March 2021 News

Message to JTT Families - March 28

Principal Message

We've made it through March (almost!) and are looking forward to April with our students. It will be a quick month, with a lot of four-day school weeks, and the Spring Break. Please mark your calendars, as there will be no school on the following dates:

  • April 2 - Good Friday

  • April 5 - Easter Monday

  • April 12-16 - Spring Break

  • April 23 - PD Day

While the month might just fly by, we know it will also be filled with great learning! Please see below for a couple of more announcements for the week.

Mr. G. Donaldson

Principal

John T. Tuck P.S.

Spirit Day

On Thursday April 1st, we are asking all staff and students to wear blue, to light up our hallways and classrooms in blue to support Autism awareness. This kicks off Autism Awareness month as we begin by lighting up our school with kindness! By wearing blue, it shows a commitment to a world where all people with autism can reach their full potential. We look forward to seeing a sea of blue at Tuck on Thursday!

Walk, Ride and Roll to School

As Spring is upon us, we encourage our students to walk to school, ride the school bus (if eligible) or roll to school on bicycles, scooters or skateboards. If you feel that you must drive your child to school, we remind you to obey the traffic signage and avoid u-turns and 3-point turns on Spruce as you drop off. Parking on a side street and walking the rest of the way is the safest option. As a reminder, bicycle, scooter, and skateboard racks and storage are provided at the school for those who choose to roll to school. All bicycles, scooters, and skateboards must be placed in the racks or storage unit and must be locked. For safety reasons, students are not allowed to ride bicycles, skateboards, long-boards or scooters on school grounds and should never be inside the school. Bicycle helmets are now required by law and should be worn at all times.

Mental Health & Well-Being Information Sessions

The HDSB is hosting a Mental Health & Well-Being Information Sessions for Parents/Guardians on Monday, March 29 intended for parents/guardians of elementary students (Kindergarten - Grade 8). The session is designed to discuss parent, child and youth mental health and well-being, ways in which parents/guardians can support their children and resources available for youth and families. Each session will feature four panelists (parents, mental health experts, HDSB school social workers and community partners) who will share their experiences of parenting during COVID-19 and provide helpful information and resources.

These sessions will help parents/guardians learn about:

  • How the pandemic may be impacting their, and their child’s, mental health and well-being

  • Coping and well-being strategies for them and their children to support better mental health and well-being

  • Resources and support available through their child’s school and within the community

Elementary Session: Monday, March 29 from 7 - 8:15 p.m. at www.hdsb.ca

Presenters:

  • Noorie Soni, HDSB parent and PIC member

  • Kim Menezes-Francispillai, School Social Worker, HDSB

  • Shivani Patel, Lead, Access and System Navigation, Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK)

  • Nathan Pillai, MA, Director of Programs, Bayridge Counselling Centre

How to watch the Mental Health & Well-Being Information Sessions: The sessions will be live streamed through the HDSB YouTube channel. Visit www.hdsb.ca at 7 p.m. on March 29 to tune in. Registration is not required. Each session will be recorded and available on the HDSB YouTube channel following the event. Closed captioning will be available in the recorded version but will not be available during the livestream.

The mental health and well-being of our students, families and staff is important. We encourage all families to view the HDSB’s new Mental Health & Well-Being webpage which has information for parents/guardians and students on mental health, ways to support positive mental health and well-being and how to get additional support at school and in the community.

Message to JTT Families - March 21

Principal Message

Did you think that you missed last week's email? No, you didn't! We did not send a message last week as there was not much to update parents on from a whole school perspective. Moving forward, we will only send messages when there are changes and/or reminders that are necessary that week.

Today, we are recognizing the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. It is a day to recognize that on March 21, 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa held against apartheid pass laws. We hope that families will spend some time reflecting and discussing the importance of eliminating racial discrimination in our society, as well as the impact systemic racism has on themselves and others.

Please see below for a few more reminders and announcements this week.


Mr. G. Donaldson

Principal

John T. Tuck P.S.


Yearbook

As you are aware, we have not been able to take student photos through LifeTouch this year. This has complicated the process for creating a yearbook. After discussions with LifeTouch, without them taking the photos it is a very difficult task to import pictures into a yearbook that are not tagged electronically through their system when they take the photo. Unfortunately, we have made the decision to not produce a yearbook this year due to the lack of pictures to create the yearbook with. We thank you for your understanding. We are looking at an option for our Graduates, who did have their Grad Photo taken earlier this month.

