Central Public Weekly Newsletter ~ The "Central Scoop"

Upcoming Calendar of Events: (check the calendar on our website for more information)

  • Friday, April 23 - P.D Day (No virtual learning for students)

  • Tuesday, April 27 - Virtual School Council Meeting 6:30 pm (see below for link)

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Happy Earth Day and remember tomorrow is a PD Day for students. Have a safe and happy extended weekend!


As office staff will be working remotely whenever possible, secretaries will not always be available to answer school phones. Please note that messages left on the school answering machine will be checked remotely, on a regular basis. If you need to contact any of our office staff, and are looking for a faster response time, please use our email addresses.

  • Mrs. Cocklin – Head Secretary: cocklind@hdsb.ca

  • Mrs. Csordas – Secretary: csordass@hdsb.ca

  • Mrs. DiMatteo - Principal: dimatteol@hdsb.ca

Please note that if you send an email and we give you a call, the numbers will show up as “No Caller ID”. Please make sure to answer those calls that are unknown, as it is most likely from a staff member.

Communication with classroom teachers can continue to take place using previously arranged communication methods. Please note that teachers will be engaged in their virtual classroom during the instructional day and may not be able to respond immediately to inquiries. Please allow 24 hours for them to respond.


Please note that attendance will be taken daily as per usual. If your child will be absent from their virtual classroom, please report the absence via School Messenger.

Safe Arrival Student Absence Reporting: Parents are reminded to report both full-day and partial-day absences using our automated student attendance management Safe Arrival system prior to 8:30 a.m.. The student attendance management system is available 24/7 and will allow you to report your child’s absence in one of three ways:

  1. using the SchoolMessenger® mobile app

  2. by logging into the SchoolMessenger® website

  3. by calling into an interactive toll-free phone line

School Council Update & Meeting Time:

A message from your Parent Council Co-Chairs – Amanda Pascoe & Kimberly Calderbank

A BIG Thank You to the Central Parent Council team that helped to organize our Kahoot Trivia Quizzes for April Break, and our BIG finale Trivia Night. Thank you to Lara Alves, Adeyinka Jegede, and Amanda Pascoe.

SHOUT-OUT and BIG thanks to Miss Amy and Cami for their super awesome Trivia Host/Dancing skills – amazing!

Do not forget to follow us on social media for exciting, upcoming Central Parent Council VIRTUAL FUN!

Instagram: @centralpscouncil

Facebook: Central Public School Council

The next School Council meeting will be this Tuesday, April 27 at 6:30pm. We extend an invitation to ALL parents and guardians of the Central PS community who wish to attend (virtually).

You can join the meeting with your own email, or by using your child’s HDSB account (email and password). Once you log in with your child’s password, open up Google Chrome and use this link:

Google Meet Link

Once the meeting starts, please ensure you mute your microphone on the left hand side of the screen (otherwise we get feedback). While the meeting starts at 6:30, the link will be live starting at 6:15 for you to access. Please log in early to ensure that the technology is working properly for you.

Central PS Library:

On Instagram: @centralpslibraryburlington

Follow our Library Technician Mr.VanRavestein for some awesome library content.

He recently posted a “Pinkalicious” read-a-like video for fans of the book. Click the link below to check it out.

Pinkalicious read-a-like Video

HDSB hosting more than 15 Mental Health & Well-Being Information Sessions for Parents/Guardians in April and May:

The Halton District School Board is hosting more than 15 Mental Health & Well-Being Information Sessions for parents/guardians, with the first session held on April 27 and others scheduled throughout the month of May. These sessions will cover specific topics based on feedback from parents/guardians through a survey sent earlier this year. Each will be led by a mental health expert in that area who will share their knowledge and provide helpful information and resources.

Session presenters will include HDSB staff and mental health experts from local community organizations including Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK), ADAPT, Danielle’s Place, National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC), Eat2Grow, CHM Therapy Services, Halton Support Services, Developmental Services of Ontario, Mental Health and Addiction Nurses, Roots Community Services, and Bayridge Counselling Centres.

Session topics include:

  • Healthy eating, body image, eating disorders

  • Self-regulation and emotional well-being

  • Substance use, vaping, online/video gaming

  • Supporting children with learning disabilities

  • Social isolation and connectedness for 2SLGBTQ+ youth

  • Impact of COVID-19 and racism for Black identifying families

  • Staying engaged during online learning

  • Anxiety

  • Psychiatric medications

Registration is required for these sessions as limited spots are available. Parents/guardians can register by completing the Mental Health & Well-Being Information Sessions Registration Form. Sessions will be held on Google Meet or Zoom (depending on the session) and registrants will be emailed a link to access the session. Sessions will not be recorded.

Parents/guardians will have the opportunity to submit questions when completing the registration form or during the session.

The Board’s new Mental Health & Well-Being webpage has information for parents/guardians and students on mental health, ways to support positive mental health and well-being and how to get additional support at school and in the community.