Ecole Maple Family Update
Our Fundraiser Continues for Yellow Box Orginal Shreddies & Cheerios!
Ecole Maple Student Announcements
Let is snow, let is snow, let it snow!
This week, it got chillier outside and it snowed on Wednesday! Students welcomed the snow, as it was quite good for packing, before it all started to melt away. Please ensure your student is dressed for the weather. Dust off that winter coat, mittens/gloves, toque/hat, snowpants, scarf, and waterproof boots! Our winter season is starting early this year. As the ground starts to freeze, our climber becomes unsafe. As a result, our climbers are now closed for the season on our Grade 1-6 and Kinder yards.
It was so exciting to see all 26 letters go up to spell the school's name on our exterior wall: Ecole Maple Elementary School. It looks great!
A huge thank you for Mme Pilutti who managed to get the Tech'n'Tinker Trailer Tinker from Queen's Engineering to Ecole Maple ES at the last minute! Students got to visit the trailer, (otherwise known as the mobile makerspace) or the school's makerspace, to learn about designing, making, and fixing. They got to code, learn about circuits, and so much more...all aligned to the Ontario curriculum. In January, our Kinders, Ms. Smith, Mrs. Sparks, Mr. McCormac, Mrs. Barton, Mr. Hofer, and Mme Mawson's classes will get to participate!
A hugh thank you to our coaches, families, and students for giving it their all during volleyball tryouts this week before school. This is always a great season where students get to learn and practice their skills, while being a part of a team. Ready, set, spike!
Our staff and students got fancy for our picture days on Tuesday and Wednesday with LifeTouch! Stay tuned for a picture re-take and group photo date.
On Thursday, we said farewell to our Teacher Candidates. It has been so great to have them in the building learning and supporting staff and students. They will be missed!
On Friday, our first buses were cancelled for the year...and it wasn't even a Tuesday like in the past! Staff had a secret dress in red plaid day which was a huge success!
Gould Lake opened it's Winter Bookings. So many classes wanted to participate so we conducted a random draw to select classes. As a result, Mr. Hofer, Mme Hegarty, Ms. John, Mme Cooper, Mme Mundell, and Mme Trevor's classes will be participating! These teachers will be reaching out to families soon with more information. We look forward to more classes being able to participate in the Spring!
Our recesses are loud and busy! As a result, we had the volume on our bells and paging system increased. Still, the staff outside may not hear the page in the back of the field, etc. A friendly reminder to avoid the following times for student pick up if at all possible:
11:15-11:35: Junior students outside & Some Kinder: Sullivan/Matheson, Toffolon/Kring-Silver, Trueman/Manon, Scott/Bond
11:35-11:55: Primary students outside & Some Kinder: Turcotte/Prescott, Hurteau, Hein/Melbourne, McNaughton/Pottier
1:35-1:55: Junior students outside & Some Kinder: Sullivan/Matheson, Toffolon/Kring-Silver, Trueman/Manon, Scott/Bond
1:55-2:15: Primary students outside & Some Kinder: Turcotte/Prescott, Hurteau, Hein/Melbourne, McNaughton/Pottier
November 21-25 is Bullying Awareness & Prevention week. The LDSB has put together a resource for schools and families to access: Check it out here: https://www.smore.com/ujyfn
LDSB high schools have students who are currently training to become Youth Facilitators for an Anti-Bullying program. Youth Facilitators will deliver a three-hour workshop to grade 6 classes at their respective feeder schools. Youth Facilitators will deliver a three-hour workshop that focuses on: Power, Bullying, Labels and Stereotypes, Impacts of Bullying, Intervention and Response, and Prevention and Helping Resources. Stay tuned for more information and dates for our Grade 6s!
Need some songs for a new playlist for Bullying Awareness and Prevention week? Check out the LDSB recommendations below:
- Love is Louder (Cameron Ernest)
- Don’t Laugh at Me (Mark Willis)
- It Gets Better (Jo Dee Messina)
- Mean (Taylor Swift)
- Beautiful (Christina Aguilera)
- Imagine (John Lennon)
- Miss Invisible (Marie Digby)
- Born This Way (Lady Gaga)
- Perfect (Pink)
We are looking forward to welcoming Josh Hulley-Carroll with the LDSB on our PD day this Friday. His background is in social work and he will be hosted at our site, but sharing his knowledge with our Family of Schools about everything anxiety, rebuilding relationships, and viewing people through an asset-based lens.
