October 2020 News

Message to JTT Families - October 25

Principal Message

I would like to thank our parent community for your collective diligence in filling out the School Screening for your child each day. As Covid case numbers continue to rise in the Province, and particularly in Halton, we remind parents to be vigilant and respectful of others when following these protocols. As a reminder, if a child has one of the Group 1 Symptoms, or two or more of the group 2 symptoms, you are required to contact your healthcare professional for advice, and not wait it out to see if the symptoms subside. Should a Covid test be recommended, please let Mrs. Lukasik know at the office to ensure we track the absence and provide work through Google Classroom during the self-isolation period until a negative test result comes in. Again, we thank you in advance for helping us all remain safe at school. We are having a great time seeing the kids back in the classroom and have had an amazing fall!

Please see below for some important updates for the week.

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


Halloween - Orange & Black Day

As previously announced, we will be having an Orange & Black day on Friday to recognize Halloween due to the logistical concerns with wearing costumes at school, while following COVID protocols. Please know that we did not make this decision around Halloween celebrations lightly. One of our favourite days of the year is always the Halloween costumes and parade! However, as part of our pandemic response and Public Health guidelines, we have connected with several other Burlington schools to come to the decision to only promote orange and black day.

We have heard from some families requesting if students may still wear a costume or face paints instead of orange and black and we are asking that this not happen. We have considered that there will be several families not celebrating Halloween this year due to COVID and these families will likely not be getting a costume for their child(ren) this year. If some students still came to school in costume, it could make some of our young students quite upset because they will feel like they are missing out. We definitely want to have a day that is equitable for all students and do our best not to make anyone feel left out from others, therefore we are asking students only to wear orange and black. Again, the decision was not made lightly, and we recognize this is another thing on the long list of things that our kids are missing out on during the pandemic. We thank you for following the guidelines for Friday and look forward to seeing our Orange & Black.

In case you have not seen it, here are the Halloween expectations from the Province for Saturday night - https://news.ontario.ca/en/statement/58867/stay-safe-and-follow-public-health-advice-this-halloween.


Change in Delivery Form

Families of elementary students (Kindergarten - Grade 8) who would like to switch learning models (i.e., in-person to virtual or virtual to in-person) effective November 30, must complete the Change in Delivery Model Form. The form is open now until Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 4 p.m. This form is only for families wishing to switch learning models. If you do not wish to switch learning models, please DO NOT complete this form.

If you do not complete the Change in Delivery Form by Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 4 p.m., you will not be able to switch learning models again until mid-February 2021. Complete the Change in Delivery Form for Elementary Students now: http://bit.ly/changemodel-elementary

Students switching learning models will transition to their chosen learning model on Monday, Nov. 30. Students are expected to continue in their current learning model until that date. For more information, view the Oct. 19 HDSB update for families: https://hdsb.ca/parents/Pages/Reopening%20Schools%20Plan/Updates-for-Families.aspx


ErinOak OT Support

Some students in our school will begin to receive School Based Rehabilitation Services (SBRS) Occupational Therapy from occupational therapists (OTs) from ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development. OTs are health professionals who use their skills to help students more fully participate in school and learning. They help students develop fine motor skills (printing, writing, cutting with scissors), activities of daily living (doing up zippers, opening containers) and sensory regulation (strategies to meet sensory needs).

An OT will be in our school on a regularly scheduled basis in order to provide overall support for the entire school. This OT will work with our school team to support needs in our classrooms, gym and playground. All classrooms in the school will have access to this support.bSome students may need more individualized support from the OT. This may include activities to work on at home or one on one or group sessions with the OT. If your child would benefit from this support, your teacher will contact you to provide more information.

You might also find it helpful to go to the ErinoakKids website at www.erinoakkids.ca to find workshops and resources to help you help your child develop fine and gross motor skills. Please feel free to contact your child's teacher if you have any questions.


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:

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


Burlington Food bank Support

As discussed at our Parent Council meeting, we are not currently looking at fundraising for our school this year. We are sensitive to the fact that 3 million Canadians have lost work opportunities through the pandemic, and asking for donations or fundraising at the school seems insensitive at this time. That being said, many of you are financially secure and our council discussed pointing out charities and food security organizations that may need your help for consideration.

