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Administrator Message-January 18, 2019

posted Jan 18, 2019, 12:07 PM by Peter Marshall

Administrator Update – Friday, January 18, 2019

Kindergarten registration underway at Halton District School Board

Parents/guardians asked to register their child by Feb. 1, 2019


The Halton District School Board is now accepting registrations for Junior (Year 1) and Senior (Year 2) Kindergarten for September 2019. Parents are advised to visit or call their local elementary school to find out which dates have been established for Kindergarten registration in their area. Parents and guardians are asked to register their child by Feb. 1, 2019. Once registered, children can sign out books from the school library.


At Boyne PS we have a very busy office during the day.  You can register at any time but have also set up added hours on January 29 &30 after the school day.  Registrations on those two days will be taken until 7 pm in the evening.

Please bring the following original documents when registering:

·  Proof of address (any two of the following current documents): lease or deed, car registration, utility bill, residential telephone bill, moving bill, property tax bill, bank statement, credit card statement, correspondence with a government agency

·  Proof of age: birth certificate or passport or baptismal/faith record for your child

·  Proof of citizenship: birth certificate or passport, Record of Landing (IMM 1000) or Permanent Resident card


If you are not the child’s parent, or if you have sole custody, please bring proof of custody (court order).

To register for Fall 2019, Junior Kindergarten (Year 1) children must be four years old by Dec. 31, 2019, and Senior Kindergarten (Year 2) children must be five years old by Dec. 31, 2019.

To determine your home school, refer to “Find My Local School” under the Schools section on the HDSB website at www.hdsb.ca.

If you require language assistance to register your child for school, please contact the Halton Multicultural Council at 905-842-2486. Parents/guardians should contact the principal/vice-principal of their school if they require accessibility accommodations to register their child for Kindergarten.

To learn more about the Halton District School Board’s Kindergarten Program, refer to the Parents section of the HDSB website (www.hdsb.ca) Search: Kindergarten.

Lock Down Drill Planned

Each term, as part of our Safety Plan schools conduct fire drills and a lockdown rehearsal.  These planned practices are important in ensuring that staff and students are aware of how to appropriately respond in the event of a real emergency.  Boyne Public School will be conducting a lockdown drill on Tuesday, January 22nd during third period class, this is approximately 11:15 am.  During the drill we as the administrators go on to the public address system and speak with the students and staff during the drill, explaining that it is a drill, a practice and everyone is safe.  Access to the building is cut off during this time.  We wanted our community to be informed prior to this drill so families are aware.

School Council Movie Night-Thursday, January 31, 2019.  ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’.  Tickets are available on Cash On Line only (cashless).  Drinks and snacks are also available for pre-order on line.  Only those that have purchased a ticket will be able to enter the school.  Each family member must purchase a ticket.  We cannot allow any outside food to be brought into this event.  Due to our capacity restrictions we are capping the number of tickets at 300.  Children must be accompanied by parents, for this event no day care can be provided.  Doors open at 6 pm, and the movie begins at 6:30 pm.

French Immersion-at Anne J MacArthur PS

Our grade 1 families that are interested in the French Immersion program at Anne J MacArthur Public School are asked to register soon.  French Immersion is now a full day, every day French program with entry at the grade two level.  Registration for these programs occurs during the last two weeks of January each year.  For the 2019-2020 school year, the deadline is Thursday, January 31, 2019 at​ 4 p.m.​  Registration forms are available at the school 

 

Big Community Event

The Halton Learning Foundation (HLF) is a registered charity that collaborates with the Halton District School Board to assist students and support school programs.

HLF partners with individuals, corporations and community foundations to eliminate financial barriers to e​ducation for public school students in Acton, Burlington, Georgetown, Milton and Oakville. The foundation provide assistance through emergency funds for students-in-need, post-secondary scholarships, and engagement funds to help schools purchase tools and resources to engage students in learning.

Every time Boyne administration has reached out to the HLF they have provided funds for our students and families.  We would like to offer our thanks back and provide funds for future requests.  Our ‘Be Nice’ fundraising for this year will be a COMMUNITY DINNER to support the HLF.

