Walnut Grove PS

March 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


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.


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


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.


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.

Principal's Message

This month promises to be a lot of fun for staff and students. There are a wide variety of activities and events planned throughout March. Our Glee Club will be going out to participate in their first event, and we wish them the best of luck. There are numerous field trips for various grades, basketball and badminton tournaments for various grade levels, a French Café, and some Eco activities, including "The Great Gulp." One of the highlights just before the March Break is our annual Charity Basketball Tournament. This year we have invited our friends from the Police Department to play a staff versus the game. Thank you to the Phys. Ed department for organizing this amazing event for Walnut Grove.

I think everyone, staff included, look forward to the month of March because of the March Break. This year our March Break will be March 11-15th. I hope that all of our families enjoy the week off together, and that you have a chance to spend quality family time together.

STEAM Week for all grades begins the week of March 25-29, followed by the week of April 1-5. Ask your child what they are doing for their STEAM activity - you will be amazed!

This month, Ms. Simone has organized a Grade 3-4 Basketball tournament, which will be hosted by Walnut Grove. We look forward to some friendly competition between the various schools in our family, and we wish our team well! Go Wolves Go!

Happy St. Patrick's Day on March 17th for those who celebrate!

Good-Bye and Welcome...

As you already know, Ms. Maharaj, our Vice Principal of almost 2 years has moved to another school. Ms. Maharaj has been such an integral part of Walnut Grove, especially with our School Success plans and goals. She has fostered the development of our focus on Indigenous education, and has been instrumental in supporting our staff in embedding this important learning and knowledge into the curriculum. As well, Ms. Maharaj has played an important role in our focus on We Rise Together and education around anti-black racism. Her leadership at Walnut Grove has been exemplary and she will be greatly missed. We certainly wish her well in her new role as Vice Principal at Thorndale.

We are very happy to welcome Mrs. Tulloch-Harvey as our new 0.5 Vice Principal. Mrs. Tulloch-Harvey comes to us from Aylesbury P.S., and has a rich background in her work around Equity, including very strong leadership skills. We are very much looking forward to getting to know her and working collaboratively to keep moving Walnut Grove forward I achieving our school success goals.

School Council

Unfortunately, due to weather conditions, our February 13 School Council meeting was cancelled. Our next scheduled School Council Meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. All Parents are welcome to attend school Council meetings.

Traffic Safety at Walnut Grove

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
  • 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.

Character at Walnut Grove

For the Month of March, the monthly character focus is RESPECT. The Equity focus for this month is Untie the Knots of Prejudice.

Respect means: treating others, yourself, and the environment with high regard and value.
You show RESPECT when you:

· Be polite to everyone.

· Treat yourself and others with care and value.

· Honour the rules of your home, school, workplace and community.

· Demonstrate value for yourself, your body and your rights.

· Take care with other people's property and belongings.

Untying the knots means looking at our world closely and examining what we can do to make life smoother for

everyone. How can we help to eliminate the “isms”? By learning to identify and avoid the “isms” (e.g., anti-Semitism, ageism, sexism, racism, classism, ableism). Students can become aware of their own prejudices and those around them. Recognizing and celebrating diversity is the key to eliminating prejudice.

Character Trait Monthly Winners

Kindergarten: Armaan, Mahi, Seeret, Abena, Arjun, Karan, Avleen, Amari, Manreet, Aliya, Joshua-Cole, Manha, Hargun, Kate, Aryan

Grade 1/2: Arjun, Anhad, Pahul, Anushka

Grade 1: Sareen, AJ, Aashan, Mehar, Japreet, Pranav, Kayden, Karm, Manmeet,

Grade 2: Mananya, Alisha Greg, Rishi, Angad, Ashir, Pari, Gurshan, Nihithan, Amrit, Shagana, Gurman

Grade 3: Zaki, Melissa, Pawan, Oshar, Zurie, Harkirat, Vaishvi, Aiyshaann, Tharanya, Roop, geet, Siya, Agam, Nathaniel, Shreya

Grade 4: Jasnam, Daniel, Jasleen, Ajithan, Adhyan, Abhijot, Riya, Hejran, Daman, Abby, Amina, Angadh, Sahibjit, Amir

Grade 5: Sathishan, Navraj, Namjas, Harshika, Ranveer, Anjalie, Kaela, Angelina, Harsil, Nathaniel, Devanshi, Abhijeet, Parneet, Karmine, Gurshan, Matilda, Davin

