École Polson Park PS Family Update
Updated November 26th 2023: Upcoming Events updated weekly!
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Peek at what's new this week!
November 27th -Dec.1st 2023
NOVEMBER: Indigenous Education Month & Hindu Heritage Month & Movember
NOVEMBER: SAC fundraiser at COBS Bread-just mention Polson PS at time of purchase. 10% goes to support our school.
November 26th -Day of Covenant (Bahá’ís)
Monday, November 27th Day 1
- Birth of Guru Nunak Dev Sahib (Sikh)
- Nov. 27th -Dec. 8th: We are collecting non-perishable food items for our local food banks as a part of the Jingle Bell Run, Walk, or Wheel event on Friday, December 1st.
- Pizza day order opens in school day for upcoming December 6th Pizza Day for families who missed the bulk order in November.
Tuesday, November 28th Day 2
Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Bahá (Bahá’ís)
Grade 2 FI class Mme Underhill - Calvin Park Library (AM)
Tallack Martial Arts: 1:20 in gymnasium
Wednesday, November 29th Day 3
- Grade 3 FI Jacques -Swim to Survive
Frontenacs Game for classes: Collins, Blommesteyn, Honcoop, McEneany, Smith
- Mme Scott grade ⅘ FI -Kingston School of Art
Thursday, November Day 30th Day 4
Plaid Spirit Day: Dress in plaid patterns today!
Grade 3 Collins -Swim to Survive
Grade 5/6 FI Carew -Kingston School of Art (Explore Printmaking)
Friday, December 1st Day 5
Picture retake day-Class Group Photos (if not done) and individual staff photos if you have not had them done.
Jingle Bell Run, Walk, Wheel 2:15 pm
December 2nd - Holiday Market SAC 10am-2pm in Polson Gymnasium $2 Entry
December 3rd International Day for Persons with Disabilities
December 4th last day for pizza order-online only
December 6th SAC meeting 6:15 pm
December 6th Pizza Hot Lunch Day
Plaid Spirit Day: Thursday, November 30th
Wear your plaid clothing or accessories on Thursday, November 30th. Student council members will be looking for Polson staff and students who stand out for their spirited plaid ensembles! So if you love lumberjack looks, and tartan's your treasure, this is the day for you to shine!
Application Process for Choices at Seven Programs for 2024-25
Dear Parents/Guardians of Grade 6 and Grade 7 Students,
We would like to provide you with information about the Application Process for the LDSB Choices at 7 Programs for the 2024-25 School Year. You can find updated Choices at 7 Information on the Board website, www.limestone.on.ca under the Programming tab. Once there, you will learn about about the application process, dates for applying, FAQ’s, etc. for the following programs: Extended French Immersion, ATLAS, LEAP and Challenge. Questions regarding the programs can be emailed to the registrars at: email@example.com.
In addition, Choices at 7 Open Houses for the ATLAS, LEAP and Challenge Programs will be held at the schools in December. The Open Houses are an opportunity to learn more about the programs, the schools in which they are located, to ask questions, and to make decisions as to whether a program is an option for your child.
Please check the website for the appropriate Challenge site to apply to, based on your home address.
December 12, 2023 - Challenge Open House at Loughborough Public School, 6 pm
December 13, 2023 - Challenge Open House at Odessa Public School, 6 pm
December 14, 2023 - ATLAS, LEAP and Challenge Open House at Calvin Park Public School, 6 pm
Dates for the Open Houses for Extended French Immersion will be shared in the New Year on the Limestone District School Board website.
We look forward to supporting you through this process for the 2024-25 school year.
Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Program Services
Jingle Bell Run, Walk, Wheel Event & Non-Perishable Food Drive
Polson is participating in The Jingle Bell Run, Walk Wheel event on Friday, December 1st at 2:15 pm. We will be collecting donations of non-perishable food items to be donated to local food banks. This is an opportunity for students, staff, and parents to kick off the season in a festive and active while also helping those in need. The event provides physical and mental health benefits and fosters students’ connection to our community. Area food banks thank you for your support! Donations of non-perishable food bank will be collected over the next two weeks. Please reach out to your child's teacher if you are able to participate with your child in this community event.
