#KPRisAwesome Update, June 26-30, 2017
Welcome to the final #KPRisAwesome update of the 2016-17 school year. Have a happy, safe and healthy summer break, everyone. See you back in class September 5, for another year of awesomeness!
Edmison Heights' goodness goes global
- The wonderful story of the caring and support Edmison Heights PS has offered Syrian refugees has gone global. Staff from Amnesty International in London, England, visited Laura Smith’s Grade 3 class this week to interview Laura, fellow teacher and Safe Haven for Refugees sponsor Stephanie Benn, students and parents, for a feature on Canadians’ warm welcome of Syrian refugees. The global organization already had been looking at the work of Safe Haven for Refugees, following the success of Randa and Mohammad Alftih and their 4 children, who have been greeted with kindness and generosity by the Peterborough community. In their research, Amnesty International was moved by the story of Laura’s Edmison Heights class, who had raised $5,077.95 in support of reuniting Randa Alftih with her mother, father and two sisters and their families. How awesome is that?!
More reasons why #KPRisAwesome
- Hillcrest PS student Paige Palmer and her classmates built a rain garden at Lions Park in Campbellford, after Paige finished third in the Lower Trent Region Conservation Authority’s #CaringForOurWatersheds contest. Paige, teacher Sheila Potter, and 30 of Paige’s peers worked hard to create the garden, which is designed to absorb and purify storm water so that fewer pollutants are washed into the watershed.
- Bowmanville HS students were a hit when they rode the GO bus and train from Bowmanville to Union Station and back for #CommuteWithKindness Day. Rhonda Story’s Students On The Leading Edge (SOLE) Leadership class performed random acts of kindness, asked trivia questions about GO’s 50th anniversary, and handed out treats, apples, stuffed animals and other mementos. Students Emily Jackson and Rylie Osborne also represented their classmates in a radio interview about their efforts to make the morning commute more pleasant for Metrolinx riders.
- Here’s your daily dose of cuteness: check out this video created by Dr. Ross Tilley PS teacher Fiona Lasenby’s Kindergarten class as a love song to Canada. Boom de ya da!
- Speaking of great videos: watch as students at this year’s KPRts & Leadership Camp showed the variety of artistic endeavours in which they participated this year.
- KPR schools played host to two provincial government announcements this week. Education Minister Mitzie Hunter visited Chemong PS to make an announcement on rural education. Northumberland-Quinte West MPP Lou Rinaldi visited Port Hope HS and Dr. M.S. Hawkins Senior PS to announce KPR schools would be receiving $2.1 million for school repairs and renewal. The work will include projects to make schools more energy efficient and environmentally friendly.
- The Class of 2017’s spring graduation season kicked off Monday at PACE @ PCVS (Peterborough Alternative and Continuing Education at Peterborough Collegiate and Vocational School). Congratulations go to all students who are celebrating their graduation milestone at all of the commencement ceremonies:
- June 27-28: Northumberland Centre for Individual Studies (CIS), Clarington CIS, Cobourg CI, Port Hope HS
- June 29: Adam Scott CVI, Bowmanville HS, Campbellford DHS, Clarke HS, East Northumberland SS, Thomas A. Stewart SS
- October 27: Crestwood SS
- November 3: Clarington Central SS, Courtice SS, Kenner CVI, Norwood DHS.
- Bowmanville HS’s expanded breakfast program earned positive coverage in the local media for its inclusive approach in feeding about 300 students each day. “It’s nice that there’s no stigma about coming in here. People who have food come in. People who don’t have food come in,” Sharon Little, teacher and organizer, told Clarington This Week. The breakfast buffet includes bagels, fresh fruit and vegetables, yogurt, homemade baked goods, cereal, and often hot breakfasts such as waffles, grilled cheese and more. The Learning Strategies class shops for groceries, Family Studies students prepare hot breakfasts, and student volunteers earn community involvement hours for their help. Funding comes from the Metro Green Apple School Program, staff’s Friday jeans fund, and the Durham Child Nutrition Project. Principal Jamie Patenall offers kudos to Sharon and fellow teachers Ange Porretta and Melanie Parkin for providing food for the students each day, and to secretaries Robyn Stabler and Stephanie Doyle, for looking after the snacks in the office between periods. (Photo by Ron Pietroniro, Metroland)
- The McEachern family was proud to win the Lift Lock Custom Skate board built by Peterborough Alternative and Continuing Education (PACE) program students. Craig McEachern won the draw for his children Mathew, Christopher and Georgie. Thanks to the support of Thin City Skate Shop, PACE staff and students, and the community, ticket sales for the custom skate board raised more than $350 for Kawartha Food Share.
- In honour of National Aboriginal Day, Mary Adams’ Grade 6 class at James Strath PS learned in depth about the outstanding contributions of, and challenges faced by, First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples in Canada. The students responded to their learning through the arts, to show what they learned, wondered and felt. Some students created art expressing their sadness and anger at learning about residential schools; others responded to Indigenous education champion Shannen Koostachin’s call for safe schools for all Indigenous children; and another danced her feelings about the injustices in the memoir Fatty Legs. Their teacher sends many thanks to KPR arts consultant Mary Walker Hope for her guidance and support.
