January 2011 PRINCIPAL: K.J. Carey VICE PRINCIPAL: C. Klein SECRETARY: T. Crayden SUPERINTENDENT: C. Blanchard STS. MARTHA AND MARY PARISH TEAM: Fr. E. D’Souza 905-625-5670 www.stsmarthaandmary.org TRUSTEE: M. Pascucci Mississauga Wards 1 & 3 (905) 302-3096 (905) 890-0708, x20161 Fax: (905) 890-0888 [email protected] www.trusteepascucci.ca INSIDE No Parking Zone and Kiss & Ride Reminders Lockdown Drills Winter Reminders STS. MARTHA & MARY Catholic School 1760 Bough Beeches Blvd., Mississauga, Ontario L4W 2B9 905-624-9625 Prayer for a New Year Come Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Risen Christ, Be with us today and always. Be our Light, our Guide and our Comforter. Be our Strength, our Courage, and our Sanctifier. May this year be a time Of deep spiritual growth for us, A time of welcoming your graces and gifts, A time of forgiving freely and unconditionally, A time for growing in virtue and goodness. Come Holy Spirit, Be with us today and always. Amen FAITH LIFE VIRTUE OF THE MONTH: SELF-CONTROL The month of January will focus on the virtue of Self-Control. God has given us the ability to choose how we react to what happens around us. Through prayer and concentration, we can get better at controlling our reactions. We can get better at showing self-control. A person with self-control… • Is patient • Knows how to wait his/her turn • Can calm him/herself down and think before reacting to situations • Knows how to avoid physical aggression (hitting, kicking, pushing, fighting, etc.) • Can think things through and do what is best for everyone JANUARY VIRTUE ASSEMBLY: A school assembly took place on January 4th to congratulate students for their compassion shown toward our neighbours over the first term and to review the January virtue of self-control. SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION: Sacramental preparations are well underway. Parents of students receiving the holy sacraments have attended information meetings at Sts. Martha and Mary Parish and are involved in preparation classes as well as parish involvement. Please note the following dates: First Reconciliation for Grade 2 Students Tuesday, April 5th, 7PM, Sts. Martha and Mary Parish First Holy Communion for Grade 2 Students Sunday May 1st, 2PM, Sts. Martha and Mary Parish Confirmation for Grade 8 Students Sunday, May 29th, 2PM, Sts. Martha and Mary Parish PA-RUM-PA-PA-PUM The Junior Advent Concert was an overwhelming success for our children and a delight to everyone fortunate enough to witness it. The audience truly enjoyed this celebration of Advent and the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem. The young talents, voices and Christmas devotion of our junior students raised the roof on December 7, 2010. We thank each and every child, our primary division staff and especially Ms. Loncarich, Mrs. Ciccolini and Mrs. Kelemen for bringing such wonder and joy to the opening of our Christmas season. There are so many wonderful projects happening at Sts. Martha & Mary School that students have embraced such as the pop tab collection, milk bag mattress movement, ShareLife fundraising, Christmas shoebox campaign, mitten tree, gift collection and food drive mentioned in our December newsletter. We recently received a letter from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and in this letter they expressed sincere thanks to the students for participating in the Christmas Food Drive for the needy families in our community. We provided 34 families with hampers that were overflowing. Truly, every kindness extended has a positive rippling effect and we are together sharing God’s message of love. Thank you. Students are encouraged to continue their good works as they live out the virtues. This month especially, students are encouraged to strive to demonstrate the virtue of self-control. STS. MARTHA & MARY PARISH SCHEDULE: Sunday Mass Schedule: Saturday Vigil – 4:30PM Sunday – 8:30AM, 10:00AM, and 11:30AM Confessions – 3:30 – 4:15 p.m. Saturdays or by appointment SAFE SCHOOLS STUDENT INFORMATION: For students who do take the bus: It is most important that we have up-to-date records of your address, phone numbers, and emergency contacts in the event that the school must contact you regarding your child. If there have been any changes and/or additions to this information, please ensure that we have it by sending a note to school with your child or leaving a message on the school voice mail. It is a fact that bad weather may cause delays for student pick up at bus stops. Please ensure that your child has a safe place to go if the bus is late or does not arrive. If you notice that a student is stranded at a bus stop, please attempt to contact the child’s parent. It is not recommended that parents volunteer to drive another child to school without the permission of the child’s parent. If you decide to transport your child to school because buses have been cancelled, please ensure that you have made arrangements for their return home at the end of the school day. EMERGENCY SCHOOL PROCEDURES There