October 2019 News

Posted September 30, 2019

Principal’s Message

The excitement of a new school year and many activities sure makes the time fly quickly. Where has September gone?  After a large re-organization in our classes (112 students had to make changes), all our Hawks are adjusting to a new school year. It is a nice feeling as we travel through the classrooms to observe the students participating in their learning activities.  The staff have been focusing on getting to know their students through diagnostic assessments and learning style inventory activities.  This information will help teachers in the planning process to differentiate instruction to meet individual student needs. The JD Hogarth students have displayed a warm welcome to all our new students and quickly included them into class activities, lunch discussions and playground games.

Our first assembly of the year was held on the first day of school.  The assembly started with a short Staff JIB JAB that we know our students love to see.  There were some exciting changes to outdoor space this past summer with the construction of a new outdoor classroom and a new play structure.  With these changes, it was necessary to spend some time reviewing our school rules and routines to ensure everyone would help maintain the respectful, safe and inclusive school environment that JD Hogarth strives to maintain.  A special thank you to Mrs. Preston for preparing a slideshow that demonstrated life at JD Hogarth. Our hope is that students will use this information to help them make good decisions and to select activities they will choose to participate in this school year.

Already this year, some students are involved in the following activities: Spirit Club, Me to We, Big Buddies, Future Aces, Maker Space, Computer Club, Junior and Intermediate Soccer, Running Club, Recess Club and Intramurals. JD Hogarth is always a busy place.

We would like to extend a thank you to all our families who attended our “Meet the JD Hogarth Staff” night on September 27. A special thank you goes out to Kelly Hall for organizing the food and ice cream trucks.  We would like all of our students to benefit from school and home communication on a regular basis. Please take time to connect regularly with your child’s teacher.

The JD Hogarth staff would like to wish you and your family a fun-filled Thanksgiving!

Ms. Barrow and Mr. Bodiam

Happy Thanksgiving

Playground Safety:

Playgrounds are a fun place.  Daily physical activity is important for all our students.  Although our playgrounds are supervised, accidents can happen.  We want to minimize risk of injury by requesting that you take some time to discuss, with your child, the need to play safe.  We have areas where students can climb and swing.

Playground safety:

  • zip up your jacket when playing on equipment
  • remove drawstrings on jackets and hoods
  • avoid pushing, hitting or rough play
  • leave the stones and wood chips on the ground
  • take turns
  • respect others
  • dress appropriately for the weather
  • share the equipment
  • include others



In the morning before school our play structures are closed to students.  Supervision begins at 8:40 a.m.  To assist with student safety, we ask that students time their arrival to school for between 8:40 – 8:50 a.m.  Thank you for helping to keep everyone safe.


Emergency Evacuation Procedures:

It is important for staff and students to practice emergency procedures, so that everyone is able to respond appropriately during a real event if it were to occur.  During the year, all schools participate in 6 Fire Drills, 2 Lock Down Drills, 1 Severe Weather Drill and 1 School Evacuation drill.

Fire Drill

Picture Day:

Student photos will be taken on Thursday, October 10th.

Picture Day

Asthma Friendly Schools Policy:

Asthma is a very common chronic lung disease that can make it hard to breathe.  The Upper Grand District School Board has a policy to provide support for students with Asthma.  If your child has asthma, the policy requires an Asthma Management Plan (AMP) to be completed by parents, a child’s doctor and the principal of the school.  A copy of this plan is available on the Board’s website under Policy 516.  Parents are requested to complete the AMP and return it to the school as soon as possible at the beginning of the school year.

Asthma Inhaler Cartoon Character

Smoke–Free Environment:

The Upper Grand DSB provides a smoke-free environment for its students, staff and others while on school Board property, in accordance with the Smoke-Free Ontario Act.  This policy refers to all forms of tobacco, and any processed form of tobacco that may be smoked, inhaled or chewed, including e-cigarettes.

Smudging is the tradition of using sacred smoke from sacred medicines (e.g., tobacco and sage) that forms part of the indigenous culture and spirituality.  Smudging is allowed in schools under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act.  Parents will be informed using the school’s usual forms of communication when smudging is going to occur in our school.  Participation by staff and students is optional in a smudging ceremony.

No Smoking

Life-Threatening Allergies:

We have children in our school with potential life-threatening allergies to various foods and other materials called anaphylaxis.  This is a medical condition that causes a severe reaction to food or other materials, and can cause death within minutes.  In recent years, anaphylaxis has increased dramatically among students.

Although this may not affect your child’s class directly, we are letting you know so that you may refrain from sending foods to the school that contain peanuts and nuts.  We aim to create an allergy safe environment at our school.

Thank you for your understanding in ensuring an allergy-safe environment for all of our students.

Food Allergy

B.Y.O.D – Bring Your Own Device:

The Upper Grand DSB welcomes and supports the responsible use of personal technology in classrooms.  We recognize the increasingly important role technology plays in the daily lives of our staff and students.  By providing access to reliable Wifi in classrooms, we support teachers and students to realize the potential of digital devices to transform instructional practice and engage in learning.  The use of technology in classrooms is always at the discretion of the teacher and administration.  Cellphones should not be used by students anywhere on school property except in the classrooms under direct teacher supervision. We ask that students in K – Grade 3 leave their personal devices at home. If there is a need for a parent to contact their child while they are at school, we ask that they phone the office and we will either have the student come to the phone or pass along any necessary messages.

BYOD Policy For School


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