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Welcome Back!
August 2014
Cumberland Chronicle
Mrs. Aileen Ross, Principal Mr. Michael Wilson, Vice-Principal
Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

A social event is planned for this evening for parents and teachers to meet each
other. We hope you can make it.
Were having an Open House
Safe Parking Lot
Please see page 5 for the information for safe and consistent use of the Kiss &
Ride now indicated by painted direction arrows.

Parking is restricted between 9:15 to 9:30 a.m. and 3:40 to 4:00 p.m. (possibly
longer if we have a late bus). During this time, the bus loading zone is closed to all
traffic other than buses.

The small loop by the YMCA day care shall not be accessed at these time. Thanks
for putting safety first.

Daily Schedule
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9:15 Yard Supervision Begins
9:28 Warning Bell to Line Up for Entry
9:30 Instructional time
11:10 JSK to Grade 4 Nutritional Break / Grade 5-8 Activity Break
11:30 JSK to Grade 4 Activity Break / Grade 5-8 Nutritional Break
11:50 Instructional Time
1:30 JSK to Grade 4 Nutritional Break / Grade 5-8 Activity Break
1:50 JSK to Grade 4 Activity Break / Grade 5-8 Nutritional Break
2:10 Instructional Time
3:50 Dismissal
Student Handbook
Please be sure to read the front of your childs handbook for important infor-
mation from the Simcoe County District School Board.
Safe Welcome
The Safe Welcome Program will start in September and our front door will be
locked during the school day. All other school doors are also locked. To access
the building, visitors will need to press the intercom button.

Staff in the office will let visitors into the school. Its one more way we can keep
track of who is visiting our school. It will help us ensure all visitors sign in at the

Please understand that staff may not be available to answer the door immedi-
ately. There may be a wait.

We wanted to make sure you were aware of this security enhancement at our
school. As always, if you have any questions, please call or visit the office.
Lunch Routines
In consideration of student safety and setting consistent routines, students may
only leave the building for lunch between 1:30 and 2:10 p.m. (second nutrition
break). Of course, this may only occur if students are given written permission
by a parent or guardian. The Permissions and Acknowledgement form on page
15-16 will suffice.

It is expected that students in Grades JK-6 will remain at school during both
nutrition breaks.

Appropriate School Attire
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One of the things that always happen with warm weather is that students get out their summer clothes. We
see a significant increase in flip flops, tank tops, shorts and muscle shirts appearing in and around the school.
We usually have to remind students that there are appropriate places for some items of clothing that they
wear but it may not be at school!

For example; short shorts are not really appropriate at school. How short is short? Well, we dont use a ruler
to measure them but generally speaking if the tips of a students fingers extend below the hem of the shorts,
then the shorts are probably too short.

Tank tops and muscle shirts are acceptable to wear in Phys Ed class but they should not be worn outside of
the gym. There is a myth that the three finger rule indicates if the straps on a top are more than three fingers
wide the top is acceptable. Think lasagna straps not spaghetti. Our students have been told that the expecta-
tion is that clothing provides an uninterrupted line of clothing covering the body from the top of the shoulders
to mid thigh. Displaying undergarments is unacceptable and tops should have appropriate necklines that are
not too revealing and there should not be inappropriate graphics or expressions on the top.

The choice of footwear is somewhat more flexible, but it must be appropriate to the class. Sandals may be
appropriate in Math class but they are not appropriate for Phys Ed or Science class..

If you have any questions or concerns, please refer to the diagram or contact the Principal or Vice Principal.

Student Drop Off and Pick Up
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Ernest Cumberland Elementary School aims to provide an open, welcoming
and safe environment for all. We believe that all parents/guardians and volun-
teers play a valuable role in the life of the school.
We require all visitors in our school to follow our Safe School Procedures.
This will assist in ensuring the safety and well being of our children, families
and staff. All visitors are expected to report to the office upon entering the
school. Visitors to the School must sign in and out at the office and obtain
a visitor tag. For the safety of everyone, we cannot have visitors in the halls
or outside classrooms.

