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January 14, 2021 - Update 14, 2021 - Update<p>​</p><span><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">January 14, 2022</span></p><br><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Good Morning Tiger Families,</span></p><br><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">We are excited to welcome our students back into the building on Monday January 17th, for in-person learning who were currently enrolled in-person prior to the winter break.  Please review the following pertinent information in regards to the return to learn at Hillcrest Public School.</span></p><br><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;text-decoration-line:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Arrival & Dismissal</span></p><br><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">If you are a family that walks or drops off your children, please ensure that you are wearing a mask and social distancing while on school property.  Once your child(ren) have been picked up or dropped off, please do not congregate in the parking lot or dismissal area as we use a staggered dismissal procedure to ensure lower numbers of people are gathering at one time to ensure safety.</span></p><br><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;text-decoration-line:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Communication</span></p><br><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Please make sure that the office has your most recent email and phone number for communication purposes.  As well, please make sure that emergency contact information is current.  Please contact the office to update if necessary.</span></p><br><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;text-decoration-line:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Masking</span></p><br><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Students will be required to wear masks at all times in the school except during designated nutrition breaks.  Masks are also required to be worn while riding any type of school provided transportation.  The mask must cover their nose and mouth at all times.  Please review this expectation with your children.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:12pt;margin-bottom:12pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;text-decoration-line:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Updated Daily COVID-19 Self-Screening Tool</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:12pt;margin-bottom:12pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">As a reminder, families are asked to ensure that their child(ren) complete and pass the COVID-19 self-screening tool daily, prior to attending school. Based on the recommendation of the OCMOH, the</span><a href="" target="_blank"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> </span></a><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> has been updated and includes a more sensitive COVID-19 symptom list as well as the requirement for anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 to self-isolate and stay home, regardless of vaccination status. Families will receive daily reminders to complete the COVID-19 self-screening tool with their child(ren) and students will be asked, upon arrival at school, to confirm that it has been completed.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:12pt;margin-bottom:12pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> <a href="">Daily Covid 19 School Screening Tool</a></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:12pt;margin-bottom:12pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Please see </span><a href=""><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#1155cc;background-color:transparent;text-decoration-line:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"></span></a><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><a href="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/Return%20to%20School%20Public%20Health%20Flow%20Chart.pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />Return to School Public Health Flow Chart.pdf</a>for support if you have any questions after completing the daily screening.</span></p><br><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:12pt;margin-bottom:12pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;text-decoration-line:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Rapid Antigen Tests</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:12pt;margin-bottom:12pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Based on our current supply, all in-person students, school staff and bus drivers will be provided with two rapid antigen </span><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">tests to be used when individuals are symptomatic</span><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">. Rapid antigen tests will be sent home with students. Further information regarding the use of the tests will be provided.  </span><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Please note that tests will only be given to </span><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;text-decoration-line:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">students</span><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> who are at school learning in-person.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;text-decoration-line:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Technology Return</span></p><br><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Families that have borrowed technology may return it with students on Monday January 17th, 2022 if they feel their child(ren) can transport the device and charger safely to school.  Families may also return the device and charger to the front door of the school and ring the buzzer.  There will be staff available to assist you.  </span><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Please note that if technology was borrowed for this period of remote learning, it must be returned even if you are deciding to keep your child home to learn asynchronously.</span></p><br><br><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">We are excited to welcome back our in-person learners on Monday and we will be providing any updates and communication as it comes our way.  Please check your email regularly for important information regarding Hillcrest Public School.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Thank you,</span></p><br><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Mr. Meraska & Mrs. Kenny</span></p><div><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span></div></span><p><br></p>
Return to School - January 17th, 2022 Information to School - January 17th, 2022 Information<p>Please see attachment that was sent to SCDSB families on January 13, 2022.<br></p><p><a href="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/Jan%2013,%202022%20-%20Return%20to%20In-person%20Learning.pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />Jan 13, 2022 - Return to In-person Learning.pdf</a><br></p><p><br></p>
