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It’s that time of the year again!
On Tuesday, April 29th, we will be having our Jump Rope for Heart Kick Off Assembly. Pledge envelopes will be sent home on that day. All pledge money must be returned by May 20th. Students are reminded not to go door-to-door collecting, for safety purposes.
Practice your skipping tricks in preparation for our jump date on Friday, June 13th!
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has one confirmed case of measles in an adult in Simcoe County. Anyone who visited the following two locations in Alcona on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 during the times listed may have been exposed to measles:
•Sobeys, 2080 Jans Blvd. Innisfil, between 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
•Wild Wing, 1070 Innisfil Beach Road, between 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Anyone who visited the following location in Collingwood during the dates and times listed may have been exposed to measles:
On April 2, 2014:
•The Collingwood General and Marine Hospital’s Emergency Department waiting room, main Emergency Department and Diagnostic Imaging, between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
On April 4, 2014:
•The Collingwood General and Marine Hospital’s Central Registration and Diagnostic Imaging, between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
If you were at the locations, but outside of the times listed you were not exposed, as the virus can only live on surfaces outside the body for up to two hours.
If you believe you visited any of those locations during the times mentioned, check your immunization records to ensure you and your children have had two doses of the measles vaccine (MMR or MMRV). This information can be found on your yellow immunization card, or can be provided by your health care provider.
People who have not had two doses of the measles vaccine, and who have not had measles in the past are at risk of infection. Most people born before 1970 are assumed to be immune because of previous measles infection.
People should watch for symptoms after possible exposure until April 25, 2014. Symptoms are cold-like and include cough and fever, sore eyes that may be sensitive to light, a red rash that lasts for up to five days and sometimes small white spots on the inside of the mouth.
Anyone with symptoms should call their health care provider and tell them that they have been exposed to measles. DO NOT go to your health care provider’s office/medical clinic/hospital without letting them know you think you may have measles so that they can take precautions to stop spreading it to others. For more information call Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 or www.simcoemuskokahealth.org.
Make the Earth “Cool”er by planting an evergreen seedling, and help support the grade 5 field trip to the ROM! Orders due by April 11.
Seedlings go home Wednesday, April 16th. On Earth Day, plant your tree! Trees are $3.00 each.
Without trees, there would be no life on this planet!
Dear Parents and Students- I just wanted to let the school community know that due to on-going health concerns with my daughter, I will be taking a leave of absence from Hillcrest for the next month or so. Mr. Steve Barker will be replacing me while I am gone. I look forward to coming back in May and resuming my duties and being a part of the Hillcrest team.
Hillcrest P.S. is happy to announce that Ashley Cull will be joining us back in the “Den” come April! Ashley’s been working SO hard down at Bloorview Kid’s Rehab Hospital, getting her strength and mobility back after recovering from surgery that removed a brain tumour December 5th. Her hard work and dedication over the past four months is paying off as she’ll soon be back in her regular grade six classroom. Her optimism and courage do not go unnoticed. Mrs. Sweeney and her grade 6 friends are anxiously awaiting her arrival. Thank you, Ashley, for being an inspiration to all of us!
On March 26th, everyone is invited to wear purple in support of Gordie, one of our grade 1 students, and for epilepsy awareness. Purple Day is an international effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy. Last year, people in dozens of countries on all continents including Antarctica participated in Purple Day!
Purple Day was founded in 2008, by nine-year-old Cassidy Megan of Nova Scotia, with the help of the Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia (EANS). Cassidy chose the colour purple after the international colour for epilepsy; lavender. The lavender flower is often associated with solitude, which is representative of the feelings of isolation many people affected by epilepsy often feel. Cassidy’s goals is for people with epilepsy everywhere to know they are not alone.
So, on March 26th, join Mme. Ginette and Mme. Monique’s classes by wearing PURPLE for Gordie, one of our Tigers!
To show school spirit, staff and students at Hillcrest were asked to dress as their favourite character. Characters from storybooks, comic books, movies, and novels were all seen walking the halls at the Hill.
Happy Spirit Day! Enjoy a safe and happy March Break, Tigers.
Character Day at Hillcrest on PhotoPeach
Grades 2, 4, 5, and 7 teachers are working with three other Barrie schools co-planning, co-teaching and moderating the assessment of math lessons that focus on problem solving. Our teachers are designing these lessons that also embed multiple choice questions. Students are exposed to multiple choice questions in preparation for EQAO; teachers are focusing on the consolidation of lessons, and prioritize problem solving over independent practice of an isolated skill. This project began in January and continued this week.
On Thursday, May 15, 2014, the Simcoe County District School Board will proudly host an evening to recognize the contributions of individuals in Simcoe County who demonstrate and help develop good character in our schools and communities.