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Information for regarding the return to school planhttp://had.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/board-news/127Information for regarding the return to school plan<p>On July 30, the Premier’s Office announced that all publicly funded schools in Ontario will reopen in September. In the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB), all students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 will return under a conventional school day model subject to cohorting/timetabling considerations, and enhanced public health protocols. As such, SCDSB schools and adult learning centres will reopen to students on the first day of school, September 8, 2020.<br><br>For information for families regarding COVID-19 and the Simcoe County District School Board, please visit <a href="http://www.scdsb.on.ca/covid-19">www.scdsb.on.ca/covid-19</a>. <br></p>
June 29th Weekly Updatehttp://had.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/180June 29th Weekly Update<p>​We made it!! In what has been the most unique and challenging school year of my career, I can honestly say that I would not have wanted to experience this with any other community, than CHPS. Thank you for all your support and patience as we navigated these uncertain times. As we look ahead to the Fall, unfortunately, I don’t have any concrete answers for you. The school board is working with the Ministry of Education and Public Health to plan for September. We are expecting some firm direction by mid-August. As it stands now, the school year will begin for SK to Grade 8 Students on Tuesday, September 8th, while our JK students will start school on Thursday, September 10th. Traditionally, on September 8th, we would meet students on the school yard at the 9:15 a.m. bell and staff would have signs indicating “Grade”, where the appropriate students would gather. From there they would line up with their teacher and be taken to their new classrooms. While we most likely will follow this same process, we will wait until plans are finalized for what a return to school will look like. We would ask that over the summer, you check your email periodically. When we receive information, we will relay it to families. We will do our absolute best to keep you informed over the summer months. Stay safe and healthy over the summer. Take some time to re-charge and enjoy your family and friends. </p><p> Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: One of the SCDSB’s strategic priorities is equity, diversity and inclusion. This has always been at the forefront of our work at CHPS. As a school community, we acknowledge the existence of systemic racism in society, and the importance of addressing it. We share responsibility in standing up against racism, hate and oppression of all kinds. It is our collective responsibility... • to listen • to teach • to learn • to reflect • to be grateful • & to recognize the needs of others. Thank you to our CHPS community for being teachers & learners as we continue to work together to make things right for all people. We will prioritize this commitment when we return in the Fall. <br></p><p><br></p><p>From the Office: Report Cards were issued via SchoolMessenger email to our Parent One contact by the Simcoe County District School Board on Wednesday, June 24th. Report Cards that were returned as undeliverable have been printed and mailed via Canada Post. If you believe your child’s report card was not received, please call the school voicemail at 905-778-4323 ext. #1 and leave your child(s)name, teacher(s) name and we will have that mailed to you as soon as possible. The Office Staff want to wish you all a safe, happy, and relaxing summer break! We are all looking forward to seeing your beautiful smiling faces in September. Stay Well Commanders!<br></p>
June 22nd Weekly Updatehttp://had.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/179June 22nd Weekly Update<p>It is hard to believe, but this week marks the final week of the 2019-2020 school year…..and what a year it has been. We have faced so many challenges and disappointments in recent months, but as a community, we really came together to make the best out of a difficult situation. Thank you to all of our staff for going above and beyond, to support students and their families. Their dedication and efforts ensured that student learning continued throughout the school closure, and it resulted in some outstanding work from our students. Thank you to all of our families for their patience, kindness and understanding as you supported the school from a distance and in doing so, strengthened the home/school partnerships. The week ahead is a big one! We are celebrating our Grade 8 graduates today through a virtual ceremony, along with a few other surprises. On Wednesday, we are asking that families who borrowed technology (i.e. chromebooks, special education devices, etc.), return them to school by dropping them off from 11 – 2. During this same time, it will be last call for our Lost and Found and student belonging pick up. We also ask that families drop off any school books that they have at home during this time frame. This coming Friday is the final day of Distance Learning and the final day of the 2019-2020 school year! Report cards will also be emailed out to families by the school board later this week. It is imperative that we have updated email addresses and phone numbers for our families. If you need to update your contact information – please email chrishadfield@scdsb.on.ca The school board will also be updating families throughout the summer about what school will look like in the Fall. This is another reason as to why it is important that we have your correct and current contact information. Finally – to our students. While this is not the school year that you had anticipated, I wanted to let you know how incredibly proud I am of each and every one of you. I’ve so missed seeing you at school everyday. I have had the great pleasure of seeing your work in your Google Classrooms and dropping into some Google Meets. I look forward to the time when we can all be back in our building together! Have a wonderful summer – Stay safe and healthy!</p><p><br></p><p>From the Library: Create a family timeline that documents important events and memories. 1. As a family, think about the most important events that have happened. 2. Construct your timeline using materials you have at home. 3. Write the events and the dates on the timeline in the order they happened. 4. Add illustrations or pictures to help explain the events. ​</p>
