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From: Wednesday, September 6, 2017 10:16 AM -0400
Subject:East Ridge Community School Opens
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It was an exciting first day of school for those attending the newly reconfigured East Ridge Community School in Owen Sound.  Thanks to the valiant efforts of custodial, Plant Services and school/board staff, as well as contractors, the revamped facility was in fine form to receive junior kindergarten to Grade 8 students, families and staff for the first time on September 5, 2017.  Everyone was curious to catch a glimpse and walk through the building with its customized elementary classrooms and new outdoor playground space.         

With their chosen mascot firmly in place, the East Ridge Falcons are now ready to soar!  A new website for the school is now live at www.erc.bwdsb.on.ca.

“We have an exceptional group of students, families and staff joining together for the first time under one roof at East Ridge.  I look forward to welcoming and working with all of them as we set down roots, establish new traditions, and create our own unique learning culture in this amazing facility,” says Principal Burke Mason.

Another excellent feature is the addition of program opportunities for infants to school age children.  The new Owen Sound YMCA Early Learning Centre is a partnership between the YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce and Bluewater District School Board.  The centre is licensed for 78 children, which includes 30 toddlers and 48 preschoolers.  The YMCA Before and After School program that will also operate out of East Ridge is licensed for 52 junior and senior kindergarten students, and 60 children from Grade 1 and up.

The Ontario Early Years Centre also has a location within the school, with access from the front of the school.  This is a partnership between the County of Grey, Keystone Child, Youth and Family Services, and Bluewater District School Board.  Parents and caregivers attend programs with their infant children.

An official opening for East Ridge Community School is being planned for the fall for members of the public.   

Image of East Ridge Community School front exteriorImage of signage with map in school entrance for parents and students on the first day of school
Images of busses lined up on first day of schoolImage of new outdoor playground space
Image of "Welcome to Kindergarten/Bievenue a la Maternelle" colourful banner near school entranceImage of outdoor play area for Owen Sound YMCA Early Learning Centre
Image of new elementary classroomImage of new elementary classroom
Image of new elementary classroomImage of new elementary classroom
Image of new elementary classroom for older studentsImage of room for the new Owen Sound YMCA Early Learning Centre