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#UGUmbrella – This April we are looking at Intrinsic Motivation

Posted March 30, 2021

April’s Umbrella Project theme is “Intrinsic Motivation.” For those who are unsure exactly what that means, intrinsic motivation is the act of doing something without an external reward.  

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Orangeville Power Outage (March 26th, 2021)

Posted March 26, 2021

    Dear parents/guardians, This letter is to inform you that today (Friday March, 26th) our school lost power, as part of a wide power outage in the community. The power was out at the school for approximately two hours. During that time, water services remained operational and staff ensured all COVID-19 health and ...

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Information about elementary graduation celebrations

Posted March 26, 2021

Due to on-going COVID-19 restrictions around large gatherings and physical distancing, UGDSB elementary schools will not be able to hold traditional in-person graduation ceremonies this spring. This includes both indoor and outdoor ceremonies. 

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Recommended reading in Indigenous education and knowledge

Posted March 25, 2021

This year, Upper Grand DSB board and school staff groups have continued organizing and participating in book studies, focusing on furthering learning in anti-racism and anti-oppression. Here are some ideas for recommended reading in Indigenous education and knowledge.

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Policy feedback opportunity: Indigenous Education

Posted March 24, 2021

The following new draft policy has been released for public consultation, and feedback from the public is welcome on the draft documents: Policy 519 – Indigenous Education (First Nations, Métis, Inuit).

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Final review of elementary waitlist on April 1, 2021

Posted March 12, 2021

March 12, 2021 The Upper Grand District School Board will conduct one final review of the waitlist for families wishing to switch between the Elementary Remote School and in-person learning on April 1, 2021. After April 1, students will be required to remain in their current ...

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One year of COVID, taking time to reflect and heal

Posted March 11, 2021

The Canadian Mental Health Association of Waterloo-Wellington has prepared resources for educational staff, students and families, which focus on acknowledging the losses experienced due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while making space for gratitude and hope.

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March News

Posted March 10, 2021

Principal’s Message Happy Spring to our CMES families! It is so lovely to see the warmer weather upon us and the smell of Spring in the air! Please see some important March updates and information below. Dianna Secord Principal School Screening As you are aware, Public Health has changed the School Screening Tool. If your ...

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Information about positive COVID-19 case in school community

Posted March 5, 2021

Dear CMES Families, Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) has recently investigated a COVID-19 exposure in our school community.  They have determined that this case does not create any risk to other students or the public beyond the general community risk.  No classes will be closed in this situation. Our building is safe and ...

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UGDSB hosting final PIC parent engagement event, focusing on Special Education

Posted March 5, 2021

April 8, 2021 – Navigating Special Education. This event features five breakout session topics, with participants given the option to select two sessions to attend. 

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Addressing anti-Asian racism, resources to support educators

Posted March 3, 2021

This month, the Upper Grand District School Board’s Equity Team shared with staff a resource on addressing anti-Asian racism. We all have a role to play in learning, unlearning and working to dismantle racism and oppression in our communities.

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UGDSB reflects on Black Heritage, Black Brilliance and Black Futures Month 

Posted February 26, 2021

This month, the Upper Grand District School Board recognized and celebrated Black Heritage, Black Brilliance and Black Futures Month. 

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#UGUmbrella – This March we focus on Mindfulness

Posted February 26, 2021

This month for the Umbrella Project we are focusing on mindfulness. Mindfulness is being aware of what’s happening right now without wishing it was different.

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Black Heritage Month spotlight: Alfred M. Lafferty

Posted February 23, 2021

Throughout Black Heritage, Black Brilliance and Black Futures Month, many schools have been celebrating the lives and accomplishments of Black individuals in Canada and beyond.

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COVID-19 School Self-Screening Changes

Posted February 22, 2021

The Ministry of Education has revised the self-screening requirements for all students in Ontario, effective immediately. Please review the following information for important updates.

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