Mundy's Bay November Newsletter 2023
Posted on 11/02/2023 


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 November 2023

Principal’s Message 

Welcome to November! 

It really is hard to believe that we are putting together the finishing touches on progress reports! Our staff and students have been extremely busy and the term has really flown by! 

This month we will take some time to remember those who have sacrificed so much to help make our country the best place in the world. Our Remembrance Day assembly will take place on Friday, 

November 10th, 2023.  

A reminder to all families that interviews are fast approaching. Thursday November 16th, 2023 is our scheduled “late” interview night, but you may sign up for your interview via the link sent out through school messenger at another time with your child’s teacher. We look forward to everyone coming in to meet and discuss their child’s progress and achievements so far this school year. 

Students should accompany parents to the interview, but we understand that some interviews may be too late for our kindergarten students. 


Chris Harding 



Important Upcoming Dates at Mundy’s Bay  


November 9

Grade 7 vaccination clinic; Domino’s Pizza night

November 10

Remembrance Day Assembly

November 13-17

Teacher Interviews- please book through the schoolinterviews link

November 17

PA Day

November 15-20

Scholastic Book Fair

November 21

French Immersion Information Night

November 27

Boston Pizza night





Remembrance Day  

Mundy’s Bay will be holding its Remembrance Day assembly Friday November 10 at 11:45. Parents are welcome to join us in the gym. 


Book Fair 

Our school’s Scholastic Book Fair is coming back! From November 15-20, discover new and bestselling titles coming right to our school. Bonus: Every purchase supports our school and helps to keep kids reading 

Terry Fox Walk 

Mundy's Bay Mariners had a terrific Terry Fox Walk this October and raised $946.95 to go towards Cancer researchA big thank you to our community for supporting this worthy cause. 


The Junior Division would like to thank our school community for supporting our cookie dough fundraiser. We would especially like to recognise Jillian in grade 7 who personally sold almost $700 worth of cookie dough. This goes a long way to help fund field trips for all our students this year. 

We will continue to sell popcorn this school year which also contributes to our field trip subsidizations. Thankyou again to all families who help us in this way. 

Our first field trip will be for Kindergarten and grades 3-5 students who are going to King's Wharf to see the pantomime of Peter Pan later this month. 


We have 2 Intermediate Division FUNDRAISERS coming up in November! 


From November 20th - December 8th many Intermediate students/families will be selling World's Finest Chocolates to help offset costs related to our Grade 7/8 year-end field trip, as well as learning programs throughout the year. NUT-FREE chocolate bar boxes will be sent home with students on Nov. 20th. The deal is you get THREE 31g bars for $5....yes, that's 3 bars for $5. There are 3 varieties to choose from...caramel, crisp or milk chocolate.  


Our 2nd Intermediate Fundraiser will be a ONE-NIGHT ONLY school-wide opportunity. We are asking all of our Mariner families to head out to our local Boston Pizza in Midland on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27th from 5pm-8pm. They will generously give us 10% of all food sales from that night, while some of our intermediate students will be shadowing BP staff and helping out with orders and serving! So families....mark Nov. 27th on your calendars and give yourself a night off from cooking dinner, to come out and support this fun and tasty event! 


Days of Awareness 2023-24 

Please see the board website for Days of Awareness for the 2023-24 school year 

November PA Day 
Please note that Friday, Nov. 17 is a PA Day for all SCDSB students. Please refer to the 2023-24 School Year Calendar on the SCDSB website for more information: 
Below is a summary of the activities planned for the Nov. 17 PA Day: 
Length: Full-day parent/guardian-student-teacher conferences 
Topic:    Communication to parents/guardians about student progress through  
                                                    parent/guardian-student-teacher conferences 
Host: Simcoe County District School Board elementary schools, including 
                                                    Grades 7 and 8 in Grade 7-12 secondary schools 
Presenter(s)/facilitator(s): Elementary educators 

Elementary educators will meet with students and parents/guardians to discuss student progress thus far this school year, including areas of strengths and next steps for improvement. 

