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A Note from the Principal

September 6th, 2013

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome back to school!  I am truly excited about the upcoming year and the learning adventure we are about to embark upon.  We have planned a great year filled with learning, opportunities and memory making! I encourage all of our students to make it their best school year ever by committing themselves to doing high quality work, getting involved and immersed in our varied extra-curricular program and pushing themselves to be the very best that they can be. We want our students to be engaged in their learning and excited about their own development.

We are very pleased to welcome everyone to the 2013-2014 school year!  To those students and parents who are new to Balaclava Public School, we extend an especially warm welcome and best wishes for a fun and productive year in your new school. We hope that you will quickly feel at home and become involved in the activities of our school through the Parent Advisory Council (PAC) and/or the Home and School association as well as your child’s classroom program.

The staff has worked diligently to get ready for the opening of the school year. Our caretaking staff has been at the school during the summer months making the final preparations for the academic year to begin and the school looks fabulous!  The teachers and educational assistants did a lot of planning and work before the summer break and are excited to begin another dynamic school year.  Balaclava is completely aligned with the HWDSB strategic Direction of Achievement Matters, Equity Matters, and Engagement Matters.  If you would like to read more about the board’s strategic direction please visit http://www.hwdsb.on.ca/parents or inquire at the school office.

Over the next few weeks, your child will be bringing home information about school, board, board and classroom policies and procedures.  Please share these materials with your child.  We also ask that you communicate directly with your child’s teacher concerning any questions or issues that may arise.  It is vital that your child see that you support their education, and a positive communication link with the school can only benefit your child’s education.  We are anxious to assist you in the growth of your child; academically, emotionally, and socially.  Our shared efforts can ensure our students the opportunity to meet their full potential.

I would like to welcome some new staff to Balaclava for the upcoming year:

Mrs. B. Spence – Grade 5/6
Mr. D. Hoffman – Grade 4 (0.5)
Mrs. K. Savoie – Grade 3
Mr. M. Matic Grade 8 – Science and Physical Education (0.5)
Mrs. M. Wright – Educational Assistant Room 6
Mrs. T. DeBoer – Early Childhood Educator Room 6
Miss. K.  Lucyshyn – Now teaching Grade 4
Miss. J. Baynham – 0.2 LTO Grade 1 Room 1 and 2
Miss. A. Jones – Educational Assistant – Room 5

Our genuine caring and concern for your child’s well-being is the driving force for all school decisions.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Sue Neville

Principal – Balaclava P.S.

Don’t forget – no peanuts or tree nut products

 Walking and Biking to School and Picking up Students

BusIf you allow your child to walk or bike to school and not take the bus please provide a written note note indicating this permission to the office. 

If your child is being picked up from school we require written notification that is sent to the office daily and children are to be picked up from the gym at 3:20pm. The gym is where all children will be meeting at the end of the day to assemble in the bus groupings before heading out to the bus.  We want to ensure as safe a process as possible and need to know where our students are. 


 We have 377 children for which to account – please support and abide by the above policies and procedures.  Thank you.



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