Selby Star

Weekly Update - September 13th, 2020

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Dear Selby Families,

We are so incredibly proud of all of our students! Our Staggered Entry days were happy, safe and successful: students were well-prepared for all of the new routines and adapted very quickly. Thank you to all of the parents, guardians and caregivers who have been practicing physical distancing and mask-wearing with the children -- you made our jobs a lot easier!

A few reminders:

  • if your child has alternate pick up arrangements, or will not be taking the bus at the end of the day, please ensure that you communicate with the classroom teacher if possible (send a note or through email or school messenger app)
  • please ensure that your child is dressed for the weather and younger children have extra clothing in case of spills or bathroom accidents
  • don't forget to send a water bottle with your child: our fountains have been turned off

While some of our routines were new, many others were not. Students were easily able to get back to learning through reading, teacher read alouds, number talks, art activities, class discussions and outdoor exploration and play. Many teachers also began gathering important diagnostic evidence so they know where to begin in goal setting for students and their own instruction.

We are looking forward to having all of our students back together again for 5 days this week! I hope you enjoyed a wonderful weekend.

If you have any questions, please call Donna or myself at 613-388-2670 or email

K. Witley


Outdoor Play & Learning Time

Please have students dress for all kinds of weather as we will be outside for recess and/or learning unless there is extreme weather such as thunder/lightning or frigid temperatures. A raincoat and rain boots will come in handy as we head into fall!

School Enrolment & Organization Update

Our school organization of 11 classes is based on projected enrolment numbers from June 2020 and is subject to change depending on our actual number of students in September. Typically, this results in some changes to our school organization that can impact staffing and classroom placements. This year, the actual numbers will also be impacted by the number of opt-out students at our school who will be enrolled in the LDSB Virtual School as of September 24th. For our school this number is between 25 and 30.

We will continue to finalize these numbers this week as we accommodate requests for changes to in person learning as soon as we can. If you are considering a change from remote learning to face to face learning or vice versa, please notify the school by September 14. We will keep you informed of any changes in school organization that may be necessary. Please note that we are unable to take requests for in-school classroom changes at this time.

Allergy Awareness

We have many students and staff who have severe allergies that pose risks to their health and safety. Thank-you for working with us to reduce the risk by making sure that you avoid packing any foods that may contain any tree-nuts or peanuts. As well, we ask that you avoid sending any strongly scented products such as scented sanitizers with your child.

Parent Council

It's that time of year! Parent Council elections for Executive Positions are coming up very soon! The first Parent Council Meeting of the 2020-21 school year is on Wednesday, October 7 at 6:00 pm. The meeting will take place online in order to comply with health and safety measures. Parent Council will look very different this year but you still have a voice in the Selby community! This will be a virtual meeting: we will provide details to families soon for how to sign up to receive the link to attend the meeting.

Please use the link below to submit nominations. Nominations are anonymous and you can nominate yourself or someone else for a position. The person you nominate must be available to be present at the online meeting. You nomination does not count as a vote; you must be present to vote. Nominations are due by 4:00 on Tuesday, October 6th.

Below are a description of the responsibilities and duties of each executive position:

CHAIR - chief administrator of Parent Council - creates meeting agendas, liaisons between parents, school, administration and staff. Coordinates and supports volunteers, publishes newsletters, chairs Council meetings, keeps in touch with all coordinators.

VICE CHAIR - Duties of Chair could be split with Vice-Chair if deemed appropriate by Council. Vice Chair chairs any Council meeting that the Chair is unable to attend. The Vice Chair will also take meeting notes in the event that the Secretary is not available. If Co-Chairs are elected than the two parties will share the duties.

TREASURER - duties include handling all council money, produces financial statements/reports and presents these at monthly meetings.

SECRETARY - duties include attendance at Council meetings, recording minutes at monthly meetings and distribution to appropriate parties, maintains records as necessary.

And while we don't vote on the following position, MEMBERS AT LARGE play a very important role. Every parent/guardian is welcome to attend any and all Parent Council Meetings throughout the year!

MEMBERS AT LARGE - along with the executive, Parent Council relies on the parent community to come to meetings and have a say in issues that affect our students. We need parent representation to vote on how our fundraising efforts are allocated and to volunteer at various events and initiatives throughout the school year.

Everyone is welcome!

COVID-19 Daily Active Screening

All students, staff, bus drivers, and visitors to schools must perform a daily self-assessment for symptoms of COVID-19. KFL&A Public Health has provided a simple one-page daily screening tool that families can access on the Board website. Feel free to print and keep a copy in a handy place at home as a reference. It is critical that students do not come to school or go on a school bus if they have any of the COVID-19 symptoms. According to provincial public health direction, if students have any symptoms, they must visit an assessment centre or call their health care provider immediately to determine if a COVID-19 test is required.

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Terry Fox Run

This year is the 40th Anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope. Selby PS is very excited to once again participate in this event. Our goal this year is for each Selby Star to walk/run/skip 40 laps around the school! Students are able to attempt this challenge on their own, or share their laps with a partner. Beginning September 17th, students will have an opportunity to start their laps with their class. This will happen daily until September 24th when the entire school will have an opportunity to walk together (in staggered times).

Online fundraising is the safest and only way we can fundraise!

Our school has our own School Fundraising Link:

Username: 2020ON1133

Password: CUREON10107

Thank you for your support of Terry Fox!

School Spirit Wear

All orders are placed online and are delivered directly to our school. Spirit wear will be available until October 11, 2020 . All you need to do is follow the link below:

Upcoming Dates

  • Monday, September 14th: last day to change from Remote Learning Option to Face to Face Option
  • Friday, September 18 - Selby Spirit Day - wear your Selby spirit wear or purple and yellow!
  • Thursday, September 24 - Terry Fox run/walk
  • Friday, September 25th: PA Day (No school for students)
  • Wednesday, September 30th: Orange Shirt Day
  • Wednesday, October 7th: Virtual Parent Council Meeting (6:00 pm-7:00 pm) (details to follow)
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