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Monthly Archives: November 2022

Bus #283

This bus has been delayed but has left the school now. Please expect an up to 20 minute delay.

SEB Staff Parking Lot

Good Afternoon Stars,

We are looking for your support to keep our students safe. Our staff parking lot is not able to handle all the morning and afternoon traffic. If you need to drive your child to and from school, we ask that you find a side street and either walk your child to/from the school or pre-determine a meeting place.

Thank you for partnering with us to keep all SEB Stars safe.

French Immersion Info for SK Families: Tonight at 4:00 p.m.

FRENCH IMMERSION

Parents and Guardians with students in SK: It’s time to consider whether the French Immersion program is of interest to your family.  French Immersion is an optional program that starts in Grade 1.  Registration is done through a lottery which opens January 9th and closes February 5th.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.  You are also invited to attend any of the 6 Parent Information sessions being held across the region from November 29th to January 10th.

Flyer for Newswire – Parent Info – final

SEB Star Updates

Advent:

Advent Week 1: HOPE - Housing and Homeless Supports

Yesterday was the first Sunday of Advent. Advent is a time in which we prepare for the coming of Jesus.  At SEB, we will celebrate each week of Advent, every Thursday, with divisional liturgies and the lighting of the Advent Candle. The first candle is the candle of HOPE. The lighting of the candle is not a passive act. It reminds us that we too are the light, as Jesus said in Matthew 5:14. We can shine a light in dark places, providing kind gestures or a kind words to those in need. Over the next four weeks, we will prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus!

Umbrella Project:

On Thursday, we will introduce our new Umbrella Project skill of Motivation to our students. Our virtual assembly highlights the importance of this skill and what we can do as a school community to focus on this. We will also celebrate our students who receive recognition for November’s focus on gratitude. We always appreciate our students who consistently demonstrate their attitude of gratitude.

EQAO Results:

Last spring, our students in Grades 3 and 6 participated in the provincial assessments of reading, writing and mathematics that are directly related to the Ontario curriculum. These assessments were conducted by Ontario’s Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO). Individual Student Reports with a covering letter explaining the assessment will be sent home today with our grade 4 and 7 students.

EQAO assessments are another source of information about student learning. As a school community, we examine the results, highlighting strengths and areas to improve upon. After examining results, if you have any questions, please contact the classroom teacher or office.

Winter Walk to School:

Tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov 29th, will be this year’s first Winter Walk to School Day. This is an opportunity for families to join staff to encourage healthy living and activity. Parents/Guardians of little ones are asked to join to supervise while students in grades 7 and 8 can meet Ms. Kipfer at the corner of Glen Forrest and Toll Gate (Bread and Bretzel Bakery) at 8:15 a.m. All will then walk to school together. Dress for the weather.

Winter Walk to School Day Feb 10th – John Sweeney

 

CSAC Update for Spook-A-Thon

Spook-A-Thon Results

Spook-A-Thon was a huge success! Not only did our Stars have an amazing day, but we also raised $4,924!

We are so appreciative of our SEB community’s support of this fundraiser. All funds collected will go directly back to the students through the purchase of classroom games and resources, school supports, and family events and activities.

Can’t wait until next year. Spook-a-thanks, Stars!

SEB Updates

Progress Reports:

These will be sent home with your child(ren) today. Teachers are also communicating when your Parent/Student/Teacher 10-minute conference will be. Please reach out to the classroom teacher if information is not received.

Increase the Peace Week:

Our SEB school culture is a year round focus for all staff and students. This week, in particular, we draw special attention to our inclusive, positive, and kind school community. Daily events focusing on awareness are being held in the classrooms.

Snow Fun and Cold Temperatures:

Our SEB Stars are enjoying their time so far with our new delivery of Canadian snow. Please ensure your child is dressed for the weather. Board policy dictates that we stay inside if temperatures are colder than -27 degrees Celsius. We will also shorten recess time if between -20 and -27 degrees Celsius. Extra mittens for young ones are always helpful. A reminder that indoor shoes are also needed for phys-ed activities. Our snow reminders are captured in the link below.

We ask our families to pay attention to the media for cancellations due to weather. Please note, when buses are now cancelled it does not necessarily means schools will be closed. The decision to close schools is now a separate decision. If schools are closed due to inclement weather, there will NOT be any synchronous learning.

Bus 283 & 247

Bus 283 & 247 have now left the school. Please expect a 10-minute delay.

PD Day/Chromebook Reminder

Hello Stars,

A reminder that tomorrow is a Professional Development Day for all staff. There is no school or extended day for Friday, November 18th.

If your child previously registered for a device, they have been sent home with a Chromebook again today. This is a proactive measure in case schools are closed on Monday due to the CUPE labour disruption.

Please continue to check Newswire for school updates.

Thank you.

WCDSB Update on Potential CUPE Strike

Dear Parents & Guardians:

As you may be aware, the Ontario government and education workers represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees – Ontario – (CUPE) continue to negotiate in hopes of reaching a deal that works for all.
On Wednesday, November 16th, CUPE served five days’ notice that if no contract is reached, their workers would be on strike effective Monday, November 21, 2022.
CUPE and the government have negotiation dates scheduled up to and including Sunday November 20, 2022.  It is our hope that a deal will be reached before Monday’s strike date and kids can come to school as normal.
The WCDSB has more than 1,200 staff represented by CUPE, in multiple different roles in schools.
As before — given such a large number of potentially absent staff, should a strike occur, it will not be possible to safely open and operate our schools.
If a strike occurs, and schools are closed to in-person attendance, we will move directly to synchronous remote learning.
Chromebooks that were previously requested will be sent home again with students on Thursday, Nov 17th.
A reminder that Friday, Nov- 18th is a Professional Development Day for staff. The school is closed to students.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to ensure the learning of all students keeps moving forward.
We will keep you updated as further information becomes available.
Please monitor our website: https://www.wcdsb.ca/about-us/labour-updates/
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