Week of November 30-December 4, 2020

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Dear Calvin Park Families,

December is here! We are very grateful to the KFLA Public Health Unit for their outstanding efforts to monitor and control the spread of Covid-19 in our local community. We are also thankful for our students, families and community for following the recommended health protocols, including daily screening for symptoms of Covid 19, so that we can continue to learn together at school.

This month, we will be focusing on gratitude and we have several different initiatives that our school will be involved with. Research has revealed that the practice of gratitude improves physical and mental health, by helping us to focus on and appreciate what we have and who we have in our lives. This year has been challenging but we are also grateful for many things and one of the best ways to show our gratitude is by giving back. We have asked our students to bring in small decorations that represent themselves to hang on our gratitude tree in our front hall. Throughout this month, students will also be writing their own messages of gratitude to decorate the tree and the front hall.

We will be collecting donations for our local food bank between December 1 - 11th. Students can place their donations in the boxes under our gratitude tree in the front hall and then the items will be "quarantined" before they are delivered to the food bank. The items that are most needed include:

  • Canned meat & fish
  • Peanut butter, jam
  • Stews, canned tomatoes
  • Baby food, formula, diapers
  • Pasta, pasta sauce
  • Cereal
  • 100% Fruit Juice

We also have a hat and mitten clothesline in our front hall. We will be collecting donations of new hats or mittens to hang on the line. Some of these items are given to students who need them at our school and others are donated to students in our community at our feeder schools.

Another initiative that some of our classes are involved in is writing holiday greetings to members of the Canadian Armed Forces who are serving abroad. Some classes have already begun making cards and writing letters.

A reminder that the Calvin Park School Council has organized a fundraiser through FlipGive and Indigo. Find out in the School Council section of the newsletter how you can help to support the purchase of new diverse books for our classroom libraries.

Thank you,

Elizabeth Suriyuth, Principal

Wilma Pettingill, Vice-Principal


Please click on the link below to complete the daily Covid-19 screening every morning. Keep your child home if they are showing Covid-19 related symptoms and follow the Health Unit protocols. Please include the reason for your child's absence in the Safe Arrival Absence Reporting tool and contact the school with questions or follow-up information.

Together, we will do our best to keep kids, adults and our community safe.

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We have organized some fun spirit Wednesdays during December and are organizing a full Winter Spirit Week right before the holidays! Calvin Colours Day will still be every Friday. Adding some fun to keep our spirits bright before the holidays!

Monday, November 30

Day 5

Tuesday, December 1

Day 1

  • First day of our annual food drive (donations accepted until December 11)

Wednesday, December 2

Day 2

  • Hat Day! Wear your holiday hat, your favourite hat or your silliest hat all day long!
  • Food Drive and Hat and Mitten Collection continues
  • 7:00 pm Frontenac Secondary School Grade 9 Virtual Information Night
  • 6:30 pm Kingston Secondary School Grade 8 VIrtual Information Night

Thursday, December 3

Day 3

  • Food Drive and Hat and Mitten Collection continues

Friday, December 4

Day 4

  • Calvin Colours Spirit Day! Wear blue and red or your Calvin clothing. Show your school spirit Comets !
  • Food Drive and Hat and Mitten Collection continues


December 1-11 Food Drive and collection of hats and mittens

December 6 National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

December 7-11 Hour of Code Week

December 9 Backwards Clothing Day! Wear all your clothes backwards (except maybe your shoes!)

December 11 Calvin Colours Spirit Day!

December 14-18 Winter Spirit Week!

December 21-January 1 Winter Holidays

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School Council Executive for 2020-21:

Co-Chairs: Claudine Elvidge, Krystle Holton

Secretary/Treasurer: Sarah Phinney

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The Calvin Park School Council is inviting you to join our campaign to raise funds to purchase print material to diversify each classroom library. Calvin Park wants to ensure that all students value diversity, demonstrate respect for others and see themselves reflected in the reading material accessible to them in their school.

You can get involved by donating books or providing the school with book title suggestions that emphasize equity, inclusion and diversity, such as books with main characters from different racial backgrounds or LBGTQ2+ youth. You may also choose to offer a monetary donation to go towards purchasing new books.

