Parent Peek at the Week

Week of June 27th, 2022

A little note from Mrs. Sampson….

Well it's finally time to say good-bye through our last Parent Peek at the Week for 2021/2022. It's hard to believe the school year is over - where has the time gone!?!

I can honestly say that after 30 years in education, I feel so fortunate to have had the chance to finish my career at Kawartha Heights. You are a vibrant, involved community that works so closely with our educator team to support all students. Our staff are dedicated, caring, committed and loving to all of our children - there isn't anything they wouldn't do to go the extra mile. And of course our students - who are the most inspiring little humans we could ever have the pleasure of spending our days with. Kawartha Heights is truly a special place.

As I head on my way, please join me in welcoming Brooke Ostapek as the new Principal of Kawartha Heights. I look forward to following the school on Twitter and Instagram to keep in touch with the exciting new adventures that lie ahead for all of you, under her guidance.

Please continue to look out for each other and take care of each other. I hope to bump into you when out and about in our great city - please make sure you stop and say "hi"!

Have a safe and restful summer.

Mrs. Sampson

Important Dates

Monday, June 27th - Day 5

  • 11:20 - 12:10pm - Leaving Ceremony rehearsal
  • End of day - Grade 6 report cards go home

Tuesday, June 28th- Day 1

  • 8:45 am - students enter the building upon arrival
  • 9:15am - Grade 6 Leaving Ceremony
  • 10:25am (approx) - Clap Out
  • End of day - Junior Kindergarten - Grade 5 report cards go home

Wednesday, June 29th - Day 2

  • Last Day of School
  • Rain date for the Grade 6 Leaving Ceremony

Thursday, June 30th - Day 3
  • PA Day for teachers

Covid Daily Screener and Updated Resource

This is just a reminder that it is critical and expected that you complete the daily Covid screener before coming to school. You no longer need to complete the attestation form, but the screener is still a requirement. If you are experiencing ANY signs of illness, the screener will indicate you are not to come to school. If you test at home and the results are NEGATIVE, but you still have symptoms and do not feel well you do NOT attend school. Thank you for doing your part to keep us all safe!!!

For your reference, the screener can be found at:

Report Cards and Next Year's Teacher


Unlike previous years, this year paper report cards will be sent home for the Grade 6's on Monday, June 27th. Report cards for JK - Grade 5 will go home on Tuesday, June 28th. You will also be able to access report cards online should you choose.


Families will be able to access the name of their child's teacher for next year, at the following site: Once there, you can click on the "Class Look Up" app. Please note that this app will not be live until after 3pm on June 30th.

Grade 6 Leaving Ceremony

This year we are planning on having the our Grade 6 Leaving Ceremony outside on Tuesday, June 28th at 9:15am. This is to ensure we're as safe as possible, can welcome several family members from each family and don't have to worry about all the storage still on the stage.

All students in Grades 1 - 6 will be entering the building, immediately upon arrival on Tuesday morning. This will help us to ensure our Leaving Ceremony starts right on time at 9:15am.

If you are family of a Grade 6 student, here are a few things to keep in mind:

1. Please arrive between 9am and 9:15am and find a seat on the hill in the designated areas. You might want to bring a cushion or blanket to sit on. There will be VERY limited seats available for grandparents/those that can't sit on the hill.

2. Following the ceremony there will be a reception outside. This is your chance to mingle, chat and take photos.

3. At approximately 10:25am, we'll be lining up the Grade 6's by the Primary doors so they are ready for our clap out. We are asking parents to join us in lining the Junior hallway closest to the exit (these are the doors closest to the dumpsters).

4. Students are welcome to leave with their families, immediately following the clap out celebration.

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Classroom Organization 2022/2023

As we come to the end of our school year, today I'd like to share with you our school organization, based on what we currently know. Please be aware that this is tentative and subject to change.

Year 1/2 Kindergarten: Kelly Bartlett and Deb Charmley

Year 1/2 Kindergarten: Jennifer Richardson and Julie Holt

Grade 1: Carolyn Ross

Grade 1/2: Jennifer Rutherford

Grade 2/3: Holly Beaton

Grade 3: Yvonne Rees and Kathy Scott

Grade 3/4: Jessica McConnell

Grade 4: Katie Howson

Grade 5/6: Autumn Landry

Grade 5/6: Kayla Gunning

Grade 5/6: Cheryl Baker

Library: Kathy Scott

Core French/Planning: Geoffrey Forrest

Planning: Jennifer Biederman

Special Education Resource Teacher: Adam Mendler

Support staff - still to be determined

Principal: Brooke Ostapek

Secretary: Sherry Elcombe

Head Custodian: John Davies

Night Custodian: Josh Wasson-McQuigge

A few more “wish you well's.........."

