Eastview Principal's Blog

Principal's BLOG, October 22, 2021

Hi Everyone

Thank you for reading the BLOG this week. Lots of info to share...

Minute to Win It

Today, Eastview competed in its first ever virtual "Minute to Win It" Olympics!

Each class had a ton of fun and showed incredible Eagles spirit as they tried to accomplish each of the 7 tasks in only 1 minute. Way to work together, and cheer each other on Eagles!!!

Subway Lunches

Mrs. Bonden's Life Skills class has organized Subway lunches for the month of November. Funds raised will help out with Life Skills activities and for other initiatives around the school. Please log on to School Cash Online to order your choice of Turkey, Ham, Cold Cuts or Veggie subs.

Halloween will be recognized on Friday, October 29th. Please refer to the information below. Many thanks.

Halloween Reminders (Covid Specific)

Given health and safety guidelines this year, schools have been asked by the Board to ensure that the following expectations are adhered to:

  • No parades / visitors

  • Physical distancing and cohorting must be maintained

  • The only masks to be worn are PPE, (no costume masks)

  • Students who dress up must remain in costume the entire day - there is no access to washrooms/change rooms and no additional storage for extra clothes

  • No handing out / sharing of any food or treats (Covid related / food allergies)

Furthermore, students are reminded:

  • Halloween may be recognized as being a faith-based day of significance for Wiccans (Samhain) and therefore should be treated respectfully

  • Not all families participate in Halloween

  • Dressing as a culture or a gender you do not identify with is not an appropriate costume

  • No replica weapons

  • Students may consider wearing orange, black and purple, as opposed to a costume

  • Costumes, if worn, should contribute to the positive and prosocial climate that Eastview is cultivating

  • Costumes should not incite fear and anxiety

Halloween Pumpkin Carving/Decorating Contest

Student Parliament is running a contest to challenge our students' creative skills! Students are invited to bring in a carved and/or decorated pumpkin to be displayed on Friday, October 29th. The judging categories are as follows: Funniest, Most Creative. Each student will be given ballots to vote for their favourites. All pumpkins should be delivered to the conference room on Friday morning and picked up at 3 pm that same day. Happy decorating!

Thank you for ensuring that all Eastview students have a safe and inclusive Halloween experience.

School Based Rehabilitation Services (ErinoakKids)

During this school year, an occupational therapist (OT) from School Based Rehabilitation Services (ErinoakKids) will be working with students and teachers in our school.

OTs are health professionals who focus on function and participation. They work with the school team to support students by promoting functional skills such as printing, cutting with scissors, play skills, self-help and participation in gym.

An OT will be in our school on a regular basis to support student needs in our classrooms, gym and playground. All classroom teachers will have access to this support. The OT may visit your child’s classroom to support teaching activities like a daily fitness routine or doing up zippers. Some students may need more individualized support from the OT. This may include activities to work on at home or with an OT assistant for individual or group sessions. If your child would benefit from this support, your teacher will contact you to provide more information.

You may find it helpful to go to the ErinoakKids website at www.erinoakkids.ca to find online workshops and resources to assist you in helping your child develop fine and gross motor skills.

Kernels Popcorn Grade 8 Grad Fundraiser

This year the grade 8's will be selling Kernels popcorn as a Graduation Fundraiser! All proceeds to go to the graduation. Here are the details:

- $2.50 per bag, proceeds to go to the grade 8 graduation

- Available flavours: Butter salt, Salt and Vinegar, White Cheddar,

Dill Pickle, Ketchup, Low Fat Caramel (all flavours are a whole grain product, made with GMO free corn, no Trans fats, gluten free, and are a ‘no-nut’ product).

- each bag also has a ‘2 for 1’ coupon redeemable at Kernels stores

- Popcorn dates: Thursday November 11th, 25th and December 9th

Please look for this on School Cash to place your order, as there will be a quick turn around.

Thank you for your support. If you have any questions please email Mrs Alton (altonm@hdsb.ca).

The Grade 8 Grad Committee

Grade 8 Parents

A reminder that the International Baccalaureate Program (IB) and STEM program applications open this Friday October 29th. The STEM open house is on October 28th. Information

TA Blakelock staff will visit Eastview to give a presentation on Grade 9 at High School on Thursday November 11th at 1:45.

Sr. Boys and Girls Volleyball

Our season opens this Tuesday with the Girls home against Morden and the Boys away. Thursday sees the Boys at home against Pilgrimwood and the Girls are away. Wish us luck from a distance!

Primary Intramurals

Grade 2 & 3 students interested in playing soccer bench ball signed up on Thursday. Teams are being created and games will begin either next week or the week after in the small gym during breaks. Check the announcements or the schedule once posted to find out when your team is playing. Students are reminded to bring their indoor shoes, a positive attitude and good sportsmanship to all their games!

