School News

Technology & You

posted Feb 9, 2018, 5:42 AM by Mark Cann

We’re challenging you to connect by disconnecting!

With Family Day coming up on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, it’s a great time to take a break from technology and put down your device. Families can explore our wellness tips and Technology & You resources at www.hdsb.ca or by following the hashtag #TECHandU on Twitter.

Technology and You!

posted Jan 8, 2018, 12:19 PM by Carolyn Lewis

Did your child get new technology over the holidays? This is a great opportunity to talk with your child about social media and cyberbullying, about the privacy settings on their device, and to "T.H.I.N.K." before they share or post. Parents, check out our Technology & You online resources at www.hdsb.ca or by following the hashtag #TECHandU on Twitter.

*Is it True, Helpful, Inclusive, Necessary, Kind?

Happy New Year!

posted Jan 8, 2018, 12:06 PM by Carolyn Lewis

We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends.  We welcome our students back and look forward to working with them as they continue to work hard on achieving their goals.  We want to remind our community about out safety rules, particularly as students are dropped off and picked up from school.  We appreciate your respect of the rules and signage in our Kiss 'n Ride loop, your awareness and respect of our cross walk duty teachers at the entrance of the parking lot, and ensuring your children are picked up and dropped off at the appropriate entrance/exit doors.  Thank you for your patience and diligence with regard to safety of students at Florence Meares.  We wish you all the best for the new year!

Holiday Concert

posted Nov 28, 2017, 1:39 PM by Carolyn Lewis

Students and staff are working hard preparing for our annual Holiday Concert. Performances will be Dec. 7, 2017 at 1:35 pm. and 7:00 pm. This year our Primary, Junior and Intermediate Choirs will be performing as well as our Grade 1- 5 students and our Intermediate Band. In order to provide the best experience for family members attending the Holiday Concert and safety considerations, we ask each family to please consider limiting guests to 2 people. Please take the following into consideration: choose either the 1:35 pm or 7:00 pm performance, consider attending the afternoon performance to alleviate numbers in the evening, FM students will have seen the concert at school and therefore, we ask they do not attend in the evening, if you are not attending the evening concert, please drop your performer off at 6:45 pm. They will be supervised by their teacher and we anticipate the concert concluding at 8:15 pm. Teachers will communicate their drop/pickup location. Thank you very much for your cooperation as we aim to provide the best experience possible for families.

Congratulations!

posted Oct 16, 2017, 9:32 AM by Carolyn Lewis   [ updated Oct 16, 2017, 9:34 AM ]

FM was awarded School of the Year, Burlington by Halton Food for Thought for our Healthy Snack Program.  FM offers all of our students a healthy snack option each day and this program would not be possible without our amazing parent and student volunteers who assist us in ensuring our healthy snack bins are filled and delivered to each classroom.  We would like to thank our School Council, in particular Mrs. Bowers, who coordinates the program. These words were shared upon receiving our award,  “The healthy bin program at Florence Meares is providing more that healthy food to their students each day.  They are providing a sense of teamwork, friendship, cooperation, community, and belonging.  It’s a program designed to support students success in every way possible!” Congratulations, FM!

Welcome Back!

posted Aug 30, 2017, 12:38 PM by Carolyn Lewis   [ updated Aug 30, 2017, 12:42 PM ]

I hope that you have all had a wonderful summer with your families and friends! I would like to welcome our new Vice Principal, Mr. Stephen Breckels, to our Florence Meares community.  I know Mr. Breckels will enjoy working with our FM students and families and  I look forward to continuing to work with all of our new and returning families this year.  I am also delighted to welcome our students to a new school year here at Florence Meares Public School-a year full of promise and opportunity! Engage in opportunities offered to you to develop your talents and skills so that you will learn, grow, succeed and develop a strong sense of belonging and pride as a student of Florence Meares Public School. Parents can help their children in a variety of ways at the beginning of a new school year. Encourage your children to make new friends. Have a regular routine at home that includes time for homework and reflecting on the day. Please take the time to review the procedures and School Code of Conduct outlined in the front of your child’s student agenda. Be patient with your children as they adapt to their new schedule and routines. With your cooperation and support, I look forward to a very exciting and productive year. We also look forward to our future as a school with enthusiasm and optimism. We welcome all the new students, families and staff members that have joined us this year. Together, we can make this an extraordinary year at Florence Meares Public School.

Class Organizations

We have had a very busy time in the office in the last few weeks with many new registrations to process. We will open our doors to greet 625 students and over 60 staff members this week! There is a great energy in the school and we look forward to the coming weeks as we all settle in for the school year. Within the first few weeks of school, we need to keep in mind that student placements and teacher assignments can change if we need to reorganize. This is based on our registration numbers, class size requirements and staffing. If there are any changes with classes, we will communicate information and transition plans with those families that are affected as soon as we can. We ask that you keep this in mind when discussing class placements with your children. Class building, staffing, and reorganizations are the responsibility of schools. We understand that students and parents have preferences. However, this cannot be a consultative process and we do not make changes based on input and feedback from families at this time. We appreciate your cooperation and assistance in helping make any necessary transitions should we be required to reorganize. Building resilience in our young people is very important. Changes that come with a new school year are the perfect opportunity for us as adults to help them develop this skill. Maintaining a positive and optimistic outlook as adults always helps students as they adapt to change.

