From the Office
We are so happy to welcome back all of our returning Timberwolves and would like to extend a warm welcome to all of our new students! September is always an exciting time of the year as we reconnect with old friends and make new ones. This year is especially exciting as we have so many new and returning students and staff joining our Timberwolves pack! We really hope that you have all remained safe and well during our time apart; we have missed you and look forward to moving forward in learning with you all!
Our team remains committed to providing the safest, most welcoming learning space possible to your child(ren). COVID-19 protocols remain in place and will be adjusted as necessary throughout the year. We appreciate your ongoing support and patience as we navigate this process together. Please read through this newsletter for information about school procedures and protocols.
While our office and school remain physically closed to parents/guardians and visitors we continue to encourage you to connect virtually, via phone or email with office staff and teaching staff as needed throughout the year. While the pandemic has certainly had it's challenges, one of the silver linings for us has been able to get to know all of our school families and build relationships through the phone calls, emails and virtual meetings we have shared. We look forward to continuing to build these in the coming year!
September 7th First Day of Class
September 30th Orange Shirt Day and National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
October 8th PA Day
October 11th Thanksgiving
We are so excited to welcome back so many of our staff members that were teaching at the Virtual School last year! Mr. Millar, Mr. Anderson, Mr. Burnett, Mrs. Caetano and Mr. Gartshore are all returning to Tecumseh this coming year! As well, Mrs. Broadwood and Mrs. Allen will be back in the classroom after being on maternity leave; congratulations to you both! We extend a warm welcome to Mr. MacDougald who joins our Learning Resource Team and will be teaching some Physical Education. Our Educational Assistant Mrs. Houston returns to us after a year at Thamesville Area Public School and we are so happy to have her back with the pack. Mrs. VanGassen joins the Timberwolves Team as an Educational Assistant and we are thrilled to have her with us - welcome!
Mr. Ray, a valued member of our Learning Resource Team will be joining the team at Victor Lauriston; while we are sad to see him go we know that he will be warmly welcomed there! Mr. DeRidder will remain at the Virtual Elementary Learning School, we will miss him at Tecumseh and wish him all the best. We say good-bye to our Educational Assistant Mr. Raspburg who we know is being warmly welcomed at CKSS and to Ms. Ross who is returning to Winston Churchill. Our school receptionist Mrs. Rabideau has also accepted a position with the Virtual School; we will miss her smiling face greeting staff and students each morning but know that she will be a great asset to the Virtual Team! Her position is in the process of being filled and an update will be shared when it is available.
Ms. Kranenburg was married over the summer; so while you will see a new name in the office the person remains the same! Mrs Schatz (pronounced 'shots") and Mrs. VanDenBossche are so excited to start another school year with such a strong team of educators that are all committed to your children's success and well-being!
Sherry Cofell and Lindy Sheehan
Anna Kennedy and Stephanie Russell
Elizabeth Mariconda and Coline Trinetti
Jodi Mandeno - Grade 1
Barb Brady - Grade 1
Ashley Broadwood - Grade 1/2
Cindy Allen - Grade 2
Kelly Hackett - Grade 2/3
Colleen Archer - Grade 3
Sue Caetano - Grade 3
Kendall Haskell - Grade 3/4
Matt Burnett - Grade 4
Corey Anderson - Grade 4/5
Shelby Sims - Grade 5
Nadene Hunter - Grade 6
Lisa Pieta - Grade 6
Josh Millar - Grade 7
Val Volland - Grade 7
Judy Rountree - Grade 8
Karen Walker - Grade 8
Mary Podlacha - ALLP
Nicolle-Evans - French/Prep
Shane McEvoy - Gym/Prep
Jeff Gartshore - French/Prep
Mary Park - Prep
Sue Bond - LRT and Guidance
Jeff MacDougald - LRT and Prep
Yvette Caron - Secretary
Receptionist to be announced
Jenn Schatz - Vice Principal/Prep Coverage
Tracy VanDenBossche - Principal
John Branco - Day
Mary Ann Myers
Thank you custodial
A huge thank-you is extended to our custodial staff who worked diligently this summer during
some very hot and humid weather conditions to welcome us back to a clean, shiny, and safe
environment. Thank-you also to our staff for their work in setting up bright and inviting
classrooms. Our school is beaming!
Tecumseh Daily Schedule
The instructional day begins at 9:15 am and runs until 3:35 pm. In order to provide our students with as much space as possible while outdoors, and to
physically distance, we have staggered our nutrition and outdoor breaks. All students will have
a 20 minute nutrition break and a 20 minute outdoor break each morning and each afternoon.
Please connect with your child's teacher for their specific daily schedule.
If your child is going to be absent from school, please call the school at 519- 354-2480.
When you leave a message, include the first and last name of your child, his/her teacher, and
the reason for your child’s absence and when he/she will return to school. Thank-you in
advance for your assistance with reporting any absences. Notes and phone messages are of
great assistance to the office staff.