Earlier this month:
Change to School Year Calendar in April 2024
Change to School Year Calendar in April 2024 A total solar eclipse will occur across the southern regions of the school district on April 8, 2024. LDSB will be in the path of totality, which means that these areas, including Kingston and Napanee, will experience complete darkness at approximately 3:20pm.
Reminder: When buses are cancelled, they do not run all day!
'Snow Day' Season Prep
As we near the middle of November and the potential for winter weather to impact schools is present, we want to remind families how inclement weather days are handled in the Limestone District School Board. During the winter, LDSB works closely with Tri-Board Student Transportation Services to determine if it is safe to offer student transportation on inclement weather days.
Merci M Charles and all staff, students & guests who came to our assemblies!
November is Indigenous Education Month and Hindu Heritage Month. Many Polson students and families will celebrate Diwali on November 12th. Happy Diwali to all who celebrate!
Over the past few weeks, teachers have been working on progress reports to go home to parents on November 17th. This is a good time to reach out to your child's teachers to discuss their progress We have been focusing on many structured literacy practices in English and French classes to ensure that we are identifying gaps in reading and writing early on and providing interventions for students. Students can make many gains in literacy and math with repeated practice in foundational skills. Talk to your child's teacher about specific strategies that will help them progress in reading, writing and math.
This year, indigenous Veterans Day is on November 8th and Remembrance Day falls on a Saturday November 11th. At our school, we will honour veterans and Canadians who currently serve our country in the armed forces during two assemblies on Thursday, November 9th (primary at 9:45 & junior at 10:30) to accommodate all of our students. We have some limited seating for parents if you would like to attend one of our assemblies.
A few reminders:
- Please do not park on the grass near portables or in no-parking zones!
- The parking lots have limited space; please do not linger and keep watchful for student who may be near parking areas at dismissal.
- Please remember that accessibility spots are for families with permits only.
- The area in front of the school is a Bus Zone. No parking, idling, or drop-offs are permitted.
- Yard supervision begins at 8:55 am. The school day begins at 9:10 am.
Safe Arrival & Visitor Protocols
It's a very busy time in the morning, and we want to make sure students arrive safely and are accounted for correctly in attendance. Students arriving during morning supervision should be dropped off on the school yard. Students arriving late, should report to the main office. If you are dropping off a younger student after the bell, please report to the main office. Please do not proceed into the school building beyond the main office unless an office administrator has directed you to do so and you have followed the visitor protocol of signing in and receiving a visitor tag. Thank you for following our visitor protocols!
Parents and caregivers should meet students at dismissal (3:40 pm) at their designated dismissal location on the yard. Please do not request early pick-ups at the main office unless you have an emergency or a scheduled appointment. Thank you for communicating appointments in advance.
Assoc. Superintendent Sartor visited primary classes during literacy blocks.
Congrats to our cross-country team medalists for their top results at district races A special LESSA award was presented to Mme Martha for her work coaching runners over the year!
Healthcare Museum's a hit in Mme Ducharme's class!
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Kidsport provides grants to help cover the costs of registration fees so that all kids aged 18 and under in Kingston can play a season of sport in the community or school athletics.
The Kingston chapter accepts applications and administers grants of up to $250 per child/year, for kids who live in Kingston, or in one of the other communities they serve. Applications are to be directly submitted to the Kingston Kidsport website.
École Polson Park School Advisory Council
Next Meeting: December 6th 6:15 -in-person & virtual. Stay tuned for agenda and virtual link.
École Polson Park Public School
Location: 165 Robert Wallace Drive, Kingston, ON K7M 1Y3, Canada