CALVIN PARK UPDATE

Week of February 8-12, 2021

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THIS WEEK AT CALVIN PARK

Monday, February 8 - Day 4

  • School Council Meeting (virtual) 6:00 pm


Tuesday, February 9 - Day 5


Wednesday, February 10 - Day 1


Thursday, February 11 - Day 2


Friday, February 12 - Day 3

  • Pink, Red and White Day - Wear pink, red and white and celebrate FRIENDSHIP and LOVE!


UPCOMING DATES

February Black History Month

February 14 "Have a Heart Day" and Valentine's Day

February 15 Family Day Holiday (schools are closed)

February 17 Term 1 Report Cards will be sent home

February 19 Deadline for switching between virtual and in-school learning

February 24 Pink Shirt Day "Be Safe, Be Kind, Be You" Wear PINK to show your commitment to take action against all forms of bullying

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VALENTINE'S DAY REMINDER

Based on recommendations from the local Health Unit and the School Board, we are asking families NOT to send in Valentine cards or treats this week. On Friday, students are encouraged to wear red, white and pink to school to celebrate friendship and love. We are planning some additional special activities at school on Friday.
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School Advisory Council Executive for 2020-21:


Co-Chairs:

Claudine Elvidge (claudine_elvidge@hotmail.com)

Krystle Holton ( krystleholton@hotmail.com )

Secretary/Treasurer:

Sarah Phinney


Our next meeting is MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8 at 6:00 p.m. New members are always welcome. The meeting link will be sent out to all Council Members by our Co-Chairs. New members are always welcome so please contact Claudine for the meeting link if you are a new member.

School Advisory Council Fundraising Initiatives

Our Indigo and FlipGive fundraisers will be continuing until June 25th. For more information about these fundraisers, please view the Calvin Park School Advisory Council Update https://www.smore.com/beqxr All fundraising this year will be used to purchase new books for classroom libraries to reflect diverse lives and issues related to equity and inclusion.

Request for Expressions of Interest for Indigenous SAC Representative Position

The Calvin Park School Council wants to reflect our school community and the perspectives and voices of the people within it. To open the door for more diversity on the executive, and around the council table, a position for an Indigenous SAC Representative is available. Please let us know if you are an Indigenous parent/guardian/grandparent of an Indigenous student interested in this position. We’re looking forward to filling this position and continuing our journey to become a more equitable and representative Advisory Council.

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Every day in February on our announcements, we are sharing facts about Kingston's Black history. Click on the link below to find out more!

Please complete the 2021-22 School-Year Calendar Survey

Planning for the 2021-2022 school year has begun and the Limestone District School Board is seeking feedback from families on the proposed 2021-2022 school-year calendar. The calendar is prepared in consultation with the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and Algonquin Lakeshore Catholic District School Board stakeholders, as we share busing.


Families in our district are invited to take a few minutes to provide input via an online survey.
If families would prefer a paper version of the survey, please contact your school and a hard copy will be provided.

The survey is open for responses until Friday, February 12, 2021.

Your input is important to us and we appreciate your time in submitting your comments. For more information, please visit the school year calendar page on the LDSB website which also provides a link to the Ministry of Education website.

New Deadlines for Opting In/Opting Out

Elementary families wishing to move students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 from in-person learning to LDSB Virtual School must contact their current school. Elementary families wishing to move from LDSB Virtual School back to in-person learning must notify the in-person school they would normally attend. Any elementary family looking to change their student’s learning model must do so before 4 p.m., Friday, February 19, 2021. Once schools determine staffing needs, and if space is available, approved changes would take effect during the week of Monday March 8, 2021.


The Board will accommodate moves between models of learning if there is available space in the class/school. While we will try to accommodate all requests, it is important to note that due to class-size limits, students moving from virtual learning to in-person learning may not be accommodated in their home school. Families will be notified of any transfer outside their student’s home school before a change is made. Where space is not available, students may be placed on a wait list. Families who are currently on the wait list will be accommodated first.

IMMUNIZATION UPDATE FROM KFLA PUBLIC HEALTH

KFL&A Public Health will be postponing the enforcement of the Immunization of School Pupils Act for this school year and will not implement suspension actions this spring. Nevertheless, we ask that parents report any required vaccine(s) that a student has already received by the proposed deadline of February 18th, 2021.


