Major Family Remote Learning Update
École Sir John A. Macdonald PS - Week of June 7th 2021
ESJAM SAC Invitation to Free Online Art Workshop
Our school council still has a special surprise coming up on Wednesday, June 16th 6-8pm. Families are invited to participate in an free online art workshop facilitated by Melanie Gray, a young indigenous artist. Melanie will guide families in learning about dream catchers as they build their own with materials provided. This FREE workshop is made possible thanks to the PRO (Parents Reaching Out) Grant our council received.
Online registration for this workshop is required at bit.ly/SACArtWorkshop. Spaces are limited and will be provided on a first come first served basis. Free material kits will be available for pick-up at the school gazebo on Monday, 14 June and Tuesday, June 15 from 3pm to 4:30pm following safety guidelines.
Motion to Review School Name
At the EPOC meeting on Wednesday, June 1st, a notice of motion was put forward to ask for a review of the name of Ecole Sir John A Macdonald PS. for discussion/debate at the June 16th Board Meeting. (see motion below)
"That staff initiate a potential renaming process, including all stakeholders outlined in Administrative Procedure 552, and including consultation with the Indigenous Education Advisory Council, to review the name of Ecole Sir John A MacDonald Elementary School to ensure it reflects our board's mission, vision, values, with a lens on reconciliation, decolonization, anti-racism, and anti-oppression principles.
Please be assured that such a process requires consultation and feedback from the school community and stakeholders. For more information, please follow the link to the administrative procedure for renaming a school.
Ahead of the Board Meeting, you can share your input with Trustee Bob Godkin. firstname.lastname@example.org
We're getting ready to welcome future Majors! LDSB has begun the process of registering students for Kindergarten for 2021-2022 school year.
Our school offers both English and French Immersion programs. Please follow the link below for more information about Kindergarten in LDSB.
June-Pride Month & National Indigenous Peoples Month
June 6th -Canadian Armed Forces Day
Monday, June 7th Day 4
Tuesday, June 8th Day 5
Wednesday, June 9th Day 1
Thursday, June 10th Day 2
Friday, June 11th Day 3
- Red Friday!
June 15th -ESJAM School Advisory Council Meeting
June 16th -Indigenous Art Workshop 6-8 pm
June 19th-Annual Diversity Dinner-see info below
June 21st -National Indigenous Peoples Day
June 22nd -Grade 6 Celebration
June 23rd-Report Cards go home
June 24th-Last Day of School
June 25th -PA Day
BGC Summer Camps
Youth Vaccination Clinics
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 the 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.
School Advisory Council
Maltby Virtual Supports
Super Siblings Workshops
Having a sibling with autism can be a great experience but sometimes it’s beneficial to connect with other people in a similar situation to work through common situations and issues that may arise. Parents are not required to attend this workshop but are expected to meet individually with the facilitators following the workshop to learn about the workshop content and strategies that may have been developed with their child regarding their sibling.
As a result of participating in this workshop, you will be able to:
• Describe what Autism is
• Understand how Autism may affect your sibling
• Understand how your sibling may be affecting you
• Create strategies with your parents to help resolve issues between you and your sibling
Dates: Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
**the parent sessions can be booked by the facilitators upon completion of the workshop**
Location: This is a virtual workshop offered on Zoom. Links to join on your phone, tablet, or computer will be sent a day prior to the event.
Requirements: To access this workshop, or a follow up session, you will need a valid Ontario Autism Program Reference number. If you do not have an OAP Reference number please contact the Maltby Centre at 613 546 8535 and ask to speak to a Family Support Coordinator. This is a free workshop.
Contact 613-308-9338 or email email@example.com.
FOOD SHARE PROGRAM
We continue to get support from the Food Share program. If your family is struggling, please reach out to the school and we will connect you with support from our local Food Share Program for bi-weekly deliveries to your home.
Kids Help Phone – Children and youth can contact Kids Help Phone 24/7 from anywhere in Canada, via phone, text or online chat.
Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support – Provides free online resources, tools, apps and connections to trained volunteers and qualified mental health professionals when needed
Anxiety Canada - Free online, self-help, and evidence-based resources on anxiety, including resources specific to COVD-19.
Government Support for Learners
If you received a payment through the Support for Learners program, you do not need to apply. Starting on April 26, 2021, we will begin issuing additional payments of:
- $400 for each child or youth up to Grade 12
- $500 for each child or youth up to age 21 with special needs
If you missed applying for the Support for Learners program, you will have the opportunity to apply for this new round of payment. Applications will open from May 3, 2021 to May 17, 2021.Learn more on the government’s Support for Learners webpage liked below.
This link will take you to information and LDSB tools for reporting student absences.
ASYMPTOMATIC COVID TESTING AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS BY Appointment
Students are invited to participate in voluntary asymptomatic testing (no symptoms) for COVID-19 during designated times. Families must book appointments for students using the assessment centre’s existing booking process (online or by telephone). Walk-ins are not permitted. Parent/guardian consent is required for testing of students under the age of 18. This testing is only for students, staff and bus drivers who DO NOT have COVID-19 symptoms. Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 must self-isolate and get tested for COVID-19 at a Community Assessment Centre. Learn more and review the schedule for your student's school at https://bit.ly/LDSBAsymptomaticTesting