Walnut Grove PS

November 2019 Newsletter

Walnut Grove PS

Principal: P. Lone

Vice Principals: S. Rofaiel, F. Tulloch-Harvey

Superintedant: Patrika Daws

Trustee: Carrie Andrews

About Us

Walnut Grove’s Daily Schedule

Entry Bell 9:15

Period 1 9:15 - 9:55

Period 2 9:55 - 10:35

Period 3 10:35 - 11:15

Nutrition Break A 11:15 - 11:35

Nutrition Break B 11:35 - 11:55

Period 4 11:55 - 12:35

Period 5 12:35 - 1:15

D.P.A. 1:15 - 1:35

Nutrition Break C 1:35 - 1:55

Nutrition Break D 1:55 - 2:15

Period 6 2:15 - 2:55

Period 7 2:55 - 3:35

Dismissal 3:35


School Security

All parents and visitors entering the school during school hours must be buzzed in through the front doors and sign in and out at the office.


You are also reminded to wear a visitor’s badge while you are in the school. For safety reasons, it is important that we know who is in the school at all times.


Student Absences


Your child’s safety is very important to us, for this reason please make sure to call the automated attendance line at 1-855-209-6155 for each day that your child is going to be absent from school or will be coming in late.


An attendance call can be made at anytime however you need to call before 9 a.m. for the current school day. Safe arrival calls will be made each day for students that have an unexplained absence.


Late Arrivals

If a student arrives late to school, after the 9:15 a.m. entry bell, they must report to the office to sign in and receive a late slip before going to their class. Please help your child arrive to school on time up establishing and encouraging morning routines


Medication

If your child will require to take or have any medication (eg. Epi-pens, inhalers) while at school due to asthma, allergies or other medical conditions please inform the office. You will be given a medical form that will need to be completed by your family doctor and returned to school with the medication. No medication can be administered at the school without having a current medical form completed and on file at the school.


Birthdays

There are several students and staff who have severe food allergies in our school. For that reason, we ask to you please do not send any food items as a treat for a birthday or special celebration. If you wish to celebrate, sending materials to support learning in our school such as pencils, crayons, books, etc. would be appropriate. Thank you for your understanding.


Kiss and Ride

We understand that there are a lot of cars in the morning and after school using the Drop Off lane. We are asking for your patience and understanding and to follow the guidance of the teachers on duty.


Please note that children should never exit from the driver's side and even if they are seated behind the driver they should exit from the curbside.


Thank you for helping us in making Walnut Grove a safe school for all of our students


Nutrition Break Routines


We encourage all students to remain at school during both Nutrition Breaks, to participate in the variety of extra-curricular activities offered. However, we recognize that some families want their children to come home for lunch. In order to ensure student safety at all times, we have established some expectations for Nutrition Break Routines:


· parents/guardians will be asked to complete a form indicating their wishes for daily routines for lunch for their children – these will be kept on file to ensure that routines are being followed

·anytime that those routines are changed, parents/guardians will be required to contact the school (by phone or in writing) indicating the change in routine

· if students go home for lunch, they are expected to remain home for the entire break (40 minutes)

· students are expected to return ON TIME for next period



STUDENTS WILLL NOT BE PERMITTED TO LEAVE SCHOOL PROPERTY AT NUTRITION BREAKS EXCEPT TO GO HOME FOR LUNCH WITH PARENT PERMISSION. Students will not be allowed to go to the plaza across the street, nor are they allowed to go to a friend’s house for lunch.


Help protect students with severe allergies by keeping lunches, snacks

peanut-free


Anaphylaxis is a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction that affects some children. We ask that you help us take care of these students by sending lunches and snacks for your child that are free from peanuts or nuts, because these foods are the leading cause of anaphylaxis.


Please read the label of any food you plan to send to school with your child. If the label says, "May contain nuts or peanuts," please do not send it to school.


You can get a complete copy of the Peel board's anaphylaxis guideline from the school office.


