Emily Carr

September 2017

Message from Administration

It has been a busy couple of weeks at Emily Carr! We would like to thank the teachers that spent last week getting their classrooms prepared. The school has a beautiful shine, thanks to our custodians that worked hard this summer to get the school ready. Our office is up and running thanks to our wonderful office staff who have worked for the last two weeks organizing and preparing. We had a large number of new registrations at Emily Carr, and our current enrollment is approximately 854. Thank you to all of our students who have made a wonderful adjustment to their new teachers and classrooms. We look forward to a wonderful new school year!

We would like to welcome the following new staff to our building: Ms. Smith (FDK3), Ms. Wright-Dykstra (FDK 6), Ms. Medeiros (2-4), Ms. Racanelli (5-1), Ms. Shirazi and Mr. Thompson (Core French). We would also like to welcome back the following teachers: Mrs. Lepine (1-4,) Mrs. Allmark (3-2), Ms. Newton (FDK3), Ms. Dennis (2-3), and Ms. Graham (8-3).

We welcome our newly appointed Superintendent, Colette Ruddock. Colette is a caring, compassionate and reflective leader, and we look forward to working with her.

School Cash Online

Please register for School Cash Online. It is fast and easy to register and you only need to do it once!

School Cash Online accepts debit and credit cards! In addition to not having to send in cash or cheques to the school, you will receive notifications regarding your child's upcoming field trips, pizza days, and other special events such as Booster Juice and Popcorn Days (no paper order forms will be sent home but will be available in the office for pick up by parents).

Please take a moment to view the short video to help you with the registration process:
https://vimeo.com/133141615. You will need your student's Halton ID number to register.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. McDonald in the office.

Thank you.
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Newcomer Welcome Session

Attention All Newcomer Families:

You are invited to attend our Newcomer Welcome Session on Friday, September 22nd at 8:30am in the Emily Carr Library.

If you are new to Canada, Ontario or Halton Region, please come to learn more about our school, meet school staff, learn about volunteer opportunities and have your questions answered in a relaxed setting.

Our Settlement Specialist will be available to provide information on free programs and services in the community for newcomer families.

Please RSVP to either Mrs. Hassall (hassalll@hdsb.ca) or Mrs. Nakahara (nakaharaa@hdsb.ca) to let us know you are coming.

If you are interested in volunteering, please join us in the staff room afterwards.

We look forward to meeting you!

Volunteer and New Parent Welcome Session

Come join us on Friday, September 22 at 8:30 am in the staff room for refreshments and to learn about volunteer opportunities at Emily Carr! This is also a great time to come out and meet other EC parents and guardians! There is no RSVP required for this event. Volunteer opportunities include, but are not limited to: pizza program, library help, CARRnival, Family Night, and various School Council committees and events. Many of our teachers appreciate volunteers in the classroom and on field trips. All volunteers must have a criminal record check with vulnerable sector screen on file with the main office. Information made available at the welcome will be posted on the school website.

A Musical Note by Jean 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 has been published by Alfred Music. This means our piece will be available to bands across North America.

I am very pleased to be able to offer once again the Interlink Choir program for grades 4 to 8. This is an unique choir that I have had the pleasure of conducting for 30 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 11th. 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 8th in the evening and at a Remembrance Day assembly on November 10th.

Our Emily Carr Senior Band rehearsals will begin Sept. 15! This band is for students who already know how to play their instrument. For now the rehearsals are Friday 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.

School Council

The start-up school welcome package (sent home with students on our first day) included a nomination form to become a voting member of our School Council. There are additional forms available in the main office.

Completed forms are due to the main office no later than 3:30pm on Wednesday, September 13th.

Our ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (meeting of the outgoing 2016/17 School Council and the incoming 2017/18 School Council) will take place at 6:30pm on Monday, September 18. All parents and guardians are welcome to attend this (and all) council meetings, regardless of whether or not you are a voting member.