Weekly Update - November 27, 2020
Dear Selby Families,
Our public health nurse visited us this week. We reviewed our Covid safety procedures and received feedback to ensure we are as safe as possible as we head into the winter months.
This week we recognized Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week. We used our daily annoucements and classroom activities to continue to promote awareness. Working together to create a safe, welcoming space for all of our students is part of our ongoing work for this year.
Our students and staff have been doing an amazing job following all of the COVID safety protocols. However, we do want to ensure that we are fully prepared in the event that there is a need to pivot to remote learning at any point. Teachers have all created their online classrooms already, and many of them are being actively used for homework, assignments and communication with families. We have asked all teachers to provide us with a list this week of any families who would require the use of a school device if remote learning were to occur. Please ensure that if you would require the use of school technology for remote learning that you let your child's teacher know this week.
Today you are receiving your child's progress report. These reports will let you know about your child's learning skills and general progress in their learning. Please contact your child's teacher if you have questions or concerns. Parents and guardians with children in grades K-3 are also receiving a letter about the LDSB census.
As always, please do not hesitate to contact me or your child's teacher if you have any questions or concerns.
K. Witley, Principal and the Selby Staff
Picture Day - Nov. 24
Class photos will not be happening, just individual photos.
After Picture Day, order pictures on mylifetouch.ca using your Portrait ID and Access Code which can be found on your Picture Day order form.
Fundraising for Outdoor Ed. Program
*this info was sent home Nov. 13*
Dear Selby Families,
Today we kick off our online fundraiser!
Our online fundraiser will run from November 13 to November 26. During this time, you can place your order online, pay online, and have your items delivered directly to your house! A catalogue has been provided to each family, but we encourage you to share the online website with family, friends, and neighbours. Before you begin your holiday shopping, you will need to register for our fundraising campaign. Please follow the steps on the next page to register and begin your holiday shopping!
Shop online at www.dfscanada.com
Organization #: 7577
Money raised from online sales will go directly towards purchasing various outdoor equipment, like snowshoes to begin to build out Outdoor Education Program.
As always, the staff and students at Selby Public appreciate your continued support in helping to make our learning grow.
Thank you for your support,
Nov. 23 - Gould Lake Visit for King and McCutcheon
Nov. 23 - Student Census begins
Nov 24 - Picture Day
Nov. 25 and 26 - Knowledge Keeper Judi Montgomery will be visiting classes
Nov. 27 -Wacky Sock and Wild Hair Day
Dec. 2 - Virtual Parent Council @ 6pm
LDSB Student Census
First-ever Student Census coming November 23
Posted on 11/10/2020
School boards across the province are asking students to complete a student census to identify and eliminate discrimination and bias from schools and classrooms. In Limestone, the See Yourself in Limestone Student Census will take place the week of November 23, 2020.
The data collected through the census will help us learn more about Limestone students – their backgrounds, experiences and needs.
“Getting to know our students better will allow us to remove barriers and address gaps to help them succeed,” says Superintendent of Education Michele Babcock. “This identity-based data will help us help students reach their full potential while supporting their learning, emotional, mental and physical needs. Ideally, this work will help us to ensure every student sees themselves in Limestone.”
The census is now available for families to preview on the Board website along with other resources and frequently asked questions. There are three versions of the census: one for Kindergarten to Grade 3 students, which will be completed by families at home, a census for students in Grades 4 to 6 and a census for students in Grades 7 to 12. Students in Grades 4 to 12 will complete the survey during class time.
Staff conducted field tests of the survey with a variety of elementary and secondary grades in October. A few tweaks were made to the process and educator and family resource guides to better support students. The survey will take about 30 to 40 minutes to complete depending on students’ literacy levels. Some students may complete it more quickly while others may take a bit longer.
We also learned that having students complete the survey during class time with the teacher guiding students through the questions was helpful for students. Students will also benefit from exposure to the survey questions and language ahead of doing the survey especially questions around ethnicity, race and culture. Staff have been provided with various resources such as mentor texts to support them in helping students to prepare for the language and concepts of the survey.
Families with students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 will soon receive (via progress report packages) a letter and resource package to help them complete the survey with their student. The survey is confidential and completely voluntary; however, the data will only be as helpful as we have healthy participation rates. A family can request that their student not participate by letting their school administration or classroom teacher know. A student can also refuse to participate.
Once the survey is completed, staff will analyze the data and report high-level findings in the spring of 2021.
“Understanding student identity, lived experience, and ability continue to be important in our efforts to improve student achievement and well-being,” says Superintendent Babcock. “The Limestone District School Board has a strong commitment to improving equity of access and opportunity for all students so every student can see themselves in Limestone.”
Grade 5 & 9 ActivPass
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to Covid-19, the Grade 5 and 9 ActivPass has been postponed until further notice. Visit Kingston Gets Active to find alternate ideas and resources on getting active during this time, both at home and outdoors. The Limestone District School Boards values this unique partnership with the municipality and other community partners to provide students with free access to indoor and outdoor facilities. We look forward to its reinstatement when it is safe to do so.
Parent Council will look very different this year but you still have a voice in the Selby community! Our next virtual meeting will be on December 2 @ 6 pm. Please message Norah Brien for the link to the meeting: firstname.lastname@example.org
Everyone is welcome!
Be Prepared for Bus Cancellations
Tri-Board Student Transportation has indicated there will likely be more bus delays and cancellations this year due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Transportation to and from school is not guaranteed. Families should have a backup plan to transport their student(s) to school, and to arrange child care where required, if their bus is cancelled for any reason and they cannot transport their student to school.
Families should ensure they are signed up to receive direct notifications, either by email, or Tri-Board’s app. Delays and cancellations are also posted to Tri-Board’s Twitter account.