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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>
May 11th Weekly Updatehttp://had.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/171May 11th Weekly Update<p>​As we approach the May long weekend, we hope that our families are able to take some time to relax and enjoy the outdoors. This long weekend will certainly be different than previous ones, but it is still important to enjoy some family time and reach out to loved ones (through virtual platforms). It has been a challenging couple of months, but the resiliency, co-operation and determination that has been demonstrated within our community has been inspiring. I am so thankful to our dedicated staff, our hard working students and supportive families. One of my highlights during this time has been reviewing all of the wonderful student work that is being accomplished and watching videos and messages from students that have been shared with me by their educators. I truly believe that when we come out of this, we will be a stronger, more united school community. Enjoy the long weekend! Be safe and stay healthy!<br></p><p><br></p><p>From the Library Make someone smile! A fun family activity is to create kindness rocks. Kindness rocks are rocks that you paint and put positive messages on and then leave outside for others to find and collect. All you need is rocks, paint and some markers.   <br></p><p>Denim Day-Joint the Fight! May 12th is National Denim Day-Join the fight against Breast Cancer by wearing jeans-you can post your pictures on our twitter page @ChrisHadfieldSc    <br></p><p>Upcoming events: </p><p>May 15-International Day of Families </p><p> May 15-June 15-Tourette’s Awareness Month<br></p><p>May 18th 2020 is the Victoria Day Holiday! There will be NO Continuing Learning scheduled for this day. Enjoy the holiday with your family!!</p><p>or 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 4th Updatehttp://had.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/170May 4th Update<p>​Last Sunday, we received word from the Ministry of Education that schools in Ontario will remain closed until at least May 31st. Therefore, we will carry on with the Distance Learning journey that we’ve been navigating since March. This past week, I have taken some time to visit many of our school’s Google Classrooms, and staff have shared a variety of student learning samples with me. I am so impressed at not only the quality of tasks that our staff have created, but also the wonderful work that students are displaying. Despite being apart, there is incredible learning happening within our school community, and I’m confident that this standard will continue in the weeks ahead. These past weeks and now months have taught me that community is so much more than a building. Communicating regularly with your child’s educators and reaching out for support will ensure that we all work together to promote our students’ academic progress. Thank you to our families for their overwhelming support of the school during this challenging time, we appreciate you more than you know<br></p><p><br></p><p>From the Library: Our character trait for the month of May is Respect Treating yourself, others and the environment in a way that shows that you care and always remembering the importance of kindness. As a family, create a family kindness jar. Take turns coming up with random acts of kindness that you would like to complete as a family, and write them down on your pieces of paper. Put all of your papers in the jar, and once a week take turns drawing an act of kindness of the jar and completing them as a family! <br></p><p><br></p><p>Let's Recognize Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS) Awareness Day 2020! Friday May 8, 2020 Chris Hadfield Public School will be celebrating International Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS) Awareness Day! In honour of one of our very special Commanders, this will be our second year raising awareness for CDLS at Chris Hadfield Public School! We welcome our students and staff to wear the colour PURPLE (and if you have the CDLS t-shirt please Wear It!) Please share photos with us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram in support of CDLS! Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS) is a genetic disorder affecting 1 to 10,000 live births. CDLS affects a range of physical, cognitive and medical challenges for example, growth, with smaller body and head size; skeletal system, development, with delayed development, intellectual disability or learning disabilities; internal body organs including the GI, cardiac, genitourinary and neurologic body systems, etc. ( CDLS Foundation 2020).” Please visit https://www.cdlsusa.org/<br></p><p><br></p><p>Upcoming events: </p><p> May 7-Child and Youth Mental Health Day </p><p> May 12-National Denim Day </p><p> May 15-International Day of Families </p><p> May 15-June 15-Tourette’s Awareness Month<br></p><p>A Note From the Office: A reminder that voicemail messages left on the school’s main voicemail are being checked regularly and directed to the attention of the appropriate staff member. Please leave a detailed message, speak clearly, include your child’s name, and your name, so we can return a call quickly. We ask you to also remember that If you receive a phone call from a ‘blocked number’ this may be a staff member calling and trying to reach you. You are also welcome to email us at chrishadfield@scdsb.on.ca and your email will be forward to the correct staff member. <br></p>