Supervision in Yard


Yard supervision for students begins at 9:00 a.m. Students should not be dropped off, or be arriving on school property, prior to 9:00 a.m. When outside, students need to play in their designated area and remain visible to the supervisor in the schoolyard.


Volunteers


Parents play an important role in the development and education of their children and in the success of the school community. At Walnut Grove, we welcome and encourage the participation of parents and community members, and are grateful for the countless hours our volunteers contribute throughout the school year.


To volunteer at our school, you must complete a short interview and a criminal record check. This Criminal Record Check must have been completed within the last 6 months, must include a Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS) and must be an original copy. A police background check is required for all school volunteers in Ontario. Even if you want to accompany your child on a field trip, you need this background check.


Once you have completed the process, you are on file with the Peel District School Board as being a school volunteer. All returning volunteers will be mailed an Offence Declaration Form that must be filled out and returned to the board office each year. You will not be able to volunteer with the Peel board until you have returned this form.


If you have any questions about criminal record checks or the offence declaration form, please call the board office at 905-890-1010 ext. 2832.


Bring Your Own Device (B.Y.O.D.)


Walnut Grove students are welcome, with the permission of their parent/guardian, to bring a device from home to use at school for educational related purposes only. Students are expected to demonstrate good digital citizenship through the appropriate, responsible, legal and ethical use of technology. Parents are asked to sign a BYOD contract around the safe use of technology at school as outlined in the school’s code of conduct. Parents please look for this contract in your child’s agenda within the first few weeks of September.


If a student does not have access to a personal device, a school device (e.g., Net book, Chrome book, I Pad), may be made available for their use while on school property.

Acting-Principal's Message

Fantastic! Thank you Parents for responding so well in order to participate in one way or another at Walnut Grove Public School. Your role as a team member working together with your child’s classroom teacher, the support staff, and the administration of the school will help each and every one of us within the school community be better able to meet the needs of those most precious to us: the children.

During October:

  • The School Council was chosen,
  • Parents, Staff, and Students supported our Terry Fox Fundraising,
  • Parents have volunteered in the classroom, in the library, and on School Field Trips,
  • Parents have shared their comments and compliments while visiting the school both in the morning and in the afternoon.
  • Parents helped us celebrate their children’s accomplishments during the Character Assembly


It is the recognition of the values we hold as teachers and parents and our ability to voice positive compliments to each other that serves as a most powerful model to our children.

Fantastic!


R. Armstrong

School Council

Character at Walnut Grove

We held our first School Council Meeting of the year on October 10, 2019. Elected members took on the following positions for the year:

Bob Nagra - Co-Chair

Neha Ghumman - Co-Chair

Nicole Anderson - Secretary

Nayan Brahmbhatt - Treasurer

Shawn Gilchrist - Member at large


Our next scheduled School Council Meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, from 5:15 - 6:15 pm in the Office. All parents are welcome to attend, as we begin to plan activities that support students and the school success plan.

Character at Walnut Grove

For the month of November, the focus will be on Courage as we also celebrate Remembrance Day this month. We also recognize the Grandfather Teaching of Bravery.


Bravery is facing difficulty head-on. A KG student could be having courage to do up a zipper. A Gr.5 student could be having courage to walk to school for the first time. A Gr.8 student could be having courage to mentor a Gr.2 student during Learning Buddies. Courage or bravery is not only demonstrated through one big event. It is demonstrated in the everyday little things we have to face.

Character Trait Monthly Winners

Kindergarten: Simret, Eliott, Samira, Navreet, Kirithiga, Rumeha, Milan, Tiya, Suryadeep, Nimrit, Josuha-Cole, Jordan, Amyra, Arushan, Mayukh


Grade 1: Anshdeep, Khashini, Rabpreet, Ryan, Aruhi, Kate, Siddhi, Masroor, Aiza, Aiza, Gurfateh, Isabella, Mia-Rose, Kiaan, Jaziba


Grade 2: Ishan, Zainab, Nakshitha, Riana, Ajay, Harsika, Pranav, Fateh, Ekjot, Guneet, Twisha, Barima, Aarav, Jasraj, Kaden, Shivam, Akshay


