October 2019 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

We have had an amazing start up so far this year. We look forward to working with you, our school community, to make this year the best yet! In order to help stay connected with the school, please ensure that your email address that you provided is active. In addition, you can follow us on Twitter (@JohnTTuckPS) for text version reminders, and follow us on Instagram (@JohnTTuckPS) to see pictures throughout the year. Lastly, please don’t forget to view our School Calendar for upcoming dates as well.

We have been busy with some professional development with our staff this fall already. During the September PD Day, our staff watched a video called Most Likely to Succeed, which challenged us to begin to think outside the box when considering the future of our students. The premise of the documentary is that school as we know it was designed in 1893 to prepare for the industrial revolution. Currently, in 2019, we need to prepare students for a very different world than factory line work that requires order, the ability to follow instruction, and complete paper and pencil tasks. In our school, we will be looking to increase our students’ experience in inquiry so that they can develop 21st century skills like collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, communication, media literacy, technology literacy and flexibility. Thank you for your support as our staff looks to enhance your child’s experience at school and prepare them for a bright future!

Have an Outstanding October!


Mr. G. DonaldsonPrincipalJohn T Tuck PS

BBQ and Open House

We have to say that we were floored at the amazing turnout for our BBQ and Open House on September 25th. It was awesome to have a great community event when kids and parents could hang out and mingle before seeing the classrooms. Although the lines looked long, we thank Troy’s Diner for the yummy food and even staying 40 minutes longer to feed everyone and allowing people to line up as late as 7:00pm (when they were supposed to close at 6:30!). We will continue this tradition of a BBQ and Open House next year, but will adjust by opening the BBQ earlier in the evening to help with the lines. Thank you again, Tuck Community, for helping make this a great evening to kick off our school year.


Sharing Assembly

We have our first Sharing Assembly on Friday October 18th. Grades 5-8 will be at 9:30am, and FDK to Grade 4 will be at 12:00pm. Parents are welcome to attend to see what is happening at our school (and check our new projection and sound systems!). These assemblies will have 3 parts to them; recognition, sharing and learning. An example of recognizing students could be those who were on a school team, or those who achieved all ‘Excellent’ learning skills on a report card. An example of sharing would be a class sharing a song or poem they have learned. Finally, each assembly will have a learning component that will usually focus on character education as we continue to develop a positive school culture


Boomerang Lunches

Starting on October 1st, we are asking students to consider their impact on the environment by suggesting boomerang lunches. The premise behind boomerang lunches is that students will bring home any waste from their lunch in their lunch pail as a symbol of how much waste is in their lunches (e.g., wrappers, Ziploc bags, apple cores, etc). We would suggest that you remind your child(ren) to put any waste into a Tupperware container to ensure that the lunch pail remains clean. Thank you for your support in this eco-initiative.


School Council

We will have our first school council meeting on Monday October 7th at 7:00pm. We will meet in the Library Learning Commons. If you would like to be a voting member on the council, please make sure you fill out the nomination form before you attend the meeting.


EQAO Results

"We can judge how well we are doing by the levels of success being achieved by our most vulnerable students" - A Glaze & R Mattingly (2012)


The embargo on data sharing of the province's EQAO Results has passed, and EQAO results are now public. Once again, this cohort of students has done very well. As a school directions team, we will analyze this data as we create our School Improvement Plan over the fall.

Grade 3 Reading - 93% of students achieved at or above the Provincial Standard

Grade 3 Writing - 94% of students achieved at or above the Provincial Standard

Grade 3 Mathematics - 84% of students achieved at or above the Provincial Standard

Grade 6 Reading - 92% of students achieved at or above the Provincial Standard

Grade 6 Writing - 95% of students achieved at or above the Provincial Standard

Grade 6 Mathematics - 78% of students achieved at or above the Provincial Standard

As we work to continue to improve student achievement in our school, our focus will remain with students who are not yet achieving expectations. Individual student results will be sent home with Grade 4 and 7 students. Should you have any questions about their child's results, please contact Ms de Ridder or Mr Donaldson at the office.


Police Checks

All parents who volunteer in our schools will need a Police Vulnerable Sector Search. You can get this by going to the Police Headquarters, and it does take several weeks. However, you can now also apply online (http://www.policesolutions.ca/checks/services/halton/index.php) and we are told that the process is much shorter. Although many of you work during the day, and wouldn’t typically volunteer, we encourage all parents to get this police check in their first year at John T Tuck, as there may be special events that parents are requested to come into the classroom to work with their child, especially in the younger grades. Once you have submitted your Police Check to the office, you do not need to do it again, although you will have to sign the Offence Declaration each September. Thank you for taking care of this. Please bring your Police check and/or offence declaration to the main office once you receive it.


