Ecole Maple Family Update
That's a Wrap and Our cast had a blast! Thank you to our staff directors for making this happen!!!
Discover Kindergarden is Coming!
Monday, May 22:
Victoria Day - no school
11:15-11:55 Drama Club Gr 3 &4 in Library/Makerspace
- 1:35-2:15 Hot Lunch Pizza
- 6:30 SAC Meeting in the library
Wednesday, May 24 (Day 2):
Discover Kindergarten 4:45-6:30 pm - gym and kinder classrooms
CELEBRATION OF DANCE
- Wear red or Major spirit wear
ALL DAY: Region 5 (Maple) Track & Field Meet @ Cara Co Track (Invista)
11:15-11:55, Equity Club, Makerspace: Welcome community member and speaker: Erika Schmutz
Spirit Day: Jerseys and Sports Day
May: Grade 3 and 6 EQAO: Wednesday, May 10, to Wednesday, June 14, 2023
May 29: EQAO - Grade 3s - Makerspace CLOSED
- TERRY FOX TSHIRT ORDERS DUE
- Jump rope for heart Fundraising Starts
- Mme Bishop/Fairbairn to Kingston school of art 12:15 - 2:45
- 11:15-11:55 Drama Club Gr 3 &4 Library/Makerspace
8:15 Running (Sprints & Distance) Practice for Track & Field
1:55 Atom (Grade 3 & 4) Long Jump Practice (District qualifiers)
1:35 Bantam (Grade 5 & 6) Long Jump Practice (District qualifiers)
- Ferrero/Barton - Gould Lake
- Kindergarten Classes - Puppet Show in the Library
- Gym closed until after 2nd Recess/ Nutrition Break
- End of Year Celebration Sullivan/ Matheson at 2:30pm
9:15-1:30 STC LESSA/Special Olympics Sports Festival
1:55 Atom (Grade 3 & 4) Long Jump Practice (District qualifiers)
1:35 Bantam (Grade 5 & 6) Long Jump Practice (District qualifiers)
June 1: EQAO - Grade 3s - Makerspace CLOSED
- ALL DAY: RAINDATE (from May 26) Region 5 (Maple) Track & Field Meet @ Cara Co Track (Invista)
- 8:15 Running (Sprints & Distance) Practice for Track & Field (District qualifiers)
- 1:35 Bantam (Grade 5 & 6) Long Jump Practice (District qualifiers)
- 1:55 Atom (Grade 3 & 4) Long Jump Practice (District qualifiers)
June 2: PA Day- No School
June 5: District Track Meet at Caraco Track
- 11:15-11:55 Equity Club Makerspace
June 6-9: - EQAO - Grade 6s - Makerspace CLOSED
June 6: Fire Safety Presentations in gym
10-11 am: Primary Students
12:15-1:15 Kindergarten Students
2:25-3:25 Junior Students
- Mundell to Health Care Museum 9:30 - 12:00
- Trevors to Health Care Museum 9:30-12
June 8: ALL DAY: RAINDATE (from June 5) Championship Track & Field Meet @ Cara Co Track (Invista)
June 9: Pilutti to Health Care Museum 9:30-12
June 12: 11:15-11:55 Equity Club Makerspace
June 14: 10:15 Grade 6 visit to Vanier
- 11:15-11:55 Drama Club Gr 3 &4 Library/Makerspace
June 15: 1:15 Grade 6 visit to LaSalle
- McNaughton/Pottier End Of Year Celebration 2:30-3:00 in room 114/Kindergarten yard
June 16: SPIRIT DAY: Colours of the Rainbow Day
12:15-1:00 PM Piano Recital (Library/Makerspace)
Outdoor dance party - end of day
Pride Assemblies - 1st block - will be divided by division
- 12:15-1:00 Piano Recital (Library/Makerspace)
June 20: 11:15 - 11:40 a.m Piano Recital (Library/Maker space)
- 2:30PM Rm 124 Turcotte/ Prescott Year End Celebration - families invited
- SAC Meeting 6:30 - All welcome!
June 22: 11:15 - 11:40 a.m Piano Recital (Library/Makerspace)
- End of Year Celebration - Trueman/Manon - 2:30-3:15PM (Room 130) - Parents invited :)
- End of year Celebration & splash pad - Scott/Bond 12:15-1:35 (Room 120) - Parents invited
June 23: SPIRIT DAY: Tourist/Beach Day
June 25: YEAR END EVENT - Celebration at Ecole Maple!
June 27: Grade 6 Celebration
June 28: Report Cards go Home
June 29: Last Day of School
June 30: PA DAY
Ecole Maple is very grateful for our crossing Guards, please review safety tips at home
We hope you were able to enjoy the Victoria Day long weekend with your families!