Chris Hadfield P.S - Staffing Updatehttp://had.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/178Chris Hadfield P.S - Staffing Update<p>As we come to the end of the 2019-2020 school year, we wanted to take some time to thank some of our staff members who will be leaving us at the end of the month. We have had several occasional teaching positions that will be ending which include Ms. Ahmadi, Ms. MacKenzie, Ms. Correia and Ms. Harding. They have been wonderful additions to our staff, and we wish them the best as they move onto future career opportunities. Our school has also been fortunate to have had Mrs. Jensen and Mrs. La Rosa in occasional education assistant positions which will conclude at the end of June. We appreciate their efforts to support our students and wish them well in future endeavours. Mrs. Ashton, Mrs. Chu and Mrs. Rashidian have been working in occasional Designated Early Childhood Educator roles, which are also concluding. We would like to thank them for their efforts and wish them well as they move forward to new prospects. We have also been lucky to have Mrs. McLean, Mrs. McMillan and Mr. Campbell in teaching roles over the past several years. Next year, Mrs. McLean will move on to Sir William Osler, Mrs. McMillan will be teaching at Ferndale Woods and Mr. Campbell has accepted a central program role with the school board. We know that they will serve their new communities and roles well, and will be missed by their CHPS family. In exciting news, as the school year ends, Mrs. Shanahan will be starting her maternity leave. We send her and her family our best wishes as she prepares for the arrival of a new baby next month! Last month, we also said goodbye to Mrs. Hovius in the office. Mrs. Hovius had accepted a new position at Alliston Union Public School. While we congratulate her on her new role, we will miss her smiling face in our office when school resumes. Finally, we wanted to share with you that Mrs. Kenny has been appointed Vice Principal of Hillcrest Public School in Barrie. We would like to congratulate her on this appointment and we know that her new school community, and the school board as a whole, will benefit from her being in this new position. As we wind down the school year, please take some time to thank and say goodbye to these wonderful professionals that our students have had the benefit of working with. Thank you, R. Dashnay​</p>
June 15th Weekly Updatehttp://had.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/177June 15th Weekly Update<p>​Principal’s Message: We are almost there…..we are down to the final two weeks of Distance Learning. Thank you for your continued support during this time. We know how challenging this has been for our families and we appreciate how hard everyone has been working to complete as much as possible. As we work our way towards the finish line, please continue to stay in close contact with your child’s educators and keep your family’s health and happiness as a priority during these final days. Next week, we look forward to recognizing our Grade 8 Graduates. While nothing will replace an in-person ceremony, we have come up with a few surprises to honour them. Monday, June 22nd was their scheduled graduation ceremony. If you know a CHPS Grade 8 Graduate, we encourage you to reach out to them and send them a message of congratulations! We are so proud of our graduating class for demonstrating strength, resilience, growth and kindness throughout these challenging times. Please follow us on Twitter next week as we share our graduation surprises with our community!<br></p><p><br></p><p>From the Library: Addressing racism is important - start the conversation at home by listening and discussing some of these amazing picture books. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vReNGDiL4NvCheXo_a_Bz6N4Y2aHyWLij2O_cMN8x7vzbcnjq5J8pE-V3Xw7mZCa_iB9AdobcAbcDqQ/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000&slide=id.g8099ef2b5e_1_5 </p><p><br></p><p>  From the Office: Due to school closures, report cards will be delivered by electronically this year. If you believe the email we have on file needs to be updated, please send your child’s name, and the updated email address to chrishadfield@scdsb.on.ca Also, when calling the school, please leave us a message. We are checking messages, and we will get back to you as soon as we can. </p><p><br></p><p> For information for families regarding COVID-19 and the Simcoe County District School Board, please visit www.scdsb.on.ca/covid-19.<br></p>
June 8th Weekly Updatehttp://had.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/176June 8th Weekly Update<p>​I wanted to thank everyone for their co-operation, patience and understanding while we worked through the retrieval of student personal belongings. It was a massive undertaking, and we really appreciated the overwhelming support of our families. Thank you to our teachers who came in last week, to organize all the student items. That was a huge job, and they carried it out very effectively. A big thanks to our office team and education assistants who mobilized the distribution process – we would not have been able to accomplish this, had it not been for their outstanding efforts! We would also like to thank our custodial team who helped out in so many ways, and always makes our jobs easier. We appreciate our incredible team and I’m so grateful for them. If you were not able to attend your pick up day or are still missing an item or two, we will provide opportunities for retrieval when school resumes in the Fall. For families wondering about items that were left in the Before and After School Program, Bradford Progress is working through a plan for pick up in the weeks ahead. Families can expect to hear from Bradford Progress or you are encouraged to contact them directly. Thank you for your continued support! <br></p><p></p><p>From the Library: Create a themed scavenger hunt. Choose your favourite sport, movie, book, or subject in school and use that as inspiration to create a scavenger hunt with clever clues. Once you’ve created your scavenger hunt, have your family to try and figure out your clever clues. <br></p><p><br></p><p>For information for families regarding COVID-19 and the Simcoe County District School Board, please visit www.scdsb.on.ca/covid-19.<br></p><p><br></p><p>From the Office: Due to school closures, report cards will be delivered by electronically this year. If you believe the email we have on file needs to be updated, please send your child’s name, and the updated email address to chrishadfield@scdsb.on.ca <br></p>