Picture Day

It’s picture day on October 24th and 25th, On October 24th, we will get through FDK to Grade 4 students, and on October 25th, we will finish up with Grades 5-8. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate special requests for timing of class photos in case of absence. If a child is absent, we will have a retake day on November 13th. We will begin with our youngest students first, to ensure the day’s snack isn’t on their faces :) -- Smile!


Cross Country

The Cross Country team has had a wonderful start to the season with great participation from our Grade 3-8 students and superb weather for the practices. The Cross Country Meet will be on Monday, October 7th, 2019, at Sherwood Forest, in Burlington. Parents are welcome to come and cheer on their children the day of the meet. A map of the route has been posted on the John T. Tuck Twitter account.


Halloween Parade

On Wednesday October 31st, we will have our annual Halloween Parade. Students are welcome to dress in Orange and Black, or a simple costume for the first two periods of the day. At lunch, students will be expected to change out of their costumes (but can stay in orange and black!). We will also have a parade through the school during period 1, and more details will follow closer to the time. Boo!


Calling Library Volunteers!

Our Library Learning Commons is in need of volunteers. If you have an hour or an afternoon, we could use your help signing out and shelving books. Please fill out this form to let us know about your availability: bit.ly/2019LCvolunteer


Terry Fox Lives At Tuck!!

A HUGE thank-you to the John T. Tuck School Community for participating in the Terry Fox walk/run on Friday, September 27. We are very proud to say that JTT has participated in this event for 24 straight years and has raised over $135,000 for cancer research. Special thanks to our Terry Fox Announcers for their energy and enthusiasm every morning and to the Parent Council for their help and support with guiding our students safely along the route and for providing frozen treats to enjoy following the walk. The final amount raised will be published in the November newsletter. Until next year…With sincere gratitude and appreciation. We thank Mrs. Hazlett for being our school champion and Terry Fox School Run Coordinator.


Primary Intramurals

Primary intramurals will be ramping up mid-October for any students interested in getting some extra physical activity while enjoying some ‘classic favourites’ like 4 corner soccer and noodle hockey; just to name a few. Grades 1-2 will run Mondays at first break (11:20-11:45) and grade 3 will be the same, but on Tuesdays. There will be information posted in the classrooms as well as reminders on our daily morning announcements.


Intermediate Co-Ed Flag Football

Congratulations to the JTT Intermediate Co-Ed Flag Football team! They should be congratulated on their dedication and commitment throughout the season. The team participated in the Kilbride Cup tournament on September 27. A great time was had by all! Way to go TUCK! Team Members: Coen, Raheim, Anderson, Owen, Ryan, Rachel, Nathan, Everett, Courtney, Leyton, Griffin, Alexandra, Joonki, Simon G, Sawyer, and Kyle C. We also thank our Intermediate Flag Football Coaches, Mr Jeffrey and Mrs. Hazlett.


Boys Intermediate Volleyball

Congratulations to the following boys for making the 2019 Intermediate Boys Volleyball team!! We are looking forward to an action-packed season starting in October and ending in late November. Stay tuned for an update on the team’s progress in the November school newsletter! Team Members and Practice Squad Members:Nathan, Will, Leyton Luke Raheim, Griffin, Maddox, Jack, Matti, Daniel, Connor, Nick, Ben, Liam, Ian, Henry, and Coen. Here’s to an amazing season ahead! We also thank ourIntermediate Boys Volleyball Coaches Ms. Anderson and Mrs. Hazlett.


Prescribed Medication

This year, there is a board policy on dispensing prescribed medication to students. As with epiPens and inhalers, all prescribed medication to be dispensed at school requires a Physician’s signature. Therefore, if you are heading to the doctor’s office, and think that your child may require medication at school, please ensure you get the physician’s signature on the correct form before you leave. These forms can be found in the Student Health Page of our school and board website. If you are not sure which form to use, please contact the office. Over-the-counter medication (e.g., tylenol, advil, cough syrup) will not be dispensed by school staff at any time. If you wish to provide this to your child, please come into the school and we will call them down to the office for you to administer. Students should not be carrying any medication on them while at school, other than epiPens and inhalers.