Wow!!! The Legend of the Blue Sapphire was amazing! Our daytime and evening shows had a great turnout. Staff and students worked for many months to audition, rehearse, create the sets, music, and so much more! We have some major talent at Ecole Maple ES! Thank you to our SAC for running the canteen before the performance and to our families for coming and showing your support!
This Tuesday is a hot lunch pizza day and is our second last School Advisory Council (SAC) Meeting. All are welcome at 6:30 pm in the library.
We are welcoming our littlest Majors on Wednesday evening for the Welcome to Kindergarten night. We cannot wait to meet you! This is an opportunity to see classrooms, participate in activities, and so much more! Plus, your incoming Kindergarten student will walk away with a special treat. Welcome to Limestone DSB!
On Thursday, our whole school will be participating in Celebration of Dance. This will be an opportunity for staff and students to move their bodies to many choreographed dances. At Ecole Maple, we regularly have dance parties, so we are exciting to show our moves!
On Friday, the Equity Club will be welcoming community member, Erika Schmutz. In 2008, she was the Bronze Medalist at the Beijing Paralympics for Canada's Wheelchair Rugby Team. We look forward to hearing her story and the efforts to bring about equity in sport, as well as discussing how we can participate in bringing forth change. Fun fact: Wheelchair Rugby was a sport created in Canada back in the 1970's and is now played world wide. This sport became the first Co-Ed Paralympic event. In 2008 Erika's team won the Bronze medal at the Paralympic games in Beijing- for the first time. Most recently Erika was co-captain in the first all Women's team Canada sent to represent at the Women's World Cup in Paris 2023 where the team won Bronze.
We have been busy working on our Track and Field running and jumping skills before school and during recesses. We are slowing down to perfect our skills and will be competing with other staff and students soon.
Ask your student about the Dodgeball competition that is happening now! Who's in the lead?
Between May 30th and June 6th, our Kindergarten classes will be going on a Community Walk. Starbucks, Food Basics, and Pet Valu...here we come and thank you for having us! More information will be coming from your student's teacher.
It is tick season - we have had several ticks on students and in our school yard! Please have your student check themselves for ticks at the end of each day. The KFL&A area has been named a high-risk region for Lyme disease. Read more here: https://globalnews.ca/news/9615479/kfla-region-high-risk-lyme-disease/ You can find more information on how to repel ticks on the City of Kingston website: https://www.cityofkingston.ca/resident/trees-nature/ticks-mosquitos
We remind families that the schoolyard is not accessible during the school day for community use, we have many classes that go outside for learning activities and sporting events, this helps us to better monitor our students on the playground during the school day. We have also closed off two of our spinners on the playground for safety reasons, please do not remove the caution tape until we have them fixed and ready for use again!
Thank you for your continued efforts to avoid picking up your student during recess/nutrition breaks (11:15-11:55 and 1:35-2:15), as well as at the end of the day (3:15-3:35).
Please email email@example.com or notify your student's teacher well in advance if they have an appointment during school hours. Please do not email teachers regarding a student's absence during school hours (i.e., 9:15-3:35).
Please continue to screen your students before school for any symptoms of illness. If you do not pass the screener, please stay home, rest, and get well! Masks help stop the spread of illnesses - they are encouraged but not mandatory.
Enjoy this week, Majors!
Mrs. Fox, Ms. Stephen, Mme Panet & The Major Team
TRUTH ABOUT READING - Event open to all
Meet Some Of Our Stellar Bus Patrollers!
After our meeting, we wrote a letter to our bus drivers to keep them looped in! Check out the letter here! https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ddH_Sqrn_auif4sdlKJsXKIZtR-VkxXf/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=103081322396054212505&rtpof=true&sd=true
These rockstar students have taken on a huge responsibility on our buses and we cannot thank them enough for all that they do to keep our buses safe!
Please note, expectations are the same on the bus as they are at school: positive behaviour and positive language! If there is a problem on the bus, try speaking with your student's driver first. Inappropriate bus behavior could lead to students being written up in a communication log and/or potentially bus suspension days and/or students requiring a different way to get to and from school.
TERRY FOX T-SHIRTS - GET YOURS NOW! Terry Fox Campaign 2023-24
Dear Ecole Maple Families,
The Terry Fox Foundation has released the 2023 t-shirt early! All orders can be submitted through School Day and are available in Youth and Adult Sizes. Orders are now open on School Day!
Designed in collaboration between Ryan Reynolds and The Fox Family, the 2023 Terry Fox Run shirt features messages Terry and his family received both past and present, and celebrates how his story and legacy continues to inspire people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities in Canada and beyond. All of the sales go towards our Ecole Maple fundraising campaign for 2023!!
Due to the expected high demand, the Terry Fox Foundation cannot guarantee availability of the shirts in the Fall so we are doing a presale for our annual event. All orders are due by Monday, May 29, 2023. All shirts should be shipped and delivered to students by the end of June.
