Sydenham PS

April 2021

Dear Sydenham Families,

Spring has sprung! With the onset of the spring season, we can finally shed those winter snowsuits! Bring on the rubber boots, mud puddles, splash pants and raincoats! Hopefully spring means more of those lovely sunny days as well.

We are happy to announce that Ms. Lamarche returned half-time to Sydenham in the grade 2/3 class as of mid March. Ms. Lamarche is teaching the grade 2/3 class in the mornings. Ms. Funnell-Kononuk (Ms. F to the students) was able to stay on with us for the first couple of weeks of Ms. Lamarche's return, in the afternoons, and it is with mixed feelings that we congratulate her as she takes on a full contract position at Polson Park Public School. While we are cheering on Ms. F. In her new position, we will miss her here at Sydenham. We are hoping to have a new long term occasional teacher in the grade 2/3 class, for the afternoons, by the 2nd week in April.

Thank you to our parent community for your support in respecting the bus loading zone at the pick up and drop off times. We really appreciate everyone's efforts to ensure that the bus can safely stop in front of the school. The traffic flow is going much more smoothly and we are not seeing the traffic back-ups onto Barrie St. We greatly appreciate the collaboration!

Families may have heard that as part of the Ministry of Education's enhanced COVID-19 protocols, school boards are required to offer voluntary, asymptomatic testing to students, staff and bus drivers. Asymptomatic testing is voluntary and is only for students, staff and bus drivers who do not have symptoms of COVID-19. Anyone with symptoms must self-isolate and get tested at a Community Assessment Centre. In Limestone, asymptomatic testing will be offered during specific dates and times assigned to each family of schools. Sydenham PS is part of the KSS family of schools and our students may access asymptomatic testing from Wednesday, April 7 - Tuesday, April 13. Families must book appointments using the existing booking process. Walk-ins are not permitted. Students may continue to attend school while awaiting asymptomatic test results, provided they pass the daily COVID-19 screening. More information and links to assessment centre on-line booking can be found on the LDSB website by clicking here.

Lastly, there are many days of observance happening in April. We wish all our Sydenham

families the very best whether you are celebrating Pesach (Passover), Easter, Ramadan, Ridvan or something else. We hope you enjoy some family time and relaxation in the coming holidays and during the April break.

Stay safe, stay healthy and happy spring!

Mrs. Marshall and Mrs. Diamond


  • Screen your students for Covid symptoms each day before school.

  • Please make sure students have indoor footwear at school to change into.

  • Students are reminded to bring a re-usable water bottle to school every day. The fountains are closed due to Covid safety protocols and only water bottle filling stations are available.

  • Please dress for the weather as students may still participate in outdoor activities, even if it is raining.

Mark Your Calendars

Friday, April 2 - Holiday! No classes. Good Friday

Monday April 5 - Holiday! No classes. Easter Monday

April 6 - LDSB recognizes Autism Awareness Day

April 7-13 - KSS family of schools (includes Sydenham PS) window for Asymptomatic Covid testing for students and staff. Appointments required. More information and links to on-line booking are available on the LDSB Website.

April 12-16th - April Break. No classes.

April 21- SAC virtual meeting 7:00 p.m.

April 22 - Earth Day

Learn at Sydenham!

Registration is now open for 2021-22

Sydenham Public School is a great place to learn! Located in our beautiful, historic, 1853 limestone building in the heart of Kingston, we offer programming for students from Junior Kindergarten to grade 8. New students are welcome at any grade! We have a diverse community of learners and a dedicated, warm and caring staff. Learn with us at Sydenham!

School Advisory Council News

Sydenham Spirit Wear

Don't miss out on ordering your Sydenham Spirit Wear!! The Spirit Store will be closing on Wednesday, March 31 so orders can be delivered the week following Spring Break (Week of April 19th). Visit for your Sydenham School Wear.

Spring Planter Boxes

There is still time to order your colourful Spring Planters and support the School Advisory Council Spring Fundraiser. If you have misplaced your order forms they are still available at the school. The deadline for ordering has been extended to April 6th.

Next SAC Meeting - April 21, 7:00 p.m.

All parents are welcome and invited to join our School Council Virtual meetings. We meet the 3rd Wednesday of each month. We strongly encourage parents and caregivers to join us once a month on Zoom to help make important school-based decisions and keep informed on the latest Sydenham happenings. The link for April's virtual SchoolAdvisory Council meeting booked for April 21 at 7:00 pm is

If you are not receiving updates from your School Parent Council, please contact Mary-Kate at to be added to our contact list.

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Sydenham PS Advisory Council

Want to learn more? Check out this 2 minute video:

Ministry releases new Covid-19 screening tool

The province has released an updated version of the COVID-19 School & Child Care Screening Tool. The revised tool includes changes to stay-at-home requirements for those with symptoms and isolation requirements for household contacts of those with symptoms. A printable/downloadable version from KFL&A Public health is also available.

1. Students and staff with any new or worsening symptom of COVID-19, even those with only one symptom, must stay home until:

  • They receive a negative COVID-19 test result.
  • They receive an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional, or
  • It has been 10 days since their symptom onset and they are feeling better.

2. Students and staff are now required to stay home from school or child care if anyone in their household has new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19, and has been recommended for isolation and testing. All asymptomatic household contacts of those with symptoms are required to quarantine until the symptomatic household member:

  • receives a negative COVID-19 test result, or
  • receives an alternative diagnosis by a health-care professional

If the symptomatic individual tests positive for COVID-19, or is not tested, and does not receive an alternative diagnosis from a health-care professional, the symptomatic individual must isolate (including from household members) for 10 days from symptom onset. All household contacts must isolate until 14 days from their last contact with the symptomatic individual (a total of 24 days if the symptomatic individual is not able to effectively self isolate from other members of the household).

"Fake March Break" Spirit Week March 15-19

We had a lot of fun on our "Fake March Break"! We were invaded by zoo animals, expressed ourselves with our t-shirts, had some leprechauns visit us on Green Day, did all kinds of arts activities on Arts Day and dressed for our favourite kinds of vacations on Friday. Students went on some "fake field trips", learned more about where our t-shirts come from and some of the environmental impacts of clothing manufacturing, spent time learning all kinds of things through the arts, and topped it off by having a fun "fake vacay" at school!

Zoo Day

T-Shirt Tuesday!

Green Day Spirit!

Arts Day

Dress Like you're on Vacay Day!