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Annual Toy Drive & Food Drive

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Thanks to all those families who have been able to support our annual Toy Drive (for Queen Victoria School) and Food Drive (for the Flamborough Food Bank).We are collecting new, unwrapped toys for children aged 4-11 who attend Queen Victoria School (in Hamilton).We are suggesting … Read more about Annual Toy Drive & Food Drive

Craft Sale

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Our Craft Club has been busy crafting with Miss Wynne and Mrs. Nelligan! They have made some fun holiday items that will be on sale during Nutrition Breaks Wed Dec 6, Mon Dec 18, Tues Dec 19, and Wed Dec 20.Items will also be on … Read more about Craft Sale

December Newsletter & Calendar

Monday, December 04, 2017

Please find the December Newsletter and Calendar posted on our website. Along the top of this page, click on “newsletters” from the menu.

Bobcat Day – Dec 15

Monday, December 04, 2017

Friday, December 15will be our nextBobcat Day. The theme for December 15 is Holiday Colours. All students are encouraged to wear holiday themed clothing.Balaclava Home & School have teamed with the Lunch Lady to organize a pancake lunch that day – order forms (see below) … Read more about Bobcat Day – Dec 15

How HWDSB Handles Inclement Weather

Friday, December 01, 2017

As winter approaches, we want to remind all HWDSB families about how we make the decision to cancel school and board operations. This is often a difficult call to make, and is made with the safety and security of our students and staff in mind.

H&S – FundScrip & Poinsettias

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Dear Balaclava Families,Our Fundscrip order deadline has been extended to November 24, 2017.You now have 2 more days to submit your order using the paper forms sent home a couple of weeks ago or the PDF forms below or even Online. These gift cards can … Read more about H&S – FundScrip & Poinsettias

HWDSB Marks Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week 2017

Sunday, November 19, 2017

To mark Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, HWDSB is working to make schools safer with its new bullying resource and continuing support for the board-wide use of the innovative anti-bullying TipOff service.

French Immersion Applications Ends Soon

Friday, November 17, 2017

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) French Immersion registration ends on Thursday, November 30, 2017, for parents looking to enrol their child in Grade 1.

HWDSB has introduced a new system-wide application process for entry into French Immersion, which starts in Grade 1. The application is available to all students within Hamilton and offers a guaranteed placement in the program, but not necessarily at their French Immersion in-catchment school.

Suspected Fifth’s Disease (Nov 17)

Friday, November 17, 2017

A case of Fifth’s disease has been suspected at Balaclava today (November 17, 2017). All visitors are asked to report to the main office to sign in. Fact sheets are available at the office for those interested.Fifth’s disease is of special concern to pregnant women. … Read more about Suspected Fifth’s Disease (Nov 17)

Grade 7 & 8 Information Nights Begin Next Week

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Secondary school is around the corner and we’re excited to tell you about some of the great things coming up. 

View the Grade 7 & 8 Information Night Flyer to see when your high school is hosting their information night.

Attending is a fantastic way to learn more about the transition to high school.

Community and Continuing Education Open House November 22

Monday, November 13, 2017

Community and Continuing Education has moved and is now open at the new HILL PARK LEARNING CENTRE, located at 465 East 16th Street (formerly Hill Park Secondary School).

The open house is taking place on 
Wednesday, November 22, 2017,
6 to 8 p.m. 

Bobcat Day – Nov 17

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Friday, November 17will be our nextBobcat Day. The theme for November 17 is Sportswear & Jerseys. All students are encouraged to wear a sports jersey or other sportswear.Balaclava Home & School have organized a pizza lunch the day – order forms (see below) have been … Read more about Bobcat Day – Nov 17

H&S – TrustedPros LIFE Program

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Our school is officially participating in the TrustedPros LIFE Program (Local Initiatives to Fundraise for Everybody): a fundraiser available for community groups, schools, and sports teams! This fundraising program will help our school raise up to $5,000and the most amazing part is that you wont … Read more about H&S – TrustedPros LIFE Program

H&S – FundScrip and Poinsettia

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Parents, please look for the FundScrip and Poinsettia order forms which were sent home today! Contact Home & School at , if there are any issues or questions. FundScrip – submit order forms/order on-line by November 22 to receive your gift cards by December 8 … Read more about H&S – FundScrip and Poinsettia

HWDSB Seeks Feedback on its Draft Fraud Prevention and Management Policy

Monday, November 06, 2017

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) is gathering public feedback on the Draft Fraud Prevention and Management Policy.

The Draft Fraud Prevention and Management Policy shows HWDSB’s commitment to protecting its assets and maintaining public trust through a system of internal controls designed to prevent, detect, investigate, and report instances of fraud.

To view the Draft Fraud Prevention and Management Policy and to provide comments, please visit HWDSB’s website at 

Gr7/8 Ottawa Trip

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

A reminder to parents of grade 7 and 8 students that our parent information meeting for the Ottawa trip is tonight at the school at 6:00pm. Hope to see you there!

