A Message for our JPS Families

March 24, 2020

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Dear Families,


We are hoping that you had a chance to read the message from Director Rantz that was sent out yesterday. If you have not, please see the link below.


As you have probably heard, the Premier of Ontario has indicated that publicly funded schools in Ontario will NOT reopen April 6, 2020 as originally planned, given the increasing challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Premier has indicated we should expect more specific information soon from the Minister of Education.


We know this is upsetting news for our staff, familes and students, but we understand the importance of this measure to slow the spread of this virus.


Our school board and local community partners are working to respond to the varied needs of people. If you know of someone in our communty in need and are not sure how to support, please let me know. Families who are in need can call *211 or visit the City of Kingston website at https://www.cityofkingston.ca/resident/covid-19 for information, and click on Emergency Food/Meal Program.


We know that many of you have questions around continued learning for students. Given school will not resume on April 6 as planned, the board is working on a remote learning strategy to support all students should that be the Ministry of Education’s direction, but this will take time to ensure it is done equitably.


In the next few weeks, teachers may reach out to connect with students but there is no expectation for teaching and learning to continue right now.This is not the time to put additional stress on yourselves or students.


However, If you are wanting to support from home, you can access the Ministry’s Learn at Home (see link below) or check out a few resources that we we have included for online Math and Literacy resources. We also suggest


  • playing games, doing puzzles
  • meal planning and prep
  • building challenges with lego or cardboard
  • helping with house chores
  • reaching out to family and friends virtually for a chat
  • going for walks, exercising at home


We would love to hear from our familes on how you are spending this time so I can share more ideas with others! Emaiil us or tag us on twitter. @JoycePS_LDSB


We also know that these times can be challenging. Please be forgiving of yourselves and your children as you navgiate a new "normal". This can be stressful for all invloved. Our mental health and well-being are so important right now.


We know that we are all missing being together in our school community. However, even as we practice social distancing or isolation, we really are in this together.


Take care,


Dawn Diamond (613-449-5198) & Heather Campbell (613-328-2479)

At this time, messaging will be communicated centrally from LDSB through School Messenger and Social Media. Here are the LDSB platforms that are available for families:


LDSB Website: https://www.limestone.on.ca/


LDSB Facebook Page: https://tinyurl.com/wbhjtku


LDSB Twitter: https://twitter.com/LimestoneDSB


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

Taking Care of your Mental Health During The COVID-19 Pandemic
Learn at Home

Find supplementary resources to practice math and literacy skills and learn at home.

MATH IDEAS

If you want to try some Math activities with your children, we suggest keeping it light and fun over the the few weeks. Here are some links to support you.

READING IDEAS

We suggest that students read for at least 30 minutes each day. Audio books count! Below are a few resources for free ebooks and audio books.


Also, for some fun follow Mrs. D's gone Virtual Facebook page for daily primary, junior and intermediate read alouds with little activities.

To use the Sora app,

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) - email Mrs. Campbell or Mrs. Diamond if you need your login info!


You only need to do this the first time. Then, it will default to the school you chose, and you can save your username and password.

DPA!

Check out Go Noodle movement and mindfulness videos!

Login Change for Student Accounts: Office 365 & Google Suite

Please note there is a login change for Office 365 and Google Suite web services affecting myo365.limestone.on.ca and docs.gapps.limestone.on.ca .


Students will need to use their full email address for the username (e.g. username@limestone.on.ca), then your Active Directory password for the password in order to login.

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