Lunches, clothing, homework, etc... that are dropped off at the school office
should be clearly labelled with your childs full name and their classroom
teachers name. We will notify your child that their belongings are in the office
for pick up at break times.

Messages for students: Please advise your child before school starts of after
school arrangements. After school arrangements need to made from home
prior to school starting. If your child needs to stay after school unexpectedly
they will be permitted to use a telephone.

Students arriving late: We have quite a number of students arriving late and
signing in at the office. Please remember that late students interrupt the class
in progress as they enter the classroom and this is very disruptive to other
students. Parents are asked to say good-bye to their children at the office. If
the student is uncomfortable walking to their room alone, we will assist.

Picking up students during instructional time is also very disruptive to the
class and other students. As a courtesy to the teacher and classmates,
please try to arrange pick up times during breaks (Morning: 11:10 - 11:50 and
Afternoon: 1:30 - 2:10). If it is necessary for you to pick up your child, please
come into the school office and your child will be called to meet you. You are
required to sign your child in and out during school hours.

Dismissal time: Please be considerate at the 3:50 p.m. dismissal time and
pick up your child on time. The teachers and office staff are extremely busy
at this time and cannot supervise children nor provide appropriate child care

Thank you for helping us with these practices and assisting us to lessen inter-
ruptions in the classrooms and your childs learning.

Parking Lot
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Our parking lot is closed to traffic between 9:15 and 9:30 a.m. as well as 3:40 to
4:00 p.m. to ensure safety during student arrival and dismissal.


We have two drop off points in the morning for busses:

Students in Grade 1 to 8 are dropped off in the bus loop by the portables.
Kindergarten students are dropped off in front of the kindergarten yard.


Morning drop off: 9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
The bus loading zone will be restricted to buses only during this time.
The first two lines of parking (adjacent to new Kiss-and-Ride) are for staff
only. This reduces vehicle movement.
Between 9:15 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. people dropping off students will enter the
north entrance, single file, and follow the arrows to the pylons by the new
Children walk (on west side of Kiss and Ride cars) to painted bullnose to
wait with staff.
A staff member will guide students to the school curb.
Vehicles exit through middle driveway.
Please note that busses and vans have the right of way.
Please note the south entrance is restricted to Daycare use and will be closed
at morning drop off.

Afternoon pick up: 3:40 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The bus loading zone will be restricted to buses only during this time.
Between 3:35 p.m. and 3:50 p.m. people picking up students will enter the
north entrance, single file, and follow the arrows to the pylons by the new
Children wait by the school front entrance until all busses and vans have
A staff member will guide them over when they see their parent/guardians
When all school busses and vans have left, the pylons at the Kiss-and-Ride
(walkway end) will be removed and vehicles exit through middle driveway.
Please note the south entrance is restricted to Daycare use and will be closed
at afternoon pick up.

Class Organization
As always, the first week of school is a time of settling in that often includes
some adjustment in class organization. We always know well be welcoming
new registrants but cant accurately predict what grades theyll be in. Thus it is
necessary to move some students to different classrooms and teachers so that
all classes are balanced and meet contractual obligations. If your child is af-
fected by a change, you will be notified. It will be important that you help your
child understand that this might take place.
Classroom Interruptions
Please note that there will be no phone call interruptions into the classrooms for
student dismissal or parental visits during instructional time. Please keep in
mind that these distractions are interruptive of student instructional time and
they create a disturbance for all of the students in the classroom.

We realize that there are times when appointments cannot be scheduled out-
side of the school day. We ask that you send a note to the teacher advising the
teacher of the time you will be picking your child up and the teacher will send
the student to the office for sign out at the time indicated. This will prevent inter-
rupting the entire class with a phone call. If you have not sent a note indicating
that your child will be picked up early, these students will be called at 3:30 p.m.
over the intercom to pick up messages. Thank you for respecting the learning of
all the students in your childs classroom.
Use of Electronic Devices
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Electronic devices include but are not limited to, cellular phones, iPods and
game systems.

