School News | Week of: 16/12/19

Samuel Hearne Middle School

School News | Week of: Monday, December 16, 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, December 16, 2019.

Important Dates & Upcoming Events:

Toronto Police Service Online Safety Presentations – Monday, December 16, 2019:

  • On Monday, December 16, 2019, our Toronto Police Service School Liaison Officer will be leading Online Safety Presentations with Grade 5 – Grade 8 Students

Holiday Activities & Dance – Friday, December 20, 2019:

  • On Friday, December 20, 2019, Students will be participating in a variety of Holiday activities and a Holiday Dance
  • Thank you to Ms. DiRienzo & Ms. Johansen for organizing!

Winter Break:

  • From Monday, December 23, 2019 to Friday, January 3, 2020 (inclusive), all TDSB Schools will be on Winter Break when Schools will be closed
  • As a reminder, the last day of school before the Winter Break is Friday, December 20, 2019 and school resumes Monday, January 6, 2020
  • On behalf of the Staff at Samuel Hearne Middle School, we wish our School Community a safe and happy holiday season! 

News You Can Use:

Student Drop-Off/Pick-Up & Use of Oakridge Community Centre Parking Lot/Roundabout:

  • Like many schools in TDSB, Student Drop-Off and Pick-Up Safety can be a concern for all stakeholders
  • As a school, we speak with our Students about safety, but we also require the on-going cooperation and support of Parents and Guardians in continuing to make Student Drop-Off and Pick-Up Safety a priority at Samuel Hearne Middle School
  • Recently, our concerns about Student Drop-Off and Pick-Up Safety is due to high traffic volumes which have increased before and after school at the Oakridge Community Centre Parking Lot and Roundabout:
    • Many vehicles have been seen waiting in the roundabout area for Student Drop-Off (AM) and Pick-Up (PM), blocking the designated Oakridge Community Centre Fire Route (the roundabout area) – drivers are asked to keep the roundabout area clear at all times
    • Other vehicles have been seen idling in the Oakridge Community Centre Parking Lot lane ways, with Students walking/running across the parking lot from vehicles towards the school, or from the school to get into vehicles – this practice is unsafe as Students are moving through a live parking lot
    • If Parents and Guardians choose to use the Oakridge Community Centre Parking Lot for Student Pick-Up and Drop-Off, it is asked that drivers park vehicles at the rear of the parking lot and remind Students to exercise caution when moving to/from vehicles, using only the designated walkways and paths around the parking lot rather than walking/running across the parking lot
  • We would like to see as many Students and Parents/Guardians walking to school as possible as it promotes a healthy active lifestyle, although we do recognize that there are occasions when driving to school is more practical – during times that driving is selected as the option to get to/from school, we ask all stakeholders to exercise caution and care to ensure the safety of all
  • We thank you for your ongoing support in ensuring Student Safety at Samuel Hearne Middle School
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Winter Weather & Student Transportation:

  • From time to time, it may be necessary to cancel student transportation, classes and/or programs due to severe weather. On rare occasions, severe weather makes it necessary to close schools, administrative offices or sites
  • With approximately 246,000 students in 582 schools, any decision to cancel buses, classes and/or programs or to close sites can have a significant impact on thousands of families across Toronto. This decision is not taken lightly. When schools remain open on days with inclement weather, parents/guardians make the final decision on whether to send their children to school and they can keep children home from school if they so choose
  • Should a cancellation or closure be necessary, information will be posted on the TDSB web site, TDSB social media and provided to local media by 6 a.m. For more information, please see the TDSB’s Procedure for Severe Weather:

Stay Healthy During Flu Season:

  • Flu season is here again. In Canada, flu season tends to run between October and April. The Ontario government is encouraging Ontarians to avoid getting sick this flu season by getting their annual flu shot.
  • Toronto Public Health is recommending that whenever students and staff experience flu-like symptoms, they are sent home and do not return to school until they are no longer infectious to others. Therefore, ill students and staff should be symptom-free (especially from vomiting and diarrhea) for at least 48 hours before returning to school.
  • The primary concern is for the health and safety of all students and staff. Please note that no special measures are required when there is a case of influenza in a school or daycare. However, everyone should do their part to stop the spread of the flu. As parents, you can also assist by:
    • Reminding children to wash their hands often especially after using the washroom and before and after eating;
    • Reminding children to cover their sneeze and cough;
    • Watching for symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, and/or high fever;
    • Informing the school if your child is ill;
    • Keeping your child at home when he/she is ill
  • For more information, please visit the Toronto Public Health website, contact your family doctor, or Telehealth Ontario. 1-866-797-0000

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