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Winter Music Celebration 2017!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Thank you to families for coming today to celebrate the winter holiday season! Thank you to students who sang and even danced in celebration ~ we are so proud of you! Thank you to our neighbour, Mrs. Courtemanche, for accompanying the Junior choir and sing … Read more about Winter Music Celebration 2017!

Steve Nash Youth Basketball

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

SNYB-Brochure-2017 Starting in the new year, Rousseau will be offering an optional before/after school program provided in partnership with Basketball Canada. Steve Nash Youth Basketball is a national youth basketball program. Details can be found at SNYB Information for Participants . This program depends on volunteer coaches for its success. … Read more about Steve Nash Youth Basketball

Basketball Team Update

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Thank you to Mr. Bondy for running the basketball sessions last week. There will be no more basketball this week. Tryouts will resume in the New Year, with the season set to begin in February. Please check the Rousseau calendar for practice dates and times.

Student Safety – Late Arrival Protocol

Sunday, December 17, 2017

At HWDSB schools the safety, well-being and supervision of students is an absolute priority. Thank you for following the routines we have in place for late arrivals as indicated on the Procedures page of our school website: ):Thank you for helping us to keep our … Read more about Student Safety – Late Arrival Protocol

Class 5A Holiday Market

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Thanks to the leadership of Ms. Laws and Class 5A, Rousseau will be holding a Holiday Market on Tuesday December 19 from 11:35 – 1:09 with all proceeds going to Ancaster Community Services. We hope you can join us!

Shelter in Place Drill

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Tomorrow, December 14, Rousseau School will be practicing a Shelter in Place Drill. Hamilton Wentworth District School Board identifies the purpose of Shelter in Place: This response is used for an environmental, or weather related situation, where it is necessary to keep all occupants within … Read more about Shelter in Place Drill

Annual Tree Lighting at the Ancaster Town Hall

Friday, December 08, 2017

Thank you to the Junior Choir and their parents for coming out to support our performance tonight at the Ancaster Town Hall! It was so much fun to sing on stage after the arrival of Santa Claus! All the students represented Rousseau so well with … Read more about Annual Tree Lighting at the Ancaster Town Hall

Remembrance & Celebration through Music @ Rousseau

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

There have been so many wonderful things happening at Rousseau these past four weeks, it is hard to keep up! Better late then never — please enjoy these photos from our Nov. 11th Remembrance Day Assembly, a special Video that Mr. Gris prepared for Remembrane … Read more about Remembrance & Celebration through Music @ Rousseau

Rousseau Holiday Gift Drive – December 6th – 13th

Monday, December 04, 2017

The Rousseau Holiday Gift Drive is from December 6th-13th. Please see the note below for more information about the gift drive and how you can support this very worthwhile cause. Thanks for your help! Rousseau Holiday Gift Drive

Reading Specialist Teacher – Mrs. Batenburg

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Every Child Reading By the end of Grade 1At Rousseau School, were committed to supporting a goal where every child is reading by the end ofGrade 1, where developmentally appropriate.A child who is reading by the end of Grade 1 is set up for positive … Read more about Reading Specialist Teacher – Mrs. Batenburg

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.

Smart Steps – Free Tutoring

Monday, November 27, 2017

Smart Steps is a registered non-profit organization that aims to assist students grades 1-8 in university cities. We aspire to provide children with more opportunities to advance their academic accomplishmentsby offering a free tutoring service in various subjects!Our mission is to educate, guide and mentor … Read more about Smart Steps – Free Tutoring

Ancaster High / Dundas Valley Secondary School Boundary Review

Monday, November 27, 2017

At the October 30, 2017, Board meeting, Trustees approved starting a boundary review to align the secondary school boundaries with the already approved elementary boundaries for the 2018/2019 school year.