Have a great week!
Mrs. Fox, Ms. Stephen, Mme Panet & The Major Team
LABOUR UPDATE, DEVICES & PROGRESS REPORTS:
Thank you for everything you are doing to support your students as we navigate a challenging situation. CUPE members in the Limestone District School Board will be engaged in a full withdrawal of services should central negotiations not lead to a fair, mutually agreeable agreement between the parties on Monday, November 21, 2022.
As a school, we reached out to families on Friday who require a device for learning at home. Some devices were sent home.
For families of students who were not in attendance on Friday, devices that were requested will be available starting on Monday, November 21. Progress reports will also be available for families who wish to pick them up.
Hours for Pick-Up Week of November 21-24: 8:30-12:00
Some iPads are being sent home without charging cords due to a shortage. We have ordered additional cords for any families who do not have a charging cord at home. They will be available for pick up this week.
For needs that arise throughout the remote learning period, please call the school or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Your Ecole Maple Team
Letter to Families - Chief Medical Officer of Health
November 17, 2022
Dear Ontario Parents and Caregivers,
I am reaching out to you to share some important information and reminders to help protect ourselves, our families, and our children against the spread of respiratory infections. This fall, we are seeing an increase of COVID-19, influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) viruses in Ontario.
This is placing a large strain on families and on our healthcare system and it requires us to work together to protect everyone, including the most vulnerable in our communities – the very young, the very old, and those with underlying medical issues. While these viruses are affecting Ontarians of all ages, young children under five years of age are more likely to experience severe outcomes.
We need to make sure that we take all the necessary steps to keep our children safe. I am calling on all Ontarians, including parents and caregivers, to apply the layers of protection that we know work to keep ourselves and others healthy:
• Stay up to date with your vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines and flu vaccines, which are both safe and effective for individuals 6 months of age and older. Information about flu shots can also be found at Ontario.ca/flu. Please also make sure your child receives all recommended childhood immunizations, including those that may have been missed during the pandemic. Families should speak with their primary care provider or local public health unit for more information.
• I am strongly recommending that all Ontarians, not just those at high risk, wear a well-fitted mask in all indoor public settings, including schools and child care. Children age two to five should only wear a mask with supervision if they can safely tolerate masking and can put it on and take it off.
• Monitor yourself and your children for respiratory symptoms daily. The provincial Screening Tool continues to be available to help you with symptom screening, including symptoms of COVID-19 and other illnesses.
• Stay home if you are sick, and keep your children home if they are sick.
• Wash your hands frequently and clean high-touch surfaces regularly, which is especially important for flu viruses and RSV. If your child does become sick, in most cases, you can take care of your child with RSV, influenza, or other respiratory infections at home.
The following resource from the Ontario College of Family Physicians provides helpful tips and information to support you in caring for children with respiratory symptoms:
If you have questions about your child’s health, you can call 811 or your primary care provider. Clinical assessment centres are also able to assess children.
Some infants and children can develop severe illness and may need to visit their health care provider or go to the emergency department.
Applying all these layers of protection will help to protect ourselves, our families, and our children. I know that it has been a challenging past few years for families, and your ongoing efforts to protect our communities are greatly appreciated.
Dr. Kieran Michael Moore, MD, CCFP(EM), FCFP, MPH, DTM&H, FRCPC, FCAHS
Chief Medical Officer of Health and Assistant Deputy Minister, Public Health
Human Rights Incidents & Complaints
@LimestoneDSB is committed to creating a school community where everyone feels safe, included, & accepted. Submit a confidential human rights incident or complaint by using the Student Human Rights Incidents and Complaints form online: http://bit.ly/HumanRightsForm
KFL&A Public Health & Ministry of Health Information From Director Burra
We wanted to update families regarding recent announcements from the Ministry of Health and KFL&A Public Health:
Updated Recommendations from the Chief Medical Officer of Health
As many families are aware, Monday morning, Dr. Kieran Moore, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, provided an update to the public indicating he is strongly recommending masking in all indoor public settings, including in schools and in childcare settings.
As the risk of illness increases, Dr. Moore recommends getting back to practicing the basics that we know work to help prevent the spread of illness:
- Mask in indoor public settings, including schools and childcare settings due to the additional risk of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), COVID-19, and influenza (flu).
- Stay up to date with your vaccines.
- Screen daily for respiratory symptoms.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Always practice good hand hygiene and regularly clean surfaces (which is especially important for RSV and flu viruses).
