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Feb 25 2020


Tomorrow id Day of Pink.Come to school to stand up to Bullying- Wear Pink!



Our Kindergarten registration is zooming along.

If you or your neighbors have not yet registered your children for Sept. 2020 it would be most appreciated if you can get these in sooner rather than later, as we start to think about class sizes for next year.


Home and School meeting is tonight at 6:30 in Mrs. Hall’s room.

Hope to see you there!


Feb. 19, 2020

February is just flying by- with students celebrating 100 days of learning and Valentine’s Day.

Luckily there has been some snow- and students are getting that winter experience at Nutrition Break!

Option Sheet entries for High School are coming up as well.( Feb. 27)

Dental screening is approaching ( March 5, 2020), and information is being sent home with students. Screening will occur for FDK to Grade 2, but is also optional for any student whose parents wish them to get screening.

Vision Screening will also be available for FDK students and  reminder letters went home today with the details about that service.

Hope everyone is enjoying the snow and staying warm!


Feb. 5, 2020

Today is our last day with our Brock University student teacher Ms. Kleinschmidt, who has been helping in the Grade 7 room. Our students have benefited from her time and talent!

Ms. Bates, a former SVS student has just stated with us today for her Mohawk EA placement. A big welcome to her.

Remember, there is no school for students this Thursday and Friday, due to teacher job actions. WE will see your students on Monday Feb 10.

Please note information form our Day Care operators below.


parent letter feb 3 2020


Stay warm!

Jan. 28, 2020


If you are walking around the school in the afternoon and run into our new afternoon caretaker, please say hi and introduce yourself. Mikki Colonna is our new permanent afternoon caretaker and we are very pleased to have her join us!

Jan. 28, 2020



Dear SVS community,

As the labor unrest continues in Ontario schools, notifications will be sent out to parents routinely through the Board website and/or Twitter account

Should you have any specific questions that you need an answer for, please contact me at the school.

Ms. Audrey Hensen


*On Friday, January 31, and Feb 6 and 7, 2020,there will be no school for students as  teachers will be on strike.

* One local update for SVS is that as of Monday, there will be no extra-curricular activity taking place- which includes no Canteen at Nutrition Break.

* RE: strike days- students will not be permitted to bring home musical instruments the day prior to the strike

* Home and School will continue to keep parents and caregivers  abreast of events pertaining to pizza day changes (i.e. This week’s pizza will be made available to students this Thursday. Jan. 30th).


Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.


Jan 23, 2020

Kindergarten registration starts on February 3rd.

Please see attached info- as to how to register!

Kindergarten Registration 20


Jan 23, 2020

Dear SVS families,

The letter below  is going home with your child- concerning report cards  for term one and IEP’s.

The Board will continue to share updates on the labor situation through its website.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.





Jan 21, 2020

A quick reminder for all families, that Friday Jan 24 is a PA day. There will be no school for students on  Friday.

Jan 21, 2020



Home and School  notice…

Sorry for the inconvenience, but the SVS 2020 Dance of the Decade (Thursday Jan 23) has been cancelled.


Jan 17, 2020


Home and School is hosting…

SVS 2020 Dance of the Decade
Thursday, January 23
5:00 – 7:30pm
SVS Gymnasium
Students and family are invited to come out for a dance hosted by Home & School
Association to kick off the (students’) long weekend! Popcorn and water will be
available for purchase.
Please ensure that all adults/guardians accompany student guests.
Let’s kick off the new decade together


Erin DeSouza Bruce


Jan 17, 2020

Two courses being offered for families

CLK Information Night Jan 2020 FWLT Information Night Jan 2020


Jan. 15, 2020


Dear  Grade 8 parents

I just received word from the Board about the change to Option sheet selection for Grade 8’s who are headed to Waterdown. This change is in response to the current job action.

Waterdown – Option Sheet Nights 2020

Jan 14, 2020

Our School Council was provided by HWDSB with an informative session about bullying.

