Kindergarten Registration Begins in February!

Registration for all TDSB Kindergarten programs begins in February. We look forward to welcoming you and your child at our school in September! 

To attend Junior Kindergarten in September, children must turn four-years-old by December 31. To register for Senior Kindergarten, children must be five-years-old by December 31. You may choose to register in person at the school or begin the process online. 

For more information about the Kindergarten program and registration requirements, please visit www.tdsb.on.ca/kindergarten. 

We will update this page with more information regarding the process at McMurrich in the near future. Thank you.

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Recess During Cold Weather

As you all know we are encouraging our students to "Dress for Success" as it relates to our outdoor play priorities. We want our students to play in the many ways they do during their recess times!

Elementary school students are kept indoors for recess and lunch times for a number of weather conditions such as heavy rain, lightning in the area, extreme winds and extreme cold. When temperature and wind chill measure -28C or lower, students are kept indoors. Recesses and lunch hour may be shortened if the temperature and wind chill reading is between -20C and -28C.

Don't forget that our three guiding questions for our OPAL initiative for our students are:

1) Is it safe?

2) Is it fun?

3) Are you being inclusive?

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Winter Weather and Student Transportation

From time to time, it may be necessary to cancel student transportation, classes and/or programs due to severe weather. On rare occasions, severe weather makes it necessary to close schools, administrative offices or sites. 

With approximately 246,000 students in our schools and sites each day, any decision to cancel buses, classes and/or programs or to close sites can have a significant impact on thousands of families across Toronto. This decision is not taken lightly. When schools remain open on days with inclement weather, parents/guardians make the final decision on whether to send their children to school and they can keep children home from school if they so choose. 

Should a cancellation or closure be necessary, information will be posted on the TDSB website, TDSB social media and provided to local media by 6 a.m. For more information, please see the TDSB's Procedure for Severe Weather: http://www.tdsb.on.ca/About-Us/Detail/docId/242 

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Stay Healthy During Flu Season 

Flu season is here again. Ontarians are encouraged to avoid getting sick this flu season by getting their annual flu shot. 

Toronto Public Health is recommending that whenever students and staff experience flu-like symptoms, they are sent home and do not return to school until they are no longer infectious to others. Therefore, ill students and staff should be symptom-free (especially from vomiting and diarrhea) for at least 48 hours before returning to school. 

The primary concern is for the health and safety of all students and staff. Please note that no special measures are required when there is a case of influenza in a school or daycare. However, everyone should do their part to stop the spread of the flu. As parents, you can also assist by:

- reminding children to wash their hands often especially after using the washroom and before and after eating;

- reminding children to cover their sneeze and cough; 

- watching for symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, and/or high fever;

- informing the school if your child is ill;

- keeping your child at home when he/she is ill. 

For more information, please visit the Toronto Public Health website www.toronto.ca/health, contact your family doctor, or Telehealth Ontario. 1-866-797-0000

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Possible New Students at McMurrich?

Our School is classified as "Closed". Thank you for your interest, but we are unable to accept students on optional attendance at this time.

Students who reside within the City of Toronto have the right to attend a school which is designated to serve their residential address. The "Find Your School" section of the website identifies the designated schools for each residential address. Students also have the opportunity to access schools outside of the school that is designated to serve their residential address by applying on optional attendance. Acceptance at these schools is subject to space availability and program suitability. The procedures, conditions and timelines relating to optional attendance are described in the Optional Attendance Policy and the Optional Attendance Operational Procedure Each year in December, schools are classified as limited or closed to optional attendance based on the space they have available for the upcoming school year. A school classified as limited can accept students on optional attendance. A limited school is not obliged to accept all students who apply on optional attendance. Acceptance is conditional upon space being available in the appropriate grade and program. A school classified as closed cannot accept any students on optional attendance. Only students residing within the school's attendance area will be accepted. If a school is classified as limited, and you are interested in applying to that school, please contact the school's principal. Please note that the optional attendance status is updated every December for admission in September of the coming school year. Many schools that are limited have their available spaces filled in the spring. Please confirm if a limited school has space available by calling the school directly.



