Elginburg Update

Elginburg & District Public School * September 18th, 2020

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School Reorganization

Dear Families,


Elginburg and District Public School is extremely fortunate this year. We were able to keep all of our 10 classrooms. This was due to a higher number of new students registering that took the place of the 10% of students who opted out for online learning.


Unfortunately, we will have a dozen students that will be moved from their current placements. It breaks our hearts to do this. We realize the heartache it causes and we wish we could leave things the way they are. Unfortunately, we have 23 children in a grade 1/2 classroom and the capacity for that classroom is 20. Therefore, 3 students will move to the 2/3 classroom, which bumps 3 children to the 3/4 classroom, which bumps 3 children to the 4/5 classroom, etc.. Our Kindergarten classrooms, Grade 1, Grade 6/7 and 7/8 classes will not be affected.


Next week, I will personally call all families affected by this change. The staff spend hours weighing the pros and cons of which students should move. It is not taken lightly. We hope this can be a smooth process and that our students learn to love their new classroom.


If your child wasn't affected please support the families that had a change. Encourage your child to welcome the new students into their classroom with "distant" open arms and a kind attitude.


I can truly say, we've had a fabulous start to our year. Thank you for your support and positive attitudes! The behaviour at recess has been exceptional. Students are working together with their cohort to make group games that include everyone. A few students were quite shy with their new classmates in the first few weeks, but we have seen new friendships emerge and smiles on all of their faces!


What a great community of students!


Please remember to join us on Monday, September 21st at 6:00 pm - yes 3 days away - at our first School Council Meeting. The meeting link is below (Join conversation).


Sincerely,

Martha Duncan Principal

School Council Meeting Link Below

Outdoor Learning at its best!

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Morning Drop Off 8:50-9:05

Our morning drop offs are going really well! Thank you for masking your child before they enter the bus or the yard. It makes our line ups much more manageable in the mornings.


Please ensure you do not drop your child off earlier than 8:50. We do not have Yard Supervisors until 8:50 and our Before Care Program is using the yard before school. They must have a clear yard to meet their safety regulations.


Thank you!

School Messenger

Our Safe Arrival System


If your child is sick or has an appointment, please put their absence into the School Messenger app. If they are going to be late in the morning, click on full day absence. When they arrive at school, Cheryl enters them into the system and their absence changes to late.


If you haven't downloaded the app, it is the BLUE education version as seen in the photo in this message.


If you enter your email address into the app and your child's name doesn't show up. It could be that we have a different email address on file at the school. Give us an call if you are having trouble.

Possible Bus Cancellations

We are being told to prepare for school bus cancellations.



Tri-Board Student Transportation has indicated there will likely be more bus delays and cancellations this year due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Transportation to and from school is not guaranteed. Families should have a backup plan to transport their student(s) to school, and to arrange child care where required, if their bus is cancelled for any reason and they cannot transport their student to school.

Families should ensure they are signed up to receive direct notifications, either by email, or Tri-Board’s app. Delays and cancellations are also posted to Tri-Board’s Twitter account.

TWITTER

Elginburg and District Public School has a Twitter account.


@ElginburgPS


We post fun pictures, news items and bus delays! Join us on Twitter!


If a bus is delayed, we Tweet it and it shows up on the right hand side of our school website. Our website can be found at https://elginburg.limestone.on.ca/ .

SCHOOL COUNCIL for Parents

It's that time of year! Parent Council elections for Executive Positions are coming up very soon! The first Parent Council Meeting of the 2020-21 school year is on Monday, September 21st at 6:00 pm. The meeting will take place online in order to comply with health and safety measures. Parent Council will look very different this year but you still have a voice in the EDPS community!

Please use the link below to submit nominations. Nominations are anonymous and you can nominate yourself or someone else for a position. The person you nominate must be present at the online meeting. Your nomination does not count as a vote; you must be present to vote. Nominations are due by 4:00 on Monday, September 21st.