Shareable School Council Bullying Presentation-2019-2020

The Social Work department has made this presentation available for all parents to see using the link above.

Unfortunately, all after school and before school extra-curriculars are cancelled until further notice. Please follow HWDSB’s website  for any current  job-action related items.

Thank you for your understanding.




Jan 10, 2020

Unfortunately, any upcoming elementary excursions that were previously approved  are cancelled for next week and postponed for the subsequent weeks.

Jan 9, 2020


If your student is in Grade 8, you might want to ask them about their High School Course Stream presentations today.

Option sheet entry for students attending High School next year will be on February 27, 2020.


Jan 6, 2020



Happy New Year to all! We are all looking forward to another great year with our students!

Starting the new year running with a school council meeting tonight. See post from your chairs Sasha and Linda below…

Hi all,

Happy New Year!! As everyone gets ready to settle back into this New
Years routine, this is just a reminder that we have our school council
meeting this upcoming Monday January 6th.  Linda, Audrey and I will be
doing a short presentation that the board has devised for school
councils in regards to Bullying. We were hoping to also have some
discussion around this as well.
We will also be inviting the greater community, so will be holding it
in the gym.  Also, we thought it might be nice to make this a pot luck
event as we didn’t have a chance to celebrate each other in December.
Coffee and tea will be provided but if you would like to bring a snack
to share, that would be lovely.
A reminder there is no
meeting in February. The next  meeting will be March 2nd.

All the best in 2020!!

Sasha and Linda

Dec 12, 2019


If you are attending and have tickets for tonight’s Sounds of the Season Concert, It begins at 6:30 pm

Book fair will be held from 5:30- 8 pm if you are looking for any books to share with others over the holidays.

Students are invited to bring food items for our school Food Share Drive.



Dec 11, 2019

If you are planning to join us for tomorrow’s Sounds of the Season concert, it will take place from 1:15 until 2:45 pm.




Dec 11, 2019


Thank you for your patience as I repopulate the school website with events and notices that were erased by a outage at the Board.

A reminder that things are getting very busy at SVS as we head into the Holiday season.

This Friday we are hosting Joy day for students in grades 1-5.

Tomorrow is our Sounds of the Season concert- tickets were made available to you through your child and Mrs. Sanders.

Our talented musicians and singers are given the opportunity to showcase their skills and hard work.

Our Book Fair will be winding down tomorrow.




Dec. 9, 2019


Oh goodness

It appears as though my posts since October have disappeared! As have calendar events for the year.

I am enclosing the option sheet information night for Waterdown for all Grade 8 students here

Waterdown – Option Sheet Nights 2020 (1)


We are investigating with IT why the information  has disappeared!


Oct. 30, 2019


Dear Families,

We will be holding a Halloween parade through the school starting between 8:50 and 9:00 am. As in other years, parents are welcome to watch our little ones parade through the halls, showing their costumes to students in other classes.

Students will be given an opportunity to participate in the dance being put on by our older students.

Students in K-5 will need to bring in a loonie to attend the dance during period 3.

Students in Grades 6-8 will participate in the afternoon dance at a cost of $3.00 in the afternoon.

A big thank you to our dance organizers- Grade 8 students and Mr. Adamczyk.



Oct. 29, 2019


Report cards are going home today!


Oct. 21, 2019


Another glorious day and lots of buzz at school around the election!

Officer Drozd, our Community Liaison Police Officer was in today to speak to Grade 8 students about being and feeling safe at school.

Her message to students was- should they ever feel unsafe, or hear or see anything that could be construed as presenting potential or real harm they report it confidentially to a trusted adult. As school and police partners, it is our job to create a culture where everyone feels and is safe.

Should your child come home with any situation in which they feel unsafe, please let his/her teacher know, and we can work together to rectify the  situation.

She also spoke to them about leadership, and as role models for younger students they can help to make the school safe by reporting any unsafe behavior they witness.



