October News

Bath Public School 2020

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Halloween Spirit day

This has been a challenging year for our children and the “fun stuff” that would normally occur just has not been able to happen in a way we would like. The COVID-adaptive guidelines around Halloween have been evolving and as a staff we have discussed plans for a safe Halloween Spirit day. We are looking forward to seeing our students dressed in Black and Orange (costumes optional) on Friday October 30th. There are a few things to consider should students choose to wear costumes. We would ask that students come dressed in their costume for the day as we have limited capacity in the bathrooms for changing, and please leave all accessories that may accompany costumes at home. Also, Halloween masks will not be permitted…a COVID mask is best for this Halloween.

Although we appreciate the generosity and kindness of our families, this year we are unable to have students bring in treats from home to share with their class. This includes both packaged items and baked goods. Thank you for your understanding. How ever you choose to recognize Halloween this year, please be safe and have fun!

How can we enjoy Halloween safely this year?
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Opt in/Opt out

This school year, students and families in the Limestone District School Board have the option of choosing to opt in or opt out of in-person or virtual school to accommodate their individual needs and circumstances.


Families were required to express their interest in changing from one model of learning to another as early as possible to ensure the board could adhere to staff collective agreements and class sizes set by the Ministry of Education.


At the elementary level, the board conducted a reorganization in late September to adequately staff our in-school and virtual classrooms. Since then, we have had additional families express an interest to move their students from in-person school to the LDSB Virtual School. Currently, some students remain on a wait list for the virtual school. In other cases, families have opted to return to the classroom.


Elementary students: Elementary families who wish to move students from in-person to remote learning or remote learning to in-person learning, must provide notice by October 29, 2020 at 3 p.m. To do this, families must contact their student’s home school. Once numbers are known, staffing will be arranged with class start up scheduled for the week of November 9, 2020.


While efforts will be made to accommodate requests for a change, families should expect that they might need to be wait-listed if they change their minds due to capacity challenges at their current school. Families who are currently on the wait list will be accommodated first. While we will endeavour to make another formal opportunity to move between learning models, it is important that families understand we cannot guarantee another opportunity to switch between modes of learning later this school year. If we can do so, it would occur mid-winter.


The board appreciates everyone’s patience and understanding as we work through these changes because of COVID-19. As indicated, we also want to assure families and students that we are prepared to transition students to online learning (not Virtual School) should a class or school be required to close or self-isolate for a period of time due to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Daily Active Screening Tool

All students must continue to perform a daily self-assessment for symptoms of COVID-19. It is still critical that students do not come to school or go on a school bus if they have any of the COVID-19 symptoms. We appreciate that our families are diligently following this process. Please see the list of symptoms and a screening tool released by The Government of Ontario.


We highly recommend that you book mark and use the link below to guide your decision making.

Grade 7 Immunization Clinics

KFL&A Public Health is running Grade 7 Immunization Clinics for kids in Grade 7 and those who missed their Grade 7 immunizations because of COVID-19 school closures. Various dates and locations available, by appointment only - see link below.
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Dress Purple Day

Every October Children’s Aid Societies across the province raise awareness about the role that adults and communities play in supporting vulnerable children, youth, and families. Ontario Dress Purple Day offers an important opportunity to raise awareness among elementary and secondary students about their right to safety and well-being.

School Photos coming soon!

Picture Day will return this fall! Lifetouch Photography has connected with schools in Limestone and will be providing school photos this year. Individual student sittings will be provided and packages available for purchase. Whole class photos will not be possible but we will look forward to returning to this practice when we are able to. We will share more information as we continue our planning with Lifetouch and dates become available for booking.
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Outside Play

DRESS FOR THE WEATHER

Classes continue to go outside for learning most days. All Physical Education classes are outdoors and classes try to spend some extra learning time outside. Students should come prepared for outside time each day. As the weather gets chilly, it will be important for them to have hats/mitts and warm coats. Please let the school know if you require assistance with winter clothing.


IMPORTANT: Rainy Days

Before school and at recess, unless it is raining hard or there is lightning and thunder, students will be outside. Raincoats with hoods and splash pants are highly recommended. Before school, we stay outside because it is very important to follow our staggered entry plan to keep class cohorts separated and ensure hand washing upon entry into the school. At recess, we hope to get children outside because indoor recess options for most classes require students to stay in their desk area with limited indoor recess activity options due to COVID safety protocols.


We have appreciated everyone's assistance as we implement these new safety practices. We are all in this together!

Loyalist Township Public Transportation Survey

An effective public transit system can be an important component of a connected, livable, and sustainable community. Loyalist Township Council identified improving the public transportation system as a key objective in the 2019 Strategic Plan and has committed to review, assess, and suggest enhancements to the transit system which could benefit the Loyalist Community. The purpose of this survey is to identify the transportation needs within Loyalist Township and to gather input which will be used to inform future decisions.

Bath PS School Advisory Council (SAC)

Thank you to all the members of our parent community who came out virtually for our first meeting and elections for the 2020-2021 school year! We have wonderful ideas on the horizon, and we look forward to working on them throughout the year to help support initiatives and activities, in partnership with the school, for our students. The elected Council for 2020-2021 are as follows:

Co-Chairs: Tracy MacVicar/Cheryl Livingston

Secretary: OPEN

Treasurer: Shawna Greyling

Community Rep: Elaine Donaldson

Members at Large: Jacqueline Cote (OPEN)


We are still waiting for a few key roles to be filled within parent council. If you are interested, please reach out to Shawna Greyling – shawna.greyling@gmail.com to discuss a role you may be willing to fill. Everyone is welcome at the meetings and we encourage you to come out to lend your voice and your support to this dynamic group of Council Executives. Our next virtual meeting will be on Monday, November 16th at 6:30pm. If you are interested in receiving the meeting link please email the school.

Indigo SAC Fundraiser

Are you looking to do some Christmas Shopping? Join us for an online fundraiser with Indigo in the Cataraqui Town Centre. Here is the link to start your shopping: https://indigofundraising.flipgive.com/f/1381711

5% from purchases and 15% from any gift card purchases goes back to the school! Have a sibling or parent that is hard to shop for? Get them a book! Please help support our school.

School Spirit Wear

We are happy to once again be using Attention Getters to purchase a wide variety of school spirit wear; t-shirts, athletic wear, hoodies, pants, hats and more! All orders are placed online and are delivered to the school. When placing your order, you have the option of customizing your choices by choosing your colour, adding your name and/or a number and deciding whether or not you want the Bath PS logo on one side at the top or full size in the centre. Spirit wear will be available all year long and families can shop at their convenience. All you need to do is follow the link below, create an account and start shopping. The website is www.attentiongetters.ca then go to “Showrooms” and use the Password “bath123”. Let's start shopping!!

Coming Up

Oct 27: Dress Purple Day

Oct 30: Halloween Spirit Day Orange/Black day (costumes optional)

Nov. Indigenous Education Month

Nov. 11 Virtual Remembrance Day Assembly

Nov 16-20: Bullying Prevention Week

Nov 16 SAC meeting 6:30

Nov 20 Progress Reports go Home

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