Length: Full day  
Topic:    Multilingual learners; assessment, evaluation and reporting; school action and equity planning 

Host: Simcoe County District School Board 
Presenter(s)/facilitator(s): School board staff, school administrators, and school leads 


Educators will learn about using STEP assessment data to plan responsive instruction for their multilingual learners (ML), including the use of tools and resources to support learning. They will participate in collaborative discussions and tasks in small and large groups facilitated by school leaders and ML lead teachers. This learning was collaboratively planned by members of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion/Multilingual Learner team and the school-based ML leads to be responsive to the needs of the MLs in each school (100 minutes). 


Educators will collaborate with department colleagues to develop culminating course tasks and consolidation activities which provide students with multiple opportunities to demonstrate their learning. They will be supported with planning resources developed by the Student Achievement 7-12 department (100 minutes). 


Educators will work with school and curriculum leaders in their schools to identify evidence-based strategies and actions to support students through the achievement of their school’s School Action and Equity Plan goals. These goals connect to safe and inclusive learning spaces, achievement in mathematics, and graduation and transitions (100 minutes). 

Communication to families regarding inclement weather days 
Please note that APM A3020 – Inclement Weather, 3.1.2 states that “parents/guardians are to be reminded, in writing at appropriate times (October and January) each school year, that it is their responsibility to decide whether or not it is safe for their child(ren) to leave for school under severe weather conditions.” 

Inclement weather and bus cancellation information reminder  

All information regarding cancelled buses in Simcoe County is posted on the Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium (SCSTC)’s bus information website at Our school is in the North zone. When buses are cancelled, schools remain open for student learning, unless otherwise noted. School staff are expected to plan for such emergencies in order to transition students who are unable to attend due to inclement weather, to their online platforms (Google Classroom and/or SCDSBhub [Brightspace by D2L]) and continue with academic programming. It is always a family decision whether or not it is safe for their child(ren) to leave for school under severe weather conditions. 


The Consortium and bus operators try to make the decision to cancel school buses before 6 a.m. and make every effort to post announcements before 7 a.m. Inclement weather cancellations are effective for the whole day and buses cancelled in the morning will not run at the end of the day. You can follow the Consortium on Twitter @SCSTC_SchoolBus for bus cancellations and other information. You can also subscribe to receive bus delay notifications here: 



Online learning graduation requirement and opt out options 
Students are required to earn two online learning credits to graduate from secondary school, beginning with every student who entered Grade 9 in the 2020-21 school year. The online learning graduation requirement also applies to adult learners that will be entering the Ontario secondary school system starting in the 2023-24 school year. The graduation requirement is intended to support students in developing familiarity and comfort with learning and working in a fully online environment, as well as developing digital literacy and other important transferable skills that they will need for success after secondary school, including in post-secondary education and the workplace. 

Opting out 
Parents/guardians may choose to opt their children out of the mandatory online learning credits required for graduation. To opt out, a parent/guardian must submit the Secondary Online Learning Graduation Requirement Opt-out Form. Exemption from the online learning graduation requirements may be requested by: 

  • the parent/guardian of the secondary student 

  • students who are 18 years of age or older 

  • students who are 16 or 17 years of age and have withdrawn from parental control 


Check with your local school if you have questions regarding the registration or opt-out process. 
Parents’ Guide to Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting  

Learn to navigate the world of assessment, evaluation, and reporting with this new guide for parents/guardians. Created to support parents’/guardians’ understanding of assessment, this guide was designed to effectively empower you to actively engage in your child's educational journey. The guide has been posted to the Simcoe County District School Board’s website and can be accessed at  
Subscribe to Kindergarten Connections! 
Will your child be turning four in 2024? If so, the SCDSB invites you to Kindergarten Connections! This is a monthly enewsletter informing families of everything they need to know about preparing their child for school, as well as registering them for Kindergarten in the SCDSB. To learn more and subscribe, visit the Kindergarten page on the SCDSB website:  

EarlyON Child and Family Centres 
The foundation for lifelong learning and health is built in the early years. EarlyON Child and Family Centres across Simcoe County offer programs for children prenatal to six years of age and their parents/guardians and caregivers. They offer access to play- and inquiry-based learning supported by How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s pedagogy for the early years, information on child development and developmental screening including Early Referral Identification Kits (ERIKs), parent/guardian education, referrals to community resources, nutrition information, and post-natal resources. Check with your local EarlyON provider:  


How is your infant, toddler, or preschool child developing?  

