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Daily Announcements for December 1sthttp://bir.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/1264Daily Announcements for December 1st<p>​Good morning and happy December 1st from a very snowy Birchview Dunes!</p><p>As buses and vans are cancelled today, we remind students that are not here that they can log in to their teacher's google classroom to see work posted for today.  For those that have come to school, we remind parents that they are to pick up their child(ren) at 2:50pm at their assigned exit door.</p><p>Finally, our 12 Days of Giving Food Drive Campaign begins today and this year, you can do your donation online through our School Cash Online program!  We thank you in advance for helping us with this worthy and needed cause this holiday season!!!</p><p>We wish you safe travels and a cozy day...</p><p><a href="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/Tuesday%20at%20BVD%20(69).pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />Tuesday at BVD (69).pdf</a><br></p>
The 12 Days of Christmas Giving Food Drive Challengehttp://bir.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/1265The 12 Days of Christmas Giving Food Drive Challenge<p>​<span style="font-family:"arial", sans-serif;color:#cd232c;">Hello Birchview Families!</span></p><p class="xydp8d8e54b9yiv8643853304xydp2a3912bfmsonormal"><span style="font-family:"arial", sans-serif;color:#cd232c;"> Our 12 Days of Christmas Giving Food Drive Challenge is back for its 6<sup>th</sup> year! </span></p><p class="xydp8d8e54b9yiv8643853304xydp2a3912bfmsonormal" style="text-indent:21pt;"><span style="font-family:"arial", sans-serif;color:#cd232c;">For the last 3 years, together with Wasaga’s other elementary schools, we have raised over 34,000 items for the Wasaga Beach Ministerial Food Bank!!!<br></span></p><p class="xydp8d8e54b9yiv8643853304xydp2a3912bfmsonormal" style="text-indent:21pt;"><span style="font-family:"arial", sans-serif;color:#cd232c;">This year is a little different, …volunteers cannot be in the schools at this time to help, “cohorts” cannot be collecting from other cohorts, but most importantly the Food Bank volunteers are elderly and at high risk during this time. So we have adapted, we must go contact-free, utilizing our school cash-on-line system, asking those who can donate a dollar-a-day. This would go a long way to helping those in need this season!</span></p><p class="xydp8d8e54b9yiv8643853304xydp2a3912bfmsonormal"><span style="font-family:"arial", sans-serif;color:#cd232c;">Starting today - Tuesday, December 1<sup>st </sup> - we will be collecting a dollar a day for the Food Bank. We have a list of 12 items the Food Bank is in dire need of at this time, we took that list to the local grocery store and priced out the items to come up with a monetary donation value. For a donation of $12.00 which is just $1.00 a day over the 12 days you could help the food bank purchase these items!</span></p><p class="xydp8d8e54b9yiv8643853304xydp2a3912bfmsonormal"><span style="font-family:"arial", sans-serif;color:#cd232c;">Let’s do our all time best this year Birchview and raise more than we ever have, this year has left so many in need! Let’s make a difference in our community again this holiday season!</span></p><p class="xydp8d8e54b9yiv8643853304xydp2a3912bfmsonormal"><span style="font-family:"arial", sans-serif;color:#cd232c;">Sincerely, Birchview Dunes Elementary School.</span></p><p class="xydp8d8e54b9yiv8643853304xydp2a3912bfmsonormal" style="text-indent:21pt;"><span style="font-family:"arial", sans-serif;color:#cd232c;">“<em>During the holidays, no child or parent, no family or individual should ever be hungry</em>”.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"> </p>
REVIEW OF COVID PROTOCOLS AT BIRCHVIEWhttp://bir.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/1259REVIEW OF COVID PROTOCOLS AT BIRCHVIEW<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">​<span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Hello Birchview Families,</span></p><strong><br><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">We are reaching out today to review some important COVID protocols.</span></p><br><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">COVID Daily Screening</span><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Everyday before school please complete the COVID self-screening assessment. If your child is symptom free then please send them to school. If they are exhibiting symptoms, please keep them home and follow the directions listed from Public Health in the screening tool. The Self-Screening tool can be found at: </span><a href="https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/severe-symptoms" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#1155cc;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/</span></a></p><br><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Mask Protocols and Exemptions</span></p></strong><strong><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">The following are the mask protocols that the Ministry of Education has mandated for school.  For students in Kindergarten to Grade 3, face masks are encouraged but not required.  For students in Grades 4-8, students are required to wear non medical face masks when inside the school building and on school buses/vans.  It is recommended that students be sent with 2 masks/day and for those that do not have a mask upon entry, one will be provided by the school so they can enter the school building appropriately.  For those students in Grades 4-8 who show up at their bus stop without a mask, one will be provided by the driver for them to board the bus.