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FEBRUARY Calendar and Weekly Reminders

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FEBRUARY Calendar and Weekly Reminders

As the second month of 2019 approaches, it’s that time again to send out a new calendar.  So please feel free to print it out, review it, and keep it on your fridge or bulletin board as a reminder to what’s going on in February.  In addition, here are a few weekly reminders and points of interest…

February 2019


Monday, January 28th

  • Pizza Day ($2)

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Thursday, January 31st

  • Crazy Sock Day
  • Monthly “Empathy” Assembly (10:45 a.m.)




Groundhog Day (February 2nd)

Groundhog Day is celebrated in Canada and the United States on February 2nd of each year.  Groundhog Day is a day of wonder and curiosity for many people based on the activities of a groundhog arising out of its winter slumber to check for his shadow.  In Canada, an albino groundhog named “Wiarton Willie” annually climbs out of his hole to predict the future forecast.


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Kindergarten Registration Begins Monday, February 4th

Registration will begin on Monday, February 4th for families with children entering either Junior Kindergarten (born in 2015) or Senior Kindergarten (born in 2014 who are not presently attending school).  For your convenience, we have attached a copy of the registration form, and have posted a copy on our website https://www.hwdsb.on.ca/sirisaacbrock/ so it may be printed and filled out before you come to the school.  In addition to the completed registration form, the child’s birth certificate (or proof of birth), immunization information, and proof of address (hydro bill, lease, mortgage, etc.) will be needed to complete the process.  Please share this information with your neighbours as well as families new to the community.  For those who would like to know more about the Kindergarten program, an information evening will take place in the spring.  Please stay tuned on an upcoming date.  **Please Note – students already attending Junior Kindergarten do not need to re-register for next year.**  For more information regarding kindergarten, please feel free to visit https://www.hwdsb.on.ca/kindergarten/.

Kindergarten Registration Form, 2019 – 2020



Family Day (February 18th)

Family Day is a statutory holiday observed on the third Monday in February.  This year, Family Day falls on Monday, February 18th.  During the Ontario provincial election in 2007, Dalton McGuinty, of the Liberal Party, promised that, if re-elected premier, he would establish a provincial holiday in February.  And, on October 12, 2007, the provincial government established Family Day, to be first observed on February 18, 2008.  It is a day dedicated to spending time with family.



Family Day Ideas

There are many things you can do together as a family.  Here are just a few ideas you can plan for the day:

¨ take a walk in the neighbourhood

¨ get cooking – bake a batch of cookies, bake a cake or some muffins, make a pizza

¨ find your favourite board games and play together as a family

¨ read a story

¨ make a craft

¨ take a family photo

¨ visit your local fire station or pet shelter

¨ collect large stones and decorate your family pet rock

¨ make a list of items around the house and have a treasure hunt

¨ put on a talent show for the family – sing a song, make up a dance routine, or perform a magic show

¨ play dress-up and put on your coolest costumes

¨ watch your favourite children’s movie

¨ do a puzzle together as a family



Don’t Forget Footwear

Please send along a pair of shoes that can be left at school for indoor wear during the winter months. Students are discouraged from wearing the same footwear outdoors and in the classroom during the winter.  Snow melting off of boots or shoes creates a slip hazard and mess in the classrooms.



Winter Wear

Time spent outdoors is an integral part of the school day.  Children need fresh air and exercise and time spent outside affords students an opportunity to break free from the structure of the classroom.  In the winter it is important children come to school prepared for the cold.  Boots, mittens or gloves and hats should be worn to school and it is a good idea to provide extra mittens, socks, etc. in the event they are needed.


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Cancellation of School and Board Operations Due To Inclement Weather

The decision to cancel School and Board Administrative Operations is often a difficult call to make. Please be assured that the decision to remain open or to close is always made with the safety and security of our students and staff in mind.  In the event of inclement weather, our Transportation Department advises our carriers to drive predetermined routes to assess the condition of the roads. This is done between 4:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. The drivers report back to the carriers and HWDSB begins to receive reports between 5:30 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.  In the meantime, our Transportation Department is verifying the weather forecast through our local media outlets as well as contacting the City of Hamilton Works Department to determine where possible what roads have been cleared or when they are expected to be serviced.  The decision to close our schools is made in conjunction with our colleagues at the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board based on relevant information at that time.  We will make every effort to cancel all school and board administrative operations by 6:00 a.m.  School Boards across Ontario have varying polices about the cancellation of schools. At HWDSB, the cancellation of transportation due to inclement weather immediately triggers the closure of our schools. However, at its meeting of November 17, 2014, the Board of Trustees approved a resolution that allows the Director, (or designate), the discretion to keep schools open in the event transportation is cancelled due to extreme cold temperatures for the 2017-2018 school year.  Please remember, as a parent/guardian you always have the choice on whether or not to send your child to school.  HWDSB will NOT post a weather alert on its website to signal that schools are open.  However, please check the Board website if schools will be closed.



Where Do I Find School Cancellation Information?

We will share this announcement in a variety of ways:




To ensure safe arrival to school, and to eliminate delays in phone calls in getting in touch with parents, we ask that you please keep us informed if your child will be absent due to illness, an appointment, vacation plans, etc.  Our phone lines are open 24-hours a day, and you can leave a detailed voicemail message at any time by calling (905) 561-0814.  (Please note that if you are calling regarding your child’s absence due to sickness, please inform us if he/she has a fever.  In our attendance system, we keep track of fevers vs a “cold”.)  We thank you for cooperation!




Have a wonderful week!  Enjoy the fluffy flakes of snow!

Updated on Monday, January 28, 2019.
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