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Thank You Teri, Linda and Fayre Volunteers You Teri, Linda and Fayre Volunteers<p>​<img alt="Fayre-2014.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/Fayre-2014.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p>
School Council at Forest Hill Council at Forest Hill<p>​The Forest Hill council needs you! </p><p>Parents wishing to be council members, please nominate yourself with <a href=""><strong>this form </strong>and bring it to the office</a>.</p><p>To learn more about School Council at Forest Hill, visit our <a href="/parents/school-council"><strong>council page.</strong></a></p><p>Come and join us October 6th at 7:00 in the Library.<br></p>
School bus ‘Bag Tag’ program helps students get to and from school safely 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="" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a> or call them at 705-733-8965.</p>
Pay for field trips, lunch days, etc. with SchoolCash Online for field trips, lunch days, etc. with SchoolCash Online<p>​</p><p>The SchoolCash Online program is now available at all schools, offering parents the option to pay online for field trips, lunch days and other items. The program is intended to reduce paper, eliminate the need for students to travel with money, and for money to be counted and stored at schools.<strong>  </strong>Payment by credit card has now also been added. </p><p>Parents who sign up will receive a notification when a new item becomes available for purchase. Items are personalized to each student.  Parents will use a secure online account to process payments, and can either make a one-time payment for each item as it occurs, or load money to carry a balance in the online account to make payments in the future. </p><p>To create an online account, go to <a href="" target="_blank"><span lang="EN-CA" style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a>. Please contact the school office with any questions.</p>
SCDSB seeks volunteer instructors for the 2014-15 Roots of Empathy program seeks volunteer instructors for the 2014-15 Roots of Empathy program<p>​</p><p>The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) is recruiting volunteer instructors for next school year to facilitate the internationally recognized <a href="" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Roots of Empathy</span></a> (ROE) program in elementary schools. </p><p>The program invites a neighbourhood infant and parent to visit an elementary school classroom several times over the school year. A trained ROE instructor coaches students to observe the baby's development and label the baby's feelings. The instructor delivers all aspects of the ROE curriculum in the classroom and builds relationships with the participating family, classroom teacher and students.</p><p>"The Roots of Empathy program has been a wonderful addition to curriculum in our schools," says John Legere, Superintendent of Education. "Local volunteer instructors, along with the parent and baby who visit the classroom, help our students develop empathy and respect while learning about caring for others."</p><p>The SCDSB and Roots of Empathy are looking for volunteer instructors from diverse professional backgrounds. Experience in education, health, social work, counselling, speech therapy and recreation are assets to volunteer for this program. The program also welcomes retired principals, school board superintendents, and police officers. Classroom experience and knowledge of infant development are major assets. Click <a href="" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">here</span></a> for more information on volunteering for the program. Click <a href="" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">here</span></a> to view the program poster.</p><p>All training and materials are provided and instructors must be willing to make a two-year commitment to the program. Instructor training will take place at SCDSB's Education Centre (Midhurst) in September and instructors will be placed in schools within their geographical area in Simcoe County. </p><p><em>Information: </em><br><em>Email </em><a href="" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em></em></span></a><em> if you are interested in becoming an ROE volunteer or for more information.</em><br></p>



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