Grade 6: Komlica, Ragha, Praykshaa, Rashad, Saanvi, Harkeerat, Kavleen, Ashmit, Anmol, Amardeep, Tisjot, Sahara, Rajan

Grade 7: Jaskirat, yuvraj, Krish, Cameron, Kaira, Musharrif, Manisha, Sumaira, Khushpreet, Jasleen, Anshit, Meera, Aathischan, Malachi, Attiya, Anjali, Kalia, Manreet, Nathaniel

Grade 8: Jena, Karan, Vidhi, Yasmin, Aaryan, Jasdeep, Shiya, Sarah, Cyrisse, Ishan, Bethanai, Krish, Keianna, Jashandeep, Denrick

Grade 8 Graduation Photos

Tuesday, March 19th, 9:30am

Walnut Grove Public School, Brampton, ON, Canada

Brampton, ON

Grade 8 Graduation Photos will be taken on Tuesday, March 20th at Walnut Grove PS.
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Empowering Modern Learners at Walnut Grove

In February, Walnut Grove staff focused on 'Informative Assessment' - one of the 6 elements of Empowering Modern Learning. The Leadership Team planned PD for our February staff meeting. Staff explored specific assessment topics like: using rubrics to assess STEAM activities; strategies for informative assessment; peer- and self- assessment strategies. Grade teams studied board resources addressing the topic of informative assessment. Grade teams came out with practical tools to support assessment work this spring.

In the next stretch of the academic year, staff will be exploring the next few EML elements more closely. Collaborative planning and assessment makes for some of the most powerful tools for professional development that directly impacts student success. We are proud of the work the staff is doing around assessment, and we see the impact on students' achievement everyday.

Equity Work at Walnut Grove

February has been a special time at Walnut Grove where students and staff attended more closely to the great contributions of members of the Black Community in Canada and all over the world. Daily announcements built awareness and the culminating BHM Assembly was the crowning success. Students in our Rising Black Stars group, as well as students in many different grade levels had poignant poetry, song, dance and drama presentations. The Glee Club presented riveting renditions of some of the greatest Black artists of all time like Aritha Franklin, Billy Holiday, Ray Charles, Chuck Berry and Michael Jackson. Our BHM display case has also struck a cord with many of our community members who shared with us how the artifacts and art resonated with them. It's been an excellent month of commemoration and learning for all.

News from the Music Department

News from the Music Department

March 2019


Mrs. Locke will begin the STRINGS unit after March Break. Students in grades 4-8 will be invited to expand their knowledge on their choice of either the ukulele or the guitar.

Grades 3 students will begin to learn the ukulele for the first time!

Miss Leaton:

  • Grade 1-2 students are going to be learning how to use the Boomwhackers after March Break

  • Grade 3-8 students are going to start learning how to play the piano (a new instrument to Walnut Grove!!) after March Break

  • JR. CHOIR has started! We are having a great time singing together. Stay tuned for our upcoming performances!!

Ms. Gianarakos:

-Grade 1 and 2 students are continuing to learn and develop their skills in the First Steps of Music Program, Semester 2

-Within this program, students are learning call and response echo songs, simple rhythms, story songs, and are getting opportunities to compose their very own songs

- Grade 3 and 4 students are continuing to learn and develop their skills in the First Steps of Music Program, Semester 2

-All Grade 1-4 students, have begun to explore the wonderful world of Orff instruments and Bucket drumming during the months of February-April

-Grade 1 Choir has begun!

- This is a special opportunity where all Grade 1 students come to Ms. Gianarakos’ room on Day 1s during First Nutrition Break to sing!! Woo hoo!

-Grade 3 and 4 Xylophone club has begun!

- Grade 3 and 4 students come to Ms. Gianarakos’ room on Day 5s during First Nutrition Break to practice their xylophone skills and learn songs in pop culture that they are interested in- It's a fun time!

Save the dates:

Shake It Up Shakespeare presents MacBeth

at The Rose Theatre:

Final Date TBD - May 6-9

Tickets available here when available.

Character Assemblies: Link to the Assembly Schedule for the year

Next assembly:

Thursday, February 28 - Please feel free to join us!

