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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.

Ward 1 Participatory Budget

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Ward 1 staff are excited to let you know that we are now accepting ideas through December 14 on how to spend $1.5 million in infrastructure in Ward 1! New this year is our first ever themed Participatory Budget (PB)! We are inviting everyone to … Read more about Ward 1 Participatory Budget

Outdoor Space Work Day

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Sunday November 19 from 9:00am – 12:00pmOur fabulous Outdoor Space requires some work that is the responsibility of the Cootes Paradise school community. We have received a huge order of mulch for the playground and we need lots of hands to help spread it around! … Read more about Outdoor Space Work Day

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. 

Magazine Campaign

Sunday, November 12, 2017

The Cootes Paradise magazine campaign is underway and all money raised will support special events for students. Remember that you can order online at using the CP school code 3713807. Paper orders are due back to school November 20.

Drinking Water Testing and Drinking Water Fixture Signage

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Ontario is continuing to protect childrens health with new regulation changes aimed at improving drinking water testing in child care centres and schools to minimize childrens exposure to lead.New amendments to Ontario Regulation 243/07 that took effect July 1, 2017, now require lead testing within … Read more about Drinking Water Testing and Drinking Water Fixture Signage

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 

HWDSB Launches French Immersion Application

Monday, October 30, 2017

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) French Immersion registration opens October 20, 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.

To learn more about HWDSB French Immersion and to apply, please visit

Grade 1 Art Work

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Blank Canvas Gallery in the school foyer features art by CP grade 1 students. Please check it out when you are here for parent-teacher interviews next week.


Monday, October 23, 2017

There is no parent parking other than in designated areas on the side streets. Cline St N has the most available parking for drop-o and a path was constructed to allow parents to drop o a kindergarten age student and then continue along to take … Read more about Parking

Outdoor Space Clean-up Day

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Calling all parent volunteers – the Cootes Paradise Outdoor Space Committee is looking for volunteers to help with a playground clean-up on November 5 from 10AM-12PM. Bring your gardening gloves and shovel to help keep our outdoor space in great shape for our kids to … Read more about Outdoor Space Clean-up Day

Night Hike 2017!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Join us for a family-friendly hike in the woods lined with jack-o-lanterns designed by the CP students. The hike starts at the Hamilton Aviary by Oak Knoll Drive. Afterwards, play some games at the Churchill Clubhouse. Proceeds go to Cootes Paradise Home and School Association … Read more about Night Hike 2017!

Ministry of Education Parent Guides

Monday, October 16, 2017

Please check out the Ministry of Education web site for parent information resources such as those below – Mathematics Arabic-ParentGuideNumAR Mathematics-English ParentGuideNumEn Mathematics-Simplified Chinese-ParentGuideNumZHS Mathematics-Traditional Chinese-ParentGuideNumZHT Reading & Writing-Arabic-ParentGuideLitAR Reading & Writing-English-ParentGuideLitEn Reading & Writing-Simplified Chinese -ParentGuideLitZHS Reading & Writing-Traditional Chinese-ParentGuideLitZHT

Lunch Clubs Need You to Volunteer!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Lunch clubs will run Nov 6 to Dec 15. We are still looking for volunteers! Can you spare 20 minutes, 6 weeks in a row? Lunch clubs run during the recess portion of nutrition breaks Grades 1-3 – 11:00 & 1:40 and Grades 4-5 – … Read more about Lunch Clubs Need You to Volunteer!

Photo Retake Day Change – Nov 8

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Due to a conflict with the HWDSB swim meet – photo retake day has been changed to November 8.

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.