April 27th Updatehttp://had.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/169April 27th Update<p>As we head into the fourth week of our Distance Learning journey, I want to thank all of our families for working with our staff to support your child’s education during this challenging time. Although your child’s academic progress is important, we believe there is nothing more important that our students’ and families’ well-being. We ask that you do what you are able to, in terms of distance learning, but if you are struggling, please reach out to your child’s educator. We are here to support you at this time, and understand that there needs to be flexibility to meet the needs of our families based on the demands that they are facing during the pandemic. Be safe, stay healthy and continue to maintain good communication with the school. We look forward to the time when we can all reunite together as a school community. </p><p><br></p><p><span aria-hidden="true"></span>From the Library: Family Fun! A family vision board is a fun way to think about future dreams, goals and things to look forward to. Vision boards are created using pictures you have found or by drawing images and words. As a family take time to brainstorm ideas and goals and then create or find the images to represent all the amazing ideas before putting them onto a board. </p><p><span aria-hidden="true"></span><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><span style="border:none;display:inline-block;overflow:hidden;width:162px;height:122px;"><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/E_kCoyav_2ISVrclz08leCCdoIa3ZxLkeZ_4tuG_gh3XirmRSJKk861QV6N1GrZdWDeUgvr3hLhwwMet2EEqsOo8yuUEOf6WH2V-2_Gz2uOJQjWXqnKSOgovNxgUJABxn1CmRlzU" width="162" height="122" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /></span></span></p><p><br></p><p>Follow Us On Twitter If you’re not on Twitter, this may be the time to join! Follow us on Twitter - @ChrisHadfieldSc There is so much going on! We are sharing resources, engaging in Twitter challenges and staff are posting selfies and sending messages to our community. We would love to see more students and families join in! If you’re not following us on Twitter……you’re missing a lot! See you there!! </p><p><br></p><p>Ramadan Mubarak Last Friday was the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan for the Muslim Faith. We want to wish all our families who are observing this holy time, Ramadan Mubarak. If students require some special considerations during this time, please reach out to your child’s teacher and we will be happy to make the appropriate accommodations.</p><p><br></p><p>Upcoming events:</p><p>May 7-Child and Youth Mental Health Day </p><p>May 15-International Day of Families  </p><p>May 8-CdLS Awareness Day</p><p> May 15-June15- Tourette’s Awareness Month  ​<br></p><p>​</p>
Thank You - Administrative Professionals Dayhttp://had.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/168Thank You - Administrative Professionals Day<p><span class="css-901oao css-16my406 r-1qd0xha r-ad9z0x r-bcqeeo r-qvutc0 ms-rteFontSize-3" style="border:0px solid black;box-sizing:border-box;color:#14171a;display:inline;font-stretch:inherit;line-height:1.3125;font-family:system-ui, -apple-system, blinkmacsystemfont, "segoe ui", roboto, ubuntu, "helvetica neue", sans-serif;margin:0px;padding:0px;white-space:pre-wrap;min-width:0px;background-color:#ffffff;">Happy Administrative Professionals Day </span><span class="css-901oao css-16my406 r-1qd0xha r-ad9z0x r-bcqeeo r-qvutc0 ms-rteFontSize-3" style="border:0px solid black;box-sizing:border-box;color:#14171a;display:inline;font-stretch:inherit;line-height:1.3125;font-family:system-ui, -apple-system, blinkmacsystemfont, "segoe ui", roboto, ubuntu, "helvetica neue", sans-serif;margin:0px;padding:0px;white-space:pre-wrap;min-width:0px;background-color:#ffffff;">to our wonderful office team. We miss seeing them everyday, but even during this closure they continue to play an important role in our school community. </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3">​</span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hubOJoLhhE0&amp=&feature=youtu.be"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3">This video is just a small way that we can say thank you for everything.</span></a><br></p>