Grade 3: Yuvraj, Kapilan, Luxshan, Avneet, Aarmaan, Maya, Makayla, Evan, Ajay


Grade 4: Abi, Karman, Kevin, Amber, Parmansh, Venila, Anabiya, Armaan, Nikhil, Simran, Raza, Ranbir


Grade 5: Khushpreet, Dipesh, Shiven, Shiesh, Arya, Harnam, Adhyan, Paavan, Ravijot, Zoiya, Prisha, Shelese


Grade 6: Anaya, Jasman, Baltej, Shreya, Jason, Simar, Sahib, Shania, Haya, Tanush, Davin, Giya, Angad


Grade 7: Zaara, Lakzan, Anant, Divjot, nimrat, Poshika, Shaan, Shivesh, Gurnoor, Sahara, Leila, Bilal


Grade 8: Abheet, Jiya, Gurkirat, Cameron, Ishrat, Itee, Heetayau, Jasmine, Harman, Jasraj, Manreet, Nidhi, Julian, Madison, Royston, Jason


All Stars in the Gym: Gavin, Pawan, Simrit, Krish, Aria, Nihithan, Neshiny, Shaan

What's Happening at Walnut Grove

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News from the Eco Team

November 2019


Since last year, the eco team has been working diligently on many projects.


Please have a look at photos taken since Spring 2019


We ask that you kindly participate in our newest initiative, the Boomerang lunch:


Please have a look at our slideshow about BOOMERANG LUNCHES!


The boomerang lunch is intended to help parents and the environment in a couple of ways:


  1. You will know what your child has or has not eaten.

  2. You will become better informed about what can be composted, recycled or thrown away.


Please engage in a conversation with your child about responsible garbage disposal.


For your reference, these two posters are what students see in our school. Composting is available in Mrs. Locke’s room only.


Coming Soon... The Walnut Grove Newspaper

In the month of October, we invited Walnut Grove PS journalism enthusiasts to join our Newspaper Club. This call to action was answered by over 50 students. The students were asked to suggest topics of interest to them and this has resulted in 13 different columns. The students are now busily involved in research, writing and drawing. Please stay tooned for the first edition. We would like to have it ready by mid December.​


Mr. Lindsay and Mrs. Puscas

News from the Wolf Den

In the Gym


Football Unit

Over the last month student’s have been participating in a variety of invasion and territory style games as we worked through our Football unit in the gym. Students practiced a variety of skills such as running, sending and receiving a variety of objects and guarding through many different games played in P.E class. Some favourites were: chicken coop, endzone, touchdown dodgeball and rock paper scissors football. Next we will be moving into our volleyball unit where students will participate in a variety of net/wall games and continue to develop their sending and receiving skills.


Terry Fox and Pies in the Face!!

Our annual Terry Fox walk this year was a blast. We were able to raise over $3000 and donate it to the Terry Fox Foundation. The students of Walnut Grove played a huge part in our success and this wouldn’t be possible without them. Top classes that raised the most money had a pizza party and few students were selected to pie a teacher in the face. Students had an amazing time and were thrilled to see our teachers and principals have a pie smudged in their faces!

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Cross Country


After a month of training the Cross Country team participated in the running meet at Heart Lake Conservation area on October 23. Six students from eac grade 5, 6, 7 and 8 participated in a cross country run through the trails at the conservation area. Students from grade 5 ran a total of 2km, grade 6 students ran 2.5 km, grade 7 students ran 3km and grade 8 students ran 4 km. Students persevered through the wind and cold to run through the muddy trails and showed a positive attitude despite the cold weather conditions. All members did exceptionally well but an honourable mention goes to Saleena Banga for placing 13th of all the grade 8 girls in Division B. Well Done Wolves!

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Intramurals

Grade 7/8 Dodgeball

The dodgeball intramural is well underway on day 1 and day 2 at first nutrition break. The competition is steep this year as we have many competitive and intense dodgeball players in the league. There is currently a 5-way tie for first place going into the final week! Please check back next month for the final champions!


