Week of April 26-30, 2021

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Dear Calvin Park Parents and Guardians,

Thank you for supporting your child in their on-line learning this week - we know that these times are not easy ones so we appreciate that everyone is doing what works best for their family. We love seeing students connecting online to continue their learning.

We are excited to share that on Tuesday, April 27, from 6:15-7:15, our School Council has organized a timely presentation by our LDSB Mental Health Lead, Laura Conboy, focusing on how parents/guardians can support your child during this time and some of the resources that are available for families. This meeting is open to all of our families so we will send out an email message on Monday with the meeting link if you would like to join.

If your child is not participating in online learning on a specific day or needs adjustments to the online learning schedule, please contact your child's teacher. Also, if your child is absent and you wish to avoid receiving an automated attendance call, please enter your child's absence using SafeArrival.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or if you need additional support (email or call 613- 542-2796). We are also able to offer food and clothing support so please call or email us if we can be of assistance.

Thank you,

Elizabeth Suriyuth, Principal

Wilma Pettingill, Vice-Principal

and the Calvin Park Team

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Monday, April 26 - Day 1

  • Virtual Learning Week #2

Tuesday, April 27 - Day 2
  • 6:15-7:15 - School Council Presentation with LDSB Mental Health Lead, Laura Conboy: "Building Hope During Covid: Supporting your Child"

    Look for an email with the meeting link on Monday. All parents/guardians are welcome so please join us!

Wednesday, April 28 - Day 3

  • National Day of Mourning to remember those lives lost or injured due to a workplace tragedy
  • Dr. Michael Ungar virtual presentation "Raising Resilient Children" Please see more information below.

Thursday, April 29 - Day 4

Friday, April 30 - Day 5

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


May is Asian Heritage Month

May is Jewish Heritage Month

May is Speech and Hearing Month

May 3-7 Mental Health Week

May 24 Victoria Day Holiday

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Our next School Council event is a virtual presentation by Laura Conboy, the LDSB School Mental Health Lead. This presentation, "Building Hope During Covid: Supporting your Child," is open to the Calvin Park community and will focus on supporting students, as well as resources and outside supports that are available for families and children. The presentation will take place on Tuesday, April 27 at 6:15 p.m. A meeting link will be emailed to all families on Monday so please join us!
School Advisory Council Executive for 2020-21:


Claudine Elvidge (

Krystle Holton ( )

Secretary/Treasurer: Sarah Phinney

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 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.


We are excited to celebrate Grade 8 Graduation with our almost 200 Grade 8 graduates! In order to provide a memorable and safe event that follows health protocols and guidelines for our Grade 8 students, we have extended our Graduation Ceremony over two days, June 21 and 22. Our graduates will have the opportunity to come to the Graduation Stage in the cafeteria at a designated time to receive their graduation certificate, any awards, and take a photo in front of our special graduation backdrop!! Graduates are invited to wear their graduation attire for this if they wish. Each student will be allowed to invite a limited number of family members who are in their own "bubble." Classroom teachers will be sending out more detailed graduation information in May and contacting families to arrange a time for each student to graduate!


We were able to complete Graduation Photos for just 3 classes before the provincial shutdown of non-essential services in April. Lifetouch will be contacting us regarding a revised schedule when we return to school or next steps for families if we don't return to school. We will share that information once we receive it.


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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Ontario Government Support for Learners

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 liked below.

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Since the beginning of the pandemic, more and more children and adults are reporting that their mental health has been affected. 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.
If you are interested in the presentation from Dr. Ungar (information in the poster below), please register here: Hope in Times of Uncertainty: Raising Resilient Children
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Please continue to check these Limestone District School Board platforms for the most up-to-date information from our Board.

LDSB Website

LDSB Twitter:

LDSB Facebook

LDSB Instagram

In addition, please follow our:

Calvin Park Twitter account: @CalvinPark_LDSB or

Calvin Park Website:

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

Mrs. Christine LeClair, Office Administrator

Mrs. Elizabeth Suriyuth, Principal:

Ms. Wilma Pettingill, Vice-Principal:

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