We want to welcome all of our students and parents to keep in touch with us throughout the year. If we work together, we can make sure that every student has the tools they need to get through the material we are presenting. Regular home study, coupled with focused attention in class is the bedrock of success!
Please visit our school Edsby page to stay up to date with all of the activities in the school. If you do not have Edsby access, please reach out to the office to request your invitation.
We already have an abundance of lost items in our lost and found area. Next time you're at the school, please take a peek on the rack and table in the front foyer to see if any of your child's items are there.
This is also a great time to remind everyone how important it is to label all of your child's items. We have our Mabel's Labels fundraising campaign where a portion of sales comes back to the school. Please consider purchasing some labels from our fundraising website.
Every school in Kawartha Pine Ridge Distract School Board will begin doing a land acknowledgement on Monday, November 5, 2018 every morning as part of the morning announcments. These land acknowledments, although seemingly new for many newcomers and Canadians in genereal, have been a traditional pratice for Indigenous peoples across Turtle Island. These land and territorial acknowlwdgements would be offered with solemnity and sincerity to those whose lands and areas were being ventured into either temporarily, or in a more permanent fashion. As part of Canada's and KPR's increased efforts toward reconciliation, these acknowledgements have become part of our efforts to not only begin to think about the historical and contemporary relationship with Indigenous people over time, but also with these lands and territories we now share.
The Land Acknowledgement is done prior to the National Anthem and reads as follows:
We would like to acknowledge that this school is located on the traditional
territory of the Mississauga First Nations.
To support learning about the land acknowledgment, treaties and other pertinent days durning Treaties Recongnition Week (November 5 to 9) in our school, we will be reading the following daily announcements be read on each of these days. Please see attachement below.
This is our 5th Annual Toy and Food collection for Bethesda House. Bethesda House is a local shelter for women and children. We are wanting to collect 650 toys this year and 1000 food items to help brighten the holidays for families in need. We will be collecting donations from Nov. 26 – Dec 18.
Toy items such as: magazines, hairdryers, curling irons, cards, dice, lip gloss, make up and gift cards are great items for older kids
Colouring books, markers, books and toys of all kinds are excellent for the younger kids.
Any festive food items (stuffing, canned gravy & cranberries) are always appreciated along with baby food, wipes, and treat items. While pasta and pasta sauce are always welcome, there always seems to be a lot of it.
If every student brought in 1 toy and 1 food item, we would pass our goals. Please drop off all items in the main hall on the table or under the tree until Dec 18. We will be updating our goal counters that are posted on the office window. Watch our goal counters grow! We are also wanting to decorate the tree in the main hall with scarves, hats, mitts and slippers.
Please remember that all toys should be new, in packaging. Make sure your food donations are not expired. These donations are going to help those in need, so we want to make sure we are giving them the absolute best!
Let’s show our Duke of Cambridge spirit and support Bethesda House.
access the http://www.stsco.ca/ website and choose to receive delay and cancellation information by:
voluntarily providing your email address for direct email notices from STSCO;
signing up for the STSCO RSS feed; or
signing on to receive STSCO’s posts on Facebook or Tweets via Twitter.
Other reminders include:
If a bus is cancelled in the morning, it will also be cancelled in the afternoon. Even though the bus is cancelled, schools stay open.
Students that are driven into school for the day MUST be picked up at dismissal time, which is 2:40 p.m.
If your child is on a bus, you do not need to notify the school of their absence.
In the event that the bus cancellation falls on Monday (Boston Pizza), Wednesday (Pita Pit) or Friday (Pizza) the hot lunch will be cancelled, and a refund will be issued. Please make sure that you send your child with a proper lunch for the day. Lunch Lady program will continue running on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Are you wanting more information about registering your child for French Immersion? Join us on Thursday January 31st, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the school to learn all about the immersion program!
Registration packages can be picked up in the school office.
