CALVIN PARK UPDATE
Week of November 23-27, 2020
Progress Reports were sent home with students last Friday. We are very proud of our students for the resilience that they have shown since September! Even though there were so many new routines, they continued to move forward in developing their academic and learning skills. Please review the progress report with your student, complete the section at the bottom of the second page, and return it to your child's teacher.
The Calvin Park School Council is initiating a fundraiser through FlipGive and Indigo to support our school goal of adding more diverse books to our classroom libraries. There is more information about how you can support this fundraiser in the School Council section of this newsletter. We are very appreciative of the support of our School Council!
We have also included some information for Grade 8 students and families about the transition process for Grade 9 in this newsletter. Please read the letter from Mrs. Silver that was included with the Progress Report on Friday. The letter is also included below. Although, Grade 8 Graduation is still a few months away, we start this process now so that we can do our best to support a successful transition for all of our students as they move into high school. We have also included information in the newsletter about two upcoming webinars that will be of interest to students who are thinking of applying for the "Choices at 9" Programs at LCVI or the pre-IB Program at Kingston Secondary School.
Thank you for continuing to screen your student before they come to school each day and for keeping them at home when they are sick or are showing symptoms. We are very appreciative of our ongoing partnership with families to support your child's success at school. Please contact us if you have any suggestions, questions, or concerns.
Thank you and stay well,
Elizabeth Suriyuth, Principal
Wilma Pettingill, Vice-Principal
DAILY COVID-19 SCREENING
Together, we will do our best to keep kids, adults and our community safe.
THIS WEEK AT CALVIN PARK
November is Indigenous Education Month and Hindu Heritage Month
November 23-27 Students will complete the 2020 See Yourself in Limestone Student Census
Monday, November 23
Tuesday, November 24
Wednesday, November 25
- 7:00 pm KSS IB Program Information Webinar (see registration information below)
Thursday, November 26
- 7:00 pm LCVI Choices at 9 Information Webinar (see registration information below)
Friday, November 27
- School Colours Spirit Day! Wear blue and red or your Calvin clothing. Let's see your school spirit Comets !
December 6 National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
December 14-18 Holiday Spirit Week
December 21-January 1 Winter Holidays
See Yourself in Limestone Student Census
School boards across the province are asking students to complete a census to identify and eliminate discrimination and bias from schools and classrooms. In Limestone, the See Yourself in Limestone Student Census will take place the week of November 23, 2020. The data collected through the census will help us learn more about our students – their backgrounds, experiences and needs. Watch the video below and click HERE for more information.
CALVIN PARK SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL
Co-Chairs: Claudine Elvidge, Krystle Holton
Secretary/Treasurer: Sarah Phinney
SCHOOL COUNCIL FUNDRAISER
The Calvin Park School Council is inviting you to join our campaign to raise funds to purchase print material to diversify each classroom library. Calvin Park wants to ensure that all students value diversity, demonstrate respect for others and see themselves reflected in the reading material accessible to them in their school.
You can get involved by donating books or providing the school with book title suggestions that emphasize equity, inclusion and diversity, such as books with main characters from different racial backgrounds or LBGTQ2+ youth. You may also choose to offer a monetary donation to go towards purchasing new books.
We are also running two fundraisers, one through Indigo Books and another through Flipgive.
How does it work?
Purchase through Indigo online or FlipGive and the school will receive cash back with every purchase. For example, through Indigo online, if you purchase Indigo gift cards, the school receives 15% of the value of your gift card. Through FlipGive, shop online at many retailers and the school receives a percentage of the value of your purchase.
Buy groceries, shop on Amazon, buy gifts for the holidays - all of your usual shopping - and the school will receive cash back at no additional cost!
Where can I start?
Go to Indigo Fundraising at https://indigofundraising.flipgive.com/teams/
Search for Calvin Park Public School (under All or Elementary School)
Select our school and Join using Team Code S5CLWD
Go to where you join an existing FlipGive Team https://www.flipgive.com/teams/join
Enter the Calvin Park Team Code 32C6HZ
Thank you for supporting this School Council initiative and bringing our school community together to improve your child's class library. Please share the links with your family and friends.
GRADE 8 - 9 TRANSITION INFORMATION
The letter below contains important information for our Grade 8 students and families. At Calvin Park, our Grade 8 students will have the opportunity to learn more about LDSB secondary schools through virtual presentations in their classrooms from the Student Success Teams at each high school. We also will lead our students through course selection and registration through the online tool, "myBlueprint." Many of our students are already familiar with this tool and can login at home to look at their account. Students who are currently remote learning will be receiving a letter from their teacher that outlines the transition process in the Virtual Elementary School.
Letter from Mrs. Silver, Superintendent of Education
November 20, 2020
The move from Grade 8 to Grade 9 is likely one of the biggest changes of a student's life, and hopefully one of the most exciting. To help Grade 8 students make a smooth transition to secondary school, students, teachers, and families are involved in an extensive planning process that takes place between November and August each year.
In December, Student Success Team members from secondary schools will virtually connect with Grade 8 classrooms to explain course and program choices for the following year. Students will be automatically transferred to their home secondary school based on their current home elementary school. You can locate your child’s home secondary school by going to https://triboard.mybusplanner.ca/Eligibility and enter your home address under the School Eligibility. Students who have applied to Choices at 9 programs will be notified by January 22nd and will need to confirm their acceptance by January 29th. If you have further questions regarding this process please contact your child’s current elementary school.
Connections with secondary guidance counsellors are a good opportunity to get questions answered about pathway opportunities. All pathways will lead to excellent opportunities in the future, and determining the best pathway is an important process. Students and families are encouraged to make use of the myBlueprint tool that allows students to plan and select high school courses, explore occupations and post-secondary options, and record important information and reflections related to their career and education planning.
In August, students will receive Grade 9 timetables, and we are hopeful that students will be given the opportunity to tour their secondary school to become familiar with classrooms, to be assigned lockers, and to pick up textbooks.
In September, there are many people available at the high school to support students in their chosen pathway. Administrators, teachers, guidance counsellors, success teachers, learning support teachers, adolescent care workers, and student mentors all want to make the first year of secondary school successful and a positive experience. Students and parents/guardians should not hesitate to ask questions and get help.
Superintendent of Education
NOVEMBER IS INDIGENOUS EDUCATION MONTH
The Limestone District School Board, like other school boards across Ontario, is inviting students to state voluntarily and confidentially self-identify if they have Indigenous ancestry. Elementary and secondary students with First Nations, Métis and Inuit ancestry can self-identify.
This self-identification is based on any degree of Indigenous ancestry and is not based on whether a member of the family has a status card. The self-identification can be withdrawn at any time. No proof is required.
To self-identify, complete the Standing Proud Self-Identification form and return it to your school.
For more information and FAQs please visit our LDSB website: Indigenous Self-Identification
NOVEMBER IS HINDU HERITAGE MONTH
A REMINDER ABOUT IMMUNIZATIONS
LOOKING FOR MORE INFORMATION?
Please continue to check these Limestone District School Board platforms for the most up-to-date information from our Board.
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/
In addition, please follow our:
Calvin Park Twitter account: @CalvinPark_LDSB or https://twitter.com/CalvinPark_LDSB
Calvin Park Website: https://calvinpark.limestone.on.ca/
Calvin Park Public School Office: (613) 542-2796
Mrs. Christine LeClair, Office Administrator