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Events at Eastview Secondary School at Eastview Secondary School<p>​</p><p><strong>Events at Eastview Secondary School in April open to all parents </strong><br>On April 10 at 7 p.m., Eastview Secondary School will host a screening of the film<em> Screenagers</em>, a study of growing up in the digital age. Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston created <em>Screenagers</em> to probe into the vulnerable corners of family life to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. This presentation will help parents learn how tech time impacts kids' development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.</p><p>On April 12 at 7 p.m., the school welcomes financial literacy expert Robin Taub, the author of the best-seller, <em>A Parent's Guide to Raising Money-Smart Kids.</em> Her presentation will cover why it's important to teach kids about money, as well as the challenge of being a good financial role model. She will explain how to address money-related topics with young kids, pre-teens, teenagers and emerging adults.</p><p>All parents/guardians are welcome to attend the above events. For more information, please contact Eastview Secondary School at 705-728-1321. The school is located at 421 Grove St. E. in Barrie.</p>
World Autism Awareness Day Autism Awareness Day<p>​</p><p>Sunday, April 2, 2017 marks the 10<sup>th</sup> annual World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD).  Because WAAD officially falls on Sunday this year, Ardagh Bluffs will recognize this day on Monday April 3, 2017.</p><p>World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) highlights the incredible work that has already been done and still needs to be done to ensure people living with autism are provided with opportunities to lead successful and meaningful lives.   </p><p> </p><p>Within the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB), the prevalence rate of those identified with autism is 1/42 males and 1/189 females (approximately 1000 students), a number that has increased by more than 100% in the past 7 years.   </p><p> </p><p>The Autism Awareness Ribbon was adopted in 1999 as the universal sign of autism awareness. </p><p>  The puzzle pattern reflects the complexity of the autism spectrum. The different colors and shapes represent the diversity of the people and families living with the condition. The brightness of the ribbon signals hope — hope that through increased awareness of autism, and through early intervention and access to appropriate services/supports, people with autism will lead full lives able to interact with the world on their own terms.</p>
PUSH 2 BUTTONS 2 BUTTONS<p>​Test the Smoke and Carbon monoxide alarms in your home.  This campaign is on-going from February 27 to March 12.</p><p>1. Push the button for 10 seconds. If the alarm doesn't sound it's time to replace the battery or the entire alarm.</p><p> </p><p>2.  Test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms monthly.  If they are battery powered change the battery at least once a year.</p><p> </p><p>3.  Check the date on the alarms and replace tem within the timeframe indicated in the manufacturer's instructions.</p><p> </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>
Earth Hour Hour<p>​</p><p>Earth Hour is a worldwide movement for the planet organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The event is held worldwide annually encouraging individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights and other electronic devices for one hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. towards the end of March, as a symbol for their commitment to the planet. The event has since grown to engage more than 7000 cities and towns worldwide. Today, Earth Hour is the largest movement for action on climate change. </p><p> </p><p>While the actual world-wide event is being held on March 25, 2017, the SCDSB Education Centre and schools will be participating on March 24 between 2:00-3:00 pm. Schools are encouraged to power down, get outside, work with the lights off, and open the blinds. </p>
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 class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="Photo of Steve Blake" src="" 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>



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