Emily Carr

December 2015

Message From Administration

On behalf of the Emily Carr staff, we would like to wish you the very best as we approach the holiday season. May every family find the time to enjoy the holidays, relax and have fun!

It was wonderful to see so many parents at our Winter Concert. It was a great opportunity to mix with one another. Thank you to all staff who assisted in making it such a success. A special thank you to Mrs. Barber, Mrs. Sims and Mrs. Howse for the organization.

Just a reminder that there will be changes to our nutritional breaks and dismissal on our last day of school before the Winter Break, Friday, December 18th (Break #1: 9:25- 10:05, Break #2: 11:15-11:55). The early dismissal at Emily Carr is at 1:05 pm.

The month of December brings our school community many cultural and faith celebrations: like Advent, Hannukah, Saligrah Khushali, Winter Solstice, Christmas and Kwanzaa. This is also a time to reflect on special days that have happened this school year for our families: Rosh Hashanah, Eid Al Fitr, Ramandan, Eid-Al-Adha, Thanksgiving, Diwali, Halloween and Bandi-Chor Divas to name just a few. These days of significance, although unique and special to each community, also represent for us the universal values of peace, generosity, kindness and family togetherness. At Emily Carr Public School, we encourage students to celebrate our many differences and similarities in authentic ways. We truly hope that your family will find ways of sharing the many holidays of our community together with joy, respect and understanding.

It takes a village to raise a child

Inclement Weather

(Updated November 2015)

• When the temperature (with or without) wind chill reaches -20 Celsius, students will enter school immediately upon arrival in the morning and remain indoors during nutrition breaks.

• During the day, students will go outdoors to play when the temperature is above -20 Celsius. Please send your child to school with appropriate outdoor clothing.

• It is a parent’s decision whether to send their child to school on inclement weather days.


Cancelling School Buses and Closing Schools Due to Bad Weather

During the winter months, inclement weather may cause the disruption of bus transportation and regular school operations. In case of inclement weather, the decision to close schools and/or cancel buses is communicated beginning at 6:30 a.m. in the following ways:

Primary Methods of Communication:

• Halton District School Board website (www.hdsb.ca)
• Halton Student Transportation Services (www.haltonbus.ca)
• Telephone recording through the Board’s main switchboard at 905-335-3665 or Toll free at 1-
877- 618-3456
• Television Stations: CHCH, CITY TV, CP24
• AM Radio Stations: CFRB 1010 AM, CJOY 1460 AM, CHML 900 AM,
CKOC 1150 AM, CHWO 740 AM, AM680NEWS, CHAM 820 AM.
• FM Radio Stations: CHFI 98.1 FM, WAVE 94.7 FM, Y108/107.9 FM, CING 95.3 FM, KLITE 102.9 FM, CBC 99.1 FM, CIMJ 106.1 FM.

Supplementary Methods of Communication:

The Home Notification System will email the homes of approximately 60,000 students (between
6:30 and 7:30 a.m.). Delays are caused by limitations of external email hosts receiving our
messages, spam protection, as well as other GTA school boards sending messages that morning.
For this reason the Home Notification System is supplementary to TV, radio and website
• Twitter – School closures and bus cancellations will be tweeted to followers at @HaltonDSB

Reminders for Bus Riders:

• When bus transportation is cancelled, it is cancelled for the entire day. Parents who bring
their children to school, must make arrangements to pick up them up at dismissal time.

• Due to housing development in north Burlington and Oakville between Hwy. 407 and Dundas
Street, the boundary area for bus cancellations and school closures has been changed to include
the area south of Hwy. 407. The area south of Dundas Street (west of Hwy. 407) remains
unchanged. See Inclement Weather map (above) for details.

• Pay careful attention to the bus cancellation message if your child/children travels from one zone to another for a specialized program. If your child travels into or through a zone where the transportation is cancelled, then there will be NO transportation provided for your child that

• Dress warmly on cold weather days as school buses may be delayed and your child may be waiting for the bus for a longer time than usual.

• Sign up on the Halton Student Transportation Service (HSTS) website for updates on bus delays
or weather-related cancelations (www.haltonbus.ca).

School Council Meeting:

Our next meeting of the Emily Carr School Council is on Monday, January 11th at 7pm in the staff room. All are welcome.

Did you know?

Thirty minutes of physical activity at the beginning of the day can boast metabolism, increase mental sharpness for 4-10 hours and help your child sleep better at night.

Dates to Remember:

December 21-January 1st: Winter Break (No school)

January 13th: Grade 1 Information Night (Current SK)

January 14, 15, 18, and 19th: Kindergarten Registration for 2016/2017 School year

Public Consultation: English and French as a Second Language (FSL) Programming 2015-2016

Process and timelines for community input now posted

As you may be aware, the Halton District School Board is conducting a public consultation process regarding the delivery of English and French as a Second Language (FSL) programming. Public information sessions were held in October & November 2015 regarding the key issues facing the board. These sessions were videotaped and are posted on the HDSB website for your reference. Phase I is complete and the timelines for Phase II (Public Input) are now posted on the HDSB website.

We encourage parents/guardians to participate in this process by becoming aware of the issues and providing input.

Information is posted at [ http://www.hdsb.ca ]www.hdsb.ca. Links to the information are found on the home page under “Program & Accommodation”.

We encourage all parents/guardians to provide their input.