If you have any questions, please contact Ms.Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our PLANTABLES FUNDRAISER IS HERE!!
We are so excited to announce that we will be fundraising with @Plantables! Get all the plants you need for your garden while supporting our school. We receive 10% of all funds raised.
How It Works:
1. Visit Plantables.ca
2. Pick Your Plants
3. Choose your delivery week
4. Plants are delivered to your door!
Place your plant order using our code Maple23 at www.plantables.ca
Free delivery for orders over $75. Consider ordering with friends or neighbours to get free shipping.
Start shopping now! https://plantables.ca/for/maple23
EQAO INFORMATION - GRADE 3 AND 6 MINISTRY TESTING THIS SPRING
EQAO provincial standardized testing will happen again this spring. Tentative dates are:
Grade 3: May 29, 30, 31, and June 1
Grade 6: June 6, 7, 8, and 9
If interested, EQAO has offered the below parent information session.
Webinar for Parents and Guardians of Elementary-School Students
Register for this webinar and learn about EQAO assessment results and Ontario’s large-scale assessment program at the elementary-school level. EQAO will review highlights from the 2021–2022 assessment results. The session will also highlight how the primary-division (Grade 3) and junior-division (Grade 6) assessments have been modernized. The presentation will be approximately 45 minutes and will be followed by a live Q & A session with EQAO staff.
School Year Calendar
The Ministry of Education has approved the Limestone District School Board’s 2023-2024 School Year Calendar. A print friendly version will soon be available on the LDSB and Ecole Maple Websites.
The following key dates have been approved:
First Day of School: Tuesday, September 5, 2023
Winter Break: December 25, 2023, to January 5, 2024
March Break: March 11, to March 15, 2024
Last Day of School: Thursday, June 27, 2024
The 2022-2023 school year consists of 194 days;
Secondary - 177 instructional days, 7 PA Days and 10 exam days.
Elementary - 187 instructional days and 7 PA Days.
Professional Activity Days - no classes for students:
Monday, Sept. 25, 2023
Friday, Oct. 27, 2023
Friday, Nov. 10, 2023
Friday, Feb. 2, 2024
Friday, April 12, 2024
Friday, May 31, 2024
Friday, June 28, 2024
Mental Health Services
Safety Information Arriving & Departing Ecole Maple ES
Drop-off and pick-up times at Ecole Maple are busy! We all have a collective responsibility to keep students safe. Families, staff and students all need to work together!
- We ask that families avoid parking close to the intersection by Rose Abby and St. Martha Street and ensure you are coming to a complete stop. When vehicles park too closely to the intersection it impedes visibility for students when trying to cross the road safely, as well as other vehicles.
- Mornings can be hectic as we all prepare for work and school, consider adjusting your departure times to allow for enough time to reduce stress for everyone. Parking a block away and walking to school is a great way to reduce traffic volume and also share a few moments of connection before the day begins.
- Parking in accessible parking spaces is also prohibited unless you have an accessible pass visible in the windshield of your vehicle.
- Playing loud music containing explicit lyrics does not support a healthy environment for our students and staff - please be considerate.
- A friendly reminder that only service dogs are allowed on school property - they must be wearing their proper identification.
- If you see a green flashing light in your rear view mirror, please yield or pull over to the side of the road and let the car/truck pass. These volunteer firefighters are keeping us safe!
STAY HEALTHY, MAJORS!
Student Transfers and Family Moves
ITEMS JUST FOR HOME
Sometimes students want to bring items to school to show friends, or have things stored in backpacks that need to remain at home. This is just a reminder that students should not be bringing the following items to school:
- items of value (sentimental or monetary)
- any kind of weapon (for example, a Swiss Army knife)
- any kind of toy that could be a replica weapon (for example, a toy gun)
- electronics of any kind
- anything scented
- anything with nuts (please ensure all lunches and snacks are nut-free)
- toys and stuffies
Thank you for keeping these items at home. Sometimes a quick check of a backpack can ensure that treasures do not come to school. Thank you for understanding that we are not responsible for lost, broken or stolen personal items.
School Council Information
Ecole Maple School Council - School Community Survey
Our next meetings are:
All meeting are in the library at 6:30 - all are welcome!
Childcare will be provided.
The School Advisory Council (SAC) is a team of parents, community members and school staff volunteers who support and enhance the community and school relationship. The SAC contributes to improving student achievement and well-being and are involved in school fundraising initiatives, enhancing, and supporting school events, hot lunches, parent education, offering support to extra-curricular activities, celebrating the diversity of our community, and much more.
In this survey, we are interested in learning more about your thoughts about the role of SAC and how we can more competently represent the needs of the school community.
