International Human Rights Day
Nelson Mandela will always be remembered as a great humanitarian who taught the world the values of peace, patience, humility, equality, and integrity. He was a hero of the anti-apartheid movement, and never lost hope for his cause throughout his 27 years of imprisonment. He was able to help liberate South Africa and become the first democratically elected president of the nation. We an all be inspired by his life, and he has left an imprint on the world that will last for generations to come. We ask that you remember him on December 10th, the International Human Rights Day by wearing yellow.
Nelson Mandela: July 18, 1918 - December 5, 2013
The Passing of Nelson Mandela
On December 5, 2013, Nelson Mandela, first democratically elected President of the Republic of South Africa, passed away.
On behalf of the students, staff and school communities of the Durham District School Board, we send our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family of Nelson Mandela and to the people of South Africa on this sad occasion.
Nelson Mandela was a tireless champion for the rights of all the people of South Africa and for the cause of democracy. He remains an inspiration and hero to children, youth and adults in Canada and around the world.
Nelson Mandela epitomizes the character traits we hold so dear as a community. He is admired and respected, not only for his life-long struggle to achieve freedom and democracy for all the people of South Africa, but also for the courageous conviction with which he defended his ideals and his principles. He is also respected for his spirit of compassion and forgiveness, even for those who caused so much suffering for so many.
These are the qualities which he demonstrated to the people of South Africa and to the world, upon his release from 27 long years as a political prisoner of the former apartheid Government of South Africa. These are the qualities for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.
After his retirement from active political life as President of his country, Nelson Mandela devoted the rest of his life to championing the rights of the poor, orphaned, disabled and homeless children of South Africa.
While we will miss the strength of his character, the wisdom of his words and the compassion of his heart, Nelson Mandela will remain a timeless inspiration.
May he rest in peace.
Joe Allin, Chair, Board of Trustees
Martyn Beckett, Director of Education.
Conversations About Safety
Stranger Danger is an important message to share with your children. Please take time to talk with your children about this issue. Here are a few tips:
- Always tell your parents where you are going.
- Try not to walk anywhere alone. Walk with a friend.
- Don't take shortcuts through the woods, a back street or empty lot. Tell your parents about places you don't feel safe.
- Remember that bad people do not always look mean or scary.
- Do not get close to strangers. Make sure you have room to run.
- Don't tell your name or address to a stranger.
- Never go with a stranger to help look for a lost pet or play a game.
- Never get into a car with anyone you don't know.
- If a stranger bothers you, run away and ask an adult for help. Keep telling until someone listens.
- Know safe places you can go – a police or fire station, the library, a store or a friend's house.
- If a stranger follows you or grabs for you, yell, shout, and fight back; make as much noise as you can.
- Talk to your parents and come up with a secret code word. Never go with anyone unless they know the secret code word.
For more tips and ideas, Google "Stranger Danger" on the web.
Kindergarten Pre-Registration for 2014-2015
Pre-registration for kindergarten will be on January 14, 2014. Please click on the links below for more information regarding the All Day Kindergarten program.
2014-15 Early Learning Programs
2014-15 Kindergarten Registrations.pdf
Offering Child care for children aged 18 months – 12 years
6:30 am – 6:30 pm
Preschool, Kindergarten, Nursery School and Before and After School Care
Schoolhouse Playcare at John Dryden Public School
40 Rolling Acres Drive
Whitby, ON L1R 2A1
Did you know that the Durham District School Board offers French Immersion programs at 15 schools? Click the link below for more information.
School Climate Survey - Parental and Guardian Input
The Durham District School Board is conducting a School Climate Survey to get parental and guardian input about our school. Please click on the following link to access the survey.
