December 2023 School Newsletter

Boyne River Public School

Igniting a Passion for Learning

705-435-4639                  [email protected]                @boyne_river

Boyne River P.S 117 John W. Taylor Avenue Alliston, Ontario, L9R 0E7 Inclement Weather Zone: SOUTH

December 4th School Council

December 15th Talent Show 

December 18th Winter Caroling 6:30-7:00pm & Plaid shirt spirit day. December 21st Cozy sweater day

December 22nd Comfy clothes day  LAST DAY BEFORE WINTER BREAK

Dec. 1 World AIDS Day

Dec. 2 International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

Dec. 3 First Day of Advent (Christianity) International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Dec. 6 National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women Saint Nicholas Day (Christianity)

Dec. 7-15 Chanukah/Hanukkah (Judaism)

Dec. 8 Awakening Day (Buddhism)

Dec. 9 International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime Dec. 10 Human Rights Day

Dec. 13 Birthday of Imam Aga Khan (Islam)

Dec. 21 Yule/Winter Solstice (Wicca)

Dec. 22 Maun Ekadashi (Jainism)

Dec. 24 Christmas Eve (Christianity)

Dec. 25 Christmas (Christianity)

Dec. 26 Boxing Day Sanghamitta Day/Unduvap Poya (Buddhism) Zarathosht-no-diso (Zoroastrianism - Fasli Calendar

Dec. 26 – Jan. 1 Kwanzaa

Administrative & Office

Staff Principal: Stephanie Jacklin

Vice Principal: Sarah Reilly

Superintendent: Matthew Webbe

Trustee: Sarah Beitz

Senior Office Support: Elanna Grimes

Office Support: Talya Groisman

Lead Custodian: Angela Lidster 

New Safe Arrival system for SCDSB schools call 1-888-885-8065 to report an absence The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) has a new Safe Arrival system at elementary schools. This system will support us in continuing to improve our home-to-school communication process and streamline absence reporting. To report a student absence, call 1-888-885-8065. Callers will be prompted to identify the school before leaving a message. Parents should include the student’s name, teachers’ name, dates, and reason for the absence. When schools do not hear from a parent/guardian, and a student is absent, the school will call home to find out the reason for the absence. If you have questions about the new system, please contact the school office. 

School Cash  Online

We have made it easy for parents to make their school purchases from the convenience of their own home. Whether it’s lunch days, field trips or school wear, we have it online for you! Follow these three steps to get started: 1. Go to or visit our school website and click on ‘Pay Fees’ 2. Register and add your child to the newly created account 3. View and purchase items through bank transfer or credit card It’s safe, fast and convenient! Contact the office with any questions at [email protected]


Keep connected with our school and with the SCDSB It’s important to get accurate information about what’s going on at your school and at the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB). Here are some ways to do that: Subscribe to our school’s website by visiting the ‘What's New’ section at Follow Boyne River on Twitter @boyne_river


School bus transportation information available from the SCSTC

In order to receive delay and cancellation notifications, families can check the Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium (SCSTC) website at the moment or download the‘BusPlanner Delays’ app from the Apple or Android app stores to receive delay notifications to their devices. Users would need to select Simcoe County STC nas the transportation authority. The app will need to be forced closed, but you will be able to select your student(s) routes or school to receive delays. The app will send a general notice for any cancellation in Simcoe County. You only need to know which ‘zone’ you’re in, so you would know which one to look out for in the app. You can find your student’s zone by visiting the School Bus Status page at and clicking the dropdown for the area you live in.


ENTRY & DISMISSAL TIMES “Keeping our students safe!” 9:10 Supervision Begins 9:25 Entry Bell 3:45 Dismissal The size of our school requires we have strict procedures in place to ensure the safety of our students at all times. The staff greatly appreciates your partnership and support as together, we implement routines that will assist with congestion and assist students to both get to their classrooms, buses and their parents. For everyone’s safety, we ask that parents and students please walk on the sidewalks and not cut through the parking lot. We ask that our students do not board the buses until directed by an educator on duty and wait for the bus safely in an orderly fashion, back from the roadway. We are deeply committed to the safety of your child.


Boyne River Is a Nut Aware, Shell Fish Aware & Scent Free school. Please refrain from bringing any products containing nuts and/or shell fish to the school and from wearing any scents. We have staff and students that are greatly affected and may have anaphylaxis reactions. Thank you

Inclement weather and bus cancellation information reminder All information regarding cancelled buses in Simcoe County is posted on the Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium (SCSTC)’s bus information website at Our school is in the SOUTH zone. When buses are cancelled, schools remain open for student learning, unless otherwise noted. School staff are expected to plan for such emergencies in order to transition students who are unable to attend due to inclement weather, to their online platforms (Google Classroom and/or SCDSBhub [Brightspace by D2L]) and continue with academic programming. It is always a family decision whether or not it is safe for their child(ren) to leave for school under severe weather conditions.

