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Kindergarten Open House

Important Dates

December 1 - 14 - McKay's 10 Days of Giving

December 7 - Archie's Sub Day

December 16 - Holiday Hat Day

December 17 - Festive Colours Day

December 20 - Holiday Socks Day

December 21 - Lunch Lady Turkey Lunch Day

December 21 - Candy Cane Day (Red & White)

December 22 - Ugly Sweater Day

December 23 - Cozy PJ Day

December 24 - January 7 - Winter Break (School Closed)

January 25 - Grad Photo Day and Picture Retakes

Parent Council - Every Fourth Tuesday

Bell Times:

8:40am - Supervision Begins

8:55am - 3:15pm - School Day

Poinsettia Fundraiser

You should have received a green paper order form that was sent home with your child. The paper forms are for your reference only, do not return these to the school. Once you have finished collecting your orders please use SchoolCash Online to submit your final order and payment to the school by November 24th (we unfortunately can not accept cash or cheque to the school at this time). Proceeds will be going towards new technology for McKay.

6" Pots - $10.50, 8" Pots - $22, 10" Pots - $30

Coupons for your orders will be sent home with your child on Friday, November 26th for you to distribute. Customers can then redeem their coupons at The Mill Greenhouse and Garden Centre from November 29th-December 20th.
Plant colours can be picked at the greenhouse. Come in early for the best selection!

Terry Fox 41st Anniversary

This year marks the 41st Anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope and McKay Public School is proud to be continuing the legacy of one of our greatest heroes.

During the weeks of September 20-October 1, students will be learning more about Terry and will be doing activities around the theme of “Try Like Terry”. Classrooms will be creating challenges and will walk the perimeter of the school on a selected day during the week of September 27th in order to maintain social distancing. Students and staff are encouraged to wear their Terry Fox or McKay t-shirts to show their support as they take part in our Terry Fox Classroom Run.

To date, we have participated in 23 runs and have raised $56,544.39. Even though this year will look a little different, we are hoping to raise awareness and to continue contributing to this worthwhile cause. Due to covid restrictions, we cannot accept cash donations. If you would like to make a donation, follow the link below. Students can even set up their own fundraising pages and share with family and friends.

Please join us and support this wonderful cause by donating to: http://www.terryfox.ca/McKayPSPortColborne

Together, we can all make a difference! #terryfoxschoolruns @terryfoxfoundation

Important Information For McKay Families

A Message From Mr. Burns

DSBN Elementary Calendar

Welcome to McKay Public School

We are pleased to provide an outstanding education at McKay Public School for our students. Innovative programs that meet the needs of all our students are taught by our dedicated and professional staff who care about your child.

Our Board is focused on literacy and numeracy achievement and creating an environment where we are working together on our goal of success for every student. We also value the community partnerships and parent involvement which are so crucial to a successful education for our students.

We welcome your input and inquiries.

What is SafeArrival?
SafeArrival is an absence management system that improves student safety and makes it easy for you to let the school know about your child’s absence. You are asked to report your child’s absence in advance whenever possible using one of these convenient methods:

SchoolMessenger app (free)

1. Provide your email address to the school.
2. Get the app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store (or from the links at https://go.schoolmessenger.ca).
3. Tap Sign Up to create your account.
4. Select Attendance from the menu, and then select Report an Absence.


Web and Mobile Web: go.schoolmessenger.ca
1. Provide your email address to the school.
2. Go to the website.

3. Click Sign Up to create your account.
4. Select Attendance from the menu, then select Report an Absence


Interactive Toll-free Phone 1-866-606-5567

1. Call the toll-free, interactive telephone system.
2. Follow the instructions to report an absence.
Absences can be reported in advance:
• 24 hours/day
• 7 days a week
• For any school day in the school term
• Up to the cut-off time on the day of the absence