</span></p></strong><strong></strong><strong><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">For families that may require an exemption from the mask protocol, a medical note indicating the reason for it will need to be provided to the school for consideration.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">At recess and outdoor time, each student will be provided with a breakaway Birchview Lanyard to clip to their mask to keep it safe during outdoor activities. </span></p><br><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Procedures for students with symptoms</span></p></strong><strong><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Students that experience symptoms while at school will be sent to the isolation room located in our school office.  Parents/guardians will be contacted to pick up their child and will be advised to seek medical advice from their provider, including the recommendation of testing for COVID-19. </span></p></strong><strong></strong><strong><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#1a1a1a;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:700;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Parents/guardians are reminded that they must have a working telephone number to be reached at and that they must come pick up their child from the school as they will not be able to access bus transportation or after school care.  As well we ask that parents/guardians provide the office with emergency contact numbers so that if the school is unable to reach the parent/guardian, then the emergency contact can be called to come for the student.</span></p><br></strong><strong><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Kiss and Ride, Bus Lane and Drop off alternate locations (No parents congregating on the yard)</span></p></strong><strong></strong><strong></strong><strong></strong><strong><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">It is imperative for the health of our school community that we do not have people congregating in our yard. We ask you to create a meeting spot off school property wherever possible or to have an older student walk the younger students to an adult just off site. It is vital that we do not have our driveway and parking lot blocked with cars. If you do use the Kiss and Ride lane in our parking lot, please wait until the pylons before letting children out of the vehicle. This area is sectioned off for students to safely access the yard without walking in between parked cars. Please continue to use the walk throughs on Bay Court, Caribou Trail or Dyer Drive walkways.  Finally, we remind parents/guardians that they are not to enter the Bus Lane at the front of the school to drop off or pick up their child(ren) during the hours of 8:00 - 9:00am and 2:30 - 3:30pm, but to again use our Kiss and Ride area and/or park in our parking lot.</span></p></strong><strong></strong><strong><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Thanks for your assistance.</span></p><br><br><br></strong>
KEEP US UPDATED!!!http://bir.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/1217KEEP US UPDATED!!!<p>Hello Birchview Parents and Guardians:</p><p>We would like to share that you have been extremely caring and respectful in terms of following the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit's protocols, and we thank those that continue to call the school and update us about your child(ren) if ill or absent.</p><p>When calling into safe arrival please, if it is warranted, let us know if you are checking in with a health provider (family doctor, walk-in clinic etc) or having your child(ren) tested. </p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Everyday please call the safe arrival line updating the school – eg waiting for Dr appt, waiting for test, waiting for results, child is not symptom free etc</li><li>If you receive a negative result, it's important that you call us first as we will let the teacher know that your child is returning to school.</li><li>If your doctor provides you with a diagnosis other than COVID-19 please let us know.If the health care provider decides that your child has another condition (an alternative diagnosis) and that the condition is not COVID-19, your child may return to school with a negative test when they have been free of symptoms for 24 hours.</li></ul><p>As always, we thank you all for working with us during these unusual times.</p>
REMINDER ABOUT USING THE SELF-ASSESSMENT TOOLhttp://bir.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/1212REMINDER ABOUT USING THE SELF-ASSESSMENT TOOL<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:400;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Dear Birchview Families,</span></p><strong><br><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:400;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">We are reaching out today to remind you to please use the self-assessment tool prior to sending your child to school. If they have illness symptoms, please keep them home and follow the self-assessment tool directions. Once at school if they present with symptoms we are going to call to have them picked up. They cannot be present at school. Once your child exhibits symptoms of COVID 19 they must either see a health care provider to receive a non-covid diagnosis for their symptoms or go and get a COVID test. Once they have a negative test or different diagnosis they may come back to school 24 hours after the symptoms resolve and you notify the school office.</span></p><br><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:400;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Thanks for your cooperation. <br></span></p></strong>
