Welcome to Grandview Public School

Grandview School was first opened in 1912 and has endured in our community for more than 100 years! We are a Kindergarten to grade 8 school of approximately 175 students, including an Autism Spectrum Disorder Class and a large intermediate population due to the fact that we integrate the grade 7 & 8 students from Graham Bell School into our school. The school is built on 5 different levels so we are not wheel-chair accessible but if you need assistance to enter the school, please let us know in advance. We also have a before and after school program operated by the Boys and Girls Club of Brantford. Community volunteers distribute healthy snacks to all students every Tuesday and Thursday.

There is a high expectation for student achievement and behaviour. We focus on character attributes each month and educate students on responsibility and strategies to stop bullying. We have a caring and committed staff who are very diverse....sharing their strengths in academics, athletics, technology and school spirit. We are the home of “The Grizzlies” and proudly represent our school in many board sponsored events. We have an active parents group called Parent Involvement Team (PIT) who meet each month and support our students in many ways.

Home and School Connections

Children respond well to routine, and reading is something that you and your child can look forward to every day. By taking the time to read with your child and spend time talking about the content, you are showing that reading is important, valued and fun to do. Try to read with your child as often as possible. With older children, discuss what your child is reading with them. You may also wish to share what you are reading with them. This is excellent role modeling. It is the single most important thing you can do to help your child learn at school. It will also allow you to spend high-quality time together and to develop a strong and healthy relationship that is built on sharing ideas.

Here are some tips:

  • Start reading with your child when he/she is very young.
  • Set aside a special time each day when you can give your full attention to reading with or alongside your child.
  • Choose a comfortable spot to read, where you can be close to your child. Create a “reading area” together.
  • Vary the length of reading time depending on your child’s age, interests, and grade. For young children, several short sessions (10 minutes each) may be better than one long session of 30 minutes that would be more suitable for older children.
  • If you are reading to your child, read slowly so that your child can make a mental picture of what is happening in the story. For a child reading independently, ask them to describe how they are picturing the story.
  • Praise your child for talking about his/her ideas and asking questions.
  • When you and your child are away from home, take along some books, magazines and books-on-tape for your child to read and listen to.
  • After your child has learned how to read, keep reading to him/her. By reading stories that will interest your child but are about his/her reading level, you can stretch your child’s understanding and keep alive the magic of sharing books together.

Daily Schedule

We operate on the balanced day, which includes 2 forty minute nutrition breaks. The school schedule is as follows.

Supervision begins:
8:50 a.m. – 9:05 a.m.

Opening bell:
9:05 a.m.

Nutritional Break #1:
11.05 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Nutritional Break #2:
1:25 p.m. – 2:05 p.m.

School ends at:
3:25 p.m.

Safe Arrival

Parents/guardians who are bringing their children to school at the beginning of the day, (9:05 a.m.), should escort them to the front gate, on the kindergarten side, of the playground. Students will enter via the gate and go onto the playground. School yard supervision begins at 8:55 a.m. Please do not drop off your children before 8:50 a.m.

When bringing your children to school after 9:05 a.m. (school start), parents need to accompany their children into the building, sign them in, and obtain an admit slip. Students walk to their classrooms on their own; parents are not to escort them to their classrooms. All guests, including parents, are to sign in at the office when they come into the school (e.g., to participate in an event, or to volunteer).

If your child is going to be late or absent for any reason, please call the school to let us know. (519) 752-1422.

Safe Departure

Parents who are picking up their children early, need to sign them out at the office before leaving the building. Students will be called down to the office and parents need to wait in the office area in the front hall. Also, if someone other than the parent or guardian will be picking up their child, the parent needs to make the school aware of the change in advance.

Student Absence

Students are expected to be in attendance and at school on time each school day except for personal illness or family emergencies. At the beginning of each morning and afternoon, staff members take attendance. If your child is going to be absent from school, please call us (519) 752-1422. If a student is absent and we have not received a note or a call from you, our school secretary will contact you to determine the whereabouts of your child. Your phone call will help us out greatly and ensure that your child is safe.

A pupil’s absence under the conditions of Regulation 298, S.23 (2), will be either a “legitimate excuse” or “truancy.” If the pupil does not have a legitimate excuse for an absence, he/she will be considered truant. If the principal considers the pupil’s pattern of attendance to be of concern, the Attendance Counsellor will be contacted. Children who are continually late or absent lose out on academic learning. Regular attendance is crucial to success in school.