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Interview Nighthttp://cci.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/131Interview Night<p>​​Thursday October 19, 2017.  Letters were sent home with Progress Reports. Sign the slip of paper at the bottom and make sure your student returns it to the teacher.  6:30 pm in the Library there is a University/College presentaion.  Parent/Guardians and students are welcome.<br></p>
Link Crew Leaders Bring Halloween Fun To Grade 9'shttp://cci.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/133Link Crew Leaders Bring Halloween Fun To Grade 9's<div>On Friday October 27th, 2017 @ 8:45am, Link Crew leaders will be coming into classrooms to help decorate pumpkins with all GRADE 9 homerooms. Lots of fun to be had!</div><div><br></div><div>These wonderfully decorated pumpkins will be shared with our local hospital and seniors homes etc...to spread the Halloween spirit!</div><div><br></div><div>AND...it's finally time for CCI to have a haunted house. The Link Crew is ready to take on this challenge.  Grade 9 students & homeroom teachers are asked to bring one canned item for admission.  </div>
Parent Portal http://cci.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/102Parent Portal <p>​</p><span><p style="font:13px/1.6 arial,sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 10px;color:#595959;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">The SCDSB Parent Portal is a secure online tool that provides parents/guardians (of students less than 18 years of age) with quick access to their children's attendance and, in secondary school, grades. Parents and guardians can set up daily, weekly or monthly email alerts for attendance information.</p><p style="font:13px/1.6 arial,sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 10px;color:#595959;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">To access the Parent Portal, parents/guardians will need their child's Student Number, which can be found on the Student Information Verification Form sent home at the start of every school year, as well as an Access ID.</p><p style="font:13px/1.6 arial,sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 10px;color:#595959;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">The Access ID will be/has been provided in a sealed letter. If you lose the Access ID, you can visit us in the school office and we'll provide it to you after verifying your identity.</p><p style="font:13px/1.6 arial,sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 10px;color:#595959;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Each student has a unique Access ID and Student Number. Once a Parent/Guardian has created a Parent Portal account, all students can be linked to that single account.</p><p style="font:13px/1.6 arial,sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 10px;color:#595959;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Go to <a target="_blank" href="http://ps.scdsb.on.ca/" style="color:#0072b9;text-decoration:none;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">http://ps.scdsb.on.ca</span></a> to create a Parent Portal account or login.</p></span>
Picture Retake Dayhttp://cci.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/126Picture Retake Day<p>Tuesday October 24, 2017​</p>
Grad Photoshttp://cci.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/134Grad Photos<p>​Sign up now at www.bookmygrad.ca</p><p>School code is CCV.  Pictures begin November 1, 2017<br></p>
Your Mental Health & Well-Being Matters! http://cci.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/132Your Mental Health & Well-Being Matters! <p></p><p><br></p><p> We'd like to remind you about some of the initiatives we have at CCI to support positive mental health. </p><ul><li>Denise, our social worker, is available 4 days per week.  Visit the guidance department to connect with Denise or speak to any staff member who will help.</li><li>We have several community agencies who have partnered with CCI to provide extra mental health support to students every day of the week.</li><li>We offer free, hot meals to any students who don't have a lunch – see the cart in the cafeteria</li><li>Mrs. Shand, in room 103, is available to students who need support.  You can also connect with a Guidance Counsellor or Special Education teacher any time during the school day for help. </li><li>Pay attention to announcements as we have several student support groups running throughout the year, often for 6 to 8 weeks at a time</li><li>Next week, approximately 18 students are being trained in Mental Health 1<sup>st</sup> Aid because we know that friends go to friends for help.  Several teachers and other staff have already been trained in Mental Health 1<sup>st</sup> Aid and are ready to offer support.</li><li>Our Students Advocating Non-Violence Everywhere (otherwise known as SANE) hosted an awareness raising event, involving students from all grades, which provided information to help us understand the needs of our students.</li><li>A couple of students have stepped up to work on additional ideas such as establishing a Jack.org chapter at our school, and offering yoga, nutrition, mindfulness and other wellness sessions throughout the year.</li><li>Finally, you may have noticed our Wellness dogs roaming the halls on Wednesdays.  These dogs are here to help bring smiles and comfort to students throughout the school. ​</li></ul><p>​</p>
