School News | Week of: 25/11/19

Samuel Hearne Middle School

School News | Week of: Monday, November 25, 2019

Hello Samuel Hearne MS Community,

This communication is being shared to provide you with School News from Samuel Hearne Middle School for the Week of Monday, November 25, 2019.

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Important Dates & Upcoming Events:

Senior Girls Basketball Tournament – Tuesday, November 26, 2019:

  • On Tuesday, November 26, 2019, our Senior Girls (Grade 7 and Grade 8) Basketball Team will be participating in a tournament at Ellesmere-Statton Public School
  • Thank you to Mr. McKinley for Coaching!

Senior Boys Volleyball Tournament – Tuesday, November 26, 2019:

  • On Tuesday, November 26, 2019, our Senior Boys (Grade 7 and Grade 8) Volleyball Team will be participating in a tournament at Dr. Marion Hilliard Public School
  • Thank you to Mr. Bojic for Coaching!

Toronto Reference Library Excursion: Grade 6B – Friday, November 29, 2019:

  • On Friday, November 29, 2019, our Grade 6B class will be visiting the Toronto Reference Library for an excursion
  • Thank you to Mr. Barbeau for organizing!

News You Can Use:

School Council Meeting:

  • Thank you to those Parents/Guardians who were able to join us during our School Council Meeting on Friday, November 22, 2019
  • During our meeting, discussion was had to host future meetings beginning at 2:00 PM, on the first Thursday of each month
  • With this, our next School Council Meeting is scheduled as follows:
    • Date: Thursday, December 5, 2019
    • Time: 2:00 PM
    • ​​​​​​​Location: Cafeteria & Staff Room (Child Minding)

High School Open Houses:

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  • Our Grade 8 Families are encouraged to visit the High School Open Houses available to learn more about the various programs offered throughout the TDSB
  • Please consult with our Guidance Counsellor Ms. Edwards for more details and information
  • Please click HERE to learn more 

Lockdown & Fire Drills:

  • At the beginning of each school year, our Students and Staff prepare for the year ahead by establishing the foundations for a successful year
  • One of the ways we know we can help students be successful is to create a safe environment in which to learn
  • Though no one ever wants to see an emergency happen at a school, it’s important for school staff to be equipped to deal with those situations, should these occur
  • The safety of Students and Staff is a top priority at our school and to that end, as with all emergency drills, it is essential that we are prepared and understand the importance of procedures that will help ensure the safety of everyone in our school
  • The TDSB has taken steps to ensure your child’s safety while in School:
    • Each school has developed emergency preparedness plans that include steps Staff will take in the event of an emergency
    • How Staff will get Students away from possible dangers
    • How Students’ families will be contacted
  • One aspect of emergency preparedness is the lockdown and fire drill:
    • All Schools are required to conduct a minimum of two lockdown drills and six fire drills each School year
    • Lockdown drills, like fire drills, are an essential component to ensuring Student and Staff safety
    • It is important that all Staff and Students are prepared and know how to respond in cases of emergencies
    • The drills last approximately 5 minutes and ensure plans are effective and can also systematically identify any safety concerns
  • Communication is also very important in any emergency situation:
    • The emergency contact information kept on file is important in helping this happen
    • It lists the people who can pick up a Student from the School
    • If you have not yet provided this information to the office or have updates to the information on file, please make sure our Office Staff have that information as soon as possible

Late or Absent School Call Reminder:

  • One measure of keeping our Students safe is to ensure we can account for any absences or reasons for being late to school
  • We would like to remind you that if your child is going to be absent or late for any reason, we ask that you contact the School immediately and report the reason for the absence:
    • If we are not informed about the absence, we will make attempts to contact you through our automated call-out system to determine the reason for the absence
    • To find out how this automated system works please visit click HERE
  • Please let the Office know by calling the School if your contact information, including phone number, changes at any time throughout the school year
  • Thank you for your continued cooperation to keep your children safe and accounted for

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