Parent Peek at the Week

Week of February 21st, 2022

Important Dates

Monday, February 21st - Day 0

  • Happy Family Day!


Tuesday, February 22nd - Day 2

  • 2-22-22 DAY!!!
  • Report cards and IEPs sent home


Wednesday, February 23rd - Day 3

  • Pink Shirt Day
  • 3:30pm - 6pm: Virtual Paint Night Kit Pick Up


Thursday, February 24th - Day 4

  • All day - Jimmy Chapman Breakdancing outside on the pavement
  • All day - Kawartha Heights Vaccination Clinic


Friday, February 25th - Day 5

  • All day - Jimmy Chapman Breakdancing outside on the pavement
  • Cougar Courage Awards


Upcoming Dates:

  • March 2nd: Virtual Paint Night
  • March 10th : Great Big Crunch
  • March 11th - 20th: March Break

Happy TWO TWO Day!!!!

Tomorrow's the day - it's TWO TWO DAY!!!! Wear your favourite tutus, ties or tennis shoes - or anything else you have that includes the number TWO. Show your school spirit!
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Pink Shirt Day

Wednesday, February 23rd is Pink Shirt Day and the theme this year is "Lift each other up". Although we truly feel Kawartha Heights is a warm and caring place to be, we do still have incidences of bullying that take place. Teachers know their class dynamics best and what their students need to discuss and strategies they can use in their toolkits. Each classroom will be taking some time on this important day to approach anti-bullying however it fits best for their class.

Report Card and IEP update

It's that time of the year again.....Term 1 report cards!!!!


Reports will be sent home electronically on February 22nd by the office. Individual Education Plans (IEP's) for students that have them will be sent home to you by your child's teacher on the same day.


A reminder that all report cards are accessible through Edsby. If you have no way of accessing them, please contact Mrs. E. in the office and we will send you home a paper copy. Please only contact her if you absolutely have no other way to access this information - as is the case over the past 2 years, we have moved to sending all communication electronically rather than by paper whenever possible. Thank you for understanding!

Canopy Support Services Play-based Social Skills Group

Attached below is a flyer to access in-person social skills and emotional regulation support for KPR students in our region through Canopy services. This program starts in April and is intended for children 5-7 years old. Parents can call central navigation or send an email to register their child.


If you feel your child would benefit, please reach out to the contact information listed below.

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Florabunda Fundraising for School Council

Calling all Gardeners!


Your KHPS School Council is excited to announce our new fundraiser, which will run from February 17 to March 7. We’ve partnered with Florabunda Seeds, a local company that offers a wide variety of heirloom and unusual flower, vegetable, and herb seeds. Florabunda Seeds is based in Keene, and their seeds have been planted in gardens around the world! Our fundraiser offers a limited variety of seed collections and mixes, but if you’d like to see their full product list or learn more about Florabunda you can visit their website at www.florabundaseeds.com.


How it works:

· Share the Florabunda Seeds flyer with your family and friends (electronically)

· In addition to the Collections and Mixes in the flyer, we can offer individual packages ($3.50 each) of:

o Four O’Clocks (annual flower)

o Dahlias (annual flower)

o Bush Beans - Green Burpee Stringless (vegetable)

o Cucumber – Marketmore (vegetable)

o Lettuce - Great Lakes (vegetable)

· Keep track of any orders you receive from family and friends. Attached is a form you may choose to use (this is only for you – not to submit to the school)

· Once you have collected all your orders, log into School Cash Online account by March 7 to enter the totals for each item and complete the online payment.


NOTE:

· PLEASE NOTE: Orders will only be accepted through School Cash Online. Paper order forms are for your records only.

· Students are NOT to go door to door. Please only sell to family and friends.

· Any variety no longer available/sold out will be substituted


We expect to have orders ready for distribution the week of March 21st.


In addition to generously offering the school 50% of total sales, Florabunda is offering a prize to our top three sellers!


· The top seller gets a Collection of their choice ($15 value)

· The second highest seller will receive their choice of Special Mixes ($5 value)

· The third-place seller can choose any Regular Package ($3.50 value)


Thank you for supporting our School Council fundraising!

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Virtual Paint Night

Our second annual Virtual Paint Night is coming soon! Our event will be taking place on Wednesday, March 2nd. Thank you to those of you that will be joining us - it really is so much fun! If you forgot to sign up and would like to participate, just let me know as I'll have a few extra kits available.


Kits will be available for pick up on Wednesday, February 23rd. Just an FYI that they will not be sent home with students - parents must come to the school to pick up what they need (or otherwise there will be a huge paint mess in cars and on the bus!). Kit pick up will be from 3:30pm - 6:00pm only.


