October 2022 News

Principal Message

We have a great month of September, and it is amazing to see our students transition to their new grades and get involved across our school. It was also great to see all of the parents come into the school for our Open House to check out all of the neat things our students have been up to, and show off their classrooms. The school is alive and buzzing, and it is awesome to be back!

We are, however, struggling with many interuptions by parents through the school day to sign students out for appointments, extra-curriculars, etc. While we ask families to try to schedule appointments outside of the school day, we recognize that this is not always possible. When signing out your child, we ask that you first communicate with your child's homeroom teacher and have them ready to leave at the beginning or end of break time only, rather than interuppting class time. Times to pick up children that do not interupt the learning of others to call into the classroom would be 11:00am, 11:40am, 1:20pm and 2:00pm. By picking up a little earlier than needed and having students come to the office on their own at that time, it helps keep classroom disruptions at a minimum. All parents will need to come into the office to sign students out. If you come into the office during break time, and your child is not already at the office, we may have difficulty tracking them down outside so planning in advance is always appreciated. Thank you for your assistance in ensuring less interuptions to the teaching in our classrooms.

Please see below for some important updates for the week. This is a lengthy newsletter and we appreciate your attention to each item. Have an outstanding October!

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

Student Verification Forms

Ain't technology grand? With sincere apologies, it looks like there was multiple Google Form links sent out this month for Student Verification forms. One of those links, sent on September 19th, was incorrect and that form did not include the information on Lunchtime Routines, Photography, Walking Permission, and Intramurals, etc. We currently have just over half of our Student Verification and Permission Forms filled out with the correct link, but have learned that a few families have filled out the incorrect link only and we do not have information and permission on the other areas beyond verification of address and emergency contacts. If your child's homeroom teacher has let you know that we do not have your child's data for those other areas, please fill out this form, as this is the correct link - https://forms.gle/MUqh1RUxt4U7NJJD8. Thank you for your attention to this detail to ensure that we have up to date records on file. We are extremely sorry for this mix up and appreciate your help in allowing us to gather this information and permission. If you are still having difficulty, please contact the office.

Community Collection

Over the past few years, John T. Tuck has shown their overwhelming generosity and kindness by donating a variety of items to Halton’s “Friday Night Community” which since the pandemic has changed and is now known as the “Community Food Program”. In past years, we collected over 55 bins of items! This year, students in Grade 4 will be organizing our annual collection to support this wonderful initiative that will run from October 12 to the 14th. A detailed email will be coming shortly to families with more information about donations.

Student Supervisors

As we plan for our student supervision needs we are currently in need of hiring additional Lunchroom Supervisors. Our JTT Lunchroom Supervisors are responsible for supervising our students both inside and outside during our scheduled break times. This paid position requires an updated Police Check that includes a vulnerable sector screening. If you are interested in joining our Lunchroom Supervisor Team at Tuck please email Mrs.Klomp at klompm@hdsb.ca, and if you know someone else in the community who is interested, please pass on our contact information.

National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

Friday September 30th is the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation seeks to honour First Nations, Inuit and Métis residential school survivors, their families and communities. As Educators we know that this work is not about one single day but rather an ongoing journey and commitment to learning about Indigenous Truths, Rights and Realities as a school community. As part of our reflections and learning at John T Tuck, we shared in two whole-school read aloud sessions throughout the week. The books shared were “The Train” written by Jodie Callaghan illustrated by Georgia Lesley and “When We Were Alone” by David A. Robertson and Julie Flett. Our students wrote about what they learned from each story and added their reflections to our Truth and Reconciliation bulletin board. Teachers and students accessed resources provided by our Indigenous Education Department and Literature from our school library to support whole class and small group discussions. A special thanks to our dedicated JTT Equity Team as they supported classes in creating “handmade reflections” from their learning and discussions to add to our Every Child Matters Message Board in our front foyer. Each class came down throughout the week to add messages and read each other's reflections.

We also encouraged staff and students to wear Orange as a symbol of our ongoing dedication to the importance of honouring and learning about Indigenous truths, awareness and perspectives. At John T. Tuck we will not only continue to learn about Truth and Reconciliation but also how to practice reconciliation each day as a school community and within ourselves. We are dedicated to centering Indigenous voices and embedding this ongoing and vital learning into our classrooms and school community at JTT.

School Council

We will be holding our first School Council meeting of the year in the Library at school on Thursday October 6th at 7:00pm. 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. All parents are welcome to attend.

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 dropped below this threshold as new families have arrived. 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. We have started with some field trips already to be paid online, as well as food service days coming soon!

