News & Announcements

Parent resources for summer reading

The Ontario Library Association has put together a fun summer reading toolkit for all ages to help students combat academic “summer slide.” The toolkit provides lists of reading programs and engaging reading lists to inspire student summer reading. There is also a quiz for parents to help them determine which summer reading program is most […]

Parent resources for Pride conversations

For the month of June, all WRDSB schools and the education centre are flying the Pride flag. Below are some frequently asked questions and resources to help guide conversations for parents and caregivers. Why is my child’s school flying the Pride flag? The month of June is Pride month. Many of our students, staff, parents/guardians […]

Have your say in the 2017-18 school year budget

How can you give input? Appear as a delegation on June 14, 2017, at the Special Committee of the Whole Meeting. If you would like to appear as a delegation, you must register with the Manager of Corporate Services by noon on Wednesday, June 14. Delegations must relate to budget matters only. More information on delegation […]

Financial help for students attending university and college in 2017-18

Is your child going to college or university this fall? Make sure they apply for financial aid through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)! OSAP now offers more financial support than ever before, including free tuition for hundreds of thousands of low- and middle-income students.






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We asked. You answered. A review of community feedback during budget

Waterloo Region District School Board continues to work hard with students, staff, parents and caregivers, and community partners, to ensure education and student success is a partnership. This is why we called on you to participate in our annual budget survey, from February 21 to March 10, and provide input on the funding priorities and […]

Provincial funding to provide renewal, program improvements

Our vision to innovate tomorrow by educating today received a boost this month. As part of the 2017-18 Pupil Accommodation Grant – School Renewal Allocation, provided by the Ministry of Education, to address the cost of repairing and renovating schools and infrastructure, Waterloo Region District School Board will receive approximately $9.8 million.






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2017-18 School Year Calendar is now available

The 2017-18 School Year Calendar is now available. School will start on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Winter holidays run between December 25, 2017 and January 5, 2018, and March break runs from March 12 to March 16, 2018. The last day of classes will be Thursday, June 28, 2018. The 2017-18 School Year Calendar contains detailed […]

FYI – Lions Field, Soccer and Track Fields are not part of JHSS

Please call the City of Cambridge @ 519-740-4581 for items you might have lost at the Lions Field off Bechtel Ave.  The fields are not part of Jacob Hespeler SS, we do NOT have a Lost & Found.    

Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why – Guidance for Parents

Frequently Asked Questions – 13 Reasons Why, provided by School Mental Health ASSIST – May 4, 2017

Netflix recently released the series 13 Reasons Why based on the popular young adult novel of the same name by Jay Asher. The series depicts the story of a high school student who dies by suicide, leaving behind 13 cassette recordings that share the events that she perceives led to her death. Series like this one can lead to misconceptions and misinformation about suicide, and possibly to the glorification of suicide.

For these reasons, mental health professionals, including the Waterloo Region District School Board’s mental health team, feel it is necessary to make you aware of this series. The WRDSB is providing the following tips, distributed by School Mental Health (SMH) ASSIST and National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), to help with conversations you may have with your child:






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safeTALK training for WRDSB parents & guardians

As part of our system goals to supporting student & staff wellness, we are pleased to offer more safeTALK training for parents and guardians of the WRDSB. What is safeTALK? safeTALK is a three-hour alertness workshop that prepares participants, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide alert helper. What are the goals […]

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