School News

Class Placements by Email, August 30th

posted Aug 20, 2019, 6:46 AM by Helen Wilks

Wait for an Important Email Regarding Your Child’s Teacher for the 2019/2020 school year!
You will be emailed your child(ren)s class placement, on the evening of Friday August 30th.  

Class Lists by OEN number will no longer be posted on the doors at the front of the school.

Welcome to Palermo August, 2019

posted Aug 20, 2019, 6:37 AM by Helen Wilks

Welcome to a new School Year at Palermo!
We are excited to welcome both our returning and new families on September 3rd, in this 10th anniversary year for the Palermo Panthers! During these final weeks of summer, we will be continuing to work hard to get the school ready for the 2019/2020 year.  We are ready to hear the sounds of laughter and to see the smiling faces!  Please read this important information to help prepare for the new school year:

Look for an Important Email Regarding Your Child’s Teacher 
You will be emailed your child’s class placement, on the evening of Friday August 30th.  
Class Lists by OEN number will no longer be posted on the doors at the front of the school.

First Day of School
Grades 1-8 please meet on the blacktop at the back of the school to find your teacher, from 8:45 a.m on the first day.  For Kindergarten drop off, please go directly to the Kindie Pen.  Please try to walk or bike if you are able – the traffic will be extra busy on the first day so if you need to arrive by car please be patient. Please do not park in the kiss and ride area, so that we can get all students in to school safely.

School Hours
School hours are 8:55 until 3:15. If your child arrives after 8:55 a.m. they must go to the school office to sign in and collect a late slip.  Morning supervision begins at 8:40 a.m.

Bus Information
Please visit for your child’s bus information and to sign up for emails regarding cancellations or delays. 

Are You Moving? Do You Have New Neighbours?
Please call the School Office at 905 469-1138 or encourage new neighbours to come in to the office and register as soon as possible!

Students with Medical Conditions and/or Medications Kept at School
Please ensure your child’s medication has been left at the office and you have returned your completed forms.  Any questions please contact the school office.

Office hours are 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. from Monday August 19 until Friday August 30.

Welcome to Grade 2 French Immersion....

posted Jun 11, 2018, 7:55 AM by Ellen Bailey

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Bienvenue! We have provided you with a comprehensive package to help support some of the questions that may arise over the summer months.  We would like to welcome all Grade 1 students who have registered in the French Immersion program for Grade 2 in the fall with Halton District School Board and allow you and your child to explore possible resources to enhance your learning experience.  

You may wish to visit your school’s web page for further information on the FI program.  The link to the HDSB website will provide further details about the FI program in Halton:

Let the French adventures begin by exploring new cultures and new experiences for the upcoming school year!

Lisa Serebrin Tammy Somerville

System Principal, School Programs System Vice-Principal, School Programs


Supporting my child in FI/Extended French

Doing Math with your Child (various languages)

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Online Resources to Support Your Child at Home with FSL Acquisition

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Supporting ELLs

Dual language activity workbooks in French, English and several first languages other than English.

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Supporting Students with Special Education Needs in FSL:  A Parent Guide

HDSB's Acceptable Use Procedures for Information and Communication Technology (ICT)...

posted Nov 30, 2017, 8:01 AM by Ellen Bailey


Information and Communication Technology (ICT) supports the education of students in the Halton District School Board.  Students benefit from the use of ICT through opportunities to share, learn, communicate and collaborate with others in and beyond the classroom. Additionally, the use of ICT fosters the acquisition and development of 21st century skills in various program areas and appropriate use contributes to a positive and safe learning environment.

Staff and students use ICT for administrative, learning and instructional purposes.


  • Personally-owned ICT refers to hardware, software and data not provided by the Halton District School Board

  • Personally-assigned ICT refers to hardware, software and data provided by the Halton District School Board to an individual for exclusive use.

  • Personal information includes but is not limited to home address, telephone number, work address/telephone number of parents/guardians, credit card numbers or other identifying information such as video, images or the school’s name or address

  • ICT includes use of hardware (computers, mobile devices, phones, etc.), networks and related equipment as well as the use of information systems and applications such as computer software, electronic mail, web pages/applications and the Internet, whether used within the Board or in a way that has a connection to the Board. The term ICT includes personally-owned and personally-assigned equipment.

  • Users include any person (employees, students, trustees, or visitors) who uses Halton's ICT systems and services

User Responsibilities

  • Observe standards of courtesy and behaviour consistent with the practices and policies of the Halton District School Board when using ICT. For example, users will not transmit or receive content or use ICT in any way that is abusive, criminal, defamatory, derogatory, discriminatory, illegal, deceptive, inappropriate, indecent, libelous, obscene, offensive, profane, racially offensive, sexual, sexist, slanderous, threatening or in a way that promotes hatred or harm against any group or person.

  • ICT use is not intended for profit or advertising. ICT use complies with the theme and spirit of education, however reasonable, non-profit personal use of ICT is permitted.

  • Adhere to all copyright laws and terms of use regarding the downloading, use or redistribution of any software, media or information.  Cite all sources when referring to existing material and research.

  • Before images or video of a student are posted on a web page or public forum, the “Authorization for promotional use of student photos, work, activities” form must be signed and returned to the school (see Related Links for this form). Since this is start of the September startup-up package, schools should have signed forms on file before publishing student images and/or work.  

  • Students must obtain permission of subject (staff, students or any other person) before capturing, using, publishing or transmitting audio, images or video.  Students using prescribed assistive technology do not need permission when capturing or using this content for intended academic purposes.

