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Thank You for Supporting Riddell Cares

Friday, December 22, 2017

A big thank you to our community for supporting this year’s Riddell Cares initiative. All donation were delivered this week by the Riddell Elf Crew. All in all, our efforts supported 11 families. Well done Renegades!We hope that everyone enjoys their winter break and look … Read more about Thank You for Supporting Riddell Cares

December’s Renegades Review is Here

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Be sure to enjoy this month’s edition of the Renegades Review. Well done to all our young writers and journalists. December Renegades Review

R.A. Riddell Cell Phone Policy

Thursday, December 07, 2017

We recognize that many of our students are now coming to school with cell phones and other personal electronic devices (PED). We understand that some of our students carry phones for safety reasons and need to be accessible to their parent after school hours. Our … Read more about R.A. Riddell Cell Phone Policy

Riddell Cares Family Sponsorship

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Many of our classes are currentlycollecting items for our Riddell Cares Family Sponsorship program. Thanks to all those who have sent in donations already. Please be sure to have all donations into the school by December 15. If you have any questions about items still … Read more about Riddell Cares Family Sponsorship

Cool Little Kids – Anxiety Prevention Program

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Information Night for the next session of Cool Little Kids offered by Social Work Services is coming up in January. This is a group for caregivers of students in JK – Grade 2 who are described as shy, withdrawn or worried. See flyer for further … Read more about Cool Little Kids – Anxiety Prevention Program

Lockdown Drill

Monday, December 04, 2017

The term Lockdown” is used when there is a major incident or threat of school violence within the school, or in relation to the school. As part of our Secure School Protocol, the staff and students at R.A. Riddell practice Lockdown procedures twice annually. Prior … Read more about Lockdown Drill

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.

December Lunch Lady

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Lunch Lady December The Lunch Lady has some exciting Holiday Specials for December 13th and 20th. Check out the Lunch Lady December link to see the Holiday Lunches and then place your order at www.thelunchlady.ca before December 11th.

Sport Academy September 2018

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Sport Academy Application Package for September 2018 is now available on-line. Please click on the Sport Academy tab at the top of the page and scroll down to the bottom to find the Student Registration and Information Form and the Sport Academy Application 2018. … Read more about Sport Academy September 2018

Walk-In Closet December 1st

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Walk-in closet You are invited to come shopping for your family in the walk-in closet at R.A. Riddell School on Friday, December 1st between 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.All items are FREE. We have gently used winter coats, boots, shoes and clothing for all ages.The walk-in closet … Read more about Walk-In Closet December 1st

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.

Bring in your Spare Change to Support United Way

Friday, November 17, 2017

We will be collecting spare change on Wednesday November 22, 2017 to support United Way. So dig through your sofa, pocket and wallet and bring in your loose coins.

Hot off the Press – Renegades Review is Here

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Issue 11 of Riddell Renegades Review arrived in classrooms today. Our students have done a fantastic job this month. Thank you to all of our young journalists this month.Be sure to catch some of our featured articles including: Gord Downie’s Legacy by Rueben Car Fight – Series Story … Read more about Hot off the Press – Renegades Review is Here

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 Ceremony

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Riddell takes great pride in honouring the many brave people who stood up for their beliefs and sacrificed their lives in service to our country. R.A. Riddell will be holding our Remembrance Day Ceremony on November 10th at 11:18 AM in the Large Gym. Parents … Read more about Remembrance Day Ceremony

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. 

Riddell Spirit Wear Sale

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Spirit Wear will be on sale until November 16th. Samples will be available for sizing on November 2nd and 3rd in the school foyer during Parent Interviews. Attached is an order form that must be filled out. Payment can be made by cash, cheque, or … Read more about Riddell Spirit Wear Sale

Halloween at Riddell

Monday, October 30, 2017

On Tuesday, October 31, students will have an opportunity to join in on the Halloween celebrations throughout the school.To allow students to participate in the school day prior to the start of the Halloween celebrations, we ask that parents send costumes to school in a … Read more about Halloween at Riddell


Monday, October 23, 2017

Dear parents,Thank you for supporting the milk program at R.A. Riddell elementary school. Last year we were able to purchase a portable sound system with the proceeds of our program.This is just a reminder for ALL parents to please fill out and return an order … Read more about MILK

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.

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

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.

Pizza Days and Milk

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Our milk program will begin on October 2nd. Order forms for the month of October have been sent home with students in JK – grade 5. All students in JK – grade 5 can also pay on School Cash On-line. Students in grades 6 – … Read more about Pizza Days and Milk

Family Movie Night

Thursday, September 21, 2017

CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS Our first Family Movie Night of the year will be Friday, October 13th. We will be showing CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS at 6:00 pm in the small gym. Admission to the movie is free. Popcorn, cookies and juice will be sold. Students must be accompanied by an … Read more about Family Movie Night

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 Monday, October 3, HWSTS estimates that delays could impact 18 routes.

Important Envelopes Sent Home

Friday, September 15, 2017

All students received an individualized envelope this week. Be sure to review the information and return all completed forms to your child’s teacher as soon as possible.Thank you for your continued support.

Anxiety Groups for Families and Teens

Monday, September 11, 2017

MCH Community Education Service September-December 2017

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.

The Lunch Lady is Back

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Our first Lunch Lady Lunch will be Wednesday September 13th. Lunches will be offered every Wednesday. Attached are links to the Lunch Calendar for the year, as well as a special menu for September 13th and 20th and a fall menu. Orders must be placed … Read more about The Lunch Lady is Back

September Welcome Back Newsletter

Friday, September 01, 2017


2017-2018 Bell Times

Friday, September 01, 2017

The school day starts at 8:50 am and ends at 3:10 pm. Please see attached for a breakdown of our day. BELL TIMES

School Cash OnLine

Friday, September 01, 2017

For safety and efficiency reasons, HWDSB would like to reduce the amount of cash and checks received by our schools. Please join the thousands of parents who have already registered and are enjoying the convenience of paying online. It takes less than five minutes to … Read more about School Cash OnLine

Grade 8 Parents

Friday, September 01, 2017

Grade 8 My Path My Way Your child is in their last year of elementary school so now what? There are numerous activities related to high school, graduation and year end trips that occur. This information session will provide you with the details you will need to help you make the … Read more about Grade 8 Parents

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.

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.

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.

Rick Mercer visits R.A. Riddell Elementary

Monday, March 27, 2017

Rick Mercer was in Hamilton on Wednesday (March 22) to visit R.A. Riddell elementary school, whose students raised more than $16,355 for the Spread the Net Student Challenge to help end preventable malaria deaths in Africa.

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.

Snow Clearing at HWDSB Schools

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Snow Clearing at HWDSB Schools is a responsibility shared by Board Staff, Contractors and The City of Hamilton. Please read the attached flyer for more information.

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.