School News

Bell Time Change Proposal for 2020-2021

posted Oct 17, 2019, 11:15 AM by Gord Donaldson

As part of the Board Policy around Bell Time Change requests, we are seeking feedback about changing our bell times.  We would like to propose to the board that we have two 40 minute lunches, instead of one 50 minute lunch, and one 40 minute lunch.  Any feedback is taken into consideration before making the request to the board and the transportation department.  Our request would be that the 10 minutes come off the end of the day, looking for a 3:35 pm dismissal.  This would be dependent on the transportation department and the availability of bus drivers at that time.

In consultation with Parent Council, we already have the following feedback:
  • Typically, 20 minutes is enough time for students to start a game, but not enough time to get frustrated or get into arguments.  We are finding that students are getting into conflict at the end of the first break more than at the end of the shorter second break
  • 25 minutes is often too long for many students to eat in the classrooms, therefore students are out of their seats and getting in trouble, as they have nothing to do
  • With teachers capped at 80 minutes of supervision per week, by eliminating 10 minutes each day on 12 duties, we are saving 600 minutes per week, which is an equivalent of 7.5 extra bodies available for supervision throughout the week
  • If we are able to take 10 minutes off the end of the day, then it is easier for parents to get to extracurriculars, and we hope to see less disruption of classes with parents picking up children just prior to the end of the day
  • It is hard for students to go home for lunch and get back on time in 40 minutes (Our intermediate students sign out, and 2-5 go home daily). If no students go home for lunch, it means that students won’t come back late for class or get into issues in the community
  • Extra-curricular activities at lunchtime will be 5 minutes shorter or moved to before/after school
  • All new schools are built with a 40-40 break schedule
  • 60% of the school board has transitioned to 40-40 as of June 2018
  • 65% of Burlington schools have already transitioned to 40-40 as of June 2018
Should you have additional feedback that is not covered above, please send an email to and we will include it in the report.

Costume Parade on Thu Oct 31st

posted Oct 17, 2019, 5:44 AM by Gord Donaldson   [ updated Oct 17, 2019, 5:45 AM ]

We are excited to once again have a Costume Parade on the morning of Halloween on Thursday, October 31st for all of our students from Kindergarten to Grade 8.  Students can come to school dressed in their costumes for the first two periods of the day, or can wear Orange and Black.  It is expected that students in costume have a change of clothes so that they are out of their costumes by the end of first nutrition break.

As a rule, students should not be wearing any masks during the morning, except for during the parade itself.  In addition, please think carefully about the props that you send with costumes to ensure that nothing gets damaged, or nothing is too scary for our younger children, could be used as a weapon, or is insensitive to ethnic, religious, racial or gender identity groups.

If you do not wish to have your child participate in the Halloween parade, please let your child's teacher know in advance so that we can organize an alternate activity.

We will start the parade shortly after announcements.  Parents will be welcome to watch the parade from the gymnasium only to ensure our hallways are clear, as we will be parading through the halls, and then around the outside of the gym.

We are looking forward to a spooktacular morning and some creative costumes!

Friday Night Community Service Project

posted Sep 27, 2019, 7:31 AM by Gord Donaldson

Last year we collaborated with the “Friday Night Community” in Halton and supported this initiative by collecting over 50 huge bins of food. The students in Grade 5 will be organizing our second annual collection of a variety of needed items, to support this initiative hosted at Wellington Square United Church in Burlington.  

In order to support this The Friday Night Community, we are asking for the following items from various grade levels (below).  Your support and donations will be greatly appreciated. Please note that all products must be nut free.

Kindergarten - Craft Items (e.g. Markers, White glue, Paint brushes, Acrylic paint, Stickers, Sequins, Googly eyes, Paper plates, Pompoms, etc.)

Grade 1 - Toiletries/Personal Hygiene  Items (e.g. Deodorant, Shaving cream, Razors, Toothbrushes & Toothpaste, Shampoo, Conditioner, Body washes, Moisturizer, Lip Balm, etc.) 

Grade 2 - Baking Supplies (e.g. Cake Mixes, Brownie Mixes, Instant Pudding, Shortening, Muffin Cups, Brown Sugar, Canned Icing, Vanilla, Food Colouring, Baking Powder, Chocolate chips, Pie Filling, Raisins, Sprinkles etc.)

Grade 3 - Seeds, Salad Toppers & Dressings (e.g. Any Salad Dressing, Dried Cranberries, Salad Dressings, Croutons, Pumpkin/Sunflower Seeds, Raisins, etc. Please no bulk food store items. All must be prepackaged)

Grades 4 & 5 - Kids Lunch Snack Items (e.g. Pudding & Fruit Cups, Apple Sauce, Granola Bars, Individually Packaged Cookies or Crackers etc.)

Grade 6 - Condiments, Cooking Oils and Miscellaneous Needed Items (e.g. Jarred Minced Garlic, Mayonnaise, Various Jars of Jam, Relish, Bbq Sauce, Olive Oil, Dinner Sized Paper Plates, Large Ziploc Baggies)  

Grade 7 - Spices (e.g. Curry powder mild, Rosemary, Poultry Seasoning, Thyme, Parsley, Garlic powder, Onion Powder, Dill weed, Cumin, Chilli Powder, Pepper, etc.)

Grade 8 - Snack Foods and Hot Drinks Items/Drink Crystals (e.g. Family sized bags please: Various Chips, Pretzels, Smartfood Popcorn, Veggie Sticks, Various Crackers, Tea bags, Lemonade or Iced Tea Crystals etc.) 