School Cash Online

In the HDSB Multi-Year Plan, it states a goal that “90%+ of all funds received through schools will be

collected through a Board approved online system.” Here at John T Tuck, we have achieved 98% enrollment already! We have about 15 students not yet registered in School Cash Online. If you are one of those families, please contact the office for instructions on how to get registered. By collecting school funds online, we eliminate the risk involved in collecting money at the school through loss or theft, or NSF cheques. In addition, it frees our teaching staff up to focus on teaching each morning, rather than collecting money and forms. We will no longer be sending home forms, unless we require a signature, and ask that all parents register at https://hdsb.schoolcashonline.com/ to ensure that you don’t miss out on anything this year! Thank you, John T Tuck, for your prompt attention to this.


Grade 8 Grad Trip Parent Meeting

There will be an information session for all grade 8 parents and students on Wednesday November 6th, in the Library Learning Commons. At this session, families will learn more about what exciting things are planned on the Grade 8 trip to Quebec City in April/May, such as specific dates, costs, payment plan and the itinerary. We would hope to see all parents and Grade 8 students in attendance. We will begin at 6:30pm.


Grade 8 Graduation

Save the Date! We have booked Wednesday June 24th for our Grade 8 Graduation Ceremony. We will have the formal ceremony in the gymnasium, followed by a dance at the school.


Fire Prevention Week

This year, Fire Prevention Week runs from October 6th until October 12th. The Burlington Fire Department is kicking off Fire Prevention Week with our annual Fire Station 1, Headquarters Open House (1255 Fairview Street). The Open House is being held on October 6th from 1 – 3 p.m. Students in JK to grade 4 are welcome to attend and participate in the activities such as a kids fire hose spray, adult fire extinguisher training, truck tours, obstacle course and more.


Friday Night Community Service Project

Last year we collaborated with the “Friday Night Community” in Halton and supported this initiative by collecting over 50 huge bins of food. The students in Grade 5 will be organizing our second annual collection of a variety of needed items, to support this initiative hosted at Wellington Square United Church in Burlington.


In order to support this The Friday Night Community, we are asking for the following items from various grade levels (below). Your support and donations will be greatly appreciated. Please note that all products must be nut free.


Kindergarten - Craft Items (e.g. Markers, White glue, Paint brushes, Acrylic paint, Stickers, Sequins, Googly eyes, Paper plates, Pompoms, etc.)

Grade 1 - Toiletries/Personal Hygiene Items (e.g. Deodorant, Shaving cream, Razors, Toothbrushes & Toothpaste, Shampoo, Conditioner, Body washes, Moisturizer, Lip Balm, etc.)

Grade 2 - Baking Supplies (e.g. Cake Mixes, Brownie Mixes, Instant Pudding, Shortening, Muffin Cups, Brown Sugar, Canned Icing, Vanilla, Food Colouring, Baking Powder, Chocolate chips, Pie Filling, Raisins, Sprinkles etc.)

Grade 3 - Seeds, Salad Toppers & Dressings (e.g. Any Salad Dressing, Dried Cranberries, Salad Dressings, Croutons, Pumpkin/Sunflower Seeds, Raisins, etc. Please no bulk food store items. All must be prepackaged)

Grades 4 & 5 - Kids Lunch Snack Items (e.g. Pudding & Fruit Cups, Apple Sauce, Granola Bars, Individually Packaged Cookies or Crackers etc.)

Grade 6 - Condiments, Cooking Oils and Miscellaneous Needed Items (e.g. Jarred Minced Garlic, Mayonnaise, Various Jars of Jam, Relish, Bbq Sauce, Olive Oil, Dinner Sized Paper Plates, Large Ziploc Baggies)

Grade 7 - Spices (e.g. Curry powder mild, Rosemary, Poultry Seasoning, Thyme, Parsley, Garlic powder, Onion Powder, Dill weed, Cumin, Chilli Powder, Pepper, etc.)

Grade 8 - Snack Foods and Hot Drinks Items/Drink Crystals (e.g. Family sized bags please: Various Chips, Pretzels, Smartfood Popcorn, Veggie Sticks, Various Crackers, Tea bags, Lemonade or Iced Tea Crystals etc.)


We hope that all Tuck students will join again this year and demonstrate their kindness and generosity toward others by bringing in one or more of the above items between October 3rd and October 10th. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. T. Oppermann oppermannt@hdsb.ca