December 2019 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

Over the month of November, our school’s direction team met to review our school’s data and make our school improvement plans for the year. We used data such as EQAO, Report Cards, Reading Assessments and Student Surveys to create our vision and goals.

As a team, we wrote up our vision statement as follows: “At John T Tuck we are committed to fostering a safe and inclusive environment in our school community who works together to develop strong global citizens who are prepared for the 21st Century.

In Literacy we are working on creating opportunities for small group instruction. In Mathematics, we are working on multi-step problem solving strategies and in Safety and Well-Being, we are focused on developing positive teacher/student relationships and helping students feel connected to school.

Please take some time to learn more about what is happening at John T Tuck by reading below, as well as a few logistical reminders. Have a Delightful December!

Mr. G. DonaldsonPrincipalJohn T Tuck P.S.

Early Dismissal

On the last day before the Holiday break, we will have an early dismissal by 90 minutes. Students will also have adjusted lunch breaks. Please see below for the schedule. Please ensure that you have made arrangements for your child.

  • 9:10 – Entry
  • 10:25-11:15 – 1st Break
  • 12:35-1:05 – 2nd Break
  • 2:15 – Dismissal

Emergency Lunch Supervisors

We are in Great Need of Emergency Lunch Supervisors. Our Lunch Supervisors are greatly valued members of our school community here at John T Tuck. They supervise FDK and Primary students in their classrooms as they eat, and help supervise outside on the blacktop or field. When our Lunch Supervisors are unavailable due to illness or appointments, these positions are often left unfilled. We are in great need of parents who are willing to supervise on an occasional basis when a Lunch Supervisor is away. If you think that you might be able to help out, please connect with Mrs. de Ridder at

Elementary Optional Attendance 2019-2020

Halton students seeking placement at schools other than their home schools, do so by way of Optional Attendance. Applications for other schools are being accepted at your home school from December 1 - January 31, 2020.

Not all schools are open to Optional Attendance. John T Tuck is a closed school to optional attendance. For a list of schools open to Optional Attendance and to obtain a copy of the registration form you can go to the HDSB website at and view the Transfer Schools within Halton page.

Please note our school boundary change for next year. This will impact students who are currently in JK to Grade 4. For an up to date listing, you can put your address in the HDSB School Finder. Please make sure you click the radio button for the 2020/2021 school year when searching your address. As a reminder, students who live north of New St. will be directed to Ryerson PS or Pauline Johnson PS.

Phantom of the Opera Trip

As you are aware, the Halton District School Board, along with all Ontario public school boards, is subject to labour sanctions beginning on November 26 with the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF). Although there is no current sanction on field trips, we can not predict future sanctions. In conversations with Mirvish, the final payment is due this week and is non-refundable and non-transferable. Since theatre tickets have a considerable cost and are non-refundable, we are releasing our tickets to the Phantom of the Opera field trip and will not be attending this trip this year. We thank you for your continued support and look forward to having this type of experience with the students in the future. In the meantime, we will refund each person's school cash online account for the cost of purchased tickets over the coming week.

Pita Pit

We are successfully through the first three weeks of Pita and are thrilled to have over 200 students eating this healthy option for lunch on Wednesdays. This trial run will continue for the next three weeks, until the break. We will be offering Pitas for the rest of the year as well, so stay tuned for an order for January to June to come to School Cash Online in the month of December. We are looking for a few parents to help with the distribution of Pitas on Wednesdays. You would not be required every week, but we are looking for a parent volunteer to stand at the table to ensure students grab the right bag of pitas for his/her class. If you are able to help, please contact Julie Cieply at

Indoor Shoes

With the Winter weather (and wet fields) we remind each family to ensure that all students have a pair of indoor shoes to ensure our classrooms and hallways can stay clean, including our intermediate students who sometimes tell you they are too cool for boots...they aren't! Thank you!

Shopping Spree

After consultation with staff and our parent council, we have decided to move on from the Shopping Spree tradition at John T Tuck. Although there are many great things about this event there are some drawbacks as well, including man hours to make it run, it is not always equitable for all of our students, and it takes up Phys Ed space during the school day. We have several other holiday events that focus on giving back, and encourage you to take part in each one if able. Please continue to read our newsletter below for more information on these events.

JTT Holiday Baskets 2019 (December 2-December 12, 2019)

For the Holidays, we have decided to make a difference in our community by supporting 33 families within Halton. Each class will "adopt" one family for the holidays and will work collaboratively to put together a basket to ensure their family has a happy and healthy holiday. Each class will brainstorm possible ideas of what their family might like for the holidays based on the age, gender, etc. of the family members. Donations can be non-perishable food items (particularly canned fruit, canned vegetables, canned meat/fish) toys, books, games, arts and crafts kits, gift cards, toiletries, personal care items such as hairbands, barrettes, etc. … anything a child or parent may need or enjoy. If each student feels free to bring in one item to support one member of the family, it will ensure that the basket will be full of thoughtful gifts and warm wishes. The donations are not intended to be extravagant and the decisions are left to the discretion of each family. Our goal is to build a sense of inclusion and belonging for all of our students and instill a belief that they can make a positive difference in the lives of others. All gifts will be picked up by the Salvation Army on the afternoon of December 13th. Thanks for helping us make a difference

Mitten and Sock Tree Donations

The Me To We Club will be collecting new socks, mittens/gloves (water-proof), hats, and scarves for the Halton Women's Shelter from Monday, December 2nd, 2019 to Tuesday, December 17th. All donations can be placed on our JTT Christmas tree in the front foyer of the school. Let's see if we can provide some warmth this holiday season to those in need.

