Weekly Update - April 2, 2021
Dear Selby Families,
We had a wonderful week of learning at school! Spring has definitely sprung, and the walls of our school are vibrant with beautiful spring flowers, rainbows and bunnies :) We wish that we could capture it all in pictures, as there are so many unique and lovely works of art adorning our walls, and so many bold and creative young artists.
Last Friday all classes participated in the LDSB Earth Hour, and turned off lights and screens from 2:00-3:00 pm. We will receive a report that lets us know how much electricity we conserved: a great reminder that turning off lights when possible is a simple and effective way to be environmentally friendly!
We want to again remind families of the importance of daily COVID screening and to keep children home - even if they are experiencing ONE of the symptoms of Covid. Siblings also need to remain at home as per KFL&A guidelines. With VOC on the rise, it is critical that we follow these steps. We want to keep our classrooms and our school open, so please follow the guidelines. We are SO thankful for everyone's grace and understanding as we continue to navigate challenging times.
This past week we were grateful to welcome Ms. MacGillivray to our staff, full-time. Ms. MacGillivray was working half-time in grade 2/3 but will now support our students in grades 4-8 in literacy and math. Ms. Ewing-Nagy has been hired to cover the afternoons in Mrs. Richard's class.
Yesterday you received an email indicating students would be bringing home their belongings. As a result of today's messaging and knowing we will be back to school next week, students will NOT be bringing their belongings home today. We remain optimistic that face-to-face learning will continue to be possible, as we know that being with teachers and peers in person is what is best for kids. However, please rest assured that our staff are ready, willing and able to continue to support each and every student in any scenario.
Have a wonderful weekend celebrating Passover, Easter, or just a long weekend with your family. We will look forward to seeing our Selby Stars on Tuesday!
K. Witley and our Selby Team
Kind Selby Stars!
Light it Up Blue on Tuesday!
- April 6th - Wear Blue for Autism Awareness
- April 7th - Choose your own Spirit Day
- April 8th - Little Caesars Pizza delivery - timing to be determined but likely pm
- April 12th-16th - Spring Break
- April 19th-20th - Forest of Reading Voting
- April 21st - Parent Council @ 6pm
ASYMPTOMATIC COVID TESTING AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS
Students are invited to participate in voluntary asymptomatic testing (no symptoms) for COVID-19 during designated times. Families must book appointments for students using the assessment centre’s existing booking process (online or by telephone). Walk-ins are not permitted. Parent/guardian consent is required for testing of students under the age of 18. This testing is only for students, staff and bus drivers who DO NOT have COVID-19 symptoms. Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 must self-isolate and get tested for COVID-19 at a Community Assessment Centre. Learn more and review the schedule for your student's school at https://bit.ly/LDSBAsymptomaticTesting
Beautiful Work in our Hallways
Little Caesars Pizza Fundraiser
Thank you for supporting our school with this fundraiser. Pick-up will be at the school on April 8. More information to come about the timing and organization of this.
Update about Childcare in the Selby area:
Prince Edward-Lennox and Addington Social Services (PELASS) and Limestone School Board wish to thank you for taking the time to complete the survey regarding the child care needs in the Selby area.
There was a significant need identified for a before and after school program. The next step is to seek interest from service providers. Limestone School Board will issue an Expression of Interest to area service providers.
If there is an interested service provider, we will continue our planning with a goal of a September 2021 start.
At this time we cannot commit that a program will be offered, but are exploring the viability. It would be our intent to inform families prior to the end of the school year (June 2021) if a program will be in place for September, to assist you in your child care planning for the 2021/2022 school year.
In addition, there was some interest identified for full day licensed child care for children 0-3.8 years of age. Further planning will be required to determine feasibility and viability of a full day child care program. PELASS will include this information in their broader system planning and will continue to look for opportunities to expand the system to meet the needs of families.