Oct. 18, 2019



We have had a busy week at SVS. The Garden Club is going full swing- thank you to Erin Bruce-DeSouza and her team, as well as Mrs. Tipping. Crafts on the stage with apples this week!

Many of our students got an opportunity to practice real-life democracy in action this week as they engaged in a student vote program!

Much of the funding that Home and School has so graciously provided to our staff is coming to life in our classroom. Mrs. Hawkins has some beautiful light covers which makes the classroom more accessible to her students. Mrs. Hall purchase some large white board for collaboration, and the list goes on. Thank you to Home and School for your partnership with our teaching staff.


Next week, your students will participate in Bus Safety presentations. Voting for adults will occur on Monday at the school all day long- so phys. ed may take place out-of doors- weather [permitting.


Thank you to parents who gave us feedback on the communications they receive from the school.

Lastly, thank you for sending your great kids to our school. They provide so much joy and positivity to our school every day!

Have a great weekend!




Oct 11, 2019

Dear Parents / Guardians,


This year our school will be doing a magazine and cookie/muffin dough fundraiser for School Generated Funds.



This year, our magazine fundraiser will be run through the Family Reading Program. This is a different company from previous years and as a result the program will run a little differently. There will be no money or forms collected through the school for the magazines but all orders must be placed online through https://www.familyreadingprogram.com/. A booklet listing the magazines available for sale, and the cost, will be handed out to each student.



  1. Go to the website: https://www.familyreadingprogram.com/
  2. Click on Ontario and then find our school in the drop down menu
  3. Enter in the student’s name and select the teacher
  4. Enter the order and payment information

Magazines will be mailed directly to the buyer.


Cookie / Muffin Dough:

This fundraiser will be run through MacMillan’s. A brochure / order form will be given out to each student. The MacMillan’s orders are Cash or Cheque only (nothing online). Cheques must be payable to Spencer Valley School and are due at the time of order.


Our fundraiser will run from October 11th – October 30th. The magazines will be delivered directly to your home. The Cookie / Muffin Dough will need to be picked up at Spencer Valley on Thursday, November 21st (time TBD).


We will be giving out prizes as follows. The top magazine seller will receive a $50 gift card as will the top cookie / muffin dough seller. Also, for every magazine or cookie dough order the student’s name will be placed in a draw for another $50 gift card. The winners may choose to receive a gift card from either Best Buy or Indigo. In addition, the top 20 sellers will be invited to an ice-cream party.


Contact Anne Campbell at dancehockey63@gmail.com if you have any questions. As a reminder, all fundraising participation is optional. We appreciate your support in advance.



Spencer Valley Staff and Anne Campbell (parent volunteer)



Oct. 10, 2019


What a glorious week!

The kids have been having some wonderful outdoor time at SVS.

The playground structure is sure a big hit with our older students!

Terry Fox fundraising

Our students raised $634.00 on the Terry Fox Day run!

Congratulations SVS Sting!


Water Bottles– Please consider sending your child to school with a water bottle- which he/she can refill at our water cooler as needed.

Bringing reusable bottles to school can help us cut down on waste!

Thank you!



Oct 7, 2019

Dear SVS community,

Please welcome to our school our new head caretaker Mr. Tim Jones. WE are happy to have him join our SVS staff.

Mr. Stirling will still be our afternoon caretaker.

I am sure you all know now- and have received the bulletin from the Board that the Caretaker strike has been averted, and everything is a go now – we are operating back to normal. Extra- curriculars will continue as will after school care.





Oct. 3. 2019

Dear families,

Please note the letter your child brought home pertaining to our current labour situation.

Parent Letter – Labour Update Oct 3 2019 final



Sept. 30, 2019


Tonight is our initial School Council meeting – Hope you can make it!


Today was Orange Shirt day. We recognize this day to to honour the survivors, victims and lasting effects of Canada’s Residential Schools.