School Council / Home & School Minutes

Monday, October 02, 2017

The School Council / Home & School Minutes have been posted in draft form under the Home & School – School Council tab. We welcome all parents and guardians to join us at our next meeting on November 29 at 7 PM. The Night Hike … Read more about School Council / Home & School Minutes

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

Leaving School Property

Monday, October 02, 2017

Parents and guardians are reminded that students are not to go to off school property at lunch time e.g., Tim Horton’s. There is no crossing guard during the day and this is a safety issue for students. You are welcome to drop off a snack … Read more about Leaving School Property

Swim Team Volunteers Needed

Monday, October 02, 2017

We need volunteers to help walk with the swim team to Dalewood at 2:45PM. Please contact M. Barray if you are available to help walk over with staff and students on either Tuesday or Thursday.

Cross-Country Meet Times – September 28

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Grade 5 boys start time – 9:30AM; Grade 5 girls start time – 9:45AMGrade 4 boys start time – 10AM; Grade 4 girls start time – 10:15AMGrade 3 boys start time – 11:45AM; Grade 3 girls start time – 12PMGrade 2 start time – 12:30PM; … Read more about Cross-Country Meet Times – September 28

School Board Programs for Families

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

These are two of several programs offered through the HWDSB to support families. Cool Little Kids and Families Worrying Less Together are evidence-based programs for students in Kindergarten to Grade 2 and Grades 3 to 6. All are welcome to attend. FWLT Info Night Fall 2017 FWLT brochure CLK Info Night Fall 2017, CLK Brochure

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.

Volunteer Update

Monday, September 25, 2017

Parent volunteers are asked to complete and return the attached Offence Decaration form for the 2017-2018 school year. Parents are reminded that the school should already have confirmation of a valid police check no older than 3 years in the office in order for the … Read more about Volunteer Update

The QSP Magazine Campaign Is Coming…

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Please save your subscription renewals as we kick off our annual magazine campaign fundraiser to support the Arts at Cootes Paradise on November 2. Many families will be receiving renewal notices so please renew through the school in November. There will be an online option … Read more about The QSP Magazine Campaign Is Coming…

Thank You Home and School for a Great Movie Night!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

The CP Home & School hosted a fun, family movie night on Thursday night featuring Despicable Me 3. We invite all of our parents out to our School Council AGM / Home & School meeting on Wednesday, September 28 at 7 PM in the library. … Read more about Thank You Home and School for a Great Movie Night!

Terry Fox Run – Sept 28

Thursday, September 21, 2017

In keeping with our annual tradition, Cootes Paradise is pleased to be participating in the Terry Fox Event Thursday, September 28 at 2pm. The Terry Fox Run is an annual, non-competitive charity event held in numerous regions around the world in commemoration of Canadian cancer … Read more about Terry Fox Run – Sept 28

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).

Movie Night – September 21

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Please join us for the CP Home & School Association’s movie night on September 21. The movie is Despicable Me 3. A donation towards the Home & School Association is appreciated. CP movie night Sept 21

September 11 Update

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

September 11 parent update

CP Cross-Country Meet – Grades 1-5

Monday, September 11, 2017

Cootes Paradise School will hold our annual Terry Fox Run and school cross-country meet on September 28. See attached student notice for details. LETTERS FOR CP XCC MEET

Cootes Paradise School Council AGM on September 27

Saturday, September 09, 2017

The Cootes Paradise School Council is an advisory group that provides parents with the opportunity to provide feedback on school policies, e.g., the code of conduct, initiatives and programs. The School Council is mandated by the Ontario Ministry of Education and provides an opportunity for … Read more about Cootes Paradise School Council AGM on September 27

Thanks for a Great First Week

Friday, September 08, 2017

Thank to all staff, students, parents and community members for a great first week. We have a greater than expected enrolment this year, and anticipate changes in our classroom placements before the end of September. Please check the school site regularly for updates.

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 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.