JTT Food Drive Donations

The Me To We Club will be collecting non-perishable food and personal hygiene products, for the Burlington Food Bank from Monday, December 2nd, to Tuesday, December 17th. Also, on December 16th, the club will be on hand at the Burlington Food Bank to help sort donations. In the spirit of friendly competitiveness, classes will have a chance to win a hot chocolate party, and the teacher of the winning class will receive a $50 gas card! Every item collected will be worth one point. However, the following most needed items, will be worth 10 points each. Here is our list of the top 10 for 10 items:

1) Rice/Flavoured Rice

2) Personal Hygiene Products (shampoo, diapers, sanitary products, etc.)

3) Juice - Canned, Bottles & Boxes

4) Canned Meat & Fish

5) Canned Fruit

6) Canned Tomatoes

7) Pasta Sauce

8) Cold Cereal

9) Pancake Mix (preferably "complete") & Maple Syrup

10) Baby formula

Join the Joy! Holiday Open House

The John T. Tuck Choirs will be performing at the Holiday Open House at Joseph Brant Hospital on Sunday, December 1st, 2019. We have participated at this event the past couple of years and it is a wonderful way to support our community hospital and kick of the Holiday season. There are lots of different activities, crafts, treats and a silent auction for your entire family to enjoy, at this event. Anyone is welcome to attend. Come support our choirs and community hospital between 11am-1:30pm on Sunday, December 1st.

Holiday Concerts

There will be several Holiday concerts for our John T. Tuck families to attend in December. Please come and enjoy some festive music over the Holiday season. All performances will be in the Large Gym.

December 11 - Kindergarten Holiday Concert - 9:15am

December 11 - Primary Holiday Concert - 2:05pm

December 12 - Ensemble Holiday Concert (Jazz Band, Rock Band, Concert Band, J/I Choir) - 7pm

Santa Run

If you've never run the Burlington Santa Run, you are missing out! You and your family could be among the hundreds of Santa's running a 5k race in the streets of Burlington this Dec 7th. We have been given a deal on Santa RUN Registration WITH Santa Suits -> $40/person! If your family is interested in participating please fill out the following form by DEC. 2nd 6pm

Form link:

RUN DAY/TIME: Saturday, December 7, 2019/ 8:55 A.M. / CITY HALL Burlington ON

This event supports the CHCH Christmas Toy Drive and the Hamilton Food Share.

Grade 8 Quebec Trip

Just a reminder that Monday, December 2 is our deadline for our Quebec City trip deposit, as well as the permission form. Deposits can be made on our Cashless system. Please take care of this as soon as possible as our numbers impact the booking of hotels, accommodation and activities, as well as the final cost of our trip. Any questions or concerns, please contact Mr Ridge (

Legislature Assembly of Ontario

On Monday, December 9th, 2019 the John T. Tuck Choirs will be performing at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. They will perform on the Grand Staircase as part of the festive season. Jane McKenna, our MPP may even join us to meet the students and support our Choirs! Our performance time is 12:15pm-12:45pm. Parents or other family members wishing to come and watch our performance are more than welcome.

Coding @ JTT

Coding Club has started at JTT and many Coding initiatives are happening all over the world during the month of Dec.. has it's "HOUR OF CODE" during Computer Science Education Week during December 9-15. We will host a day long "hack-a-thon" on Dec. 11th with "HackerGal" @ . For the Hackergal event we will invite girls in grades 4-8 in the Learning Commons. Here at JTT many classes have started using Coding in class. Check out some fun coding activities at home with

Senior Boys Volleyball

We are very proud of our Senior Boys Volleyball Team for winning gold at the Aldershot tournament in November. It was an amazing accomplishment! The boys demonstrated incredible skill, poise and sportsmanship finishing the round robin in first place. The boys battled hard for the championship by playing a formidable Rolling Meadows team and won two out of three very close and exciting matches. Liam H was awarded tournament MVP. Congratulations boys! In regular season action, the team finished in third place overall in the West AA Division.They defeated an impressive Rolling Meadows team in a thrilling and “edge of your seat” 3 game play-off match to deservedly earn a place in the West AA Division finals against Alton Village. Tuck was defeated by Alton Village in 2 straight games by a narrow margin to end their post season play-off journey. Congratulations to Alton Village for their performance and for winning the West AA Division title. A special thank-you to: Mr. Lemieux for being our linesperson during the West AA Division Final matches; Mr. Henderson for refereeing our games throughout this season; Mr. Donaldson for coming out to practices and sharing his volleyball coaching expertise; our wonderful student scorekeepers for volunteering their time to help out with home games and to Tuck teachers, students and parents for their support throughout the season. Until next year…

