February 2020 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

As winter finally hits us, and hard, please ensure that your children are appropriately dressed for outdoor play at school. This includes our youngest and oldest students. As a reminder, if the temperatures dip below -20, we are required by board policy to keep students inside during break, however we will try to get students outside and active as much as possible. In addition, please keep in mind that supervision starts at 9:00 am, so students should not be arriving before then, and will not be permitted to enter the school until invited by the teacher on duty at 9:00 am. In addition, our climber is closed during the winter months as snow and ice combined with rubber boots makes the climber less safe.

For the last message about winter, our parking lot seems to be getting busier. Once again, we reiterate that students are encouraged to walk to school or take the bus. If that is not possible, students should be dropped off on a neighbouring street to walk the rest of the way. Unfortunately, elementary schools are built with only enough parking for the staff, therefore we can not have parents parking in our lot during drop off or pick up. Thank you for helping make drop off and entry safe at our school, and ensuring that students get to school by 9:10 am.

Please take the time to read all about it below. Have a Fantastic February!

Mr. G. DonaldsonPrincipalJohn T Tuck P.S.

School Council

Please join us at our next school council meeting which will be held on Monday, February 3rd at 7:00 pm in Library Learning Commons. All parents are welcome to attend. We will be discussing our School’s Budget as well as talking about our dance-a-thon and looking at allocating budget to items across the school. If you are a voting member, you are encouraged to attend to ensure we have a voting quorum at the meeting, and all parents are welcome to attend. Please feel free to check out the council minutes from our meetings on our school website at any time.

Student of Excellence

We would like to congratulate this year's recipient of the Student of Excellence Award - Avery Carey. Each school chooses one student to represent their graduating class in the areas of academics, student involvement, leadership and citizenship. Avery is a hard-working student that excels in her academics while participating in extra-curricular school activities. She participates in inter-school athletics and is an active member of our music programs all the while maintaining excellent study habits. Avery will have her picture hanging in the board office for one year, along with the other recipients across the system and she will be recognized at the Student of Excellence ceremony on May 14th at Craig Kielburger Secondary School in Milton. Congratulations, Avery!


On behalf of parent council, we are excited to announce that we will be having a dance-a-thon on Wednesday, February 19th! This is the parent council's major fundraiser of the year and we are asking that you support our school by sponsoring your children to dance, dance, dance! More information will come home during the first week of February, along with a pledge form and envelope where students can ask friends and family to pledge their support for them to dance! Each student is challenged to raise at least $25, and the school is challenged to raise over $10 000! If we reach our goal, the students will get a Double Recess once the warmer weather returns. There will also be a Pizza Party for winning class (100% participation, with the most $ per student being the tie-breaker). Start collecting pledges, and work on your dance moves! Funds raised through this initiative will go back to support student learning at John T Tuck, for example through the purchase of stationary bikes and flexible seating options such as carpets, bean bag chairs, white board tables, wobbly stools, standing desks, etc. Students are encouraged to request songs for the dance-a-thon through the Google Form - ​https://forms.gle/Nf7Z5J96CjkGdSLGA.

Movie Night - Frozen II

John T Tuck PS has organized a movie night for our Tuck Community on Wednesday, February 26 in our school Gym. We will be showing the recent hit Frozen II. Please come at 6:30pm, with a blanket and a pillow to get comfy and watch the movie with us. You are welcome to wear your PJ's if you wish too! We will start right at 6:30pm.

All students who attend the movie MUST come and watch with his/her parent for supervision. If a student comes without his/her parent, they will not be admitted to the school movie night. We respectfully ask that if families decide to come, that they make every effort to stay in the gym during the whole showing so that they do not disrupt those watching the movie. We also ask that parents ensure that their own children are not being disruptive or loud while watching. The running time of Frozen II is 103 minutes, so we expect to be done the movie by 8:15pm.

For more information on the movie, please click here. We look forward to a great community event together.