In the past, Indigenous children were forcibly removed from their homes, families and communities to attend church-led schools that stripped them of their culture, languages and identity. This created irreversible harm from which many families still suffer.

The date September 30 was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to Residential Schools. It also gives school systems time to set the stage for Indigenous education, equity and inclusion initiatives for the coming school year.

Wearing orange helps raise awareness of the Residential School experience, ensures that every child knows they matter, and works toward a better future for all people. The orange shirt became significant due to the story of Phyllis Webstad, who in the early 1970s had her orange shirt taken away on her first day at the Residential School St. Joseph Mission (SJM) in British Columbia.


Picture Day will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 2- Please have your child come to school on that day with a smile!


Sept. 26, 2019

Our Grade 6 students had an awesome Outdoor Education day learning about Team Building and engaging in collaborative games.It was a great opportunity for former Millgrove , other new students, and our former SVS students to unite, learn and have fun!

Fortunately, Mrs. Kosempel was able to procure an Outdoor Ed grant from the Board, and the cost was covered by that grant. Parents who had already paid through School Cash Online for the experience were reimbursed today. Other forms of payment will be reimbursed on Monday!


EQAO results from Grade 3 and 6 were sent home with students today.


We have hired a new teacher to replace Mrs. Plunkett in the Grade 8 class – Mrs. Phillips

I will attach her bio

Teaching is a second career for me, I started my professional career working at Activation Laboratories in Ancaster. When I married and moved to a small town north of Belleville, I took that as an opportunity to attend Teachers College at Queen’s University. After graduating I worked in the Hastings Prince Edward School Board for 3 years. In 2007 my husband and I moved back to raise our family close to extended family. Since then I have worked in the Secondary system at HWDSB both as a supply teacher and LTO at various schools such as Highland, Parkside, Saltfleet, Bellmoore and Billy Green. I took a leap of faith and moved into the elementary panel 3 years ago, which I believe is my true calling. I look forward to meeting everyone in the community and sharing a journey of learning with the students this year.

Julie Phillips


Sept. 19, 2019


The Terry Fox run lunch will be covered for students on Monday Feb 23- Each child will receive a drink, chips and a hamburger or hot dog provided at a discount by our wonderful partners at the Optimists!

Thank you Home and School for your generosity in providing lunch to our students!!!

Sept. 19, 2019


Tomorrow, Friday Sept. 20  is a PA day

No school for students


Sept. 19, 2019

Dear Families,


Your children have been receiving training in phys ed class to learn about using the new climber safely. The climber is being well used by our older students, who are loving the monkey bars! Many thanks to the Playground Committee whose efforts have provided students with this activity!

Please find attached the rules students are learning!

SVS Climber rules 2019- 2020

Sept. 19, 2019


Meet the teacher is happening tonight! Come on down and join us as we meet dine and chat from 5- 7 pm. Our partners the Optimists will be here selling dinner. Our staff is looking forward to meeting everyone!


Sept 16, 2019


Dear families


Things are running along very smoothly at SVS.

We just completed our first Fire Drill- and everyone was very quick and safe. Slo-Pitch teams are competing every day this week. Thank you to our coaches Mr. Adamczyk, Mr. Duggan, Mr. Merriam and Ms. Beaudoin as well as our volunteer drives, and Mr. Galer, our parent volunteer coach. what a great crew!

A reminder that School Council  election forms are due to the office by Sept. 23.

Meet the teacher will be held this Thursday from  5- 7.

We look forward to meeting everyone. Our community partners, the Optimists will be there with their food truck.


Sept. 11, 2019

Dear families,

Our Agenda suppliers have not followed through with our school order this year. Each teacher is developing their own system for communicating their information to you. If you have not received this information  from your child’s teacher, please reach out and inquire as we sort this out.

Many thanks for your understanding.


Sept. 4, 2019

Every year the SVS School Council hosts a Boo Hoo breakfast for parents to come and meet and share a tissue ( or not):)

This year, the Boo Hoo Breakfast will take place in the gym from 9-10 am on Sept. 1oth

All parents/caregivers are welcome!



