April 2024 Admiral Collingwood E.S Newsletter
Posted on 04/04/2024

April 2024 

April PA Days 
Due to the solar eclipse set to occur in our region, the Simcoe County District School Board has made the decision to move the elementary school PA Day originally scheduled for April 26, 2024 to April 8, 2024.  


Monday, April 8 is a PA Day for elementary SCDSB students, and Friday April 26 is a PA Day for secondary SCDSB students. Please refer to the 2023-24 School Year Calendar on the SCDSB website for more information: www.scdsb.on.ca/elementary/planning_for_school/school_year_calendar. 


Below is a summary of the activities planned for the April 8 PA Day:  


April 8, 2024  

Length: Full day  

Topic: Curriculum content, student mental health and well-being, skilled trades, and apprenticeships 

Host: Simcoe County District School Board  

Presenters/Facilitators: Combination of administrator-facilitated and self-directed learning modules planned by central staff.  


All educators will engage in professional learning with a focus on mental health promotion and literacy planning for students. Educators will learn about Wayfinder, a sequenced guide that offers a variety of mental health lessons and activities organized by grade. Included are core mental health literacy lessons, lessons linked to HPE curriculum, learning activities, and tools to support and consolidate student learning. Professional learning for Grade 7 and 8 teachers will include a specific focus on the implementation of the mandatory Grade 7 and 8 mental health literacy modules. All educators will also learn about strategies to support students who are dysregulated in the regular classroom. 


Kindergarten educators will work collaboratively to use the data from the early reading screener to determine and plan next steps for small group reading instruction. They will also explore the new Kindergarten Math Course of Study instruction and assessment resources and create plans for an upcoming topic of study that is responsive to the needs and interests of their students.  


Grade 1 to 3 educators will learn about the revised social studies curriculum related to the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action and the United Nations Declaration of Indigenous Peoples. They will review the Indigenous Education department online resources, learn about the human library available for all SCDSB teachers, and plan a cross-curricular literacy lesson which embeds the new social studies content. They will also engage in self-directed learning about math content knowledge for teaching planned by the district math team. This learning will focus on strategies for teaching number and algebra.  


Grade 4 to 6 educators will analyze and use their classroom reading data to determine and plan next steps for literacy instruction. They will also engage in self-directed math content knowledge for teaching learning planned by the district math team. This learning will focus on strategies for teaching number and algebra.  


Grade 7 and 8 educators will learn about each of the SCDSB programs offered to students which may lead to a career in the skilled trades including OYAP, Cooperative Education, SHSM, SWAC, and Dual Credit. Educators will also engage in case studies on the topic of skilled trades pathways and then discuss in whole group sessions. School administrators will facilitate this centrally planned learning experience. They will also engage in self-directed learning about math content knowledge for teaching planned by the district math team. This learning will focus on strategies for teaching number and algebra. 
SCDSB Equity Advisory Committee seeks parent/guardian members 

The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) is committed to identifying and removing barriers within our system to ensure that all students and staff are offered supportive, inclusive, and respectful learning and working environments. To support this work, the SCDSB has an Equity Advisory Committee (EAC) comprised of parents/guardians, trustees, students, community partner organizations or associations, and board staff. 


The SCDSB is seeking new parent/guardian members for the EAC. Applications are open until May 20, 2024. Applicants must: 

  • be a parent/guardian of a current SCDSB student
  • be from a community that has traditionally experienced barriers to equal access, opportunities, and resources
  • reside in Simcoe County 
  • not be an employee of the SCDSB

The role of the EAC is to work in partnership with the SCDSB on the review, development, implementation, and monitoring of initiatives related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The EAC supports members of the SCDSB community and encourages equitable outcomes, sense of belonging, student achievement, and well-being, in alignment with the SCDSB Strategic Priorities. 


Apply to be a parent/guardian member of the EAC by visiting the following link: https://www.scdsb.on.ca/about/equity_and_inclusion. 

