Be The Best You Can Be
Next year the dismissal bell will ring at 3:30 for bus students. At 3:35, once busses are dismissed, the walker bell will ring. This change will help students get home a little earlier, 10 minutes. The entry bell will continue to ring at 9:10. Recesses and nutrition breaks will be balanced, 20 minutes and 20 minutes. Thank you to all for your understanding.
With the return of warm weather we remind and refresh memories with regard to our dress code. The picture versions of the dress code as it has always appeared are on our school website. We expect that students come to school dressed for a day of learning and activity. The general highlights of our dress code are as follows:
Tops must have straps of at least three fingers. (No undergarments showing.)
Bottoms (shorts or skirts) must be at finger-tip length or longer
There must be a continuous line of clothing. (No bare midriffs.) Clothing must have only positive messages.
The Preparatory Program in summer school is where students can improve their Numeracy skills in an interactive and engaging environment. Students entering grades 7, 8, or 9 in September 2014 may be interested in attending summer school in order to prepare for the up-coming school year. The program runs Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, August 11-22, 2013. Summer school sites are established in six locations throughout the county and limited busing is available.
Please visit www.student.scdsb.on.ca to access the online registration tool or contact your child’s teacher or school administrative staff for registration forms and information. You can also contact your local learning centre or visit www.thelearningcentres.com for more information.
Yesterday, our Grade 7 and 8 students participated in Student Vote.
Student Vote is a parallel election for students under the voting age, coinciding with official election periods. The program combines in-class learning, family dialogue, media consumption and an authentic voting experience. Yesterday, students took on the roles of deputy returning officers and poll clerks in order to organize their own polling stations. Identical to the official election process, students had the opportunity to vote on the local candidates in their electoral district.
The purpose is to provide young Canadians with an opportunity to experience the democratic process firsthand and practice the habits of informed and engaged citizenship.
Canada, like many western democracies, has seen a steady decline in voter turnout in the last two decades. Electoral participation reached an all-time low of 59 per cent in the 2008 federal election and voter turnout in most provinces is hovering above or below 50 per cent.
Even more concerning is the fact that low voter turnout is disproportionately concentrated among young Canadians. This has serious implications for the future of Canadian democracy as the research suggests that habits of voting and non-voting persist over time and one of the best predictors of individual turnout is whether or not a person voted in the previous election.
At Baxter, the ballots have been counted and our school has submitted vote tallies to the Student Vote Returning Office. All results are confidential until the close of the official polls.
The results are released publicly on Election Night, broadcast on TV and published in regional daily newspapers the following day.
In preparation of our annual Arts in the Pasture Night, the students at Baxter Central Public School have created beautiful artwork that will be displayed within the community for everyone to enjoy until June 13. The complete collection of artwork will then be displayed within the school for our “Arts in the Pasture” night on June 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
Baxter Public School is proud to announce our Arts in the Community locations. The South Simcoe District School Board office at 1170 Hwy 26 in Midhurst, as well as the Essa Township Municipal Office located at 5786 Simcoe County Rd #21 in Utopia.
Within the community of Thornton, we are also featured at the Thornton Library on 34 Robert Street, Vidya’s Veggie Gourmet Restaurant at 238 Barrie Street and the Thornton Pharmacy and Health Food located on 4171 Innisfil Beach Rd. The community of Baxter has two locations, The Hall Flower and Gifts located on 75 Denney Drive and The Baxter Corner Store at 104 Murphy Road. The community of Angus has six featured masterpieces located within The Angus Library at 8505 County Rd #10, Studio Magnolia Hair Salon on 4 Pine River Road, The Optical Market at 223 Mill Street, the TD Bank on 6 Tree Top Street and The Angus and Borden Guardian Pharmacy at 6 River Drive in Angus.
We thank all these community members for hosting our art pieces and welcome everyone to attend the Arts in the Pasture night. Each student will be provided a form with a list of the locations. The students of Baxter are encouraged to visit each location with their families and return the completed form for a chance to win a prize.