I can't wait to enjoy this great event together!

From the KPR Board Office

Dear Parents and Guardians,


As we come to the end of another week, I continue to be impressed by the daily acts of kindness and compassion demonstrated by students and staff in our schools. As we receive positive news of restrictions easing provincially and in our schools, including welcoming back school volunteers, I encourage everyone to continue lifting each other up!


I am pleased to share the re-launch of the #WeAreKPR campaign. Each week we will be sharing #WeAreKPR stories that highlight the amazing contributions of our students, staff and volunteers. The series started this week with a spotlight on Special Education Resource Teacher, Cindy Clitherow at Colborne Public School. To read Cindy’s story and future stories, visit our website and look for #WeAreKPR on social media. If you have someone you would like to nominate for this new campaign, drop an email to kpr_info@kprdsb.ca letting us know who they are and why they might be a good candidate to be featured in an upcoming #WeAreKPR story.


Yesterday, the provincial government announced a significant investment in public education, learning recovery, and mental health resources to support student’s academic success and overall well-being. We welcome this information and are working to better understand how these resources will be introduced in the 2022-2023 school year.


On February 23, we invite you to take part in Pink Shirt Day. Pink Shirt Day, or Anti-Bullying Day, is next Wednesday and this year's theme is Lift Each Other Up. By wearing pink on this day, we demonstrate our collective stand against bullying and our shared commitment to inclusion and acceptance.


I also want to draw your attention to an important issue in our communities. Since 2007, February 22 has been proclaimed Human Trafficking Awareness Day to help bring awareness to the magnitude of this issue and encourage Canadians to take steps to combat human trafficking. In response to PPM 166 - Keeping Students Safe: Policy Framework for School Board Anti-Sex Trafficking Protocols, our school district is currently developing an Anti-Sex Trafficking Administrative Regulation and Response Guide. More information about these and accompanying resources will be shared this spring.


If there is immediate danger or if you suspect someone is being trafficked, call 911 or your local police service. If you or someone you know needs support or you want to report a potential case, call the Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-833-900-1010. The hotline is confidential, toll-free and open 24/7.


Wishing everyone a safe and restful Family Day long weekend. Enjoy the time doing whatever brings you joy!


Sincerely,
Rita Russo,
Director of Education


KPR NEWS

Provincial Funding Announcement

Yesterday the provincial government announced a number of significant investments in mental health and learning recovery for students. Minister Stephen Lecce presented Ontario’s Learning Recovery Action Plan – a five-point plan to strengthen learning recovery in reading and math, including tutoring supports, summer programs and mental health resources to bridge learning gaps, support academic success and focus on overall student well-being.

School board administration is reviewing the details related to this announcement and we look forward to implementing programs and resources to support student success.

The full announcement is available here.


Elementary Report Cards

Elementary schools in KPR will be sharing Report Cards (for students in Grades 1- 8) and Communication of Learning Reports (for students in Kindergarten) with families via Edsby. This document shows how to access reports electronically. At this time, reports can only be accessed through laptop/desktops via Edsby. If you access Edsby via a mobile device, please reach out to your child’s school office and request a printed copy of their report. Schools are aware that some of our families will need this option and will be happy to supply a printed copy of this important communication about your child’s learning.


Volunteers In School

Based on updated provincial guidance, and in discussion with local public health partners, we are pleased to be able to begin welcoming volunteers back into KPR buildings.

Volunteers who did not already complete the vaccination attestation process in the fall, must attest using this online form.


After completing the attestation process online, volunteers must print or bring an electronic copy of their vaccination receipt to the school when volunteering. This can be shown at the school office or to your activity contact person at the school during the sign-in process.

As a reminder, all visitors to schools must also complete the provincial COVID-19 school screening tool prior to attending school each day: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/


International Travel

For those planning to travel during March Break, please note that the Government of Canada recently announced changes to the requirements for on-arrival testing, isolation and wait times for returning to schools or child care.


We will provide more information in the coming days, once we receive clarification regarding the impact of these changes on schools.

Hot lunches.....

Just a reminder that on snow days, hot lunches are cancelled. This was advertised when we started the program and is also posted on Twitter and Instagram on the days it is cancelled. When we are missing 100 - 150 students, we can't go ahead and have food delivered for everyone. The waste would be very high and needless. Lunch costs are credited back to accounts and can be used for future lunches.

One more thing....

We know things continue to be challenging, but remember we are a great "Kawartha Heights family" and we're in this together. We've got this!!!
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