Grade 3/4 Dodgeball

The grade ¾ students played amazingly in the Dodgeball Intramural, trying their best while playing every game, along with maintaining a good attitude and fantastic sportsmanship. They worked on enhancing their throwing and catching skills and played competitively while having a really fun time! The teams that made it to the finals were “Not In The Face” and “Don’t Stop Ball-eiving”. Both teams demonstrated determination and the victorious team was “Not In The Face” winning a hard fought game! “Not In The Face” will also be playing against teachers in recognition of their victory. Good luck to both teams!


Upcoming Sports:

We’re always eager to start up a new season in the Wolf Den and our next team try-outs are currently underway. Junior and Senior Volleyball tournaments will be taking place in November and December, and we have many avid students looking forward to the potential of working hard and making these tournaments a success. Stay tuned for results from these 4 volleyball tournaments.


The sport well immediately be following up with is another set of Net-Wall Games - badminton and spikeball! We can’t wait.


October All-Stars in the Gym

Congratulations to the following students for their dedication to sport, athleticism and sportsmanship!


Aria (1FB)

Gavin (2FA)

Nihithan (3A)

Pawan (4A)

Neshiny (5A)

Simrit (6B)

Shaan (7C)

Krish (8FA)

Photo Retake Day- Tuesday, November 5th

If your child was absent on photo day, they will have the opportunity to have their picture taken on November 5th. If you wish to have your child retake their photo, please send a note in to your child's teacher.
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November Progress Reports

Progress Reports will be sent home to all parents on Thursday, November 7, 2019.


Along with the Report will be a form to request desired times for Student Led Conferences.


Please complete the request form and return it to school as soon as possible to ensure that you receive the time frame that you would like. Families with siblings will need to be coordinated between teachers. Please read below for an explanation of the process and purpose of Student Led Conferences. We are looking forward to seeing all families during the November 14 and 15 reporting period for Student Led Conferences.

Student Led Conferences

This year we will again engage in Student Led Conferences, as opposed to traditional Parent-Teacher interviews.


Students will take a lead role in the conference. They will prepare by collecting work samples, selecting pieces to talk about and reflect on their learning. At the conference they will show, talk about and demonstrate their learning to their parents.


Parents will be invited to listen to their child’s sharing, ask questions, give feedback to their child and help their child set new goals.


Research shows that when students are involved in this process, when they can articulate their learning and what they still need to work on, then achievement improves. In fact, when students communicate their learning using a variety of work samples they go beyond grades and scores alone and are able to examine the depth, detail and range of their learning. From this, they can then identify their strengths and next steps.


Teachers will welcome between two and four families into the classroom for a predetermined time period. Students will share their learning reflections with their parents, with the support of their teacher.


At the end of the conference, if the parent still has questions or concerns, they are invited to connect with the teacher to continue the conversation at another mutually convenient date/time.

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Remembrance Day 2019 - Ceremony on Monday, November 11 at Walnut Grove

What is Remembrance Day?

Remembrance Day is a memorial day which take place every year so that countries in the Commonwealth can remember members of the armed forces who have lost their lives serving their country.



When is Remembrance Day?

Remembrance Day is always 11th November (11/11). It was on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, that combat in World War 1 came to an end in 1918.

Remembrance Day has been observed since 1919.


Why do we wear poppies on Remembrance Day?

The poppy was one of the first flowers to bloom on the battlefields of Flanders during World War 1. Their bright red colour symbolised the blood shed during the horrific conflict, but also the hope of new life, and the poppy became the symbol of Remembrance Day.


The Remembrance Poppy has been used as a symbol since 1920. Today, poppies are worn on clothing in the days leading up to Remembrance Day, and poppy wreaths are placed on war memorials. This is why Remembrance Day is often known as Poppy Day.



Walnut Grove will be having their Remembrance Day assemblies on November 11, 2019 at 9:30am and 10:20 am. We will also have our Character Assemblies during this time.

