December 2020 News

Message to JTT Families - December 6

Principal Message

Thank you to our community for an amazing fall, and a successful reopening of schools! We are amazed at how great our students have done with the COVID protocols, with some reminders, of course. We also thank you for your commitment to the daily screenings and keeping students at home, even with minor symptoms, and reaching out to healthcare professionals for advice and testing to help the whole school community stay safe. We wish you all a safe and happy winter break, and a well-deserved rest. We know that the holiday period will be different for us all, as we visit virtually with extended family rather than in person, but we hope you will be able to treasure the extra time you get with your immediate family over the next two weeks. We look forward to having everyone back in class on January 4th, well-rested and ready to finish strong in Term 1!

As we head into the break, there are quite a few messages to read through below. Thank you for your attention to these. A special thank you from me for your generosity with our Food Drive...details below! Happy Holidays!


Mr. G. DonaldsonPrincipalJohn T. Tuck P.S.

Early Dismissal Day

Friday December 18, 2020 all elementary and secondary schools will dismiss 90 minutes early prior to the Winter Break. We are scheduled to return after the break on Monday, January 4th. Our schedule on Friday, December 18th will be as follows:

9:05-9:20 - Entry

9:20-10:30 - Learning Block 1

10:30-11:10 - Lunch

11:10-12:20 - Learning Block 2

12:20-1:00 - Nutrition Break

1:00-2:10 - Learning Block 3

2:10pm - Early Dismissal

Halton Student Transportation Service (HSTS) has posted a bus stop calculator on their webpage for parents to use to calculate their child’s bus stop times.


Spirit Day

Friday December 18th also is our final spirit day of 2020! While we can't sing indoors and host a holiday sing-a-long, we can celebrate with a Tacky Holiday Sweater day. Dust off your ugliest and most festive sweaters or outfits and wear them on Friday. We look forward to the holiday spirit entering our building on Friday on this Spirit Day!

Grade 2 French Immersion

In the Halton District School Board, the entry point for the French Immersion program is Grade 2, where 100% of the instructional day is taught in French. Students from John T. Tuck can enrol for Grade 2 French Immersion at Pineland PS if they wish. Registration for the French Immersion program is open to all Grade 1 students and began on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. The deadline for submitting your registration form is Friday, Jan. 29, 2021 at 4 p.m. No registrations will be accepted after this date. Please visit the French webpage on the HDSB website for more details. Registration forms are available here.


Food Bank Donations

We would like to thank our school community for a fantastic food drive again this year. While we could not bring it into the school, the direct donations to the Burlington Food Bank exceeded our expectations. The final totals reported by the Food Bank as of Friday afternoon are $3282.75 in financial donations and over 1 TONNE of food - 2238 lbs. While last week was our last official week of promotion, please don't feel that prevents you from continuing to give. We know that the Food Bank is very grateful to John T Tuck and the community...so thank you!!! Many families are struggling this year and over 1,000 people are turning to the Burlington Food Bank each month. Over 44% of those households are families with children. These families greatly appreciate the support of the John T Tuck community. If you need food bank services, please email info@burlingtonfoodbank.ca or call 905-637-2273.


Change in Learning Model

It seems that only a short time ago that we went through the Change In Learning model process, well, because it is true! However, the process does take some time behind the scenes to ensure class sizes and staffing are in place for any possible changes. For the final opportunity to switch learning models, please take note of these dates:

  • Change in Delivery Model Form Opens - January 14, 2021

  • Change in Delivery Model Form Closes - January 22, 2021

  • Effective Change in Delivery Model Date - March 1, 2021 (Term 2 begins)

Only those students who wish to change learning models are required to fill out a form.


Calling all 3-year-olds!

Starting school is a big step for children and parents/guardians, and we want to make that transition as smooth as possible. This fall, the HDSB is welcoming future students and their families to a virtual Kindergarten experience at kindergarten.hdsb.ca to learn more about making the first school experience a happy one. Due to current public health restrictions, traditional in-person Kindergarten Open Houses are not possible this year. Instead, we have created a virtual experience for three-year olds and their families.


At kindergarten.hdsb.ca, three-year olds can explore a Kindergarten classroom to see what their future classroom might look like next September. There are videos to watch, pictures to view and fun activities for kids. Parents/guardians can learn about the Kindergarten program at the HDSB, play-based learning, community resources in Halton and before-and-after school care. Families can also sign-up to receive a welcome package from the HDSB including a free children’s book.


Registration for Kindergarten begins in January 2021 and will be by appointment only (in-person and/or virtual) through the school your child will attend. Further information will be shared in the new year. To begin Kindergarten in September 2021, children must be four years old by Dec. 31, 2021 for Junior Kindergarten (Year 1) and must be five years old by Dec. 31, 2021 for Senior Kindergarten (Year 2).


Optional Attendance

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, 2020 - January 31, 2021. 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 www.hdsb.ca and view the Transfer Schools within Halton page. For an up to date listing, you can put your address in the HDSB School Finder.


Student Census

The HDSB is committed to providing a supportive, inclusive and respectful learning environment where all students can learn, grow and succeed. In order to do this, we must truly understand the needs of all students and families.


Beginning January 2021, the HDSB will be conducting a voluntary Student Census which will confidentially gather data about students’ identities such as their first language, ethnic and racial background, religion, gender identity and for older students, sexual orientation. Students will also share their perceptions of school climate, sense of belonging and experiences with bullying.


To learn about the Student Census, HDSB families can view this virtual Student Census Information Session that was held on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. For more information, you can also visit the HDSB Student Census website.


