January 2021 News

Message to JTT Families - January 31


Principal Message

As you are likely aware, we are still awaiting a timeline and date for returning to in-person learning in Halton, and we will communicate with you as soon as we have more information. We can all do our part to help get back to school faster by following the Stay at Home order for the next several weeks as we only leave our houses for essential reasons such as groceries, medical care, school or work, and exercise.

We have received our "Change in Learning Model" data and the school board will examine the numbers across the system to remain in compliance with class size caps and averages and adjust staffing in schools as required in preparation for a March 1st start date. Should a reorganization happen at our school, we will be in touch with the families of any students who may be affected. Should remote learning for everyone extend beyond March 1st, then the change in learning model date would shift to the first day back with in-person learning.


I wish you all a fantastic week! Please see below for a couple more items of interest this week.


Mr. G. Donaldson

Principal

John T. Tuck P.S.

School Council Meeting

On Monday February 1st, we have our Virtual School Council Meeting at 7:00pm. All parents are welcome to attend. We will meet online using the Google Meet link - https://meet.google.com/hwx-ejsd-jmi. We will be looking at the council and school budgets, talking about our Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan, the upcoming Student Census, and sharing our experiences with remote learning. We look forward to connecting with our Parent Council!

Mental Health Resources

As we head into week 5 of remote learning, we wanted to remind you to take care of your own mental health at home, and for your children. Plan breaks in the day, and use the two nutrition breaks to help your children head outside to play in the snow or go for a walk with the family. Concerns about COVID-19 are impacting children and families alike. As we continue on during this pandemic, concerns can amplify and become more difficult for children and adults to manage. If you are looking for support, please consider the resources below and talk with your child's classroom teacher.


The following are a few ways to access additional information about supporting your child during these challenging times. In addition to the links below, more resources can be found on the HDSB website to support students and families through this time - https://hdsb.ca/students/Pages/Health%20and%20Well-Being/Mental-Health.aspx

Local and National Crisis Lines/Counselling Resources:

  • Halton Public Health supports are available across Halton that you and your loved ones may find helpful during this time.

  • ROCK - If a student is in crisis, contact our 24/7 ROCK Crisis Line at 905-878-9785

  • Access and Service Navigation - For information about programs, services, forms, and application process visit Rock Online

  • KidsHelpPhone - Information, strategies and access to phone/text/live chat support - KidsHelpPhone

  • ADAPT - All in-person services have been suspended. ADAPT will provide remote services and tele-counselling to support clients, colleagues and the community. ADAPT

Message to JTT Families - January 24

Principal Message
Welcome to another week of online learning! While we wished for better news and a return to school this week, we have not been given the go ahead by the Ministry yet. We are still awaiting a timeline and date for returning to in-person learning in Halton, and we will communicate with you as soon as we have more information. We can all do our part to help get back to school faster by following the Stay at Home order for the next several weeks as we only leave our houses for essential reasons such as groceries, medical care, school or work, and exercise.

As we head into week 4 of remote learning, it is becoming a significant chunk of learning in term 1 for our students and you will see this learning represented on the Report Cards that will come out on March 1st. We are glad to see high participation rates with our students, and please continue to stress the importance of being online for school from 9:20-3:40 each day, much like we would be in person (and like the Virtual Schools have run since September). We also wanted to stress the importance of students participating independently and asking the teacher for help when needed, like they would in the school. Even for asynchronous work, our teachers are available throughout the school day to answer any questions a student may have. Please connect with your child's teachers for their process for asking for assistance, as required.


As we approach the end of January, there are several deadlines with applications and procedures within the school board as it pertains to next September, when we all hope to be back to a sense of normalcy! Please make sure you review each one and meet the deadlines if it pertains to you.


I wish you all an amazing week, and we look forward to celebrating our Spirit Day on Friday!


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


Spirit Day

We have a Spirit Day on Friday - it's our JTT Red & Gold Day. Please help your child prepare their outfit with school branded gear and/or red & gold clothes for the day. It will be great for our staff to see a sea of red and gold on their grid view to help remind us that we are all in this together, and we are an amazing school community, both in-person and online! Go Cougars!


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.


