Parent Peek at the Week

Week of October 26th, 2020

In case you missed it....

Important Dates

Monday, October 26th - Day 4

  • This week all classes will be engaging in Bus Safety Presentations - virtually!
  • 7:00pm - Health Unit is hosting an online conversation with our Medical Officer of Health about schools (see below)


Tuesday, October 27th - Day 5


Wednesday, October 28th - Day 1


Thursday, October 29th - Day 2


Friday, October 30th - Day 3

  • Black and Orange Day (see below)
  • A HUGE Kawartha Heights surprise....you'll just have to wait and see!
  • First presentation of Certificates of Cougar Courage (see below)

Black and Orange Day

This Friday. Kawartha Heights will be having a Black and Orange School spirit day! Please encourage your child to participate - it is so nice to celebrate sprit days together. Please be aware that due to COVID restrictions, we are unable to share any food of any kind right now. As much as in the past we've loved our "Halloween parties" - this year has to look a little different. Each class will be letting families know how they will be celebrating.


In addition, a BIG surprise is coming to our school on Friday to celebrate Halloween. What will it be? What will be happening?! You'll just have to wait to find out!

Bus Safety Presentations

School bus safety programs are online this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. Usually, we'd be having an assembly in the gym and then going out to the busses to practice safety routines. This year, each individual class will be watching a video designed for specific grade levels, provided to us by STSCO.


All classes will be participating in this important training this week. It might just be a topic for dinner time later in the week - what did your child or children learn about bus safety?

Certificate of Cougar Courage

It's time to start formally celebrating some of the great things happening in our school! It's been tough, but so many good things, so many positives are still all around us.


Starting this week, we'll be recognizing 2 - 3 students from each class who have shown grit, perseverance, growth mindset, overcome obstacles or who have been especially kind. We want to celebrate the wonderful little people that they are! Each week, Mrs. Sampson will go to each class with the certificates to hand out and celebrate in front of all the students in each class.


We have much to celebrate at Kawartha Heights!

Online COVID-19 Screening Tool

A reminder that we are kindly asking all students and staff to complete the online self-screening tool daily, before coming to school. We know it can be confusing when your child isn't feeling well - what should you do? By completing this simple online tool, you will be given easy to follow directions on next steps. Please keep this website handy:


https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/


If you prefer to print and keep the screening tool at home on paper, please see the tool listed below.

Preventing the Spread - Dr. Rosana Salvaterra

Peterborough Public Health is inviting local parents and caregivers to join a live online conversation with Medical Officer of Health Dr. Rosana Salvaterra to address frequently asked questions relating to schools and preventing the spread of COVID-19. This virtual event will take place on Monday, October 26 from 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. using MS Teams. Registration information is available on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/schools-covid-19-virtual-live-presentation-for-parents-tickets-126130747461. Further details are below.

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Important Pieces of Information

1. Parents wearing masks: We are kindly asking that at drop off and especially pick up time, that parents/guardians wear masks while waiting along Applewood Crescent. This is a very congested space and it is not possible to keep 2 meters distance between everyone. Given the rising number of cases provincially, we need to stay vigilant. Please wear a mask when at the school so that we all do our part to ensure safety for all. Thank you!


2. Connecting with our Online learners: This past week, we sent out individual emails to every student and their family who is currently working online. The purpose of the email was to check in, let them know we miss them and also let them know we still value them as part of our Kawartha Heights Community! We asked them to complete a short survey, letting us know how they are currently staying connected to us and offered some things we might try to start (if they are interested) to support moving forward. We look forward to sharing these results with you soon - as we may be able to consider a few fun activities for everyone - those online and those face-to-face - in order to keep us all connected.


3. Fire Drill: Students and staff have been doing a wonderful job of practicing our fire drill routines, while ensuring we still follow COVID safety protocols. These new routines allow us to only have 3 classes practice at a time, while ensuring social distancing. We have an obligation to complete 3 fire drills each fall and 3 each spring. So far we have 2 completed - 1 more to go!


4. Cougar ROAR Challenge: This past week, our school voted on adopting a Canada Lynx from the World Wildlife Fund when we reach our school wide goal of earning 1,000 Cougar ROAR points. Each class has set a goal they are working on. Some are working on using quieter voices during lunch time, some are working on maintaining social distancing when walking in the hallways, and others are working on being kind to classmates at recess. Each day, every class collects up to 5 points. Stay tuned for next week when we'll share where our current point goal is at!