We hope that all Tuck students will join again this year and demonstrate their kindness and generosity toward others by bringing in one or more of the above items between October 3rd and October 10th. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. T. Oppermann

Terry Fox Run

posted Sep 9, 2019, 10:17 AM by Gord Donaldson

Dear John T. Tuck Parent Community,

It is that time of year again! We will be participating in the Terry Fox School Walk/Run on Friday, September 27 during Periods 5 & 6. Students will be walking along safe and age-appropriate routes within the school community.

We have decided to return to using pledge forms to raise funds for the purpose of increasing student involvement. Pledges will be accepted in cash or by cheque made payable to The Terry Fox Foundation. Any donations over $20 will receive a tax receipt.

Teachers will be distributing pledge forms to students on Friday, September 13. 

Pledges can also be made using the John T. Tuck fundraising website. Here is the link to our Terry Fox School Run fundraising page:

The Terry Fox Walk/Run @  J.T.T. 2019 

Anyone with this link can make a donation directly to our school in just a few clicks! We also encourage students to join the school online and set up their own fundraising page on our website. Let's make Terry's dream of curing cancer a reality. Help the John T. Tuck school community reach our goal of raising $10,000 for cancer research!

Spirit Days 2019-20

posted Sep 8, 2019, 7:41 AM by Gord Donaldson

We have our First Spirit Day on Friday, September 13th.  Please join in the fun on Neon Day and wear as many different neon colours as possible.  We look forward to all students participating in our Spirit Days that we have scattered throughout the year.  Please hover over the School Info tab to find out more about what Spirit Days we have in store for you this year!

2019-20 School Start Up

posted Aug 19, 2019, 8:36 AM by Gord Donaldson

The office is open from 9am - 2:30pm, Monday to Friday from August 19th to August 29th to accept new registrations.  Homeroom Teacher names will be e-mailed to parents over the Labour Day weekend so that students know where to go on the first day of school. 

This year, we had an overwhelming amount of written requests for consideration when building our classes.  As a staff, we worked very hard to accommodate as many requests as we could, while keeping a balance within our classes between gender, social groupings, and academic ability.  In the event that you or your child are not initially pleased with the class placement, we respectfully ask that you resist the temptation to call or e-mail school staff to request a change. We believe we have created classrooms where our students can be successful in building new friendships while building on past peer relationships.  Our staff will not be considering any changes to our classrooms, however, we are committed to helping each student transition into their new grade.

Class rosters for the 2019-20 school year will only be revised if we are forced to go through a September reorganization.  This news would be communicated to all parents during the second week of school. 

We are looking forward to welcoming our students back to school on Tuesday, September 3rd. All students in grades 1-8 will meet their teachers on the blacktop area behind the school. at 9:10 am, Grades 1-6 students will line up and wait to enter the school with their teacher, while Grade 7 & 8 students will enter through door #8 to find their class in the large gym. Teacher names will be on signs at the area where the class will line up for Grades 1-6, and in the Gym for Grades 7-8.  Kindergarten students will meet their teachers in the Kindergarten play area at the front of the school.

We look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday, September 3rd.

Summer Hours

posted Jun 27, 2019, 7:48 AM by Gord Donaldson   [ updated Jul 2, 2019, 10:55 AM ]

We wish the Tuck Community and safe and relaxing Summer!

For new registrations, the office Summer hours are below:

Tuesday, July 2 to Friday, July 5 - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Monday, July 8 to Friday, August 16 - Closed for Summer
Monday, August 19 to Friday, August 30 - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

The first day of school is Tuesday, September 3.  Homeroom Classes will be emailed to parents over the long weekend in September.

Are you leaving the HDSB?

posted Jun 19, 2019, 12:42 PM by Gord Donaldson

Are you a student who's not returning to the HDSB next year? Please be aware that access to your HDSB google account will end July 1. To retain your emails, essays, resumes, assignments and other files stored on your Google Drive, ensure you complete the below steps:

To retain your G Suite data, please do the following by June 30, 2019:

  • Transfer email and Drive files to a personal Google Account using Google Takeout Transfer Your Content - see Transfer their content

  • Archive data using Google Takeout - The traditional Takeout is also available to create an archive of All their data in G suite.


IMPORTANT: If you have used your HDSB email when applying for post-secondary, resume, job applications, etc., you will need to update your information and change it to a personal email address before access to your HDSB account is lost on July 1.  

To check out more of the HDSB's Technology & You resources, visit (Search: Technology & You) or search #TECHandU on Twitter.  

Movie Night at Tuck!

posted Jun 10, 2019, 5:23 AM by Gord Donaldson

This is a Registration Reminder & Call for Volunteers

June 19 - 5PM to 8PM




Have you registered for Tuck Movie Night yet?

If you plan to attend, simply fill out the form below.




We need as many hands as possible to make this event happen. 

More than 40 volunteers are needed!

Please let us know how you’re able to help. There are many options to choose from.

Volunteers can sign-up by clicking on the link below.


A big thanks for your support!

Spring Movie Night

posted May 31, 2019, 10:07 AM by Gord Donaldson



Registration & Event Details


June 19 - 5PM to 8PM


Join us for a complimentary movie and popcorn!

We will be watching the “New Dumbo” in the large gym starting at 6PM.


Help us plan numbers and let us know if you will be attending.

Please register here for the event.


Tickets can be purchased at the event for the following items. Cash only.


- pizza, samosa, bubbly water, apple juice -

- Lollypop Pull, Tuckolas -

You will hear from the Tuckola team shortly!


Bring your own water bottles!


Other Fun Free Things To Do  - face painting, KanJam & Spikeball,

blacktop bubbles & sidewalk chalk



Prizes to be won!


We hope to see you there.

Movie Night Flyer

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