Is your child meeting their milestones? Age-appropriate speech and language skills are critical to your child’s ability to read, write, and be successful in school as well as to their ability to engage with their peers. Free services are available to support you with your child’s development. Preschool speech and language programs are located across the County of Simcoe. Call (705) 739-5696 or 1-800-675-1979 to complete a developmental screen. The earlier we work together the better! 


Licensed Winter Break school-age child care programs 

Child care programs for children in Kindergarten to Grade 6 are provided by independent, third-party child care operators in some SCDSB schools. To support your child care needs, some operators offer child care on PA days and holidays including over the Winter Break. Registration in advance is required.  

Please contact the child care operator directly to discuss fees and to register. More information and contact numbers can be found by visiting:  

Join us! A learning series for parents/guardians with Pine River Institute 
Mental health and well-being continues to be a key strategic priority within the SCDSB. We are pleased to continue our partnership with the Centre for Family Initiatives at Pine River Institute (CFI@PRI) to provide several curated learning sessions focused on student mental health and well-being to SCDSB families.  
There are eight webinars specifically planned for parents/guardians and other caregivers during this school year.   


Nov. 9, 2023          Understanding and managing screen time, part two - social media edition 

Nov. 30, 2023        Helping parents align 

Jan. 11, 2024     Sleep hygiene   

Feb. 8, 2024 Self regulation for kids 
Feb. 22, 2024        Self regulation for teens 
March 28, 2024     Building parents' resiliency 
April 18, 2024        Vaping, weed, and alcohol   


We hope you save these dates in your calendar and join us for these learning opportunities. For more information and to register, please visit the SCDSB website: 


Pine River Institute is a live-in treatment centre and outdoor leadership experience for youth aged 13 to 19 struggling with addictive behaviours and often other mental health issues. Combining therapy with a fully-accredited education program, PRI reinforces the healthy life skills required for a successful future. CFI@PRI extends PRI’s knowledge, experience and evidence-informed treatment approach to families and care providers in the community to support youth mental wellness and prevent the need for more intensive interventions. Learn more about PRI by visiting their website at 
High school information events for Grade 8 students 
Is your child starting Grade 9 next year? High school information events will take place in-person this winter! Student leaders and staff at the school will give an overview of what’s new and what to expect. Learn about courses offered, as well as information about teams and clubs. Please visit the SCDSB website at to find details on your high school’s info night, and contact the school directly for more information. 
Looking for Employment? Join Our Team! 
Curious about what employment opportunities are available at the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB)? The SCDSB is hosting several job fairs throughout Simcoe County during the month of November; come by and speak with one of our representatives at any of the following events! 

YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka Employment Services (Midland) 
Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023 
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Job Seekers | YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka ( 

FOCUS Employment Services (Alliston) 
Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023 
3:30 to 6:30 p.m. 
Job Seekers - FOCUS Community Development Corporation ( 

Agilec Employment Services (Orillia) 
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2023 
12 to 5 p.m. 
Employment Services - Agilec 

For more information about employment opportunities at the SCDSB, visit: 
Grade 1 French Immersion information  
The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) offers French Immersion (FI) at select schools throughout Simcoe County beginning in Grade 1. The goal of the FI program is to enable students to communicate in French with a high level of proficiency, enabling them to function with ease in both French and English. Upon graduation from the program, students will communicate in French with confidence in a wide variety of real-life situations.  

