CALVIN PARK UPDATE

May 14, 2020

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Dear Calvin Park Families,


We hope that you are staying healthy and well! Our staff continue to work hard to create meaningful learning activities and to respond to student needs. We know that these times are not easy for any of us and that we are all learning together along the way. Our focus continues to be on the well being of everyone in our school community.


Many families have asked about accessing the school to get items from lockers or desks. At this time, we are not able to retrieve personal belongings. Our Board is working in conjunction with KFLA Public Health to determine a safe protocol for this process. We will share any information as we receive it.


Families of our Grade 8 students are also wondering about graduation this year. We are currently in the early stages of planning for graduation with our Board staff and other elementary schools in our Board. We appreciate your patience as we work through this process.


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/



We hope that you enjoy this Victoria Day long weekend and find time to enjoy some spring-like weather. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at calvp@limestone.on.ca or call the school and leave a message (613-542-2796).


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


The Calvin Park Staff

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CALVIN PARK VIRTUAL RESOURCE ROOM

Starting on Tuesday, May 19, students will be able to visit our Calvin Park Virtual Resource Room. Every Monday to Thursday, from 11:30-12:30 there will be a live opportunity to connect with Ms. Amy and other staff members on Google Meet to ask questions, get help with remote learning, see some friendly faces and have some fun! The website also contains lots of resources and wellness ideas! Teachers will provide the link as part of each Google Classroom. Students will need to be signed in with their Limestone email account to access this site.
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GET IN THE SPIRIT!

Every Wednesday is Calvin Park Colours Day! Wear your Calvin Park colours (red and blue) and/or your Calvin Park school clothing. Take a picture and share it with your teacher or tweet it out (be sure to tag our school @CalvinPark_LDSB )! You could be in the next Weekly Update!


If you would like to share what learning at home looks like for you and be included in the Weekly Update, please email your photos to Mrs. Suriyuth (suriyuthe@limestone.on.ca)

ONLINE SAFETY

Students are spending more time on screens than ever before during this period of time. We encourage students to spend part of their day doing non-screen activities such as cooking, reading, playing outside, doing crafts, etc. Teaching students digital safety and citizenship is part of our Ontario health curriculum. The National Online Safety website contains some excellent resources for parents and students. Please click on the button below to access these resources.

THE FOOD SHARING PROJECT

The Food Sharing Project is implementing several strategies to support families. These include providing financial support or food directly to community food agencies (such as the local Food Bank, Salvation Army, etc.) and providing grocery store gift cards and food boxes. If you find that your family needs this support, please contact the school.
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LEARNING AT HOME RESOURCES

Parents' Guide to Google Classroom

Our staff is using Google Classroom to communicate with students, share learning activities, and provide feedback to students. For a quick overview of Google Classroom, please watch the short video below.
Parents Guide to Google Classroom in 2020

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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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.

WELL BEING - STAYING SAFE AND HEALTHY

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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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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


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