- Clarington Central SS students raised $750 for Canadian Mental Health Association Durham by staging their own play, "(im)perfect", for two nights. The play about mental health was written, directed and produced by CCSS Grade 12 student Candice Russell. Candice also recently performed in an international poetry slam in Toronto, finishing in 11th place. Not surprisingly, she is pursuing studies in the theatre at university.
- Paul Anderson, a Grade 5 teacher at Edmison Heights PS, challenged his students to make this year’s Pedal for Hope the best ever. His students went above and beyond what he had hoped, raising $5,162.15 for pediatric cancer research. This brought the school’s Pedal for Hope total to over $21,000.
- Congratulations go to the Student Council at Kawartha Heights PS, for achieving their goal of giving $1,000 to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Peterborough Regional Health Centre. The students raised the funds with frozen yogurt and candy gram sales.
- Highland Heights PS’s enthusiastic response to the Peterborough Regional Health Centre Foundation’s Caring Kids Challenge helped the school to become the #1 fundraiser. Hospital Foundation representatives visited Highland Heights to thank the school for raising $1,779.15 for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
- Three students from Cobourg CI are taking part in the YMCA French Summer Work Exchange program this summer. Martha Cooper (Grade 11), Rissa Jopling (Grade 11) and Maddy Grundy (Grade 12) are headed to Chicoutimi, Quebec, from July 1 to August 12 to live and work in French. The YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange is a unique national exchange program that brings together youth from various communities across the country to improve their second official language skills, and gain important employment experience.
- Roger Neilson PS Principal Tony Lajoie offers sincere thanks to Nurse Scrap Metal, for its donation of $700 from the Crushing for a Cause initiative. The funds will support educational opportunities for all students, such as trips, Scientists in the Classroom programs, and guest speakers.
- Congratulations go to retired North Shore PS teacher John Kempt and Thomas A. Stewart SS teacher Michelle Staude, on receiving the Loran Scholars Foundation’s Teachers Building Leaders Award. They were both nominated by former student Nicole Raymer. The award recognizes teachers who provide early inspiration, guidance and opportunities for growth for Loran scholars.
- Seventeen ENSS athletes and two future Blue Dragons competed at the Royal Canadian Legion District F track and field meet in Oshawa, a qualifying meet for the RCL Provincial championships in July. ENSS’s Sam Hall, Jared Hall, Tristan Flatt and Jacob Gilbert were named to the District F team, to compete in Windsor.
- The First Rider program for new, young school bus riders is back. All young children who will ride a school bus for the first time this September are invited to attend a First Rider session with their families. The successful, annual program will be held Friday, August 25 from 3-6 p.m., and Saturday, August 26 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at three locations: Clarington Central SS in Bowmanville, Northumberland Mall in Cobourg, and Lansdowne Place in Peterborough. The children will learn about school bus safety and have the opportunity to ride in a bus. Further information is available from Student Transportation Services of Central Ontario at 1-800-757-0307 or at www.stsco.ca
- Mark your calendars: KPR’s annual Parent Conference focusing on child and youth mental health will return Saturday, October 21. Keynote speaker Sara Westbrook will open the day discussing the habits of resilient families. A choice of workshops, displays by organizations that support families, and free child minding once again will be part of the event, to take place in Peterborough. Stay tuned for details.
- Families: start saving for your child’s post-secondary education, at no cost to you. KPR has partnered with SmartSAVER to encourage families to open no-fee Registered Education Savings Plans, to access government education grants. Through the Canada Learning Bond, the federal government offers $500 to help families start saving for education after high school. The program also allows an eligible child to get $100 every year until they turn 15 years old, to a maximum of $2,000. For details, see the link on the banner of our home page at www.kprschools.ca, or visit StartMyRESP.ca/KPRDSB
- James Strath PS is seeking nominations from the public for its new Stories of Success Wall, to be unveiled this fall. The first inductees will be announced at the school’s 25th anniversary celebrations, October 20. For information, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
- The province is helping families celebrate Ontario's 150th anniversary by expanding the Fun Pass for 2017. The Fun Pass includes coupons that give elementary school-aged children free admission to 18 provincial attractions, such as the Royal Ontario Museum, the Ontario Science Centre, and more. This year, the Fun Pass will allow two kids to get in free when accompanied by a paying adult or senior. Families also will get $5 off the regular price of a daily vehicle parking permit at most Ontario Parks day-use areas. Ontario parents can access the Fun Pass online at Ontario.ca/funpass.
- Do you know a special teacher? Check out the 9th annual Toronto Star Teacher Award. Send your nomination to Teacher Award Nomination, One Yonge Street, 4th Floor, Toronto, ON M5E 1E6. You can also submit your nomination online at: thestar.com/teacheraward Deadline is June 30, 2017.
- Nominations also are welcome for the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship, which recognizes Ontarians who have made outstanding contributions to community life. Deadline is July 17. For details, visit ontario.ca/honoursandawards or call 1-877-832-8622.
Check out KPR’s Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Calendar to see important dates coming up this month and beyond.
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