Kindergarten Registration

Do you have a child starting school in Fall 2021? The Halton District School Board is now accepting registrations for Junior (Year 1) and Senior (Year 2) Kindergarten for September 2021. Parents/guardians are asked to register their child by Feb. 5, 2021. Learn more here, and contact Mrs. Lukasik at the office (lukasika@hdsb.ca) to make a registration appointment.

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 to 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.


Financial Support for Families

Financial support is available for families during this temporary remote learning period through the Support for Learners program. Starting on January 11, 2021, an expanded Support for Learners program is providing $200 for each child or youth up to Grade 12 and $250 for each child or youth up to age 21 with special needs. Applications will be open until February 8, 2021.


Message to JTT Families - January 17

Principal Message

We hope that this email finds you and your family well, as we enter into the provinces Stay at Home order for the next several weeks as we only leave our houses for essential reasons such as groceries, medical care, school or work, and exercise. Currently, we are scheduled to come back to school on January 25th, however, we have been notified that the Medical Officer of Health will be reconnecting with the Ministry of Education on January 20th to confirm this reopening date, or push it back further. We have been given no indication either way at this point, so please stay tuned this week.

In our messages below, you will notice the Change in Learning model form is now open. Please make the decision based on when schools will be reopened, knowing that they will be reopened when it is safe to do so. In talking with our students online these past couple of weeks, we are impressed by their ability to manage online learning, however, have heard from them that they prefer being in schools and seeing their friends...and we miss in person learning too! We look forward to a time when we can all be back in the school again together, and know that it will take a collective effort in our community to help make that happen.

We have a sharing assembly this week for Grades 1-8 on Tuesday, and look forward to connecting as a whole school to learn more about Digital Citizenship! Have a great week, and please see the messages below.

Mr. G. Donaldson

Principal

John T. Tuck P.S.


Financial Support for Families

Financial support is available for families during this temporary remote learning period through the Support for Learners program. Starting on January 11, 2021, an expanded Support for Learners program is providing $200 for each child or youth up to Grade 12 and $250 for each child or youth up to age 21 with special needs. Applications will be open until February 8, 2021.


Change in Learning Model

Families of elementary students (Kindergarten-Grade 8) who would like to switch learning models (i.e., in-person to virtual or virtual to in-person) effective March 1, must complete the Change in Delivery Model Form. The form is open now until Friday, Jan. 22 at 11:59 p.m. This form is only for families wishing to switch learning models. If you do not wish to switch learning models, please DO NOT complete this form. https://bit.ly/ElemChangeModel


Students switching learning models will transition to their chosen learning model on Monday, March 1. Students are expected to continue in their current learning model until that date. For more information, view the Jan. 14 HDSB update for families: https://hdsb.ca/students/Pages/Health%20and%20Well-Being/COVID-19/Updates-for-Families.aspx


Kindergarten Registration

Do you have a child starting school in Fall 2021? The Halton District School Board is now accepting registrations for Junior (Year 1) and Senior (Year 2) Kindergarten for September 2021. Parents/guardians are asked to register their child by Feb. 5, 2021. Learn more here, and contact Mrs. Lukasik at the office (lukasika@hdsb.ca) to make a registration appointment.

Message from Parent Council

Happy New Year to all Tuck Families From Your School Council! With the Province announcing expanded restrictions, many of us are feeling an increased sense of isolation and are at a loss as to how to fill the time. One of the keys to feeling fulfilled and connected is to STAY BUSY! Below are some suggestions that may help in this area:

  • Start that spring cleaning early! Once the restrictions are lifted, many families in Halton will find themselves in even greater need of assistance. You and your family can gather clothes that no longer fit, toys that are no longer played with, household items that have sat in the drawer or on the shelf for years without being touched ... and prepare to donate them to one of the many social agencies in our neighbourhood. The Salvation Army, The United Way and Habitat For Humanity are just three that come to mind.

  • Movies? Who doesn't like movies? There is a free streaming service called Kanopy that is available to anyone with a Burlington Public Library card. This service offers a wide selection of Educational Films, Documentaries, Foreign Films, and many Hollywood hits. It operates just like other streaming services and the only restriction is that you are limited to 10 titles per month.

