Truedell Public School

Newsletter #5

Parent Council

The next Parent Council meeting is on Monday, December 13th, at 6:30 p.m. Please contact the school if you are interested in attending.
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Equity November Focus: Racism

What you can say if your child asks about someone's race

We might have said, "I didn't even notice that person's race. In our family, we try not to see colour because everyone is equal. It's not nice to talk about someone's race like that."

Here's a simple swap with more inclusive language: "It's perfectly normal to notice other people's races and using the word Black to describe a Black person is okay. When we avoid it, it makes it feel like there's something wrong with being Black and we know that's absolutely not true."

Additional Resources for Parents

21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act. Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples A Reality by Bob Josephy.

Additional Resources for Students

The resources listed below are staff recommendations that you can explore with your child to support our school equity focus.

Primary Book Recommendation #1

The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad

Primary Book Recommendation #2

IntersectionAllies: We Make Room for All by Chelsea Johnson

Junior/Intermediate Book Recommendation #1

This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell

Junior/Intermediate Book Recommendation #2

Stamped by Jason Reynolds

Junior/Intermediate Book Recommendation #3

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander;

Junior/Intermediate Book Recommendation #4

Born A Crime by Trevor Noah

School Fundraiser: Mabel's Labels

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Mabel’s Labels Black Friday sale is here! With 40% off their bestselling products, there is something for everyone! Stock up on the essentials including tag mates, large rectangle labels, small rectangle labels or the starter label pack all at 40% OFF! Visit to support Truedell Public School. Shop the sale until December 5th, 2021.

Our annual Black Friday Sale is here, and it will include amazing savings that only come once a year! From November 22nd to December 5th, four of our best-selling products will be on sale! Parents can shop for Tag Mates, Small Rectangle Labels, Starter Label Pack and the Large Rectangle Labels at a whopping 40% OFF!

Starting Cyber Monday, November 29th, we’ll also be discounting The Mini Stamp and Bottle Bands at 20% OFF!

Inclement Weather Update

As we are almost at the end of November, it is time to remind you about how inclement weather days are handled in the Limestone District School Board.

When school bus transportation is cancelled due to poor weather or road conditions, Limestone schools remain open. When buses are cancelled in the morning, they are cancelled for the entire day.

Student walkers may proceed to school as usual if their parent/guardian has deemed it safe to do so. In the City of Kingston, students may choose to use Kingston Transit. Families who choose to drop off their student(s) at the beginning of the school day must ensure they pick them up at the end of the regular school day. Due to COVID-19 protocols, students cannot be dropped at school earlier than 15 minutes before classes are to begin, and they must be picked up immediately following afternoon dismissal.

Upon arrival, students should proceed directly to their first period/home classroom or take the direction of staff.

In the past, sometimes smaller student attendance numbers and staff absences led to the consolidation of classes to continue learning while maximizing student supervision. Due to COVID-19 protocols, class cohorts will not be blended. Students will remain in their assigned classroom or will be moved into a larger space and kept apart from students in other classes.

Students who must remain home due to a lack of transportation to school may participate in asynchronous learning from home where possible. Classroom teachers will provide students with direction and assignment of asynchronous work, likely through the class’s online learning management system.

If your student is staying home due to a bus cancellation, or due to inclement weather conditions, please use the Board's SafeArrival absence reporting tool to report their absence: either inclement weather (walkers), or bus cancellation.

As a reminder, the decision to cancel buses rests with Tri-Board Student Transportation. Tri-Board bus drivers, operators and municipal roads officials assess weather and road conditions between 4-5 a.m. on school days using a variety of data including accredited weather forecasters such as Environment Canada.

Tri-Board and the school board report decisions to cancel buses around 5:30/6:00 a.m. Decisions sometimes happen quickly and can be different across the district based on different circumstances or conditions. This may include a decision after 5:30/6:00 a.m. based on changing or worsening weather and/or road conditions. Tri-Board and the school boards make their decisions with the best information available at the time. The guiding principle in making these decisions is always the safety of students, staff and volunteers working at our schools and centres.

You are encouraged to sign up to receive direct notifications, either by email, or Tri-Board’s app. Delays and cancellations are also posted to Tri-Board’s Twitter account.
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Instructions on how to download the BusPlanner Delays App
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While the decision to cancel buses occurs occasionally throughout the school year based on weather and road conditions, the closure of schools is an infrequent and extraordinary measure. A decision to close schools is not taken lightly but is made when student safety and staff safety is at potential risk.

In the event of early dismissal and/or school closures, it is imperative that schools have updated emergency contact information for all students. It is essential that any changes to this information are provided to the school as soon as possible. This includes a change to your address, telephone (home, work and cell phones), and those appointed by parents/guardians as alternate emergency contacts.