Parent Peek at the Week

Week of February 14th, 2022

In case you missed it....

Important Dates

Monday, February 14th - Day 2

  • Happy Valentine's Day!
  • Red, Pink and White Day and 100th Day of School


Tuesday, February 15th - Day 3


Wednesday, February 16th - Day 4


Thursday, February 17th - Day 5

  • Florabunda fundraising campaign starts (see below)
  • all day: Grade 6 Transition Meetings with Crestwood Intermediate


Friday, February 18th - Day 1


Upcoming Dates:

  • February 17th - March 7th: Florabunda Fundraiser
  • February 21st: Family Day
  • February 22nd: Report Cards and IEP's sent home
  • February 22nd: Two Two Day!
  • February 23rd: Virtual Paint Night Kit Pick up (3:30pm - 6pm)
  • February 23rd: Pink Shirt Day
  • February 24th and 25th: Jimmy Chapman Break Dancing
  • March 2nd: Virtual Paint Night
  • March 11th - 20th: March Break

Daily screening and Covid attestation

Our most important tool to keep schools safe is daily, active screening of all students and staff. Anyone who has symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 or is a confirmed positive case must self-isolate, regardless of vaccination status. Please ensure that you complete the screener and attestation form for each child, each day.


Here is what you need to remember:


1. The COVID-19 provincial school screening tool must be completed by EVERY staff and student daily: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening


2. Students (every single one in every family) have to also now complete an attestation form daily at the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdAYRB8qFPfPEbx1knMWBEN1XyoSHQ42WOvW9XzTYn6gpur4w/viewform


If ANY signs of illness are present (Covid or not) staff and students are NOT to attend school. Completing the provincial Covid screener will give you the info you need to know your next steps.

Travelling outside Canada for March Break?

For those planning to travel during March Break, please note the following public health guidelines about when children will be able to return to school:


  • unvaccinated children who travel outside of Canada must not attend school or child care for 14 days after arriving home; they also must follow public health requirements for testing.
  • children fully vaccinated against COVID-19 who travel outside Canada can return to school immediately if they are symptom-free and pass the daily school screening tool.


For more details, please see the federal requirements here.


No restrictions are noted for children who travel within Canada, as long as they are symptom-free and pass the daily school screening tool.

Valentine's Day

Just a reminder that as Valentine's Day approaches, students cannot bring ANY food to share with their friends. Valentine's is one of the hardest days regarding this protocol, as children want to add candy to Valentine's cards.


Children MAY bring cards to school (absolutely no candy attached or they have to be returned home). When students exchange cards, there will be a process for delivering to a mailbox in each class (this can be a paper bag, envelope, etc). Each child must sanitize hands prior to delivery and sanitize before picking up their "mailbox" to take home. All Valentine's must be opened at home - not at school.


Thank you for helping us to stay safe during these challenging times!

Olympic Door Decorating Contest

We have had some AMAZING doors created this past week focusing on the Olympics. We can't wait to share pictures with you. Please stay tuned to Twitter and Instagram as we highlight each door.


On Monday, students will be walking the halls to select their favourite door (they can't vote for their own!). All votes will be tallied (over 250+!) and the winning gold, silver and bronze medalists will be announced on Tuesday morning.


Stay tuned for all the entries - and the winners. Good luck everyone!

Florabunda Fundraising for School Council

Calling all Gardeners!


Your KHPS School Council is excited to announce our new fundraiser, which will run from February 17 to March 7. We’ve partnered with Florabunda Seeds, a local company that offers a wide variety of heirloom and unusual flower, vegetable, and herb seeds. Florabunda Seeds is based in Keene, and their seeds have been planted in gardens around the world! Our fundraiser offers a limited variety of seed collections and mixes, but if you’d like to see their full product list or learn more about Florabunda you can visit their website at www.florabundaseeds.com.


How it works:

· Share the Florabunda Seeds flyer with your family and friends (electronically)

· In addition to the Collections and Mixes in the flyer, we can offer individual packages ($3.50 each) of:

o Four O’Clocks (annual flower)

o Dahlias (annual flower)

o Bush Beans - Green Burpee Stringless (vegetable)

o Cucumber – Marketmore (vegetable)

o Lettuce - Great Lakes (vegetable)

· Keep track of any orders you receive from family and friends. Attached is a form you may choose to use (this is only for you – not to submit to the school)

· Once you have collected all your orders, log into School Cash Online account by March 7 to enter the totals for each item and complete the online payment.


