Frequently Asked Questions

Q:
How many students attend Joshua Creek Public School?

A:
Our current enrollment is approximately 900.



Q:
Will my child be bussed to the school?

A:
Student transportation is administered by the Board office using the following guidelines.
Distances
Students residing in the Region of Halton and registered in one of our schools who meet the following distance requirements are eligible:
        JK-Grade 5: more than 1.6 km
        Grades 6-8: more than 3.2 km

Empty Seat Policy
Families who are requesting bus transportation for their student but who are not currently eligible may submit their request to the principal in writing. The principal will use discretion to allocate any additional seats once the Kindergarten students have been accommodated.

Please visit Halton Student Transportation Services website at www.haltonbus.ca or contact them at 1-888-803-8660



Q:
Is there a Before and After School Program?

A:
A YMCA program operates before and after school at Joshua Creek. Contact them at 905-845-5597 Ext. 390



Q:
What are the school hours?

A:
The entry bell is  8:50 am and dismissal is at 3:15 pm.  Two nutrition breaks are evenly scheduled throughout the day. The second Nutrition Break is scheduled to be our main lunch period.



Q:
What does the Balanced School Day look like?

A:
The day involves three instructional blocks separated by two Nutrition Breaks. This allows us to provide focussed learning time balanced by nutrition and activity breaks.  In doing so, we support students' learning while promoting the development of healthy active bodies.



Q:
What should I send for nutritional break?

A:
Most children will want to divide their lunch into 2 portions, one for the morning break and one for the afternoon.
Re-sealable containers will let your child eat as much as they want at each break.
As with all schools, our school is a nut-free zone.  The School Council organizes several hot-lunch options for Fridays and a program called Kidssentials is available for students on Mondays.


Q:
Do the grade seven and eight classes have rotary?

A:
Grade seven and eight classes have rotary for many of their subjects.   Throughout the school, grade teams work very closely together such that classes may at times be together for activities.



Q:
What efforts are JCPS making to be environmentally friendly?

A:
Joshua Creek promotes a litter-free environment with a focus on recycling, composting, energy consumption and gardening.  We are a recognized EcoSchool with Gold status.



Q:
Where do I drop off and pick up my child?       

A:
A "kiss and ride" area on the East side of the school allows children to safely access the playground.



Q:
Where can I park my car when I come to the school?

A:
The East parking lot is for parents and visitors.
The West parking lot is used by staff and for receiving, recycling and garbage removal.



Q:
Where do school buses drop off and pick up students?    

A:
The front of the school is the bus drop-off and pick-up zone.



Q:
Where are crossing guards located?

A:
Crossing guard locations are located at the following corners:
        1- Rockingham and Pinery Crescent at the entrance to the park
        2- Bon Echo Drive on the NE corner
        4 - Blue Stream Dr. and Arrowhead Rd.
        3- Bayshire Drive at St. Marguerite's School (Students need to stay on the South side of Bayshire and cross with the crossing guard at Creekwood Trail)