Selby Star

Weekly Update - October 16, 2020

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Dear Selby Families,

We have enjoyed this week digging into teaching and learning. Students are well into routines of number talks, guided reading with their teacher, science and social studies inquiries and so much more. Please ask your child what they have been excited to learn about at school this week.

Thank you for continuing to send layers of clothing with your children so they are comfortable outside in all types of weather.

A huge Selby thank you to Rhett Martin's family for the endless supply of apples they have donated for our students.

Lastly, please do not send food into the school for your child's birthday etc. We are not able to distribute and share food at this time due to safety and COVID protocols.

With thanks,

K. Witley, Principal and the Selby Staff

Kindness at Selby

This year we are really focusing on kindness. We talked about getting caught being kind and students who do will get their picture taken. Their name will then be shared on the announcements and their picture will be posted in our hallways. These students will also be eligible to win a kindness moose stuffy. Thank you to 'Baseball for Dad' for bringing this to Selby.
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Data Verification Forms

Data verification forms were sent home last week.

Please ensure that you review all the Data Verification Form, make changes as appropriate right on the form, and send it and the Acceptable Use of Technology form back to the school ASAP (even if there are no changes to be made).

Thank you!


Oct. 26 - 30 - October Spirit Week

Nov 11 - Remembrance Day Virtual Ceremony

Nov. 20 - Progress Reports distributed home

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This year, sharing our carved pumpkins from home will look a little different. Students are invited to bring their pumpkins from home, to display on tables outside, on their assigned day (see above chart). 'Family pumpkins' can choose one of the days to bring it in.

Pumpkins must be dropped off AND picked up on the same day or they will be thrown out. Classes will go outside to view the pumpkins at a time that works best for their class and when students can be physically distanced.

** We would LOVE some bales of hay to display our pumpkins if anyone has any to share with us**. Thank you!

Enjoy this reading with your child and see where the conversation takes you!

Jacqueline Woodson Reads "The Day You Begin" | Bookmarks | Netflix Jr


Parent Council will look very different this year but you still have a voice in the Selby community! Our next virtual meeting will be on December 2 @ 6 pm. Please message Norah Brien for the link to the meeting:

Everyone is welcome!

Parent Council Update - from Norah Brien, Chair

This school year our fundraising efforts will be a little different and perhaps a little limited, we are actively looking for fundraising options that are available for purchase online and delivery directly to you. This does not mean we won’t be going back to our favourite fundraisers ever again, like the poinsettias or hot lunches, it just means this year we need to come up with alternative solutions to keep everyone as safe as possible.

There are currently two fundraisers active right now, the first one is with Opal Rose Farms. They have generously decided that 20% of their maple syrup sales for the months of October and November will go to Selby School! Payment is made online through their website with delivery or safe, contactless pick-up as an option. Thank you so much Opal Rose Farms! You can find them on Facebook, search for: Opal Rose Farm.

The second fundraiser is through Mabel’s Labels ( If you go to their website and find "support a fundraiser", click on that and you can search for Selby Public School (Greater Napanee), select that and a portion of the sales will come to the school! This is an ongoing fundraiser with no expiry, so each order will count, no matter when you place it!

Boots Needed? Please see info. below:

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Email the school at with the following information:

Parent's Name

Phone Number

Student's Name


Size needed

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Be Prepared for Bus Cancellations

Tri-Board Student Transportation has indicated there will likely be more bus delays and cancellations this year due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Transportation to and from school is not guaranteed. Families should have a backup plan to transport their student(s) to school, and to arrange child care where required, if their bus is cancelled for any reason and they cannot transport their student to school.

Families should ensure they are signed up to receive direct notifications, either by email, or Tri-Board’s app. Delays and cancellations are also posted to Tri-Board’s Twitter account.

Daily Screening at Home

All students, staff, bus drivers, and visitors to schools must perform a daily self-assessment for symptoms of COVID-19. KFL&A Public Health has provided a simple one-page daily screening tool that families can access on the Board website. Feel free to print and keep a copy in a handy place at home as a reference. It is critical that students do not come to school or go on a school bus if they have any of the COVID-19 symptoms. According to provincial public health direction, if students have any symptoms, they must visit an assessment centre or call their health care provider immediately to determine if a COVID-19 test is required.
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How to Report your Child's Absence:

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Grade 7 Immunizations

Please see below information sent out by Public Health.

This fall, we do not plan to provide clinics in schools and instead, will offer community-based clinics by appointment at various sites within the KFL&A area. The Grade 7 Clinics are also open to students in Grade 8 who missed vaccine doses as a result of the cancellation of clinics due to school closures in the spring. KFL&A Public Health strongly recommends that all eligible students receive these immunizations.

Appointments can be booked online at or by calling KFL&A Public Health.  Consent forms can be completed online at or printed at home and brought to the student’s booked appointment.

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