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Kindergarten Open House

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Bell Times

Entry: 8:55 a.m.

Period 1 8:55-9:45 a.m.

Period 2 9:45- 10:35 a.m.

Nutrition and Fitness Break

10:35 - 11:15 a.m.

Period 3 11:15 - 12:05 p.m.

Period 4 12:05-12:55 p.m.

Nutrition and Fitness Break

12:55-1:35 p.m.

Period 5 1:35- 2:25 p.m.

Period 6 2:25- 3:15 p.m.

Dismissal: 3:15 p.m.

Important Dates

2019-2020 School Year Calendar


December 3– DSBN Academy Visit– Gr. 5 and 6

December 4– Grapeview Day of Code

December 6- Celebration Assembly at 9:15

December 9-Primary Makerspace trip

December 11th-Grades 4-8 to SWC for Arts Showcase

December 13– Bake Sale

December 13- Grade 9 Course Selection Sheets due to the office

December 16– Cozy Pajama Day

December 17– -Celebrations Around the World
Kwanza- red/green
Hanukkah -blue/white
Chinese New Year - red/yellow
Christmas- red/green
Winter Solstice - white

December 17 -Festival of Lights Family Night

December 18– Wacky Sweater Day

December 19– Fuzzy Sock/Slipper Day

December 20– - Winter Festival -Flannel/Plaid Day


Dear Grapeview Families,

We have had another successful month at Grapeview. Students have been involved in many different activities including volleyball, basketball, dance, STEM, coding, and student leadership—just to name a few. Mrs. McLaughlin and her grade 6 students did an amazing job planning and coordinating our Remembrance Day Assembly. Thank you to all of the staff and students who contributed to the assembly. We also celebrated our students’ achievements at our November I Matter Assembly where we recognized students of the month for their accomplishments in academics and positive character.

We had a very successful Movie Night last month, hosted by our Parent Council. Thank you! It was so nice to see our community come together and enjoy each others’ company. To continue to build community spirit, this month we will be hosting the Festival of Lights trip again. On December 17th, we are welcoming families to join us in celebrating the season with an evening bus trip to the Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls and then to come back to the school to share in hot chocolate and cookies. The Festival of Lights Event is on Cash on Line . We look forward to seeing you there.

On December 4th, Mr. Armstrong has arranged a day for all students to participate in a wide variety of STEM Challenges. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Engaging in STEM activities challenges students to use and build skills in problem solving, exploratory learning and critical thinking. These are important skills for success in their future endeavors.
December is often a month that finds us reflecting on how to give back and make a difference in the lives of others. The Gryphon’s of Hope have organized a Bake for Change event on December 13th. This is a bake sale that will help support the After School Matters program run by RAFT and United Way. The After School Matters Program is designed to help mitigate the effects of low income for over 500 of our local children. Proceeds from the bake sale will go towards the purchase of gifts for the students to be given during their holiday party.

Finally, we want to take a moment to share our thanks for a great beginning to our school year. Grapeview is a great place to work , learn and grow in each day. We are thankful to our families for sending wonderful students that make each of our days meaningful. We wish all our families a safe, healthy and happy December and all the best to you for 2020.


Mr. Simon Hancox and Ms. St. John


Ancestral Land Acknowledgement use by Grapeview and the DSBN:

Last week Jamie Groat, our Indigenous Education Consultant and a member of the Tuscaroura Nation, visited Grapeview classrooms from grades 1-8 to teach and discuss with students the importance of the Land Acknowledgement. The students enjoyed interacting with the artifacts that Mr. Groat used to bring to life the history and long standing agreements.

A Land acknowledgement is a customary practice of Indigenous
Peoples. It is a sign of respect and reciprocity when entering,
gathering and utilizing another’s space and place. Indigenous
Peoples continue this practice amongst their Nations. Today the
practice is beginning to be understood and utilized to renew,
respect, reconcile and reciprocate Indigenous and
non-Indigenous relations. The practice also serves as a reminder
of pre and post-European contact histories, treaty relations and
obligations, as well as providing information for newcomers, now
entering Indigenous territories. Today acknowledgements are
used for opening announcements in schools, events, gatherings
and meetings; that specifically recognize the Nations who hold
treaty, right and title in the territory.

We will begin to use the Land Acknowledgement at our school gathering beginning with the December Assembly.

Keeping our School Safe and Healthy

If you have a child with a Prevalent Medical Condition (Anaphylaxis, Asthma, Diabetes, and/or Epilepsy) we want to make sure we have a current Plan of Care to support your child.  

The Plan of Care form is a new document that replaces the Emergency Action Plan. All parents of children with Prevalent Medical Conditions are asked to fill out the new Plan of Care and submit to the school.

You can download the forms here dsbn.org/prevalent-medical-conditions.

For more information, please contact the school.


More Ways to Communicate:

Grapeview has a variety of ways to communicate with our families and we want to make sure you all have the opportunity to engage with the methods that work best for you. In order to be more eco-friendly we try to avoid sending paper copies home as much as we can.  We are committed to keep our website up to date with important information, School Advisory Council updates, important dates, monthly newsletters, etc. We also have a Twitter Feed: @GrapeviewSchool for us to update the community as well.  We are also starting a schoolwide Remind App page for brief reminders via text messages.  If you are interested, please click on the link below.

Remind App Instructions

Scent Aware-Reduced Environment:

Grapeview is a Scent-Reduced Environment: many people have a sensitivity to odours, smells, and scents. Please do not wear, or send your child with, perfume, cologne, after shave, or scented body lotion into the school.