Major Family Remote Learning Update

École Sir John A. Macdonald PS - Week of May 3rd 2021

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Not all heroes carry lightsabers. Thank-you to our amazing team of educators!

Dear Families:

Thank-you so much for your continuing support as we head into our third week of remote learning. We hope you have some fun at home on May the 4th. Please share your pics if you celebrate Star Wars Day. May 4th is also Educator Appreciation Day-a reminder that not all heroes carry lightsabers. Thank-you to our amazing team of educators for all you do!


We know that this is a challenging time for families. We appreciate all the work of teachers and parents to establish a manageable learning schedule. Please prioritize your family's safety and wellbeing, and do not hesitate to reach out should you have any questions or if you need additional support. sirjm@limestone.on.ca 613-650-5478

School Playgrounds

Although the provincial government recently clarified that playgrounds, including those at Limestone schools, may remain open, our playgrounds are not to be accessed between 7:30 am and 5:30 pm.

As you may know, our school is providing emergency childcare services and face-to-face learning for our students in the school to community program. These students will have supervised access to playgrounds during the day.

After 5:30 pm, the playgrounds may be accessed provided users follow all public health directives. This means that while on school property, playground users must:

  • wear face coverings
  • one household (people who live together in the same household) on structures at a time
  • physically distance from others when coming and going

We recognize playgrounds are important to our school communities, however, users must follow the current public health directives, specifically limiting public congregation.

Thank you for following all directives to maintain the health, safety and well-being of our communities.

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Coming Up:

May is Jewish Heritage Month & Speech & Hearing Awareness Month & Asian Heritage Month, Ramadan continues until May 11th.

Monday, May 3rd Day 1

  • Educator Appreciation Week
  • Remote Learning Week 3
  • Mental Health Week May 3rd -7th

Tuesday, May 4th Day 2

  • Educator Appreciation Day-Thank-you to our amazing staff!
  • Star Wars Day- May the 4th Be With You! Show your Star Wars spirit!

Wednesday, May 5th Day 3

  • National Day of Awareness for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls

Thursday, 6th Day 4

  • Celebration of Dance
  • Pizza Pizza Family Dinner Night

Friday, May 7th Day 5

  • Red Friday

Coming Up:

May 12th Eid al-Fitr -Sunset to Sunset: Festival of Breaking the Fast marking end of Ramadan

May 14th: Fancy Outfit Spirit Day & Red Friday

May 16th -18th: Shavuot Sunset to Sunset

May 17th -International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia

May 18th Virtual SAC meeting at 6pm

May 24th Victoria Day

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Wellness Supports

YOUTH HUB

Contact 613-308-9338 or email youthhubnapanee@kchc.ca.


FOOD SHARE PROGRAM

We continue to get support from the Food Share program. If your family is struggling, please reach out to the school and we will connect you with support from our local Food Share Program for bi-weekly deliveries to your home.


ONLINE RESOURCES

Kids Help Phone – Children and youth can contact Kids Help Phone 24/7 from anywhere in Canada, via phone, text or online chat.


Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support – Provides free online resources, tools, apps and connections to trained volunteers and qualified mental health professionals when needed


Anxiety Canada - Free online, self-help, and evidence-based resources on anxiety, including resources specific to COVD-19.

Are you moving?

If your student will not be attending SIRJM this fall please advise the school at your earliest convenience at sirjm@limestone.on.ca. Please provide the student(s) name, grade, English or French Immersion program, and indicate if they are moving to LaSalle Intermediate, Vanier, Virtual School, another Limestone school, a private school, or if you are moving to a new city, province or country.

If you are moving to another Limestone school, please contact sirjm@limestone.on.ca if the student’s address and/or contact information has changed. It is important that we have up-to-date contact information in our system prior to transferring information to the student’s future school. If you have any questions, please contact the school.

Kindergarten Registration

We're getting ready to welcome future Majors! LDSB has begun the process of registering students for Kindergarten for 2021-2022 school year.

If your student is 4 or 5 by the end of December, now is the time to register.

Our school offers both English and French Immersion programs. Please follow the link below for more information about Kindergarten in LDSB.

Traffic Calming Measures

We are pleased to update you on the planned traffic calming improvements along St. Martha Street that are intended to encourage slower vehicle speeds and bring heightened awareness to the school zones.

The following measures are planned for installation:

  • Centerline pavement markings between Rose Abbey Drive and Jasmine Street to encourage motorists not to stop on the west side of the street around Sir John A. Macdonald Public School.
  • Bollards at the Jasmine Street and St. Martha Street intersection to encourage no parking and improve sightlines, while also reducing the crossing distance for pedestrians.
  • ‘School Ahead’ road markings, in both directions, around St. Martha Catholic School and Sir John A. Public School to advise motorists they are entering a school zone.

This information is also available on the City’s Traffic Calming page. The City is currently planning to install these measures starting in May. Rack cards (attached) were distributed to residents in the area last week.

As mentioned previously, there are also plans to install a school crossing (staffed with a crossing guard) on St. Martha Street at Jasmine for the fall.

This is of course a challenging time with lots of communications flying around, but when you feel its appropriate, please free to share this information with your school community as you see fit. I would be happy to set up a time to chat should you have any questions.

Government Support for Learners

The new COVID-19 Child Benefit announced in the 2021 Ontario Budget will provide direct payments to families and students to help with additional costs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you received a payment through the Support for Learners program, you do not need to apply. Starting on April 26, 2021, we will begin issuing additional payments of:

  • $400 for each child or youth up to Grade 12
  • $500 for each child or youth up to age 21 with special needs

If you missed applying for the Support for Learners program, you will have the opportunity to apply for this new round of payment. Applications will open from May 3, 2021 to May 17, 2021.Learn more on the government’s Support for Learners webpage liked below.

What if my child needs technology?

So far, 175 devices have been allocated to students during remote learning. If you still need a device for a student, please reach out the classroom teacher or email or call the school directly. sirjm@limestone.on.ca 613-650-5478
How to Report a Student Absence

This link will take you to information and LDSB tools for reporting student absences.

School Advisory Council

You can follow council updates on twitter or on the SAC Facebook page. Look for some fun family challenges and opportunities to win some prizes.

https://twitter.com/CouncilEsjam

https://www.facebook.com/SJAMSchoolCouncil

Next Virtual Meeting: Tuesday, May 18th 2021 at 6pm -Please join us! Check out this week's fun family challenge below:

Family Dinner Nights -Pizza Pizza

Thank-you to our school advisory council for organizing upcoming family dinner nights. Every second Thursday, call Pizza Pizza's local number and dedicate your order specifically to our school fundraiser and pick up your own pizza. 5% of your order is donated back to our school. So, make sure to dial the local number 613-545-1639 to order and do your own pick up! A big THANK YOU to our local Pizza Pizza on Hwy 15.

ASYMPTOMATIC COVID TESTING AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS BY Appointment

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

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KMFRC Partnership

Our school is partnering with KMFRC to facilitate easier access to community supports and resources. Please check out the resources available to military families in our community.
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