Week of January 18-22, 2021

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Dear Calvin Park Parents and Guardians,

We continue to be grateful for your support of learning at home - we know that this is not easy and that everyone is doing the best we can under these circumstances! We are here to support you so please reach out to your child's teacher or the office if needed. This week, we are continuing with learning at home, however, the provincial government has indicated that they will make an announcement this Wednesday, January 20th, about whether students will return to in-school learning next week. We will keep you informed with next steps once this announcement has been made.

We are very appreciative of the leadership of KFLA Public Health and all the members of our local community for working together in order to keep Covid cases in our area relatively low. We encourage everyone to continue to follow all health protocols during this lockdown period. If your family needs assistance with food/clothing and/or access to mental health resources, please reach out to our office. We are here to help.

Please stay healthy and take care,

Elizabeth Suriyuth, Principal

Wilma Pettingill, Vice-Principal

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Monday, January 18

  • Learning at home continues this week

Tuesday, January 19

Wednesday, January 20

Thursday, January 21

Friday, January 22

  • Last day to order School Pictures from Lifetouch (after this date, there is an additional cost)
  • Calvin Colours Day! Wear your Calvin colours and show your Calvin spirit!


January 27 Family Literacy Day

January 28 Bell Let's Talk Day (in support of mental health)

January 29 PA DAY

February Black History Month

February 1 Term 2 begins

February 15 Family Day Holiday

February 17 Term 1 Report Cards will be sent home

Attendance During Remote Learning

The process for taking attendance has been modified by the Board during remote learning periods to respond to the fact that students may be connecting with their virtual classes at different times throughout the day.

  • Staff will be taking attendance at 1:30 pm by checking to see if students have been engaging in any part of the day's learning up to that time. This participation can take many forms, for example, students who participate in a class online meeting, submit online work to their teacher, or emailed their teacher to ask a question.
  • If your child is ill or has an appointment and will not be engaging in remote learning that day, please enter their absence as usual, by calling the SafeArrival number or using the app. If you haven't recorded their absence in SafeArrival, you will receive an automated call between 2:00-3:00 pm if your child did not engage in remote learning that day.

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Last week, our Grade 8 students were guided through course selection and registration using the online tool, "MyBlueprint". Students and families can login to MyBlueprint account to review their course choices. MyBlueprint also has many additional resources to help students decide about their future educational goals, careers, etc.

Students who are currently enrolled in the Elementary Virtual School will be receiving Grade 9 transition information from their virtual classroom teacher.

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School Council Executive for 2020-21:

Co-Chairs: Claudine Elvidge ( , Krystle Holton

Secretary/Treasurer: Sarah Phinney

Our next meeting is MONDAY, JANUARY 11 at 6:00 p.m. New members are always welcome. The meeting link will be sent out to all Council Members by our Co-Chairs. New members are always welcome so please contact Claudine for the meeting link if you are a new member.

Fundraising Initiatives

Our Indigo and FlipGive fundraisers will be continuing until June 25th. Please see the Calvin Park School Advisory Council Update that will be sent out this week for more information about these fundraisers. All fundraising this year will be used to purchase new books for classroom libraries to reflect diverse lives and issues related to equity and inclusion.

Request for Expressions of Interest for Indigenous SAC Representative Position

The Calvin Park School Council wants to reflect our school community and the perspectives and voices of the people within it. To open the door for more diversity on the executive, and around the council table, a position for an Indigenous SAC Representative is available.

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This representative will ideally bring Indigenous teachings, perspectives and voice to the School Advisory Council (SAC) table, to assist all families and staff to collaboratively work toward a renewed nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous peoples based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation and partnership. This representative will be asked to represent and celebrate the richness of Indigenous cultures and diversity of the Indigenous presence in our community.

Please let us know if you are an Indigenous parent/guardian/grandparent of an Indigenous student interested in this position. Please email or call the school with your interest, or with any questions you may have, and your contact information will be passed on to the School Council Co-Chairs. We’re looking forward to filling this position and continuing our journey to become a more equitable and representative Advisory Council.


Students were given their picture order forms during the last week of December to take home. Pictures can be ordered on before January 22nd using your Portrait ID and Access Code which can be found on your Picture Day order form. We will contact you if your school picture arrives at the school before we return to in-person learning.

Enrichment Studies at Queen's University for Grade 7-12 Students

Registration is now open for online enrichment courses for Grade 7-12 students through the Enrichment Studies Unit at Queen's University. For more information, please visit their website:

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Choices at 7 Programs

Applications are open until January 22, 2021 for students entering Grade 7 who are interested in Choices at 7 Programs (ATLAS, Challenge, LEAP and Extended French Immersion). Students entering Grade 8 can also apply (acceptances based on available spaces). For more information, please visit the Choices at 7 website
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During this remote learning period, please continue to monitor the members of your household for Covid-19 symptoms. The screening can be completed online or using the tool below. If symptoms develop, KFLA Public Health recommend that you isolate and get tested right away.

Together, we will do our best to keep children, adults and our community safe.

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Government Support for Remote Learning

The Government of Ontario is providing one-time funding for parents to help offset costs during the 2020-2021 school year. Eligible parents or guardians will receive a one-time payment of:

  • $200 for each student up to age 12
  • $250 for each student or youth up to age 21 with special needs
  • NEW $200 for student age 13 to Grade 12 including students who are in secondary school that are over age 18

Applications open on Monday, January 11, 2021. The deadline to apply is February 8, 2021. Learn more by the clicking this link: Support for Learners

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Maltby Centre - Virtual Support for Parents/Caregivers

Maltby Centre is running two free workshops for parents to support their child's mental health.

The links to more information and registration are:

How to Help Your Child With School Anxiety

Emotional Regulation for Parenting Youth 11 to 18 Years

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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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