Phone Number, Web Address, Phone App Coming for Reporting Absences
KPR, student safety is our highest priority, and we thank families for adopting
the automated safe arrival system to help ensure students arrive safely at
school each day.
this September, we will be introducing a new automated Student Absence
Reporting System. Therefore, you will need to create a NEW account to
report your children’s absences online.
will receive an email in August with instructions on how to create your new
account and download the mobile app. You also will receive a magnet in
September with the new Student Absence Reporting System details.
Unfortunately, since ownership of the reporting software has changed, we cannot
simply transfer your child’s information to the new system.
Many parents and guardians have been wondering what effect the legalization of marijuana will have on KPR schools. In short, KPR schools will treat cannabis in much the same way they treat alcohol: students of any age will not be allowed to use marijuana at schools, on school buses or field trips.
Once the new federal law comes into effect this October 17:
non-medical marijuana use will be legal only for those age 19 and older
any student, at any age, could be suspended for possessing or being under the influence of cannabis at school
any student who shares marijuana with others younger than 19 could be expelled from school
it will be illegal for adults to use cannabis on, or within 20 metres of, school grounds
it will be illegal to drive under the influence of cannabis, and drivers age 21 or under will not be allowed to have any cannabis in their system.
If you have any questions about cannabis at school, please speak with your principal or vice-principal. Further information on the new law is available at Ontario.ca/cannabis. Information on how to talk to your child about cannabis can be found at Cannabis Information – CAMH.
KPR wishes everyone a happy holiday. We hope that this time allows for some much needed rest for students, staff, parents and guardians, and allows families opportunities to celebrate together.
While the holidays can be joyous, they can also be difficult for some. We wanted to provide families with some resources you may find useful over the holiday season. Our mission is that all students remain safe, and this includes their mental and physical well-being.
Mental health is a state of well-being; it is relevant to all of us. According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, in any given year, one in five people in Canada experiences a mental health crisis or illness. It is important to us that we remind everyone to use resources that are accessible to all. These include:
the Be Safe App, a free mobile app that aims to help young adults make healthy decisions during a crisis; it can be downloaded onto cell phones from https://besafeapp.ca/
Kids Help Phone, also available 24/7, at 1-800-668-6868 or text “CONNECT” to 686868
Four County Crisis line, available 24/7 for Northumberland and Peterborough County residents at 1-866-995-9933
Durham Mobile Crisis Services, available 24/7 for anyone experiencing a crisis, at 905-666-0483 or 1-800-742-1890
Connex Ontario Mental Health Helpline, provides information about mental health services in Ontario 24/7, at 1-866-531-2600 or www.connexontario.ca
Ontario 211, a free helpline that connects people to community and social services in your area, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by calling 2-1-1.
Your family also has access to your closest hospital, as well as to regional supports serving specific areas of KPR.
Let's keep our mental health and the mental health of those we love and care about in the forefront. We encourage you to use community support services if you ever find yourself or someone near and dear to you struggling and in need of assistance.
Once again, we wish everyone season’s greetings, a Merry Christmas, and safe holidays.
New Kindergarten families are invited to attend one of our five, free upcoming regional Kindergarten Information Sessions. Current Kindergarten families are also welcome to attend. Parents and caregivers will learn about the Kindergarten Program and the new provincial Kindergarten report card. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet with community agencies and partners that serve families, and together, we will provide strategies to help prepare your child for Kindergarten and support your child at home.
Starting high school in September? We invite current Grade 8 students, parents and guardians to join us at Grade 8 information nights to learn about the variety of programs available to help learners meet with success.
Several schools have already held their open houses; parents can contact those schools directly for program and registration information. Contact information is available in the Find A School section of www.kprschools.ca
The following open houses are coming up:
Bowmanville High School, Bowmanville – January 16, 6 p.m. Kenner Collegiate Vocational Institute, Peterborough – January 16, 7 p.m. Clarington Central Secondary School, Bowmanville – January 17, 6 p.m. Courtice Secondary School, Courtice – January 17, 6:30 pm. Port Hope High School, Port Hope – January 17, 6:30 p.m.