BUS & VAN CANCELLATIONS FOR TUESDAY DECEMBER 1sthttp://bir.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/1263BUS & VAN CANCELLATIONS FOR TUESDAY DECEMBER 1st<p>​**Tuesday, December 1, 2020** </p><div class="o9v6fnle cxmmr5t8 oygrvhab hcukyx3x c1et5uql ii04i59q" style="margin:0.5em 0px 0px;white-space:pre-wrap;font-family:"segoe ui historic", "segoe ui", helvetica, arial, sans-serif;color:#050505;font-size:15px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;letter-spacing:normal;text-align:left;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;word-spacing:0px;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><div dir="auto" style="font-family:inherit;text-align:start;">All school buses and vans in Simcoe County have been cancelled due to current poor road and visibility conditions and the forecast for heavy snowfall to continue throughout the day.</div></div><div class="o9v6fnle cxmmr5t8 oygrvhab hcukyx3x c1et5uql ii04i59q" style="margin:0.5em 0px 0px;white-space:pre-wrap;font-family:"segoe ui historic", "segoe ui", helvetica, arial, sans-serif;color:#050505;font-size:15px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;letter-spacing:normal;text-align:left;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;word-spacing:0px;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><div dir="auto" style="font-family:inherit;text-align:start;">Schools remain open for families who chose that it is safe to transport their children to the school. Pick up will be at 2:50pm from their homeroom entry/exit door. </div></div><div class="o9v6fnle cxmmr5t8 oygrvhab hcukyx3x c1et5uql ii04i59q" style="margin:0.5em 0px 0px;white-space:pre-wrap;font-family:"segoe ui historic", "segoe ui", helvetica, arial, sans-serif;color:#050505;font-size:15px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;letter-spacing:normal;text-align:left;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;word-spacing:0px;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><div dir="auto" style="font-family:inherit;text-align:start;">For all students who remain at home, learning will continue through their online Google Classroom. Teachers will post learning materials for students to work on today.</div></div><div class="o9v6fnle cxmmr5t8 oygrvhab hcukyx3x c1et5uql ii04i59q" style="margin:0.5em 0px 0px;white-space:pre-wrap;font-family:"segoe ui historic", "segoe ui", helvetica, arial, sans-serif;color:#050505;font-size:15px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;letter-spacing:normal;text-align:left;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;word-spacing:0px;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><div dir="auto" style="font-family:inherit;text-align:start;">Stay safe and cozy today.</div></div>
Daily Announcements for November 30thhttp://bir.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/1262Daily Announcements for November 30th<p>​Happy Monday from Birchview Dunes!  We hope you had a great weekend and look forward to what the first week of December brings us all!</p><p>Our 12 Days of Giving Food Drive begins tomorrow so we ask that you check out our announcements and Facebook page daily as we share our caring spirit!  Sparky our Elf is almost done her quarantine and we look forward to the adventures that she will have with us as we count down to the Winter Break.</p><p>Take a moment to look at our announcements for November 30th...</p><p><a href="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/Monday%20at%20BVD%20(59).pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />Monday at BVD (59).pdf</a><br></p>
Daily Announcements for November 27thhttp://bir.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/1261Daily Announcements for November 27th<p>​Good morning and happy Friday!!!  We are a school full of spirit today as many of our students and staff are rocking out their fabulous jerseys and team colours!  Well done Blazers and thanks for making our Friday such a colourful day!!!</p><p>We share our announcements with you with a wish for a great and safe weekend ahead...</p><p><a href="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/Friday%20at%20BVD%20(55).pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />Friday at BVD (55).pdf</a><br></p>
Daily Announcements for November 26thhttp://bir.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/1260Daily Announcements for November 26th<p>​Thursday is here and today we share our announcements for November 26th with you all!</p><p>We remind our Blazers that tomorrow is Jersey Spirit Day here at Birchview!  Wear your favourite jersey, wear your favourite team colours - just bring the spirit we love to see!<br></p><p><a href="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/Thursday%20at%20BVD%20(67).pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />Thursday at BVD (67).pdf</a><br></p>
Daily Announcements for November 25thhttp://bir.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/1258Daily Announcements for November 25th<p>​Happy Wednesday from Birchview!  A snowy and wet day here has arrived, but our Blazers have brought their amazing spirit with them and some extra mittens for the weather!</p><p>We share our announcements with you today as we remind you that our Sports Jersey Day is happening this Friday!  Wear your favourite jersey or team colours Blazers!</p><p>Finally, we will be sharing some COVID-19 reminders today on our website and Facebook site so please take a minute to look for those today with our thanks!</p><p><a href="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/Wednesday%20at%20BVD%20(67).pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />Wednesday at BVD (67).pdf</a><br></p>