In addition to the wonderful people we recognized last week, here are a few more folks who will be leaving our fantastic school…..

Ms. Elmhirst- Ms. Elmhirst has been involved with every class and every student this year at Kawartha Heights - she is often our "go to" person when we are short staffed to help us cover classes. She has also taught Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 3/4. She will be leaving us to teach Kindergarten in Clarington and her new Kindergarten students are so lucky to have her.

Ms. Kerr - Ms. Kerr joined our school in January and has been an additional Grade 6 teacher with us. The students adore her easy going manner and she has an amazing way to connect with children and adults. We look forward to hearing where her next adventures will take her!

Ms. Bolton - Ms. Bolton has worked at Kawartha Heights as an Educational Assistant for many years and has touched the lives and hearts of so many students. In the fall she will begin adventures at Percy Centennial P.S. - which is much closer to home for her. We will all miss her very much!

Ms. McCarthy - We like to wish a big congratulations to Ms. McCarthy who will begin a new full time Child and Youth Worker contract at Queen Elizabeth P.S. They are so lucky to have her joining their team!

From the KPR Board Office

Dear KPR Families,

As we near the end of June, the energy of students in our classrooms and schools is at a peak! Everyone is excited for end of the year trips, graduations and other special events. I have sincerely enjoyed visiting schools and being part of the incredible activities and opportunities taking place.

For those who have students who are celebrating graduations - from Grade 8 and moving on to secondary school, or those in secondary school who are moving on to college, university or the world of work, congratulations on this important milestone. It is the beginning of an exciting new chapter, and we share in the joy of our students’ accomplishments and wish them all the best in the exciting new adventures ahead!

I was fortunate to attend the official opening and ribbon cutting ceremony at Kaawaate East City Public School on Wednesday night. Principal Marguerite Masterson, Vice Principal Melissa Casselman, the talented Grade 3 choir and Kaawaate ECPS’s Student Leadership Team hosted the event and welcomed Trustees, school board staff, school council members and special guests MPP Dave Smith, MP Michelle Ferreri, Mayor Diane Therrien and school partner Trent Child Care. Congratulations to the students, families and staff on a successful first year in their new school!

Many KPR schools are involved in partnership projects with their local communities, and we applaud these innovative ideas that provide students with hands-on learning opportunities and also benefit the community. The community garden at Port Hope High School is one such project, featured in this week’s #WeAreKPR story. I also want to highlight the work of Adam Scott Intermediate’s EcoTeam students who partnered with Fairhaven Retirement Residence on a garden project. Thank you to everyone who supports these important opportunities!

I hope everyone enjoys the last week of school, and the last week of June!


Rita Russo

Director of Education


Culinary Dual Credit Summer Program

Secondary students have an opportunity this summer to earn Cooking credits for both high school and college for free! CCI, Clarington Central and Thomas A. Stewart are hosting this program for interested students in each region. Classes run Monday through Thursday for half days in July. For more information or to register, students and families can contact their school’s Guidance Office.

Summer School

KPR offers a variety of summer school programs for students in Grades 9-12 to get ahead or catch up with their programs and classes. We also offer Grade 8 students an opportunity to reach ahead and earn a high school credit through the Summer START program. Summer school courses are available in-class, through eLearning or as a cooperative education credit.

Summer school starts on July 4th and finishes on July 29th. Students interested in Summer School should speak with the Guidance Office at their school. Summer school registration closes on July 2nd.

Immunization Catch-up

School closures throughout the pandemic have interrupted many things, including routine immunization programs typically offered at school. Our local public health partners are continuing to support families as they catch up on important immunizations, including:

  • Meningococcal, Hepatitis B or Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines, typically given in grade 7 (available to grades 7-12)
  • Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis booster), typically given at age 14 – 16 years
  • Polio, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella (for children born in 2010 or later)

For more information about these vaccines or to book an appointment, please contact your local health unit.

  • Durham Region Health Department (DRHD): Book online (Additional clinics are being held in Clarington on July 13 and August 10).
  • Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPRDHU): Call 1-866-888-4577 ext. 1507.
  • Hasting Prince Edward Public Health: Book online.
  • Peterborough Public Health (PPH): Call (705) 743-1000 ext. 242 or book online.

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