You will find the approved 2014-2015 School Year Calendars under ‘Schools’ – ‘School Year Calendars’ on the Simcoe County District School Board’s website (www.scdsb.on.ca). Some of the key dates include:
Students start school on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. The last day for elementary students will be Thursday, June 25, 2015 and for secondary students it will be Wednesday, June 24, 2015. The holiday break is December 22, 2014 to January 2, 2015. Students return to school on Monday, January 5, 2015. March Break is March 16 to 20, 2015.
As of July 1, 2014, the Immunization School Pupils Act (ISPA) has added three new vaccines that students require for entry to school: meningococcal disease; pertussis (whooping cough) and varicella (chickenpox). These three vaccines are addition to existing requirements for proof of immunization against tetanus, diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps and rubella. The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) is required under the ISPA to collect and maintain up-to-date records of all the above immunizations for every child registered in school within Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka. Now is a good time to contact your health care provider to discuss your child’s immunization needs in light of the new legislation. Parents are required to contact the health unit to update immunization records for their children or provide a valid affidavit. Visit the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit website for further information: http://www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/ (click on ‘Topics,’ then ‘Immunization’).
As the school year is winding down, and I am reflecting back on Baxter’s first year of ‘Breakfast Club’, I can definitely say that it has been a huge success!! There was a definite learning curve for figuring out how to do things, but it has been fantastic! Every school morning, from 8:55 – 9:10 breakfast is offered to any and all students. We generally have a large variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, yogurt, cheese, whole grain toast, oatmeal, cereal, and juice. Breakfast club is a very busy place. We serve approximately 100 students per day. And we love to see the smiling faces of the extremely polite and thankful children! In addition to Breakfast Club, each week, every class receives a basket of healthy snacks that can be accessed anytime throughout the day.
Baxter receives funding from ‘Eat Well to Excel’, that covers about half of what these programs cost to run. The rest of the money has been donated from many local families, The Angus Legion, the Angus Lions, Baxter’s Living Faith Church and the New Tecumseth Optometry Clinic and J & J Towing. We have also received many food donations from Baxter families. Country Meat Cuts and Shortreed have donated the majority of our disposables (cups, bowls, spoon, napkins, etc.) for the year, which was an incredible help, and made it so that we could spend our money on food instead! Also, Miller Dairy supplied us with milk for many weeks. Baxter Central did one school fundraiser to support the healthy eating programs, and that was Dominoes ‘Raise the Dough’ night. Thank you VERY much to all of these wonderful organizations, businesses, and families. Your support is greatly appreciated by all. We would not be here without you!
Each and every morning, the Breakfast Club needs a minimum of 2 adult volunteers. I want to say a HUGE thank you to Susanne Aucoin, Kelly Drover, Tanya Grant, and Deane Piercey for coming out to help, multiple days per week, for the entire year. And also a special thank you goes out to Rafee for cutting and preparing our fruits and vegetables every day! Each of your time, energy and morning smiles, mean everything!!!
These healthy eating programs will run for the remainder of the school year, and we will be back to start all over again next year! I hope everyone has a fantastic summer, and I can’t wait to see your smiling faces in the fall!
Breakfast Club Co-ordinator
Our annual end of school bbq , ‘Arts in the Pasture’ is coming up on Thursday June 19th (more details to come home soon), and we are looking for volunteers to help out. We are in need of people to help set-up, clean-up, hand out food, scoop ice cream, etc. If you are able to help us out, please contact Mrs. Lee in the office (705) 424-9992, and let her know what times you are able to be there. Thank you in advance, and we look forward to seeing everyone there!
On Friday the Baxter Bears Intermediate Rugby team competed at the area tournament. It was a cold and windy day and the team played very well! They lost in the semi-finals to a very strong Alliston Union team. Mr. Wells and Mr. Trafford would like to congratulate the team on a great season and thank all the players who were involved with the Rugby team.