A free workshop called Navigating Special Education is offered to parents in the SCDSB. The purpose of the workshop is to increase understanding of Special Education in the SCDSB. The workshop will cover the following topics: what is special education, understanding special education processes in the SCDSB, the role of the Special Education Advisory Committee, how to access available resources; communication, assessment and data collection, Individual Education Plans (IEPs), and also provide information on why and when Strengths and Needs Committees (SNCs) and Identification Placement and Review Committees (IPRCs) occur.
The workshop takes place on Wednesday, November 27 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the following locations:
• Huron Park Public School – 425 Robert Street, Midland, ON
• Orchard Park Public School – 24 Calverley Street, Orillia, ON
• Allandale Heights Public School – 124 Bayview Drive, Barrie, ON
• Connaught Public School – 300 Peel Street, Collingwood
Both workshops are held at Steele Street Public School, 36 Steele Street in Barrie. Call the school at 705-728-9292 to register. Free pizza and healthy snacks will be served and free childcare is available (for children 4 years and up).
For more information on Parent Workshops, visit: http://www.scdsb.on.ca/Parents/Pages/Workshops.aspx.
Effective October 23, 2013 the route of the kiss and ride will be altered. Parents are asked to enter and exit the parking lot from the South-West driveway. Cars will not be permitted to drive in the bus lanes at the front of the school.
New Kiss and Ride Diagram.
Requests for letters of education verification for government agencies and other organizations, (i.e. Revenue Canada, Social Services, and/or confirmation of attendance letters, etc) must be made by the parent/guardian/adult student, in advance and in writing, and must be verified with proper identification and/or documentation. Forms are available on the Simcoe County District School Board website www.scdsb.on.ca under Student>Transcripts>Transcript and/or Education Verification Request Form. Please be advised that processing these requests may take up to 10 business days, so please plan accordingly. Thank you for your understanding.
School photo days are Wednesday Oct. 2 and Thursday October 3!
On Wednesday, A day kindergartens and grades 1 to 4, plus Ms. Finnimore’s grade 5 students will have their photos taken
On Thursday, B day kindergartens and Mr. Hamilton’s grade 1 class along with the remaining grade 5 to 8 students will have their photographs done.
Brush your teeth and bring those smiles!
Welcome to the 2013-2014 school year. We trust that you had a safe and happy summer. As we ready ourselves to begin another great year at Algonquin Ridge (ARES) we would like to take a moment and welcome families who are new to The Ridge community and welcome back those who will be returning. We are very excited to have you and your children as part of the Ridge Family. Every staff member has been working very hard to prepare for the return of our wonderful students. We have set very high expectations and made plans to ensure that every student at ARES will be successful this school year.
Staff Changes: There have been some changes in the halls of ARES over the summer. We said farewell to Mrs. Imhoff who retired in June and headed off to Kuwait, Mrs. Miller who will be teaching at the new school, Ms. Koster who is also going to the new school in an EA role and Mr. Young who has gone on to be Principal at W.C. Little. There were some other changes over the summer; Mrs. Vankrimpen welcomed a beautiful baby boy to her family, Mrs. Westbrook has retired from the office and is moving to Maberly Ontario and Mrs. Kavanagh who was set to be our new Principal has accepted a position at the SCDSB as a Superintendent. We wish all of them the very best life has to offer.
We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new Principal Mrs. Torrie. We would also like to welcome Mr. Cua who will be filling in for Mrs. Vankrimpen in the Kindergarten hall and Mrs. Winslow who will be filling in for Mrs. Westbrook in the office until a permanent person is hired.
You will soon have the opportunity to pay for school trips, hot lunch days and other school fees online. We’re introducing the cashless school program to help reduce the amount of money traveling to school and to provide a convenient option for our parents. The cashless school program will be phased in across the Simcoe County District School Board during the 2013-14 school year. Our school is amongthe first to be receiving this program so watch for information about registration.