CALVIN PARK UPDATE
Week of October 19-23, 2020
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
DAILY SCREENING FOR COVID 19 SYMPTOMS
THIS WEEK AT CALVIN PARK
Monday, October 19
Tuesday, October 20
Wednesday, October 21
- Mrs. McCann's Class - Virtual Visit to Agnes Etherington Art Gallery
Thursday, October 22
Friday, October 23
- 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
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT IMMUNIZATIONS
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
STEPS PROGRAM (for students in Grade 7)
CALVIN PARK SCHOOL COUNCIL
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.
CALVIN PARK CLOTHING ORDERS
A flyer was also sent home. Please contact the office if you need assistance with your order.
Girls Inc Limestone
VIRTUAL SCHOOL UPDATE
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.
POTENTIAL BUS DELAYS AND CANCELLATIONS
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.
LOOKING FOR MORE INFORMATION?
Please continue to check these Limestone District School Board platforms for the most up-to-date information from our Board.
LDSB Website https://www.limestone.on.ca/
LDSB Twitter: https://twitter.com/LimestoneDSB
LDSB Facebook https://tinyurl.com/wbhjtku
LDSB Instagram https://instagram.com/limestonedsb/
In addition, please follow our:
Calvin Park Twitter account: @CalvinPark_LDSB or https://twitter.com/CalvinPark_LDSB
Calvin Park Website: https://calvinpark.limestone.on.ca/
Calvin Park Public School Office: (613) 542-2796
Ms. Gale Martin, Office Administrator