Walnut Grove PS

April 2020 Newsletter

Walnut Grove PS

Principal: P. Lone

Vice Principals: S. Rofaiel, S. Stephen

Superintedant: Patrika Daws

Trustee: Carrie Andrews

About us

Walnut Grove’s Daily Schedule

Entry Bell 9:15

Period 1 9:15 - 9:55

Period 2 9:55 - 10:35

Period 3 10:35 - 11:15

Nutrition Break A 11:15 - 11:35

Nutrition Break B 11:35 - 11:55

Period 4 11:55 - 12:35

Period 5 12:35 - 1:15

D.P.A. 1:15 - 1:35

Nutrition Break C 1:35 - 1:55

Nutrition Break D 1:55 - 2:15

Period 6 2:15 - 2:55

Period 7 2:55 - 3:35

Dismissal 3:35

Principal's Message

Dear Walnut Grove Families,


Where do I begin? This has been a most challenging time for people throughout the world. COVID 19 has had a tremendous impact on each of us, for different reasons. While we all focus on our own families and loved ones, and do what we can to help others, I can't help but think of our Walnut Grove family, and I do, everyday. I wonder how all of our families are doing...I wonder if our students are safe and well... These are the most important things - that each of us stays safe and stays well, and that there is someone to call to reach out for help if you need it.


As you already know, schools across the province will not re-open until at least May 4th. Distance learning will begin the week of April 6th, and our teachers have been very busy planning instructions and lessons for our students. I am so pleased that Walnut Grove staff and students are well prepared for this type of learning. Over the past several years, our classrooms have been using digital platforms for learning and communication. Each classroom will continue to use the class sites that they currently use (e.g., Google Classroom, Class Dojo, See Saw etc.). Please reach out to your child's teacher if you have any questions or need further instructions on how to access the site (or ask your child - they are experts!)

I would also like to refer you to the "Community of Care: PDSB Learning and Support Plan," which is on the COVID 19 Landing Page of the PDSB website. This information will be very useful throughout the month of April.


A Commmunity of Care - Peel District School Board Learning and Support Plan


COVID 19 Landing Page

http://www.peelschools.org/parents/student-health/coronavirus/Pages/default.aspx


There are many different Holy Days that will be celebrated by our families during the month of April. We wish all of our families joyful celebrations of their faith. May these celebrations of faith bring you peace, comfort and strength during these very challenging times.

Stay safe and stay well, and I look forward to seeing each and every one of our students, hopefully, very soon.

Take good care everyone!

Mental Health and Well-Being Resources

In these difficult times, the PDSB has compiled a wealth of resources and supports on the COVID 19 landing page. We have listed them below:


Student resources

  • Children and teens can reach out to counsellors at Kids Help Phone who are available 24/7 via phone, text or online chat. Kidshelpphone.ca also has a number of online resources you can access. You can access their services by calling 1-800-668-6868 or by texting CONNECT to 686868.
  • Pee​l Children's Centre's 24/7 Crisis Response is available to children and youth (0 to 18 years) by calling 416-410-8615.​
  • School Mental Health Ontario - How to support student mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic​​
  • WhereToStart.ca is the access point for free and confidential mental health services for children, youth and families who live in Peel Region. When you call us, we will listen to your concerns and help connect you with the most appropriate mental health program or service for you.
  • COVID Mental Health Resources to Access While at Home from Peel CAS
  • Reaching out resource
  • Self-care tips​




Parent/guardian resources​

Vice Principal Changes

As you know, we have had to say good-bye to our treasured Vice Principal, Mrs. Tulloch-Harvey. She has been reassigned to a full time Vice Principal position at Red Willow. The staff and students, as well as, Mrs. Rofaiel and myself will truly miss Mrs. Tulloch-Harvey's presence in our school. Her warmth, care and compassion for students was exceptional, and her support for teachers, incredible. The work that she lead and supported around Equity and Inclusion helped us all develop a deeper awareness and understanding of where we are and where we need to be, of biases and privilege, and of respect for all. She challenged us all to be better.


We have the privilege of welcoming Ms. Samantha Stephen to Walnut Grove as our newest 0.5 Vice Principal. She also comes to us with a very strong background in work around Equity and Inclusion, and is very excited to begin work with our staff, students and Administrative team. We look forward to getting to know Ms. Stephen as soon as school begins again in May,

School Council

Our next School Council Meeting will be scheduled when schools re-open.

Character at Walnut Grove

This month the Character focus is Responsibility. Our Equity focus is the Local and Global Community. Responsibility means being accountable for and reliable in your actions and commitments.


You show RESPONSIBILITY when you:


· Set goals, stay focused and stick with the task until completed.

· Do your share of the work.

· Recognize and learn from your mistakes.

· Follow through with your commitments.

· Demonstrate initiative and perseverance in overcoming difficulties.


Things to consider when thinking about the Local and Global Community:


What makes us good citizens? How can the concepts we’ve been learning about make us more active, responsible citizens of the world, both toward other people and toward the Earth itself? This theme coincides nicely with Earth Day. How do different people and cultures show good citizenship toward the Earth? What lessons can be learned from these cultures and communities?