A Public Meeting is being held for Ancaster High, Dundas Valley Secondary School and associated elementary schools whose students are in English classes, on:

Thursday, November 30, 2017, at 6 p.m.
Dundas Valley Secondary School
310 Governor’s Road, Dundas

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.

Volunteering at Rousseau

Friday, November 17, 2017

Thank you to the many parents, grandparents and caregivers who generously give their time to support Rousseau School. We are very grateful for the help that we receive to make Rousseau an amazing place to learn and grow. As per HWDSB policy, all volunteers need … Read more about Volunteering at Rousseau

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. 

Hold and Secure Drill

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

This afternoon, Rousseau School along with the support of Hamilton Police Services will be practicing a “Hold and Secure Drill”. Hamilton Wentworth District School Board identifies the purpose of “Hold and Secure”:”This response would be used when the school is secured due to an ongoing … Read more about Hold and Secure Drill

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 

Parenting Information Night

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Rousseau Home and School Association is pleased to present a Parent Information Night on Thursday November 8 from 7:00 – 8:15 pm. Please see How To Get Kids To Listen Without Yelling Bribes or Punishment (2) for more information.

Kids Can Film – Free Screening!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Thanks to Mr. Fleet who has shared information about the Kids Can Film event sponsored by Peregrine Discovery. Details about this free event can be found at .

Thank you!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Rousseau Home & School is pleased to share that we delivered a full van load of winter coats, boots, shoes etc. to a Hamilton School in need. This years Coat Drive generated one of the best results we have seen in recent years. Thank you … Read more about Thank you!

Halloween Safety Reminders

Saturday, October 28, 2017

On Monday October 31, students are invited to wear their costumes to school for our Halloween parade! Around 9:30, our Kindergarten classes will lead the parade to the West (Primary) Wing of the school, then to the East (Junior) Wing of the school and then … Read more about Halloween Safety Reminders

Grade 3 & Grade 4/5/6 Brott Music Educational Concerts

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Grade 3 and Grade 4/5/6 students brought home trip forms today for two separate trips to the First Ontario Concert Hall (“Hamilton Place”)!Grade 4, 5 and 6 students will attend a concert called “Rock the Orchestra II, Revolution” andgrade 3 students will attend a concert … Read more about Grade 3 & Grade 4/5/6 Brott Music Educational Concerts

Rousseau Annual Coat Drive

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Once again Rousseau School is collecting Winter Coats, Boots, Hats, Mittens, Gloves, Skates w/blade covers (and new this year SHOES) for our Annual Coat Drive. Adult and kid sizes are welcome. Please clear out your closets and deliver the items to the front lobby. We … Read more about Rousseau Annual Coat Drive

Letter to families regarding student safety

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Please see the following letter to families.

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.

Popcorn for sale!

Friday, October 06, 2017

Thanks to Mrs. Grady and Rousseau Home and School Association for selling popcorn to support our school. Popcorn is available for $2.00 per bag. Families can also purchase a 10 bag punch card for $20.00. Popcorn is sold every Wednesday at 1:30.

Book Swap

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Special thanks to Ms. Bottrell and Class 5/6A who are holding a book swap this Friday October 6.Please see the following information: ROUSSEAU BOOK SWAP Bring a book, take a book! Have you read or outgrown all of your books at home?Rousseau students are invited … Read more about Book Swap

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

Fortinos – Fuel for Kids Fundraiser

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Dear Parents/ Caregivers,On Thursday September 28th, between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., please bring your family, friends, neighbours, and an appetite to Fortinos 54 Wilson St W, Ancaster, ON L9G 1N2 to meet professional race car driver Dave Connelly, along with his car (a great … Read more about Fortinos – Fuel for Kids Fundraiser

HWDSB String Instruction Program (Violin, Cello)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Today, Grade 3-6 students enjoyed lively presentations in their classrooms from our HWDSB Strings Teacher, Paul Barna. The Strings Program has a nearly 50 year history within the HWDSB and has inspired many students over the years to embrace music as a personal passion or … Read more about HWDSB String Instruction Program (Violin, Cello)

Pizza and Milk Orders now available!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Rousseau is pleased to offer pizza and milk as a means of fundraising for our school while providing nutritious options for our students. Pizza costs $1.75 per slice and is delivered to students at the first nutrition break every Thursday. Chocolate or White milk costs … Read more about Pizza and Milk Orders now available!

