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posted Dec 20, 2018, 11:40 AM by Joe Toth

JWH Weekly Update

December 17-21, 2018

Friday, December 21 is the last day of school prior to the Holiday Break. It is an EARLY DISMISSAL day which ends at 1:35 pm. Please ensure that you have made arrangements for your child(ren) to leave school at 1:35 that day. We wish all our James W. Hill Families a safe and happy holiday. See you all on January 7, 2019!

A reminder to our grade 1 parents that if you plan on registering your child for full day, grade 2 French Immersion in September 2019, your application must be submitted by Thursday, January 31, 2019. This is a FIRM deadline and there will be no exceptions to this. Thank you to the parents who have registered already, you will receive a confirmation e-mail from the office once we receive your child’s application.

Earlier this week we sent home the Continuing in French Immersion forms for our existing F/I students. Parents, please complete the form and return it prior to Friday, January 25, 2019. We start this confirmation process early on since it helps with our staffing and class building for next year.

Calling all Kindergarten Students! Kindergarten registration starts in January, 2019. Students entering Junior Kindergarten will have a birth year of 2015, while Senior Kindergarten students have a birth year of 2014. An orientation will be held in late May or early June for families who have registered their child for the 2019-2020 school year. Welcome to James W. Hill!

Thank you to all of the parents that have notified the school of early departures and /or late returns surrounding the holiday break. If you are leaving earlier than December 21 and/or returning after January 7, 2019, please let the school know your plans. Absences can be recorded, using the School Messenger system, for several days in a row. If you are not sure how to do this, we will be happy to help you, rather than have the system calling out to you during your vacation!

One last “house-keeping” note! If your child requires medication on a temporary basis, such as antibiotics or, a cold-induced inhaler, please note that you must bring a Doctor’s note to the school indicating why the medication is needed. When you arrive at the school, we will ask you to complete the requisite paperwork that provides permission to administer the medication, along with the dosage. School personnel will not administer medication without a Doctor’s note supporting the request.

The Halton District School Board is hosting several Pathways Information Evenings in January 2019 to allow Grade 7 - 12 students and families to explore program opportunities offered at high schools in Halton. All are welcome to attend and registration is not required. The meetings will be held at the following locations from 6 - 8 p.m.:

· Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019: Georgetown District High School (70 Guelph St, Georgetown)
· Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019: Garth Webb Secondary School (2820 Westoak Trails Blvd, Oakville)
· Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019: Milton District High School (396 Williams Ave., Milton)
· Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019: M.M. Robinson High School (2425 Upper Middle Rd, Burlington)

Pathways Programs include the Specialist High Skills Major programs, Ontario Youth Apprenticeship programs, Specialty School to Career programs, the Employability Skills Certificate program, Dual Credit college programs, Grade 8 - 9 Transition programs, and more.

Agenda for Pathways Information Evenings:
6 - 6:30 p.m. - Pathways displays and meet the Pathways Program teachers
6:30 - 7:15 p.m. - Pathways presentation (programs and planning for post-secondary)
7:15 - 8 p.m. - Teacher displays and Elementary transition to high school workshop

To learn more, visit

We wish all our James W. Hill Families

a Safe and Happy Holiday!

And for those who celebrate, Merry Christmas!