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Parachute Safe Kids Week takes place June 4 to 10, 2018 and will focus on concussion at home, at play and on the road. The campaign encourages parents and caregivers to help their children become leaders in safety by teaching them to be active and safe, and helps parents understand how to prevent, recognize and manage injuries including concussion. We also encourage everyone to support Safe Kids Week on social media by using the hashtag #KidsAndConcussion
Parachute has many resources available for parents, community organizations, and others who may be interested. You can find them at
For a tip sheet on concussions for parents and caregivers, visit:

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Safety for children

Synervoice system changing to SchoolMessanger Communicate:
This notice is to inform you of some upcoming changes to Synervoice, the system we use to call you for student absences, emergency notifications and other broadcasts.

On Wednesday, May 30, 2018 our school will be moving to a new system called SchoolMessenger Communicate.  While we are working hard to ensure a smooth transition, we wanted you to be aware in case you should have any questions when the change takes place.  

Please note that the new system will call the number that is listed as ‘priority one’ in the school information system. ~This means there may be a change to where you currently receive messaging from the school.~ If you have any questions or would like to revisit the contact information we have on file for you, please contact the school and ask for Mrs. Keeling.  

Again, we are hoping to transition to the new system without any disruptions, and we thank you for your patience and understanding.

Strategies for Change: 26/30 spaces have been reserved so far...only 5 more spaces available
If you are interested in this bullying prevention workshop please email me at, or call me at 519 534 2205 x527 to register.  There are 4 more places available.  Parents, educators, caregivers, law enforcement, social service providers and any others who have children in their care are welcome to attend.  This event is sponsored by a Parents-Reaching-Out grant that was awarded to the school.  Please consider attending and contributing your ideas to help shape the future. Our presenter is COPA and their home page is
Thank you, Todd E. Wainwright - Principal P.S.D.S.


Dear Parents and Guardians,

After more than 30 years in education, 29 years in the Grey, Bruce and Bluewater Boards, the time has come for me to retire from Education, effective August 31st.  The decision to retire was difficult because I love my job and I love this school.  In retirement I look forward to spending quality time with my family.  The incoming principal will be announced in May and I will get the message out to you at that time.

I want to say thank you to everyone for the opportunities and experiences to have a very full and satisfying career of service to public education. I wish everyone all the best in the future.

Todd E. Wainwright, Principal, PSDS

Excellence in Education Award: On March 20, 2018, PSDS, along with SDSS, and Indigenous Advisor/Teacher Vallee Trudeau, were at the Bluewater Education Centre where we were presented with the Excellence in Education award in recognition of our support of Indigenous education.  As Principal of our great school, I was given some time to talk to the Bluewater trustees about the work we have done over the years to improve opportunities and outcomes for our Indigenous learners.  The trustees were very receptive, appreciative, and supportive of our plans and programs going forward. Thank you and Miigwetch for all the great work our educators do for our students. You are wonderful.
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Strategies for Change:
If you are interested in this bullying prevention workshop please email me at, or call me at 519 534 2205 x527 to register.  There are 30 places available.  Parents, educators, caregivers, law enforcement, social service providers and any others who have children in their care are welcome to attend.  This event is sponsored by a Parents-Reaching-Out grant that was awarded to the school.  Please consider attending and contributing your ideas to help shape the future. Our presenter is COPA and their home page is
Thank you, Todd E. Wainwright - Principal P.S.D.S.



Consultation: A New Vision for Student Transportation

The Ministry of Education is currently undertaking a broad engagement process, to develop a new vision for student transportation in Ontario. The engagement will solicit feedback from the many stakeholders of student transportation across the province, with a final report to be released in the fall of 2018. The ministry is looking for ideas on how they can enhance safety, responsiveness, equitability, and accountability in student transportation, and feedback to help improve the way Ontario and its student transportation partners deliver this service to students and families.

Pubic submissions on the ‘Discussion Paper on a New Vision for Student Transportation in Ontario’
are being accepted until March 29, 2018.~ The discussion paper and details on providing feedback can be found at

Contact Information
For further information, please contact Janette Scott, Executive Assistant Business Services by email or by phone at 519-363-2014, ext. 2108.

Thank you/Miigwetch, Todd Wainwright, Principal, Peninsula Shores District School

Thank you to the Wiarton Optimists!
The Wiarton Optimist Club held their Fancy Tea on February 3rd and donated the proceeds to our Student Nutrition Program ($389.65) and to our Playground Renewal Fund ($132.75) and then they made another donation of $558.00 to our Student Nutrition Program fund! Thank you for your kindness and generosity toward our students.  It is wonderful to have such thoughtful community partners.  Todd Wainwright, Principal, PSDS.

