SAC says…

By Tamara Daly

We wish you a happy and healthy holiday season!

Our Parents’ Survey is live! It is a web-based survey but there are also paper copies available in the office. We ask your opinion about the school, its events, the role of SAC, and the use of technology in the classroom. Your feedback is very important.

You can access the on-line survey here:

Your answers are completely anonymous and it will only take you about 3 minutes to complete (we promise!). Your responses will help our on-going efforts to gather a wide range of opinions and ideas to support the school community. Thank you for participating!

The survey of parents will be paired with a survey of teachers that will be conducted starting in December. We look forward to reporting the aggregate results of both surveys in the new year.

Committee news:

At the Safe Schools Committee, the results of the Fire Department’s assessment performed in October were discussed. Improving the lost and found, the 2nd floor storage room, and the garbage containers in the stairwells were identified as action items. The school has already made some changes. The committee also discussed the possibility of doing bullying-prevention awareness in the spring.

The School Improvement Committee completed the plan for the coming year, including targets for literacy and numeracy achievements. Library and classroom acquisitions were also discussed.

This month’s column is dedicated to history and social studies research resources:

The Canadian Encyclopedia is an excellent research resource for students: The CBC recently reported that the site contains thousands of images that libraries across the country have submitted.

The Canadian Museum of Civilization has links to There is a terrific list of links to great web pages. There are also a number of online exhibitions that display photos and information on a wide range of topics:

There is interesting information and fantastic photos available on the National Geographic Kids website: There is also a special page dedicated to Canada containing stories, videos and photos.

As always, we are happy to hear from you. Drop us a line at or stop one of us at the playground. 2013 SAC Members: Nicole Barnett, George Bazios, Anne Clifton, Rod Clifton, Tamara Daly, Meg French, Andrea Keech, Nick Lamacchia, Mark Schrutt, Sarah Smith, Astrid Van Den Broek

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