may be days during the upcoming winter months when inclement weather presents a potential safety hazard to our students. It is essential that parents and children discuss the procedures that they wish to follow for safe arrival at home. LATE BUSES As the weather worsens please take into consideration that buses may be delayed in reaching their stops. We don’t wish to see students stranded out in the elements so, on inclement days, please: • • • • Listen to the radio for bus cancellations. Consult the GeoQuery website: www.stopr.ca If possible, arrange for car pooling. For late pick-up call Student Transportation 905-890-6000 Wait no more than 15 minutes for a late bus. Contact the school or the above listed numbers if your bus has not arrived and wait for information regarding arrival. For students that do not take the bus please determine: 1. the best way to walk home; 2. with whom the child should walk; 3. where the child should go if there is no one at home; 4. how the child should seek help if wind and snow are so strong that they cannot see the way home. For further transportation updates, please refer to the page, “Integrated Ridership”, included in this newsletter. SNOW AND ICE Snow is part of our winter life in Canada, providing both frustration and enjoyment. We all like to play in it; however, snow and ice can be very dangerous. In fact, most injuries happen during wintertime. For safety reasons, our school rule must be that snow stays on the ground – no snowball throwing, kicking snow or any other activity with snow or ice that could be harmful, which includes sliding on slopes. Although the school hill offers lots of fun for sledding, it is very difficult to ensure student safety when numerous students are sliding at the same time. Thank you for taking the time to reinforce these safety rules with your children. OUTDOOR RECESS Our students need to bring the necessary clothing and shoes/boots with them in order to ensure that they are dressed appropriately to meet the challenges of the winter season. Warm clothes, snow pants, boots, gloves, mittens, hats, scarves and coats are needed for outdoor play. Having an extra pair of clean/dry socks and mittens is always appreciated for children that play in the snow. Please note that recess is part of our school day and all students are expected to go outside for recess. If a student is too ill to participate in all components of the school day, including recess, please do not send him/her to school. If there are specific medical reasons which should exclude a child from going outside, please submit a doctor’s note to the office. At times, the weather conditions will not allow students to go outside for recess. This decision is made in accordance with the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board Policy and Peel Public Health Cold Weather Guidelines, which direct schools to modify recesses when temperatures reach -20 ° C or colder (with or without wind chill) and to keep children indoors when the temperature reach -25 ° C or colder (with or without wind chill). (At 20° C, students will be outside for both AM and PM recesses and for not longer than 20 minutes during the lunch recess.) INDOOR SHOES: All students are asked to bring a pair of indoor shoes to school. Students are to change into their indoor shoes when in the building. This will assist in keeping our classrooms clean and dry. (Wet floors can cause slips and falls.) Also, in the event of a fire alarm, students will not be able to stop to put their boots on; therefore, it is critical for students to wear shoes at all times. VALUABLES AT SCHOOL Please remember that Board policy prohibits the use of personal electronic devices at school, especially cell phones. During the school day, these devices must be turned off and kept in a secure location such as a locker. Staff cannot be responsible for any valuables that your child brings to school. Although we do our best to ensure that personal items are kept safe, we cannot always monitor money, jewelry, electronics, toys, etc. It is best if these items are kept at home. We also caution that MP3 players and IPods are lucrative items that are easily stolen on the way to and from school. Please don’t put your children at risk by allowing these items to come to school. USE OF SCHOOL PHONES Our office is limited in the amount of incoming and outgoing calls it can accommodate. Telephone lines need to be available for emergencies, daily school business and parent calls. Students will only be permitted to use the school phone in cases of emergency. An emergency is considered to be an illness or injury. STUDENT PUNCTUALITY Punctuality is a necessary life skill that if practiced now, will be beneficial in the future. Arriving early or promptly for your day at work enables you to compose yourself and ease gently into your environment. Children who arrive late are often out-of-sorts and rushed into beginning their day. Their time to socialize and greet their peers is lost in their hurried entry into the classroom. It is the school