Daily COVID-19 Screening Tool
The Ministry of Education has directed all elementary and secondary students to confirm they have completed the Ontario COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening for the first two weeks of the school year (September 7 to 17). The process will be used in the 2021 – 2022 school year when the Ministry of Education directs schools to implement the daily-on site confirmation of self-screening.
The Ontario COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening is available here:
There are two different procedures:
1) Kindergarten to Grade 3 Students and Self-Contained Classrooms
Parents/Guardians of Kindergarten - Grade 3 students and self-contained classrooms, please respond to the daily email that will be sent prior to sending your child(ren) to school.
Following the morning attendance, school office staff will contact parents/guardians of students who are present and have NOT confirmed completion of the screening.
2.) Students Grade 4-8. During morning attendance from Tuesday, September 7 to Friday, September 17, 2021 the teacher will confirm with the student that they have completed the Ontario COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening that day. If a student has not completed the screener, they are to complete the screener.
Regular safety protocols will remain in place for students who exhibit Covid-19 symptoms once at school.
Registration and Verification Forms
A Registration Verification form will soon be sent home with each child and we ask that you
review this form and note any necessary changes. If no changes are necessary, please confirm
your consent at the bottom of the form for your child in regards to LKDSB media. Please
return these signed forms to the school as soon as possible.
Throughout the school year,
many school activities occur and may be the subject of photographing, audio-taping, videotaping and filming. In accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of
Privacy Act, a signed release is required for the photographing or filming of student
participation in these activities. In addition, the public media organization, upon notification,
may be present to cover events by videotaping and filming students involved in activities
which are outside of the jurisdiction of the School and/or Board.
Morning Entry and Dismissal
Students should not arrive before 9:00 am (15 minutes before the morning bell) and students
will proceed to their entrance door directly and enter their classroom. Students will move to
their entrance door regardless of transportation, bus, drop-off, before-school programming, or
walking. As students are expected to proceed directly to their classroom, staff supervision
will not be available on the playground.
There is a parking lot on the west side of the school that is for parent/visitor use before and
after school. All parents are asked to meet their children at their designated pick-up spot as identified in the email sent to you by the school. Please do not idle along the side of the
building as that space is designated for school buses.
In order to assist with smooth
dismissal procedures, please pre-register for a parking pass if you will be picking your
child(ren) up by car on a daily pass. Parents/Guardians: Please share school arrival/dismissal
information with emergency contacts for the student.
Please note: To maintain cohorts and contact tracing, parents/guardians will not be allowed to
enter schools at this time, except in case of emergency or a pre-arranged appointment time.
In order to maximize physical distancing and allow for safe dismissal procedures, we ask that
parents and guardians refrain from picking up students between 2:45 - 3:35 pm. If you will need
to pick up your child(ren) early, please arrange for pick up prior to 2:45. Please allow a
minimum of 30 minutes when calling the office to arrange for early dismissal. During end of day pick up please refrain from parking/idling in front of the school unless you have registered for a pick up pass through the office.
Students in Grades 1 to 8 will be required to wear non-medical or cloth masks indoors in
school, including in hallways and during classes. Masks must cover both the nose and the mouth.
Outdoor times like recess can be used as
opportunities to provide students with breaks from wearing masks as long as the students are
organized to remain within their cohorts and physically distance. Masks are also mandatory in bus
lines and on the bus for Grade 1-8 students.
Parents/guardians should provide non-medical masks or cloth masks
for their children to wear to school. The LKDSB will provide backup non-medical masks for
students who do not have their own. Face coverings that provide a tight seal at the chin and
nose and cover the mouth are permitted (a gaiter for example), whereas face coverings that do
not provide a tight seal at the chin and nose and cover the mouth are not permitted (a
bandanna for example).
For some students with special needs, or significant medical conditions, wearing a mask may
be problematic. Families should work with the school to determine if your child may be
exempt from wearing a mask.
Parents/guardians can expect that there will be time spent in
class during the first days of school reviewing the proper use of masks, hand hygiene and
Lunch and Ontario Student Nutrition Program
Students will be required to bring their own food. Students will eat their lunch with their class
in a designated area. Students will not be allowed to share any food.
At this time we will not be offering any special food days until further notice, though our daily snack program is expected to resume later this fall.
Students should bring labelled refillable water bottles; water fountains will be closed but water filling stations will be accessible. If you do not have a refillable water bottle, please contact
Please be aware that some students and staff that have an allergy to nuts and to shellfish
which includes shrimp, peanuts, peanut butter, peanut oils, peanut bi-products, sesame seeds
and other tree nuts. Exposure to these kinds of nut products – even trace amounts - could
result in a life-threatening reaction. Shellfish and nut products are not to be sent to school, as
our goal is to provide a “peanut and nut aware environment”.
