Welcome to all of our families at Mohawk Gardens Public School!
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Ward 5:
Our Trustee for Ward 5 is Amy Collard. Amy can be reached at collardamy@hdsb.ca or 905-691-2597.

Ward 5 Schools:
Alexander's - http://alx.hdsb.ca/
Frontenac - http://fro.hdsb.ca/
John William Boich - http://jwbps.hdsb.ca/
Mohawk Gardens - http://moh.hdsb.ca/
Orchard Park - http://opp.hdsb.ca/
Parents/Guardians play an important role in the education of their children.

School Entry
Our front entrance is accessible - use the buzzer at the right of the door and wait until it is unlocked by staff.
When you enter our school, you must report to the office.
Our office staff: Mrs. Persson, Mrs. Ashley or Mrs. Vo can assist you. 
We have a sign-in/out book for students arriving late or leaving early. 
Late students receive a printed late slip to bring to their classroom teacher and office staff will walk younger children to their classrooms.
Please ensure your child arrives at school on time, and make arrangements to drop off or pick up your child during nutrition break times, if necessary.
We have a sign-in/out book for visitors who are required to wear a visitor sticker/badge while in the school.

We welcome volunteers in our school and we also have an active school council. All volunteers must have a police check on file with the office and complete an annual offence declaration form.

Absence Reporting
Parents are requested to log in to SchoolMessenger to report student absences or late arrivals or to phone the toll-free number 1-877-409-6310. There is also an app for mobile reporting.

In cases where a pro-longed absence is anticipated, the teacher should be contacted in order that some arrangements can be made for assistance or work to be sent home, if at all possible or practical.

Morning Entry
With so many adults on the blacktop in the morning, our students sometimes have to manoeuvre around adults in order to stay with their class. We would like to ask your help in moving away from the blacktop after the morning bell rings so teachers are better able to see their students and keep everyone together. We appreciate your support.

Bikes and Scooters
We have a number of students and parents on the blacktop at both entry and dismissal time. We would like to remind students and parents to please walk your bike/scooter when you are on school property during these busy times. Also, if you leave your bike or scooter at school, please lock it to the bike racks provided.

Dogs on School Property
We are so happy to see so many families walking to school, instead of driving! Thank you for helping to keep our parking lot traffic to a minimum. We know that many of you have special 4-legged members of your family that often come for the walk to school. Many of our students love dogs, however we do have some students who are fearful of pets or have allergies to pets. For this reason, we do ask that you do the following:
- Keep your dog on the grassed area - do not bring the dog onto the blacktop (paved) area
- Keep your dog on leash at all times
Thank you for helping our children feel safe!

Pathways around the School and Creative Playground
We have a number of parents who gather around our creative playground in the morning before school. Please note that there is NO supervision on the creative playground before school - supervision is on the blacktop only. Mohawk Gardens students should proceed directly to the blacktop upon arrival to school. We do ask that parents stay off the pathway near the playground to allow students and parents who are walking to the blacktop to be able to pass through this area. Thank you for your help!

Parking Lot Guidelines
The parking lot is a busy place at drop-off and pick-up. Here are a few reminders for parents/grandparents/babysitters to help ensure our parking lot is safe for students and runs efficiently. If you do not do the drop-off or pick-up, please share this information with the person who does.

Drop-off circle is for drop-off only - please do not exit your vehicle if using this area. Simply pull up to the drop-off area and allow your child to exit on the blacktop side of the vehicle. If you need to get out of your car to help your child, please pull into a parking spot or park on a neighbouring street and walk. We have Grade 6 Leadership volunteers who are willing to walk your younger children to their entry door. No need to exit your car - pull up to the drop-off loop, allow your child to exit the car and be escorted by one of our fantastic Grade 6 students. Drive off and enjoy the extra time you saved!

East Parking Lot for Staff Only - please do not park in the lot on the east side of the building - this lot is for staff use only.

Bus Lane must remain open - please do not pull through the bus lane - this is for buses and emergency vehicles only.

Medical Forms
Please make sure you take time to clearly read through the medical information that was sent to you by email. If your child requires ANY form of medication (e.g. epipen, puffer, antibiotics), we are NOT able to take this medication from you until all forms have been completed. This now requires a physician’s signature. Thank you for your attention to this change in procedure.

Just a reminder for all parents, that we do have a number of students with life threatening allergies within our school, and we need everyone’s help in keeping these students safe at school. Please check the labels of all food products before sending in your child’s lunch to be sure it does not contain nuts or nut products. If a child does bring an item in his/her lunch that contains nuts, it will be sent home in your child’s backpack.

School Cash Online
School Cash Online is the method we use for any school-related payments for field trips, milk orders, popcorn & cookie days, special events, donations etc. These payments come up frequently throughout the school year and we encourage you to set this up so that your child doesn’t miss out on anything. If you have not yet signed up, please access the following site to set up your account: https://hdsb.schoolcashonline.com/

Library Notices - Overdue/Lost/Damaged Books
If you receive a note home from the library that your child has an outstanding book, please send a quick email to our Teacher Librarian, Ms. Faint - faintl@hdsb.ca - to clarify or give an update. Email tends to be the quickest and easiest way to resolve the problem. If you know you have lost or damaged a book, please send in the specified amount to replace it, or you may purchase the exact title and send it in with your child. Thanks for partnering in teaching our kids how to take care of our books.