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Classroom Planning and Organization for 2019-20 SWS School Year

May 29, 2019
​ T he process of school planning and organization for 2019-20 is well underway.  Projected student enrollments and staffing allocations have been provided by the Durham District School Board to each school.  In early June, staff will meet to decide next year’s classroom placements for students.  In doing so, a wide...
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DDSB Shows Pride

April 23, 2019

DDSB Student Census Coming Soon!

April 08, 2019
In May 2019, We Are DDSB student census: Know Every Student, Grow Every Student 2019 will take place. This will be our first student census and it will assist us in gathering information about our students to further support student achievement and well-being. 
Parents/guardians of students in Kindergarten to Grade...

The Power of Positive Caregiver-Child Relationships - May 14, 2019

April 03, 2019
The Durham District School Board is inviting Parents and Community Members to attend this free event!!  Tuesday, May 14, 2019, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. DDSB Education Centre  (Boardroom) 400 Taunton Road East, Whitby   *Advanced Registration is required*
The Power of Positive Caregiver-Child Relationships flyer.pdf


Career Guidance Workshop

March 27, 2019
​ DENSA is hosting a Career Guidance Workshop for high school students on Saturday March 30 th , 2019 at Pickering High School.
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8th annual “And Still We Rise – Elementary Edition” Conference

March 27, 2019
​ 8 th  annual “And Still We Rise – Elementary Edition” Conference , taking place on Saturday, April 27 th , 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Romeo Dallaire Public School in Ajax.  This event, as in years past, is a free family event for students in grades 4-8...

Equity and Inclusive Education Submissions

March 27, 2019
DDSB invites Elementary and Secondary students to submit their artwork, creative writing, and media pieces fitting the theme. This exhibit will be displayed at the DDSB Education Centre to challenge Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia. Forms of expression include (but are not limited to): visual...

DDSB Coyote Warning

February 13, 2019
Dear Parents and Guardians, There is nothing more important than the safety of our students. For this reason we are informing you that we have received reports that coyotes have been spotted in numerous areas throughout the community. Students are reminded to be aware of their surroundings at all times. At...

Durham Region 2019 Parasport Games - Feb 8-10, 2019

January 21, 2019
​Nearly 400 athletes will be coming from across our province to compete.  For additional information check out the Ontario Parasport Games website 

Sir William Stephenson's 3rd Ever Video Podcast Newsletter - Jan

January 18, 2019
Visit our School's YouTube Channel to check out January's SWS Video Podcast Newsletter!

Autism Ontario - Durham Region and Toronto Events and Contact

January 15, 2019
Hey there, 
My name is Stefanie Molica and I am Autism Ontario’s Family Support Coordinator for the Central East Region.  Autism Ontario provides a variety of programs, services and supports to families affected by Autism.  We have a number of parent-friendly resources available in both English and French and reimbursement...

The Power of Positive Caregiver-Child Relationships

January 15, 2019
The Power of postive Caregiver-Child Relationships flyer 2019 _SMALL.PDF

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 
• 6:30-8:00pm  DDSB Education Centre (Boardroom)  400 Taunton Road East, Whitby  *Advanced Registration is required 

Winter Holiday Concert at SWS! This Thursday!!

December 10, 2018
Concert 1 @6:00pm -Grylls, Andres, Maynard, Good, Parkins, Band, Dance Crew, PLP 1&2
Concert 2 @6:50pm -Bannister, Snider, Lafleur, Turner, Hicks, Muller, Nash, Fofic, Bedi, Switzer, Band, Dance Crew


Sir William Stephenson's 2nd Ever Video Podcast Newsletter - Dec

December 05, 2018
Visit our school's YouTube channel to view the newest video podcast newsletter!

IMPORTANT: Smoking and Vaping

November 14, 2018
​ Smoking/vaping of cannabis and the use of cannabis infused edibles and drinks  while on school property   by anyone, regardless of age,  is illegal and in violation of the School Code of Conduct. This includes the smoking and vaping of medical cannabis.   Smoking cigarettes and all forms of vaping continue...

