Parent Peek at the Week

Week of May 3rd, 2021

An Important Message.....

It's hard to believe that we're already into the month of May - and the third week of online learning. There are lots of things that can pull us down right now - but at Kawartha Heights we are resilient and we love to focus on the positive.


And speaking of positive - our Pedal for Hope campaign has been an incredible bright spot this year. So many students and families have gotten involved, and for this we are very thankful. We recognize that times are tough all around and set our fundraising goal to respect that. Well our amazing community has come through in spades - not only have we met our goal of $2,500, but we've more than doubled it! As of noon on Sunday, together we have raised $5,158.40!!!!! We are the second highest fundraising team in the campaign - what an amazing thing and you should all be VERY proud. This week we'll launch our Tribute Video, install our "KH made" lawn signs, celebrate cancer warriors on Wednesday and watch for our team who are cutting their hair or shaving their heads to share before and after pictures on Friday. And of course - given that we've reached our goal, I'll be going to Ms. Tourloukis' farm to kiss a cow. Mr. Davies seems to think that since we doubled our goal, I should kiss two cows - You'll just have to tune into the announcements to find out what happens!


More than ever, thank you for your continued partnership and support. It does not go unnoticed! Please read on for some important information and opportunities listed below.


Stay safe, stay kind, stay hopeful,


Jennifer

Important Dates

Did you know.....that the day of the cycle (days 1 to 5) is always listed beside the date in the calendar below. That way you never have to go searching to find out what "day" it is!


This week is:

  • Children's Mental Health Week
  • Education Week - this year's theme is Stronger Together


This month is:

  • Mental Health Awareness Month


Monday, May 3rd - Day 3

  • Launch of our Pedal for Hope Tribute Video


Tuesday, May 4th - Day 4

  • May the 4th be with you, Star Wars fans!


Wednesday, May 5th - Day 5

  • Warrior Wednesday - celebrating amazing children who have fought and won the battle against cancer


Thursday, May 6th- Day 1


Friday, May 7th - Day 2

  • Final day for Pedal for Hope Campaign (please see below)


Upcoming dates:


Monday, May 10th: Our Pedal for Hope top fundraisers will receive a special surprise at their homes....sometime during the day :)

May 11th - Family Virtual Paint Night

NOTE: Our School Council Meeting has been postponed from May 3rd to June 7th. We look forward to reviewing our year together at this final meeting of the school year.

Pedal for Hope continues.....

Thanks to the hard work from Ms. T, Ms. Hutchinson and the Kawartha Heights School Community, we have had an AWESOME Pedal for Hope campaign so far! AND not only have we reached our goal, but we've greatly surpassed it. WOW!!!!


We have one week left and will continue to bring some much needed fun and spirit to our days.


Here's what you need to know for this week:


1. Monday - we will launch the Kawartha Heights Tribute Video....such great work has been sent in....get your kleenex ready!


2. Tuesday - students who have created a lawn sign on behalf of their class, will drop it off to the school. I will line Kawartha Heights Blvd. and Applewood with the signs - so find some time to drive by and check out their hard work! My apologies to families dropping off signs - according to our original poster the drop off day was Monday. This was changed to Tuesday due to Mrs. Sampson's meeting obligations.


3. Warrior Wednesday - this is a great opportunity to learn about some stories of children who have fought the cancer battle. Here is the link to select a few stories if you'd like to watch at home: https://pedalforhope.ca/warrior-wednesday/


On Warrior Wednesday, we are also challenging students, families and staff to get outside on your bike today in support of Pedal for Hope (how many people can we get out biking today?)!


4. Final event day - today is the wrap up day for our campaign. Students who are cutting their hair or shaving their heads, will be doing so today! If you are cutting or shaving your hair, don't forget to send in before and after photos!


5. On Monday, May 10th - our top fundraising students will be receiving a surprise at their homes......stay tuned to find out more!


Thanks to everyone for your great support of this campaign - it's been a huge success!

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"Flat" Mrs. Sampson

Did I get your attention with that title?!


