Important Information

School Pivoting to Online Learning January 5-17

Happy New Year!


Well, this isn't how we wanted to start the new year, but here it is and we'll be making the best of it! We would like to start by acknowledging how difficult moving to on-line learning is for many students and families. Please know that we are here to help in any way we can, please reach out if you need to.


Teachers will be providing some asynchronous (device-free) work on Wednesday, while we get all the devices out to those students who need them. They will be communicating with parents through their on-line platforms and /or e-mail, so please keep an eye out.

DEVICE PICK-UP: Wednesday, January 5 from 8:00am - 12:30pm


Please use tomorrow morning to set up a work space for yourself, and make sure you have what you need, (ie. pencil, eraser, pencil crayons/markers, paper, etc.)


Check your virtual classroom, teachers will have posted some activities and will be looking to connect online with students at 1:00pm.



ATTENDANCE

Attendance will be taken each day. To be marked present, students need to connect with their teachers before that time (e.g. handing in work, participating in virtual classes/meetings, messaging/e-mailing teachers). The school will be calling out between 2:30-3:00pm each day for students marked absent. If you know that your child(ren) are not going to be "at school", please use the School Messenger app to enter the absence.



SCHOOL PICTURE ORDERS

Picture orders are due January 7. Families have the option to order online at mylifetouch.ca, or returning the paper order form to the school tomorrow (Jan 5) when picking up devices.



JANUARY HOT LUNCHES/MILK

The hot lunches that were ordered for Jan 5 and 12 will now be offered the first two weeks of February. Any milk purchased for Jan 3-14 will be made available the first two weeks of Feb, as well.



LOST AND FOUND

Lost and found items will be also be available for pick-up on Wednesday. Please see pic below.

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A Few Helpful Tips for Meeting Online

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EMERGENCY Food Sharing Support

As you know, schools will remain closed to in-person learning until Monday, January 17. This means that some students will not be able to access in-school student nutrition programs that would be available to them if they were attending school in person.


If your family will be negatively affected by the two-week school closure and you could take advantage of additional food support for your student(s), you can apply to receive a one-time Emergency Food Box delivered by The Food Sharing Project to your door sometime between January 5 and 14.


The Emergency Food Box will include (subject to change):


  • 1 loaf of whole wheat bread or bagels
  • 1 block of cheddar cheese
  • 1 dozen large eggs
  • 1 tin tuna
  • 1 jar peanut butter
  • 6 apples
  • 6 oranges
  • 1 bunch of bananas
  • 3 snack vegetables (broccoli, celery, baby carrots, red peppers, and/or cucumbers)
  • 1 box regular Cheerios cereal
  • 1 x $25 PC brand grocery gift card to use for purchasing milk, and other healthy foods


If you would like to receive a one-time Emergency Food Box for your family, please do one of the following:


Email foodbox@kingston.net and provide:

  • Your family’s name.
  • Your full address (include any unit or apartment number).
  • Your phone number.


OR


Call us at 613-530-3514 and leave a message with the following information:
  • Your family’s name.
  • Your full address (include any unit or apartment number).
  • Your phone number.
*Please speak clearly and slowly, so we are able to understand your message.


Delivering your food box: Once we receive your request, we will schedule an afternoon delivery time as soon as possible between January 5 and 14. A volunteer will call you the evening before, at the number you provided, to confirm the delivery date and time.