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Winter Weather conditions information

IMG_2671While it is only autumn and November, it does indeed feel like winter in January! We often get questions from families around when students are kept inside and when they go outside. Our board provides a helpful website that outlines guidelines for extreme weather. One important message is to always have your child dressed to go outside during the school day.

With respect to extreme cold and weather conditions, the board does have guidelines that schools can use. They offer some great information on winter conditions and how to approach them. Two guidelines we use include:

  • When temperatures and/or wind chill reach minus 20 degrees Celsius, consider an indoor routine for recess/events.
  • When temperatures and/or wind chill reach minus 18/19 degrees Celsius, consider a shortened outdoor routine for recess/events.

We have had to implement these routines in the past but not often. Most days, we are able to go outside. One challenge for us as well is that conditions can change quickly. For example, we may implement indoor recess in the morning, but then be fine to go out at lunch as temperatures warm throughout the day.

On occasion we may also implement the cold weather plan prior to the start of the school day. On these occasions, you may still drop your child off at their entry doors a 7:55 a.m. and staff will be on duty to meet them.

As we have also had snowfall this month, it is a great time to remind everyone to be careful while on our school property. Please walk and drive safely at all times. During heavy snowfall, our caretakers often require several hours to clear pathways completely around the school. During these times, please make use of the entry doors that have been cleared. Despite clearing, icy conditions can also form quickly as temperatures fluctuate between day and night so please always be mindful of where you are walking. As always, please let us know if you notice a health or safety concern.

And, if winter is not your favorite time then we can remember that eventually our sunflowers will return…


Every Student Counts Survey Reminder

November 2018

Dear Families,

On November 12, York Region District School Board invited all students to participate in the Every Student Counts Survey (ESCS). Thank you to all of the families who have completed the survey so far. Your participation is greatly appreciated.

This is a friendly reminder for families with child(ren) in Kindergarten to Grade 6 to please complete the online survey at home with your child by November 30.  Earlier this month, you should have received a school letter with a link to the online survey. Families with more than one child in Kindergarten to Grade 6 were asked to complete one survey per child.

The online survey is available in English, Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Farsi, Gujarati, Hebrew, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Tamil, Urdu and Vietnamese.

If you have misplaced your letter, please contact the school office.  If you have already completed the survey, please disregard this letter.

The ESCS is voluntary and confidential. Survey results will be used to help improve our schools and to:

  • Identify and eliminate systemic barriers to student success;
  • Create more equitable and inclusive school environments; and,
  • Improve student achievement and well-being.

A summary of the results (grouped data only) will be available at schools and on the Board’s website in Spring 2019.

If you have any questions about the survey, please feel free to contact me. Additional information about the survey (i.e., FAQs and survey questions), is available at

This important initiative will help us work together to create equitable and inclusive school environments. Parents and guardians are our strongest partners in education and we thank you for your support.

School Council meeting cancelled for November 15, 2018

To our community,

Our regularly scheduled School Council meeting for today is cancelled.

Mr. Collins