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Traffic Safety at Walnut Grove

Each day we are amazed at the number of personal safety risks we see people take in order to "save time." Walnut Grove has approximately 1000 students, and it DOES take time at entry and dismissal times for all students to enter and exit SAFELY. We ask that you review our safety protocols and be a role model for safety for our students.


Kiss and Ride

  • always pull your car up as far as possible to allow more cars in the K&R lane
  • Never let your children out of the car in the middle lane; students can only exit a vehicle from the K&R lane closest to the school
  • Drivers must remain in their cars - this is not a parking area- pull up, students get out of the car, car leaves
  • SLOW DOWN
  • Enter to the right, NOT the left - please follow the arrows
  • Always follow the directions of the staff who are on duty - they are there to help keep your children safe
  • Be patient- if everyone follows the same rules, the K&R runs quickly and efficiently

Bus Lanes at the Front of the School

  • this is NOT a pick up or drop off area for cars
  • DO NOT enter this driveway while the buses are loading or unloading at the beginning and at the end of each day
  • DO NOT run through the bus lanes to and from the street - this VERY DANGEROUS - use the sidewalks, as it only takes an extra minute or two

Traffic on Pinestaff and Tappett

  • be considerate of the Buses - do not block their entry into the front driveway, and allow them out of the driveway and back on to the road
  • Please model for children how to cross the street safely - darting in between moving cars on the roads is not only dangerous, it teaches kids to ignore safety
  • Cross with crossing guards, and at the lights
  • Do not block entrances and exits
  • Slow down

Parking Cars on the Street

  • obey the signs - many parents have received tickets for parking in areas that they shouldn't
  • Do not block entrances/exits
  • Use sidewalks to bring children to and from the school - never dart between buses

Overall, we have staff who are out on supervision duty in the morning and after school, to ensure student safety. We are asking for your help too. Please follow the directions of the staff on duty; they are thee to help keep you and your children safe.

#chooseACTION to Stop Hate on Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week

#chooseACTION on Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week

The Peel District School Board will recognize Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, November 17 to 23, 2019.

Bullying is a form of harassment. The World Health Organization says, “Bullying…demands the concerted and coordinated time and attention of health-care providers, policy-makers and families.” (Prevention of Bullying, 2010) Bullying is a relationship problem, with relationship solutions.

Each year, across the Peel board, students, staff and families engage in learning and programming opportunities focussed on actively disrupting bullying, by creating positive and safe Climates for Learning and Working, built on a foundation of healthy relationships.

This year the Peel board community will ‘#chooseACTION to STOP hate’ in their classrooms, offices, schools and communities, in order to make these spaces better places for everyone.

Establishing and maintaining a positive Climate for Learning and Working requires all of us to actively intervene on assumptions, stereotyping, bias, discrimination and hate. We must proactively act and speak in ways that are inclusive, accepting of others and values difference.

Throughout the week, we will be highlighting the importance of being an upstanding bystander by acting to stop hate:

Step 1: Stop the Action

Step 2: Name it

Step 3: Explain the impact/harm

Step 4: Ask the person causing the harm to change their behavior

Step 5: Support the person harmed.

The Peel board would like to hear about the big and small actions, pledges, and promises our Peel community values, and ask that you take a moment to share your #chooseACTION to STOP hate” moments on social media.

Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week is one of the key items contained in Bill 13: The Accepting Schools Act, that came into effect on Sept. 1, 2012. For more information, visit www.peelschools.org/aboutus/safeschools/bullying or

www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/safeschools/prevention.html.

News From the Peel District School Board

Nov. 7 – Celebrate Peel Teaching Assistant and Early Childhood Educators’ Appreciation Day

In 2014, the board of trustees declared the last Wednesday in October as the Peel Teaching Assistant and Early Childhood Educators’ (ECE) Appreciation Day. This year, the recognition day falls on Nov. 7, 2019. The Peel board appreciates the important work of teaching assistants and ECEs, and the contributions that they make in the lives of children, families and community members.

