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Final School Day – December 22nd

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Winona’s final day of school will be December 22nd. School will resume in the new year on January 8th. We wish all Winona families a safe and happy holiday.

Elementary Music Students Unite for Minds On Workshops

Sunday, December 03, 2017

More than 500 music students from across HWDSB came together at Glendale secondary for two days in November to do what they do best – create music!

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.

Important – Morning Drop-off at Winona

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,I would like to share with you some concerns that I have related to student morning arrival at school. Please be aware that classes begin at 8:30 a.m. each day at Winona Elementary School. Arriving after the start of the Instructional Day … Read more about Important – Morning Drop-off at Winona

PA Day on Friday

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Friday, December 1st is a PA Day. There will be no school for students. Teachers are working at the school on new mathematics initiatives.

Save the Date!

Friday, November 24, 2017

The Annual Winona Holiday Bazaar is December 7th from 11 am ’til 7 pm.

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.

Food Drive

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Please see attached flyer for important information about your local Food Drive. GHVFA Food Drive flyer

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. 

Festival du bois – French Festival Day – November 14

Friday, November 10, 2017

Students in grade 4 to 8 can enjoy delicious Poutine from Smoke’s Poutinerie on Tuesday, November 14.Orders available through SchoolCashOnline only. $6.00 for traditional or vegetarian. $7.00 for poutine with bacon, chili or pulled pork. Funds raised will go towards helping with the cost … Read more about Festival du bois – French Festival Day – November 14

Remembrance Day

Friday, November 10, 2017
Learn more about Remembrance Day

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 

Parent / Teacher Interviews

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Winona’s parent and teacher interviews are tonight and tomorrow. Looking forward to chatting with you! If you have forgotten your time, please log in here:

Lost and Found

Monday, October 30, 2017

We have a number of Lost and Found bins located in the school library. Please encourage your child to check the bins regularly for lost items.Lost items will be put out on display in the library for parents/guardians to look through during the parent/teacher interviews … Read more about Lost and Found

Grade 8 Information Night

Monday, October 30, 2017

Please mark November 23rd, 6:30 to 8:30 on your calendars. Orchard Park secondary school will be hosting an information night for all in-coming students. Please see attached flyer. Orchard Park School Flyer 2017-18

Book Now for Parent-Teacher Interviews

Monday, October 23, 2017

Parent-Teacher Interviews are scheduled for November 2 & 3, 2017. Winona School will be using an on-line scheduling site to help coordinate the many parent-teacher interviews in our large school. For further instructions, please see attached document. On Line Booking Instructions

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.

Zumba Day

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Dear families,OnTuesday, October 24th, your child will be participatinginZumbaDay!This dance fitness workout forkids is set to hip-hop, salsa, and so much more! Students engage in different movement activities, choreography, creation, and improvisation.Zumbahelpsincrease students’focus and self-confidence, while alsoenhancing coordination. The cost is$1and can be paid via … Read more about Zumba Day

Pink Shirt Day

Friday, October 13, 2017

Anti Bully Week – November 20-24To help raise awareness about Anti-Bullying, Winona will have Pink shirts available for purchase.Purchases can be made easily through SchoolCashOnline only, at a cost of $10.00 each.Orders must be place by October 23, 2017.When ordering 2 or more IDENTICAL sizes, … Read more about Pink Shirt Day

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. 

Winona Movie Night

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Learn more about Winona Movie Night

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

Homework Help

Monday, October 02, 2017

Just a reminder that students in grade 7 to 10 have free access to online math homework help. Homework help is run by TVOs Independent Learning Centre with support from the Ontario government.Students can log in between 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (eastern time) from … Read more about Homework Help

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.

Subway, Pizza, Pita Pit SchoolCashOnline Memo

Friday, September 22, 2017

2017 Subway, Pizza, Pita Pit SchoolCashOnline Memo

“Meet the Staff Night”

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Meet the Staff Night Thursday, September 21 Looking forward to seeing all parents at our Meet the Staff Open House night TONIGHT (Sept 21) from 4:30 6:30 p.m.

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, Dec. 5, HWSTS estimates that delays could impact 10 routes.

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 Wednesday, October 25 HWSTS estimates that delays could impact 14 routes.

School Cash On-Line

Monday, September 11, 2017

Hello Winona Community, We need your help ! In order to reduce the massive amount of paper used each month to prepare pizza orders and to become more efficient in the ordering process we areonlyaccepting pizza orders through HWDSB’s school cash online. There are a … Read more about School Cash On-Line

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.

Winona’s on Twitter

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Are you following Winona’s Twitter account?@WinonaElem


Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Please check the school announcement page frequently. These are the same announcements broadcast and shared daily in the school. Click on the tab that says announcements and open the power point for the day you wish to view.

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.

Grade 7 & 8 Summer Programs offered through Community and Continuing Education – CCE Red Hill Learning Centre

Thursday, May 11, 2017

HWDSB Community and Continuing Education is offering Grade 7 & 8 Summer Programs, available throughout July and August, 2017. On-line registration is now open. Please see the links for more information, if you have any questions please call the CCE Red Hill Learning Centre at … Read more about Grade 7 & 8 Summer Programs offered through Community and Continuing Education – CCE Red Hill Learning Centre

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.

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.