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.

School Cash Online – Milk and Pizza Coming Soon!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

SCO Parent Registration Flyer 2017-18 flyers are going home today. School Cash Onlineis the school’s preferred method of payment formilk, pizza (coming soon) as well asschool trips and other items as they become available. Thank you.

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.

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.

Itinerant Piano Teacher

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Families with students in Grades 1-6 who are interested in taking piano lessons should contact Cynthia Vining. She can be reached at 289-396-8982. Piano lessons will be offered to students during the afternoon of Day 1.

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.

Rousseau Staff List 2017/2018

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Rousseau School is proud to announce its staff for the 2017-2018 School Year: staff list

Thank you for a great year!

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Thank you to all students, staff and Rousseau families and friends for making this a great year. By working together, our students have continued to shine in academics, the arts, athletics, and in the development of their learning skills. Thank you for your dedication to … Read more about Thank you for a great year!

Adventure Village!

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Thanks to all the parent volunteers who were able to support our trip to Adventure Village! Special thanks also to Mrs. Bennett who organized the trip and to Rousseau staff. Our students represented Rousseau really well! Adventure Village has a level of dog ticks that … Read more about Adventure Village!

Volunteer Appreciation Tea

Monday, June 05, 2017

Thank you to everyone who supported our Fun Fair! Special thanks to all of the volunteers and to Rousseau Home and School Association for their leadership. All Rousseau volunteers are invited to the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon next Tuesday June 13 at 1:10pm. Please RSVP by … Read more about Volunteer Appreciation Tea

May Assembly Slideshow

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Congratulations to all of our May Award Winners! Thank you to Ms. Fawcett for preparing the slideshow for our assembly. Thanks to our Student Council executive for their leadership, to Mr. Bondy and Mr. Peters for coaching basketball. Thank you Sally Steinberg, Laiken Bell and all … Read more about May Assembly Slideshow

Before and After School Programs

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Our school has a Before and After-School program for children in Kindergarten to Grade 6. If you completed the Before and After-School survey earlier this year, and you provided consent to release your information, we will be providing your contact information to our child care … Read more about Before and After School Programs

School Organization for 2017-2018

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The attached file Rousseau Organization 2017-2018 indicates Rousseau’s Organization for the 2017-2018 school year. Students will find out the name of their teacher (subject to change due to staffing and reorganization) at the end of the school year and a staff list will be posted on our school … Read more about School Organization for 2017-2018

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.

Ancaster Accommodation Review Nearing Conclusion

Friday, May 12, 2017

The Ancaster Accommodation Review is nearing its conclusion, with an interim final staff report submitted to Trustees, a delegation night held and the upcoming final proposal by Trustees to the Ministry of Education expected on May 29, 2017.Trustees have made no final decisions.The process began … Read more about Ancaster Accommodation Review Nearing Conclusion

Rousseau Home and School Association Fun Fair – Silent Auction

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Thank you to the Rousseau Home and School Association volunteers who dedicate their time and effort to support our school. Please see Silent Auction Parent Letter 2017 for more details. Thanks

Planning for 2017/2018

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Planning has started for the 2017/2018 school year. At Rousseau we will endeavour to place your child in the best learning environment possible. We do this by considering gender, learning styles, and classroom dynamics. Parents may wish to provide information to the school about their … Read more about Planning for 2017/2018

