Hello Glen Cairn PS Families,
There is still a lot of time left in the summer and I hope that you are all making the most of the beautiful weather, however, the back to school gear is on the shelves in the shops and it seems like a good time to post an update about school supplies and dress code for those who are embarking on their back to school shopping.
Binder with all the fixings ready for the first day!
The OCDSB has a generic list of school supplies that you can find on the website. The list includes things that students don’t really need, so I am going to suggest that you go for “less is more” in your shopping. The shopping trip itself is a great opportunity for students to learn about budgeting, so if you are bringing them along, why not take a few minutes to set up a budget before heading out. Of course, there are so many “cute” items on the shelves, you may also opt to go on your own to pick up the essentials. Either way, here are a few words on some of the items on the common list. The first week of school will include many orientation activities, including getting students set up and organized with their lockers, timetables and books.
Binder and binder dividers: Students really only need 1 binder. The binder itself should be 2 inches to allow for all subjects to have some room. Students will need 8 dividers, but I encourage everyone to hold off on labelling the subjects until they are in school and have received some further information about organization from their teachers. Also, don’t worry about the binder becoming overstuffed as the year goes on. Once each unit of study is completed, students should remove those notes and keep them in a folder in their locker or even at home. This will create more space for current studies.
Duo Tangs: Subjects such as Music and Core French often use duotangs, and 4 duotangs of different colours, such as red, blue, green and orange, will suffice.
Paper: Lined paper (about 150 sheets to start) will be used in most subjects. If students like to use graphing paper for mathematics to keep everything lined up and neat, that is not a bad idea either, but not essential.
Pens, Pencils and Markers: As per the OCDSB list, I recommend all students have 12 pencils, though not all in their pencil case at once. Pens – blue, red and black – are also used extensively. White erasers are ideal as they are less likely to smudge than the cute mini erasers. A pencil sharpener is very useful as well. Highlighters in at least 2 different colours will also be used as students have many opportunities to develop their ability to determine what information in a text is important and worth highlighting. Coloured pencils and markers will be used regularly as well.
Gym Clothing: All students must change for gym. Students will need a pair of non-marking running shoes, a t-shirt or sweatshirt and either shorts or track pants. Students should also bring unscented deodorant.
Other Items: For mathematics, students will require a clear metric ruler and a geometry set. If students do not have an electronic device (iPod, cell phone) with a calculator application will need a calculator. Students should also have a pair of scissors that are comfortable to use, as well as a couple of glue sticks. Students are also encouraged to bring a reusable water bottle to help stay hydrated throughout the day.
Lock: All students are issued a locker for their use over the course of the year. All lockers must be locked with a combination lock at all times. Keyed locks are not permitted because experience has taught us that keys get lost easily. Combinations are recorded by teachers, so no worry about not remembering the combination. Students will note that our lockers are in wonderful shape and it is expected that students will keep them that way. Posters or anything hanging on the locker must use magnets or blue sticky tack. Students may also opt for a small shelf to keep their things up off their boots, which must be stored inside the lockers as well.
Lunch Bag: Students have 2 nutrition breaks at Glen Cairn PS and will require a lunch bag that is large enough to carry food for the day and keep it cool.
A NOTE ABOUT ALLERGIES:
Please note that we have members of our school community with severe allergies. The two most important for you to know about are nuts and scents. Students may not bring snack items that have nuts and students are also not permitted to trade their lunch items. Also, students may not wear perfumes or strong smelling deodorants. Thank you so much for understanding and ensuring that your child complies with this.
Our dress code was reviewed last spring with input from the school council, students and staff. I understand that the dress code can be a source of controversy, and it makes sense to review it yearly (in the spring) to make sure that it reflects our commitment to an orderly, safe and clean learning environment. Additionally, our dress code was revised to ensure that it is inclusive and respectful of all members of our school community regardless of gender. For our exact dress code, you may visit that page on our website. Please keep the dress code in mind while shopping to avoid frustration when school starts.
I hope that this information is helpful as you gear up for September. Please check back here regularly for updates. The “First Day of School” procedures will be posted the last week of summer holiday so that everyone knows what to expect on the first day of school.
Enjoy the sunshine!