Parent Peek at the Week

Week of February 15th, 2021

In case you missed it.....

Important Dates

Monday, February 15th - Day 0

  • HAPPY FAMILY DAY!!!!


Tuesday, February 16th - Day 2


Wednesday, February 17th - Day 3


Thursday, February 18th - Day 4

  • The 100th Day of School!


Friday, February 19th - Day 5

  • Report cards will be sent home electronically by the board office

First Ever FREE Virtual Family Paint Night!!

Thanks to funding provided by a government Parent Reaching Out Grant, along with additional financial support from School Council and the school, we are thrilled to offer our first ever Kawartha Heights Virtual Family Paint Night!


This online evening event is open to all face-to-face, as well as online Kawartha Heights students and their families.


Date: Tuesday, April 20th, 2021


Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm


Resources: You will need to have some kind of technology (computer, laptop, tablet) in order to be able to connect to the virtual Paint Night. Each participant will be provided with a full paint kit including canvas, paint and paint brush in order to participate. Kits will be available for pick up at the school, the week prior to the event.


PLEASE NOTE: Although we have received some grant money for this event so there is no cost to participants, the kits are expensive at $7.00 each, so please only indicate those family members who you are sure will participate in the event.


Here is the link to register for the event: https://forms.gle/oiojT1ocNBAxFKJd8


Registration will be open for the next two weeks, so please register now to ensure you have a spot!

Keeping our children safe

Thank you to the parents who have been driving slowly and trying to avoid some of the busier areas at drop off and pick up time. It is greatly appreciated!


We continue, however, to have a lot of traffic, bottlenecks and dangerous situations on Applewood, especially right at the entrance to our upper parking lot.


If you drive your children to school, please consider parking in the large lot across from the school and walking across Kawartha Heights Blvd. with the crossing guard. This would really help to alleviate the congestion in the upper parking lot and along Applewood and would make it much more safe for the students walking to school who need to cross the street.


Let's continue to work together to make arrival and dismissal as safe as possible for our children!

Mask Protocol

We have been so appreciative of the support for the mask wearing policy. Our Grade 1 - 6's are doing a great job wearing them both inside and when on the yard. About 95% of our Kindergarten students are doing the same - way to go!


A reminder that we also ask parents and guardians to please wear a mask when dropping off or picking up your child. It is very busy and congested at our main gates and our Kindergarten pick up area and it is not possible to always keep 2 metres apart. Please support this important safety precaution, as it is also a great model for our children as well. Thank you!

Oral Language Activities

Parents/guardians of our Kindergarten and Grade 1 students (or any families who have pre-school age children at home) ....check out this fantastic resource which supports oral language development. A big thank you to our Speech and Language Department for sharing these great tips each month :)
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From the KPR Board Office......

What an eventful week this has been! We are thankful that, with Clarington schools reopening this week, students across KPR now have access to in-person learning once again. We also appreciate that yesterday’s provincial announcement was disappointing news for some of you, and that the challenges we all continue to live and work through are unprecedented.

Fortunately, this week is ending on a more hopeful note with today’s celebration of the Lunar New Year. Also known as the Chinese New Year, this day traditionally focuses on spending time with loved ones, starting fresh, and sharing in the hope of good things to come. As we enter the Year of the Ox, it is good to share this message of optimism. I truly believe there are better days to come.


Thank you again to all our families for your continued support of our students, and we hope everyone has an enjoyable holiday weekend.


Sincerely,

Rita Russo
Director of Education


KPR News


Friday, March 12 Remains a Board Designated Holiday
After consideration in light of yesterday’s provincial announcement, we are confirming that Friday, March 12 will continue as a designated board holiday, and our schools will be closed on that day. This schedule applies to both in-person and virtual learners.


Inclement Weather and School Closures
With all schools now open for in-person learning, we offer a reminder that schools will be closed on days when all buses are cancelled due to inclement weather. More specifically:

  • If ALL buses are cancelled across the entire board, ALL schools will be closed for the day.
  • If ALL buses are cancelled within a specific region, schools in that region only will be closed for the day
  • If ALL buses are cancelled for a specific school or group of schools, only that school or group of schools will be closed for the day.
  • If only some buses are cancelled or delayed, schools will remain open.

We encourage you to check stsco.ca, kprschools.ca, local news media reports and social media in the morning before the start of each school day, for the latest updates.


Safety Reminders

  • Masks are mandatory for Grades 1-12 students, and highly recommended for Kindergarten students.
  • We ask parents and guardians to wear masks when dropping off and picking up children at school each day.
  • Students must not gather in groups at any time. Students should arrive shortly before school starts, and return home directly after it ends.
  • Please self-screen every morning for any signs of illness by using the province’s online tool at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/, and stay home if unwell.
  • Please download the free, national COVID Alert app from https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/covid-alert.html, to learn of any possible exposures to COVID before symptoms appear.

Important Dates
Monday, February 15 – Family Day, schools closed
Wednesday, February 24 – Pink Shirt Day

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One more thing....

Whether our "home" families or our "Kawartha Heights" family - we are grateful for them all! On this family day weekend, our Kawartha Heights family wishes you rest, lots of laughs and quality time together. Enjoy the long weekend!
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