ALGONQUIN RIDGE SCHOOL NEWSLETTER
#3 OCTOBER 2007
SCHOOL OFFICE 737-4080 SAFE ARRIVAL 739-9715 FAX 730-5820 WEBSITE www.alr.scdsb.on.ca
QSP FUNDRAISING EVENT
THANKS FOR A GREAT OPEN HOUSE EVENT
Thanks to everyone who attended the Open House Our fundraiser was a great success again this year.
event on Thursday, September 20. We were delighted Thanks to all who participated and a big thank you to all
with the large number of parents and students who the volunteers who made this possible. Thank you also
attended. It was a very successful evening. to QSP Reader’s Digest for donating 20 hardcover books
for our Library and three sport kits for our Phys. Ed.
PARENT/STUDENT CONFERENCES programs. The winner of the ice cream party was Ms.
Lynn’s Grade 1 class! Congratulations! They enjoyed
If you attended the Open House on September 20, we their treat on October 19. Remember that you and your
hope that you signed up for a parent/student conference family and friends can order on-line all year at QSP.ca
to be held with your child(ren)’s teacher(s) from Junior and the proceeds will continue to benefit our school. Just
Kindergarten through Grade 8 during the week of use our code 9076.
November 26 – 30. Any parents who have not yet
signed up for a parent/student conference, please THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE
contact your child (ren)’s teacher(s).
The Student Council would like to thank all ARES families
SCHOOL COUNCIL UPDATE for their participation in the annual food drive and for
making Thanksgiving a little better for those families in
At the October 2nd meeting, the following parents were need. Our school brought in well over 800 items (1355
installed as Members at Large (voting members) of the lbs.) of food this year. We are truly grateful to have such
School Council for 2007 - 2008: a caring community at Algonquin Ridge.
Kim Tassinari Bernice Miller FIRST TERM REPORT CARDS
Joanne Snider Liane Brassard
Tina Haddow June Martin-Ryba Students in Grade 1 through
Neil MacKay Caroline Okumura Grade 8 will receive their first term
Joanie Ryan Connie Nielsen report card on Monday, November 26. All report
Kim Gilmor Peter Royster
cards will include a parent/student response form.
Jillian Fenik Mary Santos
Please return the response form to your child’s
The following parents were acclaimed to the School homeroom teacher by Thursday November 29.
Council Executive for 2007 – 2008: JK/SK students will receive a first term conference
form on either Monday, November 26 (JK/SK “A”) or
Chair – Caroline Okumura Tuesday, November 27 (JK/SK “B”).
Co-Chair – Liane Brassard
Secretary – Jaime Grant STUDENT PHOTOS
Treasurer – Joanne Snider, Mary Santos
Students who were absent on our October 1 and 2 photo
The next meeting of School Council will be held on
days and any other students who are newly registered
Tuesday, November 6, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. in the
since then, please be prepared for student photos on the
Library. Please submit all agenda items to the office for
morning of Monday, November 5. PLEASE NOTE THE
Chair Caroline Okumura, by Thursday, November 1.
CHANGE OF DATE. Any students who require retakes of
photos taken on October 1 and 2 will also be included at
FRIDAY OCTOBER 26 IS A P.D. DAY
the same time on November 5. For any retake photos,
please ensure that the student has with him/her the
Students and parents/guardians are reminded that
original photos when the new photos are taken.
Friday October 26 is a P.D. Day. There will be no school
for students on that day.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED PEDICULOSIS (HEAD LICE) CHECKS
Parents/guardians are requested to check their child(ren)’s
Thanks to all our school volunteers for the great variety
head(s) on a weekly basis for head lice. At school we do our
of supports they provide to our students and staff. We
best to keep you informed of outbreaks of head lice reported to
were delighted to see the new and returning volunteers
us by parents. However, it is the responsibility of each
who attended our Volunteer Orientation Event in the
parent/guardian to monitor this situation and inform the school
Library on September 26. At this time, we are looking
of an outbreak. Such reports will remain confidential, but
for volunteers interested in performing the following
general notification will be sent home to affected classes of
students. If you wish to volunteer in order for us to conduct
school-wide screening of students for head lice, please leave
-Volunteers interested in receiving training in order to
your name in the office.
perform periodic head lice screening of our students are
asked to leave their name in the office.
