday, September 28 at Sherwood Park. We do not make any cuts to this team as it is based on participation and dedication - if students come out to practices and try their best, they will be part of our team. Our group of runners increases each year and it's amazing to see the level of involvement from our student athletes.

Important information and permission forms were sent home with students outlining a number of things such as expectations, practices and running distances. We will have our first practice on Tuesday, September 13 at 1st break. Students must have both sides of their permission form signed and returned in order to participate. Extra forms can be found outside Mrs. MacDougall's office on the bulletin board.

If you have any questions or concerns about cross country, please contact Mrs. MacDougall at macdougallan@hdsb.ca

Go Thunderbirds!