 

On Thursday, February 21st we are partnering with Paramount Fine Foods of Milton and offering the following dinner buffet options.

 

Apps:

·  Pita

·  Humus

·  Fatoush Salad

·  Zaatr Manakeesh

·  Cheese Manakeesh

Mains:

·  Rice

·  Potato Wedges

·  Veg Pasta

·  Steam Veg

·  Chicken Shawarma

·  Falafel Shawarma

·  Kafta Skewers

·  Chicken Skewers

Dessert:

·  Baklawa

Staff will be on hand to serve and welcome you and we will have a series of presentations and events to entertain you while you eat.  Tickets will be $15 per person and all proceeds will be turned over to the HLF.  Mark your calendars.  Get ready to sign up when we put it out on line.  Tell your Boyne friends and see if you can create a table of 6.

Admin. Message January 11, 2019

posted Jan 11, 2019, 12:46 PM by Peter Marshall

Boyne Community Connections

3rd Thursday of every month in the Boyne School Library       

            

Date: Thursday Jan. 17th      Time: 9 AM - 10:30 AM 


-Town of Milton (Programs and Activities)       

-Settlement Specialist                                                      

-After school Tutoring               


Our Settlement Specialist will be here to explain her role and how she can help you settle here in Milton.  

We also invite you to join our Boyne Parent Group on google+ where we post events, information and resources for parents. https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/102142023788863327785

Our parking lot is an active place, filled with students crossing and vehicles picking up other students. Our goal is to provide a safe environment for your family. For ease, we recommend that families park their vehicle north of the school, across Louis St. Laurent, and walk over to the school.

 

Kindergarten registration underway at Halton District School Board

Parents/guardians asked to register their child by Feb. 1, 2019


The Halton District School Board is now accepting registrations for Junior (Year 1) and Senior (Year 2) Kindergarten for September 2019. Parents are advised to visit or call their local elementary school to find out which dates have been established for Kindergarten registration in their area. Parents and guardians are asked to register their child by Feb. 1, 2019. Once registered, children can sign out books from the school library.


At Boyne PS we have a very busy office during the day.  You can register at any time but have also set up added hours on January 29 &30 after the school day.  Registrations on those two days will be taken until 7 pm in the evening.

Please bring the following original documents when registering:

·  Proof of address (any two of the following current documents): lease or deed, car registration, utility bill, residential telephone bill, moving bill, property tax bill, bank statement, credit card statement, correspondence with a government agency

·  Proof of age: birth certificate or passport or baptismal/faith record for your child

·  Proof of citizenship: birth certificate or passport, Record of Landing (IMM 1000) or Permanent Resident card


If you are not the child’s parent, or if you have sole custody, please bring proof of custody (court order).

To register for Fall 2019, Junior Kindergarten (Year 1) children must be four years old by Dec. 31, 2019, and Senior Kindergarten (Year 2) children must be five years old by Dec. 31, 2019.

To determine your home school, refer to “Find My Local School” under the Schools section on the HDSB website at www.hdsb.ca.

If you require language assistance to register your child for school, please contact the Halton Multicultural Council at 905-842-2486. Parents/guardians should contact the principal/vice-principal of their school if they require accessibility accommodations to register their child for Kindergarten.

To learn more about the Halton District School Board’s Kindergarten Program, refer to the Parents section of the HDSB website (www.hdsb.ca) Search: Kindergarten.

 

 


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To learn more about the importance of being safe online, visit the Halton District School Board's Technology & You resources at www.hdsb.ca (Search: Technology & You) or follow #TECHandU on Twitter.

 

 Prime Minister’s Awards nomination deadline is January 14, 2019! 
 
Do you know an amazing teacher or early childhood educator? Why not start the New Year off on high note by nominating them for a Prime Minister’s Award (PMA)?
 
We’ve made nominating easier by creating a list of the 
steps you need to follow.
 
Past recipients have told us winning a PMA was the highlight of their teaching career. So help make some memories and nominate a terrific teacher today! For more information, please contact us by 
email or by telephone at 613-991-4255.