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. Below are some community resources available to the public during this time. If you require support, or are looking to help out, please connect with an agency directly.

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/


Message to JTT Families - October 18

Principal Message

As a reminder, families of elementary students who would like to switch learning models (i.e., in-person to virtual or virtual to in-person) in November must complete the Change in Delivery Model Form. This form will be emailed to you on Monday, Oct. 19 and will be open until Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 4 p.m. The form that will be sent to you is only for families wishing to switch learning models. If you do not wish to switch learning models, please DO NOT complete this form. Students are expected to continue in their current learning model until the Nov. 30 transition date. To learn more about the two learning models, please visit the HDSB Reopening Schools Plan website.

Please see below for a few other information items for this week.

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

Halloween Parade

Due to the logistical concerns with wearing costumes at school, while following COVID protocols, we will not be having a Halloween parade at Tuck this year. For obvious reasons, we are not able to have students parading through all areas of the school indoors in addition to the inability to physically distance. Furthermore, having students change out of their costumes at break would be problematic with space to do this, as change rooms are closed and bathrooms have a capacity of only 5 students. In replacement of the parade, we are asking our students to wear orange and black on Friday, October 30th. Lastly, we will take this opportunity to remind families not to send Halloween items to school to share with other students, such as treats, as per the school's Covid protocols. Thank you for your understanding.

Shared Toys & Equipment

Parents and students are reminded that toys or equipment for play at break time may not come from home, as part of the COVID protocols. Thank you for ensuring your child does not bring any of these items to school.

Phys. Ed & Weather Conditions

Unfortunately, we are still not able to use our gym for Phys Ed. classes as per the board and health department directions. As the weather is changing quickly, just a reminder that the students will be outside for PE and we want them to be comfortable. Continue to dress for the weather. Layering is important! Thanks for your cooperation. Students will be able to use a locker or a hook in the classroom for coats and boots, but not personal belongings. It was suggested that if students bring an umbrella on rainy days that it collapses to a small size to fit inside backpacks that hang on student chairs in their workspace.

Photo Days

School photos and graduation photos within all school sites in the Halton District School Board are on hold at this time. Stay tuned as the board monitors COVID and public health protocols regarding Photo Days in schools, however, we will not be having our school photo day that was originally scheduled in October.



Message to JTT Families - October 11

Principal Message

Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you to those parents who were able to make it to Lunch with the Principal this week. If you were unable to attend, here is a video recording of the session. It is about 20-25 minutes long, but contains essential information on the Covid Protocols and how to manage symptoms. In addition, here is a copy of the slide deck that was used.

In a nutshell, please contact Mrs. Lukasik if your child is experiencing symptoms that require a COVID test and received a "Red - x" on the tool - https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening. All other illness absences are treated as they have been in year's past where you can connect with the classroom teacher about work missed and when he/she will be back in class (Orange w/ Clock, or Green w/ check).

Please see below for a few other information items for this week.


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

Halloween Parade

Due to the logistical concerns with wearing costumes at school, while following COVID protocols, we will not be having a Halloween parade at Tuck this year. For obvious reasons, we are not able to have students parading through all areas of the school indoors in addition to the inability to physically distance. In addition, having students change out of their costumes at break would be problematic with space to do this, as change rooms are closed and bathrooms have a capacity of only 5 students. In replacement of the parade, we are asking our students to wear orange and black on Friday, October 30th. Thank you for your understanding.

Burlington Food Support & Charity Work

As discussed at our Parent Council meeting, we are not currently looking at fundraising for our school this year. We are sensitive to the fact that 3 million Canadians have lost work opportunities through the pandemic, and asking for donations or fundraising at the school seems insensitive at this time. That being said, many of you are financially secure and our council discussed pointing out charities and food security organizations that may need your help for consideration.

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. Below are some community resources available to the public during this time. If you require support, or are looking to help out, please connect with an agency directly.

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/

Message to JTT Families - Oct 4

Principal Message

Thank you for filling out our September Start Up forms (Purple Google Form) which included lunchtime routines, outdoor education permission, medical information, etc. We have virtually all of them in, no pun intended. We are now focused on getting in our Student Verification Forms (Red Google Form) to ensure that your child's home data is up to date (e.g., address, phone numbers, emergency contacts, etc). We have about half of them done already, however, if you have yet to complete this please take care of it as soon as possible by accessing this link - https://forms.gle/UxNWjZrejaaF6J1VA. You will also need the Student Verification Form to cross reference that was sent to you from John T Tuck PS on September 22nd around 5:00pm. Thank you again for taking care of this.