KFL&A Public Health has asked that we share the attached letter with all Limestone students and families encouraging everyone to remain vigilant and practice the simple public health guidelines outlined. Included in the letter is a resource from the Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Ontario Health Team, Family Doctor Tips on Caring for Children with Respiratory Symptoms. The resource outlines helpful tips on how to decide when to seek care for a respiratory illness and how to support your student at home.
Recent Uptick in Student and Staff Absences and Student Absence Reporting Dashboard
Although student and staff absences go up and down throughout the school year, we have experienced a recent uptick in both student and staff absences due to illness at some sites, including some bus cancellations. Limestone continues to work closely with KFL&A Public Health in monitoring student absences related to illness. A version of this dashboard was posted on our website during the spring of 2022. We are again making the Student Absence Reporting Dashboard available to support our school communities with information about student absences due to illness in Limestone schools. This work has been supported by KFL&A Public Health guidance.
It is important to note that information presented on the dashboard is provided on a voluntary basis by families when reporting their student’s absence(s) from school. It only includes illness-related absences on a school level and does not include information at the classroom level. Providing this information to families may provide greater insight into virus activity within a school community and the broader Limestone communities.
Additional information about the dashboard is available on our website, and families can view the Student Absence Reporting Dashboard online. Our hope is that if people follow the guidance of public health authorities, we will see fewer absences among students and staff. While we have been able to replace ill staff up to this point, a continued increase in staff absences may result in having to temporarily pivot and/or close some classrooms and/or schools.
Returning to School After Being Sick
A reminder that students should stay home when sick. Anyone who is feeling sick or has any new or worsening symptoms of illness should stay home. After the start of any illness symptom, once they start to improve, students should continue to wear a well-fitted mask for 10 days (starting at the onset of illness) in all public settings (including schools and childcare) and avoid non-essential activities where mask removal is necessary.
Students, staff, and school visitors need to continue to self-screen each school day. KFL&A Public Health has created a great school and childcare screening tool resource for students and families.
Director of Education
November is: Indigenous Education Month & Hindu Heritage Month
THIS WEEK: BULLYING AWARENESS & PREVENTION WEEK
Monday, November 21 (Day 2):
- Nominations Committee Meeting 6-7 pm
Tuesday, November 22 (Day 3):
- Yard Pals Training 9:30-11:00 am (Grades 5 & 6 students); gym closed during that time
Wednesday, November 23 (Day 4):
- LDSB Pink Shirt Day
- Nutrition & Food Literacy Workshop Series for Families @ Kingston Secondary School from 6-7 pm (see below)
Friday, November 25 (Day 1):
- PA Day
November 28: Hulse/Ferrero/Mawson to Grand Theatre: Alice in Wonderland
December 2: KFL&A Jingle Bell Walk
December 2: Volleyball Tournament - Co-Ed/Open Division @ Boys & Girls Club 8:45-2:00
December 5: Volleyball Tournament - Boys Division @ Boys & Girls Club 8:45-2:00
December 12: Volleyball Tournament - Girls Division @ Boys & Girls Club 8:45-2:00
December 23 - January 6: Winter Break
January 17: School Council Meeting @ 6:30 pm in the library (all are welcome & childcare will be provided)
January 25: John & Hegarty to Gould Lake (Winter Program)
February 20: Family Day
March 13 - March 17: March Break
April 7: Good Friday
April 10: Easter Monday
May 22: Victoria Day
Life & Learning @ Ecole Maple ES
School Council Information
Ecole Maple School Council - School Community Survey
The School Advisory Council (SAC) is a team of parents, community members and school staff volunteers who support and enhance the community and school relationship. The SAC contributes to improving student achievement and well-being and are involved in school fundraising initiatives, enhancing, and supporting school events, hot lunches, parent education, offering support to extra-curricular activities, celebrating the diversity of our community, and much more.
In this survey, we are interested in learning more about your thoughts about the role of SAC and how we can more competently represent the needs of the school community.
School Councils help:
- empower and support parent involvement and engagement in our schools,
- represent and seek parent voice in Ministry and school board consultations,
- increase, facilitate and support communication between parents and the school board,
- provide opportunities for parents to develop useful skills to support their student, and
- act as a resource for parents and school councils on parent engagement and involvement.
School Council goals should represent parent feedback, teacher input and school administration priorities.
