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Gardiner Gazette Week of August 26, 2019

posted Feb 11, 2019, 12:02 PM by Jacqueline Jennings   [ updated ]

“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai

Gardiner Gazette Week of August 26, 2019

Upcoming Dates:

Sept 3 Welcome Back -  See you on the black top at 8:45

Sept 5 EGPS Open House BBQ 5PM to 7PM Order deadline Sept. 4th

Sept 9 Pizza orders due

Sept 16 PA Day - No classes for Students

Sept 18 First Pizza/Milk/Cookie day

Oct 19 12th Annual Parent Engagement Conference Find out more


Multifaith Days of Significance:

Aug 27-Sept 3 Paryushan Parva (Jainism)

Aug 31-Sept 1 * Al-Hijra New Year (Islam)

Sept 1 Islamic New Year

Sept 1 Tailadhar Tapa

Sept 2 Labour Day

Sept 2 Ganesh Chaturthi (Hinduism)

Sept 3 Samvatsari Parva, Kshamavani Parva, Daslakshan


EGPS Open House BBQ Thursday, Sept. 5th, 2019:

Don’t miss out on this annual event to tour our beautiful school and meet your child’s teacher.  Enjoy a burger, or hotdog while getting to know the EGPS community. Orders can now be placed on School Cash Online.  All orders must be placed by September 4th with no late orders accepted. There will be very limited food available for purchase on the spot, so please pre-order.  Food will be served from 5:00PM to 6:00PM and classrooms are open from 6PM to 7PM.


Student Medications:

Asthma or Anaphylaxis:

Please have student medication dropped off at the school between August 26th to August 30th from 8AM and 3PM.

Our goal is to have all student medication ready for the first day of school to keep our students safe.

Students with newly prescribed medication:

Ensure you have set up a meeting with Mrs. Tammy Somerville to review the Medication and Plan of Care.  Review the student health process and complete the Prescribed Medication form.


Pizza, Milk and Cookie Orders; Grades 1 to 8

Place your orders in by September 9th.  No late orders will be accepted. All orders must be placed using School Cash Online.   All proceeds from these orders go to support student learning at EGPS.

Pizza Volunteers:

EGPS is looking for members within our community who are interested in helping out at the school during our Pizza Lunches on Wednesdays.  Volunteers help to organize pizza to distribute in the classroom by the students. Please contact Julie Davison at if you can volunteer.


Class Lists:

New this year: Student class placements will be sent as a School Messenger message to each family indicating the student’s class and teacher, by Friday August 30th, at 4PM.

We have carefully placed students in classes and look forward to a year of rich learning. At this time of year, we sometimes get requests to change classes, primarily due to worries about friends not being in the same class. The new year can be exciting for some and a little stressful for others. It is a great opportunity for parents to model and teach skills to deal with change in a positive way, using a growth mindset. We do not typically make any moves during the first two weeks of school, as we have found that any last minute changes often undermine the care and attention that went into building the classes. Also - after the first few days we rarely have any concerns about class placement, as children make new friends and settle in. 


Calling High School student volunteers:

We are looking for a couple of high school students that are looking to earn some volunteer hours.  EGPS front gardens need some attention and care to remove weeds, debris and garbage. We would like the work to be completed the week of August 26th to help prepare our school for the first day of school.  Please contact the school to learn more. 


Student Supervisors wanted:

EGPS is looking to hear from individuals that are interested in becoming a supply Student Supervisor.  Student supervisors, supervise students from Kindergarten to GR8 during nutritional breaks either in the classroom, within the school or outside on the playground.  Send email to Mrs. Tammy Somerville our V.P for more information.

Job outline


Student Transportation:

School Bus:

For students who take school bus transportation to school, student bus schedules have been posted on the Halton Bus web site -

Bus schedules for your student can be found by logging on to the student log in with your child’s OEN number.  OEN numbers are located on all student report cards. 

Student Bus Schedules

Register for Bus Delays here: Register for School Bus Notifications



For students who walk to school: Crossing guards will be in place to assist students with crossing the road.  Please look for them and follow their direction.


Parking Lot Safety - Please follow these guidelines in order to avoid any accidents in and around the school. Help us keep all students safe! 

  1. The front driveway is reserved for buses before and after school. No cars please. 

  2. Walk or ride bikes or scooters if possible. Get some steps on your Fit Bit at the same time! 

  3. Please park on side streets and walk the rest of the way if possible i.e., Robinson Road, Lauchlin Crescent, and Barber Drive. You may also park on Silver Pond, Milfoil Street or Ballentine Drive. Older students can have a designated meeting area that is a short walk from the school in order to avoid traffic in and around the school. 

  4. Please don’t park in the Kiss and Ride along the West side of the school. We want to keep our parking lot safe. This lane is for cars with drivers and the idea is that there are no cars in reverse to move around parked cars. There are many children in this area at the beginning and end of the day and we do not want any accidents to happen. 

  5. Please cross the parking lot at the designated crosswalk lines painted on the road. 

  6. Remember that students are supervised for 15 minutes at the end of the day. If you wait until 3:40, the parking lot is nearly empty. 


The Grizzly Way:

  • Grizzlies treat each other with kindness and respect. 

  • Grizzlies try their best, ask questions, make mistakes, and are creative learners. 

