January 2020 Newsletter

Principal's Message

Happy New Year! I hope that you are enjoying a relaxing winter break with your families. As we quickly get back into the swing of things in January, we wanted to remind our families of our Personal Use of Technology expectations. Over the break, there may have been several students who received technology as a gift, so we wanted to ensure that our expectations for technology are clear. Please read through the expectations on our school website - https://jtt.hdsb.ca/school-info/personal-technology-use . In addition, please take some time to review our January news below. Have a Jovial January!

Mr. G. DonaldsonPrincipalJohn T Tuck P.S.

Inclement Weather

That time of year is upon us again. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with the HDSB’s Inclement Weather Policy. The policy can be found on www.hdsb.ca by clicking on the Parent Information tab. Please ensure your child is always dressed appropriately to go outside. The threshold to stay inside during cold weather is -20C, with wind chill.

Busing Delays and Cancellations

Just a reminder to all families whose students are eligible for bus transportation to and from school that you are able to receive e-mail notifications if your child's bus is scheduled to be late. With the winter weather, the likelihood of a bus not running properly increases, and delays can happen. To sign up for these notifications, please visit haltonbus.ca

Spirit Day

Our Spirit Days this year have been a great success, with more and more participation for each one. This month’s is simple - a John T Tuck Cougars Spirit Day! We want our kids to show their school colours on Friday January 24th. But don’t just stop at wearing a red or yellow shirt...what about face-paint? Red or yellow tights? Ribbons in your hair? If it’s red, or if it’s yellow, we want to see it worn that day!

Kindergarten Registration

For children born in 2015 or 2016, we will be accepting registrations for September 2019. Parents are reminded to register at their existing home school. To determine your home school, please visit the HDSB School Locator. JK/SK Kindergarten registration application will begin Monday, January 6th for the 2020/2021 school year. Our hours for registration are 8:30am to 3pm.

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)
  • purchase/lease agreement so we can confirm home address.

Registration forms can be picked up at the office, or printed off the HDSB website. Please ensure that your child is registered by Tuesday, February 11, 2020. 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. More information about Kindergarten Registration can be found here.

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 - 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 www.hdsb.ca 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.

Grade Two French Immersion

If you were unable to attend the HDSB Grade 2 French Immersion evenings, and were interested in this program for your child, please view the Understanding French As a Second Language Programs - What Parents Need to Know video. In addition, they handed out the registration forms at these evening events. If you require a form, please download it here or pick one up in the main office. Parents who are registering their Grade One children for Grade Two French Immersion in September 2020, must deliver their completed registration forms to the student’s current school. Registration for French Immersion begins on December 6, 2019 and continues until January 31, 2020.

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Moonlight Madness

Thanks to the over 100 Tucksters who came out to our 8th Annual Moonlight event. Over 40 Grade 8s organized and led activities, games, snacks, a movie and ball hockey tournament. The community event raised over $1500 for the Grade 8 Quebec trip this April -- great job, Grade 8s and thanks for your support Tuck families!

Tuck Idol

Our 12th Annual Talent Show is Wednesday, February 26. Students in Grades 6 to 8: Auditions start right after the Holiday Break. Sing, dance, play an instrument, or just throw something together with a bunch of friends! Tuck Idol is always a great show and community event that supports our Grade 8 trip to Quebec City. Stay tuned for ticket sale orders and updates in the new year!

Tuck Cougars Basketball

After December tryouts, both boys and girls SR basketball teams have been selected. Congrats to all those who tried out and put forth a super effort. The teams will practice in January and begin tournament and regular season play in February.

Top Ten for Ten Food Drive & Mitten/Sock Tree

The Burlington Food Bank and the Me to We Club, would like to thank the John T. Tuck Community for their generous donations in December. Our school managed to donate over 1 TONNE of goods to the Burlington Food Bank! To say that this is an incredible and unexpected amount, is an understatement. We are so proud of our students for coming together to support a good cause! The Burlington Food Bank served over 1000 families this fall, and so we know our donations are valued.

The Me to We club would like to recognize and congratulate the top three classes for their donations. Ms. Chilcott's class 7-5, Mrs. A. Matthew's class 3-1, and Mr. Munshaw's class 6-3. We hope they enjoyed their well deserved hot chocolate party just prior to the Christmas break! On another note, our Mrs. Hunt, Mrs. Hill, Ms. Greenfield, and the Me to We club would like to thank the Burlington Food Bank for the opportunity to volunteer. The students learned a lot, and enjoyed helping sort the goods. It's an experience that we are sure they will take with them forever.

Adventure Club Canada

We would like to thank Big Brothers and Big Sisters for running Adventure Club every Monday with students who are new to Canada. The kIds got a lot out of the program through the games and activities they engaged in. It was great to see the friendships and confidence that was built up over the last 10 weeks.

FDK Donations

We are very fortunate to have generous families that are always willing to donate items to support the FDK program here at Tuck. We have also had families generously donate outdoor toys to the front fenced in play area. Although we are appreciative of these outdoor play donations, we are unable to accept these items due to the board safety policies regarding outdoor play equipment as we need to follow school board purchasing procedures to ensure items meet a minimum standard of quality and safety for our students. Please feel free to reach out to the teachers if you are wanting to help support the program to see if there are any specific resources that may be required. While we definitely appreciate the gestures, we are unable to accept these donations that have sometimes shown up in the play area. Thank you for understanding.

Sewing Club

Thank you to the very enthusiastic grade 5 sewing club who came out as many times as they could in December to complete their Christmas stockings. Ms. Pillai hopes that you got to hang them up to enjoy over the break!

Holiday Baskets

A huge thank you to our Tuck students and families for the extremely generous donations during our holiday family gift basket drive. The Salvation Army was overwhelmed with the number of gifts we had collected and were blown away with the over $3000 in gift cards alone. It truly shows the heart of this school and how much we can accomplish for others even during this busy holiday season.

Emergency Lunch Supervisors

We are still 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 deriddera@hdsb.ca.