Ecole Maple Family Update

January 23-27

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Maple Majors Weekly News: January 20, 2023
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Dear Families,

Dear Families,

Despite a few bus cancellation days we have enjoyed a busy and productive week at Maple! Many classes enjoyed time outside and classroom programming including learning buddies, creative explorations and coding projects in our maker space, and a continued focus on structured literacy learning. Staff are noticing significant gains in many of our students as they work through updating assessments and capturing strengths and areas for growth for Term 1 Report cards. Report cards will go home with students on Friday, February 17th.

Thursday Jan 19th was EA Appreciation Day. We continue to celebrate our incredible team of Educational Assistants at Maple. This group of dedicated professionals do so much to help students find success in their days at school. We see many special moments in the day when these individuals are connecting with students and providing support that creates a positive impact in our building. Welcome to Kaela Simpson and Neil Carey who begin with us in STEA (Short Term Educational Assistant) positions on Monday. Thank you to our team!

Kindergarten registration for the 2023-24 school year was opened this week in LDSB. See more details in this Family Update and let community members and neighbours know if they have children who are eligible for registration. We are excited to welcome new a current families into our Kindergarten program!

Mme Cooper and Mme Bailey's class welcomed Cheryl from the Kingston Frontenac Public Library who spoke with students about visiting the library and searching the library catalog online. She helped students explore the differences between fiction and non-fiction texts, bringing samples to help students prepare for their animal research projects in Science. Cheryl will visit with students in Mme Adam's class in the next few weeks. Thank you for engaging with students, many are excited to apply for their very own library cards and visit our local libraries.

Book Club has started for students in grades 4-6 with a focus on Forest of Reading books. The Forest of Reading is a nationwide program that helps celebrate Canadian books, publishers, authors and illustrators. More than 270,000 readers participate annually from their school and/or public library. We have used school resources to purchase Forest of Reading collections (Blue Spruce and Silver Birch) to allow students to explore and share ideas about the books nominated for the program this year. Book Club is offered to students during the school day at recess/nutrition breaks. Thank you Ms. Young, Mme Pilutti, Ms. Vollick and Ms. Rainy-Strathy for supporting this initiative and offering a club to inspire the love of reading with our students!

Looking forward to Literacy Week this week, make sure you take a peek below at the events and spirit days planned to celebrate literacy in many ways!

Mrs. Fox, Ms. Stephen, Mme Panet & The Major Team

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What's Happening:

THIS WEEK: See the LITERACY WEEK EVENTS below as well!

Monday, January 23 (Day 5):

  • Literacy Week Begins (see below for each day's activities)!
  • Theatre Club for Grades 5&6 in the gym @11:15-11:55
Tuesday, January 24 (Day 1):
  • Salvary & Trevors - Swim to Survive 10:30-11:30 (Queen’s Pool)

  • Drama Club for Grades 3-4 in the library @ 11:15-11:55
Wednesday, January 25 (Day 2):
  • Pilutti & Mundell - Swim to Survive 10:30-11:30 (Queen’s Pool)
  • Theatre Club for Grades 5&6 in the gym @ 3:35 to 4:45

  • John & Hegarty to Gould Lake Winter Program

Thursday, January 26 (Day 3):
  • Young & Vollick - Swim to Survive 10:30-11:30 (Queen’s Pool)

Friday, January 27 (Day 4):
  • Red Friday - wear red or school spirit wear
  • Family Literacy Day


February 3: PA Day - no school for students

February 17: Term 1 Report Cards go home

February 20: Family Day - no school

February 21: School Advisory Council meeting @ 6:30, all welcome

March 13 - March 17: March Break

April 7: Good Friday

April 10: Easter Monday

May: Grade 3 and 6 EQAO: Wednesday, May 10, to Wednesday, June 14, 2023 - site dates TBD

May 22: Victoria Day

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Maple Literacy Week - Semaine de littératie

Monday, January 23 - lundi, le 23 janvier - DEAR:

  • Drop Everything and Read - Let’s make space and time for reading!

  • Arrête tout, prends un livre et lis !

Tuesday, January 24 - mardi, le 24 janvier - T-shirt Tuesday:

  • Find some clothing (T-shirt, sweater, hat, etc.) that has any letters, numbers or symbols. Keep it appropriate and positive!

  • Trouve un vêtement (chandail, gilet, chapeau, etc.) qui a de l’écriture, des nombres ou des symboles. Assure-toi que c’est approprié et positif.

Wednesday, January 25 - mercredi, le 25 janvier - Words Matter - Bell Let’s Talk Day.

  • Use some speech bubbles to join the conversation about mental health and help create positive change.

  • Prends des bulles de conversation et participe à la discussion sur le support de la santé mentale pour créer un changement positif.

