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Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Wishing our Queen Mary community a joyous Holiday Season and a Happy New Year!

Trip to Tim Horton’s Onondaga Farms

Friday, December 15, 2017

Our Leadership Students had a great time visiting Tim Horton’s Onondaga Farms this week. Thank you to all of our Teachers who made the trip possible for our students. Special thanks to Ms. Addison, Ms. Clarke, Mr. Constable, Ms. Edward, Mr. Ingrassia, and Ms. Kreuzer … Read more about Trip to Tim Horton’s Onondaga Farms

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.

EA Appreciation Day

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Please join us in thanking this fine group of educators for the many jobs they do!

Need help with Head Lice?

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Help is available on Tuesdays from 3:30pm to 5:30pm at Eva Rothwell Centre (460 Wentworth St. North) and on Thursdays from 3:30pm to 5:30pm at Hamilton East Kiwanis Boys’ and Girls’ Club (45 Ellis Ave.)

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. 

Remembrance Day Assembly

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Our Remembrance Day Assembly will take place on Friday, November 10 at 9:30a.m. All parents and guardians are invited to attend.

French Immersion Boundary Review Advisory Panel Meeting #2

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

On October 26, 2017, HWDSB staff held a public consultation meeting to provide community input regarding the recommendations for French Immersion boundaries and school locations for Lower Stoney Creek and East Hamilton.
To support ongoing community input, we are meeting with the Advisory Panel to review data from the public meeting and collaboratively identify key information to help Trustees to make an informed decision on December 18, 2017.
Date: Thursday November 23, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Glen Brae Middle School

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. 

Lockdown Practice

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Our Lockdown Practice with Hamilton Regional Police Services will take place on Thursday, October 26 at approximately 10:15a.m. During this time, the phones will not be answered and the front door will not be opened. Thank-you!

East Hamilton & Lower Stoney Creek French Immersion Boundary Review Public Meeting

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

As the French Immersion program is moving from Glen Echo and Glen Brae, let us know where you feel the program should be moved to in East Hamilton and Lower Stoney Creek.

Please consider joining us at an upcoming French Immersion Boundary Review public meeting on Thursday, October 26 at Glendale Secondary School.

Click on the title of this post to learn more.

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. 

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.

October Newsletter

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

The October version of the QM Cardinal has been posted under the “Newsletters” tab.

Hold and Secure – October 4

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

This letter is to inform you that our school entered a Hold and Secure at the direction of Hamilton Police as a precaution today, due to an issue in the neighbourhood.

Automated Home Notification messages

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

In an effort to communicate short, timely messages to parents, we will be using our School Connects system. This allows us to send automated messages by telephone, text, and email. We sent our first message today and will be seeking feedback from parents regarding the … Read more about Automated Home Notification messages

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

Queen Mary’s Day of Orange will be on Monday, October 2

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Due to Picture Day on Friday, September 29, Queen Mary will participate in “Day of Orange” on Monday, October 2 to honour the lives and survivors of Canada’s Residential Schools. Please get those orangeclothes ready for Monday!

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).

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.

Finding your child’s teacher on opening day

Thursday, August 31, 2017

On Tuesday, September 5, 2017, we look forward to seeing all of our returning students and meeting all of our new students. In order for your child(ren) to be able to find their teacher, please make note of the following: Between 8:45a.m. and 9:00a.m., school … Read more about Finding your child’s teacher on opening day

Save on uniform shirts in July!!!

Thursday, June 29, 2017
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Have a Great Summer!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Today, the students had the opportunity to thank the following staff members for their contributions during their time at Queen Mary. We wish the following people best of luck in their new assignments next year:Ms Brosseau Learning Resource Teacher (Congratulations on your retirement!)Ms. Catchpole– Learning … Read more about Have a Great Summer!

Out of Catchment Letters

Friday, June 16, 2017

As you may already know, Queen Mary is closed to out of catchment students for the 2017-18 school year. We are in the process of generating our list of families who live outside of our catchment area. These families will be notified that their child … Read more about Out of Catchment Letters

Homes For Kids

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

The Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton is encouraging families in our area to consider fostering. Please contact 905-546-KIDS (5437) or rthrelkeld@hamiltoncas.com for more information.

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.

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.

HWDSB Foundation Support Grant Allows Grade 4’s to attend Medieval Times!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

All Grade 4 students will be attending Medieval Times in Toronto this year. With the generous donation of the HWDSB Foundation the price of the trip was greatly discounted. Students will be able to see history come alive! This will help connect to the social … Read more about HWDSB Foundation Support Grant Allows Grade 4’s to attend Medieval Times!

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

Remember to report your child’s vaccines to Public Health

Saturday, April 01, 2017

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

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.