Parent Peek at the Week

Week of February 7th, 2022

In case you missed it....

Important Dates

Monday, February 7th - Day 2

  • Olympics door decorating contest begins!
  • 6:30pm - School Council Meeting


Tuesday, February 8th - Day 3

  • All day - Nature Nancy in the school yard for Richardson, Rees and Beaton


Wednesday, February 9th - Day 4


Thursday, February 10th - Day 5


Friday, February 11th - Day 1

  • Hopefully - Cougar Courage Awards!!!
  • Olympics door decorating contest finishes at 3:20pm


Upcoming Dates:

  • February 14th: Valentine's Day
  • February 17th: Grade 6 Transition Meetings with Crestwood Intermediate
  • February 21st: Family Day
  • February 22nd: Report Cards sent home
  • February 22nd: Two Two Day!

Please complete the daily screening!

Our most important tool to keep schools safe is daily, active screening of all students and staff. Anyone who has symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 or is a confirmed positive case must self-isolate, regardless of vaccination status. Please ensure that you complete the screener and attestation form for each child, each day.


Here is what you need to remember:


1. The COVID-19 provincial school screening tool must be completed by EVERY staff and student daily: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening


2. Students (every single one in every family) have to also now complete an attestation form daily at the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdAYRB8qFPfPEbx1knMWBEN1XyoSHQ42WOvW9XzTYn6gpur4w/viewform


If ANY signs of illness are present (Covid or not) staff and students are NOT to attend school. Completing the provincial Covid screener will give you the info you need to know your next steps.

School Council

Tomorrow, Monday, February 7th, we'll be having our monthly School Council meeting.


We will be discussing the plans for our Upcoming Virtual Paint Night as well as several upcoming fundraisers. All meetings are virtual and we'd love to have you join us!


Please feel free to log on to: https://kprdsb.webex.com/meet/jennifer_sampson at 6:30pm tomorrow night. We hope to see you there!


Full agenda is attached below.

Olympics!!!

Here we go, our first school spirit focus event for February!


February 7th - 11th: Olympics Door Decorating Contest


Each classroom door will be decorated by the end of the day on Friday, February 11th.Then on Monday, February 14th, classes will be touring the school to vote on their favourite door. The voting results will be collected so that we can officially award a gold, silver and bronze medal - as decided by our students and staff.


Stay tuned to next week's Parent Peek at the Week for a look at some of our door entries.

Valentine's Day

Just a reminder that as Valentine's Day approaches, students cannot bring ANY food to share with their friends. Valentine's is one of the hardest days regarding this protocol, as children want to add candy to Valentine's cards.


Children MAY bring cards to school (absolutely no candy attached or they have to be returned home). When students exchange cards, there will be a process for delivering to a mailbox in each class (this can be a paper bag, envelope, etc). Each child must sanitize hands prior to delivery and sanitize before picking up their "mailbox" to take home. All Valentine's must be opened at home - not at school.


Thank you for helping us to stay safe during these challenging times!

Late Arrivals

While we understand that some mornings can get away from you, as a school we are experiencing a great challenge with the number of late arrivals each day. Some days we can have as many as 30 students arrive late. When a child arrives late, this takes Mrs. E. out of the office, as well as support staff who need to escort each child to class so we can ensure there is no cross cohorting. I'm sure you can imagine how challenging this is when we have to do the same routine 30 times. It is also very disruptive to our classes who have already begun and to our morning announcements when the door buzzer is constantly going and we have so much action in the hallways.


We are kindly asking that you please do everything you can to make sure students arrive between 8:45am and 9am to the back pavement area so that they can enter the school on time. We sincerely appreciate anything you can do to support us in maintaining a calm and structured morning routine.

Hot Lunch Program

Our Lunch Box hot lunch program is back up and running again! On Tuesday you are able to order from Subway and on Thursdays you can order from Boston Pizza. Please go to: https://lunchboxorders.com/ by noon each Sunday to place your orders for the upcoming week.


Please also note that as of January 1st, we are no longer able to provide plastic spoons to students if they forget one (or as part of the nutrition program). This is a new directive that has come from the Health Unit to support the environment. Please ensure that your children bring any utensils they need from home - especially spoons!

Kindergarten Registration

Welcome to Kindergarten in the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board!


We're looking forward to welcoming new Kindergarten students to our local public schools this September. Kindergarten teachers and Early Childhood Educators work together to provide safe, inclusive, engaging programming where students learn through play.


If you have a child (or know another family that does!) who is eligible for Kindergarten in September, please register now. Believe it or not, we are already starting work on staffing for the next school year. Having accurate numbers now helps us to ensure that we are creating our classes based on accurate numbers and there will be less of a possibility of having to reorganize in September. Please register as soon as you can!


Visit our website at www.kprschools.ca/kindergarten to register online for the 2022-23 school year.

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News from our KPR Board Office....

In-School Vaccination Clinics

To support access to vaccination for 5 -11 year olds, school boards are working with local public health units to host voluntary school-based vaccination clinics. The Ministry of Education has asked school boards to send vaccination consent forms to all students aged 5-11 years, to measure their school community’s interest in school day clinics.


A consent form and information letter from the local public health unit has been sent home with students this week.


Families who would like their child to receive a COVID-19 vaccination at an in-school clinic, must complete the consent form and return it to the school by February 8, 2022.


Returned consent forms will be sent to local public health units to help inform their location planning for clinics.


Children will not receive a COVID-19 vaccine unless they have a signed consent form.

Masks for Students


We have received a shipment of three-ply cloth masks from the province, which will allow us to distribute one to each student. We also have a limited supply of cloth masks available at schools for students who forget their mask, or need a new one throughout the day.

Kindergarten to Grade 12 students must wear a properly-fitting cloth or non-medical mask that is large enough to cover their nose and mouth without gaping and is secured to their head with ties or ear loops. We thank staff, students and families for their support of this important protocol that helps to keep schools open and operating safely.


Students are no longer required to wear masks outside, but we continue to remind students to stay six feet apart.


Please review KPR’s Mask Protocol for more information about masking.


Kindergarten Registration

There are only seven months until the 2022-23 school year! Please visit www.kprschools.ca/kindergarten for Kindergarten registration information and to learn more about our inclusive and engaging Kindergarten classrooms where students learn through play with our caring, professional teachers and early childhood educator teams.

One more thing....

To the warm, kindhearted Kawartha Heights community,....don't forget....
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