LEAVING SCHOOL AT LUNCH

We have a number of older students who have notes to leave the school property at 11:30. If that is what you are choosing for your child to do, please note that they cannot simply hang around outside on school property or in other areas of the school without supervision, instead of being with their peers. From now on if a child is leaving the school grounds with their guardian’s permission at 11:30 they will be expected to be off the school property until we can supervise them properly at 11:50.  If a student returns to school earlier than the 11:50 bell, they are expected to follow school rules and join the rest of our students.  There are no in and out privileges.


SNOWBALLS and SNOW FORTS

When the snow comes back to McMurrich, our students will have some new play choices to engage in. Our grade 1-6 students WILL be allowed to throw snow this year IN A DESIGNATED AREA at the back of our school yard near the baseball diamond screen (the north-east corner). If children want to throw snow they will enter this area at their own risk. There will likely be snow flying all over the place! Having this designated Snowball Area at the back of yard will make it impossible for our students to “accidentally” venture through the zone. If you don’t want your child to play in this part of the yard please make it clear to them as they will be responsible for their choice to enter or stay out of the new Snowball Area. This zone will be marked off with our new pylons that are marked differently and in a distinct manner (they have been spray painted and have clear reflective tops) . Snow balls will not be allowed outside of this area.

Students will also be allowed to build snow forts anywhere they choose. We all know that castle-building, and the like, can also lead to some great play!


MUD KITCHENS

McMurrich is starting a drive for any of your old unwanted kitchen items so that our children can play with them outside as part of our OPAL Play. We do not want any sharp items, but we are looking for a wide range of other things you may use in a kitchen. Whisks, wooden spoons, pots and pans, and cookie sheets would all be examples of things that we would love for our students to have. Please drop off any such items in our OPAL DONATION BOX in the hallway by the front entrance. Thank you!


WINTER WEATHER AND STUDENT TRANSPORTATION

From time to time, it may be necessary to cancel student transportation, classes and/or programs due to severe weather. On rare occasions, severe weather makes it necessary to close schools, administrative offices or sites.

With approximately 246,000 students in 582 schools, any decision to cancel buses, classes and/or programs or to close sites can have a significant impact on thousands of families across Toronto. This decision is not taken lightly. When schools remain open on days with inclement weather, parents/guardians make the final decision on whether to send their children to school and they can keep children home from school if they so choose.

Should a cancellation or closure be necessary, information will be posted on the TDSB web site, TDSB social media and provided to local media by 6 a.m. For more information, please see the TDSB’s Procedure for Severe Weather: http://www.tdsb.on.ca/About-Us/Detail/docId/242

STAY HEALTHY

Flu season is here again. In Canada, flu season tends to run between October and April. The Ontario government is encouraging Ontarians to avoid getting sick this flu season by getting their annual flu shot.

Toronto Public Health is recommending that whenever students and staff experience flu-like symptoms, they are sent home and do not return to school until they are no longer infectious to others. Therefore, ill students and staff should be symptom-free (especially from vomiting and diarrhea) for at least 48 hours before returning to school.

The primary concern is for the health and safety of all students and staff. Please note that no special measures are required when there is a case of influenza in a school or daycare. However, everyone should do their part to stop the spread of the flu. As parents, you can also assist by:
- reminding children to wash their hands often especially after using the washroom and before and after eating;
- reminding children to cover their sneeze and cough;
- watching for symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, and/or high fever; and
- keeping your child at home when he/she is ill.
 

For more information, please visit the Toronto Public Health website www.toronto.ca/health, contact your family doctor, or Telehealth Ontario. 1-866-797-0000.



Safe Arrival Program 


One measure of keeping students safe is ensuring students have safely arrived at school. If your child is going to be late or absent for any reason, it is important that you contact the office immediately and report the reason for the absence. 

At the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) we have an automated call-out system that will attempt to contact you if your child is late or absent on the day where the school was not previously informed. 

The system call-out will work as follows: 

Parents/guardians identified in TDSB's Student Information Systems who has access to student records, and emergency contact with priority 1 or 2 will receive a call.

When you receive the call, you are required to listen to the entire message and follow the prompts accordingly.

You will be asked if you are aware or unaware of your child's absence.

If unaware, you will be asked to call the school immediately.

If you are aware of the absence, you will be asked to enter the reason for your child's absence. The following options will be provided for you:
- Illness;
- Doctor Appointment;
- Dentist Appointment;
- Family Matter;
- Weather;
- Other.

At the end of the message, you will have to press 2 to confirm you received the message. 

If you do not confirm receipt, you will receive a call on your mobile phone. 

