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Class Placementhttp://agh.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/142Class Placement<p>​</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span lang="en-US" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Class Placements 2017-2018</strong></span><strong> …</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Current homeroom teachers, in consultation with divisional teachers, involved support staff and the school administration, work to develop balanced classes that strive <strong>to best meet the needs of all students</strong>.  All class placement decisions are made after extensive planning, preparation and discussion on the part of these people.  Our primary goal is to develop balanced classes that reflect the diversity of our students, and allow the variety of interests, talents, and personality of our students to emerge, and that encourage student achievement through these groupings.  We consider many factors such as: learning style, social skills, academic needs, gender, interests/talents, and special needs. </p><p> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Your child's teachers have a very good professional understanding of your child's abilities and needs (both academic and social).  A new school year brings new opportunities for all students to grow, meet new friends and expand their circle of acquaintances. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Thank you for putting your trust in us. </p><p> </p>
Shoebox Fundraiserhttp://agh.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/141Shoebox Fundraiser<p>​</p><strong><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="color:#000000;font-family:"arbutus slab";font-size:18pt;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;">This fundraiser was organized by six of our students to support First Nations youth after learning about various needs in northern reserves.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="color:#000000;font-family:"arbutus slab";font-size:18pt;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;">It is running until May 25. SCDSB will cover the cost of shipping to the organization I Love First Peoples, who will then send our shoeboxes north; likely Attawapiskat.</span></p><br><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="color:#000000;font-family:"arbutus slab";font-size:18pt;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;">You may bring items to the collection boxes in the front hall ...</span></p><br><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="color:#000000;font-family:"arbutus slab";font-size:18pt;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;">OR</span></p><br><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="color:#000000;font-family:"arbutus slab";font-size:18pt;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;">Bring in your own filled shoebox.</span></p><br><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="color:#000000;font-family:"arbutus slab";font-size:18pt;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;">We also need empty shoe boxes, please bring them to the library.</span></p><br><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="color:#000000;font-family:"arbutus slab";font-size:18pt;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;">We also take donations of $5 for each completed shoebox to cover the high cost of shipping - not required. Bring to library.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="color:#000000;font-family:"arbutus slab";font-size:18pt;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;">This website gives you detailed information:</span><span style="color:#000000;font-family:"arbutus slab";font-size:18pt;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:700;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;"> </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a href="http://www.ilovefirstpeoples.ca/PACK-A-SHOEBOX.html" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="color:#1155cc;font-family:"droid serif";font-size:18pt;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:700;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;">http://www.ilovefirstpeoples.ca/PACK-A-SHOEBOX.html</span></a><span style="color:#000000;font-family:"droid serif";font-size:18pt;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:700;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;">  </span></p><br><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="color:#000000;font-family:"droid serif";font-size:18pt;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:700;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;">More questions? Contact: Greg Harris, Teacher Librarian </span><a href="mailto:gharris@scdsb.on.ca" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="color:#1155cc;font-family:"droid serif";font-size:18pt;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:700;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;">gharris@scdsb.on.ca</span></a><span style="color:#000000;font-family:"droid serif";font-size:18pt;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:700;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;">   705-728-5698</span></p><br></strong>
BELL TIME CHANGES for September 2017http://agh.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/139BELL TIME CHANGES for September 2017<p>Each year the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) and Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium (SCSTC) review the transportation services provided to SCDSB students. In order to ensure the safe, efficient and cost-effective delivery of transportation services, bus routes and school start and end times are reviewed on an annual basis.</p><p><strong>As a result of this review, </strong><strong>Ardagh Bluff's </strong><strong>start and end times will be changing. Beginning in September 2017, our first bell will ring at </strong></p><p><strong class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-10-4 ms-rteFontSize-4">9:20AM </strong><strong>and school will dismiss at </strong><strong class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-10-4 ms-rteFontSize-4">3:40PM</strong><strong>. </strong></p><p>Our school day schedule will be updated to reflect this change. I will provide further information on the full school day schedule for 2017-18 when it is available.</p><p>These changes have been made in accordance with SCDSB Policy 2410, Transportation of Students. If you have any questions please contact me at the school.</p><p> </p>
Kids Help Phonehttp://agh.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/89Kids 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="http://kidshelpphone.ca/Kids/AskUsOnline.aspx"><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="https://www.kidshelpphone.ca/Teens/Home.aspx"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">https://www.kidshelpphone.ca/Teens/Home.aspx</span></a></p><p> </p><p>Kids:  <a href="https://www.kidshelpphone.ca/Kids/Home.aspx"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">https://www.kidshelpphone.ca/Kids/Home.aspx</span></a>  </p>
