Parent Peek at the Week

Week of January 6th, 2020

In case you missed it.....

Important Dates

Monday, January 6th - Day 2

  • Welcome Back!

Tuesday, January 7th - Day 3

Wednesday, January 8th - Day 4

  • 11am - Mrs. Sampson will be meeting with any Grade 4, 5 and 6 students interested in the leadership opportunity of "Recess Guardians" (see below)

Thursday, January 9th - Day 5

Friday, January 10th - Day 1

Some important information for this week....

Reviewing our Cougar ROAR

As we head into the new year, it's a good time to review our Cougar ROAR - our school rules that we developed last fall so that we all know what we need to do to be safe at school. We know that after awhile, rules can become stale. It's time to refocus and change things up!

Over the next month or so, classes will choose an area of focus (an area that needs a little "work" now that we're back to school). This might be how we walk in the halls, behave during nutrition break, etc. At the end of each day, classes will self-assess and give themselves up to 10 points per day towards working on their goal. Each week, we will tabulate and share our current school point total. Our school goal will be to accumulate 2500 points by the end of January/early February....and when we do, our celebration will include adopting a cougar from the World Wildlife Fund. If you'd like to review the celebration goal with your child, here is a link to the information:

Working towards a new year's goal + increasing our global awareness and citizenship = a fantastic Kawartha Heights opportunity!

Baby, it's cold outside!!

Although we've lucked in on the weather so far this year, a reminder that we are outside three times a day, each and every day (before school, first recess and second recess). The board policy is that we go out for 20 minutes at a time, unless it is -26 degrees or colder. Please make sure your child has warm snow pants, boots, coats, hats, and especially a pair or two of warm mittens. Outside physical activity greatly supports indoor learning - but we need to make sure our children are warm enough during this time of year.

Recess Guardians

On January 17th, Kawartha Heights will be welcoming a training team from Recess Guardians to our school. Mrs. Sampson will be working with Grade 4, 5 and 6 leaders who have been chosen through a selection process to participate in this initiative. Recess Guardians provide schools, teachers and most importantly students, with easy to use tools that encourage all students to participate and be “Guardians of Play” by demonstrating daily leadership to other students during non-classroom time. Selected Junior students will be provided with leadership training and tools to successfully lead students in games, collaborative activities that engage all students, while promoting physical activity, fun and a positive school community. This program is highly regarded and has had great success in many KPR schools. Interested students will learn more about this opportunity at a meeting on Wednesday with Mrs. Sampson and then will have the chance to apply to be part of this leadership program. Students selected for Recess Guardian Training will be informed by Wednesday, January 15th.

Math School Improvement Plan

As we head into 2020, our math learning is still going strong. For the first week and a bit in January, all classes will be focusing on the math strand of Data Management. We will then be back into Number Sense learning until the end of February. Keep your eyes and ears open as a new family math challenge is soon to be launched - in our front hall display case. Stay tuned for more information!


Due to current challenges collecting money from students, there will be no milk orders during the month of January. We look forward to getting this program up and running again as soon as we can.

Walk-In Mental Health Clinic

This time of year can be difficult for children, youth and adults. Did you know that there is a free walk-in mental health clinic available in Peterborough? Please see below for more information.

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School Council News

Next School Council Meeting

Our next School Council Meeting will be taking place in our library on Monday, January 13th at 6:30pm. Please join us as we review our Parent Reaching Out Grant, as well as look for input on our revised Code of Conduct and Bully Intervention & Prevention Plan. We hope to see you there!

Hot Lunch Program

Many parents have been asking about our Hot Lunch Program. We have encountered several challenges in getting it up and running this fall (see Council minutes posted below). However, we decided at our last Council meeting to try a new online ordering system, directly from vendors. More information will be coming home very soon!

Please see our December Council Meeting Minutes below:

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Upcoming Dates to Keep in Mind

NOTE: These are all listed on our Edsby calendar too!

January 13th - School Council Meeting at 6:30pm

January 17th - Recess Guardian Training for selected Grade 4, 5 and 6 students

January 22nd - Rocks and Rings coming to KH for students in Grades 2 - 6

January 30th - Junior Boys Basketball Tournament

January 30th - School Wide Head Lice Check

January 31st - Junior Girls Basketball Tournament

February 4th - School Bus Safety Presentations

February 19th - Term 1 Communication of Learning and Report Cards are sent home

Just one more thing.....

Getting back into routines such as early to bed, up with an alarm, getting dressed (no more pj's until lunch time!) can be hard for all of can also make some of us cranky. The chart below reminds us that even in times of stress, there are positive ways to respond to our children. Here are a few things to consider:
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