CALVIN PARK WEEKLY UPDATE

February 24-28, 2020

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Kindness Week

Wednesday, February 26th is Pink Shirt Day, a day that students can use to share their voice by wearing pink to stand up against bullying. There is a video clip below that shares the origins of Pink Shirt Day. Kindness and empathy are our strongest tools to address the issues of bullying and exclusion. This week, we are focusing on "random acts of kindness." Students will have an opportunity to reflect on how they can make a difference in our school by thinking about how they interact with others and performing random acts of kindness. Please remind your child to wear pink on Wednesday!
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The Story of Pink Shirt Day

Grade 8-9 Transition Information

At this time of year, our Grade 8 students are attending presentations from each of our area secondary schools about course selection for Grade 9. Grade 8 students are attending the presentations for their home secondary school based on their home address. Please discuss course selection with your child and visit "My Blueprint" together. More information can be found on the LDSB website by clicking the link below.


If you have any questions, please contact Student Services at the secondary school that your child will be attending or contact Ms. Pettingill at the Calvin Park office.

A Reminder About Report Cards from LDSB

As shared earlier by the Limestone District School Board, Term 1 Report Cards for elementary students across the province will not be issued due to the ongoing provincial labour disruption. We know that families are disappointed with the absence of mid-year report cards which are normally scheduled for February. Teachers are continuing to evaluate and assess students but will not be entering marks and/or learning skills electronically. It is important to remember that report cards are not the sole record of achievement data for your child. Ongoing and regular communication between teachers and families occurs throughout the year. As always, parents and guardians can contact their child's teacher to discuss progress or concerns.


It was a difficult decision not to issue term one report cards, however, during job action it is not always business as usual in our schools. Although elementary teachers have submitted marks to administrators, school administrators will not be communicating marks to families.


The production of report cards for Limestone’s 13,000 elementary students relies on the electronic inputting of assessment data by teachers. This translates into about 300,000 individual pieces of data. Our principals and vice-principals cannot do the work of more than 800 classroom teachers. Nor can this work be outsourced to other Board staff, or external agencies due to the significant unbudgeted cost, and concerns about accuracy and, more importantly, privacy given the confidential information that is part of a child’s report card.

We thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding during this time of labour action. We are hopeful that the parties at the central table are able to reach an agreement soon. The Board will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.

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Student Census - See Yourself in Limestone

The Limestone District School Board is committed to equity, inclusion and ensuring everyone feels a strong sense of belonging. Understanding student identity, lived experience, and ability continue to be important in our efforts to improve student achievement and well-being. Watch the short video below to learn more about a Student Census Survey coming this spring.
LDSB Student Census 2020 PSA

THIS WEEK at CALVIN PARK February 24-28, 2020

Monday, February 24 - Day 4

  • School Council Meeting postponed - stay tuned for details of our next meeting
  • Kindness Week


Tuesday, February 25 - Day 5

  • Kindness Week
  • 9:00 Girls Inc Group

Wednesday, February 26 - Day 1

  • Kindness Week
  • PINK SHIRT DAY


Thursday, February 27 - Day 2

  • Kindness Week


Friday, February 28 - Day 3

  • Kindness Week



UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER:


March 4,5,11 Presentations by Kingston Police about Human Trafficking (Grade 8) and Cyberbullying (Grade 7)

March 16-20 March Break

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