Thursday, January 26 - jeudi, le 26 janvier - Reading Rocks, Wear Some Funky Socks or Favourite Character Dress Up Day:

  • Wear some funky socks or dress up as your favourite book character.

  • Porte des chaussettes amusantes ou habille-toi comme un de tes personnages de livre préférés.

Friday, January 27 - vendredi, le 27 janvier - Family Literacy Day

  • Bring your favourite book or a board game to school

  • Apporte ton livre préféré ou un jeu de société à l'école

BONUS - At home, as a family, complete one or more of these literacy based activities:

  • Play a board game as a family.

  • Read a book together.

  • Write a letter or email to a family member who lives far away.

  • Follow a recipe and cook or bake together.

  • Create a shopping list or meal plan for next week.

  • Compare your favourite book to its movie counterpart. Which one is better? Why?

  • Watch a movie that is also a book.

Remember that literacy possibilities are everywhere. La littératie est partout!

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LDSB Kindergarten Registration

Welcome to Kindergarten at Ecole Maple Elementary School

Welcome to Kindergarten!

This is an exciting time for both you and your student. Kindergarten offers a wonderful new world of learning and growing. We learn how to read, how to write and we make new friends. At [insert school name], we offer both French Immersion and English Kindergarten programs that help children get the best possible start in school. Your student will be challenged and encouraged to do their very best.

We are now accepting new student registrations for this September 2023. If your student is four or five by the end of December, now is the time to register.

The Kindergarten program allows children to develop emotionally, socially and physically: to grow creatively, and to engage in rich oral language opportunities and celebrate their learning. In Kindergarten classrooms, a teacher and an early childhood educator work together as a team. This partnership helps to create a nurturing learning environment; giving every student the opportunity to learn in the way that is best suited to their individual strengths and needs. Our caring team of educators is with them every step of the way!

In Limestone, students can begin French Immersion in Year 1 Kindergarten, Year 2 Kindergarten or Grade 1. The French Immersion program is designed for students who are learning French as an additional language. The program is an inclusive environment for rich language development and designed for students who do not speak French at home. Parents and guardians are not expected to be French speaking themselves. There is nothing extra that you need to do to prepare your student for French Immersion. All students are welcome!

We typically welcome new families to orientation events in May of each year. We will share more about these opportunities soon.

We want everyone to see themselves in Limestone. You can feel confident your student will be cared for in a safe and inclusive environment.

Starting Kindergarten is an exciting time for everyone, and we are ready to welcome your student to a wonderful new world of learning and growing. Thank you for choosing Ecole Maple Elementary School, it a wonderful place and community.

We look forward to meeting you!

Important Updates

School Area Safety Communications from the City of Kingston

Back to school means more students and families on our roads. As a community, we can all do our part to help everyone travel safer.
Start by driving with extra caution near schools, obeying parking restrictions, and consider walking, rolling, or taking the school bus or transit where possible. New this year are increased fines for stopping, even briefly, in designated “No Stopping” and “School Bus Loading Zones” in school areas. Parking regulations are designed with safety in mind and ignoring them is illegal and creates safety hazards for everyone. Learn more how everyone can help keep our students safe at:

The City of Kingston and LDSB will be sharing messages in the coming weeks on social media, as well as additional information on “Winter Walk to School Day” from KFL&A Public Health.

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Kingston Frontentac Public Libraries - Resources for Students!

KFPL has updated membership categories! Youth ages 14 and older may sign up for a library card independently (without caregiver signature). Students attending schools within the boundaries of Kingston and Frontenac County are eligible. KFPL invites secondary schools to contact Cheyenne Stewart, the Teen and New Adult Librarian. Cheyenne can arrange visits to the schools to sign students up for cards. Info for SMOREs/newsletters: Explore a world of books, video games, movies, and more. Teens 14 and older can now get a free Kingston Frontenac Public Library card on their own. Get started with a temporary card online at come into any branch for a full membership. Learn more about getting a library card: What can teens do with a card?

● Borrow books, comics, graphic novels, video games, music, movies and so much more

● Pick out what you want to borrow online, then have it sent to your nearest branch

● Download or stream eBooks and comics, digital magazines, movies and music

● Research and learn with online databases, courses and newspapers

● Reserve computer time in our branches

● Borrow passes to parks and museums in Kingston and Ottawa

● Enjoy activities and events just for teens

Life & Learning @ Ecole Maple ES

School Council Information

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Ecole Maple School Council - School Community Survey

The School Advisory Council (SAC) is a team of parents, community members and school staff volunteers who support and enhance the community and school relationship. The SAC contributes to improving student achievement and well-being and are involved in school fundraising initiatives, enhancing, and supporting school events, hot lunches, parent education, offering support to extra-curricular activities, celebrating the diversity of our community, and much more.

In this survey, we are interested in learning more about your thoughts about the role of SAC and how we can more competently represent the needs of the school community.

