Parent Peek at the Week

Week of September 2nd, 2019

Welcome back to an exciting year at Kawartha Heights P.S.! The staff of our great school have been very busy working hard this summer so that start up can be as smooth a transition as possible. We are very fortunate to have such a dedicated and caring group of staff. We look forward to seeing all of you over the next few weeks!

In case you missed it......

Important Dates

Monday, September 2nd


Tuesday, September 3rd - Day 1

  • School begins for Grades 1 - 6: look for each teacher to be holding their name on a large sign. Students are asked to line up behind their teacher to enter the school.

Wednesday, September 4th - Day 2

Thursday, September 5th - Day 3

  • all Year 2 Kindergartens start school

Friday, September 6th - Day 4

  • all Year 1 Kindergartens start school

Important Information for the Week:

First Morning Routine

Trying to find your new teacher on the first day of school can be challenging at times. On the first day of school, each Grade 1 to 6 teacher will have a chair and a large sign with their name on it. We're asking each child to line up and enter with their class. I will also be out with a megaphone to help announce and welcome each teacher and their class.

Social Media

Kawartha Heights is now on Twitter and Instagram....please consider following us if you aren’t already. In addition to Edsby, these platforms are our main ways of communicating with you. Pictures of what we are up to, important dates and reminders and overall general information will be shared continually. Make sure you’re always up to date with all things great at Kawartha Heights!

Nut allergies

As is the case in most KPR schools, we have several students who have severe, life threatening allergies to nuts. Because of this, Kawartha Heights is a “nut safe” school. Please do your very best to refrain from sending in food items that contain nuts.

Welcome Back Package

On the first day of school you will receive a “Welcome back” package for each of your children. Please read through this information carefully. Some pieces are for information, but others need to be completed and returned to school as quickly as possible. Much of this information allows us to set up for a successful year - so it’s very important “parent” homework!

Dogs on the school yard

I would like to make you aware that we have a few students this year who have an extreme fear of dogs. We kindly ask that you remain outside the fenced yard if you are bringing along your four-legged friend for either morning drop off or afternoon pick up. Thank you for your understanding as we strive to make all students feel as safe as possible at school.

Make your calendars!

On Monday, September 23rd, we invite all Kawartha Heights families to join us for a “pizza picnic” from 6pm to 6:45pm. This will be followed by a school Open House from 6:45pm to 7:30pm. Watch for more information and a pizza order form to come home over the next few days.

Kawartha Heights Breakfast Program needs your help!

We are looking for several volunteers who are able to support our Breakfast program this year. Although we take care of the daily organization and distribution as a staff, we require volunteers to help us with the following:

  • weekly shopping (can be shared by a few people)
  • Monthly trip to the food back for pick up of items
  • A driver (or two) to get the veggies, etc. to and from Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church on Highland Road. We are very fortunate to have the support of the church to prepare much of our fresh food - we just need to get it to them for prep!

If you or anyone you know may be able to help us out, please get in touch with Mrs. Sampson at the school.

From the KPR Board Office.....

School Cash Online

Parents, you asked and we listened! All school fees, team fees, field trips and items for which funds are collected are now available to be paid ONLINE. Register today at Please see the “Step by Step Registration Guide” in your child's welcome back package for instructions on how to register. A representative from our board finance office will also be onsite during the Open House on September 23rd in order to support and answer any questions you might have.

FREE KPR Parent Conference October 19

Calling all parents and caregivers! Join us the morning of Saturday, October 19 at Port Hope High School for KPR’s free, annual Parent Conference! Dr. Michael Ungar, world renowned expert on building resiliency in children and youth, will talk about The Risk-Taker’s Advantage: How to Make Kids More Resilient by Not Bubblewrapping Them. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to hear his engaging advice, while also enjoying free child minding, light refreshments and information booths staffed by local organizations serving families. Stay tuned for more information and registration details later in September at

Violence Threat Risk Assessment

The KPR Board is committed to providing safe learning environments for all. When students behave inappropriately, principals use progressive discipline to change behaviour. When student behaviours pose a potential threat to safety or serious harm, KPR’s Violence Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA) protocol helps principals take immediate steps to protect student well-being. While such incidents are rare, the VTRA outlines how we work with local police, mental health providers and community agencies to keep students safe. Read more about the protocol, including notification requirements, in the Safe, Caring and Restorative Schools section of . As always, student safety is our first priority. Should you have any questions, please speak with your principal.

Upcoming Dates to Keep in Mind...

NOTE: These are all listed on our Edsby calendar too!

September 5th - Year 2 Kindergartens start

September 6th - Year 1 Kindergartens start

September 23rd - Pizza night and Open House

September 26th - Terry Fox Walk

September 26th - Mrs. Oddie's class to Outdoor Ed

September 27th - PA Day

Just one more thing.....

For all our amazing parents and also our staff that care about each and every child....
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