Grade 1 FI family information nights are held annually in advance of the application process for the following school year. This year, FI family information nights will be held in-person throughout the month of November at the respective FI school locations. The designated Grade 1 FI site for our school is Mundy’s Bay PS. The information night for this school will be November 21, 2023 @ 6pm. 

The SCDSB board-wide electronic applications for the Grade 1 FI program for all sites will open Friday, Dec. 1 at 9 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15. Entry into the FI program is determined through a digitally randomized lottery system. 
Nov. 28 is Eat Well to Excel Day in Simcoe County  
Eat Well to Excel is a Simcoe County non-profit community partnership that supports our school’s student nutrition program. The funding provided by Eat Well to Excel allows us to supply students with access to healthy snacks during the school day.  

The pandemic and increasing food costs have caused a significant financial strain on many families in our region and new data shows that 1 in 3 kids in Canada are at risk of going to school hungry. Kids that are hungry struggle to retain knowledge and keep focused throughout the day. They are also at an increased risk of experiencing poor mental health and a compromised immune system. With your support we can maintain and hopefully improve our program to provide a consistent supply of healthy food to our students. 
You can make a donation by visiting You can either support the county-wide program or direct your donation to our school. Please include our school name in the comment box to ensure the donation goes directly to our program. A tax receipt will be emailed to you. 
For more information about Eat Well to Excel visit 
Knowledgehook math tool 
Knowledgehook is a digital math assessment and practice tool that has been purchased for all K-10 SCDSB classrooms. This tool is accessible to students at home so that they can practice math skills, either assigned by their teacher or on their own. Ask your child about how they use Knowledgehook in class and learn more at: 
Supporting oral language development at home 
Within the revised language curriculum, there is a focus on supporting students to acquire the knowledge and skills relating to the foundations of language. Oral and non-verbal communication are foundational components of language skills. Over the years, students develop their listening and speaking abilities using a variety of strategies and skills, including word choice and syntax, to become effective communicators.  

Here are some ways you can support oral language development at home: 

  • Engage your child in conversations about things that interest them 

  • Talk to your child and listen responsively 

  • Ask and answer questions 

  • Share oral stories 

  • Read aloud to your child 

  • Talk about the books you read together 

  • Singing and playing together 

Mental health promotion strategy of the month 
Well-being is a strategic priority in the Simcoe County District School Board, and our mental health and well-being department provides monthly strategies to support student and family well-being. 
This month’s strategy is Let It Go. This practice helps students focus their attention, calm feelings of anxiety, and manage stress. To practice Let It Go at home, have your child/youth sit comfortably and take a deep breath. Share the following exercise with your child/youth:  

  • Use your fingers to gently massage the top of your head  

  • Still in massaging motion, bring your fingers to your forehead, eyebrows, temples, around your eyes, cheeks, and jaw  

  • If you notice tension anywhere – let it go 

  • Finally, massage each of your ears and end by gently pulling your earlobes 

Keep in mind to take your time with each area, especially where you hold the most tension. 
Practicing Let It Go can be done any time of the day or at regular times, such as at mealtime or before bed. You may try this technique on your hands using a massaging motion to focus on each finger, thumb, and palm. Consider doing Let It Go with your child/youth to model the strategy.    

Visit the links below for Let It Go posters from School Mental Health Ontario: 
Elementary - 
Secondary -  

Find more easy and fun mental health activities to do at home visit:  

Follow the mental health and well-being social media accounts (@SCDSB_MHWB) to see how well-being is being supported in our schools. 
Dental screening and services for kids ages 0-17 
Good dental health is an important part of your child’s general health. The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s Oral Health Community Program offers free dental screenings in daycares, schools, and health unit offices for children and youth aged 0 - 17 years. Dental screening can identify and inform families that their child has a dental concern.  

Health unit staff can also help children/youth and their families access free preventive services and treatment through the Healthy Smiles Ontario (HSO) Program. For more information regarding these services visit: 

Information provided by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit