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Earth Hour Hour<p>​​Earth Hour is an international event usually held on the last Saturday of March between 8:30-9:30pm. During this hour, people around the world turn off their lights in support of addressing climate change. </p><p>At Birchview Dunes, we will be participating in Earth Hour on Friday March 27th by powering down and turning off or unplugging all non-essential lights, computers, and other electrical devices. During this hour, students will have the opportunity to participate in various activities such as calculating the carbon footprint of their classroom, outdoor hike, recycled crafts, writing their "earth pledge", storytelling, or other lessons designed to learn about the importance of reducing our use of electricity. Through learning and action, we can make a difference for our planet. </p><p>In addition to our school Earth Hour event, we encourage students to take this message home and as a family, participate in Earth Hour on Sat. March 28<sup>th</sup> at 8:30pm. Some activities you could do include: stargazing, board games by candlelight, watching an eco-themed film, or make a family pledge to commit to protecting the environment. By reducing and conserving our energy use we are helping to reduce the amount of air pollution in Ontario caused by the burning of fossil fuels to generate electricity. In fact, the air quality in Ontario has improved in recent years because of these types of actions. </p><p>We look forward to hearing about all the creative ways your family participates in Earth Hour! Photos are welcome! </p><p>Thanks for your support in this worldwide movement to raise awareness about climate change and protect our planet! On that note, our school has collected over 204kg of used batteries to help reduce energy consumption and pollution.</p><p>Sincerely, </p><p>The Birchview Dunes Eco Team </p>
Daily Announcements Announcements <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-CA">Tuesday March 31, 2015</span></p><ul><li><span style="font-family:"tahoma",sans-serif;color:black;">Tomorrow is Waste Free Wednesday. Earn spirit points, win a trophy for your class, and help our environment at the same time by only using reusable containers for your lunch. So, get packing Birchview. Good luck!</span><span style="font-family:"tahoma",sans-serif;"> </span></li></ul><ul><li><span style="font-family:"tahoma",sans-serif;">Junior Girls volleyball practice will be at FIRST break today.</span></li></ul><ul><li><span style="font-family:"tahoma",sans-serif;color:black;">Bring in those batteries Birchview. Mr. Pinkerton's class will be weighing them on Thursday. Check your remote controls, old toys and ask family and friends for their used batteries. Who will win the class doughnut party?</span></li></ul>
Daily Announcements Announcements <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-CA">Monday March 30, 2015</span></p><ul><li><span style="font-family:"tahoma",sans-serif;color:black;">Intermediate students interested in joining choir are asked to come to Mr. McLean's room at 1st break today.  </span></li></ul><ul><li><span lang="EN-CA">Recycling is cancelled for today.<span>  </span>Our custodians will pick it up throughout the day instead.</span><span></span></li></ul><ul><li><span lang="EN-CA">Congratulations goes out to all the students who traveled to Bear Creek Secondary School this past weekend to participate in the Simcoe County Regional Science and Technology Fair. Every one represented the school well. Congratulations to Breanna and Leah as their project titled, “Lights, Camera, Grow” won a bronze medal in their animals and plants category. Way to go girls!</span><span></span></li></ul><ul><li><span style="font-family:"tahoma",sans-serif;color:black;">Mrs. McNamara would like to remind the junior girl’s volleyball team of their practice on Tuesday March 31st at second break. Make sure to bring water and running shoes.</span></li></ul><ul><li><span style="font-family:"tahoma",sans-serif;color:black;">​Just a reminder that there will be the 5th Caribou Math Contest in the Computer Lab at 9:00 on Wed. April 1st. The Lab will be closed to other classes at this time. Sorry in advance for the inconvenience. The game is Bomb Defuser and no History question. </span></li></ul>
Daily Announcements Announcements <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-CA">Friday March 27, 2015</span></p><ul><li><span lang="EN-CA">We would like to wish all the students traveling to Bear Creek High School this weekend for the County Science Fair good luck. Ashton, Keiran, Chris, Kaitlyn, Danika, Holly, Jayden, Rachel, Brier, Brianna and Leah have worked hard and will represent us well. Go Blazers.</span><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;"></span></li></ul>
Daily Announcements Announcements <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-CA">Thursday March 26, 2015</span></p><ul><li><span lang="EN-CA">Youth Club is today after school for students that have signed up.<span>  </span></span></li></ul><ul><li><span style="font-family:"tahoma",sans-serif;color:black;">​Just a reminder of the junior girl’s volleyball team of their practice today at second break.</span></li></ul><ul><li><span style="font-family:"tahoma",sans-serif;color:black;">Yesterday was Waste Free Wednesday, and the winners are about to be announced! </span><span style="font-family:"tahoma",sans-serif;color:black;"> Mrs. Wonta's class won the Earth Protectors trophy with 5 waste free lunches. </span><span style="font-family:"tahoma",sans-serif;color:black;">Mr. Brooks' class won the Eco Kids trophy with 8 waste free lunches. </span><span style="font-family:"tahoma",sans-serif;color:black;">Mrs. Duits' class won the Eco Warrior Jr. trophy with 8 waste free lunches.</span><span style="font-family:"tahoma",sans-serif;color:black;">Ms. Ewaskiw's class won the Int. Eco Warrior trophy with 5 waste free lunches. Congratulations!<span>  </span>Teachers: Please remember to pass on the trophies to the correct winning classes.</span><span style="font-family:"tahoma",sans-serif;color:black;">  Students please remember that batteries are still being collected. The batteries will be weighed next Thursday! So let’s bring in those batteries Birchview!  </span><span lang="EN-CA" style="color:black;">We have done the monthly draw for the Waste Free Wednesday Prizes! <span>  </span>For the Kindergarten division we have George G. from Mrs. Wonta's class!<span>  </span>For the Primary division we have Logan T. from Mr. Brooks' class!<span>  </span>For the Junior division we have Olivia R. from Mrs. Duits' class.<span>  </span>For the Intermediate division we have Abby B. from Ms. Ewaskiw's class.<span>  </span>Congratulations! Your prizes will be delivered to your classes today. </span></li></ul><ul><li><span lang="EN-CA" style="color:black;">Tomorrow, our school celebrates Earth Hour at 9:30 -10:30. Be sure to watch the Earth Hour video and check out our school Waste Audit results on the Eco Team Blog. Teacher's, please make sure you give your class an opportunity to make a pledge on the Padlet online bulletin board and have fun with some environmental education.</span></li></ul><ul><li><span style="font-family:"tahoma",sans-serif;color:black;">Attention all Birchview Dunes knitting club members - today's meeting has been cancelled.  We will meet at our regular time next week.  If you have borrowed supplies from Ms. Lamb please return them as soon as possible.  See you next week!</span></li></ul>
Daily Announcements Announcements<p>Wednesday March 25, 2015</p><ul><li>Today is Waste Free Wednesday. Did you remember to eliminate garbage and recycling from your lunch today? Whose class will win the trophies this week? Stay tuned tomorrow for the results. Eco Team Projects crew please come to Mr. Pinkerton's class following announcements. </li></ul><ul><li>A reminder for Youth Club tomorrow after school for those that have signed up.</li></ul>



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