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Cool Little Kids Parent Information Night – January 16, 2018.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

If you are a primary caregiver of a Student in JK – Grade 2 and your child is described as shy, withdrawn or worried you can learn practical strategies that will help to build your childs confidence. CLK Information Night January 2018,

Lunch Lady

Friday, December 01, 2017


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.

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.

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. 

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 www.hwdsb.on.ca/feedback. 

Halloween Parade

Friday, October 27, 2017

Tuesday, October 31st, at James MacDonald School Halloween ParadeHalloween is quickly approaching and for many of our students it is a time of excitement. As part of our afternoon celebrations, we would like to invite parents & caregivers, family, friends, and community members to come … Read more about Halloween Parade

Gourley Park’s 21st Annual Pumpkinfest

Thursday, October 19, 2017


Lifetouch Canada introduces “My Family Rewards”

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Lifetouch Canada has introduced a “MyFamily Rewards” program. This program rewards every family and ensures you get the best value when making multiple purchases. Families who enroll in MyFamily Rewards receive a free high resolution digital image download and earn ongoing discounts that can be … Read more about Lifetouch Canada introduces “My Family Rewards”

Free Workshop: Treatment Options for ADHD

Monday, October 16, 2017

If you are interested in learning more about treatment options for ADHD, there is a free workshop being presented at the Ron Joyce Children’s HEalth Centre. Please click here for more information.

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.

Gently Used Clothing & Shoes Are Needed

Friday, October 06, 2017

Dr. Davey School in Hamilton is in a high needs area. Last year, school staff relied on donations of gently used clothing and shoes to provide basic items for students. Their shoe/boot bin has run out and children are coming to school in footwear that … Read more about Gently Used Clothing & Shoes Are Needed

Spooky Hot Lunch -Tuesday, October 31st

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

“This month we have some ghoulish choices for your child! Be sure to check out our Spooky Hot Lunch which will be served on October 31st!. We have a wide range of choices! WITCHone will your child choose?” Spooky Hot Lunch – Tues Oct 31 JM


Monday, October 02, 2017

“Each year, the membership on a School Advisory Council (SAC)changes. If you are interested in being a contributing part of our SAC, please complete the attached form and bring it to our first meeting on October 4th at 6:30 PM. For those of you interested … Read more about SCHOOL COUNCIL MEMBERSHIP & SELF-NOMINATION FORM 2017-2018

A Welcome Message from James MacDonald Elementary School ​Advisory Committee

Monday, October 02, 2017

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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

French Immersion Registration

Monday, October 02, 2017

French Immersion Registration Information

Meet The Teacher

Monday, October 02, 2017

We are looking forward to seeing everyone Thursday, October 5th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for James MacDonald’s Meet The Teacher Event.

Terry Fox Run

Monday, October 02, 2017

This years Terry Fox Run was another fantastic event at James MacDonald School! Thanks again to all the volunteers who helped us out that day, we couldnt do it without your support!Last year we raised over $3600 for cancer research, so this year were going … Read more about Terry Fox Run

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.

Picture Day – October 5, 2017

Monday, September 25, 2017


Community consultation for video surveillance

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

HWDSB is working on a school video surveillance renewal plan. As part of this process we are asking for your input. Please tell us what you think before the end of October, 2017.

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).

James MacDonald Food Drive

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

This year, James MacDonald Elementary has chosen to work alongside Mission Services in changing lives and bringing hope to Hamilton kids and their families.For many families, Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends and a festive meal. This year as you make your family plans, … Read more about James MacDonald Food Drive

2017 Terry Fox Run

Friday, September 15, 2017

Dear parent or caregiver:Our school is proudly taking part in the 2017 Terry Fox School Run. Lets show our school spirit by going the extra mile for Terry Fox. Online donating is simple and you will receive your tax receipt immediately. Simply click http://www.terryfox.ca/JamesMacDonaldPSHamiltonON to make … Read more about 2017 Terry Fox Run

Safe Schools Drill Dates

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Each year, all schools within the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board perform a series of Safe Schools drills in order to ensure the safety and, in some cases, the safe evacuation of students and staff from the building. For a list of the types of … Read more about Safe Schools Drill Dates

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.

Welcome back!

Monday, September 04, 2017

Welcome back to all of our returning students and families as well as the many students and families that are new to the James MacDonald school community. The staff at James MacDonald are excited to welcome their students into their classrooms for a year of … Read more about Welcome back!

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.

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

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.

Remember to report your child’s vaccines to Public Health

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

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

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.