Last Admin. Blog of 2018!

posted Dec 21, 2018, 8:59 AM by Peter Marshall

1)     We would like to start with a big ‘hug’ to our community for all your support and positive energy towards Boyne PS.  We want to wish every family a wonderful holiday break with special moments filled with love and kindness.

We know there has been much conversation about our parking lot in the morning and the Kiss and Ride area.  Although it does take some time in the morning and there is a large volume of vehicles, our partners at Milton Parking Authority have commented that it does run well in comparison to other schools in the area.  We now have Viola Desmond Public School leaving our site so our volume should decrease.  Parking off site and walking continues to be the suggested plan for your morning routine.  If you choose to use our Kiss and Ride area we want to remind you of the following expectations for staff as put out by the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario:

“The Halton District School Board does not support the practice of assisting students with getting into or out of cars when parents/guardians are dropping off or picking up.  This practice is a potential safety issue for staff. While it is acknowledged that this practice may support the flow of cars through school parking lots, it is advised that staff do not:

-          Open or close car doors

-          Reach into cars to undo seatbelts

-          Assist students getting into or out of cars.”

Please not that this information is for our general drop off area.  It does not apply to educational assistants who are assigned specifically to students with special education needs.  This is the reason our school parking lot is closed at the end of the day.  Students with special transportation needs require the specialized busing to use our main parking lot.  Signs are placed out in the parking lot every day and we ask parents not to use the parking lot for this reason.

 

3)      Our School Council is beginning a new committee to assist families with Special Education students.  Please feel free to contact us in order to get more information.  Consider coming to our school council meetings the first Monday of every month.  Here is the Working Together document from the Board of Education if you wish to see more information at this time.

  WorkingTogetherBooklet.pdf 

 

4)      The first school council meeting of 2019 will be Monday, January 7th.  The agenda is attached below.  All are welcome.

 Meeting Agenda - January 7, 2019.pdf 

In a very short amount of time we will all be back to school.  Happy New Year.  We look forward to a wonderful 2019.  All the best to you and your loved ones.

Admin. Blog Friday Dec 14, 2018

posted Dec 15, 2018, 3:07 PM by Peter Marshall

Exciting News for Boyne PS.

On the first day of school in September we had 770  students at Boyne PS.  We are going into the December holiday break with 910 students.  Everyone wants to come to Boyne!

We have been given some relief by the Halton District School Board and are able to hire additional teachers to decrease our numbers in some of the areas where pupil/teacher ratios are high.  We are adding two additional homeroom classes and we will start our new class organizations on the first day back in January.  Viola Desmond PS will be in their new school and this will provide us with the room we need to add two more homeroom classes and decrease class sizes. 

Students in GRADE 1, GRADE 2, GRADE 4, GRADE 5 and GRADE 6, may be impacted.  Students that will be moving classrooms and/or teachers will receive a letter early next week to share the details.  Some classes will be moving locations. 

We are excited to be able to interview and hire more teachers for our school and expect to receive numerous resumes and interest from teachers throughout our district.  We will continue to bring talented people to add to our terrific staff.  We will get the best of the best!

Teachers will be in place prior to the break and will meet students and begin to form their new community. We are doing this prior to the end of next week so every child leaves for the break knowing where they will be and who will be their teachers going forward. This is wonderful news for us and we are looking forward to creating more learning groups with decreased numbers.

 

Last Day of School – 2018

On Friday, December 21st our school will dismiss 90 minutes early and the following changes in our timetable will be:

School will begin at: 8:55 am (our regular start time)

 Nutrition break #1 will be at: 10:05 – 10:45 am

 Nutrition break #2 will be at: 11:55 am – 12:35 pm

 Dismissal time will be at: 1:45 pm

Supervision Ends and all students should be picked up by 2 pm.

 Halton Student Transportation Service (HSTS) has a bus stop calculator on their webpage for parents/guardians to use to calculate their child's bus stop times.

 

First Day of School- 2019

The first day of classes for Boyne Public School in 2019 is January 7th.  Learning begins at 8:55 am.

