Parent Peek at the Week
Week of April 25th, 2022
In case you missed it!
What amazing artists we have in Ms. Baker's Grade 5/6 class!
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery :)
Thanks to our Kindergarten classes who took care of our planet on Earth day!
Monday, April 25th - Day 2
- last block - present the Cougar Courage awards from last Friday (Earth Day meant no one was in the school on Friday for the presentations!)
Tuesday, April 26th - Day 3
- 1:40pm - possible first session of VIP for the Grade 6's in the gym (stay tuned for confirmation!)
Wednesday, April 27th - Day 4
- Happy Administrative Assistant Day to Mrs. E.!!!!
Thursday, April 28th - Day 5
Friday, April 29th - Day 1
- Cougar Courage Awards
- May 1st - 20th: Pedal for Hope campaign
- May 2nd - School Council Meeting at 6:30pm
- May 11th and 12th - Lacrosse
- May 13th - Picture Day (rescheduled from March)
- May 20th - Pedal for Hope
Well - we've now had the new protocols in place for 2 weeks and things seem to be calming down a little. We are now averaging about 60 absences a day.
It is still critically important that if your child tests positive, you inform the office. This is the only way that we know and we are doing our best to inform families of positive exposure whenever we can. Your information will be kept strictly confidential - please just call or email Mrs. Sampson.
So - as we head into this week we can once again lessen the protocols that we needed to put back in place. However - we will still be very cautious with our students in class and how closely they are working together. Wearing masks indoors continues to be very strongly encouraged, as this is one of the key ways we can protect ourselves and others.
And yes - we are returning to regular bathroom routines and we will be moving desks back to groups should teachers choose. However, please be aware that if cases spike again like they did 2 weeks ago, protocols will need to be put back in place again.
At this point in time, we must continue to have all windows open as much as possible to ensure air circulation. We are also strongly encouraging classes to go outside for physical education classes as often as they can.
I know that all the protocols can be confusing, and it's hard to know when to stay home. So basically, follow these 2 rules:
- if your child is unwell at all (any symptoms of illness) do not send them to school. Use the provincial screener to enter the symptoms and it will tell you how long they need to stay home.
- if your child has tested positive stay home (again, use the screener as it will tell you how many days)
And a reminder - if you've already had Covid, you can get it again. Please don't assume because you've had it you can't get it again.
Covid Daily Screener
For your reference, the screener can be found at: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/
Pedal for Hope
On Friday, May 20th, the team will be cycling by all Peterborough schools. They will not be stopping, but we'll be able to line the street and cheer them on as they go by our school.
We will be launching our campaign on May 1st and it will run until May 20th. Students can shave/cut their hair (at home) or dye their hair (also at home) and fundraise at the same time. All donations and fundraising will take place online.
We will be having a few special events on Friday's during the month of May to encourage students and families to support.
More details to come next week :)
News from the KPR Board Office
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Today, on EarthDay, I find myself reflecting on both our collective and individual responsibility to take care of the earth - to take only what we need, and give what we can to protect and preserve it.
I was fortunate to be able to attend the virtual Environmental Symposium yesterday, along with 6,500 K-12 students, staff and community partners registered across both KPR and PVNC school boards. This year’s theme is Inspiring Hope and the enthusiastic participation at this year’s event was certainly a strong indicator of hope.
KPR’s Indigenous Education Department has a different #ReconciliACTIONatKPR learning focus each month. This month, schools are learning about the land, climate change and Indigenous Climate Action. As we continue to learn and grow together, and inspire hope, let’s ask ourselves, what actions can I take to do better, now that I know better. Together, let’s commit to action.
Next week is National Volunteer Week, and I want to thank the many volunteers who make significant contributions and positive impacts on the educational experiences of students through extracurriculars, nutrition programs and lending support both in and outside of classrooms. At next week’s Board meeting, we look forward to honouring a few of our outstanding volunteers.
Yesterday was the first day of the Festival of Ridvan, and we extend good wishes to all those in our communities who will be celebrating. We also wish Orthodox Christian communities a meaningful Holy Friday. The Equity Diversity and Inclusion Calendar includes information about these and other days of significance.
Finally, April 27 is Administrative Professionals’ Day! Administrative professionals in KPR schools and Education Centres do so much important work every day, coordinating people and projects, in support of student success and we thank them for their contributions!
Happy weekend everyone!
Masking and COVID-19 Updates
While our schools continue to promote respectful and inclusive environments where everyone’s personal choice about wearing masks is respected, we strongly encourage all our students and staff to wear masks indoors at school, in accordance with provincial and local recommendations.
As we have throughout the pandemic, we continue to work closely with our public health partners and will continue to provide important COVID-19 updates to our school communities and families.
Masking, coupled with other public health measures such as physical distancing, proper hand hygiene, and staying home when sick, continue to be effective strategies for reducing the spread of COVID-19. We ask that everyone continue to screen daily using the provincial tool at: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/
By working together and following the guidance of provincial and local health authorities, we can help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community.