Class LIsts

Our class lists will be posted on the front door Friday, Sept. 1 after 4:00 pm. They can also be accessed online through our Florence Meares website.  You will need your child’s OEN number (found on their report card), to access their placement.  

First Day Procedures


The first day of school is Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017.  We welcome all of our students on our blacktop area of the school where teachers will be waiting to welcome their new classes beginning at 8:35.  A sign for each class will be posted on the building, in grade order, designating where students can gather. Our school hours remain the same this year.  Supervision begins at 8:35 am. and our school day begins at 8:50.  All students, except bus and day care students,  will be dismissed onto the blacktop at the end of each day at 3:10 pm.


Bussing


Bus students can find out information regarding eligibility and routes by clicking Halton Student Transportation on the Florence Meares or HDSB website. Questions regarding bussing should be directed to the Halton Student Transportation Service.


Parking Lot


Students are encouraged to walk or ride to school whenever possible.  For students driven to school, please use our Kiss ‘n ride drop off zone.  This zone is for drop off only and students should be dropped at the bottom of the drop zone next to the Kindergarten area to maintain consistency in the flow of traffic.  Students can then proceed to the blacktop area for entry. Cars are not to be left unattended in the drop zone area.  Parking is available on the street if you wish to walk your child onto school property.  In our continued effort to keep our students, staff, and community safe, it is very important for parents in cars to be cognizant of pedestrians and to be careful and follow all safety routines.  We appreciate your diligence in this regard.


Photo Day – September 18st!


Enjoy a Safe and Happy Summer!

posted Jun 27, 2017, 9:18 AM by Carolyn Lewis

We have come to the end of another wonderful school year here at Florence Meares School! It is a time to celebrate the learning and memories of many fun and exciting times throughout the year.  We have great students at FM and it is a pleasure to work with kids when they demonstrate so much enthusiasm, creativity, and spirit each day! We are also extremely grateful for our outstanding staff here at Florence Meares.  They are a dedicated and talented group of individuals who work together as a strong team to provide a multitude of exceptional opportunities for our students both academically and in the extra-curricular areas.  At FM, we are also very thankful to be able to work so closely with an active parent community.  Out School Council along with many other parent volunteers truly make the Florence Meares School experience special. Thank you to all of the people who make our school a great place to learn, grow, and succeed!  To all of our students moving on to new schools, we wish you all the very best as you continue on your journey.  Have a safe, healthy and happy summer!


The HDSB invites parents to complete the "Have Your Say" survey

posted May 15, 2017, 6:28 PM by Carolyn Lewis

In our effort to increase school effectiveness, the Halton District School Board is inviting your participation in a new online survey for parents – the Have Your Say survey. As our partner in education, your input is valued and appreciated. We recognize your involvement is critical to student success which is why we’re sending this letter, inviting you to complete an online survey to tell us what you think about Florence Meares P.S. Parental input is valuable and appreciated. We are inviting parents to respond to questions related to their child’s school, such as: learning opportunities, communication, involvement in the school, technology use, equitable and inclusive learning environments, and transportation. The information gathered from the survey is being used to help our school continue to create a positive climate, to inform our School Improvement and Well-Being plans, and for parents to have a voice in creating a supportive community at Florence Meares P.S.


The survey is open to all parents of children in the Halton District School Board from May 1, 2017 until June 7, 2017. Your responses are anonymous and the questionnaire will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. There is no login or password required. To complete the survey, click on or copy this link: http://www.haveyoursayhdsb.ca/parentsguardian. This survey is also accessible using a mobile device.


Teacher Appreciation Week Thank you!

posted May 15, 2017, 6:14 PM by Carolyn Lewis

All staff would like to extend a warm and sincere thank you to our Florence Meares community for an amazing week of surprise appreciations.  Staff were welcomed to a beautifully decorated staff room and thoughtfully decorated bulletin boards filled with expressions of appreciation from students, parents and community members.  Each day during the week of May 1, staff were surprised with treats including smoothies, selections of candy and hot chocolate, and delicious ice cream sundaes! On Friday, each staff member received a pine tree seedling with a booklet filled with notes of appreciation and thanks from students which were graciously received by all!  THANK YOU to all of our community members for your thoughtful contributions and a sincere thank you to School Council team who worked so hard to co-ordinate such a special week!  

Family Health and Wellness Night

posted Feb 24, 2017, 2:34 PM by Carolyn Lewis

Our FM School Council is hosting a Family Wellness Night on Thursday, March 2 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. This exciting event is to promote healthy families through workshops including physical fitness, nutrition, and awareness around the connection between physical and mental wellness.  Families will have the opportunity to sign up for four sessions around these various topics.  The evening is free of charge and has been funded by the PRO (Parents Reaching Out) Grant from the Ministry of Education.  We are excited to learn together about active, healthy lifestyles that keep our minds and body well!  We look forward to seeing our FM families on March 2!

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