Information Updates From SCDSB & Our Communityhttp://cci.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/128Information Updates From SCDSB & Our Community<p><strong>Pay for field trips, team fees, yearbook, etc. with School Cash Online</strong><br><strong> </strong>If you have not already done so, be sure to sign up for School Cash Online. This is our preferred method of payment for all school fundraising.  School Cash Online allows you to pay with your debit or credit card.  Follow these steps to get started:</p><ol><li>Go to <a href="https://simcoecounty.schoolcashonline.com/">simcoecounty.schoolcashonline.com</a> or from our school website click on "Pay Fees"</li><li>Register and add your child to the newly created account</li><li>View and purchase items through echeck or credit card<br> <br></li></ol><p>The School Cash Parent Helpdesk is available 24/7 to help you with registration, password recoveries or any other payment issues. Call the helpdesk at 1-866-961-1803 or email <a href="mailto:parenthelp@schoolcashonline.com">parenthelp@schoolcashonline.com</a>. </p><p> </p><p><strong>Parent Portal gives parents real-time access to attendance, grade information </strong><br>The SCDSB Parent Portal is a secure online tool that provides parents/guardians (of students less than 18 years of age) with quick access to their children's attendance and grades and includes the option to sign up for email notifications. To access the Parent Portal, parents/guardians will need their child's SCDSB Pupil ID Number, which can be found on the Student Information Verification Form, as well as an Access ID. The Access ID will be provided in a sealed letter this fall with instructions on how to create an account. If you lose the Access ID, visit us in the school office and we'll provide it to you after verifying your identity.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>School Bus Safety Week and School Bus Driver Appreciation Day</strong><br><strong> </strong>School Bus Safety Week takes place Oct. 16 to 20. To support schools in promoting school bus safety to students, the Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium (SCSTC), in partnership with school bus operators, will offer bus evacuation training to all home-to-school transported students.<strong> </strong>During this week,<strong> </strong>school bus drivers will educate students on how to evacuate a school bus safely in an emergency situation. </p><p>Wed., Oct. 18 is School Bus Driver Appreciation Day in the province of Ontario. It's a great opportunity for the school community to thank our bus drivers for all their hard work transporting students to and from school safely. For more information, visit the SCSTC website at <a href="http://main.simcoecountyschoolbus.ca/">main.simcoecountyschoolbus.ca/</a>. <br><br></p><p><strong>New Path offering child and youth mental health walk-in clinics</strong><br><strong> </strong>In response to the increasing wait times for child and youth mental health services, and the increased need for such services, New Path has undertaken a service redesign that will provide more timely and responsive services to children, youth and families in Simcoe County. New Path now offers Child and Youth Mental Health Walk-In Clinics in five office locations throughout Simcoe County: Bradford, Alliston, Barrie, Collingwood and Orillia.</p><p>Children, youth and families requesting service from New Path no longer need to call and complete an intake; they can simply attend one of the local Walk-In Clinics and will receive a single session intervention that day. Should children or youth require further service, New Path will continue to offer a wide variety of community and school-based services as well as residential service and women's service. For further information, including the clinic locations, days and hours, visit <a href="http://www.newpath.ca/">www.newpath.ca</a> or contact New Path's central intake department at 705-725-7656.<br> <br></p><p><br><strong>Fire Prevention Week is October 8 to 14: Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!</strong><br><strong> </strong>Fire Prevention Week runs from Oct. 8 to 14. This year's theme is "Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!"<strong> </strong>Smoke and fire spread fast. There's no time to figure out how to escape AFTER a fire starts. All households should have working smoke alarms and practice a home fire escape plan with everyone in the family BEFORE there's a fire. Find out more at: <a href="http://www.nfpa.org/fpw">www.nfpa.org/fpw</a>. <br><br><br><strong>LGBTQI2S Junior Youth Connection for kids aged 12 to 15</strong><br><strong> </strong>The Gilbert Centre is offering a new drop-in and social program for LGBTQI2S identified youth to connect, explore and learn. Meetings take place on the first and third Friday of every month from 5-7 p.m. at 80 Bradford Street in Barrie. For more information, please call Ve Tao, Youth Support Worker at 705-722-6778 x109, visit lgbtyouth.ca or email <a href="mailto:vet@gilbertcentre.ca">vet@gilbertcentre.ca</a>. </p><p><br><strong>Translating