Students missing vaccines, can see their regular health care provider as soon as possible and then update their record with KFL&A Public Health.

Students without a health card or doctor can book an appointment to receive free vaccines at KFL&A Public Health clinics. Go to //kflaph.ca/Appointments to book an appointment.

We recognize this may be a stressful time however we encourage families to provide the requested information due to the heightened importance of protecting against vaccine preventable disease outbreaks in our school communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

GRADE 8 - 9 TRANSITION INFORMATION

Our in-school Grade8 students have completed their Grade 9 course selection and registration using the online tool, MyBlueprint Students can log into My Blueprint at home to review courses and explore the other features of My Blueprint, including education and career pathways, creating a cover letter and resume, etc.


More information about the Grade 8 to 9 transition process is available from your child's teacher or on the LDSB Website Grade 8-9 Transitions

Since we are not able to hold in-person events this year, most LDSB secondary schools have produced welcome videos for their incoming Grade 9 students. The videos are all posted on the LDSB YouTube Channel Grade 8 to 9 Transitions Class of 2025 and below:


Bayridge Secondary School

Virtual Grade 8 Visit to BSS

Welcome to BSS Video


Ernestown Secondary School

Grade 8-9 Transitions Video


Frontenac Secondary School

Grade 8 Student Tour Video

Grade 8 Students/Families Live Event (recording)


Kingston Secondary School

Grade 8-9 Transition Presentation


LaSalle Intermediate and Secondary School

Welcome Video

LaSalle Grade 9 Information Video


Loyalist Collegiate and Vocational Institute (LCVI)

LCVI Grade 8 Transition Information


Napanee District Secondary School

Grade 8 Virtual Open House


Sydenham High School

Grade 8 Transition Information



Enrichment Studies at Queen's University for Grade 7-12 Students

Registration is now open for online enrichment courses for Grade 7-12 students through the Enrichment Studies Unit at Queen's University. For more information, please visit their website:

https://esu.queensu.ca/programs/online/

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Government Support for Remote Learning

The Government of Ontario is providing one-time funding for parents to help offset costs during the 2020-2021 school year. Eligible parents or guardians will receive a one-time payment of:

  • $200 for each student up to age 12
  • $250 for each student or youth up to age 21 with special needs
  • NEW $200 for student age 13 to Grade 12 including students who are in secondary school that are over age 18

Applications open on Monday, January 11, 2021. The deadline to apply is February 8, 2021. Learn more by the clicking this link: Support for Learners

PLEASE CONTINUE DAILY COVID-19 SCREENING

Thank you to our students and families for being so conscientious about completing daily screening for Covid-19, for following health and safety protocols at school and in the community, and for continuing to persevere and find joy in learning together every day!
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Pink Shirt Day, organized by the Boys and Girls Club, is February 24 this year. We are encouraging all students to wear PINK on this day to show their commitment to take action against all forms of bullying! The Boys and Girls Club (BGC) of Kingston & Area sell t-shirts to support anti-bullying initiatives at their club BGC Kingston

BUS DELAYS AND CANCELLATIONS

A reminder that when buses are cancelled, families still need to report their child's absence in SafeArrival using one of the methods below. To ensure student safety, automated calls will continue to go out to households when a student absence is not reported.
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RESOURCES TO SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH

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LOOKING FOR MORE INFORMATION?

Please continue to check these Limestone District School Board platforms for the most up-to-date information from our Board.


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

LDSB Twitter: https://twitter.com/LimestoneDSB

LDSB Facebook https://tinyurl.com/wbhjtku

LDSB Instagram https://instagram.com/limestonedsb/


In addition, please follow our:


Calvin Park Twitter account: @CalvinPark_LDSB or https://twitter.com/CalvinPark_LDSB

Calvin Park Website: https://calvinpark.limestone.on.ca/


Calvin Park Public School Office: (613) 542-2796

Mrs. Christine LeClair, Office Administrator


Mrs. Elizabeth Suriyuth, Principal: suriyuthe@limestone.on.ca

Ms. Wilma Pettingill, Vice-Principal: pettingillw@limestone.on.ca

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