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September 6th- Morning Arrival 6th- Morning Arrival<p style="text-align:left;">Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! In preparation for next Tuesday, please review the morning arrival procedures at Baxter Central. </p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>SAFETY DURING MORNING ARRIVAL</strong></span></p><p>We have a number of new families to the school community and I wanted to make sure they receive the same information and feel welcome. Compliance connected to the parking lot and kiss and ride are critical to the safety of all the community members.</p><p>The Kiss and Ride program allows parents/guardians the opportunity to drive through the side loop in order to safely drop off their children. This is very important as it significantly reduces the congestion of vehicles alongside the buses and the dangers of students potentially getting hit by a vehicle exiting their vehicle in moving traffic.  This will alleviate many safety issues. </p><p>The Kiss and Ride can be a safe and effective way of allowing children to enter school property providing that it is used properly. To facilitate the safe arrival of students and to alleviate congestion in the parking lot, please adhere to the following:</p><p>1. Enter the parking lot slowly and in single file<br> 2. Proceed to the designated Kiss and Ride<br> 3. Remain in your vehicle while your children get into or out of the vehicle<br> 4. Proceed slowly and safely out of the parking lot alongside the buses (no stopping zone)</p><p><strong>Please do not stop in the Kiss and Ride any longer than it takes for your children to get into or out of your vehicle.</strong> If you need to assist your child getting into or out of your vehicle, or need to meet them on the yard/at the door, please park in a designated parking spot.</p><p>We appreciate your support and cooperation in helping to keep our students safe. See you Tuesday!</p>
Information for parents/guardians of Junior Kindergarten students for parents/guardians of Junior Kindergarten students<p></p><p>Do you have a little one starting school for the first time this fall? We know that is it an exciting time for both students and parents. Here is some information about Kindergarten in the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) and what you can expect and how to plan for the first day of school:</p><div><ul><li>Senior Kindergarten students begin school on Tuesday, September 6, 2016.<br></li><li>Junior Kindergarten students begin school on Thursday, September 8, 2016.<br></li><li>Note that <a href="">Ernest Cumberland ES</a> is on a modified calendar. The first day of school for Ernest Cumberland JK students is Wed. Aug. 24.<br></li><li>On the first day, proceed to the Kindergarten yard or entrance to meet your educators and find out what class your child will be in.<br></li><li>Please <a href="">pack the following items in your child’s backpack</a> to be left at school:<br></li><ul><li>Indoor running shoes (Velcro or elastic laces)</li><li>A large Ziploc bag with extra clothes (one pair of pants, one shirt, two pairs of underwear, two pairs of socks)</li><li>​Please ensure everything is labelled</li></ul><li>Pack a lunch and snacks in reusable, labelled containers, including a bottle for water. For healthy lunch ideas, check out <a href="">EatRight Ontario</a>.<br></li></ul></div><p>If your child will ride the school bus, the <a href="">Bus Tag</a> program provides each Kindergarten student with a coloured tag that identifies the child’s name, route number, bus colour and stop location. All students with a bus tag must be met at their stop by a parent/guardian. To practice riding the bus and learn about bus safety, attend a <a href="">First Rider</a> session provided by the <a href="">Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium</a>. ​</p><p>If your child is turning four years old before Dec. 31, 2016 and you have not yet registered them for Kindergarten, you can do so by calling 705-734-6363 x11750 or emailing <a href=""></a> to schedule an appointment to register in person at the SCDSB’s Education Centre (1170 Hwy. 26 in Midhurst) until August 26 while school offices are closed. Starting August 29, please contact your <a href="">home school</a> to register as school offices will re-open that week.</p><p>If you have any further questions about your child’s first day, please <a href="">contact your school​</a> the week of August 29.</p><p>​</p>
Baxter Bear Paw (June)- YouTube Edition Bear Paw (June)- YouTube Edition<p>​Thank you to the students in Mrs. Collingbourne and Mrs. Tremblay's class for producing this month's newsletter on our YouTube Channel.</p><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-embedcode ms-rte-embedil ms-rtestate-notify"><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0"></iframe> </div>
Volunteer Appreciation Tea Appreciation Tea<p>​This is a reminder that we are hosting our appreciation tea for our community volunteers tomorrow at 10:20 in the library. Together, we make Baxter Central a great place for student learning and a place to be.</p>
Baxter Community Planning Meeting Community Planning Meeting<p>Baxter Central Public School will be creating a two acre outdoor learning environment on our property.  This started with a student voice project lead by four grade seven students, and has now expanded to involve school, board and Ministry funds.  Since the group most impacted by this project will be students, we wanted to ensure that all parents and students had an opportunity to share in the planning and creation of this space.</p><p>Please join us in the library on Monday, June 13th, from 3:40 to 5:00.  We will be planning our community planting day that will take place on June 17th.  We will also be planning out the stages of the development of our naturalized area, and investigating community resources for the planning and creation of our space. Over $4000 through provincial funding has been spent to purchase shrubs and shade trees that will be planted in the fall in this area.</p><p>Please contact Sean Cappadocia (principal) or Andrew Morrison (teacher-librarian) to let us know you are planning to attend.</p><p>Free childcare will be available to parents, so you are able to come right to the meeting.  Please inform us of the number and ages of children you will be bringing if you would like to make use of this service.​</p>



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