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Red & White Day AND Year End Assembly / Beach Dayhttp://ask.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/141Red & White Day AND Year End Assembly / Beach Day<p>​Tomorrow, Thursday, June 22 is Red & White day here at Assikinack PS.  If you are able, please send your student to school in red and white for Canada's 150th Birthday.</p><p>The next day, Friday, June 23, is our Year End Character Assembly.  Staff will be handing out certificates for June's Character Trait of Cooperation.  Administration will be handing out Assikinack Good Character Medallions to those students who demonstrated the SCDSB Character Traits all year.  This assembly will take place at 9 AM in the school gym.  Friday is also Beach Day!</p><p>Finally, there are still a few yearbooks left for sale.  If you wish to purchase a yearbook, please send $25. with your student to Mrs. Valley.<br></p><p>That's all the news for this week...<br></p>
PARENT PORTALhttp://ask.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/140PARENT PORTAL<p>​The SCDSB Parent Portal is a secure online tool that provides parents/guardians with quick access to their children's attendance and grades and includes the option to sign up for email notifications.</p><p>The week of June 19-23, your child will receive "Letter #1" and on another day "Letter #2" that contains the confidential information needed to access the Parent Portal account for your child.</p><p>To access the Parent Portal, parents/guardians will need their child's SCDSB Access ID (Letter #1) as well as their child's Pupil Number (Letter #2).</p><p>Please be on the look-out in your child's Agenda pocket or back-pack for these two letters.<br></p>
SCDSB partners with Dell and Staples to provide affordable technology optionshttp://ask.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/board-news/74SCDSB partners with Dell and Staples to provide affordable technology options<p>​The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) is excited to announce two partnerships for the 2017-18 school year. The SCDSB has worked with Dell Canada and Staples to provide affordable options for families considering a technology purchase. Both programs are approved by the SCDSB.<br><br>Information about both programs, including product details and how to order, is available below. If you have questions about the programs, please contact either a Dell Education Advisor or your nearest Staples store, as appropriate.<br><br><a href="http://scdsb.on.ca/About%20Us/News%20Documents/SimcoeCountyDSB-Dell%20BYOD_June2017.pdf">Dell Canada BYOD program letter</a><br><a href="http://scdsb.on.ca/About%20Us/News%20Documents/StaplesSchoolToolsBYOD_SimcoeLetter_EN2.pdf">Staples BYOD program letter</a><br> <br></p>
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDS June 7 BBQhttp://ask.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/139IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDS June 7 BBQ<p>​A tough decision was made by our School Council at Monday night's School Council meeting.  Unfortunately, School Council has had to cancel this year's School Community BBQ which was to occur the evening of Wednesday, June 7.  The food orders were due last Thursday, but School Council did not receive enough orders to make the BBQ viable this year.  We apologize to those families who did send in their orders on time.  We will be arranging refunds for those orders over the next week.  If you have sent items in to the school for the Silent Auction baskets, we can make arrangements to return those items to you OR donate them to a classroom OR we can hold on to them until the fall for the Meet-the-Teacher event.  Thank you for your understanding, School Council.  And thanks to School Council for all the work you do during the school year on behalf of our students and school,  Principal Clark<br></p>
Ministry of Education seeks online engagement regarding implementation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Policy Frameworkhttp://ask.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/board-news/72Ministry of Education seeks online engagement regarding implementation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Policy Framework<div>​​The Ontario Ministry of Education is working with researchers to gather feedback and input to inform the development of the Third Progress Report on the implementation of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Policy Framework.  <br><br>Students, parents/guardians and families, teaching and nonteaching staff, Indigenous communities, organizations and partners, and school boards are invited to participate in an online survey and/or online focus groups to capture successes and help to identify promising practices and opportunities to provide further support to enhance the achievement and well-being of Indigenous students.   <br><br>Third Progress Report - <a href="https://sondages.outsidesoft.com/Engine/Default.aspx?surveyID=6A64A645-0C53-4CFF-9495-6E1A5E830F36">English survey</a></div><div>Troisième Rapport D’Étape - <a href="https://sondages.outsidesoft.com/Engine/Default.aspx?surveyID=6A64A645-0C53-4CFF-9495-6E1A5E830F36&idlang=FR">French survey​</a>  <br><br></div><div>It is important to note that:</div><div><ul><li>​​​Participation in this survey is voluntary.  </li><li>This survey is confidential. That means that all answers will be combined anonymously (without any identifying information) with the answers received from other participants. No one who sees the answers will be able to link them to any individual person.   </li><li>Anyone can stop doing this survey at any time without any repercussions.</li></ul></div><div>All stakeholders are invited to participate in the online focus groups. To participate, RSVP to thirdprogressreport@gmail.com indicating which session you would like to attend. Please note that while we will make efforts to accommodate everyone spaces are limited to 10-12 people per session on a first come, first served basis.  <br><br></div><div><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Students</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Parents/Guardians</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Teaching/Non-Teaching Staff</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Indigenous Organizations & Partners</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Tuesday, May 23 </p><p style="text-align:center;">8-9pm EST (English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Monday, June 12 7:30-8:30 pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, May 25 6-7pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 1   2-3pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 1   7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 15 7-8 pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 1</p><p style="text-align:center;">7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Friday, June 2</p><p style="text-align:center;">2-3pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Monday, June 19   7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Wednesday, June 21</p><p style="text-align:center;">7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 15 7-8 pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 8    2-3pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Monday, June 19   7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;"> (French)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Monday, June 26</p><p style="text-align:center;">7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(French)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Tuesday, June 20</p><p style="text-align:center;">7-8 pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(French)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Tuesday, June 27</p><p style="text-align:center;">7-8 pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(French)​</p></td></tr></tbody></table><br></div><div><br></div><div>The Indigenous Education Office of the Ministry of Education would be pleased to respond to any questions you may have regarding the process of engagement and data collection to inform the development of the Third Progress Report. Please send any questions directly to Jennifer Feasby, Manager Education Policy and Programs Unit (Jennifer.Feasby@ontario.ca).<br><br><br></div><div><br></div>
Yearbook Orders ~ School Spirit Wearhttp://ask.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/138Yearbook Orders ~ School Spirit Wear<p>​Yearbook Orders have been extended until Friday, May 12th.</p><p>If you do not have an order form for the yearbook, please just send a note to school for Mrs. Valley with your student's name, your student's teacher's name and place in an envelope with $25.00 (please seal the envelope).</p><p>We hope your student will enjoy the professionally printed yearbook full of pictures of the goings-on at Assikinack PS for the school year 2016-2017.  If you do not want your child's image in the school yearbook, please let Mrs. Valley know.</p><p>A second order for Assikinack Spirit Wear will be going home this week!  The due date for this order is May 26th.</p>
Assikinack's Got Talent & We Proved It! May Newsletterhttp://ask.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/137Assikinack's Got Talent & We Proved It! May Newsletter<p>​If you had the opportunity to see the Assikinack's Got Talent show, what a treat for you!  Thanks to staff & students for two wonderful shows.</p><p>The May Newsletter is on its way home today or tomorrow.  Lots of activities happening this month!</p>
Celebrating Education Week & Mental Health Awareness Weekhttp://ask.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/136Celebrating Education Week & Mental Health Awareness Week<p>​We have a busy week planned for our students and school community this week!</p><p>Monday (May 1/17):  Celebrating our Parent Volunteers this morning in the school library - student talent show & refreshments.  Thanks volunteers for being our partners in education #atassikinack.</p><p>Music Monday (May 1/17):  As a school community, we join together in song for this cross-Canada musical event.  Thanks Ms Johnston for teaching this year's song to our students.</p><p>Wednesday (May 3/17):  Book Fair / Entrepreneur Adventure / TALENT SHOW.  The Book Fair will be open from 8:45 am - 7 pm; Entrepreneur Aventure will be open from 4:30 - 5:45; TALENT SHOW is in our school gym from 6-7 pm.  We hope to see our school community at one or more of these special events!</p><p>Friday (May 5/17):  Student leaders have helped to plan and will help to deliver "I Can & I Will" Mindfulness day today for students in Grades 1 - 4. Students will participate in positive mental health activities such as drumming circle, yoga, cooperative games, etc.</p><p>THANKS TO OUR POSITIVE SCHOOL COMMUNITY FOR SUPPORTING US THIS WEEK AND EVERY WEEK!<br></p>
Netflix series 13 Reasons Why – information for parents/guardianshttp://ask.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/board-news/71Netflix series 13 Reasons Why – information for parents/guardians<div>​​Recently there has been significant media coverage of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. The show is a fictional account of one teen’s suicide and the factors leading to it.  <br><br>The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) has advised staff that they are not to use the series as a teaching tool. This decision is based upon the advice of mental health professionals from across the province, who have stated that the material is graphic and potentially triggering for vulnerable young people. While the themes in this series may not pose a risk or potential harm to most students, for those struggling with mental health issues and/or suicide ideation, this series includes graphic content, glamourizes suicidal behaviours and portrays helpers (school guidance counsellors) in a negative way.  <br><br>We recognize that your children may watch the series on their own. If they do, we encourage you to talk with them about their thoughts and feelings. The SCDSB has supports in place for students and staff, and there are many community resources you can access as well. More information and contact details are available on the <a href="http://www.scdsb.on.ca/Programs/Safe-and-Healthy-Schools/Pages/Mental-Health.aspx">SCDSB website​</a>.  <br><br>The National Association of School Psychologists has also developed <a href="http://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/school-safety-and-crisis/preventing-youth-suicide/13-reasons-why-netflix-series-considerations-for-educators">information regarding the series​</a>. You may also find this helpful in discussions with your children about suicide and mental health.   <br><br>If you have questions or concerns please contact your principal.</div><div><br></div>
April Newsletter On Its Way ~ Pink Day ~ BUNNY HOP!http://ask.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/135April Newsletter On Its Way ~ Pink Day ~ BUNNY HOP!<p>​The <strong>April Newslette</strong>r is going home to families TODAY (April 7)!  And will be posted to the Newsletter section of the school web-page too.  Lots going on so please take a few minutes of your time to read.</p><p>The "<strong>International Day of Pink</strong>" is this Wednesday (April 12).  Students are welcome to wear pink to celebate diversity and prevent bullying.  Our efforts to bring awareness to inclusion and bullying is on-going throughout the school year and especially during Bullying Awareness Week in November and the Pink Shirt Day assembly in February.</p><p>The School Council<strong> Bunny Hop</strong> is occurring THIS THURSDAY (April 13).  Each division in our school will have an opportunity to "get their dance on" and there will be edible treats, glow items and a photo booth for sale.  Families are asked to donate $5.00 for this event.  Thanks for supporting School Council fundraising efforts.</p>