November 2020 Newsleter

November 2020 Newsletter

November

It is hard to believe that it is November already and that we have been back to school for two months already.  The temperature outside is getting cooler but students will continue to go outside for recess and outdoor learning several times a day.  Please help your child to remember to bring suitable clothing so that they can be comfortable outdoors.

Head Lice:

Starting later this month, an employee of the Limestone District School Board, Ms. Heather, will resume checking students for lice on a regular basis.  Ms. Heather will be wearing a mask, face shield and gloves when she preforms her work that does involve physically touching the head of each child.  If you would prefer that your child is not checked for head lice, please contact the school to let us know.  If head lice is found in your child’s hair, you will receive a letter outlining how to treat them.  If there are students in your child’s class with live head lice, you will receive a letter letting you know and asking you to check your child’s hair regularly.  Students with head lice do need to be treated, but do not need to stay home from school. 

Current Contact Information:

If your contact information (address, phone number or email) changes at anytime during the school year, please notify the office.  It is critical that we have current contact information in order to be able to reach parents/guardians in the event of a situation during the school day.  The contact information we have on file would also be used by Public Health in the event there were to be a positive case of COVID-19 in your child’s cohort.

Remembrance Day:
Lest we forget

This year we will be marking November 11th with a shared virtual presentation, created by Mr. Pottery’s class.  Similar to the compilation created by Mrs. Overvelde’s class in honour of Terry Fox, this virtual compilation will include work by many of the classes in the school which show their reflections about this important day and the selfless service of members of the military, past and present.  Each class will create a wreath that they will place on our cross that will be set up in the foyer of the school. For reasons of student privacy, we are not able to share the virtual compilation with our greater community.

Parent Council:

Although it was a bit chilly, the weather cooperated and we were able to gather in-person, outside for our November School Council meeting.  There were several positions that remained open following the September meeting and some of those positions were filled at the November meeting.  If you are interested in putting your name forward for any of the remaining vacancies, please attend our December meeting. Nominations for these vacancies will be taken “from the floor” at our next meeting on Monday, December 7 at 6:00.  This meeting will be held virtually, and you must be in (virtual) attendance to accept a nomination or to vote.  Details about how to join the meeting will be shared closer to the meeting date.

Just prior to our November meeting, the Limestone District School Board updated Administrative Procedure 110, which is related to how School Councils are run.  The amendment says that “each school site shall elect an Indigenous Family Representative who is an Indigenous parent/guardian/grandparent of an Indigenous student at the school”.  As you may recall, Parent Council was to have discussed and voted on the addition of the position at our November meeting.  The change in the Administrative Procedure made it unnecessary to vote on adding it to the Molly Brant Parent Council.  At the December meeting, nominations from the floor will be taken for this position and, if necessary, a vote will take place to determine who will hold this position.

Current Parent Council Position Holders and Remaining Vacancies

Chair: Jennifer Kehoe

 

 

Treasurer: Jodi Radolfi

Vice-Chair: Margo O’Neill

Community Member:

  1. Karen Gilbert
  2. Cathleen Getchell

Secretary: Melanie Harman

Co-Virtual School Parent Rep:

  1. Joanna Anderson
  2. Vacant

Member at Large:

1.Christa Gregory 
2.Billy-Jo Hollywood
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Indigenous Family Rep: Vacant

 

All Council meetings are open to every parent/guardian of a Molly Brant student (who is learning in person or at the Virtual School) to attend and there are different sub-committees that are always looking for volunteers. 

Bussing

Tri-Board Student Transportation has indicated there will likely be more bus delays and cancellations this year due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Families should have a backup plan to transport their student(s) to school.  If a bus is cancelled in the morning, it will NOT run in the afternoon. Families would be responsible for transportation both to and from school in the result of a bus cancellation.

Families should ensure they are signed up to receive direct notifications either by email or Tri-Board’s app.  Delays and cancellations are also posted to Tri-Board’s Twitter account.