News & Announcements

ETFO Jan. 28 strike: All UGDSB elementary schools to close - UGDSB secondary schools will remain open

On Tuesday Jan. 28, all UGDSB ELEMENTARY schools will be closed to students due to the one-day ETFO strike, unless the strike is averted. Elementary schools will re-open to students on Jan. 29. All UGDSB SECONDARY schools will remain open to students on Jan. 28 and will operate as usual. Jan. 28 is an exam day in secondary schools; exams will continue as scheduled.

TRANSPORTATION: On Jan. 28, buses/student transportation for all UGDSB elementary students will be cancelled; transportation for UGDSB secondary students will run as normal.

COMMUNITY USE OF SCHOOLS AND CHILD CARE: Community Use of Schools and third-party operated child care centres remain open during this labour action. Some Before and/or After School Programs may be operating and each operator will communicate directly with families.​

UPDATES: Please continue to check the board website for updates at www.ugdsb.ca/labour.

Grade 8 Trip Reminder

Posted November 22, 2016

This is a reminder to Grade 8 students and their families that the registration deadline is fast approaching. Please register on-line using the link below by November 24th. https://evolvetours.com/evolveregistration/register Our Unique Trip code is 17-72 If you would like assistance with the process or have any payment questions please contact Mr. Keesmaat or Mrs. Mortimer ...

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Bullying and Conflict

Posted November 19, 2016

This week's blog is borrowed from our Child and Youth Counselor Child & Youth Counselor Corner! As we all continue to build our school community, we strive to be the best we can be by always putting forth our best effort.  I can honestly say I am very proud of all ...

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Special Education and the school

Posted November 13, 2016

Hi Everyone, I thought I would share some information on how we support your child’s at school, with specific reference to the Special Education supports available. Understanding the education system can be hard to do and navigating it can sometimes be daunting. Hopefully, this blog with alleviate some of that. Supports start ...

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Self Control and other things

Posted November 5, 2016

Hello All: I read an interesting article on Flipboard today with my coffee that caused me to reflect on my view of self-control and will power.  https://flipboard.com/@flipboard/flip.it%2FjZpiUp-the-myth-of-self-control/f-14c02cbb27%2Fvox.com So I thought I would connect some of the interesting ideas to what we are doing and teaching at school. First off, I will admit ...

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Be Kind

Posted October 23, 2016

Hi All: I thought I would write this week on two principles that are very important to me. We use these a lot as important language and "rules" for the students and staff at our school - "Be Kind" and "Do no harm". This is coming from my recent experience provided by ...

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#getoutside

Posted October 16, 2016

I decided to take a week off last week to celebrate Thanksgiving weekend. I had the privilege of spending the weekend in the Canadian Shield at my in-laws cottage and found it very restorative. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to go to the Guelph Arboretum for a walk with my ...

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When September ends

Posted October 2, 2016

Hello all and happy weekend. This week's topic has to do with PLAY, child development and learning. I was listening to CBC radio this morning and they had on a "parenting expert" who was talking about how we should parent (not a new topic, lol). Interestingly, this made me think of ...

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Learning Through our Mistakes – Sept. 24

Posted September 25, 2016

One of the nice things I enjoy about the weekend is sitting on Saturday morning with a fresh coffee catching up on reading my twitter feed. I find it very good for Professional Development and keeping current. I find it amazing that in no time at all, I can connect ...

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When I read with my child….

Posted September 18, 2016

I had mentioned last week that it is important to read with your child. I thought I would share some ideas on how, what and why. Why read? Our lives are filled with print media. Whether they be signs on the street, instructions or manuals for games or machines, recipes, newstories, blogs, or ...

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The First week is in the books!

Posted September 10, 2016

What an amazing week it has been. I always find it hard to describe the feeling of having the staff and students back in the building and listening to the excited buzz of talk in the classrooms. It is truly something special. Mrs. Mortimer and I have toured the classrooms this ...

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Exciting Times at JGPS

Posted September 2, 2016

Hello Everyone! I have set a new goal for myself in the interest of increasing the link between school and home by blogging every Friday. If you have a topic you would like explored, or questions that you would like answered email me at Kenneth.Keesmaat@ugdsb.on.ca. It has been a great week in ...

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Coming to John Galt on the First Day

Posted August 30, 2016

Welcome to the First Day at John Galt PS Hello Everyone! Please see below for some “First Day” instructions: If you are coming by car, please park on the side streets and use the crosswalks to help your child know and learn the safe way to cross. We will have street patrols on ...

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August 22nd

Posted August 22, 2016

Great News! I was at the school today. Work is being done on the creative playground retaining wall. Jason Parks is in working on the Kindergarten yard play elements. There will be some exciting new things when you come to school.
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