CALVIN PARK UPDATE

June 29, 2020

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Dear Calvin Park Parents/Guardians,


We are so proud of our students, staff, and families for their perseverance and ongoing commitment to emergency remote learning during the school closure period. We know that it was a challenging time and that we all worked to do our best to support our children. During this time, we found out ways to connect and learn in exciting new ways and we are committed to continuing this journey together. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our families for your continued support and patience during this very challenging year. We feel very fortunate to work with your children and it has been difficult to not be together in person for so long. We were very excited to see our students and families when you came to pick up student belongings! These last few months have really proven to all of us how important it is for families and schools to work together in order to ensure the well-being and achievement of our children.


The end of the school year always brings mixed emotions as we say farewell to some staff and welcome our new staff. We would like to extend our sincere thanks and best wishes to staff who are leaving us to begin new adventures at new schools: Ms. Allen, Ms. Crook, Ms. Murphy, and Mr. Millar.


As well, we extend special congratulations to Mr. Down, who is retiring after many years of dedicated service to the students in the Limestone District School Board. His contributions to our school and board as a teacher, coach, and friend, have left a lasting impact. We wish Mr. Down much health and happiness as he begins this new phase of his life.


We would like to extend a warm welcome to the new staff who will be joining us in September: Mr. Houston and Ms. Sperry. We also welcome Ms. Ridout back from her leave.


Finally, we would like to recognize our School Council for their contributions during the 2019-20 school year. Even though our meetings were limited this year, we really appreciate the commitment of the School Council Co-Chairs and members for volunteering their time to make our school even better!


At this point in time, we don't yet know what September will look like, however, last week, the Ministry of Education released information on possible scenarios for the coming school year. Please follow the links below to Director Rantz's message and for the Ministry update for more information. Our Board is currently working on different plans for the fall as we wait for the final recommendations of Public Health and the Ministry of Education in early August. We will communicate those plans with our families in detail once they are finalized.


As we head into the summer months, we wish you continued good health and time to relax, recharge and make precious memories with your friends and families.


Thank you. Take care of each other and stay well,


The Calvin Park Staff

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GRADE 8 GRADUATES!

Congratulations to the Class of 2020! Your experience this year was unlike any other graduating class, first learning at home through a pandemic and then celebrating your accomplishments during our "Drive-Up Grad" and "Calvin Park 2020 Graduation Video". We will miss you but we know that you are destined for great things!!


Here's the link to the Graduation Video if you missed it on June 23 : 2020 Graduation Video The link will be available until July 5.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE SAFE RE-OPENING OF SCHOOLS

Return to School Survey for Families

Our Board is seeking feedback about the return to school in September. The Ministry of Education has released three potential scenarios for the reopening of public schools in the fall for the 2020-2021 school year.

While KFL&A Public Health and the Ministry of Education are likely to direct much of the structure of learning and school operations when schools re-open, the Limestone District School Board would like your feedback when considering return-to-school planning.

We ask that you take a few minutes to answer these questions to help us with our planning for September. The anonymous survey will take about 10 minutes to complete. Please complete one survey per family. The survey will be open until Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

Return to School Survey for Families

Updates about Re-Opening of Schools in the Fall

Please continue to watch for updates over the summer as to what school in the fall will look like. The message from the Director from June 23rd can be found below and as well, there is a link to the June 19 Message from the Premier's Office about re-opening schools safely. The Ministry announced that it will not make a final decision on what a return to school would look like until early August. This means we will not be able to share our Limestone-specific plans with you until then. Please stay informed by checking in on any of the LDSB platforms below.

LOOKING FOR INFORMATION?

Please continue to check these Limestone District School Board platforms for the most up-to-date information from our Board.


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/


In addition, please follow our:


Calvin Park Twitter account: @CalvinPark_LDSB or https://twitter.com/CalvinPark_LDSB


Calvin Park Website: https://calvinpark.limestone.on.ca/

TERM 2 REPORT CARDS

Report cards for all students were mailed on June 24th. Please email the school if you don't receive your child's report within the next two weeks. Please do not call to leave a message at the school because our phone lines are not monitored over the summer months.
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WE ARE AN ECOSCHOOL!

Congratulations to our Green Team and our Social Justice Club, as well as the staff supervisors for their hard to work to certify Calvin Park as an EcoSchool. We are proud of their commitment and passion to make our world a better place!

DID YOU BORROW A CHROMEBOOK?

At this time, students who have borrowed school technology to support learning at home, should hold on to devices over the summer if you are returning to Calvin park or any other Limestone school in the fall. In August, we will contact you with our plans moving forward. The borrowed Chromebooks are for learning purposes only so please keep these devices and their charging cords in a safe location over the summer months, so that they are available for the next school year.

READING AT HOME RESOURCES

Our staff are reading some great books! Students can also continue to read over the summer by accessing e-books and audio books through local public libraries and also, by using SORA, an online library that is available to all LDSB students. Some students have downloaded and set up the SORA app on their personal devices already. There is more information below about how to use these services.

Accessing SORA E-Books and Audio Books on an iPad or Personal Device

1. Downloard the SORA app.

2. Click on the SORA app on your iPad screen

3. Click on Find My School

4. Click “My School Isn’t Listed”

5. Type “Eastern Ontario Public Schools” or “Limestone”

6. In the drop down menu, click Limestone District

7. Enter your active directory username and password (LDSB credentials)

Accessing SORA E-Books and Audio Books on a Computer/Chromebook

1. Type soraapp.com in the address bar of your chrome browser

2. Click on Find My School

3. Click “My School Isn’t Listed”

4. Type “Eastern Ontario Public Schools” or “Limestone”

5. In the drop down menu, click Limestone District

6. Enter your active directory username and password (LDSB credentials)

Accessing E-Books and Audio Books through KFPL (Public Library)

KFPL provides many digital resources such as eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming movies, eMagazines and online classes. If you live in Kingston or Frontenac County, you can register for a library card by emailing them directly ( Go to the "Contact Us" tab on their webpage www.kfpl.ca). Students in classes who have been visiting the Calvin Park Library this year already have library cards.

WELL BEING - STAYING SAFE AND HEALTHY

Protect yourself and others by following all public health recommendations including mandatory face coverings in all commercial establishments. Do your part to stay safe and healthy!
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