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					112 Stave Cres., Richmond Hill
T: (905) 508-7303
F: (905) 508–7351
Superintendent: Dr. Beate Planche                                                    From your Administrative Team!
Trustee: Diane Giangrande
                                                                                   Dear Parents/Guardians:
                                                                                   We would like to extend a thank you to all of our parents/guardians and stu-
                                                                                   dents who took part in the Student-Led Conferences on November 29th. Con-
                                                                                   ferencing provides an excellent opportunity for your child to celebrate his/
                                                                                   her strengths and plan out his/her areas for growth in Term 2. We hope that
                                                                                   the conference acts as a “spring board” for continued discussion at home.
                                                                                   Throughout the month of November our students focused on the character
                                                                                   trait of courage. We would like to thank all of the students for participating
                                                        December Newsletter 2007

                                                                                   in our Remembrance Day assemblies. It is important that we take the time to
                                                                                   remember the courage our soldiers have shown while fighting to protect our
                                                                                   beautiful country. The character trait for December is Empathy.
                                                                                   We would like to ask you to please take the time to review our school’s Code
                                     Silver Pines P.S

                                                                                   of Conduct with your child. Please remind your child that they are always ex-
                                                                                   pected to follow all of the school’s rules in accordance with the Safe Schools

                                                                                   Act, especially when playing outside at recess in the snow. We want all of our
                                                                                   students to be and feel safe at all times.
                                                                                   At Silver Pines we are committed to helping students reach their full poten-
                                                                                   tial by examining our own assessment data as well as larger scale assessment
                                                                                   results like EQAO to inform us about what is going well and what areas need
                                                                                   more attention.
                                                                                   In order to use the data to drive instruction and select the appropriate re-
                                                                                   sources, we use a Case Management approach. Through the Case Management
                                                                                   approach all staff members share a collective responsibility for all students.
                                                                                   At our monthly staff meetings, we work as a team to share best practices in
                                                                                   order to help move our students forward.
                                                                                   Finally, as the holiday season fast approaches, we would like to take the time
                                                                                   to wish all members of our community a happy, safe and restful holiday sea-
                                                                                   son. We have enjoyed a wonderful first term and look forward to continued
                                                                                   success in the New Year.

                                                                                   David Moore                                Tracey Davies
                                                                                   Principal                                  Vice-Principal
 Silver Pines School Reminders

  With the arrival of the cold weather it is im-                             Cold and Flu Prevention
  perative that you send your child to school                        Please have a discussion with your child about
  dressed appropriately. This includes remaining                     how to best prevent the spread of the cold and
                                                                     flu viruses. Students need to wash their hands
  outside for 30 minutes at both morning and                         frequently throughout the day, particularly if
  lunch recess.                                                      they are coughing or sneezing in their hands.
                                                                     They should cough or sneeze into a Kleenex if
  On days with extreme cold (around minus 20                         they have one. If not, they should cough or
  degrees Celsius with a wind chill) we will                         sneeze into their sleeve. Remind your child(ren)
                                                                     not to share food or water bottles. Also, they
  shorten the time that the students are outside.                    should avoid sharing musical instruments unless
  Only in extreme cold will the students remain                      they have sterilized the mouth piece.
  inside for the entire recess. Please ensure that                   If your child is not feeling well, please keep them
  your children come to school with extra clothes                    at home. Remember that if your child is well
                                                                     enough to be at school they are well enough to
  as it is easier to take off a layer if they get too                go outside at recess and lunch.
  hot than it is to put on a layer they may not
  have if they get cold.

 Pick Up/Drop Off
The Kiss and Ride area is working extremely well at the beginning of the day, but is congested with cars
parking at dismissal. Please remember that you are to circulate through the Kiss and Ride area until
you see your child standing at the front of the school on the sidewalk. Cars should not park in this
area, block the crosswalks at the entrance or block the exit of the Kiss and Ride area. This is a safety
hazard for our school and your children should there be an emergency!

 Kindergarten Registration
Registration for kindergarten students new to Silver Pines P.S. will take place beginning on Monday, January
14, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. Parents are requested to bring full documentation with them when they register their
child(ren). This includes proof of age (birth certificate, passport or other appropriate document), and proof
of residence (tax bill, rental agreement). Registration forms are available through the Board web site or
through the school web site. ( You can also come into the school to pick up a
registration package from the office beforehand.
No registrations will be processed before 9:00 a.m. on January 14th and those registering will be given an or-
der of registration once all of the appropriate documentation has been received and processed.
We do expect that there will be a need to overflow students again this year due to the number of students
currently at Silver Pines and the Ministry initiative to cap primary class size at 20 students in each primary
Information on how the overflow will be determined is available on the school website and can be found in pol-
icy NP109 on the Board web site. Please let your friends and neighbours know about the kindergarten regis-
tration process and encourage them to contact the school if they require further information.