Remote Learning Update - January 4, 2022 Learning Update - January 4, 2022<p>​</p><p>Wednesday January 4, 2022</p><p>Hello Hillcrest Families,</p><p>We hope your family has enjoyed the holiday season, resting and rejuvenating for 2022!</p><p>As previously shared, our government has placed a pause on our return to @school learning as a measure to reduce the spread of COVID in our communities. Our students will be spending at least the next 8 days from January 5th to 14th  learning from home through our @home learning platforms – Google Classroom and Google Meets.  We are hopeful that the combined efforts in our current closure will enable us to return to more normal practice soon.  Although we have learned through our distance learning experience from the previous school year, we will undoubtedly face moments of frustration and angst through this, but by supporting each other as we have, we can get through this.  As I continue to say to staff, students and community – "We've Got This!"</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Technology</strong></span></p><p>Technology is available to those who require a device (Chromebook) for their child(ren) to use.  Please come to the front doors of the school and ring the buzzer between 9:30-3:30  (January 4-7th) if you require a device.  Staff will be available to assist you with this.</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>The School Day</strong></span></p><p>Teachers will be connecting with students/families to check in and confirm technology access,  as well as establish daily routines for the remainder of the closure. The Google Classroom and Google Meets will be the platforms used to support learning.</p><p>Each day, students are expected to be online with their teacher at 9:25 AM.  Attendance will be taken and the day will begin with teachers giving lessons synchronously (live) and asynchronously (independent work) throughout the day from 9:25-3:45.</p><p>Teachers will establish a schedule with students to be shared through the Google Classroom.</p><p>Students who are not online when attendance is done between 9:25 AM - 9:45 AM will be marked as absent. If your child is unable to attend school on a particular day (sick etc.)...just like a normal school day, please call the school office (705-728-5246 #1 for safe arrival) and indicate that your child will not be attending to the day's work. Office staff will be checking the messages each day regularly. Thank you.</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Access to Google Classroom  </strong></span></p><p>To log into your child's Google Classroom, click on the link to the Google Meet that is located in the Classroom header at the top of the home/stream page and join the Google Meet. The teacher will join at 9:25 AM. If a particular teacher has a different set of instructions, they will post a message in the Google Classroom stream or via their alternate communication methods.</p><p>Classroom teachers will share Google Classroom access support tips with families as they connect with you tomorrow.</p><p>We are hopeful to return to @school learning as soon as possible, but we will do what it takes to ensure our students, staff and community are safe and well.  If we have learned something from this, it's "anything is possible". We appreciate your understanding and support as we work together to get through this challenging time. </p><p>Staff are available throughout the school day to answer questions and provide support. Please do not hesitate to reach out and ask questions when you have them.</p><p>Take Care,</p><p>Mr. Meraska & Mrs. Kenny</p><p>Principal/Vice Principal<br></p><p><a href="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/VirtualLearningGuidelinesForStudentsAndParents_05Jan2020.pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />VirtualLearningGuidelinesForStudentsAndParents_05Jan2020.pdf</a><br></p><p><a href="">Technology Support for SCDSB Devices</a><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p>
Learn more about special education in the SCDSB through virtual outreach sessions more about special education in the SCDSB through virtual outreach sessions<p>​In 2022, the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) is hosting virtual special education outreach sessions to assist parents/caregivers in learning more about programs, supports and ways that we work together to support students with special education needs. </p><div><strong>IEPs and school-based assessments – information for parents/caregivers</strong></div><div>Jan. 13 </div><div>6:30 to 7:30 p.m.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Supporting students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in SCDSB schools and within our communities – information for parents/caregivers</strong></div><div>Feb. 17</div><div>6:30 to 7:30 p.m.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Supporting students as they transition into school, from one school to another, and from school upon graduation – information for parents/caregivers</strong> </div><div>April 12</div><div>6:30 to 7:30 p.m.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Working with families to create safe and supportive environments for children who have experienced trauma – information for parents/caregivers </strong></div><div>May 10</div><div>6:30 to 7:30 p.m.</div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div>Participants are asked to register in advance. Information to access the sessions will be shared via email with individuals who have pre-registered. <a href="">Learn more about each session and how to register</a>.   </div><div><br><br></div><p><br></p>
SCHOOL COUNCIL - ZOOM LINK - DEC 7, 2021 - 6:00 pm COUNCIL - ZOOM LINK - DEC 7, 2021 - 6:00 pm<p>​Please click on the link below to join the meeting.<br></p><p><br></p><div><br></div><div>Join Zoom Meeting<br></div><div><div>Topic: School Council - Hillcrest Public School</div><div>Time: Dec 7, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)</div><div><br></div><div>Join Zoom Meeting</div><div><a href=""></a><br></div><br></div><p><br></p>
Change of Learning Modes of Learning Modes<p>​<br></p><p>**SENT IN DECEMBER NEWSLETTER** DEC 3, 2021<br></p><p>Dear Parents/Guardians:</p><p>As previously communicated to SCDSB families in May 2021, Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) elementary school families are being provided an additional opportunity to request a change in learning mode (In-Person or Learn@Home) for their child(ren), where available space exists for Term 2 (February 22 to June 30, 2022). </p><p>As you are aware, the Ministry of Education directed school boards to develop plans for the 2021-2022 school year that included both In-Person and Learn@Home options, as well as flexible and responsive options should the need arise for schools to pivot based on local public health conditions. Operating successful instructional programs for both In-Person and Learn@Home programs requires considerable coordination and planning, taking into account multiple factors such as existing enrolment, school composition, continuity of cohorts and collective agreements. </p><p>While it is expected that the vast majority of elementary students will remain in their existing learning mode for the remainder of the school year, the SCDSB recognizes that individual situations may have changed; therefore, SCDSB families will be provided with the opportunity to request a change to their child(ren)'s mode of learning effective February 2022, where available space exists. </p><p><strong>Families requesting a change of learning mode from Learn@Home to </strong><strong>I</strong><strong>n-</strong><strong>P</strong><strong>erson learning are asked to contact the school directly prior to December 10, 2021, to discuss whether space is available to accommodate their request. </strong></p><p><strong>Families requesting a change of learning mode from </strong><strong>I</strong><strong>n-</strong><strong>P</strong><strong>erson to Learn@Home are asked to complete</strong><strong> an online request form. </strong><strong>The</strong><strong> online form</strong><strong> will</strong><strong> be emailed to families on Monday December 6 and</strong><strong> be available</strong><strong> from</strong><strong> Monday December 6</strong><strong> at 9 a.m.</strong><strong> and close Friday December 10 at 4 p.m.</strong><strong> It will also be available on the SCDSB's public website (</strong><a href=""><strong></strong></a><strong>).</strong></p><p><strong>The deadline to request a change of learning mode is December 10, 2021. </strong></p><p>It is important to note, requests for a change of learning mode will only be accommodated where available space exists.</p><p>If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the office.<br></p><p><br></p>
Tiger Tales - December Edition Tales - December Edition<p>​Check out the latest editon of "The Tiger Tales"<br></p><p><a href="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/December%202021.pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />December 2021.pdf</a><br></p>



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