Welcome Back!

Elginburg & District Public School

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September 2019

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On behalf of the entire staff, WELCOME BACK to all of our students and families and a warm welcome to families who are new to our school community! We look forward to working closely with you to ensure all students have a successful and rewarding year at Elginburg and District Public School.

Positive partnerships between home and school are key to ensuring student success, therefore, we will communicate regularly with you through Monthly Newsletters, Twitter, our web site and various classroom communication tools such as notes in the agenda, blogs or newsletters. You will receive a hard copy of our monthly calendar but you can check for the most up to date information on our website calendar. Please follow us on Twitter as I will be showcasing the amazing things going on in our school on a regular basis.

Our SchoolMessenger app that was introduced last year will allow you to stay connected with our school as well as report a student's absence.

We encourage you to contact your child's teacher or the front office staff at any time should you have questions or concerns.

Our dedicated staff have been hard at work this summer cleaning, setting up classrooms, organizing resources and preparing challenging learning opportunities. We are ready and excited for another school year to begin! A special thank you to our custodial staff, Rob Harding and Colleen Schonauer who did a fantastic job during summer clean up. Our school sparkles! As well, a huge thank you to our office coordinator, Mrs. McLean for keeping us all organized and helping us prepare for the September start up.

As the new principal at Elginburg District Public School, I am thrilled to be working with such a dedicated, caring staff. Mrs. Ford has been a wonderful help with the turnover and Mrs. McLean has been keeping me on top of everything! I look forward to meeting students this week and hope to meet each family as soon as possible.

Our Character Education focus for the year will be based on the quote;

"In a world where you can be anything, be kind!"

Our assemblies, classroom conversations and responses to discipline will be based on kindness and how it moves our classroom, our school and our world forward.

You will be receiving a lot of important information from the school over the next few weeks. Please be sure to check your child's backpack as some of the items will require immediate attention.

Again, we are thrilled to be back for another exciting year of learning and growing at Elginburg & District Public School. We thank you for your continued support.

Your Lead Learner - Mrs. Duncan

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Volunteers Needed!

Parental support and volunteers add to the strength and vitality of our student success. There are many ways that you may assist staff to provide continued quality education for all students. We do welcome volunteers and if you have some time to devote, please contact your child’s teacher or Cheryl, the school office coordinator. We will send home a Volunteer form for you to fill out and an information brochure. Teachers will also be sending out forms specific to their own classroom needs.

Yard Supervisors Needed - We are in need of several yard supervisors this year during our afternoon recess hour (1:00-2:00). It is a paid position. Please contact the school if you are available! We need you!

It is mandatory for all volunteers to have a police check (CPIC) for the vulnerable sector, before starting a placement within a school. Once this is completed, we would be happy to see you in the school, reading with students, on field trips, or supporting a School Council event!

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Parent Council - Join a great team!

If you are interested in joining Parent Council or just want to help out occasionally, please consider joining us at our first meeting on Tuesday, September 17th, 2019 at 6:45 pm in the Library. Elections will also take place that evening. You do not need to be an elected member of Parent Council in order to attend meetings.

School Hours

8:50 - 9:05 Yard Supervision begins

9:05 - 10:45 Classes Commence (100 minutes)

10:45 - 11:20 Nutrition Break & Recess

11:20 - 1:00 Classroom Instruction (100 minutes)

1:00 - 1:55 Nutrition Break & Recess

1:55 - 3:35 Classroom Instruction (100 minutes)

3:35 Dismissal

Meet the Staff Event

Thursday, Sep. 26th, 5-6pm

2100 Unity Road

Kingston, ON

Come visit the school on Thursday, September 26th from 5 o'clock to 6 o'clock. Meet your child's teacher and see their classroom learning environment. We looking forward to meeting you!

School Organization for the 2019-2020 School Year

Organization is TENTATIVE until enrolment stabilizes. Parents will be informed of any necessary changes next week when the Limestone Board staffing process completes the staffing process.

Principal M. Duncan

Office Manager C. McLean

Student Support E. LaRochelle

French J. Furst

French P. LeBlanc

JK/SK T. Robinson & J. Hasler (ECE)

JK/SK S. Wood

Gr. 1 C. Koss & T. Kennedy

Gr. 2/3 S. Burns

Gr. 2/3 R. Wadman-Mills

Gr. 3/4 J. Guild

Gr. 4/5 J. Jerreat & M. Akey

Gr. 5/6 C. Chanook

Gr. 6 J. Sidorchuk

Gr. 7 L. Gillott

Gr. 8 T. Bush

Planning C. Koss

Spec. Ed. C. Carter

Educational Assistant C. Edmunds

Educational Assistant C. Amodeo

Educational Assistant B. McIntosh

Custodians R. Harding, C. Schonauer

School Parking Lot & Bus Loading Zone

We continue to need your help. Since the safety of our students is a priority for all of us, parents are requested to refrain from using the parking lot when driving children to and from school. The school driveways and bus loading zone need to remain clear of traffic and parked cars.

Finally, remember to be mindful when parking on the road as the buses need room to swing around into the lot and we would hate to see anyone’s vehicle get damaged by accident. Thanks again for your attention to this matter!


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 $7.00 per agenda to defray the costs to the school.

Anaphylactic Allergies & Scent Awareness

Please be aware that we have staff and students who have SEVERE allergies to foods as well as environmental allergies. Some of these allergies are life-threatening.

With this in mind, we ask that all staff, students and visitors refrain from sending/bringing items to school that contain or have come in contact with peanuts and other nuts, eggs, fish and shellfish and sesame.

As well, all staff, students and visitors are asked to refrain from using scented products as we have staff and students who are extremely scent sensitive. Scented products can include scented dryer sheets, sunscreen and scented shampoos. We have a list of scent free products available at the school if this is something you would find helpful. Please contact the school with any questions or concerns.

Private Guitar Lessons

Register your child for private weekly guitar lessons at Elginburg & District Public School with an experienced instructor!

Matt Baetz has been teaching guitar lessons for over 15 years at Renaissance Music and at other schools in the Kingston area. He also performs regularly as a guitarist, operates a local recording studio, and teaches digital recording to students in the SEEDS program at Queen's. With his experience as performer, music producer and instructor, Matt is able to offer a creative approach to guitar lessons, drawing from a variety of musical styles, and tailoring lessons to meet individual needs and interests.

For details and to register for the school year, contact Matt by email: longshotrecords@gmail.com or by phone: 613-449-7935.

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Threat/Risk Assessment

The Limestone District School Board and community partners are committed to making our schools safe for students and staff. As a result, schools will respond to all student behaviours that pose a potential risk to other students, staff, and members of the community. The Community Violence Threat Risk Assessment Process is designed to be proactive in developing intervention plans that address the emotional and physical safety of those involved. A Threat/Risk Assessment is initiated by the school administration or community partners when behaviours have been identified by staff or students that pose a potential risk to self and/or others. Please note: it is important for all parties to support the Violence Threat Risk Assessment Process. However, if for some reason there is a reluctance to participate in the process, by the student of concern or parent/guardian, the threat assessment process will continue in order to ensure a safe and caring environment for all. Families are asked to review the steps of a Threat/Risk Assessment online at http://bit.ly/LDSBthreatassessment .

Upcoming Events

September 5 - First Assembly 10:00

September 17 - Parent Council Meeting 6:45 (Library)

September 24-26 Scholastic Book Fair

September 26 - Terry Fox Run

September 26 - Open House 5 - 6

September 27 - PA Day - No School

September 30 - Orange Shirt Day; Every Child Matters

October 8 - Thanksgiving - No School

October 28 - Life Touch Picture Day