Sir William Stephenson's 1st Ever Video Podcast Newsletter - Nov

November 11, 2018
Visit  our school's YouTube channel  to view the first ever video podcast newsletter!

A Journey of Hope 2018

October 15, 2018
​Discover ways to cultivate healthy relationships that support your child’s well-being and mental health!
A Journey of Hope flyer 2018.pdf

Curriculum Night at SWS - Thursday, Sept 20th, 2018 5-7pm

September 17, 2018
STARR BURGER is catering for $5 per combo (choice of hot dog, burger, or veggie burger +with drink and chips)
5-6pm - Community BBQ and Principal's Welcome Address
6-7pm - Classroom Visits



Gifted Screening Information Night & Forms - Canadian Cognitive Abilities Test (CCAT)

September 13, 2018
Parents/Guardians of current DDSB Students in Grades 3 and higher are invited to CCAT Testing (also Gifted Screening) Information Night at the following locations:  (SEE ATTACHED DOCUMENTS)
Please choose ONE of the following sessions.  Note: No RSVP or Registration is required for these sessions.
CCAT Information Nights 2018.docx

On behalf of all SWS staff to our amazing SCC!

June 14, 2018
"Hi Everyone,
We just want to say a huge THANKS for today's treats and treatment! I have the honour of writing this note on behalf of the staff, but the words and the heartfelt thanks comes from all of us. 
The amount of delicious food that you provided, coffee, treats,...

Before and After School Care at SWS

May 30, 2018
May 28, 2018
Dear Parents, Thank you for your responding to the Child Care Survey regarding before and after school care at Sir William Stephenson Public School. We are very excited about working with Sir William Stephenson Public School in a partnership to establish an integrated system of child care and...

The Kindergarten Parent Survey - SWS 2018

May 18, 2018
Durham District School Board, in partnership with the Offord Centre for Children's Studies and the Regional Municipality of Durham, are asking Year 1 and Year 2 Kindergarten parents to share their experiences and opinions. Help shape early years programs and services in your neighbourhood by completing the Kindergarten Parent Survey. SURVEY-->...

​Our Community Voices: Evening of Engagement - May 24th

May 17, 2018
​ Our Community Voices: Evening of Engagement  will take place during the evening of May 24 th  from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. as an update of DDSB’s initiatives to implement the recommendations from the Community Voices with Justice McLeod.  Please join Director Lisa Millar, Justice Donald McLeod, Vice-Chair Patrice Barnes...

Kids Have Stress Too

February 15, 2018
​Join the Carea Community Health Centre's group from February 20th to April 10th Kids have stress.jpg

Family Equity Engagement Series Session One – Partners in Education: Black Families, Communities and Schools

January 31, 2018
Family Equity Engagement Series_BLACK Families Communities and Schools.pdf

On Wednesday, February 28, the Equity and inclusive Education Department in partnership with Parent Engagement present:   Family Equity Engagement Series Session One – Partners in Education:  Black Families, Communities and Schools  at Applecroft Public School in Ajax.  Participants will be invited...

Grade 8 to 9 Transition Information Night

January 22, 2018
​Henry St High School - Jan 31st @7pm This is a very helpful night for parents and soon-to-be grads (whether they are going to Henry or not)
Gr. 8 Parent Information Night


SWS Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan

December 20, 2017
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Grade 8 to Grade 9 Transition Information Night for Students with Special Needs

December 20, 2017
Transition Night Gr 8 9 2018b.pdf
January 10th @ 7pm - at the DDSB Education Center (400 Taunton Rd E)

Update Re: WOW Butter in the DDSB

October 17, 2017
In the Durham District School Board, we are committed to ensuring the safety of all students.  Sabrina's Law requires that all district school boards have procedures and training in place to protect students at risk of anaphylaxis.  Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that is rapid in onset and can cause...