June 1st Weekly Updatehttp://had.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/175June 1st Weekly Update<p>​This week will be a busy one for the Chris Hadfield team. We have a group of staff members who will start organizing student personal belongings to prepare for distribution on Thursday and Friday. We are doing are absolute best to ensure students are able to retrieve their items, but the reality is that we cannot guarantee that everything will be returned. If there is something that you really hope to have returned, please reach out to your child’s teacher. Please refer to the email that was sent out on Friday regarding all of the specifics and follow the directions. We appreciate your patience, understanding and kindness as we work through this process. Also happening this week, will be Grade 8 Graduation Photos that will be taken in our parking lot on Thursday. Unless you have a scheduled appointment, we would ask that you stay away from this area if you are coming to school for the pick-up of student belongings. It is hard to believe that we are in June – harder to believe that we all haven’t been together since March 13th! As we complete this final month of the 2019-2020 school year, I choose to focus on how grateful I am to be part of such an extraordinary school community, filled with dedicated staff, supportive families and inspiring young minds. </p><p><br></p><p>From the Library: Family Memories: An amazing way to reminisce about family memories. Find a jar or box and take time filling it with handwritten memory notes when you want to add something. At the end of the year, you open up the jar and read about the amazing memories you’ve had. </p><p> Simcoe County Local Immigration Partnership The Simcoe County Local Immigration Partnership has uploaded new resources on its website (www.immigration.simcoe.ca), including: - Multilingual Mental Health Resources – Resources available in more than 20 languages - Translated Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), and Canadian Child Benefit (CCB) fact sheets – Resources available in 10 languages - A “how to” document for uninsured Simcoe County Residents looking to access healthcare: https://immigration.simcoe.ca/PublishingImages/Lists/COVID19%20Updates%20Accordion/AllItems/Document%20for%20Uninsured%20Simcoe%20County%20Residents.pdf<br></p><p><br></p><p>Grade 8 Student Transitions As students progress from elementary school to secondary school, important personal student information is shared which eases each student’s transition to secondary school. Sharing this information also improves our ability to program effectively to benefit all students. The collection and use of personal student information for such purposes is authorized under the Education Act. Please note that all information used for the transition process is limited, secure and protected at all times. Please contact Mr. Daryl Halliday, Superintendent of Education, if you would like more information about the transition process at Chris Hadfield Public School.    <br></p>
Student Belonging Distribution http://had.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/174Student Belonging Distribution <p>​We are starting the process of packing up and distributing student belongings. I know that you can all appreciate what a massive undertaking this is for a school of nearly 900 students. Over the next several days, school staff will be packing up and labelling student belongings and we will have them ready for distribution on Thursday, June 4th and Friday, June 5th . Each classroom will have an assigned time and date in which one family member can come to the school for pick up. For classrooms inside the building, there will be 3 stations at the front of the school (at the main entrance) where student belongings will be bagged up and labelled for student pick up. For portable classrooms, pick up of personal belongings will take place outside the portables on the assigned date and time. At each station and portable, there will also be a table with miscellaneous student items that we have not identified to specific students, so you are welcome to take a look and claim any of your child’s belongings. While we will do our best to organize your child’s personal items and have them ready for pick up, we obviously cannot guarantee that all items will be made available. We cannot stress what a huge undertaking this is going to be for a limited number of staff members. If there is something that is specific that you are really needing back at home – please reach out to your child’s teacher and they may be able to potentially assist in ensuring that the item is retrieved for distribution. Also at the front of the building, will be tables with a general lost and found area that you can check, as well as a drop off box to return all school library books and/or textbooks. Please take this opportunity to return any school books that you may have in your homes. In an effort to limit the number of people coming to the school, we are organizing the distribution on a class by class basis. Therefore, if you have more than one child attending our school, you will have to prepare to come to the school at different times and dates for each of your children. Unfortunately, there is no flexibility with assigned pick up dates and times. If you miss this opportunity, you may not get another chance for pick up until school resumes in the Fall. We know that this plan isn’t perfect, but in these uncertain times, our top priority is the safety of our students, their families and our staff. Limiting the number of people coming to the school will help ensure the safety for all – and we must insist that everyone practices physical distancing measures when on school property. On the pick-up days, there will be no access to go inside the school for any reason. Individual members need to claim the student belongings, drop off books and leave the school property in a timely fashion. In an effort to maintain a slow flow of traffic, we ask that you follow all parking and driving precautions such as parking in designated parking spots. Walking to the school would be ideal if at all possible. Attached is the scheduled dates and times for pick-ups.<br></p><p><br></p><p><a href="/Documents/CHPS%20Student%20Belonging%20Distribution%20(1).pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />CHPS Student Belonging Distribution (1).pdf</a><br></p>
