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Annual Report 2012-13 - Community Connections, Global Outreach


Grants focus on school-specific topics   

In 2012-13, we received more than $60,000 in grants to school councils through the Ministry of Education’s Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grants for School Councils and PRO Grants for Regional Projects. These grants fund projects submitted by the school council that feature topics of relevance to each school community, including homework help, social media information sessions and family literacy events. See a list Circle of Learningof the grants we received in 2012-2013.

Conference gives parents tools to support student learning

More than 100 parents attended the 5th annual Circle of Learning conference in April. This conference gives parents more tools to help support learning at home. Keynote Speaker Dr. Karyn Gordon spoke about Raising Healthy Children in an Age of Overindulgence and parents attended breakout sessions on variety of topics including math and special education. The 2014 conference will be on Saturday, April 5. Registration information will be posted on our Circle of Learning page.

Our students help people near and far

Our students care—many outreach opportunities take place throughout the county every year. The following are a few examples of the amazing initiatives our schools took part in during the 2012-13 school year:

Pennies for ChangeBradford District High School
raised over $7,000 for their Adopt-a-Family campaign, helping 25 local families - including 48 children - during the holiday season.

Grade 3 students at Alliston Union Public School collected more than 4,700 books and sent them to children in St. Lucia.

Allandale Height Public School students collected $900 in pennies to help families in developing countries gain access to clean water.

Forest Hill Public School’s Christmas Cheer Challenge had 14 schools participate and a record 1,227,701 items were collected. Uptergrove Public School played a huge role in surpassing one-million items collected.

Most of our schools hold fundraisers in support of the Terry Fox Foundation. Alcona Glenn Elementary School raised $5,000 alone.

Our good news stories are available online on our Facebook page, on Twitter, as well as in our blog at and our newsfeed.
CATCH program
CATCH program partnership promotes fun, inclusive recreation for students

We’ve partnered with the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka to offer a new program to encourage students’ enjoyment of, and participation in, physical exercise in public elementary schools.

The CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child’s Health) initiative provides our schools with the opportunity to deliver physical activity programming to children in a fun, inclusive and productive way, with the ultimate goal of adopting a healthy lifestyle that continues outside of the school day.

The program aligns with a number of Ministry of Education and SCDSB initiatives and programs already in place, including Full Day Kindergarten (FDK), healthy schools, character education, student leadership, equity and inclusive education and safe schools.