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Messages to Parents/Guardians

2021-2022 School Year Calendars

Durham District School Board’s (DDSB) 2021-22 school year calendars for elementary and secondary schools have been approved by the Ministry of Education. You can view the 2021-22 school year calendars on the DDSB website:


The 2021-22 school year will begin for students on the following dates:

  • Regular Calendar Schools (Elementary and Secondary) - Thursday, September 9, 2021
  • Modified Elementary Schools - Tuesday, August 10, 2021
  • Modified Secondary Schools - Monday, August 30, 2021
Grade 8 to 9 Parent and Guardian Information Night 

The Grade 8 to 9 Parent and Guardian Information Night is being held virtually on March 2, 2022 at 7:00 pm

Parents and Guardians can register at:

  • Grade 8’s are encouraged to join the Grade 8 Google Classroom, class code: 5um2lto
  • The newsletter attached below will also be posted in the Grade 8 Google Classroom.
  • The grade 9 Guidance Counsellor for 2022-23 is Stefanie Lamoureux

 Grade 8 to 9 Parent and Guardian Information Night


Grade 8 to 9 Parent and Guardian Information Night Page 2





Parents/Guardians can apply for the new Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit between May 3-17. Those who previously received Support for Learners funding do not need to apply again, as payments will automatically be issued to those families. Visit 

Anti-Black Racism Well-Being Toolkit

 The @DurhamDSB Anti-Black Racism Well-Being Toolkit provides students and families with lots of engaging resources that help everyone to understand the impact of anti-Black racism. Check it out at #DDSBWellBeing #DDSBEngagement

 Reminder: Masks are required to be worn by students in Grades 1-12 while at school. This includes while outside when physical distancing cannot be maintained. Kindergarten students are strongly encouraged to wear a mask. Learn more at #DDSBWellBeing 

 Reminder: Secondary students must complete and pass the mandatory self-screening for COVID-19 before coming to school. School staff will confirm with students that the screening has been completed and passed. Visit



211 – Community Supports for the School Year Link to

 Do you need information about financial assistance, mental health support, employment support, childcare, housing, food, clothing and shelter?
Find help at or call/chat/text/email 2-1-1.



Tips to avoiding Cyber Fraud 

  1. Fraudsters contact students via social media (primarily Snap Chat or Instagram).
  • They may make a friend request.

They may offer a job.

The fraudsters make a pitch for the student to make easy money.

    • They offer the students a percentage of a e-transfer if the student will change it to bitcoins for them or gift cards.


 2. The money is then e-transferred to the student; however, the e-transfer does not come from the fraudster, but a third party, who thinks they are buying something and was given the students information to make the e-transfer to.

        • When the person does not get the product and it is reported to the police, it is traced back to the student, who must repay the money  and could face charges.
        • The fraudster is long gone with the untraceable bitcoins or gift cards.
    • They send the student a cheque and ask for a percentage back in bitcoins for them or gift cards

·   The student deposits it via online banking or a bank machine and it take several days to be identified as NSF, by which time the student has already withdrawn the cash.

        • The bank then takes the money out of the students account.
        • The fraudster is long gone with the untraceable bitcoins or gift cards.