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Welcome Back!

posted Aug 30, 2017, 12:38 PM by Carolyn Lewis   [ updated Aug 30, 2017, 12:42 PM ]

I hope that you have all had a wonderful summer with your families and friends! I would like to welcome our new Vice Principal, Mr. Stephen Breckels, to our Florence Meares community.  I know Mr. Breckels will enjoy working with our FM students and families and  I look forward to continuing to work with all of our new and returning families this year.  I am also delighted to welcome our students to a new school year here at Florence Meares Public School-a year full of promise and opportunity! Engage in opportunities offered to you to develop your talents and skills so that you will learn, grow, succeed and develop a strong sense of belonging and pride as a student of Florence Meares Public School. Parents can help their children in a variety of ways at the beginning of a new school year. Encourage your children to make new friends. Have a regular routine at home that includes time for homework and reflecting on the day. Please take the time to review the procedures and School Code of Conduct outlined in the front of your child’s student agenda. Be patient with your children as they adapt to their new schedule and routines. With your cooperation and support, I look forward to a very exciting and productive year. We also look forward to our future as a school with enthusiasm and optimism. We welcome all the new students, families and staff members that have joined us this year. Together, we can make this an extraordinary year at Florence Meares Public School.

Class Organizations

We have had a very busy time in the office in the last few weeks with many new registrations to process. We will open our doors to greet 625 students and over 60 staff members this week! There is a great energy in the school and we look forward to the coming weeks as we all settle in for the school year. Within the first few weeks of school, we need to keep in mind that student placements and teacher assignments can change if we need to reorganize. This is based on our registration numbers, class size requirements and staffing. If there are any changes with classes, we will communicate information and transition plans with those families that are affected as soon as we can. We ask that you keep this in mind when discussing class placements with your children. Class building, staffing, and reorganizations are the responsibility of schools. We understand that students and parents have preferences. However, this cannot be a consultative process and we do not make changes based on input and feedback from families at this time. We appreciate your cooperation and assistance in helping make any necessary transitions should we be required to reorganize. Building resilience in our young people is very important. Changes that come with a new school year are the perfect opportunity for us as adults to help them develop this skill. Maintaining a positive and optimistic outlook as adults always helps students as they adapt to change.

Class LIsts

Our class lists will be posted on the front door Friday, Sept. 1 after 4:00 pm. They can also be accessed online through our Florence Meares website.  You will need your child’s OEN number (found on their report card), to access their placement.  

First Day Procedures

The first day of school is Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017.  We welcome all of our students on our blacktop area of the school where teachers will be waiting to welcome their new classes beginning at 8:35.  A sign for each class will be posted on the building, in grade order, designating where students can gather. Our school hours remain the same this year.  Supervision begins at 8:35 am. and our school day begins at 8:50.  All students, except bus and day care students,  will be dismissed onto the blacktop at the end of each day at 3:10 pm.


Bus students can find out information regarding eligibility and routes by clicking Halton Student Transportation on the Florence Meares or HDSB website. Questions regarding bussing should be directed to the Halton Student Transportation Service.

Parking Lot

Students are encouraged to walk or ride to school whenever possible.  For students driven to school, please use our Kiss ‘n ride drop off zone.  This zone is for drop off only and students should be dropped at the bottom of the drop zone next to the Kindergarten area to maintain consistency in the flow of traffic.  Students can then proceed to the blacktop area for entry. Cars are not to be left unattended in the drop zone area.  Parking is available on the street if you wish to walk your child onto school property.  In our continued effort to keep our students, staff, and community safe, it is very important for parents in cars to be cognizant of pedestrians and to be careful and follow all safety routines.  We appreciate your diligence in this regard.

Photo Day – September 18st!