Roger Neilson P.S. Review

Family Edition - Mar. 27th - Mar. 31st, 2023

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Dear Parents/Guardians,

It's hard to believe that we are entering the last week of March! The mornings are still cool, but as the days warm and the rainy weather begins, once again I would like to remind everyone that this means a VERY muddy and wet schoolyard and field. Sending your child to school with an extra pair of clothes in the backpack is a good idea! On some days we usually have to call a "pavement-only recess", but some friends still find a way to slip in the mud! We are hopeful that things dry out soon!

Last Wednesday marked the beginning of Ramadan. I would like to wish a Blessed Ramadan to all students and families observing this holy month. Ramadan is an important time in the Islamic calendar, observed by Muslims. It is a time for fasting, spiritual reflection, prayer, doing good deeds and spending time with family and friends. Ramadan began at sunset on Wednesday, March 22 and lasts until sunset on Thursday, April 20. There is a special festival to mark the end of Ramadan called Eid al-Fitr, the Festival of the Breaking of the Fast.

A reminder of the school council meeting on Thursday at 6 pm. More information can be found below.

Please see all the messages below for important updates...

Have a great week,

~Mr. Coulter

Looking Ahead:

Tues. Mar. 28th - Mr. Sift and Ms. Robertson's class on Trip to "Sugar Shack"

Wed. Mar. 29th - SubWay Lunch

Thurs. Mar. 30th - School Council Meeting @ 6pm

April 7th - Good Friday - No School

April10th - Easter Monday - No School

April 12th - International Day of Pink

April 28th - PA DAY

Upcoming Days of Significance for March:

March 26, 2023: Khordad Sal (FC) (Zoroastrianism)

March 30, 2023: Shri Ramnavami (Hinduism)

March 31, 2023: National Indigenous Languages Day, International Transgender Day of Visibility

School Council Update

Our next Council meeting is this Thursday, March 30th, 2023 at 6:00 pm in our school Library and we would love to see new members join! We meet once a month and there are a variety of roles and tasks that we need support with. Some don’t require much commitment at all. We will also offer a virtual drop-in if you can't meet in person. Cisco WebEx is the platform. If you do not have the use of a computer, a free app can be downloaded to most Smart Phones. To access the meeting, please use this link: at 6pm. For parents needing daycare in order to attend a meeting, please let us know in the office and we will see if we can support you with childcare for the hour.

If you have any questions please get in touch with Mr. Coulter. We hope to see you!

Please consider supporting "March" Breakfast Club at Roger Neilson!

Each day ALL students are offered something to eat in the morning when they come into the school. Not all students choose to take something to eat, but many do. We recognize the importance nutrition has on learning. We would like to thank the "Children's Breakfast Clubs" for their support with our morning nutrition program.

However, running a school wide program comes with a cost. Thank-you to all families who donated so far! This support means a lot! We are hoping that families would consider donating to our program again for the Month of March if your child is accessing it in the mornings. Look for this opportunity on school cash online soon. $5 per month, which is roughly 25 cents a day would really help us out.

Thanks for considering!

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Pop! Pop! Pop! POPCORN!

“It’s not too late to support our Grade 6 fundraising efforts! Our popcorn fundraiser continues for 6 more weeks! Thanks to everyone who has already ordered.” Grade 6 students are selling popcorn to raise money for their year end celebration and to help pay for their trip to Camp Kawartha.

Cost: $5 dollars for 5 bags (= 5 weeks of popcorn)

Flavour: Butter-Salt.

How to Pay: Please go to School Cash Online: School Cash Online KPRDSB

Need to register for School Cash Online? Click here : Register for School Cash Online

When: Orders are due on Mondays. Popcorn is delivered every Thursday.

Thanks so much for supporting our Grade 6 students!

Updates from KPR School Board!

