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January 14-18, 2019

posted Jan 14, 2019, 7:27 AM by Joe Toth

JWH Weekly Update

January 14-18, 2019

On Monday, January 14 MADD Canada will be providing an in-school presentation to our grades 7 and 8 students. ‘No Tomorrow’, MADD Canada’s 2018-2019 School Assembly Program, is a powerful dramatization about the tragic consequences of impaired driving. The video ends with testimonials from real-life victims who share their heartbreaking stories with the audience. MADD Canada’s School Assembly Program targets students in grades 7 through 12.

Our grade 8s head to the Oakville Centre for Performing Arts to see Visions of Turtle Island on Monday, January 16. The performance includes live singing, dance and video/image presentations to explain traditional dances and illustrate the cultural experience of First Nations people in Canada. This trip supports the History curriculum component on First Nations. Permission forms are due today, Friday, January 11.

On Thursday, January 24, our grades 7 and 8 students will be heading to New Street Education Centre for a Belief Summit. The leader of the summit is Sarah Wells; Canadian Olympic hurdler. Permission slips for this event went home with your child earlier in the week and are due back on Friday, January 18. Students will receive inspirational accounts of how to believe in themselves and their dreams. There is no cost for this event.

A final 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. As soon as we receive your application, we will send a confirmation e-mail.

For students who are already in French Immersion, the Continuing in French Immersion form is due back 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. Thank you prompt attention to this.  

Halton Region’s dental hygienists will be at James W. Hill on Wednesday and Thursday, January 29 & 30, 2019, screening our JKs, SKs and Grade 2 students. A letter of explanation was sent home with your child just prior to the break. If you have any questions or concerns, please go to the region’s website or call 311 and ask to speak to someone in their Oral Health department.

Calling all Kindergarten Students! Kindergarten registration starts in January, 2019. Students entering Junior Kindergarten will have the birth year of 2015, while new Senior Kindergarten students have the 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. The deadline for registering is February 1, 2019. If possible please come to the office between 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. Thank you!

The grade 8 Camp Olympia Trip deposit of $100 is now available on School Cash Online. The deadline for the deposit is Monday, February 4. Please submit your payment and the requisite paperwork to confirm your child’s participation in this end-of-year, team building trip. The payment balance of $130, also available on School Cash Online if you prefer to pay now, is due Monday, April 15, 2019.

Halton parents seeking placement at schools, other than their home school, do so by way of Optional Attendance. Schools that are open to Optional Attendance will take applications up until January 31, 2019. James W. Hill P.S. is closed to Optional Attendance since we are already well over capacity. To find a listing of schools open to Optional Attendance, please go to and look up Optional Attendance.

On Thursday, February 14, our School Council will be hosting a Friendship Dance-A-Thon. On Monday a package will be sent to you electronically with pledge sheets and details about pre-purchasing tickets for the snack table. There will be no cash sales at the dance and students will need tickets to redeem drinks and snacks.  

Is your password safe? To help ensure your information is secure, avoid reusing passwords across accounts and never share your login credentials. To learn more about the importance of being safe online, visit the Halton District School Board's Technology & You resources at (Search: Technology & You) or follow #TECHandU on Twitter.

Several bags of lost and found items have been taken to a local charity this week! We encourage parents to put your child’s name on all items that come to school. If there is a name we call the student to the office to return the item.

Coming Up ……

January 16 - Intermediate Badminton Exhibition games at JWH - til 7:30 pm

January 23 - Boys Basketball Showcase Tournament at JWH - til 7:30 pm

February 1 - PD Day - NO SCHOOL for students

February 6 - iREP Black History Month presentations - more details to follow