NOTE:

· PLEASE NOTE: Orders will only be accepted through School Cash Online. Paper order forms are for your records only.

· Students are NOT to go door to door. Please only sell to family and friends.

· Any variety no longer available/sold out will be substituted


We expect to have orders ready for distribution the week of March 21st.


In addition to generously offering the school 50% of total sales, Florabunda is offering a prize to our top three sellers!


· The top seller gets a Collection of their choice ($15 value)

· The second highest seller will receive their choice of Special Mixes ($5 value)

· The third-place seller can choose any Regular Package ($3.50 value)


Thank you for supporting our School Council fundraising!

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Pathways Project

Here's an idea for outdoor family fun from the Pathway Project. Cold winter weather is perfect for building a snow or ice lantern with your kids to bring cheer to dark winter evenings. Place a candle or flashlight inside your lantern and watch the glow! Create your own mini-Olympics complete with Olympic Flame! Directions on the posters below.

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Virtual Paint Night

Our second annual Virtual Paint Night is coming soon! Our event will be taking place on Wednesday, March 2nd. Thank you to School Council and the Parent Reaching Out Grant for making this evening possible.


Kits will be available for pick up on Wednesday, February 23rd. Just an FYI that they will not be sent home with students - parents must come to the school to pick up what they need (or otherwise there will be a huge paint mess in cars and on the bus!).


I can't wait to enjoy this great event together!

News from the KPR Board Office....

Good afternoon everyone,


As we approach the weekend, I want to take a moment to reflect on the importance of compassion and kindness in our daily lives, and to say thank you to all of you who demonstrate these traits daily. The lengthy nature of this pandemic has caused stress and new pressures for so many students and families, underscoring the ongoing importance of respect and empathy in our schools and communities.


As provincial restrictions begin to ease, we are pleased to be able to safely re-introduce extracurricular activities. With clubs, sports, and group activities resuming, we are especially thankful for everyone who helps provide these meaningful opportunities for our students.

In the spirit of kindness and compassion, I encourage you to reflect on the incredible teachers, custodians, maintenance workers, support staff, school administrators, trustees, and students we have at KPR. Please take a few minutes to review the 2022 OPSBA Awards and consider nominating someone in your school community who goes above and beyond.


We have so many #KPRisAwesome people in our school district, and it would be wonderful to see them recognized provincially.


Happy weekend!

Rita


KPR NEWS

Extracurricular Activities Resuming

The provincial government announced yesterday that extracurricular activities may resume at all schools, including high-contact sports. In alignment with advice from public health officials, protocols will remain in place to help limit the spread of COVID-19, including masking and screening. Students may temporarily remove their mask where required, to enable active participation in activities such as playing basketball or musical instruments. Indoor curriculum-based programs including health and physical education and music, will continue with similar masking and other health and safety requirements in place.

These activities provide important opportunities for both physical activity and social connection, and we look forward to welcoming students back to clubs, sports and groups.


International Travel

For those planning to travel during March Break, please note the following public health guidelines about when children will be able to return to school:

  • unvaccinated children who travel outside of Canada must not attend school or child care for 14 days after arriving home; they also must follow public health requirements for testing.
  • children fully vaccinated against COVID-19 who travel outside Canada can return to school immediately if they are symptom-free and pass the daily school screening tool.

For more details, please see the federal requirements here.

No restrictions are noted for children who travel within Canada, as long as they are symptom-free and pass the daily school screening tool.


In-School Vaccination Clinics

To support access to vaccination for 5-11 year olds, school boards are working with local public health units to host voluntary school-based vaccination clinics. Consent forms have been sent home with all students aged 5 – 11 years, to measure their school community’s interest in school day clinics.

Public Health Units have begun planning clinics at local schools, based on the number of consent forms received. Families will receive more information about clinic dates directly from their school.


Children will not receive a COVID-19 vaccine unless they have a signed consent form.

One more thing....

It's almost Family Day weekend and we hope that all of you have a chance to rest, relax and spend some quality time together. Have a great long weekend!
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