Roger Neilson P.S. Review

Family Edition - Sept. 19-23, 2022

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Action / Information

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope you had a good weekend despite the rainy Sunday. Two weeks in and students are starting to adjust nicely to all the routines. We have a fairly busy week of activities coming up with Jr. Cross-Country and Soccer practices/try-outs starting, a School Open House on Thursday and Terry Fox activities on Friday. Please see all the important information in the newsletter below!

It was great to have our first school council meeting last week. We would love to see new members join, so if you didn't have a chance last week, we hope to see you at our next council meeting either in-person or virtual on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022 at 6pm.

A reminder to please continue to visit the provincial screening tool for COVID related guidance. To support you with decision making, their is a helpful PDF document below, but also in picture format too below that.

In the event of illness at school, families will be asked to pick up students and keep them home until their symptoms are improving, in accordance with the provincial screening tool. Students who develop symptoms of illness while at school will be distanced from other students as much as possible and asked to wear a mask until they can be picked up. Schools will no longer have separate isolation rooms.

Rapid Antigen Tests will continue to be available at schools and will be provided as needed.

If your child is going to be absent, you can use the "very user-friendly" School Messenger app (a free download), to let us know. You can also call the student absence reporting system at 1-844-434-8119. This number is available 24 hours a day. Complete attendance information can be found at this link:

Have a great week and we hope to see you on Thursday Evening at 5:30pm!

~Mr. Coulter

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Looking Ahead:

Thursday, Sept. 22nd - SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - 5:30-6pm - see the classrooms, 6-7pm pizza sales out in the back yard.

Friday, Sept. 23rd - School Terry Fox Event (Details to follow soon).

Wed. Sept. 28th - Subway Lunch Day

wed. Sept. 28th - Dominos Family Pizza Night

Friday, Sept. 30th - Orange Shirt Day

Mon. Oct. 3rd - Picture Day

Mon. Oct. 10th - Thanksgiving Holiday

Tues. Oct. 18th - IEPs Go Home for Signing

Mon. Oct. 24th - PA Day (no school for students)


Thank you kindly to everyone who ordered Terry Fox t-shirts. They should be coming in this week so they can be worn this Friday, September 23rd for our annual Terry Fox Run/Walk/Wheel.

There is still time to donate! We are kindly asking donations to be made online at or through your school cash online account.

Keep those donations coming and help us raise funds for life saving cancer research!


For the first time in 3 years, we are able to have a school open house and invite families to see their children's classrooms. This is an opportunity to meet school staff and put a face to a name! Classrooms will be open for visits between 5:30 - 6pm on Thursday and then school council will be selling pizza slices and beverages outside in the back school yard between 6-7pm. We hope to see you there!

School Council Update

Our first school council meeting was last Thursday and at the meeting the following positions were determined. Chair: Amanda Bush, Treasurer: Caryn Mattless, Secretary: Tina Hobart, Teacher (ETFO) Rep: Laura Peers, (CUPE) Rep: Tara Lutz

Our next Council meeting is Oct. 20, 2022 at 6:00pm in our school Library and we would love to see new members join! PLEASE SEE THE INFO GRAPHIC BELOW OF WHY IT'S A GOOD IDEA! We meet once a month and there are a variety of roles and tasks that we need support with. Some don’t require much commitment at all. We will also offer a virtual drop in if you can't meet in-person. Cisco WebEx is the platform. If you do not have the use of a computer, a free app can be downloaded to most Smart Phones. To access the meeting, please use this link: at 6pm.

If you have any questions please contact Mr. Coulter. We hope to see you!

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SUBWAY LUNCH - Sept. 28th, 2022



How to Order:

1. Go to your SchoolCash Online account items page, select your child’s name, look for the blue banner and click “ORDER NOW”.

2. Confirm your child’s account information including their new teacher and grade for the current school year. **Please ensure the correct teacher and grade are selected to prevent errors on delivery days.

3. Proceed with ordering your child’s lunch on the school’s ordering calendar by clicking on the blue date for the scheduled vendors.

4. All orders are submitted on the website and payment is processed on-line by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Debit MasterCard or Visa Debit. Visa and MasterCard prepaid cards are also accepted.

ORDER DEADLINE - Sunday, SEPTEMBER 25th, 2022 at NOON (12pm)

Questions? Contact the Lunchbox Orders customer service team at 1 (877) 426-6860 or by e-mail at


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DOGS on School Property

We all love our pets , but we have many little ones who have major fears when it comes to animals and sometimes even the friendliest of animals can be "jumpy". Some parents have shared concerns that even though we have signs posted that say "No Dogs on the school yard", that during pick-up time some people are still bringing dogs onto the yard. We kindly ask that if you bring a dog during pick-up or drop-off that you wait by the gate and have your child come to you or just leave your pets at home. We really appreciate your cooperation with this matter, thank-you!

