June News

Bath Public School, 2020

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Welcome June!

In my visits to the many Bath PS remote learning classrooms I often share big smiles as I see students connecting and navigating the google meet platform. I am so proud of the hard work of both our students and our staff as they try to bring their best selves and participate in learning together while apart. Staff have been working hard to bring forward both creative and concrete learning activities. Our staff have seen podcasts, talent shows, video lessons, theme weeks, and challenges all while allowing students to shine in class meetings, through video submissions and by trying out new sharing platforms. This has been a very new experience for all of us and a tremendous amount of work for parents, guardians and educators to keep our little (and big!) ones and ourselves safe, engaged and well. While at times quite challenging, there have certainly been some highlights in the growth we have seen collectively as a learning community. Well done Knights!

As we move into June and with the announcement from the Minister of Education that schools will remain closed for the rest of the school year, our staff will continue with emergency remote learning and connecting with students and families as we wrap up this school year on June 26th. Teachers are currently working on June report cards and we are preparing for year-end transitions. We will continue to prioritize our students mental health and well-being, and we will support you in making choices that work for you and your family. Please do not hesitate to reach out!

Yours in Education,

Jennifer Osborne, Principal

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Retrieval of Student Belongings

At this point in time we have been given the go ahead to plan for the retrieval of staff and student belongings from Limestone District School Board Schools. During the COVID-19 closure period, all Limestone District School Board (LDSB) sites are closed. Ontario has declared a state of emergency; therefore, school sites cannot operate as normal. Provisions are being made so that all parents/guardians and students can remove personal items from the school on Thursday June 11/Friday June 12th. More information regarding this process has been sent to families via email.

The following guiding principles will be followed:

 The health and safety of individuals is of the utmost importance. Public Health (KFL&A Public Health) prevention measures must be followed during visits (e.g. active screening

prior to entry, hand washing, physical distancing)

 Anyone who has recently returned from travel or demonstrates any of the symptoms of

COVID 19 will not be allowed access to the school until the completion of 14-day self-isolation or 14 days after the end of any symptoms.

 Access is being granted only for the retrieval of student belongings, and in some cases, the return of board technology or textbooks.

 A limited number of individuals are able to access the school at any one time and social distancing must be maintained (remaining more than 2m apart).

 Proper hygiene stations will be located at entrances.

For students who require adult support to retrieve items, only one adult should be supporting a student.

Guidelines and Instructions

 Parents/Guardians and Students must first conduct a general self-assessment - e.g. – have they traveled within the last 14 days or been in contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19? Click here for a link to the self-assessment.

 Active screening is required upon arrival at the school. All parents/guardians and students will be asked upon arrival at a LDSB school/building if they have any symptoms of COVID-19 or any other acute respiratory infection. If the answer is no, then the retrieval process can proceed. If the answer is yes, then that person cannot be allowed entry into the school or building.

 Active Screening symptoms include: Fever, New or worsening cough, Difficulty breathing or

shortness of breath, Other symptoms of an acute respiratory infection (e.g., fatigue, headache, sore throat, runny nose), diarrhea or vomiting.

 Specific times for picking up personal belongings will be coordinated by the principal. Areas outside the entrance areas will be marked for individuals who may need to wait using social distancing practices.

 Parents/guardians and students must sanitize their hands upon entry and exit.

 Parents/guardians and students must proceed directly to the location of their child's belongings, retrieve any necessary items and promptly leave the school property. During the retrieval process, parents/guardians and students are not permitted to remain for any other purpose than to retrieve personal items.

 We will attempt to minimize the number of trips that parents/guardians and students need to make to the school.

Please check your email or our school website for the schedule by classroom. Contact the school should you have any questions about this process. Thank you very much for your patience as we work through this process together.

Attached to each student's bag will be a FREE SCOOP voucher for Castaways like the one below courtesy of Liz White. Thanks for recognizing our efforts, Liz!!

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Graduation is an important milestone in a student’s academic journey and deserves to be celebrated. Planning for this event this June requires us to consider how best to celebrate our students' achievements while reducing the risk of transmission of COVID-19. Traditional elementary graduation ceremonies, whether held inside, or outdoors are not permitted at this time due to the provincial Declaration of Emergency and public health directives. These guidelines have been developed in consultation with KFL&A Public Health with public health protection in mind, and adhering to them is how we will both celebrate our students and move safely through this challenge together.

As an initial step, our Staff Graduation Committee met in order to determine the format of our Graduation. This year our graduation ceremony will be pre-recorded and posted prior to our original Graduation date on Tuesday June 23rd. This will allow families the flexibility of watching the virtual presentation together or when possible. LDSB has chosen June 22- 26th as Grad Spirit Week on social media and we encourage you to to help celebrate our graduates by posting and tagging our school @bathps_LDSB. Students and families in Grade 8 should watch for an email from Mr. Kyte with more information around the logistics of Graduation.

Thank you to Mrs Morrisey for tending our GROW gardens this summer!

Rain Barrels Fundraiser by Parent Council

With lots of families planting their own gardens this year, we have decided to go ahead with our Rain Barrel fundraiser that was planned on the day of our Fun Fair.

If you are interested, please register at https://bit.ly/rainbarrelshere to let us know you are interested in purchasing a barrel, and you will be notified once the link is ready and you can order. Ordering is online only so we can limit the personal contact during pick up/drop off.

Barrels are $55 each which includes free delivery (if needed) within Loyalist Township, or $65 including delivery charge (if needed), for anyone outside of Loyalist Township.

If you are picking up, the cost is $55. We encourage anyone that can pick up their barrel, to do so. This will allow us to also limit personal contact as much as possible.

These barrels are made from re-furbished and recycled barrels, which is why we can get them for you cheaper.

The Barrels will fit in trucks, SUVs, and 2-4 door cars in the back seat. They will not fit in a trunk.

The Pick up/Drop off day is June 30! Pick up will be from 4-7pm at a location to be specified later.

More detailed information will be coming soon!

Thanks for your support

Bath PS Parent Council

Online Safety Webinars

The Ontario Principal's Council is offering free webinars for parents/guardians about online safety for kids:

Navigating Cyberbullying & Cyberviolence for Parents/Guardians of Students in Gr. 7-12

In this 1-hour webinar, guest speakers from the field of cyber safety will advise parents and guardians on:

  • navigating the risks of cyberbullying, sexual exploitation, and cyber violence;
  • building healthy online relationships and safe spaces for students;
  • and using the internet for positive purposes.


Tuesday, June 9 - 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 11 - 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Click here to register: online safety webinars.

Bath Knight Shenanigans!

Knight Shenanigans

We can't wait to meet you!!! Welcome to our youngest students @LimestoneDSB

LDSB Kindergarten Teams Welcome Video

Stay Connected!

Please continue to follow LDSB on any or all of these platforms for the most up to date information:

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?igshid=1epyma6c0g5qd

Video Conferencing Supports for students/families