Nov. 29 – Say 'thanks' for Peel Custodial & Maintenance Workers’ Day

In 2014, the board of trustees declared the last Friday in November as the Peel Custodial and Maintenance Workers’ Day. This year, the recognition day falls on Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. Take this opportunity to thank the important work of custodial and maintenance workers and their hard work and commitment to well-being and safety.

Walnut Grove Celebrates Hindu Heritage Month in November

During Hindu Heritage Month, schools across Peel will participate in a number of activities that recognize and celebrate the rich heritage, history, culture and contributions of Hindu Canadians as well as Hindu communities from around the world.

On April 9, 2019, as part of the board’s commitment to equity and inclusion, the Peel board approved a motion to recognize and celebrate Hindu Heritage Month in November. In addition to Hindu Heritage Month, the Peel board also approved a motion to recognize and celebrate Islamic Heritage Month in October, Indigenous Heritage Month in November, Sikh Heritage Month in April and Jewish Heritage Month in May. The board will continue to recognize Black History Month in February, Asian Heritage Month in May and Pride Month in June.

The Province of Ontario declared the month of November as Hindu Heritage Month in 2016. The month of November was chosen in recognition of “Deepawali” or “Diwali”, which is a significant festival in the Hindu community.

On October 4, 2018, a Member of Parliament introduced a Private Member’s Bill (PMB), Bill C-416 in the House of Commons to designate the month of October as Hindu Heritage Month in Canada. The bill is currently going through several stages to become law.


At Walnut Grove, students and staff will engage in deep learning, discussion and activity, about the amazing contributions made by members of the Hindu community around the world. We look forward to this learning.

Walnut Grove Celebrates Indigenous Heritage Month in November

Schools across Peel will participate in a number of activities in November to recognize, celebrate and honour the rich heritage, culture, contributions and diversity of First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities across Canada.

On June 19, 2019, as part of the board’s commitment to equity and inclusion and to help better reflect student identity, trustees approved a motion to recognize and celebrate Indigenous Heritage Month in the month of November. This month includes several dates of significance, including, Treaty Recognition Week, Indigenous Veterans Day, Louis Riel Day, and the Peel Community Cultural Indigenous Celebration and Pow Wow.

In addition to Indigenous Heritage Month, the Peel board has also approved a motion to recognize and celebrate Islamic Heritage Month in October, Hindu Heritage Month in November, Sikh Heritage Month in April and Jewish Heritage Month in May. The board will continue to recognize Black History Month in February, Asian Heritage Month in May and Pride Month in June.

The House of Commons officially recognized June as National Indigenous History Month following a unanimous motion in 2009. In the month of June, Peel board schools and worksites will raise and/or display the flag of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation in the spirit of equity, inclusion and reconciliation. The raising of this flag is only one of the ways we help to create spaces that are inclusive, welcoming and safe for students, staff and families.


Walnut Grove is proud to participate in Indigenous Heritage Month and Treaties Week. Throughout the month, we will be engaging in a variety of educational activities to acknowledge Indigenous heritage and culture. This month, our character trait is Courage and our Grandfather Teaching is Bravery. We will continue to learn about the Grandfather Teachings throughout the year, as a part of our monthly character assemblies. Students will listen to announcements and engage in short activities related to Treaties. Students will continue to develop and to strengthen their reading comprehension strategies during Book Relays. Each class will read books about Indigenous Heritage and engage in discussions to reflect on their learning. In addition, we will be launching "Shannen's Dream Team," a student leadership group to focus on reconciliation, environmental stewardship and allyship related to Indigenous issues in the upcoming months- stay tuned!

Is French Immersion right for my child?

If your child will be starting grade 1 in September 2020, one of the important choices you will make is whether you want to apply for the French Immersion (FI) program.


To find out the FI school your child would attend, visit www.peelschools.org/French or

call the school in your area.

Grade 1 French Immersion important dates for the 2020-21 school year

Information night

Attend the information meeting at the French Immersion school your child would attend

Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 at 7 p.m.

Applications open

Available at www.peelschools.org/French

Monday, Nov. 25, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.