The school is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged devices. The saf-
est place for these devices is at home.
If they are brought to school, they are to be OFF and AWAY during school
hours including nutrition breaks. Devices are to be turned off at 9:30 a.m.
and may be turned on at 3:50 p.m. If your child needs to contact you they
may ask their teacher for permission to use the phone. If you need to con-
tact your child please call the office .
Devices may be used by your child to support curriculum expectations with
permission from and, under the supervision of, their teacher. Parents/
students must read and sign the Acceptable Use of Computers form as well
as the Guest Wireless Access Acceptable Use Policy and permission form
prior to any device being used in the classroom.
If these rules are not followed, the device will be removed from them and
given to the office to hold until the end of the day. If the device is removed
from the student a second time, it will be held at the office until a parent or
legal guardian picks it up.
If the student continues to use devices without permission and under the
supervision of his/her teacher, consequences will be imposed ranging from
detention and community service to suspension.

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Communicable Diseases
A reminder to parents to please report any occurrences of a communicable dis-
ease that your child has been diagnosed with to the school as soon as you are
aware of it. We must report all occurrences to the Health Department in order
to ensure the health of our students, staff, and visitors to our school. The
Health Department then lets us know if we are required to inform the School
c ommuni t y of suc h an oc c ur r enc e. Pl eas e vi s i t for more information.
Indoor Footwear
We appreciate all the hard work our custodians have done over the summer to
clean our school. In order to maintain a clean working environment for every-
one, we will be continuing to insist that students remove their outdoor footwear
before they enter the classroom.

Therefore, it is best that a pair of shoes labelled with the childs name be kept
at school for use in the classroom. We expect that every student will have his/
her indoor footwear here at the school by September 4th. Sock feet are unsuit-
able in terms of safe movement and in case of fire or fire drills.

In the last several years, classroom floors have been considerably cleaner dur-
ing the students day as result of this policy. This has created a much more
comfortable, hygienic and attractive atmosphere in our school.

Thank you for your understanding of this matter. Your co-operation in helping
to keep our school clean and attractive is much appreciated.

For safety purposes proper gym shoes are required for all Physical Education
classes. Indoor shoes may be used for Physical Education classes if they are
proper running shoes. Shoes that have black soles that can cause marking of
the gym floor should not be worn.
Scent Free School
Fragrance sensitivity and other chemicals can become a concern. For many
students, staff and volunteers, being exposed to perfumes, body sprays, deo-
dorants and chemicals in the school can pose a serious health risk. Migraines,
nausea and tightening of the throat are common symptoms and people with
asthma who are affected by fragrances can suffer respiratory impairment.

Please respect the health of our everyone by entering our school free of syn-
thetic fragrances. Thank you.

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Parent Portal
The SCDSB Parent Portal is a secure online tool that provides parents/
guardians (of students less than 18 years of age) with quick access to their chil-
drens attendance and, in secondary school, grades. Grades for elementary
school students will be added to the system in the near future.

The program includes the option to sign up for email notifications. It will be avail-
able at all Simcoe County District School Board schools.

To access the Parent Portal, parents/guardians will need their childs Student
Number, which can be found on the Student Information Verification Form, as
well as an Access ID. The Access ID will be provided in a sealed letter in the fall
with instructions on how to create an account. If you lose the Access ID, you can
visit us in the school office and well provide it to you after verifying your identity.
Gifted Screening Process
Some children who display an unusually advanced degree of general intellectual
ability may require additional program support in order to reach their educational
In consultation with parents, the school staff determines who these students are
through the gifted screening process.
Parents of a student who will be in or above Grade 3 in the next school year,
who wish the school to consider their child for screening, are asked to contact
Carrie Price before Friday, August 22, 2014.

The gifted screening process consists of three components:
A Teacher Rating Scale;
A Parent Questionnaire; and,
Standardized test results (usually the Otis Lennon School Ability Test).

After signing a permission form, parents/legal guardians will complete the Parent
Questionnaire. Information obtained from this questionnaire will help the school
gain a better understanding of your child

s early development as well as his/her

strengths, interests, needs and abilities, which the standardized test may not
identify. The teacher will complete a Rating Scale, which examines areas such
as learning, motivation, creativity and leadership, which he/she has observed in
the classroom. Group testing will be completed and the results will provide a
standardized measure of school abilities. The information gathered from all three
components will assist the school in programming for your child.

