Ministry of Education
Provincial and Demonstration Schools Branch

ECD Elementary News 2018-2019

Date: August 31, 2018 | Categories: ernest c. drury | Tags: newsletter

From the Principal’s Desk

On behalf of the Ernest C. Drury Elementary School, I would like to welcome you to the upcoming 2018-2019 school year.  In particular, a most special welcome to our new students and their families!  We are very delighted to have you join our school community!   Hopefully, during this past summer you have had the opportunity to rest and re-energize for what promises to be an outstanding school year.

At E.C.D Elementary School for the Deaf, there has been a long, outstanding commitment to excellence in many diverse areas. When we reflect upon this year, all of us should be able to say we shared the responsibility for teaching and learning equally and we have respected each other’s strengths and differences.

We encourage our parents and community members to become actively involved without our school, particularly with our School Council.   The first meeting and Welcome BBQ is typically scheduled in September.  A detailed calendar and more specific information will be coming within the first week of school or you can visit our website at for more information once the school year begins.

A few items to note prior to closing…

Staff Changes:

Congratulations to Kathleen Materiuk who will be leaving us temporarily in October to welcome a new daughter.

Farewell and best wishes to Scott Garant, Jeri Cripps and Katie Drewes who have all taken up positions in our Secondary Program.

Welcome to the Elementary Program – Lindsay Plant, Dana Sault and Susan Slack Miller who have joined our team of dedicated staff.

Lindsay comes to us from W Ross MacDonald having begun her educational career as an Educational Assistant at E. C. Drury Secondary School for the Deaf and as a teacher at Robarts School in London, before moving on to W. Ross MacDonald.

Dana comes to us from out west where she has taught Deaf and hard of hearing preschoolers for the past few years, although originally from Ontario.

Susan comes to the elementary school from the secondary program as well as previous experience in our demonstration school, Trillium.

We look forward to the incredible additions these folks will bring to our already dedicated team of educators.

Please note on your calendars that the first day of school for students is Tuesday, September 4th, 2018.  Supervision begins at 8:30am and classes run from 8:45am until 3:15pm.  Also please check out website after September 1st for Class Placements. You will need your child’s OEN number to access this information which can be found on the first page of your child’s report card.

In closing, know that our doors are always open to your calls and visits, however, we appreciate your consideration in setting up a scheduled appointment time.  Please let me know if there is anything we can do to make your child’s education a successful one.

Cindy Smith – Principal, Elementary

Sheila Rees – Vice Principal, Elementary

School Events

  • September 4 – First Day of School, Term 1 begins
  • September 20 – Picture Day
  • September 27th – Meet the Teacher / Welcome BBQ* (to be confirmed)
  • October 17 – IEP mailed home
  • November – Progress Reports Mailed Home (TBD)
  • November 8 – Parent / Teacher interviews
  • December 19 – Holiday Dinner
  • January – Report Cards Mailed Home (TBD)
  • February 28 – Grade 8 Parent’s Night
  • April – Kindergarten Open House (TBD)
  • April 23 – E.C.D.’s Birthday
  • May 8th / 9th – Grade 8 Transition Meetings
  • May 21- 31 – EQAO Grade 3 Assessments
  • June 20th – Grade 8 Graduation (TBC)
  • June 21st – Kindergarten Graduation (TBC)
  • June 25 – Celebration of Success BBQ

(TBC – Dates have been selected but not yet confirmed)

(TBD – Dates have not yet been decided)

Professional Activity Days, Statutory and Board Holidays

  • September 3 – Statutory holiday
  • September 28 – PD day
  • October 8 – Statutory holiday
  • October 26 – PD day
  • November 12 – PD day
  • December 21 – PD day
  • December 24 – January 4, 2019 – Board / statutory holidays
  • February 1 – PD day
  • February 18 – Statutory holiday
  • March 8 – PD day
  • March 11 – March 15 Board holidays
  • April 19 & 22 – Statutory holidays
  • May 20 – Statutory holiday
  • June 28 – PD day

Important Documents Enclosed

  • Student Registration Card
  • Office Index Card – (review, update and return as applicable)
  • Promotional Use of Photos Consent Form (Blue) (review, sign and return)
  • Responsible Use Consent (Green) (review, sign and return)
  • Safe Schools and  Emergency Notification Procedures
  • Immunization of School Pupils Act (White)
  • Canadian 24 Hour Movement Guidelines
  • School Calendar
  • Daily Schedule
  • Oral Language Program

Please read, review and sign all appropriate forms and return to the school by Friday, September 9th, 2018.

Safe Arrival Program

To ensure all students’ safe arrival at school, it is critical that the school is notified of all absences.  Parents must call (905) 878-2851, Ext: 252 voice; (905) 878-7195 TTY or email  by 8:30am to report your child’s absence.  The answering machine will operate 24 hours a day.  If you know ahead of time that your child will be away, please inform us.


  • Reason for Absence and expected length of absence
  • Child’s first AND last name (spell it out please)
  • Teacher’s Name (If you are not sure, email/phone each day of absence.  Please remember that a written note to the teacher is required for 3 consecutive absences with reason and date included).

Note:  If your child is absent when attendance is taken, and the school has not been notified, you will be contacted by the school to let you know that your child has not arrived.