Pita Day

We are excited to announce that the Pita Pit School Lunch Program will once again be available for JTT Students. All orders will be completely on School Cash Online - no paper required -and they are Due Oct 3rd. To order, you will need to log in to your account at https://hdsb.schoolcashonline.com once it is activated, find the Pita and select the type you wish! Pitas will be delivered on Tuesdays starting on October 11th, and the cost is $71.50 for 11 weeks. We thank the parent council for their support in this initiative. Any funds raised through this program will go to support staff and student learning at the school.

Class Photos

On Picture day this past week, we were unable to complete the Class Photos dues to photographer illness. We plan on having class photos taken on retake day on November 2nd. Anyone who missed their individual picture on September 28th can also get their individual shot taken on November 2nd. Thank you for your understanding.

Library Volunteers Needed

Would you like to volunteer in the library for this school year? No experience necessary! Your child’s school library needs you. It would be great to have your help at shelving books and keeping the library tidy. You would need a police check which needs to be given to the office, or an Offence Declaration if you have a police check on file already. If you would like to find out more please contact our Library Technician Blanche Mills (millsb@hdsb.ca) who is at the school on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Thank you!

Pizza Day

We are currently in the process of organizing Pizza Days on Thursdays again this year. Stay Tuned for ordering information in the coming days! As we get organized, we are looking for parent volunteers to help deliver pizza to classrooms. If you are able to help on Thursdays from 10:40-11:40, please fill out this form to show your interest. We are asking that you complete the form by October 5th if you can help. Once we have enough volunteers to run the program, we will communicate this to our community. If you have any questions, please contact Robin Richter (robinrichter2020@gmail.com) and Mary Catharine Graham (mcgraham@cornerstoneretirement.ca), our Pizza Day Parent Co-Ordinators.

A Police Check is required to volunteer in schools. If you do not have a police check on file at the office from previous years, 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. Once you have submitted your Police Check to the office, you do not need to do it again, although you will have to sign this Offence Declaration each year.

Halloween Parade

This Halloween season, we plan to return to our tradition of having a Costume Parade for all of our students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 on Monday, October 31. Students can come to school dressed in their costumes for the first two periods of the day, or can wear Orange and Black. It is expected that students in costume have a change of clothes so that they are out of their costumes by the end of first nutrition break. As a rule, students should not be wearing any masks during the morning, except for during the parade itself. In addition, please think carefully about the props that you send with costumes to ensure that nothing gets damaged, or nothing is too scary for our younger children, could be used as a weapon, or is insensitive to ethnic, religious, racial or gender identity groups. If you do not wish to have your child participate in the Halloween parade, please let your child's teacher know in advance so that we can organize an alternate activity. More details will follow closer to the date on how parents can watch the parade of students.

Attention all Grade 8 Families!

It may seem early, but it's time to start thinking about high school! As you may or may not know, the board offers a few alternate programs for high school students- IB, IStem, and Pathways. Click on the Program title if you would like to read up on it. If you are interested in hearing more about some of the specialty programs the board offers please plan on attending their provided session(s). Here you will learn what the program is all about, be able to ask your questions, and decide if one of these programs is the right fit for your child.

  • Thursday, October 20: IB Program Information Evenings

  • Thursday, November 3: I-STEM Information Evenings

  • Tuesday, November 29: Pathways Programs Information Evening - Burlington (hosted @ MM Robinson High School)

If you have any questions about this please do not hesitate to connect with Ms Simmelink (simmelinka@hdsb.ca).

Cross Country

Cross Country has kicked off our sports school year with a wonderful turn out and positive attitude. The Cross Country athletes have been working extremely hard in September, to prepare for their upcoming race on October 6th, 2022 at Sherwood Forest Park. Parking for parent spectators is on the west side of Sherwood Forest Park, accessed via Burloak Ave. Congratulations to all the students that have been coming out regularly to our morning practices. Good luck at the race!

Intermediate Run Club

Tuck’s Intermediate Run Club has started for the year. Our club is not competitive, instead it provides an opportunity for students to explore the neighborhood, connect with friends from different classes and develop a love for running. We intend to run all year long, weather permitting, so students are welcome to join at any time. Forms can be picked up from Mrs. Mills.

Traffic Safety

We would like to remind our parents to be extra careful if they are driving in the school zone. While we hope you can walk to and from school with your children, we ask that you follow by-laws and street signage if in your car. Please note that the front of the school is a no stopping zone. and we ask that you park on side streets and walk to grass area to meet your children after school or drop them off in the morning. Thank you for your diligence in keeping our roads, and our students, safe!

Prescribed Medication

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 to the front doors of the school and we will call them down for you to administer. Students should not be carrying any medication on them while at school, other than epiPens and inhalers.

Mental Health Matters

The Halton District School Board has created 16 parent videos sharing how HDSB staff roles support student’s mental health and well-being including the role of a Guidance Counsellor, how does an ECE assist students, and what teachers doing in the classroom to support elementary students' mental health and well-being. See here for all 16 videos and learn more about how our school supports students in an area of interest.