9:30 - Grades 2,4,6,8, FDK

10:20 - Grades 1,3.5,7, Splits

Please follow us on Twitter:




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Glee Club 2019

Walnut Grove’s Glee Club is excited to be performing at the ESME Music Festival on March 1st at CW Jeffreys CI in Toronto. The students have been meeting at Nutrition breaks to practise weekly. ESME is a non-competitive music opportunity for students to perform and receive feedback from adjudicators. They will also have an opportunity to watch performances from other schools in the GTA and perform all together. ​

Eco Team News

News from the Eco Team

February 2019

(41 students working at nutribreaks, under the guidance of Mrs. Locke and Mrs. Jackson, for a CLEANER EARTH!)

The Walnut Grove Eco Team meets every Day 2 at NB1. We have been involved in a multitude of greening projects around the school this year!

Please watch our video about the Walnut Grove Eco Team.

Here is our video!

-- and remember to REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE --

News from the Wolf Den

February 2019 Newsletter

In the Gym

Basketball Unit

After the badminton unit concluded, all grades started to engage in the basketball unit. During this unit, students were taught all basic fundamentals this includes ball handling, shooting (BEEF), Passing, and most importantly defence. When students are participating in this sport they are not only taught about the rules of the game but they are also taught about how important it is to work as a team which helps build character!

Sr. Boys Basketball Team

On Friday, February 22nd, the Sr. boys basketball team competed in the divisional tournament against 9 other schools at Castlebrooke S.S. They represented our school with great pride and respect and came in 4th in our pool. The competition was fierce and the boys preserved even when they felt defeated. They accepting winning and losing graciously. Both Mr. Lindsay and Mrs. Brown are very proud of them!

Intermediate Ski Trip

On Wednesday, February 20, 130 intermediate students from Walnut Grove attended the first annual ski and snowboard trip. The students met at the school bright and early and departed for Mansfield Ski Resort for a full day of alpine adventures! Students had the opportunity to choose either skiing or snowboarding and were able to participate in lessons that would develop their skill level in either sport. The winter weather was on our side as the impending freezing rain held off and everyone was able to enjoy a dry (but cold!) day on the slopes. Everyone was exhausted and sore by the end of the day but we left with smiling faces and many students shared that they felt inspired to pursue the sport in the future!

Teams at the Grove

Senior Badminton

The senior boy's badminton team attended their tournament at Great Lakes Public School on January 30. The team of 6 boys consisted of 2 single players (Sukhkaran and Krish) and 2 doubles teams (Jalen and Jay, Vatsh and Tarsem). The boys had a great day showing off their skills and played each match with heart! Sukhkaran and Krish even made it to the finals! Congrats boys!

The senior girl's badminton team is still awaiting their tournament as the weather this past month has caused many cancellations of this tournament The girls have been practicing regularly and plan to attend their tournament on March 19th! Good Luck Girls!!


5 6 7 8 Basketball

In the gym during the month of February, P.E. teachers gave the students a chance to participate in basketball intramurals. The basketball intramurals were separated based on their grades. The intramurals included grade 5-6, 7, and grade 8. For the intermediate students they were separated and labelled as eastern and western teams, the number one team from the separate conferences will play it out in a championship game. For the juniors, the two number one teams will play in a championship game as well, after this game the team that comes out victorious will play against the refs (wolf pack members) and some teachers. The 5/6 basketball intramural league has been running smoothly. Golden State Warriors is in the lead in the Western Conference with 4 wins and Philadelphia 76ers takes the lead in the Eastern Conference with 4 wins also. Students are excited for the final game this week, which will determine who makes it to the semi-finals and the final game. The champs will play against the teachers in a fun scrimmage next month and all previous league members will be invited to spectate!

February All-Stars in the Gym

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

Shivam Patel (1FA)

Jessica Dhaliwal (2A)

Harkirat Gill (3B)

Aaditya Patel (4FA)

Shivam Persaud (5FB)

Jasleen Gill Jhally (6B)

Saleena Banga (7FA)

Steven George (8C)

News from the Peel District School Board

Let’s Talk: Provide input on the Peel District School Board’s 2019-20 budget priorities

To guide the Peel board in the development of its 2019-20 school year budget, trustees are seeking input from staff, parent, student and community members. We’d like to hear from you about what you see as budget priorities for the upcoming school year.

To provide input, individuals may:

  • provide input through your School Council. Please contact your School Council chair to find out when budget consultation will be discussed at an upcoming meeting.