Our Parking Lot Before and After School

We recognize that our parking lot is a concern. We sometimes do not have enough spots for our staff. The bus company has also asked that we continue to have room for them to safely enter our parking lot. We kindly ask families to not enter our parking lot with your car as it becomes crowed and unsafe for our school buses. We know this is not ideal, especially in inclement weather, but we thank-you for your support with this!

Before and after school can be very busy with picking up and dropping off students with many little ones around. We have also been asked to remind everyone to watch the language we use during this time around our students. Thank-you!


Arriving by car? Cars will not be permitted in the school parking lot BEFORE OR AFTER SCHOOL. Students are to be dropped off on one of the side streets and can use the sidewalks to walk to a designated entrance.

Arriving by bus? A staff member will be at the bus drop-off location to assist students getting off of the bus and to greet students. Students will go directly to their designated entrance.

Arriving by foot? Students are to use the marked crosswalks when arriving at the school. A staff member will be monitoring the entrances.

Arriving by bike or scooter? Please park your bike/scooter at the racks in front of the school and then proceed to the sidewalks to enter the yard. For safety reasons, students are NOT ALLOWED to ride bikes or scooters in our parking lot. Please make sure to walk them to the rack when on school property.

Late to school? If you arrive after the gates have been locked, please go directly to front of the school, press the buzzer and wait for further instructions.

Busing Information

All busing information and issues happens through STSCO. Please use the link below if you have any questions or concerns.

Visitor Protocol

Visitors to the school are now allowed. When you arrive please ring the buzzer and follow these steps when entering the building:

· Complete the Daily Screener Tool

· Wear a Mask if instructed or if you choose to wear one



Should you wish to speak with a teacher regarding your child’s progress, an appointment can be made by contacting the office or the teacher directly by email. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation. Your child’s safety and education is our number one priority.

Verification Forms and Plan of Care Documentation!

VERIFICATION FORMS- Please check over these forms to make sure we have the correct contact information in our system. It is really important for use to be able to connect with families in case of an emergency. If a phone number has changed or their are new emergency contacts, please make sure that our school office is informed. Return these forms as soon as possible.

PLAN OF CARE FORMS: (formally known as their Individual Emergency Response Plan) were also sent home with all known students with medical needs, allergies etc.... An updated Plan of Care is crucial as it provides the staff at Roger Neilson P.S. with the reasonable precaution(s) and action(s) to take to support the health and/or medical needs of your child. Please review the Plan of Care to ensure all the information is correct. After you have reviewed the Plan of Care return it to the school. We will be in contact with you to discuss your son/daughter’s medical needs if we have any further questions. Note: If your son or daughter requires a Plan of Care and he/she did not receive a Plan of Care please contact our office.

RELEASE FORMS: Were also part of the package that was sent home. This is where you sign off to inform us of what you are allowing your child to do or be part of (ex. pictures taken, walking trips, etc.)

The sooner we get all these forms back the better!

Needing Water Bottles and Backpacks??

All students should bring a refillable water bottle to school labelled with their name. Our water bottle filling stations are open, but the drinking fountains remain closed. We have limited supply of water bottles left in the office, but if your child is needing one, please let your classroom teacher know.

Thanks to the generosity of the United Way. We have some backpacks available in the office with start-up school supplies. If you are interested in obtaining one for your child, please contact our office and we are happy to help!

Information about School Cash Online

Communication from Roger Neilson P.S.

Most communication from Roger Neilson and our KPR board office is delivered via text messaging or email. If you have not opted into these services and would like to, please do so. For text messaging, your cell number must be in our system. You can opt into text messages by simply texting the word “yes” to the number 978338. If your phone number or email is not registered in the school system, or you have changed your number, please call the school to update: 705-745-6456.

This Weekly Newsletter will be sent via email every Sunday evening, please check it for weekly updates!

School Bell Times:

8:55am - School Gates Open and students can enter yard

9:10am - Morning Bell - Students Enter School

10:50am - 11:30am - Nutrition Break #1

1:10pm-1:50pm - Nutrition Break #2

3:30pm - Leaving Bell (Gates Open for Parents to Pick Students up on Yard)


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Kawartha Youth Orchestra UPBEAT Music Program:

The Kawartha Youth Orchestra has an Upbeat after school music program for kids aged 8-12 facing barriers to musical education. They are still accepting applications for the program if you think you child would benefit. Please see some information attached. They can even provide transportation to the program. We have more information in our office if you are interested.