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Important Dates

March 23 to May 31 - Ministry of Education mandated school closures.

March 27 - Learn From Home website is active - see the link at the top of our page

June 16 - Online Summer Learning Registration is open

June 23 - Graduation Pick up of Graduation Materials

June 24 - Report Cards will be mailed out to families

June 25 - last day of on-line classes

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.

Summer Learning Online

Please see the attached poster below. DSBN is offering Summer Learning for students currently in Kindergarten to Grade 5. This is a great opportunity to continue the learning through a 3 or 6 week program. There is a hyperlink on the second attachment to register!

Summer Learning Opportunities

Register for Online Summer Learning

Summer News

Please see the links posted below for some Summer news from the school. There is a newsletter, survey link and some DSBN communications. From all of us at the school, stay safe and have a wonderful summer!

Summer Newsletter

Year-end Communications

 

COVID 19 updates

Dear Dewitt Carter families,

We hope that you continue to be safe and are making sure your child(ren) are regularly participating in their teacher's on-line learning platform. It is important that the students attempt the activities when they are posted. We are doing our best to provide our children with interesting and meaningful work during this difficult time. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please e-mail your child's teacher. Together, we can come to a solution.

We will do our very best to continue to update you on a regular basis using this website and our phone-based School Messenger Services about what we are doing to help you help your children learn from the safety of home. Please keep safe!

I will post letters here with information for you. Please make sure your child is accessing the homeroom teacher's On-Line Learning Platform (Google Classroom or D2L) on a daily basis. This learning is integral to their success, moving into next year. For additional learning opportunities, check out the Learn From Home banner at the top of this page. Additionally, our teachers are now able to meet with students, in small groups, using the new on-line Google MEETS platform. With this, they can get feedback, ask questions and talk with their teacher, just like in a real classroom. Check out the letter below for information and permissions.

May 22 Letter to Parents

Report Card Messages to Parents

How to Use Google MEETS

DSBN Technology Loan during Learn From Home

March 27 Letter from DSBN

March 27 Learn From Home Letter to Parents

March 20 Letter From the Ministry of Education

March 20 Letter From DSBN

 

Chocolate Bar Fund Raising

Please hold onto all chocolate bar money and left over chocolate bars while we are in the Ministry Mandated School Closure. We appreciate your efforts and your patience at this time.

Our annual chocolate bar fund-raiser kicks off on March 2nd. On this day, we will hold an assembly for the students and a permission form will come home that evening. Our chocolate bars arrive on March 5th and will go home with students who have returned a signed permission form, allowing them to participate. We will have incentive prizes and these will be outlined on the form coming home. Our sales will run until April 2nd, when we will need all money and unsold chocolate bars returned to the school. As always, the students can take one box (30 chocolate bars at $3.00 each) at a time and when the $90 is returned, a new box can be sent home. Profits for each box are $42.50. We are going to be using the profits from these sales to buy chrome books, sports equipment and reading resources for our in-class/take home reading programs. Your support and participation with this is greatly appreciated.

 

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.