News & Announcements

Daily School Absence Report

The UGDSB is reporting daily on school absence rates, allowing us to monitor absenteeism rates and transparently share this information with the public. To view the dashboard, click here

Grade 7 Immunization Information and Consent Forms


October 26, 2023

Dear Parents and Legal Guardians,

This is a reminder that WDG Public Health will be at Victoria Cross PS on November 1st, 2023 to vaccinate grade 7 students.

Immunizing your child at school is convenient. However, some students can be nervous about getting a needle. Our Public Health unit uses the CARD (Comfort Ask Relax Distract) system to reduce needle fear and anxiety. CARD invites children to choose coping strategies in each letter category to help them have a positive vaccination experience.

If you have not already completed the online consent for your child to receive their vaccines at school, please follow this link now: 

Learn more about CARD by viewing the videos below and invite your child to play the CARD game at to prepare for vaccination.

More information is available at Then on vaccination day:

 · pack a snack, if possible

· have your child wear a short-sleeved shirt or something easy to roll-up to the shoulder

 · remind your child to play their CARDs! This can include bringing a personal item from home to use as a distraction during vaccination (such as a tablet/ iPad, book, or toy). We will have some items available at the school as well (e.g., colouring pages, mazes, treats).

We want to work together with the school community to make the vaccination program a positive experience for students. We value your support and assistance in making these vaccination days successful.

~ CARD Parent Handout:

Students video 1

– general information about vaccinations:

~ Students will watch this video during the nurse teaching session when the consents are handed out in class. It includes information about how vaccines work and what to expect during school vaccinations.

~Students video 2 – play your power CARDs during vaccination:

~ Students will watch this video during the nurse teaching session when the consents are handed out in class. It includes information about coping strategies to manage stress and anxiety related to vaccinations.

 Thank you!

Letter to families from the Minister of Education on changes to Provincial Code of Conduct

Posted April 29, 2024

Please see below for a letter from the Minister of Education, to Ontario parents/caregivers. To download a copy of the letter, please click here.

Dear parents,

For the first time in nearly a generation, our government successfully negotiated agreements ...

Book Fair is coming soon!

Posted April 24, 2024

Readers Helping Readers! Victoria Cross Public School and St. Mary’s Catholic School are hosting a joint Book Fair. Profits will be shared equally between both schools. Please Help Support The Students in Our Community. May 3 to May 10 , 2024 at Victoria Cross Public School Please join us!! Friends and Family of  St. Mary’s - Tuesday ...

Every Day Counts! Why regular student attendance at school really matters

Updated April 22, 2024

In the UGDSB, we know how important school attendance and established routines are for students to build knowledge, skills and confidence. Regular attendance is more than just a requirement; it’s a critical building block for academic success, social development, and future opportunities. While we may face challenges that ...

Long Term Accommodation Plan (LTAP) Final Report

Posted March 20, 2024

GUELPH, ON – At the March 19, 2024, Finance and Facilities Committee Meeting, Upper Grand District School BoardTrustees received the “Long Term Accommodation Plan (LTAP) Final Report.”

The report will now be taken to the Board Meeting on April 9, 2024, for approval by Trustees, ...

Professional Activity Day Description – April 8, 2024

Posted March 18, 2024

Information for Elementary Parents/Guardians

Date: April 8, 2024

Length: Full Day


Elementary Topic AM: Mathematics Elementary Topic PM: Mental Health and Well-Being Secondary Topic AM: Mathematics or Artificial Intelligence ...

Pasta Lunch

Posted March 3, 2024

Dear Falcon Families,

The intermediate students are excited to announce an upcoming fundraiser to support our year end trip to Niagara Falls. We are organizing a delicious Pasta Lunch event, which will take place on Monday March 4 & Monday April 15. ...

UGDSB introducing new grade 7/8 Mental Health Literacy Modules to support student mental health and well-being

Posted February 27, 2024

GUELPH, ON – The Upper Grand District School Board will be delivering modules to grade 7/8 students to enhance mental health literacy.   

Earlier this year, the Ministry of Education introduced a series of modules to support the existing mental health literacy expectations within the grades ...

WHY Survey

Posted February 23, 2024

Dear Parent(s)/ Guardian(s), In February, Upper Grand District School Board, is collecting information on student health and well-being from youth, parents and school staff. The Well-Being and Health Youth Surveys are designed to help us understand how well we are doing creating safe, ...

Provide your input on the 2024-25 School Year Calendars

Posted February 15, 2024

Planning for the next school year has begun and the Upper Grand District School Board is seeking feedback on the proposed 2024-2025 school year calendars.

Each year, the UGDSB’s School Year Calendar Committee submits draft calendars for the upcoming school year to the Ministry. Once ...

Remote Learning Pre-Registration for the 2024-2025 school year

Posted February 1, 2024

During the 2023-2024 school year, the Upper Grand District School Board (UGDSB), in partnership with Avon Maitland District School Board (AMDSB) and Grand Erie District School Board (GEDSB) worked together to provide remote learning for elementary students. While we believe that in-person learning best supports students, we recognize that some families may want their child to learn remotely, due to their unique circumstances.

Professional Activity Day Description – Jan. 26, 2024

Posted January 22, 2024

Elementary Staff will spend the full day on Assessment and Evaluation that includes report card preparation/reporting of student achievement and learning skills, to be communicated with parents/guardians.  

CMHAWW offering 2nd part to Understanding Human Trafficking webinar

Posted January 19, 2024

The Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington, in partnership with the Upper Grand District School Board and several other community partners, is pleased to announce part two of the Understanding Human Trafficking series.

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