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Bath Bombs

Friday, December 15, 2017

Hi all,For those that ordered bath bombs, they are in early and will go home today, Friday Dec 15.M. Castellani

Nya:Weh Students at Gatestone Have Art Displayed!!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Hi all,We are super pleased to see students participating in the Nya:weh program at Gatestone have their art displayed atDeMontigny Gallery and Boutique197 James Street North ,Hamilton. We want to thank Angela at the Boutique, Lauren our Nya:Weh program supervisor, and of course our students … Read more about Nya:Weh Students at Gatestone Have Art Displayed!!

Holiday Hamper Donations due Dec 14th

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Hi all,Our Holiday Hamper donations are due Thursday Dec 14. Thanks for helping other families in the city be able to give a little more this holiday season.M.Castellani

It’s Cold Outside

Friday, December 08, 2017

Hi all,Winter’s cold is finally here. Next week will see some colder weather. A few reminders. Please ensure that your child(ren) have cold weather appropriate clothing. (hats, gloves, heavy jackets, ect) We will be going outside for breaks. We will use the app (or … Read more about It’s Cold Outside

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.

Transportation Delays

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Hi all,We are aware of the delays in transportation especially after school. I have relayed our concerns to the Transportation Dept. The normal driver is off. They use supply drivers, which are in short supply, or use existing drivers who drive double routes, in either … Read more about Transportation Delays

Grade 6 Classes Help out at Salvation Army

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Our gr 6 classes went to Salvation Army to volunteer. Great job everyone!! Thanks to Mrs McEwen, Mrs Morrallee, and Mrs Taylor for making the arrangements for this worthwhile experience.

December 2017 Newsletter

Thursday, November 30, 2017

December 2017 Gatestone Newsletter

Quiet Time with Santa

Friday, November 24, 2017

Hi all,Great support for kids that need to have a different look to meeting link (click the blue)M.Castellani QUIET TIME WITH SANTA Dec 3Sunday, December 3rd – 8am to 10am – Before mall openingChildren and teens to age 18 with Autism Spectrum Disorder and otherSpecial Needs will enjoy … Read more about Quiet Time with Santa

Bath Bomb Fundraiser

Friday, November 24, 2017

Hi all,Bath Bomb’s are being offered as a Christmas gift as requested by popular demand. Check out the flyer below. Order forms will go home Friday Nov 24. Thanks to Parent Council for organizing and running this event. bathbomb 2017 M.Castellani

Nov 30th Movie Night

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Hi all,Check it out, flyer goes home Nov 24 – Please bring a canned good as a donation if your able. N30 2017 movie night M.Castellani

Moustache Day Friday November 24

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Hi all,Friday November 24th is Moustache Day in support of United Way. Wear or draw a moustache before you come, or have one drawn on at Nutrition Break. All can participate, a $1.00 donation would be greatly appreciated. Thanks to Student Action and Mrs Vinall … Read more about Moustache Day Friday November 24

GryphFUN Positive School Climate

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

GryphFUNWe are pleased to announce the next step in our Positive School Climate renewal. Last year we began with a new Student of the Month routine that had winners joining us for a lunch called Appetite and Applause. This year, we expand to include class … Read more about GryphFUN Positive School Climate

Mental Health and Wellness in the Classroom

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Hi all,This is a fantastic opportunity to hear from Dr Kathy Short, the Director of School Mental Health ASSIST. Have a look at the flyer below. SEAC Nov 29 flyer M.Castellani

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.

Nya:Weh Welcomes Fashion Designer Angela DeMontigny

Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Nya:Weh program was pleased to welcome special guest Angela DeMontigny a Cree/Metis fashion designer and owner of DeMontigny Boutique and Gallery located in the Arts District of Hamilton, 197 James Street North. What a wonderful opportunity for our students to spend time with a … Read more about Nya:Weh Welcomes Fashion Designer Angela DeMontigny

Attendance and Lates

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Hi all,Thank you to all who make tracking and ensuring 595 students arrive safe everyday. The phone calls letting us know when your child will be away is critical to that success as it reduces the number of calls we need to make when we … Read more about Attendance and Lates

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. 