expectation that instruction begin at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Late arrival disturbs the class and interrupts lessons. For those parents that ensure early arrival for their children, thank you. For those who are regularly late, please make every effort to arrive between 8:45 and 8:55 a.m., and prior to 12:55 p.m. If by chance students are late, we ask that they obtain a late slip from the office. This late slip is not meant as a punishment but an important link in our safe entry process. When a child is alerted to the office as absent, the secretary cross-references to students who have entered late before making calls home to confirm a child reported as absent. Intermediate students, who are continually late, cause additional concern. Secondary schools begin classes at 8:00 a.m. This means that students who are in the habit of arriving between 9:10 – 9:20 a.m. will be at risk of missing and perhaps failing their first period class. The skill of punctuality must be instilled early. Children do not necessarily understand or respect the consequences of tardiness. Please help us help them. SCHOOL LOCKDOWN DRILL It is a policy of the Dufferin-Peel CDSB that all schools conduct a practice of “Lockdown Procedures” at least twice a year. This procedure will be initiated should an emergency exist on school property or in the surrounding neighbourhood. Listed are the procedures that our students have been trained to follow. Teachers regularly practice this precautionary drill with their classes and the school has held two formal practices this winter. Upon hearing the announcement “Initiate Lockdown Procedures”: The lockdown bell sequence will be repeatedly rung. All students and staff inside the building will remain in their classrooms. Students in the hallways or washrooms will go to the closest classroom. Students in classrooms will remain in their locked classroom, in a corner of the room which is out of the sightline of all windows and doors. All students and staff who are outside the building are to move quickly to our evacuation site of Sts. Martha and Mary Parish and remain there until further direction. The announcement “Lockdown Procedures complete” will indicate the completion of the drill. VISITOR AND PARENT SIGN IN… A MUST Please do not escort students directly to class; rather, report to the main office. It is important for the safety of all students in the school that parents wear a visitor’s sticker. Please always sign in at the office and obtain your visitor’s sticker. It takes only a minute to help keep your children safe. Students and staff feel safer when a visitor’s sticker is visible on unfamiliar faces as well as familiar ones. Your cooperation is appreciated. KISS & RIDE LANES ….SAFETY BEFORE CONVENIENCE: A.M. & P.M. It must be understood that parents using the Kiss & Ride may not leave their vehicles at anytime, but must remain in the vehicle while dropping off or picking up their children. Please also be aware that all lanes other than the Kiss & Ride center lane i.e., entrance, exit and bus zones must allow access to school buses and emergency vehicles and need to be respected. Drivers who leave their vehicles unattended in the lane seriously jeopardize public safety, not only by blocking the fire route, but also by creating a traffic backup onto the street. Parents wishing to park may do so either east or west of the school on Bough Beeches. Also, parents are welcome to access any available parking in the front of the school; however extra caution is advised due to the high volume of traffic at arrival and dismissal times. The parking lot next to the school building is designated as staff and visitor parking only. At the end of the day, parents picking up children will want to choose a safe and regular place to do so. Please note that there is “No Parking” allowed on Bough Beeches Blvd., directly in front of the school and in front of the house just west of the school. Violators can be fined by City of Mississauga Parking Control. The area in front of the school, on Bough Beeches, is for drive through pick up at 3:30 p.m. To promote quick and safe pick-up students have been asked to wait at the furthest point of the pick-up area, closest to the east driveway. If the child or children you are picking up are NOT standing directly in front of this Kiss & Ride area; we ask that you simply go around the block (Chalkdene Grove) as many times as necessary. We would also ask that once you have picked up your child/children; please refrain from doing “U” turns or turning around in neighbouring driveways. Please be aware of parking signs that have been placed along Bough Beeches and observe the restrictions when looking for a place to park your vehicle. Please assist us in maintaining safe access for buses and safety vehicles by never parking your vehicle in the Kiss & Ride lanes/area or stopping to pick up your children at the school entrance/exit. We would also like to remind parents that schoolyard supervision does not begin until 8:45 a.m. Students should