Parent Peek at the Week

Week of November 2nd, 2020

In case you missed it....

Important Dates

Monday, November 2nd - Day 4

  • 6:30pm - School Council Meeting


Tuesday, November 3rd - Day 5


Wednesday, November 4th - Day 1

  • Every educator at Kawartha Heights will be engaging in professional learning about Edsby and Google Classroom - as we continue our own learning to support you and your children in this brave new "COVID" world!


Thursday, November 5th - Day 2


Friday, November 6th - Day 3

Certificate of Cougar Courage

This past week we recognized our first group of students selected for the Certificate of Cougar Courage. We are so proud of our students and how they have handled all the new protocols and expectations this year - and we want them to know it! This past Friday we recognized students for bravery in starting at a new school, for using strategies when frustrated, for growing their brains when learning was tough or for being kind and generous. We'll continue to recognize a group of students each Friday.


We have much to celebrate at Kawartha Heights!

November School Council

This Monday, November 2nd is our second School Council meeting of the year. This year all meetings are virtual - so you can join in from the comfort of your home! Please joins us at 6:30pm on WebEx - link can be found below. Our agenda is also listed below. We welcome ALL parents - those who have students in our building, or those families who are currently learning online. Your input and suggestions help make Kawartha Heights a better place to be!


Please use the following link to join us: https://kprdsb.webex.com/meet/jennifer_sampson There are also instructions below if you'd like to join without downloading an app.

Moving to online learning or back to Kawartha Heights

One of the biggest questions we have at Kawartha Heights is how families either move to online learning, or return to face-to-face learning at our school. Here is some information to help you along:


Returning to face-to-face learning at Kawartha Heights:

If your child(ren) has/have been learning online and you feel like it's time to return to face-to-face learning, we look forward to having you back! All you have to do is give Mrs. Sampson a call at the school at 705-742-7521. We can arrange a tour (after school hours) so that you can see first hand the safety precautions we have in place. We will then arrange a start day with you. In most cases we can accommodate a start date fairly quickly.


Moving from face-to-face to online learning:

If you feel more comfortable with your child(ren) moving to online learning, we completely understand. This can be done only at specific points in the school year, as arrangements need to be made in order to accommodate new students in online classes. Please be aware of the following important dates:


November 20th - last day to "opt in" to online learning during the month of November. Please call Mrs. Sampson at the school if this is your choice, as she will share the process with you.


November 30th - first day of online school for students who have transferred to online learning


December - there are no transfer dates available in December. The next available transfer dates will be in the new year.


Please note - although there are specific dates when you can transfer to online learning, we can support student learning at home from the time you make your decision, until online learning begins. Please contact Mrs. Sampson for more information.

STSCO Winter Newsletter

The winter season will soon be here, and it is very important that everyone using the school busing system is familiar with STSCO’s winter weather procedures.


Please take a minute to read the important newsletter from STSCO, attached below.

Online COVID-19 Screening Tool

A reminder that we are kindly asking all students and staff to complete the online self-screening tool daily, before coming to school. We know it can be confusing when your child isn't feeling well - what should you do? By completing this simple online tool, you will be given easy to follow directions on next steps. Please keep this website handy:


https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/


If you prefer to print and keep the screening tool at home on paper, please see the tool listed below.

Important Pieces of Information

1. Connecting with our Online learners: We really appreciate the time that our online families put in to completing our survey about how we can stay connected. It's so important to us that whether you're with us face-to-face or learning remotely that we are all still connected! After connecting with our 51 students currently engaged in online learning, there were 3 main "next steps" that they asked for, in order to stay connected to our community. The first is a weekly email - where I'll provide a link to the Parent Peek at the Week and any key information. The second next step is developing monthly school wide challenges that students can do with their families - whether you are face-to-face or in the online school. I will be setting up a Google Classroom for these challenges. Prizes will also be awarded, drawn from names of those who participate. This won't be up and running for another few weeks, so stay tuned! Finally, the last "next step" is creating a bulletin board, where our friends that are at the online school can send messages, photos, drawings, etc. to post here at school. It's important to keep everyone connected to our school during these challenging times!


3. Fire Drills: Students and staff have now completed all of our fall fire drills - and very successfully I might add! We had to do things a little differently this year, ensuring only a few classes practiced at a time AND social distanced, but we did it! We have not yet heard if or what our lockdown drills might look like. As soon as we know, we'll share with you.


4. Cougar ROAR Challenge: Our Cougar ROAR challenge is now 2 weeks in and classes are working very hard at one specific goal. Some classes are working on being a little quieter at lunch, others are working to socially distance when walking in the hallways and others are working at keeping their distance while playing outside. No matter what the goal, there is always room to make and work towards goals. Each class can earn up to 5 points per day, or 25 points per week. The points are all added together and we are thrilled to announce that after 2 weeks of our Cougar ROAR Challenge, we have earned 249 points. YEAH! When we reach 1000 points we'll be adopting a Canadian Lynx from the World Wildlife Fund - the students are very excited and we'll continue to share our progress with you weekly.