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Silver Pines School Council                                    The Arts at Baythorn Public School

       Silver Pines School Council Meetings                             Does your child enjoy learning
Please note the following meeting dates for the school year:                 through the Arts?
                       December 11                              All grade four, and five students interested in
                        January 14                             learning through the arts (Drama, Dance, Music,
                       February 13
                                                               Visual Arts) are invited to audition for the Inte-
                                                               grated Arts Program at Baythorn Public School
                         March 3
                                                               located in Thornhill.
                          April 8
                                                               Please join us at our Arts Information Evening on
                          May 12
                                                               Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. in the
                Meetings are in the Library                    Gym at Baythorn Public School.
                      from 7—9 PM.

           We look forward to seeing you there!
                                                               Applications will be available on our school website
                                                               at (beginning
                                                               January 18, 2008).

Lunch Assistants Wanted!
We are always looking for School Assistants to supervise during the lunch hour! If you are available
to work at the school for an hour from 12:10—1:10 p.m., please contact Mrs. Davies at the school at
(905) 508-7303. You do not have to commit to being here every lunch hour during the week. If you
are available on Mondays, for example, and can be here every Monday, we can use your help.

Student Council

The Student Council is working to organize Operation Shoe Box again this year.
We look forward to continued support of this initiative and are confident that
we will continue to make a difference this holiday season for many children.

                                                   School Web Site
    Find out what is happening at Silver Pines on our website at

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Library News
On November 13th, the students in Grades 4—8 had the privilege of
hearing Eric Walters speak about his books. This experience was en-
joyed by all!
Please make sure your child has returned all overdue library books be-
fore the holidays. Students are welcome to keep books over the holi-
days, but it would be greatly appreciated if all sign-outs are up to date.

Library Helpers Wanted!!
If you have a couple of hours a week to spare and would like to volunteer to work in the Library, please
contact Mrs. Loates.

                      Sports News
                      Mr. Radia accompanied the Intermediate Girls’ and Boys’ Volleyball Teams to the
                      Area Tournaments on November 26th and 27th. The Girls and Boys teams repre-
                      sented the school extremely well. All team members are to be congratulated for
                      their fine efforts, their good sportsmanship and their excellent demonstration of

Lockers                                 Are You Too Sick to Go Outside at Recess?

All students who have a locker are      Thank you to everyone who follows our school rule that states
reminded that they are expected to      that if you are too sick to go out for recess, you are too sick to
have a lock on their locker at all      attend school. Please note that supervision is not available for
times.                                  students to remain in classrooms nor at the office during recess
                                        times if they are ill. If your child attends school, they will be
                                        expected to go outside at both morning and lunch recess.

No Nuts or Nut Products in Food Allowed
We have several students in our school who are severely allergic to peanuts and various other types
of nuts. If they come in contact with nuts or products containing nuts, they could die if they do not
receive life-saving medication in time.
We must work together as a caring community to protect ALL of our students. We need your support
in finding alternative foods that your child will eat for snacks and lunch while they are at school.

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News From Your School Council...
New Purchase for SPPS…
Students, parents, guardians and staff – The School Council is proud to announce that we will
soon be popping healthy, trans-fat free, popcorn in our very own, brand new, theatre style,
popcorn machine. SPPS is looking forward to enjoying this new purchase on special events/

An Ongoing Concern…
School Council, along with office staff, and Town Representatives are aware of current safety
concerns along Stave Crescent where the small park is located. We have requested a crossing
guard to be positioned in this area and the request is being aggressively pursued by our town
representatives. We will continue to update the community on this matter.
No more Chocolate, No more Magazines, No more gimmicks…
SPPS parents have requested that School Council organize a Donation Drive as a fundraiser and
we are doing just that!!! Please look for a letter to be sent home after the student-led confer-
ences requesting a donation in which 100% of the monies raised will benefit your child(ren) and
their school.

                                     SPPS Book Club…

A wonderful book for kindergarten and young primary students is…
        Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon written by Patty Lovell Illustrated by David Catrow

Intermediate students, both boys and girls will love…
                            Tuesday’s with Morrie by Mitch Albom.

      (Look for book recommendations and reviews from SPPS students in the New Year)

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Character Matters!

As we move into the holiday season, we look to our December character trait of Empathy. In order to
demonstrate empathy, one must find ways to try and understand or appreciate the feelings or perspec-
tive of another person.
Using our Restorative Approaches, questions will help students to empathize with one another. You can
try this at home by asking “How do you think it made the other person feel?” “What can you do to make
things right between you now?”

Promoting Success for All Students of Aboriginal Ancestry
In support of the Ministry of Education’s directive, the York Region District School Board is providing
an opportunity for students to self-identify their Aboriginal ancestry so that expanded supports can be
provided to First Nation, Métis and Inuit children. The process is voluntary and the information gath-
ered will be kept confidential.
The self-identification process will help the Board collect data to determine if students of Aboriginal
ancestry, especially those who experience gaps in their education, are receiving the appropriate level of
support to achieve their full potential.