August 28, 2019

Dear Parents and Caregivers


Class lists will be posted with student’s first name and teacher name on the back doors over the long weekend.

On September 3rd, all teachers will all be on the back playground awaiting your children. They will have class lists and their names on the back of the clipboard so that students will be able to locate them.


See you soon!

Welcome to another fantastic year of learning and growing at Spencer Valley School! We are thrilled to be back and very much look forward to working with you to support the development of students.

Our staff have the building ready and gleaming and are eagerly anticipating the most important part- the return of your children!

Here is our list for the 2019- 2010 staff.

SVS Staff List for 2019-2020
Name Assignment Rm
Rochelle McLean FDK A 12A
Denise Slemko DECE 12A
Chris Duggan FDK B 12B
Teresa Pircio DECE 12B
Nancy Johnson Grade 1 10
Margaret O’Connell Grade 1/2 202
Ashlee Rozon Grade 2/3 8
Cairine Grantham Grade 3/4 4
Jessica  Sleep .7 Grade 4/5 5
Tara-lea Beaudoin Grade 4/5 5
Scott Bader Grade 5 3
Tonya Hall Grade 6 16
Ellen Kosempel Grade 6 7
Anne-Marie Tipping Grade 6/7 6
Dorothy Kolios Grade 7 13
Ron Merriam Grade 7/8 P3
Karl Adamczyk Grade 8A 13
Caitlin Plunkett Grade 8B P1
Sara Hawkins Int DD 15
Tanya Sanders Music 17
Olivia Andersson French
Roy Nicole .5 French
Megan Lessard LRT 11
Educational Assistants
Rachel Kott EA
Laura Lyn EA
Katie Risidore EA
Kathy Valenta EA
Andrea Clark .5 EA
Office                                                                                                         Caretaking
Audrey Hensen Principal Janet Mcmanamy Head caretaker


Judy Taugher Office Admin Nick Sterling Afternoon Caretaker





Each of these people bring to their positions a passion for learning and the required skills to improve student learning and achievement.

Spencer Valley is a place that is fortunate to work with an amazing community of families.  Indeed, we are proud to be working with all of our staff and community partners. We hope to see many of you at our September events: School Council ( Sept. 30), the Boo Hoo Breakfast (Sept. 10 from 9-10 am or Meet the Teacher (Sept. 19th).

As events arise, they will be added to our school calendar. Also, morning announcements will be posted on this site daily. You can also follow the school’s events on our Twitter feed @SVS_sting!


First Week Packages:Important forms for you to complete will be coming home the first week. These ensure your child will be safe both at school and on community outings. Please complete all forms and return to your child’s teacher by Monday, September 9th. An individual plan of care needs to be confirmed or developed to support each child who has a prevalent medical condition. Epipens, inhalers, and medications need to be brought to the office.


School Council Election and Parent Candidate Nomination Process

First meeting: Thursday September 30th at 6:00 p.m. Parents /guardians that have a child enrolled at Spencer Valley School  are welcomed and encouraged to attend School Council meetings. The Ministry of Education requires all Ontario schools to have School Councils. The role of a School Council is to advise the principal and staff of recommendations for the School Improvement Plan and further the effective learning environment for students. If a parent/guardian would like to be a voting and serving member on  School Council, they must be elected to the role. Submission of a nomination form is required  and needs to be at the office by Sept. 23rd. This form will go home with your child. On Monday, September 30th, we will hold our first School Council meeting for this school year. At this time, we will review the number of candidates and determine election procedures. Individuals putting their names forward must be at the meeting on September 30th if they would like their name to stand. From the Spencer Valley School Council, an executive consisting of Chair, Treasurer and Secretary will be determined. The whole school community will be notified of the new SVS School Council.


Where do I find out if school is closed because of weather?