Gratefully, Mrs. Hazlett and Ms. Anderson

Senior Girls Volleyball

The Sr, Girls Volleyball team had a fantastic season this year. Their growth as players and leaders over the course of the season led to some incredibly exciting volleyball games and sportsmanship. At the Provincial Cup tournament in Milton, the girls really came together as a team; highlighting their strengths on the court and support from the bench. Parents and coaches from other schools across the province took the time to let the Tuck coaches know that our girls had the best spirit and positive energy out of any team in the tournament. That same accolade was echoed at the Aldershot tournament by parents and coaches alike, eventually resulting in an exciting Silver Medal finish by the girls! Way to go Tuck! Unfortunately, the girls met the same Aldershot team that beat them in the finals of the tournament in the West division AA semifinals where the girls played an exciting game, but were eventually beat out. The Tuck coaches are incredibly proud of the girls and how positive they remained all season. Special thanks goes out to all of the parents who supported the girls this season, Mr. Baswick and Mr. Fitzsimmons for reffing the home games, and to all the Tuck students and teachers who came out to support the girls at their games. Go Tuck Go!

Mr. Lemieux and Mrs. Baswick

Scholastic Book Fair

Thanks to everyone in the community for your overwhelming support of our Scholastic Book Fair this year. Money raised will continue to support new/ongoing activities as well as purchase new books to enhance our collection. A special thanks to the parents who came out to help plan, set up/takedown, and run the fair. The fair cannot run without parent support so please consider volunteering next year.

Vex Robotics

Vex Robotics Club will continue into December as we work on our robots to compete in the second Tournament on Dec. 7th @ Georgetown District High School. The first tournament was held on November 30th at Garth Webb in Oakville, and students had a great time!

Eric Walters Visit

Dec 11th we will be visited by Canadian Autor Eric Walters. Mr. Walters is the author of many Junior Fiction titles like, "Camp X" and "Elephant Secret". Mr. Walters will be hosting the grade 5/6 and 7/8 students in the afternoon in our Small Gym. The students will bring students into the world of being an author, the writing process and spark interest in reading.

Coding Club

Coding Club has started for grades 3-8! We will be meeting in the Learning Commons on Wednesday first break and Friday second break each break. Students will be given opportunities to code on computers using tools like "" and "SCRATCH". We will also be using some hands-on coding with "Sphero" robots, "Microbits" and more! Students can come to both meetings each week or just one.

Gr.8 to Gr 9 Transitions

For students applying to the IB program at Central High School, applications are due Dec 6th and for those students applying to the iSTEM program at Aldershot High School, applications are due Dec 13th. For more information on these programs, please visit the Gr.8 website (High School/Support tab) or email Best of luck to all applicants!

Grade 2 French Immersion Information Nights

In the Halton District School Board, the entry point for the French Immersion program is Grade 2. In the Grade 2 French Immersion program, 100% of the instructional day will be taught in French.

A series of community information evenings are scheduled to help address any questions parents/guardians may have before registering their Grade 1 child(ren) for the French Immersion program. The following sessions will be held:

Oakville - Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019 - 6 - 7 p.m.

White Oaks Secondary School South

1330 Montclair Drive

Registration for the French Immersion program is open to all Grade 1 students and will begin on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. The deadline for submitting your registration form is Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 at 4 p.m. No registrations will be accepted after this date.

Bullying Prevention Plan

During the month of November, our Well-being Team met to review last year's Bullying Prevention Plan, in order to look at school data from our Tell Them From Me Survey, completed by students in Grades 4-8 during the 2018/19 school year. As a team, we decided to place a focus on ensuring every student will learn in a safe and inclusive environment where a sense of belonging is achieved through our school wide understanding of being safe and being responsible. Students will be able to articulate and demonstrate what this means by engaging in activities that foster acceptance, and build and sustain healthy relationships (e.g., community circles, sharing assemblies, WE schools, intramurals, co-curricular activities, student leadership opportunities). This will include student-student and student-adult interactions throughout the year. Our updated plan is linked here and is on our school website.

Crossing Guards

Through the City of Burlington, it has been brought to our attention that some students are walking to school much earlier that normal. The city has asked us to remind parents that there is no guard on duty at Spruce before 8:35am. Below are the crossing guard times. In addition, parents are reminded that there is no supervision at the school prior to 9:00am, and students should time their arrival between 9:00am and 9:10am. Guard times for John T. Tuck:

Pine Cove Rd. & Spruce Ave. - 8:35 - 9:15 and 3:40 - 4:15

Spruce Ave. & Starview Rd. - 8:35 - 9:15 and 3:40 - 4:15

Walkers Line & Spruce Ave. - 8:35 - 9:15 and 3:40 - 4:15