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Colts Night Night<p>​</p><p>Colts adopt a school raises $1440</p><p>Thank you to Mrs. Pesdirz for organizing the Colts Family Night. Mrs. Robbins and the Primary Choir ( all thirty of them) sang O Canada. A fabulous time was had by all!! These funds will go directly to purchasing <span style="color:black;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;font-size:11pt;">Technology and Athletics</span></p>
New Director of Education Director of Education<p>​The Simcoe County District School Board's (SCDSB) Board of <img alt="Photo of Steve Blake" src="" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin:40px 30px;width:200px;" />Trustees began a search for a new Director of Education in October 2016. Today, the Board is pleased to welcome Steve Blake as the SCDSB's new Director.  <br><br>"Mr. Blake brings with him a wealth of knowledge that will serve the students and families of Simcoe County well," said Chairperson Peter Beacock. <br><br>Blake started his teaching career in the Durham District School Board where he also served as a department head, vice-principal and principal at a variety of schools. In 2009, he was hired as a Superintendent of Education with the SCDSB where he was responsible for schools as well as the Student Success portfolio.  <br><br>Beacock stated, "His familiarity with Simcoe County and the SCDSB will be an asset as he continues to move our board forward." <br><br>In 2013, Blake was hired as the Director of the Bluewater District School Board, where he gained valuable experience advancing student achievement initiatives and successfully addressing challenging financial pressures. In that board, he led a comprehensive review of their strategic plan. <br><br>"I am extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to reconnect with the SCDSB and its many community partners. It will be a privilege for me, once again, to work alongside the highly skilled staff and dedicated trustees who are deeply committed to the achievement and well-being of all students," says Blake.  <br><br>Blake holds an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph, a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Education specializing in educational administration and curriculum from the University of Toronto. He lives in Simcoe County with his family and enjoys all the activities the area has to offer. Blake will officially join the SCDSB on March 20, 2017.   <br><br><br><em>Information:</em><br><em>Melanie Slade Morrison, Manager of Communications</em><br><em>705-734-6363 x11328 or </em><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em><a href=""></a></em></span> </p>
Math Slogan Slogan<p>​Congratulations to Corinn T. for coming up with our new math slogan!!</p>
Pink Shirt Days Shirt Days<p>Pink Shirt days are all about promoting inclusiveness. </p><p>Through the Pink Shirt campaign, let's encourage everyone to "Make Nice". We all have the capacity to be kind and compassionate, and their slogan acts as a friendly reminder that no matter what our differences, being nice is always a choice worth making.  We have the ability to offer, and in return receive, kindness. Kindness creates meaningful connections between people. These connections are the way to stop the seeds of bullying from taking root. Spread the positive message and be inclusive! Wear pink every Wednesday in February</p>
Kids Help Phone Help Phone<p>​</p><p><strong>Kids Help Phone…</strong></p><p><strong>Ready to talk?</strong><strong> 1-800-668-6868</strong></p><p>If you're not ready to talk,  check out the <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Asked Online</span></a> section of the Kids Help Phone site to read questions and stories that have young people have shared with us. The Help Phone line is always open no matter what time of day or night.  It is free.  Professional counsellors will chat with you, keep it anonymous and never share the info.<strong> </strong>We are here to help you, not get you into trouble.</p><p>We believe that you have choices when it comes to dealing with a problem. We can't tell you what to do, but we can help you think about different ways of handling your problem. You can decide what's best for you.</p><p> </p><p>Teens:   <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a></p><p> </p><p>Kids:  <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a>  </p>