not be arriving before this time, as the playground is not supervised. AROUND THE HALLS GUESS THE BABY PHOTO GUESSING CONTEST The students at Sts. Martha & Mary participated in “Guess the Baby Photo Contest” in December. Staff members brought in a baby photo to be placed in the display case in front of the library and students paid $1.00 for ballots to guess the staff member in the photo. The contest ran from Friday December 3rd to Friday December 10th and students raised $150 toward ShareLife. The winning classes had the option of a pizza lunch or an hour in the gym playing volleyball with Miss Addario. Winning classes from each division chose to play volleyball during their lunch break. The winning classes were: Primary Division – Mrs. Ford’s Grade 3 Junior Division – Mrs. Copas’ Grade 6 Intermediate Division – Mrs. Boots’ Grade 7 class STUDENT MONITOR POSITIONS AVAILABLE Sts. Martha & Mary School is accepting applications for the position of Student Monitor. Part-time: 1.2 hours per day The rate of pay is $11.45 per hour plus 4% vacation pay To be considered for the position please contact Sts. Martha & Mary School at: (905) 624-9625 The successful applicant will be required to submit a current criminal reference check. . INTERMEDIATE GIRLS’ & BOYS’ BASKETBALL TEAMS The coaches of the Intermediate Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball teams, Mrs. Ford and Ms. De Simone, would like to introduce this year’s team members. Girls Intermediate Basketball Team: Stephanie B. Claudia E. Tate P. Bianca F. Paula B. Callan N. Samantha S. Cassandra R. Boys Intermediate Basketball Team: Bruno A. Jacob B. Jason D. Daniel D. Adrian F. Spencer L. Shaun R. Nicholas S. Pam B. Abby O. Alex C. Dana C. David A. Justin B. Daniel F. Jacob M. Michael T. The teams will be involved in league play games and pending the outcome of the season, may be involved in the Family and Board tournaments. (See: “Dates to Remember”.) WINTER INTRAMURALS Intramurals will be offered over the winter months (January – March) for all students. In January, interested Primary students signed up to play beach volleyball every Monday and Wednesday from 12:20 – 1 p.m., with the semi finals and finals taking place the last week in January. Intermediate students will have the opportunity to play scooter board soccer in February while Junior students may choose to participate in Kings Court in March. FRUIT FRIDAYS As part of the school’s ongoing commitment to health, nutrition and wellness, “Fruit Fridays” was introduced in December and will continue for the duration of the school year. Ms. Rossi, Mrs. Marinuzzo, Ms. Addario, Mrs. Maxymiw, Mr. Mandarino and Mr. Carey are members of our “Healthy School Committee”. Students are encouraged to bring fruit as a snack to school every Friday. Classroom teachers tabulate the number of students in each class who bring fruit as a snack. Despite the name of the program, vegetables will also be counted as a healthy snack on Fruit Friday charts, so please feel free to bring in fruits OR vegetables! Keep up the good work in trying to reach the goal of 5 – 6 daily servings of fruit and vegetables required for children ages 4 – 13 years old to maintain optimal health, growth and development. CATHOLIC SCHOOL HERITAGE The history of Catholic schools in Ontario since 1841 is one of dedication and perseverance in the face of financial hardship and adversity. Due to the commitment of the religious teaching Orders, the bishops and priests, the teachers, parents and students, our forebears have handed to us a great gift – a fully funded public Catholic school system. The courts of Ontario and Canada have reinforced the rights of the Catholic school system with a number of judgments which affirmed the rights of separate school boards to: (a) have their guaranteed powers in the Separate School Act of 1863 improved, (b) receive equitable funding, (c) prefer Catholics when hiring elementary and secondary school teachers, (d) have their own buildings, (e) have an exclusive Catholic school community. The integration of religious truths and values with life is one of the most significant elements that distinguish the Catholic school from other schools. This is a matter of crucial importance today in view of contemporary trends and pressures to compartmentalize life and learning and to isolate the religious dimension of existence from other areas of human life. The courts have recognized, over the years that Catholic education is not a subject but rather a way to view the world that speaks to the interrelationship between faith, knowledge and action. The Catholic school is a unique setting within which this ideal can be realized in the lives Catholic children and young people. In our Catholic schools this reality can and is lived out DATES TO REMEMBER: January 11: 7 p.m. Extended French Meeting for Parents of Grade 4 students at St. Thomas More School January 12: Mad Science presentations: SK January 13: Mad Science presentations: JK January 13: Grade 8 Information Night at Philip Pocock at 7 p.m. January 