November Newsletter & Calendar

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Please find the November Newsletter and Calendar posted on our website. Along the top of this page, click on “newsletters” from the menu.

Balaclava Fall Feast – Oct 27

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Please join us for our fall fundraising event as we celebrate the season together and support our Balaclava Bobcats! The evening will include a spaghetti dinner (with meat and marinara sauces and a gluten free option), bake sale, jack-o-lantern auction, and a candy draw and … Read more about Balaclava Fall Feast – Oct 27

Bobcat Day – Oct 20

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Friday, October 20 will be our 1st Bobcat Day for 2017-18!All students are encouraged to wear their Balaclava Bobcats gear or our school colours (blues and white).Students will be taking part in school-wide special activities during periods 3 & 4!Balaclava Home & School have organized … Read more about Bobcat Day – Oct 20

Pathways Information Open House

Thursday, October 12, 2017

HWDSB will hold a Pathways Information Night to help families and students in grades 7 to 12 learn more about the variety of high school options available and plan their high school years.

Students in grades 9 to 12 can also meet partners who can help them earn Community Involvement Hours.

Wednesday, November  1 at LIUNA Station (360 James St. N.). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and you can drop in anytime until 9 p.m. 

Sub Day Rescheduled

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Due to the school closing yesterday, our Sub Day was postponed. Students who ordered subs for yesterday will have them delivered Friday, October 13 at Nutrition Break 2.

Balaclava School water is restored

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

After closing Oct. 10 due to a lack of water, Balaclava elementary’s water is up and running for a normal school day on Wednesday, Oct. 11.

The school’s pump was replaced and is now operating.

Changes to Kindergarten Communication of Learning

Friday, October 06, 2017

At HWDSB, we know that parent engagement fosters student success. We want to be as clear as possible about changes to how schools report on learning in Kindergarten.

In the past at HWDSB, family members could attend “observation visits” in Kindergarten. For the 2017-18 school year, we will be using the new, written Kindergarten report provided by the Ministry of Education.

Picture Day

Friday, October 06, 2017

A reminder that Picture Day at Balaclava is Wednesday, October 18!

Home & School October Update

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Below, please find a link to the Balaclava Home & School October Update H&S October 2017 Update

October Newsletter & Calendar

Monday, October 02, 2017

Please find the October Newsletter and Calendar posted on our website. Along the top of this page, click on “newsletters” from the menu.

Senior Kindergarten Families are invited to learn more about French Immersion

Monday, October 02, 2017

Because every student is unique in their learning, HWDSB staff strive to provide programs that help all students reach their full potential. French Immersion is one such program.
The program is open to all students in Hamilton-Wentworth starting in Grade 1.
Visit one of our Information Sessions to learn more

Terry Fox Run 2017

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

A reminder to all families that our Terry Fox Run is tomorrow – Thursday, September 28.Our goal this year is to raise a “Toonie for Terry” from each of our Bobcats!Students should be prepared for the race with appropriate clothing, water bottle, sunscreen, and running … Read more about Terry Fox Run 2017

Social Work Services – Fall Information Sessions

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Please find below links to flyers for upcoming Parent Information Sessions for two parent/caregiver groups offered by HWDSB Social Work Services. The Cool Little Kids group is for parent/caregivers of students in JK Grade 2. Cool Little Kids (JK-Gr1) CLK Fall Info Night (JK-Gr1) The Families Worrying Less Together group is for parent/caregivers of … Read more about Social Work Services – Fall Information Sessions

School Council Members invited to School Council Start-up 2017-18

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Members of School Councils and school administrators across HWDSB are invited to attend the orientation session, School Council Start-up 2017-18.

There are two dates – Oct. 19 and 26 – so please choose the one that fits your schedule.

HWDSB Shows Improvement Towards Achievement

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) released the 2016-17 assessment results in the areas of Primary and Junior Reading, Writing and Mathematics, as well as the results of the Grade 9 Mathematics assessment and the Grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT).

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Dear Parents and Caregivers,We will be running a Thanksgiving drive for the Flamborough Food Bank. The Thanksgiving drive will begin on Monday September 25th until Tuesday October 3rd, 2017. In consultation with the food bank they are in need of personal items along with non … Read more about Thanksgiving Food Drive

Meet the Teacher – Sept 14!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Just a quick reminder that our Meet the Teacher is this Thursday, September 14! Please join us between 5:00 and 6:30 on the primary/junior playground. Harvey’s will be set-up at the pavilion.Hope to see you there! 2017-18 Meet the Teachers

Terry Fox Run 2017 (Sept 28)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Terry Fox Run 2017 is quickly approaching!Our goal this year is to raise a “Toonie for Terry” from each of our Bobcats!Please see the attachment for additional details. Terry Fox Run 2017

Newsletter Correction re: Home & School

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Please note that the September Newsletter incorrectly showed the time of the September 26 Home & School meeting as 6:30am. The meeting is at 6:30pm. Sorry for any confusion this may have caused.Upcoming Dates . . .September 19 – 9:15am – Home & School MeetingSeptember … Read more about Newsletter Correction re: Home & School

Help Shape French Instruction at HWDSB

Friday, September 08, 2017

HWDSB’s French as a Second Language (FASL) Advisory Committee is seeking members to advise Trustees on elementary and secondary French programming as well as Ministry of Education and community learning supports. Applications are due by Monday, September 25, 2017.