  • Do not intentionally damage or adversely impact ICT

  • Respect ICT and people by not transmitting or intentionally receiving malicious or unwanted information, software (e.g., spam, viruses, hacking, malware, spyware) or  undertake malicious activity (hacking, password sniffing, premeditated disruption of service)

  • Represent their online identity truthfully and only access account(s), information and systems for which they are authorized.

  • Safeguard passwords, personal information and personal devices from unauthorized users.  It is the practice of the Halton District School Board not to identify students in photographs by full name on the school or system website

  • Staff may capture personal information, student images/videos and audio for professional purposes (student assessment, slide-shows, graduations) and may store or use this content off-site.  This content should be safeguarded and deleted when no longer required.

  • The board reserves the right to randomly review, retrieve, read, and disclose any files, messages, or communications that are created, sent received, or stored on board-owned equipment. The board’s right to review/monitor is for the purpose of ensuring the security and protection of business records, preventing unlawful and/or inappropriate conduct, and creating and maintaining a productive work environment. Users should not expect privacy with respect to any of their activities when using board networks or board-owned equipment. Use of passwords or account numbers for board provided systems does not create a reasonable expectation of privacy and confidentiality of information being maintained or transmitted.

  • Use of ICT within the Halton District School Board is a privilege not a right. Users who violate these procedures risk losing ICT privileges and other consequences consistent with Progressive Discipline and Safe Schools Legislation and the ICT Incident Protocol.  Violations of a serious nature may be referred to police.

  • Use board-provided accounts where possible (e.g., Halton Cloud).

  • Comply with all privacy legislation.  NOTE: Use of internet tools and resources that store or require personal information must adhere to privacy legislation.  Appendix A - “Approved HDSB Internet Tools and Resources list” was developed to identify privacy-compliant tools and resources.  All other internet tools and resources require due diligence by the user.

Board Responsibilities

  • The Board is not liable for lost or damaged personally-owned ICT.

  • Provide student instruction regarding this procedure.

  • Provide resources to help educate users in appropriate and effective use of ICT.

  • Provide network accounts, Halton Cloud, Internet access, and email / conferencing to all users within the Board.

  • Provide technical support or peer-support conferences as appropriate.

  • Staff may investigate potentially inappropriate student use.

  • Investigation of staff or student personally-owned equipment requires consent of the user.

  • Staff must be authorized by the Director of Education or the Executive Officer of Human Resources before investigating potentially inappropriate staff use.

  • Personal/private information accessed for operational reasons must be kept confidential.  

  • Information Services Staff are to report any discovered inappropriate staff use to the Chief Information Officer, Executive Officer of Human Resources or the Director of Education.

Fair Notice....

posted Sep 1, 2017, 10:57 AM by Ellen Bailey   [ updated Sep 13, 2018, 5:22 AM ]

Fair Notice to Parents/Guardians

September 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians:

This letter is to inform you that the Halton District School Board has participated in the development of a region wide Violence Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA) Protocol along with our community partners. This Protocol enables us to more effectively respond to situations where students may pose a threat to themselves or others.

Threat assessment protocols are mandated for every board in Ontario. The purpose of a VTRA is to determine how best to support the student so their behaviour does not become violent or self-injurious. Please note that other community partners such as the Halton Regional Police Service and community youth agencies may become involved in the VTRA because it is critical to have as much information available as possible in order to provide effective support to children in need.

The VTRA Protocol outlines how a school responds immediately to threatening incidents including but not limited to: possession of a weapon or replica weapon; bomb threat or plan; verbal or written (including electronic) threats to harm oneself or others, and fire setting. The initial response team will include the Principal and/or Vice Principal(s), the Halton Regional Police Service, and certified Board staff; other community partners and additional Board staff may be included as necessary.

Parents and guardians will be notified if their child will be discussed at a VTRA. If parents/guardians cannot be reached, or if they choose not to provide consent but a concern for safety still exists due to threatening behaviour, the threat assessment will still proceed. Personal information shared throughout this process will respect and balance each individual’s right to privacy with the need to ensure the safety of all. As always, student safety is our first priority.

The Halton District School Board will respond to all threats in a professional manner in order to provide healthy and caring learning environments for all students and staff. Additionally, we will be educating students about school safety and reinforce their understanding that threat making behaviours are not acceptable.

The Halton District School Board is proud to be able to provide this level of support to our students and is most fortunate to have our community partners working with us. Should you have any questions about our community VTRA Protocol or other Safe Schools matters, please call 905.335.3665 x 3389.


Scott Podrebarac                                      Jonathan Shoss

Superintendent of Education                     System Principal

Safe & Inclusive Schools                             Safe and Inclusive Schools

Halton District School Board                     Halton District School Board

Anaphylaxis and food at school....

posted Feb 15, 2017, 3:40 AM by Ellen Bailey

 Recently some fast food franchises have announced that they can not guarantee that they are peanut free.  "If you are bringing food to the school from takeout restaurants, please ensure the food is free from nuts, and free from cross contamination of nuts." 

Palermo is a scent free school.

posted May 9, 2016, 6:55 PM by Ellen Bailey   [ updated Jul 11, 2016, 1:58 PM ]

Some individuals at Palermo are allergic to scents. We ask that students and parents visiting the school refrain from using perfume, heavily scented deodorant, etc.

No Left Hand Turns

posted May 9, 2016, 6:49 PM by Ellen Bailey   [ updated Jul 11, 2016, 2:01 PM ]

No left hand turns out of our parking lot between 9:00 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. please. This slows down traffic and prevents buses from getting in and dropping off kids.  Thanks for your consideration. 

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