Parent Peek at the Week

Week of March 28th, 2022

In case you missed it.....

Important Dates

Monday, March 28th - Day 5

  • Last Block: Outdoor Ed with Neil for Ms. Landry's class


Tuesday, March 29th - Day 1

  • Last day for families to register for online learning for September 2022
  • Pizza Night at Domino's - no need to cook tonight :)


Wednesday, March 30th - Day 2

  • 6:30pm - Virtual Kindergarten Information Night (please see KPR news below for more information)


Thursday, March 31st - Day 3


Friday, April 1st - Day 4

  • Cougar Courage Awards


Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, April 4th - School Council Meeting
  • April 5th - VIP Program begins for Grade 6’s
  • April 8th - PA Day
  • April 11th and 12th - Jimmy Chapman returns for breakdancing
  • April 15th - 18th - Easter break
  • April 22nd - Second dose Vaccine Clinic at Kawartha Heights (see below)
  • May 11th and 12th - Lacrosse
  • May 13th - Picture Day (rescheduled)
  • May 20th - Pedal for Hope

A few questions and reminders about where we're at with Covid protocols....

I know it's hard to remember all the pieces that are new - and what is still in place. There have been some great questions this week, so I thought it would be helpful to put some of the information here for your reference.


Should families still let Mrs. Sampson know if their child tests positive for Covid?

Yes please! We continue to send home exposure letters when we are aware of a positive case. The only way we know of positive cases is if you let us know. All reports are kept strictly confidential.


Have there been any changes to a teacher reporting a child's illness to the office?

The short answer is no :) ANY illness symptoms of any kind must be reported to the office immediately. In most cases, this will result in a trip to the isolation room. Nothing has changed in the protocols with regards to a student feeling ill.


Is the isolation room still in use?

Yes it is. At the first sign of any illness, staff inform the office immediately and the student is taken to the isolation room and go through the Covid protocols (unless it's something not on our Covid list like a sore tooth!).


Can students bring personal items from home?

No. We've had lots of changes and things continue to remain in flux. We don't know if we'll have to revert back to some of our old protocols, so for now we'll stick with the current rule of nothing from home. This includes any equipment for outside recess.


Can we still get RAT's from the office?

You bet! If your child experiences symptoms of Covid, then we can provide you with a box of RAT tests. Unfortunately we do not have enough tests to provide families tests in case they begin to show symptoms.


Do staff monitor mask wearing for students coming back from travel or students who have illness in their home?

No. We trust families will do the right thing and will know that if you have travelled outside of Canada or if you have a Covid ill member of your household, your child must be masked at school.


If you have any other questions, please feel free to send them my way and I'll continue to update in the next Monday Memo if needed!

It's Pizza Time!!!

It's that time again - our spring Pizza fundraiser!


This Tuesday, March 29th, please consider stepping out of the kitchen and supporting our School Council fundraiser. $5 from every order will come back to the school to support activities such as Jimmy Chapman Breakdancing and Lacrosse.


Take the night off from cooking and support our school. We thank you!

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Upcoming Covid Vaccination Clinic

Peterborough City and County Health Unit (PCCHU) will be at the school on Friday, April 22nd to provide second dose immunizations to the students who returned completed consent forms. A student can only be vaccinated at a school-based clinic with a signed parental consent form. Consent forms previously collected covered first and second doses (there are no additional consent forms to send or collect).


Please note that all students receiving vaccinations will be required to wear a mask in the clinic setting. A mask will be provided if the student doesn’t have one.


As a reminder, here are some ideas to help your child on the day of their vaccine appointment:


  • make sure they eat a good breakfast, and bring a lunch
  • be sure they wear a loose sleeved shirt
  • They also have the option to bring something to distract them like music, a book or a game.

From the KPR Board Office

Dear Parents and Guardians,


It’s been wonderful to have students and staff back in our schools this week, filled with energy and enthusiasm. As mandates and restrictions lessen, we appreciate everyone’s ongoing empathy and kindness with each other.


KPR schools and buildings are mask-friendly environments, where we continue to respect everyone’s personal choice about wearing masks. There are still situations where masks are required, as outlined in the school screening tool - such as after international travel, after illness with COVID-19 symptoms, or after close contact with someone with COVID-19 symptoms. We know that masks do reduce the risk of spreading illness, and masking is still encouraged by our public health unit partners, particularly for those who are at higher risk of serious illness.


This week’s #WeAreKPR story features KPR’s two Student Trustees - Maryam Abdella and Ella Voliotis, who share their perspectives as student leaders. Student Trustees are valued members of the Board of Trustees, providing student voice and input on important issues.


  • March 26 celebrates Earth Hour - at 8:30 pm on the last Saturday of March, people in over 190 countries and territories turn off their power to take action on, and raise awareness of, the issues facing our planet. For those who are able to, I encourage you to participate in this environmental activity.
  • March 26 is also Purple Day for Epilepsy, an international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide.
  • March 31 is International Transgender Day of Visibility, dedicated to celebrating Trans people and raising awareness of discrimination faced by Transgender people in Canada, and around the world.
  • March 31 is also National Indigenous Languages Day, an opportunity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada to recognize and celebrate the very rich and diverse heritage of Indigenous languages. Languages are deeply personal and they connect individuals, families and communities across generations, distances and differences.


Canada is committed to supporting those affected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine and has put measures in place to help Canadian citizens and permanent residents return home and to help Ukrainians come to, and stay, in Canada. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced last week the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET) to help Ukrainians and their family members come to Canada as quickly as possible and to provide them with the ability to work and study while in Canada.


Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board is committed to welcoming and supporting families and children entering our district through the CUAET. As temporary residents (either through a visitor visa, work permit or study permit), there are no fees and children can be registered at our schools. At KPR, we warmly welcome all children who arrive at our schools. Please join me in welcoming these new individuals and families to our KPR community.


I would like to close my message this week by highlighting C.R. Gummow PS for being one of the top fundraising schools across Ontario for the Terry Fox Foundation this year (14th highest elementary school). Congratulations to everyone who participated, and a special shoutout to Teacher Laurel Merriam for her work organizing Terry Fox fundraising events at the school!


I hope everyone enjoys their weekend,
Rita


KPR NEWS

Daily Screening

Daily screening is still required and extremely important to help keep schools safe. Please do not come to school when you are ill, and follow all of the other directions outlined in the school screening tool.


Rapid Test Kits

Schools continue to have rapid test kits on hand for students to use when experiencing symptoms of illness. Anyone experiencing symptoms should follow the guidance of the school screening tool.


Virtual Kindergarten Information Session

On March 30th at 6:30 pm, KPR is hosting a free, virtual Kindergarten Information Session to learn more about Kindergarten in the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board. Parents, guardians, caregivers and grandparents are invited to learn valuable tips and tools, including a live Q and A, to support a successful school journey at KPR.


Registration information is available at www.kprschools.ca/kindergarten.

A few more things....

1. Indoor/outdoor shoes: Just a reminder of the importance of sending indoor shoes to school with your child. As the spring arrives the yard can get very wet and muddy. In order to help Mr. Davies keep our school as clean as possible, it's very important that outdoor footwear not enter the classroom. Thank you for your support!


2. Photo Day: A reminder that Photo Day has been changed by Edge Imaging from this Wednesday, March 30th to Friday, May 13th.

One more thing....

As spring begins, just a little reminder that at Kawartha Heights we are all part of the "team" that supports your child/children in their success. If you have any questions, concerns or just want to touch base, we are always here for you. You are not alone!
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