Getting Ready for Thursday February 6 and Friday February 7 Full Day Alternative (Strike) Program

Getting Ready for Thursday February 6 and Friday

February 7 Full Day Alternative Program

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS PROGRAM IS CURRENTLY FULL AND ACCEPTING ONLY WAIT LIST REGISTRATIONS FOR ALL FUTURE STRIKE DATES NOW.

There is a sizeable Wait List and due to the sheer number of inquiries we are handling right now, we are unable to respond to all inquiries about Wait List status.

Here is information for our pre-registered families on attending our alternative program at Guy Brown Elementary on Thursday and Friday (unless strikes are cancelled).

Please arrive both days before 9am as we are likely on walking trips in the mornings, we can not care for children dropped off after 9am.

On Friday GR1-8 children may bring ice skates & a helmet (required to skate).
(JK/SK Children will not be skating but will be engaged in a fun outdoor activity at Memorial Park, weather permitting.)

Remember to pack a nut free lunch, dress for the cold weather (snow pants, hats, mitts), wear boots please, and bring running shoes.

You may check your Family Registration page Registered Programs.  

If it refers to the “FDAC Additional Days (tentative)” (without the word “Wait List”) then that is this Thursday Feb. 6 & Friday Feb. 7 (and February 11 & 13 unless you have cancelled and opted-out).  

“FDAC Additional Days (tentative)” (with out the word “Wait List” means you are registered for any new strike dates announced (until you cancel).

If you are NOT registered for this Thursday or Friday’s programs (or have cancelled them) then you are also not registered for future dates at this time but may be on our Wait List instead.

At this time our program is full and we cannot accept additional registrations and cannot accept walk-ins.

Location

Guy B. Brown Elementary
55 Braeheid Avenue

Program tel: (905) 902-1261

(Please call this number with any abscences.
Emails do not reach us in time)

Hours:
Main Activities are
9am – 4pm
Extended Care includes 7am – 6pm plus healthy snacks, where possible, are always already included in your fee.

Drop Off before 9am & Pick Up after 4pm ensures the easiest transitions and not missing the main fun!

Drop-offs and pickups are done from the south-east stairway doors nearest the school parking lot and JK/SK pen area. If doors are locked, there will be a greeter. If open, there will be signs directing you to our main room, where you will be greeted and a room assingment will be made.

For our Safe Arrival policy, all children must be brought in and signed in by a pre-authorized adult carrying identification.

You may not stop, park or idle in the fire and bus lanes alongside the school, you must find safe parking.

Picket Lines

On our prior strike day, there wasn’t a picket line put up at Elementary schools. The picketers went to the High School and more public locations.

However, be prepared just in case you need to cross teacher picket lines respectfully depending on your arrival and departure times. There will be a delay as you do.

We will not provide staff to cross children over the picket lines should you need it, and again, only a pre-authorized adult (that we have been notified about) may do so to avoid confusion.

Hints for crossing picket lines can be found on the HWDSB web site and here on our site: https://www.campwaterdown.com/additional-elementary-school-strike-information-potential-school-closings-feb-6-feb-7/

Program

Thursday Feb. 6 Wacky Day (Arrive before 9:00am)

Thursday will be “wacky hair day” (we will do the non-permanent hair part here with the children but children can dress up wacky if they want to) and we will be puting on a parade or “Fashion Show.” Please arrive by 9am. We may be making a walking trip to the local library depending on timing and permission from the library.

Friday Feb. 7 – Memorial Park Day (Arrive before 9:00am)

Friday we will be making a walking excursion (heading out at 9:00 am sharp to spend some time at Memorial Park. We’ll be back at the school for our lunchtime. All children will need snowpants, mitts and hats or toques.

Our JK/SK groups will play in the park and snow. Our older children will have a choice of skating on the “Memorial Loop” or other fun winter activities. If you would like your child to skate, they must pack skates and an approved hockey or bicycle helmet (a helmet is a MUST to be allowed on the ice). Please individually label all ice skating gear (preferably in a separate bag to bring to the loop) with your child(ren)’s names as these can get jumbled. Our plans will change according to the weather, outdoor temperature and slopiness of the ground.

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Individual activities are organized in each group by our ECE Group Leaders for the age group they are leading. As part of our philosophy, we encourage our children to participate in and work together on the choice of their activities, normally surrounding an exploration of a particular (and appropriate ) subject of interest often suggested by our leader. We also have a full compliment of learning aids games and activities available from our PA Day and Before & After School programs.

All our full day programs include a mixture of physical activity, outdoor time, group games, individual activity time, occasionally some media entertainment (whether that be a guest, a book reading, a movie, or music listening) and often some creative art activities.


Reminders

BRING A LUNCH.
DRESS FOR THE COLD WEATHER & OUTDOOR PLAY- BOOTS, HATS, MITTS, PARKAS, etc.
PLEASE BRING RUNNING SHOES FOR INDOOR PLAY.

Be sure to pack your children with a lunch (it must be peanut, tree nut, and sesame free), and two small extra snacks for nibbling mid-day, water bottle, comfortable indoor running shoes, spare clothes (if indicated), and outer clothes appropriate for the weather. Please note that children will get dirty (inner wear and outer wear) .

Entrances:
When dropping off and picking up your children, enter through the main building doors closest to the JK/SK Pen.
Please do not use the school’s main entrance or any other entrance. If the doors are locked, there will be a greeter except from 9am – 4pm where you may need to be buzzed in from the main entrance. Children may not be dropped off for entrance on their own.

Check-in / check-out:
All children must be checked in and out by their parent/guardian or a pre-authorized caregiver (recorded in your registration or given to our administration in advance in writing). All caregivers picking up will be asked to show us picture ID to confirm identity.

Parking:
Please use one of the school’s parking spaces or street parking if it is allowed. Do not park, stop or idle beside the school or KG Pen entrance or in the bus / fire lanes as this is not permitted and creates a safety concern.

Running late or absent?

If you are going to be later than 9am or absent, call 905-902-1261 (NO EMAILS PLEASE)
We start calling families at 9:30am for any child absent without notice, as per our safe arrival policy.

PLEASE CALL US AT (905) 902-1261 if you cannot find our program, or have any questions or concerns during the day.


Changes & Cancellations

Program changes and cancellations due to unforseen circumstances are posted on our web site’s home page, and on our Twitter feed: @CampWaterdown

  • No refund of paid fees or deposits are given for registrant changes and cancellations according to posted terms.
  • Cancellations due to serious medical reason (requiring hospitalization or affecting ambulatory mobility) are subject to the Executive Director’s discretion. If granted, will receive a pro-rated refund for full day(s) to be missed (after notification) less a $35 administration fee. An original and verifiable doctor’s letter will be required for notification.
  • Refunds are not given for absence due to any communicable illnesses or parasites (cold, flu, chicken pox, mumps, lice, etc.), elective or scheduled medical/dental reasons.
  • Credits or refunds can not be given for late arrival, early departure, illness, absences, dismissal, or program / facility closures due to emergency, weather or any other unforeseen circumstances.

The financial obligations of Camp Waterdown (a registered charitable not-for-profit organization) are fixed for each program based on the number of pre-registered campers .

 

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