From the Principal’s Desk – Jan 24, 2013

Primary Lunchroom

Due to overcrowding in the primary lunchroom we have been trying out different options.  We have set up tables and benches in the hallway for some students to sit on and eat their lunch.  This does not impact the traffic flow for students using the washroom, or for students to evacuate the basement in an emergency.  We will continue to look for more long term options, which we hope to implement in the spring.

A Message from Public Health Office

Dear Parents /Caregivers:

Re: Update on the 2012-2013 Toronto Outbreak Season

The 2012-2013 influenza (flu) season is upon us. Influenza has hit early with a large number of lab-confirmed cases reported to Toronto Public Health. A number of other viruses that cause coughs and colds are also circulating in Toronto. In addition, norovirus, a common cause of vomiting and diarrhea, is also being seen in Toronto.

There are a number of steps you and your family can take to help prevent the spread of influenza, other viruses that cause coughs and colds, and viruses that cause vomiting and diarrhea, such as norovirus. These include:

  • Get your flu shot: Influenza immunization is the most effective way to prevent influenza illness.
  • Clean your hands: Clean hands frequently using alcohol-based hand rubs (with a minimum of 70% alcohol). If hands are visibly dirty, they should be cleaned with soap and water.
  • Cover your cough: Use a tissue or cough/sneeze into your sleeve.
  • Anyone who becomes ill should stay home from work or school.

For more information about seasonal influenza and the flu vaccine, please visit the Toronto Public Health website at: http://www.toronto.ca/health/cdc/factsheets/influenza_factsheet.htm.

For more information about norovirus, please visit: http://www.toronto.ca/health/cdc/factsheets/pdf/fs_norovirus.pdf

If you have additional questions please contact Toronto Health Connection (416-338-7600).

Sincerely,

Dr. Barbara Yaffe
Director, Communicable Disease Control and Associate Medical Officer of Health

Upcoming Dates

  • January 24th – 7:00 pm – Grade 7 Extended French Information Meeting
  • January 25th – PA Day – school closed
  • January 29th – Cardboard Boat Races
  • January 31st – Grade 7 Extended French application deadline
  • February 1st – Grade 9 Optional Attendance due
  • February 6th – Connected Parenting Workshop
  • February 11th – Term One Report Card sent home
  • February 13th – 3:30 pm Safe Schools Committee
  • February 13th – 6:45 pm Education Committee

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