5. School Photos: A reminder that due to current protocols, we are unable to find a space large enough in our school to be able to have school photos this fall. We are hoping that instead we'll be able to do pictures in the spring. Fingers crossed that we can!


6. Physical Education Equipment: Until now, we have not been able to use equipment during our physical education classes. The board has been working with the local Health Unit and we now have some new protocols, that allow us to safely introduce some equipment into our gym classes. Starting this week, classes will have bins of selected equipment that can be used during physical education classes only (still no toys/equipment allowed at recess). Teachers will be the only ones to wheel their equipment bins outside and hand out equipment to students. Students will be expected to wash/sanitize their hands before and after class to ensure "germ free" use. We look forward to trying some learning that involves equipment in the next few weeks!


7. Virtual Book Fair: Coming soon to Kawartha Heights - our first ever Scholastic VIRTUAL book fair! This year we can't do it in person, but you'll be able to browse and shop online and then have your purchases delivered directly to your house. All proceeds from the book fair will go towards purchasing new books and resources for our school library. Please mark your calendars - the book fair will run from November 16th to November 27th. More information to come next week!

Information from the KPR Board Office

Indigenous Peoples Awareness Month


November marks an important month at KPR schools, when we celebrate our year-round commitment to teaching all students about the rich cultures and perspectives of First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples. Over the coming weeks, our schools will participate in special activities in honour of KPR’s fourth annual Indigenous Peoples Awareness Month. The Board chose November because the month already marks four significant occasions: Treaty Recognition Week, National Aboriginal Veterans Day, Louis Riel Day and Inuit Day.


Throughout the month, KPR students and staff will focus on our commitment to reconciliation. Students and staff will learn about Treaty awareness, indigenous medicines, foods, bushcrafting, films, music, and culture. We also will have a virtual leadership conference for Indigenous youth. COVID-19 may have changed the way we recognize this pivotal month, but it has not dampened our dedication to working with local and national elders and knowledge holders to better educate students of all ages about Indigenous peoples in Canada. Watch for more information on the wide variety of virtual presentations available in the coming weeks.


Remembrance Day

All KPR schools will be recognizing the significance of Remembrance Day, and honouring those who have fought for our freedoms and for peace. In many cases, students will be participating in virtual Remembrance Day ceremonies, holding ceremonies outside, recognizing Remembrance Day over their schools’ PA systems, and more. As in previous years, students also will be crafting artworks and creative writing pieces in honour of Remembrance Day.


Elementary transfer timelines

Families wishing to move their children from in-person learning to the Virtual Elementary School (VES) have different timelines to follow. Parents will need to apply by November 20 if they would like their child to begin classes at the VES on the next available start date of Monday, November 30. Whether they wish to switch their children into or out of virtual learning, families will need to start the process by speaking with their home school principal. After November 30, the next start date for moving into VES will be in early 2021, after Winter Break. Watch for more information soon.


Free math tutoring

I encourage everyone to take advantage of the free mathematics tutoring and online learning tools available at TVO Mathify. Designed for Grades 6-10 students, Mathify offers live, one-on-one math tutoring with an Ontario Certified Teacher, as well as other digital learning tools. Tutors are available online Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m., and Sundays from 3:30-9 p.m. Students can start with Mathify at any time by registering at www.tvomathify.com


Equity and Diversity Strategy Thoughtexchange

Don’t forget to let us know the priorities that you believe should guide KPR’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy for the next four years. Please visit https://my.thoughtexchange.com/scroll/517289218 by November 9 to offer your thoughts, and to rate the thoughts shared by others.


Mental health resources

Mental health experts confirm that COVID-19 has had a negative effect on our communities’ mental health. KPR has a variety of helpful resources for our students, families and staff at http://www.kprschools.ca/en/MentalHealthResources.html In addition, we have posted Dr. Alex Russell’s presentation from our October 17 Virtual Parent Conference for those who missed it. To hear Dr. Russell speak about how to Drop the Worry Ball, and to visit a virtual information fair with links to agencies that support families, please visit http://www.kprschools.ca/en/our_schools/getinvolved/parentresources/parentsconference.html


Preventing the spread of COVID-19

Here’s a final reminder of some important resources for everyone in our school community:

· Please self-screen every morning for any signs of illness by using the province’s online tool at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/, and stay home if unwell.

· Please download the free COVID Alert app from https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/covid-alert.html, to learn of any possible exposures to COVID before symptoms appear.

One more thing....

Covid is restricting our lives, but we can find new ways to keep making our own happiness. Trying out new things can actually boost our well-being. When we open up to new ideas, it helps us stay curious and engaged. It can also bring a sense of accomplishment and help to boost our self-confidence and resilience. There are so many ways to learn new things and this month we're encouraging families to find new and creative ways to overcome and find some "family" happiness together.
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