January Grizzlies News & Notes

FREE Math Tutoring Service for Grade 4-11 Students:

TVO Learn Mathify connects students in Grades 4-12 with free 1:1 online math tutoring. All tutors are Ontario Certified Teachers, here to help the student(s) in your life better understand math concepts and questions, from the simple to the complex. TVO Learn Mathify is designed to address your child’s individual learning style. It’s safe, secure and free for all Grade 4-12 students enrolled in Ontario’s publicly funded English-language schools.

Tutors are available online Monday to Friday from 9 am to 9 pm ET, and Saturdays and Sundays from 3 pm to 9 pm ET. Boost math understanding and confidence with a personalized math coach that works with your child’s schedule.

Visit tvomathify.com to learn more and to register now!

Kindergarten Registration Opens January 16, 2023:

Registration for new Kindergarten students occurs in January to February but parents are welcome to register their children at any time of the year. Children registering for Junior Kindergarten are those born in 2019.

Please register your child online by going to https://ereg.tldsb.ca/. You will then be contacted directly by your child’s school to complete the registration process.

For those who do not have access to the internet, please contact our school directly to register your child.

Grade 8 Transition to Gravenhurst High School:

The transition to Grade 9 is an exciting time for Grade 8 students but it may come with a little trepidation. There are tools and resources in place to make this transition as easy as possible for both students and their families. To ensure success for every student, it’s our goal to support and prepare students for Grade 9 by providing programs and experiences within a caring and inclusive learning environment.

Parent Information Night at Gravenhurst High School – Wednesday, January 18, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Grade 8 Transition Visit Day – Thursday, February 2, 2023 – a full day immersive experience at GHS includes a short presentation about GHS, attend 5 mini classes and be fed a pizza lunch!

Identification & Placement Review Committee (IPRC) Meetings:

A number of students who have formally been identified with a special education identification, or are waiting for an initial meeting to review a potential identification, were sent home a parent package regarding upcoming IPRC meetings on either January 24 or January 30. It is important that the invitation to the IPRC is returned along with the completed parent information form as soon as possible to the school office. If you have any questions regarding the IPRC, including scheduling requests, please contact our Special Education Resource Teacher Mrs Jennifer Doyle at the school.

Please know that we complete two rounds of IPRCs at GPS. Those families who engaged in the IPRC process in May/June last school year can expect to recieve an invitation to an IPRC around that time again this school year.

Grade 3 and Grade 6 Mid-Year Assessment:

At the end of Term 1, TLDSB administers a mid-year assessment with all Grade 3 and Grade 6 students. This mid-year assessment is diagnostic in nature, marked and moderated by each individual school team, to check in on student progress toward the big ideas in the curriculum for each respective grade focussing on reading, writing, and mathematics. These assessments are to support school and classroom based planning and programming and have no impact on student marks. Gravenhurst Public School will be administering this assessment during the week of January 20-24, 2023.

February 3 PD Day & Term 1 Report Cards Coming Soon:

The February 3 PD Day is a designated day for educator teams to prepare the Term 1 Report Card. The Term 1 Report Card reflects student achievement of curriculum expectations and/or expectations within the IEP from September to January. The Term 1 Report Card will go home Friday, February 17, 2023. If parents have any concerns or questions about their child’s progress, they are encouraged to reach out to their child’s teacher directly. 

Do You Have a Concern About Your Child’s Education:

Education is a shared experience involving the home and the school and it can be strengthened by open communications between the two. Follow these steps if you have a concern about your child’s education:

First: Contact the classroom teacher and discuss the situation.

Then – if the situation has not been resolved:

Contact the principal or vice-principal and request help in dealing with the matter.

Then – if necessary:

Contact the superintendent of your child’s school. Call 1-888-526-5552 and ask for the name of the superintendent for your child’s school.

Then – if necessary:

Contact the director of education through the school board office at 1-888-526-5552.

Then – if necessary, and if the situation has not been resolved:

Contact your local trustee. Contact numbers can be found on our website.

Concerns pertaining to things other than your child’s education may be directed to [email protected] or 1-888-526-5552.

YWCA Muskoka Supporting Families Access the Canada Learning Bond (CLB):

Research shows that children who are beneficiaries of RESP’s are significantly more likely to attend post-secondary education. Additionally, eligible families who open RESP’s are more likely to continue to make contributions after receiving the Canada Learning Bond. 

A parent is not required to make any contributions to an RESP in order to receive the Canada Learning Bond(CLB). The CLB helps to pay the costs of a child’s full- or part-time studies after high school at:

  • Apprenticeship programs
  • CEGEPs
  • Trade schools
  • Colleges
  • Universities

YWCA Muskoka is assisting families in opening RESP’s either through a financial institution of their choice or remotely through our partner Wealthsimple. This service is completely free of cost. Opening an RESP can be an intimidating task for many people, our mission is to ensure parents feel supported through the entire process. 

You can find information about the CLB through the Government of Canada website and through YWCA Muskoka website.

To access this support, contact:

Rachel Nolan – YWCA Muskoka

Office: 705-645-9827

Text: 705-637-0968

Email: [email protected]