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News from and about the board and trustees, such as initiatives, financial reports and minutes.

Transportation details for 2017–18 school year will be available Monday, August 21, 2017






Kindergarten Students

Since Junior Kindergarten students will not have an Ontario Education Number prior to September, Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region (STSWR) Inc. will be sending a direct mail out to families of Junior Kindergarten students detailing busing information for September 2017.

Senior Kindergarten students will receive a mailed postcard with student login instructions to retrieve their information. Information will be mailed out during the week of August 14.

Special Education Programs

Families with students in Special Education programs will receive a letter home indicating busing information during the month of August.

Elementary and Secondary students

Parents can login and view your child’s transportation details by going to www.stswr.ca and following these easy steps:

  • Click on “Student Login”
  • Enter your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN)
    • The OEN can be found on your child’s report card (numbers only, no space, no dash).
  • Enter your child’s birth date: DD/MM/YYYY
  • Enter your child’s street number (house number only).
  • Select the school your child is attending from the drop down menu.

You can also visit www.stswr.ca to see bus delays and cancellations, subscribe to receive email notifications for late buses and closures and follow on Twitter @stswr.






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Email interruptions as WRDSB transitions email systems, Aug. 10 to 16






As we approach G-Day on August 21, 2017—the day that Waterloo Region District School Board moves its email platform to Google—we are making changes to email addresses for all staff and students.

All WRDSB email addresses will switch to end with @wrdsb.ca—just like our website. During the switchover period, staff and students may experience interruptions accessing their email accounts and intranet. This process will take place from August 10 to 16—which may delay response time.

Students—If you’re having trouble logging in with your @googleapps.wrdsb.ca and receive a “Couldn’t find your Google account” message, please try logging with @wrdsb.ca. If that doesn’t work, please wait 24 to 48 hours, before trying again.






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Apply for a position on the board’s Parent Involvement Committee






The Waterloo Region District School Board’s (WRDSB) Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) is seeking parents/caregivers of students currently enrolled in a WRDSB school and community members to fill avaliable committee positions. WRDSB parents/caregivers and community members interested in this volunteer opportunity can apply using the online form. All applications must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 13, […]

Mary Johnston, first female principal in Waterloo County, passes away






The Waterloo Region District School Board is mourning the loss of Mary Johnston. In 1968, Mary became the first female principal in Waterloo County. Mary retired from the WRDSB in 1987, after spending more than 35 years in education.

“We are saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Mary,” said John Bryant, director of education. “Mary has been a long-time advocate for public education in the Region of Waterloo and will be greatly missed by our school community.”






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Thank you for a wonderful school year






It is hard to believe that another academic school year has come and gone. As our students prepare to move on to their next chapter, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on the past school year. This year we asked you to help us define what public education in Waterloo region means, by […]

Summer hours for WRDSB Education Centre






Beginning the week of July 4 until August 25, 2017, the Waterloo Region District School Board Education Centre (51 Ardelt Ave, Kitchener) will be closed to the public on Fridays. Regular hours of 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM will be maintained Monday to Thursday during this time. Friday hours will resume the week of August […]

WRDSB email addresses to change August 21






We are excited to announce that the Waterloo Region District School Board is moving its email and calendar platform to Google. Many staff and students are already using G Suite tools on a daily basis. In fact, WRDSB has more than 40,000 users of G Suite in our district today.

As part of this change on Aug. 21, 2017, we will also make our email addresses a lot easier and more intuitive for people. When the switch to Gmail happens, all WRDSB email addresses will switch to end with @wrdsb.ca, just like our website.






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Outgoing student trustees reflect on 2016-17 school year






During the month of June, most Waterloo Region District School Board students look forward to leaving the classroom for the summer. But for two students the end of the school year also marks the end of their time in the boardroom. Ryan Barnes and Husayn Jamal will officially finish their terms as Student Trustees on July 31.






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WRDSB recognizes National Aboriginal Day (National Indigenous Peoples Day) on June 21






This year marks the 21st anniversary of the first National Aboriginal Day in 1996. June 21 was chosen as National Aboriginal Day because of the cultural significance of the summer solstice – the first day of summer and longest day of the year, the rebirth of Mother Earth – and because many Aboriginal communities mark this day as a time to celebrate their heritage. Setting aside a day for First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples is part of the wider recognition of their primary and founding place within the fabric of Canada and their on-going contributions as First Peoples.






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Vimy Oak planted in memory of milestone celebration






“Planting a Vimy Oak is a great way to commemorate the soldiers who gave their lives to provide the freedom we experience today, along with the students who went on the trip to mark the 100th anniversary,” said Lisa Hicknell, history teacher at Grand River.







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