Principal Update – Feb 16

Friday, February 16, 2018


This week started with our grade 1 classes having a “100 Day” party that celebrated the 100th school day of the year. On Wednesday, our Student Council ran a Valentine’s Day dance for our older students, and the week ended with a ski trip to Glen Eden. Next week, MADD Canada is presenting to our grade 7 and 8 students about the dangers of impaired driving. We also have members of the McMaster Computer Science department coming in to work with some math classes on the connections between math and computer science.

Report Cards came home this week. It is a great opportunity to talk to your child about progress so far this year. If you have any questions, I encourage you to connect with the teacher.

Kindergarten registrations continue for the 2018-2019 school year. Please see Kindergarten registration for more information. Families can come into the school to complete registrations. The Kindergarten Orientation session will be Thursday May 24th at 4:30pm.

As in past years, Ancaster Meadow is closed to Out of Catchment students. If you are planning on moving, please be aware that your family will have to attend the catchment school for your new address in September. Unfortunately if you move out of the Ancaster Meadow area you must register at the new local school. Please see for more information.

This weekend is Family Day and I hope that all families enjoy the long weekend. Just a reminder that there is no school on Monday. With the holiday, pizza day will be moved to Tuesday February 20th.

Have a fantastic long weekend,

Simon Goodacre, Principal

Director’s Message After Florida Attack

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The news of the deadly attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida is leaving many of us at Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board saddened. We reflect on this tragic loss of life and condemn this deplorable attack on young people.

HWDSB Seeks Feedback on Two Draft Policies

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) is gathering public feedback on its Draft Student Registration and Admissions Policy and the Draft Parent Engagement Policy.

The Draft Student Registration and Admissions Policy recognizes that every student has the right to attend a school where they are a qualified resident pupil as defined in the Education Act.

The Draft Parent Engagement Policy speaks to contributing to student achievement and well-being by fostering high levels of parent participation, involvement and engagement, as well as engaging in collaboration between the home and the school. This policy also addresses how HWDSB works with parents who are separated or divorced. 

Please open this post and click on the links to fill out the survey before the deadline of March 19, 2018 at 4 p.m.

Principal Update Feb 9

Friday, February 09, 2018


We end the week with some snowy weather. The cold weather means lots of winter clothing. Our Lost and Found is overflowing with mitts, hats, and other items. The items will be organized and donated after next week. If you are missing items, please come in and check.

This week Ancaster Meadow hosted a science fair for students in grade 7 and 8. We had over 130 projects- a fantastic turn out. 12 projects were selected to move on to the Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair. Our students in younger grades were able to tour the science fair and are hopefully motivated to participate in future year.

Parents are welcome to come to our School Council meeting on Tues Feb 13 at 6:30pm in the library. The School Council meeting is followed by our Home & School meeting at 7:30pm.

Report Cards are coming home for grades 1 to 8 on Tues Feb 13 and the Kindergarten report is coming home on Friday Feb 16.

Feb 16 is also our ski trip day. We have over almost 130 students taking advantage of this opportunity.

Registration for Kindergarten is in process and information can be found at Parents can come to the Main Office to register during school hours.

As in past years, Ancaster Meadow is closed to Out of Catchment students. for further information.

Students in grade 3 and 6 will be writing EQAO on Wed May 23, Thurs May 24, Mon May 28, and Tues May 29. Parents of students in grade 3 and 6 are asked to avoid any absences during these dates.

The HWDSB has a Parent Involvement Survey – that all parents are encouraged to complete.

Have a great weekend,

Simon Goodacre, Principal

HWDSB Needs Community Help to Name New North Secondary School

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) wants to hear from the community about selecting a name for the new North Secondary School being built at 1055 King Street East (former Scott Park Secondary School site).
Submissions for a name are being accepted through an online survey or by visiting 

The survey closes at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, 2018.

HWDSB Summer Experience Showcase

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

In support of communicating with parents/caregivers and partners, the HWDSB Parent Involvement Committee is hosting a Summer Experiences Showcase on February 13 at the HWDSB Education Centre. This event will follow a showcase/storefront format with HWDSB departments and community partners sharing summer opportunities for students (low-cost/free programs, volunteering, employment) during July and August.

    Our Board

    Watch: Just One Wish Kindness Awards
    The third annual Just One Wish Kindness Awards were held on July 1, 2017 in Gage Park during the It's Your Festival celebrations for Canada's 150th birthday. Organizers honoured 151 children (150 for Canada's birthday and one for good luck), age 4 to 18, from across HWDSB for their kindness. These children exemplify what is means to be Canadian and what Canada is all about. Congratulations to all!

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