legal issues for frontline workers and members of the trans community</strong><br><strong> </strong>The Gilbert Centre, in partnership with The Community Legal Clinic, The Law Foundation of Ontario, and The Mediation Centre, is offering training on navigating human rights and the law for transgender people in Simcoe County. Topics will include trans inclusivity training, human rights, housing, employment, income support and family law. Register at <a href="http://www.gilbertcentre.ca/translating-legal-issues/">www.gilbertcentre.ca/translating-legal-issues/</a>. The training is offered in Collingwood Oct. 12 to 13. </p><p><br><strong>LGBTQ youth employment support program offered by The Gilbert Centre </strong><br><strong> </strong>The Gilbert Centre in Barrie is offering a program for LGBTQI2S identified youth ages 16 to 29 who are seeking support with employment. The program, supported by the United Way, will develop life and employment skills, increase participants' chances of finding employment and connect participants with community resources. Interested youth can contact Ve Tao, Youth Support Worker, at <a href="mailto:vet@gilbertcentre.ca">vet@gilbertcentre.ca</a> or at 705-722-6778 x109.  </p><p>  <br><strong>October is International Walk to School Month </strong><br>Did you know that October is International Walk to School month? It's a great way for children to get their recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day and also gives parents and staff a chance to be part of a worldwide event that celebrates the many benefits of walking. Here are some ideas:</p><ul><li>Encourage your child to walk or cycle to and from school if you live close by and team up with others to make the trip more fun</li><li>If you usually drive your child to school, try getting them to walk part of the way</li><li>If your child takes the bus, walking to and from the bus stop is a great way to add physical activity minutes into the day</li></ul><p><em>Information provided by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit</em><br> </p><p>Looking for more information to help keep you and your family healthy? Call <em>Health Connection</em> at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-5720 to speak with a public health nurse or visit the health unit's website at <a href="http://www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/">www.simcoemuskokahealth.org</a>.<br></p><p><em>Information provided by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit</em><br> <br></p><p><strong>Active transportation </strong><br><strong> </strong>Want to help the environment, save money, be with friends, and improve your health and fitness?<strong> </strong>Choose to walk, bike, roller blade or skateboard as much as possible to places like school, work, shopping and visiting friends.</p><ul><li>Organize a walking or cycling group.</li><li>Talk with your school principal about installing secure bike racks in a visible location.</li><li>If you're concerned about safety, speak with your mayor or municipal councilor about what you need to be able to walk and bike safely in your community.</li></ul><p><br>Check out <a href="http://www.saferoutestoschool.ca/">www.saferoutestoschool.ca</a> for more ideas.</p><p><em>Information provided by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit</em><br> <br></p><p><strong>Has your teen started driving?</strong><br><em> </em>Getting a driver's license and riding as a passenger with friends is an exciting milestone for many teens, but it can also a stressful and challenging stage for parents. It can be hard to balance giving them their independence with trying to keep them safe. Be patient and look for opportunities to help your teen learn driving laws, and how to be safe behind the wheel or as a passenger with friends.</p><p>For more information, visit the health unit's website at <a href="http://www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/">www.simcoemuskokahealth.org</a> or call <em>Health Connection</em> at 721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520. Another great resource is the Parachute Canada website: <a href="http://www.parachutecanada.org/programs/topic/C430">http://www.parachutecanada.org/programs/topic/C430</a>. </p><p><em>Information provided by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit</em><br><em> </em><br></p>
SCDSB partners with Dell and Staples to provide affordable technology optionshttp://cci.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/board-news/74SCDSB partners with Dell and Staples to provide affordable technology options<p>​The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) is excited to announce two partnerships for the 2017-18 school year. The SCDSB has worked with Dell Canada and Staples to provide affordable options for families considering a technology purchase. Both programs are approved by the SCDSB.<br><br>Information about both programs, including product details and how to order, is available below. If you have questions about the programs, please contact either a Dell Education Advisor or your nearest Staples store, as appropriate.<br><br><a href="http://scdsb.on.ca/About%20Us/News%20Documents/SimcoeCountyDSB-Dell%20BYOD_June2017.pdf">Dell Canada BYOD program letter</a><br><a href="http://scdsb.on.ca/About%20Us/News%20Documents/SchoolToolsBYOD_SimcoeLetter_EN.pdf">Staples BYOD program letter</a><br> <br></p>
