November 2015 Newsletter pub final
Alcona Glen Elementary School
1310 Innisfil Beach Road
(705) 431-5918 Fax (705) 431-5921
Senora K. Baldry, Principal
Wendy Miller, Vice Principal
Cynthia Michaud Vice Principal
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November 2015 NEWSLETTER
A great big thank you goes out to our school community for the success of our Halloween Dance-a-thon and
Pumpkin Lucky Draw! With your support we raised almost $3000.00 for the next phase of our school yard
improvements. A special thank you to the many parents who volunteered their time to decorate, work at the
treat table and the haunted house, and show their artistic abilities with the painted pumpkins. Thank you to
our guest DJs and our student tech team who kept the music playing and the students dancing.
A fun time for everyone!
Please join us next week for our Remembrance Day Assembly on November 11th at 11:20. This important,
solemn occasion will recognize the contribution of past and present Canadian military efforts.
Cooperation, Courage and Respect
Our Character Education traits this month are Cooperation, Courage and Respect.
Please join us for our Assemblies on Friday, November 27th—it will be Moustache Day!
Kdgn—Gr 3 @ 9:45am & Gr 4—8 @ 11:15am
Parking is Limited—Walking is Encouraged
A Message from School Council
Please Slow Down. We love our children!
With heavy traffic at entry and exit times while children are travelling to and from school, we
ask that you please slow down in our parking lot and on Innisfil Beach Road. Be patient and
help us keep our children safe. Obey all traffic signals and speed limits.
Running red lights at the crosswalk puts our children in danger.
Parking Lot Reminders
One Way Traffic—Moving Slowly—No Idling!
Do Not Block Fire Routes
Closed to Traffic: 8:30 to 8:50 & 3:00 to 3:25
NO moving vehicles while buses are on-site—respect the supervisors!
Volunteers – If you have some time to share, please let us know. Volunteers are great!!!
Our yard is not supervised until 8:30am, please do not drop off your children before this time.
Visit our website for more Current School events & info
Be On Time—School Schedule
Entry Bell: 8:50 am Exit Bell: 3:10pm
Nutrition/Fitness Break:10:30 to 10:50 am
Safe Arrival: 705-431-5918 press 1
Nutrition /Fitness Break: 10:50 to 11:10 am
Nutrition/Fitness Break: 12:50 to 1:10 pm
1:10 to 1:30 pm
Email: [email protected]
Volunteers: [email protected]
SCDSB Mission & Vision Statements
Mission: We inspire and empower learning for life.
Vision: A community of learners achieving full potential.
QSP Magazines and Cookie Dough Sales—$ pending total
Barrie Colts Ticket Sales—$1000
Pumpkin Lucky Draw—$325.00
Thank you for your ongoing support of school programs.
Ongoing Charity Event:
Save your pop tabs for wheelchairs.
Forms go home Nov 9—Return by Nov 20.
Gift Cards will be sent home the week of Nov 30.
Purchase gift cards redeemable at Bradford Garden Gallery.
5% return to AGES on the purchase of other items when you pick up your
flowers at the store.
“CHRISTMAS FOR KIDS”
“Christmas for Kids” is a registered charity in Innisfil that helps families at Christmas time.
There are many generous people in Innisfil who want to support their own residents, including
Alcona Glen ES. “Christmas for Kids” has been operating in Innisfil for twenty years and wants
all children in Innisfil to experience the magic of Christmas. “Christmas for Kids” treats all
families with dignity and respect, all information is kept confidential. If your family could use
assistance this Christmas please speak to the Principal in confidence by
December 4th and you will be referred to the Director of the program.
AGES contributed over 3500 items and $1500 from donations last year!
Let’s get started supporting our families and friends with
Snuggle Into December—December 1st
Wear your jammies for a loonie & start bringing in non-perishable food.
