School News

Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019: All Halton District School Board schools and workplaces are closed. School bus transportation is cancelled.

Change in Bell Times: Information for 2019/2020

posted Jun 3, 2019, 9:52 AM by Sean Nevans

The following information is provided in order to further clarify the information shared last week regarding changes to our schedule for the 2019-2020 school year. As was communicated our times will be as follows:

Entry Bell:   9:25 a.m.

Dismissal Bell: 3:45 p.m.

This adjustment to our school hours is a result of the Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) efficiency review.  Bus routes for numerous schools in Halton have changed (see attached report). These route efficiencies will result in significant cost savings in school bus transportation for the Halton District School Board and the Halton Catholic District School Board (approx. $865,960.00).

The changes are as a result of route efficiency reviews conducted by the Halton Student Transportation Service, as part of the Board’s budget discussions. This was not something that the school requested but is part of a larger process to find savings to address reduced funding by the province for the 2019-2020 school year. The changes to the bell times of the schools involved results in significant savings for our board (approx $500,000 annually). To not accept these changes would mean that our board would have to try and find these savings elsewhere (e.g., classroom instruction, special education, etc.).

While our entry time has moved back to 9:25 a.m. our dismissal time will remain the same. This has been accomplished by reducing our first nutrition break/recess from 50 minutes to 40 minutes. Therefore, both of our breaks will now be a total of 40 minutes in length. Please note that the majority of HDSB schools have long since moved to a 40/40 model. Frontenac is one of a dwindling number of schools that still has a 50/40 model.

Prior to the ‘balanced day’ model being introduced many years ago, all elementary schools followed a traditional model offering two 15 minute breaks and one 60 minute lunch break. The balanced day model ensures that all teachers had the ability to have a 40 minute uninterrupted period of time for lunch, as well as reduced the lost instructional time that students experienced when preparing to go out for recess and returning back inside.

All HDSB elementary schools utilize the balanced day model. This provides for three 100 minute blocks of instructional time that are interrupted by two blocks of nutrition/recess breaks.The initial move to the 'balanced day' model (vs the traditional one of a 60 min lunch and two 15 min breaks) had all schools offering a 40 min break and a 50 min break. Schools are required to follow the Bell Times Admin Procedure when bringing these requests forward. School Principals have initiated these requests based on some or all of the rationale below:

  • Reduces the supervision requirements for staff, which also lessens the need for student supervisors. There is a hard cap on the supervision minutes that elementary teachers can provide which can create challenges for some schools to meet their supervision requirements.

  • Shortens the length of the school day, which provides for more time to facilitate after school activities, professional development with staff, attend meetings, etc.

  • May allow for more support to be directed to students with special needs due to less general supervision required.

  • Reduces student behavioural concerns outside by reducing outdoor activity time. Student conflicts often occur towards the end of a longer period of unstructured time.

  • Increases overall safety of building as more teachers are available to supervise both on the playground and in the ‘lunchrooms’.

In summary, hope this information helps explain why we are experiencing the change to our school bell times. The change was not a request from the school but one that has originated as a part of a broad ongoing study of each and every department across our board, in order to determine how we can find as many efficiencies as possible in order to address budget shortfalls for the coming school year.


M. Bukovcan


Kindergarten Registration

posted Dec 21, 2018, 11:03 AM by Wendy Kostecki   [ updated Feb 6, 2019, 4:47 AM ]

Please note that Kindergarten registration will start up the second week of January during the hours of 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Please click on the HDSB News Release below for details.

Happy Holidays

posted Dec 21, 2018, 10:28 AM by Wendy Kostecki   [ updated Dec 21, 2018, 10:30 AM ]

Happy Holidays from all of us to all of you!
See you when school resumes January 7, 2019

Options for Reporting Student Absence

posted Dec 4, 2018, 1:23 PM by Wendy Kostecki

Frontenac Bullying Prevention Intervention Action Plan 2018/2019

posted Dec 3, 2018, 10:07 AM by Sean Nevans

Please click here to view Frontenac's Bullying Prevention Intervention Action Plan for 2018/2019.

2018 Holiday Concert Schedule

posted Nov 15, 2018, 1:28 PM by Wendy Kostecki   [ updated Dec 11, 2018, 8:45 AM ]

It's that time of year!  We are looking forward to having our students share their talents with our school community at our Holiday Concert.  Our concert schedule is as follows:

Thursday, December 13, 2018
    Kindergarten Concert
    Location:  Large Gym
    Time:        9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

Thursday, December 13, 2018
    Evening Holiday Performances
    Location:  Large Gym
    Times:      6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Grades 1 - 3
                     7:00 - 7:15 p.m. Intermission - Parents Exit
                     and 2nd Group of Parents Enters
                     7:15 - 7:45 p.m. Grades 4 - 8

Wednesday, December 19, 2018
    Life Skills Holiday Concert
    Location:  Library
    Time:        12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

New Date for Grade 8 Trip Information Night

posted Nov 6, 2018, 7:08 AM by Wendy Kostecki   [ updated Nov 6, 2018, 7:16 AM ]

The date for the presentation from BrightSpark has been moved from November 9th to November 15th. Please join us on November 15th at 6:30 pm in the Library for a brief presentation from our BrightSpark tour representative.

Remembrance Day Assembly - November 9, 2018

posted Nov 5, 2018, 9:42 AM by Wendy Kostecki

The time of the first assembly posted in our November Bison Bulletin is amended as follows:

Kindergarten - Grade 4 11:45 am - 12:35 pm

Grades 5 - 8 12:35 pm - 1:25 pm

French Immersion Information Nights

posted Nov 5, 2018, 7:40 AM by Wendy Kostecki

In the Halton District School Board, the entry point for the French Immersion program is Grade 2.  In the Grade 2 French Immersion program, 100% of the instructional day will be taught in French.

A series of community information evenings are scheduled to help address any questions parents/guardians may have before registering their Grade 1 child(ren) for the French Immersion program. The following sessions will be held:





Halton Hills


Nov. 22, 2018

6 - 7 p.m.

Acton District High School

21 Cedar Rd.



Nov. 28, 2018

6 - 7 p.m.

Milton District High School

396 William Ave.



Dec. 4, 2018

6 - 7 p.m.

Garth Webb Secondary School

2820 Westoak Trails Blvd.



Dec. 6, 2018

6 - 7 p.m.

New Street Education Centre (Brock Room)

3250 New St.

Registration for the FI program is open to all Grade 1 students and will begin on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018.   The deadline for submitting your registration form is Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019 at 4 p.m. No registrations will be accepted after this date.

Please click on the following link for the FI Registration Form for Grade 2 entry: FI registration form.

R.O.C.K. Free Workshop!

posted Nov 2, 2018, 6:15 AM by Wendy Kostecki   [ updated Nov 5, 2018, 7:10 AM ]

Please click on the attachment below for information regarding a free workshop hosted by NEDIC (National Eating Disorder Information Centre).  The workshop will engage youth through live discussions, small group activities & videos.

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