Recommendations for Schools With Increased Absenteeism, Grey Bruce Health Unit, 101 17th Street East, Owen Sound, N4K 0A5, 519-376-9420 • • 1-800-263-3456
Program Code: SCV-ID Revised: August 26, 2016 Page 1 of 1

Stay Home When Sick
• Any student or staff member who is ill and unable to participate fully in regular activities should be cared for at home.• Encourage staff and students to stay home when sick.• Refer to the Infectious Disease Guidelines for Schools and Child Care Facilities for information on specific illnesses and exclusion.Hand Hygiene
• Encourage hand hygiene among students and staff (through PA announcements, classroom teaching and reminders, newsletters/flyers).• Ensure there is a sufficient supply of warm water, soap and paper towels in all washrooms.
• If hand sanitizer is available it’s recommended:
  • to use 70-90% alcohol-based hand sanitizer,
  • that the product is within the expiry date, and
  • that there is a sufficient supply.
• Hand washing signs should be posted in all washrooms (available from Public Health).• Child friendly displays and Glow Germ units to teach proper hand washing are available from Public Health (pick up and/or delivery can be arranged).Environmental Cleaning
• Clean and disinfect common touch surfaces daily or more often as needed (e.g. door handles, hand rails, desks, table tops, water fountains).
• Clean and disinfect shared items and toys as often as possible.• Washrooms should continue to be cleaned and disinfected daily or more often as needed.• Launder re-usable mop heads and linens on a hot water cycle with detergent and hot air dry.• Review disinfection procedures:Follow manufacturer’s directions for use, concentration and contact time.
  • Check concentrations and contact times.
  • A different disinfectant may need to be used during periods of increased illness. Contact Public Health for recommendations.
• Surfaces contaminated by faeces or vomit are to be immediately cleaned and disinfected using a high level disinfectant. Gloves and masks are to be worn during clean up. See Cleaning Spills of Blood and Body Substances on Hard Surfaces.Communication• Consider sending information home to parents (of whole school or specific classrooms) to:notify them of increased illness,
  • remind them that children are to stay home when ill, and
  • encourage hand washing and covering coughs at home.
• Make other agencies and programs within the school (e.g. child cares) of the increased absenteeism

If you are a First Nations child, or know of a First Nations child who requires education, health and social services and supports and does not have access to them, please contact 1-800-567-9604 or email Jordan’s Principle Focal Points and service coordinators are available across Canada to help children receive access to the services they need. They are a local contact to help children and families get started.  JORDAN’S PRINCIPLE supports substantive equality for First Nations children when accessing government services.

Opioid Fact Sheets:  Resources provided by the Grey Bruce Health Unit from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), are listed below for parents and students....

INFO SHEET: Prescription opioids including fentanyl, What parents and caregivers need to know. 

Parent Council Meetings
The next two Parent Council meetings, November 6, 2017 and January 8, 2018 have been postponed until February 5, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Round Room.  All parents are welcome to attend.
Thank you.  
Todd Wainwright, Principal, PSDS

Who let the dogs out?!!!        As a reminder, please do not bring dogs onto the playground when children are present.  Please only walk your dog to the corner of the drop off area.  As well, dog owners are reminded to clean up after their pets when they bring their dogs onto the school grounds after hours.  Thank you for your consideration to keep our playground clean and safe for everyone.

French as a Second Language survey: In 2013, the Ministry of Education released A Framework for French as a Second Language in Ontario Schools, Kindergarten to Grade 12. This document identified three goals which support the vision for French as a Second Language (FSL) programs:
· Increase student confidence, proficiency, and achievement in FSL
· Increase the percentage of students studying FSL until graduation · Increase student, educator, parent and community engagement in FSL
In accordance with the framework, boards are required to monitor progress towards these goals through surveys to determine the effectiveness of our actions. Surveys will need to be completed by all FSL parents for students in Core, French Immersion and Extended French programs.~
Surveys must be completed by October 31, 2017. Parent Survey: ~

PSDS Wiarton


Frequently Asked Questions – School Cash Online
1.    What is the purpose of School Cash Online? School Cash Online offers the convenience of making online payments for their student’s field trips, pizza days, milk program, agendas, yearbook, school clothing orders, school fundraising, etc.  Using this method of payment will help eliminate the need to carry cash in schools and thereby reduce the risk of theft cash misplacement. It also provides parents with more flexibility and control on how they distribute contributions to the school.