Safe Schools Procedures

We have noticed over the last few weeks several parents walking their children to class in the morning or wandering through our hallways during the day or the end of the day. Although we understand your desire to see them off to class or check in, we are respectfully asking that you wish them well for the day on the blacktop and not come into the school. As per the Safe Schools Act any visitors to the school must sign in at the office. Our students know that trusted adults have signed in at the office and wear a visitor identification badge. To help keep all kids safe at school, we are asking parents not to enter the school without signing in at the office to indicate their reason for visiting the school.

In addition, it is important for our students to develop independence. Our teachers are happy to support any students who require extra help getting to or from class, but also know that our students are capable. Lastly, our hallways are busy upon entry and dismissal. The extra adult bodies and/or strollers with younger siblings only adds to this congestion.

If you have a reason for heading to the classroom in the morning, during the day or after school, you are welcome to come and sign in at the office and take a visitor badge, and then sign out as you are leaving the school. If dropping something off for a student, please bring it to the office and we will get the item to them. In addition, if you require to speak with the classroom teacher, please make an appointment as they are busy in the classroom with their students throughout the day. Please remember that late students (after O'Canada) must sign in at the office before independently making their way to the class, however students who arrive prior to 9:15am should be using the doors on the blacktop area, not the front doors.

At the end of the day, your child's teacher will bring them to the back blacktop for dismissal as a class. Thank you for helping us develop independence and keep our students safe at school. If you have any questions, please contact the office.

Winter Walk Day

National Winter Walk to School Day is February 5th. Please consider leaving the car at home and enjoying a cool walk to school on February 5th! Winter Walking Tips:

  • Keep hands and head covered to prevent heat loss.
  • On really cold days wear a scarf over your face and mouth.
  • Wear warm, waterproof boots.
  • Wear a warm coat that deflects the wind.
  • Wool clothing helps to retain the heat.
  • Wear clothing or carry knapsacks with reflective material – it’s important to be seen.

If possible, change wet clothes at school – tuck an extra pair of socks and mitts into knapsacks. It's Winter! Don't hibernate... walk to school and celebrate!

Save the Date – Graduation

The grade 8 grad will be happening on the evening of Wednesday, June 24th – Please reserve the evening! We will begin with a ceremony at 6:00 pm in the large gym at John T Tuck, followed by a dance for the students only in the Small Gym. In planning for this event, please keep in mind that this event is designed to celebrate your child's elementary school years. It is not a formal occasion requiring fancy attire such as tuxedos, elaborate dresses and limousines. A pair of dress pants, a collared shirt and dress shoes would suffice (a tie is optional). For those who choose to wear a dress, something simple is perfect. When choosing a dress (and shoes), please remember that students must be able to confidently walk across the stage, up and down the stairs, stand and sit with ease, and be comfortable at the dance. Final planning of the evening will take place in the spring. If you have any questions, please talk to Mr. Ridge or Mr. Donaldson at the school.

Intermediate Ski Trip

As per the email sent to parents by the Halton District School Board on January 9th, Phase III of ETFO labour sanctions began on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Since this time, that includes the inability for teachers to attend field trips. As there is still no agreement made, sanctions are continuing. While considering the ski trip, we are required to pay deposits for the ski hill, rentals and bus this week. With the uncertainty of the labour situation, we have decided to cancel the intermediate ski trip that was scheduled for February 13, 2020. This ensures that all families can get a full refund for the trip, and our staff will work to process the refunds on school cash online as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

After School - Bus Reminders

As a reminder, our bus routes are assigned to students based on housing boundaries. Students must only ride the bus route they are assigned to. Students not assigned to a bus route are not permitted to ride the bus. If students would like to visit with one another after school then transportation arrangements should be made between students' families as our buses can only transport assigned riders. We appreciate your support in ensuring our students' safety by following Halton Bus procedures.

Locked Doors before & after school

In order to be compliant with legislation around the security of schools before and after school, a new system has been installed in our school that requires all doors to be locked while any school-aged students are in the building. This includes when children are in the building before and after school in childcare with the YMCA program. This program took effect on Wednesday January 30th, and all doors will be locked at all times.

