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Principal's Message's Message<p>​Hello Tec Beeton Families,</p><p>Thank you again for everything you have done and continue to do to support a safe and happy return to school for everyone.  We continue to do everything we can to keep everyone safe and our school open! </p><p><strong>School Screening Tool:</strong> Thank you for all your diligence to ensure your child stays home when they are experiencing symptoms.  As a reminder if anyone in your household is experiencing symptoms, given particular circumstances, <span style="text-decoration:underline;">all household members are to isolate</span> until the person experiencing symptoms is cleared to return (negative test, doctor recommendation).  Please see more specific guidance from the SMD Health Unit below:  <br></p><p>Further to the directions listed in the Ontario COVID-19 school and child care screening tool:</p><p> • Where it is recommended to talk with a health care provider to get advice or an assessment, including if you need a COVID-19 test: the SMDHU encourages that individuals seek testing, as it is difficult for health care providers to distinguish between COVID-19 and other viral illnesses for which we do not have tests. </p><p>• If the student, parent/guardian, staff/visitor feels there is another explanation for the new symptom(s) requiring medical assessment rather than a COVID-19 test, they should contact their health care provider. Individuals who have had symptoms of COVID-19 and who do not get tested, can return to school or child care if all three of the following apply: o a doctor provided an alternative diagnosis, AND o they do not have a fever (without using medication), AND o it has been at least 24 hours since symptoms started improving (or 48 hours if they had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea). </p><p>• Individuals with symptoms compatible with COVID-19 who do not undergo testing OR receive an alternative diagnosis, must self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days from symptom onset (even if symptoms resolve). After self-isolating for 10 days, they may return to school and/or child care if they have been at least 24 hours without a fever and symptoms are improving (or 48 hours if they had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea). </p><p>• Medical documentation or proof of a negative test result is not required to return to school or child care. </p><p>• <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Any household members of the ill individual who are not fully immunized or previously positive in the last 90 days are to isolate until the symptomatic individual receives a negative COVID-19 test or an alternate diagnosis.</span> If the person with symptoms in the household does NOT get tested, everyone else who is not fully immunized in the household MUST stay home for: </p><p>o 10 days from the last contact with the ill person if the ill person can self-isolate away from the rest of the household; or </p><p>o 20 days from start of the ill person's symptom(s) if the ill person CANNOT self-isolate away from the rest of the household.</p><p>Further details and information can be found on the SMDHU website or please give us a call at the school.</p><p><strong>Parking Lot: </strong> Thank You to everyone for adhering to the boundaries for pick up and drop off.  If you are dropping off/picking up, please use the parking spaces in the main lot, keep the Kiss and Ride lane moving and do not block accessible spots.  Please encourage your child to use the crosswalk to meet you but we also understand there are many students crossing at the front of the bus lane, especially primary students.  Staff are there to support but please watch for children at all times. Entry and dismissal are very busy times but safety must be everyone's priority to ensure we keep our parking lot open to visitors.    </p><p><strong>Re-organization:</strong> Our in-school population continues to fluctuate for a number of reasons and the Ministry of Education requires our class numbers to be submitted by the end of third week of September.  This is typically an annual process for all elementary schools but we can be called upon to review our class placements and allocations throughout the year depending upon enrollments and learning modes. Further information regarding possible re-organization will be provided later in the week.  Once re-organization is complete, any further changes to class placements cannot be considered. </p><p>If you subscribe to our website, you will be alerted of any new items posted such as Principal's Messages and Monthly Newsletters.<br></p><p>Have a great week!!</p><p>Be well,  stay safe.<br></p><p><br></p>
Principal's Message's Message<p>​</p><p>Hello Tecumseth Beeton Families,</p><p>We hope this message finds you all well and continuing to stay safe.  With the beautiful sunshine making its way through the gray days, I know I am looking forward to more time outside and finding time do to the things that bring about well-being and joy, especially with the upcoming Spring Break!<br></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Daily School Screening</strong></span></p><p>As the SMDHU continues to revise and update their response to Covid 19, updates are made to existing protocols and next steps.  We continue to follow the SCDSB and SMDHU guidelines and are so pleased with the continued support from students and families to ensure safety for all.  Thank YOU for all your efforts at home!  I have attached the updated "My Child "Did Not Pass the Covid 19 Daily Screening --- Now What?" step by step guide to next steps for various scenarios.  As always, if you have further questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at the school at anytime.  </p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Fundraising </strong></span></p><p>We are very excited about two new fundraisers we have available through SchoolCash Online – We have school house colour masks as well as North Country Meats order now available and are excited to share the fundraised monies with students to support Grade 8 graduation and general school needs. We recently purchased new outdoor equipment for all classrooms which was supported through fundraisers such as these and are looking forward to building outdoor classrooms soon!</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>School Spirit Days and Days of Acknowledgements</strong></span></p><p>Next week we will be celebrating Autism Awareness on the 6<sup>th</sup>.  We ask that students wear blue to show their support and we will be engaging in lessons regarding Autism throughout the week.  On the 9<sup>th</sup>, leading out to Spring Break, we also have a school spirit day – Backwards Day! </p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Spring Cleaning </strong></span></p><p>As we approach both the Easter long weekend and Spring Break, it is a good time to collect any personal items to bring home.  Teachers will be asking students to sort their desks and hooks to ensure any items such as indoor shoes, re-usable water bottles, and personal learning materials go home for the break.  </p><p>We wish you all a great long weekend coming up and thank you for all your continued support! </p><p><br></p>
