Truedell Public School

Newsletter #4 November 20, 2020

Hat & Mitten Tree

We are looking for new or gently used or hats, gloves, mittens, and socks to be donated to the school. We need them so that we have spares available for students who get their mittens, gloves, or socks wet, or who have forgotten to wear a hat. Extra items that are not needed will be donated to Good Will. Thanks for your support!

Truedell's Safe Routes to School Committee

T.P.S. is working collaboratively with the City of Kingston on a project called Safe Routes to School. The focus of the project is on student safety and on increasing rates of active school travel. As a committee of parents, students, school staff, Public Health, and City of Kingston staff we will be meeting to determine and prioritize areas surrounding Truedell that may need some additional attention in order to allow students safe travel to and from the school. The committee will begin meeting approximately once a month in the new year at 6:30 p.m. on Monday evenings.

Priorities of the Safe Routes to School Committee include:

  • safer school zones
  • healthier children
  • less traffic and pollution and
  • better student academic performance

If you are interested in being part of the Safe Routes to School committee, please contact Ms. Jacob at the school.

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T.P.S. is Now Accepting Non-Perishable Food Donations

This year, more than ever before, many families throughout the greater Kingston area need our support. From now until the Christmas Break, students are invited to bring in a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Partners in Mission Food Bank. Students will receive a colour house ticket when they bring a donation. Donations can be dropped off in the large bins just inside the school's front doors.

A Message from the United Way

In line with the response and needs in the community, United Way KFL&A is partnering with the Kingston Frontenacs and the Leon’s Centre for another community donation drive in December. Both teams were looking for ways to help out in the community during these challenging times and they have been kind enough to open up their box office for community donations from December 7th – 11th and December 14th – 18th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Bins will be set up at Gate 4 at the Leon’s Centre, The Tragically Hip Way, to collect donations of warm clothing including coats, hats, mitts, socks, boots, scarves, gently used children’s clothing and boots, hygiene items and non-perishable food.

It is clear that people are looking for ways to help the most vulnerable members, during the pandemic and into the holiday season.

For more details and a list of items to donate visit:

Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week

This week, we have put an even larger focus on Bullying Awareness and Prevention. Teachers are using a Ministry Resource Guide and other school-based resources to highlight the impacts of bullying and what students and staff can do to prevent it.

In the attached Parent Guide, you will find ideas on how you can address this important topic at home.

Pink Shirt Day!

During Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, Pink Shirt Day is an important way to show that as a school community, we stand together against bullying. Pictured below are some of Mr. Broome's Grade 2/3 students in their pink shirts.
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Grade 5 & 9 ActivPass

Due to Covid-19, the Grade 5 and 9 ActivPass has been postponed until further notice. Visit Kingston Gets Active to find alternate ideas and resources on getting active during this time, both at home and outdoors. The Limestone District School Boards values this unique partnership with the municipality and other community partners to provide students with free access to indoor and outdoor facilities. We look forward to its reinstatement when it is safe to do so.

TPS Dance-A-Thon!

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On November 27th, Truedell Public School students will BUST A MOVE and GET INTO THE GROOVE! With the help of Mrs. Olding, students will be dancing in blocks of time with their class.

We have had massive success with this fundraiser over the past two years and it is a big hit with staff and students!

All funds raised will go towards this year’s fundraising goals which include purchasing: additional technology, COVID-19 classroom supplies, and outdoor play equipment. We ask that students not canvas door-to-door and instead ask friends and family to sponsor them.

The Dance-A-Thon sponsor form was sent home yesterday and is also attached below. Thanks for your support!

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