 2.    How is School Cash Online beneficial to parents? School Cash Online provides parents with access and convenience at any time to pay for student activities. Parents will receive email notifications of upcoming events and items, and be able to maintain an electronic receipt history for items purchased.  Parents will have the opportunity to pay for multiple items for their child(ren) all at once and with ease.

 3.    Is the School Cash Online software secure? It is top priority to keep your personal information safe.  School Cash Online will never contact you by phone, email or mail to ask you to divulge confidential information. School Cash Online does not share any of your personal information with any third party.  The software does not store your payment information on the web server or any computers or other devices. School Cash Online has partnered with industry-leading data centers and financial institutions to ensure that banking information is transmitted safely and securely.

 4.    How do I create an account? School Cash Online has been designed to be a user-friendly, efficient online payment system.  All you need to do is follow these four simple steps to get started:
a)    Register your own secure personal payment account by filling out the registration form on “Get Started Today”:
b)    Add a Student – once you have confirmed your account, add your child(ren) to the account to view and pay for school expenses. You will be prompted for this information upon login. This feature is also located under the “Items” or “My Account” tabs. 
c)    Pay School Expenses – Pay for any selected school expenses by adding the items to the cart and checking out. 
d)    Print Receipt – Print a copy of the transaction receipt for your personal records. This information can also be found under “Payment History”.

 5.    Can each parent have a separate account? Yes. School Cash Online was designed for parents, grandparents and guardians to have individual accounts. The student can be added to up to five different accounts.

 6.    Why does School Cash Online need my email address? For your username to log into the system;  To email you a receipt for payments processed;  To enable you to receive email notifications of school events and activities

 7.    What methods of payment are available? There are three methods of payment:  eCheque, My Wallet, and credit card (Visa or Mastercard).

 8.    What is eCheque? An eCheque is an electronic funds transfer that withdraws money directly from your bank account. It is similar to writing a cheque, only it is done electronically.  When you send money with an eCheque, the transaction will be held as pending until the electronic funds have cleared your bank.  Please allow a few days for processing.

 9.    Does School Cash Online save my eCheque details? School Cash Online does not store your eCheque details for security reasons and industry compliancy. Therefore, parents must enter the information each time they checkout.

 10. How long does it take for money to be deducted from my bank account? Most payments are deducted within three business days. This may depend on your individual banking institution.

 11. What is “My Wallet”? “My Wallet” is a free online payment account that parents can deposit funds into and then use to pay for items online. Parents can deposit funds into their “My Wallet” account on the School Cash Online website under the “My Wallet” tab.  You can print a receipt for funds deposited into your “My Wallet’.

 12. How can I obtain a refund from “My Wallet”? Funds transferred into “My Wallet” do not expire and remain available for purchases until funds are fully drawn down. Refund requests for unused funds can be made at any time by submitting a request to

 Please include the following information:  Username, First and Last Name of Student, and School Board Name.

 13. Which credit card options are available? The credit card options available are Visa and MasterCard. School Cash Online does not store credit card information for security reasons and industry compliancy. Therefore, the information has to be entered at each checkout.

 14. Will I get a receipt? You will receive confirmation of your items purchased once your payment has been successfully processed. You are able to print a copy of the electronic receipt by clicking the “Print” icon. This information is recorded in the “Payment History” tab.

 15. How do I know if my payment was successful? Once you have reached the payment receipt page, your payment was successfully completed. If you are in any doubt as to the success of your payment, select the "Payment History" tab to view your historic information of payments made.
16. How can I obtain a refund? Refunds are permitted if the product or service is cancelled, or at the discretion of the school.
17. To receive a refund on your account, please submit a request to the school, detailing the purchase with supporting information (School, Parent First Name, Parent Last Name, Email Address, Phone Number, Student First Name, Student Last Name, Date of Transaction, Item(s) Purchased and Amount).

 18. I am trying to purchase an item, but it is not listed.  What should I do? Each school creates items for purchase and assigns them to students. Once assigned, they will appear in the Student “Items” tab on School Cash Online. Please contact your school if you do not see the item(s) you require.

 19. Can I receive email notifications letting me know that there are items to be purchased? Yes, email notifications are sent to the account holder when new items are uploaded to your child’s profile. To verify that you have accepted email notifications, select the “My Account” tab and then the “Manage Email Notifications” option. Click on the option to activate the email notification, and then select the “CHANGE” button to save your information.

 20. How often will I receive email notifications? Email notifications are sent when new items have been posted and assigned to your child.