Please join us on December 7th @
Purchase gift cards and support AGES. Each card
provides a percentage back to the school for
Hot Lunch forms are due by Dec. 4th
Forms will go home Nov 16
Cold Weather Procedures
Our students go outside for 20 minutes in the morning and 20
minutes in the afternoon. In winter, we follow guidelines from
the Canadian Pediatric Society: Students
remain inside if the temperature falls below –
25˚c (regardless of the wind chill factor).
Students will stay indoors, if the wind chill
factor is reported to be –28˚ or colder
(regardless of the actual temperature).
Please make sure your child is dressed for the
weather conditions. During conditions
outlined above, students remain indoors until
the temperature is such that the students can
go outside safely. So bundle up and have fun!
Grade 7 & 8 Info Night
Join us on November 18 @
6:00pm to learn about this year’s
Grade 7 & 8 Trips
and fundraising plans.
Gently Used Winter Coats
If you have a gently used coat to donate,
we would be happy to have it as an extra
coat at school. All sizes welcomed.
SNOW Day Bussing
If your child rides the bus to school and the
busses are cancelled, you do NOT need to
call Safe Arrival.
All students are marked with a “G” day
absence (not affecting their attendance).
Safe arrival will not call students that ride a
bus as they are deemed to be at home and
School Begins Promptly
Severe Weather Procedures
School Bus Transportation and School Closures
Winter driving conditions can be challenging in Simcoe County and severe inclement weather
sometimes requires the cancellation of school bus runs. Weather conditions are not always
predictable and do not always follow a specific pattern. Decisions to cancel school bus runs are
based on information from a number of sources before 6:00 a.m. that morning. Parents are
responsible for deciding if it is safe for their children to leave for school during severe weather
conditions. Please take note:
Cancellation of buses and school closures will be announced on local radio stations: B101, Rock 95,
KOOL FM 107.5, The Dock 104.1, KICX 105.9, CTV Barrie, the school website alg.scdsb.on.ca on
the SCDSB web site scdsb.on.ca and on the Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium
Website at simcoecountyschoolbus.ca. Please be aware of your child ’s bus number and bus
To limit bus cancellations if weather conditions warrant, the Simcoe County Student Transportation
Consortium (SCSTC) has developed ‘Inclement Weather Zones’. These four new zone areas have
been determined with consideration to weather patterns, school catchment areas, routes that
cross over catchment areas and special needs transportation.
Alcona Glen’s weather zone is in the Central zone. This means that if weather is severe in
our part of the County, the media will announce: “All school buses have been cancelled
in central weather zone. If weather is severe throughout the entire County of Simcoe,
then the media will announce: All school Buses in Simcoe County are cancelled.
Tune in early to radio, the above websites and other media broadcasts. DO NOT CALL THE
SCHOOL! The Hot lunch or milk program will not run on bus cancellation days.
During very cold temperatures, please take extra measures to ensure children are dressed
appropriately and please do not send children to the bus stop too early (to avoid having them
standing in cold weather for lengthy periods).
If you are signed up for safe arrival, your child is a walking student and your child will not be
attending school that day don’t forget to call the safe arrival number at 431 -5918 ext. #1. Safe
arrival will not call for bus students when buses are cancelled.
Attention Parents of Students with
Medical Emergency Plans
Please return any Student Medical Forms
as soon as possible. If you have any
questions or require help, please contact
Sheila Davies at 705-431-5918 ext.
20203. Thank you!
AGES Updates & Reminders
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We have a number of students with significant nut allergies. If you are sending WOW butter as an alternative snack item—please ensure it is in a well marked
container. Also remember that we cannot distribute baked goods unless they include an ingredients list.
Thank you for your consideration and support.
Congratulations to our Pumpkin Winners
Respect...Pass It On!
Take your child
to work day
Jr. Girls & Jr.
23 Int. Girls BBall Zones
Pick up 2-5pm
24 Int. Boys VBall Zones
Cards Home this
Dec. 1 Snuggle
Gift card orders
27 Character Ed
Forms go home Picture Retake