Healthy living

Connaught PS invites community to learn about active, healthy living

The school council at Connaught Public School in Collingwood is hosting an Healthy Active Living Extravaganza on Wednesday, April 24 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The event will feature workshops on yoga, healthy lunch ideas, fitness and relaxation activities. Parents and students are invited to browse information booths from a wide variety of community organizations, to find out about healthy eating, and learn about community mental and physical health resources.

“The Healthy Active Living Extravaganza is funded by the Ministry of Education’s Parents Reaching Out grants,” says Ted Stableforth, Principal at Connaught PS. “The event will provide our school community with an opportunity to join us for a fun and informative evening – please take part to learn more about helping your family be healthy and active, inside and out.”

The school is located at 300 Peel St. in Collingwood. All local students and parents are welcome to attend and childcare will be available.

Ted Stableforth, Principal, Connaught PS

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Technology sessions!

Conference connects parents, teachers on topic of technology

The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) Bradford family of schools is holding a free, full-day conference for parents on Saturday, May 25. The Learning with Technology: Parents and Teachers Working Together conference features topics such as internet safety, blogging, digital citizenship, mobile devices in the classroom and assistive technology. Door prizes include an iPad Mini and Flip Cam.

“We invite all SCDSB parents to come to this event and explore how technology is used in today’s classrooms,” says Fieldcrest ES teacher Mali Bickley. “This conference is made possible through a Ministry of Education Parent Reaching Out Regional Grant to support parent involvement in their students’ education. It’s important for parents to know how their children are learning digitally in today’s classrooms and how technology can help students succeed.”

The conference will take place on Saturday, May 25 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Fieldcrest Elementary School, located at 100 Professor Day Drive in Bradford. This event is free for all parents of school aged children in Simcoe County District School Board.

Click here to view the event poster. To register for the conference, click here.

The day includes keynote speaker Michael Fuydyk, co-founder of Taking It Global (TIG). TIG is a charitable organization that promotes awareness among youth on global issues. Michael will speak on the topic of engaging students through technology.

Following the keynote, there will be a panel discussion/question and answer with Michael Furdyk, David Brownlee (Principal, Fieldcrest ES) and Robert Martellacci (Publisher of Mindshare Learning) focusing on preparing students to be 21st century learners. Participants will then attend workshops. Topics include: cyber safety; engaging students; mobile technology in the classroom; assistive technology and global collaborative projects.

A light lunch will be provided for parents, and free childcare is available (for children ages 5 to 12, pre-registration is required). Parents should bring a lunch and snacks for their child(ren).

For more information, visit the website at or email

Mali Bickley, Teacher, Fieldcrest ES


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Parent Technology Session


SCDSB offers Free parent workshop to examine impact of social media on students’ lives

In an effort to increase safe and responsible online behavior among students, Nottawasaga Pines Secondary School will host a free workshop on April 9, which explores how students use social media sites and the steps necessary to become a responsible cyber citizen.

The Social Web 101, facilitated by social media authority Chris Vollum, discusses the popularity and psychology behind social media. The session details how to embrace the benefits these sites offer, while identifying ways in which students can minimize their risk and the threat of cyberbullying

From this session, participants leave with practical tactics on how to:  

  • set and customize current site settings, and proactively identify and respond to ongoing privacy changes on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr
  • emphasize the depth to which students’ social media profiles are evaluated by future influencers in their lives and how to create a positive profile
  • distinguish between a social networking friend, acquaintance and stranger – and the potential impact it can have on your real-world reputation and career
  • learn what really happens to the information you post to your profile, to your friend’s profiles and third party applications

Chris Vollum is a recognized authority on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, and a professional workshop facilitator. He has delivered workshops to more than 240,000 students in 22 school boards and independent schools throughout Ontario. The workshop starts at 7 p.m. at Nottawasaga Pines Secondary School, 8505 County Road 10 in Angus. Parents, students and member of the general public are encouraged to attend.

For more information contact:
Chris Vollum, Workshop Facilitator

March Break Camps

SCDSB/YMCA March Break Camp Gives Kids Chance to ‘Travel’ the World!

The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) is pleased to partner with YMCA to offer an exciting March Break Camp for children ages 6 to 12. The camp will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. the week of March 11 to 15, 2013, at the Barrie YMCA, located at 22 Grove Street West.

This special March Break camp will allow children to explore and learn about the traditions, customs and languages of people in Latin America, Greece, Germany, Korea and China. Campers will receive 2.5 hours of activity-based language instruction each day, in addition to learning about the daily life and games enjoyed by children around the world.

“Our March Break Camp, in partnership with the local YMCA, offers fun, innovative programming and  a chance for children to meet new friends,” says Tatiana Khrystynko, Coordinator of the SCDSB’s Newcomer Welcome Centre. “We have designed the program to give kids opportunities to keep active, develop new skills and learn about other cultures over their March Break.”

For more information and to register online, visit or register in person at the Barrie YMCA’s Membership Desk. The cost of the camp is $28 per day (YMCA members) and $32 per day (non-members). Extended hours are also available for an extra fee. The program is supervised by qualified and energetic staff.

Parents are encouraged to register their children before Friday, March 1, 2013.

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Barrie YMCA, 705-726-6421  


Parent programs

REMINDER: SCDSB, Kinark Partner to Offer Workshops for Parents & Educators of Students with ASD

The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) and Kinark Child and Family Services are working together to provide workshops for parents and educators of students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

These workshops will be offered monthly during the school year and started in October. All of the workshops are free to parents and educators, and run from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the SCDSB Education Centre, 1170 Highway 26, Midhurst. Space is limited in each workshop and registration is required.
The winter/spring 2013 workshop schedule is as follows:
February 7, 2013 – Facilitating Successful Transitions to Secondary School or Post-Secondary Transitions (two concurrent workshops)
These workshops will provide key tips on facilitating a smooth transition from elementary to secondary school and review ways to support students transitioning from secondary school to postsecondary pathways (college, university, workplace, day programs).
March 7, 2013 – Social Skills
This workshop will address the importance of teaching social skills and provide strategies that can be used in the classroom.
April 4, 2013 – Understanding Sensory Needs
This workshop will describe the seven sensory systems and list classroom activities that may benefit students’ sensory needs.
May 2, 2013 – Tools for Self-Regulation
This workshop will identify strategies to support students to identify their own anxiety and to select and implement coping strategies.
To register, contact Hailey McLean, Central Program Consultant in Special Education, SCDSB, at 705-734-6363 ext. 11801 or email  
Hailey McLean, Central Program Consultant in Special Education, SCDSB
705-734-6363 ext. 11801


School open

All elementary schools will be OPEN on January 11; however, public elementary buses remain cancelled for January 11. Elementary teachers and Designated Early Childhood Educators are expected to report for work at their schools. Protest action declared illegal. Students are welcome to attend school on January 11. We apologize for the short notice but the timing was beyond the school board’s control.

Our thoughts….

SCDSB Flags at Half-Mast for Newtown, Conn. School Communities
SCDSB flags will be at half-mast on Monday, Dec. 17 to show our respect and symbolize our condolences to the community of Newtown, Conn. where families are mourning the tragic deaths of children and staff from Sandy Hook Elementary School. SCDSB schools will be supporting any local students who may require reassurance in the coming days as media reports continue.