May 25th Weekly Updatehttp://had.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/173May 25th Weekly Update<p>​Last week brought news that the schools would remain closed for the remainder of the school year. I’m sure that this message brought a lot of mixed emotions to our students and their families, as it did with the staff. Our top priority is ensuring the safety of our school community, and providing our students with authentic learning opportunities for the remainder of the school year. Distance learning will continue until the end of June and the staff is working diligently to ensure that they provide students with tasks that are connected to the curriculum that will promote academic progress. While we know it is challenging, we ask that students and families stay engaged in Distance Learning until the end of the school year and reach out to their child’s educators for any support they may need. With news of the extended school closure, we have received many questions asking about gathering student personal belongings. The school board is working on a plan that needs to be vetted and approved by Public Health to ensure the safety of everyone involved. Once this plan is in place, we will share it with families. We ask that you check your email regularly for updates. Last week also brought some good news. Each year, the Simcoe County District School Board recognizes school community members for their regular demonstration of the Board’s character traits. I’m pleased to announce that three of our community members were recognized as recipients for this year’s award: Nate V. (Grade 7), Melody S. (Grade 8) and our very own, Mrs. McAlendin. Congratulations! We are so proud of them! </p><p>From the Library: Have some fun as a family making a creative family tree. Start by picking a theme for your map. Instead of a tree, choose a symbol that has a special meaning for your family. Maybe an Irish shamrock, a Native American wigwam, even a bowl with chopsticks! </p><p> • Draw the symbol on a large piece of paper or poster board.</p><p> • Your child’s name goes at the skinny end of the image with relatives branching out above or beneath them.</p><p> • Where you can, add nicknames, dates of birth, or other facts next to a relative’s name. Your child can call and e-mail aunts, uncles, or grandparents to find out more about other relatives.  <br></p><p><br></p><p>Upcoming events: May 15-June 15-Tourette’s Awareness Month</p><p>For information for families regarding COVID-19 and the Simcoe County District School Board, please visit www.scdsb.on.ca/covid-19.</p><p>Grade 8 Student Transitions As students progress from elementary school to secondary school, important personal student information is shared which eases each student’s transition to secondary school. Sharing this information also improves our ability to program effectively to benefit all students. The collection and use of personal student information for such purposes is authorized under the Education Act. Please note that all information used for the transition process is limited, secure and protected at all times. Please contact Mr. Daryl Halliday, Superintendent of Education, if you would like more information about the transition process at Chris Hadfield Public School.   <br></p>
May 19th Weekly Updatehttp://had.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/172May 19th Weekly Update<p>​Principal’s Message: I hope that everyone enjoyed the long weekend and were able to spend some time relaxing and connecting with loved ones. This week, we are expecting an announcement from the provincial government as to what the remainder of the school year will look like. As soon as we have additional information, we will be sharing it with staff, students and families. That being said, we are still planning at least two more weeks of Distance Learning. I would ask that you continue to stay in good contact with your child’s educators and reach out for support when you need it. In working closely with the school team, we can help you prioritize the academic tasks available and offer you, assistance with the Distance Learning Program. Once again, I would like to stress that we understand the variety of challenges that families are struggling with right now, so we only ask that you do, what you are able to. I expect that there will be a lot of information coming forward in the coming days and weeks, so please check the School Board’s Website regularly.<br></p><p><br></p><p>From the Library: A great family activity is to create a family joke jar. Let each member of the family write favorite jokes or ones they have found online on slips of paper and put them into an empty jar. Keep the Family Joke Jar handy for those times when everyone could use a good laugh!  <br></p><p><br></p><p>Upcoming events: May 15-June 15-Tourette’s Awareness Month</p><p><br></p><p>Grade 8 Student Transitions As students progress from elementary school to secondary school, important personal student information is shared which eases each student’s transition to secondary school. Sharing this information also improves our ability to program effectively to benefit all students. The collection and use of personal student information for such purposes is authorized under the Education Act. Please note that all information used for the transition process is limited, secure and protected at all times. Please contact Mr. Daryl Halliday, Superintendent of Education, if you would like more information about the transition process at Chris Hadfield Public School. </p><p><br></p><p> For information for families regarding COVID-19 and the Simcoe County District School Board, please visit www.scdsb.on.ca/covid-19.<br></p>