Transportation / YMCA Schedule Changes

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Please remember to call transportation directly at 905-523-2318, as well asthe Cootes Paradise office, if you have a schedule change, e.g., a play date, special activity. The bus driver is notified by the transportation department of this temporary ridership change for your child. Only children … Read more about Transportation / YMCA Schedule Changes

Late Bus Service Email Notification

Sunday, August 27, 2017

PARENTS:If you would like to sign up for email notification of late bus service, please follow these steps:1) visit the website at: type HWSTS into the Google search engine)2)click onto the Parent’s Portal and follow the instructionson setting up an account.You will need an … Read more about Late Bus Service Email Notification

June Report Cards

Monday, June 26, 2017

Your childs Report Card comes home on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. The Report Card shows your childs progress in learning skills and their academic achievement over the school year. Please review your childs report card and return the signed student / parent section. Reporting-staff June Please note … Read more about June Report Cards

Kindergarten – Communication of Learning

Monday, June 26, 2017


Free Film Camp for 9-12 year olds

Thursday, June 15, 2017
Learn more about Free Film Camp for 9-12 year olds

Ontario Summer Fun Pass

Friday, June 09, 2017

The Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport is pleased to offer the Fun Pass to students in Ontario schools. A paper copy has been sent home and is also available for download at

Cootes Draws

Friday, June 09, 2017

Thank you to all of the volunteers, artists and musicians who participated in Cootes Draws on June 7. We had a perfect day for the students to learn more about visual arts and produce their own masterpiece.

HPO Kindergarten Performance

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The HPO brass quintet put on a wonderful performance for our kindergarten students on May 19. Students learned about making and playing brass instruments and asked some great questions about the instruments.

Positive School Climate Survey – Grades 4 and 5

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board is continually working to make our schools safe and inviting for everyone. One way to find out how best to do this is to ask students (Grades 4-12) how they feel about safety and their school environment. The Hamilton-Wentworth District … Read more about Positive School Climate Survey – Grades 4 and 5

Before and After-School Program Survey

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Cootes Paradise School has a Before and After-School program for children in Kindergarten to Grade 5. If you completed the Before and After-School survey earlier this year, and you provided consent to release your information, we will be providing your contact information to our child … Read more about Before and After-School Program Survey

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.

Volunteers Wanted!

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Please join us for our final Home & School / School Council meeting of the year on May 31 at 7 PM. Many of our volunteers are grade 5 parents who will move to middle school next September. We need volunteers for one-time events such … Read more about Volunteers Wanted!

Parent Involvement Committee Application

Friday, May 05, 2017

The HWDSB is accepting applications for the Parent Involvement Committee (PIC). Please see attachments for more information. PIC Application 2017-2018 PIC-brochure

Home and School / Parent Council Needs You!

Monday, May 01, 2017

Cootes Paradise School loves it volunteers and we are looking for new volunteers to help out with one-time events or year-long activities. Many of our parent volunteers will be leaving for Dalewood next year. Here are some of the events and activities that are run … Read more about Home and School / Parent Council Needs You!

Sign Up for School Cash Online

Monday, May 01, 2017

Parents are encouraged to sign-up for School Cash Online as it is a convenient way to make payments online anytime. You will receive an initial and reminder email for all payments that are posted through School Cash Online. School Cash Online reduces the likelihood of … Read more about Sign Up for School Cash Online

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.

Kindergarten registration

Friday, April 21, 2017

If you have, or know of a child of kindergarten age – year of birth 2012 SK or 2013 JK, please remember to register them now for September. Class lists will be ready for the kindergarten orientation on May 30 so that your child can … Read more about Kindergarten registration

Reminder – Transportation and YMCA

Friday, April 21, 2017

Please remember to call the Cootes Paradise office, as well as transportation directly at 905-523-2318, if you have a schedule change, e.g., a play date, special activity. The bus driver is notified by the transportation department of this temporary ridership change for your child. Only … Read more about Reminder – Transportation and YMCA

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

Epi Pen Recall Information

Sunday, April 16, 2017

EpiPen Recall

Popcorn ‘Pay It Forward’ Fundraiser

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Thank you to our Cootes Paradise Community for its very generous support of our Pop-corn Pop-up Shop. About 90% of our students contributed financially and every student in our school who wanted popcorn received it! We were also very, very impressed with the number of … Read more about Popcorn ‘Pay It Forward’ Fundraiser

Home & School and Parent Council Need You!

