Major Family Remote Learning Update

Week of June 21st 2021

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Dear Families:

As you know, Trustees of the Limestone District School Board voted unanimously to initiate a renaming process for École Sir John A. Macdonald Public School. In addition, they also passed a second motion establishing an interim name, Ecole Kingston East Elementary School effective June 30, 2021. In making this decision, the Board of Trustees acknowledged the ongoing pain and harm related to the use of the name particularly with Indigenous members of the community. Students, families and staff will have an important role to play in the consultation process.


This change is a meaningful opportunity to learn and rebuild together. We are fortunate to have a wonderful team of educators dedicated to embedding the principles of equity, anti-racism, and inclusion in their daily instructional practice. As a school staff, we will continue to support students and families during this transition to ensure that all students feel safe and welcomed. Thank-you for your patience and support.

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Coming Up:

June-Pride Month & National Indigenous History Month

Sunday, June 20th -Happy Father's Day!

Monday, June 21st Day 4

  • National Indigenous Peoples Day
  • Summer Solstice

Tuesday, June 22nd Day 5

  • Grade 6 Celebration

Wednesday, June 23rd Day 1

  • Report Cards Go Home
  • Belongings Pickup and Device Return Grades 1, 2, 2/3

Thursday, June 24th Day 2

  • Last Day of Classes
  • Belongings Pickup and Device Return Grades 3-5
  • Mrs. Calcafuoco's Last Day of School!

Friday, June 25th PA Day

  • PA Day

Have a safe & happy summer!

Mrs. Calcafuoco is retiring!

It's with mixed feelings that we say farewell to Kathryn Calcafuoco, our beloved grade 1/2 teacher at our school. Mrs. Calcafuoco has certainly seen her share of changes after over 19 years of teaching, and none more challenging than this past year. Nevertheless, her commitment to her students and love of teaching is evident when you walk into her classroom. It is a joyful place to learn and grow. We will miss Mrs. Calcafuoco and wish her all the best in her retirement!

Anna McGrath is Retiring!

With mixed emotions, we are sharing the news that our beloved head caretaker, Anna McGrath is retiring. Although we all believe that she has earned a rest after 31 years as a caretaker, there is no doubt that our staff, students and community will miss her dearly. Anna has not only kept our school in tiptop shape, she has taken the time to get to know our students and staff and to be a part of their daily lives. She is a special person, and will be greatly missed. Congratulations on your retirement, Anna!

School Council Dreamcatcher Workshop

Thank-you so much to Melanie Gray, an Indigenous artist who facilitated the Dream Catcher workshop this past week. Families learned about dream catchers and were able to create their own at home. Thank-you to Sonja Taylor for her work organizing the workshop and distributing materials and also to our school council for using the PRO Grant so creatively in this virtual format.

Summer Solstice Virtual Celebration

On June 21st, many of our students will be viewing some virtual Summer Solstice Celebrations organized by the York Region Nature Collaboration as a part of National Indigenous Peoples Day. Presentations include:

9:30 a.m. - Water Ceremony with Grandmother Vivian Recollect

10:00 a.m. - Big Drum and Dancing

10:30 a.m. - Moccasin Identifier Project

If you want to watch the sunrise ceremony, you can start earlier at 8:00 am. Follow the link below for free tickets to this online event.

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B&G Academic Boot Camp

This summer, the Boys and Girls Club will be launching academic boost camps in the same trusted model of BGC summer camps, with an additional education focus! The program will have education-focused sessions delivered in interactive and discovery-led ways, so children retain key curriculum concepts while staying active, exploring creativity and awakening learning interest.


  • This camp will be delivered by qualified professionals, including Ontario Certified Teachers
  • Programs will be in accordance with the Ontario Curriculum and guided by the
  • scientifically proven methods of the Reading Clinic
  • Children will learn while having fun!
For more information and visit bgckingston.ca to register today"


Academic Boost Camps - BGC Kingston.pdf

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Kindergarten Registration

We're getting ready to welcome future Majors! LDSB has begun the process of registering students for Kindergarten for 2021-2022 school year.

If your student is 4 or 5 by the end of December, now is the time to register.

Our school offers both English and French Immersion programs. Please follow the link below for more information about Kindergarten in LDSB.

School Advisory Council

Thank-you to our school council members for their time and commitment to the improvement of our school. We are so appreciative of your engagement and your ongoing support of our school, staff and students. We look forward to continued collaboration in the coming school year!


You can follow council updates on twitter or on the SAC Facebook page.

https://twitter.com/CouncilEsjam

https://www.facebook.com/SJAMSchoolCouncil

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Youth Vaccination Clinics

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 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.

KFL&A Public Health - COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic | Scheduling and Booking Website (simplybook.plus)

Standing with the Muslim Community

We were deeply saddened to learn that members of a Muslim-Canadian family from London, Ontario were intentionally targeted and killed this past Sunday. Our hearts are with the victims, family members and with the local Muslim community. Our staff will continue to support students through these tragic events with the firm belief that education is central to combatting racism in all its forms. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you are seeking support for students impacted by this tragedy.
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Maltby Virtual Supports

Wellness Supports

YOUTH HUB

Contact 613-308-9338 or email youthhubnapanee@kchc.ca.


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.


ONLINE RESOURCES

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.

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

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KMFRC Partnership

Our school is partnering with KMFRC to facilitate easier access to community supports and resources. Please check out the resources available to military families in our community.
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Supports Available

The announcement of the name changing process for our school may be upsetting to some members of the school community. If you require assistance, please reach out to the school for support. The National Indian Residential School Crisis line is 1-866-925-4419.