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Important Dates

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

Apr. 12 - 16 - Spring Break

Apr. 19 - We return to on-line learning for 2 weeks - as ordered by the Province

May 3-7 - Education week Speaker Series (scroll down for hyperlink)

May 24 - Victoria Day - no classes

May 26 - PIC Series Presenter - Dr. Michael Ungar - How to make our kids more resilient (scroll down for hyperlink)

 

 

 

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.

Check out our Virtual Art Show!

Some of our students have done some incredible artwork while they have been learning on-line. Click on the link below to watch the slideshow. Boys and Girls, you have done a wonderful job. Thank you Mrs. Slat, for getting this together for us.

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vQesU1eNkGGW1aEt0sI13wuGWf7CONXbAgf0mQBgB3I-JMxza9FxfYtAEyDdtfbfOjDbW9wHC2ULhEi/pub?start=true&loop=false&delayms=3000

 

Updates Regarding On-line Learning

Welcome back from our April Break! I know this is not the way any of us wanted to return to learning. We too, are disappointed to move to an on-line learning platform for the time being. But we know this won't last long and soon we will be together. Stay positive, everyone!

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.

New - Reminder to Complete our On-line Student Census Survey

New - COVID Asymptomatic Testing at Port Colborne High School

New - Message to Families about On-Line Learning starting April 19th

Director's Message about September 2021

Attention! New screening information for families

An Explanation of Our On-line Learning

 

 

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 (PIC) 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 the week of May 3rd, DSBN will be posting 5 presentations, one each day. On May 26th we have a presentation from Dr. Michael Ungar will share his ideas about how parents can help to build resiliency in today's children. For more information about these two events, please check out the hyperlink below!

May Parent Information Speaker Series

 

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.