  • delegate the board at Regular Meetings of the Board on March 25, April 9, April 23 or May 14, 2019.

It's important to note that approximately 95 per cent of the board's revenue is provided directly from the Ministry of Education through the Grants for Student Needs (GSN) funding that is based on enrolment and the ​specific needs of students in each school board. As such, the majority of school board funding must be used for the purpose that it was granted—e.g. facilities operating costs and salaries. There are, however, areas of the budget where input can be sought.

Before you provide your input, you may choose to refer to the Peel board’s Plan for Student Success at www.peelschools.org/PlanforStudentSuccess in an effort to align your ideas with the board’s strategic plan, goals and key priorities. Other resources are available at www.peelschools.org/BUDGET.

Peel board celebrates public education during Education Week – April 8 to 12

The Peel District School Board will host hundreds of celebrations, activities and events across its 257 schools and worksites to celebrate Education Week from April 8 to 12. On April 15, the Peel board will host Showcase of Excellence, an evening to honour recipients for their outstanding contributions to public education. The theme for this year's Education Week is We Inspire.

In addition to inviting parents and community residents to visit their classrooms during the week, Peel schools are hosting open houses, plays/musicals, storytelling, environmental activities, awards assemblies, talent shows and much more.

More than 1,000 individuals will also be honoured during Education Week with Awards of Distinction for their contributions to their school or workplace. Schools and worksites will use social media to showcase their Education Week celebrations and events using the hashtag #WeInspire.

Lunchroom Supervisors Appreciation Day on March 1

In 2017, the board of trustees declared the first Friday in March as Lunchroom Supervisors Appreciation Day. This year, the recognition day falls on Friday, March 1, 2019. Take this opportunity to thank the important work of lunchroom supervisors, and their support and commitment to helping to ensure that students are safe and secure.


Online parent portal to access important student information

Last year, the Peel District School Board launched ParentConnect, an online parent portal to access important student information.

What is ParentConnect?

ParentConnect is a safe and secure website, created by the Peel District School Board, that acts as a single point to stay informed and to access all electronic services provided to Peel board parents and legal guardians.

The parent-friendly website will allow you to:

  • view school-based alerts and information
  • access real time absence reporting
  • view current and historic elementary report card information
  • get up-to-date busing information
  • review secondary school credit history and diploma status
  • and more

To learn more about the benefits of ParentConnect, visit our school website or www.peelschools.org/parentconnect

March Break Maple Syrup Days at the Jack Smythe Field Centre

Open House: Wednesday, Mar. 13 to Saturday, Mar. 16

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Enjoy the beauty and wonder of nature as spring blossoms. Jack Smythe Field Centre offers an exceptional family experience with a visit to its maple syrup bush. The March Break programs run from Wednesday, Mar. 13 to Saturday, Mar. 16. The open house begins at 10 a.m. and the last presentation of the day will be at 3 p.m.

This year marks the 50-year anniversary of the Peel District School Board’s Sugar Bush program, which provides families with outdoor, educational activities and hands-on experience. The program is run by Peel board staff during March Break.

Families are invited to get involved as Spring comes to life through the following activities:

  • help tap trees and empty sap buckets.

  • sample some freshly-made maple syrup.

  • hike along our trails and feed the friendly chickadees by hand.

  • learn how pioneers collected and produced syrup compared to modern-day operations.

  • experience the Indigenous roots of sweet water.

  • visit the sugar shack where the sap boils and clouds of sweet smelling steam billow out of the chimney.

    The cost is $5.00/adult and $4.00/child 12 and under. Lunch will be available for purchase. It will include: hot chocolate, cookies and hotdogs for you to roast over an open fire. Please note that all payments are “cash” only.

    Jack Smythe Field Centre is located at 14592 Winston Churchill Blvd. in Terra Cotta.

    Directions to Jack Smythe Field Centre: Head North on Mississauga Rd.

  • Turn left on King St. (You will see Credit View P.S. on your left)

  • Turn right on Winston Churchill Blvd. (You will pass the Terra Cotta Conservation Area on your left)

  • Head to the top of the hill and turn left into the Jack Smythe Field Centre site.

For more information, please contact the Jack Smythe Field Centre at 1-905-877-7771.