Information from the KPR Board Office

Virtual Parent Conference: Keynote now online

KPR offers sincere thanks to the 200 people who took time out of their busy schedules to join us at our Virtual Parent Conference last weekend. Don’t worry if you missed hearing the expert advice offered by clinical psychologist Dr. Alex Russell. We have posted a recording of Dr. Russell’s presentation – titled Drop the Worry Ball – at http://www.kprschools.ca/en/our_schools/getinvolved/parentresources/parentsconference.html


While you’re there, please feel free to check out the link to this year’s Virtual Information Fair as well. We appreciate the support of KPR’s Parent Involvement Committee in once again sponsoring our 19th annual Parent Conference, the first one to be held virtually.


Equity and Diversity Strategy Thoughtexchange

Please help us shape KPR’s Equity and Diversity Strategy for the next four years. We invite all families to share their perspectives on equity, diversity and inclusion priorities, through a special Thoughtexchange at https://my.thoughtexchange.com/scroll/517289218 .

The Thoughtexchange asks you to offer your feedback on the following open-ended question:

We value equity, diversity, and the dignity and humanity of all people. We aim to remove

barriers to success and engagement, and support equitable outcomes. From your perspective, please identify 2-3 priorities for our Board's Equity Strategy moving forward.

The Thoughtexchange will be open until November 9. Thank you for your participation!


Switching to or from our Virtual Schools

KPR is reminding families to contact their home school if they wish to switch their children or teens between in-person and online learning. Here are the timelines for making this change.

For ELEMENTARY students to move from in-person to online learning on the first available start date of Monday, November 2, parents must speak with their home school principal by this Friday, October 23. After that, to move to the Virtual Elementary School (VES) for the next available start date of Monday, November 30, parents will need to speak with their home school principal between November 2-20th.


Families wishing to move their children in the opposite direction, from VES to in-person learning, also should approach their home school principal.


Update your contact info!

We also offer a quick reminder to parents to update their children’s school on any changes in their contact information, such as a new phone number or email address. This will help ensure they continue to receive vital, timely information from their school.

In addition, parents and guardians have the option of choosing how the school communicates with them; to do that, parents can use the SchoolMessenger App or log into https://go.schoolmessenger.ca/#/account/login and click on Preferences. Our newest method of reaching out to families quickly is via KPR’s Text Message Alerts. Interested families can opt into this service now, by sending a text message to 978338 with the message of “Y” or “Yes”.


Community representatives wanted

Do you know someone in the community who does not have children in school, but who avidly supports public education? If so, please pass on this call for volunteer community representatives to sit on our Parent Involvement Committee.

KPR is seeking one non-parent community member from each of the Board’s three regions (Clarington, Northumberland-City of Quinte West/Murray Ward, and Peterborough) to join nine parent representatives in advising the Board on ways to encourage meaningful and inclusive involvement in children’s education. Community members are invited to submit a letter of interest by 4 p.m. on Thursday, November 5 to director_education@kprdsb.ca For information on the Parent Involvement Committee, visit http://www.kprschools.ca/en/our_schools/getinvolved/parentinvolvement.html


Preventing the spread of COVID-19

And, finally, I can’t miss this opportunity to address a topic that is top-of-mind for all of us: preventing the spread of COVID-19. Please remember to self-screen every morning by using the province’s online tool at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/ or by printing the tool from https://covid-19.ontario.ca/covid19-cms-assets/2020-10/Screening%20Children%20v1.0%202020-10-01%20FINAL%20EN%20AODA.pdf . Students and staff who feel unwell should remain at home, even if their symptoms seem as minor as a mild cold.


Please take advantage as well of the federal government’s COVID Alert app, to learn of any possible exposures to COVID before any symptoms appear. You can download the app for free from https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/covid-alert.html


Our local health units also have posted some new and helpful advice for families on celebrating Halloween safely. You can find tips at:

https://www.durham.ca/en/health-and-wellness/novel-coronavirus-update.aspx#Halloween

https://www.hkpr.on.ca/2020/10/07/halloween-safety-during-covid-19/

https://www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/covid-19-social-gatherings-holidays-events/?highlight=halloween#halloween

One more thing....

During these challenging times, we all need a little more kindness in our lives. Here is an activity you can do with your children, to promote sharing kindness with others. You may have seen this "Kindness Rocks" challenge before - We have such a great community at Kawartha Heights - continue to share the kindness with your friends and neighbours when home.
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