Roger Neilson P.S. Review

Family Edition - Sept. 26-30, 2022

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Dear Parents/Guardians,


I hope you all had a restful weekend and had a chance to recharge. We are looking forward to another busy week at Roger Neilson PS as we finish our first month of school. Please see all the important information in this Newsletter below.


This coming Friday is the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation (Orange Shirt Day). We are requesting that our students wear orange on Friday to stand in solidarity as we recognize the truths of our collective history and the devastating effects the residential school system had on so many of our Indigenous peoples. Our goal is to learn to listen to the voices of history so that we can begin to understand the truths of the impact of colonialism. Learning is an important first step in moving towards reconciliation.


I’d like to thank you for attending our Open House on Thursday. It was gratifying to see our community come together in person for the first time in 3 years! Our school council would also like to thank-you for the support by buying a slice or 2 of pizza!


We would also like to thank-you for the support you gave towards our Terry Fox Campaign this year! Students were actively participating in the Terry Fox events on Friday! What an amazing day!


Have a great week,


~Mr. Coulter

Looking Ahead:

Wed. Sept. 28th - Jr. Area Cross Country Meet

Wed. Sept. 28th - Rowan's Law Concussion Awareness Day

Wed. Sept. 28th - Subway Lunch Day

Wed. Sept. 28th - Dominos Family Pizza Night

Friday, Sept. 30th - National Day of Truth and Reconciliation (Orange Shirt Day)

Mon. Oct. 3rd - Picture Day

Tues. Oct 4th - Jr. Soccer Tournament (Raindate Oct. 5th)

Mon. Oct. 10th - Thanksgiving Holiday

Tues. Oct. 18th - IEPs Go Home for Signing

Mon. Oct. 24th - PA Day (no school for students)

COVID INFORMATION

A reminder to please continue to visit the provincial screening tool https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/ for COVID related guidance. To support you with decision making, their is a helpful PDF document below, but also in picture format too below that.


In the event of illness at school, families will be asked to pick up students and keep them home until their symptoms are improving, in accordance with the provincial screening tool. Students who develop symptoms of illness while at school will be distanced from other students as much as possible and asked to wear a mask until they can be picked up. Schools will no longer have separate isolation rooms.


Rapid Antigen Tests will continue to be available at schools and will be provided as needed.


If your child is going to be absent, you can use the "very user-friendly" School Messenger app (a free download), to let us know. You can also call the student absence reporting system at 1-844-434-8119. This number is available 24 hours a day. Complete attendance information can be found at this link: https://www.kprschools.ca/en/our-schools/attendance-and-absences.aspx

SUBWAY LUNCH - Sept. 28th, 2022

Orders for the Subway lunch for this week is now closed. Students who ordered a sub for lunch will have it delivered for second nutrition break on Wednesday!

DONATIONS FOR TERRY FOX

Thank-you to everyone who supported our Terry Fox Event this year. Students did a wonderful job with the annual Terry Fox Run/Walk/Wheel around our yard on Friday. There is still time to donate! We are kindly asking donations to be made online at https://schools.terryfox.ca/10382 or through your school cash online account. Thanks again!

OPEN HOUSE!

Thank-you to all students and their families who attended our Roger Neilson PS Open House last week. It was a great to see everyone in-person and have a chance to meet you. School Council also appreciates the support from the pizza sales! The weather didn't cooperate at the end, but the Rainbow was spectacular!

PICTURE DAY is Monday, Oct. 3, 2022

Please click on the PDF below for information regarding our upcoming school picture day!

Wanting to Volunteer at our School or for a Class Trip?

Please click on the PDF below for information on how to get a valid Police Check. Schools need to have police checks for all volunteers. This process can take some time, so please apply for one soon! If you cannot print the process below, please stop by our school office for a hardcopy.

School Council Update

Our next Council meeting is Oct. 20, 2022 at 6:00pm in our school Library and we would love to see new members join! PLEASE SEE THE INFO GRAPHIC BELOW OF WHY IT'S A GOOD IDEA! We meet once a month and there are a variety of roles and tasks that we need support with. Some don’t require much commitment at all. We will also offer a virtual drop in if you can't meet in-person. Cisco WebEx is the platform. If you do not have the use of a computer, a free app can be downloaded to most Smart Phones. To access the meeting, please use this link: https://kprdsb.webex.com/meet/kevin_coulter at 6pm.