Ministry of Education seeks online engagement regarding implementation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Policy Frameworkhttp://agh.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/board-news/72Ministry of Education seeks online engagement regarding implementation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Policy Framework<div>​​The Ontario Ministry of Education is working with researchers to gather feedback and input to inform the development of the Third Progress Report on the implementation of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Policy Framework.  <br><br>Students, parents/guardians and families, teaching and nonteaching staff, Indigenous communities, organizations and partners, and school boards are invited to participate in an online survey and/or online focus groups to capture successes and help to identify promising practices and opportunities to provide further support to enhance the achievement and well-being of Indigenous students.   <br><br>Third Progress Report - <a href="https://sondages.outsidesoft.com/Engine/Default.aspx?surveyID=6A64A645-0C53-4CFF-9495-6E1A5E830F36">English survey</a></div><div>Troisième Rapport D’Étape - <a href="https://sondages.outsidesoft.com/Engine/Default.aspx?surveyID=6A64A645-0C53-4CFF-9495-6E1A5E830F36&idlang=FR">French survey​</a>  <br><br></div><div>It is important to note that:</div><div><ul><li>​​​Participation in this survey is voluntary.  </li><li>This survey is confidential. That means that all answers will be combined anonymously (without any identifying information) with the answers received from other participants. No one who sees the answers will be able to link them to any individual person.   </li><li>Anyone can stop doing this survey at any time without any repercussions.</li></ul></div><div>All stakeholders are invited to participate in the online focus groups. To participate, RSVP to thirdprogressreport@gmail.com indicating which session you would like to attend. Please note that while we will make efforts to accommodate everyone spaces are limited to 10-12 people per session on a first come, first served basis.  <br><br></div><div><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Students</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Parents/Guardians</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Teaching/Non-Teaching Staff</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Indigenous Organizations & Partners</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Tuesday, May 23 </p><p style="text-align:center;">8-9pm EST (English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Monday, June 12 7:30-8:30 pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, May 25 6-7pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 1   2-3pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 1   7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 15 7-8 pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 1</p><p style="text-align:center;">7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Friday, June 2</p><p style="text-align:center;">2-3pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Monday, June 19   7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Wednesday, June 21</p><p style="text-align:center;">7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 15 7-8 pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 8    2-3pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Monday, June 19   7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;"> (French)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Monday, June 26</p><p style="text-align:center;">7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(French)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Tuesday, June 20</p><p style="text-align:center;">7-8 pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(French)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Tuesday, June 27</p><p style="text-align:center;">7-8 pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(French)​</p></td></tr></tbody></table><br></div><div><br></div><div>The Indigenous Education Office of the Ministry of Education would be pleased to respond to any questions you may have regarding the process of engagement and data collection to inform the development of the Third Progress Report. Please send any questions directly to Jennifer Feasby, Manager Education Policy and Programs Unit (Jennifer.Feasby@ontario.ca).<br><br><br></div><div><br></div>
Netflix series 13 Reasons Why – information for parents/guardianshttp://agh.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/board-news/71Netflix series 13 Reasons Why – information for parents/guardians<div>​​Recently there has been significant media coverage of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. The show is a fictional account of one teen’s suicide and the factors leading to it.  <br><br>The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) has advised staff that they are not to use the series as a teaching tool. This decision is based upon the advice of mental health professionals from across the province, who have stated that the material is graphic and potentially triggering for vulnerable young people. While the themes in this series may not pose a risk or potential harm to most students, for those struggling with mental health issues and/or suicide ideation, this series includes graphic content, glamourizes suicidal behaviours and portrays helpers (school guidance counsellors) in a negative way.  <br><br>We recognize that your children may watch the series on their own. If they do, we encourage you to talk with them about their thoughts and feelings. The SCDSB has supports in place for students and staff, and there are many community resources you can access as well. More information and contact details are available on the <a href="http://www.scdsb.on.ca/Programs/Safe-and-Healthy-Schools/Pages/Mental-Health.aspx">SCDSB website​</a>.  <br><br>The National Association of School Psychologists has also developed <a href="http://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/school-safety-and-crisis/preventing-youth-suicide/13-reasons-why-netflix-series-considerations-for-educators">information regarding the series​</a>. You may also find this helpful in discussions with your children about suicide and mental health.   <br><br>If you have questions or concerns please contact your principal.</div><div><br></div>
Head Licehttp://agh.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/140Head Lice<p>Having head lice is not a health threatening problem, but it is a nuisance and does require that treatment be provided <span style="text-decoration:underline;">immediately</span>. </p><p> If you find live lice or nits within 1 cm of your child's scalp, then you need to treat your child's head. Treatment procedures are available from the Health Unit, your local drug store, or your family physician. </p><p>If you discover that your child has head lice, make sure that all family members, including adults, are checked. Immediately, treat only infested family members, following the instructions of the treatment product. Also, <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>please remember to notify the school</strong></span><strong> </strong>when your child has head lice so that we can work together to reduce the spread. If you don't see lice or nits on your child's head, please continue to check his/her head two times a week for a month, or more if there is an outbreak. </p><p><a href="http://www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/JFY/ChildcareWorkers/Illnesses/HeadliceInformation/factsoflice.aspx">Lice fact sheet</a></p>

 

 

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