Fairfield ES Update

October 23, 2020

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Our Committment To Learning

We are learning and growing every day at Fairfield Elementary! Our students are engaged in so many different activities! As a staff we are also committed to learning every day. We are continuing to develop our School Learning Plan strategies around Equity and Inclusion. Some of the professional learning we are engaged in, either in small groups, as a whole staff, or individually includes:

- Committment to anti-discrimination and anti-racist teaching and learning

- Indigenous knowledge and ways of knowing

- Growth Mindset

- Understanding various special needs and how to meet them

- Mental Health & Wellness

Our School Learning Plan goals also continue to focus on Literacy and Numeracy, where we are using school-wide common language to provide consistency in our learning. We are committed to improvement in literacy and numeracy through regular use of a wide variety of teaching strategies to meet the various learning needs of the students in our school.

Growth Mindset continues to be a focus as we know that we learn from mistakes, and that it is through failure and mistakes that we often have the most to learn. While mistakes can be challenging, we also know that this is where incredible learning happens.

Dielman's Fundraising

Fundraising catalogues have gone home, and we hope you may be able to support Fairfield and our School Council with this effort! There are many great holiday items including wrap, cards, and gift ideas. There are items to suit any budget and a portion of all sales goes back to the school. We are encouraging online orders this year please. Thank you for participating in this fundraising effort as you are able.

All orders are due by Wednesday November 4th

School Spirit Days

School Spirit Days are always a big hit at Fairfield! These dates are posted on the school calendar on our website (https://fairfield.limestone.on.ca/) as well.

Tuesday October 27 - Dress Purple Day - This is a day where Children’s Aid Societies across Ontario raise awareness about the important role that individuals and communities play in supporting vulnerable children, youth, and families. As an important partner in supporting chidlren and families, LDSB schools will help to recognize this day.

Friday October 30 - Black & Orange Day. No costumes or accessories please!

Moving forward, unless there is a special spirit day, we are suggesting that every Friday be "Falcon Friday". We encourage staff and students to wear school clothing and/or colours!

Terry Fox Update

Thank you for contributing to the Terry Fox Foundation this fall! Fairfield Elementary School staff, students and families raised $310 for the Foundation.

It is not to late to donate if you wish. Online donations are accepted at: http://www.terryfox.ca/FairfieldESAmherstview

Online Learning Platforms

Staff have been setting up online learning platforms with their classes. We are doing this for a couple of reasons, including that it can be used as a way for students to submit homework or engage in learning if they are not at school, and for all of us to be prepared if we have to pivot to remote learning. We have not been given any indication that this will happen; however, we want to be prepared to seemlessly transition if ever we have to.

There are a number of platforms that teachers may use, and if they have not yet done so, they will be sharing login, password, and access information with you.

Loyalist Township Public Transit Survey

An effective public transit system can be an important component of a connected, livable, and sustainable community. Loyalist Township Council identified improving the public transportation system as a key objective in the 2019 Strategic Plan and has committed to review, assess, and suggest enhancements to the transit system which could benefit the Loyalist Community. The purpose of this survey is to identify the transportation needs within Loyalist Township and to gather input which will be used to inform future decisions.


What Happens on Rainy Days?

To ensure that we comply with Public Health and avoid gathering, students will be welcomed into the buidling at 8:55am each day regardless of weather. As such, we strongly encourage families to arrive at Fairfield each day at 8:55am. Please note that students cannot come into the foyer or hallways prior to the start of school. Thank you for your understanding.

We will also be spending as much time outside as possible for learning and movement as this also provides for a mask break for our students. Please have students dress for the weather including a rain coat and an extra pair of dry socks. We will stay in for recess should there be dangerous conditions such as temperatures below Public Health guidelines or lightning, for example; however, we will endeavour to spend as much time as possible for recess breaks outside even with some rain. When recesses are outside there is no indoor supervision and all students will be expected to be outside during that time.

Progress Reports

Progress Reports will be going home with students on Friday November 20th. The Progress Reports will provide parents/guardians with information about how a student is progressing in all subject areas.

Achievement Reports that go home at the end of Term 1 and Term 2 provide marks/grades.

Danger in the Parking Lot

We are asking all parents/guardians/caregivers to please park in the designated parking spaces only in the parking lot. Do not park in the fire lane in front of the school or along the bus loop - even if you are just dropping off. We have had some "near misses" where parents/guardians were double parking and blocking the fire lane. If you are dropping off your child that you either drop off on Kildare Avenue, or you park correctly in a parking spot in the lot. The fire lane and bus loop lane cannot be blocked. Thank you for your help in keeping our children safe!

School Council Update

Many thanks to our School Council for all of their efforts to support our students. Our School Council has been working hard and has organized our first fundraiser of the year. All parents/guardians are welcome to attend the School Council meetings which are generally on the first Tuesday of the month.

The next 2 meetings are scheduled virtually and will be held on Tuesday November 3rd at 6pm and Tuesday December 1st at 6pm. Please email the school at frfld@limestone.on.ca and the link to the meeting will be sent to you.

Covid-19 Daily Active Screening

All students, staff, bus drivers, bus monitors and visitors to schools must perform a daily self-assessment for symptoms of COVID-19 before each school day and before putting students on a school bus. Staying home when sick is important to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses in our community.

Parents and caregivers must review the checklist with their child/student before sending them to school each day and before putting them on a school bus.

Please use the online COVID-19 School Screening Tool available in English and French (released October 1, 2020). You can print or download this version in English or French (by clicking on the top right). We are working on translations in additional languages. This new screening tool replaces what was provided previously (Sept. 21, 2020 version).

Fairfield Falcons Spirit Wear

Want to look spiffy, stay warm and show off your Fairfield Falcon Pride? Check out all of the amazing clothing and accessories available at our Fairfield Elementary School e-store https://specialtytrophies.ca/fairfieldschool/

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Safe Arrival - Reporting Student Absences

There are three options to use to report a student absence:

  • Call the automated attendance phone line at 1-855-257-9349 Please note: Always enter "lates" as a full day even if the child will only be absent for half a day. When the student arrives at school, the office will adjust that absent to a late in the system
  • Use the SchoolMessenger App on your phone
  • Use the SchoolMessenger website portal

For more information on how to report an absence please click on the link below.

A friendly reminder that dogs and pets are not allowed on the school grounds at any time.