Admin. Message Fri. December 7

posted Dec 7, 2018, 9:53 AM by Peter Marshall

Don't forget

Boyne PS has our 2nd term food programs set up on the cash on line site now.  For those of you that haven't had the opportunity to make your purchases, now would be a good time.  The orders are due on Dec 12 which is next week and I know you won't want to miss the deadline.

Just think,,,,,,a day or two of not having to worry about making lunches.  They are delivered to the school for you and we take care of getting it to your children.

Here is the link for the cash on line. https://hdsb.schoolcashonline.com/

Please call the office if you have any questions.



Cyber security is the gift everyone needs. Whether you give or receive a new gadget this holiday season, be cyber safe. To learn more about the importance of being safe online, visit the Halton District School Board's Technology & You resources at www.hdsb.ca (Search: Technology & You) or follow #TECHandU on Twitter.

 

 

On Friday, December 21st ​ our school will dismiss ​90 minutes early and the following changes in our timetable will be:

School will begin at: 8:55 am (our regular start time)

 Nutrition break #1 will be at: 10:05 – 10:45 am

 Nutrition break #2 will be at: 11:55 am – 12:35 pm

 Dismissal time will be at: 1:45 pm

Supervision Ends and all students should be picked up by 2 pm.

 Halton Student Transportation Service (HSTS) has a ​bus stop calculator​ on their webpage for parents/guardians to use to calculate their child's bus stop times.


Optional Attendance is an often asked question, many families outside our area want to come to us and experience the wonderful things we have going on.:

-          Boyne PS is closed to optional attendance.

   Applications still are accepted from December 1 - January 31,2019, as a first step optional attendance will be denied

  All JK/SK applications will be reviewed in September, families must start in their home school

  In Mid-February, Receiving schools will communicate decisions to parents

All applications received after January 31, 2019 receive a Late Letter - These will be reviewed during the third week of September.

Note:

Parents are not required to reapply each year after approval.  However, all optional attendance requests granted are subject to renewal annually. This statement in the policy allows Principals and SO’s to redirect optional attendance students back to their home school for reasons such as: Boundary Reviews, Safe Schools, Programming etc.

Admin. Message November 30

posted Nov 30, 2018, 9:06 AM by Peter Marshall

Good Afternoon,

 A decision about the Winter Concert has been made and it is no longer going to be next week.

 We are moving the date to January.

 There are a few reasons for this move, the most important one being that we want the students to feel confident in their performances.  We want to build confidence in the performance arts and preparation is very key.

 The NEW DATE for the Winter Concert is JANUARY 17, 2018.  Please mark your calendar, we would love to see you.

 


When we return after the weekend we will be in the month of December.  Just a reminder that students go outside during both nutrition breaks and we should dress for the weather.  We also provide lots of clubs and activities during the break time for students who show an interest.  We love being outside at Boyne PS!

 

On Friday, December 21st ​ our school will dismiss ​90 minutes early and the following changes in our timetable will be:

School will begin at: 8:55 am (our regular start time)

 Nutrition break #1 will be at: 10:05 – 10:45 am

 Nutrition break #2 will be at: 11:55 am – 12:35 pm

 Dismissal time will be at: 1:45 pm

Supervision Ends and all students should be picked up by 2 pm.

 Halton Student Transportation Service (HSTS) has a ​bus stop calculator​ on their webpage for parents/guardians to use to calculate their child's bus stop times.

Admin. Message Nov 23, 2018

posted Nov 23, 2018, 10:00 AM by Peter Marshall

A huge congratulations go out to two important staff members at Boyne PS.  We want to say ‘well done’ to Andrea McAra and Alison Miller. Both have been successful in their journey to become administrators, and have been recommended by the HDSB to advance to the Vice Principal pool to be placed into schools in the future. We are all so proud, you have shown the entire board what it means to ‘work hard, be nice and make a difference’.

 

From our High School !

November 29th, 7pm - 8pm in the Milton District HS Theatre

Wali Shah Shares His Family’s Road to His Success

U of T graduate, professional speaker and renowned artist Wali Shah tells the success story of his family. From their arrival at the Toronto airport from Pakistan when he was three years old, learn how they lived their dream of seeing him receive a world class education. Join us to hear what he learned along the way, both in and outside of his classes, and how his parents’ support profoundly affected his dreams and his success. You will be fascinated, inspired, and entertained. Mark your calendar and plan to register early, since this session is sure to fill up quickly. Click here http://bit.ly/2qh2o9l to register for the November 29 session with Wali Shah.  