Some families have been in touch, looking for some extra tasks to do with their children. Our teachers are ensuring that the core learning is happening during the day, but some of you are wanting more. So.....


If you would like a little something extra - this is for you. This task is especially exciting for me - as I'm missing everyone so much. This is a way for me to safely come and visit :) For anyone interested, I will mail you a laminated "flat Mrs. Sampson" - based on the story "Flat Stanley". If you haven't read the book before, take a listen here:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QD5UAbDNLs


In the mail your child will receive a "flat Mrs. Sampson" and instructions for taking me on some adventures at home. Your child will then have the opportunity to take pictures and write about my adventures with you - sending them back to me (by email or photo) so I can share in the fun. I'll respond to any adventures I receive!


If your child is interested in receiving the "flat Mrs. Sampson" task in the mail, please just message me on Edsby or email me at jennifer_sampson@kprdsb.ca.

Daily Online Screening

Just a little reminder to please ensure you complete the COVID screener daily with each of your children. If one of your children does not pass, everyone must stay home. Then follow the instructions on your screen. The screener can be found at: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/. If you would like a paper copy of the screener, please see the attachment below.

Children's Mental Health Week/Mental Health Month

This week marks Children's Mental Health Week, and in Ontario, this is also Mental Health Awareness Month. If we've learned anything over the past year, it's knowing that we can't control what happens around us, but we can choose how we respond. As a family, consider celebrating Meaningful May and focus on the things that matter. See the calendar below for a variety of simple suggestions to make May more meaningful, and focus on positive mental health.
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Big Life Journal

As part of "one more thing" in many of my Parent Peek at the Week newsletters, I've provided resources that come from a company called Big Life Journal. They are a wonderful group of people who work hard to support the bodies and minds of our little ones. They are now offering a free electronic newsletter for parents. If you're interested in receiving the email, please just click on the following link: https://blj.vrlps.co/ZBXjF67/cp. Many of our teachers use these resources with their own kids at home - you can't get a better recommendation than that!

From the Board Office.....

KPR NEWS


Opt-in Portal Closes APRIL 30th


The online portal for families to opt-in to full-time virtual learning for 2021-22 will close at midnight tonight, Friday, April 30. Families interested in online learning for next year should visit https://optin.kprdsb.ca today.


KPR believes in-person learning is best for students; we also know some families wish to continue virtual learning next year. To help ensure resources and staff are in place for September for both modes of learning, we are asking those interested in virtual learning to indicate their initial commitment now.


Families will be able to review their decision and confirm their commitment to online learning in late August/early September, before school begins.


OSSLT Cancelled

As a result of the extended closure period, KPR students will not be writing the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) this school year, as originally planned. Successful completion of the OSSLT is NOT a requirement for students graduating in June 2021, but remains a requirement for all other students. Students who were able to write the OSSLT before April 19, and were successful, will have met this diploma requirement.

Plans to support students in meeting the literacy requirement during the 2021-2022 school year are being developed and will be shared with families as soon as possible.


Free Online Mental Health Workshop

In recognition of Children's Mental Health Week, KPR is offering a free parenting workshop on understanding stress and promoting resiliency in children. The goal of this interactive online presentation is to explore the signs of stress and to encourage healthy coping skills. Details and registration are available at https://bit.ly/3eurFW9


Virtual Skilled Trades Event

Is your family interested in learning more about the variety of skilled trades careers available to students? KPR is participating in Build a Dream Trades Week, May 19 and 20 from 6-8:30 p.m. This free, online event will introduce Grades 9-12 students to careers in the industrial, construction, motive power and service sectors. Students and families also will learn about OYAP (Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program) and pre-apprenticeship options in high school. For information and to register for the virtual event, please visit https://bit.ly/3eI6vnC . You will need to enter the password, TheFutureIsTrades.

One more thing.....

We know how challenging these times are for families. Yet through it all, you've taken the time to reach out to thank us, encourage us and cheer us on. For this, we are truly appreciative. It really does take a community ....and we are so lucky that at Kawartha Heights our community is as wonderful as it is!
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