Huron Park Buses and Vans cancelled today Thursday, January 31 School is OPEN

All buses and vans in the North and West Zones of Simcoe County are cancelled today due to the weather conditions. Huron Park is in the NORTH ZONE, so all buses and vans for our school are cancelled. The school remains open. If your child is NOT a bus student and you choose to keep your child home today, please call safe arrival at 705-526-5300 and let us know. We do complete Safe Arrival calls for all non-bussed students on “no bus” days and you can help us by calling us if your child is staying home. Thank you for helping us keep all students safe.

Buses and Vans cancelled today Monday, January 28 School is OPEN

All buses and vans in Simcoe County are cancelled today due to the icy conditions. The school remains open. If your child is NOT a bus student and you choose to keep your child home today, please call safe arrival at 705-526-5300 and let us know. We do complete Safe Arrival calls for all non-bussed students on “no bus” days and you can help us by calling us if your child is staying home. Thank you for helping us keep all students safe.

Family Fun Night–February 11

Please mark your calendars for an exciting night with your family. Huron Park School Council in conjunction with our Student Advisory Committee will be presenting Family Fun Night. Come out and challenge your family and neighbours to a friendly game of Wii, cards, Scrabble, Monopoly, Chess, crokinole, etc. There will be crafts to make and cupcakes to be won in the Cake Walk. Join us for dinner by purchasing pizza and juice boxes for your family. Facepainting and a photobooth will also be available. Stay tuned for further information.

Kindergarten Registration–January 23 and 24th

If you have a child ready to start school in Junior Kindergarten in September 2012, now is the time to get him/her registered.

Just call the school and talk to Mrs. Barr (705-526-5300). She will set up a time for you to come in on January 23rd or 24th to do the paperwork. You will need to bring your child’s birth certificate, immunization record, health card, and proof of residence (e.g. driver’s license or utility bill addressed to you or a lease agreement). We look forward to meeting you and your child.

If you have a student currently in Kindergarten or Grade 4, please read…

Please check your child’s backpack this week for a letter regarding an information night at Mundy’s Bay on Monday, January 21, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. At this meeting, you can receive information about the Extended French program that starts in Grade 5 and the new French Immersion program starting in Grade 1 in September 2013.

For Current Grade 4 Students:
Extended French as a Second Language (EFSL) is a second language learning option available to students entering Grade 5. Elementary students receive instruction in French language arts, social studies/history/geography, and in at least two of the following subjects: physical education/health; art; music; and drama and dance. English language arts, mathematics and science are taught in English in the remainder of the day.

Upon completion of the elementary EFSL program, students may continue in EFSL at the secondary level where they must complete a seven credit program in order to be awarded an Extended French Certificate.

For Current Kindergarten Students:
Early French Immersion (Early FI) is a second language learning option open to students entering Grade 1 in September 2013. By the end of Grade 8, students would receive 5200 hours of French language instruction. Ministry curriculum documents indicate that, by the end of an Early FI program, students will participate easily in discussion, will be able to take courses at the university or college level taught in French and will be able to accept employment in settings where French is the working language.

It is intended that daily instruction in Grade 1 will be 100% in French. English language arts would be introduced in Grade 3 for approximately 30 minutes daily and the amount of English extended until the end of Grade 8.

A minimum of 35 Grade 1 students (two Grade 1 classes) will be required in order for an Early French Immersion program to be introduced at our designated Early FI site. Early FI enrolment must not result in English track students being bussed out of their home school because of space issues. As a result of the above, there is currently a commitment to establishing two Grade 1 classes only per Early FI site for September, 2013. While every effort will be made to accommodate all applications, available space and staffing will determine how many students can be registered. Applications will be processed in the order they are received electronically.

During the information evening parents will learn about French programming, the electronic application process and parameters and conditions related to transportation.

So, watch for the letter in your child’s backpack and set aside the evening of January 21st to learn more at the parent/guardian meeting.

If you are unable to attend the session at Mundy’s Bay, you may attend any of the meetings listed below:

Admiral Collingwood E.S. – Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
Alliston Union P.S. – Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
Ardagh Bluffs P.S. – Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
Forest Hill P.S. – Monday, January 14, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
Goodfellow P.S. – Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
Hillcrest P.S. – Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
Regent Park P.S. – Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 6:45 p.m.
Warnica P.S. – Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
W.H. Day E.S. – Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

The board-wide electronic registration dates for the Early FI/EFSL programs will be Monday, January 28 and Tuesday January 29, 2013.

Just a couple of reminders…

Happy New Year! I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas break.
This is just a reminder that school starts again tomorrow morning (Monday, January 7) at 9:00 a.m.
I would like to remind all of our students that snow needs to stay on the ground. Right now we have lovely packing snow, but the throwing or kicking of snow is not allowed in order to keep everyone safe. We encourage students to play in the snow but our usual “no body contact” rules apply.

Also, our first School Council meeting of 2013 will be held tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. in the staff room. All parents/guardians are encouraged to come out to our meeting.