The Consortium and bus operators try to make the decision to cancel school buses before 6 a.m. and make every effort to post announcements before 7 a.m. Inclement weather cancellations are effective for the whole day and buses cancelled in the morning will not run at the end of the day. You can follow the Consortium on Twitter @SCSTC_SchoolBus for bus cancellations and other information. You can also subscribe to receive bus delay notifications here: 


SCDSB launches updated character education program for 2023-24 school year This year the SCDSB will begin implementation of the updated character education program. Rather than focus on one attribute each month, the program has been changed to reflect that character is a fluid concept that includes a variety of attributes. The updated character attributes are:  Bravery Empathy Listening Responsibility Courage  Caring Helpfulness Love Trustworthy Kindness  Compassion Honesty Loyalty Truth Respect  Cooperation Humility Optimism Sharing  Inclusiveness Integrity Perseverance Wisdom For more information on the updated character education program, visit the character education page on the SCDSB website:


How is your infant, toddler, or preschool child developing?

Is your child meeting their milestones? Age-appropriate speech and language skills are critical to your child’s ability to read, write, and be successful in school as well as to their ability to engage with their peers. Free services are available to support you with your child’s development. Preschool speech and language programs are located across the County of Simcoe. Call (705) 739-5696 or 1-800-675-1979 to complete a developmental screen. The earlier we work together the better!


Licensed Winter Break school-age child care programs

Child care programs for children in Kindergarten to Grade 6 are provided by independent, third-party child care operators in some SCDSB schools. To support your child care needs, some operators offer child care on PA days and holidays including over the Winter Break. Registration in advance is required. Please contact the child care operator directly to discuss fees and to register. More information and contact numbers can be found by visiting: forschool/childcare_before_after.


High school information events for Grade 8 students Is your child starting Grade 9 next year? High school information events will take place in-person this winter! Student leaders and staff at the school will give an overview of what’s new and what to expect. Learn about courses offered, as well as information about teams and clubs. Please visit the SCDSB website at forhigh_school to find details on your high school’s info night, and contact the school directly for more information. 


Rainbows Program

We will once again be offering the Rainbows Program at Boyne River P.S. starting in February for SK-grade 4. Rainbows is a teacher-facilitated small group club for students who are grieving a death, divorce or other traumatic loss in their family. Teachers are trained to facilitate the groups and volunteer their time to work through the Rainbows program in twelve weekly meetings. Meetings take place during the school day. If you would like your child to participate in the Rainbows Program, or would like more information about the Program, please contact your child’s teacher by December 20th. For more information, please see the Rainbows Canada website at:


Holiday Shopping /Night Out  December 13th

The Grade 8’s are doing fundraising throughout the year to offset the costs of the Grade 8 trip and graduation. One of our fundraising initiatives is going to be a December Parent's Night, taking place on Wednesday, December 13’th, 2023 from 5:00 to 7:30 pm at Boyne River. Parents can drop their child/children off at Boyne to be watched for the evening to allow parents some free time. $25 per child/ $10 for every additional family member (only grade K- 5). Included in the cost: Pizza and Water Crafts Games Movie Please sign up through School Cash Online. We are only able to accommodate the first 100 students! Thank you for the support,

The Grade 8 Graduates


Mental health strategy of the month

- Emotion Charades Well-being is a Strategic Priority in the Simcoe County District School Board, and our mental health and well-being department provides monthly strategies to support student and family well-being. This month’s strategy is Emotion Charades. This practice helps students practice expressing emotions with their whole body and recognize body language and facial expressions in others. To practice Emotion Charades at home, on slips of paper, write or draw different feelings depending on the age of your child. For instance, happy, sad, angry, scared, worried, sleepy, frustrated, etc. Place the papers in a bowl/container. Then: · Decide who will go first. Have that person pick a piece of paper from the bowl. · Have them read the feeling to themselves, or, if needed, help your child read the feeling. · Now they will act out the feeling without words while the other players try to guess what it is. · Once someone gets the right answer, it’s the next person’s turn to pick a piece of paper and act out the feeling. This is a fun activity that everyone in the family can play! Emotion Charades link to School Mental Health Ontario parent sheet: Find more information to support your child's mental health here: Emotion Charades: Elementary - Secondary - Follow the Mental Health and Well-being social media accounts (@SCDSB_MHWB) to see how well-being is being supported in our schools.