HWDSB website: www.hwdsb.on.ca

HWDSB Twitter account: www.twitter.com

HWDSB HWSTS website: www.hamiltonschoolbus.ca

Local Media Outlets: CHCH TV, CBC Hamilton, Hamilton Community News, Hamilton Spectator


Allergy Alert

Within our school community there are students and staff who have potential life threatening allergies to foods, predominantly nuts. Others suffer from allergic reactions to perfumes, spray colognes and body sprays. We respectfully ask for the co-operation of the parents/guardians within the school community to avoid sending nuts of any kind or wearing perfume/cologne to school.


Safe and Timely Arrival and Departure



8:15- 8:25 Supervision is available to families on the school back playground.  Students will not be permitted on the climber unless they have parental supervision.

Morning Entry                                   8:25 a.m.

Period 1                                                                        8:25 – 9:25 a.m.

Period 2                                                                        9:25 – 10:05 a.m.

Nutrition Break                       10:05 – 10:45 a.m.

Period 3                                                                       10:45– 11:35 a.m.

Period 4                                                                       11:35 – 12:25 p.m.

Nutrition Break                                 12:25 a.m. – 1:05 p.m.

Period 5                                                                        1:05 – 2:05 p.m.

Period 6                                                                        2:05 – 2:45 p.m.

Dismissal                                                              2:45 p.m.

Supervision is available from 2:45 – 2:55 pm on the back playground. Students will not be permitted on the climber unless they have parental supervision.


For the safety of our students and for the establishment of regular instructional time, you are asked to please observe the following: Please do not drop off your child in the parking lot. This can be a congested high traffic area during peak times and is not suitable for pedestrians. Please park your car in the lot or on the street and escort your child to the back playground, where they will be supervised. This is a busing school, so please refrain from parking in the bus loop.

All students in grades K-8, with the exception of students who take a taxi, or in the DD class, enter the building through the back playground doors. Please leave your child at the school door with their teacher. Adults who do occasionally need to enter the school with their children are expected to sign in at the office Instructional time begins at 8:25 am. Students should arrive no earlier than 10 minutes in advance so they can be supervised by staff outside. This includes kindergarten. School ends at 2:45 pm, all non-bused grade K-8 students exit via the back playground and remain on the blacktop where they will meet their caregivers. Staff are on duty on the back playground at dismissal until 2:55 pm. If your children stays longer, you are expected to supervise them.

Thank-you for your co-operation.

SVS Sign In/Out Procedures

  • When visitors arrive at the door, they are instructed by staff to please come in and sign in at the office.
  • For safety reasons, parents, visitors and contractors are asked to sign in at the office upon arrival.
  • Upon entry, Office Staff will assist visitors with how to proceed.
  • Volunteers will be required to sign in.
  • If parents enter the buildin


Welcome to Spencer Valley School. It is a pleasure to work in such a warm and inviting school community. I am happy to be starting off this year with your children, and look forward to meeting the many new faces that are starting off their year here. As the school Principal, please know that I have an open-door policy to parents and students. If you have a question about the school don’t hesitate to contact me. If you have a question about your child or their classrooms, please connect with the teacher first.

The best way to reach me is by calling the school at 905 628- 1788. I will do my best to get back to you during the day. Please sign up for the school website if you have not already, as important, dates will be posted there. I will also post new information for parents as it comes in. Look for tweets, and daily announcements as well!

Spencer Valley Staff recognize the importance of the partnership between the home and the school. This partnership is vital in establishing consistent patterns of appropriate behaviour and self-regulation in our children. We believe that the school environment should be positive and supportive and that interactions should be based on an attitude of mutual caring and respect.

We have a vibrant and active School Council, and invite you to follow Council information on the school website as well! The first meeting will take place on the evening of Sept. 30. More information will follow. Please come and join us!

The school is gleaming as we ready for the big day- September 3rd!

I look forward to meeting your children, and am excited about our upcoming 2019-2020 school year!


Audrey Hensen


Updated on Tuesday, February 25, 2020.
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