Sydenham PS

January 11, 2021

Dear Sydenham Familes,

Happy New Year!

We hope this newsletter finds you well. We had hoped that this week would see the return of in- person learning, but understand the need for the extension of remote learning for the next two weeks.

We are so impressed by the efforts of our educators, students and families at home as they 'whirled' into remote learning again. (Yes, we did use a thesaurus to look for a word other than 'pivoted'; 'whirled' seemed to be a good fit!) We encourage students to engage as much as possible remotely, and educators will continue to provide schedules of the learning activities and assignments through their remote classrooms. Congratulations on a great first week - give yourselves a pat on the back for your efforts! We will get through all the messy bits and glitches together and we will keep on learning!

If you find you need a device from the school to support your child's learning, we continue to support these requests. Please reach out to your child's educator or to the school and we will make arrangements to deploy the needed technology.

Thank you for your continued support! We look forward to when we can welcome the students back to in-person school. Until then, we enjoy seeing all your smiles on-line!

Stay safe,

Sara Marshall


Jennifer Lendrum


Mark Your Calendars

Monday, January 11th - remote learning continues

Friday, January 14th- Wear your Sydenham Colours Day!

Wednesday, January 20th - School Advisory Council meeting 7:00 p.m.

Monday, January 25th- Return to In-Person Learning update

Wednesday January 27th - Family Literacy Day

January 29th - PA Day - no classes for students

On-Line Meeting Etiquette

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Attendance During Remote Learning

Attendance will continue to be taken each day during the Virtual/Remote Learning period. A student is considered "present" if they engage in synchronous (live) and/or asynchronous (completing and submitting work) learning at any point during the school day. If your child will be completing asynchronous activities outside of the school day (e.g. during the evening), please let your child's teacher or the office know so they can be marked present. The Safe Arrival system will be calling out for unexplained absences each day between 2:30-3:00 pm. If your child will not be engaging in any remote learning on a particular day, families are asked to enter absences (e.g. sick) using Safe Arrival in School Messenger or inform your child's teacher.

Government Support for Learners

Apply Starting January 11th for Funding for All Families

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 on the government’s webpage, linked on the button below.

Family Literacy Day - January 27th

Family Literacy Day takes place every January 27th to raise awareness about the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family. Taking time every day to read or do a learning activity with children is crucial to a child’s development and improving a child’s literacy skills.

Family Literacy Day 2021 Theme: Travel the World Together!

Families may be restricted on their travel these days, but that doesn't prevent anyone from using their imagination to go exploring and travel the world together as a family – you never know what you’ll learn! Plan your dream trip, learn about another culture and open your mind to the world.

For more resources, check out ABC Family Life Literacy website at

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