CALVIN PARK WEEKLY UPDATE

February 17-21, 2020

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LABOUR UPDATE

All elementary (ETFO) and secondary (OSSTF) teachers will be participating in a province-wide strike on Friday, February 21st, if no progress is made at the central bargaining table. All LDSB elementary and secondary schools will be closed that day. Please click on the link below for more details about ongoing job action.

Grade 8-9 Transition Information

At this time of year, our Grade 8 students are attending presentations from each of our area secondary schools about course selection for Grade 9. Grade 8 students are attending the presentations for their home secondary school based on their home address. Please discuss course selection with your child and visit "My Blueprint" together. More information can be found on the LDSB website by clicking the link below.


If you have any questions, please contact Student Services at the secondary school that your child will be attending or contact Ms. Pettingill at the Calvin Park office.

A Reminder About Report Cards from LDSB

As shared earlier by the Limestone District School Board, Term 1 Report Cards for elementary students across the province will not be issued due to the ongoing provincial labour disruption. We know that families are disappointed with the absence of mid-year report cards which are normally scheduled for February. Teachers are continuing to evaluate and assess students but will not be entering marks and/or learning skills electronically. It is important to remember that report cards are not the sole record of achievement data for your child. Ongoing and regular communication between teachers and families occurs throughout the year. As always, parents and guardians can contact their child's teacher to discuss progress or concerns.


It was a difficult decision not to issue term one report cards, however, during job action it is not always business as usual in our schools. Although elementary teachers have submitted marks to administrators, school administrators will not be communicating marks to families.


The production of report cards for Limestone’s 13,000 elementary students relies on the electronic inputting of assessment data by teachers. This translates into about 300,000 individual pieces of data. Our principals and vice-principals cannot do the work of more than 800 classroom teachers. Nor can this work be outsourced to other Board staff, or external agencies due to the significant unbudgeted cost, and concerns about accuracy and, more importantly, privacy given the confidential information that is part of a child’s report card.

We thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding during this time of labour action. We are hopeful that the parties at the central table are able to reach an agreement soon. The Board will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.

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Student Census - See Yourself in Limestone

The Limestone District School Board is committed to equity, inclusion and ensuring everyone feels a strong sense of belonging. Understanding student identity, lived experience, and ability continue to be important in our efforts to improve student achievement and well-being. Watch the short video below to learn more about a Student Census Survey coming this spring.
LDSB Student Census 2020 PSA

THIS WEEK at CALVIN PARK February 17-21, 2020

Monday, February 17 - FAMILY DAY HOLIDAY


Tuesday, February 18 - Day 5

  • 9:00 Girls Inc Group
  • 8:30 Ernestown SS Grade 8 Visit
  • 1:00 Kingston SS HS Grade 8 Visit


Wednesday, February 19 - Day 1

  • 12:15 Queen's Enrichment Studies Presentation (for interested students in the Dance Studio)


Thursday, February 20 - Day 2


Friday, February 21 - Day 3

  • SCHOOLS CLOSED - Province Wide Strike by ETFO and OSSTF




UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER:


February 24 6:00 pm - School Council Meeting in Calvin Park Staff Room. All are welcome.

February 26 Pink Shirt Day

March 16-20 March Break

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How to Report a Student's Absence Using SafeArrival

There are 3 ways to report a student's absence. These options are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please do not call the school directly to report an absence.If your student is marked absent and the absence hasn’t been reported in advance, our new SafeArrival system will attempt to reach the student’s priority contact by telephone to confirm the absence. If our system is unable to reach the designated contacts, school office staff will follow up. If your child will be late, please report them as absent using one of the options below and then, when they arrive at school, they need to check in at the office and their attendance will be changed to LATE.


1. School Messenger App
a) Use your mobile device to download and install the free SchoolMessenger blue app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store, the SchoolMessenger website portal, or from within the LDSB mobile app.
b)The first time you use the app, you must select Sign Up to create your account. Please ensure you use the same email address your student’s school has on file. If you do not use that same email address, you will not be able to create an account, or may not be able to see the "Attendance" option. You may have already created an account when we introduced the Communicate broadcast system.
c)Select Attendance, then Report an Absence.


2. School Messenger SafeArrival Website Portal

1. Visit the SchoolMessenger website portal.
2. The first time you use the app, you must select Sign Up to create your account. Please ensure you use the same email address your student’s school has on file. If you do not use that same email address, you will not be able to create an account, or may not be able to see the "Attendance" option. You may have already created an account when we introduced the Communicate broadcast system.
3. Select Attendance then Report an Absence.


2. School Messenger Toll-Free Telephone

1. Call 1-855-257-9349 toll-free to report an absence using the automated phone system.
2. Follow the prompts.

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