Welcome Back, Bobcats!

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Welcome back to all our families. We hope that everyone was able to enjoy the summer vacation. We’re excited about a great year of learning ahead!Please find the September Newsletter and Calendar posted on our website (along the top of this page, click on “newsletters” … Read more about Welcome Back, Bobcats!

Welcome from HWDSB’s Student Trustees

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

HWDSB’s new Student Trustees Ruby Hye and Morghen Jael would love to share the following letter and video with our school communities, encouraging everyone to make student voice a priority in the year ahead.

Safe School – Evacuation Drill

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

This morning we practised an Evacuation drill. Staff and students were informed of this drill ahead of time. An evacuation would be needed when there is a reason for everyone to leave the building, other than a fire.An evacuation drill runs the same way as … Read more about Safe School – Evacuation Drill

Changes to Non-Credit Summer Programs for Students in Grades 7 to 10

Monday, May 29, 2017

Community and Continuing Education is pleased to offer a variety of Non-Credit Summer Programs for students in Grades 7 to 10.
Some of the programs have been cancelled, but for those that are still running, the deadline to register has been extended to midnight on Friday, June 9.
Visit the Non-Credit Summer Programs page to see what programs are being offered.

Reminder – Stay Safe, Avoid Debris

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A reminder to all students to not to pick up or play with discarded items or debris found in our schoolcommunity. Students are reminded to tell their parents, teacher or anotheran adult if they find something that shouldn’t be there. We want everyone to stay … Read more about Reminder – Stay Safe, Avoid Debris

HWDSB 2017-18 Elementary School Year Calendar Approved

Monday, May 15, 2017

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board has received approval from the Ministry of Education on its 2017-2018 elementary school year calendar.

Bomb Threat Awareness

Friday, April 28, 2017

At HWDSB, we believe all students and staff have the right to learn and work in a safe environment. To do that, it is important that everyone is aware of our Safe Schools policy and procedures to help reduce the risk of harm to students, staff, visitors and facility users in the event of a violent or serious incident.

13 Reasons Why – Suggestions for Families

Monday, April 24, 2017

We want to make you aware of a book and Netflix series causing concern in the educational community. Netflix has released a new series, 13 Reasons Why, that may harm students who struggle with mental health challenges.

Helmet safety tips for the Spring!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Spring time means outdoor time for using tricycles, bicycles, skateboards, scooters and in-line skates

Reach Ahead Courses for Students Entering Grade 9

Thursday, April 20, 2017

If your child will be starting Grade 9 in September 2017 and is interested in taking a credit course this summer, our Reach Ahead summer programs are an excellent option.

Hamilton Tax Help

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

New programs like the Canada Child Benefit may mean hundreds of dollars a month in additional income for families in Hamilton. But to receive these benefits, families must file taxes every year Hamilton Tax Help is offering free income tax clinics if your income level is below: Single … Read more about Hamilton Tax Help

Prevent mumps: ensure your vaccines are up to date

Friday, March 31, 2017

Due to increased mumps activity in Hamilton and Ontario, City of Hamilton Public Health reminds parents of children attending school to ensure their child’s vaccine records are up to date.

HWDSB and PIC are celebrating school volunteers

Monday, March 27, 2017

HWDSB and its Parent Involvement Committee invite all school volunteers to attend an open house celebration of those who give their time and energy so that students succeed.

Profiling Volunteer Excellence 2017 will be held on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 6 to 8 p.m. Please register before noon on Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

Find complete details in the Profiling Volunteer Excellence 2017 – Invitation.

Director’s Letter to Families and Tip Sheet re: Quebec City

Monday, January 30, 2017

The news of the deadly attack on a mosque in Ste-Foy, Quebec is leaving many of us at Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board saddened and disturbed. As a country, we mourn the tragic loss of life and condemn this deplorable terrorist attack that targeted Muslims, our fellow Canadians, in a peaceful place of worship.

French Immersion program in the Flamborough community

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Thank you for your input during our recent French Immersion Flamborough/Waterdown consultation in December.

Remember to report your child’s vaccines to Public Health

Monday, January 23, 2017

This is a reminder for parents and guardians to review their child’s vaccines with their doctor.