November 2019 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

It is shocking to think that we have already completed 20% of our school year together. Time flies when you are having fun! This coming month, our School Teams will be looking at data to inform our instruction and goal setting for this year. We use a variety of data, such as Report Card Data, EQAO data and Student Surveys. Our school directions team will meet this month to create focused goals for our school to formalize our school improvement plans for this year, and we will share those with the community once we have finalized our School Improvement plan.

Have a Notable November!

Mr. G. DonaldsonPrincipalJohn T Tuck P.S.

Social Media & Screenagers

Already this year, we have had several concerns with students (especially in the older grades) with their use of online tools such as Instagram and Snapchat. Although the issues start in the evenings and weekends with poor choices in online behaviour, it does come into the school and the social landscape. We would suggest that parents have a mechanism in place to monitor their child(ren)’s online behaviour and counsel them away from using applications that have messages disappear. Although they feel that they can say anything, these things can be screenshot, or a picture can be taken of the screen with another device. We have counselled our students to use the acronym THINK when posting online (T - Is it true? H - is it helpful? I - is it inspiring? N - is it necessary? K - is it Kind?).

To further the conversation of growing up in a digital age and to help parents, we are offering a viewing of the documentary, Screenagers on Wednesday, November 6, in the large gym. Please sign up here if you are able to attend so that we can set up enough seating.

Parent Support with Technology

Parents, you can help us by supporting and modelling appropriate use of technology in order to encourage your child to focus on academics in school during the school day. Parents are requested to:

1. Refrain from texting your children throughout the day, and call the office for emergency messages to be relayed. If your child texts you during class time, please respond with “please go to the office, talk to an adult there and use the office phones.” Trust us. When you text your child during class time and or accept texts from them, you are implicitly teaching them that they do not have to pay attention in class, or use the adults in the building to help them problem solve.

2. Buy a calculator for your child to use in Math class.

3. Make after school arrangements with your children in advance.

4. Remind your children of the appropriate uses of technology and social media, while reviewing and monitoring their online activity outside of school hours.

5. Encourage your child to keep his/her personal device locked/secure when at school and to not share their combinations or passwords with anyone else.

6. Counsel their children that devices brought to school are their responsibility. If items are lost, broken, or stolen, the school will do everything it can to help find it and/or solve the problem, but in the end, the replacement cost rests with the student who owns it.

Photo Retake Day

Just a reminder that Photo retake day is Wednesday, November 13th starting at 9:30am. If you missed our first Photo Day, or were not happy with the pictures, we will be having retakes in the morning.

Halloween Parade & Yearbook Photos

If you attended the Halloween parade, took any photos and would like to possibly see some of your photos in the yearbook this year, there are 2 ways you can submit your photos to the Yearbook Team. You may download a FREE app to your phone called "Herff Jones eShare" or you can go to the website: and enter the school code (all in lower case): johnttuck

We cannot guarantee all of the photos submitted will be in the yearbook, but we might use many of them! Also, if you have taken any photos of other events in the past or coming up, please feel free to submit, it will help us get as many great shots in the book this year! Thank you!

The Yearbook Team

Parent Council Corner

The first meeting of the John T Tuck Parent Council convened in early October. With many new, as well as familiar faces in attendance, the council from last year closed out all outstanding issues and prepared to hand the reins to the new board. Council was lucky to have so many people ready to step up and lend a hand. Your new Parent Council for 2019-20 consists of: Chair Warren Pantry. Secretary: Anne-Marie Wilson. Treasurer: Deepa Ganatra, PIC Reps - Julie Ceiply, Amy Osika, Jackie Findlay and Voting Members - Allisyn Picano, Amy Osika, Navneet Pala, Julie Moscato, Tina Chapman, Madeline Casola, Nadia Merkley, Laura MacBride, Rajvir Samra-Gosain, Deb Rust, Lisa McLaren, Vanessa Drew, Antonio Pecora, and Tracy King. Our Teacher Representative is Mrs. Baswick.

Looking at this year’s financials, Council reviewed a number of requests for funds from the teachers and the school in general and has made an initial commitment to the following items: Grade 8 graduation, teacher support, Future Parent Council evenings are as follows: November 4 / February 3 / April 6 / May 11. All are welcome. We hope to see you there in November, 7:00pm in the Library Learning Commons. We will be talking about fundraising events over the year and making decisions on what events the council will run this year.