Graduation Celebrations

We will be having a meeting for any interested Grade 8 parent on Friday, March 26th at 10am using the Google Meet Link - https://meet.google.com/doa-ofxv-ugh. At the meeting, we will be discussing the board-wide protocols around graduations as well as chat about early plans at John T Tuck based on Student Voice feedback through a survey given to all graduates this week. This is also a time for Grade 8 parents to provide feedback for our staff to consider. Any Grade 8 parent is welcome to attend. As a reminder, for those who are interested in ordering a Grad Hoodie, or Grad T-Shirt, orders are due by Friday - https://www.lcms.ca/jttcougarsgrad


Tuck Park Replacement

While we know that Tuck Park's playground equipment is off limits during the school day as per our Covid Protocols, the City of Burlington is continuing their park renewal programs. The City has let us know that the adjacent playground at Tuck Park is scheduled to be replaced in 2022. The City would like to invite our school community to give their opinion on the features they would like to see for the new playground by completing an online survey at www.getinvolvedburlington.ca/lovemyplayground. Please note that no personal information will be collected. The survey will be open until March 26th. The City of Burlington appreciates your support and look forward to providing the students and surrounding community a fun and exciting new playground to enjoy.

Message to JTT Families - March 7

Principal Message

In the interest of being transparent with our community, we wanted to let you know that you have likely heard from some of our students about an increase in the number of times a classroom is emptied and sanitized throughout the day. As part of the precautionary protocols in place in schools we clean and sanitize every classroom if a student develops any symptoms that require them to go home and contact a healthcare professional for next steps. As things have changed recently, students are sent home and the classroom is sanitized even if there is only one symptom, regardless of the severity of the symptom. Symptoms for Covid-19 include Fever and/or chills, Cough or barking cough, Shortness of breath, Decrease or loss of taste or smell, Sore throat or difficulty swallowing, Runny or stuffy/congested nose, Headache, Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea, and Extreme tiredness or muscle aches. Many times, students are sent home with a headache, or runny nose only but the protocols still must be followed as a precaution.


On a typical day our custodians would clean and sanitize three of four classrooms, however sometimes it is more and sometimes it is less. With the changed policies that require Covid tests for only one symptom, we do have to clean classrooms more often as a precautionary measure. During this time students participate in outdoor Learning and/or a mask break outside.


Public Health only becomes involved if there is a confirmed positive case of covid. The school would also send you a letter should Public Health become involved. While it may be a disruption throughout the day, we thank you for understanding the protocols are in place to help keep our staff and students safe while at school. If you have any questions about our protocols, please feel free to reach out to me at the school.


Mr. G. Donaldson

Principal

John T. Tuck P.S.


Graduation Celebrations

For Elementary celebrations and graduations, we have a team of principals and vice principals from all areas of the Board who are working on a plan to ensure consistency from school-to-school. The plan will be presented to the senior admin team in April for approval. Once the elementary graduation plan is confirmed, we will share this information with the students and parents. We look forward to celebrating our graduates in June this year.


Tuck Park Replacement

While we know that Tuck Park's playground equipment is off limits during the school day as per our Covid Protocols, the City of Burlington is continuing their park renewal programs. The City has let us know that the adjacent playground at Tuck Park is scheduled to be replaced in 2022. The City would like to invite our school community to give their opinion on the features they would like to see for the new playground by completing an online survey at www.getinvolvedburlington.ca/lovemyplayground. Please note that no personal information will be collected. The survey will be open until March 26th. The City of Burlington appreciates your support and look forward to providing the students and surrounding community a fun and exciting new playground to enjoy.


Covid Symptoms - Update

As we monitor student health in our classrooms, simply a stomach ache (without feeling nauseous) no longer qualifies as a Covid Symptom on its own. This has recently been brought to Public Health and apparently there has been no positive Covid cases with only a sore stomach. However, if the sore stomach is combined with one of the other symptoms (Fever and/or chills, Cough or barking cough, Shortness of breath, Decrease or loss of taste or smell, Sore throat or difficulty swallowing, Runny or stuffy/congested nose, Headache, Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea, and Extreme tiredness or muscle aches), Covid protocol is enacted. What does that mean for you? Students with a sore stomach (who aren't feeling nauseous) do not need to be sent home, however, if they can not manage the day and they do go home, they are to be monitored by parents for other symptoms. They do not enter the Covid protocols that require a negative test, alternate diagnosis, or 10-day isolation to return unless another symptom appears. Thank you for your patience as we navigate protocols that change over time. Should your child have a symptom that requires entering the Covid Protocols, please let the office know.


Student Census

The HDSB is conducting a Student Census which will confidentially gather identity-based data to help support student success and well-being and improve learning environments. John T Tuck PS students will complete the HDSB Student Census starting Monday, March 8, 2021.


Learn more about the HDSB Student Census and view Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the HDSB Student Census webpage. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s participation, or would like to opt your student out of the census, please email studentcensus@hdsb.ca.


How will the Student Census be conducted?

Students in Grade 4 to Grade 12 will receive an email to their HDSB account containing a secure link to the Student Census for electronic completion during class time. The Student Census will take approximately one class period to complete and will include questions that ask students about their identities (e.g., race, religion/faith, gender identity, etc.,) and their experiences in school (e.g., safety, sense of belonging, extra-curricular activities, etc.,).


For students in Kindergarten to Grade 3, parent(s)/guardian(s) will receive an invitation through SchoolMessenger to complete the census on behalf of their child.