Intermediate Grade (6-8) Physical Education

Proper footwear, appropriate clothing and a positive attitude are required for each and every class. Extra socks, outdoor shoes, hats and sunscreen should be considered depending on the weather. Consider sending your student-athlete(s) to school with extra masks during their PE days. Intermediate student-athletes have Physical Education 3 periods a week. Please feel free to contact Mr. French french@hdsb.ca at any time.

Intermediate Intramurals - Grade 7 and 8

This week saw some sensational teamwork and a tremendous skill level. Games will always be posted on the morning announcements and the Eastview Events board daily. So good to have Intramurals back.

Intermediate Eastview Events Board

Have you seen this yet in the Intermediate hallways yet? All activities for the day and week ahead are posted on the board. Check it out and get involved!

Parent Drivers

Parents interested in driving their child AND other teammates to away games MUST have a Criminal Record Check with a Vulnerable Sector Screening alongside a $1,000,000 liability auto insurance. All forms need to be completed, alongside the previously mentioned documents, to the office. Furthermore, Proof of Vaccination to the office is required during these times. If you are interested in being a parent driver for other students to away games, please direct any questions, comments and concerns to Mr. French frenchr@hdsb.ca

Student Senate

We thank our Halton Student Senate representatives from Eastview, Robyn Wong and Zayden Dindayal who attended their first senate meeting this past Tuesday night. These two outstanding individuals will be attending the monthly meetings to give our Eastview students a voice.

Kindergarten News

This week the Kindergarten team was busy taking part in the Take Me Outside Day event. There were several events throughout the week that connected to Indigenous knowledge and environmental education led by Indigenous educators. Some of the various activities included live streamed read alouds about taking care of Mother Earth, health and well being yoga sessions, connecting to the land through natural experiences, environmental sing-alongs and the list goes on. Wednesday October 20th was a day to take our learning outdoors by exploring, playing and inquiring about the great outdoors. Kindergarten students took part in nature walks, scavenger hunts and exploring our natural surroundings. Mrs. Cowie’s class even helped our school environment by using buckets and small shovels to add the pebbled stone that has overflowed over time from our climber area back to where it belongs.

Way to go Kindergartens!

Join the HDSB Parent Involvement Committee (PIC)

October 22, 2021

Dear HDSB parents/guardians,

The HDSB is looking for parents/guardians to join the Parent Involvement Committee (PIC). PIC supports, encourages, and enhances parental engagement at the Board level to improve student achievement and well-being. In the past, PIC has focused on a well-attended parent conference covering a wide range of subjects, as well as parent information evenings. This year, much of our work will be undertaken virtually.

Although this year will look different from years past, we still plan to achieve our purpose by communicating with and supporting school councils, undertaking activities to help parents/guardians support their children’s learning, and providing information and advice on parent engagement to the Board.

  • PIC consists of 12 parents/guardians, serving one or two-year terms, representing all regions of the HDSB.

  • PIC members commit to participating in four public meetings per year, some planning meetings and possibly committee work.

  • PIC representatives are appointed by the Superintendent of Education responsible for Parent Community Engagement, PIC co-chairs, a parent/guardian member and a Trustee.

  • While we currently have previously elected parents that will continue to be members, no school should have more than 1 representative in any category.

  • PIC members are chosen based on their interest in working with parents/guardians and staff to support school councils and parent engagement as well as prior volunteer experience and geographical need.

  • This year, we need to appoint 4 new members from the following areas:

    • 1 elementary parent rep from Oakville

    • 1 secondary parent rep from Halton Hills

    • 1 elementary parent rep from Milton

    • 1 secondary parent rep from Milton

Burlington parent reps are not required this year.

If you are interested in becoming a member of PIC, please complete this form by October 29, 2021.

Please join PIC for our first Public meeting on November 18 (live stream details to follow).

To learn more, please visit the PIC page on the HDSB website.

Aiman Flahat

Superintendent of Education

Pokemon Cards

Pokemon cards and trades are creating too many conflicts and challenges, and chorting issues...so we are asking primary students to please keep their Pokemon cards at home for now. Thx for supporting this direction.

And in Sports...

NHL - Leafs and Sharks tonight at 600pm (apparently?), Habs looking for their first win Saturday vs Detroit, Leafs and Pens Saturday as well

NBA - Raptors and Celtics tonight, Mavs Saturday night

NFL - Bills are on a bye week

CFL = Argos and Als tonight, Ticats and RedBlacks Saturday

Thx for staying informed and reading all the way to the end!

Have a wonderful weekend. km