Parent Peek at the Week

Week of April 11th, 2022

Important Dates

Monday, April 11th - Day 4

  • Welcome back Mrs. Ross!
  • All day - Break dancing with Jimmy Chapman (schedule below)

Tuesday, April 12th - Day 5

  • All day - Break dancing with Jimmy Chapman (schedule below)
  • 1:40pm - VIP Program for the Grade 6's

Wednesday, April 13th - Day 1

  • All day - International Day of Pink - Please wear your pink to support this great cause!

Thursday, April 14th - Day 2

Friday, April 15th - Day 0

  • Happy Good Friday to those who celebrate!

Upcoming Dates:

  • April 22nd - Second dose Vaccine Clinic at Kawartha Heights
  • May 11th and 12th - Lacrosse
  • May 13th - Picture Day (rescheduled)
  • May 20th - Pedal for Hope

Welcome back Ms. Ross!

Please join me in welcoming Carolyn Ross back to our Kawartha Heights family!

It feels like it's been a long time....but it really hasn't :) I know that so many of the Grade 1/2 students are excited to have her back - as she taught them in Year 1/2 Kindergarten. What a great way to support an easy transition as she joins Room 11 for the rest of this year.

Ms. Ross - we're so thrilled that you are back with us, and hope you have a fantastic first week!

Covid Update

Parents/Guardians -

As you are aware from the numerous letters being sent home, along with the information from Peterborough Public Health last Monday, we are having a very significant number of Covid cases at Kawartha Heights.

I had the pleasure of meeting with Peterborough Public Health and Dr. Thomas Piggott on Thursday and Friday of last week. In those discussions, we looked at ways that we can do our best to minimize transmission and keep all our students and staff as safe as possible.

I expect that I will have another package to send home to you later today or tomorrow from Dr. Piggott and Peterborough Public Health. In the meantime, please be aware of the following safety measures we will be putting back in place for the next two weeks:

- given the high number of cases at our school and the local risk level listed as " high" (the second highest level), all students and staff are strongly encouraged to wear a tight fitting mask when inside, except for eating. In addition, the recommendation on the website is that a mask be worn for all interactions with people from outside your household

- in class, desks are returning to "islands", allowing us to socially distance students again inside as much as possible

- we will be returning to class bathroom break times to limit the amount of cohorting

- where possible, we will be reducing cross-cohorting inside; student remain able to cross-cohort outside, but we encourage them to stay 6 feet apart

- physical education classes will be outside as much as possible.

- ALL classroom windows will be open as much as possible to support ventilation and air flow. If your child gets cold easily, please consider sending a sweater for them to wear.

Our goal for the next two weeks is to do everything we can to keep our community as safe as possible.

Please remember - just because you've had Covid once, does not mean that you can't get it again. This is NOT like chicken pox where you get it and then you're safe - we are susceptible to each slight change in the variant and already have many families who have been infected for the second and even third times.

If your child has ANY symptoms of illness, they won't pass the screener (see below) and need to remain home. Please help us to reduce the number of children who have to go to the isolation room daily by keeping your child home if unwell.

Covid Daily Screener

This is just a reminder that it is critical and expected that you complete the daily Covid screener for each of your children before sending them to school. You no longer need to complete the attestation form, but the screener is still a requirement. If your child(ren) is experiencing ANY signs of illness, the screener will indicate that they are not to come to school. If you test at home and the results are NEGATIVE, but your child(ren) still have symptoms and do not feel well they do NOT attend school. Thank you for doing your part to keep us all safe!!!

For your reference, the screener can be found at:

Jimmy Chapman Break Dancing

Well - let's try again! It feels like we've been plagued by issues when it comes to our visits with Jimmy. Fingers crossed that we have sun this week (it appears that this will be the case!). A huge thank you to our School Council for supporting this great initiative!

Due to the current situation at our school, Peterborough Public Health has directed that we will be dancing outside, not in the gym for these sessions.

Are you wondering when you're child will be breakdancing? Please see the tentative schedule below. A few classes have already had their 2 visits earlier this year, which is why you may not see your child's class on the schedule (and other classes are going both days).

Out on the School Yard

Good news - we do NOT need to cohort on the school yard. However we will be having a chat with each class about the importance of social distancing.....

