WELCOME TO ÉCOLE FAIRVIEW

AND SKY ACRES CAMPUS

Address: 34 Norman Street
Brantford, Ontario
N3R 2Y1
Phone: 519-751-2891
Fax: 519-751-3851
Principal: Beth Lougheed
Vice-Principal: Sarah Stratton
Secretary: Michele Edmondson
Secretary: Sandy Pottruff
Zone:
3 and 4

Carnaval Celebrations  ~   Feb 2 - 6

Next week will be the BEST  CARNAVAL  ever at Fairview!

  • Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday students will investigate the Quebec traditions of Carnaval in their classrooms, learn the dances and make masks.
  • DRESS FOR THE WEATHER ON THURSDAY ~ we're going to finally have snow for the Outdoor Winter Celebration. One of the special activities will be authentic maple syrup rolling.
  • Friday is the Masked Ball....actually there will be four Masked Balls so everyone, at both campuses, gets a chance to dance the Bastringue with their class and a gymfull of dancers.  A Live Band and a Caller will ensure the dance is an exciting communtiy event.   Bonnehomme, who is always a hit,  also makes an appearance!  All participants are expected to wear a mask (how mysterious) and, in the past, many students have chosen to dress up for this festive event.
Special thanks go to the teachers for instructing their classes, School Council for their financial support and the Friendly French Culture Committee for the hours of organization and hard work!

 

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School Council presents the Annual School Calendar Raffle

École Fairview is running our Annual School Calendar Raffle to raise money for playground equipment at the new school, and we are still in need of donations.

We know that many families within our school have businesses, personal connections or work for companies that would be interested in donating to our Raffle. Prizes can be items, services, gift cards or a collection of many kinds. For example, businesses may donate a service eg. A massage, tax return assistance, oil changes, golf passes, a flower bouquet, to give just a few examples. Some donate a gift card to a restaurant eg. Remax donates a Keg gift card, the Jones family donates an Entertainment basket or the Smith Law Firm donates a Gas card.

Please keep in mind the following key dates:

* Donations required by February 13th

* Calendar Sales will take place for the month of April

* Prize Draws will occur every day in the month of May

Please contact Kim Allardyce @ 519-754-1360 (kallardyce@rogers.com), Brian Spivak (hacman26@yahoo.com) or Tom Smith (tsmith.nokia@gmail.com) with any questions as well as to arrange for your donation pick up.

Thank you in advance for your donations and Calendar sales!

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January 14, 2015   -  Parents who drive will want to be aware that the City of Brantford has changed the No Stopping Zone on Norman Street to better match the beginning and end of the school day.

Parents parking across the street from the Bus Loading area create a bottle neck which has become dangerous at times for both parents and children.

Our Crossing Guard ensures students cross safely at the corner of Wayne and Norman Streets.   Please NEVER CALL YOUR CHILD ACROSS THE STREET BETWEEN BUSES, it is so very unsafe for students and drivers who cannot see until it is too late. Drop your children off on the side street and let the Crossing Guard get them safely to school.

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INFORMATION FOR PARENTS IN SENIOR KINDERGARTEN

A letter will be sent home giving you information about the EDI [Early Development Instrument]. This is an assessment that is done every 3 years in Senior Kindergarten classrooms across the province. Your child's teacher will assess how ready your child is to learn at school. A child’s readiness to learn is considered in 5 areas: their physical health, emotional maturity, communication, language and thinking, and their social skills.  The information is used by the Ministry of Education and by Public Health Units to inform programming and strategies to support young children to learn. It is up to you whether or not your child is assessed. We are asking that you watch for the letter and if, after reading it, you want something explained or you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s teacher or any of the contact names on the letter that is coming home in January.  We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed choice about your child's participation.

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NEW JK/SK KINDERGARTEN STUDENT REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Interested in having your child attend French Immersion in September?  Please call the school at 519-751-2891 for a Kindergarten Registration time January 19 – 31, 2015.

There will be a Kindergarten Information Night for parents who want to know more about the All Day Kindergarten Program for their child, February 3rd, 2015 at 6:00 in the school gym.  Come and meet the teachers, hear about the program, learn about transportation!  Parents, if your child will be starting school in September, this is a night you will want to attend.

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The Grand Erie District School Board wants to hear from you!   We want to know if you’re interested in accessing Before and After-School care at your school.  Here’s your chance to tell us if a program would meet the needs of your family!  If enough parents show interest to run a viable program, a third-party provider will coordinate the service at a fee for the 2015-16 school year.  Submit your interest by completing this survey by February 23, 2015 at

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GrandErie.

For more information about Before-andAfter-School Programs and Child Care, visit the Parent Section at granderie.ca

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Coronation School Building Project
It brings me great pleasure to inform you all that only a few short weeks ago, a small group of people began meeting to discuss and plan the new Coronation School Building Project.  The group is a dynamic mix of people including architects, school board trustees and superintendents, Principal Lougheed and myself as your elected parent representative.

We are in the beginning stages only, and there is a lot still to cover. At the moment the site plan is currently under review at the city, and we are discussing possible layouts in and around the building.

I expect to be able to share more details, including the anticipated completion date when the first steps of planning and approvals by the City are completed.

As your parent representative, I'm very interested in hearing what you have to say! If you have any questions, concerns or ideas, please feel free to let me know!  You can contact me at tsmith.nokia@gmail.com.

Tom Smith
École Fairview School Council Co-Chair

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ONTARIO CHILD HEALTH STUDY/SCHOOL MENTAL HEALTH SURVEYS

Make a difference in the lives of children and youth and say 'yes' to participate in the 2014 Ontario Child Health Study and School Mental Health Surveys.

The 1983 Ontario Child Health Study told us that 1 in 5 children and youth experienced serious mental health challenges. This estimate is outdated as is much of what we know about child and youth mental health in Ontario. The 2014 Ontario Child Health Study will tell us about the mental health status and needs of children and youth living in Ontario today.

From October 2014 to May 2015, Statistics Canada will be inviting 7,000 families with children aged 4 -17 years to complete an interview in their home. At the same time, McMaster researchers will be conducting School Mental Health Surveys in 240 Ontario schools to help us learn new ways of promoting and addressing student mental health needs.

Together, these studies will be the first of their kind in Canada to examine the influence of family, community and school environments on child and youth mental health.

The results will be used to develop programs and services to improve the mental health of young people in Ontario. Results from the 1983 Study were partially responsible for over 3 billion dollars of investment in federal and provincial programs and services, resulting in the creation of programmes such as the Ontario Early Years Centres.

Participation in the 1983 Ontario Child Health Study was over 90%. Make sure you are heard in 2014 as well. Let's make our province a better place for children and youth. If invited to participate, please say ‘yes’ to the 2014 Ontario Child Health Study and School Mental Health Surveys. www.ontariochildhealthstudy.ca

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ECOLE FAIRVIEW SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETING

School Council meets the third Wednesday of the month at 6:00.