Appointments for Students

As students and their families get back into the swing of school routines please be aware when making appointments/activities to try to schedule them outside school hours when possible. We do understand that this is sometimes unavoidable. We have had an unusually large number of students coming and going during our school day which is causing constant interruptions in the classrooms. If you are unable to schedule outside school hours please note that we do have scheduled class breaks during our day. Signing out in between scheduled periods causes fewer disruptions to all of the students at school. Please check our school website ( for our school hours and break times. If a student is being picked up, please let the teacher know in advance so that they are waiting at the office for you. This will eliminate the need to disrupt classes further. Thank you for helping us to provide less distractions in the learning environment for all of our students.

Remembrance Day

We will be recognizing those who have fought for our freedom in Canada on November 11th before the first nutrition break. Grades 4-8 will have a ceremony at 9:15am, and FDK to Grade 3 will be at 10:05am. If you would like to observe this important day with us, parents are welcome to attend and sit at the back of the assembly, as we will have a few rows of chairs set up for you.

Poppies in Schools

From the last Friday in October to November 11, Remembrance Day, millions of Canadians wear a Poppy as a visual pledge to honour Canada’s Veterans and never forget those who sacrificed for our freedom. Every year, The Royal Canadian Legion conducts the Poppy Campaign, along with thousands of members who volunteer from coast to coast to coast, to raise funds in support of Veterans and their families. Once again John T. Tuck is supporting the Legion and is asking that as a sign of remembrance, a small donation be made towards the Poppy Campaign. We encourage every individual, young and old, to pause, to give thanks and to remember. Poppies are distributed freely, which will be done at our Remembrance Day assembly, but your generous donations are invaluable. Contributions received from the Poppy Campaign directly support Veterans and their families, and ensure Canada never forgets.

Parking Lot Safety Reminders

As the colder months are upon us, we have noticed, unfortunately, that fewer students are choosing active transport to get to and from school. We have just a few reminders when dropping off or picking up your child(ren). First, we wanted to remind you that our parking lot is built for staff members only. We have fewer spots than we have staff members, so ask that you not enter our parking lot to drop off or pick up students if at all possible. Parking on a side street and walking to and from the school is the preferred option. If you are unable to walk from a side street due to mobility concerns and are required to use the turnaround in the parking lot, please make sure that you are being respectful of other drivers and are being safe by not exiting your car, or passing anyone. When leaving the parking lot, please turn right only to avoid creating a long line of cars during arrival and dismissal. Thank you, in advance, for your help in keeping our kids safe as they come to and from school.

Grade 8 Transition to High School

The transition planning has officially begun. We will have our first of two visits to Nelson on Nov 7th (permission form). Please ask students what we covered in our first of many class wide Gr.9 Student Success lessons. The Gr.9 HS link lists upcoming dates including those of alternative program Open House nights (IB at Central: Oct 24th; iSTEM at Aldershot: Nov 12th; Gifted program at Nelson: Nov 20th). Nelson’s Gr.9 information night for families takes place on Nov 20th @ 6:30pm. Students created a High School Plan using their profile. The process will be completed at school early in 2020. Any questions about the transition, or to inform the school of your child attending a high school OTHER than Nelson, please contact Taylor Greenfield at

Terry Fox Update: Silver Anniversary Milestone

A big thank-you to the Tuck Community for supporting our annual Terry Fox Run on Sept. 27th. We raised approximately $8,500 for Cancer research! Way to go, Tuck!! The Terry Fox Foundation presented Mrs. Hazlett with a silver anniversary participation pennant at our Sharing Assembly on Friday, October 18. The Tuck Community has raised over $140,000 to support Terry's dream of finding a cure for cancer! AMAZING!! Until next year…

STEM parents wanted!

The Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair is for students in grades seven through twelve. Held in March at Mohawk College, the competition offers prizes to winning science fair projects as well as the opportunity to travel to the national competition in Edmonton, Alberta. We have some students looking at taking part, and need your help. If you have expertise in one of the sciences or are an engineer or mechanic and would like to be a mentor, offer advice on research ideas, space in a lab, or answer questions over the phone or email please contact Joanne Arcand at If your child is a student in grade seven or eight who would like to take part in the science fair, please direct them to and ask them to contact Ms Arcand via email.