Sunday, April 09, 2017

All parents and caregivers are invited to the April 12 Home & School / School Council meeting at 7 PM in the library. We are looking for volunteers for one-time events and year-long activities. Please join us to find out more. Child care is available. … Read more about Home & School and Parent Council Need You!

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

Grade 5 Entrepreneurial Group Community Fundraiser

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Our Grade 5 Entrepreneurial Group will be ‘popping’ into classrooms on Wednesday, April 12, serving fresh, delicious Kernals Butter Salt Popcorn for $2.00. (Limit of one 3-cup serving per student).$1.00 Buttons will be sold for an opportunity to PAY IT FORWARD, ensuring that every student … Read more about Grade 5 Entrepreneurial Group Community Fundraiser

Earth Day Celebration – Volunteers Needed!

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Cootes Paradise School is celebrating Earth Day on April 18. We are looking for parent volunteers (with a police check) to help out with running student activities for either half of the day or the full day. Most activities will be held outdoors, rain or … Read more about Earth Day Celebration – Volunteers Needed!

Marker Recycling – All Grades

Friday, March 31, 2017

Cootes Paradise recycles markers. Crayola Colour Cycle is a program in which schools can send in their used markers of ANY brand. Crayola uses the markers and transforms them into clean-burning fuel. You can visit their website for more information – Please send in … Read more about Marker Recycling – All Grades

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.

Parent Council Meeting Postponed

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Please note that the March 29 Parent Council / Home & School meeting has been postponed.

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.

School Cash Online – All Parents

Monday, March 27, 2017

2016-17 SCO Information Flyer

Grade 4 Art Work

Saturday, March 11, 2017
Learn more about Grade 4 Art Work

Beautiful Alleys – Volunteers Needed

Friday, March 10, 2017
Learn more about Beautiful Alleys – Volunteers Needed

Prom Project

Friday, March 10, 2017

PromProject-flyer-8.5×11 (1)(1)

Grade 4 & 5 Students – Math League

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Grade 4 & 5 students: Math League will begin in April, but you can prepare for Math League now. Find sample contests and solutions at this website.

Workshop – Parents of children with disabilities

Monday, March 06, 2017

Community Living workshop Mar 23

Before and After School Program Survey

Monday, March 06, 2017

Before and after-school programs provide children with more opportunities to learn and grow. Many schools already offer before and after-school programs for children in Kindergarten to grade 6, operated by not-for-profit agencies from the community. We are looking for your feedback to see if more … Read more about Before and After School Program Survey

Parents / Guardians of Grade 5 students,

Friday, March 03, 2017

On March 24th, students in grade five will have an opportunity to work with an artist from the Six Nations to learn about the Woodland art style andthedifferent animal symbols for each ofthenine clans.Mrs. Reesons class will be working with the artist from 9-10:40AMMme Campanella … Read more about Parents / Guardians of Grade 5 students,

Kindergarten Report Card

Thursday, February 09, 2017

There is a new kindergarten report card going home with students in JK and SK February 17. Attached is information about the new format and terminology. Kindergarten-Report-Letter

82,763 Minutes!

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Cootes Paradise students read a total of 82,763 minutes during the read-a-thon. Thank you to our parent volunteers for making this event happen.

Grade 3 Art Work

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Please check out the fabulous grade 3 art work in the Blank Canvas Gallery when you enter the school. For those parents attending the parent meeting on Wednesday evening, take a moment to check out the student art work on your way to the library. … Read more about Grade 3 Art Work

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.

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.

Early Years Centres – New Extended Hours

Saturday, January 14, 2017

The St.Cuthbert’s Church and 1900 Main Street West Early Years Centres have new extended hours. These Centres are open to all community members with children between the ages of 2-6. NHBD(1900 & St Cuthberts)-January 2017