CALVIN PARK UPDATE

April 20, 2020

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Dear Calvin Park Families,


We hope that everyone is staying healthy and well. We have now completed the second week of our remote learning together and we know that everyone is doing their best during these challenging times. Staff and students are continuing to determine the best ways to learn and work from home so we thank you for your patience and continued support as we all adjust to this new reality.


Your physical and emotional wellbeing are most important right now. Please reach out to your child's teacher(s) if you are feeling overwhelmed or if you have questions or concerns. We are here to help our families and to support you! Ms. Martin, our Office Administrator, has been checking phone and email messages daily so you can contact the school by phone or email as well (calvp@limestone.on.ca or 613-542-2796 ). Please visit the links in this newsletter for more resources to support your family's mental health.


We all want to get back to the routines and people that we love but for now, please continue to follow all public health directives - by working together (while we are apart), we can all play an important role in protecting ourselves and our community. Our frontline workers are depending on us!


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: @LimestoneDSB


LDSB Facebook https://tinyurl.com/wbhjtku


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


In addition, please follow our Twitter account: @CalvinPark_LDSB



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


The Calvin Park Staff

GET IN THE SPIRIT!

We are planning some fun activities that we can all do together to keep us connected while we are apart! Starting this week, every Wednesday is Calvin Park Colours Day! On Wednesday, wear your Calvin Park colours (red and blue) and/or your Calvin Park clothing. Take a picture and share it with your teacher! 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)

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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

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 email Mrs. Suriyuth directly (suriyuthe@limestone.on.ca).

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

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

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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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