School Councils help:
- empower and support parent involvement and engagement in our schools,
- represent and seek parent voice in Ministry and school board consultations,
- increase, facilitate and support communication between parents and the school board,
- provide opportunities for parents to develop useful skills to support their student, and
- act as a resource for parents and school councils on parent engagement and involvement.
School Council goals should represent parent feedback, teacher input and school administration priorities.
This survey is to help us understand different aspects of the guardian/school relationship. Your answers will be used in aggregate, and we will not be evaluating individual responses. As such, please be as honest as possible – there are no right or wrong answers!
School Council wants to know what our families feel is important at our school - please share your voice by completing this survey
Canada Dental Benefit
The benefit allows families to receive up-front, direct payments up to $650 per year, per child, for two years (totalling up to $1300) for dental care services. Canada Revenue Agency will be processing the applications and payments for the benefit.
Families are eligible if they meet the following criteria:
- Age: child(ren) under 12
- Family income: adjusted net income of less than $90,000. Note: Applicants need to have filed income tax and currently receive the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) for their child.
- Dental insurance: do not have access to private dental insurance. Note: Families who are already covered by Healthy Smiles Ontario will still be eligible for the interim Canada Dental Benefit if they incur out of pocket costs for dental care services for their child.
- Dental expenses: have, or will have, out of pocket dental care expenses.
Visit Canada.ca/Dental for more information.
Kingston Frontentac Public Libraries - Resources for Students!
● Borrow books, comics, graphic novels, video games, music, movies and so much more
● Pick out what you want to borrow online, then have it sent to your nearest branch
● Download or stream eBooks and comics, digital magazines, movies and music
● Research and learn with online databases, courses and newspapers
● Reserve computer time in our branches
● Borrow passes to parks and museums in Kingston and Ottawa
● Enjoy activities and events just for teens
Free Tutoring & Learning Resources
UPDATED Links for MS Teams Virtual Tutoring (beginning Jan. 9)
Limestone Tutoring Resources January 9 – March 30
Monday – Thursday 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
As part of the Ministry of Education Tutoring Grant, LDSB is extending an afterschool drop-in Virtual Tutoring Program through the winter months for Limestone students in Grades 1 to 10.
Grade 1 to 6 - Build literacy and/or math skills. 3 tutors per night. (20 min sessions)
Grade 7 to 10 - Math skills and support. 3 tutors per night. (30 min sessions)
Grade 7 to 10 – Homework help. 2 tutors per night. (30 min sessions)
· Student must be logged in to MS Teams using their Limestone account.
· Click on link for age group and subject support. (links below)
· Sessions are on a first-come, first-served model.
· Wait in virtual lobby until tutor invites student into the session.
For the links, visit:
See below for Guidelines.
1. The student must be logged in to MS Teams using their Limestone account. The student’s camera and microphone should be on so that the student and tutor can communicate effectively.
2. The student should have the materials they need with them (e.g., students should have their homework assignment). The student should try to set up in an area in the home with minimal distractions for the tutoring
3. If a tutor is already working with a student, subsequent students will be placed in the lobby of the meeting and then be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis once the tutoring session for the previous student is completed. Tutoring sessions for Grades 1-6 will be about 20 minutes long and may be extended, if no other students are waiting. For Grades 7-10 sessions will start at 30 minutes and may be extended if no students are waiting.
4. No tutoring on PA Days or Holidays.
In addition, TVO continues to provide curriculum-based, free digital learning resources for all Ontarians this year. This brochure provides an overview of TVO’s Digital Learning Resources (2022). Included in the resources available are:
Mathify Online Math Tutoring for Grades 4-12 https://www.tvomathify.com/students
Free 1:1 online math tutoring support with Ontario Certified Teachers. Available Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays, 3:00 to 9:00 pm. Students/families can sign up, select a tutor and start immediately.
TVO Learn https://tvolearn.com/
- Over 2,100 curriculum-aligned, grade and subject-specific learning activities from Kindergarten to Grade 8 (including for the new Science and Technology curriculum
- Grade 9 to 12 searchable high school content for over 140 secondary school courses
Keeping Informed as a Family
LDSB schools and school board use School Messenger to send key messages, alerts, and general communication to families. Winston uses this platform and will continue to use our Ecole Maple Family Update to share school information with families. These newsletters are where we will share school-specific information and highlights of student work and events in the building. This newsletter is sent out via School Messenger and posted on our school Twitter account.
SchoolMessenger App: Download the SchoolMessenger App to stay connected. Use your mobile device to download and install the free SchoolMessenger blue app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store, the SchoolMessenger website portal, or from within the LDSB mobile app. *New families will be able to create their account after the first day of attendance.
The first time you use the app, you must select Sign Up to create your account. Please ensure you use the same email address your student’s school has on file. If you do not use that same email address, you will not be able to create an account.