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

Upper Grand collaborates with organizations to provide tutoring supports

Posted November 9, 2022

The Upper Grand District School Board in association with The Grove, TVOLearn, Streams Community Hub, Tutor Bright, and Reading Rocks is providing students at both the elementary and secondary levels with additional tutoring support and resources. These additional support and resources were made possible through funding provided by the Ontario ...

Parents/Guardians invited to free webinar: Post-pandemic Mental Health

Posted October 17, 2022

Parents/guardians are invited to join a free webinar in November on post-pandemic mental health. Join Kevin Cameron as he shares information and strategies relating to post-pandemic mental health for adults and children. A survey by CMHA Ontario showed that nearly half (48 per cent) of Ontarians say their mental health has worsened ...

Download school ventilation reports from the UGDSB website

Posted October 14, 2022

The Upper Grand District School Board continues to make board and school-based ventilation reports available in the 2022-23 school year. The board report and each school report is available for download on the UGDSB website at To access a specific school report: Download the full report (Microsoft Excel document) ...

John Black October Newsletter 2022

Posted October 11, 2022

October News At John Black PS2022

Picture Day is Thursday, October 6th

Posted September 29, 2022

Dear John Black Families, Next Thursday, October 6th is picture day.  No cash or orders need to be collected before Picture Day. After Picture Day, proofs will be sent home to our families. Parents/Caregivers will have an opportunity to view their pictures prior to making a purchase. All photos are purchased on-line through the Pegasus website.  PHOTO DAY IS ...

Help the UGDSB make positive change – Complete the Student Census today!

Posted September 19, 2022

Everyone counts. Complete the Student Census today! The “UGDSB Counts Student Census” launches today for all Upper Grand District School Board students in grades Kindergarten-12. Participation in the Student Census will help the UGDSB make systemic changes that will create more equitable outcomes for all students. The census is a confidential, voluntary survey ...

Wellness Works: Welcome Back!

Updated September 16, 2022

The Upper Grand District School Board is continuing with the Wellness Works monthly themes across all grades in the 2022-2023 school year.  For September we are once again bringing our collective focus to the theme of:  WELCOME, CONNECTION and BELONGING. 

John Black September Newsletter

Posted September 14, 2022

September Newsletter 2022 2023

New School and Child Care Screening Tool is available online

Posted September 1, 2022

The Ministry of Health and the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health have provided a new “School and Child Care” screening tool. It is recommended that students/children and visitors continue to self-screen for illness every day before attending school or child care using this updated Screening Tool.

Looking for Parent/Guardian Volunteers!

Posted August 29, 2022

We consider parents to be a special resource and we welcome volunteers in many capacities. . We will always welcome extra help from volunteers in classrooms, programs, the library and for extra-curricular activities. Please talk to your child’s classroom teacher or call the Office if you have time or skills ...

School Bell Hours and Bell Times

Posted August 29, 2022

School Hours and Bell Times:   Time Event 8:50 am - 9:40 am Period 1 9:40 am - 10:30 am Period 2 10:30 am - 10:50 Nutribreak  ...

Students with Life-Threatening Medical Conditions (Asthma, Diabetes, Epilepsy/Seizure Disorder, Anaphylaxis, etc.)

Posted August 29, 2022

The UGDSB is committed to minimizing the risks for students who have asthma, diabetes, epilepsy/seizure disorder, life-threatening allergies and/or other serious health condition through the development and implementation of individualized Plans of Care. Please contact the office at 519-843-2665  if your child requires a plan of care. Please note: Plan of ...
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