April 20th Updatehttp://had.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/167April 20th Update<p>Thank you for your continued efforts in supporting us through the Distance Learning process. In meeting with our educators (in a virtual platform), they expressed how much they enjoy connecting with families and students. They appreciate all the evidence of learning that you send them and the messages that students are sharing with their teachers. Please continue to keep in close communication with your child’s educators and reach out to them when you need support. We also want to assure you that your child will not be losing their school year, regardless if we return to school or not. The work that your child is receiving is grade appropriate and on track with what they’d be normally receiving. Final report cards will be completed at the end of June. </p><p>On Wednesday, April 22nd, it is Administrative Professional’s Day. A big “THANK YOU” to Mrs. McAlendin, Mrs. Hovius and Mrs. Hurst for everything they do to make our school a wonderful place! They have been extremely helpful during the school closure and we appreciate all of their efforts. We know that you join us in thanking them, as they are important members of our community.​<br></p><p>If you’re not on Twitter, this may be the time to join! Follow us on Twitter - @ChrisHadfieldSc There is so much going on! We are sharing resources, engaging in Twitter challenges and staff are posting selfies and sending messages to our community. We would love to see more students and families join in! If you’re not following us on Twitter……you’re missing a lot! See you there!! <br></p><p>April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Earth Day was created to promote awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment. Learn about Earth Day by trying this interactive story which explores the benefits of sorting waste in order to help the environment. Afterwards, discuss as a family, what is one thing you can do at home to help save the Earth. <a href="https://pbskids.org/martha/stories/truestories/wastenotwantnot_story.html">https://pbskids.org/martha/stories/truestories/wastenotwantnot_story.html</a><br></p>
April 14th Updatehttp://had.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/166April 14th Update<p>​Chris Hadfield Families: I would like to take this opportunity to thank the hard-working and dedicated staff of Chris Hadfield Public school for their collective efforts in launching distance learning last week. They spent countless hours collaborating together in an effort to navigate through a process that is new to all of us. I would also like to thank families and students for doing their absolute best to work through our new reality. We understand that this new model isn’t perfect, we are learning as well, but in the days and weeks to come, we will continue to listen to your feedback and make changes to our practice to better this current system. We only ask that parents and families do their best and stay in communication with your child’s teachers. We understand that each household has their own unique circumstances and we know that you will make the best decisions for your own families. In turn, we ask for your patience and understanding as we work through this together. I have always been proud to be part of this school community. Today, I want to share with you that I have never been so proud of our staff, students and families as we come together during this unprecedented time. Stay safe and be well Commanders! Follow Us On Twitter If you’re not on Twitter, this may be the time to join! Follow us on Twitter - @ChrisHadfieldSc There is so much going on! We are sharing resources, engaging in Twitter challenges and staff are posting selfies and sending messages to our community. We would love to see more students and families join in! If you’re not following us on Twitter……you’re missing a lot! See you there!!  Twitter: @Chris HadfieldSc @ftelesco1 Website Address: http://had.scdsb.on.ca </p><p>E-Learning Resources Please use this link to access websites, links, passwords and a description of different resources to aid in your child’s e-learning: www.had.scdsb.on.ca/students/resources</p><p> Kindergarten Registration Online registration will be finalized with an in-school verification of documents upon the re-opening of the school or upon further direction of the Ministry of Education.</p><p> SchoolCash Online Refunds have been completed on the school level. As you can expect, SchoolCash Online is processing refunds at an extreme volume. At this point we are expecting refunds to be processed within 5-7 business days. If you do not see your refund by Tuesday April 14, please contact the school, and we will investigate further. Thank you for your patience and understanding. <br></p>