WHAT'S HAPPENING - NPS

May 3, 2021

Growing, Learning and Achieving Together

Dear Nighthawk families,


I hope that this newsletter finds all of you well and continuing to stay safe!


While the pivot to online/virtual learning is not an easy process, we are enormously proud of the efforts being made by students, staff and families to be incredibly productive and positive. Attendance and enthusiasm are extraordinarily high, and we are appreciating the herculean efforts being made by everyone involved in this endeavor. We know that this learning environment is not ideal for every child, but we are here to help. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher or to the school so that we can problem solve together.


We sincerely appreciate the patience and understanding you have demonstrated in supporting our work to keep Newburgh’s students learning and engaged. It has been a long road, and despite the fact that we have all felt frustrated at times, we want to thank you for your continued support! Please continue to monitor the media, the LDSB Website and the Newburgh Public School Website for important changes and developments in our current status.


What we did in March/April!


Michael the Magician performed his Anti-Bullying Virtual Magic Show on March 26th, and he was a big hit with the students. We heard back from a number of parents that the children were very excited about the show, the messages and the tricks that were shared. Michael presented a funny, fast paced, interactive and entertaining program that educated on the issue of bullying while amazing students with dazzling magic! His messaging was powerful and classes were able to follow up to reinforce the lessons learned. Our Grade 4-8 students, met with Edward Itliong from the YMCA Youth Gambling Awareness Program who presented his Financial Literacy workshop entitled “Betting $ense” where students’ discussed the risks involved in gambling and the importance of making informed financial decisions. Through a series of activities, students explored personal finances, budgeting and money management. Our School Council Group (SAC) carried out some amazing fundraising efforts in March and April, including a successful Bottle Drive that earned $1822 and a $1000 donation from Fast Freddie's. A huge "THANK YOU!" to the staff and managment at Fast Freddie's and our enormous appreciation goes out to a highly motivated and very capable group of dedicated parents on our School Advisory Committee! We would like to thank Ms. McEwen and Mme. Moore who were so dedicated to our student athletes in March and APril as they participated in the LDSB Volleyball Challenge. Congratulations to all student athletes and coaches for your terrific performance.


What is Happening in May!


May will be a very busy month for teachers and for students as the reporting process will begin in a few weeks and teachers will be gathering a huge amount of data related to student performance over the next six weeks! You are doing great, everyone! Keep it up! The first week of May is dedicated to creating awareness about the importance of Mental Health and Wellness. Teachers will be spending time during the week of May 3-7, 2021 talking about Mental Health and Wellness issues, but I also wanted to provide some valuable resources to parents and families. Further along in this newsletter, there is a link to the School Mental Health Ontario website where you will find a wealth of resources and information ideally suited to parents and families who are keen to work with their children regarding issues related to maintaining good Mental Health. Please take some time to have a look. Special thanks to Mme. Moore who has organized a French concert by DJ Delf and featuring international recording artist ETIENNE to take place on May 5th, 2021. This will be a welcome change of pace for all students during Mental Health and Wellness Week. Thank you for organizing, Madame! We are pleased to announce that the Staffing Process for 2021-2022 has started and Newburgh has been approved to continue with six classes. While this must be reviewed again in September, we are thrilled to remain at our current allocation as we prepare for September 2021. Related to this, Kindergarten Registration for the new year has begun. We are looking forward to meeting all of our new Nighthawks and there is more information below for families who are registering a new JK student. In addition, if you are aware of a family who has a child that will be turning four in the 2021 calendar year, please encourage them to register as soon as possible to assist us with helping them transition to our wonderful school! Also, please direct new families to our website for information specific to Kindergarten and to our school. Finally, our schools School Leadership Group (SAC) will be meeting on May 3rd at 6:15 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend these meetings which are being held virtually this year. Please contact the school if you would like an invitation!


I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of the mothers and grandmothers out there, a very happy Mother’s Day which we celebrate this year on May 9th, 2021! You are all incredibly special to your families so stay safe, stay well and stay happy!


As always, the health and safety, along with the wellness and mental health of our school community, is our number one priority as we move forward. Please continue to make your own wellness and the wellness of your family a priority.