As part of our Safe Schools guidelines, parents/guardians should be aware that all doors to Ernest C. Drury Elementary school will be locked at all times. Staff will meet transportation at the beginning of each school day at the South Doors.  Staff will then escort children into the school (in case of rain or inclement weather) or into the supervised playground.  Students are also escorted to the South Doors for pick up at the end of the school day as well.

New This Year

Office Sign In and Out

Sign In / Late Arrival:  If your child arrives after school begins, please go to the Elementary School front door to sign him/her into school.  Students in Primary Grades (kindergarten up to grade 3) must be accompanied by an adult in order to do this.  Students in Grades 4-8 can sign in themselves.  Note – if busses are late, we are informed by the bus and therefore, sign in procedure is not required.  Staff will meet late busses at the South Doors for pick up.

Sign Out / Early Departure. Students are not permitted to leave the school without prior notification to the office.  If you are picking your child up for an appointment, please go to the office to sign him/her out of the school.  All children leaving the school at irregular times must go through the office prior to departure.

This is for your child’s safety only and we appreciate your patience as we work together!

Outdoor Supervision BEFORE School

Following the Canadian 24- hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth, we will be re-instating daily outdoor play upon arrival for our students.

“Preserving sufficient sleep, trading indoor time for outdoor time, and replacing sedentary behaviours and light physical activity with additional moderate to vigorous physical activity can provide greater health benefits.” (p.2)

Weather permitting, we will be providing our students with outdoor play time prior to school start each day, beginning at 8:30am.  Please note that our playground is NOT supervised prior to 8:30am.  If you plan on dropping your child off to school, please ensure you do so after 8:30am so that he / she can be safely supervised at all times.

As this is something that we haven’t done for a few years, we will be working closely with the bus companies to ensure that the outdoor supervised play time coincides with bus drop off times to ensure your child is supervised at all times.

Please ensure your child is dressed for the weather as students will not be entering the school until first bell at 8:40am.

Program Updates: Oral Language Program

For the upcoming 2018-19 School Year, there will be a new addition to our current Oral Language Program model.  Currently, our Oral Language program is offered to those students and their families who wish to develop their auditory/verbal skills in small group and/or individual sessions with our Oral Language Teacher.  Access to this support requires parental permission as well as some form of consistent use of amplification devices.  Focus in this program is for students to develop English listening and speaking skills to understand and interact with others.

Although this will continue to occur, an additional part of the program will be offered to all students in Kindergarten to Grade 6.   Oral Communication is one of the four strands of the Ministry of Education’s Language Curriculum (Reading, Writing, Oral Communication, Media).  In our school, this refers to a focus on presentation skills; understanding your audience; consolidating performances and presentations and developing confidence in standing in front of a group and presenting information. This year, classroom teachers will continue to work with their students in these areas. However in addition,  all students in Kindergarten to Grade 6 will participate in one period per week with the Oral Language Teacher in order to provide a dedicated and enriched opportunity to develop these skills, using both American Sign Language as well as written English.  Spoken English may be accessed if appropriate.

A letter with this information is included in your documents.  This letter must be signed and returned if you would like your son / daughter to receive individual/small group withdrawal time with the Oral Language Teacher in order to focus on listening and spoken language skills. Please indicate your interest on the form and return it to the main office by September 9th, 2018.

Agenda Books

Student Activity Fee is $10.00 (which includes agenda book)  As you know, these books serve as a valuable communication and organizational tool for our students, parents and teachers.  This year, the theme of our Agenda Books is: “Esteem: Social-Emotional Learning”   which includes the following: safety; goals and decision making; self-awareness; collaboration; problem solving; physical health; social awareness; relationships; emotional health and self-regulation.  Each of these topics (10 in total) will coincide with our monthly assemblies /focus throughout the school year beginning with ‘Safety’ in September.   We firmly believe that the agenda is an essential component of our program here at Ernest C. Drury to help nurture both academic excellence as well as individual growth by assisting students in becoming responsible learners.  The agenda is an excellent way for you, as parents, to keep up with school events, projects and assignments as well as communicate with your child’s teacher and share your own special events with us. We appreciate your support and cooperation in our shared responsibility and hope you will find the agenda pages as helpful at home as we do here at school.  Kindly send in $10.00 (CASH preferred) by Friday, September 9th, 2018.  For parents/guardians that require financial assistance, please contact the School Principal directly.

Student Pictures

School Photo Day is Thursday, September 20th, 2018.

Parent Email Distribution List

Throughout the school year, we send out information, school newsletters and share good news with our parents/guardians.  If you would like to be added to our distribution list, please email and provide your consent and email address(s).


By now, you should have been in contact with your local school bus company to find out pick up and drop off times for your child.  If you have any concerns, or questions about bussing please contact the Residence Manager:  Lisa Morden at  Lisa can also be reached by phone at 905-878-2851 the week prior to school commencement.

Please note: To ensure all students arrive home safely, students will NOT be permitted to ride on a school bus other than their own.  It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to contact the bus company directly if there are any changes to the regularly schedule pick-up/drop-off.

Checklist for Parents and Students – What to Bring for September 4, 2018

  • Student Fee ($10.00; cash ONLY)
  • Student Registration Card
  • Responsible Use Consent
  • Promotional Use of Photos Consent
  • Oral Language Program Request
  • Office Index Card – updated