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Welcome to the 2015/2016 school year at Balaclava!

September 8, 2015
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 the best of their education 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 2015-2016 school year! To those students and parents who are new to Balaclava Public School, we extend a 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 that parents will 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 have been planning and working over the last couple of weeks and are excited to begin another dynamic school year. Balaclava is completely aligned with the HWDSB Strategic Directions of Transforming Learning Everywhere – Achievement Matters, Engagement Matters, and Equity Matters. The HWDSB is also involved in it’s Reimagine initiative to reflect on the boards past success and goals for moving forward in an increasingly technical and challenging world. 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, 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.
Included with this newsletter (and on this website) is some information about behavioural expectations and discipline policies. Please make sure you read over this information with your child so they understand all expectations.
I would like to welcome some new staff to Balaclava for the upcoming year:
Mrs. P. Pirie – Grade 4/5B
Mr. G. Hewitt– Grade 6,7, and 8 Math
Ms. J. Keyte – Grade 2
Mr. B. Soucie – LTO for Mrs. Marshall’s Maternity Leave
Ms. C. Roberts – Library/Primary Prep
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.

 

 

 

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Welcome to the 2015/2016 school year at Balaclava!

Thursday, September 03, 2015

September 8, 2015Dear 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 … Read more


Balaclava Elementary School water supply

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Recent testing of the Balaclava Elementary School water supply indicates the sodium concentration in the drinking water is 89 milligrams per litre (mg/L) of water. This is above the recommended sodium level of 20 mg/L in drinking water. Letter to our school community

Twelve Schools Certified at HWDSB EcoFair Celebration

Monday, June 22, 2015

HWDSB hosted the third annual EcoFair at Adventureworks this month to recognize the Ontario EcoSchools certification of 12 schools across the district. Ontario EcoSchools is an environmental education and certification program for Kindergarten to Grade 12 schools. It provides students with the ecological knowledge and skills to make environmental change in their schools and local communities. This past year, Ontario EcoSchools celebrated its 10th anniversary and HWDSB has been a proud partner for the past five years.


Final Report Card

Monday, June 15, 2015

We are writing with an important update on your child’s final report card, which will be sent home on June 24. As you may be aware, teachers in Ontario’s public elementary schools are taking part in a lawful job action. This action includes an abbreviated report card for students in Kindergarten to Grade 8.

Heat Events during School

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

With the warmer weather now approaching, Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) would like to make you aware of our procedures during a heat event.


Labour Update re: Elementary EQAO

Friday, May 15, 2015

Please see the letter below updating elementary parents and guardians regarding the EQAO assessments at Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board during the current labour disruptions.

HWDSB Starting Community Conversation to Reimagine HWDSB

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) Trustees are starting a sweeping review of the Board’s vision and focus to better serve students, parents and the greater community. Reimagine HWDSB will start a community conversation this spring with community forums, focus groups and surveys, so the public can tell HWDSB what it thinks.


Elementary job action update May 7, 2015

Thursday, May 07, 2015

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has notified public school boards across Ontario that elementary teachers and elementary occasional teachers will take job action as of May 11, 2015.

Province-wide job action by elementary teachers confirmed for May 11

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has notified public school boards across Ontario that elementary teachers and elementary occasional teachers will take job action as of May 11, 2015. We have been informed that, in HWDSB elementary schools, potential work-to-rule will begin May 11.


Potential Elementary Teachers Strike

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The purpose of this letter is to update Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) families on the status of labour negotiations with elementary teachers. Its important for you to be aware of how this situation may affect your child(ren). Letter to parents

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