Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Yom Kippur

To all families and staff who commemorate Yom Kippur, we would like to wish you and your families an easy fast.

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Yom Kippur is the Jewish Day of Atonement and the most solemn of the Jewish Holy Days. Before Yom Kippur, Jews perform the Kaparot atonement service. In the late afternoon they eat the pre-fast meal, followed by blessing their children, light a memorial candle as well as the holiday candles and go the synagogue for the Kol Nidrei service. In the course of Yom Kippur, five prayer services are held. People ask for forgiveness of their sins and forgive others of theirs. Jews refrain from all eating and drinking on this day. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

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As we start the 2018-2019 school year, we would like to remind and encourage families to consider walking or cycling with children to and from school.

There are many benefits to walking and/or cycling to school.

  • Improves student academic performance by making children more alert and better prepared to learn.
  • Contributes to the daily goal of 60 minutes of moderate or vigorous activity for children, improving their health and overall fitness.
  • Reduces traffic congestion and improves safety for everyone in school zones.
  • Promotes life-long habits that foster independence and active lifestyles, preparing children for their future.

For those who can’t walk or cycle to school every day, choosing active travel once, twice or a few days a week can still provide benefits. You can also consider parking a block away from the school and walking the rest of the way. Include active travel as part of your daily routine!

Sunday, September 09, 2018

To all those celebrating Rosh Hashanah, we would like to wish you and your families a very happy celebration.

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Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year and begins a solemn ten-day period of contemplation and selfexamination that ends with the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur.

Rosh Hashanah is the first of the High Holy Days, and the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve. Rosh Hashanah is a two-day celebration beginning on the first day of Tishrei - the first month of the Jewish lunar year. According to the Hebrew calendar, days begin at sundown. Hence Rosh Hashanah begins the evening before Rosh Hashanah day.

These High Holy Days are the most religious days of the year for many Jews, and is a time for reflection and atonement. Many families attend synagogue, praying for peace among nations, among peoples, and within themselves in the coming year. Many people have a special meal where blessings are recited over different symbolic dishes including apples, honey, dates, and pomegranates

Friday, September 07, 2018

School Council - Nominations and Elections

Are you interested in taking an active role in supporting your child?  Do you have an hour each month to share?  How about joining Fossil Hill's School Council?

We have both formal, elected roles and informal roles on School Council.  If you are interested in a formal, elected role, please complete the "School Council Nomination Form" in the "Book for Forms" each student took home the first day of school.  Completed Nomination Forms are due back next week.

Informally, all parents/guardians and community members are welcome to attend and participate in any School Council meeting.

Our first School Council meeting, for our elections, will take place on Tuesday, September 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Learning Commons.

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Friday, August 31, 2018

Morning Drop-off and Afternoon Pick-up Procedures:

Morning Drop-off:

Thank you for dropping your children off using our Kiss N’ Ride Loop at the front-south location.  Keeping your children safe is our number one priority.  Please help us by following the safety rules noted below. 

Kiss N’ Ride Safety Rules:
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·         Parents are to stay in the car - the staff on duty will help your child(ren) out of the car.  Have all backpacks within reach to help child(ren) exit your car quickly and safely. 

·         All students to exit on the passenger (right) side.

·         Follow the traffic slowly to the supervising staff before letting passengers out – this will facilitate an efficient traffic flow.

·         Leave 2 metres between you and the car in front.

·         No passing once you have entered the loop - wait patiently as there is just ONE lane for the Kiss N’ Ride zone.

·         NO PARKING anywhere inside the loop of the Kiss N’ Ride zone.

·         Drive slowly and with caution at all times.

The supervision of our Kiss N’ Ride is between 8:25 and - 8:40 a.m.   If you wish to walk your child(ren) into the school, please park your car on one of the side streets and cross at our supervised crosswalks.

Every morning, our staff take pleasure in welcoming our students with a warm smile!  With your cooperation, this Kiss N’ Ride will allow for a safe and efficient arrival zone for our students.  Thank you for your patience during your time in the Kiss N’ Ride Loop.


Afternoon Pick-up:

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The afternoon pick-up procedures are different from our morning Kiss N’ Ride.  Please help us by following the safety rules noted below when you are picking your child(ren) up at the end of the day.   

Afternoon Pick-up Safety Rules:
·        Kindergarten parents may enter the parking lot loop (west parking lot) prior to 3:00 p.m. (ensure your parking pass is visible).  NOTE: Please do not park in front of the caretaker entrance.

·        Kindergarten parents may exit the parking lot between 3:00 – 3:15 p.m. (wait until our supervising staff has cleared the cross-walk). 

·         At the end of the day, the front-south Loop is for the bus only – no other cars are permitted in this Loop.

·        All other parents must park on a side street and are not permitted to pick-up in the parking lot or front-south loop.

·         Drive slowly and with caution at all times as students are crossing the parking lot and streets.

·         All students and families must use the cross-walk.

·         At 3:15 p.m. the parking lot will re-open.

Thank you for your patience during both our morning and afternoon drop-off and pick-up.  If you choose to park on the side streets, ensure you park on the correct side of the street.   Please watch for our families walking to and from school, as we want everyone to be safe.  Furthermore, Police Officers and Parking Enforcement Agents continue to monitor school zones - they will ticket parked cars that are too close to the fire hydrant or opposite the flow of traffic. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to be in touch.

Yom Kippur

To all families and staff who commemorate Yom Kippur, we would like to wish you and your families an easy fast. Yom Kippur is the Jew...