  • Grizzlies believe in themselves and encourage each other. 

  • Grizzlies listen to each other and share their ideas. 

  • Grizzlies are responsible for themselves, their school, and their world.

  • Grizzlies include everyone and celebrate diversity. 

Follow Ethel Gardiner P.S:


Instagram: egpssocial

Follow Halton District School Board on:

iOS and/or Google Play: HDSB app 

FAQ- HDSB Mobile App and School Messenger

Twitter -

Follow School Council on:

Facebook - Ethel Gardiner Public School Council Page


School Registrations for September 2019

posted Jan 9, 2019, 12:25 PM by Jacqueline Jennings   [ updated Jun 27, 2019, 12:47 PM ]

Welcome to Ethel Gardiner Public School. Please find below information and links regarding registering your child(ren) for school.


Kindergarten registration for the next school year is well underway at the Halton District School Board. We are busy planning for the 2019-2020 School Year and we need your Kindergarten Registrations.

Registration forms are available at schools and on the HDSB website (

If you have any questions, please contact the school. 905-877-3849

Learn more at (Search: "Kindergarten").  


Kindergarten Registration Forms and Information

Grades 1-8:

Register your child for school by completing the Student Registration Form​.  Please bring a hard copy of the registration form along with the required documents listed below to Ethel Gardiner Public School.  The registration form can be found on the Instruction and Forms page of this web site. 

HDSB Welcome Centre - Welcoming new/returning st​udents and families to Halton: 

Contact Information:  PHONE:   905-335-3665 ext. 3440 WEB:

Who comes to the Welcom​​​e Centre?

Students from Grade 1 to age 21 must register through the Welcome Centre if any of the following apply:

  • entering the Ontario school system for the first time and whose first language is not English (or is a variety of English different from the variety used for instruction in Ontario Schools)
  • entering HDSB with an International Student Visa (or any visa including Visitor Visas)
  • entering HDSB with a work permit or a study permit - student and/or parent /guardian holds the permit
  • entering HDSB with their Permanent Residence Status application in progress
  • entering HDSB from a French language school from a French language school board
  • re-entering Ontario after an absence of a year or more  (for students whose first language is not English)
Summer Operations at the Welcome Centre:

For the month of July and August, the Welcome Centre will be open from 8am - 5pm  Monday - Thursday. Assessments will be booked for the following days;

July 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th and 25th, 30th, 31st  August 1st, 6th, 7th and 8th 

The Welcome Centre will book assessments  Monday to Friday 8:30 - 3:00 pm during the weeks of August Intake and School Start Up  (August 19 - September 13th)

Families need to email or call to book an appointment. 905-335-3665 ext. 3440

Mandatory documents to bring when registering your child for school:

  • Proof of child’s age: birth certificate or passport or baptismal/faith record for your child
  • Proof of address (any two of the following documents): lease or deed, car registration, utility bill, residential telephone bill, moving bill, property tax bill, bank statement, credit card statement, correspondence with a government agency
  • Proof of child’s citizenship: birth certificate or passport, Record of Landing (IMM 1000)or Permanent Resident Card
  • Proof of custody: if you are not the parent and your child is under 18 you must provide proof of custody (court order)

​More information:

HDSB - Register My Child for school

HDSB DreamBox and RAZ KIDs Summer Access- Keep learning thru the summer!

posted Dec 11, 2018, 11:52 AM by Jacqueline Jennings   [ updated Jun 26, 2019, 6:02 AM ]

Keep learning this summer with DreamBox and RAZ KIDS!  All HDSB DreamBox and Raz Kids accounts are set up for summer access. Log in with the same credentials as they currently do.


Technology and You: TIPS - Are you graduating this year or not returning to HDSB?

posted Nov 6, 2018, 8:15 AM by Jacqueline Jennings   [ updated Jun 20, 2019, 6:47 AM ]

Are you a student who's graduating/not returning to the HDSB next year? Please be aware that access to your HDSB account will end July 1. To retain your emails, essays, resumes, assignments and other files stored on your Google Drive, ensure you complete the below steps:

To retain your G Suite data, please do the following by June 30, 2019:

  • Transfer email and Drive files to a personal Google Account using Google Takeout Transfer Your Content - see Transfer their content

  • Archive data using Google Takeout - The traditional Takeout is also available to create an archive of All their data in G suite.


IMPORTANT: If you have used your HDSB email when applying for post secondary, resume, job applications, etc., you will need to update your information and change it to a personal email address before access to your HDSB account is lost on July 1.  

To check out more of the HDSB's Technology & You resources, visit (Search: Technology & You) or search #TECHandU on Twitter.  

The Grizzly Way

posted Oct 4, 2018, 10:45 AM by Debbie de Chastelain   [ updated Jun 26, 2019, 5:54 AM by Jacqueline Jennings ]

The Grizzly Way

We have been working on defining what it means to be a EGPS Grizzly. After seeking input from staff, students and parent council, about the values that are important to us, we have combined them into 6 statements that define “The Grizzly Way”.


Grizzlies treat each other with kindness and respect.

Grizzlies try their best, ask questions, make mistakes, and are creative learners.

Grizzlies believe in themselves and encourage each other.

Grizzlies listen to each other and share their ideas.

Grizzlies are responsible for themselves, their school, and their world.

Grizzlies include everyone and celebrate diversity.


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