8:50 AM - 3:10 PM
French Immersion is available.
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Richelle Bratuz - 905.528.0223 | Email Richelle Bratuz
SuperintendentSue Dunlop - 905.527.5092 x 2673 | E-mail Sue Dunlop
TrusteeChristine Bingham - 289.339.6902 | E-mail Christine Bingham
School Council Chairs
- School Council – Earl Kitchener School Council Membership, 2015-16
- Home and School –
Administrative Office Staff
- Kandi Beaudoin
- Jennifer Foster
- Susan Johnstone
École Earl Kitchener School has a long tradition of excellence. Founded in 1915, it has been providing quality education and innovative programs to families in Hamilton’s southwest. Despite its excellent reputation and successful past, Earl Kitchener School continues to strive to make a good thing even better.
Physical improvements have also been a welcome change. New windows, climate control systems, washrooms, an elevator, and other additions are complete and in use. The second phase of revitalization has also been completed; this included seeing the building painted throughout and the installation of new flooring.
Our new playground was dedicated on September 18, 2007 by Silken Lauman, a much admired Canadian Olympian. In partnership with the City of Hamilton, our community undertook the the redevelopment of our outdoor playground. The result is a stunningly beautiful community park with new play-structures, a fitness centre, gathering areas, and a lot more green!
Inclusion is an important word at Earl Kitchener. Within our community, we warmly receive students from a variety of cultural, economic, and ability levels. Earl Kitchener School is a place where all are treated with respect and provided with the opportunity to learn. To help the students meet and form friendships with students in other programs within the school, a “house system” was established in September 2007. Each chapter is comprised of students in Grades 1 through 5 from French Immersion, English, and Special Education classrooms.
Community involvement is a hallmark of Earl Kitchener. Parents are involved through School Council, Home and School, community events, and assisting teachers in the classroom. Community BBQ’s, Open House, Fright Night, daily milk program, pizza / sub days, birthday cupcakes, our annual “EK Spirit Night” with the Hamilton Bulldogs, and seasonal concerts are all part of the Earl Kitchener tradition.
At Earl Kitchener, we are “Changing The World One Child At A Time”.
Programs & Services
Student Success Supports
- Early Success / Soar to Success Reading Programs
- Literacy Improvement Project
- Reading Buddies
- Writing Groups
- Resource Teacher In-class support (English & French)
- ELL teacher
- Dual track – English JK to 5, French Immersion Grade 1 to 5
- First Steps Reading and Writing School
- Arts Focus Assemblies and activities
- Early Success / Soar to Success Reading Intervention Programs
- Write Traits
- Junior Special Education System Classes
- Roots of Empathy Program (English & French Immersion)
- Character Education
- Peacekeepers (Peer Mediation)
- H.W.D.S.B. Strings Program
- Piano Lessons
- Global awareness initiatives
- House System (Aberdeen, Kirkendall, Allenby & Dundurn)
- Boys Reading Club
- Checkers Club
- Choir (Junior and Primary)
- Contra Dance Club
- Cross Country Club
- Recycling Club
- Running Club
- Silver Birch Reading Club
- Swimming Club
- Terry Fox Run
- Track and Field
Before/After School Program or Activities
- “Y” Before/After School Care
- Mad Science
- Home & School Annual “Fright Night”
- Lunch hour intramurals
- Community BBQs
- Daily Milk Program
- Pizza days
- SNAP Math Club (Gr. 3-5)
- Art Club (Gr. 1-3)
- Running Club (Gr. 3-5)
- Knitting Club (in partnership with Aberdeen Gardens Retirement Home)
Our School Plan
Literacy Focus – Reading & Writing Teachers have worked in their Professional Learning Communities to identify goals and plans to achieve them. Literacy Skills are developed through instruction which is called “Balanced Literacy.” This includes read alouds, shared reading, shared writing, guided reading, guided writing and literacy centres. Student progress is assessed monthly in reading and results are discussed with a grade team of school staff. From these assessments new instructional plans are developed.
E.Q.A.O. Teachers are working together to better in our E.Q.A.O. Professional Learning Community to prepare our students for the Primary E.Q.A.O. assessment. This includes analysis of past data, targeted teaching and practice of past tests. Teacher are not teaching to the test, but rather are helping students to develop their problem solving skills, a valuable life skill which is required by E.Q.A.O.
Arts Focus Earl Kitchener School has enjoyed a long tradition of excellence in the Arts. Many of our students participate in the school board’s strings (violin) and piano programs. To help foster an appreciation for and understanding of the Arts, a series of special assemblies have been arranged. Presentations by local artists using drama, dance, vocal and instrumental music and even juggling have been enjoyed by our students. We are blessed with a local community of artists who are willing to share their talents and passion for the Arts with our students.
Character Development – The Virtues Project Teaching children how to behave in an effort to increase positive behaviours Students participate in monthly activities, lessons and music involving generosity, respect, friendliness, courtesy, honesty, responsibility, cooperation, commitment, thankfulness, peacefulness, caring and other positive character traits or “virtues.”
Safe Schools – A Positive Spin With the input from all stakeholders (students, parents, community and staff) a new “user friendly” and positive code of conduct was developed in 2006. This code will teach students how to behave, not just list what not to do. Programs are now under development to address bullying, an issue of importance for all schools.
Plant Redevelopment Multi phase renovation of school to include new heating and ventilation systems, windows, washrooms, elevator, roof and cosmetic improvements. Playground revitalization is a long-term community driven project.
Parent & Community Involvment
- Partnership with Aberdeen Gardens Retirement Centre (Knitting Club, Holiday Concerts, Reading Buddies, Hallowe’en Parade)
- YMCA – School Aged Child Care (S.A.C.C.)
- United Family Martial Arts – fundraising and other partnerships
- Earl Kitchener’s two parent groups, School Council and the Home & School Association, meet on the second Tuesday evening of each month. They alternate start times of 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Please see the monthly school calendar for exact dates and times.