 

Advanced Placement at Milton District High School.  Don’t miss the deadline.


Admin. Post Fri Nov 16

posted Nov 16, 2018, 10:09 AM by Peter Marshall

Boyne Community Connections

3rd Thursday of every month in the Boyne School Library                   

 Dear Parents/Guardians:

 As our school is very busy with many things happening, we had to change our meeting to the following week this month. We apologize for any inconvenience.

 -HIPPY                                                       Date: Thursday Nov. 22nd     

-Student Led Conferences                            Time: 9 AM - 10:30 AM

-Winter is coming...                                     Location: Boyne School Library

-Volunteering at the school                                  

Our Settlement Specialist will be here to explain her role and how she can help you settle here in Milton.  

We also invite you to join our Boyne Parent Group on google+ where we post events, information and resources for parents. https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/102142023788863327785

 Our parking lot is an active place, filled with students crossing and vehicles picking up other students. Our goal is to provide a safe environment for your family. For ease, we recommend that families park their vehicle north of the school, across Louis St. Laurent, and walk over to the school.

 

I wanted to reintroduce a amazing resource/website that our students at Boyne have worked tirelessly to create over the past 2 years. Boyne Tech Help is a collaborative effort between students, teachers and parents to share their knowledge around technology at Boyne Public School. Students and teachers works side by side to produce videos in different languages to help all technology users increase their understanding.

 As of right now, there are over 100 videos spanning across Urdu, Arabic and English that students, parents, and teachers can watch to help them with their technology understanding. The website caters to all learners across all grades! 

 Take a look and see for yourself! Share it out to other parents in your community via the link! 

The best part of it all, it is student created!

 Boyne Tech Help Website: https://www.boynetechhelp.ca/

Boyne Tech Help Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCInq-WJPSEiAW7o5XTC-6eQ/videos

 We hope you find it useful!

 Please help us be better and answer some questions about Boyne Tech Help

 https://docs.google.com/a/hdsb.ca/forms/d/1vL8EfWDuRVzm_ENAHr91e0IF8IfGr8qXw2L0Ji_zRhY/edit?usp=drive_web

 On Monday you will receive the Progress Reports and Student Led Conferences will occur for most of our students next week.  Friday, November 23rd is a Professional Activity Day and it is not a school day for students.

Admin. Message Fri.Nov 9

posted Nov 11, 2018, 11:28 AM by Peter Marshall

Administrator Friday Message

Oops, sorry.  It is a few days late, we missed our Friday send day as it was a really busy day at Boyne PS on Friday and we just could not get to a quiet moment to send our weekly message out to you.  We hope you missed it!  The highlight of the day Friday was our Remembrance Day Assemblies, done with Viola Desmond PS.  Students did so well presenting, sharing their learning and reflecting on the messages of peace.

Our Technology Tip for November: Do you know how to protect yourself from ransomware, phishing, malware and viruses? Learn how your information can be compromised and how to protect yourself online by getting cybersafe here: www.getcybersafe.gc.ca. To learn more about the importance of being safe online, visit the Halton District School Board's Technology & You resources at www.hdsb.ca (Search: Technology & You) or follow #TECHandU on Twitter.

Calling all three-year olds! Families are invited to attend a Kindergarten Open House to help make this first school experience a happy one. Drop by P.L. Robertson PS (840 Scott Blvd., Milton) on Thursday, Nov. 15 anytime between 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

For additional Kindergarten Open House dates and to learn more about the Kindergarten program, please visit https://bit.ly/2z9KYlt.

 

Thursday, November 15th is Photo Re-Take Day if your child missed last month.

 

And finally, Progress Reports go home on Monday, November 19th.  Student Led Teacher-Parent Conferences are being booked for that week.  Teachers have sent home their schedule for the week and we are asking families to indicate their preferences for times.  Teachers will be contacting those families that have an early week meeting, those later in the week will receive their times with the Progress Report Cards.

