Sydenham PS

June 2021

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Dear Sydenham Families,

This year certainly has brought us many challenges, and we have faced them together, and with perseverance and grace. We tackled our school year, with all its twists and turns, like one short race after another. We came to school in September and learned to line up on our distanced "dots", play in our recess zones, wear a mask to school, and washed our hands a lot. We pivoted to on-learning twice and learned about Google Meets and Teams Meets and Jamboards and Gizmos. Our Sydenham Storm sure have weathered a lot this year! (Pun totally intended). Our sincerest thanks and kudos go out to our whole community for hanging in there and we will continue to support each other and motivate each other for a strong finish at the end of June.

We are tremendously disappointed in the provincial order for schools to remain closed but understand that it may help to get back to some sort of normal for September. Once we finalize our plans regarding when students can pick up their belongings and return school devices, we will let you know. Teachers are working on assessments and writing report cards which will be distributed on June 23rd. We are making plans for our grade 8 graduation ceremony and preparing for various possibilities for celebrating our graduates. The Board is looking to unpack the Minister's message from the news today and consulting with our local Public Health partners regarding graduations. Stay tuned!

We have some news about staffing for next year. Ms. Rankine will be moving to Elginburg P.S. and Ms. Sparks is moving to Sir John A MacDonald P.S. for the fall and won't be returning to Sydenham P.S. Changes like these always bring mixed emotions - both Ms. Rankine and Ms. Sparks will be working closer to home in their new positions, and so we wish them well in their new schools. Wonderful adventures and new opportunities await them! At the same time, we will deeply miss both Ms. Rankine and Ms. Sparks. Sydenham has benefitted greatly from their compassion and caring, their commitment to student learning, their support and leadership among colleagues and we know that they will make a positive difference at their new schools in September. We welcome Lori Bryson and Nicole Oniskiw who will be joining the team at Sydenham and look forward to working and learning together.

Based on our projected enrollment for the fall, we are tentatively staffed for 6 classes in September 2021. As always, this is subject to change based on actual enrollments once school re-convenes in the new year. At this time, we are planning for the following school organization:

Kindergarten (blended class of year 1 and year 2 students) - Ms. Bryson and Ms. Gray

Grade 1/2 - Ms. McCourt

Grade 2/3 - Ms. Lamarche

Grade 3/4 - Ms. Onyskiw

Grade 5/6 - Ms. Reid

Grade 7/8 - Ms. Chung

Core French - M. Emmerton

Planning Time (part time position) - to be determined

In our caretaking department, we welcome Keith Webster as Head Caretaker, who started this week and will work between both Central and Sydenham schools and we congratulate our evening caretaker, Adam Orozco who was successful in gaining permanent status and will remain with us at Sydenham for the afternoon/evening shift. Our previous Head Caretaking team - Glenn and Kim McLaughlin are now both at Kingston Secondary School. We wish them all the best at their new site!

We hope you are all staying healthy and well. Please continue to reach out to us should you have questions or require assistance for your child or family.


Mrs. Diamond and Mrs. Marshall

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Mental Health Supports

Kids Help Phone – Children and youth can contact Kids Help Phone 24/7 from anywhere in Canada, via phone, text or online chat.1-800-669-6868.

Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support – Provides free online resources, tools, apps and connections to trained volunteers and qualified mental health professionals when needed

Anxiety Canada - Free online, self-help, and evidence-based resources on anxiety, including resources specific to COVID-19.

Maltby Centre - Children and youth from ages 0 - 18 and their families or caregivers can receive free access to evidence-based resources including counseling, therapy and intensive services.

The National Indian Residential School Crisis line is 1-866-925-4419.


Just a reminder that if there is a day your child is not participating in the provided learning, they will be marked absent. If you have not called in your child's absence via school messenger (please do not call the school as Ms. Reichstein may be working from home that day), you will receive a phone call regarding his/her absence.

Mark Your Calendars

Friday, June 4th - PA Day - no classes for students

Wednesday June 9th - School Advisory Council virtual meeting 7:00 p.m.

Week of June 21st - school device return - instructions to come soon

Tuesday, June 22nd - Grade 8 graduation - details and format to be determined.

Wednesday, June 23rd - Term 2 report cards distributed (how, we will let you know)

Thursday, June 24th - last day of classes for students


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School Advisory Council News

Next SAC Meeting - June 9th 7:00 p.m.

All parents are welcome and invited to join our School Council Virtual meetings. We strongly encourage parents and caregivers to join us once a month on Zoom to help make important school-based decisions and keep informed on the latest Sydenham happenings. The link for June's SAC meeting is:

If you are not receiving updates from your School Parent Council, or would like to make sure you have the link for our next meeting, please contact Mary-Kate at to be added to our contact list.

Spirit Wear Orders

If you have not yet received your Sydenham spirit wear order from the spring, you can pick it up curbside at 31 Steve Fonyo Drive-Unit 106. If you have any questions or need any further information you can get in touch with Prime Time at 613-548-8924 ext 201. If there are any items not picked up at Prime Time by June 11th, a member of the advisory council will pick up and be in touch with you to make alternate arrangements.

Please watch for our next SPS Spirit Wear pop up shop in the new school year!

FlipGive Student Advisory Council Fundraiser

This season, fundraising for Sydenham Public School Advisory Council is going to be so much easier with FlipGive, a free team funding app.

We earn cash back on every purchase we make all year long! All you have to do is shop anytime with the brands you already love, like Home Depot, Walmart, Sport Chek, Indigo, Old Navy, Apple, Esso, and Loblaws to name a few!

Join our team now and you’ll get a $5 bonus the first time you shop:

Or enter this code: FJ7BZK

Feel free to share the link with family and friends. Any questions, just ask!

Sydenham PS Advisory Council

Want to learn more? Check out this 2 minute video:

Learn at Sydenham!

Registration is now open for 2021-22

Sydenham Public School is a great place to learn! Located in our beautiful, historic, 1853 limestone building in the heart of Kingston, we offer programming for students from Junior Kindergarten to grade 8. New students are welcome at any grade! We have a diverse community of learners and a dedicated, warm and caring staff. Learn with us at Sydenham!

Youth Vaccination Clinics

Youth aged 12 and older are now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccination in Ontario. KFL&A Public Health will be offering special youth vaccination clinics beginning the week of June 7 and continuing to June 28.

How to book a first dose appointment at Youth and Family Vaccination Clinics

  • To make a vaccination appointment, please use the link below.
  • Youth clinics will be held beginning on June 8 to June 28.
  • Please note you will need to be 12 years of age at the time of the appointment.
  • Appointments are for parents/guardians as well as the youth and the link can accommodate different booking options. For example, youth only (if both parents/guardians are already immunized) or a parent/guardian with multiple eligible youth.

KFL&A Public Health - COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic | Scheduling and Booking Website (

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