Peel Learning Foundation aims to create hopeful tomorrows for Peel board students

In partnership with the Peel District School Board, the Peel Learning Foundation was created to enable Peel board students to achieve personal excellence by providing resources to help them overcome barriers.

In its first year, the foundation will support Peel board students through:

  • Student Emergency Needs program

    Depending on the need, the foundation will support individual students with food and clothing, medical supplies, eyeglasses and transportation costs, or where there is an emergency situation that requires a compassionate response.

  • Student Backpack program

    The foundation will provide backpacks filled with school supplies that students need to fully participate in regular classroom work. The backpacks will be provided to students in need in a respectful and confidential manner. They are tailored for students in kindergarten to grade 3, grades 4 to 8, and grades 9 to 12.

Individuals or organizations who are interested in learning more about and supporting the foundation can visit www.PeelLearningFoundation.org. You can also follow the foundation on Twitter and Facebook and use the hashtag #CreateHope to join the conversation.

Sleep Tips for Parents, Children & Teens

From the PDSB Mental Health Resource Team

Many parents face difficulties getting their children back into regular sleep routines, especially after holiday breaks. Studies have shown that a lack of quality sleep in children can increase the likelihood of anxiety, depression, poor grades and school performance, and even physical pain. Research has proven that kids need a lot of sleep in order to function adequately during the day, and sleep deprived children often overcompensate for lack of sleep by becoming fidgety or even disruptive in school.

How much sleep does your child need every night?

Children ages 5-8 need the most sleep, requiring about 10-11 hours every night. Children ages 9-12 need between 9.5-10 hours nightly. And teenagers 13-18 need between 8.5-9.5.

Knowing how much sleep your child needs every night is key in establishing a proper bedtime. And it's important to remember that the above times aren't set in stone, but merely general approximations. Your child will have their own individual sleep needs, and you may need to fine-tune their bedtimes a little bit until you find your child less groggy and sleepy in the mornings, and more alert and aware.

Tips for getting your children on a regular sleep routine

  1. Keep a regular bedtime schedule, including weekends.

  2. Begin a relaxing bedtime routine such as baths, books, prayers, goodnights.

  3. Turn off electronics at least an hour before bedtime.

  4. Bedrooms should be cool, quiet, dimly lit, comfortable and associated with sleep.

  5. Limit caffeine and sugar intake after lunch and none within three hours before bed.

  6. Make sure they eat healthy and have regular exercise.

  7. Communicate with your children about why regular bedtimes are important.

  8. Practice these tips yourself and set a good example.

For updates and to follow along with the work of the PDSB Mental Health Resource Team, find them on Twitter @MHRTPeel.

Adapted from Alaska Sleep Clinic (2018)

Peel Public Health tips to prevent and beat the flu

During the winter season, it’s important to take precautions to avoid and help prevent the spread of germs and illnesses such as influenza or “the flu.” Influenza is a disease that affects the airways and the lungs. The flu can spread from person to person and can sometimes cause severe illnesses.

Peel Public Health has provided these tips to help reduce the risk of becoming ill or spreading the flu:

Get your annual flu shot: It’s not too late to get your annual flu shot. Visit your physician, a walk-in clinic, a pharmacy or find another location near you that is offering the free influenza vaccine.

Stay home when you'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.

Practise 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 the tissue in the trash after it’s used. If they don’t have a tissue, they should cough or sneeze into their sleeve or elbow. They should also avoid touching their eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are spread this way.

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

There are many locations across Peel where you can get your flu shots:

  • Peel flu clinics

  • Family Doctors’ offices

  • Walk-in clinics

  • Pharmacies

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

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 available on Twitter @Peelschools, Facebook at www.facebook.com/peelschools, www.peelschools.org and www.stopr.ca or by calling 905-890-1010 or 1-800-668-1146. It is usually also announced on the radio and television stations listed below


CFNY FM102.1/AM640 CJCL AM590 CHFI FM98.1


FM Z103.5 FM93.1 FM Q107



CFRB – (Bell Media)

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.

What if my child does not go to school due to a bus cancellation or inclement weather?

If your child will be absent as a result of a bus cancellation or you choose to keep your child home due to inclement weather, parents/guardians must report the absence using one of the following methods:

  • For elementary K-8 students: report it through SafeArrival by calling 1-855-209-6155 or visiting go.schoolmessenger.ca

  • For secondary students: call the school office directly