Office update – April 20

Dear Families,  

The Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) is committed to providing safe, caring and inclusive places for everyone. One way to find out how we are doing is to ask students in grades 4 to 12 about their health and well-being. We are inviting students to share their feedback via a survey.

The Safe Caring and Inclusive Student Survey

What is the student survey about?

WRDSB wants to better understand areas of child development that contribute to students’ well-being, health and school success. The survey asks students about their thoughts, feelings and experiences in school and in the community. The survey asks students about:

1) Social and emotional development, such as self-esteem, optimism, happiness and empathy;

2) Feelings of connectedness to school, family, friends, and communities;

3) School experiences;

4) Physical health and well-being; and

5) Time use after school hours, as well as students’ wishes for after-school time.

When and how will the student survey happen?

In April and May, students in grades 4 to 12 will be invited to complete the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI). Students will do this online survey during school time with staff supervision.  The survey is anonymous – your child’s name will not be on the survey and your child will not be identified in any way. Your child can choose whether or not he or she wants to complete the survey.  If a question bothers a student in any way, the student may skip the question or can stop answering the survey altogether. All students will receive information about who they can reach out to should they need help. The information that your child provides in the survey will be combined with that of other students.

Where can I get more information about the student survey?

Information about the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI), including a copy of the survey, is online at www.earlylearning.ubc.ca/mdi

How will the school and community benefit from the results of the student survey?

The results from the student survey will be used to produce reports for schools that will help us plan and/or revise our Safe, Caring and Inclusive School initiatives. Board level reports will be shared with the community. WRDSB will also share the summarized anonymous data with research partners from the University of British Columbia who will collaborate with board staff for analysis of the data.  If you and/or your child choose not to participate, this will not affect his/her grades or other school outcomes in any way.

If you have any questions or concerns or do not wish for your child to participate, please contact your school principal. If you do not wish for your child to complete the survey, please contact the school principal no later than one week after receiving this notification.

We will be seeking your feedback in a separate parent/guardian survey that will be launching in late April.

Thank you for your continued interest in our schools, and for helping us do our best to ensure a safe and respectful learning environment for everyone.

Sincerely,

Andrea Michelutti, Principal

First ever Jean Steckle P.S. Yearbook

Don’t forget to order your yearbook!

Our yearbook committee has been busy creating our FULL colour, 96 page yearbook.

Each yearbook is only $23!

There are also additional features that you can purchase through the website such as

  • Hardcover upgrade
  • Foil name on the front of the book
  • Current events insert “Zoom”

All yearbook purchases will be made online through:

ybpay.lifetouch.com

Our ID code is 13480418

You will need to include your child’s name to order their book through the Lifetouch website.

All yearbooks will be delivered to the school and handed out to students in June.

Upcoming dates

April 26 – School-wide STEAM Challenge

April 27 – Tepperman’s school visit – ECO Club

May 1 – Dental Screening (JK/SK/Grade 2)

May 2 – Walk to school day

May 3 – Memory Booster Ukulele Sing-along 1:30 p.m.

May 4 – PD Day; Last day to order yearbooks

May 7 – D.O. Gibson presentation

May 9 – Kodaly Choir 7:30 p.m. at Centre in the Square

May 11 – Character Spirit Day

May 16 – Kindergarten and Primary Popcorn Day

May 17 – Intermediate Track and Field

May 18 – Intermediate Track and Field rain date

May 21 – Victoria Day

May 22 – Grade 7 immunization

May 31- Intermediate Track and Field at JHSS

May 24 – Welcome to Kindergarten night 6:00 p.m.

June 1 – PD Day

June 14 – Family Fun Night

June 29 – PD Day