VISITORS TO ALGONQUIN RIDGE
-Volunteers willing to count and role money which comes For the safety of all of our students we
to the office daily in payment for a variety of school
activities are asked to speak to Mrs. Korpela or Mrs. are reminding all parents/guardians that our
Westbrook in the office. school policy insists that all visitors (non-
students) are obliged to sign in at the school office
-Volunteers able to work on the ARES Safety Committee
to monitor the kiss-n-ride parking lot area before and
when entering the school for any purpose. We ask
after school are asked to leave their name in the office. that consideration be given to not disrupting
students and teachers during their instructional
ALL POTENTIAL VOLUNTEERS ARE REMINDED OF
time. Our teachers would be glad to speak to you
THE NEED FOR A VALID CRIMINAL RECORD
CHECK WITH A VULNERABLE SECTOR SCREENING over the phone or arrange a personal appointment
DONE WITHIN THE PREVIOUS SIX MONTHS. outside of their teaching time. Messages for
PLEASE SUBMIT TO THE OFFICE YOUR CRIMINAL students should be kept to emergencies and left with
RECORD CHECK IN A SEALED ENVELOPE
LABELED WITH YOUR NAME, ALGONQUIN RIDGE Mrs. Korpela or Mrs. Westbrook, our school
AND “CRIMINAL RECORD CHECK” ON THE FRONT secretaries.
OF THE ENVELOPE. PARENTS/GUARDIANS NEW
TO THE SCHOOL THIS YEAR REQUIRE THE
CRIMINAL RECORD CHECK BEFORE THEY BEGIN
TO VOLUNTEER. RETURNING VOLUNTEERS MUST INCLEMENT WEATHER PROCEDURES
SUBMIT THEIR CHECK BY DECEMBER 31, 2007. Please review and save the following inclement
INTERMEDIATE CO-ED FLAG FOOTBALL
Every reasonable effort will be made to keep the
On Saturday October 20, the Intermediate Co-Ed school open each day for those students who are
Flag Football team competed in the county able to attend.
tournament. The team played through rain, mud,
wind and cold with determination and character. EARLY MORNING PROCEDURES
They came 4th out of almost 170 teams in the 1. Radio stations B101 (101.1 FM-Barrie),
county. Way to go Rapids! The team only lost two ROCK 95 (95.7 FM-Barrie) and CHAY 93.1 (93.1
games all season, both were at the county FM-Barrie) will carry announcements in this regard.
tournament, where they faced some of the toughest Please tune in from 7:00 – 7:45 a.m. to avoid having
competition in the area. Team members are: to call the school.
Jason Kevin Emmott 2. Our school bus operators, Laidlaw and
Paul Kealey Alyssa Sinton, will decide in conjunction with the SCDSB
Jayne Sabrina Emily Transportation Department, whether or not it is
Bibs Haydon Bryce safe to cover their routes. Bus companies have the
Drew Dean Ryan responsibility to provide the details of any
cancellations or adjustments of any route to the
Thanks to Mr. Norris for coaching the team and radio stations for broadcast.
encouraging everyone all season. Thanks also to
Mr. Duiella for taking photos and creating a 3. All parents/guardians are reminded that it
display in the main office after the county is their responsibility to decide whether or not it is
tournament. safe for their children to leave for school under
conditions of severe weather, as well as at other
4. A) If buses are cancelled due to severe weather
conditions outside the immediate school area, but KISS-N-RIDE SAFETY
weather conditions are not hazardous in the
immediate vicinity of the school, the school will be With the wetter and colder weather upon us, it is
open to students. becoming much busier in the parking lot and therefore
In cases where buses have been cancelled, it is the EXISTING RULES MUST BE FOLLOWED TO ENSURE
parents’ responsibility to decide whether or not THE SAFETY OF ALL STUDENTS.
students who normally ride a school bus should
set out for school, or should be driven to school. Please remember that Algonquin Ridge is a walking
school. Have your children walk to and from school
If parents drive their children who are normally whenever possible to provide additional physical activity
bused to school on inclement weather days when and fresh air for students and to reduce the congestion in
buses have been cancelled, it is their responsibility our parking lot. Parents are encouraged to start a
to ensure that appropriate arrangements have supervised walking group where neighbours take turns to
been made to provide for their children’s safe escort students to and from school.
return home at the end of the regular school day,
or during the school day if conditions worsen and Drivers are reminded to follow these safety rules in the
it is necessary to close the school at any time kiss-n-ride:
before the end of the regular school day. If buses Pull as far forward in the kiss-n-ride lane as possible
are cancelled in the morning they are cancelled for before allowing children to exit your vehicle. This
the entire day and will not run at a later time that does not mean your child cannot exit until you are at
day. the front of the line. If the kiss-n-ride is full and you
are at the side curb, your children can exit there.
