June 2020 Newsletter

Principal's Message

We hope this message finds you well. As we kick off the month of June, we wanted to share with you a "Where's Waldo - JTT Staff Edition" activity with you that you can complete with your child(ren)! We have a legend, and we are all hiding on the page somewhere! Here is the Staff Checklist for you to keep track of when you find someone. How quickly can you find the staff members in the picture?

Please see below for more information about our school for the month of June. There is a form that all families are required to fill out by June 5th as per the messaging around personal belongings left at school. We are asking that all students fill this out through their board login. We also have a staffing update for 2020-21, medical update and graduation update.

We hope you have a great month!

Mr. G. DonaldsonPrincipalJohn T Tuck PS

Personal Belongings

We are pleased to share the process for the retrieval of student belongings, including EpiPens, possible Grad Awards, and Grad Composites and pictures. Given our school closed without the opportunity to organize student belongings, teachers will need some time to sort and gather your child’s personal items. I ask for your understanding and patience as we undertake this work.

We are asking that ALL students fill out this form using their Board login - https://forms.gle/QpEJRUd7tZMQRiw2A. This form is due on June 5th. Even if you do not require picking up personal items, we want to ensure we are not missing any families, so please fill out the form and let us know if you need access to the school or not. We are asking that you fill the form out by logging into your child's account so that we can track who we have heard from. Please fill out a form for each child in your household that attends Tuck. If you do not have your child's login information, please contact your homeroom teacher.

During the next few weeks, teachers will access the school a few teachers at a time, three days apart, to sort, gather and bag your child’s personal belongings from their locker/cubbie and classroom. They will place a bag for each student, labelled with the student’s name, on a desk in the homeroom classroom. For Grade 7 and 8 students who have lockers, a parent/guardian will be invited to retrieve the belongings from their child’s locker, while Grades 5 and 6 teachers will bring items from the lockers into the classrooms. Each classroom will have a bag with your child's name on it, organized alphabetically.

Teachers will do their best to determine what belongs to whom, relying largely on personal items, such as shoes and clothes, being labelled with a name. Any items that are not able to be sorted, will be left on display in the classroom for you to peruse on your scheduled access day. All unclaimed items will be donated and/or discarded in July.

You will be provided a scheduled time during the week of June 22 to access your child’s classroom/locker to collect their belongings, only if you require personal belongings. At that same time, we ask that all school resources, such as textbooks and library books are returned. If your child will no longer be enrolled in the HDSB in the fall, school-loaned devices will also be returned at this time in June. Families remaining in our school may continue to use the loaned device through the summer.

Please be aware that only one parent/guardian will be provided access to the school and will be required to follow the Access to School - Protocol for Elementary Parent/Guardian. Students will not be granted access to the school or portables. We will confirm your access date/time by June 19, 2020. Again, thank you for your patience and understanding, and please fill out the form - https://forms.gle/QpEJRUd7tZMQRiw2A. This form is due on June 5th, 2020. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Staffing Update

As we plan for next year, we know that some of our staff will be moving onto other opportunities, especially as we will be saying goodbye to many students due to the boundary review. We would like to wish Ms. Weeks, Ms Sanche, Mrs Grzeslo, Ms Zawacki, Mrs. Grinvalds, Ms Pillai, Mrs A Matthews, Ms Arcand, Mme Andrade, Mrs. Jarvis, and Ms Catarino all the best, as they transfer to other schools within Halton. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our Long Term Occasional teachers who have done an admirable job filling in for maternity, medical and/or other leaves in our school - Ms Shirley, Ms Pollock, Ms Rosizky and Ms Chilcott. We will be working over the Spring and Summer to complete our staffing process, and will share that with our community in the new school year.

Grade 8 Graduation

Due to the management of the personal belongings pick up process in the last week of school, we have decided to move up our Grade 8 Virtual Graduation to Monday, June 22 at 7:00pm. We will send you more details to Grade 8 parents closer to the time, including the link you will need to watch the ceremony online. As we prepare for our Virtual Graduation Ceremony at the end of June, we were wondering if any of our grade 8 students would like to video themselves playing O'Canada on an instrument at home (e.g., piano, guitar, violin, etc) and share it with Mr. Donaldson for use in the Virtual Graduation Ceremony. If you are interested in this, please send an email to donaldsong@hdsb.ca by the middle of the week and we will share with you the guidelines and format.

Plan of Care

All students with a prevalent medical condition (i.e., anaphylaxis, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy) are required to have their Plan of Care document reviewed annually. Given the current conditions, some students may be impacted more significantly and require changes to their plan of care. In the context of COVID-19 and your child’s medical condition, you are asked to consider contacting your Health Care Practitioner to discuss any additional risks your child may be facing. Should there be recommendations provided by your Health Care Practitioner, these may be incorporated into a revised Plan of Care for your Child when this document is finalized when we return to school. Thank you for completing Appendix C (Form 3) ANNUAL REVIEW OF MEDICAL INFORMATION - NO CHANGES form if your child currently has a Plan of Care. Please contact our vice-principal, Mrs de Ridder (deriddera@hdsb.ca) if you have any questions.

Mental Health Resources

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.

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/COVID-19/Mental-Health-Resources.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

Burlington Food Support

Many people and families across Burlington are finding themselves in need of food support, including those who have never needed to access a food bank before or simply need food delivery. Within Burlington, there are dozens of different non-profit food organizations willing to help anyone who needs food, including food donations, prepared meals or simply delivering groceries. Below is a short list of some of the organizations offering help. If you, or a family you know is struggling during this time, please reach out to us at the school so that we can help. Other community supports can be found by visiting Burlington.ca/COVID19Resources or by calling 311. Below are some community resources available to the public during this time.

If you are in need of accessing these resources, please reach out. If you are looking to support these organizations through monetary donations, we also encourage you to reach out to them.

Friday Night Community Take Home Meal Bags

Already prepared meals as well as any available produce, dairy, hygiene and baby needs. Pick up Monday, Wednesday, Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Wellington Square United Church, 2121 Caroline St. *Delivery as needed. For more information, email llunski@wsquare.ca or call 905-634-1849 or visit www.wsquare.ca/outreach/friday-community/

Food for Life Pre-bagged Food Programs

St. Luke’s Anglican Church, 1382 Ontario St. Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m.

Faith Christian Reformed Church, 2258 Mountainside Dr. Tuesdays, 6:15 to 7 p.m.

Brant Hills Presbyterian Church, 2138 Brant St. Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m.

Tansley United Church, 2111 Walkers Line, Fridays, 9:30 a.m.

Good Food Line, 905-635-1106 ext. 7 or email goodfood@foodforlife.ca

Compassion Society

Non-perishable food packages, produce, meat, bread, and hygiene Items available Monday, Wednesday, Friday, noon to 2 p.m. 484 Plains Rd. E., Unit 14. For more information, email contact@compassionsociety.net or call 905-592-3722.

Salvation Army

Clients may come weekly if necessary to receive non-perishables, milk, eggs, produce, frozen meat, baked goods; quantity and variety will vary from week to week. 5040 Mainway, Unit 9; Monday to Friday​​ 9 a.m. to noon. To request food, call 905-637-3893.

Burlington Food Bank

Pre-packed boxes of non-perishable foods, hygiene, produce, milk, eggs, bread and frozen meat. Contactless delivery to lobby or door. To request food, email info@burlingtonfoodbank.ca or call 905-637-2273.

Glad Tidings Church

Glad Tidings Church would like to serve those who require mandatory isolation with free grocery delivery. For more information on how to receive help, go to gtburlington.org/groceries or call 905-335-8172 and leave a message.