Bell Let's Talk Let's Talk<p>​</p><p>On January 25, Let's Talk</p><p>Every time you talk, text and join in on social media on January 25, Bell will donate 5¢ more to mental health initiatives.</p><p>For phone calls and texts, Bell donates 5 cents if you are a Bell subscriber.</p><p> </p><p>For the following you don't have to be a Bell subscriber and   Bell donates 5 cents:</p><p>Every Twitter tweet and Instragram post with  #BellLetsTalk </p><p>Facebook, every time someone views the Bell Let's Talk video on Facebook.</p><p>Snapchat, everytime you use the  Bell Let's Talk geofilter.</p><p> </p><p> </p><h2>5 simple ways to end stigma and start a conversation</h2><p>Stigma can often prevent those struggling with a mental illness from seeking the help they need. Developed in partnership with Dr. Heather Stuart, the Bell Canada Mental Health and Anti-stigma Research Chair at Queen's University, here are 5 simple ways to help end the stigma and initiate a conversation.</p><p>1.       <a href=""><span lang="EN" style="text-decoration:underline;">Language matters</span><span lang="EN" style="text-decoration:underline;"> </span></a></p><p>Your words matter The words you use can make all the difference. Words can help but they can also hurt. What would you choose?</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Schizo   <img src="file:///C:/Users/HROSEB~1/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image002.gif" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:27px;" />                        person with schizophrenia </li></ul><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Crazy                                       person with a mental illness <img src="file:///C:/Users/HROSEB~1/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image007.gif" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:24px;" /></li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><p>2.       <a href=""><span lang="EN" style="text-decoration:underline;">Educate yourself</span><span lang="EN" style="text-decoration:underline;"> </span></a><br><br>Did you know?When it comes to mental illness, education is key. Having the right tools, knowing the right words to use and understanding how to correctly speak with someone experiencing a mental illness can make all the difference</p><p> </p><p>3.       Be kind<br><br>Kindness is keySimple kindness can make a world of a difference. Whether it be a smile, being a good listener or an invitation for a chat, these simple acts of kindness can help open up the conversation and let someone know you're there for them.<br><br>Expressions like "You'll get over it" and "Just relax" can hurt more than help. Instead, offer your support and say "I'm sorry you aren't feeling well" or better yet, ask what you can do to help.</p><p> </p><p>4.       <span lang="EN" style="text-decoration:underline;">Listen and ask</span></p><p>Sometimes it's best just to listen</p><p>Mental illness is a very common form of human pain and suffering. Being a good listener and asking how you can help, or simply just being there for people you care about, can be the first step to recovery.</p><p>Here are a few examples of what to ask:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>I'm sorry you aren't feeling well.</li><li>I've noticed you've been down lately. Is everything ok?</li><li>How can I help?</li></ul><p> </p><p>5.       <a href=""><span lang="EN" style="text-decoration:underline;">Talk about it</span></a><br><br>Break the silence  Two out of three people suffer in silence, fearing judgement and rejection. Starting a conversation is the first step towards eliminating stigma.<br><br>Know the facts, be kind, be a good listener and friend. Be part of the conversation to eliminate stigma once and for all.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p>
Inclement Weather Weather<p>​</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Bus Cancellation Information in Case of </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Inclement Weather</strong></p><p><br>Although fall has recently arrived, winter is just around the corner in Simcoe County. With it comes the possibility of severe weather, challenging winter driving conditions and, as a result, possible bus and school event cancellations. </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>All information regarding cancelled buses in Simcoe County is posted on the Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium's bus information website at <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a>.  Our school is in the <strong>CENTRAL</strong> zone. When buses are cancelled, please remember that schools are still open (unless otherwise noted) for student learning.  </p><p> </p><p>The Consortium, in conjunction with bus operators, will make the decision to cancel school buses before 6 a.m. and as such, will make every effort to post announcements between 6 and 7 a.m. Parents should also note that inclement weather cancellations are effective for the whole day and buses cancelled in the morning will not run at the end of the day.</p><p> </p><p><strong>You can also subscribe to receive bus delay notifications, go to </strong><a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong></strong></span></a><strong> and you can follow the Consortium on Twitter @SCSTC_SchoolBus. </strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong>Safe Arrival on Inclement Weather Days</strong></p><p> </p><p>If your child walks to school you need to call the safe arrival line at (705) 728-5698 press "1".</p><p> </p><p>If you child takes the bus you do not need to call safe arrival.</p>



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