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Important Dates

Sept. 7 - First Day of School

Sept. 30 - National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Orange Shirt Day)

Oct. 1 - Terry Fox Walk

Oct. 11 - Thanksgiving - no classes

Oct. 26 - School Council Meeting

Nov. 18 - Picture Day

Nov. 18 - Progress Reports go home

Nov. 19 - PA Day (no classes)

Dec. 1 - PCHS Virtual Open House - 6:30 p.m.

 

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

Homepage Photo

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.

PCHS Open House and Orientation

Port Colborne Secondary School will be hosting DeWitt Carter Grade 8's on November 24th. Our students will be heading over on the afternoon of that day to see the different programs, extra-curriculars and supports that this wonderful school has to offer secondary students. This is an excellent opportunity for our grade 8 boys and girls to check out the classrooms and ask any questions they have about life in high school.

On December 1st, at 6:30 pm, the staff at PCHS will be hosting a virtual open house through Microsoft TEAMS for our grade 8's and their families. We encourage all of our soon to be graduating families, to attend this event. The link to connect is https://www.dsbn.org/sneakpeek/port-colborne

Our goal is to increase awareness about secondary school at PCHS and to build on the excitement of this transition in their lives. You can expect to see a video about the school, a 360° virtual tour and a live Q & A with their staff.

 

Picture Day

November 18th is our school picture day. Please see the flyer that was sent home and that is attached as a link below. We will follow all the required safety protocols. Do not send money with your child. Follow the instructions on the link for how to order pictures. We are so happy that we are able to offer this service to our families this year. If you have any questions, please call us at the school.

Picture Day Information

DeWitt Carter Snow Plow

Once the snow hits the streets, keep your eyes peeled for the Snow Breathing Dragon. It is one of the City of Port Colborne's snow plows that will be working the streets, clearing snow this winter. Some of our intermediate students painted one of the city's plows earlier this month, adorning it with DeWitt Carter logos so the community can see our school spirit. Thank you to the city, and their corporate communications officer, Michelle Idzenga, for making this opportunity happen. Thank you also to Port Paint and Paper for donating the paint to us. take a look at the really great job they did!

Snow Breathing Dragon

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COVID On-line Screening

We have sent home a package with every student outlining the new active COVID screening protocol that parent must do every morning with their children, before sending them to school. It is necessary for you to read these instructions carefully and make sure you understand the steps involved in the on-line screening.

1)Page one of the package has a letter explaining the rationale and has a parental agreement portion for you to sign and return by Tuesday, October 12th.

2)Page 2 of the package has a 4-step visual that you can post near your home computer/laptop or on the fridge that shows the process involved in the on-line screening.

3)The last portion of the package is a 4-page document from Public Health with some answers to frequently answered questions people have asked.

Each of these documents is posted below.

Direct Link to Elementary COVID Screening

Parental Agreement

On-line Screening Steps

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Children and Stress

All of us have some stress in our lives - some more than others. Even our children are not without experiencing this in their lives. Research shows that some level of stress is beneficial for us but that too much can be unhealthy. Additionally, how we handle the stress and talk about this together is of great importance. For some handy tips about talking about stress with your children, see the link below, that was shared from our Youth Counsellor.

Helping Your Child With Stress

Food4Kids

We would like to make our families aware of a partnership we have with a group in Niagara, called Food4Kids. This agency drops off a bag of snacks for the participating students who take them home, to enjoy on the weekend. Food4Kids is able to sponsor 15 students from DeWitt Carter this year. If you are interested, please fill out the form below and have your child return it to the school. We will be starting on October 1st.

Student Registration Form

 

School Attendance

As we get started with school, we are hoping you are as excited as we are to be returning. We want to let you know that we are here for you. If you need anything, call us. We will work things out to find a solution. It is really important to have our students here when they are feeling healthy. We know there will be COVID rules to stay home when ill but we hope to reduce attendance issues. Take a peek at the link below... it does not take long to add up when students miss out on school. Please do your best to work with us on this. We are always appreciative of your support.

What Happens When You Miss A Day

 

News from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Niagara

The Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Niagara is actively seeking children who would benefit from the relationships formed through their agency. They are open to both in-person and virtual mentoring. If you are interested in seeking more information about this, check out the link below.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Information

 

 

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.

 

 

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. Our final speaker is scheduled for May 26th. What a great way to end the year, talking about student resiliency. Our final speaker is Dr. Michael Ungar, who will share his ideas about how parents can help to build resiliency in today's children. For more information about our final event for 2021, please check out the hyperlink below!

Resiliency with Dr. Michael Ungar

 

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.