What does that mean for you?

  • All doors will be locked at all times, and students will not have access to the school before or after school.
  • Teachers will let students in the school using a staff swipe pass at 9:10am, when the Bell rings.
  • Students will enter through Door #2 (FDK only), Door #6 (Grades 1-2, 6) and Door #7 (Grade 7-8).
  • Students will not have access to the playground through Door#19 by the turnaround. Students who are dropped off at the turnaround will have to walk all the way around the front of the school to the playground to access the school.
  • Students are encouraged to walk to school or take the school bus if eligible. If that is not possible, it is suggested that you drop off on a side street and walk your children to school, rather than using the turnaround in the school lot, as students will not have access to the school from that side of the building
  • Students will not be given entry to the school through the doorbell at the front door, unless they are late for school which requires them to sign in at the office. If students arrive after the 9:10 bell, but before O'Canada, they will still need to walk around to the playground to enter the school.
  • Parents will not be allowed into the school at any time without signing it at the office. Parents must remain outside during entry and should not be walking students to class.
  • When before and after school extra-curricular activities resume, the staff member who supervises the students will be required to let students in the building.
  • Parents of students in the YMCA program will receive a confidential keypad code from the YMCA to access drop off and pick up before or after school through Door #19, however, there is no access using that code after 9:00am or before 4:00pm.

​​​​​​​Thank you for your understanding as we transition to this new procedure on Wednesday, so that we are compliant with the Safe Schools provincial legislation. We will monitor the drop off procedures over the coming weeks to ensure the safety of our students.

Kindergarten Registration

For children born in 2015 or 2016, we will be accepting registrations for September 2020. Parents are reminded to register at their existing home school. To determine your home school, please visit the HDSB School Locator, choosing the 2020-21 Radio Button before searching your address. JK/SK Kindergarten registration application began in January for the 2020-21 school year. Our hours for registration are 8:30am to 4pm. To register for Fall 2020, Junior Kindergarten children must be 4 years old by December 31, 2020, and Senior Kindergarten children must be 5 years old by December 31, 2020. Please drop by the school to fill out the registration forms and ensure to bring the following original documents when you come: Birth certificate or passport, immigration papers (if necessary), immunization documents and your purchase/lease agreement so we can confirm home address. Registration forms can be picked up at the office, or printed off here on the HDSB website. Please ensure that your child is registered as soon as possible so that we can be staffed appropriately for the new year. Registrations were due on February 1st. If you have neighbours who have school-aged children, we ask that you let them know of these timelines to help us prepare our staffing for the following year.

Anaphylaxis protocol

We wanted to share this reminder message about the HDSB commitment to creating and sustaining an allergen reduced environment.

To that end, our Anaphylaxis Protocol directs:

  • Refrain from bringing in food items to the school/classroom that “may contain” allergens, (e.g., peanuts, tree nuts, etc.)
  • Baked goods should not be brought in as they may contain allergens as a result of cross contamination from other products
  • When buying food products to bring into the school the food ingredient labels must be read.
  • When ordering food from a commercial source, request a list of ingredients.
  • Do not bring in food items where the commercial source cannot guarantee that the food is allergen free (e.g., peanuts, tree nuts, etc.)

Lunch Lady

Breathe! The New Lunch Lady menu cycle (February to June) is now online. We love serving our community and lunches to the kids. Thank you for this privilege. The new menu cycle is now available. Please check out the Menu at theLunchLady.ca. Order Deadlines: Orders can be placed week by week or all the way out to the end of June!

Allergies: Please contact us to let us know about any allergies or food sensitivities that should be on your child's account. We ask that you let us know at the start of each school year or whenever there is a change.

Cancellation Policy: If your child is sick or has an appointment, you can cancel up to 8am the day of the lunch by emailing malou@thelunchlady.ca and a credit will be placed on your account. No cancellations can be accepted past 8am. No refunds.