Our yard bins filled with balls, skipping ropes and frisbees were introduced once again last week. We are working with students to support us in getting all the equipment back to the bins at the end of each recess so we don't lose any of the newly purchased equipment.

Beginning tomorrow (Monday) the equipment such as climbers and swings will be re-opened. Students have been waiting a long time for this to happen so we know they will be very excited!

School Council

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances our School Council meeting was cancelled last week.

We have rescheduled our meeting for Monday, May 2nd at 6:30pm. We hope you can join us then!

Snapchat Scam

The Peterborough Police has asked that we share the following information with all staff and families:

Peterborough Police want the public to be aware of a scam around the social media app, Snapchat.

On Friday, April 1, 2022, officers received two reports where young people under the age of 15 were asked to send nude photos of themselves, once photos were received the person then asked for money or for gift cards, threatening the sender to distribute the photos if they didn’t.

Anyone with information or if they have experienced such a scam is asked to call Peterborough Police at 705-876-1122 x555 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at

Also report any incidents to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. The Centre also has tips on how you can protect yourselves and loved ones including being careful who you share images with and remembering that if you don’t know the person in real life to be extra cautious and to not enter into a conversation.

From the KPR Board Office

Dear Parents and Guardians,

April showers bring May flowers! Spring is a wonderful time to reflect, and practice mindfulness and gratitude. When we are faced with stress, challenges and feeling overwhelmed, it can be helpful to remember the cyclical nature of both the seasons and many aspects of our own lives. I know you join me in looking forward to sunnier days ahead for us all. We’re also looking forward to some important dates coming up in the next week:

  • KPR schools are participating in the International Day of Pink on April 13. We wear pink to raise awareness and put a stop to bullying, discrimination, homophobia, transphobia, and transmisogyny in our schools and communities.
  • There are several significant religious days coming up later next week - best wishes to everyone who will be observing Vaisakhi, Good Friday, Easter and the Eve of Pesah. The Equity Diversity and Inclusion Calendar includes information about these and other days of significance.

As a reminder, tomorrow is a PA Day for all students. KPR staff will spend the day learning about topics such as supporting student success, school goal setting, anti-sex trafficking support, Mental Health First Aid, as well as specific topics for each employee group.

Finally, I would like to give a shout-out to Courtice Intermediate School Teacher, Kaela Stewart, and the School Leadership Team who organized a fundraiser in support of World Down Syndrome Day. Staff and students brought in Toonie donations, which totaled $174.00 and on Friday, April 1st, staff and students rocked their funky socks to demonstrate support for diversity and people living with Down Syndrome. Way to go everyone!

Stay safe and well,

Rita Russo
Director of Education


COVID-19 Updates

There has been an increase in the number of COVID cases locally and provincially, and increased student and staff absences in some schools. We continue to monitor these situations and work with public health partners when absence rates rise over 30 per cent. In these cases, local public health partners may provide recommendations to specific school communities, to help stop the spread of illness.

Schools also continue to provide notifications about possible exposure with affected families, when we are informed of these situations. We thank students, staff and families for staying home when they are ill, and completing the provincial screening tool daily. We know that masks do help reduce the risk of spreading illness, and masking is still strongly encouraged by our public health unit partners, particularly for those who are at higher risk of serious illness.

Virtual Cooking Class – April 21

KPR families are invited to join us from your kitchen as we prepare a fabulous meal under the guidance of Indigenous Chef Charles Catchpole on Thursday, April 21, 2022 from 5:00 - 6:30 pm.

The event is being hosted as part of our Second Annual Virtual Environmental Symposium that will run on April 21 and 22, 2022, in celebration of the land. This year's theme continues to be 'Inspiring Hope' as we consider our connection to the environment and the land in which we live. Once you register, you will receive the menu and a grocery list.

Please register online by April 13, 2022

Virtual High School Registration for Quad 4

The opportunity to transition between Virtual High School and in-person learning for Quadmester Four is available to students until April 22, 2022. Students and families should contact their home school if they would like to request a transfer.

One more thing....

Did you know that April is Autism Awareness Month?! And for our students with this diagnosis, what a super power they have.
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