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
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
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: https://queensu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUtdO2prTsrGtRxiDyXb3N83XnoDif7-9CQ
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our contact list.
Spirit Wear Orders
Please watch for our next SPS Spirit Wear pop up shop in the new school year!
FlipGive Student Advisory Council Fundraiser
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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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vTO_Qg4n80
Learn at Sydenham!
Registration is now open for 2021-22
If your child is turning 4 or 5 by the end of December, now is the time to register for Kindergarten for 2021-22
Join us for Kindergarten!
Click here for information from the LDSB about Kindergarten registration.
Click to see Director Burra's Welcome to Kindergarten video!
Join us for Kindergarten!
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.
Ms. McCourt's students working hard from home!
Ms. McCourt's students working hard from home!
Grade 6/7/8 joined a presentation with author Kenneth Oppel!
Grade 6 social studies tracking the flow of goods internationally, Grade 7 geography investigating the movement of the earth's crust and grade 8 geography digitally charting the factors affecting quality of life.
Grade 1/2 French expanding vocabulary to explain what we see.
Grade 2/3 French describing where we are in the family (youngest, oldest).
Congratulations Mia for winning both the Silver award and the Ontario Human Rights Commission award at the Heritage Fair! Students had to research an issue in Canada, consider all sides, and suggest a resolution. #GoStorm!