James Hart School Update

September 29, 2021

Upcoming Dates:

Friday, October 1, 2021:

End of the 1st Special

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Midterm grades available on Parent Portal

Monday, October 11, 2021

No School for Students-Indigenous People's Day

Friday, October 29, 2021

Early release for students-students will be dismissed at 11:15am.

Mid-Term Grades

We are just about half way through the trimester. Mid-term grades will be available through Parent Portal and Student Portal on Wednesday, October 6th.
Parent Portal Sign-Up Information

Please click the link above for Parent Portal login information.


Please make sure your child brings an extra mask to school each day. We have been giving out 30-40 masks per day to students and it would be helpful if students had an extra mask in case a mask breaks or needs to be replaced. Masks are required for the bus and to enter the school.

Mask wearing on school buses

Below is a message from our bus company regarding students not having a mask and/or not properly wearing masks on the bus.

"We would like to ask for your help in regards to students that don’t have, or don’t want to wear masks on the buses. We have had some discussions with our drivers regarding students not wearing masks on the buses and it was brought to our attention that many students are not coming to the bus with their masks. The students will say that they “forgot it” or “don’t have one.” In addition, many students are not wearing their masks while on the buses during the ride to school and to home. We are asking that you make an announcement to your students that they are required to wear masks while on the bus. We are working with our drivers to pinpoint specific routes that are issues but we are hoping that some general announcements will help the students comply."

It is imperative that students have a mask when they board the bus and wear it properly during the bus ride. This is a safety issue and we will issue disciplinary consequences if necessary.

Shield Testing 9-28-21

James Hart School tested 700 students and staff through Shield on Tuesday, September 28, 2021. We have received 693 results as of 3 pm on 9/29/21 and one person tested positive. The positive case and the close contacts have been personally notified about quarantine procedures. The final results will be posted to the COVID dashboard on the HSD 153 web page.

Counseling Chronicles

Each month, the Social Workers/Counselors in HSD153 put out a newsletter. This year, each newsletter will feature an SEL skill that would be helpful for our students to master.

Skill Spotlight

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. It's important to teach children coping skills that can help them face their fears, calm themselves down, and cheer themselves up. Here are a few emotion-focused and problem-focused coping skills to practice with your child.

  • Labeling feelings
  • Learning positive self-talk
  • Watch a funny movie
  • Create a calm-down kit
  • Practicing the script for asking for help
  • Make a list of pros and cons

To find the full Counseling Chronicles newsletter, click here.