How to communicate your appreciation or concern 
At the SCDSB, we believe that open communication strengthens important relationships between families, schools, and communities. You may sometimes wish to relay appreciation or positive feedback to school or board officials. As well, areas of concern may arise, and our staff will strive to be helpful and effective in addressing your concerns. Further information on how to communicate your appreciation or concern is available on the SCDSB website:
Subscribe to Community Connects 
The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) is excited to launch Community Connects, a new bimonthly newsletter for the SCDSB community. Our shared goal with this new tool is to keep our community partners and stakeholders informed while nurturing relationships that are built on accountability, trust, and transparency.  

To learn more and subscribe, visit the Community Connects page on the SCDSB website: www.scdsb.on.ca/community/community_connects 

Kindergarten registration for September 2024 is open! 
Kindergarten is the beginning of a wonderful journey of learning, and we want your child to begin their journey in a SCDSB school! Do you have a child who is turning four in 2024? If so, we invite you to register your child for Kindergarten. To register online or for more information visit: www.scdsb.on.ca/kindergarten.  
Kindergarten orientation 
Kindergarten orientation sessions will be held throughout the SCDSB in the spring of 2024. These sessions provide families with the opportunity to engage with their school community as their children prepare to enter school. Learn more about the sessions and find out when your child's school is holding theirs:
Join the SCDSB on Facebook Live to learn about all things Kindergarten!  
Do you have a child who is turning four in 2024? Are you interested in learning about Kindergarten in the SCDSB? On Tuesday, April 16 from 7 to 7:30 p.m., members of the SCDSB’s Early Years team are hosting a virtual information session via Facebook Live.  

The session will highlight important information parents/guardians need to know about Kindergarten in the SCDSB, including details on transitions for students with special education needs.  

To virtually attend the presentation, visit the SCDSB Facebook page at 7 p.m. on April 16. To get a head start on learning about Kindergarten in the SCDSB, watch last year’s information session: https://fb.watch/qM3niHW7IE/.  
Subscribe to Kindergarten Connections! 
Will your child be turning four in 2024? If so, the SCDSB invites you to
Kindergarten Connections! This is a monthly enewsletter informing families of everything they need to know about preparing their child for school, as well as registering them for Kindergarten in the SCDSB. To learn more and subscribe, visit the Kindergarten page on the SCDSB website: www.scdsb.on.ca/kindergarten. 
Is your child starting JK or SK in September? 

The Simcoe County EarlyON Child and Family Centres are excited to offer in-person and virtual programs that help prepare children and parents for Kindergarten. Parents/guardians and children will have the opportunity to interact together in a variety of school readiness activities. 


These programs will look at and discuss: How Does Learning Happen, Self Regulation, Social Skills, and How to Get Ready to Start School. To register for a program in your area visit: www.earlyonsimcoenorth.ca/GRFK. 


Summer learning programs in the SCDSB

The SCDSB continues to support student achievement and well-being throughout the summer months by providing a range of elementary summer learning programs. This summer, the SCDSB is offering programs that will focus on reading (Grades 1-3), math (Grades 4-8), multilingual learners (Grades 1-8), and students with learning disabilities who use assistive technology at school (Grades 4-8). The programs will be delivered through both a virtual synchronous learning format (Google Classroom) and in-person (Terry Fox Elementary School). The programs will run from July 8-26 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. daily.


Interested families are asked to contact their children’s school principal for further details and registration information. Registration is completed through the SCDSB website (www.scdsb.on.ca/elementary/summer_learning) beginning on Monday, April 29. The deadline to register is Friday, May 17.


Registration now open for summer eLearning!  
Create flexibility in your timetable and earn a credit! The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) is offering summer school eLearning courses in July 2024 for current high school students or adult learners who are interested in creating flexibility in their schedule, earning a new credit, or upgrading a previous mark. Students can advance online learning skills, earn missed credits, or fast-track preparation for graduation or post-secondary in just four weeks.  


Summer school program details can be found on the Learning Centres website at www.thelearningcentres.com/programs/summer_school.  


The SCDSB also supports secondary students in participating in a variety of EDUTravel credit programs in July and August. EDUTravel programs are offered in a variety of destinations including Canada, USA, and Europe. For more information including costs, destinations, credits, and dates of commitment, visit: www.edutravelforcredit.com.  

Grade 8 students – register now for summer eLearning! 
Earn a reach-ahead credit with summer eLearning in the SCDSB! The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) is offering summer school eLearning courses in July 2024. Current Grade 8 students are invited to complete a reach-ahead credit, creating flexibility in their high school timetables!  