Application deadline

Applications received after this date will be put on a waiting list.

Friday, Jan. 31, 2020

The Peel board has a limited number of spaces available for students interested in grade 1 French Immersion. At this time, the grade 1 FI enrolment cap is set at 25 per cent of all Peel students enrolling in grade 1. A random selection process is used to determine which students will be offered spaces in the grade 1 FI program.

For more information

  1. visit www.peelschools.org/French

  2. call your nearest French Immersion school

  • connect with families who have children in the French Immersion program

  • visit the Canadian Parents for French website at http://on.cpf.ca

Is Extended French right for my child?

If your child will be starting grade 7 in September 2020, one of the important choices you will make is whether you want to apply for the Extended French (EF) program.

To find out the EF school your child would attend, visit www.peelschools.org/French or

call the school in your area.

Grade 7 Extended French dates for the 2020-21 school year

Information night

Attend the information meeting at the Extended French school your child would attend

Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 at 7 p.m.

Applications open

Apply at www.peelschools.org/French

Monday, Nov. 25, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.

Application deadline

Applications received after this date will be put on a waiting list.

Friday, Jan. 31, 2020

A random selection process is used to determine which students will be offered spaces in the grade 7 EF program. Applications for grade 7 Extended French will only be considered for students who are currently registered in an English program and have not been previously in a French Immersion program. Students currently enrolled in grade 6 French Immersion will continue grade 7 in the French Immersion program.

For more information

  1. visit www.peelschools.org/French

  2. call your nearest Extended French school

  • connect with families who have children in the Extended French program

  • visit the Canadian Parents for French website at http://on.cpf.ca

Give what you can on United Way Giving Day – Nov. 14, 2019

At the Peel District School Board, our mission is to inspire success, confidence and hope in each student – each and every day. Yet we know that there are many needs in our community that we can’t address on our own, like providing food for families that may go without or supporting communities after a crisis. That’s why we are holding a board-wide giving day in support of United Way Greater Toronto, a key partner and supporter of Peel families.

This year, the Peel board has declared Nov. 14 as United Way Giving Day to raise much needed funds for United Way Greater Toronto and the network of local, Peel social service agencies it supports. Whether it’s providing shelter for a mother and her children in Brampton, matching a child who is at risk with a mentor in Caledon, or funding a breakfast program in Mississauga for youth that would otherwise go hungry, United Way offers hope and possibility to thousands in our community.

A donation of:

· $2 may go towards a breakfast program for a child from a low income family.

· $10 supports a child with interactive, recreational outings for one year, including healthy snacks and transportation, to help them build their social skills and self-esteem.

· $25 is enough to provide a daily homework club that gives children and youth access to computers, peer support and mentors.


This is a completely voluntary campaign and any contributions are welcome. Whether you send a loonie, toonie, cheque made out to United Way Greater Toronto, or donate through school cash online, your contribution will make a difference. Pledges of $25 or more will receive a tax receipt from United Way Greater Toronto. To receive a receipt, you must fill out the pledge form on the back and send it to school with your donation by Dec. 13, 2019. If you donate through School Cash Online, attach a copy of your receipt to your completed pledge form.

Thank you for lending a helping hand to those who need it most. Together, we can help those in poverty which wouldn’t be possible without your continued support – your local love can change lives.

Stan Cameron Peter Joshua
Chair of the Board Director of Education

Bus cancellation and closing schools due to bad weather

During the winter months, we may need to cancel buses or close schools because of inclement weather.

Information regarding details of cancellations or closures will be announced on radio, television stations and will also be available on Twitter @Peelschools, Twitter @STOPRinfo, Facebook at www.facebook.com/peelschools, www.peelschools.org and www.stopr.ca or by calling

905-890-1010 or 1-800-668-1146.

One of the following messages will be announced:

Peel District School Board buses are cancelled

This means that schools remain open for students and staff, but buses are cancelled. Bus cancellations could occur in all or parts of municipalities. Buses will remain cancelled all day. All activities that require busing will also be cancelled. Permits, night school classes, child care and other activities in schools will operate as usual.