->School Climate Survey
Volunteer of Distinction
John Dryden Public School is very pleased to announce that our Volunteer of Distinction this year is Karen Inwood. Karen is a former student who has continued volunteering on a daily basis for many years and is an invaluable asset to our school. Karen can be found in our school doing the many tasks that teachers find necessary to their programs. She cuts, laminates, copies, shreds, organizes, sorts
and prepares for every staff member and grade level. Her smiling face and cheerful
attitude tackles every task big and small. On October 24, 2013, we were proud to see Karen collect her award at the Volunteer of
Distinction Ceremony held at Sinclair Secondary School. CONGRATULATIONS Karen
The Junior Holiday Musical, "A Pirate's Christmas" will be be presented on Wednesday December 11 at 12:15 in the afternoon and at 7:00 in the evening. All Junior students will be participating in the show as part of the cast or chorus. Auditions have been held for speaking roles and the rehearsal schedule has been given out to those involved. Chorus rehearsals are being covered in Music classes. Chorus members will perform in the afternoon and are expected to attend the evening show as well. All students will need to be dressed in costume as an elf or pirate. So dig out those eye patches and headbands or pointy green hats and shoes.
The Primary Holiday Musical "Arf on a Housetop" will be presented on Thursday December 12 at 12:15 in the afternoon and at 7:00 in the evening. All Primary students will be participating as part of the the speaking cast or the chorus. Those with speaking roles have been picked and rehearsals are being held during Music classes and will be held at other times during the school day. All Primary students will be performing in the afternoon and are expected to attend the evening show as well. As the title of this show suggests it is a dog themed musical so floppy ears and tails will be the order of the day.
Thank you for your cooperation in the preparation of these two exciting shows.
John Dryden Spiritwear
Spiritwear can now be ordered. All orders will be completed online so you don't have to worry about making any payments to the school. Please click on the following link. You will need to enter the following information:
The SCC would like to thank all those who participated in our Fall QSP Fundraiser - it was a HUGE success. Each student who brought in an order had their name put on a banana, these were posted on our "Going Bananas Wall". This year we had over $10,000 in magazine sales, which was $3,000 more than last year! Once the final profit is available, we will let everyone know. Way to go John Dryden!
This year's SSC fundraiser of magazine sales continues, but only in its online format. If you would like to order, please access the the QSP website by clicking on the following link.
-> QSP Magazine Ordering Website
Where it asks for the Group #, type 9826 and you will be brought to the John Dryden section of the website. (If you do not see a message mentioning John Dryden at the top of the page, you may have typed the Group # incorrectly.)
The collection of paper orders has finished and all prizes have been handed out.
Mabel's Labels don't just make cute, durable labels for the 'stuff kids lose!' but we also have a variety of products for anyone in your family or on your holiday shopping list!
Give the gift of labels this season with customized Stocking Stuffer Combos! Offering festive designs for a limited time.
Label your holiday cards with customized Holiday Return Address Labels from Mabel's Labels! For just $21 you get 200 labels to peel and stick to your season greetings!
Just click on the following link to place your order.
Self Identification of First Nation, Metis and Inuit Ancestry
The Ontario Ministry of Education has identified Aboriginal Education as one of its key priorities. The 2007 Ontario, First Nation, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) Education Policy Frameworkoutlines strategies to improve achievement among First Nation, Métis, and Inuit students and to help close the achievement gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students in the areas of literacy and numeracy, retention of students in school, graduation rates, and advancement to post secondary studies.
By participating in the Self-Identification program, you are assisting the board with the determination of programming and support to increase Aborignal student success and achievement and to help our board monitor the success of students and the programs and supports implemented. The information on the individual students will not be released and is kept confidential in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection Privacy Act. The Durham District School Board (DDSB) will share its Aboriginal Self-Identification data with the Ministry of Education and the Education Quality Accountability Office (EQAO). These provincial bodies will report their findings in an aggregate or collective format to the public.
The opportunity to self-identify Aboriginal ancestry has been available directly on Student Registration and Verification forms since September 2010. The Registration form is used by students new to DDSB schools, while the Verification form is sent home to families each September to verify student information. A Voluntary, Confidential Aboriginal Student Self-Identification information pamphlet/form can also be obtained through your child's school at any time of the year.