Macmillan’s Order Due Thursday

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Hi all,The Macmillan’s order is due today, Nov 9th.M.Castellani

Remembrance Day Service

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Hi all,As Nov 11th is a Saturday this year, we will be holding our service on Nov 10th starting at 10:30 am in the main gym. All are welcome to attend, as we would like to start promptly we kindly request arrivals no later than … Read more about Remembrance Day Service

Parent Council 2017-18

Monday, November 06, 2017

Hi all,At the Nov 6 meeting of Parent Council, elections were held. We would like to congratulate Krystal Legge and Heema Tank who will be taking the Co-Chair roles, Suzy Graham and Suzie Popovic who will continue in their roles of Co-Chairs Fundraising, HeatherMckenzie, Secretary, … Read more about Parent Council 2017-18

Baking Help

Monday, November 06, 2017

Hello Community,We are in need of help with some baking for our annual Trade Show Fundraiser Nov 18. Please have a look at the flyer below if you think you can help. Thanks Bake Sale M.Castellani

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 

Letter About Today – Nov 2

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Please see below regarding today’s incident. Gatestone November 2 M.Castellani

Progress Reports

Monday, October 30, 2017

Hi all,Progress Reports go home today Oct 30.M.Castellani

Halloween Parade – Oct 31

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Hello all,We will hold our annual Halloween Parade on Oct 31st starting at 1:45 pm. Doors will open at 1:40. We will once gain line the hallways with the classes walking past starting with the FDK’s. See you all there!M.Castellani

Change of Date – Parent Council

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Hello all,We have changed the next meeting of Parent Council from Cct 30 2017 to Nov 6 2017 still at 6:30 pm in the library.Mike

EQAO Results Go Home Oct 16 2017

Monday, October 16, 2017

Hello Grade 4 and Grade 7 ParentsEQAO results from the 2016-17 school year are in. An envelope went home Oct 16 2017 with your child with the results. If you would like to discuss the assessment please feel free to connect with me at the … Read more about EQAO Results Go Home Oct 16 2017

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. 

Fall Weather

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Hi all,It’s finally here, cold, wet miserable weather. We would like to remind everyone to dress appropriately. We have had several students show up in tee-shirts and shorts, and many with no jackets. It’s better to dress warm and not wear a jacket out if … Read more about Fall Weather

Gatestone’s 2nd Annual Vendor Fair

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Hi all,Our 2nd Annual Vendor Fair is Saturday Nov 19 2017. Check out the flyer below for details. 2nd Annual Vendor Fair M.Castellani

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.

MacMillan’s Fundraiser

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Hi all,We will be starting our fundraiser tomorrow. An order form and a copy of the flyer posted below will go home between today and tomorrow. Sales will continue until Nov 9. On Nov 9 the money MUST be returned to the school. Late orders … Read more about MacMillan’s Fundraiser

October 2017 Newsletter – updated

Monday, October 02, 2017

Oct 2017 Gatestone Newsletter

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

Wear Yellow and Bike/Walk to School Day – Oct 4 – Updated

Friday, September 29, 2017

Hi all,I’ve attached a flyer about International Walk/Wheel to School Day. Wednesday Oct 4 2017. We will hold our first combined Bike ride that day. We will follow the same path as we did last, except we will start at 8:30 am. I’ve attached the … Read more about Wear Yellow and Bike/Walk to School Day – Oct 4 – Updated

Orange Shirt Day Sept. 29 2017

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Hi all,Please have a look at this flyer. It talks about why we are wearing orange on Friday. orange_shirt_day_origin_and_history M.Castellani

Social Work help for Families

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Hi all,HWDSB’s social work dept. is always looking for ways to support families. These sessions may be of interest to you. Have a look. CLK Info Night Fall 2017, FWLT brochure FWLT Info Night Fall 2017 M.Castellani

Meet the Teacher

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Hello Community,Thursday Oct 5 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm is our Annual Meet the Teacher night. We will have Burger Priest on site once again, so please join us for supper.Free coffee will be offered again to parents.See you there.M.Castellani

Fall Scholastic Book Fair – Updated

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Parent Flyer Found here

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.

First Parent Council Meeting – Tonight Mon Sept 25

Monday, September 25, 2017

Hello Community,We will have our first parent council meeting tonight at 6:30 in the Library. Come and have your voice heard, participate in school fundraising decisions, and provide valuable parental input into school life. All are welcome.M.Castellani

Courtesy Transportation Update

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Hi all,If you applied for courtesy transportation please look for a letter from your child Thursday Sept 21. It will indicate whether you have been approved or declined. Please ensure that if you are approved that you return the bottom portion signed, ASAP. Again, as … Read more about Courtesy Transportation Update

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).

School Bus Driver Shortage may affect Local Routes – UPDATED LIST OF SCHOOLS

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Hamilton-Wentworth Student Transportation Services (HWSTS) has advised Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board (HWCDSB) and Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) that a bus driver shortage may impact local school bus routes. As of Tuesday, Nov. 28 HWSTS estimates that delays could impact 10 routes.

