CALVIN PARK UPDATE

Week of May 17-21, 2021

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Dear Calvin Park Parents/Guardians,


We hope that you have had the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful spring weather! We are entering the 5th week of remote learning and we would like to say thank you for supporting your child through this challenging period. We know that it is not easy to balance all the responsibilities at home with supporting your child's learning and that, as the weather becomes nicer, it becomes even more difficult for students to maintain their engagement in learning. We encourage your family to find the balance that works for you. Please reach out to your child's teacher if we can help in any way. We know that these times are not easy!


We would like to commend our students for their resilience and perseverance! They have been asked to keep going through all these changes in their young lives and we are proud of them for rising to the challenge!


I would also like to recognize the Calvin Park Staff for their commitment to supporting their students to stay connected and engaged in learning. Switching between in-person and virtual learning is a huge task yet the Calvin Staff have done it with grace and a determination to do whatever it takes to support their students' achievement and well-being, while also, in many situations, managing their own children's learning at home. Thank you to our Staff!


During Mental Health Week at the beginning of May, we focused on ways to promote mental and physical wellness to support mental health. We suggested five strategies that could be helpful when you are feeling overwhelmed and/or anxious:

  1. Thinking about things that you are grateful for and feel positive about.

  2. Being physically active.

  3. Staying connected to important people in your life (and pets if you have them!)

  4. Being creative (drawing, dancing, music, building, doing crafts, etc)

  5. Finding time to relax, breathe deeply and be mindful


We hope that we will be able to return to school to learn together this year, when the provincial government and Public Health determines that it is safe. In the meantime, please take care and stay well,


Mrs. Suriyuth, Mrs. Pettingill and the Calvin Park Team

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THIS WEEK AT CALVIN PARK

Monday, May 17

  • Virtual Learning Week #5


Tuesday, May 18


Wednesday, May 19


Thursday, May 20


Friday, May 21

  • Calvin Clothing Spirit Day - wear blue and red or your Calvin clothing. Show your Comet spirit!



UPCOMING DATES

May 24 Victoria Day Holiday

June 4 PA DAY

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School Advisory Council (SAC) Executive for 2020-21:


Co-Chairs:

Claudine Elvidge (claudine_elvidge@hotmail.com)

Krystle Holton ( krystleholton@hotmail.com )

Secretary/Treasurer: Sarah Phinney


Our next School Council Meeting is May 31 at 6:00 pm. We welcome new members at any time so please contact one of the Co-Chairs for the link to the meeting if you are interested in attending. This will be the final School Council Meeting for this school year.


Our Indigo and FlipGive fundraisers will be continuing until June 25th. For more information about these fundraisers, please view the Calvin Park School Advisory Council Update https://www.smore.com/beqxr Participation in these fundraisers is easy! Just sign up and a percentage of what you spend for regular purchases like groceries, gas, home products and gifts, will go to our school. All fundraising this year will be used to purchase new books for classroom libraries to reflect diverse lives and issues related to equity, racism, and inclusion.

LDSB PIC FUNDRAISER FOR THE FOOD SHARING PROJECT

The LDSB Parent Involvement Committee is holding a fundraiser for The Food Sharing Project. The Food Sharing Project provides free nutritious food to over 80 schools across Kingston, Frontenac, and Lennox and Addington, including all schools within Limestone DSB. All students can access nutritious snacks and meals at Calvin Park because of The Food Sharing Project. Please consider donating to this worthy cause!
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PLANNING FOR THE 2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR

IN-SCHOOL MODEL: Elementary schools (Kindergarten to Grade 8) will offer full-time in-person learning. Students will continue to stay in cohorts with their classmates and homeroom teacher. Mask and hand washing protocols will likely be in place. As we have don this year, students will remain in their homeroom classroom and specialized rotary teachers will move from class to class. This model could change based on a variety of factors.


VIRTUAL SCHOOL REGISTRATION: The opportunity to enroll in virtual school is extended until June 4th. Here is the registration link. Please note, if your student will be attending in-person school, no action is required on your part.


More information about 2021-22 School Year Planning can be found by clicking the button below.

FOOD AND CLOTHING SUPPORTS

Just a reminder to our families that food and clothing supports are available for your family through the school if needed. Please contact the office if we can assist you in any way (613-542-2796 or calvp@limestone.on.ca) Please leave a message if we do not answer the phone. Phones are monitored regularly from 8:00am - 3:00 pm on Monday to Friday, even when office staff are working from home.

UPDATE ON GRADE 8 GRADUATION CEREMONY PLANS

Due to current health guidelines, we have had to change our Graduation plans to a virtual ceremony at this time. We are in the early stages of planning this and we will do our best to make it memorable and special for our Grade 8 students! Should health unit and provincial guidelines change, we may be able to modify our event. Please save the date of June 21 for our virtual Graduation Ceremony.


We are in contact with Lifetouch Photography regarding graduation photos and any deposits that were made for the composite graduation photos. We will share any new information once it becomes available.

DAILY ATTENDANCE

Please continue to complete attendance through SafeArrival for your child when they are absent from school. Attendance is taken every day and the automated call-out is sent out at around 2:00 p.m. daily. Please make sure your child checks-in with their teacher in some way throughout the day so that they are not accidentally marked absent. If your child is accidentally marked absent, please contact our office.

ONTARIO GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS

The new COVID-19 Child Benefit announced in the 2021 Ontario Budget will provide direct payments to families and students to help with additional costs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you received a payment through the Support for Learners program, you do not need to apply. Starting on April 26, 2021, we will begin issuing additional payments of:

  • $400 for each child or youth up to Grade 12
  • $500 for each child or youth up to age 21 with special needs

If you missed applying for the Support for Learners program, you will have the opportunity to apply for this new round of payment. Applications will open from May 3, 2021 to May 17, 2021.Learn more on the government’s Support for Learners webpage .

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RESOURCES TO SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH

We recognize that these times are not easy for anyone and Covid fatigue and isolation is a real issue. Please access the resources in the links below to support your child's mental health during this time. The Maltby Centre is a local organization that supports youth mental health and has counselling and other supports available. The other links are for organization websites which contain helpful information and resources to support children and families during this time. In addition, please reach out to your family doctor, your child's teacher or to our office if you are concerned about your child's mental health.
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DAILY COVID SCREENING

Thank you for continuing to be vigilant by screening your child daily for Covid-19 and for following Public Health guidelines when they display a symptom or symptoms. By working together, we have the best opportunity to limit the spread of Covid-19 and keep our community safe.
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LOOKING FOR MORE 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/


Calvin Park Public School Office: (613) 542-2796

Mrs. Christine LeClair, Office Administrator


Mrs. Elizabeth Suriyuth, Principal: suriyuthe@limestone.on.ca

Ms. Wilma Pettingill, Vice-Principal: pettingillw@limestone.on.ca

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