December News

Posted November 30, 2023

DownloadHappy December!  We’d like to start by saying a big ‘thank you’ to our School Council and our Fundraising committee for organizing our Holiday Bazaar last weekend.  Thank you to all of our families who visited and who donated baked items, raffle prizes, volunteered or came as a vendor.  It was a lovely event that was enjoyed by all.  

December promises to be an exciting month with many celebrations to share and the Winter Break only a few weeks away.  We hope that everyone has a safe and restful holiday!


November 27 – December 15 Food Drive

December 11 – 15 – Lost and Found Items out in front foyer

December 14 – Pizza and milk orders due

December 22 – Last day before the Winter Break Cozy Day 

December 25 – January 5 – Board Holiday

January 8 – Return to School

January 9 – Kindergarten Registration

January 26 – PA Day – No School for students

January 30 – 7:00pm School Council Meeting Virtual


Please make sure that all of your child’s items are labeled, especially with the extra gear that comes with winter (mitts, hats, coats, snow pants, boots,….).  


Items that are in our Lost and Found will be on display in our front foyer during the week of December 11-15.  Please encourage your child to visit and look in our front foyer for any lost items.


Wolves, we need your help! We need to fill the Food Bank bins in our front foyer. If you are able, please bring in a non-perishable food item. Your donations will help us continue to provide support to those in need in our local community. The food drive will run November 27th – December 15th. The class with the highest number of donations will win an ice cream sandwich party! 


Just a reminder to send library books back to school before December 22nd. All books automatically have a 2 week loan limit, so they will be overdue if not returned before the holidays. If your child has any overdue books that can’t be located at home or school, please send an email to [email protected] so we clear up their account and get them borrowing books again in the new year!


The months of January and February can bring some of our worst weather.  To determine whether schools are open or closed check the board or school website: and and click on the yellow school bus located at the top of the home page. Information about cancellation and closures will also be shared on the local radio stations:  1460 AM CJOY, 106.1 Magic FM.  William C. Winegard PS is located in DIVISION 1 YELLOW – South Wellington, Guelph and Puslinch

Please note that it is the parents’ responsibility to determine whether or not it is safe for their child to leave for school in inclement or severe weather. A parent must be aware of the following:

  • If buses are cancelled in Division 1, elementary schools are open to students, secondary schools are closed.
  • When a bus does not travel a route in the morning due to fog, ice, or snow conditions, it will not travel that route in the afternoon.
  • If your child rides the bus, please sign up for notifications on the Student Transportation website to receive real-time updates about bus delays or cancellations.
  • While we have an excellent transportation system, buses may be delayed in the morning due to traffic, poor road conditions, mechanical breakdowns, etc. To ensure your child is not stranded at his/her pick-up point; please make sure he/she knows what to do and where to go if the bus is more than 15 minutes late. Listen for messages on your local radio station for the City of Guelph – Yellow Card.
  • If it is an Emergency Closure Day: When schools are closed to both students and staff (e.g. power outages, weather closures formerly known as “System Shutdown”) we will pivot to online learning.  Information will be shared with families from the homeroom teacher.  Check your child’s google classroom in the morning.


Water Filling StationFunds from last year’s fundraising were accessed to purchase the second floor water filling station and to support the purchase of new libraryLibrary Furniture furniture.


Thank you to everyone who came out to support the Winter Bazaar.  It was a success and great opportunity for the community to come together.  If you are a prize winner please connect with the school to set up a time to come and pick up your prizes. 

Please join us for our next school council meeting virtually on Tuesday, January 30th from 7:00pm – 8:00pm.  The link is shared on the school calendar.


Our next round of pizza will run on Wednesdays from January 10th through March 6th inclusive. (9 weeks).  Milk will run for the same time frame with the option to purchase Monday, Wednesday & Friday or Wednesday only. Orders are to be made through schoolcashonline and will be open from December 1st until December 14th. LATE ORDERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED! 


The Kiss and Ride zone is meant as a “drop and go” area for children who can walk from the yard to the car on their own.  Cars are not to be parked and left unattended.  If you need to park to pick up your children from the yard, pull into a parking spot or park on the available side streets.  We need to keep the parking lot and the bus area clear.  


Just a reminder, as per the posted signs, our play structures will be closed until the Spring. A notice will be sent out when everything is open again!


Snow is a very fun part of the winter season for our students, however, it can generate trouble if it is not used appropriately. Please help us remind our students that snow stays on the ground at school during the school day.  We also ask that students stay off the snow piles during drop off and pick up for safety reasons.


Congratulations to our Primary Choir, who will be singing the national anthem at the Guelph Storm hockey game this Sunday.  Thank you to Mrs. Hopkins for all of her work leading our choir and to the Guelph Storm for this exciting opportunity.  

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