Take good care everyone!


John Ricci

Principal, Newburgh Public School

Reminders

Attendance

Just a reminder that we are continuing to work on supporting each of our students with attendance and engagement. It is important that every child try to engage with their class on a daily basis. Engagement consists of any combination of the following: completing assignments and tasks, communicating with the class teacher to report on progress and/or ask questions or participating in synchronous class/small group meets. When engagement and communication with the class teacher occurs, a student is marked as present for the day. This does NOT have to happen during the regular school day hours as teachers monitor student activity in online platforms on a regular basis. Please reach out to your class teacher or the school if you need help to support your child.
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Registration has srtarted for the 2021-2022 School Year!

Kindergarten programs in Ontario offer a full day of learning for four- and five-year-olds. At Newburgh PS, our Kindergarten program aims to nurture the whole child. In Kindergarten classrooms, a teacher and an early childhood educator work together as a team. This partnership helps to create a nurturing learning environment; giving every student the opportunity to learn in the way that is best suited to their individual strengths and needs.


Online registration for the 2021-2022 school year is now open. Register your student here http://bit.ly/LDSBregistration2021 or feel free to pass this information on to anyone you know that is planning to register their child this year. Please direct Newburgh PS newcomers to our webiste at newburgh.limestone.on.ca for more information regarding registering for Kindergarten.


We recognize this year has been different due to COVID-19, and we have learned a great deal from our experiences these past months. We are proud of the way our students and staff have responded to these challenges, and we continue to work closely with our partners at KFL&A Public Health to ensure health and safety protocols are in place and appropriate. The health and safety of students and staff is our priority.


You can feel confident your student will be cared for within safe and inclusive environments.


Click HERE for more information about Kindergarten.


Starting Kindergarten is an exciting time for everyone, and here at Newburgh PS we are ready to welcome your student to a wonderful new world of learning and growing.


We look forward to meeting with you and your child.


Thank you for choosing Newburgh PS. We want everyone to see themselves in Limestone.

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SCHOOL MENTAL HEALTH ONTARIO Website

Please use the link below to access an outstanding Mental Health Resource for Parents and Families.


"We all want our children to feel mentally well, grow up happy and to learn how to navigate life’s challenges, but it’s not always easy to know what to do. We’re here to help."

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remember to keep reading - use sora!

Instructions

1. Click on the link above.

2. Click on "Find My School"

3. Choose "Eastern Ontario Public Schools"

4. Choose "Limestone DIstrict"

5. Use your Limestone Username (email address) and Password

6. Get Reading!

Around the School!

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We miss you!

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Check Out L&A's Virtual Youth Hub Activities!

Courses For Kids!

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Messages from Director of Education - Krishna Burra

Family Reference Guide - Updated September 22nd, 2020

Daily COVID 19 Screening

COVID 19 School Protocols (Updated February 18, 2021)

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Questions from parents? Please go to the COVID-19 webpage (at the link below) or call the KFL&A Public Health COVID-19 Call Centre at 613-549-1232 or 1-800-267-7875 and follow the prompts or text 343-477-1971. The COVID-19 Call Centre is open 7 days a week. Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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School Advisory Council (SAC)

The next SAC meeting is Monday May 3, 2021 at 6:15 p.m. We meet virtually on Microsoft Teams and everyone is welcome to attend. Please contact the school or a member of Parent Council for an invitation!

Connecting Families Research Opportunity

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Safe Arrival

Please ensure that you are using our Safe Arrival System to report your child's absences. Use the button below to find our more information about our Safe Arrival System.
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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. For more information about how to subscribe for e-mail notifications from Tri-Board regarding delays and cancellations, please download the instructions found at the link below.

Up to Date Information

Please check regulary as new or altered information becomes available:


LDSB Website https://www.limestone.on.ca/


LDSB Twitter https://twitter.com/LimestoneDSB


LDSB Facebook https://tinyurl.com/wbhjtku


LDSB Instagram https://instagram.com/limestonedsb?igshid=1epyma6c0g5qd