CALVIN PARK WEEKLY UPDATE

March 9-13, 2020

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APRIL 1ST - SAVE THE DATE!

Our School Council is organizing a Calvin Park Fundraising Night at Chapters/Indigo at the Cataraqui Town Centre from 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm on April 1! On this night, 20% of all purchases will go back to our school to purchase new books for our classroom libraries. Hope to see you there!

Grade 8-9 Transition Information

At this time of year, our Grade 8 students are attending presentations from each of our area secondary schools about course selection for Grade 9. Grade 8 students are attending the presentations for their home secondary school based on their home address. Please discuss course selection with your child and visit "My Blueprint" together. More information can be found on the LDSB website by clicking the link below.


If you have any questions, please contact Student Services at the secondary school that your child will be attending or contact Ms. Pettingill at the Calvin Park office.

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GRADE 8 GRADUATION PHOTOS

Grade 8 Graduation Photos will take place on April 20 and 21. Please keep this date on your calendar! More information will follow closer to the date.

REPORTING STUDENT ABSENCES ON BUS CANCELLATION DAYS

Please remember to use Safe Arrival to report your student's absence, even if the buses are cancelled. This ensures that all students are safe and accounted for. Schools are usually open on these days and learning continues for students who are able to come to school.
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Student Census - See Yourself in Limestone

The Limestone District School Board is committed to equity, inclusion and ensuring everyone feels a strong sense of belonging. Understanding student identity, lived experience, and ability continue to be important in our efforts to improve student achievement and well-being. Watch the short video below to learn more about a Student Census Survey coming this spring.
LDSB Student Census 2020 PSA

2020 -21 SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR

Pending approval, students of the Limestone District School Board will return to class before the traditional Labour Day holiday, with classes beginning for all students on Tuesday, September 1, 2020. Often, school starts in Ontario after Labour Day. This fall, however, the holiday is later which has resulted in Limestone and many other school boards across the province, starting school before the Labour Day holiday. Click on the link below for more details about the 2020-21 school year calendar.

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Coronavirus: Public Health urges prevention

Although there are currently no cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our area, KFL&A Public Health is asking the public to continue to limit the spread of germs and make preparations should the virus spread further.

As cases of continue to spread internationally, it is becoming more likely that we will see additional cases of the virus in Ontario, and within our local communities. KFL&A Public Health has been collaborating with partners at all levels of government, our acute care and community health-care providers and our school communities to prepare for local cases.

Currently, public health officials recommend that schools take standard respiratory illness precautions, the same precautions that are recommended every year during cold and influenza season. At present, school closures are not recommended for the prevention of coronavirus.

Schools and sites in Limestone are taking the following steps to help prevent the spread of infection:

  • increased environmental cleaning (using a low-level disinfectant), with particular attention to high-touch surfaces such as desks, keyboards, doorknobs, light switches, and phones.
  • increased supply of alcohol-based hand sanitizer in all classrooms.
  • additional education to school population regarding infection control strategies such as importance of hand hygiene and proper respiratory etiquette (cover your cough).

Parents/guardians and other caregivers are a major source of comfort and reassurance to their children during heightened times of stress or concern. We ask families to help reinforce hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette with their children, as well as ensure appropriate environmental cleaning at home. As always, parents/guardians make decisions about keeping their children home if they are sick.

We encourage all families to follow the following infection prevention and control strategies:

  • Wash your hands frequently using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cough and sneeze into the bend of your arm, not into your hand.
  • If you use a tissue, throw it away immediately and wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth or eyes with your hands.
  • Get plenty of rest, eat healthy and stay physically active to keep your immune system strong.
  • Stay home when you are sick and avoid contact with other people until you are better.
  • If you suspect you are sick, avoid visiting people in long-term care, or individuals with health concerns.
  • If you are seeking medical care and are experiencing respiratory symptoms, always put on a mask when you arrive to help protect others.

With March Break around the corner, public health is also urging travelers to check the latest guidance and recommendations for each country to which you will travel. Students, staff and members of the public who are regularly in our schools will need to check themselves for symptoms of acute respiratory illness, fever, cough, difficulty breathing before starting travel, and upon returning home. If students or staff or family members have any symptoms, they are instructed to contact public health, telehealth, or their primary care provider in advance for assessment.

As this is an evolving situation, we continue to remind people of the importance of using credible sources to stay informed and encourage others to do the same. We continue to update our website as new information is confirmed. For more the most up to date information, in multiple foreign languages visit the Ministry of Health website.

Questions? Visit the KFL&A Public Health website or call KFL&A Public Health 613-549-1232, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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THIS WEEK at CALVIN PARK March 9-13, 2020

Monday, March 9 - Day 4

  • Bayridge SS and Ernestown SS Grade 8 visits to complete My Blueprint


Tuesday, March 10 - Day 5

  • 9:00 Gr 8 Girls Inc Group

Wednesday, March 11 - Day 1

  • Grade 7 Cyberbullying Presentations (Kingston Police)


Thursday, March 12 - Day 2

  • Challenge Program Science Projects Display


Friday, March 13 - Day 3

  • 1:15 Gr 7 Indigo Girls Group


March 16-20 March Break - Have a safe and enjoyable week! We look forward to seeing you back at school on Monday, March 23!



UPCOMING MARCH DATES TO REMEMBER:

March 26-27 FLASF Regional Science Fair at Queen's University

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