Parent Peek at the Week
November 1st, 2021
In case you missed it....
2nd Annual KH Pumpkin Patch
A huge thank you to School Council and staff for making the magic happen!
After finding the perfect pumpkin, classes worked hard to turn them into great works of art!
Our Cougar SPARK "students promoting awesome recess kindness" program is up and running.
2nd Annual KH Pumpkin Patch
NOVEMBER - INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AWARENESS MONTH
Monday, November 1st - Day 4
- PM - Welcome to Amber Scott (EA) who is joining our team!
- 6:30pm - School Council Meeting
Tuesday, November 2nd - Day 5
- Subway Hot Lunch Day
Wednesday, November 3rd - Day 1
Thursday, November 4th - Day 2
- Boston Pizza Hot Lunch Day
Friday, November 5th - Day 3
- Cougar Courage Awards
- November 11th - Remembrance Day
- November 19th - Progress Reports sent home
Some timely Halloween tips and reminders....
Welcome to Amber!
Please join us in welcome our newest staff member to Kawartha Heights!
Beginning full time on Tuesday, Educational Assistant Amber Scott will be joining our amazing support staff team. This is some additional support we were able to receive until at least December. This support will allow us to continue to address and meet the self-regulation and social/emotional needs of many of our students who are finding this fall very challenging.
We look forward to showing her what a great place Kawartha Heights is to be!
School Council Meeting
This Monday, November 1st at 6:30pm is our second School Council meeting of the year. We hope to welcome as many parents as possible. We were excited to elect our new Council at the last meeting as well as finalize our Fundraising Plan for this year.
This week's meeting will have some updates from Principal, staff and School Council Chair. We'll also discuss our fundraising next steps in more detail and look at establishing some sub-committees to get the work done. Come join us - we'd love to have you! Please join at the following link: https://kprdsb.webex.com/meet/jennifer_sampson
Attached below are the minutes from last month's meeting as well as the agenda for Monday night.
Hot Lunch reminder
Jut a little reminder that you have until noon each Sunday to place a hot lunch order for the upcoming week. Hot lunches are available twice a week. On Tuesday's we offer Subway and on Thursday's we offer Boston Pizza.
Please go to Lunchboxorders.com to sign up and place your orders. No money or orders are done through the school. Thank you for supporting our School Council (and all their great initiatives) - as well as hopefully giving you a night off "lunch making"!
Indigenous Peoples Awareness Month
As a school and as a board, we strive to create an environment that honours Indigenous knowledge, culture, perspective and history we centre authentic First Nations, Métis and Inuit voices.
The way forward to Reconciliation requires ongoing self-reflection and deliberate action. Indigenous voices and perspectives have been missing from schools and classrooms for too long. It is time to actively engage in learning.
Passport to Reconciliation
All staff and students are invited to work together in broad-based collective action by engaging weekly in the Passport to Reconciliation. November 2021 launches a year of learning that continues until November 2022 with a different focus each month. We are able to participate as an individual, a class (K-12), a school, or a department. It’s time for us to engage in the shift to active learning, moving from ‘I don’t know’ to ‘I need to find out.’
Below is an overview of the focus for each month. For the month of November, KPR's focus of learning is on Treaties. We look forward to sharing more information and learning with you over the course of the year.
Social Skills Groups for Student with Autism
Information from KPRDSB
To All KPR Families,
Aaniin. Hello. Bonjour. All of us at KPR look forward to marking the 5th annual Indigenous Peoples Awareness Month throughout November, as well as Treaties Recognition Week November 1-7.
As educators, we want to ensure ALL students and staff continue their journey in understanding and awareness of Indigenous cultures, ways of knowing and contributions to society. It is our work to continue creating environments that honour Indigenous knowledge, culture, perspective and history, and to ensure Indigenous students, staff and community see themselves reflected in schools.
We chose the month of November as Indigenous Peoples Awareness Month as it already includes several longstanding observances: Treaties Recognition Week November 1-7, Inuit Day November 7, Indigenous Veterans Day November 8 and Louis Riel Day November 16. We also encourage students and staff to post pictures of themselves wearing their favourite moccasins on social media during Rock Your Mocs Week November 14-20.
Our Indigenous Education Department is busy year-round, creating resources and opportunities for staff to learn authentically and to share that learning with students. As an educational institution, we take action towards reconciliation through our commitment to learning centred on authentic First Nation, Métis and Inuit lived experience. We are fortunate to work closely with elders and representatives of Indigenous peoples locally, as we move forward towards reconciliation. Please stay tuned to updates on social media, including the KPR Indigenous Education Department accounts on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.
In other news, the province yesterday announced it would make take-home PCR (polymerase chain reaction) self-collection test kits available to all schools in Ontario. We look forward to receiving details on how this COVID prevention initiative will be applied at KPR.
I wish everyone a restful and healthy weekend.
Director of Education
Virtual School Transfers
Here’s information you need to know if you are planning to transfer your child or teen between virtual and in-person learning.
Virtual Elementary School (VES)
- To move your child from in-person classes to VES, please complete the opt-in portal at https://optin.kprdsb.ca/ between November 12 and noon on November 19.
- VES teachers will contact new VES families during the week of November 22. New classes will begin November 29.
- To move from VES to in-person learning, please contact your home school principal.
Virtual High School (VHS)
- Please contact your home school’s Guidance staff between November 1-17 to move between virtual and in-person learning for the next quadmester.
- Transfer times later in the school year will begin January 20 and April 8; watch for details.
KPR is pleased to proceed with the Menstrual Equity (ME) program in participating schools over the coming weeks. In the first year of a two-year plan, all secondary schools and 36 pilot elementary schools will receive tampons and pads that students can access for free in at least one girls’ washroom and one all-gender washroom.
The ultimate goal of the ME program, championed by Student Trustees, is to be more inclusive of all individuals who menstruate, including those who identify as trans, gender non-binary or gender-fluid. ME also aims to ensure all students can participate fully in school, regardless of socio-economic status and ability to afford menstrual products.
The province-wide free menstrual product program recently announced by the Ministry of Education will help to support the Menstrual Equity program approved by KPR Trustees last spring.
One more thing....
What a lovely reminder this week that we also reside and work in a wonderful community. With great thanks, we enjoyed special Halloween treats from Tammy and her team at the local Desjardins Insurance. It truly does take a community to raise a child (or 250 of them!) and we are so grateful for all the help and support.