Subscribe to Community Connects!

The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) is excited to launch Community Connects, a new bimonthly newsletter for the SCDSB community. Our shared goal with this new tool is to keep our community partners and stakeholders informed while nurturing relationships that are built on accountability, trust, and transparency. To learn more and subscribe, visit the Community Connects page on the SCDSB website: community/community_connects.

High school information events for Grade 8 students Is your child starting Grade 9 next year? High school information events will take place in person this winter! Student leaders and staff at the school will give an overview of what’s new and what to expect. Learn about courses offered, as well as information about teams and clubs. Please visit the SCDSB website at to find details on your high school’s info night, and contact the school directly for more information.


The SCDSB board-wide electronic applications for the Grade 1 FI program for all sites will open Friday, Dec. 1 at 9 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15. Entry into the FI program is determined through a digitally randomized lottery system. To learn more, visit the SCDSB website: talId=210982&pageId=12587752.


Subscribe to Kindergarten Connections!

Will your child be turning four in 2024? If so, the SCDSB invites you to Kindergarten Connections! This is a monthly enewsletter informing families of everything they need to know about preparing their child for school, as well as registering them for Kindergarten in the SCDSB. To learn more and subscribe, visit the Kindergarten page on the SCDSB website: planning_for_school/kindergarten. 


Grade 1 French Immersion information

The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) offers French Immersion (FI) at select schools throughout Simcoe County beginning in Grade 1. The goal of the FI program is to enable students to communicate in French with a high level of proficiency, enabling them to function with ease in both French and English. Upon graduation from the program, students will communicate in French with confidence in a wide variety of real-life situations. 


Parents’ Guide to Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting Learn to navigate the world of assessment, evaluation, and reporting with this new guide for parents/guardians. Created to support parents’/guardians’ understanding of assessment, this guide was designed to effectively empower you to actively engage in your child's educational journey. The guide has been posted to the Simcoe County District School Board’s website and can be accessed at


Is bedtime stressing you out? Kids need 10-12 hours of sleep every night but sometimes getting them to bed can be challenging. You can help create a regular sleep schedule for your child by setting a clear bedtime and sticking to the same time every night. Start getting ready an hour before bed; turn off the TV, computers, and phones. Spend quality time talking or reading stories to help them unwind. Agree on how many you’ll read before you start! Keep their room dark, cool, and quiet - a nightlight is fine. Remember, making sure your child gets enough rest will help improve their mood, behaviour, and ability to learn. For more bedtime tips, contact Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 to speak with a public health nurse. Visit for more information.


Math @Home parent and caregiver series It’s back! The SCDSB math team is pleased to offer three virtual sessions for parents and caregivers of SCDSB students. These sessions will focus on practical and fun ways to support children with their mathematics learning and engagement at home. The first 200 registrants will receive a Math @Home kit of resources to use at home. Participants must pre-register for each of the sessions.


Tips for engaging in math conversations with your child @Home Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024, 7 to 8 p.m. This session is for parents and caregivers and will explore opportunities to discuss math with their child(ren) at home. Participants will learn about how events such as shopping, preparing food, engaging in a building project, or going for a walk can be used as a starting point for math conversations, and will receive prompts to get the discussion rolling. The guided portion of the session will be 45 minutes in length. During the final 15 minutes, the math team will be available to answer questions about the session.


Games to support your child’s math learning @Home Thursday, April 4, 2024, 7 to 8 p.m. This session is for parents, caregivers, and their children. Playing games at home is a great way to support child(ren)’s math development. In this session, several games will be explored, and participants will have the opportunity to try the games with their children during the session. The guided portion of the session will be 45 minutes in length followed by 15 additional minutes for further game play or to ask questions of our math facilitators. Bring your child(ren) and your math kit to this session! Participants must pre-register for the sessions they wish to attend. Registered participants will receive a kit of hands-on resources that will be sent to the school indicated on the registration form. Use this link to register:


Exploring the new SCDSB family math resources Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024, 7 to 8 p.m. This session is for parents and caregivers. Join members of the SCDSB math team for a guided exploration of the new SCDSB family math resources. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the resources that are available to support their child’s math learning at home. The guided portion of the session will be 45 minutes in length. During the final 15 minutes, the math team will be available to answer questions about the resources available.


