CALVIN PARK UPDATE

Week of November 23-27, 2020

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Dear Calvin Park Families,


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

Please click on the link below to complete the daily Covid-19 screening every morning. Keep your child home if they are showing Covid-19 related symptoms and follow the Health Unit protocols. Please include the reason for your child's absence in the Safe Arrival Absence Reporting tool and contact the school with questions or follow-up information.


Together, we will do our best to keep kids, adults and our community safe.

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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

Day 5


Tuesday, November 24

Day 1


Wednesday, November 25

Day 2

  • 7:00 pm KSS IB Program Information Webinar (see registration information below)


Thursday, November 26

Day 3

  • 7:00 pm LCVI Choices at 9 Information Webinar (see registration information below)


Friday, November 27

Day 4

  • School Colours Spirit Day! Wear blue and red or your Calvin clothing. Let's see your school spirit Comets !



UPCOMING DATES

December 6 National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

December 14-18 Holiday Spirit Week

December 21-January 1 Winter Holidays

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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.

See Yourself in Limestone Student Census 2020
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CALVIN PARK SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL

School Council Executive for 2020-21:


Co-Chairs: Claudine Elvidge, Krystle Holton

Secretary/Treasurer: Sarah Phinney

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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?

Indigo Fundraiser:

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


FlipGive Fundraiser:

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.


Sincerely,


Jessica Silver

Superintendent of Education

Please pre-register for the webinars below if you are interested in applying to the LCVI "Choices at 9" Programs or the pre-IB Program at Kingston Secondary School.
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NOVEMBER IS INDIGENOUS EDUCATION MONTH

November is Indigenous Education Month. This month provides an opportunity for all staff and students to acknowledge and learn more about the histories, cultures, contributions, and perspectives of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. It reflects our committment to partnering with Indigenous families & communities to create inclusive spaces in our school that integrate and honour Indigenous knowledge and heritage.

Indigenous Self-Identification

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

In LDSB, we recognize November as Hindu Heritage Month to acknowledge the significant contributions of Hindu Canadians in communities across the province and country.

A REMINDER ABOUT IMMUNIZATIONS

A reminder that appointments for immunizations are available at KFLA Public Health for students in Grade 7 and students in Grade 8 who missed their immunizations due to school closure last spring. Immunizations will not take place at schools this year as they have in the past. For more information please visit the KFLA Public Health website: Immunization Clinic Bookings
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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

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