Home and School Association Groove-a-thon Update and Meeting Reminder

Monday, May 01, 2017

Rousseau Home and School would like to thank the Rousseau community for supporting the groove a thon event. Please be advised that the groove a thon pledge form failed to indicate that official receipts for income tax purposes may only be provided for pledges (donations) … Read more about Home and School Association Groove-a-thon Update and Meeting Reminder

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

Profiling Volunteer Excellence Dinner

Monday, April 17, 2017

All HWDSB volunteers are invited to attend the Profiling Excellence Dinner happening on Tuesday April 25 from 6:00 8:00 at the Education Center. More information is available at Profiling Volunteer Excellence Invitation April 25 2017 . Please RSVP at by Tuesday April 18 at 12:00 pm. Thank you to all of our … Read more about Profiling Volunteer Excellence Dinner

Garden Box Building

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Some Rousseau families were busy yesterday building and filling these garden boxes for the school. A special “thank you” to Home and School for overseeing this project, to the families that worked hard at bringing our garden to life, and to Mrs. Strecker for capturing … Read more about Garden Box Building

Letter to Parents/Guardians

Friday, April 07, 2017

We have now received all the results of the air samples from rooms 127 and 129. The results have indicated there are no asbestos concerns and the rooms are acceptable to occupy. The areas have been thoroughly cleaned.

Garden Building Postponed Until Tomorrow

Friday, April 07, 2017

Due to the current snow outside, the building of our school garden will be postponed until tomorrow morning (Saturday) at 9:30 am.Hand drills will be required, so if you would like to help out and you have one, any extra hand drills would be appreciated.Thanks!

Inspection Report

Thursday, April 06, 2017

We have received the results of the air samples from rooms 127 and 129. The results have indicated there are no asbestos concerns and the rooms are acceptable to occupy. The areas have been thoroughly cleaned.

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

Letter to Parents/Guardians

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

This letter is to inform you about an incident that took place earlier today. We had maintenance staff working on the floor in rooms 127 and 129. The worker drilled into vinyl tiles that could contain asbestos. Staff immediately identified the issue and the classes were moved into another area of the school.

Volunteers Needed for our School Garden

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

This Friday (April 7th), construction of our school garden will begin right after morning entry at 9:05 am. We are looking for any volunteers to come over and help out. Please bring some garden gloves, a shovel and lots of energy =) Any help is … Read more about Volunteers Needed for our School Garden

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.

Achieving Academic Success with the Science of Learning

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Please see the AchievingAcademicSuccess_Poster flyer from the McMaster Alumni Association regarding a FREE community public lecture with award winning McMaster professor, Dr. Joe Kim, from the department of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour. In this talk Dr. Kim will discuss how cognitive science can help students of … Read more about Achieving Academic Success with the Science of Learning

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.

Rousseau Home and School Association Meeting

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Congratulations to Mrs. Stephanie Gasko who is the new Rousseau Home and School Association President. Congratulations also to Mrs. Laura Hustler who is the new Rousseau Home and School Association Vice-President. Please see H&S Meeting Minutes Jan. 26 2017 . On Tuesday January 31st the Home and School Association (HSA) will … Read more about Rousseau Home and School Association Meeting

Rousseau Home and School Association Meeting

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Calling all parents from JK to Grade 6, Our home and school council will be meeting this Monday, January 16th at 7:30 at the Kelseys in the Meadowlands. If you want to learn more or would like to join, please come. We are in need … Read more about Rousseau Home and School Association Meeting

Mabel’s Labels

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Rousseau Home and School Association has established a fundraising link for Mabels Labels. Please see the Home and School section of the Rousseau website for more information or click Thank you for supporting Rousseau Home and School Association!

R.A. Riddell Sport Academy

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The R.A. Riddell Sport Academy is currently acceptingapplications. Our program consists oftwo specialized programs within our Middle School.1. High Potential Program – Grade 7 and Grade 82. Basketball Program – Grade 6, Grade 7 and Grade 8We will be running a Parent Information Evening on … Read more about R.A. Riddell Sport Academy