Ministry of Education seeks online engagement regarding implementation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Policy Frameworkhttp://cci.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/board-news/72Ministry of Education seeks online engagement regarding implementation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Policy Framework<div>​​The Ontario Ministry of Education is working with researchers to gather feedback and input to inform the development of the Third Progress Report on the implementation of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Policy Framework.  <br><br>Students, parents/guardians and families, teaching and nonteaching staff, Indigenous communities, organizations and partners, and school boards are invited to participate in an online survey and/or online focus groups to capture successes and help to identify promising practices and opportunities to provide further support to enhance the achievement and well-being of Indigenous students.   <br><br>Third Progress Report - <a href="https://sondages.outsidesoft.com/Engine/Default.aspx?surveyID=6A64A645-0C53-4CFF-9495-6E1A5E830F36">English survey</a></div><div>Troisième Rapport D’Étape - <a href="https://sondages.outsidesoft.com/Engine/Default.aspx?surveyID=6A64A645-0C53-4CFF-9495-6E1A5E830F36&idlang=FR">French survey​</a>  <br><br></div><div>It is important to note that:</div><div><ul><li>​​​Participation in this survey is voluntary.  </li><li>This survey is confidential. That means that all answers will be combined anonymously (without any identifying information) with the answers received from other participants. No one who sees the answers will be able to link them to any individual person.   </li><li>Anyone can stop doing this survey at any time without any repercussions.</li></ul></div><div>All stakeholders are invited to participate in the online focus groups. To participate, RSVP to thirdprogressreport@gmail.com indicating which session you would like to attend. Please note that while we will make efforts to accommodate everyone spaces are limited to 10-12 people per session on a first come, first served basis.  <br><br></div><div><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Students</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Parents/Guardians</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Teaching/Non-Teaching Staff</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Indigenous Organizations & Partners</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Tuesday, May 23 </p><p style="text-align:center;">8-9pm EST (English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Monday, June 12 7:30-8:30 pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, May 25 6-7pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 1   2-3pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 1   7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 15 7-8 pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 1</p><p style="text-align:center;">7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Friday, June 2</p><p style="text-align:center;">2-3pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Monday, June 19   7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Wednesday, June 21</p><p style="text-align:center;">7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 15 7-8 pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 8    2-3pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Monday, June 19   7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;"> (French)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Monday, June 26</p><p style="text-align:center;">7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(French)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Tuesday, June 20</p><p style="text-align:center;">7-8 pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(French)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Tuesday, June 27</p><p style="text-align:center;">7-8 pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(French)​</p></td></tr></tbody></table><br></div><div><br></div><div>The Indigenous Education Office of the Ministry of Education would be pleased to respond to any questions you may have regarding the process of engagement and data collection to inform the development of the Third Progress Report. Please send any questions directly to Jennifer Feasby, Manager Education Policy and Programs Unit (Jennifer.Feasby@ontario.ca).<br><br><br></div><div><br></div>
Netflix series 13 Reasons Why – information for parents/guardianshttp://cci.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/board-news/71Netflix 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="http://www.scdsb.on.ca/Programs/Safe-and-Healthy-Schools/Pages/Mental-Health.aspx">SCDSB website​</a>.  <br><br>The National Association of School Psychologists has also developed <a href="http://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/school-safety-and-crisis/preventing-youth-suicide/13-reasons-why-netflix-series-considerations-for-educators">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>