Weekly Updates and Principal Message Updates and Principal Message<p>​Happy New Year!! Many blessings to you and yours as we begin a new adventure in 2021!  While it is not the new year start up we were all hoping for, it is very nice to see so many faces on line in remote learning.  We understand this is a trying time and please focus on the best interest of your family and a learning approach that works for you all.  Reach out anytime should you have questions, need support or technology.  Fingers crossed we will be back to regular business on the 11th!<br></p><p>Remote Learning requests and In-class transitions: The SCDSB is currently working through the survey results and program switch requests.  All requests are based upon space in an existing class/grade.  No new classes are being developed at this time.  When limited space in a grade or class exist and the numbers of requests are higher than the space available, a lottery system is used to select the students awarded a spot in a class.  The change over between Learn@Home and In-class will occur at the end of Term 1.  Term 1 reports go home on February 16th and Term 2 begins February 17th.  <br></p><p>On Monday January 11th, Our School Council, in collaboration with our Community Officer Shawn Evans with the Nottawasaga OPP will be offering a free, live, virtual session for families on internet safety and awareness.  Please check your emails for upcoming information regarding this amazing opportunity.  <br></p><p>Thank you to everyone for continuing to use the self assessment tool before coming to school in person each day, for following through on safety measures such as proper mask wearing and distancing and for ensuring a quick turn over during student drop off and pick up each day.  Our parking lot remains open to visitors during this time - thank you for respecting the boundaries between the drop off areas and the school property and for making the transitions as quick as possible. This reduces the time for interactions and congregations between families in the parking lot and drop off zones.  We have all done a great job thus far, we can keep this up if we work together!  Thanks for all you are doing!!<br></p><p>Thank you for all you are doing to support your learners at home, we know you are doing the best you can and we thank you for your on-going support for educators as they navigate through more new learning and expectations.  <br></p><p>We miss you all and can't wait to see you on the 11th! <br></p><p>Take care everyone and be well!<br></p>
Weekly Updates and Principal Message Updates and Principal Message<p>​Happy Thanksgiving!!  We hope everyone had a wonderful long weekend and enjoyed some much needed rest and relaxation! <br></p><p>We are looking forward to enjoying some more outdoor learning while the weather stays beautiful and we can enjoy our amazing yard.  We are also looking forward to having some new lines painted for tarmac games and activities in the coming weeks! Students were able to submit their choices and they have come up with some great ideas!<br></p><p><span style="background-color:#ffffff;color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;">S</span><span style="background-color:#ffffff;color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;">ome Upcoming Dates to Remember: </span><br></p><p style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">October 23rd – PD Day – No School for Students</p><p style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">October 30th – SPIRIT DAY – Students can dress up in costume or Black and Orange </p><p style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">November 2nd – School Council Meeting (Virtual Meeting) at 6:00 p.m. </p><p style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">Key Messages<br></p><p style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">COVID-19 DAILY ASSESSMENT TOOL</span>: <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Staff and students must complete the Covid-19 assessment tool prior to coming to school each day.</strong></span> If staff and/or students are symptomatic, they must stay home. The assessment tool can be found at the following link -<br></p><p style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">HALLOWEEN CELEBRATIONS</span>: We will still be having a Spirit Day on October 30th.  Unfortunately, due to the ongoing pandemic, we will not be able to have a Halloween parade or dance this year. We also ask that our families do not send in any class treats, as this is not permitted due to the regulations set out by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. <br></p><p style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">SCHOOL PHOTOS</span>: Due to restrictions for visitors on school property, we are unable to have fall school photos done BUT a team of willing educators are volunteering their time over the next few weeks to capture photos of students outside, while distanced and sanitizing between photos.  The goal is to photograph every student for an individual photo and create collages for class photos.  Thank you to Mrs. Garratt, Mrs. Wells, Mrs. Crosby, Mrs. Holmes, Mrs. McTeer and Mrs. Pranovi for making this happen! <br></p><p><br></p>
Weekly Updates and Principal Message Updates and Principal Message<p>We have a busy week ahead of us and prepare to experience some difficult change.  Students continue to demonstrate their courage and resiliency as many begin in new classrooms, with new teachers. They have and continue to meet this new challenge in stride and I am so proud of their flexibility and strength. On Wednesday we honour and remember over 150 000 First Nation, Metis and Inuit children forced through residential schools across Canada.  The last residential school in Canada closed in 1996.  When Phyllis Jack Webstab was taken from her family at 6 years old for residential school all her belongings were taken from her, including an orange t-shirt from her grandmother.  We wear an orange t-shirt to recognize and symbolize all that was taken from children and families devasted by the residential school system.<br></p><p>Terry Fox Run celebrates its 40th year in the fight against cancer.  Our Run takes place Thursday - remember to wear red and white or your Terry Fox t-shirts if you have them.  Donations can be made through SchoolCash Online<br></p><p>Updates from the SMDHU continue to advise the school board and our schools on next steps and revised protocols.  Please remember to complete the self-assessment tool each day before school.  A pdf version of tool can be found on our school website or use the following link for an interactive version. <span><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#1155cc;background-color:transparent;text-decoration-line:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><a href="">Coronavirus (COVID-19) school screening</a></span></span><br></p><p>Our first School Council meeting of the year will be held October 5th at 6 via zoom.  If you are interested in attending, please contact the school for the link.   <br></p><p>Thank you to everyone for your continued effort and cooperation.  We are in this together! <br></p><p><br></p><span><div dir="ltr" align="left" style="margin-left:0pt;"><br></div></span>
