Fall Newsletter

Dear Parents,

We hope you enjoyed a festive Thanksgiving weekend.  Fall is in the air and we have some fun events and school closures coming up.   

FALL FESTIVAL – Friday, October 15th 
Our students will participate in a school wide Fall Festival this Friday, October 15th, with events that are appropriate for each level.  The toddlers will explore a backyard pumpkin patch, while our older students will welcome Wild Ontario, affiliated with the University of Guelph, and their Birds of Prey.  This is a daytime event for students only.
HALLOWEEN & FOOD DRIVE – Monday, October 25th through Thursday October 28th
We invite students to dress down in orange and black on Thursday, October 28th for Halloween.  Please, no costumes and no treats or food to be sent to the school – thank you!
Dearcroft is continuing our fall food drive in support of Kerr Street Mission.  Students are invited to bring in dried and canned goods between Monday, October 25th through Thursday October 28th to their classrooms. Together we can scare hunger!


Kerr Street Mission has identified a particular high need for:
Campbell’s Chunky Soups
Small Soup Cans
Low Sodium Stock
Vegetable Stock
Beef/Chicken Stock

PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEWS – Oct. 28 (eve. only) & Oct. 29th (day only)
We will be holding Parent – Teacher Conferences via Zoom on Thursday, October 28, 2021 (evening only) and Friday, October 29, 2021 (morning only).  Please note, classes will not be held on Friday.  Zoom conference are 15 min long per student.  Information regarding booking your parent – teacher conference will be sent out by the weekend.
VIRTUAL NEXT LEVEL NIGHT – Thursday, November 18th at 8:00 – 8:45 pm 
Next Level Night is special tradition at Dearcroft, where parents are invited to learn more about the next program for your child.  Teachers from all levels will be providing and overview of their program, and parents will have the opportunity to get to know teachers and ask questions.  This is a “must” attend event, that will empower you when making decisions about your child’s education.  Zoom links will be sent out soon for each program.  

SCHOOL CLOSURES

• Friday, October 29th – Parent/Teacher Conferences
• Friday, November 12th – PD Day

ILLNESS & DAILY SCREENING FORMS

We are doing our best to keep cold and flu season at bay this year.  If your child displays ANY signs of illness, from a runny nose to a fever, or is generally unwell, please keep them home from school.  Notify the school of your child’s absence and follow directions from your healthcare provider or public health. 

As per the guidelines set out by the Halton Region Public Health, children should be 24 hours since their symptoms started improving before returning to school for most minor illnesses (runny nose, sore throat).  This is required to prevent the spreading of viruses.

Please be reminded that a screening form must be submitted for every student before coming to school.
OUTDOOR CLOTHING
 
While we have enjoyed a very warm start to the month, please keep in mind that our natural environment, and proximity to the lake, that our recess yard can become cold.  Please send your child to school with appropriate outdoor gear, including mittens or gloves, a hat, warm coat, and boots.  Please label all belongings. 
 
Thank you,
 
Dearcroft and West Wind Staff