Major Family Update

École Kingston East Elementary School - November 20th 2021

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Dear Families

Progress Reports and Communication of Learning have been distributed. If you would like to discuss your child's progress, please connect with your child's classroom teacher. Next week is Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week. We will be engaged in activities that focus on recognizing and stopping bullying behaviours and spreading kindness in our school. We will also conduct our school climate survey for students in grades 4-6. As well, our survey opens for renaming suggestions. It will be another busy week at EKEES!

ÉKEES Renaming: Building Understanding

As was shared with you earlier, a significant part of the renaming process for École Kingston East Elementary School (ÉKEES) is helping students, families, staff and community members understand why the former name was harmful, why it was removed, and how to move forward to uphold our commitment to truth and reconciliation, and ensure we are creating safe spaces for everyone.

Before the opportunity to suggest new names for our school opens, we felt it was important to provide an overview of Sir John A. Macdonald’s legacy and the harms he imposed on Indigenous Peoples. Though Macdonald is certainly a significant figure in Canadian history, we must also acknowledge his role in establishing systems that continue to oppress Indigenous and other marginalized communities including residential schools. To support this important work, the Limestone District School Board Indigenous Education Team created two videos – one for elementary-aged students, and one for intermediate and secondary students/adults/community members – which are available for viewing at the links below.

Everyone who wishes to participate in submitting a new name for our school is encouraged to review one, or both videos, to help build understanding. The videos are available on our school website and the board website.

· Student Video

· Community Video

Additional resources including a fact sheet and a teacher resource that focuses on activities to support the renaming process as well as several websites are available on our website for those who wish to explore further.

Those interested in understanding more about the renaming process may also wish to review Administrative Procedures 552: Naming/Renaming of Schools for further information.

Next week, from November 22 to 26, students, families, staff and community members will be invited to submit their suggestions and rationale for a new name via an online submission process. We will share the online survey link on Monday.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Student Council

Student Council met this week on Thursday. They voted on some Spirit Days and school activities, and also learned about how they will be able to contribute ideas to the renaming process by meeting with student representatives on the Renaming Committee. Thank-you to Mme Fairbairn, Mr. Gillespie, and Ms. Vollick for being staff leaders!

Basketball Skills Club

Thank-you to Mr. Melborne for organizing a Basketball Club for students in grades 4-6. At this point we have 130 students who have signed up and returned their permission forms. If you are interested, please speak with your teacher to sign up.

Kid's Corner

Students in Mme Hegarty's class have their own weekly newspaper. The latest edition included this article by George.

The Netherlands by George T.

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Bus Delays and Cancellations

As the weather gets colder, please be aware that buses may be delayed or cancelled. Families should ensure they are signed up to receive direct notifications, either by email, or Tri-Board’s app. Delays and cancellations are also posted to Tri-Board’s Twitter account. Please have a back-up plan and transportation home if your child's bus is cancelled! A reminder that supervision of students is not available until 9:00 am. Please do not drop off your child at school before that time.

· Subscribe by email to specific bus routes

· Instructions on how to download the BusPlanner Delays App

· Follow TriBoard on Twitter

Virtual Book Fair

We are happy to announce that once again this year we will be hosting a virtual book fair. It will run from Monday, November 8th through Monday, November 22nd. Important information to note:

  • All items purchased will be shipped directly to the school - free of charge to families. Therefore, it is IMPORTANT that you put your child's name as well as their teacher's name so that once books arrive, we can deliver them to students.

  • All proceeds from the book fair go back to your school and allow us to buy books for classrooms.

All books can be purchased via this website:

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Calendar Notes:

November is Indigenous Education Month and Hindu Heritage Month

November 20th Transgender Day of Remembrance

Monday, November 22nd Day 2

  • Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week Begins
  • Final Day of Virtual Book Fair
  • School Climate Survey Opens Grades 4-6
  • Call for submissions for school renaming Nov 22-26th.

Tuesday, November 23rd- Day 3

Wednesday, November 24th-Day 4

Thursday, November 25th- Day 5

Friday, November 26th

  • Pink Shirt Day
  • Mrs. Merkley's Last Day at EKEES!

Looking Ahead:

Sat Nov 27 ASCENSION OF ABDU'L-BAHA - sunset to sunset Nov 27 – 28

The Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Bahá Bahá’ís commemorate 11 holy days each year.

Sun Nov 28th Hanukkah begins

November 28 to December 6. Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish observance that remembers the Jewish people's struggle for religious freedom.

Mon Nov 29 – Day 2

Welcome Lisa Wright our new Assistant Office Coordinator

Food Drive for local food bank begins

Tue Nov 30

Rosillo & Moncrieff class trip to Gould Lake

EKEES SAC Virtual Meeting at 6:30 pm.

Wed Dec 1

Allen & Gillespie class trip to Gould Lake

December 1st -Nurturing Resilience Webinar

Fri Dec 3

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Dec 9 – Jingle Bell Walk

Dec 10 – Jingle Bell Walk Rain Date

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EKEES School Advisory Council 2021-22

Please join us for our next virtual meeting scheduled for Tuesday, November 30th at 6:30 pm.

Chair: Goldie Brigden

Vice Chair: vacant

Treasurer: Allision Brehm

Secretary: Laura van Staalduinen

Volunteer Coordinator: vacant

Fundraising Coordinator: Emily Edwards

Communications Coordinator: Sonja Taylor

Indigenous Family Representative: Melanie Howard

Division representatives (up to 2 each for Kindergarten, Primary, Junior)

Kindergarten: Erin Caudle and Melissa Grant

Primary: Kayley Miller

Junior: Tammy Hardy

PIC rep: Christine Innocente

Equity Club

Mme Ferrero, Ms. Strathy & Ms. Young are starting up an Equity Club to help our students have a voice in how our school can be a place where everyone receives what they need to grow and learn. Look for more information to come home to interested students in grades 4-6. Majors, learn more about the club on the Majors News Channel!
Majors Spirit Clothing E-Store Link

Please follow this link to browse the EKEES school clothing selections for students, staff & parents.

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Allergy Alert

A reminder that we are an allergy aware school. We have many students with peanut/tree nut allergies that have life threatening reactions. Thank you for not sending any peanut or tree nut products in your child's lunch. In addition, we have some other class specific allergies in some of our classes. This information will be shared where applicable. Please refrain from sending homemade treats for the class. On special occasions when you may wish to send treats for the class, these must be pre-packaged and allergen safe. Teachers will communicate protocols for their class.

Lastly, we also have several staff and students with scent allergies and sensitivities. Thank-you for not sending any heavily scented hand sanitizers to school with your child.

How do I get the School Messenger App?

If you are new to our school, please take the time to download the School Messenger App to stay connected and report student absences. If you wish to receive our weekly family updates, please follow the instructions for selecting email as one of your preferences.
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Office Hours

Our main office administrators, Kim Merkley and Aimee Hodder will be happy to assist parents and families. If you have any questions, or need to speak to a staff member, please send us an email or call or (613-650-5478) between 8:30 am-4:00 pm.

School Hours

Our school day schedule is as follows for primary and junior classes:

9:15-11:15 - 120 mins

11:15--11:55 - recess/nutrition

11:55 -1:35 - 100 mins

1:35-2:15 - recess/nutrition

2:15-3:35 - 80 mins