2017 Islamic Heritage Month

October 10, 2017
​6 events! Check the flyer for details!! 2017 Islamic Heritage Month Event Poster.pdf

Attendance Matters here at SWS!!

June 09, 2017
​Safe arrival portal login Parent toll free number  1-844-350-2646 Smartphone application  safearrival Questions? Call the school directly
Make every day count!!

Before and After School Child Care Program NOT VIABLE

May 25, 2017
​Thank you all for completing the online survey expressing interest, but we did not reach the required number to run the program at your school for September 2017. Not Viable.pdf

Durham Caribbean Festival - JUNE 24th

May 18, 2017
​Where?? Ajax Downs 11am-9pm For more info, check out the flyer!!
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The SEUSSICAL MUSICAL is here this week!

May 09, 2017
​ T he Seussical production is HERE. You don't want to miss out! Get your tickets in the office. Three shows: Wed 1:30 and 7:00. Thursday 7:00
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Free Comic Books!!

April 24, 2017
​May 6th is Free Comic Book Day, BUT EVEN BETTER, Comic Book Addiction in Whitby is giving FREE COMIC BOOKS to students who can prove they received an A on their report card OR if they improved their grade from Term 1 to Term 2 (ex: C to B) from now...

Land Based Language Program - Learn a First Nations Language!

March 20, 2017
April-June, 2017 (7 different dates) Open attached link to find more information and the registration form!  Land Based Language Booklet - FINAL.pdf

General Safety Tips for Students

March 07, 2017
A list of safety guidelines for you to review with your child (ren) now and any time of year is listed below.  Staff, students and parents work and communicate together to make a difference for our learning environment. Our communication continues to be the key to our success.  Please discuss the...

Parents as Partners Symposium 2017

February 24, 2017
Saturday April 8th, 2017 - 8am-noon KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  DEREK PHILLIPS - GOOGLE ENGINEER, GOOGLE CANADA RESEARCH This year, we are proud to welcome one of Google Canada’s Directors of Engineering,  Derek Phillips as our Keynote Speaker.  Derek will share some of the exciting and innovative projects he has been involved in...

Special Education Information Sessions 2017 - REVISED DATES

February 01, 2017
The mission of the Durham District School Board’s Special Education Department is to provide a range of programs, placements and services for students with special needs in supportive environments that enable them to develop to their full potential. Our on-going commitment is to provide the structures and supports that students need...
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DDSB Diversity Initiative: Community Voice Sessions

November 03, 2016
​DDSB Diversity Initiative: Community Voice Sessions upcoming dates for Nov 16th, 17th, and 24th: Community Voice Sessions NEW NOV 2016.jpg

Safe School Update: Student-Community Threat Assessment & Intervention Protocol

November 02, 2016
 DDSB: Student-Community Threat Assessment & Intervention Protocol
The Durham District School Board and Community Partners are committed to making our schools safe for students and staff.  As a result the Board will respond appropriately to all student behaviours that pose a potential risk to other students, staff and members of...

LGBTQ Families in the DDSB

October 11, 2016
​At Durham District School Board we are supportive of all families. In partnership with PFLAG Durham Region, we are inviting all parents/guardians who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender or two-spirit who have children in the Durham District School Board; or parents who have LGBTQ children to join us for...

Donald A Wilson SS/Henry Street HS Boundary Consultation Open House

November 18, 2015
​Henry Street High School will be hosting a Boundary Consultation Open House on Tuesday November 24, 2015.  Please drop in between 7:00-8:30 pm for more information.

Ticks and Lyme Disease

June 10, 2015
Ticks are a part of our natural environment and are all around us.  There is some indication that a student recently picked one up while outside within our community.  The Board and Health Department have been notified. As some ticks may carry the bateria which causes Lyme disease, we are encouraging...