All Peel District School Board schools and board offices are closed

This means that all schools and Peel board offices are closed to students and staff. All activities in schools and board offices are also cancelled, including child care, night school and permits.

All evening programs and permits at the Peel District School Board are cancelled

This means that all activities in schools and Peel board offices are cancelled, including continuing education courses and events. The buildings will be closed.

All weekend programs and permits at the Peel District School Board are cancelled

This means that all activities in schools and Peel board offices are cancelled, including continuing education courses and events. The buildings will be closed.

Peel Public Health shares tips to help prevent the flu

It’s flu season and we want to make sure students stay as healthy as possible this year! Influenza (flu) spreads easily from one person to another and Peel Public Health has some tips to help reduce the risk of catching the flu and spreading it:

  • Get your annual flu shot: The flu shot is your best defence against the flu. There are many locations across Peel where you can get your flu shots:

      • Family Doctors’ offices

      • Walk-in clinics

      • Pharmacies

      • Peel flu clinics

  • Keep children home when they’re sick: If your child develops flu-like signs and symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue), keep them home from school. Contact your health care provider if symptoms are severe.

  • Practice good hygiene: Help your child get into the habit of covering their nose and mouth with a tissue when they cough or sneeze and throw tissues in the trash. Cough or sneeze into a sleeve or elbow, if they don’t have a tissue. They should also avoid touching their eyes, nose or mouth. This is how germs are spread.

  • Wash your hands: Encourage your child to wash their hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer, especially after they cough or sneeze.

For more information, call Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700 or visit www.peelregion.ca/flu.

Help your teen plan for grade 9 course selections for 2020-21

Soon, current grade 8 students will select their courses for grade 9. Before they do, we want to ensure that they have the opportunity to consult with their teachers, guidance counsellor, if applicable, and their parents.

As our partners, families are encouraged to help prepare their teens for course selection. We encourage you to become familiar with the process by creating a myBlueprint account.

Additionally, parents/guardians and students can review Chart Your Course, the Peel District School Board’s common course calendar, at www.peelschools.org/students/commoncoursecalendar. This guide will help you understand the course selection process and provide information on the courses and programs offered in Peel secondary schools.

You can also visit www.myBlueprint.ca/Peel, an online planning tool that includes the following:

  • high school planner for course selection

  • goal-setting

  • career spectrum for finding your learning style

  • occupation planner for exploring careers

  • post-secondary planner for opportunities after high school

    The grade 9 course selection process will be open from Nov. 11 to Dec. 3, 2019. If you have questions or are looking for course suggestions, please contact your teen’s teachers or guidance counsellor.

Traffic safety in our community

Safety is a top priority at our school. Here is a list of traffic tips to keep students, staff and parents safe while commuting to and from school.

  • Respect traffic signs and road markers around the school.
  • Drive slowly and with caution on and near school property. Adhere to the posted speed limits on any surrounding streets used by students on their way to and from school.
  • Always yield to pedestrian traffic. Wait for students, staff members and parents to cross before driving past them.
  • When dropping your child off at the school, use the Kiss'n'Ride area. This is a supervised area that is designed to keep students safe.
  • Do not double park or do anything else to block traffic or draw your child off the curb and into traffic. Do not take shortcuts over curbs.
  • Have your child ready to exit the car when you reach the curb. Say goodbye to your child before you park at the curb to let your child out of your car.
  • During regular drop-off times, students are to remain in the car until it is safe for them to exit the car onto the curb.
  • Follow the directions of staff or volunteers on duty in the school parking lot and treat staff, students, volunteers, passengers and other drivers with respect.
  • Consider parking off site and walking a short distance to school. This will give you time to talk to your children about their day, review new vocabulary words, math concepts, etc.
  • Remind your child to only cross the street at an intersection or crosswalk. They should never “jaywalk” by crossing in the middle of the street.
  • Students who bike to school should always wear a helmet, and follow all traffic laws. They should only cross the street at a crosswalk or intersection—never in the middle of the road.