13: 7 p.m. French Immersion Meeting for parents of SK students at St. Gertrude Catholic School January 14: PA Day - Term 1 Assessment & Evaluation January 20: Boys (Home) vs. Canadian Martyrs @ 4 p.m. January 21: Mad Science presentations: Grade 4 January 21, 22: Girls Pocock Tournament January 24: Boys Home Game vs. Blessed Teresa January 25: Double Header at Vincent de Paul @ 4 p.m. January 25: School Council 7 pm January 26: Information Night at the Dufferin-Peel Board Office for parents of special needs children entering school for the first time in Sept. 2011, 7 – 8:30 p.m. in room 301 January 28: Mad Science presentations: Grade 6 January 31: Boys (Away) vs. St. Basil @ 4 p.m. February 1: Term 1 Report Card sent home February 1: Gr. 7 Hepatitis B and Gr. 8 girls HPV vaccinations February 3: Parent Teacher Interview Evening (Grs. 1-8) February 4: PA Day - Term 1 Reporting to Parents February 7: Double Header (Away) at St. Pio @ 4 p.m. February 7: 7 – 9pm Junior & Senior Kindergarten Registration February 8: Snow Date**Kindergarten Registration 7 – 9pm February 9: French Immersion forms due for SKs and Gr. 4s at Immersion sites by 2 and 3 p.m. respectively February 9, 10, 11: JK/SK Registration 9–11 am, 1–3 pm February 10: Double Header (Home) vs. Garnier at 4 p.m. February 14: Girls (Home) vs. St. Basil at 4 p.m. February 17: Mrs. Ciccolini’s class at Silvercreek February 21: Family Day (no classes) February 23:Family [email protected] Pocock(Girls A.M. Boys P.M.) February 24: Ms. Sanfilippo’s class at Silvercreek March 1: Facebook & Twitter Presentation, 7 – 8:30 at St. Philip Catholic Elementary School March 3: Facebook & Twitter Presentation, 7 – 8:30 at St. Edmund Catholic Elementary School March 14-18: March Break SCHOOL COUNCIL Upcoming School Council meeting: Tuesday January 25, 2011 Our meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Library. SCHOOL COUNCIL CORNER HATS, MITTENS & SCARVES Thank you to all who participated in this wonderfully successful program. Through your generosity, our Christmas tree was covered in new hats, mittens and scarves that School Council was able to share with those in need in our community. CHRISTMAS GIFT TAGSANOTHER SUCCESS STORY! An overwhelming number of Christmas gift donations were received for this year’s “Tree Tag” initiative, which truly showed that the spirit of giving was alive and well at Sts. Martha and Mary School. School Council was thrilled to deliver so many gifts to deserving little boys and girls in Dixie-Bloor community. Your generous donations helped make their eyes sparkle with joy on Christmas morning. NUTRITION NUGGETS “Nutrition Nuggets” is a commentary segment being introduced this year into the School Council Corner section of newsletters to help parents navigate through the often confusing and contradictory maze of nutrition information that is pervasive in our media. This month’s “nugget” relates to the New Year’s resolution to lose weight and get into shape that is so often uttered on December 31st. There is a wide body of research that indicates that our New Year’s resolutions often lose momentum by the end of January. Anybody who has joined a gym in January knows that it’s next to impossible to access equipment during that month, but that come February, you are practically the only one there! Healthcare professionals see this trend year after year and recognize that the root of the problem is not in making a resolution, but in the commitment that the resolution entails. This year, instead of vowing to jog 10 miles a day and eat nothing but grapefruit, consider committing to an easier resolution such as taking a family walk every evening around the neighbourhood for 15 minutes and eating more fruit and vegetables. It’s much more difficulty and anxiety-provoking to stick to one lofty goal than it is to a few small alterations in your daily lifestyle! Here are some examples of practical and manageable resolutions that can promote a healthy lifestyle in 2011 for you and your family: 1) Cut up a supply of fresh fruit and vegetables and store in Ziploc bags in the fridge for easy access to healthy “grab and go” snacks every day. 2) Invest in the Dietitians of Canada (www.dietitians.ca) or American Dietetic Association (www.eatright.org) cookbook that boasts healthy and easy recipes that are Registered Dietitian approved! 3) Food is to our bodies what fuel is to our vehicles, yet so few of us pay attention to the type of fuel that we consume! To help remind you to eat the proper proportions of “fuel” daily according to your gender and age, post a copy of Canada’s Food Guide for Healthy Eating on your fridge. You can access a pdf copy from http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/food-guidealiment/index-eng.php 4) Make a commitment to read nutrition labels and buy breads and grains that state “100% whole wheat” or “whole grain” on the label. This will increase your fibre intake, promoting bowel health and decreasing blood cholesterol. Avoid products that list “wheat flour”, “enriched wheat flour” and “enriched flour” as first ingredients as these are other names for white flour which is devoid of fibre and nutritional value. 