 21. Is there a cost to School Cash Online? Yes. There is an annual cost per school to provide the convenience of School Cash Online. This cost will be reflected in the cost of items, similar to retail transactions. The cost to provide this convenience is estimated at 2% of items (excluding donations).  

 Items will be priced the same regardless of the method of payment chosen.
22. Will parents still be able to pay by cheque or cash? Yes. Parents without access to a computer or Internet connection will still be able to pay by cheque or cash. Cheque is the preferred option in order to help minimize cash in schools.

Morning arrival
Just a reminder that our supervision on the playground begins at 8:30 a.m.  Some students have been arriving earlier than that time and mingling with the Before and After School Program children which has caused problems for their staff in terms of supervision.  If you need to send your child to school earlier than 8:30 a.m. please contact Christine Sommers at 519 534 4434 for child care.  Thank you.

Experience the global classroom by participating in an International Exchange!!  
Elementary school students in grade 7 are invited to apply to take part in an international exchange to France.  Our students would apply while in grade 7 to host a student from France in their grade 8 year.  Exchange partners would arrive in in Canada in late August and stay until early November.  Our Canadian students would travel to live with their exchange partner and their family in France for 3-months from February to May.  Students taking part in an exchange would attend school, experience a new culture and be immersed in another language.  For more formation, visit the Canadian Education Exchange Foundation website at or contact our Board Exchange Coordinator, Kelly Wilkins, at 519-376-6050 x 237 or

Our QSP Family Reading Magazine Fundraiser has started and it is a major fundraiser for students in Grades 1 - 8. Not only does this campaign help raise much needed funds but it also promotes literacy.  Please set aside some time each week and make for your family's Time For Reading (click this link!).  You can check your child's backpack for all of the information. We are raising money to support our library and class field trips and every child will benefit from the funds raised.  Please do your part to support your campaign. Our on line school number is 3711710. We need everyone's help to make it a success. Thank you.

Information for ALL Kindergarten students!!
Since you registered your child last year, they have likely received their 4-6 year boosters for Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis, Polio, Measles, Mumps, Rubella and chickenpox.  Doctor’s offices do not automatically send this information to us.  Public Health is required by law to have immunization records for all students registered in all schools.  To ensure that we have all records up to date for your child, please notify us of any immunizations given since your child has turned four years of age.  It is recommended to receive these boosters as soon after your child turns four, and not delaying until a later age.  Immunization protects children from many serious diseases that are easily spread in schools.

You can do this by:    
Scanning the yellow immunization record and emailing to; or
Fax to: 519-376-7782 or Call: 519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456


Secondary Yearbook, please click here to download the ReplayIt  App for your smartphone ... your pictures might be in the yearbook!



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Message from the Principal

Welcome to Peninsula Shores District School, our state of the art facility. We are a Kindergarten to Grade 12 District School. PSDS offers many exciting opportunities for students. Our school includes a 400 seat auditorium which is an excellent venue for school drama productions, musical theatre performances, guest speakers and school assemblies. In addition, this auditorium can be booked for community events. Our students also have access to new computer labs, a large gymnasium capable of running two physical education programs concurrently, an outdoor athletic field and first-rate hospitality and technology facilities.
We serve the students from Hepworth Central School, Amabel Sauble Community School, Kikendaasogamig Elementary School and our own PSDS elementary students. We offer courses in Grades 9-12 on a semester basis. Our school year runs from September to January for Semester One courses and February to June for Semester Two courses.
If you want to be part of a warm, caring and exciting new learning environment that will inspire you and challenge you to become the best that you can be, come to Peninsula Shores District School.

New WDHS/PSDS Alumni Association Formed

From coast to coast and country to country, WDHS and PSDS graduates launched their post-secondary journeys right here in Wiarton, Ontario. To honour and share our graduates’ achievements, a new association has been established.

The school communities of both the former Wiarton District High School and the present Peninsula Shores District School are pleased to announce the formation of the official WDHS/PSDS Alumni Association. The purpose of this Alumni Association is to foster and enhance connections among WDHS and PSDS graduates and staff while celebrating our rich heritage for the benefit of both the school and its community.
To sign up for the Alumni Association, please visit


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We are very excited to announce that we will be offering parents the convenience of paying online for school activities, field trips and sports events, in the near future.

For safety and efficiency reasons, we want to reduce the amount of cash and cheques coming into our school. School related expenses will be available online for you to make payments during the school year soon.

You can register for your online payment account now. Click on the image below to get started.
Click here to register or login.

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