Parent Peek at the Week

Week of January 10th, 2022

A little note from Mrs. Sampson

Well here we go again - I'm sure that's how all of us were feeling when we heard we were moving back to virtual learning. But once again, we have all be so amazed with the resiliency and dedication our community has shown. We know this isn't easy - we feel it too! We know that not every family is able to support their children in being online all day - we understand. Please know we're here for you and want you to reach out so that we can support in any way possible.


In the meantime, thank you for being our amazing team partners. Your support, understanding and caring during these very challenging times have made the transition so much easier. What an impressive community - we've got this everyone!

Important Dates

Monday, January 10th - Day 3

  • 6:30pm - School Council Meeting

Tuesday, January 11th - Day 4


Wednesday, January 12th - Day 5


Thursday, January 13th - Day 1


Friday, January 14th - Day 2

Morning Announcements....

Here they come again!


Starting tomorrow morning (Monday, January 10th), we will once again be having morning announcements on YouTube. They will be posted to Edsby, Twitter and YouTube. Many teachers will start their day with our announcements, but feel free to check them out as a family as well!


In case you would like to subscribe, here is the link to our school YouTube Channel:


https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJnvOfHWrlCD0s3BqnfOGjQ

Virtual Learning and attendance

I think we can all agree that attendance is one of the trickier issues we have with online learning! While at the school we are required to ensure students are safe and connected to us (hopefully learning!), we also know that this is a very stressful times for families and that you are doing the best you can.


During online learning, attendance will be completed daily. Your child will be marked present in any of the following circumstances:


  • they have logged on to a Google Meet at all during a day (this of course is the very best scenario so that we can continue to ensure learning is happening!)
  • they submit any work asynchronously during the day
  • they submit work asynchronously after hours


Any students who are absent will get a call out from the school. For families who know their child will be absent for whatever reason, please call the safe arrival line, just like we would if we were face-to-face.


All the above being said, this is what would happen in an ideal world, and we know that right now our world is far from ideal. Please stay in touch with your child's educators (and us in the office!), and let us know how you're doing. If you are overwhelmed or experiencing any issues in connecting with us, we want to know! We are very understanding that we are all doing the best we can right now and this might mean we have to support some families in doing things a little differently. Reach out - we're here for you and want to help in any way we can.

Technology

On Friday we handed out 114 devices - WOW!!!! I'm so impressed that so many families requested tech before the first deadline AND were able to come by to pick it up! Thank you :)


If you are a family that still needs tech, you have until 9pm tonight (Sunday) to request for the next deployment window. Anyone that gets their request in by tonight at 9pm will be able to pick up on Tuesday between 12:30pm and 2pm. Here is the link you can use if you need to request:


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd2BxJ4BkPogIa1-LXoxIJK0gZCSyiFSo6oOMFEVCuo-8qwJA/viewform


And if you get stuck and need support with anything technology, here are the people that can help you!


Email: mailto:elementary_helpline@kprdsb.ca
Phone: 1-877-741-4577 ext 3002

Mental Health and Wellness Supports

At Kawartha Heights and Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, we recognize how challenging these times are. The resource below has been developed for KPR’s parents/caregivers, and outlines school and community-based supports that may be available for students that are struggling with mental health symptoms and needs.


As always, please reach out if you are struggling. We will do our best to support or find ways to connect you with others who might also be able to offer help.

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Mrs. Sampson's Excellent Learning Adventures

While we are engaged in online learning again, I'll continue to add to the collection on "Mrs. Sampson's Excellent Adventures" Google Classroom. This is a great place to come with your children if they are finished their work and want something more to do or if you are just looking for something fun to do together!


If your child would like to join the Google Classroom, here is the link: https://classroom.google.com/c/MjUxMzU0MDcyNjk2?cjc=mwlrbht You'll need to ensure your child is logged in on Google with their KPR email in order to access this Google Classroom.


The class code is: MWLRBHT


And if there are any specific requests you have for activities with your child(ren), please just let me know!

School Council - January

Tomorrow night - Monday, January 10th - is our next School Council Meeting. We would love it if you could join us! Please see the agenda posted below.


Our main focus will be discussing our next Virtual Paint Night (yeah - we received funding again this year after it was such a great success last year!), as well as updates from Admin, staff and our Council. If you have time to join us virtually at 6:30pm, here is the link:


https://kprdsb.webex.com/meet/jennifer_sampson


Hope to see you there!

