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December Communications Newsletter 

Posted December 12, 2023

Hello John Galt Families,

Please see below the December Newsletter from the UGDSB.

In this month’s issue we have information about:

Where to get updates on inclement weather
Information for families about students transitioning to high school
Policy feedback opportunities

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Happy Hanukkah!

Posted December 11, 2023

Hanukkah 2023: When Is Hanukkah? Traditions, History, Recipes | The Old Farmer's Almanac

Hanukkah is the Jewish eight-day, “festival of lights,” celebrated with a nightly menorah lighting, special prayers and fried foods. The menorah holds nine flames, one of which is the shamash (“attendant”), which is used to light the other …

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Kindergarten Registration is fast approaching – Here’s what you need to know

Posted December 4, 2023

Kindergarten Registration for the 2024-2025 school year opens January 9, 2024. The French Immersion on-time application window for registration for the 2024-2025 school year is open from January 9 to January 26 at 4:00 pm.

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Grade 8 parent night for IB program at GCVI

Posted November 22, 2023

On Thursday November 23rd at 6:30pm, prospective applicants and their families are invited to attend the IB Information Night at GCVI. IB graduates and current students will share their stories about student life at GCVI and their journey in the preparatory and IB programs. …

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Parents/guardians invited to complete WHY Survey to help improve well-being of youth

Posted November 13, 2023

All parents/guardians in the Upper Grand District School Board are invited to complete the 2023 WHY Survey, in partnership with Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health.

The purpose of the Well-being Health and Youth (WHY) Surveys is to collect information from youth, parents, and school staff about youth health and well-being. These surveys will identify issues that could …

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Happy Diwali!

Posted November 9, 2023

As a school community, we would like to wish families and community members observing a very Happy Diwali!
Let’s celebrate the festival in the true sense by spreading joy and light up the world of others.
Have a happy, safe, and blessed Diwali!
Your John Galt Team

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It’s that time of year again – everything you need to know about UG Inclement Weather Procedures

Posted November 8, 2023

GUELPH, ON – It’s that time of year again and we wanted to share a refresh with our school community about Inclement Weather Procedures.

BUS DELAYS/CANCELLATIONS:

In the event of bus cancellations, all schools will remain open for students and staff who can get there safely.

If parents/guardians do not feel it is safe to bring their …

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Professional Activity Day Description – Nov. 24, 2023

Posted November 7, 2023

Date: November 24, 2023

Length: Full Day

Topics:

Elementary Topic: Parent-Guardian / Teacher Interviews
Secondary Topic 1:  AM – Curriculum PD and Workshops
Secondary Topic 2:  PM – Workplace Violence Prevention Training as per the Collective Agreement

Entity Hosting: Upper Grand DSB

Presenter(s)/Facilitator(s): School Administrators and Online Modules

Description: 

Elementary Staff will spend the full day communicating with parents/guardians about student progress after the Progress Reports go …

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Invitation to Parents & Guardians- Strengths to Grow a University of Guelph research project!

Posted November 2, 2023

Strengths to Grow is a University of Guelph research project (approved through UGDSB)  that provides an awesome opportunity for parents to get a series of online modules for strengths-based parenting.

From Dr. Margaret Lumley’s Research Group:

 Based on our initial findings, we think the Strengths to Grow Program for …

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ATTENDANCE SUPPORT WEEK 4

Posted October 26, 2023

 This week, let’s discuss some things to do if all the strategies you’ve tried so far to encourage regular attendance at school with your child haven’t worked. 

Be consistent! Don’t give up. And know that there are supports for parents if you need them. “Put on your own …

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