Southview P.S. Weekly Update

Week of December 10, 2018

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Need Help Signing Up for Online Payments & Permissions?

A table will be set up in the front foyer from 3:00 to 4:00 on Tuesday, December 11th for parents/guardians wishing to get hep signing up for School-Day: Permissions and Payments. Please bring your PIN codes that were sent home with students at the end f November. If you have lost this blue piece of paper, please contact Mrs. Cuthill in the office.

***There have been a number of inquiries about whether or not hard copies of permission forms for field trips will still be sent home and whether or not the school will accept cash for payments. There may be unique circumstances where this may be the case, however, the preferred method for permissions and payments moving forward will be through the School-Day online portal. Please call the school directly to discuss your particular circumstances should you have difficulty accessing the online method. We do not always see posts on the Parent Council Facebook page and will therefore not be able to respond on that page.***

If you have a child in Grade 1 to 3, there are active field trips (for December 21) in the School-Day portal that require your attention.

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Last Week's Threats in Kingston Schools

Although Southview was not affected by last week's Lockdowns and Hold and Secures, we understand how these events can still be stressful and upsetting.

Individuals react to stressful situations in different ways. We may feel helplessness, anxiety and anger. Whatever you feel is okay. Our schools and Educational Services staff are working together to ensure students and staff receive the support they may need for as long as needed. You may be concerned about your child’s response to these events. We encourage you to listen to their questions and concerns and seek help through the school if you have any concerns about your child. We are also able to help you to connect to community supports should you feel this would be of help. As always, our top priority is the safety and well-being of each of our students. Please reach out for help if needed.

Here are some tips to help you support your children at this time:

  • Listen and create an environment that acknowledges all feelings.
  • Recognize that children may become concerned that something bad will happen to themselves, family or friends.
  • Explain that safety measures are in place and reassure them that you and other adults will take care of them.
  • Choose what information is to be shared based on the child's age and an assessment of your child's need to know.
  • If your child is not focused on the event, do not dwell on it.
  • Create an atmosphere for open dialogue and discussion if your child wants to talk or ask questions.
  • When children ask questions, use age-appropriate language and a calm and reassuring tone of voice.
  • Let children know that they may experience a range of emotions and this is to be expected.
  • Ensure they know that supports are available at home, in the community, and at school if they need to speak to someone.
  • Identify children who will be most affected. For example, children who are depressed and anxious, traumatized children, and children who have been victims of violence.
  • Provide support that is age appropriate and based on the level of need.
  • Limit media exposure about this event for younger children. Let older children know that the media coverage may be too disturbing for them to watch or watch the media coverage with them and discuss it.
  • Let older children know that discussing the event with younger children is not appropriate.
  • A natural parental response after events like this is to feel overprotective of your child for a while and to feel a heightened sense of vulnerability, anger, fear, and sense of helplessness. Be aware of your own needs. Don’t ignore your own feelings. Talking to friends, family members, faith leaders and mental health counsellors can help.
  • Let your children know you might be upset, too. You will be better able to support them if you can express your own emotions in a productive manner.

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Holiday Concert

Students in K to Grade 3 are excited to invite families to our Holiday Concert on Thursday, December 20th. There will be an afternoon performance at 2:30 pm as well as a performance at 6:00 pm that evening. Due to fire code regulations, there is limited seating for the evening show. Families with students in the primary division will receive 2 tickets to attend the evening show. We will be collecting non-perishable food items or loonie donations at both shows. Our students would truly appreciate it if audience members stayed for the entire show seeing as they've worked so hard to prepare!

Jingle Bell Zumba

Our Jingle Bell Zumba with Edward will be Wednesday, December 12th. As part of the KFL&A Health Unit initiative, we ask families to consider donating a non-perishable food item for the local food bank.

Looking for Cleaned & Empty K-Cup & Wrapping Paper Tube Donations

If you would like to support us by collecting your used K-Cups, cleaning them out and sending them into our donation box in the front hallway, we will use these to help us build, design, and construct. These are great tools for us to use in math, science and music!

As well, keep your holiday wrapping tubes so that in January, we can use these recyclable materials to help us with our learning. Thanks for your support of our school and for recycling these materials for our use.

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Southview P.S. Weekly Update

Weekly events/activities, school/LDSB news and upcoming events are published in a Weekly Update. In an effort to be more environmentally friendly, our Weekly Update will only be sent electronically and can be accessed through our Twitter feed, web site , the Parent Council Facebook page, and direct email. If you would like the Weekly Update emailed to you directly, please send your name and email address to our school email address:

Please indicate "weekly update" in the subject line. Hard copies are available upon request.

This Week at Southview

Monday, December 10 (Day 1)

  • Grade 5s to Grand Theatre
  • Gould Lake Presentations for Grades 6-8

Tuesday, December 11 (Day 2)

  • Support for parents/guardians to sign up with School-Day for online payments & permissions; 3:00 - 4:00 in the front foyer

Wednesday, December 12 (Day 3)

  • Jingle Bell Zumba
  • NDSS Band Performance

Thursday, December 13 (Day 4)

Friday, December 14 (Day 5)

  • Holiday Craft Sale

Upcoming Events

December 20 ~ Primary Holiday Concert

December 21 ~ Grade 2 & 3 to Domino Theatre

December 21 ~ Grade 1s to Gymnastics

December 21 ~ Last Day of School ~ Red, White & Green Day!

January 7 ~ First Day Back

Embracing Differences, Learning Together