We had a great evening down at the dome watching the Blue Jays last night. Thanks to all those families who joined us.

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You and your family won’t want to miss it! The Algonquin Ridge School Council is hosting a fun fair at our school on Wednesday, June 10 from 5-7 PM.

There will be a barbecue so you’ll be able to purchase supper for your family and lots of fun and entertainment such as a jumpy castle, obstacle course, Barrie Parks and Recreation staff leading games, face painting, balloon animals and more.

This is a great opportunity to get to know your school family better, make new acquaintances and renew old friendships. Be sure to set this date in your calendar and we’ll see you there!

Have you already ordered your new Algonquin Ridge spirit wear?

We have t-shirts, long sleeve shirts, shorts, sweat pants, and hoodies! Your last chance to order is this weekend. If you would still like to order fill in the order form below and return it to school first thing Tuesday morning after the long weekend.

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Orders should be delivered by the first week of June.

Dear Parents/Guardians of students in Grades 3 and 6,

I am writing to make you aware of a change in plans for the upcoming Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) Grade 3 and 6 Provincial Assessments.

Yesterday afternoon, EQAO notified Directors of Education, Superintendents of Schools and Elementary School Principals that they will not be sending the Grade 3 and 6 Reading, Writing and Mathematics assessment materials to any boards currently affected by labour action.

Currently, like all public boards in Ontario, elementary teachers in the SCDSB have begun job action, so no assessment materials will be forwarded to any SCDSB elementary schools.

As a result, no SCDSB students in Grades 3 & 6 will be writing the EQAO assessments this year.

Should the labour situation change prior to the planned administration (between May 25 – June 6), EQAO has assured boards of education that they will update us immediately with any proposed changes to this plan.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have.

Sincerely,

Kerry-Lynne Torrie
Principal

May
13

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On May 6 our new friends from Warnica Public School who will be joining us permanently at Algonquin in September came to visit their new school. Just over 40 students from grade 1-7 came to visit for and hour. During their time here, our Algonquin Ridge student leaders met them in the gym, taught them our Algonquin Ridge cheer, and took them on a tour of our school. The students also visited their same grade classrooms to meet the students that will become their classmates in the fall. It was an exciting morning with lots of smiles and excitement for the future.

Later, in the evening our school held an open house for the families that will be joining our school community and had a good meeting with the many families that came. We’re looking forward to September when approximately 50-60 new students will join our school family.

May
13

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On May 12 a guest speaker from Free the Children came to Algonquin Ridge to speak to our Me to We team. They were extremely excited to hear from her as she shared Free the Children’s vision for building schools, providing clean water, and helping families in developing nations. The guest speaker was very impressed with the attention and insightful questions of our students. Here’s what she had to say after visiting our school:

“I just wanted to say thank you so much for opening up your school community to me! Your Grade 3 class, and Me To We club have such bright minds, and were such great listeners. Their extensive knowledge of social justice issues was so impressive You should be so proud!!”

Our Me to We club continues in their passion for social justice issues and is currently selling popcorn and bracelets at second nutrition break to raise money for a well building project. Congratulations to our Me to We team on their effort and passion!

May
11

track and fieldStudents in grade 4 to 8 will participate in our Track and Field day this coming Wednesday. So far it looks like the weather is going to cooperate with us. Please send your child dressed for the weather. Sun screen, hats, proper footwear and water are suggested.
There will be a BBQ from 10:30 to 2:00. There will be hamburgers, hotdogs, popcorn, chips, water and pop for sale outside the back door of the school. All students are welcome to make a purchase.

If you would like to volunteer to help with this event, please contact the office.

Parents are welcome to come and watch the events. Please sign in at the main gate and take a visitor tag.

May
08

Dear SCDSB Parent or Guardian,
The purpose of this notice is to update Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) families on the status of labour negotiations with elementary teachers. We know that, as parents, it’s important for you to know how this situation may affect your child(ren).

At the provincial/central bargaining table, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) filed for conciliation and made the request for a No-Board Report. On April 24, 2015, ETFO announced that they were in receipt of a No-Board Report. As such, elementary teachers across the province are in a legal strike position as of May 10, 2015. On Monday, May 4, 2015, school boards received official notice that ETFO would commence provincial job action on Monday, May 11, 2015.

On Friday, May 8, 2015, the SCDSB was notified that elementary school teachers across the board will be in a work-to-rule position beginning Monday, May 11, 2015. All SCDSB schools will remain open for student learning, and all Before and After School programs will operate as regularly scheduled.

Work-to-rule means partial withdrawal of service. Teachers will not support administrative tasks including but not limited to the preparation for and delivery of EQAO testing, preparation of report cards and participation in professional development related to Ministry of Education initiatives.

They will continue to teach and provide extra help to students, maintain contact with parents during the instructional day, provide scheduled supervisory duties and participate in student-centred events such as field trips and graduation celebrations.

Our priority during any job action is the safety of our students. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates on the status of negotiations and our schools whenever possible.

If you have questions, or want to know what is happening in the SCDSB related to the ongoing labour situation:

• Look for updates on social media—follow @SCDSB_Schools on Twitter and/or like our page on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SCDSB.
• Visit the SCDSB website – http://www.scdsb.on.ca/Board/Pages/Labour-Situation.aspx

As a board, we respect our elementary teachers and value their work with students. We remain committed to reaching fair, negotiated agreements with all of our employee groups. Thank you for your patience, support and understanding.

Peter Beacock
Chair

Kathi Wallace
Director of Education

May
08

Please click on the newsletter tab above to access our May newsletter or click the link below:

May 2015 newsletter

Please remember to order your Blue Jays tickets for May 20 as soon as possible. The deadline was today, but if you get your order in on Monday its not too late!

Also, remember, Algonquin Ridge Spirit wear is still available for order. Get your order form in by the end of next week to get your new shirts, hoodies, shorts and sweatpants.

May
06

Monday May 4th was an amazing day! Our entire student body filled the gym with a song called We Are One for Music Monday.

Music Monday is an annual event organized by the Coalition for Music Education. The purpose of this special day is to shine a light on the importance of music education and the benefits that come from it. Our school celebrated this day in a full school assembly that included performances by individual students singing, dancing, mixing and playing music. Then at the end of the assembly we all sang this year’s anthem written by Conner Ross, a 16 year old from Bolton, ON. It was powerful to have 650+ voices all singing in unison.

Schools from across the country took part in this event and we’re proud to have been a small voice in this year’s nationwide choir. A special thank you goes out to Mrs. Wagner for organizing this day and sharing our voice with others across the country.

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