April 13, 2020

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Dear Calvin Park Families,

Welcome to a new week! We hope that you enjoyed the weekend and are staying healthy and well. We would like to send a huge thank you to our staff and families as we are underway with our remote learning! Patience, understanding, determination, and lots of problem-solving have all been demonstrated by staff, students, and families as we all moved quickly to support learning at home. Our remote learning environment will continue to evolve as we learn and grow together.

We have received some additional information from the Ministry of Education about what assessment and evaluation will look like for our students in Term 2.

  • For elementary students (Kindergarten to Grade 8), should school closures continue, the marks for Term 2 will be based on student's learning prior to the school closures on March 13. In the weeks ahead, teachers will be providing feedback only, based on students' learning at home.

Our staff have loved reconnecting with our students over the past week and we miss seeing them every day in the halls and classrooms of Calvin Park. Our main concern during this new reality is the well-being and health of your family so we want our approach to remote learning to be very flexible and responsive to our students' needs. We know that all these changes have resulted in a lot of uncertainty and anxiety. We understand that each family situation is unique and that each family will determine what works best for them as we move forward. Our message to our students is that they need to do their best and reach out to their teachers for support when needed. As we encounter new challenges, we will continue to work through them together so please connect with our teachers, Mrs. Pettingill, and/or Mrs. Suriyuth, if you have questions and/or concerns. Ms. Martin, our Office Administrator, now has access to check phone and email messages remotely so you can also contact the school by phone or email.

The Limestone District School Board will continue to share information regularly and we suggest that you check these platforms for the most up-to-date information from our Board.

LDSB Website

LDSB Twitter: @LimestoneDSB

LDSB Facebook

LDSB Instagram

In addition, please follow our Twitter account: @CalvinPark_LDSB

Take care of each other, be kind, and stay well.

The Calvin Park Staff

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IMPORTANT - Login Change for Office 365 and Google Suite

All families can access Office 365 and Google Suite tools using their child's school login with a small change. Students will need to include their full email address for the username (ex. Then they will use their regular password when prompted in order to login.
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Our Board and school use several electronic tools to communicate with families. The tools are part of the SchoolMessenger app which we use to share information by text, phone or email. In order to receive these messages you need to set up a SchoolMessenger account on your computer, tablet and/or by downloading the SchoolMessenger app on your smartphone. Once you register, you can set your preferences for receiving messages. This system uses contact information in our school database that you shared at the beginning of the year. Please inform the school of changes to contact info (phone numbers, email, and/or address) by emailing us at

Learn how to:


For students/families without access to the internet, wifi is accessible adjacent to LDSB schools. Students can log into the wifi outside LDSB schools using their LDSB login information. A reminder that students and families MUST use physical distancing protocols and stay at least 2 metres away from others when using wifi around a school.

Access to Online Reading

Students can continue to read daily (we recommend a minimum of 30 minutes) and can access e-books and audio books through local public libraries and also, by using SORA, an online library that is available to all LDSB students. Some students have downloaded and set up the SORA app on their personal devices already.

Accessing SORA E-Books and Audio Books on an iPad or Personal Device

1. Downloard the SORA app.

2. Click on the SORA app on your iPad screen

3. Click on Find My School

4. Click “My School Isn’t Listed”

5. Type “Eastern Ontario Public Schools” or “Limestone”

6. In the drop down menu, click Limestone District

7. Enter your active directory username and password (LDSB credentials)

Accessing SORA E-Books and Audio Books on a Computer/Chromebook

1. Type in the address bar of your chrome browser

2. Click on Find My School

3. Click “My School Isn’t Listed”

4. Type “Eastern Ontario Public Schools” or “Limestone”

5. In the drop down menu, click Limestone District

6. Enter your active directory username and password (LDSB credentials)

Accessing E-Books and Audio Books through KFPL (Public Library)

KFPL provides many digital resources such as eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming movies, eMagazines and online classes. If you live in Kingston or Frontenac County, you can register for a library card by emailing them directly ( Go to the "Contact Us" tab on their webpage Students in classes who have been visiting the Calvin Park Library this year already have library cards.
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Resources for Talking with Young People about COVID-19

There are many resources to support young people with understanding COVID-19. Remind our young people about social distancing, staying at home, regular hand washing and avoiding touching their faces. Please click on the links below to access resources that you can use to support your children.
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If your family would like to access food support, please contact Mrs. Suriyuth ( The Food Sharing project, which has supported our students through our breakfast, snack and lunch program throughout the year, has offered their help. Please don't hesitate to reach out if we can support you.
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