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​French as a Second Language information sessions, registration this January http://col.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/board-news/26​French as a Second Language information sessions, registration this January <p>​</p><p>The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) offers French Immersion (FI) and Extended French as a Second Language (EFSL) at select schools throughout the county. In January, information sessions will be held for parents, and registration begins later that month.<br><br>FI begins in Grade 1 and is offered at 12 elementary schools. EFSL begins in Grade 5 and is offered at 10 elementary schools and eight secondary schools. These programs give students a bilingual education and the opportunity to become fluent in a second language.<br><br><strong>Information sessions</strong><br>Elementary schools that run FI or EFSL will be hosting an information session for parents of children in Senior Kindergarten and Grade 4. To find out which school your child would attend for FI or EFSL, please <a href="http://www.scdsb.on.ca/Programs/Pages/French-Programs.aspx" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">click here</span></a>. <br><br><strong>School                                          Session date/time</strong><br>Admiral Collingwood - EFSL only       Jan. 8 at 6 p.m.<br>Alliston Union                                  Jan. 13 at 6 p.m.<br>Ardagh Bluffs - EFSL only                 Jan. 13 at 6 p.m.<br>Cameron Street - FI only                 Jan. 13 at 7 p.m.<br>Ferndale Woods - FI only                 Jan. 6 at 6 p.m.<br>Forest Hill                                       Jan. 7 at 7 p.m.<br>Goodfellow                                     Jan. 14 at 6 p.m.<br>Hillcrest                                          Jan. 14 at 6:30 p.m.<br>Mundy's Bay                                   Jan. 13 at 6 p.m.<br>Oakley Park - FI only                      Jan. 13 at 6 p.m.<br>Regent Park                                   Jan. 8 at 6:45 p.m.<br>Warnica                                         Jan. 12 at 6:30 p.m.<br>WH Day                                         Jan. 7 at 6:30 p.m.<br>Worsley - FI only                            Jan. 6 at 6:30 p.m.<br>                        </p><p><strong>How to apply</strong><br>To apply for these programs, parents must complete the online application form at <a href="http://www.scdsb.on.ca/" target="_blank">www.scdsb.on.ca</a> under Programs, French as a Second Language. Parents who do not have Internet access at home, or who require other assistance accessing the online application, should contact their school.<br><br>The <strong>FI application form will be available from 9 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 19 until 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015.</strong><br><br>While every effort will be made to accommodate all FI applications, available space and staffing will determine how many students can be registered in the program. Applications will be processed in the order they are received electronically. One application form must be completed for each child.<br><br>The EFSL application form will be available from<strong> 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 21, until 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan 22, 2015.</strong><br><br>EFSL is an open access program. This means that any student starting Grade 5 in September 2015 will be eligible for the EFSL program, and all online applications will be processed. One application form must be completed for each child. <em>Please note: The 2016-17 school year will be the final year for a student to apply for Grade 5 EFSL. When the Grade 1 FI cohort reaches Grade 5 in September 2017, EFSL will be phased out on a year-by-year basis. Registration in EFSL for Grade 5 will not be available within the SCDSB in September 2017.</em></p>
Provide input on proposed 2015-16 school year calendarhttp://col.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/board-news/25Provide input on proposed 2015-16 school year calendar<p>​The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) invites public school communities to submit input regarding the proposed school year calendar for next school year (Sept. 2015 to June 2016).</p><p>Input can be provided by visiting the SCDSB's <a href="http://www.scdsb.on.ca/Schools/Pages/School-Year-Calendars.aspx" target="_blank">School Year Calendar page</a>. </p><p>All stakeholders including staff, school council members, parents/guardians, students and members of the school community are invited to provide input. </p><p><strong>Feedback is invited until Jan. 9, 2015</strong> to ensure the SCDSB meets school year calendar development timelines set by the Ministry of Education.</p>
Open Househttp://col.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/5Open House<p>​Join us <span style="font-size:11pt;line-height:107%;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;">December the 10<sup>th</sup> for our Christmas Open House full of festive activities.  Between 5:30 and 7:30, families will be able to take part in a variety of Christmas crafts, decorate gingerbread houses, sing Christmas carols and enjoy hot chocolate</span>​</p>
Coldwater goes to the Plowing Matchhttp://col.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/3Coldwater goes to the Plowing Match<p style="text-align:center;"><img alt="header-logo.png" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/header-logo.png" style="margin:5px;" />​</p><p>Students will be treated to an interactive walk through the history of our rural land.  This would involve:  First Nations, Metis, War of 1812, Pioneers, Present Day, and Future (Sustainable Land).  This will provide a wonderful opportunity for children to learn about farm animals, crops and machinery in a setting that will not likely happen here again during their school years.  </p><p>For more information about the International Plowing match, visit <a href="http://www.plowingmatch.org/index.php/home-2014" target="_blank">http://www.plowingmatch.org/index.php/home-2014</a>. </p>
School bus ‘Bag Tag’ program helps students get to and from school safelyhttp://col.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/board-news/18School bus ‘Bag Tag’ program helps students get to and from school safely<p>​</p><p>The Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium (SCSTC) launched the Bus Tag<strong> </strong>program this September.<strong> </strong>The Bus Tag program supports safety for JK/SK and other school-identified students by<strong> </strong>providing a process to match students to their assigned afternoon school bus and to also<strong> </strong>identify they must be met by a parent or guardian at their afternoon bus stop.</p><p>The program provides:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>a colour coded bus tag with the assigned p.m. route number to be attached to the student's backpack</li><li>a colour-coded route card with route number in the windows of the school bus that the Bus Tag is matched to</li></ul><p>The SCSTC and Bus Operators have policies and procedures that are used on all school vehicles to ensure students in JK/SK and other school identified students are met at their afternoon bus stop.  It's the parent/guardian's responsibility to meet Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten and other identified students at the bus stop .The Bus Tag program has been established to assist both the schools and school bus drivers to load these students on the correct afternoon bus and identify they are to be met at their bus stop by a parent/guardian. For more information, contact the Transportation Consortium through their website: <a href="http://main.simcoecountyschoolbus.ca/" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">http://main.simcoecountyschoolbus.ca/</span></a> or call them at 705-733-8965.</p>

 

 

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