Sydenham PS

March 2021

Dear Sydenham Families,

March is here and with it, days that feel like spring is coming and those where it feels as though winter isn't quite ready to loosen its grip on us just yet. Either way, it is great to see the students out on the yard enjoying both the snowy wintry days and the warmer sun-filled days.

Usually at this time of year we would be eagerly anticipating our March Break. This year, with the March Break pushed back until April, we will have to wait a little longer. That being said, we are working at planning a fun-filled "Fake March Break" spirit week from March 15-19. Staff and our student leaders have come up for some fun ways to have a school "staycation". Check out the details below!

Our next School Advisory Council meeting is March 17th. Please see one of our school fundraising initiatives below - we have signed up for Flipgive, which costs parents/families nothing! Thanks to our Student Advisory Council for setting this up!

On a safety note, we kindly wish to remind families who are driving to drop off or pick up their students not to park in the middle of the street. This causes traffic back ups that have resulted in some "near miss" incidents at the corner of Barrie and Clergy streets. It also blocks those who have parked on the side of the street from pulling out and keeping the traffic at our busy entry and dismissal times flowing. Please drive around the block if parking is not available on the side of the street. Thank you!

Wishing everyone a happy March!


Mrs. Marshall and Mrs. Diamond

Learn at Sydenham!

Registration is now open for 2021-22

Sydenham Public School is a great place to learn! Located in our beautiful, historic, 1853 limestone building in the heart of Kingston, we offer programming for students from Junior Kindergarten to grade 8. New students are welcome at any grade! We have a diverse community of learners and a dedicated, warm and caring staff. Learn with us at Sydenham!

"Fake March Break"

Monday, March 15th - Zoo Day! Dress like your favourite animal!

Tuesday, March 16th - T-shirt Tuesday! Wear your favourite t-shirt that best expresses you!

Wednesday, March 17th - Green Day! Wear your favourite shade of green!

Thursday - March 17th - Arts day!

Friday March 18th - Dress like you're on vacay day!

If you normally vacay at the beach - dress beachy; if you normally vacay on the slopes - dress in your best ski gear; if you normally spend your vacay lounging in your PJs all day - wear your pj's to school!! You get the idea!!

March 17 - Virtual School Advisory Council Meeting

You are invited to SPS Advisory Council Meeting via Zoom.

When: Mar 17, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. We hope to see you there!

FlipGive Student Advisory Council Fundraiser

This season, fundraising for Sydenham Public School Advisory Council is going to be so much easier with FlipGive, a free team funding app.

We earn cash back on every purchase we make all year long! All you have to do is shop anytime with the brands you already love, like Home Depot, Walmart, Sport Chek, Indigo, Old Navy, Apple, Esso, and Loblaws got name a few!

Join our team now and you’ll get a $5 bonus the first time you shop:

Or enter this code: FJ7BZK

Feel free to share the link with family and friends. Any questions, just ask!

Sydenham PS Advisory Council

Want to learn more? Check out this 2 minute video:

Seeking Feedback on Student Mental Health

Families can participate in this survey via this anonymous link. For more information about the survey, and the Board's Mental Health and Substance Use Strategy click on the graphic below.

Ministry releases new Covid-19 screening tool

The province has released a new version of the COVID-19 School & Child Care Screening Tool. The revised tool includes changes to stay-at-home requirements for those with symptoms and isolation requirements for household contacts of those with symptoms. A printable/downloadable version from KFL&A Public health is also available.

1. Students and staff with any new or worsening symptom of COVID-19, even those with only one symptom, must stay home until:

  • They receive a negative COVID-19 test result.
  • They receive an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional, or
  • It has been 10 days since their symptom onset and they are feeling better.

2. Students and staff are now required to stay home from school or child care if anyone in their household has new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19, and has been recommended for isolation and testing. All asymptomatic household contacts of those with symptoms are required to quarantine until the symptomatic household member:

  • receives a negative COVID-19 test result, or
  • receives an alternative diagnosis by a health-care professional

If the symptomatic individual tests positive for COVID-19, or is not tested, and does not receive an alternative diagnosis from a health-care professional, the symptomatic individual must isolate (including from household members) for 10 days from symptom onset. All household contacts must isolate until 14 days from their last contact with the symptomatic individual (a total of 24 days if the symptomatic individual is not able to effectively self isolate from other members of the household).

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Snow much fun!!

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Play is hard work in Kindergarten !

All about pandas

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Artists at work at Sydenham!

Building house structures and flying machines