School Councils help:

  • empower and support parent involvement and engagement in our schools,
  • represent and seek parent voice in Ministry and school board consultations,
  • increase, facilitate and support communication between parents and the school board,
  • provide opportunities for parents to develop useful skills to support their student, and
  • act as a resource for parents and school councils on parent engagement and involvement.

School Council goals should represent parent feedback, teacher input and school administration priorities.

This survey is to help us understand different aspects of the guardian/school relationship. Your answers will be used in aggregate, and we will not be evaluating individual responses. As such, please be as honest as possible – there are no right or wrong answers!

Our next meeting is February 21st , 2023 in the library at 6:30 - all are welcome!

Childcare will be provided.

Ecole Maple School Council - Parent Community Survey

School Council wants to know what our families feel is important at our school - please share your voice by completing this survey

Opportunities for Parents/Guardians

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Family Information

Home Alone Course - Friday Feb 3rd

Friday, February 3rd is a PA day for the Limestone Board and “Home Alone Safety for Kids!” will be at Next Church Hall, 89 Colborne St in Kingston from 9am-3pm. Boys and girls aged 9-12 will learn about street smarts, stranger danger and tricky people, the importance of rules and routine, safe snacking and activities, fire and internet safety and first aid using games, videos and other fun activities. Both parents and children have provided feedback reporting that their child feels more confident and prepared after this life skills training! $65 includes a take home workbook. Please contact First Aid/CPR instructor Colleen Cameron by texting 613 498 4415 to save a limited spot. Parents will receive a confirmation and reminder message. Payment is due on the day of training.

Colleen Cameron

CC First Aid Training

Canadian Red Cross Training Partner

Since 2008

Call or Text (preferred) 613 498 4415

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Free Tutoring & Learning Resources

UPDATED Links for MS Teams Virtual Tutoring (beginning Jan. 9)

Limestone Tutoring Resources January 9 – March 30

Monday – Thursday 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

As part of the Ministry of Education Tutoring Grant, LDSB is extending an afterschool drop-in Virtual Tutoring Program through the winter months for Limestone students in Grades 1 to 10.

Grade 1 to 6 - Build literacy and/or math skills. 3 tutors per night. (20 min sessions)

Grade 7 to 10 - Math skills and support. 3 tutors per night. (30 min sessions)

Grade 7 to 10 – Homework help. 2 tutors per night. (30 min sessions)

· Student must be logged in to MS Teams using their Limestone account.

· Click on link for age group and subject support. (links below)

· Sessions are on a first-come, first-served model.

· Wait in virtual lobby until tutor invites student into the session.


See below for Guidelines.

1. The student must be logged in to MS Teams using their Limestone account. The student’s camera and microphone should be on so that the student and tutor can communicate effectively.

2. The student should have the materials they need with them (e.g., students should have their homework assignment). The student should try to set up in an area in the home with minimal distractions for the tutoring

3. If a tutor is already working with a student, subsequent students will be placed in the lobby of the meeting and then be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis once the tutoring session for the previous student is completed. Tutoring sessions for Grades 1-6 will be about 20 minutes long and may be extended, if no other students are waiting. For Grades 7-10 sessions will start at 30 minutes and may be extended if no students are waiting.

4. No tutoring on PA Days or Holidays.

In addition, TVO continues to provide curriculum-based, free digital learning resources for all Ontarians this year. This brochure provides an overview of TVO’s Digital Learning Resources (2022). Included in the resources available are:

Mathify Online Math Tutoring for Grades 4-12

  • Free 1:1 online math tutoring support with Ontario Certified Teachers. Available Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays, 3:00 to 9:00 pm. Students/families can sign up, select a tutor and start immediately.

TVO Learn

  • Over 2,100 curriculum-aligned, grade and subject-specific learning activities from Kindergarten to Grade 8 (including for the new Science and Technology curriculum
  • Grade 9 to 12 searchable high school content for over 140 secondary school courses
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Keeping Informed as a Family

LDSB schools and school board use School Messenger to send key messages, alerts, and general communication to families. Winston uses this platform and will continue to use our Ecole Maple Family Update to share school information with families. These newsletters are where we will share school-specific information and highlights of student work and events in the building. This newsletter is sent out via School Messenger and posted on our school Twitter account.

SchoolMessenger App: Download the SchoolMessenger App to stay connected. Use your mobile device to download and install the free SchoolMessenger blue app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store, the SchoolMessenger website portal, or from within the LDSB mobile app. *New families will be able to create their account after the first day of attendance.

The first time you use the app, you must select Sign Up to create your account. Please ensure you use the same email address your student’s school has on file. If you do not use that same email address, you will not be able to create an account.

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Office Hours

Our main office will be open Monday-Friday. If you need any assistance, please call (613-650-5478) between 8:30 am-4:00 pm, or email the school at and we will get back to you!

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

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