Hello October

Posted October 2, 2022

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Message from the School

Happy October! September was an exciting month full of community building activities and special events, such as Open House, the Terry Fox Run, and Truth and Reconciliation Week. 

We enjoyed meeting families on Open House and we look forward to getting to meet many more parents and guardians through upcoming school events.

Special Days in October:

Wednesday, October 5 – International Walk To school Day

Monday, October 10 – Thanksgiving

Tuesday, October 11- Fresh from the Farm orders due for Grade 7 & 8’s 

Monday, October 24 – PA day

Monday, October 31 – Halloween 

School Council Message

School Council will meet in the library this year – very exciting to be able to meet in-person again. Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 6:30PM. We are lucky to belong to a great supportive community. If you are unable to attend meetings, we are always looking for volunteers for various fundraising events throughout the year. If you are interested in volunteering, please watch for our volunteer calls or email us at [email protected]

Click here for upcoming dates

Executive Positions 2022-2023

  • Rebecca Bigelow (Co-Chair)
  • Jeff Bennett (Co-Chair)
  • Tim Fish (Treasurer)
  • Khaleed Khalfan and Kathy Kaye (Secretary)

School Council will be running a Danceathon on October 31st. More information to come. 

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Dress Up Day  K to 8 – Oct 31st 

       On this day options are:

  • wear orange and black
  • dress in a costume
  • wear your everyday clothes

If students wish to wear a costume, here is a list of Do’s and Don’ts:

Costume Do’s Costume Don’ts
– follow the John McCrae PS Dress Code

– follow our school code of conduct found on our website

– wear black and orange

– appropriate for school

– dress up as a character from your favourite book or movie

– use makeup or face paint

– make sure you can get your costume on independently

– check that your costume is safe (i.e. not too long)

– be creative!

– have fun!

– no costumes that are representative of another culture, religious beliefs, or gender, socioeconomic status 

– any costume related to COVID 

– no dress up masks

– no toy replica weapons

– no props

– no violent references

– costume contact lenses 

Please note that our younger students may be sensitive to scary images.

Accessories are to stay home 

Fresh from the Farm Fundraiser 

Grade 7 & 8 students will be participating in the Fresh from the Farm fundraiser to raise funds for their Grade 8 trip. Orders are due by Oct 11th and  will be submitted through school cash online. 

Food Drive

JMC will be hosting a Food Drive for Chalmers Community Services from Tuesday, September 27th to Friday, October 7th. Donations will be picked up Friday, October 7th at 3:30 pm. 

Click here to read more.

2021-2022 Yearbooks

We still have some 2021-2022 yearbooks available for purchase. If you would like one, please contact the office to arrange purchase ($23).

CYC Message

Hello! My name is Natasha Fairchild and I am the Child & Youth Counselor at John McCrae PS. Part of my role within the school is to support the social and emotional needs of our students! I conduct whole class presentations, facilitate small groups, and provide individual check-ins. I am at our school on Mondays and Thursdays this year.

 Please know that there are fantastic additional supports within our community:

  • Guelph/Wellington: 1-844-437-3247 (HERE247) or
  • COMPASS Distress Line at 1-888-821-3760
  • KidsHelpPhone: 1-800-668-6868
  • 2SLGBTQA+ support line: call or text 226-669-3760. 

The UGDSB Mental Health website is also packed full of helpful information for you to access anytime.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone and am excited to be back at John McCrae!


Creating a Culture of Privacy

It is the responsibility of everyone to protect students’ personal and confidential information

All parents, guardians, and visitors to the school are reminded that the privacy of all our students must be maintained at all times.  We are ultimately responsible for the safety and security of our students and the security and confidentiality of our students’ personal information, including first and last names, images and any other identifying information.

  • Only take pictures or video of your own child(ren).
  • Only post pictures or video of your own child(ren) on social media.
  • Only share pictures or video of your own child(ren) with other people.
  • Only preview your child(ren)’s work.
  • Only discuss your child(ren) with the appropriate staff.

Thank you for being respectful of the privacy rights of our students.


Report Bullying 

We take all incidents of bullying seriously. If your child is the victim of bullying or sees bullying behavior at school, please encourage him/her to speak with someone at school or use our board’s online reporting tool. Report Bullying gives students and parents 24/7 access to report bullying. You don’t have to identify yourself – just your school – and your message gets sent directly to the school principal for follow-up.

You’ll find the Report Bullying button at the bottom of our “Home” page on our school’s website:

Conflict vs Bullying

Conflict only becomes bullying when it is repeated over and over again and there is a power imbalance. Over time, a pattern of behaviour may emerge where the person who behaves aggressively in the conflict may continue or even make it worse. The person who is the recipient of the aggressive conflict may feel less and less able to express his or her point of view and feel more and more powerless. That is when negative conflict may turn into bullying. A school will respond to bullying and conflict differently. For example, in the case of a conflict, a school staff member may try to have the students come together to tell their side of the story and help them resolve the situation together. In the case of bullying, a principal will consider progressive discipline, which may include suspension or expulsion. 

Is conflict the same as bullying? People may sometimes confuse conflict with bullying, but they are different. Conflict occurs when two or more people have a disagreement, a difference of opinion or different views. Conflict between students does not always mean it is bullying. Children learn at a young age to understand that others can have a different perspective than their own, but developing the ability to gain perspective takes time and the process continues into early adulthood. In conflict, each person feels comfortable expressing his or her views, and there is no power imbalance. Each person feels able to state his or her view point. How people deal with conflict can make it positive or negative. Conflict becomes negative when an individual behaves aggressively by saying or doing hurtful things. Then the conflict is an aggressive interaction.



  • It is recommended that staff screen for illness daily BEFORE leaving for work.
  • Parents/guardians are asked to perform a daily screening of their child(ren) for illness BEFORE leaving for school.
  • Staff, students and families can use the provincial screening tool for daily screening: ​​https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/  

 IB at Guelph CVI

 The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is a program of international education designed to help students develop the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and skills necessary to participate actively and responsibly in a changing world. This programme prepares motivated students for the rigours of post-secondary education. It encourages students to ask questions and to interact with the world around them in a meaningful way. For more information, please visit: https:/ www.ugdsb.ca/ib-gcvi/

For more information, please join us at Guelph CVI, 155 Paisley St, in the Auditorium on Thursday, November 17 at 6:30 pm for our IB Information Night

Applications are now open: https:/ www.ugdsb.ca/ib-gcvi/application/

Important Dates

  Thursday, November 17th, 6:30 pm – IB Information Night at GCVI in the auditorium

  Saturday, November 19th – IB assessment option 1 – 9:30-10:45 am at GCVI in the cafeteria

  Wednesday, November 23rd – IB assessment option 2 – 4:30- 5:45 pm at GCVI in the cafeteria

  Monday, December 5th,  preparatory applications due before 3 pm

  Tuesday, December 6th – IB assessment option 3 for later applications – 4:30- 5:45 pm at GCVI in the cafeteria





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