5) Plan to attend the free upcoming nutrition seminar called “The Secret Life of Sugar” that will be presented at the school in April 2011. Dates and times will be posted in future newsletters! ‘Nutrition Nuggets’ is written by Andrea Olynyk, Registered Dietitian and Professor of Nutrition at the University of Guelph; Andrea is a School Council member devoted to promoting community nutrition, and in particular, to educating children, young adults and parents on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Stay tuned to upcoming newsletters where Andrea will explore “nuggets” about general nutrition, food facts and myths, and tips on helping your children develop and maintain dietary habits that will result in lifelong health. UPCOMING SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETING Parents are welcome to join School Council for their next meeting on Tuesday January 25, 2011 at 7 p.m. in the library. Junior & Senior Kindergarten Registration for 2011-2012 Registration for the 2011-2012 school year will be held at all Dufferin-Peel Catholic elementary schools February 7, 2011 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. *Snow Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2011 - 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. February 9, 10, 11, 2011 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. and 1:00-3:00 p.m. Junior Kindergarten - Children born in 2007 Senior Kindergarten - Children born in 2006 Parents/Guardians should bring the following documents when registering their child: Proof of age Original Roman Catholic Baptismal Certificate (for parent and child) or Baptismal Certificate of other rites in communion with the Holy See of Rome (if the child has not been baptized, a letter of counseling with the parish priest, to complete the process will be accepted) Updated immunization records Proof of Canadian citizenship or of Landed Immigrant status Proof of home address (utility bill, bank or credit card statement) Proof of English Separate School Support (may be done at the time of registration by completing an Application For the Direction of School Support and/or a Separate School Lease Agreement available at the school) PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS: There will be an information session for parents of children with special needs such as vision, hearing, physical, developmental or autism who are entering the Board for the first time in September 2011. The information session will be held at the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board Office, 40 Matheson Blvd. West, Mississauga (Northwest corner of Hurontario Street and Matheson Blvd., south of Hwy. 401) Room 301 on Wednesday January 26, 2011 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. For more information, contact your local Catholic school or call the Admissions Department at 905-890-0708 ext. 24500. INTEGRATED RIDERSHIP – SCHOOL NEWSLETTERS The school board’s bus transportation services are operated by Student Transportation of Peel Region (STOPR). This is a consortium, or partnership, between the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board and the Peel District School Board. The Ministry of Education requires school board bus transportation consortiums to improve efficiency. One initiative promoted by the Ministry of Education, that is designed to improve efficiency is known as integrated ridership. In integrated ridership, students from both Dufferin-Peel and Peel schools will ride on the same buses, where feasible. A number of school boards across the province have successfully implemented integrated ridership. All eligible students continue to be transported on runs where integrated ridership is implemented. Integrated ridership is designed to create a more effective and efficient operation of service, is more environmentally friendly and reduces traffic in our communities. Integrated ridership may also result in higher transportation funding levels for school boards. Integrated ridership works best in situations where schools are located close to one another and the number of students involved helps achieve better organized bus runs. The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board has approved the implementation of integrated ridership, where feasible, starting September, 2011. During the next few months, STOPR staff will be looking at areas where integrated ridership would work best. It should be noted that integrated ridership does not work well in all areas and, as a result, there may be only a few areas that will have this program. STOPR will provide additional information regarding the selection of schools where integrated ridership will be implemented. Once a school is selected, a possibility exists that school start and dismissal times may be altered from the current times. STOPR will keep you informed through regular updates in school newsletters over the upcoming months.