B) If adverse weather conditions prevail over a Have children organized and ready to leave your
wide area, the school will be declared closed and vehicle when you get to school.
all students and staff should remain at home. This Have all children exit vehicles on the passenger side
will be announced on the radio stations mentioned and only at the kiss-n-ride curb.
above. Once children have left the vehicle, continue
immediately to the stop sign in the kiss-n-ride lane,
EARLY SCHOOL CLOSING PROCEDURES then merge.
It may be necessary, in rare or unusual Please give the right of way to merging vehicles from
circumstances of an emergency nature, to close the the kiss-n-ride lane into the exit lane.
school. Radio stations mentioned above will carry Do not leave your vehicle while you are in the kiss-n-
the announcement of the early calling of buses. ride lane. If your children are too small to open
vehicle doors on their own, please park and escort
Please Note: It is the parent/guardian’s them to the sidewalk.
responsibility to make alternate arrangements for Please follow these rules at all times, whether or not
children’s supervision in the case of school closure a kiss-n-ride volunteer is visible to you. Other
or early school closing. parents/students may be in the same situation and
Should you encounter difficulty in making such need to use the kiss-n-ride lane safely as well.
arrangements, please discuss this matter with your
child’s teacher as soon as possible so that a Walkers/Parents please:
satisfactory understanding may be established. If parking, please escort your children (in a group)
Unless we hear otherwise, we will proceed on the through the parking lot. Please cross at the stop sign
basis that you have an alternative plan in place. or at least let the traffic flow before crossing. Please
Please review your alternate arrangements cross directly to the sidewalk.
frequently with your children and your emergency If you are walking with children (especially with
contact adults. Please update the office. strollers, etc.), please stay between the school and
the bike racks to alleviate congestion at the kiss-n-
Bus Route Numbers for Algonquin Ridge Students: ride. When pedestrians are too close to the curb,
- Laidlaw Route #106 drivers become nervous and there is no room for
- Sinton Routes #082 and #170 children to exit vehicles.
EXPENSIVE ITEMS TO LEAVE AT HOME Please leave your name in the office if you wish to
volunteer to assist with supervision in the kiss-n-ride area.
For the safety and security of everyone, we encourage
all students to leave expensive or treasured items at THE SCHOOL WEB PAGE IS UP AND RUNNING!
home. These include (but are not limited to) expensive
watches, jewelry, video games, CD’s/CD players, iPods, Be sure to check out the school website (alr.scdsb.on.ca).
cell phones, pagers, expensive toys and any other It has a new look! The front page is updated on a daily
treasured or valuable items. We are unable to basis to let you and your family know what is happening
guarantee the safety or security of such items at school. at “The Ridge”. Check regularly as new links are added.