Reorganization <p>​</p><p>September 25, 2020<br></p><p>We have completed the yearly re-organization of our school and given the additional factors of ensuring staffing for both in-class and remote Learn@Home programs, Tecumseth Beeton ES will experience some reorganization next week.  As we begin every school year in tentative classroom placement, your child may change classes and/or receive a new teacher beginning Tuesday, September 29, 2020. Please look for an envelope in their backpacks/agenda on Monday notifying you of any changes. <br></p><p>Please be assured that many factors are considered during a change of placement.  Our team reviews information from previous and present teachers and such evidence as student strength, need, social, behaviour and independence to inform our decisions.  <br></p><p>As always, we strive to do what is in the best interest of all students and families. School staff and students will work to ensure a smooth transition and continue to meet this unprecedented year with empathy, resiliency and perseverance. Thank you for all your support at home in assisting your child adapt to any changes.  <br></p><p>Kind Regards,<br></p><p>Jennifer Carrick </p><p>Principal<br></p><p><br></p>
Weekly Updates and Principal Message Updates and Principal Message<p>Hello Tec Beeton Families!  </p><p>What a fabulous start up to school and students have done a truly amazing job.  Staff and students have worked very hard to make this the best possible return to school, given so many restrictions, but have persevered to make it the best is can be .  So Proud!!  ​<br></p><p style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">Monday, September 14th – DAY 5 - </p><p style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">Tuesday, September 15th – DAY 1 - Dot Day!!  Wear those dots if you have them!  <br></p><p style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">Wednesday, September 16th – DAY 2 - </p><p style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">Thursday, September 17th – DAY 3 - </p><p style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">Friday, September 18th – DAY 4 - <br></p><p style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">Some Upcoming Dates to Remember: </p><p style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">September 21st – Remote/Online Learning will begin <br></p><p style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">September 28th – School Council Nomination Due in the Office  </p><p style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">September 30th – Orange Shirt Day – We encourage staff and students to wear orange shirts to recognize the Indigenous children who were sent to residential school </p><p style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">October 1st – Terry Fox Event - <br></p><p style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">October 5th - Our 1st School Council Meeting via zoom - @6  Elections for Council will be held on this evening<br></p><p style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">Messages: </p><p style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">COVID-19 DAILY ASSESSMENT TOOL: Staff and students must complete the Covid-19 assessment tool prior to coming to school each day. If staff and/or students are symptomatic, they must stay home. The assessment tool can be found at the following link - </p><p style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">RE-ORGANIZATION OF CLASSES: This week we welcomed back students who will be receiving “in-school” instruction until at least February 1st. We also confirmed which students will be starting Remote/Online Learning beginning September 21st. With a number of students who have moved to Remote Learning, we will need to redeploy a number of our teaching staff to Remote Learning Classes and create new classes for inschool learning. This will happen later this month with specific details to follow. <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Students need to expect that their classroom and educators will change and we would ask for families to prepare them for this reality. </span>Due to the many challenges of this type of reorganization, we may be are unable to consider any parent/family request for class placement. Please keep in mind that we will need to reorganize classes again in the New Year. <br></p><p style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">NOTE FROM THE OFFICE STAFF: Permission and Acknowledgement forms will be posted on School Cash Online this year. These forms are a requirement of the board. This year, the portion of going home for lunch has been removed as the expectation is that students remain on property at this time. For students not signed up for School Cash Online, letters will be sent home next week. Please call the office if you need assistance. </p><p style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">PARKING LOT/DROP OFF/PICK UP:  Pick up and drop, kiss and ride lanes, AMAZING JOB TO ALL OUR FAMILIES!!!  Things have been going extremely well for pick up and drop off and we deeply appreciate everyone's effort to ensure we are staying distanced, staying within designated areas and all just trying our best to get through this together.  </p><p style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">MASKS: While outside, it is <span style="text-decoration:underline;">optional to wear a mask, </span>so you may see some wearing, some not - this is a choice but once inside, all staff and all students from grades 4-8 must wear a mask at all times, excluding those with medical exceptionalities.  Students from Kindergarten to Grade 3 may choose to wear a mask as it is optional.  We have laynards on the way to help students keep their masks with them and we always have extra in the office in case you forget.  <br></p>



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