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Welcome back to school!
We are looking forward to welcoming back all of our students on Tuesday morning. As they arrive at school they’ll notice that we have posted grades 1 to 8 around the outside of the school building. The names of the teachers teaching those grades are also posted. There will be a staff member or volunteer in a reflective vest at each grade sign to help direct students to where their class is gathering. There will also be a number of other staff and volunteers in the yard to assist you. Kindergarten students will go directly to the kindergarten area. Staff and volunteers will assign each student a colour when they enter the kindergarten yard. The kindergarten door that has the same colour is your child’s class.
If it is raining on Tuesday morning Grade’ 1 to 3 will gather in the gym, Grade 4 to 8 will go to last year’s classroom, kindergarten students will go to the kindergarten doors and new students will gather in the front foyer.
Please see the link below for more detailed information and a map of the yard.
Just a little update…
Our indoor renovations look great! We renovated four kindergarten classrooms to accommodate our Full Day Kindergarten program and relocated our Autism Spectrum Disorder program to another classroom. The library was redesigned to help accommodate our new classroom. We also renovated a workroom to create a music room for our students to use. We are very excite to be able to dedicate this space to support The Arts in our school.
Unfortunately not everything that we expected to be done over the summer was completed. Our kindergarten play area was not started over the summer but I’m told it will be started sooner then later. The play areas will be revised until the play yard is completed. The fence providing the safety barrier between the parking lot and school yard was started and is expected to be completed within the week.
New for September 2014
New entry and exit procedures for students entering the yard as well as the school building.
New Safe Welcome procedures that have been implemented at all SCDSB schools.
New Video Surveillance at the school
Please see the links below for more detailed information.
We are looking forward to a great year! As always if you need anything or have any questions please drop in or give us a call.
Wednesday August 27, 7:00 at Bear Creek Secondary School
Parent involvement in the learning process of schools is the number one factor for student success. As schools look towards using social media to improve learning, many parents may be fearful of what this means. Social media provides an opportunity for parents to have meaningful engagement in the learning of their children. This can greatly change the conversations not only at school, but also at home.
This talk provides peace of mind to parents, while also engaging you to consider the unique opportunity you have to participate in your children’s learning.
Mr. Cappadocia has accepted a position at another school as a Principal. He has appreciated the experience he gained here at Algonquin Ridge and is looking forward to his new role. Mr. Cappadocia was only at our school for a short time but we appreciate all the contributions he made to our community. Thank you Mr. Cappadocia and good luck at your new school! Our new Vice Principal is Mr. Van Arragon. He is joining us from Hyde Park where he was a teacher librarian. We are looking forward to him joining our Algonquin Ridge community!
We have also posted Algonquin Ridge’s Staff for 2014-2015 school under the About Our School tab above.
On this last day of school for 2013/2014, we’d like to say farewell to many of our students, who are moving to new schools, but especially all the best wishes to our Grade 8 students as they head off to high school.
The end of the school year also brings with it the moving on of some of our staff members. Two have retired, many of them have transferred to other schools and others have been filling in for other staff as LTOs. We wish all these staff members all the best in their new endeavours and adventures. They will leave an empty spot in our Algonquin Ridge family. All the best to Ms. Jackman, Mrs. Chalmers, Ms. Rodger, Mrs. Domik, Mr. Boulton, Mr. Preston, Mr. J. Heidman, Mr. Cua, Ms. Finnimore, Ms. Gilbert, Mrs. Edgar and Mrs. Hewson as they start a new chapter in their careers.
Many thanks to The Barrie Garden Center for graciously providing the flowers which decorated our gym for the Grad 8 Graduation ceremony.