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Information about remote learning, COVID-19 updates

ALL UGDSB students have shifted to remote learning, effective Wed. April 7, including students in specialized DD class placements. The Spring Break scheduled for April 12-16 will continue as planned. For more information, please click here. 

All UGDSB schools directed to shift to remote learning effective Wed. April 7

Posted April 5, 2021

The UGDSB has been notified by Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health that Public Health’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Nicola Mercer, will issue an Order, directing all schools within the WDG region to shift to remote learning effective Wednesday April 7, 2021.

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Principal’s Message – April 3, 2021

Posted April 3, 2021

There were many religious celebrations this past week and happening this weekend.  We would like to wish a Happy Holi to our Hindu families; a Happy Hola Mohalla to our Sikh families; Chag Sameach to our Jewish families celebrating Pesach (Passover); and Happy Easter to our Christian families ...

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#UGUmbrella – This April we are looking at Intrinsic Motivation

Posted March 30, 2021

April’s Umbrella Project theme is “Intrinsic Motivation.” For those who are unsure exactly what that means, intrinsic motivation is the act of doing something without an external reward.  

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Principal’s Message – March 27, 2021

Posted March 27, 2021

Happy Passover to our Jewish families celebrating this weekend. What an incredible week.  We thoroughly enjoyed our outside time in the sunshine.  What a treat for March!  We can’t wait until the fields are dry and we can spread out again. It was fun handing out ...

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Information about elementary graduation celebrations

Posted March 26, 2021

Due to on-going COVID-19 restrictions around large gatherings and physical distancing, UGDSB elementary schools will not be able to hold traditional in-person graduation ceremonies this spring. This includes both indoor and outdoor ceremonies. 

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Recommended reading in Indigenous education and knowledge

Posted March 25, 2021

This year, Upper Grand DSB board and school staff groups have continued organizing and participating in book studies, focusing on furthering learning in anti-racism and anti-oppression. Here are some ideas for recommended reading in Indigenous education and knowledge.

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Policy feedback opportunity: Indigenous Education

Posted March 24, 2021

The following new draft policy has been released for public consultation, and feedback from the public is welcome on the draft documents: Policy 519 – Indigenous Education (First Nations, Métis, Inuit).

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Principal’s Message – March 21, 2021

Posted March 21, 2021

Happy Spring!  I know that we are all excited to see the warmer temperatures and the sun shining.  It makes us all feel more hopeful and lighter. We had a lot of fun in the school this past week with our “March Fake” spirit week.  It was ...

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Principal’s Message – March 14, 2021

Posted March 14, 2021

It has been incredible to see the snow come off our fields.  The water flowing to our storm drains have mesmerized many of our students during recess.  We will be staying off the fields for the time being to allow them to thaw and to avoid squishy feet ...

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Final review of elementary waitlist on April 1, 2021

Posted March 12, 2021

March 12, 2021 The Upper Grand District School Board will conduct one final review of the waitlist for families wishing to switch between the Elementary Remote School and in-person learning on April 1, 2021. After April 1, students will be required to remain in their current ...

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Letter Regarding Covid Exposure

Posted March 11, 2021

Please see the attached letter regarding a recent Covid exposure at Spencer Ave.  The school remains open to staff and students.  There will be no closures of classrooms.   Covid Update March 11

One year of COVID, taking time to reflect and heal

Posted March 11, 2021

The Canadian Mental Health Association of Waterloo-Wellington has prepared resources for educational staff, students and families, which focus on acknowledging the losses experienced due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while making space for gratitude and hope.

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UGDSB hosting final PIC parent engagement event, focusing on Special Education

Posted March 5, 2021

April 8, 2021 – Navigating Special Education. This event features five breakout session topics, with participants given the option to select two sessions to attend. 

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Addressing anti-Asian racism, resources to support educators

Posted March 3, 2021

This month, the Upper Grand District School Board’s Equity Team shared with staff a resource on addressing anti-Asian racism. We all have a role to play in learning, unlearning and working to dismantle racism and oppression in our communities.

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Principal’s Message – February 28, 2021

Posted February 28, 2021

With the gently warming temperatures, you can feel Spring in the air.  Of course, Mother Nature has a sense of humour and sometimes March comes in like a lion.  We are enjoying the time we are spending outdoors in the sunshine.  Many classes have been enjoying snowshoeing around ...

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UGDSB reflects on Black Heritage, Black Brilliance and Black Futures Month 

Posted February 26, 2021

This month, the Upper Grand District School Board recognized and celebrated Black Heritage, Black Brilliance and Black Futures Month. 

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#UGUmbrella – This March we focus on Mindfulness

Posted February 26, 2021

This month for the Umbrella Project we are focusing on mindfulness. Mindfulness is being aware of what’s happening right now without wishing it was different.

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Black Heritage Month spotlight: Alfred M. Lafferty

Posted February 23, 2021

Throughout Black Heritage, Black Brilliance and Black Futures Month, many schools have been celebrating the lives and accomplishments of Black individuals in Canada and beyond.

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COVID-19 School Self-Screening Changes

Posted February 22, 2021

The Ministry of Education has revised the self-screening requirements for all students in Ontario, effective immediately. Please review the following information for important updates.

