Major Family Update

École Kingston East Elementary School - October 8th 2021

Big picture

Dear Families:

Our staff is so grateful for the beautiful October days we have had this week and for the privilege of teaching our students in person again. We hope that all of our families enjoy a happy and restful Thanksgiving weekend!

Calendar Notes

October is Islamic History Month and Hispanic Heritage Month

Monday, October 11th-Thanksgiving Day

  • No Classes

Tuesday, October 12th - Day 4:

  • Terry Tuesday: Wear your Terry Fox T-Shirt or Wear Majors Red!
  • Running Club Grade 3/4 8:15 am

Wednesday, October 13th-Day 5

  • Fruition Kindergarten Presentations

Thursday, October 14th-Day 1

  • Terry Fox Run/Walk
  • Fruition Kindergarten Presentations cont'd

Friday, October 15th-Day 2

  • Red Friday!
  • Terry Fox Run/Walk rain date

Looking Ahead:

October 19th: Virtual SAC meeting at 6:30 -Renaming Process Info from Superintendent McDonnell and Director Burra

October 29th-Black & Orange Spirit Day

November 1st -PA Day

Staffing Updates

This week we welcomed Mrs. Angelo to our school. She will be teaching our English grade 2/3 class. As well, we are saying farewell to Mrs. Leah Parkes who teaches English to Immersion. Mrs. Parkes is off to Fairfield Elementary School to teach kindergarten. We are continuing the staffing process to fill the remaining vacancies on staff.
Majors Spirit Clothing E-Store Link

Please follow this link to browse the EKEES school clothing selections for students, staff & parents.

Big picture
Big picture

Park & Stride Kingston East

Please see the information below if you drive your children to school and are looking for ways to stay active!
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture

KEES Terry Fox Campaign

The KEES Terry Fox team has been working to gear up for our school event. We want to make this year big!! Majors are going to, “Try Like Terry!”

Important Info:

  • Class packages were sent home on Tuesday. These include an information sheet, a T-shirt order form and a pledge sheet. There is also a link for online donations! Follow the link below to donate online.
  • All of the money from t-shirt sales go directly to our school fundraising goals!
  • We have some fun incentives!! If we reach $5000, Mrs. Bush will be given an ice bucket. If we reach $6000, Mme. Panet will also be iced!! If we reach $7000, Mrs. Pacheco will be slimed!!
  • Three wonderful teachers have offered to cut their hair should we reach over $5000. Mrs. John, Mrs. Strathy and Mrs. Barton will chop off their hair in support of our school campaign.
  • Classroom teachers are in on the fun too!! The top fundraising class in each division will watch their teachers get a pie in the face!!

Our school online fundraising link is up and running!! Please tweet and share, share, share!!

Terry Tuesdays! Please wear your Terry Fox shirts you might have or wear red.

Our Terry Fox Run/Walk will take place on October 14th.

SAC Communications Survey

EKEES SAC is looking for your input regarding communications. Please follow the survey link below to share your ideas and feedback.

Allergy Alert

A reminder that we are an allergy aware school. We have many students with peanut/tree nut allergies that have life threatening reactions. Thank you for not sending any peanut or tree nut products in your child's lunch. In addition, we have some other class specific allergies in some of our classes. This information will be shared where applicable. Please refrain from sending homemade treats for the class. On special occasions when you may wish to send treats for the class, these must be pre-packaged and allergen safe. Teachers will communicate protocols for their class.

Lastly, we also have several staff and students with scent allergies and sensitivities. Thank-you for not sending any heavily scented hand sanitizers to school with your child.

A Message from EKEES School Advisory Council Elections

Ecole Kingston East Elementary School Advisory Council held our first meeting of the year and conduct elections for School Advisory Council positions on Tuesday September 28, 2021 at 6 p.m. We still have some vacancies, including chair/co-chair positions.

Who qualifies to hold an elected position? Any parent or guardian of students enrolled in the school. A member of a board cannot be a member of a school council established by the board (O. Reg. 612/00, s. 3 (6)).

Information about the roles of SAC positions is listed below as well as a ballot form that can be downloaded.

Please request and complete a nomination or self-nomination form to express your interest. Return to If you have any questions, please contact outgoing SAC Chair Shayla Bradley at

EKEES School Advisory Council 2021-22

Thank-you to our parents for volunteering your time to fill a position on this year's SAC. It's not too late to help out if you are interested in a position or committee role!

Chair/Co-Chairs: vacant

Vice Chair: vacant

Treasurer: Allison Brehm

Secretary: Laura van Staalduinen

Volunteer Coordinator: vacant

Fundraising Coordinator: Emily Edwards

Communications Coordinator: Sonj Taylor

Indigenous Family Representative

  • Indigenous parent/guardian/grandparent of an Indigenous student), ideally bringing Indigenous perspective and voice to the SAC

Division representatives (up to 2 each for Kindergarten, Primary, Junior)

Kindergarten: Erin Caudie and Melissa Grant

Primary: Kayley Miller

Junior: Tammy Hardy

PIC rep: Christine Innocente

Check out the updated Covid 19 school screener.

How do I get the School Messenger App?

If you are new to our school, please take the time to download the School Messenger App to stay connected and report student absences. If you wish to receive our weekly family updates, please follow the instructions for selecting email as one of your preferences.
Big picture

Office Hours

Our main office administrators, Kim Merkley and Aimee Hodder will be happy to assist parents and families. If you have any questions, or need to speak to a staff member, please send us an email or call or (613-650-5478) between 8:30 am-4:00 pm.

School Hours

Our school day schedule is as follows for primary and junior classes:

9:15-11:15 - 120 mins

11:15--11:55 - recess/nutrition

11:55 -1:35 - 100 mins

1:35-2:15 - recess/nutrition

2:15-3:35 - 80 mins

Clothes for Kids

We are working with the Clothes for Kids Campaign to offer snowsuits to students/families in need. Please contact Laura King at 613-650-5478 ext. 409 if you would like to order a snowsuit for your child. Orders must be received by October 25, 2021.