Kindergarten Registration

As we begin to plan for next year, please let your friends and family know they can visit to register for Kindergarten and to learn more about KPR’s awesome Kindergarten classrooms, where children, and their learning, are supported by caring, professional educator teams.
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From the Community:


A reminder to please continue to visit the provincial screening tool for COVID related guidance. To support you with decision making, their is a helpful PDF document below, but also in picture format too below that.

In the event of illness at school, families will be asked to pick up students and keep them home until their symptoms are improving, in accordance with the provincial screening tool. Students who develop symptoms of illness while at school will be distanced from other students as much as possible and asked to wear a mask until they can be picked up. Schools will no longer have separate isolation rooms.

Rapid Antigen Tests will continue to be available at schools and will be provided as needed.

If your child is going to be absent, you can use the "very user-friendly" School Messenger app (a free download), to let us know. You can also call the student absence reporting system at 1-844-434-8119. This number is available 24 hours a day. Complete attendance information can be found at this link:

A Message to Families of Grade 3 Students about Immunizations.

Attention all grade 3 student families. Please see the letter from Peterborough Public Health or click on the pdf version of the letter below to access the embedded link.

A Message From Public Health Peterborough

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As we continue to monitor daily absence trends and work closely with our partners in public health, we are sharing the attached below is communication from Peterborough Public Health, which includes guidance and updates on COVID-19 as well as the transmission of other illnesses in the community.

Thank you,

Wanting to Volunteer at our School or for a Class Trip?

Please click on the PDF below for information on how to get a valid Police Check. Schools need to have police checks for all volunteers. This process can take some time, so please apply for one soon! If you cannot print the process below, please stop by our school office for a hardcopy.

DOGS on School Property

We all love our pets , but we have many little ones who have major fears when it comes to animals and sometimes even the friendliest of animals can be "jumpy". Some parents have shared concerns that even though we have signs posted that say "No Dogs on the school yard", that during pick-up time some people are still bringing dogs onto the yard. We kindly ask that if you bring a dog during pick-up or drop-off that you wait by the gate and have your child come to you or just leave your pets at home. We really appreciate your cooperation with this matter, thank-you!

Our Parking Lot Before and After School

We recognize that our parking lot is a concern. We sometimes do not have enough spots for our staff. The bus company has also asked that we continue to have room for them to safely enter our parking lot. We kindly ask families to not enter our parking lot with your car as it becomes crowed and unsafe for our school buses. We know this is not ideal, especially in inclement weather, but we thank-you for your support with this!

Before and after school can be very busy with picking up and dropping off students with many little ones around. We have also been asked to remind everyone to watch the language we use during this time around our students. Thank-you!

Busing Information

All busing information and issues happens through STSCO. Please use the link below if you have any questions or concerns.

New Bus APP for our School Routes

STSCO has shared information about an APP that can be downloaded to SMART devices to alert families to bus delays and cancellations. Please check out the PDF document below.

Visitor Protocol

Visitors to the school are now allowed. When you arrive please ring the buzzer and follow these steps when entering the building:

· Complete the Daily Screener Tool

· Wear a Mask if instructed or if you choose to wear one



Should you wish to speak with a teacher regarding your child’s progress, an appointment can be made by contacting the office or the teacher directly by email. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation. Your child’s safety and education is our number one priority.

Information about School Cash Online

Communication from Roger Neilson P.S.

Most communication from Roger Neilson and our KPR board office is delivered via text messaging or email. If you have not opted into these services and would like to, please do so. For text messaging, your cell number must be in our system. You can opt into text messages by simply texting the word “yes” to the number 978338. If your phone number or email is not registered in the school system, or you have changed your number, please call the school to update: 705-745-6456.

This Weekly Newsletter will be sent via email every Sunday evening, please check it for weekly updates!

School Bell Times:

8:55am - School Gates Open and students can enter yard

9:10am - Morning Bell - Students Enter School

10:50am - 11:30am - Nutrition Break #1

1:10pm-1:50pm - Nutrition Break #2

3:30pm - Leaving Bell (Gates Open for Parents to Pick Students up on Yard)