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Orillia Learning Centre teams up with community partners for 8th Annual Winter Coat Drivehttp://www.thelearningcentres.com/about-us/news/school-news/9Orillia Learning Centre teams up with community partners for 8th Annual Winter Coat Drive<p>​​</p><p>The Orillia Learning Centre is teaming up with the Simcoe Alternative SS (Orillia Campus) and the Champlain Seniors Service Club, in partnership with Fabricare Cleaning Center (Orillia), to kick off their 8th Annual Winter Coat Drive. Donations of gently used winter coats can be dropped off from Oct. 16 to Nov. 30 during regular business hours at the following locations:   </p><p>   • Learning Centre, Orillia Campus - 575 West St. S., Unit 15, Orillia<br>   • Fabricare Cleaning Center - 36 Front St. S., Orillia<br>   • Wihlidal Family Chiropractic - 349 West St. N., Orillia </p><p>All coats will be cleaned prior to distribution. Coats are needed in all sizes (infant, child, teen and adult), but especially for small children and men’s large. Please note that fur or leather coats cannot be accepted because of specialized cleaning requirements.   <br><br>All donated winter coats will be distributed at no charge to Learning Centre students, Simcoe Alternative SS students and to Orillia and area residents Dec. 1 – 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Orillia Learning Centre. Remaining coats will be donated to community resource affiliates.   <br><br>View the <a href="http://www.scdsb.on.ca/About%20Us/News%20Documents/CoatDrive2017.pdf">coat drive poster</a>.  <br><br><em>Information: </em><br><em>Bev Burton</em><br><em>Learning Centre, Orillia                                           </em><br><em>705-325-9279 ext. 45628  ​</em></p>
8th Annual Winter Coat Drive Coming Soon. Community Partnerships Work!http://www.thelearningcentres.com/about-us/news/school-news/58th Annual Winter Coat Drive Coming Soon. Community Partnerships Work!<p>​</p><p>Our 8th Annual Winter Coat Drive is coming soon! We will begin  collecting coats from October 16 through November 30, 2017 at the Orillia Learning Centre.  Coats will be collected and distributed to Orillia and surrounding communities!  More information to follow...​​​​</p>
Personal Support Worker (PSW) Programs scheduled to begin in December 2017http://www.thelearningcentres.com/about-us/news/school-news/7Personal Support Worker (PSW) Programs scheduled to begin in December 2017<p>​Attend a PSW Information Session! </p><p>Oct 10/17 or Nov 1/17 - Bradford Learning Centre (1:30pm) <br></p><p>Oct 12/17 or Nov 3/17 - Alliston Learning Centre (1:30pm) <br></p><p>Nov 9/17 - Barrie Learning Centre (5:30pm) <br></p><p>Programs starting in December in <strong>Barrie </strong>and <strong>Alliston </strong>(enrollment dependent)<br></p>
Night School Registration 2017/2018 Now Open for Semester 2http://www.thelearningcentres.com/about-us/news/school-news/6Night School Registration 2017/2018 Now Open for Semester 2<p>​​Night School registration for semester 2 now open. ​For complete details find the 2017/2018 night school registration form on the <a href="/Pages/Night-School.aspx">Night School page</a>​ of our website.</p>
Ministry of Education seeks online engagement regarding implementation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Policy Frameworkhttp://www.thelearningcentres.com/about-us/news/board-news/72Ministry of Education seeks online engagement regarding implementation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Policy Framework<div>​​The Ontario Ministry of Education is working with researchers to gather feedback and input to inform the development of the Third Progress Report on the implementation of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Policy Framework.  <br><br>Students, parents/guardians and families, teaching and nonteaching staff, Indigenous communities, organizations and partners, and school boards are invited to participate in an online survey and/or online focus groups to capture successes and help to identify promising practices and opportunities to provide further support to enhance the achievement and well-being of Indigenous students.   <br><br>Third Progress Report - <a href="https://sondages.outsidesoft.com/Engine/Default.aspx?surveyID=6A64A645-0C53-4CFF-9495-6E1A5E830F36">English survey</a></div><div>Troisième Rapport D’Étape - <a href="https://sondages.outsidesoft.com/Engine/Default.aspx?surveyID=6A64A645-0C53-4CFF-9495-6E1A5E830F36&idlang=FR">French survey​</a>  <br><br></div><div>It is important to note that:</div><div><ul><li>​​​Participation in this survey is voluntary.  </li><li>This survey is confidential. That means that all answers will be combined anonymously (without any identifying information) with the answers received from other participants. No one who sees the answers will be able to link them to any individual person.   </li><li>Anyone can stop doing this survey at any time without any repercussions.</li></ul></div><div>All stakeholders are invited to participate in the online focus groups. To participate, RSVP to thirdprogressreport@gmail.com indicating which session you would like to attend. Please note that while we will make efforts to accommodate everyone spaces are limited to 10-12 people per session on a first come, first served basis.  <br><br></div><div><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Students</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Parents/Guardians</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Teaching/Non-Teaching Staff</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Indigenous Organizations & Partners</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Tuesday, May 23 </p><p style="text-align:center;">8-9pm EST (English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Monday, June 12 7:30-8:30 pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, May 25 6-7pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 1   2-3pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 1   7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 15 7-8 pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 1</p><p style="text-align:center;">7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Friday, June 2</p><p style="text-align:center;">2-3pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Monday, June 19   7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Wednesday, June 21</p><p style="text-align:center;">7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 15 7-8 pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 8    2-3pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Monday, June 19   7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;"> (French)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Monday, June 26</p><p style="text-align:center;">7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(French)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Tuesday, June 20</p><p style="text-align:center;">7-8 pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(French)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Tuesday, June 27</p><p style="text-align:center;">7-8 pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(French)​</p></td></tr></tbody></table><br></div><div><br></div><div>The Indigenous Education Office of the Ministry of Education would be pleased to respond to any questions you may have regarding the process of engagement and data collection to inform the development of the Third Progress Report. Please send any questions directly to Jennifer Feasby, Manager Education Policy and Programs Unit (Jennifer.Feasby@ontario.ca).<br><br><br></div><div><br></div>
Netflix series 13 Reasons Why – information for parents/guardianshttp://www.thelearningcentres.com/about-us/news/board-news/71Netflix series 13 Reasons Why – information for parents/guardians<div>​​Recently there has been significant media coverage of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. The show is a fictional account of one teen’s suicide and the factors leading to it.  <br><br>The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) has advised staff that they are not to use the series as a teaching tool. This decision is based upon the advice of mental health professionals from across the province, who have stated that the material is graphic and potentially triggering for vulnerable young people. While the themes in this series may not pose a risk or potential harm to most students, for those struggling with mental health issues and/or suicide ideation, this series includes graphic content, glamourizes suicidal behaviours and portrays helpers (school guidance counsellors) in a negative way.  <br><br>We recognize that your children may watch the series on their own. If they do, we encourage you to talk with them about their thoughts and feelings. The SCDSB has supports in place for students and staff, and there are many community resources you can access as well. More information and contact details are available on the <a href="http://www.scdsb.on.ca/Programs/Safe-and-Healthy-Schools/Pages/Mental-Health.aspx">SCDSB website​</a>.  <br><br>The National Association of School Psychologists has also developed <a href="http://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/school-safety-and-crisis/preventing-youth-suicide/13-reasons-why-netflix-series-considerations-for-educators">information regarding the series​</a>. You may also find this helpful in discussions with your children about suicide and mental health.   <br><br>If you have questions or concerns please contact your principal.</div><div><br></div>