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School bus ‘Bag Tag’ program helps students get to and from school safely bus ‘Bag Tag’ program helps students get to and from school safely<p>​</p><p>The Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium (SCSTC) launched the Bus Tag<strong> </strong>program this September.<strong> </strong>The Bus Tag program supports safety for JK/SK and other school-identified students by<strong> </strong>providing a process to match students to their assigned afternoon school bus and to also<strong> </strong>identify they must be met by a parent or guardian at their afternoon bus stop.</p><p>The program provides:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>a colour coded bus tag with the assigned p.m. route number to be attached to the student's backpack</li><li>a colour-coded route card with route number in the windows of the school bus that the Bus Tag is matched to</li></ul><p>The SCSTC and Bus Operators have policies and procedures that are used on all school vehicles to ensure students in JK/SK and other school identified students are met at their afternoon bus stop.  It's the parent/guardian's responsibility to meet Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten and other identified students at the bus stop .The Bus Tag program has been established to assist both the schools and school bus drivers to load these students on the correct afternoon bus and identify they are to be met at their bus stop by a parent/guardian. For more information, contact the Transportation Consortium through their website: <a href="" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a> or call them at 705-733-8965.</p>
Pay for field trips, lunch days, etc. with SchoolCash Online for field trips, lunch days, etc. with SchoolCash Online<p>​</p><p>The SchoolCash Online program is now available at all schools, offering parents the option to pay online for field trips, lunch days and other items. The program is intended to reduce paper, eliminate the need for students to travel with money, and for money to be counted and stored at schools.<strong>  </strong>Payment by credit card has now also been added. </p><p>Parents who sign up will receive a notification when a new item becomes available for purchase. Items are personalized to each student.  Parents will use a secure online account to process payments, and can either make a one-time payment for each item as it occurs, or load money to carry a balance in the online account to make payments in the future. </p><p>To create an online account, go to <a href="" target="_blank"><span lang="EN-CA" style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a>. Please contact the school office with any questions.</p>
Welcome to our new website to our new website <p>​</p><p>Our website was recently upgraded with a fresh look and new features. It is now fully mobile and tablet friendly, with a special adaptive design that works on all devices. Read about some of the highlights below.</p><p><strong>Find out What's New</strong><br> Our <a href="/about-us/news"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">What's New</span></a> section is where you'll read about all the exciting things going on in our school. It's also where we will post updates during emergency situations. Keep an eye on this section to stay up-to-date. Coming soon, you will be able to <a href="/subscribe"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">subscribe</span></a> to receive these updates by email so you can stay informed wherever you are. <br><br><strong>Find out What's Happening</strong><br> Check out our <a href="/about-us/events"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Events</span></a> calendar to see the great things upcoming in our school. All Board-wide dates like PA Days and Holidays are available, as well as our school-based events. <br><br><strong>Learn About High School</strong><br> The <a href="/students/high-school"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">High School</span></a> page under Students gives an overview of what to expect in high school, and provides resources for parents to help their teen with the transition. </p><p><strong>Pay Fees Online</strong><br> The <a href="/parents/pay-fees"><span lang="EN-CA" style="text-decoration:underline;">Pay Fees</span></a> page is found under the Parents menu, and provides the link to access SchoolCash Online to pay for things like field trips and lunch days. Credit Card payments are accepted. </p><p><strong>Newsletters</strong><br><strong> </strong>All of our monthly school newsletters will be posted on the <a href="/parents/newsletters"><span lang="EN-CA" style="text-decoration:underline;">Newsletters</span></a> page under Parents. They will also be emailed out to you when you sign up for a subscription to our website. </p><p>Take a look around our new website and try out all the new features. Tell your friends and family to visit us too! </p>
SCDSB seeks volunteer instructors for the 2014-15 Roots of Empathy program seeks volunteer instructors for the 2014-15 Roots of Empathy program<p>​</p><p>The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) is recruiting volunteer instructors for next school year to facilitate the internationally recognized <a href="" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Roots of Empathy</span></a> (ROE) program in elementary schools. </p><p>The program invites a neighbourhood infant and parent to visit an elementary school classroom several times over the school year. A trained ROE instructor coaches students to observe the baby's development and label the baby's feelings. The instructor delivers all aspects of the ROE curriculum in the classroom and builds relationships with the participating family, classroom teacher and students.</p><p>"The Roots of Empathy program has been a wonderful addition to curriculum in our schools," says John Legere, Superintendent of Education. "Local volunteer instructors, along with the parent and baby who visit the classroom, help our students develop empathy and respect while learning about caring for others."</p><p>The SCDSB and Roots of Empathy are looking for volunteer instructors from diverse professional backgrounds. Experience in education, health, social work, counselling, speech therapy and recreation are assets to volunteer for this program. The program also welcomes retired principals, school board superintendents, and police officers. Classroom experience and knowledge of infant development are major assets. Click <a href="" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">here</span></a> for more information on volunteering for the program. Click <a href="" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">here</span></a> to view the program poster.</p><p>All training and materials are provided and instructors must be willing to make a two-year commitment to the program. Instructor training will take place at SCDSB's Education Centre (Midhurst) in September and instructors will be placed in schools within their geographical area in Simcoe County. </p><p><em>Information: </em><br><em>Email </em><a href="" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em></em></span></a><em> if you are interested in becoming an ROE volunteer or for more information.</em><br></p>
Free programs offer children and teens chance to learn a new language – register now for fall courses programs offer children and teens chance to learn a new language – register now for fall courses <p>​</p><p style="text-align:center;">"We have family in Germany, and having my daughter take this class helps her connect with them. It's great for her to be able to speak another language and speak with her family."</p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>~ Parent of student in the 2013-14 German Language class</em></p><p>The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) offers a free International Languages Program for elementary school students and credit language program for secondary school students to give students the chance to learn a new language or maintain their native language. </p><p>The elementary student program runs from September 2014 to May 2015 on Saturday mornings (9 to 11:30 a.m.) at the Learning Centres in Barrie and Bradford. Languages taught include Farsi, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tamil and Urdu. If the language of your interest is not offered, please contact the Learning Centre. The program is free to any student in Grades 1 to 8. Program registration is now available online <a href="" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">here</span></a>. </p><p>The secondary school program offers German, Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish at the Barrie Learning Centre. The language courses are offered from September to December 2014 (Semester 1) and February to June 2015 (Semester 2), on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. It is open to any secondary school student or Grade 8 student (with principal approval). Students who successfully complete this program earn a credit towards their secondary school diploma. Students can register for the program through their school's Guidance Department. </p><p>Click <a href="" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">here</span></a> to view the program poster.</p><p><em>Information: </em><br><em>Tatiana Khrystynko, Coordinator, Newcomer Welcome Centre </em><br><em>705-725-8360 x45151</em><br><a href="" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em></em></span></a><em> </em></p>



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