Week of June 7-11, 2021

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Dear Calvin Park Families,

This week's announcement from the government that we will not be returning to in-person learning resulted in many mixed emotions, including a sense of disappointment that we won't have an opportunity to be together at school to finish the year. We were hoping that we would have a few weeks to see each other and have some fun together. Our staff are so impressed by the efforts of students and families to stay involved in learning and balance all of the competing demands at home. With three weeks left in the year, please continue to choose what works best for your child and family. We encourage students to try their best to stay connected with their classmates and teachers by joining class meetings and engaging in activities together.

Once we receive updated public health guidance, we will share specific instructions or updates for students including:

  • Pick up of any personal belongings that might have been left behind before the April Break
  • Return of borrowed Chromebooks

We continue to work on finalizing our plans for our Grade 8 Graduation and we ask that you save the dates of June 21 and 22. We are waiting for the Public Health Unit and the School Board to provide us with updated safety protocols and approval of our plans. Grade 8 families, please check your email later this week for final plans. We appreciate your patience as we work on making this year memorable for our grads!

If your child is in the Challenge, Leap or Atlas program and takes a Triboard bus this year, you will need to reapply for busing for the 2021-22 school year. The "Elective Learning Program Transportation Form" can be found on the Triboard website ( here ) and it can be submitted directly to Triboard (no school signature is required). More information is in the transportation section below.

We feel encouraged and grateful seeing the growing vaccination rate and drop in Covid cases. We hope that this is promising for September! Please continue to stay well and take care,

Elizabeth Suriyuth, Principal

Wilma Pettingill, Vice-Principal

The Calvin Park Team

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Monday, June 7 - Day 4

Tuesday, June 8 - Day 5

Wednesday, June 9 - Day 1

Thursday, June 10 - Day 2

Friday, June 11 - Day 3

  • Wear your Calvin colours and show your Comet spirit!


June 20 World Refugee Day

June 21 National Indigenous Peoples' Day

June 21/22 Grade 8 Graduation (plans to be confirmed)

June 23 Term 2 Report Cards sent home

June 24 Last Day of 2020-21 School Year

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School Advisory Council (SAC) Executive for 2020-21:


Claudine Elvidge (

Krystle Holton ( )

Secretary/Treasurer: Sarah Phinney

Thank you to our wonderful School Advisory Council for your support - your involvement makes a difference! Thank you to our Co-Chairs this year for organizing the meetings. Please check the September 2021 newsletter to see how you can become involved next year!

Our Indigo and FlipGive fundraisers will be continuing until June 25th. For more information about these fundraisers, please view the Calvin Park School Advisory Council Update Participation in these fundraisers is easy! Just sign up and a percentage of what you spend for regular purchases like groceries, gas, home products and gifts, will go to our school. All fundraising this year will be used to purchase new books for classroom libraries to reflect diverse lives and issues related to equity, racism, and inclusion.

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Flags across the Limestone District School Board are flying at half-mast in memory of the 215 children killed as a result of genocide at a residential school in British Columbia. We extend our sympathies to survivors, families and First Nations communities affected by this unspeakable tragedy. Flags at the Education Centre and all schools will remain lowered for 215 hours (9 days) - one hour for each child whose life was taken - from May 31 to June 8, 2021.

The discovery of this mass grave will serve as a difficult reminder for survivors of residential schools and their families, and a reminder of traumas they have endured. We will support students and families who will find this news triggering and are in need of support or resources. The National Indian Residential School Crisis line is 1-866-925-4419. Kids Help Phone can be accessed 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 or visit the Kids Help Phone website for text and chat options.

Limestone recommits to our important role in educating our school communities about the shameful legacy of residential schools, and the ongoing need for Truth and Reconciliation.

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In June, we honour National Indigenous History Month to celebrate the history, heritage and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada. National Indigenous Peoples' Day is June 21. The recent news of the 215 innocent Indigenous children buried in unmarked graves at a residential school in Kamloops, refocuses attention on how important it is that the true stories and experiences of Indigenous Peoples be acknowledged and shared to create a future based on understanding, empathy, equity and inclusion.
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The start of June marks the beginning of Pride Month. This month is an opportunity to show our support and allyship for students, staff, families and community members who identify as members of the LGBTQ2S+ community. Our Pride Flag will fly in front of our school for the month of June as a symbol of inclusion and love, and to show our commitment to creating an environment at Calvin Park that is welcoming for all our students and families.
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If your child is enrolled in the Grade 7 Atlas, Leap or Challenge programs this year and has used Tri-Board busing, please read the following information from the Tri-Board Transportation website


Complete this form if the student is enrolled in an elective learning program (LEAP, Challenge, ATLAS, etc) excluding French Immersion. Students enrolled in an elective learning program may be eligible to attend schools that are outside the student’s attendance boundary however, parents are responsible for transportation to and from the school that houses the elective learning program. Applications for transportation may be submitted to Tri-Board and transportation may be provided only if:

  1. There is an existing bus route;
  2. There is space on the bus;
  3. There is no additional cost the School Board

If approved by Tri-Board, Tri-Board will assign the student to the bus stop on the route that is closest to the student’s residence. Tri-Board will not re-route buses or move stops for students in elective learning programs. Late arrival/early dismissal as well as extended ride time may be necessary. It is the responsibility of the coordinator of the elective learning program to advise parents and students at the time of registration that the student is not eligible for transportation unless special approval is granted by Tri-Board. The approval of transportation arrangements for students in elective learning programs outside of their attendance boundary will be determined on an annual basis.

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Youth aged 12 and older are now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccination in Ontario. KFL&A Public Health will be offering special youth vaccination clinics beginning the week of June 7 and continuing to June 28.

How to book a first dose appointment at Youth and Family Vaccination Clinics:

  • To make a vaccination appointment, please use the link below.
  • Youth clinics will be held beginning on June 8 to June 28.
  • Please note you will need to be 12 years of age at the time of the appointment.
  • Appointments are for parents/guardians as well as youth and the link can accommodate different booking options. For example, youth only (if both parents/guardians are already immunized) or a parent/guardian with multiple eligible youth.

Booking Link:

KFL&A Public Health - COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic | Scheduling and Booking Website (


Please continue to complete attendance through SafeArrival for your child when they are absent from school. Attendance is taken every day and the automated call-out is sent out at around 2:00 p.m. daily. Please make sure your child checks-in with their teacher in some way throughout the day so that they are not accidentally marked absent. If your child is accidentally marked absent, please contact our office.


You may wish to access the following resources to support your child's mental health during this time. The Maltby Centre is a local organization that supports youth mental health and has counselling and other supports available. The other links are for organization websites which contain helpful information and resources to support children and families during this time. In addition, please reach out to your family doctor, your child's teacher or to our office if you are concerned about your child's mental health.
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Thank you for continuing to be vigilant by screening your child daily for Covid-19 and for following Public Health guidelines when they display a symptom or symptoms. By working together, we have the best opportunity to limit the spread of Covid-19 and keep our community safe.
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Please continue to check these Limestone District School Board platforms for the most up-to-date information from our Board.

LDSB Website

LDSB Twitter:

LDSB Facebook

LDSB Instagram

In addition, please follow our:

Calvin Park Twitter account: @CalvinPark_LDSB or

Calvin Park Website:

Calvin Park Public School Office: (613) 542-2796

Mrs. Christine LeClair, Office Administrator

Mrs. Elizabeth Suriyuth, Principal:

Ms. Wilma Pettingill, Vice-Principal:

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