Category: Community

Teaching teachers tech at the Ontario summit

On Saturday, April 7, Jacob Hespeler Secondary School hosted teachers from across Ontario at the EdTechTeam Ontario Summit. This was the 6th annual event, which brings educators together to learn about new tools and skills in education technology. Presenters covered a large array of topics, from digitizing math to using technology for the preservation aboriginal […]

Important message on the recent threats in our school communities

Dear Parents, Guardians and Caregivers, As many students, parents and guardians are aware, over these last few weeks, many threats have been made against a number of schools within the Waterloo Region District School Board and across the province. These threats have been issued by persons leaving behind inappropriate messages in a variety of school […]

Free mental wellness seminar for secondary students – Saturday, April 7, 2018

Elevate Waterloo: Mental Wellness Seminar for Secondary Students will be taking place this Saturday, April 7 at Albert McCormick Community Centre in Waterloo. The event focuses on recognizing issues underlying student mental health, and learning to be more mindful while responding to these issues. The event is free for secondary students, and costs $5 for […]

Director's Town Hall

Please join us at our Director’s Town Hall

This is an evening for families, students and staff to come together to create a bright future for our children. There will be activities and opportunities for you to provide your feedback and input. Register Online When: Wednesday, April 25 Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m. Where: Education Centre, 51 Ardelt Avenue, Kitchener We want to hear what […]

Tackling community issues at Manchester PS

The Manchester Public School Grade 5/6 class were given an assignment to write persuasive letters to government officials on a community issue they were concerned about. Three students wrote to the City of Cambridge about their safety concerns with an inaccessible median at the Dundas Beverly intersection. On March 19th, the Mayor of Cambridge surprised […]

Free safeTALK training

safeTALK is training that prepares participants, 15 years of age or older, to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action […]

Message from the Waterloo Region Integrated Drugs Strategy

Purple substance detected in Waterloo Region The Waterloo Region Integrated Drugs Strategy is issuing a warning this week regarding a purple substance suspected to be fentanyl. This substance has a consistency like ‘play dough’ with a purple hue. It is currently undergoing testing through Health Canada. For more information, please visit  

Update on threatening messages found in some WRDSB schools over the last month

As you may have heard in the media, some of our schools have reported messages found on school property and over social media that are threatening in nature and made reference to an act of violence. While Waterloo Regional Police Services have determined that these threats are not credible, together we continue to take these […]

Free parent and caregiver workshops

On Monday, Centennial Public School will be hosting a workshop on helping teens and pre-teens with emotions and decision-making. The workshop will feature Heather Henderson who is an Associate Professor of Psychology at University of Waterloo and Tamara Awad Lobe who is a WRDSB teacher. Workshop details: Monday, March 5 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. […]

February 28 is Pink Shirt Day

On Wednesday, February 28, join us in recognizing Pink Shirt Day. This is a day to stand up against bullying and raise funds to support programs that foster children’s healthy self-esteem. Wear pink to show your support. Each year, a new pink t-shirt is designed in the region to recognize the day and raise funds. […]

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