November 2020 News

Message to JTT Families - November 29

Principal Message

We are excited to welcome students back from the Virtual School to Tuck this week! As a reminder, Monday November 30th is a Transition Day and schools are closed to students. Our staff will be working in the building that day to plan for the arrival of our new students and develop transition plans.

As a reminder, the Halton Region is in the Red Level (Control) of the Provincial COVID-19 Response Framework. It is strongly recommended that residents in the red control zone limit trips outside of their home:

  • Stay home, except for essential purposes such as going to work or school, buying essentials such as groceries, and attending medical appointments.

  • Maintain a physical distance of two metres (six feet) from those outside their household. Those that live alone may join one designated household.

  • Avoid all social gatherings such as play dates, birthday parties, and dinner parties with friends or family.

We also want to take this time to remind parents to be extra cautious when doing the daily screening (https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening) to ensure that students are not entering the building even if they have minor symptoms, and to contact health care professionals as needed.

There are a couple of other reminders for the week below, including a reminder of the new way to manage our popular food drive this holiday season. Thank you for your attention to these, and for supporting the needy during this most difficult time. Have a great week, everyone!


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.


Winter Traffic

While we have not had many cold days yet this year, we have noticed an increase in traffic in front of the school on those cold days. To help keep our kids safe on the way to and from school, we remind parents to follow posted signage of where to stop and/or park in our community, and to obey the crossing guards who help ensure the safety of our students. As we are encouraging more outdoor education for mask breaks and student collaboration, it is imperative that students come dressed for the weather. This will also help them when they walk to and from school, either from their home or from a close by side street where stopping and/or parking is permitted. We thank our community for being extra cautious around entry and dismissal to ensure the safety of our children.


Food Bank Donations

John T Tuck has started strong! In only our first week of our Food Drive, we have smashed our goal of $1000 and we have raised $1750! We didn't know what the community response would be, and now that we have seen such generosity, we would like to increase our goal to a total of $4000 over the next few weeks, in addition to bringing in food donations directly to the Food Bank. We have over 300lbs of food collected at the Food Bank as well!

As a reminder, this year our food drive is virtual. You can make a financial donation online by visiting https://www.burlingtonfoodbank.ca/donate/financial-donation/ and select John T. Tuck from the Fund drop-down list. The food bank will be tracking our donations and giving us a progress update every week. In addition to donating financially, students and parents can donate food directly to the Burlington Food Bank.

  • 1254 Plains Road East, Unit 1A

  • Burlington, ON L7S 1W6

  • Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m., Thursday evenings 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

When donating in person, please mention that the donations go towards John T Tuck's Food Drive efforts. In addition, please take a picture of your children donating in person at the Burlginton Food bank and send it to donaldsong@hdsb.ca so that we can feature these great deeds on our social media accounts (follow us @johnttuckps on Instagram and Twitter!).

Many families are struggling this year. Over 1,000 people are turning to the Burlington Food Bank each month. Over 44% of those households are families with children. If you need food bank services, please email info@burlingtonfoodbank.ca or call 905-637-2273. If you are able to give, please consider giving generously. We hope to crush the school goal in just this week, but will be running the campaign over the next several weeks! John T Tuck Cougars are always stronger as a community and we can't wait to see what our community can do!


Calling all Parents!

As experts in your field, our Grade 8 students would love to hear from you! We are looking for anyone who works in any industry to share what they do on a daily basis - virtually! We are asking that you send a 1-3 minute video that shares what you do for work, as well as something that might encourage a student to look into that particular field. If you don't want to participate, but know someone (e.g., sibling, friend, parent) that has an interesting job that kids might be interested in hearing about, please pass this information along! We'd love to have as many videos as possible so that students have a range of careers to get a quick picture about.

If you are willing to participate, please send your video to Amanda Simmelink at simmelinka@hdsb.ca by Dec. 18. These videos will then be added to a presentation where our Grade 8 students will have the opportunity to listen to as many as they'd like! Alongside these quick videos, we are hoping to be able to invite a few people back in the New Year to have a live Virtual Q & A with students. If you would be interested in doing that as well, please feel free to let Amanda know! The logistics around this have not yet been organized, but knowing we have some willing participants will be helpful in finalizing that. Thanks in advance to all those that are willing to participate!


