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Important Dates


Feb. 16 - PA Day - no classes

Feb. 19 - Family Day

Feb. 20 - French Immersion Registration closes

Feb. 27 - School Council mtg.

Mar. 1 - Student of the Month Assembly

Mar. 5 - STEM Expo

Mar. 11-15 - March Break

Mar. 26 - School Council mtg.

Mar. 29 - Good Friday

Apr. 1 - Easter Monday

Apr. 8 - PD Day

Apr. 12 - Gr. 7 vaccinations

Apr. 23 - Heritage Fair

Apr. 24 - Area badminton tournie


Bell Times:

8:40am - Supervision Begins

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

From School Council

Our School Advisory Council is having a Big Box of Cards fundraiser. It features 4 different choices: a box of 35 All Occasion cards, a box of 35 All Birthday cards, a box of 35 Kids Birthday cards or a Holiday Box with 50 cards. Each box sells for $35. Have a closer look at the selection online at: www.bigboxfundraising.com/collections/frontpage

Big Box Fundraising has some great prizes available to be won:

- the top selling class will be awarded with a pizza party (School must sell 75 boxes or more)

-For every three boxes of cards your family sells, your name will be placed in a draw to win one of four $25 gift cards at local retailers like: Best Buy, Cineplex, Toys R Us, and EB Games. (School must sell 150 boxes or more)

-If, as a school, we sell over 400 boxes then we will be included in a draw for a Samsung 8 inch Tablet!

Orders can be placed on School Cash Online until Friday, March 8th and can be picked up at the school at a later date (to be determined). Good luck and thank you for your participation in this fundraising campaign! Please remember that all funds raised will go directly towards initiatives that benefit our students! Please contact the office if you have any questions.

New Health Modules coming to our classrooms

This year, the Ministry of Education has introduced a series of three mental health literacy lessons for Grades 7 and 8. These modules will be delivered by our teachers to support the existing expectations within the Health and Physical Education curriculum. The goal of these modules is to standardize the delivery of the curriculum and highlight the importance of mental health literacy.

For more information about the modules, please visit our website at www.dsbn.org/programs-services/well-being/home.

Although these modules are currently for intermediate students, students in all grades learn about mental health literacy at school. To reinforce this learning at home, this fun resource from School Mental Health Ontario suggests ideas for everyday mental health practices:

resource from School Mental Health Ontario suggests ideas for everyday mental health practices:





Junior Animation

Some of our junior classes are scheduled to learn about hand-drawn animation techniques. This is a class trip to the DSBN Adventure Campus, located in the Short Hills. Our Grade 6/7 French Immersion class has already participated. Check out their work - It is really great!

20231004 - HandDrawnAnimations - McKay - Gunter.mp4 - Google Drive


Check out this B-Ball opportunity

Healthy Snacks at Lunch

Please check out the links from Public Health. There are several suggestions on how to pick healthy choices for student lunches. In health class, our teachers talk about the importance of these decisions, maximizing nutritious choices and minimizing less nutritious choices. These are also great conversations to have at home.

Building Healthy Eating Habits

Healthy eating for parents and children - Canada's Food Guide

Nutritious snacks on the go




Important Information For McKay Families

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