Week of October 19-23, 2020

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Dear Calvin Park Parents and Guardians:

We have completed another great week together! This week we finalized our totals for our Terry Fox Run - our students completed about 10,180 laps and raised just over $2000 this year! This is amazing news to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Terry's Marathon of Hope. We are so proud of our students and grateful to our families for your support!

As a staff and as a Board, we are committed to equity and inclusion in public education, which includes learning more about and taking action against racism. As a school, our work in this area will be focusing on building our students' empathy and understanding by hearing each others' stories and also by learning more about the diverse lived experiences of different groups in Canada. Already, our classes have started this journey with discussions and activities related to anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism and we believe that it is necessary to integrate this learning on a daily basis to create spaces of respect and belonging for all of our students.

Covid-19 guidelines prevented us from holding school-wide emergency procedure drills, however, this week, each class reviewed emergency procedures and practiced their fire drill procedure independently. We also sounded the emergency lockdown bell and the fire drill bell so that students would know what to expect should they hear these bells. Thank you to our students for their responsible and respectful approach to learning about these procedures.

Individual Education Plans (IEPs) were sent home on Friday for those students who have them. Please sign and return the signature page to your child's classroom teacher.

We are very appreciative of the support of our Calvin Park families and community as we travel through this challenging year together. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Please stay safe and take care of each other. Thank you,

Elizabeth Suriyuth, WIlma Pettingill, and the Calvin Park Staff

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A reminder was sent out to all families last week that all students MUST be screened for Covid-19 symptoms before leaving their home in the morning to come to school. The link to the Ontario Ministry of Health on-line screening tool is above. The online version is available at the link in many languages. The screening tool is also available in hard copy from our office. If symptoms are present, please follow the recommendations given in the screener, which may require you to keep your child at home. We remind you that your Health Care provider and the Public Health Unit are the best sources of information should you have questions about whether or not your child should be tested or stay home. We are all working hard to protect our community and keep our schools open. Thank you for continuing to follow all Public Health protocols to stop the spread of Covid-19: physical distancing, small social bubbles, frequent handwashing/sanitizing, and wearing a mask. Together we can keep our community healthy and safe!
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Monday, October 19

Day 5

Tuesday, October 20

Day 1

Wednesday, October 21

Day 2

  • Mrs. McCann's Class - Virtual Visit to Agnes Etherington Art Gallery

Thursday, October 22

Day 3

Friday, October 23

Day 4

  • Calvin Colours Spirit Day - Show your school spirit every Friday and wear blue/red or your School Clothing (info about purchasing school clothing will be shared soon)


October 29, 30 Gould Lake Visits to our school for 8A, 8B, 7B, 7D

October 30 Orange and Black Day (no costumes due to Covid protocols)

November 2 School Council VIrtual Meeting at 6:00 pm

November 20 Progress Reports sent home

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Accessing School Email

Your child's Google email school account is no longer active. Students can access their email by logging in with their school username and password at or through LDSB Minds Online


This year, KFLA Public Health will not be coming in to the school for immunizations. Families need to book appointments at the Health Unit. An email was sent home outlining the new process. More information about immunizations for students who are currently in Grade 7 can be found at this link for KFLA Public Health: Elementary and Secondary School Immunizations

To book an appointment for your child to have their Grade 7 immunizations or for Grade 8 students to catch-up their immunizations that they missed due to school closure last year, please click on this link: Book an Appointment

Families can complete the online consent for immunization prior to their appointment at this link: Grade 7 Immunization Consent Form

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STEPS PROGRAM (for students in Grade 7)

STEPS (Successful Transition from Elementary to Post-Secondary) is a two year program for students with issues affecting learning (including learning disabilities, ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder) and their families to assist with making a successful transition from Grade 7 to secondary school and beyond. STEPS is offered by the Regional Assessment and Resource Centre (RARC) at Queen's University. Students need to apply for the program during the fall or winter of their Grade 7 year. For more information and to register, please click on the link to their website: STEPS Program
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Thank you to everyone who joined our School Council Virtual Meeting last week! We had a great turnout! Here is our School Council Executive for 2020-21:

Co-Chairs: Claudine Elvidge, Krystle Holton

Secretary/Treasurer: Sarah Phinney

Our next virtual School Council meeting is November 2nd at 6:00 p.m. We welcome new members and will send out an email prior to our meeting with a request for interest so that we can provide a link to those who would like to attend. The two major areas of focus of our School Council for this year are parent/community engagement and supporting technology purchases for classrooms.


The Calvin Park Online Clothing Store will be open from October 5 - 23.

Calvin Park Clothing Online Store

A flyer was also sent home. Please contact the office if you need assistance with your order.

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Girls Inc Limestone

Girls Inc. Limestone is offering a variety of different virtual programs this fall. Girls Inc. provides life-changing programs and experiences that help girls navigate gender, economic, and social barriers. The programs address all aspects of a girls' life and help them discover and develop inherent strengths. Girls receive programming to grow up healthy, educated, and independent.The link to register is below.
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This school year, students and families in the Limestone District School Board were given the option of choosing to opt in or opt out of in-person or virtual school to accommodate their individual needs and circumstances. As shared previously, the board will accommodate moves between models of learning if there is available space in the class/school. It should be noted that that we are prepared to transition students to online learning (not Virtual School) should a class or school be required to close or self-isolate for a period of time due to COVID-19.

At the elementary level, the board conducted a reorganization in September to adequately staff our in-school and virtual classrooms. Since then, we have had additional families express an interest to move their students from in-person school to the LDSB Virtual School. Currently, some students remain on a wait list for the virtual school. In other cases, families have opted to return to the classroom.

Elementary families who wish to move students from in-person to remote learning or remote learning to in-person learning, must provide notice by October 29, 2020 at 3 p.m. To do this, families must contact their student’s home school. Once numbers are known, staffing will be arranged with class start up scheduled for the week of November 9, 2020.

While efforts will be made to accommodate requests for a change, families should expect that they might need to be wait-listed if they change their minds due to capacity challenges at their current school. Families who are currently on the wait list will be accommodated first. While we will endeavour to make another formal opportunity to move between learning models, it is important that families understand we cannot guarantee another opportunity to switch between modes of learning later this school year. If we can do so, it would occur mid-winter.


Tri-Board Student Transportation has indicated there will likely be more bus delays and cancellations this year due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Transportation to and from school is not guaranteed. Families should have a backup plan to transport their student(s) to school, and to arrange child care where required, if their bus is cancelled for any reason and they cannot transport their student to school.

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.

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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

Ms. Gale Martin, Office Administrator

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