  • Online Euchre Anyone? We can all agree that socializing online isn't as much fun as seeing our friends in person, but we can still make the best of a bad situation. You can set up online card games with your friends by using an app call Trickster Euchre and coordinating communication through Zoom and Telegram / Facetime. It's easy to use and a fun way to stay connected.

  • Help Out! If you have a neighbour who is older or infirm, shovel their snow. Also, you can check out this link https://www.burlington.ca/en/your-city/covid-19-community-resources.asp which provides guidance on how to access support services.

  • Get outside! For those of us who are fortunate enough to have a yard, now's the time to use it. Fresh air and exercise go a long way towards maintaining good mental health. It's seldom "too cold" to get out there. And for those of you with a dog, he or she will love it if you walk an extra thousand steps

  • Get started on that household project you've been putting off. There's no better time to paint that bedroom that you've been saying you'll "get to soon". Soon is now!

Your Tuck School Council hope that you are all well, that you stay safe, and that you follow the provincial guidelines. We truly are a great community, and we will get through this...together!


Message to JTT Families - January 10

Principal Message

As you are likely aware, this week the Government of Ontario announced that elementary students (Kindergarten - Grade 8) will not return to in-person learning until Monday, Jan. 25. Elementary students will continue to learn remotely from home. Schools will remain closed to students for in-person learning until Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. In order to support student learning at home, we have outlined some guidelines below. Please be sure to read through each of them.


If your child is having difficulty with remote learning, please connect with your child's classroom teacher to problem solve. While most of our staff is working remotely, they are available via email throughout the day. Please see our staff list on our website for staff contact information.


Thank you, to our staff and students, who have done a remarkable job in transitioning. We know, and studies have shown, that face-to-face learning is the preferred method for educating our youth and we look forward to a time when we can be back in the school together. In the meantime, we are committed to follow Public Health guidelines to help return society to a more "normal" time, as soon as possible. We wish you all a fantastic week of online learning, and thank you for taking the time to read through the messages below.


Mr. G. Donaldson

Principal

John T. Tuck P.S.


Financial Support for Families

Financial support is available for families during this temporary remote learning period through the ​​Support for Learners program. Starting on January 11, 2021, an expanded Support for Learners program is providing $200 for each child or youth up to Grade 12 and $250 for each child or youth up to age 21 with special needs. Applications will be open until February 8, 2021.


Connectivity Problems While Learning Virtually

While the Google platform is very stable, some unexpected interruptions may occur during remote learning. During times like this, students should engage in an asynchronous task if they have one available from the educator, spend some time reading, engage in some math games, etc. until the service has returned. At times, the outages can last for a prolonged period of time during a school day, but students are encouraged to continue to attempt to rejoin the learning periodically through the day. Learning may be interrupted because of connectivity issues. This can happen when a wifi signal becomes weak, when there is a loss of power or internet connection during inclement weather, or too many users are requiring large amounts of data from a single home connection. Connectivity issues sometimes result in unexpected error messages, not being able to join a Google Meet, or the inability to access Google Classroom. At times this can be frustrating, but these issues are often temporary and the student will be able to transition back into the learning fairly quickly. We thank you for your patience as our students and staff navigate through remote learning during these times.


Guidelines for a Successful Learning Space

When selecting the space where your child will be learning online, consider finding a space where there will not be interruptions, if possible. Avoiding noisy areas of the home as well as areas with a lot of visual distractions will help your child focus. Over time, your child may want to personalize their learning space by adding support materials (such as multiplication or addition chart), artifacts of the learning (e.g., a drawing) or reminders that they have created to support them in their learning routines. During face to face learning, educators often post items such as these around the room not only to personalize the space, but also to reinforce the students’ learning. While students are at home, they are encouraged to continue to present themselves appropriately for class. When joining a class google meet, students should not be wearing pyjamas or appear unkempt.