Grade 8 Parent Reminder

Please remember to check the JTT Student Success website as new information is being posted regularly! Check this week for information explaining the difference between applied and academic, as well as GLE and GLS courses. Any questions? Connect with Miss Simmelink. As a reminder, course selections will occur in January, and are being done through My Blueprint this year. Courses do need to be approved by parents (this information will come out soon), however all course selection will be done at school with Teacher and High School Guidance support. If your child is away when courses are selected (date: TBD) please connect with Miss Simmelink at the time.

Calling all Parents!

In January the grade 8's will have an opportunity to look into a variety of future careers-- however in order to see what's out there we need your help! If you are willing and able, please send a short 1-3 minute video to simmelinka@hdsb.ca (by Friday Dec. 18 2020) outlining what you do for a living, and why someone might want to consider it as a career choice! You can be as creative as you'd like, however please do not stress over the end result-- we are just looking to learn about what is out there! Thanks to all those who submit a video, your help and support is very much appreciated! If you have any questions, or want more clarification on anything please do not hesitate to contact Miss Simmelink. PS- If you are stressing over the due date please email Miss Simmelink :)

Message to JTT Families - December 6

Principal Message

When your child is absent from school and you are awaiting results for a COVID test, please be sure to notify Mrs. Lukasik at the office immediately, as well as when the test results come in. These absences are coded differently in the system, and our staff will provide asynchronous work for students who are self-isolating and waiting for test results. All other absences are coded and treated like they have been in years past and work might not necessarily be provided and students will need to catch up upon return. As a reminder, you are required to contact your healthcare professional if your child has one of the Group 1 symptoms, or if they have two of the group 2 symptoms. Thank you for your diligence in this matter, and for going through the COVID-19 school and child care screening each day.

Please see below for more messages this week. Have a great week, everyone!


Mr. G. DonaldsonPrincipalJohn T. Tuck P.S.

Early Dismissal Day

Friday December 18, 2020 all elementary and secondary schools will dismiss 90 minutes early prior to the Winter Break. We are scheduled to return after the break on Monday, January 4th. Our schedule on Friday, December 18th will be as follows:

  • 9:05-9:20 - Entry
  • 9:20-10:30 - Learning Block 1
  • 10:30-11:10 - Lunch
  • 11:10-12:20 - Learning Block 2
  • 12:20-1:00 - Nutrition Break
  • 1:00-2:10 - Learning Block 3
  • 2:10pm - Early Dismissal

Halton Student Transportation Service (HSTS) has posted a bus stop calculator on their webpage for parents to use to calculate their child’s bus stop times.


Graduation Photos

We have now been given permission to bring in Lifetouch Photography for individual graduation photos, with specific cleaning protocols in place. We will continue with the original date booked of January 26, 2021, and more information will be sent to graduates closer to the date. Lifetouch will have industrial grade steam cleaners to clean the gowns between use, and we will create a schedule to ensure we avoid the mixing of classes/cohorts. Virtual school students who wish to have their picture at their previous home school will be given an opportunity to make an appointment before or after school that day. Protocols that will be followed include; provide booking and payments done online directly with Lifetouch; Lifetouch employees will keep physical distance, wear a medical mask and not touch the graduate; allocate time between sitting appointments to allow disinfecting between students’ appointments; disinfect the sitting area between students; set up in the small gym only; and photograph students standing so that there are no touch points. At this time, we have not been given the go ahead for school-wide photos due to the level of cleaning protocols and time required. Should this change, we will let you know.


Grade 7 & 8 Immunizations

As we continue to navigate these challenging times and adjust to a “new normal” during the COVID-19 pandemic, Halton Region Public Health is reaching out to Halton parents of Grade 7 and 8 students to share some important information about immunization clinics and how to keep up-to-date with school-based vaccines. In previous years, Public Health has held immunization clinics in schools to provide the following school-based vaccines to Grade 7 students only:

To help students who are in Grade 7 (born 2008) and students in Grade 8 (born 2007) who have missed these vaccines, Public Health will be offering immunization catch-up clinics by appointment only. Appointments for Grade 7 (born 2008) and/or Grade 8 (born 2007) students attending school in Burlington are now available for December. To book an appointment for your child(ren) who is in Grade 7 and/or Grade 8, please visit here, or call 311.

Food Bank Donations

John T Tuck has now raised a tremendous $2420 so far in our food drive, in addition to 726 pounds of food donations dropped directly at the Food Bank! You guys are amazing. In our last week of our Food Drive this week, we would love to add more to these totals. Can we reach 1000 pounds of food? How about $3000? Let's see what our community can do! As a reminder, you can make a financial donation online by visiting https://www.burlingtonfoodbank.ca/donate/financial-donation/ and select John T. Tuck from the Fund drop-down list. In addition to donating financially, students and parents can donate food directly to the Burlington Food Bank.


1254 Plains Road East, Unit 1A

Burlington, ON L7S 1W6

Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m., Thursday evenings 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


When donating in person, please mention that the donations go towards John T Tuck's Food Drive efforts. In addition, please take a picture of your children donating in person at the Burlington Food bank and send it to donaldsong@hdsb.ca so that we can feature these great deeds on our social media accounts (follow us @johnttuckps on Instagram and Twitter!).


Many families are struggling this year. Over 1,000 people are turning to the Burlington Food Bank each month. Over 44% of those households are families with children. If you need food bank services, please email info@burlingtonfoodbank.ca or call 905-637-2273. If you are able to give, please consider giving generously. We hope to crush the school goal in just this week, but will be running the campaign over the next several weeks! John T Tuck Cougars are always stronger as a community and we can't wait to see what our community can do!

Optional Attendance

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, 2020 - January 31, 2021. 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 www.hdsb.ca and view the Transfer Schools within Halton page. For an up to date listing, you can put your address in the HDSB School Finder.