For summer 2024, courses available to students entering Grade 9 are:  

  • CGC1D - Issues in Canadian Geography
  • PAF1O - Healthy Living and Personal Fitness Activities
  • CHC2D - Grade 10 Academic - Canadian History since WWI
  • CHC2P - Grade 10 Applied - Canadian History since WWI
  • CHV2O/GLC2O – Civics/Careers

eLearning is fully supported by certified teachers who are available electronically daily. Summer school program details can be found on the Learning Centres website at www.thelearningcentres.com/programs/summer_school.  

Dogs on school property 
For the safety of all staff, students, and visitors, dogs (with the exception of service animals) are not permitted on school property. 

Join us! A learning series for parents/guardians with Pine River Institute 
Mental health and well-being continues to be a key strategic priority within the SCDSB. We are pleased to continue our partnership with the Centre for Family Initiatives at Pine River Institute (CFI@PRI) to provide several curated learning sessions focused on student mental health and well-being to SCDSB families.  
There are eight webinars specifically planned for parents/guardians and other caregivers during this school year. The final webinar is: 
April 18, 2024 - Vaping, weed, and alcohol   

We hope you save this date in your calendar and join us for this learning opportunity. For more information and to register, please visit the SCDSB website: https://bit.ly/3jGaC74. 


Pine River Institute is a live-in treatment centre and outdoor leadership experience for youth aged 13 to 19 struggling with addictive behaviours and often other mental health issues. Combining therapy with a fully-accredited education program, PRI reinforces the healthy life skills required for a successful future. CFI@PRI extends PRI’s knowledge, experience and evidence-informed treatment approach to families and care providers in the community to support youth mental wellness and prevent the need for more intensive interventions. Learn more about PRI by visiting their website at www.pineriverinstitute.com. 
Indigenous leadership and career pathways event hosted by the SCDSB 
Are you a SCDSB staff member, graduating student, or member of the public who is of Indigenous ancestry? Are you looking to learn more about leadership opportunities and career pathways at the SCDSB? Join us on May 2 from 4:30 – 7 p.m. at the SCDSB Education Centre in Midhurst to: 

  • Learn about the various career opportunities within the SCDSB, the required education and skills, and how to apply. 
  • Discover the various pathways to leadership within the SCDSB.
  • Network with SCDSB staff from the Indigenous Education department and community partners.

To register, visit: https://tinyurl.com/bd7yvn2u 


Interested in learning more about the ways that the SCDSB supports students with special education needs and their families? Join us for a virtual special education information series 
During the 2023-24 school year, the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) is hosting virtual special education outreach sessions to assist parents/guardians in learning more about programs, supports, and ways that we work together to support students with special education needs.  

Supporting students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) 
April 16 
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

Every day mental health strategies 
May 14 
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. 
Participants are asked to register in advance. Information to access the sessions will be shared via email with individuals who have pre-registered. Learn more about each session and how to register on the SCDSB website: www.scdsb.on.ca/elementary/special_education/special_education_outreach_sessions.  
Looking for ways to support your child in learning math? Check out the SCDSB’s new Math at Home resource! 
The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) is committed to supporting students in understanding and doing mathematics. The SCDSB has developed the Math at Home resource, a compilation of family-friendly, accessible, and engaging math resources and tools designed to engage families in supporting their children’s learning. 


The Math at Home page on the SCDSB website, available at www.scdsb.on.ca/MathAtHome, includes a variety of math games, number talks, problem solving opportunities, and practice tasks for students from pre-Kindergarten to Grade 10. Families will learn about how to support the development of positive math mindsets in their children and discover activities with connections to math in the world. The resource also includes a variety of print and digital resources for students and their families. 


Math @Home parent and caregiver series 
It’s back! The SCDSB math team is pleased to offer virtual sessions for parents and caregivers of SCDSB students. These sessions focus on practical and fun ways to support children with their mathematics learning and engagement at home. The first 200 registrants will receive a Math @Home kit of resources to use at home. Participants must pre-register for each of the sessions. 