Below are a description of the responsibilities and duties of each executive position:

CHAIR - chief administrator of Parent Council - creates meeting agendas, liaisons between parents, school, administration and staff. Coordinates and supports volunteers, publishes newsletters, chairs Council meetings, keeps in touch with all coordinators.

VICE CHAIR - Duties of Chair could be split with Vice-Chair if deemed appropriate by Council. Vice Chair chairs any Council meeting that the Chair is unable to attend. The Vice Chair will also take meeting notes in the event that the Secretary is not available. If Co-Chairs are elected than the two parties will share the duties.

TREASURER - duties include handling all council money, produces financial statements/reports and presents these at monthly meetings.

SECRETARY - duties include attendance at Council meetings, recording minutes at monthly meetings and distribution to appropriate parties, maintains records as necessary.


And while we don't vote on the following position, MEMBERS AT LARGE play a very important role. Every parent/guardian is welcome to attend any and all Parent Council Meetings throughout the year!


MEMBERS AT LARGE - along with the executive, Parent Council relies on the parent community to come to meetings and have a say in issues that affect our students. We need parent representation to vote on how our fundraising efforts are allocated and to volunteer at various events and initiatives throughout the school year. Everyone is welcome!


On Monday, September 21st you can click this link to join our meeting! We truly hope to see you. There will be a question and answer session during the meeting for you to ask anything! Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

Daily Active Screening

COVID-19 Daily Active Screening


All students, staff, bus drivers, and visitors to schools must perform a daily self-assessment for symptoms of COVID-19. KFL&A Public Health has provided a simple one-page daily screening tool that families can access on the Board website. Feel free to print and keep a copy in a handy place at home as a reference. It is critical that students do not come to school or go on a school bus if they have any of the COVID-19 symptoms. According to provincial public health direction, if students have any symptoms, they must visit an assessment centre or call their health care provider immediately to determine if a COVID-19 test is required.

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Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day is a day when we honour Indigenous children who were sent away to residential schools in Canada and learn more about the history of those schools. It began in 2013 because of residential school survivor Phyllis Jack Webstad discussing her experience when she arrived at a residential school. Upon arriving at the St. Joseph's Mission, Phyllis had her shiny new orange shirt taken away. Orange Shirt Day has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.


The was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year.


Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools, and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation.


Gillianne Mundell, Limestone DSB Indigenous Consultant


Wear your ORANGE shirt on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th, 2020. Show you care...

Terry Fox Walk Date Change

Friday, October 2nd!


Elginburg and District Public School is proud to take part in this year's 40th Anniversary of Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope. Please help show your support by donating to http://www.terryfox.ca/ElginburgandDistrictPS


Students can even get involved too by creating their own fundraising page under their school name: https://terryfox.org/schoolrun/students/


Thank you for supporting our school in the fight against cancer and continuing Terry's legacy!


Elginburg will be walking for Terry on Friday, October 2nd. Many staff members, including Mrs. Duncan, have volunteered to have pies thrown in their faces if the school is able to raise $700! Last year, we surpassed our goal and raised $1000!


Let's keep Terry's spirit alive...

Outdoor Play and Learning Time

Please dress for all kinds of weather as we will be outside for recess and/or learning unless there is extreme weather such as thunder/lightning or frigid temperatures. A raincoat and rain boots will come in handy as we head into fall.

Agenda Price Change

We will continue with the Premier School Agenda program for grades 1-7.


The Agenda program provides an opportunity for each child to organize assignments and reminders on a daily basis. It will also assist in facilitating better communication between the school and home.


We are asking that parent/guardians contribute $5.00 per agenda to defray the costs to the school. We will send a refund if you over paid! Sorry for the inconvenience.

Upcoming Events

September 21 - School Council Meeting, online 6:00 pm

September 30 - Orange Shirt Day

October 2 - Terry Fox Walk

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Elginburg & District Public School Website Link

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