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What's New

Important Dates


June 27 - Awards Assembly & Last day of classes

Aug 26 - School offices re-open

Sept 2 - Labour Day

Sept 3 - First Day of School

Sept 24 - Gr. 7 vaccinations

Oct 4 - Picture Day (both campuses)


Bell Times:

8:40am - Supervision Begins

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

Have a Great Summer!

We would like to wish all our families a fantastic summer! It was a great year and we know that there is no better way to top off the school year than several weeks of sun and fun! Oh .... by the way ....

Congratulations, McKay Graduates of 2024!

We will see you all back here on September 3rd. We sent home (via your email) a Summer Newsletter that has some more information. Our school office will be open the week of August 26th, if you need to get in touch.

Need a Label?

We have a short message from our School Council. McKay School is registered with Mabel's Labels. It is an affordable and very practical solution to label items around the house or that come to school so that they don't get lost. If you need some labels to make it easier to keep track of school gear, consider Mabel's Labels. When you select McKay Public School, we get 20% back from the sale to help support various school initiatives.

To see the website, visit campaigns.mabelslabels.com and search for McKay Public School, Port Colborne

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