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Dear parents,
For the safety of all our Prince Philip families, a friendly reminder to please social distance and wear a mask if you are in close proximity to others during drop off and pick up times. 


Mental Health and Well Being is of utmost importance for our Prince Philip students, staff and families. Here are a few links that will provide support and information as we continue through this pandemic together.



Pathstones Mental Health




******Very Important message re: Online Learning April 19th

April 16 Online Learning



Covid Updates

We want to provide you with some very important updates.

Niagara Region Public Health has revised the protocol for the daily self screening. Please read the new screening criteria thoroughly so you know what the protocol is when you are screening your child(ren) before school and in the event your child becomes symptomatic while at school.

The NEW symptom screening criteria for children is:

If your child has one or more of the following new or worsening symptoms:

· Fever

· Cough

· Difficulty breathing

· Decrease or loss of smell or taste

· Sore throat

· Headache

· Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea

· Fatigue, lethargy, or muscle aches

They must self-isolate at home immediately and then have a choice of the following options:

· Contact your healthcare provider, walk-in clinic, or online virtual clinic for guidance (which can be provided over the phone) OR

· Contact a Niagara Health COVID-19 Assessment Centre to book an appointment for testing. This can be done on-line or by calling Niagara Health at 905-378-4647 ext. 42819

Your child's return to school can be permitted under the following conditions:

  • A negative test and 24 hour symptom free.
  • Parents are advised by a health care provider that the symptoms are related to a chronic or preexisting condition.
  • The child completes a 10 day self-isolation and is without fever. This is for those who have chosen not to be tested.

Exception to the above protocol:

If your child has no other symptoms and only has a runny nose they need to self-isolate at home immediately, but can wait 24 hours to see if there is improvement before doing anything further. If the runny nose improves after 24 hours, your child may return to school or child care when they feel well enough without an assessment or test. Household members do not need to be in self isolation while waiting 24 hours to see if the runny nose improves.

Please note that this direction comes from Niagara Region Public Health and the District School Board of Niagara will be complying with this mandate. If you have any questions about the new screening criteria please call Niagara Region Public Health at 905-378-4647 ext 42819

**Updated Important Dates due to the March Break changes**

February 19 – Twin Day

24 – Pink Shirt Day

26 – Super Hero Day

March 5 – Pajama Day

12 - Inside Out Day

19- Rock your socks off day

26 – Jersey day

April 1 – Crazy Hair Day

9 – Beach Day

April 12 -16 “March Break”


Schools Re-open for In-Person Learning February 8th.

Dear DSBN Elementary In-Person Learning Families:

We are excited to welcome your child back to in-person learning on Monday, February 8. Please review the information below to be prepared for a few new safety practices:

  • Children in Kindergarten are encouraged to wear a mask, but they are not required to based on the Ministry of Education and Niagara Public Health recommendations.
  • Children in Grades 1-3 will now be wearing masks in class and on the bus, just like their peers in Grades 4-8. We have masks for students who don’t have one or who have lost or damaged theirs.
  • When playing outside and unable to safely distance, students will wear their masks.
  • As has been our practice since school started in September, we will not permit non-essential visitors in our school. You can continue to drop off or pick up items for your child in the school foyer.
  • You may have heard that schools may be offering COVID-19 testing.This will be implemented by Niagara Public Health and the Ministry of Education and will not be determined by the DSBN. As we receive information, we will keep you informed.

February Learning Options
Although we are ready and excited for your child to come back, we understand that for a variety of reasons, you may not yet be ready to send your child back to school. That’s okay. We want to be flexible with you to ensure your child keeps learning in an environment that you are comfortable with.

Alternate Options Available for In-person Elementary Students
If you feel a little more time learning at home works best for you and your child, we encourage you to reach out to your child’s Home School Principal to discuss other short-term home learning options that are available. This could include DSBN Learn from Home Asynchronous online learning options or paper work packages, all while your child remains connected to their Home School and homeroom teacher.These options will be available for up to 4 weeks, at which time families will have the opportunity to confirm their learning preference (either virtual or in-person) for the remainder of the school year, making it an ideal option for families who just need a little more time.

Next Steps
If your child is returning to school for in-person learning, you do not need to contact the office. We’ll see them on Monday, February 8. Even though we are back, it is important that you continue to do your child’s daily self-screening before sending them to school. Here is a link: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

If you are choosing to delay your child’s return to in-person learning, please inform the school office as soon as possible by email or leaving a voicemail so that we can connect with you to discuss options.

As always, please feel free to reach out to your principal with any questions or concerns you may have.



Term 1 Report Card Update



Daily Parental Screening

***reminder that parents MUST complete the parental agreement acknowledging your role in assessing your child daily for Covid-19 symptoms. This can be found by clicking above on the Return to School Updates.


Upcoming Important Dates

February 5th - Hockey Day in Canada

February 11 - Red/White Day

February 12th - P.A Day

February 15th - Family Day (no school)

February 18,19th - report cards sent home

February 19th - Twin Day

February 24th - Pink Shirt Day

February 24th- School Council meeting

February 26th - Superhero Day




Pick Up and Dismissal Times

Parents are asked to remain behind outside the fence lines when picking up and dropping off students. Parents bringing students through the Ellen Circle entrance are required to stay behind the white painted lines.


