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Grand Erie’s Website Gets a New Look for Back-to-School

This summer, some big changes happened to Grand Erie’s website. With improved design and functionality, it arrived just in time for back-to-school. We’re thrilled to introduce you to Grand Erie’s shiny new online home!

The changes you’ll notice give the website a new overall look and feel, while allowing for better dissemination of system and school news, as well as the integration of social media. The website is also AODA compliant in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, and streamlines content to whichever device you’re using. This will allow us to keep you informed about everything that’s going on in Grand Erie in the most timely and efficient manner.

Each Grand Erie school has a new website as well, so expect to find everything you need to know about your, or your child’s school, with messages from the principal, and news and events featured more prominently than before. You’ll also find transportation information, bell times, and staff directories in easy-to-find locations. Also displayed are the latest posts on social media.

Important news, days of significance, and interesting events from across Grand Erie are featured more prominently. Feature stories and media releases are available on the Newsroom page. Throughout the new website, you’ll learn more about Grand Erie’s Multi-Year Plan, and how it fits into the events, initiatives, and programs happening throughout the year.

The optimal browser to surf the new site is Chrome. We hope the new design provides a user-friendly web experience, with visual storytelling in the spotlight.

June 7, 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Re: Report of an incident and suspicious male in the Ryerson Heights area

In the interest of community safety and to best ensure the safety of our students, the Brantford Police Service has provided us with information about the report of an incident in the Ryerson Heights Elementary School area.

On Monday, June 6, 2016 at approximately 4:55 p.m., three primary school students who were at the after-school program at Ryerson Heights School on Dowdon Ave, observed a man outside of the school fence line acting in a suspicious manner. The man was described as holding a sharp object in his hand, which possibly was a knife. The man was reported to have had blood on his hand. The man did not approach the students, however made some negative comments to them before walking away from the area.

The man was described as white, 40-50 years old, with a bald head and wearing a black t-shirt.

Police are continuing in their investigation. Anyone who has information regarding the potential identity of the man or may have witnessed the event is urged to contact Detective Laureen Bird of the Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Unit at 519-756-0113 ext 3001.

To help ensure the safety of our students, please talk to your child about what to do if a ‘stranger’ or ‘strangers’ approach them for any reason. Teachers will also review safety protocols in class about how to stay safe in the community.

Click here for more information about street safety.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

Sincerely,

Jane Goldspink

Principal (Acting)

Bus Incident

On February 29th, 2016, during the Grade 3 Swim to Survive Trip, the bus was pulled over by police at Conklin and Blackburn. The police had received a report about the driver's abilities. The bus company sent another bus to bring the students back to the school. The students were supervised by the teachers until they met up with their parents. An investigation was carried out by the bus company and communicated by the transportation department. I can tell you that outside influences, such as substances, were not a factor in the driver's abilities. The bus company will take their own action. The driver will not drive for our school moving forward. I am sorry that this happened to our students on their trip. It was upsetting for them and their parents as they waited. Please contact me with any concerns.

Thank you. Mrs. Clara Anderson

Santa Visits WGES

Santa made a special visit to the students of WGES. Students and staff made Christmas crafts and celebrated the season with our Adoptive Grandparents from John Noble Home. Thanks to the School Council for organizing this event.