Join us! A learning series for parents/guardians with Pine River Institute Mental health and well-being continues to be a key strategic priority within the SCDSB. We are pleased to continue our partnership with the Centre for Family Initiatives at Pine River Institute (CFI@PRI) to provide several curated learning sessions focused on student mental health and well-being to SCDSB families. These webinars are specifically planned for parents/guardians and other caregivers during this school year. Jan. 11, 2024 Sleep hygiene Feb. 8, 2024 Self regulation for kids Feb. 22, 2024 Self regulation for teens March 28, 2024 Building parents' resiliency April 18, 2024 Vaping, weed, and alcohol We hope you save these dates in your calendar and join us for these learning opportunities. For more information and to register, please visit the SCDSB website: Pine River Institute is a live-in treatment centre and outdoor leadership experience for youth aged 13 to 19 struggling with addictive behaviours and often other mental health issues. Combining therapy with a fully-accredited education program, PRI reinforces the healthy life skills required for a successful future. CFI@PRI extends PRI’s knowledge, experience and evidence-informed treatment approach to families and care providers in the community to support youth mental wellness and prevent the need for more intensive interventions. Learn more about PRI by visiting their website at 


School playground structures are closed for the winter Every winter, school playground structures are closed. Students are made aware of this during school hours through announcements and staff reminders during breaks. This may not be well known throughout the community, despite signs indicating that playground structures are a winter hazard and are closed. The Canadian Standards Association regulations make recommendations for the depth of ground cover required to minimize injuries (e.g., sand, pea gravel or wood chips). These surfaces cannot be maintained when the ground freezes. Injuries from falling would be more significant on frozen ground. We strongly recommend that you do not allow your children to play on any structures while the ground is frozen. 


Head lice treatment and prevention Anyone can get head lice. Having head lice does not mean a person is unclean or lives in a dirty home. While they are a nuisance, head lice do not spread disease or cause illness. Head lice spreads easily, especially where people are in close contact and are very common among school-aged children or children in childcare. Head lice spreads through direct hair-to-hair contact or indirectly by sharing hats, combs, hairbrushes, and headphones. To help prevent the spread of head lice, it’s important to educate students about avoiding head-to-head contact and discourage sharing combs, hairbrushes, tuques, hats, or hair accessories. Parents/guardians, caregivers, and families can visit Topics/PP2B/RaisingChildren/YourGrowingChild/HeadLice for more information about head lice treatment and prevention. Or call Health Connection at 1-877-721-7520 to speak to a public health nurse. Information provided by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit 


Did you know it’s illegal to vape or smoke anywhere on school property, inside the school or outside within 20m of school property, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year? The law applies to everyone on school property, students, staff, and visitors. It also means it is illegal to vape or smoke on school athletic fields during afterhours activities or vape or smoke in school washrooms. There is a fine of $305for vaping or smoking on school property. But why do youth vape at school? Vapes contain nicotine, which is a highly addictive drug. Nicotine addiction is extremely powerful, develops quickly, and youth may not realize they are addicted. Once addicted, they need nicotine regularly or they will experience withdrawal, making it hard to get through the school day. Help them take back control – there are supports to help youth quit! Talk to your child about vaping, they listen more than you think. Learn more at Information provided by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit


Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions is seeking compassionate and skilled professionals with specialized experience to apply to become foster care providers The goal of this program is to meet the needs of youth through a therapeutically supported parenting approach within a structured environment, where they are supported and guided by a multi-disciplinary treatment team. The youth will remain, or become connected to, their family/kin/community whenever possible. Treatment services will be individualized based on the needs of the youth, and the knowledge of those who know the youth best in collaboration with community partners. This will allow youth to reside in a family-based setting and remain in their home community of Simcoe Muskoka, staying connected to important relationships and supports that may already be in place. The homes approved under this strategy are designed to create clinically informed care plans that will support the youth directly, in addition to the continued support of their care providers. Youth will be supported by a multi-disciplinary team and will be available to implement and design parenting and support to address the needs of the youth. Compensation packages will be offered to experienced foster care providers, as well as clinical support to both care providers and youth. If you or someone you know is looking for more information or would like to apply, contact Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions by email at [email protected] or call 705-716.4664. Information provided by Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions


Dear Boyne Families,

Carolling on Monday, Dec. 18th, 6:30pm until 7:15pm • Not Mandatory for any students or classes. • Each Primary class will have a song that they're welcome to sing on stage (outside) that evening. • We will also have any Talent Show Participants that would like to perform for families that night available. • Free Hot Chocolate and Marshmallows -- Feel free to bring a mug, paper cups will be available. Last Week In School Carolling: Monday (12 and 2:25pm), Wednesday (9:50am, 2:25pm) and Friday (9:50am, 12pm). • classes will come down and sing a variety of Holiday Songs • talent show participants will perform at a couple different times throughout. • a schedule for talent show participants will be provided by the end of this week so families can attend.