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SCDSB partners with Dell and Staples to provide affordable technology options 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="">Dell Canada BYOD program letter</a><br><a href="">Staples BYOD program letter</a><br> <br></p>
The Hidden Gem Hidden Gem<p>Dear Baxter Central Community.</p><p>We had an incredible year at Baxter Central P.S.! I am thrilled with the successes of our students, the professional development of our staff and very excited about some of the new learning opportunities and changes for our students in the upcoming year. </p><p>Personally, my time at Simcoe County's hidden gem has come to a close. I will be moving on to Boyne River P.S. for the 2017-2018 school year. I am very excited about this opportunity and the new challenges that will come with opening a new school. That being said, it is very difficult to leave such a wonderful school community. I am leaving Baxter Central in good hands. Mrs. Ross was appointed as the new principal this past month. She is a lovely, approachable and brilliant principal.</p><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-5" alt="sss.png" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/sss.png" style="margin:5px;width:178px;" />   At times I wish that the duct tape at last year's Arts in the Pasture was stronger and I could remain with you at this school. However, change is good. Change will disrupt my comfort and push me to answer new challenges in a new environment. Change allows growth not only for myself but for Baxter Central. The school will be saying good bye to a few teachers as well. Mrs. Stelmachowicz, Mrs. Grasser, Mrs. Maltby, Mrs. Collins and Mrs. Briscoe have left an incredible impact in the community and they will be able to do the same at the new school in Alliston. Ms. T. Clark will be looking for new opportunities in the fall, Mme Chirita is heading to Hillcrest and Codrington and Mrs. Aldersey (VP) will be moving on to W.C. Little P.S..  I am sure you join me in thanking them for their service at Baxter Central. In  their place, Mr. McNamara, Mrs. Carmichael and Mrs. Kennedy will be joining the Baxter Central community in September. </p><p>I would like to thank everyone for the support that I have received over the past three years. One of our real strengths at Baxter Central P.S. is our staff. Our teachers and support staff are second to none. They are experienced, professional and caring. I have learned a lot from them during my time here and will take those experiences and lessons with me as I move on. From day one, the families have demonstrated that education is a joint venture between the school and home. I will truly miss the farm fresh eggs, coffees and the baked goods that parents regularly shared with me. Our students and the school received an incredible amount of support from home. During my time here I worked closely with our School Council and I am amazed at the selflessness of our volunteers. They truly do a lot of extras such as running the breakfast program and providing improved opportunities for all of our students at school. Hosting clothing drives, Christmas treasure sales, McDonalds and curriculum nights, they raised funds to equip our classrooms to reflect the needs of the 21<sup>st</sup> Century learner.</p><p>Behind every principal, there is a secretary. I truly appreciated Mrs. Lee's guidance, advice, support and sense of humour as I took on my first principalship. Her love of the children put a smile on my face every day.  Lastly, and perhaps selfishly, it is our students who I will miss the most. I have said it more than once at assemblies and in newsletters, I truly have one of the best jobs in the world. Our students never ceased to amaze me! The daily good mornings and have a nice evening Mr. Capp greetings are a reflection of the great job families have done raising such wonderfully polite and caring children. The children are very fortunate to be part of such a fantastic school! I have guided, assisted, laughed and perhaps shed a tear or two over the past three years with them.  It was a great journey. Again, thank you for the support, the understanding and all the wonderful memories that we have made over the past three years! </p>
Baxter Central PS Council Annual Report for the 2016-2017 School Year Central PS Council Annual Report for the 2016-2017 School Year<p>Dear Parents and School Community:</p><p>We hope you have a safe and happy summer. The Baxter Central PS School Council had a very rewarding 2016-2017 school year. The school council held 7 meetings on October 3, November 7, December 5,  February 6, April 3, May 1 and June 5. These meeting were open to the public to encourage input from parents and other membersof the school community. </p><p>We held several fundraisers, and projects in accordance with the school board policies. These fund-raising activities are identified in the attached financial summary entitles " Sources and Uses of Project Funds". Records of minutes with the financial records are available for public inspection in the School Council Continuity Binder.  Fundraisers that council planned and ran included; a Meet the Teacher, pancake dinner to support our breakfast club and snack program, we sold Snow Valley coupons to help offset the cost of field trips, we ran our annual Christmas Treasures sale, from which the proceeds went to support general school needs and classroom supplies, we held a McDonald's fundraiser to support the Share Fair, we sold tickets to a Barrie Colts game to support our athletic department, we ran two material drives, to financially support the continued improvement of our school's technology, and we will also be hosting our annual Arts in the Pasture end of year celebration, where we will hold a variety of fundraisers to support technology upgrades, school presentations and classroom supplies.  </p><p>School council continues to run a daily breakfast club and snack program, with the help of many volunteers.  This program was funded this year by Eat Well to Excel, a Metro 'Green Apple' grant, school fundraising and community donations.  </p><p>Council applied for and received a $1000 Parents Reaching Out grant.  We used the funds to host an informative night for parents, with Dr. Marcia Benjamin, on the topic of mental wellness.  </p><p>The purpose of the school council is to help improve student achievement and to enhance the accountability of the education system to parents. School councils areadvisory organizations. A school council's primary means of achieving its purpose is by making recommendations to the principle of the school and the school board. Boards and principals are responsible for considering the recommendation made by each school council and for advising the council(s) of the actions taken in response to the recommendations. A record of minutes and actions are kept in the School Council Continuity Binder.</p><p>We wish to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the many individuals who volunteered their time to contribute to the success of the school council during this past year. Special thanks are due to the following members of the 2016-2017-school council:</p><p>Chairs: Brandy Rafeek</p><p>Secretary: Tanya Grant</p><p>Non-teaching Rep: Sandra Lee</p><p>Teaching Reps: Melanie Grasser and Laura Stelmachowicz</p><p>Voting members: Brandy Rafeek, Tanya Grant, Rena Finch, Tina Oliveira, Angelica Tang, Andrea Walker, and Andrea Dragicevic</p><p>Finally, we would like to wish the best of luck to the candidates in the Sept. 2017-2018 school council elections. Issues that we foresee as being important matters for the consideration of the new school council are; the carrying out of the 2017-18 PRO grant, the growth of the parent resource lending library and the continuation of the breakfast club and snack program.  </p><p>Sincerely Yours,</p><p>Brandy Rafeek</p><p>School Council Chair</p><p> </p><p>Baxter Central Public School Fundraising 2016-2017</p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;">FUNDRAISER</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;">PROFIT</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Apples</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$119.00</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Arts in the Pasture</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Not available</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Barrie Colts Tickets</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$340.22</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Car Wash</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$1868.25</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Christmas Treasures</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$1109.25</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Clothing Drive Kidney Foundation</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$925.99</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Concessions at Tournaments</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$92.05</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Fun Fair</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$1111.25</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Lunch Program (Milk, Pizza, Chicken)</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$9020.19</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Pancakes</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$539.54</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Popcorn</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$717.88</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Recycling Tabs</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$4.65</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Restaurant Nights</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$650.00</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Snow Valley Coupons</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$789.07</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p>
Remembering Aaron Aaron<p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteFontFace-5">On Wednesday May 24th, we will celebrate the life of our dear friend Aaron Lamrche by wearing  orange. Orange was Aaron's favourite colour.​</span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteFontFace-5">                                <img class="mimg rms_img" alt="Image result for orange ribbon" data-bm="30" style="margin:5px;width:95px;color:#a94c01;background-color:#a94c01;" /></span> </p><p style="text-decoration:underline;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteFontFace-5" style="text-decoration:underline;">Arrangements</span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteFontFace-5" style="color:black;">After a courageous battle with cancer, Aaron passed away peacefully at Sick Kids Hospital on Wednesday May 17, 2017, he was 9 years old.<br> Beloved grandson of Debbie and Wayne Lamarche of Baxter. Loved son of Mary McKenzie and Jeffrey Lamarche. Aaron will be sadly missed by his aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.<br> A celebration of his life will be held at Living Faith Communi<span class="textexposedshow ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteFontFace-5">ty Presbyterian Church, 206 Murphy Road, Baxter, on Sunday May 28, 2017 with visitation from 3:00 p.m. until time of service at 4:00 p.m. Reception to follow.</span><br> <span class="textexposedshow ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteFontFace-5">If so desired memorial donations to Sick Kids Fdn. (Oncology) would be appreciated.</span><br> <span class="textexposedshow ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteFontFace-5">Arrangements entrusted to DRURY FUNERAL CENTRE, Alliston 705-435-3535</span></span></p>
Ministry of Education seeks online engagement regarding implementation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Policy Framework 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="">English survey</a></div><div>Troisième Rapport D’Étape - <a href="">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 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 (<br><br><br></div><div><br></div>



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