Our Grandfather Teaching for April is WISDOM. Take a moment to discuss with your family members what is meant by WISDOM, and how do we acquire it.

March Character Trait Winners at Walnut Grove

We will publish names of our March Character Trait winners in our next issue.

Online Clubs up and running at Walnut Grove

Staff at Walnut Grove have been working hard to provide every opportunity for our students to be engaged even through distance learning. Below are the site that have already been launched, and soon more will follow:


Eco Club Google Classroom

https://classroom.google.com/c/NDY1NjE3MzE2NzFa


Virtual Walnut Grove Library and Learning Commons

https://sites.google.com/pdsb.net/walnut-grove-from-home/home


Coming soon....

Walnut Grove newspaper... stay tuned!

Autism Awareness at Walnut Grove - April CHALLENGE

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurological disorder that affects the way a persons brain and body works. Autism awareness day is an internationally recognized day created to help raise acceptance for individuals living with autism. The international symbol representing Autism is the puzzle piece. This symbol reflects the mystery and complexity of Autism. Last year, to show our support, each class created their own individual puzzle piece to represent autism. These creative pieces were displayed in the front hallways of our school. Because we are not at school this month doesn't mean we can't learn about and show our support for Autism. Puzzle pieces can be created online and submitted to classroom teachers, and we can build a virtual puzzle to display online. Stay tuned for more details....

April 8 is International Day of Pink

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April - Earth Month

Earth Month encompasses the international celebration of Earth Day on April 22, 2020. This is the most celebrated environmental event worldwide. Initiated in 1970, this event has been considered the birth of the environmental movement.

Each year, more than 6 million Canadians join 500 million people in over 180 countries in staging events and projects to address local environmental issues. In Canada, Earth Day has grown into Earth Week and even Earth Month to accommodate the profusion of events and projects. Here are some ways that you can celebrate earth week with your family:

  • create a backyard or schoolyard habitat
  • plant a garden or tree
  • start a recycling program at home
  • organize a carpooling campaign in your neighbourhood to reduce air pollution
  • pick up trash in your neighbourhood
  • read a book about an endangered species
  • make a visit to your local zoo, aquarium or museum
  • visit a local park, wildlife area or farm to provide a fun opportunity to learn about the environment and life

Our school ECO TEAM now has a Google Classroom - check it out!!

Using social media safely

With the growing number of social media sites, it is no surprise that social media is the most common form of communication for children and teenagers. Posts, status updates, comments, instant messages, video uploads, tweets and texts have become a regular part of their lives. While there are many positive benefits to using social media, including staying connected with friends and expressing your interests, students must be cautious in their use of these networks.

Among the most popular social media platforms used are Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, YouTube and Whatsapp Messenger. Many of these platforms are free and are available on smartphones and other electronic devices. These platforms are easy to navigate and often allow information to be shared instantly, not only with friends, but with strangers. On social media, it is important to remember that the world is watching.

Here are some tips, provided by the Canadian Safe School Network and GetSafeOnline.org, to keep your children safe and help them make smart choices when using social media:

  • Set some boundaries for your child before they get their first ‘connected device’ (mobile, tablet, laptop or games console). Once they have it, it can be more difficult to change the way they use it or the settings.

  • Have a conversation about what is appropriate online behaviour and what actions could have huge repercussions that could damage their reputation and be harmful to others.

  • Talk to your child about the kind of websites they look at. Encourage them to speak to you if they come across something they find worrying or upsetting on websites, games or social media.

  • Discuss with your child what is safe and appropriate to post and share online. Written comments, photos and videos all form part of their ‘digital footprint’ and could be seen by anyone and available on the internet forever, even if it is subsequently deleted.

  • Explain to your child that being online doesn’t give them anonymity or protection, and that they shouldn’t do anything online that they wouldn’t do face-to-face. Users should only accept people they know in order to protect themselves from spammers, strangers and others who may be using social networking sites to commit crimes.

  • Unlike when they’re meeting someone face-to-face, children don’t always know who they’re actually ‘talking’ to online, even if they think they do. Tell your children they must never email, chat, or text with strangers, and it’s never okay to meet a stranger in the real world.

  • Ensure your children set their privacy settings appropriately. Take the time to learn how privacy settings work on your children’s favourite sites, and teach them how to control their privacy.

  • Tell your children never to share personal and private information with anyone online. This includes, but is not limited to, his or her full name, age, birth date, address, phone number, social insurance number, credit card information and parents’ full names.

  • Limit the amount of time that your children spend on social media platforms and talk about the importance of healthy and appropriate use of technology.

Keeping children safe in and around storm sewers, waterways

Rising and fast moving water in lakes, ponds and creeks is increasingly likely during spring. Children playing in and around storm sewers and watercourses, entering storm sewers through the outfalls, and entering storm sewers through access covers is dangerous. The following information will help keep children safe:

  • water flows in storm sewers and watercourses are unpredictable and may change quickly

  • toxic gases may be present in and around storm sewers and watercourses

  • access is restricted, making rescue attempts are difficult

  • tragic falls could take place

    Please review this information with your children and let them know how dangerous storms sewers and waterways are.