Ministry of Education
Provincial and Demonstration Schools Branch

ECD Elementary News 2019-2020

Date: August 30, 2019 | 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 2019-2020 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 with 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 Margie Blanchet who has retired after 21 years. We wish her all the best.  A new secretary will be announced once hired.  

Farewell and best wishes to Pino Martino and Erica Seide-Scott. Pino has taken up a position in the Secondary Program, and Erica has moved to Home Visiting. 

Welcome Back to Kathleen Materiuk, Kasia Ugryn and Scott Garant. Kathleen will be returning In October following a mat leave. Scott will be returning to the junior division after working in the high school for one year, and Kasia will be returning to the classroom after her extended leave.  

Warm welcome to the Elementary Program – Shannon Dillon, and Danielle Stoakley who have joined our team of dedicated staff. 

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 3rd, 2019.  Supervision begins at 8:30am and classes run from 8:45am until 3:15pm. 

School Day Change

Please note that we are moving away from the Balanced Day to a Regular School Day program beginning in September.  This means that students will have two 15 minute Recess Breaks (one in the morning and one in the afternoon) plus one 60 minute LUNCH. A few things to note with this change: 

Snacks will be permitted for students during recess. They will be eating these snacks outside so PLEASE try to reduce waste and go ‘garbage-less’.  Snacks should be quick and light!

Class Placements

Your child’s class placement will be available on Friday, August 30th, 2019 on the PDSB website  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. Please share the teacher name with your child if possible so that he/she may find his / her line up on the first day back in September. 

Save the Date 

Welcome Back BBQ and Meet the Teacher Night will be Thursday, September 19th, 2019 (weather permitting). Come out and meet your child’s teacher, staff and other families while enjoying a BBQ.  We will have vegetarian and Halal options.

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

Important School Dates

School Events

  • September 3 – First Day of school
  • September 19 – Picture Day
  • September 19 – SAC BBQ/ Elementary Open House
  • October 15 – Orange Shirt Day- Indigenous People Day
  • October 16 – IEPs brought home
  • October 23 – SAC meeting
  • October 28 – Picture Re-take day
  • November 14 – Report Cards brought home 
  • November 20 – SAC meeting/ASL Film-PJ night
  • December 18 – Holiday Dinner and Drama
  • February 7 – Report Cards brought home 
  • February 26 – Pink Day (Anti-bullying Day)
  • February 27 – Grade 8 Parent’s Night 
  • March 4 – SAC Meeting
  • March 23 – Crazy Sock Day for Down’s Syndrome
  • March 26 – Math Bowl
  • March 27-29 – RIT Math Competition
  • April 2 – Kindergarten Open House
  • April 20 – Grad Photos/ Photo re-takes
  • April 23 – ECD’s 57th Birthday
  • April 29 – SAC Meeting
  • May 4-8 – Education Week
  • May 7-8 – Grade 8 Transition Meetings
  • May 13-14 – Deaf Children’s Festival
  • May 19-June 1 – EQAO Grade 3/6 Assessments
  • June 17 – SAC BBQ
  • June 18 – Grade 8 Commencement
  • June 19 – Kindergarten Celebration
  • June 24 – Celebration of Success BBQ
  • June 25 – Final reports brought home/ Last day of school

*** Please watch our monthly Newsletters for more information and upcoming events***


  • September 2 – Statutory holiday
  • September 16 – PD day
  • October 14 – Statutory holiday
  • November 11 – PD day
  • December 20 – PD day
  • December 23 – January 3, 2020 – Board / statutory holidays
  • January 31 – PD day
  • February 17 – Statutory holiday
  • March 13 – PD day
  • March 16 – March 20 – Board holidays
  • April 10 & 13 – Statutory holidays
  • May 15 – PD day
  • May 18 – Statutory holiday
  • June 26 – 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 Information

Please read, review and sign all appropriate forms and return to the school by Friday, September 6th, 2019.

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.  

  • Please INCLUDE: 
    • 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.

Office Sign In and Out 

Sign In / Late Arrival:  If your child arrives after school begins (8:45), 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 Front 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, in the school playground, 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. 

Oral Language Program

Our Oral Language program provides students an opportunity 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 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 as well as further support the development of English reading/writing skills.   

In addition, our oral language teacher will also be working with our ASL teachers to provide communication support to all students from Kindergarten to Grade 8.   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, all students in Grades 1 to Grade 8 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.  

 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 6th, 2019.

Agenda Books

 Student Activity Fee is $10.00 (which includes the 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:  Developing Habits of Success which includes the following topics:

  • Being proactive
  • Getting organized/being prepared
  • Being an active listener
  • Setting goals
  • Prioritizing/using time wisely
  • Doing group projects
  • completing long-term projects
  • Staying motivated
  • Learning to adapt
  • Celebrating our 7 new habits

Each of these topics (10 in total) will coincide with our monthly assemblies /focus throughout the school year beginning with ‘Being Proactive’ 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 6th, 2018. For parents/guardians that require financial assistance, please contact the School Principal directly.

Student Pictures   

School Photo Day is Thursday, September 19th, 2019.

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. 


  • 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