CALVIN PARK UPDATE

April 5, 2020

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Dear Calvin Park Families,


As we heard last week from the Premier of Ontario, school closures have been extended until at least May 4th.To prepare for the next phase of remote learning, our staff have spent the past week reaching out to all families by email or telephone to ask about your child's access to technology and the internet. If you have not been contacted by your child's teacher, please ask your child to log in to Google classroom to look for messages from their teachers or email the teacher directly. Please contact Mrs. Suriyuth by email ( suriyuthe@limestone.on.ca) if you haven't been contacted by a staff member by the end of the day on Monday, April 6. We are making plans to provide Chromebooks this week to our students who need them and we will be communicating more about that once we have contacted all of our families.


These are unprecedented times and our staff is working together to develop plans to support your child's learning at home. Based on the guidelines from the Ministry of Education, it is suggested that Grade 7 and 8 students complete a minimum of 10 hours of learning each week with a focus on Literacy, Math, Science and Social Studies. These hours refer to the approximate amount of time that students will spend on learning activities assigned by teachers. This type of learning will look different - there is no expectation that a "normal" school day will be replicated at home. Our classes have all been using Google Classroom throughout the year so we will be continuing to communicate with students and families using that platform for remote learning. Please ask your child to log in to their Classroom and show you around. This week, staff will be sharing details about the routines and organization that they will be using with their students for remote learning and also providing some initial learning activities. Thank you for your patience as we work through this new reality.


We understand that each family situation is unique and that each family will determine what works best for them as we move forward. Throughout these times, what we care about most is the safety and wellbeing of each of our students and families. It is our hope that the learning activities that we provide over the coming weeks will help your family to establish some sense of routine during these stressful times.


The Limestone District School Board will continue to share information regularly and we suggest that you check these platforms for the most up-to-date information from our Board.


LDSB Website https://www.limestone.on.ca/


LDSB Twitter: @LimestoneDSB


LDSB Facebook https://tinyurl.com/wbhjtku


LDSB Instagram https://instagram.com/limestonedsb?igshid=1epyma6c0g5qd


In addition, please follow our Twitter account: @CalvinPark_LDSB


We really miss seeing our students everyday! We hope that our students and families are staying healthy by following the Health Unit recommendations for physical distancing, hand washing and staying at home. We also want to send a huge thank you to the front line workers - we are inspired by and so grateful for your courage and committment during these times.


Take care of each other, be kind, and stay well,


The Calvin Park Staff

A Message from the Director of Education, Debra Rantz (April 2)

LDSB Director of Education Message April 2, 2020
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Thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding as we work together to ensure the safety and well-being of our school communities. Please click on the button below to go to the LDSB website to find out more about school closures.

IMPORTANT - Login Change for Office 365 and Google Suite

All families can access Office 365 and Google Suite tools using their child's school login with a small change. Students will need to include their full email address for the username (ex. username@limestone.on.ca). Then they will use their regular password when prompted in order to login.
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LEARNING AT HOME RESOURCES

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COMMUNICATION TOOLS

Our Board and school use several electronic tools to communicate with families. The tools are part of the SchoolMessenger app which we use to share information by text, phone or email. In order to receive these messages you need to set up a SchoolMessenger account on your computer, tablet and/or by downloading the SchoolMessenger app on your smartphone. Once you register, you can set your preferences for receiving messages. This system uses contact information in our school database that you shared at the beginning of the year. Please inform the school of changes to contact info (phone numbers, email, and/or address) by emailing us at calvp@limestone.on.ca


Learn how to:



ACCESS TO WIFI

For students/families without access to the internet, wifi is accessible adjacent to LDSB schools. Students can log into the wifi outside LDSB schools using their LDSB login information. A reminder that students and families MUST use physical distancing protocols and stay at least 2 metres away from others when using wifi around a school.

Access to Online Reading

Students can continue to read daily (we recommend a minimum of 30 minutes) and can access e-books and audio books through local public libraries and also, by using SORA, an online library that is available to all LDSB students. Some students have downloaded and set up the SORA app on their personal devices already.

Accessing SORA E-Books and Audio Books on an iPad or Personal Device

1. Downloard the SORA app.

2. Click on the SORA app on your iPad screen

3. Click on Find My School

4. Click “My School Isn’t Listed”

5. Type “Eastern Ontario Public Schools” or “Limestone”

6. In the drop down menu, click Limestone District

7. Enter your active directory username and password (LDSB credentials)

Accessing SORA E-Books and Audio Books on a Computer/Chromebook

1. Type soraapp.com in the address bar of your chrome browser

2. Click on Find My School

3. Click “My School Isn’t Listed”

4. Type “Eastern Ontario Public Schools” or “Limestone”

5. In the drop down menu, click Limestone District

6. Enter your active directory username and password (LDSB credentials)

Accessing E-Books and Audio Books through KFPL (Public Library)

KFPL provides many digital resources such as eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming movies, eMagazines and online classes. If you live in Kingston or Frontenac County, you can register for a library card by emailing them directly ( Go to the "Contact Us" tab on their webpage www.kfpl.ca). Students in classes who have been visiting the Calvin Park Library this year already have library cards.
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WELL BEING - STAYING SAFE AND HEALTHY

Resources for Talking with Young People about COVID-19

There are many resources to support young people with understanding COVID-19. Remind our young people about social distancing, staying at home, regular hand washing and avoiding touching their faces. Please click on the links below to access resources that you can use to support your children.
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FOOD SHARING PROJECT

If your family would like to access food support, please contact Mrs. Suriyuth (suriyuthe@limestone.on.ca). The Food Sharing project, which has supported our students through our breakfast, snack and lunch program throughout the year, has offered their help. Please don't hesitate to reach out if we can support you.
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ADDITIONAL SCHOOL NEWS AND REMINDERS

Grade 8-9 Transition Information

At this time, the majority of our Grade 8 students have registered their course selections for Grade 9 using the MY BLUEPRINT tool. Students and Parents/Guardians can review this information by logging in to MY BLUEPRINT at home. More information can be found on the LDSB website by clicking the link below.
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