Nelson High School Webinars

After receiving feedback from the Nelson parents, the Wellbeing Committee at Nelson put together webinars designed to address parent concerns. They have decided to invite all families in the community to participate in these upcoming webinars being hosted by Nelson High School that will feature keynote speakers of varying expertise. On each date the same webinar content will be presented during two different times to provide and accommodate different family schedules. We look forward to learning more about each topic together during these learning sessions. For more information about each session and how to join, please click here. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nrQgZB7YSX-phMzfewIsWxGIPEgZmpzV/view?usp=drivesdk


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.

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 begins in January 2021 and will be by appointment only (in-person and/or virtual) through the school your child will attend. Further information will be shared in the new year. 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.

Message to JTT Families - November 22

Principal Message

We are excited and pleased to welcome around twenty students back to our school, face to face at John T Tuck next week! As you may have seen in this message from the school board, the transition day to face-to-face learning is now on Tuesday, December 1. We also wish all the best to the 7 students who will be transitioning to the Virtual School on this date. In order to facilitate these transitions across the system, the school board has closed schools to students on November 30th for the day. We also have a PD Day on November 27th for student-led conferences. As a reminder, the next opportunity to change learning models will be at the end of term 1. You can look for the survey around the end of January.

We do have a couple of other reminders for the week below, including a new way to manage our popular food drive this holiday season. Thank you for your attention to these, and for supporting the needy during this most difficult time. Have a great week, everyone!


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

Food Bank Donations

To minimize the handling of materials from home, packing them up and sending them somewhere else, the school board is asking that schools not organize food and/or clothing drives in the traditional way where food/clothing is collected at school. Therefore, our parent council has spearheaded a community campaign that donates directly to the Burlington Food Bank. We are super excited about this opportunity to give back to others if we are able!

This year we need to try something different instead of our traditional school food drive. Last year’s JTT holiday food drive was very successful with over one tonne of items donated – the largest ever donation from an elementary school in the history of the Burlington Food Bank!

This year our food drive is going virtual. Our initial goal is to raise at least $1,000, and/or 250lbs of food, but would love to raise that goal if our community is able to help. You can make a financial donation online by visiting https://www.burlingtonfoodbank.ca/donate/financial-donation/ and select John T. Tuck from the Fund drop-down list. The food bank will be tracking our donations and giving us a progress update every week. In addition to donating financially, students and parents can donate food directly to the Burlington Food Bank.

  • 1254 Plains Road East, Unit 1A

  • Burlington, ON L7S 1W6

  • Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m., Thursday evenings 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

When donating in person, please mention that the donations go towards John T Tuck's Food Drive efforts. In addition, please take a picture of your children donating in person at the Burlington Food bank and send it to donaldsong@hdsb.ca so that we can feature these great deeds on our social media accounts (follow us @johnttuckps on Instagram and Twitter!).

Many families are struggling this year. Over 1,000 people are turning to the Burlington Food Bank each month. Over 44% of those households are families with children. If you need food bank services, please email info@burlingtonfoodbank.ca or call 905-637-2273. If you are able to give, please consider giving generously. We hope to crush the school goal in just this week, but will be running the campaign over the next several weeks! John T Tuck Cougars are always stronger as a community and we can't wait to see what our community can do!

Spirit Days

Did you know that Thursday, November 26th is National Jersey Day? Well, it is, and we will be participating here at John T Tuck! Dust off your favourite jersey and/or team colours and come filled with school and team spirit on Thursday!

Parent Council Update

At this month's council meeting, we discussed our Food Drive, approved the council Constitution, and shared our Bullying Prevention Week plans. In addition, we postponed our JungleSport booking until next fall so that we can allocate council funds to students this year. Council approved the purchase and installation of two basketball nets for student use, extending our school movie license, and made a donation to the Royal Canadian Legion so that all of our students could have poppies on Remembrance Day. We thank our parent council for all of their support through this "different" year. The Council takes a break over the holiday season from meeting, and our next meeting will be in February. All parents are welcome to attend.

