CALVIN PARK UPDATE

Week of January 25-29, 2021

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Dear Calvin Park Families,


We are looking forward to welcoming our in-school students back on Monday, January 25! We have included some return to school reminders in this newsletter. Thank you to all of our students, families, and staff for persevering through the challenges of remote learning over the past three weeks. We are very grateful to our local Health Unit and to our community for continuing to follow all of the health protocols so that we are able to return to school to learn together.


Take care and stay safe,


Elizabeth Suriyuth, Principal

Wilma Pettingill, Vice-Principal

RETURN TO SCHOOL REMINDERS


  • If students experience any COVID-19 signs or symptoms this past week or this weekend, they should be tested at an assessment centre before Sunday, January 24, 2021. Students must remain at home until they receive the results of their test.

  • If students and families travelled outside the KFL&A region during the remote learning period, you must monitor closely for symptoms, even mild ones, and immediately get tested if symptoms develop. Students must remain at home until they receive the results of their test. While students cannot be excluded from school if they travelled outside the region and do not have symptoms, the provincial emergency order and local public health authorities recommends only essential travel and staying within the KFL&A region.

  • Families must screen students daily for COVID-19 symptoms using the approved Ministry of Education School and Child Care Screening Tool. Do not send students to school if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or if they are sick.

  • Students will be required to adhere to all existing COVID-19 safety protocols at school including proper hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, physical distancing (where possible) and the use of face coverings (masks).

  • Students in Grades 1 to 12 are required to wear a face covering while attending school, while travelling on school buses, and while outside if unable to maintain physical distancing (neck warmers and scarves are not a substitute for masks outdoors).

  • Please send extra masks with your student in the event they become wet or soiled.

  • When not in school, please respect the provincial stay-at-home orders. Do not gather with anyone who is not part of your household. Do not travel outside of the KFL&A region unless for essential needs.

PLEASE RETURN BORROWED CHROMEBOOKS

All Chromebooks that were borrowed for online learning need to be brought back to school on Monday, January 25. Don't forget the charging cords!!!
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THIS WEEK AT CALVIN PARK

Monday, January 25 - Day 5

  • Welcome Back Comets! Please bring back borrowed Chromebooks and charging cords.


Tuesday, January 26 - Day 1


Wednesday, January 27 - Day 2

  • Family Literacy Day


Thursday, January 28 - Day 3

  • Bell Let's Talk Day (in support of mental health)


Friday, January 29

  • PA DAY - no school for all students (in-person and virtual school)


UPCOMING DATES


February Black History Month

February 1 Term 2 begins

February 15 Family Day Holiday

February 17 Term 1 Report Cards will be sent home

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School Advisory Council Executive for 2020-21:


Co-Chairs: Claudine Elvidge (claudine_elvidge@hotmail.com) , Krystle Holton

Secretary/Treasurer: Sarah Phinney


Our next meeting is MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8 at 6:00 p.m. New members are always welcome. The meeting link will be sent out to all Council Members by our Co-Chairs. New members are always welcome so please contact Claudine for the meeting link if you are a new member.

School Advisory Council Fundraising Initiatives

Our Indigo and FlipGive fundraisers will be continuing until June 25th. Please read the Calvin Park School Advisory Council Update that was sent out last week for more information about these fundraisers. All fundraising this year will be used to purchase new books for classroom libraries to reflect diverse lives and issues related to equity and inclusion.

Request for Expressions of Interest for Indigenous SAC Representative Position

The Calvin Park School Council wants to reflect our school community and the perspectives and voices of the people within it. To open the door for more diversity on the executive, and around the council table, a position for an Indigenous SAC Representative is available. Please let us know if you are an Indigenous parent/guardian/grandparent of an Indigenous student interested in this position. We’re looking forward to filling this position and continuing our journey to become a more equitable and representative Advisory Council.

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Winter Weather

The temperatures have dropped recently, however, we will continue to go outside as much as possible! Please remind your student to come dressed for the weather with boots, warm clothing, hats, and mitts. Please contact our office if we can provide clothing support for your child.

GRADE 8 - 9 TRANSITION INFORMATION

Most of our in-school Grade 8 students have completed their Grade 9 course selection and registration using the online tool, "MyBlueprint". Students who are currently enrolled in the Elementary Virtual School will be receiving Grade 9 transition information from their virtual classroom teacher. Students and families can login to MyBlueprint account to review their course choices. MyBlueprint also has many additional resources to help students decide about their future educational goals, careers, etc.


Some LDSB secondary schools will sending out "Grade 9 Welcome" videos for incoming students and we will include links in future newsletters as we receive them. Teachers will also be posting the links to their online classrooms.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT SPECIALIST HIGH SKILLS MAJORS IN LDSB

LDSB offers a variety of Specialist High Skills Major programs in high school for students - find out more by registering for this free presentation EventBrite Registration
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Enrichment Studies at Queen's University for Grade 7-12 Students

Registration is now open for online enrichment courses for Grade 7-12 students through the Enrichment Studies Unit at Queen's University. For more information, please visit their website:

https://esu.queensu.ca/programs/online/

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PLEASE CONTINUE DAILY COVID-19 SCREENING

Please continue to monitor the members of your household for Covid-19 symptoms. The screening can be completed online or using the tool below. If symptoms develop, you must isolate and get tested right away. After testing, students must remain home while they wait for their test results. Together, we will do our best to keep children, adults and our community safe.
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Government Support for Remote Learning

The Government of Ontario is providing one-time funding for parents to help offset costs during the 2020-2021 school year. Eligible parents or guardians will receive a one-time payment of:

  • $200 for each student up to age 12
  • $250 for each student or youth up to age 21 with special needs
  • NEW $200 for student age 13 to Grade 12 including students who are in secondary school that are over age 18

Applications open on Monday, January 11, 2021. The deadline to apply is February 8, 2021. Learn more by the clicking this link: Support for Learners

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RESOURCES TO SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH

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Bell Let’s Talk Day is Thursday, January 28 - it is a day that reminds us of the importance of focusing on mental health, especially this year. COVID-19 has affected every aspect of our lives, including our mental health. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 38% of Canadians say their mental health has declined due to COVID-19, and people already struggling with their mental health were 2 times more likely to say their mental health has declined due to the pandemic.


This year’s Bell Let’s Talk Day campaign shines a light on the actions that we can all take, because now more than ever, mental health matters. All of us can play a part to focus the spotlight on mental health in our communities, workplaces, schools and at home.


You can find resources, learn more about some of the organizations providing meaningful mental health supports and services throughout Canada, and download the Bell Let’s Talk toolkit to begin your own conversation about mental health at home or in your workplace.


When it comes to mental health, now more than ever, every action counts.

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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: suriyuthe@limestone.on.ca

Ms. Wilma Pettingill, Vice-Principal: pettingillw@limestone.on.ca

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