Students who are already attending a public school in York Region can register by completing an Abo-
riginal Self-Identification Form which can be obtained from their school. New students can record
their Aboriginal status when they register on their Student Registration Form.

               For further information, please contact any of the following individuals at:

                                       (905) 727-3141 (Aurora/King)
                              (905) 895-7216 (Newmarket/East Gwillimbury)
                                         (905) 722-3201 (Georgina)
            (416) 969-8131 (Toronto/Markham/Richmond Hill/Vaughan/Whitchurch-Stouffville)

                 Chris McAdam, Sharon List or John Malloy, Superintendents of Education
                   José Fernandes, Administrator, Community and Cultural Services Unit
                            Barry McKillop, Aboriginal Education Liaison Officer
         Elizabeth Bigwin, Aboriginal Education Office, Ministry of Education,
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                                   Grade 1 French Immersion Program for the
                                             upcoming school year

The York Region District School Board offers two French Second Language programs: Core and
French Immersion.

Core French Program: Students will receive 40 minutes of daily instruction at their local public
school beginning in Grade 4.

French Immersion Program: Students receive full-day instruction in French in this optional
program beginning in Grade 1.

Both are excellent programs but have different language learning outcomes. Core French
graduates have basic communication skills in French which form a firm foundation for further
study of French and other languages. Students who graduate from French Immersion secon-
dary schools are functionally bilingual (able to work in a French milieu or attend a French-
speaking college or university).

Would you like further information regarding the French Immersion Program?

Information will be sent home in January with all SK students.

For parents interested in the French Immersion program for their children, please attend the
information evening on Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at Michaëlle Jean Pub-
lic School

Registrations for Grade 1 French Immersion will be accepted after January 30, 2008.
The deadline to apply for the school year commencing September 2008 is Monday, March 3,
Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. As space is limited, some
students may be required to attend a French Immersion school other than the one designated
for their community.
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           Health Services Department, Public Health Infectious Diseases Control Division
                 Notice to Parents and Guardians

Your child must have a complete immunization record on file with York Region
Health Services in order to attend school. York Region Health Services is required by
law to ensure that each child attending school in York Region is fully immunized.

To fulfil this requirement:
.     We maintain immunization records on every child (age 4-18) attending school in
      York Region.
•   We review our files each year and send out questionnaires asking for any missing
At some point throughout the school year, you will receive an Immunization Ques-
tionnaire asking for updated information about your child's immunization. When you
receive the questionnaire,
.     please call Immunization Services at 1-877-794-1880 with your information, or
.     complete the form and return it to: York Region Immunization Services 17250
      Yonge Street, Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 6Z1

                          Thank you for your co-operation.

              The Regional Municipality of York, 17250 Yonge Street, Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 6Z1

                           Tel: (905) 895-4511 1-877-464-9675 Fax: (905) 895-5450

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                               School Bus Cancellation Notice
School bus service may be cancelled from time to time due to inclement weather and/or poor road conditions. In these
cases, parents and students should develop alternate care/transportation arrangements.

Since busing schedules begin by 7:00 a.m. or earlier, all cancellation decisions must be made by 6:00 a.m. to ensure the
safety of our students. Cancellation decisions will only be made after thorough consultation with school bus companies
servicing York Region. Decisions are based on several factors including precipitation, air temperature and road condi-

Please note the following:

• A decision to cancel school bus transportation may be system wide (where all buses in York Region are cancelled) or
     municipality specific (where buses in one or more municipalities are cancelled).
• Even though transportation in your municipality is running, if your child attends school in a different York Region mu-
     nicipality where transportation is cancelled, your child will not be transported to/from school.
• Even though your child attends school in a different York Region municipality where transportation is running, if trans-
     portation in your municipality is cancelled, your child will not be transported to/from school.
• If buses are cancelled in the morning, they will not operate in the afternoon. Therefore students transported to
     school by parents will require the same transportation home.

Parents, students and school staff are asked to access the following radio and television stations after 6:00 a.m. to receive
bus cancellation information:

590 AM 640 AM 680 AM 860 AM 1010 AM 1050 AM
1540 AM 1580 AM

88.5 FM 89.9 FM 92.5 FM 93.1 FM 94.1 FM 94.9 FM
95.9 FM 97.3 FM 98.1 FM 99.1 FM 99.9 FM 101.1 FM
104.5 FM 100.7 FM 107.1 FM


A bus cancellation message will also be available at and by calling          1-877-330-3001.

The above procedure is not applicable to school charters. Please confirm the cancellation of these trips with school ad-

             Thank you for your support as we focus on providing safe transportation for all of our students.

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