Progress Report Card Delivery Dates and Instructions

Progress report cards will be delivered electronically to parents/guardians (or students 18 and over) using SchoolMessenger’s Secure Document Delivery service. Report cards will be sent on Monday, Nov. 23. To open the link in the SchoolMessenger email to view the Progress report card, parents/guardians will need their student’s Ontario Education Number (OEN). This can be found on a previous report card or your student’s verification form. If you require assistance, please contact your child's homeroom teacher. Please ensure that you have also connected with your child's homeroom teacher for a student-led conference time this week.

Message to JTT Families - November 15

Principal Message

As with the third week in November every year, this week is Bullying Prevention Week. We have a few things of note planned for the week.

First on Monday, November 16th, to kick off the week, we will be having a presentation entitled “Enough is Enough: Getting to the Heart of Bullying Prevention” where Rachel Weinstock will be presenting in an assembly via Google Meet. Some of the key learning outcomes of this assembly will be to:

  • Assist the school in cultivating a culture of inclusivity and respect

  • Teach students to set personal boundaries and powerfully communicate them to others

  • Give students the tools they need to be allies and stand up for what’s right in the classroom, on the playground, and in the community

  • Bring a lens of empathy to both sides of the coin: the bully; and the victim

  • Entertain and engage the audience through real, relatable stories, role-playing, humour, and simple, practical tools

Second, we will have a Pink Shirt Day on Wednesday, November 18th to show our solidarity in tackling bullying within our schools and across the community. Lastly, our classroom teachers will be reviewing the difference between bullying, conflict, and being mean. While our students sometimes experience conflict and being treated poorly, we want to ensure they understand the difference between that and bullying, and also give them resources to help them if dealing with a bullying situation as well as how to manage conflict. We look forward to a great week of learning together.

We do have a couple of other reminders for the week below.

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


Progress Reports / Interviews

Grade 1 - 8 Progress Reports and the Kindergarten Communication of Learning will be sent home on Monday, November 23rd via email. Interviews / Student Led Conferences will be held virtually the week of Nov. 23rd up to and including the PA Day on Nov. 27th. It should be noted that this reporting period reflects learning that has occurred in a modified learning environment as required by the provincial public health guidelines. As a result, the rate of progress described on this report card may differ from previous years due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on student learning. Ongoing communication with your child’s teacher will provide additional information pertaining to student progress throughout the term.

Report Card Distribution

The Elementary Progress Report Card and the Kindergarten Communication of Learning: Initial Observations will be sent out electronically to families through School Messenger Secure Document Delivery service. Families will need their child's OEN number to access the report. This nine digit number can be found on previous report cards. If you do not have access to previous report cards and do not know your child's OEN number, please contact your child's homeroom teacher.

Message to JTT Families - November 8

Principal Message

Poppies will be given to all students on November 11th, and we will make a donation to the Royal Canadian Legion on behalf of the school. This will ensure that we are not touching or handling money from students who wish to buy a poppy, and also ensures inclusion to ensure that all students receive a poppy. As you can imagine, our Remembrance Day assembly will take a different form this year. We are currently working on a virtual assembly where all classes will tune in at the same time on Nov. 11th to recognize the significance of Remembrance Day.

As with so much being "new" this year, please see below for important updates for the week.


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

Parent Council

We will be holding our second School Council meeting of the year virtually using Google Meet on Monday November 9th at 7:00pm. For all parents who wish to attend, you can access the meeting here - https://meet.google.com/zqn-hoah-sro - as well as through the link on the JTT School Calendar. At this meeting, we will share our financial records, update parents on our plans for Bullying Prevention week, and look to approve our council constitution. All parents are welcome to attend.

Student Pick Up/Drop Off

Please be reminded that when you drop your child off for school in the morning, we are still asking that parents do not come onto the blacktop unless dropping off/picking up an FDK student. In addition, please ensure you have arranged to meet your child on the grass or side street when picking up at the end of the day in order to allow space for distancing. While in the neighbourhood, please continue to be mindful of others with physical distancing as much as possible, and if it is not possible you can consider wearing a mask, even outdoors.