Guidelines for being a Family Member of a Virtual Student

While the virtual learning is taking place within your home, your child is still "at school". Timely and high quality participation are still key components in a child’s learning journey and so adhering to school hours should remain a priority, similar to when your child was a student at a face to face school. All participants in a virtual classroom (students and educators) have a right to privacy and respect during the school day. While family members may support a student who is struggling to connect, it is not necessary, or appropriate, for a family member to be part of the larger learning session. It is difficult to balance being nearby to support, but far enough away to provide privacy. Try and place enough distance between you and your child that they would need to raise their voice to call you, and ensure that you cannot view the other students on the screen. Ensuring the privacy of participants is critical in building a safe place where students can ask questions, share ideas and receive feedback. At no time should anyone, other than the educator, be photographing, screenshotting, or capturing other forms of images of the learning environment. An educator should only be doing so when it is being used for the purpose of assessment, and this should be deleted and destroyed when the assessment is no longer valid. It is not appropriate for Families, Students, or Educators to share any images of videos from a virtual classroom on social media without the permission of all people in the image or the video. Virtual learning is a new platform for Halton and has come about in a time of crisis. We should all presume positive intent and believe in one another in an effort to make virtual learning successful for all students. Thank you, in advance, for your support of our educators and respecting the privacy of both the educators and the other students in the classroom.


Grad Photos

We have decided to postpone our Grad Photo Day, which was scheduled for January 26th. With it being so close to our current Return to School date, we wanted to ensure students return to the classroom with minimal disruption. Rest assured, we will book a new date and communicate this with families.


Message to JTT Families - January 1

Principal Message

​Happy New Year! ​I hope that everyone is doing well and ​enjoyed a wonderful holiday break. As you will have heard by now, we will be closed to in-person learning for the week of January 4-8​ as part of the Government mandated lockdown measures​. Our classroom teachers will be teaching online for this week instead.​ Your child's homeroom teacher will reach out with a schedule for Monday (and throughout the week) including the links to the Google Meets and coverage schedules for subjects like Music, French and Phys Ed.​ Please ensure your child is online by 9:20am on Monday for attendance. Teachers will be ​online during period 1​ on Monday​ ​to provide​​ work for students to do offline ​until period 3 begins at 11:40am. This will allow for time to follow up with​ families of​ students ​​who have not logged in to the Google Classroom​ or the Google Meet​. The regular ​school ​schedule will​ be followed the rest of the week.


Students will have a minimum of 180 minutes ​synchronous instruction in FDK, and Grade 1-​8​ students will have a minimum of 225 minutes of ​synchronous instruction during the regular school day (9:​20am-3:​40​pm). While the day will follow the regular timetable, your child’s classroom teacher will share their specific schedule with you on or before Monday, January 4​th​. This adjusted timetable will include details of when they will be live and when it will be asynchronous learning time during the school day.​ Teachers will be available during both asynchronous and synchronous learning time during the school day, 9:20-11am, 11:40-1:20pm, and 2:00pm-3:40pm and they will share with students and parents the best way they can be reached during those times if help is required during asynchronous learning time.​


​As we pivot to remote learning, we encourage our families to review the 2020 - 2021 Handbook for Families of Virtual School Students at the start of moving to virtual. ​This document was created by the school board for Virtual School Students, which now applies to all students for this week.​


As we begin January, there are a few reminders for parents below. We look forward to seeing our students online this week!


Mr. G. Donaldson

Principal

John T. Tuck P.S.



Grade 9 Course Selection

Hopefully our Grade 8 students and families have had a chance to review the course overview that Nelson shared with us before the break. If you have not, please check out your google classroom, or the Student Success Website. Remember that this website is updated regularly, and should be something that you visit often to get up to date information about all things High school. Remember that course selection is scheduled to happen this week, so it is important that you are prepared and present online! If you are going to be away, or you have any questions please contact Miss Simmelink at simmelinka@hdsb.ca.


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.


Change in Learning Model

The final opportunity to consider a Change in Delivery model is scheduled to occur this month. When making this decision, please remember that this will be for March to June, as the weather warms up. While decisions are made well in advance as the process does take some time behind the scenes to ensure class sizes and staffing are in place for any possible changes, you will not be able to change between models after the form closes on January 22nd. If you are not switching learning models, no action is required and you do not need to fill out a form.

    • 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)


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. In addition, we have a "Welcome to FDK" section on our own school website.


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 is now open and will be by appointment only (in-person and/or virtual) through the school. Please contact Mrs. Lukasik at the office (906-637-3881, or lukasika@hdsb.ca) to make a registration appointment. 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.