VEX Robotics

Our Vex robotics teams have been hard at work preparing for the upcoming Halton Vex Tournament on November 23rd at Craig Kielburger in Milton, November 30th at Garth Webb, and another in Dec (TBD)! We have 8 teams that are building remote-controlled robots that will participate in collaborative games. Students have some GREAT ideas and we can't wait to test our designs against other schools!

Scholastic Book Fair

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR Mon. NOV. 18th - 22nd. There will be times for children to look and purchase that week. LOOK out for information coming home in backpacks. The Thurs. 22nd we will be open all evening during student led conferences so you can pick out the perfect books for holiday gifts! Proceeds from book sales go towards the school library. If you would like to volunteer during the 18-22nd week, please click HERE

Cross Country

Congratulations to all the students in Grade 3-8 who joined the Cross Country Team this year. We had a determined group of runners who represented John T. Tuck proudly at the Walsh Meet on Monday, October 7th. 2019. Special thanks to the parents who came out and cheered on our runners at the Meet. We would like to show special recognition for the following grade teams participation and achievements:

    • Grade 3 Girls - 3rd place
    • Grade 3 Boys - 6th place
    • Grade 4 Girls - 2nd place
    • Grade 4 Boys - 1st place
    • Grade 5 Girls - 2nd place
    • Grade 5 Boys - 1st place
    • Grade 6 Girls - 1st place
    • Grade 6 Boys - 1st place
    • Grade 7 Girls - 3rd place

We hope to see everyone join the team next year for another wonderful running season!

Senior Boys Volleyball

Congratulations to our Senior Boys Volleyball Team for their amazing performance at the Ontario Provincial Cup in Milton on October 25 and 26. Our team performed strongly on Friday evening by placing 2nd in their pool to advance to another round on Saturday morning. The second round of the tournament was filled with action packed rallies and strong attacks by a motivated and focused Tuck team. Tuck advanced to a third round of play on Saturday afternoon but were defeated by a strong Centennial Team to end tournament play. A special thanks to Ms. Anderson for organizing all paperwork and rides for this tournament; Mr. Donaldson for coming out to practices to help prepare our team for this big event ; and to Mrs. Arcand and Tuck parents for their encouragement and support throughout tournament play! The team will enter another tournament at Aldershot High School on Friday, November 8. We wish our players the best of luck at the tournament, during the regular season and during the upcoming play-offs in November! Thank you to our Senior Boys Volleyball Coaches, Mrs. Hazlett and Mrs. Anderson


The Primary and Junior/Intermediate Choirs started after Thanksgiving. The participation of students in each ensemble is wonderful and we are looking forward to a great season. Both ensembles will be practicing twice a week to prepare for concerts and other performances in the community.

Primary Choir: Mondays 1:45pm (Music Room) Tuesdays 8:30am (Learning Commons)

Junior/Intermediate Choir: Mondays 8:30am (Learning Commons) Thursday 1:25pm (Music Room)

Jack Grunsky

On Friday, November 8th, 2019 all the Grade 1 and 2 students will be attending the Jack Grunsky concert, during the school day, over at Compass Point Church, Burlington, ON. Jack Grunsky is a Canadian singer and songwriter whose music and performances are enjoyed by all. The students have been learning some of the repertoire he will sing, during their music classes to prepare them for the concert.

Grade 6 Tchoukball Intramural

Grade 6 Tchoukball continues Thursday first break for November. Check out this Introduction to Tchoukball video for a look at this new sport! All grade 6 students are welcome to attend.

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 will be taught in French. A series of community information evenings are scheduled to help address any questions parents/guardians may have before registering their Grade 1 child(ren) for the French Immersion program. The Burlington Information evening will be held on November 28, 2019 from 6 - 7 p.m. at the New Street Education Centre (a.k.a. Gary Allan HS) in the Brock Room. Confirmation of attendance is not required. Registration for the French Immersion program is open to all Grade 1 students and will begin on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. The deadline for submitting your registration form is Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 at 4 p.m. No registrations will be accepted after this date. You may use the following link to determine which school your child would attend based on your home address: Find My Local School. Please ensure you are searching the 2020-21 school year, as the boundaries in South Burlington have changed for next year.