If there is no response from a Priority 1 contact, this same process will be followed for Priority 2 contacts. 

If there is no contact with either Priority 1 or Priority 2, this entire process will be repeated 3 times in 10 minute intervals.

In the evening, all parents/guardians of students who were late that day will receive a call informing them of their child's tardiness. 

With this in mind, it is important that your contact information on file at the office is current and up-to-date. Please let the office know immediately if your contact information changes at any time throughout the school year. 

We recognize that regular attendance is essential to the safety, academic success, and well-being of all students. Thank you for your continued cooperation to keep your child safe and accounted for.

For more information please visit www.tdsb.on.ca and search safe arrival program.


SUCCESSFUL PLAY?! SUCCESSFUL DAY! 

Rainy Days:

As part of our OPAL initiative, we are moving towards having our children outside during all weather conditions while following the TDSB guidelines. This will be particularly true during the morning entry time. As long as it isn't too hot, if it is raining lightly, students will remain outside. Please be sure to dress appropriately for the weather. You may also want to send an extra clothing for your child so if they fall, or get wet, we don't need to call you for dry clothes. Thank you.


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For the TDSB calendar please check out http://www.tdsb.on.ca/About-Us/Calendar


Have you checked out the McMurrich Calendar? It is new and improved! :)


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Please remember that if my door is open you are most welcome to come on in! We firmly believe in the old proverb "It takes a village to raise a child." Thank you for your support.



Indoor Shoes and Outdoor Clothing:

As the warmer weather arrives we just wanted to send out a quick note to remind all students to ensure they continue to please bring a pair of indoor shoes to leave at school.  Students will be outdoors for both the recess periods and the lunch period and will be more comfortable if they are dressed for the weather. 

As part of our outdoor play focus we will be going outside to play in light rain in the near future as well. Extra clothing in a bag for your child may be most helpful.




Safety in the Halls:

Just a quick reminder to please check in at the school office before you go to visit any classrooms.  We want to ensure that our students are safe in all areas of the school and it really helps when the office is aware of any and all visitors in the school.  We will have visitor stickers arriving soon that will help us to identify unknown adults in the building who have not signed in with the office.

  • Please call the school office or send a note if you would like to make an appointment to meet with a staff member. 
  • If you have any items that you need to deliver to students during the school day, please bring them to the office and we will call students to pick them up. 
  • If students are late, please bring them to the office for a late slip.  If the student needs someone to walk them up to class, we will call up to the rooms and have partners meet them in the office.   
  • We are also asking that parents do not enter the school with entry lines in the morning.  We know that morning good byes can be tough but we would really appreciate your support with this.

Thank you for being willing to work together to keep the students at McMurrich safe.


Anaphylaxis – Taking the Necessary Precautions:

Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that can be life threatening. This medical condition can cause a severe reaction to specific foods or other materials, and can result in death within minutes. Although foods such as peanuts, milk, eggs, and sesame seeds are the most common cause of anaphylaxis, insect stings, medicine, or latex can also cause a reaction. In recent years, anaphylaxis has increased dramatically among students. The TDSB is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy learning environment for all students and works with Toronto Public Health and other partners to ensure the successful implementation of Sabrina's Law, which came into effect on January 1, 2006.

Sabrina's Law requires every school board to establish and maintain an anaphylactic policy that includes strategies to reduce the risk of exposure to anaphylactic causative agents in classrooms and common school areas. The TDSB has procedures for the prevention and management of anaphylactic reactions.

Although this may or may not affect your child’s class directly, we want to raise awareness about this life-threatening condition. Students who have severe allergies to such food substances are exposed to a severe health risk when such products are consumed in their environment or shared with them. As prevention is the best approach, we ask that you speak with your child about not sharing their snacks or lunches with other students and please do not send any snacks or lunches with your child that contain peanuts.

If your child has health problems of any kind, please inform your child’s teacher or office staff immediately so that the necessary health protection steps may be taken and to ensure everyone’s co-operation for a safe learning environment.

Whether you are living with the allergy yourself, caring for someone who is, or concerned about people in your community, more information about life threatening allergies is available on the Anaphylaxis Canada’s web site at http://www.anaphylaxis.org/ or by calling 416-785-5666. More information about anaphylaxis will also be available at our Meet the Teacher Night.

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Many field trips and team events take place at McMurrich JPS so please watch for the forms!