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Important information for families regarding ETFO and OSSTF job action

Important information for families regarding ETFO and OSSTF job action

​As we have previously shared, Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario has announced provincial job action in elementary schools across Ontario starting Tuesday, Nov. 26. Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation is also in a legal strike position, but haven’t announced any job action at this time. At this time, ETFO has announced that its job action will target the Ministry of Education and school board administrative tasks that do not impact students. Schools, childcare centres, and before- and after-school programs remain open. 

What you need to know about the 2019 elementary Health and Physical Education (HPE) curriculum

What you need to know about the 2019 elementary Health and Physical Education (HPE) curriculum

​The Ministry of Education’s revised Elementary Health and Physical Education (HPE) curriculum was introduced on Aug. 21, 2019. The Peel District School Board is implementing the curriculum in alignment with our Equity and Inclusive Education Policy #54, the Ministry of Education’s Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy, and our obligation to honour human rights that are protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Applications open for pathway programs including Explore High Skills, Peel Region High Performers Program and secondary Regional Learning Choices Programs

Applications open for pathway programs including Explore High Skills, Peel Region High Performers Program and secondary Regional Learning Choices Programs

​Peel District School Board pathway programs provide a range of diverse and engaging learning opportunities, courses and programs. Applications are currently open for Explore High Skills, Peel Region High Performers Program and secondary Regional Learning Choices Programs.  ​

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Peel board hosts info sessions about French Immersion, Extended French options on Nov. 21

Peel board hosts info sessions about French Immersion, Extended French options on Nov. 21

The Peel District School Board will host information sessions for families about its French Immersion (FI) and Extended French (EF) programs at each FI/EF school on Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. Applications open on Monday, Nov. 25 at 8:30 a.m. These programs are an option for families to consider if they have a child who will start grade 1 or grade 7 in September 2020. Visit www.peelschools.org/French to find the FI or EF school in your area.

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Testing for lead in school water sources

Testing for lead in school water sources

​​Recently, some news outlets have reported about lead levels found in drinking water in Ontario schools. It is important that we clarify that the Peel District School Board's test results shared in these articles are from the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years, and have already been resolved. All of our elementary and secondary schools are currently in compliance with requirements of Ontario's Safe Drinking Water Act.​
Use of personal devices in Peel District School Board schools

Use of personal devices in Peel District School Board schools

​On Nov. 4, 2019, the Ministry of Education introduced a restriction on the use of personal mobile devices, such as cellphones, in the classroom. It's being referred to as a "cellphone ban" in the media, however, the ministry's direction does allow personal devices to be used for instructional purposes, as directed by an educator. Exceptions are also made if cellphones are required for health or medical purposes, to support special education needs. This direction aligns with the Peel District School Board's current practice and, as such, there is no​ change to the use of technology in Peel schools.​
Loss of former student

Loss of former student

November 12, 2019

Dear Willow Way P.S. Families:

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of one of our former students, Mohammed Abdalamear age 10, who died November 4, 2019, after a lengthy illness.  He was a beloved student who had attended Willow Way since Junior Kindergarten.  He will be remembered as a caring, respectful, funny student with a huge smile.  He loved Spider-Man and had his own YouTube channel which his classmates enjoyed.  A funeral has already taken place.

I encourage you to provide your child with an opportunity to discuss this death in terms of your personal family beliefs.  If your child is already aware or you decide to share this information, here are some ways you can help your child deal with their feelings and reactions:

  • Acknowledge your child's grief and the emotional upset.
  • Be available to your child. If you don't know the right thing to say, just listen. Acknowledge that we don't always have answers to why these things happen.
  • Provide a reassuring environment in which your child feels comfortable expressing his or her thoughts and feelings.
  • Encourage your child to deal with the death in the way that's most comfortable for him or her. Some children are open about their feelings, while others prefer not to talk about them or may only want to talk to their peers.
  • Acknowledge that your child may continue to feel the impact of Mohammed's death for some time to come. Help your child understand that there's no time limit on grieving.

If your child has recently experienced the loss of a family member or friend, Mohammed's death may result in additional upset.

It's important to remember staff at the school will also be deeply affected by this loss. It may help your child to know that the staff at our school share in their sadness.

Counselling staff are available at the school if you feel that your child needs support. Please contact the school at 905-567-0237 if you have concerns about your child. Thank you for your support and understanding during this difficult time.

Sincerely,

Jocelyn McKay

Principal

Invitation to We Rise Together Parent Engagement Workshop - Nov. 23

Invitation to We Rise Together Parent Engagement Workshop - Nov. 23

Parents/guardians of Black Peel students are invited to attend the first of four We Rise Together parent engagement workshops on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019 from 10 - 1 p.m. at Mississauga Secondary School. Register to attend at https://pdsb.me/wrtparentworkshops
Peel schools recognize Indigenous Heritage Month and Hindu Heritage Month in November

Peel schools recognize Indigenous Heritage Month and Hindu Heritage Month in November

Throughout November, schools across the Peel District School Board will recognize and celebrate Indigenous Heritage Month and Hindu Heritage Month. Schools will participate in a number of activities to honour the rich culture, heritage, contributions and diversity of First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities across Canada,  Hindu Canadians, and Hindu communities from around the world. 
Peel Public Health shares tips to help prevent the flu

Peel Public Health shares tips to help prevent the flu

​It's flu season and we want to make sure students stay as healthy as possible this year! Influenza (flu) spreads easily from one person to another and Peel Public Health has some tips to help reduce the risk of catching the flu and spreading it:

 


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