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Order Your Yearbook Today!! Your Yearbook Today!!<p>​</p><p>Dear Parents, Guardians:</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Pre-order for the "Wolverine" Harriett Todd's K-8 Yearbook</strong></p><p> </p><p>Background: We are pleased to announce that Harriett Todd will be stepping into the world of print media. Students in grades K-8 will be able to purchase a copy of the <strong><em>Wolverine</em></strong><strong>.</strong>  We would like our yearbook to be inclusive of all of our students, and therefore all grades will be included.  </p><p> </p><p><strong><em>Here are a few hi-lights:</em></strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Each class will be given a 2 page spread to design as they fit which will include a variety of photos, specific to each class. </li><li>The yearbook will be 60 pages, full colour, glossy. </li><li>The yearbook will also include school wide events such as guest speakers, spirit days, class trips, and special events. </li><li>Sports teams and special clubs will also be featured in our yearbook.</li><li>Students will be able to collect autographs from their friends.</li></ul><p> </p><p>We will be creating a leadership team specifically to manage the creation, production and distribution of our yearbook.  </p><p> </p><p>This year is unique as we are celebrating Canada's 150th birthday and our yearbook will hi-light this commemorative event, and act as a special keep sake for your child. </p><p> </p><p>Order your copy today, so your child doesn't miss out.  Cost is $20.00 per yearbook.  </p><p> </p><p>Orders can be placed online directly through the publisher, Herff-Jones – <a href=""></a> (using debit and/or credit card) or by cheque through the school.  Please complete the attached form and return to the school by May 3, 2017</p><p> </p><p><strong>Final orders will be received until May 3, 2017 (this is a change from our February newsletter).​</strong></p>
Netflix series 13 Reasons Why – information for parents/guardians series 13 Reasons Why – information for parents/guardians<div>​​Recently there has been significant media coverage of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. The show is a fictional account of one teen’s suicide and the factors leading to it.  <br><br>The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) has advised staff that they are not to use the series as a teaching tool. This decision is based upon the advice of mental health professionals from across the province, who have stated that the material is graphic and potentially triggering for vulnerable young people. While the themes in this series may not pose a risk or potential harm to most students, for those struggling with mental health issues and/or suicide ideation, this series includes graphic content, glamourizes suicidal behaviours and portrays helpers (school guidance counsellors) in a negative way.  <br><br>We recognize that your children may watch the series on their own. If they do, we encourage you to talk with them about their thoughts and feelings. The SCDSB has supports in place for students and staff, and there are many community resources you can access as well. More information and contact details are available on the <a href="">SCDSB website​</a>.  <br><br>The National Association of School Psychologists has also developed <a href="">information regarding the series​</a>. You may also find this helpful in discussions with your children about suicide and mental health.   <br><br>If you have questions or concerns please contact your principal.</div><div><br></div>
Parents, tell us what you think: survey about climate, safety at school, tell us what you think: survey about climate, safety at school<div>​​Parents and guardians can provide feedback on the climate at our school through a survey that will be open from January 9 to 27.</div><div><br></div><div>Survey topics include: the overall tone of the school, feeling of safety, student well-being, and equity and inclusion.</div><div><br></div><div style="text-align:center;"><strong>Complete the survey now</strong></div><div style="text-align:center;"><br></div><div style="text-align:center;"><a href=""></a></div><div><br></div><div>A similar survey is being conducted with staff and students. Each school will receive a report of the school results. The Simcoe County District School Board’s (SCDSB) senior administrative team and Board of Trustees also review the board-wide results. </div><div><br></div><div>The data will show our progress over time, and will highlight areas of strength and areas in need of improvement.  </div><div><br></div><div>Parent and staff versions of the elementary School Climate Survey are being offered for the first time this year. Parent and staff versions of the secondary School Climate Survey were offered for the first time last year. Student School Climate surveys have been collected since 2007.</div><div><br></div><div>Questions can be sent to <a href="">​</a>. </div><div><br></div>
French Program Review - Final Decision Program Review - Final Decision<p>​​A French program review involving our school was recently completed. On November 23, 2016, the SCDSB Board of Trustees voted in favour of splitting the French as a Second Language (FSL) program between Regent Park and Harriett Todd. </p><div><strong>What does this mean?</strong></div><div><ul><li>Beginning in September 2017 Grade 1-4 FI students will be transferred from Regent Park PS to Harriett Todd PS<br></li><li>Students from Grade 5-8 in the FSL program (EFSL and FI) will be accommodated at Regent Park PS<br></li><li>Elementary feeder schools for the FSL program at Harriett Todd PS will be the same as the current Regent Park PS feeders   <br></li></ul><p></p><p>Families will be sent a letter outlining this information. For more information, visit the <a href="">Simcoe County District School Board website</a>.  </p></div>
French Program Review Program Review<p>​​Following are the contents of a letter being distributed to all families at Harriett Todd and Regent Park public schools regarding an upcoming French Program Review.​<br><br></p><p>The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) introduced the French Immersion (FI) program, beginning with Grade 1, in September 2013. The FI program is one component of the SCDSB's French as a Second Language (FSL) program. At that time, the board identified which schools would offer the program to ensure fair access to students from across Simcoe County. In order to maintain this fair access, the program must be reviewed on a regular basis to help balance enrolment and to minimize impacts on home school student populations.</p><p>A Program Review (PR) has been approved by the SCDSB Board of Trustees for our school. A proposed option is splitting the FSL program, with some grades attending Regent Park Public School and the others attending Harriett Todd Public School. All students in the English program would continue to attend their home school.</p><p>This review is being conducted to ensure balanced enrolment at our schools. The results of the review would take effect in September 2017.</p><p><strong>We are hosting an information session to address parent questions and get feedback on the proposed changes.</strong></p><p><strong>Date: October 13, 2016</strong><br><strong>Time: 7 p.m.</strong><br><strong>Location: Harriett Todd Public School</strong></p><p>Further information is included in the SCDSB's 2015-16 Capital Plan. You can view it online at <a href=""></a>  under 'Board' and 'Capital Planning'. Click on the Capital Plan 2015-16 link.</p><p>I invite you to contact me at 705-734-6363 x11208 with any questions or comments you have.</p><p>Sincerely,</p><p>Douglas Paul<br>Superintendent of Education</p>



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