Progress Reports / Interviews

Grade 1 - 8 Progress Reports and the Kindergarten Communication of Learning will be sent home on Monday, November 23rd via email. Interviews / Student Led Conferences will be held virtually the week of Nov. 23rd up to and including the PA Day on Nov. 27th. It should be noted that this reporting period reflects learning that has occurred in a modified learning environment as required by the provincial public health guidelines. As a result, the rate of progress described on this report card may differ from previous years due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on student learning. Ongoing communication with your child’s teacher will provide additional information pertaining to student progress throughout the term.

Report Card Distribution

The Elementary Progress Report Card and the Kindergarten Communication of Learning: Initial Observations will be sent out electronically to families through School Messenger Secure Document Delivery service. Families will need their child's OEN number to access the report. This nine digit number can be found on previous report cards. If you do not have access to previous report cards and do not know your child's OEN number, please contact your child's homeroom teacher.

Grade 7 & 8 Student Success

Parents of Intermediate students, please check out the new Student Success Website found at https://sites.google.com/hdsb.ca/jtt-student-success/home. You can find information about transitioning to High School (including deadlines, and links when possible), as well as ways to support your child as they finish off their elementary school career! Want to talk to someone about it instead? Please contact Miss Simmelink at simmelinka@hdsb.ca.

Grade 8 to 9 Transitions

Is your child currently in grade 8? Believe it or not, it's time to start thinking about what happens next! Picking the right program and/or school can seem like a daunting task, however there are resources and people here to help! Be sure to check out the various programs that the HDSB has to offer here. Finally, be sure to keep a close eye on your email, as many of the programs and schools will be hosting virtual information nights. Need anything else? Be sure to contact your child's Student Success Teacher Amanda Simmelink (simmelinka@hdsb.ca)

Upcoming events:

Nelson High School Presentation - November 10, 2020 @ 7 pm

I-STEM Presentation - Nov. 12, 2020 @ 7 pm


Message to JTT Families - November 1

Principal Message

With Halloween passing this weekend, we know that some students have treats from their family celebrations for Halloween. Please remember that students are not allowed to share food with friends, and we also have several students with anaphylactic allergies. When packing lunches this week, please be mindful of others and remind your child not to share anything with classmates.

Please see below for only a couple of quick, but important, updates for the week.


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

Grade 8 to 9 Transitions

Is your child currently in grade 8? Believe it or not, it's time to start thinking about what happens next! Picking the right program and/or school can seem like a daunting task, however there are resources and people here to help! Be sure to check out the various programs that the HDSB has to offer here. Finally, be sure to keep a close eye on your email, as many of the programs and schools will be hosting virtual information nights. Need anything else? Be sure to contact your child's Student Success Teacher Amanda Simmelink (simmelinka@hdsb.ca)


Upcoming events:

Nelson High School Presentation - November 10, 2020 @ 7 pm

I-STEM Presentation - Nov. 12, 2020 @ 7 pm


Charity Work Through Schools

In a traditional year, charity work through schools has been an integral part of educating our students on the importance of giving back to our community. We have traditionally held events such as Terry Fox, We Scare Hunger Food Drives, Mitten Trees, Holiday Drives, and Jump Rope for Heart.

We have received word from the school board that until further notice the board is asking that schools and school councils continue to NOT fundraise for their schools. The financial hardship in our communities remains an issue, the economy continues to struggle in many sectors and as such nothing has really changed to change the school board's position on this.

Connected to this issue is the collection of food and/or clothing around the holidays. To minimize the handling of materials from home, packing them up and sending them somewhere else, the school board is asking that schools NOT organize food and/or clothing drives in the traditional way where food/clothing is collected at school.

With that being said, we have heard from some of our families in our community are in a sound financial position and are looking for charitable opportunities. Instead of organizing charitable work at the school level, schools are encouraged to promote food and/or clothing collection/drop off with local organizations so that families wishing to contribute can drop items off themselves directly with the charitable organization.

Below is a short list of some of the organizations offering help. Other community supports can be found by visiting Burlington.ca/COVID19Resources or by calling 311. If you are looking to help out, please connect with an agency directly. We have pasted below several of the charitable organizations in our area for you to consider supporting.


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

Food with Grace Waterdown Food Bank - http://www.graceanglicanwaterdown.org/food-with-grace


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.


Kerr Street Mission

Programs and partnerships that will meet the needs of the many people that are in distress or struggling to provide the basic necessities for themselves and their families. https://www.kerrstreet.com/