CALVIN PARK UPDATE

Week of February 15-19, 2021

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Dear Families,


We hope that you are enjoying this Family Day weekend - even though getting together with extended family is not possible this weekend, there are still many special things that families can do together including reading together, choosing a favourite family movie to watch, having a virtual get-together with friends and family, and cooking a meal together! Also, we are lucky to have easy access to beautiful natural areas so another option is heading outside to hike, play, skate or toboggan! Enjoy your time together!


As you may have heard, March Break, originally scheduled for March 15-19, has been postponed until April 12-16th. Please read the message from our Director, Krishna Burra, here: Director's Message


Please don't forget about our School Advisory Council fundraising initiative. You can support our school through your regular spending on items such as gas and groceries by joining the FlipGive and Indigo fundraisers. More information is available at this link: https://www.smore.com/beqxr


Thank you for your continued support during this unusual year!


Take care and stay safe,


Elizabeth Suriyuth, Principal, and Wilma Pettingill, Vice-Principal

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THIS WEEK AT CALVIN PARK

Monday, February 15

  • Family Day Holiday!


Tuesday, February 16 - Day 4
  • Emergency Procedures Practice (with Covid protocols in place)


Wednesday, February 17 - Day 5

  • Term 1 Report Cards sent home


Thursday, February 18 - Day 1


Friday, February 19 - Day 2

  • Calvin Colours Day! Wear red and blue or your Calvin clothing and show your spirit!
  • Deadline for switching between virtual and in-school learning (4:00 p.m.)


UPCOMING DATES

February is Black History Month

February 24 Pink Shirt Day Wear pink to show your support for this message "Be Safe, Be Kind, Be You"

March 8 School Council Meeting (Virtual) 6:00 pm

April 2-5 Easter Break

April 12-16 Spring Break (postponed from March)

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BUS DELAYS AND CANCELLATIONS

A reminder that all absences should be reported using SafeArrival, including when buses are cancelled. Families can report their child's absence in SafeArrival using one of the methods below. Please do not call the school directly. To ensure student safety, automated calls will continue to go out to households when a student absence is not reported. If your child has an appointment and will be arriving late, please enter the absence and when your child arrives at school and checks in at the office, their absence will be changed to late.
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School Advisory Council Executive for 2020-21:


Co-Chairs:

Claudine Elvidge (claudine_elvidge@hotmail.com)

Krystle Holton ( krystleholton@hotmail.com )

Secretary/Treasurer: Sarah Phinney


Our next meeting is MONDAY, MARCH 8 at 6:00 p.m. New members are always welcome. The meeting link will be sent out to all Council Members by our Co-Chairs. New members are always welcome so please contact Claudine for the meeting link if you are a new member.

School Advisory Council Fundraising Initiatives

Our Indigo and FlipGive fundraisers will be continuing until June 25th. For more information about these fundraisers, please view the Calvin Park School Advisory Council Update https://www.smore.com/beqxr Participation in these fundraisers is easy! Just sign up and a percentage of what you spend for regular purchases like groceries, gas, home products and gifts, will go to our school. All fundraising this year will be used to purchase new books for classroom libraries to reflect diverse lives and issues related to equity and inclusion.
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BLACK HISTORY MONTH

What is 28 Moments of Black Canadian History ?

New Deadlines for Opting In/Opting Out

Elementary families wishing to move students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 from in-person learning to LDSB Virtual School must contact their current school. Elementary families wishing to move from LDSB Virtual School back to in-person learning must notify the in-person school they would normally attend. Any elementary family looking to change their student’s learning model must do so before 4 p.m., Friday, February 19, 2021. Once schools determine staffing needs, and if space is available, approved changes would take effect during the week of Monday March 8, 2021.


The Board will accommodate moves between models of learning if there is available space in the class/school. While we will try to accommodate all requests, it is important to note that due to class-size limits, students moving from virtual learning to in-person learning may not be accommodated in their home school. Families will be notified of any transfer outside their student’s home school before a change is made. Where space is not available, students may be placed on a wait list. Families who are currently on the wait list will be accommodated first.

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IMMUNIZATION UPDATE FROM KFLA PUBLIC HEALTH

KFL&A Public Health will be postponing the enforcement of the Immunization of School Pupils Act for this school year and will not implement suspension actions this spring. Nevertheless, we ask that parents report any required vaccine(s) that a student has already received by the proposed deadline of February 18th, 2021.


Students missing vaccines, can see their regular health care provider as soon as possible and then update their record with KFL&A Public Health. Students without a health card or doctor can book an appointment to receive free vaccines at KFL&A Public Health clinics. Go to //kflaph.ca/Appointments to book an appointment.


We recognize this may be a stressful time however we encourage families to provide the requested information due to the heightened importance of protecting against vaccine preventable disease outbreaks in our school communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

GRADE 8 - 9 TRANSITION INFORMATION

Our in-school Grade8 students have completed their Grade 9 course selection and registration using the online tool, MyBlueprint Students can log into My Blueprint at home to review courses and explore the other features of My Blueprint, including education and career pathways, creating a cover letter and resume, etc.


More information about the Grade 8 to 9 transition process is available from your child's teacher or on the LDSB Website Grade 8-9 Transitions

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Pink Shirt Day, organized by the Boys and Girls Club, is February 24 this year. Message from the BGC: Wearing a pink shirt carries a powerful message in our community in support of bullying awareness and prevention. This takes an even more special note this year, with alarming spikes of cyberbullying as children and youth spend increased times online. We hope you can join us in spreading kindness and building inclusivity!


The Boys and Girls Club (BGC) of Kingston & Area sell t-shirts to support anti-bullying initiatives at their club BGC Kingston


We encourage our Calvin community to wear PINK on Wednesday, February 24, and join us to support anti-bullying awareness and education. Our focus this year at our school will be cyberbullying and digital citizenship.

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RESOURCES TO SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH

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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

Mrs. Christine LeClair, Office Administrator


Mrs. Elizabeth Suriyuth, Principal: suriyuthe@limestone.on.ca

Ms. Wilma Pettingill, Vice-Principal: pettingillw@limestone.on.ca

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