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Preliminary information about COVID-19 testing in schools

Posted February 18, 2021

The Ministry of Education has instructed school boards to implement a targeted COVID-19 testing program in schools. The testing will be voluntary and consent will be required. Testing will be for asymptomatic students and staff only. The UGDSB is currently in the process of developing a targeted testing plan.

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Ministry of Education postpones March Break, new date April 12-16, 2021

Posted February 11, 2021

On Feb. 11, 2021, Minister of Education Stephen Lecce announced that the Ministry has postponed March Break in Ontario schools until April 12-16, 2021.

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UGDSB and PIC to host second parent engagement event

Posted February 10, 2021

Following the success of the January event, the board and PIC are pleased to announce the March 4, 2021 event. This event will run from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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Posted February 4, 2021

February 4th, 2021   Dear Spencer Ave Families, By now you would have heard that we are back in business for in person learning on Monday, February 8th.  We are very excited to see your children again and not through a computer.  For me personally, it will ...

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UGDSB schools to resume in-person learning on Monday Feb. 8

Posted February 3, 2021

On Wednesday afternoon, the Minister of Education announced that schools in the Upper Grand District School Board will resume in-person learning on Monday Feb. 8, 2021. School boards are required to follow the direction of the Ministry. 

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UGDSB celebrates Black Brilliance month virtually this February

Posted February 3, 2021

Students and staff in the Upper Grand District School Board are coming together virtually this month to celebrate Black Brilliance, Heritage and Futures.

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Online learning in UGDSB to continue until further notice

Posted January 28, 2021

On Thursday Jan. 28, the Ministry of Education made an announcement regarding the resumption of in-person learning for some school boards in the province. Please note that the UGDSB was not included in the list of boards that are permitted to resume in-person instruction the week of Feb. 1, 2021. This means that all UGDSB schools will continue with our current measures for online learning until further notice. 

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#UGUmbrella – This February, we explore healthy lifestyles 

Posted January 28, 2021

This month as part of the Umbrella Project, we are bringing our focus onto healthy lifestyles.  Healthy lifestyles sound easy, right? When it comes to healthy lifestyles, it may seem like eating well, getting enough sleep and prioritizing our own care is easy, but for many of us this is not the case.  

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Update regarding extension of online learning

Posted January 22, 2021

At this time, we do not expect that schools will resume in-person learning until the end of the provincial emergency orders on February 11, 2021, at the earliest. 

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Temporary online learning extended until Jan. 29, 2021

Posted January 20, 2021

Public Health has instructed the UGDSB that the current measures in place for online learning in the UGDSB will be extended until at least January 29. 

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Principal’s Message – January 17, 2021

Posted January 17, 2021

Two weeks of remote learning are in the books.  As I pop in and out of virtual classrooms I am impressed by the participation of our students and the creative ways staff have recreated aspects of their classroom to support kiddos in the virtual world.  We know the ...

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Information for schools following expanded provincial restrictions 

Posted January 13, 2021

On Tuesday Jan. 12, 2021, the provincial government announced new restrictions to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Ontario. As part of that announcement, information was shared that affects Ontario schools, and we would like to provide the details that have been announced so far to all Upper Grand DSB families.

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No additional board-wide survey, reorganization in elementary schools

Posted January 12, 2021

The Upper Grand District School Board would like to inform all elementary school families that there will be no additional “intent to change learning modes” survey for elementary students. What this means is that there will not be another board-wide reorganization in elementary schools at this time.  

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UGDSB and PIC to host virtual parent engagement events in the new year

Posted January 11, 2021

The Upper Grand District School Board and Parent Involvement Committee are hosting virtual events for parents/guardians throughout the remainder of the school year.

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Principal’s Message – January 9, 2021

Posted January 9, 2021

What a great first week of remote learning.  Although we are disappointed that the situation in the province prevents us from safely returning to school at this point, we are grateful that so many of our kiddos were actively engaged in learning throughout the week.  We know that ...

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Resource: Mental Health and COVID-19 for Caregivers

Posted January 8, 2021

The uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and the sense of added responsibility can be stressful. Please see this parent resource for coping strategies to deal with the stress and uncertainty. 

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Public Health officials instruct schools to continue online learning until Jan. 24, 2021

Posted January 7, 2021

Public health officials have instructed all schools within our region to continue online learning until at least Jan. 24, 2021. 

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#UGUmbrella – This January we are looking at self-compassion 

Posted January 5, 2021

It’s safe to say that we can often be our own worst critic and because of this, this January we are looking at self-compassion. Self-compassion is the care we offer ourselves when we make mistakes, embarrass ourselves, or come short of a goal we were hoping to achieve. It’s about being kind to yourself even when things don’t go as planned. Learn more about self-compassion on the UGDSB website. 

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UGDSB Kindergarten registration runs January 5-22, 2021 

Posted January 4, 2021

Registration for new UGDSB Junior Kindergarten (JK) and Senior Kindergarten (SK) students for September 2021 will take place between January 5-22, 2021. 

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Principal’s Message – January 2, 2021

Posted January 2, 2021

Happy New Year!  I hope that you all have had a great winter break and have made many memories as a family.  On behalf of the staff, we wish you a happy and healthy 2021. Thank you to all the parents who have emailed me to welcome ...

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UPDATE: Information about inappropriate emails

Posted January 1, 2021

The following is an update on addressing the mass distribution of inappropriate emails from New Year’s Eve.

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