WRDSB Communication Survey for Parents

May 14, 2014

The Waterloo Region District School Board is going online!

In order to help us better understand our parent/guardian preferences for receiving information, an on-line survey has been created to gather input on ways to improve communication, streamline processes and reduce the use of paper within school communities. This initiative is in alignment with the continued work of engagement and communication within the Waterloo Region District School Board.

This survey can be accessed through a link called “WRDSB Communication Survey” found on the Waterloo Region District School Board website at: http://wrdsb.on.ca or on the school’s website at: http://blr.wrdsb.ca/.

The survey will open on May 15th and will close on June 5th.

All parents/guardians of Waterloo Region District School Board students are requested to complete this short survey at their earliest convenience. Responses to the surveys are anonymous and confidential.

Thank you for helping us understand your preferences for receiving information.

Safe Welcome Program Starts Tuesday, May 20th

In December 2012 the Provincial Government announced its intention to enhance security measures in elementary schools across Ontario.  The Safe Welcome initiative involves the locking of all doors in elementary schools.

Implementation of this initiative will occur throughout the 2013-2014 school year at elementary schools in the Waterloo Region District School Board.  All visitors (parents; vendors; central Board staff) to elementary schools will access the main doors to the school using an intercom system.  The system will integrate the needs of before/after school programs, child care locations and those sites with portables.

It is recognized that having all school doors locked will be new for our school community.  Our students, parents and staff will need to collaboratively work together as this initiative is implemented at our school.

Beginning Tuesday, May 20th, 2014, Blair Road Public School will be implementing the full locking of all doors.  

What does this mean for our community?

All doors are locked all day. All visitors to the school, including those parents dropping off and picking up their child(ren) at or from the Extended Day or Kids’ Club Programs, will need to use the front doors of the school and our new intercom system.

The intercom system is located to the right of the front doors.  It will ring in our main office or in our Extended Day or Kids’ Club locations.  There are 2 bells, clearly labelled – one for the main office and one for Extended Day/Kids’ Club.  Please make sure you are ringing the appropriate bell.

At the end of day, it remains very important that you have a meeting place established with your child(ren).  Students have a specified door for their dismissal, as they have all year long.

We appreciate your support with this program.

Eye See…Eye Learn Program for new JKs

April 19, 2014

Please see the Eye See Eye Learn Program newsletter at the following link for more information.  This program is open to new JK students (born in 2010) starting July 1st, 2014.

ESELNewsletter-Parents Reminder 03-2014

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Calling All New Kindergarten Students!

January 24, 2014

We are excited to register your child for Kindergarten!

 

You can register your Junior Kindergarten (JK) or new-to-school Senior Kindergarten (SK) students from Monday, February 10 until Friday, February 14, 2014, during regular school office hours.  Please call our school office at 519-621-5620 to make a registration appointment.

 

If you have a child born in 2010, he/she is eligible to start JK in September 2014.  Students born in 2009 are eligible to start SK in September 2014.

 

If you know of anyone in our school community who has a child eligible for Kindergarten, please refer them to the school website for more information.

  

In addition, four central Kindergarten registration opportunities will take place for families unable to register their child during office hours.  These registration events will take place as follow:

 

Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014              WRDSB Education Centre, Cambridge Room    9:00 am to noon

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014                            Bluevale C.I.                                                        5pm to 8 pm

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014                    Forest Heights C.I.                                            5pm to 8pm

Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014                        Galt C.I.                                                                 5pm to 8pm

 

If you have any questions about the Kindergarten registration process, please contact the school office.

 

An Evening With Dr. Ross Greene

December 5, 2013

On Thursday, January 16, 2014, the Waterloo Region District School Board is hosting An Evening With Dr. Ross Greene for parents, guardians, and the community. Dr. Ross Greene is a dynamic speaker and passionate advocate of Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS). He is Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard University, and the author of The Explosive Child and Lost at School. CPS (formally known as Collaborative Problem Solving) is an approach that helps parents, guardians and caregivers work responsively to resolve the challenging behaviours of children of all ages. Dr. Greene will describe clear and practical strategies caregivers and children can use to resolve disagreements and disputes in a collaborative, mutually satisfactory way.

Registration for the event is through Eventbite at

http://bit.ly/1eGWQYx

If you would like to learn more about Dr. Greene, please visit his website at

http://www.livesinthebalance.org/

Way To Go Blair Road Bandits!

September 30, 2013

During this year’s Terry Fox fundraising effort, Blair Road raised $2 700, which is $350 more than we have ever raised!  Those funds will certainly be put to good use by the Terry Fox Foundation.  All classes contributed to our fundraising effort, but Mrs. Mackenzie-Miller’s class made the largest donation.  The Kindies donated a whopping $514.73.   Once again, the Blair Road community showed what we are capable of.  Thank-you for all of your donations.

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October 11th PD Day

Please see the following to read about the learning focus of the October 11th PD Day for Blair Road staff:

Oct 11th PD Day Agenda

 

Terry Fox Run/Walk

September 15, 2013

terry fox

Blair Road is hosting its 10th annual Terry Fox Run on Friday, September 27th.  Our run will begin just after second nutrition break.  This year, students will run a 1/2 km course which will be set up on our school yard, and as a school, we will try to run as many kilometres as possible. All monies raised through our event will be forwarded to The Terry Fox Foundation to further the cause of cancer research.

Students are encouraged to bring a monetary donation to school during the week of September 23rd. Remember that Terry’s original goal was to raise $1 for every Canadian, so no donation is too small. Cheques can be made out to The Terry Fox Run. Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $20 or more, so please attach your name and address to your donation if you wish to receive a tax receipt.  Donations can also be made online at www.terryfoxrun.org (Click on National School Run Day and then Donate to a Student/School. Then type in Blair Road in the school search area, and make your donation).

We are very proud to be associated with The Terry Fox Foundation and believe that our involvement will help launch a successful and positive school year. Let’s keep Terry’s dream to find a cure for cancer alive and raise even more than the $2 350 we raised last year. To help the fundraising effort, each class will determine a fundraising goal and an incentive for reaching the goal. Last year, Mrs. Pilkington’s class got to do her hair and makeup for the day! Parents are welcome to join us during The Terry Fox Walk.

Thanks for your continued support.

 

Welcome to the 2013-2014 School Year!

August 30, 2013

It is so exciting to welcome our new Bandits and say “welcome back” to our others.   It is an honour  to continue to serve the families of the Blair Road community as Principal of Blair Road P.S.  We have an amazing school – the enthusiasm, support and dedication I see from our students, parents, staff and community members is second to none.  It will be an exciting year of learning and growing indeed!  I look forward to working and learning with all of you. 

See you on September 3rd!

Mrs. Meyer                                                                                                                                                                                        Principal

50th Anniversary Open House

August 26, 2013

Please see the following link for information about our

50th Anniversary Open House Celebration 

All are welcome to join us on Thursday, September 19th from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Blair Road School Flyer