CALVIN PARK UPDATE
Week of May 31-June 4, 2021
It is hard to believe that we are entering the month of June! We are waiting for news from the Ministry of Education about whether or not we will be able to return to in-person learning before the end of the year. Information will be sent out to our families as soon as a decision is made.
Last week, the new Administrative Team for the 7-12 Calvin Park/LCVI school was announced. We are pleased to welcome Margaret Connelly as the new Principal, along with the Vice Principal Team of Wilma Pettingill, Kate Myers and Suche James. This team brings a broad range of experiences to this exciting new chapter for Calvin Park and LCVI. Throughout the 2021-22 school year and beyond, they will be looking for input from all stakeholders as they work together to build a new 7-12 Calvin Park/LCVI culture and community. At our next School Council Virtual Meeting on May 31 at 6:00 p.m., Stephanie Sartor, our Associate Superintendent, will be joining us to speak more about this exciting transition and to answer any questions.
As we move into the last month of this unusual and challenging school year, I would also like to take this opportunity to let the Calvin Park community know that I am retiring this year, after 33 years as an elementary educator. Not only do I feel very grateful to have had the opportunity to end my career at Calvin Park, I also feel privileged to have been an educator in the Ontario public education system (one of the best in the world). Although this year has been unique in so many ways, it has also been very fulfilling and I have been honoured to be a part of your child's educational journey. Thank you for your support during my time at Calvin Park.
Take care and stay well,
Elizabeth Suriyuth, Principal
Wilma Pettingill, Vice-Principal and the Calvin Park Team
THIS WEEK AT CALVIN PARK
Monday, May 31
- Virtual School Council Meeting 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 1
- Rainbow Day - June is PRIDE Month - celebrate by wearing rainbow colours today!
Wednesday, June 2
Thursday, June 3
Friday, June 4
- PA DAY - No school for students
- Final day to register for the Elementary Virtual School for the 2021-22 school year
June 6 Canadian Armed Forces Day
June 20 World Refugee Day
June 21 National Indigenous Peoples' Day
June 21/22 Grade 8 Graduation (date to be confirmed depending on Public Health guidelines)
June 23 Term 2 Report Cards sent home
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Secretary/Treasurer: Sarah Phinney
Our next School Council Meeting is May 31 at 6:00 pm. LDSB Associate Superintendent, Stephanie Sartor, will be attending as well to provide information and address any questions about the merging of Calvin Park and LCVI into a 7-12 school. We welcome new members at any time so please contact one of the Co-Chairs for the link to the meeting if you are interested in attending. This will be the final School Council Meeting for this school year.
Our Indigo and FlipGive fundraisers will be continuing until June 25th. For more information about these fundraisers, please view the Calvin Park School Advisory Council Update https://www.smore.com/beqxr Participation in these fundraisers is easy! Just sign up and a percentage of what you spend for regular purchases like groceries, gas, home products and gifts, will go to our school. All fundraising this year will be used to purchase new books for classroom libraries to reflect diverse lives and issues related to equity, racism, and inclusion.
JUNE IS INDIGENOUS HISTORY MONTH
The LEAPCast - A Podcast from 7L1/7L2
Episodes 1 and 2 of The LEAPCast are now live! In Episode 1, listen to these Grade 7 students’ thoughts about virtual learning - what it looks like, what they love, and what makes this hard. In Episode 2, find out what matters for these middle school students!
JUNE IS PRIDE MONTH
IMPORTANT BUSING INFORMATION FROM TRI-BOARD TRANSPORTATION
If your child is enrolled in the Grade 7 Atlas, Leap or Challenge programs this year and has used Tri-Board busing, please read the following information from the Tri-Board Transportation website
Complete this form if the student is enrolled in an elective learning program (LEAP, Challenge, ATLAS, etc) excluding French Immersion. Students enrolled in an elective learning program may be eligible to attend schools that are outside the student’s attendance boundary however, parents are responsible for transportation to and from the school that houses the elective learning program. Applications for transportation may be submitted to Tri-Board and transportation may be provided only if:
- There is an existing bus route;
- There is space on the bus;
- There is no additional cost the School Board
If approved by Tri-Board, Tri-Board will assign the student to the bus stop on the route that is closest to the student’s residence. Tri-Board will not re-route buses or move stops for students in elective learning programs. Late arrival/early dismissal as well as extended ride time may be necessary. It is the responsibility of the coordinator of the elective learning program to advise parents and students at the time of registration that the student is not eligible for transportation unless special approval is granted by Tri-Board. The approval of transportation arrangements for students in elective learning programs outside of their attendance boundary will be determined on an annual basis.
YOUTH VACCINATION CLINICS IN KFLA
Youth aged 12 and older are now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccination in Ontario. KFL&A Public Health will be offering special youth vaccination clinics beginning the week of June 7 and continuing to June 28.
How to book a first dose appointment at Youth and Family Vaccination Clinics:
- To make a vaccination appointment, please use the link below.
- Youth clinics will be held beginning on June 8 to June 28.
- Please note you will need to be 12 years of age at the time of the appointment.
- Appointments are for parents/guardians as well as youth and the link can accommodate different booking options. For example, youth only (if both parents/guardians are already immunized) or a parent/guardian with multiple eligible youth.
TERM 2 REPORTING
FOOD AND CLOTHING SUPPORTS
GRADE 8 GRADUATION PLANNING CONTINUES ...
Once a decision is made by the government regarding virtual or in-person school for the rest of the year, will communicate more information about Lifetouch graduation photos and deposits that were made by some students for the composite graduation photos.
Please continue to complete attendance through SafeArrival for your child when they are absent from school. Attendance is taken every day and the automated call-out is sent out at around 2:00 p.m. daily. Please make sure your child checks-in with their teacher in some way throughout the day so that they are not accidentally marked absent. If your child is accidentally marked absent, please contact our office.
PLANNING FOR THE 2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR
IN-SCHOOL MODEL: Elementary schools (Kindergarten to Grade 8) will offer full-time in-person learning. Students will continue to stay in cohorts with their classmates and homeroom teacher. Mask and hand washing protocols will likely be in place. As we have don this year, students will remain in their homeroom classroom and specialized rotary teachers will move from class to class. This model could change based on a variety of factors.
VIRTUAL SCHOOL REGISTRATION: The opportunity to enroll in virtual school is extended until June 4th. Here is the registration link. Please note, if your student will be attending in-person school, no action is required on your part.
More information about 2021-22 School Year Planning can be found by clicking the button below.
RESOURCES TO SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH
DAILY COVID SCREENING
LOOKING FOR MORE INFORMATION?
Please continue to check these Limestone District School Board platforms for the most up-to-date information from our Board.
LDSB Website https://www.limestone.on.ca/
LDSB Twitter: https://twitter.com/LimestoneDSB
LDSB Facebook https://tinyurl.com/wbhjtku
LDSB Instagram https://instagram.com/limestonedsb/
In addition, please follow our:
Calvin Park Twitter account: @CalvinPark_LDSB or https://twitter.com/CalvinPark_LDSB
Calvin Park Website: https://calvinpark.limestone.on.ca/
Calvin Park Public School Office: (613) 542-2796
Mrs. Christine LeClair, Office Administrator
Mrs. Elizabeth Suriyuth, Principal: email@example.com
Ms. Wilma Pettingill, Vice-Principal: firstname.lastname@example.org