School News | Week of: 13/01/20

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, January 13, 2020.

Important Dates & Upcoming Events:

School Council Meeting – Thursday, January 16, 2020:

  • On Thursday, January 16, 2020, we invite our Samuel Hearne MS School Community to join our School Council Meeting
  • Please see details in the flyer below:
    Samuel Hearne SAC Flyer - Jan 2020

PA Day – Friday, January 17, 2020:

  • On Friday, January 17, 2020, TDSB Elementary Schools will be closed to Students due to a PA Day

News You Can Use:

Student Nutrition Program Menu
January 2020
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


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:

Recess During Cold Weather:

  • Elementary school students are kept indoors for recess and lunch times for a number of weather conditions such as rain, lightning in the area, extreme winds and extreme cold
  • When temperature and wind chill measure -28C or lower, students are kept indoors
  • Recesses and lunch hour may be shortened if the temperature and wind chill reading is between -20C and -28C
  • If a student’s medical condition requires further consideration due to weather conditions, or if parents have other questions or concerns about how and when weather conditions affect your child’s school day, please contact the school office

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