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JTT Community Update: August 31, 2016

posted Aug 31, 2016, 1:41 PM by Suzanne Priestner

August 31, 2016

Dear Tuck Families,

As September approaches, I would like to extend a warm Tuck welcome to all of our new and returning Tuck families.  I hope you have enjoyed a wonderful summer with family and friends.  The school year 2016-2017 promises to be another exciting year of growth and learning for all.

As always, a number of changes have occurred over the summer.

New Staff: We have a number of wonderful new additions to our Tuck Team.  On behalf of the Tuck community, I would like to extend a warm welcome to:

FDK                                      Ms. Alycia Curry

Gr. 4 (LTO Sept-June)          Mr. Jared Matthews

Gr. 4-6 Core French             M Nicholas Prashad

Gr. 7/8 Core French             Mme Karen Strong

Planning Time Teacher        Mrs. Alyson MacDonald-Bourne

Educational Assistant          Mrs. Tracy Bradley

General Secretary               Mrs. Alanna Howard

We are awaiting news on placement of two Early Educational Assistants and will update you as soon as we have details to share.

Enrolment/Organization:  We have continued to grow this year and our register is currently sitting at 767 students.  We have added a fifth FDK class and a ninth portable to accommodate our growth.  We are hopeful that our enrolment settles so we avoid the need to reorganize classrooms at the end of September. 

Class Lists:  Class lists will be available on Friday, September 2, 2016 at 4 pm.  Class lists will be posted on the front doors of the school and on our school website:  You will require your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) in order to access the lists. The OEN is located on any Ontario Ministry of Education Report Card for your child.  If you are unable to access your child’s class list for some reason, we will have an information table on the blacktop for parents on the morning of September 7 beginning @ 8:30 am. 

Facilities Update:  Over the summer, air conditioning was to be installed in all second floor classrooms, the library, and the large gym.  Unfortunately, the project has been significantly delayed.  The project will be ongoing into the December holidays, impacting various parts of the building at different times.  All timelines are tentative and we will keep you updated as best we can.  All asbestos abatement will be completed and the building cleared for occupancy by Arcadis prior to students returning to school.  Abatement is only required in the Special Education Office, and the junior/intermediate upper hallway (6 classrooms) as the upper primary hallway was completed as part of the FDK renovation.  All classrooms will be accessible during the instructional day and work will continue in the evenings.  Part of the Library/Learning Common and Special Education Office will be unavailable during part of September (timeline/details TBD) and part of the large gym and adjoining hallway will be impacted during December (timeline/details TBD). 

Additional Portable:  Portable 9 has been installed and the adjoining blacktop has been completed.

New JTT Website:  As part of the HDSB migration from First Class intranet to Google, we have been required to create a new website. It will be launched tomorrow (August 31st).  You can still find us at  Check out our new Twitter feed.  The twitter feed will be populated by our JTT student leaders.  Stay tuned for lots of exciting changes!

JTT Learning Common:  Speaking of exciting changes, we are in the throes of launching a brand new learning space here at Tuck.  Our Library has begun its transformation to the JTT Learning Common.  This space is dedicated to the development of 21st Century Learning Skills with a focus on innovation, purposeful inquiry, experiential learning, and growth mindset.  Our goal is to inspire and empower students to embrace and develop their entrepreneurial spirit.  Stay tuned … the adventure is just beginning!

Please stay tuned for updates as I receive additional information, particularly regarding new staff.  I look forward to working with all of you throughout the upcoming year.  Please feel free to contact me @ (905) 637-3881 with any questions or concerns.

Enjoy the sunshine,

 Suzanne Priestner                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Principal                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  John T. Tuck