The Week Ahead

December 6th - December 10th, 2021

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ORDER SPIRIT WEAR ANYTIME! SEE BELOW

Weekly Schedule

Monday, December 6th, 2021 (Day 2)


Tuesday, December 7th, 2021 (Day 3)

  • Fire Drill #3


Wednesday, December 8th, 2021 (Day 4)


Thursday, December 9th, 2021 (Day 5)


Friday, December 10th, 2021 (Day 1)

  • Jingle Bell Walk

Upcoming Important Dates:

December 13th - Be Yourself Day (dress your unique own style!)

December 14th - Hat Day

December 15th - Dress Fancy Day

December 16th - Holiday Colours Day (or wear your favourite colours!)

December 17th - Pajama/Cozy Clothes Day

Message From the Principal

Dear Families,


Thank you for all of your donations of food for the Jingle Bell Walk, as well as mitts & hats for our Giving Tree - your generosity is much appreciated!


Regarding hot lunches moving forward: we will not be able to offer refunds when students are absent on hot lunch day, but we will keep their order in our fridge until the next day in case the student returns, before disposing of them the day after that. Thank you to Jennifer Bolding and our Parent Council for their assistance getting this program off of the ground again!


A reminder if you are doing any shopping for the holidays (or otherwise), support our school fundraising efforts by giving FlipGive a try (see details below).


Have a great week!

Sincerely,


Aaron West

Principal

NEW FUNDRAISER - FLIPGIVE!

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Our new fundraiser, FlipGive is online! Our school earns cash back on every purchase we make using FlipGive, all year long! All you have to do is shop anytime with the brands you already love, like Home Depot, Walmart, Sport Chek, Indigo, Old Navy, Apple, Esso, and Loblaws. No more going door-to-door selling chocolate bars - it’s completely virtual and contactless. You can even order Gift Cards!



Join our team now and you’ll get a $5 bonus the first time you shop: https://flipgive.app.link/teams/join?joincode=KGGCMG


Or enter this code: KGGCMG


Once you've signed up, make sure to select "support the team" when asked. Any questions, just ask!



Want to learn more? Check out this 2 minute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vTO_Qg4n80

What is FlipGive? A better alternative to fundraising for your team.

Jingle Bell Walk - December 10th

Students are encouraged to bring in a non-perishable donation for the foodbank before December 10. On the day of the Jingle Bell Walk, students will receive a jingle bell. Students will remain within their classroom cohorts as we all walk around the school yard. Bells will be rung, music will be played. It will be a fun and festive event!

Milk Bag Collection

Earlier this year, our school began a small environmental project to help keep writing tools out of landfills. Each room in the school now has a container for collecting old pens, markers, highlighters etc. These items are then sent off to our local Staples were they get recycled.


In December Mrs. Boyce’s and Mrs. Bailey’s class will partner with our local Earthub organization to start an environmental project that also has a community caring connection. The class will be collecting milk bags which will be washed and flattened then reused to weave into sleeping mats for the homeless. Milk tags and plastic bottle caps can also be sent in as Earthub collects these and repurposes them as well. So, start saving those outer milk bags and tags to support their project!

Siblings at School with COVID Symptoms

There have been some questions about siblings who are at school when a student has COVID symptoms and needs to be picked up. To clarify - any siblings in this case ALSO need to be sent home. The siblings may return when the student with symptoms has obtained a negative COVID test. The only exception to this rule is if the siblings are fully vaccinated.


Also, whenever you've kept a student home because they have COVID symptoms (fever and/or chills, cough, shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, loss of taste or smell) siblings should not attend school until you've received a negative test for the symptomatic child.


UPDATE: The sibling policy only applies to the primary COVID symptoms, not the newly added ones (runny nose, headache, etc.). When a student has one of these newly added symptoms, siblings do not need to go home.

School Day - Online Permissions and Payments

If you haven't had a chance yet, please make sure to register for our online payments and permission program at www.school-day.com. You can also access this site by visiting our website, and clicking on the School-Day button along the leftside.

COVID SCREENING & STUDENT SYMPTOMS AT SCHOOL

We greatly appreciate your diligence in screening your children for Covid symptoms each day before sending them to school. This screener can be accessed online at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/. It is important you understand the process for how we manage situations where a student displays symptoms at school. This process can be seen in the image below. Again, these protocols come from Public Health, not the school, but we are obligated to follow them. Thank you for your understanding.
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SAFE ARRIVAL ATTENDANCE SYSTEM

How to report a student absence using SafeArrival


There are three ways you can report your student’s absence in advance:



1. Using your mobile device, download and install the SchoolMessenger blue app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store or from School Messenger website or you can select it from within the LDSB mobile app. The first time you use the app, select Sign Up to create your account. Make sure you use the same email address your child’s school has on file. If you do not use that same email address, you will not be able to create an account. You may have already created an account when we introduced the Communicate broadcast system. Select Attendance, then Report an Absence.


2. Use the School Messenger website. The first time you use the website, select Sign Up to create your account. Please ensure you use the same email address your student’s school has on file. If you do not use that same email address, you will not be able to create an account. You may have already created an account when we introduced the Communicate broadcast system. Select Attendance then Report an Absence.


3. Call 1-855-257-9349 toll-free to report an absence using the automated phone system.



***Please do not call the school directly to report your student's absence***