October 17-21

It’s time to remind children about being safe in our community.
It’s a good time for parents to remind children about personal safety.
Here’s what children need to know:

  • Their name, age, telephone number, address, city and province.  This can be done through rhyme or song.
  • How to contact their parents at any time, by memorizing cell or work numbers.
  • How and under what circumstances to call 911.
  • To never approach or enter a stranger’s vehicle.  A responsible adult would never ask a child for directions or any other question for that matter.
  • Make sure they know they have a right to say “no” to an adult, especially when the adult is asking them to do something they have been taught is wrong or feels uncomfortable.  Reminding children of this right is important because children are taught from a young age to respect adults.
  • To always tell parents where they will be and to never enter someone’s home without their parent’s permission.
  • If home alone, never admit it when answering the phone. Never answer a knock at the door or speak through it.  Adults can be very persuasive.  Teach your child to call you if there is a knock at the door and if they fear for their safety, teach them to call 911.  Make sure they know that police officers are there to help them and would not get mad if it were a false alarm.
  • If they think they are being followed or are in danger they should run home or to a public place.  If someone grabs them, they should try to get away, yelling and screaming while doing so.
  • It is important to play in safe areas, never take shortcuts and stick with a buddy whenever possible.

It is never too early or too late to teach children the importance of personal safety.  Common sense, communication and consistency are the keys. Remind children to alert a responsible adult if something strange happens that makes them feel uncomfortable. Remember, crime prevention is everyone’s responsibility.
For more information on this subject, visit www.yrp.ca.

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Since 1993, the United Nations has observed the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on October 17 each year. On this day, the awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution around the world is promoted through many events and activities. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal aims to “end poverty in all its forms everywhere”. The UN believes that poverty is not simply the lack of material goods (housing, food, clothing, income) but also the humiliation and exclusion people living in poverty experiences. This is precisely the theme that the UN has chosen for this year: Moving from Humiliation and Exclusion to Participation. YRDSB recognizes this very important day, and your child may be participating in discussions and/or other learning experiences related to this. For more information about the United Nations’ International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, please visit http://www.un.org/en/events/povertyday/

Arts Mackenzie Information Night | October 19 @ RHCPA
Current Grade 7, 8, and 9 students and families interested in YRDSB’s specialized arts program at Arts Mackenzie are invited to attend an information session on October 19 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. The Arts Information Night is an opportunity for prospective students and their families to learn more about the Arts Mackenzie program and the application process. During this evening, there will be presentations by the faculty, student performances, examples from the classroom environment and an opportunity to connect with current Arts Mackenzie students. Admission is free.
for more information: arts-mackenzie-information-september-2017

October 20, 2016 is Spirit Day.
It is an annual day in October when millions of North Americans wear purple to show their support for LGBTQ youth and to take a stand against bullying. Students, schools, organizations, corporations, media professionals, celebrities and parents wear purple to send a message that LGBTQ youth are to be celebrated and
respected for who they are. YRDSB encourages everyone to embrace individuality by wearing purple this Thursday.
Thank you!

Popcorn Sales
Popcorn sales starts next week for one week. The cost is $2 a bag. Please send your child to school with exact cash.  If your child is in Kindergarten they will have had the chance to preorder. Forms have already been sent home.

Picture day 24/25
Students will be taking their individual and class photo on October 24 or 25th.  Please check with your child’s homeroom teacher to confirm the date.

Pizza Day reminder
Students spend upward of 6 hours at school.  One or two slices of pizza during the lunch hour is not adequate nutrition to sustain your child for learning.  Please remember to continue to send snacks to school so that your child(ren) are not hungry.  Healthy choices such as fruit and vegetables is a good option.

Lost and Found
Has your child lost an item of clothing or learning materials at school?  Please come check our Lost and Found pile in the office.  We will be donating unclaimed items at the end of November.  Remember to come check!

Cold Weather Preparedness

Studies show that fresh air and exercise is the best way to keep children well. Please remember to dress your child for outdoor play on a daily basis and assume they will play outdoors.  As the weather gets colder, dressing your child in layers is the best defence.  If your child is not dressed appropriately the office may call home to request additional clothing.  Our goal is to keep our students health.

Please make sure that your children are dressed properly for our cool and crisp fall days.  It is advisable for students to bring extra pants and socks. A change is often necessary due to the wet and cold weather of the fall months.  To avoid adding to our clothing collection in the Lost and Found, please be sure to label all articles of clothing.  Boots, hats, mitts/gloves, scarves, and snow pants for the younger children will help make recess an enjoyable time.