YOUR CHILD’S IMMUNIZATION RECORD ALGONQUIN RIDGE REVISED STAFF LIST
(as of October 2007)
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is required by
law to keep complete immunization records on every School Administration
school-aged child in Simcoe County and the District of B.Thompson, Principal
Muskoka. Unfortunately the Health unit does not receive F. Yamich, Vice-Principal (in the absence of
immunization information directly from doctors’ offices. It A. Shehata)
is the parent’s/guardian’s responsibility to give all Primary Division Teachers
immunization information to the Health Unit. If your
child’s immunization record is not complete, you may L.Bottrell(JK/SK) M.Haenni (Gr. 3)
receive a notice from the Health Unit requesting dates E. Ferris(JK/SK) S. Baker (Gr. 3)
for immunization or proof of a valid exemption. You will K.McAndless JK/SK) J. VanKrimpen (Gr. 3)
also be advised that your child may be suspended from B. Stockdale (SK/Gr.1), D. Heidman (Gr. 3),
school if the Health Unit does not receive this S.Boyd(Gr.1),
information. Please check to make sure that your child’s J.Lynn (Gr. 1),
immunization information is up-to-date and that the S.Chalmers (Gr. 1/2),
Health Unit has record of it. Please call Health L. Whelan(Gr. 2),
Connection at (705) – 7520 with any questions. T. Gill (Gr.2),
W.McIvor (Gr. 2)
ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS IN OUR YEARBOOK Junior Division Teachers
Our yearbook committee needs the support of your L.Lippert/A. Welsman S.Rudge(Gr.4)
business! To help finance the cost of our new fully- (Gr.4)
coloured yearbook, bring your business card and $35.00 G.Cunning (Gr.4) H.McLean(Gr.4)
to the main office and we will publish your card in our S.Sclater(Gr.5) S. Bayley(Gr. 5)
yearbook in June, 2008. Receipts will be issued. J.Oatway (Gr.5/6) K.Hamilton(Gr.6)
B. Rumley (Gr. 6)
OUTDOOR IMPROVEMENT SUGGESTIONS
Intermediate Division Teachers
Thanks to all staff, students and parents who submitted K. Nafziger (Gr.7), R.Norris (Gr.8),
suggestions for improvements to our rear yard areas of M. Hamblin (Gr.7), D.Turner(Gr.8),
the school, based on the article in the previous
M.Horie (Gr.7), R.Collett(Gr.8)
newsletter. All submitted suggestions are now in the
hands of a landscape architect for consideration by the
Special Education Teachers
Simcoe County District School Board. Parents who
submitted their name as an expression of interest in the J.Smith(Learning Centre) J.Miller(SERT)
creation of an Outdoor Improvement Committee will be K. Cascone (ASD Class) J.Hewson(SERT)
contacted when the draft improvement plan is ready. P.Jackman(SERT)
OUR SMART BOARDS ARE HERE! French as a Second Language Teachers
With the financial support of our School Council, J.Barnes J.Murphy
Algonquin Ridge staff and students are now making R.Halwani L.Lippert
good use of three new SMART boards – large, white,
portable, interactive computer screens. These Librarian
enhancements to the positive learning environment of P.McNamara
our school are motivating both staff and students to
expand their computer expertise to the benefit of student Planning Time Teachers
L.Edgar J. Miller
MILK PROGRAM J.Hewson K.Bamford
The milk program needs volunteers! It will take an hour
of a volunteer’s time. We need volunteers to fill the milk Educational Assistants
crates with the milk orders. Our students deliver the milk M.Cook L.Prince W.Mullen
to the classrooms. Presently we cannot continue to run B.Hurst C. Kavaratzis L.Wilson
this service without additional volunteers. Please L.Ellis J.Westman H.Rodger
consider this opportunity. Call Judy Westman at 737 – K. Reeves D.Gilbert
4080 if you can help.
Office Staff – J. Korpela, B. Westbrook
Custodial Staff (Days) - M.Sheard
COMMIT TO CHARACTER
In 2004, The SCDSB initiated a program of character MARATHON OF HOPE
education called Commit to Character. The Commit to
Character program identifies ten characteristics which Algonquin Ridge’s 8 annual “Marathon of Hope”, held on
allow Algonquin Ridge to maximize the potential for Thursday, September 27, was another great success!
student achievement by providing an environment that is The classes spent a few weeks discussing, writing about,
both safe and conducive to learning. The 10 reading about, and watching the videos about Terry Fox.
characteristics are: He is a Canadian hero and we are all very proud his
determination and his courage. Terry is a great role
1. Integrity – We act justly and honourably in all that we model! Our school assembly and our run revolved around
do. the theme of HOPE. We heard about family members
2. Responsibility – We are accountable for our actions and friends who have battled, or are currently battling,
and we follow through on our commitments. cancer. Our HOPE is that “HOPE” is growing faster than
3. Co-operation – We work together towards shared cancer and that one day a cure will be found. Following
goals and purposes. our assembly we all went outside to jog or walk. We were
4. Empathy – We strive to understand and appreciate once again part of the National School Run Day (Simcoe
the feelings and actions of others. County schools held it a day earlier because of the
5. Optimism – We maintain a positive attitude and have scheduled P.D. day on Friday, September 28).
hope for the future. Enthusiasm, determination and energy were evident from
6. Respect – We treat ourselves, others and the all participants during the time we spent together. We all
environment with consideration and dignity. went out with a common purpose and truly succeeded.
