Another Great Day!

Elginburg & District Public School * September 14th, 2020

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Great Day!

Today, was our first day back with all of the children. They lined up like pros this morning and kept their social distance at recess. We are so impressed with their depth of understanding about the pandemic and the need to social distance.

Spirits are high and everyone is thrilled to be back in the classroom with their friends and teachers. We were able to do baseline assessments for all students during the staggered entry so we are up and ready to move forward!

Our school enrollment numbers are pretty stable. We are not expecting to expand from 10 to 11 classrooms. However, some of our primary grades are over capacity and might need to be shifted to follow the classroom capacity rule of only 20 students from grades 1 to 3. The LDSB Staffing Committee meets this week and next. We hope to hear if a reorganization is necessary by early next week.

Please join us for an online PARENT/SCHOOL COUNCIL meeting next Monday, September 21st. You can read more about this amazing group of parents in an article below.

Have a wonderful week! Thank you for sharing your children with us!

Martha Duncan, Principal


It's that time of year! Parent Council elections for Executive Positions are coming up very soon! The first Parent Council Meeting of the 2020-21 school year is on Monday, September 21st at 6:00 pm. The meeting will take place online in order to comply with health and safety measures. Parent Council will look very different this year but you still have a voice in the EDPS community!

Please use the link below to submit nominations. Nominations are anonymous and you can nominate yourself or someone else for a position. The person you nominate must be present at the online meeting. Your nomination does not count as a vote; you must be present to vote. Nominations are due by 4:00 on Monday, September 21st.

Below are a description of the responsibilities and duties of each executive position:

CHAIR - chief administrator of Parent Council - creates meeting agendas, liaisons between parents, school, administration and staff. Coordinates and supports volunteers, publishes newsletters, chairs Council meetings, keeps in touch with all coordinators.

VICE CHAIR - Duties of Chair could be split with Vice-Chair if deemed appropriate by Council. Vice Chair chairs any Council meeting that the Chair is unable to attend. The Vice Chair will also take meeting notes in the event that the Secretary is not available. If Co-Chairs are elected than the two parties will share the duties.

TREASURER - duties include handling all council money, produces financial statements/reports and presents these at monthly meetings.

SECRETARY - duties include attendance at Council meetings, recording minutes at monthly meetings and distribution to appropriate parties, maintains records as necessary.

And while we don't vote on the following position, MEMBERS AT LARGE play a very important role. Every parent/guardian is welcome to attend any and all Parent Council Meetings throughout the year!

MEMBERS AT LARGE - along with the executive, Parent Council relies on the parent community to come to meetings and have a say in issues that affect our students. We need parent representation to vote on how our fundraising efforts are allocated and to volunteer at various events and initiatives throughout the school year. Everyone is welcome!

On Monday, September 21st you can click this link to join our meeting! We truly hope to see you. There will be a question and answer session during the meeting for you to ask anything! Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

Daily Active Screening

COVID-19 Daily Active Screening

All students, staff, bus drivers, and visitors to schools must perform a daily self-assessment for symptoms of COVID-19. KFL&A Public Health has provided a simple one-page daily screening tool that families can access on the Board website. Feel free to print and keep a copy in a handy place at home as a reference. It is critical that students do not come to school or go on a school bus if they have any of the COVID-19 symptoms. According to provincial public health direction, if students have any symptoms, they must visit an assessment centre or call their health care provider immediately to determine if a COVID-19 test is required.

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Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day is a day when we honour Indigenous children who were sent away to residential schools in Canada and learn more about the history of those schools. It began in 2013 because of residential school survivor Phyllis Jack Webstad discussing her experience when she arrived at a residential school. Upon arriving at the St. Joseph's Mission, Phyllis had her shiny new orange shirt taken away. Orange Shirt Day has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.

The was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year.

Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools, and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation.

Gillianne Mundell, Limestone DSB Indigenous Consultant

Wear your ORANGE shirt on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th, 2020. Show you care...

Terry Fox Walk

Elginburg and District Public School is proud to take part in this year's 40th Anniversary of Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope. Please help show your support by donating to

Students can even get involved too by creating their own fundraising page under their school name:

Thank you for supporting our school in the fight against cancer and continuing Terry's legacy!

Elginburg will be walking for Terry on Wednesday, September 30th. Many staff members, including Mrs. Duncan, have volunteered to have pies thrown in their faces if the school is able to raise $700! Last year, we surpassed our goal and raised $1000!

Let's keep Terry's spirit alive...

Outdoor Play and Learning Time

Please dress for all kinds of weather as we will be outside for recess and/or learning unless there is extreme weather such as thunder/lightning or frigid temperatures. A raincoat and rain boots will come in handy as we head into fall.

Book Recommendation

Books We Are Reading at School!

The Proudest Blue

by Ibtihaj Muhammad

With her new backpack and light-up shoes, Faizah knows the first day of school is going to be special. It is the start of a brand new year, and best of all, it's her older sister Asiya's first day of hijab- - made of a fabric of beautiful blue, like the ocean waving to the sky.

But not everyone sees hijab as beautiful, and in the face of hurtful, confusing words, Faizah will find new ways to be strong.

Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad brings readers an uplifting, universal story of new experiences, the unbreaking bond between siblings, and of being proud of who you are.

This year at Elginburg, we are putting a huge emphasis on exposing our students to books and lessons that depict the multi-cultural world we live in. We want to fill our classrooms with stories about every religion, race and belief system!

We hope you will enjoy our monthly book selections! This book is available as a read a loud online! Just google it!

Happy Reading!

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Agenda Price Change

We will continue with the Premier School Agenda program for grades 1-7.

The Agenda program provides an opportunity for each child to organize assignments and reminders on a daily basis. It will also assist in facilitating better communication between the school and home.

We are asking that parent/guardians contribute $5.00 per agenda to defray the costs to the school. Upon further investigation, we only need $5.00 per agenda. We will send a refund if you over paid! Sorry for the inconvenience.

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Upcoming Events

September 21 - School Council Meeting, online 6:00 pm

September 30 - Orange Shirt Day

September 30 - Terry Fox Walk

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