Milk Program

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Gatestone School Milk ProgramSeptember 2017Milk SalesAgain this school year we will be selling 250ml containers of both chocolate and white milk to students.10 tickets for $9.00 (individual tickets will not be sold)Starting on Thursday, September 14th, you will be able to purchase tickets, through SCHOOLCASH … Read more about Milk Program

2017 Terry Fox Run

Thursday, September 14, 2017

2017 Terry Fox Run at Gatestone This year’s Terry Fox Run will take place on Friday, October 6th. The run will be at EringatePark during Periods 5 &6. Once again we have some brave staff who have agreedto have a pie thrown in their faces … Read more about 2017 Terry Fox Run

Movie Night

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Hi all,We will hold our first movie night September 21st 2017. See the attached flyer for details. Thanks to Parent Council for hosting!! S22 2017 movie night M.Castellani

September 2017 Newsletter

Friday, September 08, 2017

Here is the 2017 September newsletter. September 2017 Gatestone Newsletter M.Castellani

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.

FDK Drop off and Pick Up

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Just a reminder to our FDK parents, to review the document below.M.Castellani FDK Pick Up Drop Off

Parking On Property 2017

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Please review this document to avoid being ticketed.M.Castellani Parking

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.

Courtesy Transportation 2017-18

Monday, August 21, 2017

Hi all,We will start accepting courtesy transportation requests on Monday Aug 28. The form is attached to this post. Some reminders. If you were receiving courtesy transportation last year it does not mean you can ride this year automatically, you must reapply. It is not … Read more about Courtesy Transportation 2017-18

New Registrations 2017 and Startup Office Hours

Monday, August 21, 2017

Hi all,If you have not yet registered or are new to the community, the school’s office will be open Aug 28 to Sept 1, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Please remember a birth certificate for new FDK Year One (JK) students. All other students … Read more about New Registrations 2017 and Startup Office Hours

Supply List for Sept 2017

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Hi all,Here is a supply list from previous years for Sept 2017 startup. It is a suggestion not a “must” have everything. The basics work, backpack, binders, duo tangs for staying organized, pencil case with writing materials, a lock for grades 5 and up.Remember lockers … Read more about Supply List for Sept 2017

2017-18 Staff List and Classcodes

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Hi all,Here are the class codes and staff names for the coming year. On the report card, you will see next years teacher and/or class code for 2017-18 school year. As a reminder requests for classes were to be made during the month of April, … Read more about 2017-18 Staff List and Classcodes

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.

June Newsletter

Monday, May 29, 2017

June 2017 Gatestone Newsletter

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.

“Thar be Bookaneers” here at Gatestone

Friday, May 05, 2017

We kicked off of Scholastic Book fair in fine style, congrats to everyone who got into the spirit.

Violin Students Showcase Their Talent

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

A big congrats goes to Owen, Ryleigh, Samatha, Angelia, and Abigail who took their violin talent in front of the school today in the gym. Well done. Violin lessons are offered here at Gatestone. Stay tuned for information.

“Heelys” and School

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Hi all,Many of our students have been bringing their Heeleys to school as their footwear. We would request that these shoes stay at home. The safety of all students is the concern. They navigate the stairs numerous times a day which poses a significant risk … Read more about “Heelys” and School

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.

Jr Girls Win City Championship

Friday, April 28, 2017


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.

Day of Pink at Gatestone

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Hi all,Check out our sea of pink, three pics of our FDK students, Primary grades 1-3 and grades 4-8 showing off their pinkness!!

Parental Warning – The “Choking game” – update

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Hello Community,It has come to our attention that our students have been engaged in a potentially lethal game. They either choke themselves or others, and/or apply pressure to a person’s chest causing them to pass out. It’s one that has made its rounds in previous … Read more about Parental Warning – The “Choking game” – update

Parental Caution – 13 Reasons Why?

Friday, April 07, 2017

Hello community,It has come to our attention that many of our older students especially in grade 7 and 8 have been watching a show called 13 Reasons Why? They have been either watching it on tv or streaming it on their devices. It is a … Read more about Parental Caution – 13 Reasons Why?

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.

April Newsletter 2017

Friday, March 31, 2017

April 2017 Gatestone Newsletter

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.

Lost and Found

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Hi all,Our lost and found has become full again. Please come and look to see if anything belongs to your family. All items will be bagged and donated prior to March break. ThanksM. Castellani

March Newsletter

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

March 2017 March 2017 Gatestone Newsletter M.Castellani

School Parking

Thursday, February 23, 2017

As many of you have noticed By-Law has started to randomly enforce the signs both on and off school property. The street signs and enforcement is something that the school does not have a direct impact on. The school property is. We are working with … Read more about School Parking

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.

January Newsletter

Thursday, January 12, 2017

January 2017 Gatestone Newsletter