Getting Ready for Friday’s January 31 Full Day Alternative Program

Camp Waterdown

Getting Ready for Friday’s
January 31 Full Day Alternative Program

As the ETFO strike will be on, here is information on attending our alternative program at Guy Brown Elementary on Friday.

(Remember to pack a nut free lunch, dress for the cold weather, wear boots please, and for certain bring running shoes.)

You will receive a copy of this by email, if you have registered for the program. You may also check your Family Registration page Registered Programs.  If it refers to the First Day (tentative), then that is this Friday January 31.  All Additional Days include Thursday Feb 6th and Friday February 7th.

If you are NOT registered for this Friday’s program (or have cancelled it) then you are also not registered for future dates at this time and may be on our Wait List instead.

At this time our program is full and we cannot accept additional registrations and cannot accept walk-ins.


Guy B. Brown Elementary
55 Braeheid Avenue

Program tel: (905) 902-1261

(Please call this number with any abscences.
Emails do not reach us in time)

Main Activities are
9am – 4pm
Extended Care includes 7am – 6pm plus healthy snacks, where possible, are always already included in your fee.

Drop Off before 9am & Pick Up after 4pm ensures the easiest transitions and not missing the main fun!

Drop-offs and pickups are done from the south-east stairway doors nearest the school parking lot and JK/SK pen area. If doors are locked, there will be a greeter. If open, there will be signs directing you to our main room, where you will be greeted and a room assingment will be made.

For our Safe Arrival policy, all children must be brought in and signed in by a pre-authorized adult carrying identification.

You may not stop, park or idle in the fire and bus lanes alongside the school, you must find safe parking.

You may need to cross teacher picket lines respectfully depending on your arrival and departure times. There will be a delay as you do.

We will not provide staff to cross children over the picket lines should you need it, and again, only a pre-authorized adult (that we have been notified about) may do so to avoid confusion.

This may be a good teaching moment for children about democracy and workers rights in action, so it is best to make the experience as interesting as possible.

Hints for crossing picket lines can be found on the HWDSB web site and here on our site:


Friday Jan. 30

Our first day has individual activities organized by our experience ECE Group Leaders targetted for the age group they are leading. As part of our philosophy, we encourage our children to participate in and work together on the choice of their activities, normally surrounding an exploration of a particular (and appropriate ) subject of interest often suggested by our leader. We also have a full compliment of learning aids games and activities available from our PA Day and Before & After School programs.

All our full day programs include a mixture of physical activity, outdoor time, group games, individual activity time, occasionally some media entertainment (whether that be a guest, a book reading, a movie, or music listening) and often some creative art activities.


PLEASE BRING RUNNING SHOES FOR INDOOR PLAY (in addition to outside boots if you have them).

Be sure to pack your children with a lunch (it must be peanut, tree nut, and sesame free), and two small extra snacks for nibbling mid-day, water bottle, comfortable indoor running shoes, spare clothes (if indicated), and outer clothes appropriate for the weather.

When dropping off and picking up your children, enter through the main building doors closest to the JK/SK Pen.
Please do not use the school’s main entrance or any other entrance. If the doors are locked, there will be a greeter except from 9am – 4pm where you may need to be buzzed in from the main entrance. Children may not be dropped off for entrance on their own.

Check-in / check-out:
All children must be checked in and out by their parent/guardian or a pre-authorized caregiver (recorded in your registration or given to our administration in advance in writing). All caregivers picking up will be asked to show us picture ID to confirm identity.

Please use one of the school’s parking spaces or street parking if it is allowed. Do not park, stop or idle beside the school or KG Pen entrance or in the bus / fire lanes as this is not permitted and creates a safety concern.

Running late or absent?

If you are going to be later than 9am or absent, call 905-902-1261 (NO EMAILS PLEASE)
We start calling families at 9:30am for any child absent without notice, as per our safe arrival policy.

PLEASE CALL US AT (905) 902-1261 if you cannot find our program, or have any questions or concerns during the day.

Changes & Cancellations

Program changes and cancellations due to unforseen circumstances are posted on our web site’s home page, and on our Twitter feed: @CampWaterdown

  • No refund of paid fees or deposits are given for registrant changes and cancellations according to posted terms.
  • Cancellations due to serious medical reason (requiring hospitalization or affecting ambulatory mobility) are subject to the Executive Director’s discretion. If granted, will receive a pro-rated refund for full day(s) to be missed (after notification) less a $35 administration fee. An original and verifiable doctor’s letter will be required for notification.
  • Refunds are not given for absence due to any communicable illnesses or parasites (cold, flu, chicken pox, mumps, lice, etc.), elective or scheduled medical/dental reasons.
  • Credits or refunds can not be given for late arrival, early departure, illness, absences, dismissal, or program / facility closures due to emergency, weather or any other unforeseen circumstances.

The financial obligations of Camp Waterdown (a registered charitable not-for-profit organization) are fixed for each program based on the number of pre-registered campers .


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