From the KPR Board Office

Dear KPR families,


As students and staff are engaged in remote learning, and we continue to navigate an ever-changing landscape of provincial restrictions and guidelines, I would like to emphasize the importance of our collective wellbeing and mental health.


We know that the holiday season and the start of a new year can be a stressful time. For many of our students, staff and families, another period of remote learning, with accompanying community restrictions, can contribute to feelings of isolation, increased anxiety and challenges both at school and at home.


Please be kind and patient with both yourselves and those around you. As we lead up to Bell Let’s Talk Day on January 26, we continue to prioritize the mental health and well-being of all students and staff.


We encourage everyone to explore the different strategies and resources we have available online to support Student Mental Health. If you are concerned about your child’s mental health, there are a number of ways that you can seek help. Please speak with your child’s classroom teacher or their principal who can help to direct you to resources and support within the Board, or in your community.


In addition to Bell Let’s Talk Day, I would also like to remind everyone of several important dates this month. Today is Christmas Day for our Orthodox Christian faith communities. We wish everyone observing this holy day a healthy and happy celebration. This month is also Tamil Heritage Month and January 27 is Family Literacy Day.


While we continue to await further guidance from the province about the return to in-person learning, we have included some news and reminders below.


I would like to end by sharing a positive story. If you have yet to come across the heartwarming videos featuring KPR student Callan Perks from Lakefield District Public School, I encourage you to take a moment out of your day to listen to some of the motivational wisdom shared by “Coach Cal.” After being selected to act as the “Next Gen” head coach and delivering an inspirational pre-game speech to the Peterborough Petes, Callan was invited to the Ellen DeGeneres show on January 5, 2022. Here is a link to his interview with Ellen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=105&v=0qSndnNgaMs&feature=emb_logo


Continue to take good care of yourself and each other. Practice kindness, engage in wellness, connect with the land, connect with whatever and whoever brings you joy.


Sincerely,
Rita Russo,
Director of Education

KPR NEWS


Secondary Quadmesters

In consideration of ongoing public health concerns within our communities, KPR has made the difficult decision to remain with the secondary quadmester system for the rest of the school year. This will reduce the number of student contacts to two cohorts as opposed to four. While we had hoped to move forward with the regular semester system, student and staff safety continues to be our top priority.


Technology for Remote Learning

Families who requested technology supports for students during the remote learning period were able to pick those devices up earlier today (if the request was received by Wednesday at 9pm). Requests received after Wednesday night will be addressed next week. Requests can still be made using the form linked here: KPR Technology Request.


Families will require student OEN#s to complete their request, which can be found on students’ report cards (report cards are available in Edsby). If you do not have an OEN# or it will not work in the Google form, please email kpr_technology@kprdsb.ca with student name, date of birth and home school.


Learning and Life Skills and In-Person Special Education Classes - Daily Screening Requirement

Students registered in the Learning and Life Skills (LLS) program (elementary and secondary) and primary students with special needs who cannot be accommodated by virtual learning will begin attending school in-person with teachers and support staff next week. Parents/guardians of eligible students have already been contacted, and those who have selected this option for their children must screen for COVID symptoms each day, as follows.

Please note that everyone attending school in-person MUST complete the updated provincial COVID school screening tool every day, prior to arriving at school. This provincial screening tool has been updated with additional symptoms and is available here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/ . Students/families must confirm that they have completed it by filling out the KPR Daily Screening Confirmation Form.


If students arrive at school with COVID symptoms, or other illness, or they become ill during the day, parents/guardians will be contacted to pick them up and bring them home right away. Students will not be able to return to class until they pass the screening tool. We thank you for your support in keeping everyone healthy.


Updated Provincial Screening Tool and Vaccination Clinics

During the remote learning period, we encourage families to follow the public health guidelines in place to help keep everyone safe. If you or someone in your household has symptoms of illness, or has been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID, please follow the direction provided in the updated provincial COVID school screening tool: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/


We also encourage everyone to take advantage of opportunities to book first, second and booster vaccinations. Please visit your local public health unit for information on upcoming opportunities.


Durham Region Health durham.ca/VaccineAppointments

HKPR Health Unit District https://www.hkpr.on.ca/2021/09/01/vaccination-clinics/ics/

Peterborough Public Health www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca/walkin

Hastings Prince Edward Health Unit canadaehs.com/hpepublichealth/students

One more thing....

I think we can all use a little humour right now! The realities of online learning :)
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