Hallowe'en

posted Oct 29, 2018, 1:49 PM by Peter Marshall

At Boyne PS we want to advance a culture of respect for all students, staff, families and our community. Schools have come to realize that Halloween activities can be viewed from different perspectives and experiences. Although Halloween based activities and events will occur within our school on October 31st, the celebration of Halloween is ​not​ a curricular requirement. Schools have an obligation to ensure that all activities are planned so that students and/or staff who do not participate are not excluded from a significant experience. This is why we are organizing activities that allow for participation without a direct celebration of Halloween as an option for some of our students. Some of our newcomer students and families in our school community will not have cultural knowledge of 'trick or treating’ practices

Students are welcome to come to school with costumes. A parade for our youngest students (K to grade 3) will occur first thing in the morning.  This will be followed by music and activities in our gym, organized by grade levels throughout the day.  After your child’s time in the gymnasium, they will be encouraged to remove their costume in order to protect it and to return to classrooms for the remainder of the day.  Clothes need to be brought to school for your child to change into, as we will have a regular instructional day of school after their celebration time in the gym. 

More information about each of these items below.

Costumes:

ü  Should reflect acceptable and respectable choices including props (e.g. no replica weapons, masks, etc.)

ü  Costumes should be in respectful and not show  cultural appropriation (ie. use of Indigenous headdress) Costumes that mimic the traditional attire of an ethnic, religious, racial or gender group/identity are inappropriate and unacceptable for Halloween at our school. Pretending to be a member of a group for ‘fun’ is evidence of cultural appropriation and sends the message that cultural attire is a ‘costume’ to be donned for entertainment purposes.

ü  Orange and Black clothes can be worn in order to protect costumes for later use, or if a costume does not wish to be worn

ü   Be aware that some students have had first-hand traumatic experiences of violence that make costumes related to death, ghosts, etc. anxiety inducing and/or traumatic

ü   If students choose to dress up in a costume for Halloween please ensure that they are contributing to the positive and prosocial climate that our school is cultivating

ü  Costumes that are intended to, or have the impact of, inciting fear and anxiety for others are not acceptable costumes and special sensitivity needs to be exercised around current socially trending incidents  such as people dressing up as characters from popular media and approaching youth to frighten them at random. In the past, this has included scary clowns.

ü  Please refrain from bringing replica weapons or wearing masks to school.

Thank you for your support of all our students.

 

Parents

ü  You are welcome to come to the school to view the parade on the first floor of our school. 

ü  Parents are asked to use the front door and remain in the front hallway.  The parade will move past you for you to see.

ü  Parents are able to take photographs OF THEIR OWN CHILDREN as they parade past you.

Parking

ü  As with all large school events we ask that you do not use our school parking lot.

ü  If you use the Kiss and Ride area in the morning we ask that you let your child out and travel off school grounds to find a parking space.

ü  We are asking for your cooperation as we cannot ‘police’ the parking lot in the morning due to staff responsibilities in all other areas of our school.

ü  Please do not confront other parents if they do not follow our suggestions for parking, please know we are asking all parents to remain out of the parking lot

ü  Please help us, we are asking kindly for you to park away from the school and walk 5-10 minutes in order to keep our parking area safe for our students.

Gym

ü  There will be a celebration for each grade in the gymnasium with music and activities

ü  Students not wishing to partake will have the library opened and supervised for their use

ü  Once the gym time is complete students will be changing out of any costumes and continuing with a regular instructional day of school

Treats from the Equity Club

ü  Our Student Equity Club will be selling treats for student purchase during their gymnasium time

The Days Following Halloween

ü  If students have collected treats during Halloween celebrations or by trick or treating we are asking that you are thoughtful in packing lunches and snacks following the 31st

ü  Students should not have lunch bags filled with treats, this is not only counter to our healthy eating initiatives, it also is difficult for some of our students to see a classmate with numerous snacks/treats/candy when their family has packed food of a different nature

ü  AND MOST IMPORTANT, food allergies are prevalent in our school, so only school safe products should come to school on any day, but it is especially important to be vigilant during Halloween time

ü  Please save treats for home.

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