Games to support your child’s math learning @Home 
Thursday, April 4, 2024, 7 to 8 p.m. 
This session is for parents, caregivers, and their children. Playing games at home is a great way to support child(ren)’s math development. In this session, several games will be explored, and participants will have the opportunity to try the games with their children during the session. The guided portion of the session will be 45 minutes in length followed by 15 additional minutes for further game play or to ask questions of our math facilitators. Bring your child(ren) and your math kit to this session!  


Participants must pre-register. Registered participants will receive a kit of hands-on resources that will be sent to the school indicated on the registration form. Use this link to register: https://bit.ly/24MathAtHome. If you couldn’t attend the previous sessions, visit the Math at Home page on the SCDSB website to view past sessions: www.scdsb.on.ca/MathAtHome. 
Mental health promotion strategy of the month - Just Notice 

Well-being is a strategic priority in the Simcoe County District School Board, and our mental health and well-being department provides monthly strategies to support student and family well-being. 


This month’s strategy is Just Notice. This strategy helps children and youth develop the skills to ground themselves. Grounding is a way to focus your attention to the sensations you are experiencing in this moment. It is good to practice at any time but especially helpful when emotions or thoughts are stressful. 


To practice Just Notice at home, together with your child, model this grounding practice by verbally sharing the following: 

  • Notice five things you can see.
  • Notice four things you can hear.
  • Notice three things you can feel/touch.
  • Notice two things you can smell.
  • Notice one thing you can taste.

This exercise can be done inside or outside. Consider pairing Just Notice with this forest visualization video to help guide and ignite their five senses: www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0PO2xo7I9g&t=9s. 


See the Student Mental Health Ontario (SMHO) elementary (smho-smso.ca/online-resources/sel-posters/ and secondary (smho-smso.ca/online-resources/sel-posters-for-secondary/) social-emotional learning poster series for Just Notice that can be used at home.  


Follow along the Mental Health and Well-being social media accounts (@SCDSB_MHWB) to see how well-being is being supported in our schools. 

Celebrating poetry 
April is poetry month, a chance for students to celebrate a love of language through an appreciation of poetry. Students of all ages enjoy the lyrical, rhythmic qualities of poetry making it a wonderful choice for at home reading. Poems provide an excellent opportunity for students to practice reading aloud, developing fluency and expression. For ideas and resources please visit the resources for families page on the SCDSB website:

April cyber awareness topic: Safe gaming and the metaverse 
In today’s digital landscape, safe gaming practices and understanding the metaverse are crucial for families to navigate the digital world securely. Understanding safe gaming practices protects personal information, while metaverse awareness helps prevent identity risks. Parents/guardians play a vital role in guiding their children’s online experiences.  

Access the cyber awareness tip sheet for April to stay informed about this month’s theme and explore additional resources: https://ecno.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/ECNO-CAM-Calendar-23-Aug3023_SafeGamingMetaverse.pdf. 

Stay informed to help provide a safer online gaming environment for your children! 
Your child’s immunization record  
The Ontario Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA) requires the health unit to have up-to-date immunization records for all students attending school. According to ISPA (2014), students are required to be vaccinated against the following diseases:  

  1. Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio, and Pertussis (whooping cough) 
  1. Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (must have two doses after first birthday)
  1. Meningococcal Disease (must have one dose after first birthday and Men-C-ACYW in Grade 7)
  1. Varicella (chickenpox, only required for those born 2010 and after)

The health unit does not receive immunization information directly from doctor’s offices. Please contact the health unit each time your child receives a vaccine from their health care provider. 

What you can do: 


For more information visit the health unit school immunization page: www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/Topics/Immunization 

Information provided by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit 


Foster families needed in your community! 

Children in our community need you! There is an urgent need for foster homes in Simcoe Muskoka. Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions is looking for diverse foster care providers who understand children's needs. The needs are diverse and range from babies to teens. Open your home to a child/youth and receive training, support, and between $85 and $155 per child and per day. Do you know anyone who may be interested?

Visit https://familyconnexions.ca/fosterconnexions/ to inquire, apply, and for more information. You may also call 705-726-6587 ext. 4. 

Information provided by Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions 


Days of Awareness 2023-24 

The SCDSB is inclusive to all, please review the Days of Awareness.