Are you as confused as most about the changing COVID screening protocols? I can help! I will be hosting a "Lunch with the Principal" session on Wednesday, October 7th at 12:30pm using the following Google Meet link - https://meet.google.com/ucy-ybrf-pwb. When you join the Google Meet, I will review the most recent screening and testing process as well as "what to do" when your child has symptoms. In this session, you will be able to ask questions and (hopefully) get answers. I hope through this session I can help parents navigate the protocols and help get our students in class as quickly as possible after symptoms arise. If you have not yet gone through this process, it is likely that you will at some point this year and it will be good for you to know what to do. If you have gone through this process, it has changed, and I will highlight these changes. Mark your calendars...I hope to see you online!

Please see below for a brief outline of the new changes as well as a few other information items for this week.

Mr. G. Donaldson

Principal

John T. Tuck P.S.

Daily Assessment - October 1 Changes

Please note that the Ministry has updated the school screening self-assessment again, on October 1. You may have noticed a new tool posted at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/ for parents to review each day. It separates the symptoms out into categories, where only one symptom is required for self-isolation in one category, and multiple symptoms are required in another category.

Moving forward, when assessing for the symptoms you should focus on evaluating if they are new, worsening, or different from your child’s baseline health status or usual state. Symptoms associated with known chronic health conditions or related to other known causes/conditions should not be considered unless new, different or worsening. Should your child have an ongoing cause or condition, please connect with your child's homeroom teacher prior to sending them to school to avoid a call home to pick them up.

After developing symptoms, in general, children should no longer have a fever and their symptoms are improving to be able to return to school. Mild symptoms known to persist in young children (e.g. runny nose or mild cough that may persist following infections) may be ongoing at time of return to school/child care if other symptoms have resolved. Again, please communicate with your child's homeroom teacher prior to sending them back to school if these mild symptoms are present upon return.

In the screening, If you answered “YES” to any of the symptoms included under question 1, or two or more symptoms in question 2:

• Your child should stay home to isolate immediately.

• Contact your child’s health care provider for further advice or assessment, including if your child needs a COVID-19 test or other treatment.

• Should a COVID-19 test be required, your child may not return to school until they have a negative result, and they are symptom-free

If you answered “YES” to only one of the symptoms included under question 2:

• Your child should stay home for 24 hours from when the symptom started.

• If the symptom is improving, your child may return to school/child care when they feel well enough to do so. A negative COVID-19 test is not required to return.

• If the symptom persists or worsens, contact your child’s health care provider for further advice or assessment, including if your child needs a COVID-19 test or other treatment.

We hope that this helps clear things up, and ensure our students can come to school when healthy. If you have any questions about the updated screening and testing protocols, please contact the office (or join in for Lunch with the Principal!)

School Council

We will be holding our first School Council meeting of the year virtually using Google Meet on Monday October 5th at 7:00pm. For all parents who wish to attend, you can access the meeting here - meet.google.com/ipn-fsoe-hcp - as well as through the link on the JTT School Calendar. At our first meeting, we will share our financial records from last year, update parents on start up, and complete the nominations and formation of the new council.

Neon Day

This Thursday, October 8, will be another Spirit Day for our staff and students. We are celebrating the ever-popular neon-day! Dust of your brightest yellows, oranges, pinks and greens and head to school. The more colours, the better! Our students are enjoying looking forward to these special days at school and we hope you will encourage them to participate.

Change in Delivery Model (Face-to-Face or Virtual School)

Families who would like to switch learning models must complete the Change in Delivery Model Form according to the timelines below:

  • Monday, Oct. 19 - Form sent to elementary families

  • Tuesday, Oct. 27 (4 p.m.) - Deadline for form to be submitted

  • Monday, Nov. 30 - Start new learning model

  • Students are expected to continue in their current learning model until these November transition dates.

The Change in Delivery Form will be emailed to parents/guardians on the above dates. The form that will be sent to you is only for families wishing to switch learning models. If you do not wish to switch learning models, please DO NOT complete this form.