News & Announcements

Sir John A Macdonald SS Closed September 5, 2018

On the evening of Tuesday, September 4, 2018, an electrical malfunction occurred at Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School which resulted in significant damage to the electrical systems. As a result, classes have been cancelled for Wednesday, September 5, 2018, and the school is closed to all staff and students. There was no impact to […]

First day of school at Janet Metcalfe PS

This morning at 9:00 a.m. Kitchener’s newest and largest elementary school opened its doors for the first time. Janet Metcalfe Public School welcomed more than 550 students and 52 staff into our brand new facility. The school is named after Canada’s first ever kindergarten teacher, who taught in Waterloo Region for more than thirty years. […]

Welcome to the new school year

I want to welcome students, families and staff with sincere enthusiasm and express my excitement for all the developments and successes that the upcoming school year will bring.  

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Questions about the Health and Physical Education curriculum changes

We recognize that there may be a number of questions about the changes relating to the re-issued 2010 Health and Physical Education Curriculum. We are providing Frequently Asked Questions as a way to inform our staff, families and community members about the changes. We will continue to update this section as information becomes available.

Information about an automated message

At approximately 3:00 p.m. this afternoon, the Waterloo Region District School Board became aware that a list of subscribers to the School Messenger information system received a pre-recorded voice, email or text message inviting them to a school meeting. The message, which reached parents across our community, was distributed as a result of an internal […]

2018-19 School Year Information Package is now online

We’re excited to welcome you back to school on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. Follow Waterloo Region District School Board on Twitter and Instagram, and share your first day of school with us using #WRDSBFirstDay. Our online parent information package is now updated for the 2018-19 school year. Please take a few moments to review this […]

Parent Posts

Transitioning kids back to school

By Wanda Kampijan – As a parent with children in the school system, going back to school is a time to celebrate. As much as I enjoy the laissez-faire attitude summer time offers, I love the idea of getting back into a routine after a couple of months of “flying by the seats of our pants”.

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How to check your elementary-aged child’s class assignment

As the new school year approaches, we know a lot of excitement surrounds finding out which class your student has been assigned. Our commitment to keeping your children safe has led us to a new method of sharing this information for elementary students, leading up to the first day of school. To comply with privacy […]

Investing in student achievement and well-being

Thank you to everyone who participated in our 2018 budget survey. We broke records this year with over 2,300 responses to the survey. Your feedback has assisted us in allocating our resources to support our current and future students. Our strategic priorities and operational goals have also helped in shaping the 2018-19 budget. We believe […]

Tips to prepare your child for their first day of Kindergarten

For most children and parents, the first day of school can be an exciting milestone. When students begin school in Kindergarten, all students will learn through play. Play-based learning is an essential part of a child’s development and combines all areas of learning. Through play, children learn skills to help them negotiate social relationships and use […]

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