Medication and Medical Needs
Medication, both prescription & non-prescription, should not be administered to students by
school staff. Specific criteria must be met for staff to administer prescription medication
when it cannot be administered at home. An “Authorization for the Administration of Oral
Medication” form, (available from the office), must be completed by the parent/guardian and
physician, then forwarded to the Principal for each school year. This includes the
administration of occasional use medications as well.
Should your child have a medical need
(such as diabetes, asthma, epilepsy etc.,) that requires special emergency attention please
inform the school and an “Individual Medical Emergency Plan” will be put in place. Please
notify the office by phone or email if you require a form. You can also send a note with your
child and we can send a copy home.
Recess and Playground
Elementary students will have the opportunity to enjoy recess. At this time, Medical Officers
of Health have advised that outdoor activity has reduced risk and that playground equipment
may be used. Classes will be assigned specific areas of the playground/schoolyard at recess.
Students will practice hand hygiene before and after the break.
Classes will resume according to a conventional in-person model. When specialist teachers
provide instruction to a class (such as French), students will remain in their classrooms, and
teachers will move between rooms. Minimizing student movement will reduce congestion and
student-to-student interaction between classrooms.
Homerooms have been assigned an outdoor learning space. Educators may chose to utilize
this space for instruction. When outdoors, up to two classrooms may utilize the same
physical space. Classes that may share an outdoor space have been designated as matched cohorts and will
remain the same each day.
For additional information about programming, please visit the LKDSB Parent Resource
available on Re-opening and Operating our LKDSB Schools for the 2021-2022 school year.
During the fall we might experience some heavy fog in which there could be the potential for
bus cancellations. When there are bus cancellations due to fog, buses will not run in the
morning but will run in the afternoon. Tecumseh is in BUS ZONE 7 and BUS ZONE 8.
Sometimes students arrive at school infected with pediculosis. Spring and fall are the
seasons when head lice is most prevalent in school children. Your assistance in early
detection is greatly appreciated. Please check your child for head lice weekly. If you find
evidence of head lice, please contact the school immediately. This will allow us to notify other
parents in the classrooms affected, so that they may check their child.
Infestation by head lice
is an unpleasant nuisance, but not a health problem. Head lice do not carry or spread disease.
If we detect head lice on your child, you will be notified and asked to come to the school to
pick up your child. We then ask that you use the necessary treatment on his/her hair. Your
child(ren) are welcome to return to school when the pediculosis is no longer evident. By
working together we can control the spread of head lice.
School Cash Online
School Cash Online is a convenient, web-based solution that gives parents/guardians the
ability to pay for student items online. Parents/guardians can make payments, print or view
their receipts, and their current account history all in real-time.
School Cash Online provides multiple payment options, including eCheck (direct withdrawal
from your bank account) or “MyWallet” (virtually add funds and reload like a gift card). Please
note, banking information is not saved in School Cash Online and must be re-entered for every
transaction. Unused funds in “MyWallet” will be carried over to the next year for back-to school purchases unless a refund is requested (more information about refunds will be
available on the School Cash Online website once launched).
In order to sign-up, parents/guardians must provide your child’s last name, birth date and
student number. Your child’s student number will be on the student information prole sheet
sent home, or please call the office at anytime for this information.
For more information please visit our school website at www.lkdsb.net/school/tecumseh
Optional Student Insurance
Lambton Kent District School Board does not provide accident insurance coverage
for student injuries that occur on school property or during school activities,
including extracurricular sports.
If a student is injured,
parent(s)/guardian(s) are responsible for any costs not covered by their
Government Health Insurance Plan or their employer’s health care plan. The
Board encourages all parents/guardians to review this or other available
Student Accident Insurance plans, especially those with a child(ren)
participating in medium to high-impact physical activities (both during school
and outside of school hours).
insuremykids® student accident insurance program offers three plans with a
variety of benefits and affordable rates. Their most affordable plan is
available for as little as $17 per year. All plans provide 24/ 7 coverage. For
more information or to purchase insurance, please visit www.insuremykids.com
or call 1-800-463-5437.
The 2021/2022 Student Accident Insurance Program is available for
purchase, beginning August 1, 2021 and expires September 30, 2022 no matter when
it is purchased. For example: if someone purchases a new plan on October 2,
2021, it still expires September 30, 2022.
made prior to August 1st are for the remainder of the 2020/2021
school year and are not prorated. Any purchases made prior to August 1st,
the policy will expire on September 30, 2021. Therefore, if purchasing a
plan for the 2021/2022 school year, please do so, on August 1st,
2021 or later.
During the first week of every month Tecumseh Public School shares a newsletter to
communicate to parents about current events. In supporting the LKDSB’s initiative regarding
the reduction of paper consumption and being financially efficient, this will be the only monthly
edition that will be printed and sent home. All newsletters will be available
http://www.lkdsb.net/school/tecumseh at the beginning of each month or at the office upon
request. If your family might need a paper copy, please let your teacher know and it will go
home with the youngest/only student.
Please connect to our school via Remind for updates; see the Social Media Shortcut page for
information on signing up.