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Important Dates

Feb. 8 - We return to in-person learning

Feb. 12 - PA Day - no classes

Feb. 15 - Family Day

Feb. 18-19 - Term 1 Report Cards go home

Feb. 24 - Pink Shirt Day - Wear pink to show your stance against Bullying

Mar. 22-Apr. 1 - Gr. 7 & 8 complete "My Voice Counts" Online Survey (done at school)

Apr. 2 - Good Friday

Apr. 5 - Easter Monday

Apr.6-30 - Kindergarten to Gr. 6 complete "My Voice Counts" Online Survey (done at home)

Apr. 12 - 16 - Spring Break

 

Inquiries?

  • If you require general transportation information please go to www.nsts.ca   or call Niagara Student Transportation Services at 905-346-0290. 

  • For other DSBN information please visit www.dsbn.org or call 905-641-1550 between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm

  • For Dreambox Math click here Dreambox

WELCOME

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Welcome to the DeWitt Carter Public School Website. We hope this website will further strengthen the connection between school, home, and our community. DeWitt Carter Public School is located on Fares Street in Port Colborne. We are the only public school located on the East Side of the Welland Canal. DeWitt Carter is currently home to over 230 students from junior Kindergarten to Grade eight. For a more in depth history of DeWitt Carter Public School, please have a look at our School History Page.

 

Please be aware that March Break has been deferred and moved to the week of April 12th to 16th.

 

Updates Regarding On-line Learning

Remember that Spring Break has been deferred! We are so excited that we are still back together, learning! We will continue to post messages about Covid-related guidelines here. Check out the links below. Additionally, we will share this information with you through the use of the automated school messenger service to relay them as well. We will do our best to ensure you have up-to-date information about our on-line learning and our anticipated return to in-person learning.

Director's Message about September 2021

Attention! New screening information for families

Snow Days and Learning From Home

Return to In-person Learning Guidelines and Information

Term 1 Report Card Information

An Explanation of Our On-line Learning

 

Port Colborne Conservation Club Park Clean-up

H.H. Knoll Park Clean-up

The hyperlink above gives you some information about an environmental participation activity being organized for the third week of April. Check it out!

 

Dear DeWitt Carter Families,

To support the DSBN’s commitment to creating an inclusive environment in our schools, the DSBN has established the Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism Community Advisory Committee (EIARCAC) to draw in the participation of families and our communities.  The banner you see above will soon appear on all school websites that links to the DSBN Equity page with information, invitation to apply letters, and applications.

The call for Student, Caregiver, and Community Member applicants will also be shared on Twitter and Instagram.

If this is something with which you would like to contribute, please watch for the interactive link to go live.

 

2020/21 Parent Involvement Committee Virtual Speaker Series

The DSBN is presenting a speaker series, free to our families. This series will be done virtually over the course of the school year. We continue to have new speakers through the upcoming weeks. On March 17th, we will be hosting Cassandra Boom who will talk about anti-racism and how to have these conversations with your children. On March 24th we have a 3 person panel that discusses how parents can take a leadership role in helping schools create inclusive environments. For more information, please check out the hyperlinks below!

March 17th Cassandra Boom Parent Session

March 24th Empowering Parents as Change Agents Session

Public Health Services

Public Health has had to alter the priority of many of its regular programs and services to deal with the COVID virus, to help protect us and to educate us on precautions. Some of their other traditional programs have had to be altered or postponed for the time being. Below is a link to a letter from Public Health, updating you on the status of some of these services.

Public Health Elementary School Services Update

 

Day Care Needs In Our Area

The Niagara Region and the District School Board of Niagara work together to determine before and after school child care needs in all of our communities in Niagara. In order to determine the need in a school, it is imperative that parents register on the Niagara Region's Child Care Registry, OneHSH portal at https://niagara.onehsn.com . This only takes a few minutes to complete. For schools like ours, that do not have a before and after child care program, this is the avenue that will be used to determine our needs and begin the process. If you currently use another child care service, it is imperative that you visit the website to register or update your child care needs. If you have any questions, please contact Jackie Galloway at 905-980-6000 Ext. 3817.

 

Instrumental Music for DSBN Students

The Niagara Elementary Instrumental Music (NEIM) program offers a unique opportunity for students in grades 3 to 8 to choose from a variety of musical instruments and learn how to play them.  Amongst the choices are different strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion instruments.  The student orchestra will be around to visit our school and an information and registration form will be given to the students. Look for it, coming home shortly.  Additionally, we have attached a link to the NEIM website where there is more complete information about the kinds of instruments available, the costs and the operating of the lessons and rehearsals.  There is also complete contact information available on the website, if you have any further questions.  Don’t miss out on this distinctive and rewarding opportunity!

Check us out at www.neimusic.com

 

 


DRAGON FOCUS

We are always working at improving our instructioanl and intervention strategies in literacy and numeracy. We are committed to:

LITERACY

We have made great gains in literacy but will strive to maintain them by committing to a comprehensive literacy block that focuses on using assessment data to work with students in small groups in reading and writing.

MATHEMATICS

Mathematics will be our narrow focus this year. Staff have committed to deepening their understanding of more intentional mathematics planning and using better questions. This is a strategy that helps our students access their learning of the curriculum more effectively. This learning will unfold over all strands of mathematics.

 

Helping your Child with Problem Solving

GROWTH MINDSET

What does a Growth Mindset School look like? 

(Taken from http://www.mindsetworks.com/webnav/whatismindset.aspx)

Administrators support teachers’ learning. They are responsive to honest feedback, rather than defensive. They seek to build their skills, and are willing to learn from their teachers.

Teachers collaborate with their colleagues and instructional leaders, rather than shut their classroom doors and fly solo. They strive to strengthen their own practice, rather than blame others. They truly believe that all students can learn and succeed—and show it.

Parents support their children’s learning both inside and outside the classroom. They partner with teachers, and respond to outreach. They worry less about advocating for their children to get good grades and focus on making sure kids are being challenged and put in the effort needed to grow.

Students are enthusiastic, hard-working, persistent learners. They take charge over their own success.

For more information, Please read the following article:

Growth Mindset Article

STAFF GROWTH GOAL
Staff will commit to increase their knowledge of technology and how it is used in the classroom as we move towards teaching by how students learn in the 21st century

WE WILL:
- Co-create success criteria, rubrics and exemplars with students, and use these regularly as we provide ongoing descriptive feedback that is clear, specific and meaningful to improve student learning and achievement.

- Provide students with multiple opportunities to improve their work and provide modeling on how to identify next steps and set learning goals

- Plan instruction for students based on their learning needs and use the gradual release of responsibility model to build independence, perseverance and responsibility.

- Create an environment that promotes thinking through posing and responding to a wide variety of questions and teaching through critical thinking, inquiry and problem solving.

Finally, we will focus on having students receive ongoing, descriptive feedback based on the success criteria from the teacher and from peers and inquiry-based professional learning that builds capacity, informs instructional practice and contributes to a culture of learning.

If you have questions about what this means, ask a staff member. We need to be in this together. Have a great month!

Sincerely,
Mr. T. Acaster, Principal
DeWitt Carter Staff


To access the Code of Conduct, click here

Questions regarding the new Code of Conduct should be directed to the office.