Transportation Information - School Year 2015/2016

May 20, 2015
Please see the attached flyer regarding student transportation information for the upcoming school year.​

SWS Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan

January 14, 2015
​The SWS Safe and Accepting Schools Team has developed our school Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan for 2015-2016 2015-2016 BPIP.docx.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Fisher at the school office.

Threat Assessment

September 22, 2014
In spring of 2013, in the DDSB's on-going commitment to safety, and in conjunction with Durham Catholic District School Board and community partners, the DDSB signed the Community Threat Assessment and Intervention Protocol (C-TAIP) Agreement.   Last fall in addition the psychological services and social work staff, all secondary schools and...
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Volunteer Appreciation Tea

May 14, 2014
Our Volunteer Appreciation Tea will be held May 29th from 12:30-1:30 pm in the library. Volunteers make a difference at SWS. Without the time and effort of our volunteers there are many things would not be possible. Our volunteers help in classrooms, assist with pizza days, fundraising events, class trips, immunization...

Jump Rope for Heart

May 14, 2014
SWS will be hosting our annual Jump Rope for Heart event this month to raise money and awareness for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Most of us know someone who has been affected by heart disease and this is an opportunity to help. The event provides an excellent opportunity to encourage...

Health and Wellness Night

March 20, 2014
The Sir William Stephenson Public School SCC will be hosting a Free Health and Wellness Night on Thursday, April 24th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. All SWS families are invited to join us to explore health and wellness topics in a fun and interactive way.   The event will start in the...
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SWS Annual Dance-a-thon Fundraiser

February 26, 2014
On Thursday, March 6th we'll be holding our SWS Annual Dance-a-thon Fundraiser at the school. Students are encouraged to raise at least $20 to help support our school. Every dollar counts and prizes will be awarded to the highest pledge-earners. Song requests can be made at . Just click on...
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School Entry Changes

February 12, 2014
​ In compliance with the Safe Welcome Program mandated by the Board there will be changes being made to entry to our buiding.   All doors will be locked and entry to the school through the front doors wi ll be controlled by a buzzer and camera system.   All visitors...
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Forest of Reading

February 12, 2014
FOREST OF READING We are excited to inform you that SWS is once again registered in the Forest of Reading Program, a provincial recreational reading program for students in grades 1-8. Our Forest of Reading Programs started two weeks ago. 40 students in grades 3 and 4 have signed up for...
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Chuck E Cheese Fundraiser

January 21, 2014
  On January 30th, we're going to be having a SWS night at Chuck E. Cheese. The school will receiv e 15-percent from every dollar spent by members of the SWS community that evening. It's a great chance for kids to beat the winter blues and play games with friends. With the...
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New Lost and Found

December 12, 2013
Our students have worked hard to organize all the lost and found materials for easy access. We hope that this new system will help to ensure items return to their rightful owners.
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Ripley's Aquarium of Canada Family Pack Raffle

December 06, 2013
​The SWS School Community Council will be raffling off a family-pack of admissions for the brand new, state-of-the-art Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, located at the base of the CN Tower. Tickets are just $2 each or 3 for $5, and will be sold in the foyer outside the gym before all...

QSP Magazine Fundraiser

November 27, 2013
​The annual SWS Magazine Fundraiser will be returning soon!  Our kick-off assembly will be on Oct. 1 and the campaign will run until Oct. 15.  Look for more information to come home around Oct. 1.

Congratulations Volunteer of Distinction

October 22, 2013
​Congratulations to Suzanne Hicks who will be honoured at the DDSB on October 24

Announcement Archive


Classroom Planning and Organization for 2019-20 SWS School Year

May 29, 2019
​ T he process of school planning and organization for 2019-20 is well underway.  Projected student enrollments and staffing allocations have been provided by the Durham District School Board to each school.  In early June, staff will meet to decide next year’s classroom placements for students.  In doing so, a wide...
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DDSB Shows Pride

April 23, 2019