7. Honesty – We behave in a sincere, truthful manner. Algonquin Ridge staff and students would like to thank
8. Caring – We show kindness towards each other. everyone for their involvement and commitment towards
9. Inclusiveness – We include everyone in what we do this worthy cause. On behalf of Algonquin Ridge
and value their unique contribution. Elementary School, the Terry Fox Foundation will receive
10. Courage – We do the right thing even if it is difficult. approximately $1 100. WOW! That is fantastic! Thanks
again for helping us to help Terry fulfill his dream.
CROSS COUNTRY RUNNING Special thanks to The Interested Parents Group for their
donation of our “healthy snack” of apples from Carpe
Congratulations to all runners who competed for Diem following our event.
Algonquin Ridge during the fall’s cross country running
season. At the meet held at Sunnidale Park on October HELP KEEP OUR SCHOOL QUIET AND CLEAN
10, five of the eight age teams finished in first place and
came home with a plaque. There were also four We are seeking donations of used tennis balls to be
students who won medals at that meet. Congratulations placed on the bottom of our classroom chairs. Teachers
to Derek (Grade 4) and Colton (Grade 5) who placed like them because they cut down on the noise in
first, Cameron (Grade 8) placed second and Michael classrooms and our custodians like them because they
(Grade 5) placed third. Considering that there were 14 help save the wax on the floors. Please give all
schools competing, our school results at this meet were donations to your child’s homeroom teacher. Thanks for
outstanding. your help.
28 runners competed in the county cross country meet FORMS TO BE RETURNED TO THE SCHOOL
held at Duntroon Highlands on October 17. Once again, Please check that the following forms have been completed
our team represented Algonquin Ridge with distinction. and returned to the school:
Our Grade 5 boys ran to a third place finish overall.
Derek from Grade 4 placed second in his race and Medical Emergency Forms (if needed due to a student’s
Madison from Grade 5 placed sixth in her race. specific medical condition or if medication is to be given
by school staff to a student on a regular basis during
Thanks to Mr. Hamblin for coaching our team this year the school day)
and for organizing the meet at Sunnidale Park with his
ARES student assistants Keely, Nicole, Cole, Paige and -Student Internet Use Guidelines form (one per family),
Jayne. Thanks also to our coaches Mme Murphy, Mrs. to confirm safe internet use at school and permission of
Miller, Mr. Hamilton and Mrs. Smith. parents/guardians for students to use the internet at
school for educational purposes.
INTERMEDIATE BOYS VOLLEYBALL
The Intermediate Boys Volleyball team participated in Please contact the school office if you require
their first invitational tournament on Friday, October 12 an additional copy of any of these forms.
at Eastview Secondary School in Barrie. The boys
worked well together. They won all twelve games and
finished first overall in the tournament. Congratulations
boys! Good luck for the remainder of the season.
Thanks to coaches Mrs. Smith and Mr. Collett.
BRINGING SCHOOL HOME
The Simcoe County District School Board produces a
regular e-bulletin to help parents support children on
their journey of lifelong learning. Connections between
home and school support student achievement. In each
Bringing School Home e-bulletin, you will find practical
tips and strategies to help your child achieve success in
those important years of learning from Kindergarten to
Grade 12. Bringing School Home is available through
the Simcoe County District School Board website
(www.scdsb.on.ca). As well, parents, guardians and
other interested members of our school community may
subscribe through the board website and have the
bulletin e-mailed directly to their email accounts.
Readers may also unsubscribe at any time.
LEGISLATIVE PAGE PROGRAM AT QUEEN’S PARK
The Legislative Page program is open to Grade 7 and 8
students who wish to apply to work in the Legislative
Chamber of the Provincial Parliament in Toronto. Pages
participate in the legislative process, act as messengers
in the Legislative Chamber and meet with politicians and
officials. They also learn how laws are made and how
the Province of Ontario is governed.
The program is open to Grade 7 and 8 students whose
current level of academic standing is Level 4 (80% or
higher). Applicants should be actively involved in a
variety of extra-curricular activities, both in and outside
of school, show an interest in current affairs and get
along well with their peers and adults.
Interested students and their parents/guardians are
asked to apply by December 15, 2007 for the spring
session or by June, 2008 for the fall session of
Legislative Page Program
Legislative Assembly of Ontario
Room 191, Legislative Building,
Queen’s Park, Toronto, Ontario M7A 1A2
Phone: 416 – 325 – 7457
Fax: 416 – 325 – 3842