If you require information about the gifted screening process, please contact the

Attendance Matters
Succeeding in school requires developing good habits, and attendance is one
of the most important. Research shows as early as kindergarten, too many ab-
sences can cause a child to start to fall behind academically. For all children,
attending school regularly can develop the skills of persistence and persever-
ance which can help students succeed in school and, ultimately, in life.

There are certainly situations over which we have no control. These
would include absence due to illness and absence for medical appointments
that cannot be scheduled outside of regular school hours. Your support in en-
suring our students' regular and on time attendance at school is greatly appre-
Healthy Snack Program
Our schools Healthy Snack program will be continuing again this year.
Healthy snacks will be made available to all students in their classroom for stu-
dents who do not feel they have brought enough food to school on that day.
There is no charge for this program and all students may participate in it. Stu-
dents are still required to have a lunch at school on each day, and this program
is not intended to replace a parents responsibility to provide their child with
snacks in their lunch. Please remember that students will have two opportuni-
ties to eat during each day, and enough food should be sent to provide each
child with proper nutrition while at school. If you would like to donate nut free
items to our snack program, this would be greatly appreciated. All items
should be dropped off at the school office.
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Litterless Lunch
Litterless Lunch: As part of our school's effort to reduce waste, students are
being asked to bring 'Litterless Lunches' to school. Litterless lunches also let
parents know how much and what food your child is eating during the day A
waste free lunch contains no throwaway packaging or food leftovers.

Litterless lunches are good for both parents and the school. Litterless lunches
decrease the amount of garbage in the school. One Eco-school goal is to re-
duce the garbage being disposed of from our school. This is one way our
school community can help us. A litterless lunch can be cheaper to make than a
disposable lunch, as it does use foods that are not pre-packaged. Although we
can recycle juice boxes, we can't recycle the straws or the wrapper. Remember
that recycling takes energy too.

Tips for packing a litterless lunch:
use reusable lunch bags
buy larger size beverage; pour into reusable drink containers
pack sandwiches in reusable containers
divide larger snacks into single serving reusable containers
Non-disposable cutlery (silverware) and a cloth napkin.
Once you get into the habit, you will be amazed how easy it is to do. Mother
Earth will thank you! It is better for the earth and your wallet!

Ed-Venture Volunteers Needed
Ed-ventures is just around the corner. Each year our students from grade one
to eight travel to Earl Rowe Park to participate in two days of fun co-operative
learning. Please look for the dates in the September newsletter.

If you are on the Approved Volunteer List and are interested in assisting during
these days, please call the school and let us know.
Safe Arrival
Parents and guardians are responsible for ensuring their childs safe arrival at
school. We have implemented a Safe Arrival Program along with daily record-
ing of attendance. Parental consent to participate in the Safe Arrival Program is
obtained at the beginning of each school year or upon student registration. Par-
ents and guardians are requested to notify the school when a child will be ab-
sent. Parents are expected to provide the names and current telephone num-
ber of emergency contacts to be notified in priority in the case of an unex-
plained student absence.
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Parental/Guardian Signatures Required
Signature Signature Signature Signature
Required Required Required Required
The following pages require parental/guardian signatures in order for students
to use computing technology and to inform the teachers of your acknowledge-
ment and permission for various topics.

Please return these forms to the school as soon as possible. Thank you.
School Council
With a new school year comes the time to nominate and elect members for
school council positions. The council membership consists of parent/guardians
from the school, a teacher representative, Principal / Vice Principal and a com-
munity representative. Members serve a one year term.

The council consists of 12 voting members which include, Chair / Co-chair,
Secretary and Treasurer. Members act as an advisory group to the school and
assist with fundraising, special events and other initiatives.

The first meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 15, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in
the library. Elections are to be held at this time. School Council meetings are
open to the public.

A School Council Parent Candidate Nomination Form is attached and is to be
received by the school no later than Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.

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JKs First Day
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Phone: 705-435-0676
Fax: 705-435-0103
160 Eighth Avenue
Alliston, ON L9R 1A5