September Start Up Newsletter 2020

Prince Philip 2020 Start Up Newsletter


School Supplies

Back to school shopping is always a fun activity that students and parents alike enjoy.

Students will not be sharing personal materials in their classrooms. Below is a list of suggested supplies should you wish to purchase items.
Suggested items:

  • pencils
  • erasers
  • crayons (K-Gr 3)
  • pencil crayons and/or markers (Gr 4-8)
  • glue stick
  • scissors
  • ruler (Gr 1-8)
  • calculator (Gr 3-8)
  • ***reusable water bottle (already filled from home to avoid congestion at the filling stations)



Prince Philip spiritwear is now available online. Get your Royals gear by clicking the link below.



Homeroom Class Structure for 2020/21

5 Kindergarten Classes -Ms. J. Flatley, Mrs R. Bruegeman, Mrs. J. Tonini, Ms.R. Larcombe, Ms. B. Bridges, Mrs. B. Pohorly, Mrs R. McGregor, Ms. Workman

Grade 1- Mrs. Krahn

Grade 1- Mrs. Masterson and Ms. Rauwerda

Grade1/ 2- Ms. Kostecki

Grade 2/3- Mrs. Cutting

Grade 3/4- Ms. Feschuk

Grade 3 - Mrs. Butler

Grade 4- Mrs. Barrett

Grade 4/5- Mr. Steele

Grade 5/6- Mrs. Bolton

Grade 6/7- Mr. Kelcey

Grade 6- Mrs. Reid

Grade 7- Mrs. MacDonald

Grade 7/8- Mr. Krake

Grade 8- Mr. Millin

SSP- Mr. Smelko

Prep - Mr. McNamara, Mrs. Arp

LRT - Mrs. Bobko / Mr. McNamara


Teacher Email addresses

Val.Workman@dsbn.org  teacher                                                                     

Jenn.Flatley@dsbn.org teacher

Rachel.Bruegeman@dsbn.org DECE

Breanne.Pohorly@dsbn.org  teacher

Ronda.McGregor@dsbn.org DECE

Julie.tonini@dsbn.org  teacher

Tammy.florio@dsbn.org  DECE

Darryl.mcnamara@dsbn.org  LRT

Christine.Robertson-Bobko@dsbn.org  LRT

Charlotte.Purdy@dsbn.org  teacher

Michael.Smelko@dsbn.org  teacher

Shannon.Reid@dsbn.org  teacher

Rebecca.Bolton@dsbn.org  teacher

Robert.Steele@dsbn.org  teacher

Philip.Kelcey@dsbn.org  teacher

Lori.MacDonald-Moukperian@dsbn.org  teacher

Harold.Krake@dsbn.org  teacher

Ken.Millin@dsbn.org  teacher

Christie.Kostecki@dsbn.org  teacher

Christine.Masterson@dsbn.org  teacher

Karen.Butler@dsbn.org  teacher

Ingrid.Krahn@dsbn.org  teacher

Misty.Cutting@dsbn.org  teacher

Sandra.Feschuk@dsbn.org  teacher

Andrea.Cocco@dsbn.org  teacher

Kim.Gauld@dsbn.org   teacher

Becky.Bridges@dsbn.org teacher



We want all students and families to arrive at school safely each day. Please allow enough time to ensure you are able to find parking and get to school on time. Please do not park in the City Bus stop on Vine Street as you may get a ticket from our city parking enforcement. Please be reminded that the parking lot on Vine St. is designated for Prince Philip Staff Only. We kindly ask that you please use the parking lot and student drop off located on Parnall Rd. Please note that cars and buses will be using the same drop off lane. Also, please be considerate of our neighbours when parking on a side street. Thank you for being patient and help us ensure all of our students arrive safely at school.


Please be aware that we have several students with life threatening allergies at Prince Philip. To ensure we keep all of our students safe we are requesting that NO homemade snacks or treats be sent to school for special events (i.e. celebrations, birthdays). If you wish to send a treat with your child, please discuss it with your child’s teacher and choose a store bought snack with the nut free label on it. Thank you for helping keep all of our students safe.



Our Commitment to Student Achievement

"Hand in hand, we learn together at Prince Philip."

Our Commitment to Student Achievement

We are honoured that you have chosen to send your child(ren) to Prince Philip for their education.

We are pleased to provide an outstanding education at Prince Philip 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 school provides extra-curricular opportunities that encourage the development of excellence, integrity and respect.

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 questions.

Yours in education,

Brian Baranoski


Safety Tips for Students

Prince Philip teachers have reviewed safety in the community messages with our students, and we recommend that parents and guardians also discuss these safety rules with their children:

1. Don't talk to strangers.
2. Always walk to and from school with a buddy.
3. Do not take short cuts through alleys, parks, fields, etc. even if they are well lit.
4. Let someone know where you are and where you are going.
5. If you suspect someone is following you, RUN! Go to the nearest safe place.
6. If someone makes you feel uncomfortable, go to the nearest safe place.
7. Walk confidently and be aware of your surroundings.
8. Never, ever get into a stranger's vehicle.
9. Adults will never ask a child for help. If an adult asks you for help, run to a safe place.

Should your children report a suspicious incident to you, please report these incidents to the Niagara Regional Police and then notify the school.