CALVIN PARK UPDATE

March 23, 2020

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Dear Families,


During these unprecedented and uncertain times, we hope that you are taking care of each other and staying healthy and safe. We miss seeing our students and our staff are working together to stay connected with you.


This newsletter contains some further information about school closures, learning at home, and staying well during this time. With the recent government announcement that school closures will be extended beyond April 6th, we will continue to plan for what is ahead. The activities for learning at home in this newsletter are just suggestions for you - we know that taking care of each other is what is most important right now. Learning at home, if you wish, can take many forms, including cooking together, reading, being active (safely), and playing board games/doing puzzles.


As new information becomes available, we will continue to share it with you through School Messenger and our Twitter account ( @CalvinPark_LDSB ). Since the situation is constantly changing, please stay connected and find out the most current information by visiting the LDSB website (www.limestone.on.ca) and the LDSB Twitter account ( @LimestoneDSB ) or use the LDSB mobile app (can be downloaded for iOS and Android).


Thank you and stay well,


Calvin Park Staff

A message from Director of Education, Deborah Rantz (March 22, 2020).

LDSB Director of Education Message March 22, 2020

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SCHOOL CLOSURES DUE TO COVID-19

Please click on the link below to go to the LDSB website to find out more about school closures. On March 23, 2020, the Premier announced that school closures in Ontario will extend past April 6th. Please continue to check the LDSB website for further information.

IMPORTANT - Login Change for Office 365 and Google Suite

All families can access Office 365 and Google Suite tools using their child's school login with a small change. Students will need to include their full email address for the username (ex. username@limestone.on.ca). Then they will use their regular password when prompted in order to login.
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LEARNING AT HOME RESOURCES

Now that March Break is over, you may wish to access The Ministry of Education LEARN AT HOME resources (link is below) for learning during this time of school closures. Many of our classes are already using Google Classroom to support student collaboration and learning and some of our staff may choose to provide additional learning materials to their students. It is important for you to know that there are no expectations for teaching and learning during these initial weeks of school closure and learning activities are optional for families at this time. We also know that not all students have access to tech devices and consistent internet service. Since each day brings new information and changes, we will continue to update you about home learning activities.

Access to Online Reading

Students can continue to read daily (we recommend a minimum of 30 minutes) and can access 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.

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

Resources for Talking with Young People about COVID-19

There are many resources to support young people with understanding COVID-19. Remind our young people about social distancing, staying at home, regular hand washing and avoiding touching their faces. Please click on the links below to access resources that you can use to support your children.
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ADDITIONAL SCHOOL NEWS AND REMINDERS

INDIGO FUNDRAISER POSTPONED

Due to current circumstances, our School Council Fundraising Night at Chapters/Indigo at the Cataraqui Town Centre on April 1, has been postponed.

Grade 8-9 Transition Information

At this time, the majority of our Grade 8 students have registered their course selections for Grade 9 using the MY BLUEPRINT tool. Students and Parents/Guardians can review this information by logging in to MY BLUEPRINT at home. More information can be found on the LDSB website by clicking the link below.

Student Census - See Yourself in Limestone

The Limestone District School Board is committed to equity, inclusion and ensuring everyone feels a strong sense of belonging. Understanding student identity, lived experience, and ability continue to be important in our efforts to improve student achievement and well-being. Watch the short video below to learn more about a Student Census Survey coming this spring.
LDSB Student Census 2020 PSA

2020 -21 SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR

Pending approval, students of the Limestone District School Board will return to class before the traditional Labour Day holiday, with classes beginning for all students on Tuesday, September 1, 2020. Often, school starts in Ontario after Labour Day. This fall, however, the holiday is later which has resulted in Limestone and many other school boards across the province, starting school before the Labour Day holiday. Click on the link below for more details about the 2020-21 school year calendar.

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