We are also running two fundraisers, one through Indigo Books and another through Flipgive.

How does it work?

Purchase through Indigo online or FlipGive and the school will receive cash back with every purchase. For example, through Indigo online, if you purchase Indigo gift cards, the school receives 15% of the value of your gift card. Through FlipGive, shop online at many retailers and the school receives a percentage of the value of your purchase.

Buy groceries, shop on Amazon, buy gifts for the holidays - all of your usual shopping - and the school will receive cash back at no additional cost!

Where can I start?

Indigo Fundraiser:

Go to Indigo Fundraising at

Search for Calvin Park Public School (under All or Elementary School)

Select our school and Join using Team Code S5CLWD

FlipGive Fundraiser:

Go to where you join an existing FlipGive Team

Enter the Calvin Park Team Code 32C6HZ

Thank you for supporting this School Council initiative and bringing our school community together to improve your child's class library. Please share the links with your family and friends.


At Calvin Park, our Grade 8 students will have the opportunity to learn more about LDSB secondary schools through virtual presentations in their classrooms from the Student Success Teams at each high school. Some Secondary Schools are also organizing virtual Grade 9 Information Nights for students and parents/guardians. Students will be automatically transferred to their home secondary school based on their current home elementary school. You can locate your child’s home secondary school by going to and enter your home address under the School Eligibility tab.

Our students will be guided through course selection and registration through the online tool, "myBlueprint." Many of our students are already familiar with this tool and can login at home to look at their account. Students who are currently remote learning will be receiving a letter from their virtual classroom teacher that outlines the transition process in the Virtual Elementary School. Families can visit the website of each secondary school for more information! Grade 8-9 transition information will also posted on the Calvin Park Website under the "NEWS" tab.


Frontenac Secondary School - Wed., December 2 at 7:00 pm

Kingston Secondary School Grade 9 - Wed., December 2nd at 6:30 pm

Bayridge Secondary School - Wed., December 9 at 7:00 pm (more info to follow)

LCVI - Thurs., December 10 at 7:00 pm - register at

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  • Winter weather is coming! Please make sure that students are dressed appropriately for cold, wet weather. In addition, boots and splash pants/snow pants are recommended because the yards are getting muddy and wet.
  • As the weather gets colder, students will begin using the gym more frequently for physical education classes. Students will need clean INDOOR SHOES to wear in the gym.
  • As the weather gets colder, students will likely need multiple masks with them each day - we are already noticing that the masks get soiled and wet when we come inside after outdoor activities. In addition, students are required to wear a mask during physical education activities in the gym so they will likely need a clean mask at the end of indoor phys ed class. The Health Unit recommends that clean masks be stored in clean plastic bags or a clean container with a lid. Cloth masks should be washed each evening.


If your child's bus is cancelled in the morning, please enter their absence into SAFE ARRIVAL so that we know they aren't coming to school that day. Schools remain open on these days so if you choose to drop your child off at school, please arrange to pick up your child at dismissal because the buses will not be running at the end of the day either. Calvin Park students who are at home can continue to access school work on their classroom online learning platform (Minds Online or Google Classroom). All students will be familiar with their online platform and have practiced logging in as well.


A reminder that appointments for immunizations are available at KFLA Public Health for students in Grade 7 and students in Grade 8 who missed their immunizations due to school closure last spring. Immunizations will not take place at schools this year as they have in the past. For more information please visit the KFLA Public Health website: Immunization Clinic Bookings
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Please continue to check these Limestone District School Board platforms for the most up-to-date information from our Board.

LDSB Website

LDSB Twitter:

LDSB Facebook

LDSB Instagram

In addition, please follow our:

Calvin Park Twitter account: @CalvinPark_LDSB or

Calvin Park Website:

Calvin Park Public School Office: (613) 542-2796

Mrs. Christine LeClair, Office Administrator

Mrs. Elizabeth Suriyuth, Principal:

Ms. Wilma Pettingill, Vice-Principal:

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