This survey is to help us understand different aspects of the guardian/school relationship. Your answers will be used in aggregate, and we will not be evaluating individual responses. As such, please be as honest as possible – there are no right or wrong answers!
Our next meeting is Tuesday, January 17th in the library at 6:30 - all are welcome!
Childcare will be provided.
School Council wants to know what our families feel is important at our school - please share your voice by completing this survey
Coming Soon: Right-Turn-On-Red Restriction at Rose Abbey Drive and Hwy 15
The City of Kingston has reached out to inform us about a regulatory change that is being introduced at Rose Abbey Drive and Highway 15 near École Maple Elementary School so that we can communicate with our community.
To improve pedestrian safety at the intersection, the City will soon be implementing a right-turn-on-red ban for vehicles turning right from Rose Abbey Drive onto Hwy 15 on weekdays from 2:00-4:30 PM. This timing and location aligns with the busier pick-up period for the two elementary schools in the area. Additionally, a “Leading Pedestrian Interval” (LPI) will be re-introduced, which give pedestrians an advance walk signal when crossing highway 15. Combined, the LPI and right-turn-on-red restriction aim to improve safety for pedestrians crossing Highway 15.
See the images in this newsletter that summarize the rationale and details of the new turn restriction. We see these as needed measures as we work together to allow students to get to and from school safely.
YARD & NUTRITION BREAK SUPERVISORS NEEDED
We have a terrific team of yard and nutrition break supervisors at Ecole Maple, but we are in need of additional individuals who would be able to work on a call-in basis or who may be interested in a more consistent schedule. If you have an hour or 2 that you would be able to work, please let us know! These are paid positions ($15:50/hr). A CPIC with vulnerable sector screening is required. Please contact the school to find out more and to express your interest! email@example.com
Free Tutoring & Learning Resources
UPDATED Links for MS Teams Virtual Tutoring (beginning November 14)
Virtual tutoring for LDSB students in Grade 1-10 is available through MS Teams from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from October 11 until December 15, 2022.
Tutoring will NOT be available on PA Days or holidays.
**Students must be logged in their Limestone Microsoft account to participate**
Grade 1-3 Literacy
Grade 4-6 Homework Help
Grade 4-6 Literacy
In addition, TVO continues to provide curriculum-based, free digital learning resources for all Ontarians this year. This brochure provides an overview of TVO’s Digital Learning Resources (2022). Included in the resources available are:
Mathify Online Math Tutoring for Grades 4-12 https://www.tvomathify.com/students
Free 1:1 online math tutoring support with Ontario Certified Teachers. Available Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays, 3:00 to 9:00 pm. Students/families can sign up, select a tutor and start immediately.
TVO Learn https://tvolearn.com/
- Over 2,100 curriculum-aligned, grade and subject-specific learning activities from Kindergarten to Grade 8 (including for the new Science and Technology curriculum
- Grade 9 to 12 searchable high school content for over 140 secondary school courses
Home Alone and Babysitter's Course
Red Cross Babysitter Training will be held at Next Church Hall, 89 Colborne St on December 10 9am-4pm (ages 11 and up).
This course teaches street smarts, stranger danger and tricky people, safe snacking, fire and internet safety and first aid. Babysitter training expands on those skills to teach older children how to keep infants, toddlers and younger children safe, including an intro to infant and child CPR and how to use an epi-pen and asthma inhaler/spacer.
Each day costs $65 and includes a take home workbook. Please contact First Aid/CPR instructor Colleen Cameron by texting 613 498 4415 to save a limited spot. You will receive a confirmation and reminder notice prior to your training date.
In this episode of Tell Me More, we dive deep into the City of Kingston’s school safety initiatives. From crossing guards to community safety zones and all points in between.
Keeping Informed as a Family
LDSB schools and school board use School Messenger to send key messages, alerts, and general communication to families. Winston uses this platform and will continue to use our Ecole Maple Family Update to share school information with families. These newsletters are where we will share school-specific information and highlights of student work and events in the building. This newsletter is sent out via School Messenger and posted on our school Twitter account.
SchoolMessenger App: Download the SchoolMessenger App to stay connected. Use your mobile device to download and install the free SchoolMessenger blue app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store, the SchoolMessenger website portal, or from within the LDSB mobile app. *New families will be able to create their account after the first day of attendance.
The first time you use the app, you must select Sign Up to create your account. Please ensure you use the same email address your student’s school has on file. If you do not use that same email address, you will not be able to create an account.