If you have any questions please contact Mr. Coulter. We hope to see you!

Sports are Back!

It is so great to see sports happening again in schools. This week, junior students who were successful at making the cross country team will be competing at the area meet on Wednesday at Nichol's Oval. Good Luck team and thank-you Ms. McInroy and Mr. Henderson for supporting with this event!


Jr. Soccer try-outs have also started and interested students need to listen to announcements for practice times and make sure that your try-out permission forms are handed in. Students successful at making the team will compete on Wednesday, Oct. 4th with a rain date on Oct. 5th. Thank-you to Ms. Nansi Harris for coaching this team!


GO KNIGHTS GO!

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School Council Fundraiser - Kripsy Kreme Donuts!

School Council's Krispy Kreme Fundraiser has now started! Delicious donuts are available for purchase on School Cash Online for only $10.00 per dozen.


Our fundraising campaign will run until October 21 and all proceeds raised will go to support school initiatives and activities.


The donuts will be available for pick up on the afternoon of Thursday, November 3.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND ORDER A PIZZA FOR DINNER!

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Needing Before and After School Care?

Please check out the PDF below from "COMPASS Early Learning and Care" to find out how to register for their program that happens right at Roger Neilson P.S.

DOGS on School Property

We all love our pets , but we have many little ones who have major fears when it comes to animals and sometimes even the friendliest of animals can be "jumpy". Some parents have shared concerns that even though we have signs posted that say "No Dogs on the school yard", that during pick-up time some people are still bringing dogs onto the yard. We kindly ask that if you bring a dog during pick-up or drop-off that you wait by the gate and have your child come to you or just leave your pets at home. We really appreciate your cooperation with this matter, thank-you!

Our Parking Lot Before and After School

We recognize that our parking lot is a concern. We sometimes do not have enough spots for our staff. The bus company has also asked that we continue to have room for them to safely enter our parking lot. We kindly ask families to not enter our parking lot with your car as it becomes crowed and unsafe for our school buses. We know this is not ideal, especially in inclement weather, but we thank-you for your support with this!


Before and after school can be very busy with picking up and dropping off students with many little ones around. We have also been asked to remind everyone to watch the language we use during this time around our students. Thank-you!

Busing Information

All busing information and issues happens through STSCO. Please use the link below if you have any questions or concerns.

New Bus APP for our School Routes

STSCO has shared information about an APP that can be downloaded to SMART devices to alert families to bus delays and cancellations. Please check out the PDF document below.

Visitor Protocol

Visitors to the school are now allowed. When you arrive please ring the buzzer and follow these steps when entering the building:

· Complete the Daily Screener Tool

· Wear a Mask if instructed or if you choose to wear one

· SANITIZE YOUR HANDS

· SIGN IN FOR CONTRACT TRACING

Should you wish to speak with a teacher regarding your child’s progress, an appointment can be made by contacting the office or the teacher directly by email. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation. Your child’s safety and education is our number one priority.

Information about School Cash Online

Communication from Roger Neilson P.S.

Most communication from Roger Neilson and our KPR board office is delivered via text messaging or email. If you have not opted into these services and would like to, please do so. For text messaging, your cell number must be in our system. You can opt into text messages by simply texting the word “yes” to the number 978338. If your phone number or email is not registered in the school system, or you have changed your number, please call the school to update: 705-745-6456.


This Weekly Newsletter will be sent via email every Sunday evening, please check it for weekly updates!

School Bell Times:

8:55am - School Gates Open and students can enter yard

9:10am - Morning Bell - Students Enter School

10:50am - 11:30am - Nutrition Break #1

1:10pm-1:50pm - Nutrition Break #2

3:30pm - Leaving Bell (Gates Open for Parents to Pick Students up on Yard)

FROM THE COMMUNITY!

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2022 KPR "Parent Conference" Information below!