Parent Talk Series: Sibling Rivalry

Parent Night 2015 presents… “Parent Talk Series: Sibling Rivalry“.  Hosted by Alyson Schafer, come learn strategies to prevent, reduce and respond effectively when siblings fight.  The event will take pace on Thursday, April 9, 2015 from 7:00pm-8:30pm at Forest Glen Public School (437 Waterloo St, New Hamburg).  The event is FREE!

Puppets Elora: Frog Prince & Stone Soup

Looking for something fun to do during March Break?  Visit the New Hamburg Public Library on Tuesday, March 17 to see “Puppets Elora: Frog Prince and Stone Soup“.  The show runs from 10:30am-11:30am and tickets are $3 each or two for $5.  It is a family-friendly event and all ages are welcome.  Contact the branch […]

Pizza Days and Hot Lunch Days (April)

April’s pizza days and hot lunch days have been added to the calendar. Please take a look if you’ve ordered so you can plan ahead before packing lunches.

Winter Play Day (Rescheduled)

The Winter Play Day has now been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 10!

February 23 – All schools open & buses are running

Transportation is running and schools are open today.

Why were our schools closed Friday?

The WRDSB has put in place a frigid temperature threshold in our severe weather procedure primarily for three reasons related to the safety of our students:

1. According to Environment Canada, at -35C exposed skin can freeze within 10 minutes. Environment Canada indicates that in temperatures between -28 to -39 there is a high risk of exposed skin freezing (frostnip or frostbite). This temperature is very unusual for our region and some students may not have the appropriate clothing to protect themselves.

2. Most students will take longer than 10 minutes to walk to school and the bused students may wait for an extended period of time should any bus be delayed.

3. We are unable to guarantee crossing guard service to our students as individual crossing guards have a right to maintain their safety given that they are exposed for extended periods of time in frigid temperatures.

The Education Centre remains open and is fully operational.

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February 20 – All Schools are Closed & Buses Cancelled

Due to frigid temperatures, all schools are closed today and all buses are cancelled. All Extended Day Programs are also closed. The Education Centre remains open for those who can safely arrive to work.

National Cupcake Day – Feb. 23

Monday February 23rd is National Cupcake Day!  All cupcakes donated by the grade 6 class will be sold for $1.00 each.  100% of proceeds go the KW and Stratford-Perth Humane Societies.

When do Schools Close Due to Weather?

Our procedure for severe weather  provides guidelines and expectations for school closings due to severe weather, and how this information is communicated to our families.

Severe weather refers to conditions such as ice, fog, rain, sleet, snow, wind and/or frigid temperatures and wind chills. We consider a frigid temperature to be -35C with wind chill, or colder.

The general manager of Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region (STSWR) will monitor weather and temperatures in the region beginning at 5:30am, using Environment Canada’s wind chill index. If the temperature is forecasted to reach or exceed -35C with wind chill at 7:00am, buses will not operate and schools will be closed. The education centre will be open to those employees who can safely arrive to work.

How do we communicate cancellations or closures?

Decisions relating to cancellations and closures are made by 6:00am. Any cancellations and closures will be posted on our website and school websites. Information will also be available on our twitter account (@wrdsb). We encourage you to monitor our website and listen to local media for up-to-date cancellation and closures.

Parents have the option of keeping their children at home when concerned about weather conditions.

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February 2 – All Schools CLOSED

Due to weather, ALL schools are CLOSED today. All Extended Day Programs are closed as well. The Education Centre is open for those who can get there safely.

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